TRUSTKILL > CONTACT > FAQ


Q: When was Trustkill started?
Q: What does "Trustkill" mean?
Q: Who was that hotty in that Trustkill ad a few years back?
Q: How do I get my band signed to Trustkill?
Q: How do I get Trustkill goodies at a wholesale rate for my store or distro?
Q: I don't trust the internet, how else can I do mailorder?
Q: I don't have a credit card, how can I do a mailorder?
Q: I live in Europe, how can I get my hands on some of these sick Trustkill releases?
Q: I live in Japan, how can I get my hands on some of these sick Trustkill releases?
Q: I live in Papua, New Guinea, how can I get my hands on some of these sick Trustkill releases?
Q: What is the goal of Trustkill?
Q: What is Trustkill's position on Napster, and has it changed your practices at all?
Q: Is it true you only sign straight edge bands?
Q: Is it true Trustkill signed Nora only because they are good friends with you?
Q: How do I get a job at the Trustkill Empire?
Q: I run a crappy little label, can we trade records?
Q: I am a DJ at a college radio station and we want the Trustkill rock, hook it up!
Q: I am a hardcore kid from Indonesia, can you tape me your CDs and mail them to me for free?
Q: I do a fanzine, can you put me on Trustkill's promo so I can get free CDs?
Q: My town sucks and I wanna book a Trustkill band to liven this shithole up a little, how do I do it?
Q: I'd like to take a tour of the Trustkill Mansion, when should I stop by?
Q: I am an extremely attractive, shapely, and busty woman, ages 18-25, and I heard you were looking for semi-nude models for the Trustkill catalog, can I email you some photos of myself?
Q: What other kind of bands get played at the Trustkill offices?


Q: When was Trustkill started?
A: This little company began as a zine in April of 1993. After only three issues of the iconoclastic publication, the next step was a record label. The first release was a compilation with 14 bands from all over the country doing Embrace covers. It was entitled "Land of Greed... World of Need" and the proceeds from the record were donated to homeless shelters. This record, also known as Trustkill #01, came out in June of 1994, and since then we have been consistently putting out quality music. This website was the next big move and it was put up in January of 1997 after two weeks of messing around with Pagemill.

Q: What does "Trustkill" mean?
A: When I started the fanzine, noted above, I wanted a catchy title that reflected how I felt about organized religion and the like. This view was a big part of the material I was writing for the zine, and lot of stuff that never actually got into the zine was written on this topic as well. One of the "problems" I see with the organized religion is the incredible amount of trust people put into their god, or their bible, or their beliefs. They spend their entire lives thinking everything will be okay because they have this unprecedented trust in things they cannot see nor prove. Sometimes it leads to people going a little too far, such as when an extremely religious person actually believes it is okay to take the life of a doctor who performs abortions because he or she is doing god's work and that they will somehow be rewarded. Religion does not have all the answers, and neither do I, and I respect people with religious beliefs because in this day and age, whatever can make a person happier or better is a beautiful thing. But putting all one's "trust" in a being they have never met nor seen, when there are so many amazing people on this earth to be loved and cared for, seems like a waste of resources to me. Some people strive so hard to impress the good guy above and they forget about the human beings around them, and this is a sad state of affairs. The fanzine that I started that morphed into a record company, attempted to be a catalyst to "kill" the trust that I saw was being misdirected on a large scale.

Q: Who was that hotty in that Trustkill ad a few years back?
A: Her name was Sharon, and she is my wife. Yes, she is a hotty, and no, you cannot date her. But, you might see her at a show so come over and say hello.

Q: How do I get my band signed to Trustkill?
A: Please choose "Contact -> Demo Submissions" on the menu above for information.

Q: How do I get Trustkill goodies at a wholesale rate for my store or distro?
A: Trustkill is distributed exclusively by our buddies over at RED Distribution. For more information, please email us.

Q: I don't trust the internet, how else can I do mailorder?
A: Easy, just call Toll Free 866-TK-RULES! between 11:00 AM and 5:00 PM Eastern Time and say you want your Trustkill fix. We carry every available Trustkill title as well as tee shirts, sweatshirts, windbreakers, posters, stickers, patches, and more.

Q: I don't have a credit card, how can I do a mailorder?
A: Easy, just click "Store" above and then click "Mailorder Form" on the menu above and print out an order form. Carefully read the instructions, fill out the form, include your check or money order, and mail it off to the address listed. Orders are filled and leave the warehouse the day after they arrive.

Q: I live in Europe, how can I get my hands on some of these sick Trustkill releases?
A: Aside from using our "mailorder form", you can hopefully find our CDs in stores (if not, ask them to carry them!) or you can get them from Goodlife Recordings (www.goodliferecordings.com) or Green Hell (www.greenhell.de).

Q: I live in Japan, how can I get my hands on some of these sick Trustkill releases?
A: See response above. Also, you can get in touch with Start Today (www.starttoday.co.jp) or Howling Bull.

Q: I live in Papua, New Guinea, how can I get my hands on some of these sick Trustkill releases?
A: You can't. Now, go save your money and move somewhere civilized.

Q: What is the goal of Trustkill?
A: We strive to release records by bands that are doing something different. I never liked labels that only have specific styles of bands, I mean, there is room for those i guess, but Trustkill to me has always been about signing bands that have different sounds, keeping the roster diverse, throwing kids for a loop when they pick up a new CD on Trustkill. I always respected Revelation Records for that when I was growing up, I always knew that if I bought a CD of theirs, it would be awesome no matter what, but I didn't really know what style of music it was going to be.

Q: What is Trustkill's position on Napster, and has it changed your practices at all?
A: The way I'm dealing with it is I realized that a label cannot just put out a boring and plain CD package anymore. You have to give the kids incentive to want to actually pay MONEY for songs, since they can always just go download them on Napster and never have to leave their house. I'm not gonna lie, Napster is cool as hell, I love it, I download stuff on there all the time. I'm as guilty as anyone else. But i've also realized that all my newer CDs have to look really cool and have extra stuff on them so kids will want to have something to hold in their hands instead of just a bunch of 0's and 1's on their computer. I am a firm believer that kids will always prefer to have something to hold then just download songs off the internet. Additionally, I believe Napster helps out the independent record labels a little, primarily with turnouts at shows. A few Trustkill bands have mentioned that on the road now they are seeing bigger crowds and they truly believe it is due to kids hearing their band on Napster and then coming to a show to see them live. Can't argue with that.

Q: Is it true you only sign straight edge bands?
A: No, not at all. Not drinking or smoking doesn't make you a better musician, in fact, it might even have the opposite effect. Well, maybe not.

Q: Is it true Trustkill signed Nora only because they are good friends with you?
A: Yes. Heh heh, just kidding, we really do love that band.

Q: How do I get a job at the Trustkill Empire?
A: We're always looking for some extra help, so it couldn't hurt to mail us a resume with a letter telling us your interests, skills, and aspirations. Send all submissions to the address on the "contact" page. We'll keep your information on file, and if we think we might need you for something, we will get in touch.

Q: I run a crappy little label, can we trade records?
A: No.

Q: I am a DJ at a college radio station and we want the Trustkill rock, hook it up!
A: Awesome, and we WANT you to have the Trustkill rock! For the past few years, we have been using The Syndicate in NJ (888-666-2061) for our radio promotions as it became too much of a hassle doing it ourselves. You may already be in contact with them, but if you are not, please give them a call to get on their send-out list. Just call during business hours and ask for Ben, Eric, or Steve, they are nice dudes and will tell you what you need to do in order to receive promos from Trustkill. Typically, unless you are reporting to CMJ and other trade magazines, you will not be added to the list. But, you never know, right? We normally will not send out CD's that have already missed their 'add dates', but you will definitely get the next album we send to radio if you get added.

Q: I am a hardcore kid from Indonesia, can you tape me your CDs and mail them to me for free?
A: Why the HELL do we get these emails twice a day?!?!? Don't you people have anything better to do than to beg for free stuff from businesses that are trying to pay the rent? Shit, I would love to email Sony or Apple or Banana Republic and ask them to ship me a bunch of stuff 15,000 miles across the earth for free, their reaction would be awesome.

Q: I do a fanzine, can you put me on Trustkill's promo so I can get free CDs?
A: In order to get all the latest releases from Trustkill, you need to be on our promo list. To get on our promo list, all you have to do is send us a copy of your zine. Easy, huh? If we have never seen your zine before we can't send you anything... because we're still a small label and cannot afford to send CD's to zines that may very well not exist. Plus, we love looking at new zines and would love to get yours in the mail and read it while we're on the can. So what you need to do is send us a copy of the zine when it comes out, (or, if you've already done an issue, send us the latest one) and then we'll begin sending you all the new Trustkill releases as they come out. Also make sure to include any advertising rates and deadlines so that we can fill up your zine with some slick ads. In the meantime, we would appreciate you putting in some Trustkill ads for free, as a good faith gesture, just choose "Press -> Ads" in the menu above.

Q: My town sucks and I wanna book a Trustkill band to liven this shithole up a little, how do I do it?
A: Well, that would be a good start, right? Please choose "Bands -> Contact" in the menu above, and write the bands you want to book with your 1) name, 2) city & state, 3) email and phone number, 4) venue, 5) guarantee, 6) approximate date of the show, 7) bands and booking agents you have worked with, and 8) anything else that might convince them to play your show. It usually helps if the band plans to be on tour at the time, but if you can cover the band's travel expenses, anything is possible.

Q: I'd like to take a tour of the Trustkill Mansion, when should I stop by?
A: Whoa, easy now. Take a quick walk around your bedroom, it's pretty much the same thing.

Q: I am an extremely attractive, shapely, and busty woman, ages 18-25, and I heard you were looking for semi-nude models for the Trustkill catalog, can I email you some photos of myself?
A: Yeah, totally, uuuhhhh... for the catalog and stuff... sure.

Q: What other kind of bands get played at the Trustkill offices?
A: Throwdown • Fenix TX • New Found Glory • J Geils Band • Seven Seconds • Journey • Adam Ant • Shadows Fall • Arkangel • Elliott • Styx • Stretch Arm Strong • Shai Hulud • Killswitch Engage • 36 Crazy Fists • By A Thread • Lifetime • Sensefield • N Sync • Misfits • PIL • Grade • Reggie And The Full Effect • Duran Duran • At The Gates • Gameface • Samiam • Merauder • Billy Idol • Hatebreed • Glassjaw • In Flames • Blink 182 • Linkin Park • Bad Brains • Incubus • Genesis • Bjork • Life Of Agony • Earth Crisis • The Beatles • Prince • Depeche Mode • Paul Simon • Descendents • Operation Ivy • Gorilla Biscuits • Queen