“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 Magazine
Always an avid music lover, Brian began playing drums at the age of 9. He then played in a rock cover band throughout high school, majored in music composition and theory in college, and studied jazz piano with Skip Green – one of Chicago’s finest jazz instructors.
Brian then honed his production skills on his solo release, The Switch. Later his talent as a producer and engineer became evident when he recorded the demo for his band, North. In the early 90s, Eaton built his own recording studio and independent label, Eatin’ Records, and then went on to work with a multitude of local artists through the 90s and early 2000s. He has released 11 bands on his Eatin’ label and has earned the reputation as a premier sound engineer and producer who turns demos into commercial recordings.
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