Michael McDowell - Label Head or King of Shred Metal
Interviewed by Michael Meade on 4/12/19
Posted 5/26/19 - 3:10 PM ET
For Tastes Like Rock's relaunch, TLR editor Mike Meade caught up with long time friend Michael McDowell, head of Shredguy Records, to catch up on what's new at Shredguy Records and how the label is working and growing in the perpetually digitized landscape of the music business.
TLR: Thanks for taking the time to chat with for the relaunch of Tastes Like Rock, Michael. For those that don't know and/or are new to reading Tastes Like Rock, would you mind giving a little history on yourself and Shredguy Records?
MMC: Thanks for the opportunity for me to talk about Shredguy Records. We started in 2008, with the remastering and reissuing of a local Columbus, Ohio band from the 90’s. We struggled a bit at the beginning, but things turned around in 2009 with the release of Shredding Across The World...Volume Two. The contributions from Tracy G (Dio) and Ray Luzier (Korn) really gave us credibility. I will be forever grateful to those guys. Also contributing to that release were some of my personal favorite guitar players....Michael Harris, Toby Knapp, and Jeremy Barnes. From there we became an LLC, started getting favorable reviews in magazines, webzines, blogs, etc. It’s been a fun ride, with many highlights including the making of the Shredguy Signature guitar made by Rick Hanes Guitars (Indonesia). We are up to 38 releases now!! The mission has always been to provide a platform for virtuoso guitar players.