Vinyl For Indies: Sunpress Vinyl Launches 'Small Batch' Program

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Arto Lindsay performs on March 17, 2018 in Turin, Italy.  

Sunpress Vinyl, a full-service vinyl record manufacturer, launched last year at the historic Final Vinyl factory in Miami. In just that short span, the company has pressed and delivered more than 150,000 albums, with clients that include Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group, DFA and Tuff Gong. 
Now, the company has launched an innovative program designed specifically for indie labels and artists. 

For just $999, Sunpress’ “Small Batch” program will produce 100 albums of standard black records with full color labels and jackets, shrink-wrapped and ready for sale. If that first batch sells out, Sunpress will print additional albums at $8 each, and can deliver to venues if needed. The company is also offering marketing and positioning programs for artists and labels. 

The new program seeks to fill a void in the market. “We noticed many indie artists being hesitant about stepping into the vinyl market due to high initial costs and a convoluted ordering process,” says Dan Pelson, a former executive at Sony and Warner who is now SunPress’ small batch business development manager. “Small Batch allows them to get in the game. Our platform allows for lower pricing, easy ordering online and we can still customize to clients’ individual needs.” 

Artists who have already signed on to the program include veteran acts like recording artist Vanessa Daou, who’s pressing her '90s release Zipless, and Arto Lindsay, who’s releasing his 1999 LP Prize. But there are also new artists in the mix, including Ben Katzman’s Degreaser.