Welcome, James!

James ChryssanthacopoulosIntroducing James Chryssanthacopoulos, Software Engineer 

Hello my name is James Chryssanthacopoulos and I’m excited to be joining The Orchard as a software engineer in the data team.

I grew up in Massachusetts where I also attended college for Physics. After school I joined Lincoln Laboratory developing the next version of collision avoidance systems for aircrafts. In 2013, I moved to New York to join the Center for Climate Systems Research at Columbia University as a programmer/analyst. At the Center, I helped develop systems to improve global food security.


Indie Store Spotlight: Waterloo Records

Indie Sotre Spotlight: Waterloo RecordsGreetings from the physical sales department! Each month I will be taking you on a trip to some of the greatest records stores around the country. This month we’re going to Austin, Texas to visit Waterloo Records.

Opening April 1, 1982, Waterloo took its name from the original designation of the territory before it was purchased as the capital of the Republic of Texas and renamed “Austin” in 1839. In 1982, Austin wasn’t quite the same town that it is today. The computer industries had arrived in the mid-seventies but had not started to draw people into town by the turn of the decade; nor had Austin’s reputation as a premier arts town, especially in both music and film. Simply put, Austin was a lot smaller before it took off as one the fastest growing cities in the country.


Freeloader Friday: Sweet Crude, Charles Fauna & More

Sweet Crude - Isle Danse le Mer Freeloader FridayWelcome Freeloaders, to another week of your favorite releases. As you slowly climb out of your chocolate coma and strive to keep your flowers in bloom, take a moment to listen to this weeks latest sounds.

Sweet Crude‘s newest track “Isle Dans Le Mer” kicks off our weekend with a joyous French theme song you never knew you were craving. Translated to “Island in the Sea,” this single is a refreshing jaunt on a summer day in a far-away paradise. With a catchy sing-a-long hook and liberating group vocals, Sweet Crude will definitely get you moving with this wildly vivacious track.


Inside BalconyTV’s “Live From the Outside, Vol. 5”

It’s only been six months since we announced the creation of BalconyTV Records, but we’ve got some catching up to do. Born from global live performance video network BalconyTV, the label began by pulling the audio from some of the 15,000 plus live shows they’ve produced and arranging them into sick (and streamable) compilations.

In the spirit of the video channel’s knack for “music with a view” by shooting in beautiful locations worldwide, these comps are aptly named Live From The Outside.


The Orchard Celebrates 20 Years Of Distribution Done Right

20 years SMA monumental year, 2017 marks The Orchard’s 20th anniversary as a pioneer in digital distribution. In the past two decades, The Orchard has worked with wonderful clients and talented artists to release award winning records and films. Through progressive development in licensing, technology, advertising and more, The Orchard has grown from a storefront office on the Lower East Side of Manhattan to more than 25 offices around the globe. Just twenty years young, we are proud to call ourselves the industry’s leading independent music distributor and among the fastest growing distributors of independent films. Most importantly, we are thankful for the tight-knit family of employees that have made every success possible.