Pretty interesting back story on him and stones throw. I didn't even know he was off the label. http://blogs.laweekl...up_singer_a.php
When did you make the jump from Stones Throw to Interscope?
I started with Stones Throw in 2005 and released a single and an album in 2006. Between 2006 and 2009, I was making a lot of music, turning it in and trying to release my next album, because I signed with them for only two albums. By 2009, the owner of the label [Peanut Butter Wolf] wasn't really interested in anything I was turning in. He thought it sounded too commercial. I guess in a way the label likes things a little bit gritty and underground, and it didn't sound underground enough. At that time I was recording at professional studios.
The manager of the label told the owner of the studio, "Let me take over Aloe's project so we can get something that the label wants." They sent me to New York to work with a soul music production team, and I ended up recording Good Things with them. When I brought it back to L.A. to play it for the owner of the label, he said, "No, I don't want to release this music."
That's a bummer.
I thought, "Well it's been three years since I released anything. I'm an underground independent artist. This is how I pay rent, and until I release something, I'm going to be basically struggling." It was just really a push and pull between Peanut Butter Wolf and the manager of the label at that time, Eothen Alapatt, or Egon, who has since left Stones Throw. I don't know if they've repaired their relationship, but it was a lot of "I don't like your idea, so I'm not going to let it happen," and I was caught in the middle of it. I had to have a heart to heart with Wolf and say, "This is my livelihood and I've got to release music, and if you won't release anything, at least let me off the label or something."
Then what happened?
Eventually he relented and released Good Things and "I Need a Dollar" [in 2010]. Luckily, we go the attention of the music supervisor of How to Make it in America who wanted to use "I Need a Dollar" for the theme of the TV show. That gave some traction and movement to the album. Stones Throw never asked to option another album from me.
In 2011, I ended up siging with Interscope. In the years prior, Stones Throw never approached me and said, "We had success with Good Things, would you like to come and record another album with us?" which would have been great. I probably would have, but I think they waited a little too long.
How has that been for you?
Really beneficial. They've been wonderful, still letting me have creative freedom, and they have the infrastructure to make it work really well in the U.S. I think Stones Throw, as an indie label, didn't really have that kind of infrastructure.