Episode 045

Record Deals


With Keith Armstrong of Kitchenware records, John Newman, Neville Staple, She Drew The Gun, The Sheepdogs, Jimmy Eat World and We Are Scientists.

This week the topic is the record deal, once the main target for all aspiring musicians. With musicians now having the ability to record music easily themselves, what is the role of the record company today? Are they still as appealing as they once were?

Keith Armstrong who co-founded Kitchenware Records back in 1982 so has bags of experience in this field. Having supported acts such as the Lighthouse Family and Editors, today (among others) Keith spends a large chunk of his time managing Jake Bugg. With views on what a record company and record label should be, there’s some great content in this episode. As ever, we also sprinkle in the views of a load of top artists to cover the good and bad points of a record deal.

Ben with Keith Armstrong of Kitchenware Records

Ben with Keith Armstrong of Kitchenware Records


In season 1 we spoke to an ex-label owner Pete Dale. Be sure to check out episodes 14 and 15 for more great content on this topic.

Have you had good or bad experiences regarding a record deal? As an artist is it something you still want today? We’d love to hear from you.

The good cause for this week comes from Keith Armstrong and is the Robin Hoodie Foundation.


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