As you might have read, on 12/27/10 part of the roof collapsed in the Projekt building. The Department of Building threatens to arrest anyone who goes into the building; we have to move out. On January 1, I sent out an email list with a request for your help (and a 25% off sale). Your genorisity was amazing! The outpouring of love and support really stunned me. We brought in more money in 3 days then we usually earn in two months!!! That will go a loooooong way towards getting us out of this place and into a new office.
I did an inventory; we have 55,000 Projekt CDs here. We have a large cluttered attic; the 120-count boxes of CDs have multiplied over the years with all the new releases and all the returns from our distributors. The new space will be smaller (rents are high and we had a great deal here) -- new shelving is needed.
My friend said he thinks the roof collapse is the universe's way of telling me it is time for a change. The interesting thing is for the last 6 months, I have been purging. Sending back unsold Darkwave CDs. Putting a lot of other titles on sale to get rid of them. One weekend in September, I spent two days going through all my boxes in the attics, getting a better idea of what could be tossed, what could move with me. At that point, I wasn't consciously planning to move. Maybe I was......(?)
It is time to get out of this dump, and get into a tight, organized office.
Cooper is the guy - along with Shea - who fills your orders. A few days ago he said, "Sam, I don't envy what you're going through right now." Actually, I am very positive about this. First of all, I'm alive! The roof did not fall on my head. You cannot beat that! : ) Second, I love moving. It is a time to purge, reorganize, tidy. I think that's what this is about, moving somewhere new and getting in good shape for the future of the record industry.
Back in 2000, I closed Projekt's office in Chicago and moved it all to my small rented house in Queens. In 2002 I moved to a larger house's basement in Brooklyn. Those years were a time of down-sizing and getting rid of debt. Getting things back on track after a hedonist, and over-spent late 90s. In 2006, we moved out of the basement into our much larger space in Gowanus (the one that just had the collapse). 2011 is time for a positive step up. Lots of storage of CDs we need to slowly sell off (you know about our $6.98 sale page, yes?) and less junk that we no longer need; stuff I have hauled around since I left Chicago. A decade later, time for the dumpster.
I expect we will move in the next two weeks. I looked at a few potential office spaces I like. I was whining to my friend in Florida that one of them is a 14 minute walk from my apartment. She mentioned she drives 45 minutes one-way to work. Ouch ! That puts it in perspective. I am really fortunate that I can walk to Sasha's school, walk to work, walk to the supermarket. Ok, no more complaints from me about that. I will get a bike. That will work!
Every negative can be turned into a positive. An ending is a new beginning. Never problems, just opportunities...........
Shea, Cooper and I really appreciate that so many of you stepped up to help us out with your orders and your $$$$. It really is wonderful to know that Projekt means a lot to you, and in this rough time you chose to help us out! Thank You.
Another update soon.
Sam Rosenthal / facebook
May 16, 2011 | an update from Projekt's Sam Rosenthal:
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