Guitarist Skip Heller, whose release FAKEBOOK was one of the critics' favorite releases of 2004, has joined Dreambox Media’s roster of artists.
“I like the way they do business,” says Heller, “because it’s really set up around the artist, not the retailer. The way they do things, I can make money at about two hundred copies. I mean actual profit, actual dollars in my hand.”
The label, started by Philadelphia drummer Jim Miller over two decades ago, has long been a high quality outlet for Philadelphia-based artists. Although Heller lives in Los Angeles, he still considers himself a Philadelphia artist.
“I’ve known Jim Miller for almost twenty-five years, and I’ve always liked playing with him, hanging with him, and just talking music. He’s one of us.”
Heller’s first release for the label will actually be two discs -- OUT OF TIME, a live standards date cut at Philly nightclub Tritone, and BEAR FLAG, a studio album of all new material cut in LA. Both discs will be issued in small LP-styled jackets.
“The cardboard travels better than plastic jewel cases. We’ve got a four page booklet in the the jacket like an innersleeve. I got sick of having to replace jewel cases because the hinges got broken in travel.”
Although the label’s business set-up is different from most, Heller has kept some of the traditional mechanisms in place, including his longtime publicist Kevin Calabro, and summer tour dates in support of both discs.
“I’m really excited. I like working this way, and I think I’ve just made my two best records, so I’m putting my best foot forward.”
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