Berklee Launches Independent Record Label

Berklee's new indpendent record label gives student engineers experience in record making; birnCORE celebrates the label launch at Cafe 939 on October 17.

October 8, 2013

Students at Berklee College of Music will have the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of an independent record label through the college’s Berklee Internet Radio Network Cooperative Records, or, birnCORE. birnCORE records some of today’s best independent artists who visit Berklee’s campus performance facilities, from the 200-seat Red Room at Cafe 939 to the college’s state-of-the-art internet radio studio, the BiRN. Student engineers mix the albums to the artists’ specifications. Released digitally, birnCORE LPs are priced to sell at about $5.

birnCORE will celebrate its launch with a performance by singer-songwriter Jesca Hoop, the most recent artist to sign on for a birnCORE release on October 17 at the Red Room at Cafe 939 at 8:00 p.m.

That same day, birnCORE will release Sing to Me – Live in Boston, birnCORE’s release of singer-songwriter Brooke Waggoner, who performed on campus earlier this year. A rising star on the online music scene, Waggoner’s singles have been downloaded 270,000 times, and this is her fourth LP.

On November 19, fans of experimental “Moroccan-dosed dub-trance-jazz” band Club d’Elf can purchase the band’s birnCORE LP, Fire in the Brain (Live at Berklee). Led by Berklee alumnus Mike Rivard ’85, Club d’Elf performed for an intimate crowd at Berklee’s the Red Room at Cafe 939 in July, 2012.


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