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"The Sweetest Cuts from the Original Dough Nuts"
Are you guys serious?
Yes! We are starting a record label. The label will officially launch on January 30, 2014.
After 10 years in the doughnut business, why a record label?
Voodoo Doughnut opened in 2003, as a hole-in-the-wall doughnuteria catering to the rock 'n' roll community and nighthawks in general. The original shop was smooshed between Berbati's Pan and the Paris Theater and across the street from Dante's Inferno. While the names of some of the clubs have changed, Voodoo Doughnut's long-running association with Portland's underground music scene is as strong as ever. And, like sane people everywhere, we go "Grape Ape" for good music.
Kenneth "Cat Daddy" Pogson hails from Memphis, land of Sun and Stax. Tres Shannon, a fixture of Portland's rock 'n' roll community since the late Eighties, was co-founder of Portland's legendary X-Ray Cafe,which operated from 1990 to 1994 on the very same block as Voodoo's flagship store. Before they became jet-setting doughnut barons bent on world domination, Cat Daddy and Tres powered themselves through graveyard frying shifts by blasting Fats Domino, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Roger Miller and Hank Snow. Now it's their turn to give back.
While there would certainly not be a label called Voodoo Doughnut Recordings without its predecessor, Voodoo Doughnut, also it's true that there would not be a Voodoo Doughnut without a friendship cemented by great recorded music. It's a circular journey. Let the good times roll!
What does Voodoo Doughnut Recordings release?
For now, we release big-hole 7" vinyl records (also known as "45s") that look like giant doughnuts. Recordings released on vinyl are also released digitally. No LPs yet, but we are just finding our footing. The future is unwritten.
What genre of music does Voodoo Doughnut Recordings release?
All genres! Our lifeblood is rock 'n' roll (the broad definition: from Chuck Berry to Dead Moon) but we are open to all genres of music from this planet and beyond. Spoken word, too!
Is it true that you only release songs about doughnuts?
There are two sides on a 7" single. We would like one side of the single to be at least peripherally related to doughnuts. We aren't looking for jingles so much as great songs that enhance global doughnut awareness. A song's relation to fried dough can be tongue-in-cheek like the Deep Fried Boogie Band's "Doughnut Make My Brown Eyes Blue" or more overt, like The Doughnut Boys' "It Ain't No Cupcake (Workin' at Voodoo Doughnut)."
In the case of instrumental tracks (JAZZ? NOISE? AVANTE-GARDE?), the reference to doughnuts can be in the title alone. For inspiration, consider the names of some of our doughnuts: Dirty Snowball, Triple Chocolate Penetration. You could even use "No Name" as a song title!
To summarize, having a doughnut somewhere in your song greatly increases our interest in releasing it. After all, we are the world's leading doughnut-based recording company. The song on the other side of the single can be about anything you want. Except cupcakes.
Are you willing to make exceptions to the doughnut-theme rule for the likes of Iggy Pop?
We look forward to having that conversation with Mr. Pop!
What's in it for the artist?
We give our artists 100 copies of their 7" record to give away and sell at shows, plus some generous royalties. We also do our best, via the global notoriety of our associated pastry business, to promote your act.
Does Voodoo Doughnut Recordings have its own recording studio?
Not yet! Right now, we are asking artists to submit finished tracks from whatever home or professional studio they can access. If you are an artist visiting Portland or have a really great demo but no access to pro-level recording equipment, talk to us. We have friends with studios who might be able to help you out.
How often will records come out?
We are planning to release one single per month, starting with "It Ain't No Cupcake (Workin' at Voodoo Doughnut)" by The Doughnut Boys in January 2014. We will sneak in an extra record, via a contest, sometime in the coming year, making a full baker's dozen releases available by the end of 2014.
Are Voodoo Doughnut Recordings releases limited runs?
Yes! We only make 1,000 of each one. So don't dally.
Where can I get these fabulous records?
Records are available at any of our four locations, in our online store soon and at selected music outlets around the world. In Portland, you can find them in-store at Music Millennium.
Is there any way to sign up, in advance, for the entire Voodoo Dozen?
Yes. Doughnut Record of the Month Club information coming soon. Seriously. Stay tuned.
Please submit two recordings, at least one of which is intended to help promote global doughnut awareness. Ideal track length for each recordings is three minutes. If a track is over four minutes, sound quality starts to suffer.
Submit songs in WAV or AIF form, via email, to vdrsubmissions[at]voodoodoughnut.com.
Include a few words about yourself and your act.
Mail CDs/tapes to:
Voodoo Doughnut Recordings,
115 SW Ash St, Suite 322,
Portland, OR, 97204.
If you have a recording trapped in a totally analog environment, talk to us. We will find a way to listen to it.