Ridin’ High Records is a partnership between multi instrumentalist/songwriter Chris Altmann and DJ/music supervisor/writer Alysha Main. Formed in Melbourne, Australia in 2010 as a record label and artist management company, the business moved to Hamilton, Ontario in 2013. Services now include live performance, session recording, DJing, music supervision, grant writing, bio writing and event management.
Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Chris Altmann was born in the Adelaide Hills of Australia, and now resides in Canada. Along his journey he has embraced many musical styles; from his country-rock tinged group The Drowners, to the more modern pop/rock sound of The Vandas, and on to a solo career steeped in early 1970s Americana. He’s also in demand as a session player, appearing on dozens of roots recordings, and performing with many artists including Tim Hicks, Blue Rodeo, Michelle McAdorey, Ginger St. James, and Henry Wagons. His music has appeared on various TV shows and films including Neighbours, Home & Away, Beneath, and I'll Take Your Dead.
Chris was nominated for Pedal Steel Guitar Player of the Year at the 2018 Canadian Country Music Awards.
“Chris Altmann makes fine, uncomplicated pop music, and he makes it sound simple. Melodies flow, lyrics feel true and unforced, and the instruments serve the songs, played with style and flair and never any showboating.” - The Age, Melbourne
Alysha is a DJ, Music Supervisor and writer who has been working in the entertainment industry for over 15 years. She began her career in Toronto working in publicity at Planet3 Communications and the Canadian Country Music Association. She spent the next few years being mentored in the world of Artist Management by Bernie Fiedler, whose roster included Pavlo and Liona Boyd. She moved to London, UK and later Australia where she worked independently as a Concert Promoter and DJ.
In 2013 she returned to Canada and joined the emerging creative community of Hamilton, ON, spending 2 years on the city’s Music Strategy Implementation Team, working with other professionals to strengthen the local music industry. She continued to write her blog and provide marketing and grant writing support to many independent Canadian artists. She also acted as a Sales and Marketing consultant for record labels Seventh Fire Records and Fmmusic. A desire to return to Artist Management led Alysha to sign two Canadian acts in 2014: Ginger St. James & Nudie.
As a passionate music fan, she has hosted "Put A Record On" on 93.3 CFMU for 4 years. She is also an in demand event DJ, spinning new release and classic/rare vinyl, and teaches a DJing workshop for people that have lived experience with mental illness. She is currently working on film and advertising projects as a freelance music supervisor.