The brainchild of Grammy-winning banjo pioneer Alison Brown and bassist/producer Garry West, Compass Records is a new breed of roots-music label: eclectic, sophisticated, and distinctly modern. Eleven years and over 200 releases into its journey, Compass Records has been featured by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Boston Globe, and has been heralded by Billboard Magazine as one of the greatest independent labels to emerge in the last decade. Compass's diverse catalog includes releases from Paul Brady, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Lúnasa, Alison Brown, Colin Hay, Kate Rusby, Victor Wooten and The Waifs.
Onto is an independent management company/ record label based in Seattle, WA. We release music we like. Its that simple really. We have the support of top-notch partners in distribution, marketing, production, and publicity, and we utilize every new media tool possible to support the releases. We’re always exploring new business models to best serve the artists and releases we represent. Mostly, we want artists to be able to release great, exciting, and challenging new music while building a lifelong career.
Onto is owned by David Meinert and Brent Stiefel. Meinert has managed and released albums from a wide variety of independent groups ranging from Blue Scholars, Common Market, The Catheters, The Presidents of the United States of America, Maktub, and The Master Musicians of Jajouka, to major label groups like The Posies and Mary Lou Lord. Meinert is also a managing partner in The Capitol Hill Block Party, owns the legendary 5 Point Cafe, and is a partner in the Crocodile. Brent Stiefel is new to the music business but formerly interned at the almighty Sub Pop, and has his own label Townie Records. Onto’s GM is Christen Greene who worked at the Velour Music Group in New York before coming to Seattle in 2009 to run Onto. She has guided the careers of Kaki King, Dar Williams, Jeff Taylor and Chris Pureka on a management level.