The 9:30 Club has hosted music fans for more than three decades. Now, the local music venue is launching a record label, 9:30 Records.
Despite having exposure to scores of artists and musical styles, Seth Hurwitz, co-owner of the Northwest spot, was inspired to start his own label after hearing Justin Jones perform.
Hurwitz is keeping his newest endeavor close to home. Jones grew up in Virginia, and developed his soulful singing and song-writing style in D.C. “The Little Fox EP,” Jones’ debut with 9:30 Records, is scheduled for release on Sept. 14.
“I’m determined to do all I can to bring this enormously talented artist to the rest of the world,” he said in a statement.
In an era where record companies and musicians are struggling to maintain profitability amidst growing Internet downloads, Hurwitz is confident about his new venture.
“It’s no secret the traditional record business is in total disarray. But I’ve been an independent businessman my entire career and have been used to taking things into my own hands,” he said.
To celebrate the release of “The Little Fox EP,” 9:30 Records is hosting an invitation-only concert and party at, where else, the 9:30 Club.
Local media, radio personalities and industry tastemakers will be in attendance, but fans can get in on the action as well. Members of the 9:30 Club Forum, an online discussion group; subscribers to the club’s newsletter, Volume, and members of the 9:30 Club media outlets and e-mail list can score tickets by lottery.
"The Little Fox EP" will be available for purchase at the event. Thirty Tigers, of Nashville, is distributing the record, which will be available digitally and in stores.
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