25 Independent Record Labels You Should Know

papergarden

Paper Garden Records

Year Established: 2005
Genre Focus: Indie, Folk, Pop, Experimental
Website: www.papergardenrecords.com

Bryan Vaughan founded Paper Garden Records in 2005 as part of an entrepreneurial program at Belmont University in Nashville, but it wasn't until he moved to New York City and became business partners with Heidi Greenwood that the label really flowered into full fruition. Still functioning on a very DIY scale, the pair work out of their apartment, and yet manage to represent some of the best independent and underground music being created. Whether it be releasing records through their small, independent label, or helping represent bands through the Lovely Hearts Club PR blast branch of the LLC.

Not only that, but PGR also has a presence at major festivals like SXSW and CMJ putting on free shows that often highlight visual and video artists along with musicians. In the past, Paper Garden has worked with folk-oriented pop-rock bands like Little Tybee, Fierce Creatures, Dad Rocks!, Pree, and The City, and Horses. Currently the headliners on their roster are Team Genius and Conveyor - two innovative pop bands with stellar harmonies and an aptitude for electronic rock.