After releasing Step Aside‘s Reaching Out and Overlooked‘s Nothing is Sacred, we thought it was time return the favor and show the label some love. Owner Dan is a great dude and we look forward to see the growth of his label.
Please introduce yourself and Life To Live Records?
My name is Dan and I run a hardcore and punk label called Life to Live Records.
Why did you start the label, and how did it grow since?
I started the label in 2009 as a way of helping out underrated bands get some music out there. I like the idea of working with bands that aren’t really known and trying to get others to check them out. If I’m into the demo then chances are it’ll get pressed! LTL promotes bands the best we can right now, press records, and just recently started online digital distribution (iTunes, amazon music, etc…).
What are the pros and cons of running a label?
Writing down addresses and packaging up orders is super time consuming but it’s kind of fun. Any extra time I have in my week is usually consumed with label related errands. I’m not complaining though. I really enjoy it and hope I can keep the label going forever!
What do you seek in bands to add them to the roster?
Well first I have to be into the music. If I’m not into the jams at all then sorry but they aren’t what the I’m looking for. Lately I’ve been looking into bands that are working hard and care a lot. A lot of bands just expect to get on a label with just having a good demo and it isn’t that fair to bands who are busting their balls and touring everywhere. If the band is setting up weekends and playing as many shows as possible that is showing that they care. If your band isn’t touring full time or even close to that it’s cool too. Just do what you can when you can do it.
How do you see the future of the CD? Do you consider switching (permanent) to an alternative format as a small independent label?
I honestly do not see LTL ever pressing CD’s. If anyone wants to support, they can pick up a record. It has the digital download and people are using ipods for the most part nowadays. CD’s are just boring and they all look exactly the same! What is the fun in that?
What does the future hold for LTL Records?
Right now the label has two 2nd presses of two older releases: LTL – 002 – Alert – 2008 Demo and LTL – 003 – Outlast NJ Straight Edge Demo 2009. 100 copies of each have been repressed. Along with the 2nd presses, a new record is dropping in March: LTL – 008 – Losin’ It – Danger Zone. Really stoked on this release and it has been a lot of fun to do. RevHQ is now carrying a couple of our releases so I’m really stoked on that too.
Anything you’d like to add?
You only have one life to live so do what makes you happy. Live life to the fullest. LTL Crew doing it big in 2012.