Grossfeld (’17) and Sosnick (’16) Play Music a New Way
There is new music stirring next to the Carriage House, and two Cornell undergraduates are to thank. Electric Buffalo Records is a nonprofit that operates as a part of Cornell Media Guild and provides recording, distribution, and marketing services to students and local musicians in a professional studio on Stewart Ave. The organization welcomes a wide variety of talent and currently distributes its music through iTunes and Spotify.
“Selfless” is a great word to describe Jacob Grossfeld (‘17) and Mike Sosnick (‘16), the Co-Founders of Electric Buffalo Records. The duo are students in the College of Arts & Sciences and began their record company in early 2015. While they are musicians, they do not use their nonprofit for their work, nor do they consider themselves entrepreneurs. Nonetheless, the company’s success is irrefutable – they have already released a compilation record, hold a strong staff of ten volunteers, and have committed customers.
Grossfeld says staff recruitment for the label is the most difficult task for the business. Like many startups, administrators work without pay. However, Grossfeld and Sosnick have created a project volunteers, musicians, and students connect with. Currently, all volunteers are students with backgrounds ranging from engineering to graphic design. Grossfeld and Sosnick hope the label remains in Ithaca after they graduate and look forward to visiting and providing guidance for those who continue the company.
Currently, Electric Buffalo Records is working on recording Kurt Riley, Pizza Pack, and Paul Russell. “When we release music, people in the Cornell community say they enjoy it,” Sosnick said. In addition to another compilation album, Sosnick is looking forward to holding a showcase of musicians in late March or April.
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