“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 nine. He then played in a progressive 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 EP release, The Switch. Later his talent as a producer and engineer became evident when he recorded the demo and debut album 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 artists since the 90's. He has released 11 bands on his label and has earned the reputation as a premier sound engineer and producer.
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Side Note: Eaton's talents are not limited to being a musician/artist, engineer, and producer, he has also served as a Paramedic/Firefighter, Emergency/Critical Care RN, and an Auxiliarist in the U.S. Coast Guard.
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