We recently spoke with Snak The Ripper about the recent changes to his label Stealth Bomb Records, his relationship with Merkules and two new albums planned for 2018.
BCUG: To anyone that has been paying close attention to Stealth Bomb Records, it has been no secret that there have been changes going on within the label. We have been told from various sources that it is common knowledge that Merkules is no longer with Stealth Bomb but we have not seen any official statement from the Label. Are you able to confirm that Merkules is no longer on the roster?
Snak: Yes I can. But before I get into that, let me first clarify what Stealth Bomb Records does. We are a indie record label yes, but our main focus is ‘’artist development and career guidance’’. In basic terms, we are a management team. We find up and coming artists who have recognizable talent and put them on tour all over the world. In addition, we teach them how to turn their passion for music into a real career, with the expectation that one day they can run things themselves. We’re like business school for musicians. I have over 10 years experience in the Canadian Music Industry, and I wanted to share the knowledge I’ve acquired over the years with other artists that I believe in. When I first started Stealth Bomb in 2013, I was managing Merkules and handling most of his business affairs myself. I might actually be one of the first people on this entire planet to recognize his talent for music. As the years went on, we took on more artists, and our label got bigger. Merkules learned a lot about the business being on Stealth Bomb Records over the years, and he currently has his own business operation with a great team of hard working individuals behind him. I feel honoured to have been apart of Merk’s career development, and I am extremely proud to see how well he is doing on his own. After all, we specialize in career guidance, so having Merk spread his wings and take on the business himself was our goal all along.
BCUG: There have been some obvious tensions between Merkules and your booking agent at Good Friday Entertainment after some name-calling spilled out over the internet. Do you wish to comment on what happened between them and was their souring relationship ever a contributing factor to Merkules leaving the label?