Episode 139: Fiddler Recods w/ Amy Fleisher Madden

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Fiddler Records was a small independent record label serving as the launch pad for several artists seminal to the pop, punk and emo genres. Starting as the brainchild of 16-year-old entrepreneur Amy Fleisher Madden in 1996, the label became well known for its early releases from marquee artists Dashboard Confessional and New Found Glory. Over the course of 10 years, Fiddler Records developed a steady roster of successful artists such as The Bled, The Higher, Recover, Juliette & The Licks, Name Taken and Classic Case. You can purchase some of their stuff at www.fiddlerrecords.com

I reached out to Amy last year but due to Covid it took us a while to make this happen. But, I finally got her on the SKYPE and this is what we talk about:

  • Why re-releasing records sometimes doesn’t work
  • how did she fund her first releases
  • What would she document if she could go back in time
  • Did she have other labels to bounce ideas off of?
  • The band Milkshed
  • The reasoning behind The Shortest Distance: A South Florida Compilation
  • why selling band merch now can be a giant pain in the ass
  • Dashboard Confessional
  • the band Recover
  • And a ton more

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Mint 400 Records is an indie record label from NJ with bands across the United States, Canada, and Europe. The label features everything from Indie Rock & Folk to Post-Punk and Soul. Over 370 exciting releases.

You can find Mint 400 Records releases streaming at Spotify, Pandora, Tidal, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Deezer, and more or at all mp3 outlets worldwide. Visit www.mint400records.com for links and more info.

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