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.