Dead And Gone was an independent record label from the north of England lots of my memories of shows in the early 00’s would not exist without this record label i thought it was time to remind everyone about some of the great stuff Ian Wiles did for UKHC.
as well as having been in 2 Awesome UKHC bands he was the man behind Dead And Gone and is a good dude all round.
bio by Ian wiles:
I started Dead & Gone Records out of necessity as In The Clear recorded an LP despite breaking up in Summer of 2001. I released as no other label would have wanted to release a record of a dead band. I was proud of it and wanted it to be released so it felt like the only option.
A full time thing was never planned and I had literally no idea what I was doing. Three days before sending the record to press I didnt have a name! I was on MSN (olde tyme snapchat) with Bjorn from Rise & Fall who was listening to Absolution. Hence the name was born.
The label turned into a full time thing when my second band (the last chance) was in full flow. AM Records was releasing our 7″ and I decided to do it on CD after being let down by a label. It was the right thing to do at the right time. We were playing every weekend with the Legacy, The Break in and Spitfire Down. We all became friends and as the Last Chance record went well i just kept releasing records.
I met Justice when the Last Chance was on tour in the mainland and I started bringing them to the UK. That’s when things took off and got serious! The label stopped in May 2010 when I heard that Dirty Money were splitting. I had a newborn daughter and it seemed like the right thing to do 40 records later. I was becoming less and less interested and getting into more and more debt. I miss some things but I have the memories and the records. What a journey!
After the ITC LP D&G was me, Max and Shaun and it was that way for the first 15+ releases.
We went our separate ways and from the Down & Outs 7″ onwards it was all me. However, I got an insane amount of help from talented web and design friends. I remember a chain gang of ten people filling the Champion pre-orders