Five years ago today I put out the Lockbox EP under the name Josh Buché. This wasn’t my first release. It isn’t even available for streaming at the moment(although a remastered version may be coming soon), but it is important for another reason. This was the first release under the name Schnauz Records. I’ll be completely honest with how it started: I realized that I had the option to pick the record label name for my new release so I made one up. And so, five years ago today Schnauz Records was born. At that point, I had no idea what to expect.
Of course the story only begins there. I have since gone on to collaborate on projects with some incredibly talented producers, musicians, and composers through Schnauz Records. This small record label has afforded me so many opportunities that I would not have otherwise had. Reflecting back on the past five years, I have learned so much about the record industry, music theory, music production, musicians, people, and how to grow as a person.
I am thankful for the many people who helped us get here. Thankful foremost for our artists, both active and alumni, without whom none of this would have been possible. Grateful for my dad, who has always been the biggest supporter of my music and this record label. Zach Bridier, for his everything he has done to support my music and the label over the years. Matt Zoppa, for his vision and hard work. John Towner, Adela Skowronski, Katharyne O’Connor, the many great folk at Elmhurst College Music Department and the Elmhurst College Jazz Band for the many opportunities they’ve provided us over the years. Thank you to countless others not named that have been invaluable.
We are continually moving forward and asking ourselves how we can continue to serve artists while ensuring their rights and freedoms. We determined that our next step forward is to make our quality production services available to the public. So, today we are launching Schnauz Studios for the first time. We are making available the production that has been exclusive to our artists at affordable rates for artists around the world. We are very passionate and excited about this project. More information is available at the link below.