Fredericton based record label and management company She Said Feck Records marks its fifth anniversary with a curated afternoon of music at HalfCut Brewing on March 4.
This March marks five years since perennial Fredericton music scenester Kate Butler began She Said Feck Records. After identifying the music community’s need for greater support on the business side of things, Butler began looking for ways to put her love for live music and her background in communications to use supporting the community that has been her home for decades.
“Musicians and artists are really good at what they do but oftentimes the other side of the industry – the business, and administrative side – falls by the wayside,” said Butler. “I started out helping friends by putting together one-sheets, booking shows, writing grants, award applications, and single releases. Things naturally grew from there.”
Today, She Said Feck manages two bands full-time, Diner Drugs (Moncton), and the Tortoise the Hare and the Millionaire (Fredericton), and will soon be announcing a new addition to the roster. The company also works with several artists on a contract basis assisting with album releases, grant writing, and more.
Butler says from the very beginning, She Said Feck’s primary focus has always been on promoting live music and getting artists on stages in front of audiences, big or small.
“I’ve been going to live shows since I was a teen,” said Butler, “and I know how important music is not only for our mental well-being but also for forming new friendships and partnerships. It’s a way to connect with others, especially in these post-pandemic times. Fredericton has an incredibly supportive live music community and I’m very proud to be a part of it.
“I hate to keep saying post-pandemic times, but the music industry is still recovering and to come out the other side mostly unscathed is a testament to our artists and the music community for sticking with us,” she said.
Some highlights Butler is especially proud of over the past five years including seeing The Tortoise the Hare and the Millionaire on stage at the Harvest Music Festival opening for Ariel Posen and Nathaniel Rateliff, curating a complete local music soundtrack for Jillian Acreman’s award winning feature film Queen of the Andes (2020), and being nominated for two ECMA’s for Manager of the Year.
“While we’ve been able to be part of some very cool things, at the end of the day, I am always at my proudest watching SSF artists on stages having fun and continuing to grow as artists,” said Butler. “Seeing them build their fanbase and continually work on their craft day in and day out and still have fun doing it, that’s the most rewarding part.”
To celebrate She Said Feck’s anniversary, Butler will be curating an afternoon of live music at Halfcut Brewery on Main Street with performances from Travis John Flynn (The Merci Buckets) and Kylie Fox. The event runs 2-4 p.m. with Pay What You Can admission. See you there!