Fredericton-based artist manager Kate Butler makes things official with new label and management company.
After years of supporting New Brunswick musicians as a freelance manager, journalist, photographer and enthusiastic concert-goer, Kate Butler has launched her own label and management company, She Said Feck Records.
“I’ve always supported the DIY method and any musician in New Brunswick knows it essentially starts there,” said Butler. “With several artists under my wing in a manager role, it was the next logical step to launch a record label to leverage the hard work the artists are doing right here at home.”
The first official release – a new single and video by CHIPS – is scheduled for release on February 27 with a full album to follow later this year.
“Working with team KB this past year has been great,” said CHIPS guitarist Luke Bailey. “She is a real team player who always has the best interest of our craft and our music in mind. For CHIPS, having Kate work with us is huge. It’s allowing us to focus on more writing and planning on what’s to come for our band.”
The Tortoise the Hare and the Millionaire are currently working on their first EP tentatively slated for summer release. The band also have several shows coming up in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia with the Andrew Moore Band.
“Kate always works with our best interest in mind and has been our greatest advocate,” said THM bassist Eric Allard. “She is incredibly driven and hard working. She juggles several jobs and is always looking for more. We are grateful to be on team KB and know she’s going to make She Said Feck into something great.”
Butler brings a wealth of experience to her new endeavor, having worked in the past with both the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival and Shivering Songs Festival as well as Forward Music Group and The Capital Complex.
Initial plans are to stick close to home but Butler isn’t ruling out working with groups from elsewhere in the future.
“My plans are to stay local as long as it’s sustainable,” she said. “At this time I will be focusing on New Brunswick artists but as the label grows I am certainly open to working with artists outside of NB with a continued focus on indie and emerging artists.”