General Manager, Epitaph & Anti Records (USA)
Dave Hansen has spent the past 25 years working in the independent music business. He is currently the General Manager of Epitaph and ‐ANTI Records where he has served since 1996. Dave oversees the marketing, sales, distribution and daily operations for one of the leading independent labels in the world.
Prior to Epitaph, Dave was the managing partner of Insomnia Records, a mail order service responsible for distributing over 1 million catalogs annually. Insomnia Records was also one of the first on line stores for over 100 independent labels in the early 1990’s. In the 80’s, Dave was the General Manager of Doctor Dream records.
Epitaph Records was founded by Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz, with the aim of starting an artist‐friendly label from a musicians point of view. Perhaps most well known for being the little indie from L.A. that spawned the 90s punk explosion, Epitaph stayed independent even while breaking gold and multi‐platinum punk acts such as The Offspring, Rancid, NOFX, Bad Religion and Pennywise. Celebrating its 20 year anniversary in 2010, Epitaph is more diverse and vibrant than ever. Today Epitaph is a company that has transcended its humble roots, braved some tough challenges and grown up to become a full service label with a very diverse and creative roster of some of the best bands that today's music scene has to offer. Along the way Epitaph has launched two very successful sister labels: Hellcat Records, specializing in street punk, psychobilly & ska, and ANTI‐, representing such distinguished artists as Tom Waits, Nick Cave, Elliott Smith, Neko Case and Jolie Holland.