WELCOME TO TRAPPED ANIMAL RECORDS.
We are an independent record label based in Cambridge, UK.
We seek out the best new music from underground and rising artists.
We specialise in producing limited edition runs of beautiful vinyl records.
We are not confined by genre or borders, our catalogue & roster is instead connected by exquisite, timeless songwriting and epic soundscapes...
We have signed artists from the UK, USA, Indonesia, Japan and Ireland.
Trapped Animal is building foundations with our artists that will help guide them towards a lifetime of making music... a route to emancipation for musicians.
How do we support our artists?
We advance various costs related to release campaigns.
We run a 50/50 recoup deal with all our artists, this means once we've recouped our spend on the album, all profits are split 50/50 (this is very different from a Major Label record deal).
We nurture our artists and connect them with trusted music industry champions - such as publishers, PR agents and promoters. Our artists license us the rights for their music for a temporary period, we never own our artists or their masters. This means in the future they will be able to exploit their work for their own benefit without having over-lengthy contracts or debts clipping their wings.
Why do we do this?
First thing that counts, is we do this because we choose to!
We want to make a working example that the music industry doesn't just have to eat and spit out artists when it's done with them.
Eventually, we hope not to just be a foundation, but an actual vehicle that when an artist signs to us they really are protected by us, emotionally, mentally and financially.
To do this we need to build a community around our label and our artists, so we created
The Record Club...
The Trapped Animal Record Club.
The Record Club is for vinyl enthusiasts and fans of indie and underground music, we have Vinyl Membership (everything on vinyl), Merch (T's, Totes, Artwork) and Digital tiers (online members area, exclusive content). Our club provides its members with a personal connection to the music we release and the artists we work with, with regular campaign updates, a secret blog on this website, early access to singles and our entire digital catalgoue all at your fingertips, this club is for those out there that want to see their money do something useful for the artists that make the music they love.
For either a yearly or monthly subscription fee you can get:
All our upcoming vinyl releases for the next 12 months
+ a selection of 2022's releases!
Our 2022 Schedule
Gabi Garbutt - Cockerel (blue vinyl)
Sunday Driver - Sun God (red vinyl)
Stars And Rabbit - Rainbow Aisle (glass stripe vinyl)
Cormorant Tree Oh - Swoontide (sea foam green vinyl)
Headswim - Flood #Redux (double gatefold, neon & yellow vinyl )
Jemma Freeman & The Cosmic Something - Miffed (grape purple vinyl)
Record Club Membership