Founder of local record label Aaahh!!! Real Records, Ian Perry, has revealed that he was close to packing it all in recently. In a blog post on the label’s website, Perry reflected on hitting a landmark 100 releases and shared details about his struggle with the financial demands of the label. Read the full blog post below.
“I’m just sitting here awaiting the arrival of Derrick aka Tragical History Tour so thought I’d write a few things down because #websites are supposed to have #content, yeah?
“The label is very quickly approaching release number 100. This is a stupidly high number and I never planned to get this high. It’s also a massive milestone and – whilst I’ll probably never admit it to anyone face to face – I’m actually really proud that the label has carried on for this long. I did genuinely consider jacking everything in at number 100 though. I’d planned catalogue numbers that took me up to KRUMM100 and that was going to be it.
“I was self employed and struggling for work, and the label was a massive financial drain. Make no mistake, this label loses money hand over fist. This is something I do because I love my friends and love their music, not to make money. I just didn’t have the funds to keep covering everything, and was perilously close to maxing out both my Paypal Credit account and my credit card.
“I’d spoken to very few people – mostly notably Ben “B” Sydes who is always, always, there for me when I need to moan about the state of the label and my finances – about how I didn’t think I’d make it to the end of 2018 and how KRUMM100 would be the end.
“Then I got offered a new job.
“I haven’t started yet – that should happen in the next fortnight – but having a regular source of income alongside my freelance work is, frankly, a much-needed dose of financial security that I personally – and definitely the label – need.
“Without even realising it, my list of upcoming releases had surpassed KRUMM100 and currently stands somewhere near 105 (I think). I hadn’t consciously backtracked on my plan to shutter the label, I just found myself getting excited again and agreeing to release a few more things.
“Don’t get me wrong, I always loved the label, but it’s hard to get excited by something that costs you hundreds upon hundreds of pounds when you honestly can’t afford to pay the rent and your next day of paid work is over a week away. But hey, I’m not after sympathy, this is the life I chose after all.
“So… what will KRUMM100 be? Y’know what? I’ve still not decided. Possibly Asher Baker’s new album as his first was KRUMM050. Possibly Tim Holehouse’s new album as he’s the most prolific artist on the label. Possibly some sort of compilation. What I do know, however, is that we’ve gone from number 100 being the end of the label, to being a celebration of the past – and the future – of the label and I, for one, am happy about that.”