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Welcome to Debt Records

DEBT Records is a label born out of troubled times, a label nurse-fed on the understanding that current music industry practices are failing both artists and listeners. DEBT IS A LABEL THAT DOES NOT BELONG TO THAT INDUSTRY

This Is Debt Records...

We are an independent record label based in Manchester, UK.

Our artists include Honeyfeet, Walk, Felix Hagan & The Family, Alabaster dePlume, Snowapple, Louis Barabbas & The Bedlam Six, Richard Barry, Ivan Campo, Becca Williams, T.E. Yates and Roxby's Wonky Disco.

In the past we have also released records by Bridie Jackson & The Arbour, Danny Mahon, John Fairhurst, Monkey Poet Matt Panesh and Red Tides.

This is a company that never chases money over content: we trust that our signings know better than the marketplace about the secrets of musical alchemy – we merely do our best to provide the environment, resources and support necessary to make this happen. We firmly believe that live performance is the only truly lasting musical format, with memory being our sharpest stylus. That said, we are dedicated to releasing unique and spectacular records (in whatever presentation science recommends at the time).

Debt Records was set up by a sound engineer, a session player and a songwriter with a shared enmity towards the legion of labels, promoters and managers that are draining the music world of its jouissance – cultural barbarians who exploit their contributors, underestimate their congregation and manipulate Music’s acolytes into deifying the sentimental slush of relentlessly reconstituted pop travesties.

We don’t care about what sells, we care about what survives... And, at this rate, it sure as hell won’t be the music industry as we currently recognise it.

Idealistic? Yes.

Naïve? Absolutely not.

An Open Recording Session with WALK

29 June 2015


Debt Records will be lifting the veil on the studio process once again, this time recording the amazing WALK at the beautifully intimate Eagle Inn, Salford. The event takes place between 3pm and 10pm on Sunday 5th July. Come for the whole day or just drop in and out of the session at your leisure. It’s free entry and the beer on tap is good!

About the band…

Walk is the modern blues project of Rik Warren and David Schlechtriemen. Though stubbornly ungooglable the duo has garnered formidable praise from audiences and critics all across the UK. Now Then Manchester summed it up well: “The kick with Walk is the evolution to sequencer blues; leaving electric blues in the past by warping their sonic creations with 21st century gadgetry.”

The pair have a formidable CV between them: Warren being a founder-member of Ernie’s Rhythm Section, Noon and The Halelujah Whip while Schlechtriemen drummed with Driver Drive Faster, The Miserable Rich and his own project The Pickpocket Network. They both also play for Honeyfeet.

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Debt Records recommends the folowing organizations & companies:

Association of Independent Music & Keep Music Live