The History of Diatribe

Daniel Jacobson. Photograph: Przemyslaw Barszczewski.

The History of Diatribe

One of the founders of the Irish record label Diatribe, Daniel Jacobson, has written a personal history of the label and published it on his blog. He describes how the label began in a small room of a petrol station in Dublin’s Deansgrange:

I’d started working as a petrol pump attendant at a local petrol station. When there were no cars to fill we had a little room to sit in and drink tea and listen to tapes. I’d always make whoever else was working listen to techno. Most of them hated it! But one guy, John Cosgrove (‘Cossy’), liked it too. Sometimes I’d bring tracks that me or [Alan] Dobbyn made. There were a few other mates of ours who were producing; I reckoned the local scene needed some promotion; it was Cossy who suggested we start our own label. It took a while to find a name; then one day I saw the word ‘diatribe’ written somewhere, and it struck me as a good name. So Diatribe Records began. We plotted our first releases; in or around the turn of the century we had 200 copies of a white label pressed up, consisting of three techno/electronica tracks by me. Second release soon after was 500 pressings of a four-tracker by Alan Dobbyn. We were all set…

Published on 12 October 2012

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