Please present your label, when and where was it started, who is involved in its activities and what genres are promoted by it.
Deepsend Records will always be a one-man operation. Occassionally my wife or a close friend will help out at a festival slinging merch, but the day or day is always just myself. We started Deepsend in the summer of 2000, though our first release wasn't until 2001, which was Cinerary "Rituals of Desecration.” Although Deepsend has released albums in grindcore, black metal, sludge and doom throughout the years, we've since streamlined the operation to strictly death metal moving forward.
Tell us a few words on each or the most important releases of your label, and which of them are still available for purchase.
Cinerary would have to be "the most important” or at least in the conversation as most important as it was our first release and it definitely showed the impact that release had on people worldwide. I was in my early twenties and really had no fucking idea what I was getting myself into. I was basically a perpetual trial and error process. The next most important release would have to be Dawn of Demise "Hate Takes Its Form” which was released in 2007. I was constantly messaging Bjorn (guitarist) about signing them. This was back when myspace was at its peak. Right around the time we signed the band, I lost my day job. I remember filing for unemployment (which took 3 months to finally receive my back logged miniscule pay) and when I finally received the check from the state, I invested the whole thing into Dawn of Demise. It was a major gamble at the time as all I had to live on was that check and whatever sales the site generated at the time. Around this time my truck broke down and needed to be laid to rest. I have been on foot or bike ever since. I already heard the saying, "no risk, no reward” and there's definitely some truth to that. This release really opened doors for us in Denmark. Dawn of Demise are a really respected band in Denmark and when we signed them, Denmark took notice. We have since signed 6 additional Danish death metal bands.
What are the most important features you look for in a band that is or has the chance to be signed on your label?
The most important feature I look for when signing a band is whether I like the band and/or album that has been presented to us. A lot of time now we're being approached with a finished album whereas years ago ir might have just been a demo. Next important feature would have to be that I get along with whomever my contact is with the band. If I sense the band is not stable or disfunctional, I'll cut bait and move on. Touring is always a plus, but I just want bands that will stay active even if just in their regions.
How can a band get in touch with you? What should bands know before submitting their promos for your consideration?
Bands should know that there's always room for a great band and their album on Deepsend. We'll make it work if it's a great album. We're currently stocked to the gills with releases for 2013 and I currently cannot see a way we'll be able to get to more than what we've already committed to, but if your album is great, we'll figure something out. Bands can send us a download link or they can send a cd. Our contact info is available here: http://deepsend.com/?page=7
What's the most important thing in the relationship between you and your bands? What is your label offering to its bands?
The most important is trust and that your word means something. If a band says they're gonna do a month worth of touring and then go on hiatus, that really pisses me off. Just be honest. Just because your band will be a a studio only band doesn't mean we wont be interested in working with you. Just look at Vlad from Unholy Matrimony. He's a one-man operation as well and I really respect what he's able to create. The talent that guy has is unreal. He writes all the music, plays everything, records it himself and does the artwork. I mean, you can't get any more self sufficient than that. He also designed and built our website @ www.deepsend.com
Is there anything you planned with your label and has not yet been completed?
While we have trade partners worldwide, we still have yet to secure solid European store distribution. We've had contact with some distributors, but these deals they offer are a joke. Any interested parties should definitely get in touch.
How does the future look for your label? Any major projects you would like to share with us?
The future looks great for Deepsend. While most labels or distros have complained about sales slipping, we have never sold more than we have in the past 2 years. We'll continue to bring great death metal releases to the masses for years to come. Support the labels and bands by buying direct.
How can anyone get in touch with you? Please list your website, webstore and/or social media links.