Episode 206: Victory Records w/ Monika Ebly

Victory Records is a Chicago-based record label founded by Tony Brummel. It operates a music publishing company called “Another Victory, Inc.” and is the distributor of several record labels. It has featured many prominent artists including Thursday, Hawthorne Heights, Silverstein, Taking Back Sunday, Bayside, Streetlight Manifesto, and A Day to Remember. 

Some Victory bands I’ve interviewed include Doug fromThe Sleeping, Andrew from Strife, and Mark from Shutdown. I also interviewed Double J who used to worked for Victory for 10 years as a designer who was basically their art director.

In September 2019, years after buying part of the label’s catalogue, Concord bought Victory Records and Another Victory for $30 million. Craft Recordings has been managing Victory Record’ catalog since Concord acquired the label. Victory has since not signed any new bands or released new records. Instead, the label operates for the current distribution of the label’s alumni, as well as for reissues. Victory’s catalogue includes 4,500 master recordings and 3,500 compositions through its publisher Another Victory.

Monika has been listening to the show for a while and would always message me with random stories about people I’ve interviewed. I found out she worked for Victory and she said she’d like to tell some stories since no one really wants to talk honestly about the label. 

I got her on the Skype and this is what we talk about:

  • What could they listen to at the office
  • The cops showing up
  • The Holiday party
  • Did the staff know about the deals bands were getting
  • The Sleeping
  • The Damnation AD showcase
  • Blackberrys
  • 360 deals
  • The soda machine story
  • Freezing checks
  • And a ton more

Here are some people I’d like to interview if you have a connection – Greg from Gokart, The Lunachicks, Dan Adriano just about Tuesday, Rainer Maria, Ace from Early November, Steve Evetts, just to name a few. 

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