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Inspiring Conversations with Saman Khoujinian and Gabe Anderson of Sleepy Cat Records

Today we’d like to introduce you to Saman, Gabe Khoujinian, and Anderson.

Hi Saman Khoujinian and Gabe Anderson, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Hi, this is Saman writing.

Gabe and I grew up in Miami, FL. We met in high school through a couple of mutual friends and instantly started playing music together and forming a tight life partnership. I left Miami to go to college in Chapel Hill in 2009. A year and a half after that, in the middle of one of Gabe and I’s first tours, Gabe decided to drop out of college and move to Chapel Hill. That’s when we started to tour a little harder and get pretty serious about music.

Gabe started playing drums in several bands and touring more while I started to get deep into producing, recording, mixing, and generally living in the studio. We were doing so much creative work with so many different folks. Our musical net was getting wide enough for us to harness some of that energy and reflect it back at the world as Sleepy Cat.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Like any fledgling business, especially in music, it’s gone up and down. The label essentially kicked into gear right as the Covid pandemic began in early 2020. That proved to be an interesting hurdle hah!

To be honest, though, I’m sort of grateful for that – it shifted our focus away from traditional album/release cycles based on our artists touring a shit ton and selling products to creative and collaborative ways of getting music into people’s ears.

For example, we love putting together compilations of original music and covers done by our artists (we only have one out so far, but we’re gathering all the music for our next one, which should be out by Spring ’22). If everyone on our roster was hyper-focused on touring and slinging merch. I don’t think we’d have the bandwidth for something as fun (and really non-$$-generating lol) as that this early on.

As you know, we’re big fans of Sleepy Cat Records. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about the brand?
Up to now, we’ve been mainly focused on releasing the work of folks in our immediate musical community. I imagine that we’ll take on artists from all parts of the world in the future, but for now, it’s been incredibly rewarding to provide even a small platform for folks who we not only deeply believe in, but who we basically live next to as well. Part of what distinguishes us from other similar labels is that because of the work that Gabe and I each do independently (I produce, record, and mix records. Gabe co-runs an international Pilates company called Polestar, plays drums in several bands, and does video and design work), we’re able to make that happen from the ground up for most of our artists. I’ll usually be involved in some stage of making the actual record/single/EP/etc. in the studio, after which Gabe will step in art director or videographer/editor or content curator or any number of other roles. Doing it this way keeps our hearts invested in the project beyond just being the “bank” for our artists and keeps the relationship with our artists intimate.

Alright so before we go can you talk to us a bit about how people can work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
We’re always open to new ideas and outside collaborators. The best way to get share your ideas with us is by contacting us through our website –

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Image Credits
Chris Frisina
Gabe Anderson
Kendall Atwater

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