We are artist friendly!
As artists ourselves we mean it when we say that we are artist friendly. No long term contracts and no out of pocket cost to the artist. We provide the necessary start-up funds and we share the profits once costs are recovered. All of our partnerships are 50/50, and publishing remains the property of the artist.
We only work with bands that we like.
If we do not believe in the music how could we possibly promote and sell it effectively? Every artist on the SquidHat Records roster is a band that we love to see live and genuinely want to help grow as artists while growing their audience.
We bring 45 years of experience to the table.
With over 45 years of combined experience in the business as recording and touring artists, we have seen the good and the bad of the music industry. SquidHat Records was founded on the principle of helping artists bypass the pitfalls and BS of the industry so that they can do what they do best and get heard by people who will get what they are all about. Utilizing our talents and experience as well as the relationships we have built with recording studios, distributors, merchandisers, venues and other musicians, we can help hard-working and dedicated artists succeed.
At SquidHat Records, we are fans first.
We want our artists to excel at doing what they love without signing their lives away or losing ownership of their music. We help our artists create a great product and get it in front of likeminded music fans around the world. You create the music and we help you find the audience.
Because music does not have to suck and neither does the music business.
About the Owners
SquidHat Records founder and President, Allan Carter, started playing music professionally at age 14 in his hometown of Baltimore, MD. A career musician, Allan has recorded and toured with many bands during his 25 year career including Invasion, Sex & Sin, SwingFace and Groove Syndicate in Baltimore, MD., and most recently Hit Me Baby and Attack Ships On Fire in Portland, OR. Allan sincerely hopes his experience and resources will provide an artist friendly voice to some of the many talented bands he has been fortunate enough to see perform over the last few years.
Squidhat Records Vice President, Mike Bell, began performing at the age of six and was immediately hooked on the stage. His passion for performing led him to study trumpet performance at the highly acclaimed University of Oregon School of Music until finding, quite literally, his voice. Mike has been the front man, either singing or playing trumpet, in touring bands ranging from jazz, to hard rock, to metal, to punk for over 20 years. He’s also had stints drumming for Northwest punkers 2Buck Short as well as various club/bar bands. Mike is currently singing for the Portland based punk rock outfit Attack Ships On Fire as well as playing the part of Britney in the punk rock tribute to Britney Spears, Hit Me Baby. With more than three decades of writing, recording, engineering, producing, and performing Mike has a keen grasp of what it is to be a musician and can offer a wealth of knowledge regarding the music industry.
SquidHat Records Director of Business Development, Stephen Fahlsing, has been writing, performing and producing music since age 14. He has recorded and toured with more bands that he can count, has had songs placed in movies and television, and has won Best Independent Rock Album from the Los Angeles Music Awards. Stephen owns Bonfire Recording Studios in Los Angeles, CA and has produced albums and EPs for many artists from in and outside of LA. Stephen hopes to combine his experience in the music industry and his experience creating marketing for brands like Ford, Toyota, Disney and Google into success for all of SquidHat's artists and endeavors.