Hello! My name is Jake. Nearly 3 years ago I found a band's demo on reddit & convinced them to let me release it on vinyl. Now I haven't worked a real job for 6 months & just put out my 20th album. AMA!
Alright, so back at the start of 2015 I found Bay Faction's demo on r/emo, reached out to them and ended up investing all the money I had (and a lot more I had to earn) into their first full length album putting it out under the name Counter Intuitive Records. Luckily, the album took off and sold out pretty fast & now I've repeated that process about 20 times with bands from all over the USA (and one from the UK).
you can follow my big announcements here: https://www.facebook.com/CounterIntuitiveRecords
You can listen to any of my releases here & download 20 albums for like $8: https://counterintuitiverecords.bandcamp.com/
Or see the physical products on my site here: http://www.counterintuitiverecords.com/
I lost my job in march right before South by South West and it really changed my life. I met my now friends Prince Daddy & The Hyena while at "unofficial" events at the festival & have toured the country with them numerous times now, including 1 day after meeting them.
It is hard to make money from this and I will likely be scraping by for awhile, but currently I am running the company from my bedroom, doing all the mail order myself, & I get to sell their records firsthand at shows while seeing the country with some great friends.
I've seen my bands play to 3 people in a taco restaurant and play sold out shows opening for the likes of Silversun Pickups & Letters to Cleo at ridiculous venues I grew up going to like The Paradise in Boston. It's been a really cool few years. AMA!
Proof: https://twitter.com/CIRecs instagram: CIRecs
EDITTTTTTT: if there is any interest awhile ago i made a imgur album of behind the scenes stuff of running a vinyl label from my bedroom: http://imgur.com/a/PyJm2