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Premiere: Dads & Grads Comp 1 (Night Court)
Posted August 02, 2017 by Seth Johnson
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Whether you’re a dad, a grad, or both, you’re sure to find something of intrigue in this eclectic compilation from newly conceived Indiana label Dads & Grads. The brainchild of longtime MFT supporter and Teen Brigade mastermind Greg Lindberg, Dads & Grads is a label that’s ready to blow your mind, believe us.

This explorative 17-track compilation will be available digitally on Friday via the Dads & Grads Bandcamp and Soundcloud pages. In alignment with all of Bandcamp’s shares of album sales going to the Transgender Law Center this Friday, Dads & Grads also pledges to donate 100% of proceeds to the Transgender Law Center on Friday and beyond.

Stream the compilation below, while also checking out our interview with Lindberg.

Seth Johnson: What was the inspiration behind the start of your Dads & Grads label?

Greg Lindberg: I check the Chocolate Grinder on Tiny Mix Tapes frequently, and that got me into a lot of the cassette and Bandcamp/Soundcloud labels inspired by things like PC Music, Orange Milk and post vaporwave stuff. There's just so much good electronic music out there, and it's all so processed really fast. Also, I had just finished recording an EP for a new project called ADULT WATER PARK with a release this summer on Pedicure Records. All that combined with fond memories of the weird bedroom music represented so well on Jon Rogers' Holy Infinite Freedom Revival label really just got me saying, “Let's do a label with a bunch of lesser known electronic and experimental artists in Indiana.”

SJ: What in particular will the label focus on, and how does this first compilation serve as a fitting introduction?

GL: I think it's really bonkers. There's a huge variety of tunes with so much creativity in each track. To me, I wanted the label to focus on interesting music. So as long as it's interesting, I'm excited about it. This comp features some artists, mostly out of Indy and Lafayette, with some artists that people have heard of and some that probably no one has really heard about. We've only had three small releases so far, so this comp really showcases the type of music you can hear on the label in the future.



SJ: What all went into the first Dads & Grads compilation? I notice there are a lot of different local electronic sounds represented.

GL: I reached out to people I knew and was put in touch with other local artists, like COKEBOTTLEGLASSES and Dilettante. Lots of artists were receptive, and there were no real rules. Also, I asked Baron Mattern to do the artwork and the theme in my mind was just a courtroom with spiders wearing top hats. I'm not really sure how that translates as a real theme to the comp, but I'll just stick with that.

SJ: What do you personally like about how this first compilation turnd out?

GL: I love how eclectic it ended up being. My own music has always been alI over the place and jarring. These tracks are a lot like that. Things go from sunny to dark to ambient and frantic. I'm big on listening to albums from beginning to end and capturing a mood. I think this album is perfect for people who want to be lost in a moment. 

SJ: Going forward, what are some things you’d like to do via Dads & Grads?

GL: I'd like to get to the point where we're releasing an album every Friday. Also, it'd be a dream to work towards doing some physical releases at some point. It's my goal to reach out to more women for future releases. Women are so underrepresented, especially in electronic genres locally. I'm guessing there's some hidden gems out there I'd like to hear.

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