SideOneDummy Records Restructures Drastically

SideOneDummy Records was the glimpse of hope to many indie music artists and fans. Late December, they announced that they were signing Kississippi and Mom Jeans. They had just relocated from Hollywood Heights to Glendale. The new offices composed of a unique pop-up shop that served as a retail space and as an area for artists to perform. The L.A based label, formed 22 years ago, had a back catalog of music from early artists and bands like The Gaslight Anthem, Gogol Bordello, Flogging Molly, and as well as recording groups like PUP, Worriers, and Rozwell Kid. The label had interests with punk veterans, Against Me. The group was on the verge of producing a new album. Top of it all, the label’s staff had successfully created a unique identity and built a crowd of loyal fans.

Unexpectedly, on January 3rd, the founders laid off the entire staff save for Thomas Dreux, the general manager. Armstrong, the co-founder said that the move was necessary as the label was restructuring. He considered the move as an evolution. The label had active projects which were not affected by the restructuring. As Armstrong said, the co-founders were in good terms with its former employees. He has, on a frequent basis, employed Coletta while handling the active projects. On the other hand, Armstrong helped Johns to land a job with Hopeless Records.

Artists signed with SideOneDummy refused to make comments to Noisy as their fate was still under determination. Some are working on promotional strategies with the label while others are working towards obtaining the rights to their music. SideOneDummy was home to mid-level acts and artists. As a result, many of them hardly had lawyers and managers. Lack of legal representation left them to make negotiations on their own. Mom Jeans, a California based band, became a victim of the unfortunate timing. They were left out in the list of active groups in SideOneDummy. The band has since signed with Counter-Intuitive Records. According to Armstrong, the label may sign new bands but will scale back on the number.