Interview: Mike Park on the DIY ethics that have kept Asian Man Records in business for 20 years

For 20 years Mike Park has run Asian Man Records out of his parents’ garage. Before Asian Man sprung to life Park started Dill Records in order to release records by his band, Skankin’ Pickle, and other up-and-coming ska acts. As Dill became Asian Man the label’s roster also began to shift. After the dissolution of Chicago ska-punk band Slapstick, countless bands would form, seemingly all of which Park released records for on Asian Man. These bands, most notably Alkaline Trio and The Lawrence Arms, would signal a new sound coming out of the windy city.

Over the years Park has continued to keep his operation small, taking on young bands that channel the spirit of the ’90s punk ethic. Now in its 20th year, Park is throwing a festival in honor of the label. He’d done this previously for the label’s 15th anniversary, reuniting Slapstick for …

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