Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Ken Cheppaikode and Dave Eck
This is a photo of Ken and Dave in my old apartment in the U-District. Both were friends and together got Dirtnap Records off the ground... this was probably taken before the label was started around 1998.
Ken had been doing a Dirtnap Radio show online and started a distro when he decided to start a record label. He laid out the text for his first 7", The Dontcares, on my old computer that I used to do 10 Things on. Dave helped out with the label in its early years and pushed for some of its releases, including The Briefs, which really helped Dirtnap Records take off. Dirtnap went on to become a big Northwest record label, releasing material by The Spits, Gloryholes, Cripples, Epoxies, New Town Animals, Exploding Hearts and many more, as well as a few out of town bands like The Lost Sounds.
Dave went on to open a club called the Hideaway in the old Sit'n'Spin space and run it for a couple of years, he's now married and has a kid. A few years back Ken moved to Portland where he bought Green Noise Records and got married. He continues to put out records, albeit at a slower pace, on Dirtnap, and started a vinyl only sub-label called Green Noise. For the latest releases and more label news, check out dirtnaprecs.com.