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Desiccant Records: Do Not Eat! is a semi-defunct independent record label founded in Troy, Michigan, owned and operated by Chris Willie Williams. It was founded in June 2003 with lots of help from Quinn Heraty at the Heraty Law firm. For the time being, Desiccant Records: Do Not Eat! exists solely as a vehicle to manufacture and distribute albums by Disclaimer. However, assuming The Airbag's Lipstick Kiss moves some units and the whole operation isn't dead within a year (along with my hopes, dreams, and plants), I plan to start releasing music by other independent musicians. [Update 5/23/12: This very much did not happen.]

Desiccant Records: Do Not Eat! does not accept unsolicited demos at the moment. We don't even have a physical mailing address right now. I don't have any industry contacts to share with you or any means of releasing anyone else's albums, so I'm afraid I won't be of any help whatsoever if you are an artist who is looking to get signed. However, if you would like to get in touch for some other reason, the best way to contact Desiccant Records is via e-mail. (Please write "Desiccant Records: Do Not Eat!" in the subject line.)

Incidentally, over the years, I have received occasional emails asking for information on setting up one's own record label, either through people stumbling upon this page or writing me because I was used as a source for Adrienne Newell's helpful article "Steps to Starting Your Own Record Label," which is featured on the Heraty Law website. My memory of the process of setting up a record label is rather fuzzy because it has been nearly a decade since I have done so, and Desiccant Records was hardly a whiz-bang success, but if any would-be label magnate reading this is feeling confused and needs an extremely basic orientation, here's a (largely accurate, I hope) reply I recently wrote to a friendly man named Joseph who is planning on founding King J Music Productions in the near future and who contacted me with a general query about the process. I hope the following is of some assistance to someone. Also, my unqualified enthusiasm for the services of Heraty Law makes me think I should emphasize that I am in no way affiliated with the firm and have received no compensation from them for my recommendation. I merely had a very good experience with Quinn and would without hesitation direct anyone who is looking for an entertainment lawyer into Heraty Law's welcoming arms.

"One of the first steps you'll want to take is setting up a bank account for your label, which will require you to also fill out a doing-business-as (DBA) form, which I think usually costs $15 or $20. You'll also need to form a business entity (most likely an LLC, which protects your personal assets in the unlikely event you get sued or the label files for bankruptcy) and file some forms with the federal and state governments. That costs a few hundred dollars, if I recall. Trademarking your label's name costs an awful lot. I wound up not doing that because it was prohibitively expensive, but maybe once you get the label off the ground and start making some money, you'll want to do that.

"The best advice I can give you is to get yourself an entertainment lawyer who can ensure that you're following the proper processes and maybe even do a lot of this work for you. I used Quinn Heraty for my legal needs, and I cannot overstate how wonderful she was. She was very cool, charged reasonable rates, and she not only filled out all the applicable paperwork for creating my label as a business entity, she was also able to walk me through all the steps that I needed to take on my own.

"You will also want to hire an accountant for tax purposes, to help you know exactly what costs you can deduct as business expenses. Start saving all your receipts. Ask around and make sure you get an accountant who's reliable. We've all heard way too many stories about artists and labels getting screwed by unscrupulous accountants to take this lightly.

"I hope this helps. There are also a number of books you can read on the subject. I found Start and Run Your Own Record Label by Dayle Deanna Schwartz to be a good reference."

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