Muffin Records was founded originally in Stuttgart, Germany in 1991 by owner Reinhard Preuss who has been around the music business on and off since 1971. The record label has been involved in many fields of the music industry with producing, recording, organizing concerts and tours, televised events, radio broadcasts and with worldwide distribution.
Based since 1995 in the "Music Capital Of The World", Austin,Texas and renamed to Muffin Records Productions, the label has brought you in it's history many well known and new uprising Bands & Artists from all over the world. Muffin Records was discontinued between 2000 and 2011 - but coincidence or not, the constellation was right and the label released the album "Renaissance" by TRISTAN DES PRES EQUINOX featuring Mahavishnu Orchestra violinist JERRY GOODMAN, which was for both, the label and artist a new beginning. Since then the label has teamed up again with more artists from the previous years as well as with new and yet fairly unknown musicians very well worth your attention. Since 2011 the label released album's by Ray Charles/ Frank Zappa Bassist TOM FOWLER, French musician CHARDEAU and the Chicago based acoustic guitar duo GUITARFIRE along others.
First of all Muffin Records is a place for outstanding and professional artists who find "open ears and minds" giving artists the comparative advantage and status of being signed to a record label that serves as a signal of the quality of artist’s music.
It’s no secret that the music industry is in the midst of a turbulent period. Developments in digital technology have changed the rules of the game and many artists have raised the question why record labels are still needed when they can do it on their own, but it is still a signal of quality, though, when the consumer purchases music, he will recognize that a band signed to a label has been approved by an organization who has a real incentive to select the “best” artists. This “quality control” function of a record label is important in that it provides a (depending on who you ask) signal to the consumer about what music is worth purchasing. With the advent of downloading music online, watching music videos and social networks, and as major labels are now very careful in where they put their money, signing fewer and fewer artists, the music industry has been turned upside down and record labels and musicians have to get even more creative in how to become a part of this ever-evolving industry.
Neil Young, an artist known for taking an anti-corporate stance, recently sang the praises of record companies, when interviewed at a media conference. "What I like about record companies is that they present and nurture artists," he said. "That doesn't exist on iTunes, it doesn't exist on Amazon. That's what a record company does, and that's why I like my record company. People look at record companies like they're obsolete, but there's a lot of soul in there – a lot of people who care about music, and that's very important." So, what about those artists who complain about the labels? "Those artists should go by themselves," concluded Young. "They have a choice of what they can do. Artists who want to go alone should just do that."
Past and present releases by:
B.B. BLUES BANDITS
S.W.E.D. (Martin Engelien, Michael Sagmeister, Udo Dahmen, Peter Woelpl).
THE Z3 & ED MANN
THE BAND FROM UTOPIA / BANNED FROM UTOPIA
THE MUFFIN MEN
TRISTAN DES PRES