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|Type||Independent, distributed through UMG/INgrooves|
|Industry||Music & entertainment|
|Headquarters||Phoenix, Arizona United States|
|Key people||AJ Colores
|Employees||11 (Phoenix and Los Angeles locations)|
|Parent||Distributed through UMG/INgrooves|
Gadsen Records is an American record label founded in 2010 by digital artist AJ Colores and entrepreneur Cyrus Igono in Phoenix, Arizona. Headquartered in Phoenix with another office in Los Angeles, California and formerly distributed through Warner Music Group/Mainstream/ADA, it is now distributed through UMG/INgrooves (formerly UMG/Fontana/Organica Music Group).
Cyrus Igono (born February 13, 1987 in Phoenix, Arizona) is the CEO of Gadsen Records. A defensive back for Northern Arizona University's football team who was noted for his "many talents" and ability to "block punts at [a] hellish rate" and was a 2007 Big Sky All-Conference first-teamer, Igono started the Royal Epic clothing company and concert promoter in 2007 with Colores and several other friends, beginning Gadsen three years later.
Alex Jacob "AJ" Colores (born August 12, 1988 in Las Cruces, New Mexico) is the Vice President of Gadsen Records. A digital artist and entrepreneur by trade, Colores is involved with several other businesses in Arizona. Among these businesses are the Celebrity Bakery, a 'full-service developmental marketing firm' for the crafting and promoting of aspiring musicians, and Colores Media, a design firm that has done work for artists such as Hot Rod and was recently named "Best Graphic Design Firm" at the 2012 Arizona Nightlife Association Best of Industry Awards.
The events that led to Gadsen Records' formation began when Colores and Igono met Bruce Johnson (then co-manager of Prima J) at the 2008 Tucson Takeover, an area musical event opened by Tiffany Dunn that featured Lil Wayne, The Pack, Yung Berg, Dolla, and Tyga, and was hosted by Colores and Igono. Johnson, working as a label A&R executive for Warner Music Group, formed a working relationship with the two that saw them doing graphic design, website design, marketing, photography, and video work for the company for two and a half years.
Buoyed by Johnson and WMG's suggestion that they start their own label in August 2010, Colores and Igono launched Gadsen in Phoenix – opening a second office in Los Angeles, California on April 1, 2012 – and discovered The Darlings by networking with them through Twitter. They would meet the band in Los Angeles, signing them to a formal record deal shortly thereafter.
The Darlings' debut album, The New Escape – released on April 24, 2012 by Gadsen and distributed by Universal Music Group – has served to bring new publicity for the label, with the album and its single "Broken Hearts Still Beating" receiving coverage on a wide range of websites.
See also 
- Kam, Chee (March 21, 2012). "THE chinese to Release Debut LP 'The New Escape' April 24th; Confirmed for "Warped Tour 2012"". Pure Grain Audio. Retrieved April 28, 2012.
- AMP Stewie (April 20, 2012). "The Darlings’ The New Escape To Be Released April 24 on Gadsen Records/UMG". AMP Magazine. Retrieved April 28, 2012.
- Obert, Richard (August 27, 2008). "NAU has nothing to lose vs. ASU". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved April 28, 2012.
- Propheter, Bryce (September 11, 2008). "Igono’s talents go beyond tackles and blocking punts at hellish rate". Jack Central (Northern Arizona University). Retrieved April 28, 2012.
- WCVB-TV (November 20, 2007). "2007 Big Sky All-Conference Teams Announced". Retrieved April 28, 2012.
- "HOT ROD | OFFICIAL WEBSITE". Retrieved April 29, 2012.
- "Arizona Nightlife Industry Awards: 2012 Awards Results". Arizona Nightlife Industry Association. Retrieved April 29, 2012.
- Broadcast Music, Inc. (February 21, 2008). "Prima J Signs With BMI". Retrieved April 28, 2012.