Originally launched as an analog recording studio in a small townhouse outside Chicago by Brian Eaton in 1992, Eatin’ Records is a small independent record label/studio now based in Portland.
“To hear Brian Eaton describe it, starting a record label was a less-than-precise science: ...some labels exist in little more than name only, providing a way for new bands putting out a CD to say they’re on a ‘label.’ During the 1980s, tiny independent labels operating on shoestring budgets released truckloads of records from mostly unheard-of bands. Their idea wasn’t anything new: The punk rock movement of the mid-to late ‘70s proved that you didn’t have to play by the major labels’ rules to be successful.
“College radio stations were the perfect outlet for these ‘indie’ bands, who developed an underground following and, considering their labels’ modest resources, decent records sales. Indie rock grew and grew, and once-underground bands such as R.E.M., U2, and Sonic Youth graduated to worldwide renown.” — Brian Steele, Spotlight
Over the years, Eaton has work with a multitude of artists as an engineer, producer, musician and label owner. Production and release highlights include the debut album from Dee Snider guitarist, T.D. Clark, who toured with Bad Company and Ted Nugent while promoting his Eatin’ Records release, Personalities. Soundtrack production for the original motion picture Carnivore, and for the Robin Hood Stunt Show (Time Warner Entertainment) at Six Flags St. Louis theme park.
In the face of the digital shift and the downfall of physical and download sales in the music industry, playlist curation is one way the label has adapted to the changing landscape. This includes music submissions to our Breaking Rock Artists and Jazz 21 Club playlists. Artists can submit their music using the submission form on our playlist page, or via DropTrack.
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