Helping Musical Talent Shine
Whanga Records opened it's doors in the centre of Dunfermline in April 2021, named in memory of Callum Jake Paterson Whanga, who was sadly taken from us n 13th June 2019.
We operated a recording studio, rehearsal space, and worked with bands releasing their music and helped them with PR. We also put on some superb guerilla gigs from our studio.
We did this as a team while still working in our 'real' jobs.
There was many highs during this year including recording and releasing great music by TwinsTown, Frantic Chant, Birrell or Biscuit and 1/4 Chubz.
One particular highlight was recording and releasing TwinsTown - Callum Paterson's Broken Song as it included Callum singing on it.
After a year of this model we realised that we needed to streamline our business model to put the emphasise back on the enjoyment of music and less about making enough money to cover our high rent, so we sat down and came up with a plan for the future.
We could see that there were other businesses offering recording studio space and rehearsal space aswell as other businesses offering gig venues. We came to the conclusion that it was best to work with these other businesses and share our resources.
So going froward from April 2022 we are operating primarily as a record label for releasing music, streaming and vinyl, and we will use our friends and partners for rehearsal space, recording space and events.
From discovering and nurturing talent to managing the intricacies of production, marketing, distribution, and more, Whanga Records serves as a vital pillar of support for artists seeking to make their mark.
Releasing music - we will release your music under our label and use our industry knowledge to get it heard by as many people as possible via written music press, radio and playlistings. We will be focusing on streaming releases for singles/EP's and vinyl and streaming releases for LP's.
Merchandise - We will be focusing a lot more on band merch going forward, from vinyls to t-shirts.
Events and gigs - working with local and nationwide partners, we aim to bring great talent from far and wide to Dunfermline and also take local talent further afield in exchange.
Open Mic Night - we host an open mic night every second Friday at Somewhere Else Bar. This is an opportunity to showcase your talent and meet other people in the local music scene.
Podcasts and playlists - We search the world for new music and present it to you via our playlists and podcasts. Find your new favourite track here.