The Mission, The Manifesto
Edgetone Records was founded by musician/producer, Rent Romus. The label took shape in 1991 to support his group’s original jazz recordings. After being on a long hiatus Rent re-opened Edgetone in January 2000 and expanded it to support avant-garde and experimental music and recordings crossing the genre boundaries specifically for D.I.Y. (do it yourself) artists looking for a ground base and community label identity.
The community of musicians on Edgetone are those who do not want to compromise their vision to fit into a narrow definition of "commercially viable”, or necessarily take on standard genre tags. They are those that believe in their efforts and work to see them through creative business mechanisms to support their ideas and dreams. The artists of Edgetone have what it takes to stand on their own and seek the need to expand their support.
Unlike many music corporate structures that mimic a parasite, Edgetone is dedicated to a symbiotic relationship between artist and itself by releasing recordings by artists who are “self-producers”, show a clear proactive interest in working in a community environment with empowerment as the base, a mind for business, and not just looking for the “deal”. Edgetone does not just "put out" records, it supports artists.
Every dollar spent on an Edgetone CD goes to support the artist’s creation. There will never be any non-musician administrators, secretaries, managers, or CEOs to receive one cent of your purchase. The artist who puts out their hard work receives the majority of the sale. A minimal percentage goes back into Edgetone to make it possible to continue to support their works. Edgetone supports the artists without sonic compromise or preconception.
Album, song, or any miscellaneous titles or names appearing in or on works licensed by Edgetone Records are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead is purely coincidental.
If you are a D.I.Y. independent self-minded artist with the passion and knowledge to empower your music we want to hear about it.
Please follow these instructions:
(a) Your web site (required)4. After we have had a chance to experience your current musical project you will be contacted via email for project material if we decide it merits further discussion.
(b) Describe your self-production/tour background and experience.
(c) Links to mp3 files of the music you wish to submit and indicate if they are available online. (optional)
1. Label identity.
2. Over twenty years of independent artist driven production and promotion experience.
3. Worldwide promotional support.
4. Worldwide electronic hard copy and digital distribution for the catalog.
5. An ever growing community of like minded artists.
6. Community Network support through label representation & information.
Edgetone is a label of uncompromising difference. There are plenty of labels who support mainstream music. Edgetone is not interested in mainstream music from any era or genre. The music should be original improvised or composed. Standards and covers are considered only if the project contains considerable elements of discovery and originality in the arragement.
We like free jazz, nu jazz, electronic, experimental music, avant rock, harsh noise, noise, laptop, field effects to mention a few.
If you are uncertain of what this means simply visit us at Emusic.com and take a good listen to the samples, or browse the catalog and download the free mp3s available on this site.
Edgetone does not take unsolicited submissions. Edgetone will not distribute already completed unreleased albums by new artists. This is not a record deal we license finished masters and audio release produced by the artist which are to be sold by Edgetone. Artists are expected to have willingness and work/business experience as a truly independent and original artist.
As we grow the quality of recording has become more and more important. Please keep this in mind while working to master your project. Unintended distortion and imbalanced recordings don't go over well with customers or with Edgetone.
^ Resources are loosely defined as worked hours, in-kind support, or financial backing.