Lio Kanine (Kanine Records, USA)

Based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY since 2000, I have worked in pretty much every aspect of the music business. From working in small indie record stores (Rebel Rebel, Rough Trade Shop NYC), to running club nights for 15 years in the NYC/Brooklyn area (booking bands, djing, promoting), managing bands, A&R and Sales at various indie labels (Mexican Summer, Rough Trade), working in physical and digital distribution (Alternative Distribution Alliance), to currently co-running my own record label (Kanine Records) and helping start The New Colossus Festival in NYC its been an amazing adventure. 
But I would have to say my greatest feat has been running and maintaining the healthy environment that Kanine Records ( has had since we started in 2003. From releasing numerous debut releases from indie greats like Grizzly Bear, Chairlift, Surfer Blood, Pearl Charles, and many more we have helped culture a true environment of music love. And we continue to do so each day with each new release.

Kanine Records originally started as a focus on the NYC/Brooklyn music scene but quickly expanded to working with artists from all around the world. Some of which include; Tallies(Canada), Hockey Dad(Australia), Honey Lung(UK), Lucid Express(Hong Kong), WEAVES(Canada), VEP(Norway), Braids(Canada), Agent bla(Sweden), Hoorsees(France), Living Hour(Canada), Fear of Men(UK), The Natvral(US), Blushing(US), Typical Girls(Sweden), Pinact(Scotland), and many more.

The New Colossus Festival ( was started as a platform to help artists from all around the world perform their first shows in the U.S. Since our first live festival in 2019, I have worked with the festival as the main talent buyer to help curate a strong mix of international talent. We’ve had artists from all around the world come play the festival including from Norway, Scotland, Ireland, UK, France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Canada, Wales, Denmark, Iceland, and more. Our goal is to continue to expand our assets thus providing new avenues to help artists promote their music to new audiences.

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