Across the state, a collection of paradigm-shifting entrepreneurs is bucking the system. By turning their backs on the notion that the music industry revolves around metropolitan destinations such as Los Angeles, New York, and London, these ambitious music-lovers are bringing fans exactly what they want. By staying local, Oregon record labels are creating a culture and community that not only houses hometown musicians, but also puts our region on the map as a destination for those seeking cutting-edge musical experiences.
To understand Aaron Meyer’s journey from being a classical violinist to a concert rock violinist, begin by listening to his music.
His album “The Journey … not the Destination” transports listeners to the Fiji Islands, Ireland, Arabia and Argentina. “Warming Up” shares how wine creates memories and friendships and “Two Sides to This Story” emphasizes how he and guitarist Tim Ellis work together to create their own music—edgy progressive rock with worldly flavors.
Family talents bring together business and creativity in the burgeoning Ashland-based brand Papaya!. Anahata Katkin’s works blending collage-style aesthetic, iconography,inspiring quotes and organic textures appear on 700 licensed items, from computer tablet sleeves to insulated lunch bags, journals and shopping totes.