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Mint 400 Records

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Mint 400 Records
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Founded2007 (2007)
FounderNeil Sabatino
Distributor(s)The Orchard
GenreIndependent rock
Country of originUnited States
LocationHawthorne, New Jersey
Official websitemint400records.com

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Mint 400 Records is an American record label based out of Hawthorne, New Jersey, founded in 2007.


Mint 400 Records was founded in 2007 by indie music musician and singer Neil Sabatino of the band Fairmont.[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, Fairmont and Ladybirds (which features Max Bemis of Say Anything, Matt Pryor of The Get Up Kids was written by Tyler Pursel a touring member of Gym Class Heroes). Other notable guest musicians on the label include Victoria Williams on the track "Blood Red Shoes" by Son Of The Velvet Rat and Matthew Caws of Nada Surf on The Minus Scale album "Hotter". [3] After several years, Mint 400 Records expanded to include a variety of work in different genres and signing bands from outside of New Jersey,[4] however it focused primarily on releasing indie rock and acoustic folk music.[5][6][7][8][9] In 2016, Mint 400 Records grew its catalog with audiobooks under Mint 400 Books, and began working with the New Jersey independent label Sniffling Indie Kids.[10] The two labels joined on several compilation albums, and founded the North Jersey Indie Rock Festival, which showcases almost two dozen bands each year from local record labels.[11]

According to Sabatino the name came about because "In the book ‘Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas,’ Hunter S. Thompson is covering the race, and I just thought it was a catchy name. I kind of liked the idea of the logo using a script-ey font for the word ‘mint’ and big block letters for the ‘400.’ Also if you want to dig in, it was related to the label in that Thompson’s character existed on the outside fringes of journalism, and I think the label exists in a unique space where we do things really differently from other labels." .[12]

As of 2020, Mint 400 Records has made more than three hundred seventy releases. In addition to artist releases, the label also makes promotional compilation and tribute albums, including ones to Lou Reed, Link Wray, Nirvana, Tom Petty and the Beach Boys.[13][14] Musicians like Ryan Adams, Chris Collingwood of Fountains of Wayne, Ben Deily of The Lemonheads, Michael Benjamin Lerner of Telekenesis, and comedian Eugene Mirman have expressed support for Mint 400 Record's artists on social media, written liner notes or have produced albums for Mint 400 Artists. At the end of 2020 Mint 400 Records along with B.CALM Press re-released the 2001 album Heartbreak In Stereo by New Jersey band Pencey Prep, the band Frank Iero was in before he joined My Chemical Romance. The album sold out of a vinyl record pressing and t-shirt pressing in 4 hours and was released to digital services on December 4th 2020.

In 2021 Mint 400 Records announced new jazz and instrumental sub-label, Raining Music, with the signing of Jersey City funk jazz band The Funky JC's. Other acts include Tim Carman & The Street 45s, touring drummer of GA-20 (Karma Chief Records)[15]




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