Thursday, 2 July 2009

Workshop interview #1: How Not To Run a Record Label

It's now less than a month until the festival, so we thought what better time to start telling you about the workshops that are happening across the Saturday and Sunday. So here goes!

Name: Sean

Name of workshop: How not to run a record label

A little bit about you?
I’m Either "the grumpiest man in indiepop" (Jimmy Tassos, Matinee Records) or "one crazy man" (Marianthi Makra, Atomic Beat), take your pick. I run a record label called Fortuna POP! By my conservative estimates I've lost a six figure sum over 13 years.

Description of your workshop:
I'll be telling people how not to manufacture records, how not to get them distributed and how not to promote them. Let's face it, the "here's three chords bit now go and form a band" bit is the easy part, getting the music into the world is the difficult part.

What are you looking forward to the most at Indietracks?
Hanging out with Luis and Montse from Elefant, two people who actually know how to run a record label and are the nicest people you'll ever meet to boot.

Do you have any camping tips?
Have a poo before you leave home.

Er...thanks for that Sean! Looking forward to the workshop.

You can catch Sean's workshop at 5pm on Saturday, in the Workshop Wigwam.

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