Bluebox Records is an imprint of First Step Records, and home to our commercial music ventures. Bluebox offers Millikin Students (and, well, anyone really) who are doing their own thing an outlet to their music produced, manufactured, promoted and distributed.


Matt Talbott earned his BS and MS in education from the University of Illinois, and he brings to Millikin a wealth of real world experience that informs his teaching in commercial music and music business. Matt has worked as a recording artist and touring musician for RCA Records as well as several independent labels, and his band Hum sold over 400,000 albums for RCA. In addition to running his own record label, Matt currently owns and operates a professional analog recording studio in the Champaign area and stays active as a songwriter, singer, and guitarist.



  • Millikin University
  • Earth Analog