Since I promised to provide proper reasons for the death/hiatus of Discorporate Records (as we know it), I realized… I never did it. Sorry for that. And because I don’t want to write another novel about it, here’s an edited excerpt of an email I wrote to a band some days ago, that probably gives a little insight about how things developed…
“[...] I called it hiatus some months ago because of various reasons… neither because of money problems nor notorious failure (although continious self-exploitation is a big factor here)… on one side I didn’t see myself staring at a computer 12 hours a day anymore or run after an industry-ideal by becoming Pitchfork-darlings, on the other hand I didn’t want our sensitive collective to be destroyed by an over-/under-organized (but also abstruse and vain) sullen control-freak (= me). I’m not a visionary, in the truest sense of the word. Our little world is hidden by so many codes and very hard to be transcended into the world of media and conservation. Our bands are free minds, naive and deficient in a wonderful way and I couldn’t find a key to make this a business – besides that, the genre which we are known for (noise, do-or-die-experimental) is not necessarily the music I listen to anymore. Bottom line: I didn’t want us to become cynical and find ourselves in 20 years with jeans-jackets doing the same things all over again and sucking our own blood. Blablablabla… [...]
So, right now I’m ‘working’ for a German hip-hop-label, doing little PR and soon some A&R… most of time I’m working in a music-club or I’m on the road with various bands, doing lights. Somehow enjoying to be a service provider… and most importantly… being able to be friends with our musicians without having to talk about music, business and who’s fault it is that we’re not entering the billboard charts. There are still some bands on Discorporate that I told I wouldn’t let them down, if they want to release a record (as long as they don’t feel the need to become famous or rich, because that’s not what I’m here for)… [...]“
Enjoy this very nice summer… and see you on the road!
Discorporate Records will make an indefinite hiatus and maybe never really work as an operating fulltime-label anymore. This doesn’t mean the end of this circle of friends and likeminded artists, but we won’t put out any records (with the exception of little editions that don’t need major pr or distribution) or run after a stupid music business ideal anymore. We just push the reset-button and see what happens. Watch out for a bigger announcement soon, that hopefully provides some of the (manifold) reasons of this rather drastic step.
This also means: No Discorporate Festival in 2014. Sorry, dudes.
P.S.: We’re fine, healthy and full of hope… happy holidays!
DISCORPORATE RECORDS wird sich unbefristet aus dem Labelgeschäft zurückziehen und unter Umständen nie wieder als voll-operiende Plattenfirma fungieren. Dies ist nicht das Ende dieses Freundeskreises oder Brustätte gleichgesinnter Wahnsinniger, aber wir werden vorerst keine Platten mehr rausbringen (mit etwaigen Ausnahmen in Form von Liebhaber-Editionen, die ohne PR und Vertrieb auskommen) oder einem falschen Ideal eines Musikbusiness hinterherrennen. Wir resetten uns und schauen in welcher Form wir uns wiederfinden. Bald kommt noch eine größere Ankündigung, die hoffentlich auch ein paar (der vielen) Gründe für diesen drastischen Schritt liefert.
Dies bedeutet leider auch, dass es 2014 kein Discorporate Festival geben wird. Tut uns leid, Freunde.
P.S.: Es geht uns gut, wir sind gesund und voller Hoffnung… frohe Feiertage!
ZA! AND SCHNAAK TOURDATES
Our two model-duos and the pride of Discorporate – ZA! and SCHNAAK – finally on tour together. Expect nothing but the most virtuosic and funny explosion on stage. SchnAAk will tour in their Rundu-Choir outfit, presenting their EP No Security through Numbers and Za! will perform their latest Post-Worldmusic-Epic Wanananai… be sure that these maniacs join the stage together at a certain point. Here are the dates, carefully assembled by Eine Welt Aus Hack:
28.11.2013 DRESDEN – BEATPOL
29.11.2013 BERLIN – NK
02.12.2013 HAMBURG – HAFENKLANG
03.12.2013 WARSAW (PL) – POWIEKSZENIE
04.12.2013 KRAKOW (PL) – PIEKNY PIES
05.12.2013 LEIPZIG – UT CONNEWITZ
06.12.2013 WEIMAR – BREAK & JUMP
07.12.2013 WIESBADEN – SCHLACHTHOF
08.12.2013 BERN (CH) – RÖSSLI BAR
09.12.2013 LUCERNE (CH) – INDUSTRIE STRAßE
10.12.2013 ZÜRICH (CH) – HELSINKI
11.12.2013 BRUSSELS (BE) – MAGASIN4
12.12.2013 NÜRNBERG – K4
COTTON PONIES ABOARD, LP “ZWIST” + TOUR IN OCTOBER, NEW TRACK
What can we say? Apart from… it was obvious that, if the Cotton Ponies finally enter the studio some day, it will be a Discorporate Release – since years our favorite band from the defunct “I Love Marbach” collective and close friends, not only since drummer/guitarist Kirmes books tours for a majority of Discorporate bands via his agency “Eine Welt Aus Hack” (that he started with our dear friend Grinni alongside “Teenitus Festival” and other freakshows).
So here’s Zwist… all of a sudden… the first real state of affairs of this beautiful three-piece from Erfurt. Coming from the grunge- and noise-world, Cotton Ponies’ music is now more than ever an experimental netting of fragile but complex soundsculptures, intense mind-tourette and nebulous songwriting. On stage the three ponies rotate on their instruments and yell rather Dadaistic passwords at each other, with the exception of “Krypt” – the last song on “Zwist” – which actually features emotionally urgent vocal-lines.
Click here to check out the first taste of the record: “Krypt” via SPEX Magazine
“Zwist” will be released October 13th via Discorporate and you can now preorder the 12″ vinyl or digital download at our shop or bandcamp. This record will be available as mailorder and tour only until at least late November.
COTTON PONIES live
02.10. Dresden – Ostpol (Record Release w/ Tarentatec)
03.10. Halle – Drushba
04.10. Erfurt – Tiko
11.10. Cologne – Baustelle Kalk
12.10. Darmstadt – Oettinger Villa
17.10. Berlin – Schokoladen
18.10. Hamburg – Kraniche
23.11. Ilmenau – Baracke
24.11. Frankfurt – Koz