CandyRat Records

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CandyRat Records
Founded 2005
Founder Rob Poland
Genre Fingerstyle, Percussive fingerstyle
Country of origin United States
Location Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin[1]
Official website candyrat.com

CandyRat Records (also stylized as CANdYRAT) is an independent American record label and online music store located in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.[1] They primarily represent instrumental guitar artists, but include electronic music, alternative rock, singer-songwriter, and progressive rock, with musicians coming from many countries.[2][3]

Rob Poland founded the label in 2004, first signing fingerstyle guitar talent Don Ross,[4] followed by Andy McKee,[5][6] Antoine Dufour, and three other artists before officially opening in 2005.[7] CandyRat Records has been called the "biggest acoustical guitar label in the world".[8] The label gained fame after videos on its official YouTube page, 'rpoland', gained viral success.[9] As of November 2014, the most popular video on the channel, a live recording of Andy Mckee's "Drifting", garnered over 50 million views.[10][11] Their YouTube channel has over a half-million subscribers and almost four-hundred million views.[12]

CandyRat Guitar Night Tour features CandyRat Records' guitar virtuosos traveling the U.S. and the world.[13][14] For 2017, Antoine Dufour and Ian Ethan Case will be touring.[15] CandyRat is also a festival partner for the Wilson Center Guitar Competition & Festival, with Rob Poland and the CandyRat headliners as some of the judges for the fingerstyle competition.[16][17]

Artists[edit]

CandyRat Records has a community of over 50 signed and independent artists as of August 2017.[18]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "CandyRat Records". AllRecordLabels.com. 
  2. ^ "Home | CandyRat Records". www.candyrat.com. Retrieved 2017-08-20. 
  3. ^ "Intervista a Rob Poland, fondatore dell'etichetta CandyRat Records - Fingerpicking.net". Fingerpicking.net (in Italian). 7 April 2011. Retrieved 25 August 2017. 
  4. ^ "Don Ross & Calum Graham | Daily Hive Vancouver". dailyhive.com. Retrieved 2017-08-21. 
  5. ^ "Andy McKee - Biography | Billboard". www.billboard.com. Retrieved 2017-08-20. 
  6. ^ Chen, Jeff Z. "INTERVIEW On YouTube, musicianship, and guitars - The Tech". tech.mit.edu. Retrieved 2017-08-20. 
  7. ^ "CANDYRAT Web Store Official Launch" (PDF). 2006-05-15. Retrieved 2017-08-21. 
  8. ^ a b "On this month's Acoustic Presents CD… | Acoustic Magazine". www.acousticmagazine.com. Retrieved 2017-08-20. 
  9. ^ "Q&A with Andy McKee". The Badger Herald. Retrieved 2017-08-21. 
  10. ^ Rao, Akshay (2015-11-13). "Flying fingers: CANdYRAT Records". livemint.com/. Retrieved 2017-08-20. 
  11. ^ ""Drifting" Official Video". YouTube. 
  12. ^ "Candyrat Records". YouTube. Retrieved 2017-08-20. 
  13. ^ "Tours | CandyRat Records". www.candyrat.com. Retrieved 25 August 2017. 
  14. ^ "CANDYRAT GUITAR NIGHT - Apr 6 2013, 7:30PM". vanlarkins.com. 
  15. ^ "Guitar virtuosos Antoine Dufour & Ian Ethan Case to play Lakeward Spirits Event Center". Buffalo Rising. 3 May 2017. Retrieved 25 August 2017. 
  16. ^ "Wilson Center Guitar Festival". Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts. Retrieved 25 August 2017. 
  17. ^ "2017 Guitar Fest Judges". Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts. Retrieved 25 August 2017. 
  18. ^ "CandyRat Artist List". CandyRat Records. 
  19. ^ "Brendan Power Harmonica". www.brendan-power.com. Retrieved 2017-08-22. 
  20. ^ nurun.com. "High River guitarist shares stage with mentor". High River Times. Retrieved 2017-08-20. 
  21. ^ Fanelli, Damian (2017-04-18). "Chris Mike Premieres Solo Guitar Arrangement of "Bohemian Rhapsody"". Guitar World. Retrieved 2017-08-21. 
  22. ^ "Chris Woods Groove - Guitarworld". www.guitarworld.com. 
  23. ^ "Video Finds: Daniel Voth "Brazil"". Guitar World. 2014-03-13. Retrieved 2017-08-22. 
  24. ^ Hatherly, Tara (2013-08-15). "Beach native, Ewan Dobson, becomes online music star". InsideToronto.com. Retrieved 2017-08-20. 
  25. ^ "Guitar virtuoso Gareth Pearson, AKA the Welsh Tornado, touches down in Ottawa". Ottawa Citizen. 2016-07-29. Retrieved 2017-08-20. 
  26. ^ "An Evening with Candyrat Recording Artist Ian Ethan Case". St. Louis Magazine. 2016-11-11. Retrieved 2017-08-22. 
  27. ^ "Meet Luca Stricagnoli, the Guy Who Can Play Two Guitars at Once". Social News Daily. 2015-07-13. Retrieved 2017-08-20. 
  28. ^ "Matthew Santos". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-08-22. 
  29. ^ "Reign of Kindo - Biography | Billboard". www.billboard.com. Retrieved 2017-08-22. 
  30. ^ "Van Larkins – House Concerts Australia". www.houseconcertsaustralia.com. Retrieved 2017-08-22. 

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