Tell me a little bit about how this project came about. What inspired the inception of In Transit Records? The ultimate goal with this label is just to make good music popular again. I wanted to come up with a way to promote quality artists in a way that hasn’t ever been done before. I actually read a status on Facebook the other day that said something along the lines of “Where’s the Stevie Nicks of our generation?” and there were a bunch of comments about how no one is talented anymore.
That’s just not true. There are so many amazing bands, and I want to share them with everyone. These bands deserve to be recognized.
Are you a vinyl lover at heart? How was the process pressing your own vinyl album?
I think I am— it’s more of a new love, but I find it really special and meaningful to be able to own music in tangible form. Plus nothing sounds better than vinyl, even though nothing is more annoying than having to get up and flip the record!
Pressing my own vinyl has been really exciting. I’m in love with every song on the compilation. Every artist on there is going to do something big. I’m lucky to have found them this early on.
I didn’t know a lot about how it all worked, so I’ve been figuring things out along the way. It’s been a long, but educational process. My friends have been a huge help as well with everything from basic logistical planning to release show booking to just moral support—all of which are extremely appreciated.
How did you choose which artists to feature? Especially the artists from Denmark?
I have a very specific music taste, and I can usually tell within the first 15 seconds of a song if I love it or not. I’m always finding new bands, so I basically just chose artists that I instantly became a fan of. I’m into a lot of punk music, and there are so many new punk bands coming out of Denmark right now. I’ve spent a lot of time looking at small labels there to find artists. I’ve also been reading little Danish blogs that I have to translate into English. I’m just trying to explore the scene there as much as I can from here in New York.
What were/are your favourite albums to listen to on vinyl?
There is this record store in East Village Manhattan where I live called A-1 Records, and they have an amazing selection of vinyls. I love this record I got from there. It’s The Cure’s single “Boys Don’t Cry,” but on one side it’s the normal version and on the other side it’s an alternate 10-minute version, which is so good. I haven’t seen that version online anywhere.
My most played record though is probably Youth Lagoon’s Year of Hibernation. All the songs are so dreamy. It’s one of my favorite records of all time.
What bands are you currently excited about?
What kind of plans do you have for the future of In Transit Records?
I’ve already made my dream playlist for Vol.2! I’m going to release a few more compilations and then hopefully be established enough to sign artists.
You've done all of this while doing your degree, which is really impressive. What do you hope to do once you've finished studying?
Yeah it has been a crazy amount of work, but I enjoy doing everything, so it’s all seems worth it to me. After I graduate in the spring, I want to do A&R for independent labels, which is talent scouting and finding new artists to sign.
Transmission, Vol. 1 will be released on October 2nd and is available for pre-order here.
Album artwork by Zachary Johnston.
All images courtesy of Moriah Berger.