Backbeat: Secretly Canadian Hosts 6th Annual Label Distribution Summit
Backbeat: Secretly Canadian Hosts 6th Annual Label Distribution Summit

Last weekend, Secretly Canadian hosted its 6th annual Label Distribution Summit, inviting representatives from labels distributed by SC -- Jagjaguwar, Dead Oceans, Sacred Bones and Hometapes among them -- as well as distributors (iTunes, Record Store Day and independent shops like Grimey's and Landlocked Music). Among the topics discussed in the roundtable conversations were the benefits and drawbacks of distribution through chain stores and Spotify.

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Day 2 of the summit. From left: Mike Quinn (owner, No Quarter Records), Caleb Braaten (owner, Sacred Bones Records), Anna Bond (Label manager, FatCat USA), Mariella Luz (GM, K Records), Jeremy Devine (founder, Temporary Residence Ltd.), Ian Ilavsky (co-owner, Constellation Records), Chris Swanson (co-founder, Dead Oceans / Jagjaguwar / Secretly Canadian).

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Kelsey Riggan (Backgammon), left, with Darius Van Arman (co-founder, Dead Oceans / Jagjaguwar / Secretly Canadian). Photo by Chris Swanson (co-founder, Dead Oceans / Jagjaguwar / Secretly Canadian, @thebedouin1 on Instagram).

To conclude the two-day summit, attendees trekked south to Monroe Lake, where label folk Instagrammed their escapades, which involved an abundance of floaties and PBRs. As Secretly Canadian/Jagjaguwar/Dead Oceans co-founder Darius Van Arman put it (commenting on one of said Instagram photos), "Amazing summit. Also, it was the first summit ever no one died or went missing." To that, Eric Deines responded, "I actually died twice."

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Chris Welz (GM, SC Distribution) takes the boat out. Photo by Eric Deines, Project Manager at Secretly Canadian / Jagjaguwar / Dead Oceans (@ericdeines on Instagram).

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Phoebe Croxton (Label Resources Coordinator, SC Distribution) & Kraegan Graves (SC Distribution) get some sun. Photo by Hannah Carlen (SC/Jagjaguwar/Dead Oceans, @aplombtomato on Instagram).

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