Trekky Records is an independent record label based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The label was created in 2001 by Chapel Hill natives Martin Anderson and Will Hackney as an outlet for their friends’ music. The label has since grown into a prominent musical collective, known for releasing albums in a signature 3-part format which includes a vinyl record, a compact disc and an MP3 download.
Martin Anderson and Will Hackney met at McDougle Middle School in Chapel Hill, NC, when Anderson was 12 and Hackney was 14. The pair bonded over their love of punk rock, and also their membership in the relatively small community of middle-schoolers who had started their own bands. Inspired by the DIY origins of some of their favorite independent labels, they started Trekky Records as a way to release their own music and the music of their friends and heroes. Anderson and Hackney started by booking shows at local book stores, pizzerias, fire stations and teen centers, releasing homemade CD-Rs and sending sampler compilations to local radio stations.
When Hackney began attending Chapel Hill High School in 2001, he and Anderson were introduced to an array of musicians that would become longtime collaborators, both musically and in the business of the label. Hackney met Emma Nadeau, his castmate in the high school musical, who would later become an integral part of the label management, as well as a member of Lost in the Trees. Anderson began attending shows of the local band Vibrant Green, and a friendship blossomed with the Tunnell Brothers (Stephen, Jonny, Joah) who would go on to become part of the collective, and members of The Never and Lost in the Trees. Both Anderson and Hackney saw a preternaturally gifted band called Westfalia in a high school talent show, whose members Josh Kimbrough and Joe Norkus went on to create half a dozen different bands under the Trekky label. This wealth of unorganized talent inspired Anderson and Hackney to spend every spare moment working on the label, releasing over 20 albums and EPs before the pair left high school, and planning their post-education lives around the activity of the collective.
As the collective grew, Trekky Records became inextricably entwined with the increasingly active and diverse music scene in the Piedmont of North Carolina, generally referred to as the Triangle. The label hosted the annual Christmas at the Cradle show, an opportunity for local musicians to reinterpret holiday music, and started TRKfest, an outdoor summer music festival held at a bio-fuel plant in Pittsboro, NC. With these collaborative events, new members of the Trekky Collective were found, with already established artists like Brice Randall Bickford, Phil Cook, and Midtown Dickens joining the label. These new relationships formed the basis of the second wave of Trekky Records artists, providing the groundwork for releases with Sylvan Esso, Loamlands, Phil Cook, and more.
Trekky Records remains an outlet for a group of like-minded and collaborative artists to create and release music. The family never stops growing.
Do you accept demo submissions?
No. At this time, we’ve got too many great projects to release, and if we had more, we’d just explode. Thanks for your interest, and we sincerely wish you luck with your music!
Can I send you other stuff?
Sure! We love letters, postcards, videos, holograms and many other things you can send in the mail. Our mailing address is 104 Carolina Forest Rd., Chapel Hill, NC, 27516. However, this is just our mailing address. Please don’t come to this address, unless you want to be hunted by ghost dogs.
Can my band play TRKfest?
Hopefully, one day, TRKfest will be an 18-day extravaganza with 1,000 bands, but for now we can only ask a few bands to play, so we don’t accept applications to play TRKfest.
Where can I find a CD copy of (any given release)?
Many of our albums are released in a single package that contains a vinyl record, a CD and a digital download. While those releases are not available as CD only, you can get a CD version with the full package (generally for the same price as a CD).
Do you have any internships available?
Not right now, but there are many great labels in North Carolina that might want your help!
TRK047 | Loamlands – Some Kind Of Light
TRK046 | Phil Cook – This Side Up
TRK045 | Joe Norkus – EP
TRK044 | Various Artists – Amalgam
TRK043 | Sylvan Esso – Hey Mami / Play It Right
TRK042 | Midtown Dickens – Home
TRK041 | Westfalia – Sleep Talking | Worth The Wait
TRK040 | Brice Randall Bickford – Brice Randall Bickford
TRK039 | Phil Cook & His Feat – Hungry Mother Blues
TRK038 | Butterflies – Residual Child
TRK037 | Lost in the Trees – Time Taunts Me
TRK036 | Embarrassing Fruits – Frontier Justice
TRK035 | Various Artists – The Owl Room Compilation Vol. 1
TRK034 | Embarrassing Fruits – Community / Exploitation
TRK033 | Butterflies – Nothing’s Personal
TRK032 | The Physics of Meaning – Snake Charmer and Destiny at the Stroke of Midnight
TRK031 | Lost in the Trees – All Alone in an Empty House
TRK030 | Embarrassing Fruits – The First Time EP
TRK029 | Endless Mic – Watching Your World EP
TRK028 | Barghest – Thanteros EP
TRK027 | Auxiliary House – Play More Games EP
TRK026 | Endless Mic – Baby Geniuses
TRK025 | Lost in the Trees – Time Taunts Me EP
TRK024 | The Trekky Yuletide Orchestra – A New Old Fashioned Christmas
TRK023 | The Never – Antarctica: A Storybook Record
TRK022 | Vibrant Green – Artless Yet Excellent
TRK021 | Endless Mic – Cave Livin’
TRK020 | Mortar and Pestle – Oak in the Acorn
TRK019 | Alvarez Painting – Forecastle Helm
TRK018 | Lost in the Trees – Lost in the Trees
TRK017 | Russell Holbrook – Single File, Please
TRK016 | Ari Picker – The Umbrella Album
TRK015 | Various Artists – Trekky Records Christmas
TRK014 | Choose Your Own Adventure – Let ‘Em Work, Let ‘Em Live
TRK013 | Joe Norkus – The Joe Norkus EP
TRK012 | The Beauregards – All You Ever Do Is Embarrass Me
TRK011 | Joah Tunnell – After the Party EP
TRK009 | Westfalia – Hold Still…
TRK006 | Straight No Chaser – Rock the Episcopaleans EP
TRK004 | Westfalia – Westfalia EP
104 Carolina Forest Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
*This is Trekky’s permanent mailing address, not the address of our offices. As much as we love you, please don’t come to this address.