Sugar Ray Bassist Murphy Karges Teams Up with NFL QB Aaron Rodgers

After a chance meeting through mutual friends,  Murphy Karges —founding member of iconic rock band Sugar Ray—got a call from Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers to put one of his more recent passions, directing music videos, to use directing the video for “Get It” by The Make, the first band signed to Rodgers’ new record label Suspended Sunrise Recordings. By the end of the daylong shoot and subsequent editing process, Karges and Rodgers knew that their partnership was just beginning.

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“During work on the video, I had this feeling that I loved what they were doing, how Aaron wanted to reinvent the rules of a record label, and how they had an open slate to do things,” says Karges. “So I mentioned to [The Make frontman] Jeff [Schneeweis] that I might be interested in being more than a one-off video director for them. I knew things would work themselves out if they’re supposed to, so that was it. After it was finished, Aaron called me and told me he wanted me to be a part of it.”

With his years of experience not just as bass player and collaborative songwriter/arranger for the multi-platinum Sugar Ray, but in more recent years as an editor, producer & director of video content for artists such as Thirty Seconds To Mars, Donovan Frankenreiter, Cypress Hill & TRVSDJAM, Karges has been tasked with steering the fledgling label through today’s tumultuous music industry. “Aaron has really entrusted me with a lot of responsibility, which is flattering. He wants me to lead this label into a direction that I think can put us on a path for success,” says Karges of his role as President of Suspended Sunrise.

Although some may argue that it would be a bad time to start a record label, Karges sees the opposite. “It’s a perfect time to start a label. If you listen to artists, they’re frustrated by the majors who seem slow to grasp the new rules of the internet generation, and not all artists can do it on their own.  We will embrace the new rules and be artist friendly in the spirit of Ahmet Ertegun, Berry Gordy, Jr, and David Geffen, guys who were music lovers first and foremost.”

Karges is ready to embrace the future of the music industry, including the once-radical thought of releasing large amounts of music for free on the internet. “Our advantage is that we don’t have the burden of existing pre-Napster, so we don’t have those old rules and tendencies built-in. Kids aren’t growing up with CDs anymore. They’re growing up with iPods and BitTorrents and swapping digital files for free. We understand that. We embrace that.” The label is also looking to the past, however, with vinyl releases playing a large part in future plans.

Among the many things in store for Suspended Sunrise, Karges sees as a priority focusing their attention on their first asset. “Our immediate priority is finishing The Make’s debut LP and launching them in 2012. We are excited to share their talent with the world in the coming months and years.”

The Make
are currently on the nationwide Noise Tour Powered by Journeys, a cross-country trek alongside Mayday Parade and We Are the In Crowd. The band is touring on the This Box EP [on iTunes here] released this summer on Suspended Sunrise.

The Make Tour Dates:
All Dates with Mayday Parade, We Are The In Crowd, There For Tomorrow, and You Me At Six
  • 10/14/11 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
  • 10/15/11 – Asbury Park, NJ @ The Stone Pony
  • 10/16/11 – Washington, D.C. @ Fillmore
  • 10/17/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
  • 10/20/11 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
  • 10/21/11 – Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room
  • 10/22/11 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
  • 10/23/11 – Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues
  • 10/25/11 – Columbus, OH @ Skully’s                     
  • 10/26/11 – Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
  • 10/27/11 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave II
  • 10/28/11 – Iowa City, IA @ The Blue Moose
  • 10/29/11 – Kansas City, MO @ The Beaumont
  • 10/31/11 – Denver, CO @ The Summit
  • 11/02/11 – San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom
  • 11/03/11 – San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues
  • 11/04/11 – Las Vegas, NV @ House Of Blues
  • 11/05/11 – Anaheim, CA @ House Of Blues
  • 11/06/11 – Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
  • 11/08/11 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
  • 11/09/11 – Houston, TX @ House Of Blues
  • 11/10/11 – Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues
  • 11/12/11 – Gainesville, FL @ Double Down Live
  • 11/13/11 – Tampa, FL @ State Theatre
  • 11/14/11 – Tallahassee, FL @ Floyd’s
  • 11/16/11 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
  • 11/17/11 – Orlando, FL @ House Of Blues
  • 11/18/11 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
  • 11/19/11 – Jacksonville, FL @ Freebird Live

The Make “This Box”  available now at iTunes & Amazon.


Chris "MUG5" Maguire is a multimedia futurist that specializes in all things multimedia. From Record Production to Film Making Chris has worked with hi-end clients the world over. Chris is the Editor in Chief of both &