Personal Best Records to begin distribution this winter

Categories: Local Music
We Valedictorians--early sign-ons to local label Personal Best Records.

Rock and roll is an affair best left to the young. And when it comes to record label peeps, Shane Vader and Clara Salyer, both 17, are about as young as you'll find.

But there is no shortage of experience in the local music scene between them--Vader heads up local outfit Shoe Shiners, a band with whom he's been performing since he was 10 years old, and Salyer fronts Total Babe, the outstanding rock act, who is featured in this week's music section.

So when it came time for Ian Anderson, who runs the local behemoth Afternoon Records, to start a small imprint that would handle the smaller local releases that Afternoon had neither the time nor resources to put out, Vader and Salyer were shoe ins.

Shoe Shiners. Shane Vader, farthest right, co-heads Personal Best with Clara Salyer.

"He thought we'd make a good pair to make a more locally focused label," said Vader in an interview with Gimme Noise yesterday. "Afternoon is going in a more national direction, and can't afford to make the small local releases."

In June of this year, Anderson approached Vader and Salyer with the proposition--a small label that could distribute local bands that otherwise might go begging for release prospects--not for lack f talent or determination, but because the climate of the record industry is wintry to say the least, and those can make distribution a hassle for small upstarts.

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