Lake City record label hopes to help talented artists

Lake City record label hopes to make talented artists' dreams come true

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In a converted winery near Lake City, a local couple is trying to change the face of music by changing the relationship between artist and record label. In a converted winery near Lake City, a local couple is trying to change the face of music by changing the relationship between artist and record label.
"Here at Big Blast Records, we take an artist and basically mold that artist and give them the tools to make a living in the record industry today," said Mathew Queener. "Here at Big Blast Records, we take an artist and basically mold that artist and give them the tools to make a living in the record industry today," said Mathew Queener.
They are also willing to look in unusual places for talent. Jon Williams is a prime example. They are also willing to look in unusual places for talent. Jon Williams is a prime example.
"I dream of being on a huge stage with a million fans standing in front of me, screaming their heads off. That would be amazing," said Jon Williams. "I dream of being on a huge stage with a million fans standing in front of me, screaming their heads off. That would be amazing," said Jon Williams.

By GENE PATTERSON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

LAKE CITY (WATE) - In a converted winery near Lake City, a local couple is trying to change the face of music by changing the relationship between artist and record label.

Mathew and Loren Queener created Big Blast Records two years ago with the goal of making dreams like those of Jon Williams a reality.

"I dream of being on a huge stage with a million fans standing in front of me, screaming their heads off. That would be amazing," said Williams.

Williams is one of several artists on the Big Blast Records label, a company founded by the Queeners as a one-stop shop for young artists looking for more than just recording time.

"Here at Big Blast Records, we take an artist and basically mold that artist and give them the tools to make a living in the record industry today," said Mathew Queener.

Queener, who's been with big record labels, says the business can eat you alive if you're not ready and prepared. He says major labels do a poor job of preparing their artists.

"I wanted to pull the veil off the major music industry, that it's not all that everyone thinks it is," he said.

Recording an artist's music is only part of what Big Blast does. Mathew Queener also works with people like Williams on their live performance skills, while Loren Queener works the marketing side. That includes photo sessions, websites, and even merchandising.

"We help create them, and we actually take that artist's talent and make that talent their business," she said.

The Queeners say they don't sign just anyone and they charge a fee. They don't want to waste their time or the talent's money.

They are also willing to look in unusual places for talent. Jon Williams is a prime example.

"He was a karaoke singer. I had to take a karaoke singer and turn him into an entertainer, and that's what I've done. And now, Jon's doing shows and doing very well," said Mathew Queener.

Williams admits he still gets nervous playing in front of crowds, but he compares it to his high school football days.

"Every Friday night, right before kickoff, you'd be so nervous. And [when you] get to hit that first person, first contact, it goes away. Like that first song on a stage, all that nervousness goes away," said Williams.

Now the only hits he thinks about are the ones he hopes he and Big Blast deliver, made in Tennessee.


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