All About the Love: 5 Minutes with Wyatt Blair of Lolipop Records
Wyatt Blair is a busy guy these days. The singer-songwriter recently described as "Kenny Loggins for People Who Won't Admit They Like Kenny Loggins" runs record label Lolipop Records with his friends Iggy and Henry, manages its affiliated all-analog recording studio, and also has a podcast (the Lolipop Connection). And oh yeah -- he just released his unapologetic tour-de-force of 80s revivalist fun on his new album, Point of No Return, last month. The affable, articulate, and talented renaissance man was kind enough to chat with us this week, offering insight into Lolipop Records and more.
On the Impetus Behind Lolipop Records:
“Anything we can do to help, you know? Put music out, help tours for bands and shows in the area. We put out anything we love and want to support. We record a lot of bands that just want to record stuff – not even stuff for the label. Anyone can record at Lolipop. And really when I started Lolipop, it wasn’t supposed to go anywhere. That wasn’t my intention really. It was really supposed to be a comedy label, but it was really hard for me to put out comedy, so I ended up putting out my close friends’ bands. It just snowballed. I didn’t sit down and say 'I’m going to start a business, a record label, put out 300 records and have a store.' I just thought it would be fun to makes some tapes for my friend Kevin. That’s how it started, and it’s still snowballing.”
On Lolipop's Image
“It’s hard for me to say what Lolipop’s image is. I try to not have it be image-less. I want it to be transparent, carefree, and not serious, because I don’t think that’s fun. I think most labels are very serious, and about contracts and business, but we want Lolipop to be about being supportive. It’s more about the love, and less about the contractual things and the money."
On the Lolipop/Burger Records Connection:
“We both have a similar mindset when it comes to putting out music. Burger’s been putting out music since I was in high school. I’ve always known Sean and Lee, and they’ve always been supportive of me."
Check out the Lolipop shop in person or online, and make sure to get Point of No Return ASAP, weirdos!