When I started Cellar Live in 2001, I truly and honestly believed in my heart of hearts that we would only release one record!! Then I promised myself that we’d release only one or two more…but we got a loan from the Canadian Youth Business Foundation that helped us release about 10 more albums – and it kept going and kept going.
I was contacted by a Japanese Distributor in 2004 which helped get our releases out there. Then at MIDEM in France (2005), we secured a distribution deal with Allegro Music in the United States (soon to be switching to Distribution 13). Last year we signed a worldwide deal with Planetworks, who will be taking over our Canadian Distribution as well. All of this has been happening during a time when the record business seems to be declining greatly.
I’m under no false belief that the continuously-changing parameters of the recording industry won’t catch up with Cellar Live some day though, slowing things down and forcing the label to re-think the way we distribute recordings. For the time being, I’m having a really great time!
I just received word from LISA REEDY PROMOTIONS that 5 of our releases will grace the JAZZWEEK CHART next week:
#21 – Peter Bernstein with the Tilden Webb Trio
#32 – Tardo Hammer
#34 – Ian Hendrickson-Smith
#36 – Miles Black Trio with Grant Stewart
#43 – Mike LeDonne Trio
That makes up 10% of the whole chart! There is such a great community of people that help make this label work and I’m so proud and humbled to work with everyone!