The city of love, Philadelphia, has many claims to fame, including being home to the defending Super Bowl champs, being the sixth largest city in the U.S., and, as you may have guessed, being the hub of a booming music scene. Fun venues and DIY concerts are a big part of that music scene, but there’s a lot of music being produced in the city of Brotherly love as well. There are a ton of Philadelphia record labels you should know, but here’s a quick tour of the best of the Delaware valley.
Philadelphia record labels you should know
Siltbreeze Records began in 1987 as a self-published music magazine and evolved into one of the oldest independent Philadelphia record labels two years later. The releases under Siltbreeze cover all things underground rock, from psych, to punk, to garage. Bands include Pink Reason, Halo of Flies, A Handful of Dust and more.
Relapse Records is one of the other largest independent Philadelphia record labels, founded by Matt Jacobson in 1990, specializing in heavy metal music. The label now has offices all over the world, including Japan and the Netherlands. There is an absolutely absurd amount of bands signed, including Alabama Thunderpussy, Angel of Decay, S U R V I V E, and more.
Skylyne Music Group
Originally Skylyne Records, Skylyne Music Group was founded in 2017 by Chris Arencibia. The Skylyne Music Group offers full-fledged service, including “music production, booking, graphic design, web design, social media management, photography, and videography.” Artists include Emma Larson, Brightbill, Dutch Criminal Records and more.
Know Hope Records
Know Hope Records was founded in 2015 by longtime friends Shawn Dorsey and JD Perry, and releases are scattered throughout genres, mostly determined by whatever appeals to the two cofounders. Artists signed include Milkmen, Mosey, Rich People, and more.
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