WE ARE PROUD OF WHAT WE DO
punk. post punk. comedy. riot grrrl. songwriters. noise. protest.
We are queer-positive, feminist, anti-racist, and artist-friendly. We put out music and other stuff. We came out of DIY punk culture and we still believe in a DIY ethos.
KRS was started in Olympia Washington in February of 1991 by Slim Moon. Tinuviel Sampson helped early on, as well as Tobi Vail, Maggie Vail, Brett Frost, and others. Portia Sabin ran the label from October 2006 to August 2019, when Slim returned and Portia stepped away to become President of Music Biz. Slim and Portia now live in Nashville; the rest of KRS is still in Portland and Southwest Washington.
Kill Rock Stars accepts and listens to demos from active, touring bands. If you are not in an active, touring band please refrain from sending us your demo. Our focus is partnering with hard working artists that we are passionate about for a mutually beneficial relationship.
Here's a few demo tips from the KRS staff...
- Please do not have your manager or lawyer send us your demo, send it yourself (unless we know or are friends with your manager or lawyer). The label/artist relationship is just like any other relationship. You want to start it off on the best foot, and usually that is direct (digital) contact.
- Do not attach mp3s or wav files. A soundcloud link, youtube video, or bandcamp stream will be fine. Please do not send physical demos as this is a waste of resources. Also, do not include a Reverbnation link.
- Tell us a little bit about your band. Tell us a little about yourself and what you have going on. We don't judge music entirely on context but it does help. Demos that are just a link are moved to the bottom of the listening pile. Be sure to include your band name with your demo!
- Please do not ask us to release a one off 7" in advance of a full length release on another label. Also, we’re not that wild about releasing EPs. If you’ve got the ability to write great songs, write a few more and make it an LP — it’ll be way more worth everyone’s time and money!
Got it? Good. You can send your demo to firstname.lastname@example.org
Although we listen to every demo we receive, we do not have time to respond to every demo and we have only signed a handful of artists on the strength of a demo in our 25 years as a label. If we like what we hear we WILL get in touch.
Thanks for your interest!