That Naysayer Who Told You That Dallas Musicians Had To Leave Town In Order To Sign A Record Deal? They Didn’t Do Their Due Diligence.
One common complaint we hear around these parts that Dallas lacks a proper music industry infrastructure, and that this is in turn what’s keeping area artists from breaking out into huge national stars. Quickly forgetting breakout success stories of such hometown stars as Leon Bridges and Bobby Sessions, these same folks are often quick to announce to anyone who listens that you just can’t quote-unquote make it big here, instead choosing to believe that it’s a given that you’ve got to move somewhere like New York, Los Angeles or Nashville to become famous.
Thing is, there’s plenty of music business going on right here around town if you know where to look — and on pretty much all levels. Enterprising musicians that do even the least amount of networking (asking your friends on Facebook to hook you up with the plug doesn’t count) can find any number of publicists, pressing plants, distributors and booking agents who call Dallas home.
Before getting any of those balls rolling, though, one will have to have some music in their pocket, and perhaps even someone who is interested in helping them release those sounds.
Well, make no mistake, the Dallas-Fort Worth area is home to a few dozen entities that are willing to help local musicians get their music out to the masses, too. By our count, there are currently at least 49 active record labels currently scattered around North Texas. To prove it, we’ve done you the solid of listing them all alphabetically, noting their primary genres and notable acts that have worked with them in the past, and hyper-linked either a website or social media page where you can reach out to them and discuss jump-starting your career.
Just don’t blame us when they tell you that your music is trash. Hey, we can’t all be stars.
Alien Entertainment (Dallas/Louisiana).
Genre(s): Hip Hop, Rap, Soul, R&B.
Artists: Big DAWG, WiNGO, LOS-G, ZiGGY, BUTCHER Boy, RAREFORM.
Audiophile Deep (Dallas).
Genre(s): Deep Tech, Acid House, Melodic Techno.
Artists: Juan Maclean, Stefan Weise, Vectorvision, Paradigm Shift, Multipass, Barbuto, Spettro.
Audiophile Records (Dallas).
Artists: Demarkus Lewis, Sisto, Sirkea, Jack District.
Audiophile XXL (Dallas).
Genre(s): Bass, Tech House.
Artists: Steve Darko, Westend, Kendoll, Steady Rock.
Azteca Music Group (Dallas).
Artists: La Fiera De Ojinaga, La Alianza Nortena, Mas Feroz, Huelaas en Tu Piel.
Backwoodz Studioz (Dallas).
Artists: billy woods, Blockhead, Elucid, Armand Hammer, Henry Canyons.
Carved Records (Flower Mound).
Genre(s): Rock, Metal.
Artists: Texas Hippie Coalition, Red Sky Mary, Wild Child.
Control Freaq Records (Dallas).
Artists: Erykah Badu, The Cannabinoids.
Dallas Christian Sound (Dallas).
Artists: Ray Walker, David Slater, Providence, Dallas Christian Adult Concert Choir.
Dang! Records (Dallas).
Genre(s): Punk, Metal, Rock.
Artists: Fat By The Gallon, From Parts Unknown, Samuel Caldwell’s Revenge, Perdition.
Dial Up Records (Dallas).
Artists: DJ Sober, Tommy & Linda.
Do For It Records (Dallas).
Genre(s): Indie, Metal, Rock, Country.
Artists: Shaolin Death Squad, Convoy & the Cattlemen, Huffer, House Harkonnen, D.U.E.L.L.
Dolfin Records (Dallas).
Genre(s): Hip-Hop, Electronic.
Artists: Lord Byron, RACHÉ, GHoulFIve, Felix.
Dreamy Life Records (Fort Worth).
Artists: War Party, Sealion, Andy Pickett, Acid Carousel, Pearl Earl, Oil Boom.
Field Day Records (Dallas).
Genre(s): Indie, Electronic, Rock, Pop, Pop-Punk.
Artists: Bryce, Cartel, TEAM*, Third Eye Blind.
Gitmo Music (Denton).
Genre(s): Hip-Hop, Pop, Comedy.
Artists: The Faps, Cheridan, Josh Johnson, Fab Deuce, Ritchy Flo.
Goliad Media (Denton).
Genre(s): Denton Indie.
Artists: Static Diary, Will Johnson, Margaret Chavez, Chris Welch & the Cicada Killers.
Good Records Recordings (Dallas).
Genre(s): Indie, Rock, Electronic, Psych.
Artists: Binary Sunrise, New Fumes, Polyphonic Spree, Preteen Zenith.
Grin Music (Dallas).
Artists: Demarkus Lewis, Mark Denim, Melba Moore.
Hand Drawn Records (Dallas).
Artists: Ansley, Cut Throat Finches, Jason Wickens, Meach Pango, Un Chien.
Harmonious Discord Recordings (Dallas/Austin).
Genre(s): Electronic, Dance.
Artists: PointBender, Litex, Brad Dale, KiloWatts, Vegenaut, JDN.
High Standardz (Dallas).
Artists: Bobby Sessions, Zyah, Xes, Blue the Misfit.
Idol Records (Dallas).
Genre(s): Indie, Rock, Country.
Artists: Motorcade, Calhoun, The Warden, Corner Suns.
Kirtland Records (Dallas).
Genre(s): Indie, Rock, Folk.
Artists: Bob Schneider, Sarah Jaffe, Toadies.
Mind Spring Music (Dallas).
Artists: Badub, Bansara, Spiral Minded, Psychoz, Subdream, Sapien.
Moon Sounds Records (Dallas).
Genre(s): Shoegaze, Noise-pop, Dream-Pop, Experimental, Electronic, Post-Punk.
Artists: Rosegarden Funeral Party, Dead Leaf Echo, Static Daydream.
N Cue Music (Dallas).
Genre(s): Hip-Hop, Electronic.
Artists: Demarkus Lewis, Joshua Kynd, Aidin Hafezamini.
New Math Records (Dallas).
Genre(s): Hip-Hop, Electronic.
Artists: Norvis Junior, spk, Dave + Sam, notwolfy, Ben Hixon.
Nuscope Recordings (Fort Worth).
Artists: John Butcher, Mark Dresser, Ben Goldberg, Georg Graewe, Guillermo Gregorio.
Palo Santo Records (Dallas).
Genre(s): Indie, Pop, Rock.
Artists: Sleepy Zuhoski, Xuan, Alex Dezen, Sammy Strittmatter, Salim Nourallah.
Pour Le Corps Records (Dallas).
Genre(s): Experimental, Ambient, Noise, Electronic.
Artists: Triangulum, Little Beards, Wire Nest, Sarah Ruth, Lily Taylor.
Proton Limited (Dallas).
Genre(s): Progressive House, Electronic.
Artists: ANDREY DETOCHKIN, Opencloud, Pascale.
Purple Elephant Music (Dallas).
Artists: AmBruce, Da Alphabets, Bigg Bates, Green Money Mafia.
Reload Records (Fort Worth).
Genre(s): Country, Singer-Songwriter.
Artists: Mark Merritt, Earl Musick, Amos Staggs, Jeff Prince.
Saint Marie Records (Fort Worth).
Genre(s): Shoegaze, Dream-Pop, Electronic.
Artists: The High Violets, Static Daydream, Seasurfer, Blackstone Rngrs.
Simulacra Records (Dallas).
Genre(s): Indie, Electronic.
Artists: Tapes and Topographies, Sonogram, Myopic, Gentoo, Crushed Stars.
St. Cait Records (Dallas).
Genre(s): Johnny Beauford-wave.
Artists: Bravo Max, Deadmoon Choir, Jack Kerowax, Johnny Beauford.
Soulgrab Records (Dallas).
Genre(s): House, Deep House.
Artists: Bonetti, Alek Soltirov, Eric Smith, James Benedict.
State Fair Records (Dallas).
Genre(s): Americana, Country, R&B, Punk.
Artists: Upsetting, Joshua Ray Walker, Pedigo’s Magic Pilsner, Pueblo.
TRU (Texas Recordings Underground) (Dallas)
Artists: TX Connect, Dylan Cameron, Bill Converse, Convextion, Jake Schrock.
Texas Country Records (Decatur).
Artists: Carl Swanson, Jenn Ford.
Third String Records (Dallas).
Genre(s): Indie, Emo, Pop-Punk.
Artists: Forever Starts Today, The News Can Wait, Like Ghosts, Blood Between Us, Assuming We Survive.
Tofu Carnage Records (Rockwall).
Genre(s): Dark, Heavy, Experimental.
Artists: Tyrannosorceress, The Angelus, Dead to a Dying World, Sans Soleil, Unconscious Collective, They Say the Wind Made Them Crazy.