Brothers Caleb and Micah Dailey are musicians and the co-founders of Moone Records, a Phoenix, Arizona-based minimal art label focus on creating minimal physical music that represents the artist’s work. In this episode, we talk about their A&R process, the challenges and benefits of running a community-focused indie label, the value of their day jobs and hard work, the role the label plays in their mental health, and more. Listen above or on iTunes or Spotify.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • how they split responsibilities co-running the label
  • their approach to A&R
  • why they don’t use contracts
  • why they focus on physical releases
  • how they collaborate with artists on the physical + visual representation of an album
  • how a label cultivates a community of artists
  • starting from custom DIY CDR releases just to be able to release physical media to becoming something they never expected
  • how working with international artists enriches Phoenix
  • why they value their day jobs and work to shed the artist’s stigma around the 9-to-5
  • the barriers they face as an indie label and why they keep going
  • overcoming the feeling of shooting into the dark
  • the rich and diverse arts, culture, and music scene of Phoenix
  • the impact of streaming on show attendance
  • the financial realities of starting a label
  • how increased vinyl sales are likely attributed to very specific things
  • advice to people looking to start a label

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