Cold Busted Records
Cold Busted started in 2008, and quickly built a recognizable and trusted brand through a steady stream of mint releases with a distinct, and thoroughly developed, artistic aesthetic. The label has garnered the support of tastemaking entities such as Hillydilly.com, Nova Planet Radio Show, U Call That Love, Dave’s Lounge Podcast, The Vibe Guide YouTube Channel, Waxhole, Paris DJs, OpenLab, and Funky Fresh radio show (Radio X FM). The boutique imprint’s catalog is also in demand by third party licensers looking for quality releases to use in various commercial formats.
The label and its artists work together as a creative collective, conceptualizing new releases, collaborations, and remixes in an exclusive Facebook Group. In a public-facing way, Cold Busted has built a dedicated following through a series of high quality gratis compilations titled Bust Free available on the Cold Busted Bandcamp site. The imprint also operates its own radio station: Cold Busted Radio – Busted Beats Streamed 24/7. Here, fans can enjoy the Cold Busted catalog, in addition to music outside the Cold Busted sphere that inspires these tastemakers. Adding to the Cold Busted cache is its commitment to old school ideals when it comes to fidelity and music packaging. Besides selling its catalog digitally, the label prides itself in offering its music in vinyl options with select breathtaking picture discs.
Part of the label’s appeal is its mix of indie artistic ethos with its muscular business reach with respect to marketing and distribution. Not only does this well developed industry network make the label’s music visible and readily available for purchase, but it also offers niche artists prime exposure. On the business end, Cold Busted works with such industry stalwarts as Beatport, iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp, and Fat Beats.