帕克斯最出名的作品是他的《Song Cycle》专辑，他也曾为海滩男孩（The Beach Boys）的《微笑》（Smile）专辑作词。现在他也有了自己的唱片公司。前不久，出于个人需要，这位前华纳公司音乐人创办了Bananastan Records唱片公司。
她是劳登的姐姐（也是鲁弗斯的婶婶），是个优秀的词曲作家。她经营自己名为德比音乐（Derby Disc Music）的唱片公司，最近还雇佣了一名助手。她以前有过从商经验，这为她的日常决策提供了帮助。
“我是个企业家，”温赖特说。“我开过一家叫贝克餐馆（The Baker's Cafe）的饭店，那让我在商业方面获益良多。尽管我自己当老板，但矛盾的是，它意味着我要依靠更专业人士的帮助。我什么都不了解。所以我从那些懂得怎样安排日程、签合同的人那里寻求帮助。你说我的助手？他负责我办公室和社交媒体方面的工作。我则负责录音和演唱会。但是一个好的老板应该愿意和内行合作。”
Van Dyke Parks
Parks, best known for his masterpieceSong Cycle and writing lyrics for The Beach Boys' Smile, can now add label head to his CV. This former Warner artist recently founded Bananastan Records, by necessity.
"I couldn't find a reputable record label in the States to distribute my product," says Parks. "So I created my own to release my records, like (May's) Songs Cycled."
He also got business-smart, knowing when to get professional help for certain tasks.
"I found myself a CPA, who does the books," he says. "Plus, my wife, Sally, has her input. Ultimately, I decided to release and sell singles, because they're less expensive.
Remember, you must have a site! Regarding the people who work with me, I believe in 'delicate strength.' Surround yourself with people you admire. Then let them have their way. Without Bananastan, I wouldn't be able to get my music out. But this stuff will come out and is actually selling. Because now I'm in charge."
Loudon's sister (and Rufus's aunt) is one fine songwriter herself. She runs her own label, Derby Disc Music, and recently hired an assistant. She has previous business experience, which helps with making day-to-day decisions.
"I'm an entrepreneur," Wainwright says. "I once owned a restaurant, The Baker's Cafe, which was great business training. Being in charge, paradoxically, means I also rely on experts. I don't know everything. So, I get help from people regarding itineraries, contracts. My assistant? He does my office and social media stuff. I make the decisions about recording and gigging. But a good boss should be willing to collaborate with someone who knows more."
Wainwright also knows when to outsource.
"I recently signed with a PR firm, who'll help with the re-release of a record. I make decisions about how to spend money. Most importantly, you have to remember this is a job. Work on it every day. You'll definitely see results."
Best known for his hit "Someday Someway," Crenshaw's done what any good CEO might do. He's diversified. At his website, fans can either order individual EPs or join Crenshaw's subscription service for one year. Which gets you three 10-inch vinyl EPs.
Plus, Crenshaw has some trustworthy employees: his family.
"The biggest change, compared to my major label days, is there's labor involved now. Packing, shipping of the product. I've done it with my wife and two children. A real assembly line. Also, the orders have been so big, that people from my office are struggling. So I'll volunteer to help out more."
His advice to label owners starting out?
"As the boss, make sure you don't run out of stock. I have, several times. Still, if you're gonna have a problem? That's not a bad one to have."