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Check Out Sean Slingerland’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sean Slingerland.  

Hi Sean, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
Well, I had been playing in punk bands for years. As time went on, we found ourselves on various record labels but never really got a taste for that side of music until later. We ended up sort of being the shepherds to the label our band at the time was on. It was fun, and I enjoyed the process of putting out music and distributing it. It was a whole other side to the music scene. But I wasn’t in any a position to make decisions or be creative. I wanted the freedom to take chances and even make mistakes without burning someone else’s resources. I had almost no starting capitol (I think I launched the company with $250 bucks and the good faith of a few friends) and didn’t really know what I was doing. But lucky for me, the first band I worked with ended up being really great. They’ve had a ton of upward momentum since they started, and it helped establish Speed Creamer Cassettes and something legitimate. I’m very grateful to them for that. Thanks, Violencia! Since then, I think we’ve done thirteen releases and various benefits and fundraisers. 

We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Cassettes are cheaper and quicker to manufacture than most other forms of physical media. So, in that regard, it has been pretty smooth and relatively low risk. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t overspent and got myself in a tough spot financially from time to time! I have to take months off between releases sometimes to build my funds back up. It’s definitely a passion project. There is little to no profit. I’m also terrible at business ha! I just want to promote good music! 

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I have worked in kitchens and cafes for the better part of 20 years. It has always been kind of the perfect job for someone whose real interests lie outside of the workplace. Restaurant work usually pays pretty well, is flexible with travel, and most of the time you can get hired at a place that’ll let you still be yourself to some degree while on the clock. I’ve been what my friends have referred to as a “Professional Punk” since I was 19 years old. Touring in bands, promoting local shows and fests, putting out records and music. It’s been my life’s great passion. I couldn’t have been who I have become without all punk music has given me. 

Are there any important lessons you’ve learned that you can share with us?
The realization that you don’t know shit! Ha. No matter how long you’ve been doing something or how good you think you have become at something, there is ALWAYS so much more to learn. Keep your mind open, stay humble, and keep learning. 

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