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A Philly Punk-Pioneer

September 22, 2007 Leave a comment Go to comments

Interesting story in the Philadelphia City Paper this week about a guy by the name of Mike Quinn, who runs the wildly experimental record label No Quarter. NQ releases albums by relatively obscure rock bands like Earth (that’s them in the photo above) and Circle. According to the story, No Quarter is a financially successful, in-the-black operation — no small feat in an industry where, according to Nielsen’s SoundScan numbers, “CD sales were down 20 percent in the first quarter of 2007.” (So says Andrew Parks, the CP journalist responsible for the No Quarter article.)

But here’s the really interesting thing about Quinn: Not only does he run No Quarter entirely by himself, without so much as an outsourced publicist — he also puts in roughly 90 hours a week at various survival jobs. His main gig, apparently, involves driving a shuttle bus around the Ivy League campus of the University of Pennsylvania, aka Penn. Personally, I can’t even begin to imagine how someone who works the equivalent of two full-time jobs each week — and then some — can still have enough time left over to run a record label with a relatively large following. But here’s Mike Quinn talking about his 90-hour-a-week work load; this is a quote taken directly from the CP story, by the way:

That’s no exaggeration at all. I’ve worked three or four jobs at a time before, from Spaceboy to R5 [Productions] to Penn. That way I can avoid running a record label on nothing but credit card debt.  

Wow. Unreal. If that actually is true, this guy has got to be one of the most dedicated entrepreneurs on the entire Eastern Seaboard. To read the story yourself, click here. No Quarter maintains a website, where you can purchase albums and see the current touring schedules of every band on its roster, at www.noquarter.net.

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