Saturday, December 1, 2007

THIS IS STILL A STOLEN TRANSMISSION

Thanks everyone for all your kind words and support. It really means a lot to me to hear you all say such nice things about the artists on Stolen Transmission.

Stolen Transmission started IN MY BEDROOM as an indie label putting out hand made cds of bands that me and Rob Stevenson believed in. We werent funded back then, and we were really happy. We did everything because of how much we loved music. Now that I've had my experience with Island/Def Jam, I know how to actually do what's necessary to release an album and develop artists, and I helped set up 9 amazing releases from Permanent ME, the Oohlas, Monty Are I, Bright Light Fever, the Horrors, Schoolyard Heroes, PlayRadioPlay!, Innerpartysystem, and the Photo Atlas. I'm so fucking proud that the label went from me and a bunch of interns sitting in my bedroom smoking and watching degrassi and eating guac i had just made to me sitting in meetings once a week with JayZ and now it'll just go back to being run from my apartment again. We plan on continuing with Stolen Transmission and are really excited to be returning to our indie roots.

I'm also glad to say that the Stolen Transmission party coincedently started at a new venue yesterday (a new beginning all around Check out the photos)! That means no more Angels & Kings, and now we're going to the Hanger Bar (3rd street btw B and C), which is also more aligned with the vibe the party had when the label was run out of my bedroom. This is all very very exciting for me. I havent been this happy or excited in about a year.

So it's business as usual here! we're just working from a different location. we're still working all the bands we released (no bands we were working with had anything unreleased -- cept for innerpartysystem who are still in the studio and will remain there til they're done). We're still doing everything the same as before, for the most part. this is actually an incredibly liberating and exciting thing and i can't explain how happy i am. we're still supporting our bands because we've made a commitment to them and we love them.

Our departure from IDJ had nothing to do with the performance of our artists (we were a label focused on developing artists). Our departure was due to restructuring. On my last day, I gave everyone that gave us a chance a hug and thanked them for an amazing experience. I learned so much being there and was put on a very fast track to learning how to A&R.

Keep your eyes out for handmade singles from stolen transmission in the future! i think we might start that up again. I had so much fun doing those.

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

Fuuccckkk

This sucks but your unfaltering optimism gives me hope that the label will do just fine. Good luck

Chadae said...

I am so proud of you and the way you handled this situation! "Kill the precedent!!!" I can't wait for the future of Stolen Transmission!

bex said...

woo! you go girl! haha i'll be looking out for new stuff =) I <333 stolen transmission!!!


ps: i got a letter in the mail today saying sorry i didn't win the stuff off your desk but i got an awesome pin instead =) best day ever haha

MEIK! said...

bummer i just read the news.
glad to you hear you're still able to support the bands. I can't wait to come to down to Hanger Bar on Friday, should be fun.

Clyde @ prohiphop.com said...

Best of luck.

Now take those skills and go make money!

Zhaul - NuRev said...

Hello Sarah, I'm from Milan, Italy. I've found your blog today and read the story... so.. you rock!!! Nowadays there are no many people looking for new artists, scouting and producing them, you're doing a great job!!
Major labels CAN'T understand that A&R role in their team is fundamental .. improving A&R means building the future!!
Go on Sarah!! Here we're also trying to realize our dream of a free music by great independent artists... Nice to meet you ;)

Anonymous said...

I love Karen's necklace in those pics...also, Sarah...you're looking very fresh-faced...like you just fell out of a spa.

nailz said...

that was Nailz btw...

SherriRevolt said...

There's no doubt that whatever direction you take ST, it will be successful. You're a hard worker and you genuinely care about the music.

Anonymous said...

you're a real classy person Sar and your post just re-iterates that. xoxo, fernando

Adam said...

Sarah,

Will you please send my regards to Kanani and Joanna? They are/were my contacts here at IndieClick and I love working with them.

The Dagger said...

ST LIVES!!!!

and the new party at Hanger Bar is fun,fun,fun. I can feel the epic vibes building...

bb said...

well this is what happens when you sell no records. For real, you can say develop all u want but none of your acts went anywhere. I see koch/ss next for you player.

Anonymous said...

Well, I'm glad bb is all about quantity and not quality. Good thinking. You should work for a major. They'd love your thinking.

Anonymous said...

Really I would do anything with your label. I have to admit that you have a good ear for music.

AlexisT said...

Congratulations! The best is yet to come from ST...we all know this.

In the words of Semisonic, "Every new beginning, comes from some other beginning's end."

Hahah! I heart 90's rock!

chucky said...

Just make sure you don't end up a mountain climber who plays an electric guitar. Because then you wouldn't know the meaning of dope.

Sincerely,
The dirtiest thing in sight

Anonymous said...

what does all this mean for the future of the horrors?

nick said...

im just glad that out of all of this, a semisonic reference emerged.

Anonymous said...

Excellent news. Glad business-sense won the day.

Neky Romero said...

werd! just happen to bump into this. Im uber excited seeing you do your thang :)
One dooor closes others open, but you keep the eye on the price, The artist. So refreshing.

Keep up the good work but I already know you will..

Paz.
happy holidays...

Anonymous said...

This is Eric over at Bit Riot Records - I am not a fan of everything you have released but I will say that Inner Party System has meant so much to us and our label - we are dedicated to becoming the best electronic rock label we can be and seeing bigger more successful labels working artists like IPS has done so much to excite us about the future. Keep it up!