Gare du Nord Records:

Information and How We Work


Gare du Nord Records was started in 2013 by three independent artists (Papernut Cambridge, Robert Rotifer and Ralegh Long) as a vehicle to release their three respective albums that year under the “umbrella” of a label name. Since that time Gare du Nord has grown into a larger collective operation with a range of interconnected artists and friends using the mechanism of the label to release their own music on their own terms.


In practice this means Gare du Nord does not operate like a traditional, conventional record label.


Each artist effectively controls, runs and finances their own release. The label is there to help facilitate that when needed, but the artist ultimately has no ties to the label at all; Gare du Nord takes no cut from the artist’s income, so whether it’s a physical release sold from the artist’s own Bandcamp or digital income that comes in via our distributor Kudos and is passed on, all the money from sales goes to the artist.


What Gare du Nord can offer to artists releasing through us:


  • In-house help with mixing, mastering, preparation for manufacture and release.
  • In-house help with artwork, layout, sleeve design and preparation for printing. A big part of our label’s identity comes from our focus on physical product – vinyl, CD, tape, badges, printed material etc.
  • Admin around the digital release – uploading and registering material etc. All our digital releases are distributed by Kudos and are delivered to all the major digital outlets. Kudos take a standard 20% of the digital income and the rest is passed on directly to the artists.
  • PR help – the label sends out regular PR bulletins around new releases and label activities – but please see below.


What Gare du Nord DOES NOT offer:


  • Financial help or funding for pressing, manufacture of vinyl/CD etc. – the artists finance their own releases to whatever level is appropriate for them.
  • Large scale PR – our own PR reach is very small, so we’d always recommend enlisting additional PR/promo/plugging for your release if it’s appropriate.
  • Physical distribution – we do not have a physical distribution deal with anyone. Gare du Nord LPs and CDs don’t automatically get into record shops. We occasionally contact specific shops about specific vinyl or CD releases, and we have online retail friends who sometimes stock us. We would always encourage individual artists themselves to contact shops too.


To sum up: a release through Gare du Nord is effectively a self-release, but with support and help available from the label if it’s needed.

Gare du Nord does not actively seek out artists to “sign” to the label, but we are always happy to hear from anyone who might be interested in releasing something through us.


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