FEATURE: INDICA RECORDS

IndicaRecords1Indica Records is a Canadian record label based in Montreal, Quebec, founded by rock band GrimSkunk in 1997. The label was put together by the band, manager Simon Gallipeault, label manager Kyria Kilakos and head of promo Mariana Gianelli, following the demise of the band’s former label Cargo Records. Indica is considered to be the biggest “alternative” label in Quebec. After Gallipeault’s death following a skateboarding accident, GrimSkunk singer Franz Schuller took the helm as president of the company. Indica Records was started with $2000; a grassroots, do-it-yourself approach; and an overriding belief in “artist first” vision.

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Armed with the mandate of supporting independent releases for great touring bands lacking label support in Canada, Indica has since grown by leaps and bounds and has expanded its repertoire to encompass a variety of genres beyond the rock/punk/alternative music on which the label was founded, including folk, pop, indie, world and electro-rock.

The company’s vision has not wavered, however. It finds artists with a great attitude, songwriting and originality.

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Following 3 successful and inspiring trips to Australia, Indica licenced local icons The Cat Empire and John Butler Trio for Canada and felt such a natural and strong connection between the 2 countries, music and culture, that it was decided to launch a Indica in Australia.

Indica Australia has put together a great team of australian partners, to form a full service music label and company dedicated to develop emerging Australian talent at home and abroad and bring in some of the world’s best new international talent into Australia.

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The first 2 artists to be released in 2012 are Merimbula, Australia’s own Kim Churchill and Montreal indie-folk trio Half Moon Run. The company’s vision for this australian division remains the same. We find artists with a great attitude, songwriting and originality. What we put out has to be special, genuine, and capable of moving people. Our vision is simple: “we are fans first”.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT INDICA RECORDS MONTREAL HERE, AND INDICA RECORDS AUSTRALIA HERE.