Friday, November 20, 2015

Canadian Label Handshake Inc. Up for Sale on Craigslist

This is an interesting turn of events.  Handshake Inc. is/was a Canadian record label ran by Dave Hall that also dabbled in releasing movies and books.  The label has put out releases from various extreme metal bands such as Rwake, defunct grind favorites Gridlink, Japanese band Sigh, fellow Canadians Fuck the Facts and the Maryland Deathfest: The Movie II DVD.  The label has also recently put out a book titled "Perpetual Conversion: 30 Years and Counting in the Life of Metal Veteran Dan Lilker" current/former member of Anthrax, Nuclear Assault, Storm Troopers of Death, and Brutal Truth.  The book was written by Chicago's own Dave Hofer, drummer for Chicago Thrash Ensemble.  It includes rare photos, interviews with Lilker and people that have worked with him (such as Scott Ian and Kevin Sharp), and even reprints of old reviews of his projects.

I say that Handshake 'is/was' a label because owner Dave Hall apparently closed up shop in October citing health issues as the reason.  What is crazy is that he has also put the label up for sale on Craigslist for $5,000! (I'm assuming CAD.)  The purchase includes their back catalogue of EPs, LPs, 3 DVD titles and one book title. Also included with the sale are North American and International distribution, digital royalties, press contacts, remaining stock, 2k Twitter followers and Facebook page with 2k likes.  This seems like a pretty good deal for those that can afford it and are interested in running a label, and it is definitely not something that comes along very often especially in the indie scene.  It will be interesting to see if this does get sold and how that will unfold.  Check out the Craiglist link below and you can read his full announcement of the label closure after the jump.

Buy Here: Handshake Inc. Record Label $5000

Website: handshakeinc.com

Handshake Inc Closure

To Whom It May Concern:

It is with a heavy heart that I must announce that effective immediately, Handshake Inc., will be ceasing all active operations. Handshake titles – music, dvds, books – (digital, and those physical titles still in print) will continue to be distributed via mail order and physical and digital distribution methods, but as of today, Handshake Inc., will not function as an active entity that releases new music, books or films.

I feel that I must be honest in providing the reason why I am shutting down the label, but am not comfortable in divulging details that are too personal, so I will say this: due to the gradual but unforeseen onset of a very serious health issue, I can no longer, in good conscience, deal with or run the day-to-day operations of the label. I could, irresponsibly, try and forge ahead, throw caution to the wind, and ‘see what happens’ but out of respect to my family and the bands and artists I work with, I will not take this approach.

The final releases of the label – Blacklisters’ “Adult” and Twin Lords’ “Devastating Planetary Shift” – are being released as planned: these are both amazing albums and I’m honored and proud to be closing Handshake with these two sluggers.

I can’t stress enough how lucky I have been to work with bands, musicians, studio professionals and industry folk who have entrusted me with their art, and treated me as a peer: I hope to remain friends with the amazing people I have met through running Handshake, and to continue many of the professional relationships I have established through my video and film work.

I would also like to offer a massive thank-you to the many writers and editors of websites and magazines, who have been kind enough to review, feature or write about Handshake releases.

Finally, an immeasurable debt of gratitude goes out to anyone who has taken the time to listen, watch, read, enjoy, ignore and/or buy a Handshake release – without the direct support from fans, things would have died a long time ago.

I will continue to make films, videos and visuals for bands, and remain active in the production of these projects/releases and a few special projects that will carry over from Handshake, but this will be under the banner of a new and sharper-focused entity.

I may still be reached at info@handshakeinc.com

See you in the pit.

Dave Hall

10/16/15

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