Record Labels that never answered my queries
- Thrill jockey
- Razor and tie
- American Recordings
Record Labels that listened to my submission but weren’t interested
- Secretly Canadian
- Angel air
- Cooking Vinyl
Record Labels that said don’t even send it, we can’t consider it
I recorded more brilliant vocals by Meg Tennant on the final Sam Larkin record. I find when a great artist like her, tells me (after almost every take), that she didn’t do it well, that I have to smile and be agreeable because in fact she already did what I wanted plus anything really incorrect I can fix after with my super duper unnatural and unbelievable pitch correcting plug ins. By the way if anyone from Antarres, Melodyne or UAD is reading this please work on a new one allowing me to change or fix the Prime minister of Canada or my bank account (I know you can do it).
I don’t mean to say she is wrong when she isn’t pleased with what she did. One should hit the mark they set but it’s also worth remembering your first response might not be the whole accurate picture.
Years ago I used to play piano improvisations in front of open stage audiences who didn’t study that type of music. Sometimes I felt as though I hit the mark and people seemed to like it. Sometimes I didn’t like what I did but people still seemed to like it. Sometimes they even complimented me afterward. In those instances I responded by telling them they were wrong, that it stunk. Probably I made them feel stupid or just think I was an asshole. That was pretty nice of me.
And then one time I heard a recording of a piano piece which I thought had been horrible but listening back I thought it wasn’t bad at all. I realized then that one shouldn’t quickly judge a performance.
I read about a label in the UK called Angel Air releasing Jackie Lomax’s last work. I liked Jackie Lomax and wrote a little something after he died. So I wrote Peter, the owner and asked if I might be Angel Air worthy. He wrote me back right away. For a second I imagined it might work out. I usually do, for a second.
In his third email he pointed out after doing some research he discovered my stuff is already available on Lake Michigan Soda and Blocks in the UK.
I wrote him back and explained that Lake Michigan Soda was a joke I made several years ago, about artists making sponsorship deals and don’t worry, there is no Lake Michigan Soda. And Blocks is a Toronto co-op run with band aids and carpenter’s glue by one guy who is also busy playing in his own band(s)….the gist was that my work is available for UK representation blah blah blah.
No more emails from Peter. What an incredible businessman I am.
Now I am 0 for approximately 469 attempts at finding a label in Europe (or anywhere).
Yes, 469… finally!