Archive for the ‘Blog from Sam’ Category
1 First question – why the name Projekt and why with K except C?
My mom was Swiss German, I like to say it has something to do with her being from Zurich; but honestly I saw the word “Projekt” with a K on the back of a Peter Baumann LP, and I found that cool and interesting.
2 Many articles say that you set up Projekt as a way to release your own solo music. Is it true? If yes, when did you open the label to other bands and projects and why?
Projekt started in 1983 by releasing a couple of cassette compilations of local artists from South Florida where I lived, followed by my own solo electronic music. In 1986 and 1987 and 1988 they were LPs and then a CD from my band black tape for a blue girl. The first other band was a Best Of from England’s Attrition in 1989. The “why” is I created my own label so that nobody would tell me how to make my music. I had talked to and read interviews with many bands, and the idea that record-label-guys would poke their fingers into my art was really unappealing. I was going to make what I wanted to make. And when I began to get interest in my music, I thought I could offer that opportunity to retain control to other artists. I had been friends with Martin from Attrition for a few years already (we met via my fanzine), and I thought it would be great to introduce people in the USA to his music, via my label.
3 When did you start to think that running a label should be your daily job and when it happened in reality?
When I started the label in 1983 I was going to college, in 1986 I moved to California for college, in 1988 I graduated and I started working in computer graphics. I never thought Projekt would be my job. The label was able to afford to release CDs because of the good money I was bringing in from the graphics job. However, it got harder and harder to run the label, because the job took me out of town two to six weeks at a time. This was back before the Internet, it wasn’t possible to keep up on the label work during those long periods away. I had to shut it down for a month at a time. It became necessary to quit the day job — which was paying quite well — to focus on the label fulltime That was around 1991 / 1992. When I released the debuts from Lycia, and Love Spirals Downwards. Along with black tape for a blue , the label’s bands were having a lot of success, and I just couldn’t go away anymore.
I’ve been doing the label full time for 27 years! That’s a long time. Most labels don’t even last 5 years.
4 From the beginning you focused on darkwave and ambient music. Why just those two genres?
Almost all of the early cassette releases were electronic music. Then black tape for a blue girl was born as a mix of ethereal and electronic and goth, it led the label into that direction. The label always followed what black tape for blue girl was doing. With my band releasing albums in the darkwave genre, and setting up networks for distribution and publicity within those genres, it made sense to add more artists to the label that would appeal to the same audience.
5 What about similar recording companies in USA/Canada? Was there any competitive fight between Cleopatra/Middle Pillar etc?
I really don’t believe in the idea of competition. I think that’s just a story people like to create to make things sound more interesting; really we were all doing our own thing. I am much more about collaboration, rather than competition. Not necessarily with those two labels, but I worked a lot with Matt and William at Tess Records. And I still like helping out other bands. Ultimately, it never felt like Projekt was in competition with Cleopatra or Metropolis, it was not about success at the expense of the other.
6 You started to collaborate with Steve Roach in, let’s say, early stages of Projekt life. How did that happen?
When I lived in Florida in the mid-80s, I had already heard of Steve Roach, I think we might have exchanged some mail. When I moved to California in 1986 I saw him play live. Then in 1988, Steve produced the album from my roommate, Walter Holland’s Transience of Love. That’s when we started talking more often. He contributed a track to Projekt’s 1993 compilation From Across this grey land No. 3. The first album I released from Steve was his 1995 collaboration with vidnaObmana, Well of Souls. Since that time, I’ve released about 100 of his albums on the label. We talk almost every day, working on so many different projects together.
7 You are collaborating with really important names for American gothic scene as Lycia, or Voltaire. Both with not typical Goth sound. What was the reason that you started to work with them?
The simple reason is that Projekt released records from bands I enjoyed listening to.
Mike from Lycia sent me a lot of demo tapes over the course of a year or two. When he made new songs, he’d send them over. At some point I said, “OK this is really good! We should release an album!” That became 1991’s Ionia.
With Voltaire, I had heard his name somewhere, and then he opened a show for black tape for a blue girl in New York City; he performed most of the songs that became the first album. We talked after the show, he’s a great guy, charismatic on stage and in person. I enjoyed his sound and humor, and it was obvious that there was an audience for what he was creating. He recorded the debut album without any Projekt involvement; whereas with bands like Lycia, SoulWhirlingSomewhere or Love Spirals Downwards I was more involved, either with the mixing, or song order, or album cover art. Voltaire’s The Devil’s Bris was released in 1998. 20 years ago!
8 Over the years the ratio between darkwave music and ambient sounds prevailed in favor of ambient music. Why?
Honestly that’s because people still buy ambient-electronic music.
On the darkwave side, only Voltaire continues to sell really well. Most of that is digital. (addition: Projekt is releasing the new LYCIA and BlackTape, and there is a lot of interest in these releases, so the preceding sentence might need to be updated).
However it seems fans of ambient-electronic are still willing to pay for music. I focus on where the money is, right? I’m running a business here!
9 I remember longer ago, when you have blogs on your web side with slogan: I love mp3. How it happened and is it your relationship with this format different from those days?
I honestly don’t even think about the format anymore. It’s whatever people want to listen to. I don’t remember loving mp3s. I remember the audience loving MP3s. As a business, it’s smart to provide what the customer wants. For a decade they wanted digital downloads. But now, if it’s MP3 or FLAC, or streaming, it’s all the same to me.
I suspect your question is more like, “What is your attitude towards digital music these days?” The answer is digital is about 72% of Projekt’s income, so I love it because it’s how people are getting music. Streaming is doing amazing for the bigger artist; it brings in a lot of our income. Even though personally, I love tangible objects, I love album covers, I love album artwork. Yet I have accepted that the majority of the audience has moved away from caring about the physical object. Frankly, I rarely take out a CD to listen to music. Sure, last night I listened to five CDs from the 80s, four of which were from Harold Budd.
In my office, I stream music like everyone else.
10 I know you had a really complicated relationship with streaming platforms such as Spotify and others. Is it because of their financial behaving to musicians or you don’t like that way of consuming music?
My relationship is not complicated at all anymore. Spotify pays money and I take that money and I pay the artist their royalty!
As a business I think Projekt has to go with what the audience wants. Wherever people are doing their business, Projekt has to be there. Yes, it would be nice if streaming paid more. But it doesn’t, and it won’t.
For years and years I griped that streaming didn’t pay a fair rate, and it was killing the music industry. Well guess what? I was (sort-of) wrong. Yes, it still doesn’t pay a decent rate, but streaming has actually turned the music industry around. It’s now half of what most labels bring in, even with the low rates per play. I was speaking to a guy a few days ago, a musician who still has the attitude that streaming is horrible, and it’s the death of the industry. I can’t agree. I know that small bands don’t get enough streams to add up to much money. But for the more popular bands, it’s really a lot of income.
I cannot complain about it. If fans want to stream, and I can write nice checks to the bigger bands on the label, it seems that listeners are getting satisfied.
I talk to artists (on other labels or on their own) who won’t put their music up on streaming. I think that’s absurd because so much of this industry is about streaming. News articles say it’s pretty much just streaming & vinyl. Download is dying quickly. CDs have pretty much died already. Streaming is where people hear music. It would be unwise to say I’m am against streaming nowadays.
11 You’ve had some success with the Kickstarter/crowdfunding model; what are your thoughts on the way artists and musicians have utilized the various platforms that exist?
I have done 10 successful kickstarters and I think it’s a great way for artist to connect to their audience. I don’t think creators can afford to stick to the past and try to focus on strategies that don’t work anymore. Crowdfunding is a great thing for artists. However, it is hard for a new band to succeed at crowdfunding because they don’t have the name recognition, and they don’t have the reach to get fans involved. Black tape or a blue girl had albums in the heyday of the music industry in the 80s and 90s, so I’ve got a lot of fans out there. For me, part of each Kickstarter is reintroducing fans to my music, fans who have forgotten about the band, or didn’t realize I was still active. It’s been a great way of spreading the word, and funding my art. So I like it!
12 What do you foresee as the future of this model, at least with regards to you and your artistic pursuits?
It’s definitely the biggest part of the way I fund my own music nowadays. I’m not suggesting any other artist should feel required to do it, if they don’t want to. Crowdfunding is a lot more direct and driven, and you have to really be willing to ask your fans for money. Some artists just can’t do that, they don’t like that taste in their mouth. I think all artists are putting out a hand and asking for money, it’s just what method they chose to use. And how they feel about being direct about it, rather than subtle and sticking to the old model (CD sales). For Blacktape — and my solo electronic music — it is definitely the way to go. I really like it because I connect to the people who love my music and I talk with them and get to know them. I love it. I find it to be a nice exchange with the people who care about what I do.Sam Rosenthal a 35 let Projekt records: “Hudba zadarmo vydělává!”
13 You are putting a lot of Projekt music out on Projekt’s Bandcamp portal for free. Why?
I know that sounds contradictory, but the fact is that putting music up for free gets a lot of music heard by the audience, and some of those listeners donate a few bucks, and that adds up. I did a comparison recently for an artist with two albums seven months apart. Guess what? The one up for free for a week and the subsequent paid release brought in exactly the same amount of money. The difference is that free was a viable way to get a lot of people to hear the music. People are into this.
For many musicians it is more important to get their music heard vs. making money on the release. Because — sadly — very few bands in these genres make money on their releases, anyway. Getting people to download and listen to their album helps builds a fanbase, who maybe later will support with a purchase. That’s a big maybe, mind you.
14 Projekt is not only pure recording company, but also distributing platform for European labels, via your webstore. How important for you is, to be also re-seller of another Gothic related labels?
It’s really unimportant to me to be a reseller of other Gothic related music.
Joe (who runs the webstore along with many other music-related businesses out of his shop in Philadelphia) continues to sell other labels at projekt.com, but sales are nothing like what they used to, because people just don’t buy much on CD anymore. At the peak of sales — in the mid 90s — Projekt must have sold 1000 copies of each of the first two Faith & the Muse albums, released on Tess Records. These days for non-Projekt releases, if we sell 25 copies of an album… that’s amazing! Americans just don’t buy a lot of CDs anymore. It’s unfortunate, but I am realistic about that. It’s a nice service having those albums in our webstore, and Joe enjoys doing it. If I had to run the webstore out of my house, I wouldn’t add all the extra work and headache.
So thank you Joe for still caring about this music!
Update: The new Dead Can Dance album has sold extremely well in the webstore, as do Lisa Gerrard albums. So there is one place that the webstore is still doing well with non-Projekt artists.
15 How it happened that Sam Fogarino from The Interpol worked for you as an employee? Was he big fan of Projekt music?
Ha ha that’s a funny question, because I don’t remember (laughs)! Sam was friends with Patrick (of Thanatos who used to work for Projekt as my publicity manager in the 90s). Pat got him the job for a few weeks or months. I don’t remember? I don’t know if he liked Projekt’s music.
16 A statistical question for you: which Projekt album sold best?
The best selling CDs were compilations that we did with the Hot Topic chain here in America. The new face of goth and Projekt: Gothic. They sold for $4 on the counter of the Hot Topic store in the mall. That doesn’t exactly count in my book, because people didn’t necessarily buy them because they knew the music. They bought them because they were in a Gothic store in the mall! And that’s cool because I think a lot of people discovered the label that way. They sold around 25,000 copies each.
The best selling album from an artist was black tape for the girl’s 1996 Remnants of a deeper purity. It keeps selling to this day. Voltaire’s albums are the top-4 sellers every month from our digital distributor, and then a lot of Steve Roach rounds out the top-10.
17 You are recording the new album of black tape for the girl, To Touch the Milky Way. Are you plan to put some rough mixes from studio out and are you going to release also on vinyl?
The album is finished and is coming out at the end of October. I funded it via Kickstarter, raised $12,278 to make the deluxe vinyl and CD edition. It’s amazing and beautiful, and I hope everyone takes the time to give it a listen when it’s available.
18 You also run seven successful Projektfest. How important for you was it to do this “music gathering” and are you planning more for future?
I will never do a festival again, sorry.
The fests in 1996 and 1997 in Chicago were amazing, with over 1000 attendees. It was really successful, and fun to have so many of the label’s bands in one place so I could meet & listen to everyone. The fests were also incredibly stressful, logistically and monetarily. Patrick and Lisa and Charles did a lot of work to make those a success. They deserve a lot of the credit. The fests after 2001 had low attendance. Post-9/11, people in the US don’t have the mentality like in Europe about spending money to travel to a darkwave festival.
If somebody wanted to put up the money and do half the work, I’d get behind the idea. But I’m not interested in taking the risk anymore.
Better would be if the WGT would put up the € for a Projektnight in Leipzig. I don’t think there’s much chance of that, though.
19 What are plans for Projekt Records for the future?
Projekt is consolidating and focusing on the top-7 artists. I aim to have less record label work, and more time to make my own art and enjoy my time (hang out with my son, and my partner Mercy, and read, and pet the cat). There was a time in the 90s when I worked 60+ hours a week at Projekt, I had 11 employees. It never was easy for little fringe labels back in the day, I was $180,000 in debt at the end of the 90s, and I’m never going back to that stress again. No more!
Looking back at the last 35 years, the label succeeded!
I want to give a high-five to all the artists, and all the employees over the years. We did it! But what was “it?” In retrospect I see my mission was to release a lot of unknown music, develop bands, and introduce the label’s fans to great records they might not otherwise have heard. That worked and some of the artists I discovered became well known in these genres. The label did a wonderful thing and had nice successes along the way, as you’ve mentioned.
But realistically, over the last ten years the old strategies stopped making sense for a lot of the music I wanted to release. I can’t continue to put out new artists that people don’t want to buy, and end up with mountains of unsold CDs in the storage space. That’s not working anymore. These days people discover bands and then stream the music, which is great from an enjoying-music perspective, but not so great for bringing in the income to pay the small artists (and cover my costs).
My plan for Projekt now is to refocus and have a new mission. Or rather, refine the mission to focus on the top artists.
As a creator, I’m good at change, adapting, discovering the new path. That carries over into life and into business. It is extremely rare that a business survives 35 years. And even more rare that a small underground label like Projekt survives without a big hit (Projekt’s variation on that is having two artists who continue to bring in new listeners to their music: Aurelio Voltaire & Steve Roach). I appreciate all the years of your support, that’s why I have a roof over my head and food on my plate. I’ve been fortunate to earn my living for the last 27 years from Projekt. Thank you.
Many of the people reading this still buy new music and support artists they love. We’re all grateful for that. However there are a lot of people I hear from (on Facebook, etc) who are only into the 90s-era of the Projekt label. It’s great to know the music from back then had a positive effect. But I want to point out that most of us are still here making music and when people purchase or support our new work, shows, etc, we can pay our bills. So please support the artists you love. Not just the ones on Projekt, but all of them! Thanks for caring, and thanks for putting some of your hard-earned cash towards your favorite bands.
And thanks for the interview and letting me talk about these things.
from Sam Rosenthal:
Our new track “the Stars” is available as an exclusive preview at ReGen Magazine. ReGen says the song has “distinctively ethereal textures and haunting melodic atmospheres, led by the alluring vocals of Danielle Herrera.”
Read a bit of my thoughts on the creation below.
This track is from Black Tape For A Blue Girl’s November To touch the milky way album. As I started writing the song on the acoustic guitar, an 80s ethereal dream-pop vibe immediately made itself known to me, and I was intriqued. I felt I was tapping into the moody beauty we love from those artists we listened to back in the day, and that got me excited to see if I could write a song in this style. It’s not something I ever completely pulled off in the past (some pieces in the early 90s might have come close, but I wasn’t playing guitar back then, so I always came at it from a different direction.) “the Stars” is wistful, sad, hopeful. Beautiful sadness. All the things you look for in this kind of a song. I sent my backing track over to Chase Dobson, and asked him to add electric guitar and drum programming, and his lovely contributions gives the track that ringing melancholia that really centers the song in that era of sound.
When Danielle came in and brought my lyrics to life, I knew we had it. Yes! That’s one of the amazing things about making music: creating the song I’ve always wanted to hear, but didn’t yet exist. Dani would sing a line and I’d start hearing a harmony, take a second to work it out, and then we’d layer another vocal into the mix. It was spontaneous, fun, and turned out beautiful!
Lyrically, “the Stars” concerns being overwhelmed by the expectations we put on ourself, our fear of failing and doubts; but there’s a faint glimmer of recognition that we are just as we are meant to be, and that is what makes us uniquely special and uniquely ourselves.
all of this makes us what we are i love you like i love the stars we’re imperfect but that’s ok we are imperfect in every way i love you like i love the stars
You can listen at Regen. PreOrder the download, CD or LP at our Bandcamp page, and Projekt’s website. In Europe, you can save on shipping by ordering from Projekt’s European Website. The album will be available for streaming at all the usual sites, next month.
This track is exclusive at ReGen’s website.To touch the milky way schedule update
For those of you who have already preOrdered the album, there have been some more delays at the vinyl pressing plant which pushed the album back from it’s original release date. I’m really sorry about this, but unfortunately the vinyl process is filled with unexpected detours. I am in daily contact with the plant. More soon.Pittsburg special
PS: The ad on the right in the ReGen screen shot is for an October 27th Pittsburgh PA show featuring Aurelio Voltaire. The bill includes Athan Maroulis’ NOIR. As you recall, Athan was the vocalist on Black Tape For A Blue Girl’s 2009 release 10 Neurotics, and he was also with me on the shows we played around teh album, including our 2nd appearance at Germany’s Wave Gotik Treffen festival in 2011. More info on the Pittsburg show.Ashes in the brittle air free download
Every now and again, I like to make a past album available as a name-your-price Bandcamp download. I know many of you purchased the ashes in the brittle air CD in the 80s and 90s, and likely never got around to ripping it into your computer. Save yourself the time and go grab it for free. The CD is available for $10.
Margaret N sent me this message just minutes ago, after downloading the ashes album at bandcamp: “Good mix of ethereal and ambient. Thanks for bringing this one back to light!”
#RTPlease — Could you help. I’m just one guy trying to spread the word about my art. You probably have friends who enjoy dreampop, ethereal, darkwave music, right? They might not know that BlackTape is still recording. You could brighten their day by introducing them to “the Stars.” Please share the link to the ReGen preview page or share ReGen’s Tweet. I really appreciate your help.
October 26th is the estimated ship date for LYCIA’s new Projekt release, In Flickers. While you’re waiting on your copy, preview the track “Rewrite” at CVLTNation.LYCIA: In Flickers
CD/LP/T-shirt at Projekt’s website or CD/LP/Download at Projekt’s Bandcamp page or for our European shoppers, CD/LP at Projekt’s European Webstore the Lycia LPs are limited editions of 150 per style, and they are selling quickly!
Please note this release is not on Projekt; it’s an item we are stocking in our webstore. We don’t have promo copies.
Dead Can Dance return this November with Dionysus, their first album in 6 years. Projekt is taking preOrders on the CD, LP, and CD/LP-Book edition. The album is described as “seven movements representing different facets of the Dionysus myth and his cult.” Lisa Gerrard (who is currently on tour in promotion of her album with The Mystery Of The Bulgarian Voices | available from Projekt here), sings on 4 of the seven movements featured on the new Dead Can Dance album. At the heart of Dionysus is a celebration of not just humanity but humanity working hand in hand with nature with respect and appreciation.
A full list of all Lisa Gerrard albums available from the Projekt webstore.
Also on preOrder in the webstore:
Black Tape For A Blue Girl: Remnants of a deeper purity 2CD/2LP/Shirt
Black Tape For A Blue Girl: To touch the milky way CD/LP
LYCIA: In Flickers CD/LP/Shirt
Lycia: In Flickers /// Black Tape For A Blue Girl: To touch the milky way –and– Remnants of a deeper purity 2LP vinyl
Look at this! Two of Projekt’s biggest mid-90s band are releasing new albums (And yes, that’s right! LYCIA is back on Projekt.) We’re about two months away from the release of LYCIA’s In Flickers and Black Tape For A Blue Girl’s To touch the milky way. These new releases are available for preOrder. We also have a T-shirt for In Flickers. And now on preOrder, the repressing of Black Tape For A Blue Girl’s 2LP Remnants of a deeper purity with a T-shirt option.
There’s bundle pricing at the Projekt website. These 3 releases (minus the shirts) kick off our collaboration with Projekt’s European webstore (more details below).Here are links to preOrder
LYCIA: In Flickers CD/LP/T-shirt at Projekt’s website or CD/LP/Download at Projekt’s Bandcamp page or for our European shoppers, CD/LP at Projekt’s European Webstore the Lycia LPs are limited editions of 150 per style, and they are selling quickly!
Black Tape For A Blue Girl: To touch the milky way CD/LP at Projekt’s website or CD/LP/Download at Black tape for a blue girl’s Bandcamp page or for our European shoppers, CD/LP at Projekt’s European Webstore Limited edition of 300, half reserved for the Kickstarter backers.
Black Tape For A Blue Girl: 2LP Remnants of a deeper purity 2LP/CD/T-shirt at Projekt’s website or CD/LP at Black Tape For A Blue Girl’s Bandcamp page or for our European shoppers, CD/LP at Projekt’s European Webstore< Limited edition of 150.
Shipping late October
Read about Projekt’s European website, here. The two main benefits for our European shoppers:
great shipping rates: GERMAN customers: flat € 1.99 shipping rate for all parcels – regardless of quantity ordered. EU customers: € 4.99 up to 500g; € 7.99 for up to 1000g (1 Kilo)
fast delivery< Orders placed weekdays before 2pm ship the same day
jarguna and Friends: TRAPPED Vol. 2 is name-your-price at Bandcamp. jarguna is Italian sound-artist Marco Billi: ethno-organic-ambient-electronic music in a mandala-like hymn to ethnic, tribal, ritual music. It’s a journey of sounds, feelings, contrasts, acoustics and electronics. From the first recordings in 1998, jarguna releases its 24th effort TRAPPED, a collaboration with like-minded creators.
Marco edited a video with excerpts from the album, and images of his collaborators. Watch it at YouTube.<
Sam comments: “Watching this video I’m struck by the dedication with which all of us musicians work to create the interesting sounds we imagine inside of our head. All the things we accumulate — the instruments, the recording gear, the keyboards, the gongs… the expenses! — to make something amazing for you, our listeners. It’s very wonderful to see your collaborators, jarguna!”
>thanks for supporting independent music
Because of ever-rising postage costs, and increased customs/duties, it has grown less economical for Projekt’s European fans to purchase from this America-based website. As of September 7 2018, we launched our collaboration with DeeJayDead in Germany. It’s the European Webstore for Projekt & Timeroom releases. DJD’s Owner Jan ships out packages every day to happy European customers.
Advantages over purchasing from our US webstore:
1 great shipping rates: GERMAN customers: flat €2.99 shipping rate for all orders under €50, from €50 free of charge. EU customers: €4.99 up to 500g; €7.99 for up to 1000g (1 Kilo)
2 faster delivery Orders placed weekdays before 2pm ship the same day!
If you have any questions, contact: email@example.com
The European shop is not stocking our shirts or offering bundle prices. While their prices are somewhat higher than the US-webstore, the postage is so much lower that it works out to a better price overall.click Projekt’s European website to visit.
Original Post from 8-30-2018
I’m very excited about this new development to help out our European fans.
For 35 years, Projekt has shipped orders to our customers in Europe (our orders are filled by Joe out of his shop in Philadelphia, PA.) There was a time when Projekt’s price + shipping was cheaper than what customers paid in their local record stores for our CDs + VAT (Value-Added Tax). Postage has gotten so expensive (approx: $14 for one CD, $24 for three CDs), that we sense it has dramatically decreased the number of sales we make in Europe. Recently, a couple of customers also had to pay customs at the post office in order to get their package, the cost almost equaled the price of the merchandise they ordered.
Looking for solutions, my good friend Sebastian at our European distributor (Audioglobe in Italy) hooked me up with one of his best customers, a webstore in Germany. We quickly worked out the details, and within two weeks we’ll launch Projekt’s European webstore with preOrders for the new Black Tape For A Blue Girl and LYCIA.
Our partner gets shipments twice a week from Sebastian, offers low shipping rates, and orders placed weekdays before 2pm ship the same day! We’ll work closely with them to once again make things easy for our continental customers.
The European Webstore will carry 283 of our titles: almost all Projekt CDs plus all CDs from Steve Roach’s Timeroom label. They will not stock shirts, some almost out of print titles, and won’t offer bundle pricing. However their website does stock 8000 items! It’ll be your one-stop shop to get our CDs/LPs and the goth/darkwave titles you are looking for. Plus a growing selection of electronic/ambient releases.
This is going to be great. Stay tuned for the announcement.
You like tea. You like ambient/electronic music. Let’s put them together! With every $35+ order, our friends at Mandala Tea are giving you a CD copy of Mark Seelig’s Disciple, “Electronic Music immersed in traditional Indian Raga styles.”
I’m going to be in New Orleans
This Friday, August 31st, I’ll be in New Orleans for a 6pm meet-n-greet at Skully’z Records, 907 Bourbon St, New Orleans, 70116-3120; 504-592-4666 Facebook event page. Join me and Mercy West, Black Tape For A Blue Girl’s These fleeting moments and To touch the milky way cover model. Spread the word!
On Saturday, I was listening to music here at home and it occurred to me, “Wow! Over the years Projekt has released a number of cool albums of Italian ambient/electronic music.” Earthy, textural, enveloping soundtracks. Then I thought, “I wonder if people have noticed these acts and albums that stylistically fit together?” Then I got back to enjoying my weekend 🙂 … Yesterday I was talking with a label-owning friend and I mentioned Projekt’s Spotify playlists, and the lightbulb went off. Of course! Curating a playlist of these artists from Italy is the way to get the word out about their fantastic albums. That’s what I did! The playlist is currently two hours long, I’ll be adding more tracks regularly. If there’s a track (on Projekt or not on Projekt) that you think fits the sound, please email me with a link, and I’ll see about adding it.
Give it a listen: Italian Grotto
To launch the playlist I’ve set these three Projekt releases (from Italian artists) to name-your-price on Bandcamp (for a limited time).
Lorenzo Montanà : phase IX | CD on sale for $9, name-your-price download at Bandcamp.
jarguna and Friends: Trapped Vol. 1 | name-your-price download at Bandcamp.
Alio Die & Sylvi Alli: Amidst the Circling Spires | name-your-price download at Bandcamp.
This weekend Steve performs two sold out shows in Santa Fe, NM. Both concerts will be broadcast live on SomaFM’s Space Station Soma at 8pm Mountain Time (7pm Pacific; 10pm Eastern). Pre and post show will be on SomaFM Live starting an hour before.
Steve says, “These Return To The Dreamtime concerts center around expanded and evolved pieces from Dreamtime Return. The set constantly emerges throughout the weekend, a breathing occurrence connected to the flow of the return to the dreamtime.”
(live photo above by Candice @ Journeyscapes Radio)
Return to the Dreamtime and Electron Birth
Two new albums on Steve’s Timeroom label available individually or in a $25 combo pack. Return to the Dreamtime (2CD $17) presents expanded and evolved pieces from Dreamtime Return, created live at the Galactic Center, Tucson AZ, Feb 10, 2018. Electron Birth (CD $14) is a mesmerizing masterpiece of multi-dimensional analog sequencer-spun music connecting directly to Steve’s passion for the interweaving of pure emotion, energy, delicate grace and driving flow.
pre-Order, estimated late-August shipping
jarguna and Friends: Trapped (on CD)
jarguna is Italian sound-artist Marco Billi: ethno-organic-ambient-electronic music in a mandala-like hymn to ethnic, tribal, ritual music. It’s a journey of sounds, feelings, contrasts, acoustics and electronics. TRAPPED Vol 1 and Vol 2 are collaborations with like-minded creators. These releases are limited edition run of 100 4-panel digipaks. These are CD-rs replicated at a pressing plant, not a CD run with a glassmaster.