Mint 400 Records

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Mint 400 Records
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Founded2007 (2007)
FounderNeil Sabatino
Distributor(s)The Orchard
GenreIndie rock
Country of originUnited States
LocationNorth Jersey
Official websitemint400records.com

Mint 400 Records is an American record label based out of North Jersey.

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Mint 400 Records was founded in 2007 by indie music veteran Neil Sabatino.[1][2] The independent record label initially signed established North Jersey rock bands like the Multi-Purpose Solution and the One & Nines, and reissued albums by Cropduster and Ladybirds.[3] After several years Mint 400 Records expanded to include a variety of work in different genres, but focused primarily on releasing indie rock and acoustic folk music.[4] According to Jim Testa in The Jersey Journal Mint 400 Records "found success working radio and building buzz with acts like Sink Tapes, the Clydes, the Maravines and Fairmont," and Sabatino notes in a Jersey Beat interview "we started to see things like my band charting with College Music Journal and other bands on the label getting invites to South by Southwest & CMJ [festivals]."[5][6] On being an independent record label he maintains "we sign a lot of our acts based on potential," and Mint 400 Records is considered to be a "roster of some of the Garden State’s most under-appreciated and challenging bands" by The Star-Ledger's Tris McCall.[7][8]

In 2016 Mint 400 Records grew its catalog with audiobooks under Mint 400 Books, and began working with New Jersey independent label Sniffling Indie Kids.[9] The two labels joined on several albums and started the North Jersey Indie Rock Festival which showcases almost two dozen bands each year from local record labels.[10] That same year, Mint 400 Records was picked up by Sony's The Orchard, after nine years of being an independent record label. The name Mint 400 is the name of the motorcycle race fictional character Raoul Duke is supposed to be covering in the Hunter S. Thompson book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.[11]

As of 2019 Mint 400 Records has made more than two-hundred releases. In addition to artist releases, the label also makes promotional compilation and tribute albums, including ones to Lou Reed, Link Wray, Nirvana and the Beach Boys.[12] Commenting on the compilations in The Aquarian Weekly, columnist Bob Makin notes that Mint 400 Records "harkens back to the days when labels got their rosters involved in fun, interesting projects to generate creative new visions of classic songs."[13]

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