Power To The Label: Independent Labels Unite & Form 1st Ever Indie Distribution

28 09 2011

Running a record label is hard. Working with distribution is a lot harder. After years of abuse from corporate fat cat distro’s; Three of the best punk labels have joined forces to give record labels true independent distribution.

The Independent Label Distribution or ILD was formed by the heads of Frontier, Beer City , and Tribunal Records as a way to provide solid and affordable distribution for independent artists and record labels. Veterans of the record biz, Lisa Fancher (Frontier), Mike Beer (Beer City), and Matt Rudzinski (Tribunal) were sick of being burned by crappy distro’s and knew they could do better. Together, they “took over their failing distributor in Richmond this summer and rebuilt it from the ground up.”

Lisa Fancher of Frontier Records Never saw herself jumping into the record distro game:

“Of all the things I never thought I’d do, taking over my distributor is probably number one on my list,” said Lisa Fancher. “Loser distributors have burned me for hundreds of thousands of dollars since Frontier started in 1980, so at this point I know what it takes to make one succeed. Mike Beer from Beer City, Matt Rudzinski from Tribunal Records and I share the same DIY ethic and we’re not just doing this to save ourselves, we’re interested in helping a couple dozen other labels survive after the previous owner was running the company into the ground. If taking his company over to run it ourselves isn’t punk, I don’t know what is!

As it stands, The ILD is the only American distribution company owned and operated by independent record labels. Currently, The ILD is peddling records by Adolescents, D.R.I., Bouncing Souls, Cannabis Corpse, Larry & his Flask, Circle Jerks, MDC, The Dils, Hole, Naked Raygun, Rocket From The Crypt, and The Weirdos just to name a few. As well as being the distro for Tankcrimes records and Six Weeks Records.

So what are you waiting for start a record label already, the ILD has your back. For more info on everything ILD visit their interwebs here ——-> INTERWEBS


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