After noticing a lack of community for students interested in the arts, Zoe Rosen (COL ’16) and Nesh Patel (COL ’16) opened Clock Hand Records, Georgetown’s first independent student-run record label.
The pair created the label to encourage and support the artistic talent of Georgetown students while strengthening the presence of music on Georgetown’s campus.
“I have been surprised by the lack of community within the music scene at Georgetown,” Rosen said. “Last spring, I started thinking about how a stronger community could be created, and after realizing that other universities have their own student-run record labels, I thought this would be a great fit at Georgetown too.”
Rosen and Patel worked over the summer to structure the label in preparation for an August launch date. Rosen spoke with several other university record labels for advice during the process.
The record label aims to connect Georgetown students who are interested in every aspect of music production.
“We hope to bring together the Georgetown music community and to create opportunities for both students interested in the music business and musicians. We plan to host performances, record music, hold workshops and host other events to benefit the entire music community,” Rosen said.
Currently, the record label is working individually with artists in order to determine the best way to distribute their music. The label will most likely distribute most music online, but plans to release a CD once or twice a year.
Students interested in the record label can work on either the business or the creative side of the company.
“Georgetown clubs tend to be very preprofessional, so I wanted to start something that would appeal to people that want to gain business experience in addition to people who want to gain more creative experience in photography, recording or as a musician.” Rosen said.
Currently, the label is unaffiliated with the university, but plans to apply for club funding this semester.
“It has been amazing seeing the enthusiastic response from students of all years about the label,” Rosen said. “We even partnered with Kickback and had planned to set up a photo booth, which unfortunately didn’t end up happening due to the rain.”
Clock Hand Records recently launched a Facebook page and SoundCloud account that feature updates about the label and music made by Georgetown musicians.
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