Station 1 Records
Fuels Des Moines' Untapped Music Scene
Kicks Off with Folkwave Duo FIELD DIVISION's Reverie State EP
"The Des Moines Social Club founded Station 1 Records as a way to support working musicians, to help them develop a national profile while residing in a city that isn't going to price them out of existence. There are thousands of directions the label can go, and all of them point to creating and establishing more working artists from a city with a lower cost of living and a higher quality of life. Tobi Parks and I came up with the idea after too many cups of coffee, debating how to create a label that valued the artist as much as it valued the art itself."
– Zachary Mannheimer, Executive Director of the Des Moines Social Club.
"Station 1 Records really is an experiment in a new kind of record company model, one that emphasizes artist patronage and development. As the music business continues to change in the digital age, we have to start exploring different types of business models. We know music is integral to our collective culture and economy. Station 1 is placing value in the artist, allowing them to create the music, instead of placing all the value on the sale of the end product. We're taking the best parts of crowdfunding and, as a non-profit, expanding that funding pool to institutions and other philanthropic support. This funding approach allows us flexibility to support our artists in a more holistic way and not be solely dependent on record revenues. At the same time, we are giving an injection to the creative economy of Des Moines by using local agents, studios, engineers, and other creative industries. It's a win / win approach."
– Tobi Parks, General Manager of Station 1 Records.
The label's current roster includes:
Dylan Sires & Neighbors: A three-piece power pop group. Drenched in nostalgia, they reinvent the sounds of the 50s, 60s and 70s with a contemporary flair.
MAIDS: Midwest Disco with the purpose of bringing people together in one place to have a good time and get immersed in waves of electronic dance pop. Band members Danny Heggen and Mickey Davis have developed a homegrown, Midwestern concoction that reminds all of us that life, simply put, is awesome.
The Olympics: An indie rock group from Iowa City who excel at weaving catchy riffs and melodies into a unique brand of pop music making for an upbeat live show. Little Village Magazine boasts The Olympics as “one of the most prominent bands in Iowa today”
The two grew up in Iowa embracing a love for Des Moines that has shaped their style of writing. Frampton explains, "Des Moines is a fantastic place to be living right now - I think we all know that; and as an Iowa art community we are growing and gaining traction largely due to the efforts of our peers and the impact of our listeners. It's encouraging. But I think what makes this place so awesome is what lies in the few remaining prairies - the forests and fields - it's the humble spirit of the Midwestern Plains that surround Iowa's cities and towns that make this a magical place and give its artists their sensibility."