Singer and guitarist Joseph Terrell said when he records music with Carrboro label Sleepy Cat Records, he feels better about the outcome because he gets to spend time with the people he loves.
The label's co-founders, Gabe Anderson and Saman Khoujinian, are people Terrell said he would want to hang out with anyway, whether they are recording music or not.
"They're good friends, they're really good people," Terrell, who is a solo artist as well as a member of folk group Mipso, said. "I love the way they see the world. I love their values."
Sleepy Cat Records will be celebrating its five-year anniversary this June. As a small Carrboro music label, Anderson said they build on personal relationship rather than just business.
“It's a bit like a collective more than us looking for the next big thing,” he said. “It's more like we have these friends that we know and trust that we know they'll be good to work with and that they align with our ethics and politics.”
Sleepy Cat Records has 18 local artists signed across various genres.
Terrell said Anderson and Khoujinian are musicians first, so they understand what it is like to make music from both the business side and the emotional side.
The founders met and began playing music together during their junior year of high school in Florida, and eventually made their way up to Chapel Hill after graduating.
Following the highs and lows of the college band life in North Carolina, the pair began teaching themselves how to mix and put out their own music with the help of several mentors.