Moriah Berger is the brain behind In Transit, the NY based music blog/ label. She is about to release the first ever vinyl compilation which is to feature new up-and-coming artists from all over the world. I stress, a tremendous feet which has never been done before on vinyl! The compilation entitled Vol.1 Transmission features 12 artists such as Bristol based Double Denim, Acid Dad, Arthur Shea's band Forever Lesbians and many many others.
We asked the 21-year-old college student some questions about the new release:
3rd: Hi Moriah, thanks for getting in touch with us. You're about to release a compilation featuring new up-and-coming artists. What triggered this idea?
Moriah: I had the idea to start a label about a year and half ago. I was trying to figure out the best way to do it, but I also wanted to do something different than everyone else.
I’ve always made my friends mixtapes (and still do) with new bands that I’ve found. I saw that there were some labels putting out compilations on tape or just digitally. I wanted to do it on vinyl and make it really special.
3rd: Correct me if I am wrong but you already have an experience working with record labels, right?
M: I’ve been interning at a couple different labels over the past two years. The people I have worked for have been in the game a lot longer than I have, so I can always ask them for advice if I’m ever stuck on anything.
3rd: That's nice. The idea is really interesting. Are you going to specialize in compilations? Do you already have plans for future releases?
M: I do want to start signing artists at some point, but only when I feel like I have the right attention, so know I can actually help them. I’m definitely going to do more compilations. I’ve already made my ideal playlist of potential artists for Vol. 2.
3rd: What was the most stressful moment? And the best one?
M: Making sure the record comes out on time has been the most stressful part of this. There are so many little factors that have gone into this compilation that you don’t really realize from the outside. It has taken a lot of time.
The best was when I received the test pressing a couple weeks ago. It made everything so real. I sat on my floor and played the record over and over again. All of my work for the past year was right there in a little round disc, and I’m so excited about how it turned out.
3rd: I really dig his latest record as well! What's on your ipod these days?
M: A lot of Lou Reed. I’ve also been revisiting Youth Lagoon, Deerhunter, and Beach House in preparation their upcoming releases.
3rd: Best gig you've been this year?
M: Probably The Strokes at Shaky Knees Festival, they basically played their entire discography. The whole weekend was pretty insane though. I swear I curated that lineup.