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About Two Sheds Music
Two Sheds was formed in Jackson, Mississippi in 1996. John Graham, the label's founder, formed a label originally to release 4-track recording he'd been working on, and to help distribute recordings by friends of his (fortunately for the rest of the world, those 4-track recordings STILL haven't seen the light of day!). The label released its first recording in 1997, and followed that with the distribution of three other titles that are no longer in print.
After relocating to Atlanta and taking a two-year hiatus to learn a new local music scene, Two Sheds began releasing records in earnest in 2000. The label originally focused on local bands and regional promotion and distribution; however, the success of the label and the bands on its roster has increased the scope of the label's operations to nationwide promotional efforts. Still, the label has stayed true to its original mission by focusing primarily on Atlanta and Athens bands.
When the time came to expand beyond the label's one-man operations, John knew his only choice for a partner was Brad Benton. John met Brad in 1986 when both were working for the same accounting firm in Mississippi (the same national accounting firm that spawned Gibby Haynes). John and Brad spent many a night driving to and from New Orleans and Memphis to see bands, and had often talked of forming a music venture. Brad had relocated to Atlanta a year after John did and was a natural fit with the label.
Despite the fact that the label is run by two accountants, Two Sheds strives to operate as an artist-friendly label. Bands are given full creative control of their projects. Each project is run as a true partnership between artist and label, where proceeds are shared. In order to maintain open communications and to foster positive relationships, Two Sheds has preferred to focus on local bands. Rather than having a certain "sound," Two Sheds looks for artists who craft good songs. As a result, our releases have included punk, folk, bluegrass, psychedelic pop, hardcore, and good ol' indie rock.
Demo Submission Policy
Yes, we do accept demos, but please ask permission before sending. Even for a label as small as Two Sheds, requests to send demos are numerous. We've never signed anyone just from a demo submission. More likely, you'll be signed based on a live performance, so adding us to your mailing list and pointing us to a URL can be both more effective and cost-beneficial.
Before you send a demo, consider the following:
- Do I know the people at the label to whom I'm sending the demo? We tend to work with people we know and like, so the shotgun approach of sending out demos probably isn't effective with us. Consider labels in your hometown. Go out to shows and get to know people in your local music scene. Investing some time in networking is much more effective than sending a blind demo.
- Does my music fit the label? We've released a singer-songwriter record as well as a quasi-bluegrass record, but our bread and butter is indie rock. We've got no interest in releasing metal, hip-hop, r&b, country, electronica, or jazz, even though we like a lot of those genres. Consider finding the label in your area that fits your music.
- Am I touring or performing live regularly? This point is vital. It varies from artist to artist, but 50%-75% of our records are sold at shows. If you've recorded a great four-track in your bedroom but don't perform live, nobody is going to know who you are (and therefore won't buy your record). If this is you, it's probably too early in your career to be looking for a label. Consider doing a self-release or a CDr to get yourself established first.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where does the name "Two Sheds" come from?
It's a reference to a skit from Monty Python's Flying Circus. On one of the first episodes from the BBC series, there was an interview with a conductor named Arthur "Two Sheds" Jackson. The interviewer persistently asked the conductor questions about his nickname rather than his new symphony. It seemed like a good statement about the state of music in that there's more focus on image than there is about the underlying music.
Why does the website go by "2sheds" when the label's name is "Two Sheds?"
Simple. Some guy in Grand Rapids, Michigan beat us to twosheds.com. He reviews strip clubs in the Southwestern Michigan area. If you're accidentally at this site and are looking for the best lap dance in Kalamazoo, please go to twosheds.com. But buy a CD on your way out!
We've since acquired the twoshedsmusic.com and twoshedsrecords.com domains to further confuse matters. You can now reach the Two Sheds website by entering 2sheds.com, twoshedsmusic.com, or twoshedsrecords.com.
Whatever happened to .... ?
We've added a "Where Are They Now?" page to track the activities of label alumni.
Are you affliliated with the Two Sheds Records in Austin?
No. That label, operated by Chuck Stephens, picked the name without knowing there was already a Two Sheds operating in the industry. They have changed their name to Tight Spot Records in order to avoid confusion with us. They are releasing some good stuff, so please check them out and support their bands!
Two Sheds Music
PO Box 5455
Atlanta, GA 31107-0455
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