Move over Jay-Z. The next music mogul may be a UNH graduate.
Students in the University’s music industry program have launched Purebred Records, an independent record label specializing in promoting local artists.
The idea of establishing a student-run record label was started by Douglas Foley, a junior from Washington, N.J., who saw it as a way to take advantage of the expertise of UNH faculty members who have extensive experience as professional musicians and music producers.
Foley, who began working on this concept as a freshman, said the project began with an idea that grew into a class.
"UNH is a school with a highly reputable music industry program and a focus on experiential education," said Foley. "So I thought it was a perfect match to begin a record label."
The name of the label refers indirectly to the UNH horse mascot, Charlie the Charger.
UNH Music Industry professor Murray Krugman, a former record producer and industry veteran with Columbia Records, is advising the students. He was responsible for producing hit records for Blue Oyster Cult and the punk rock group the Dictators, among others. He also is the owner of Silverwolf Records, which distributes 150 titles.
Purebred Records was featured by the New Haven Register in July 2012. Click here to read the article in PDF format.