Anti- (record label)

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ANTI-Records Logo.svg
Parent company Epitaph Records
Founded1999;21 years ago (1999)
FounderAndy Kaulkin
Distributor(s)AMPED Distribution, [1] Republic
Country of originU.S.
LocationLos Angeles, California
Official website

Anti- is an American record label founded in 1999 as a sister label to Epitaph. While Epitaph's focus has mostly been on punk rock, Anti-'s roster includes country (Merle Haggard), hip hop (Sage Francis, The Coup), reggae (Buju Banton, Michael Franti), soul (Bettye LaVette, Doe Paoro), post-metal (Deafheaven), indie folk (The Swell Season, Saintseneca), rap rock (One Day as a Lion), indie rock (The Dream Syndicate, Islands, Japandroids) and Tom Waits.


Founded by Andy Kaulkin, Anti- first gained attention by releasing Tom Waits's Grammy Award-winning Mule Variations in 1999. Other veteran recording artists such as rhythm and blues singers Solomon Burke, Bettye LaVette and Marianne Faithfull have signed to Anti- after leaving other labels. [2]

Andy Kaulkin

Kaulkin began working for the Epitaph label. His role was looking after the label's data management system. [3] In 1995, he was head of marketing. [4] He eventually worked his way up to become the president for the label, and worked there until 1998. Later he founded Anti-. Under Kaulkin's stewardship, the label began with the release of Mule Variations by Tom Waits which was met with success. [5] [3]

Other artists signed by Kaulkin include Mavis Staples, who came to the label as a result of a meeting between Kaulkin and her manager, [6] and Jade Jackson, whose vivid storytelling attracted Kaulkin. [7]

As a musician, Kaulkin played piano on "Haggard (Like I've Never Been Before)", which was the title track of Merle Haggard's album Haggard Like Never Before . [8] He had multiple roles as composer, musician and producer on the Blues Got Soul album by King Ernest. [9]


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