So many bands have launched crowd-funding campaigns in recent years that we’ve been limiting our coverage to local music people in need of serious medical assistance.
But Ryan Flores
, of the currently-on-hiatus duo Moonhoney
, is working on a project with ambitions that go beyond most. His aim is to start his own indie label, Heart Shaped Records
, which will release music of his own and by others.
“The first two releases are already recorded and getting airtime on KRCC
,” Flores explained in a recent email. “The next two are already written, and I’m planning a Tom Waits
tribute record backed by Grant Sabin
and Alex Koshak
. We’ve played a couple sets of Waits out live and will begin recording this fall. I’m also planning an album of classical music with several musicians in the area, as well as a host of Latin music.”
The artist feels his label will bring diversity to a local scene dominated by indie rock and Americana. “Not to disparage any genre or artist,” he adds, “as all are making important contributions. However, being Latino, I feel as though our music is mournfully underrepresented here.”
Flores’s indiegogo campaign, which runs through Aug. 11, can be found here