Chris Cantalini, who founded the influential music blog Gorilla vs. Bear out of Texas in early 2005, is teaming up with Fat Possum Records' House Arrest Distribution to launch a new record label, Luminelle Recordings. Cantalini will serve as A&R, and Canadian singer/songwriter Helena Deland is the first artist signed to the label.
The label came together after Peter Wiley, Fat Possum's director of distributed labels, approached Cantalini with the idea, offering infrastructure and support to help get the company off the ground. Luminelle -- a combination of the word luminous and Cantalini's daughter's name -- will, he says, "in many ways be a natural extension of the vision I've always tried to uphold with Gorilla vs. Bear," but will operate independently from the site.
"I’m only interested in working with artists that move me, regardless of genre or trends, and that’s something that you just sort of recognize when you hear it," Cantalini told Billboard in an email, calling Deland a "dream artist" with which to launch the label. "Fitting in with the broader music industry ecosystem isn’t something that we’re too concerned with, or really thinking about at all, especially in the beginning."