Since its official inception in 1996, Fueled By Ramen Records has been less of a record label than it has been a brand for the evergrowing community that has embraced what the label stands for. The label has become the nucleus for today’s best and brightest punk-inspired rock/pop bands. Originally based in the college town of Gainesville, Florida, Fueled By Ramen now calls New York City home.
Fueled By Ramen
1633 Broadway 10th floor
New York, NY 10019
To get in touch with us via e-mail, please use the following directory. Do not email about demo submissions.
Webstore - for questions about orders or anything related to The Fueled By Ramen Webstore
Street Team - to find out how you can join The Fueled By Ramen Street Team
Internships - for more information on interning at Fueled By Ramen in New York City
Design Internships - for more information on design internships at Fueled By Ramen in New York City
** Internships are unpaid and you must be able to receive college credit. **
When will my favorite FBR band come to my town?Keep checking your favorite FBR band's facebook and fueledbyramen.com to see all the latest tour dates. We post the dates on there as soon as we can and also often announce new tours and ticket presales in The Weekly Dish so be sure you subscribe to that.
I saw an awesome FBR band shirt at a show. Where do I get one?A lot of the latest band merchandise can be found in our webstore. The bands like to have exclusive merchandise on their tours, but usually everything that doesn't get sold on tour ends up in the webstore at some point. And check stores like Hot Topic who often will carry exclusive items for our bands.
How does a band get signed to Fueled By Ramen?We get this question on a daily basis and the answer varies greatly. To be honest, each one of our bands have been signed for different reasons, and there are numerous things that we always look for – from your music, to your work ethic, to your personalities, to everything in between. The most important thing you can do is to work hard and accomplish as much as you can for your band before trying to get signed to a label. Develop a local following, tour the country, record an EP, start a street team, get interviewed by your local publications, etc. – we look for bands that are creating their own buzz and aren’t depending on somebody else to do it for them. Putting all you can into your band will attract labels wishing to do the same.
My band wants to send in a demo. What should it be like?A demo is basically your bands resume, so present it that way – make sure there’s a bio, contact information, touring information, and more. Your music will speak for itself, but the packaging is our first impression of your band. We get a ton of demos and listen to as many as we can, so put yourself in our shoes and really try to create something that stands out. There is no bigger frustration than opening a package and seeing a demo that looks like it was sent without even trying.
What does Fueled By Ramen do for the bands?We work closely with the bands, their managers, booking agents and publicists to make sure we're doing as much as possible to get our bands and their music out to as many potential fans as possible. We help with everything from album and tour promotion to merchandising. Our bands are our family and we help them in any way we can.
What is it like to work at Fueled By Ramen?From Thom: For me, it’s what I always imagined what working at a record label would be like. We have a lot of fun throughout the day while also working extremely hard for our bands. There’s no greater feeling than seeing a band you’re passionate about get a great opportunity, and we strive on a day-to-day basis to accomplish that for our artists. We love discussing music and having brainstorm sessions where we come up with new ideas for our artists and to continue to build the Fueled By Ramen brand. Everybody that works for Fueled By Ramen has a great sense of humor and a ton of energy, and we’re always trying to outdo each other – but at the same time, we know when to be serious and really buckle down. This is a label that I – along with the rest of my coworkers – have loved for a long time, even before we worked here, and we take so much pride in continuing to build it.
How can I help promote the bands on Fueled By Ramen?The easiest and most powerful thing you can do is tell your friends. If you see a band play an amazing show or hear a great song, tell your friend to check it out, too. You can also join our street team and help promote with stickers, posters, flyers and samplers or putting up banners on your myspace pages. There is so much you can do and signing up HERE is just the beginning!
How can I get involved in the music business?From Thom: The best way to get involved with the music business is to start INVOLVING YOURSELF with the music business! Whether it’s by supporting a local band, running shows in your hometown, creating a webzine, joining a street team, or getting involved with your school’s radio station – do anything you can to make yourself a part of the music business. If you work hard and treat people the right way, the industry around you will take notice. Don’t be ashamed to start at the bottom, because everybody was there at one point and it’s important to learn and grow on your way up. Most members of FBR started out small and made their way here after years of making connections and working hard to prove themselves. Just always keep a positive attitude, stay passionate, and work hard – good things will come in time.
How do I get an internship at Fueled By Ramen?Email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know a little about yourself, when you'd be available to start and what you'd be interested in doing here. Before you do that you should know that internships are always unpaid and you will be responsible for finding a place to live during your internship. Our office in New York City is always looking for bright individuals who are motivated to work in the music industry.
How do I get in touch with a band for publicity purposes?Check the bands' individual pages to get in touch with their publicists. Submit your request for photo passes, show reviews and interviews to them.
I'm a graphic designer... how do I get to design some shirts for FBR bands?First create some samples for us to review and send us links to them to us at email@example.com. If you've done work for other artists, let us know that, too. If we check out your stuff and we like it, we'll definitely be in touch.