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For the Record is a conversation series where we speak with all manner of music heads — DJs, music journos, indie label captains, record shop owners, listening bar kingpins, et al — about their stories + the music that makes them.

Yancey Strickler

Yancey Strickler is a writer and entrepreneur. He’s the Cofounder and Director of Metalabel, Cofounder and former CEO of Kickstarter, and Cofounder of the artist resource The Creative Independent. He’s the author of This Could Be Our Future: A Manifesto for a More Generous World, editor of The Dark Forest Anthology of the Internet, creator of the philosophy of Bentoism, and the record label eMusic Selects. Yancey’s career started as a music critic writing for Pitchfork, Spin, and The Village Voice. He grew up on a farm in Clover Hollow, Virginia. He lives in New York City.
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Music Mentions


Discovering music today (39:58):

First album ever purchased (45:10):

Most recent album purchased (45:33):

Noteworthy artists discovered in the past year (46:17):

Desert Island Discs (47:23):