Browsing around today, I came across an interview that Bandcamp did with Mello Music Group‘s originator Michael Tolle. Being a fan of what MMG has been doing for the last few years, it’s very interesting (and inspiring) how he and his team have formed an organic label that thrives on doing music they love, without compromising who they are. Read the entire article here on Bandcamp. MMG’s Persona compilation will be released on March 10th.
Founded in 2007, the Mello Music Group is now one of the healthiest independent hip-hop labels around. It’s a diverse musical family that includes producers, MCs, and musicians such as: Washington, D.C.-based Oddisee, Los Angeleno Open Mike Eagle, Detroit’s Apollo Brown, plus West Coast freethinkers Dudley Perkins and Georgia Anne Muldrow, and East Coast classicist Rapper Big Pooh. Not a bad roster for someone who, by his own admission, didn’t know what he was doing. Perhaps his naiveté during a period of change made building a new kind of label possible. I got the scoop from Tolle this past month, as he readied some heavyweight releases from the likes of Red Pill (of Ugly Heroes), L’Orange & Jeremiah Jae, Oddisee, Quelle Chris and many more.