Feb 04, 2020

FEBRUARY LABEL SPOTLIGHT - CHAPTER MUSIC


Chapter Music was born in Perth in June 1992, a month shy of my 18th birthday. It was born out of a DIY world of small-run tapes and fanzines, which is what Chapter put out til I moved to Melbourne in 1995 and met my work-life partner Ben O’Connor. Ben began co-managing the label and Chapter has grown slowly but steadily ever since.

We’ve put out records by Laura Jean, NO ZU, The Goon Sax, Twerps, Dick Diver, Beaches and many more – more than 160 releases since 1992. Our mission statement is to bring Australian music to the world. We’ve always tried to help our artists build international careers. We’re the only Australian label distributed by Secretly Distribution (the distro arm of Secretly Canadian), who also handle labels like Merge, Captured Tracks and Flying Nun.

We’ve had some nice writeups along the way. Tone Deaf called Chapter “almost unequivocally the most treasured record label in Australia,” and Rolling Stone said we were “one of Australia's most enduring and popular independent labels.” Pitchfork ran a nice article on us a while back that talked about our “rich discography that is often gentle but rarely weak.”

Chapter is committed to being a queer, female and people-of-colour friendly label. You can count the albums by straight white male bands on Chapter on the fingers of one hand.

The label has had an artist in the shortlist for the Australian Music Prize for six out of the last eight years. Chapter won Best Independent Label at the 2019 AIR Awards.

- Guy Blackman, Chapter Music