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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 one of the first American digital record labels based out of Hawthorne, New Jersey, founded in 2007 by Neil Sabatino known for his work in the band Pencey Prep and as the founding member of Fairmont.

According to Jim Testa in The Jersey Journal the label "found success working radio and building buzz with acts like Sink Tapes, the Clydes, the Maravines and Fairmont",[1][2] 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]."[3][4][5] 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.[6][7]


Mint 400 Records was founded in 2007 by indie music musician and singer Neil Sabatino of the band Fairmont. The independent record label initially signed established North Jersey rock bands and folk acts, like Theodore Grimm, Any Day Parade, Jesse Ian Dunn and the One & Nines, and reissued albums by some of North Jersey's veteran bands like Hero Pattern, Fairmont, The Multi-Purpose Solution, and The Milwaukees.[8] Other notable guest musicians on the label include Victoria Williams on the track "Blood Red Shoes" by Son of the Velvet Rat, Matt Pryor & Max Bemis on Ladybirds "Regional Community Theater" LP, Matthew Caws of Nada Surf on The Minus Scale album "Hotter" and Chris Collingwood wrote complete liner notes for The Campbell Apartment's "Curmudegeon" Album.[9][10] In 2016, began working with the New Jersey independent label Sniffling Indie Kids. 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][12] In 2019 this transitioned into "Indie Binge" which launched it's first big showcase with over 30 bands from various labels and geographical locations playing three stages at Jersey City venue Pet Shop.[13]

As of 2020, Mint 400 Records has made more than three hundred seventy releases. In addition to artist releases, the label also makes compilation and tribute albums including tributes to The Beach Boys, Nirvana, Link Wray, Lou Reed and Tom Petty.[14] 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.[15] This included a limited edition vinyl pressing of 1000 records that sold out in 3 hours.[16]

The label focuses on radio promotion and has had dozens of releases chart on the NACC College Radio charts since 2010 and so far in 2021 Fairmont, Sink Tapes, Gelax, Blue Vervain, Dream Home, Ruby Bones, and Poggy have all broken the top 200. 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 and in addition Clamb, an avant garde jazz band from Boston.[17]


  1. Dylan 2007.
  2. Hortillosa 2011.
  3. Carradini 2014.
  4. Testa 2017.
  5. Parciak 2012.
  6. Testa 2014.
  7. McCall 2011.
  8. "Jersey Beat's Consumer Guide: Short Reviews". Jersey Beat. Retrieved March 10, 2021.
  9. Hislop, Christopher. "Minus Scale celebrates 10 years of 'Hotter'". seacoastonline.com. Retrieved March 10, 2021.
  10. Collingwood, Chris. "The Campbell Apartment - Curmudgeon". piratepirate.com. Retrieved August 9, 2020.
  11. Bongard, Kimberlee. "North Jersey Indie Rock Festival Announces 2018 Venue, Line-Up". thepopbreak.com. Retrieved March 10, 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  12. Testa, Jim (August 31, 2016). "No, Jersey Indie Rock Fest in Jersey City on Sept. 10". The Jersey Journal. Retrieved March 10, 2021.
  13. Testa, Jim (November 6, 2019). "30 acts, three stages: Eight hours of 'Indie Binge' on tap this weekend". The Jersey Journal. Retrieved November 6, 2019.
  14. Makin, Bob. "Makin Waves Scene Report With Mint 400 Records, A Tribute To George Theiss, & Etherius". The Aquarian. Retrieved March 10, 2021.
  15. Makin, Bob. "MAKIN' WAVES WITH FAIRMONT: JERSEY 101". The Aquarian. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  16. Solo, Lindsey. "Frank Iero Releases New Pencey Prep Vinyl, Shirts, and More". nerdsandbeyond.com. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  17. Testa, Jim (March 3, 2021). "March brings in jazz, funk in Hudson music releases". The Jersey Journal. Retrieved March 10, 2021.

Timmons, Joseph (2 May 2021). "Mint 400 Records: A Spirited Label with Heart". Indie Pulse Music. Retrieved 2 May 2021.

External links[edit]

Category:Companies based in New Jersey Category:Indie rock record labels Category:New Jersey record labels Category:Record labels established in 2007 Category:Sony Music


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