Roxhill Records was founded by Dave Knarr and named after the Seattle neighborhood he grew up in. As a teenager during Seattle's rise as the epicenter of grunge, Knarr was heavily influenced by artists such as Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots, Melvins, Pearl Jam and Alice and Chains.
While Knarr himself played in a number of small local indie bands while attending university in the UK, he soon realized that his gifts and passions were more aligned with identifying and cultivating new talent.
After a 20 year career working for a number of major UK based record labels, Knarr eventually decided it was time to pursue his life-long dream of launching his own music label. Thus, Roxhill Records was born in the summer of 2018.
Throughout 2018 and 2019 Knarr and his small dedicated team spent their nights and weekends visiting clubs, bars and coffee shops all across the UK and US, looking for artists that had the one key ingredient Knarr believes is more important than all others: music with soul.
By the end of 2019 Roxhill Records had built a modest portfolio of up-and-coming artists, several of which had begun recording their first label-backed albums.
Then came COVID... no single event or disruptive technology has had more impact on the music industry over the last 100 years.
For Roxhill Records, like most major and indie labels, it meant no concerts, no tours, no festivals, no way to get their musicians out there promoting their music and generating revenue. It meant drastic changes for the upstart label.
In the summer of 2020 Roxhill decided to pare down its portfolio of artists in order to focus its energy and resources on just a few key artists and projects.
We hope that you agree that the artists we have chosen to focus on, truly make music with soul.
"There are a lot of talented musicians out there, so as a label you have to decide what is going to be your 'thing', what are you looking for in an artist that sets them apart from all the others. For me, its about making music with soul. I don't just want to find myself singing along, or tapping my foot to a catchy beat, those are good things, but I want more. I want to feel the music. I want to produce music that gets in your head and your heart and won't let you go."