In case you’re new to who we are, here’s a quick recap.
In 2002, good friends Justin Markert and Rick Fike opened a coffee shop in small town Madison Ohio called Cellar Door Coffee & Music. The 135 capacity room served as a catalyst for the arts, an organic space taking many shapes and forms. Sometimes it was an art gallery, showing the work of a local painter, sometimes a comedy club during an amateur open mic, but mostly it was a music venue. Bands were booked on a weekly basis. Everything from acoustic singer-songwriters to four band hardcore shows. Dozens of nationally touring bands came through Cellar Door, opening the eyes of it’s clientel to a world of music they had never experienced before. We wanted tangible evidence of this creative music scene that had sprung up in rural Madison, thus Cellar Door Records was born.
Cellar Door Records Volume I had a run of 125 copies. Printed and put together by hand, the compilation contained two tracks from six of our favorite artists. A CD release show was thrown, the artists performed and the CD was given out for free. We sold the coffee shop and went back to our normal lives.
In 2007, Rick and I regrouped with partner Adam Butcher to officially re-launch Cellar Door Records. The label was reborn at the Beachland Ballroom on March 3, 2007, with the official release of Cellar Door Records Volume II. We got lots of press, had a run of 1000 CDs professionally printed and drew a very large crowd in one of the most respected venues in town. Since then we’ve had 5 official releases and many Cellar Door Records sponsored shows. After putting out a number of individual artist’s albums, we returned to form with the release of Cellar Door Records Volume III. Cellar Door Records was named Best Record Label in Cleveland Scene’s Best of Cleveland in 2011.
Artists booked at Cellar Door Coffee:
The Detachment Kit, Oh My God, The Heavenly States, Hero Pattern, The Big Creek, This is Exploding, Miranda Sound, The Last Hotel, Through Each Eye, Fertility Hollis, Allison, Tragedies in June, The Wood and Wires, Circles Over Sidelights, Xela, Kopaz, Swimming With Angels, Ava Ammeil, Seven, Into all the Earth and countless more that I’ll add as I think of them.