HeartFirst records is
releasing 7" vinyl with their friends' bands. And I trade with some of
my friends' labels because I love my friends and they put out some
killer stuff by their friends' bands.
You might want to read
this info if you run a label/distro and you think you want to distribute
HeartFirst releases but unfortunately you do not want to part
with your hard earned cash, but trade for your own releases instead. so
before you send off that email:
is cutting down trading activities and has stalinist quality control in place because
The space here is
very limited -- and my taste is very narrow.
In 28 years of
distributing records I have seen too many lame and unsellable
records. My friends have basements full of dead stock of Italian emo
records from the 1990s and splits of Croatian grind core. I like to learn from people's mistakes, not
just my own.
Many of my releases were recorded in expensive studios, the covers
have some screen printed aspect to it. The kind of shtick some money
grubbing labels do as their pre-order version for rich kids. I rather do the whole
print run like that. So do I want to squander that kind of record and
trade it for your release with Peruvian D-Beat in a xeroxed cover
that only covers half of the back of the record. You can
maybe guess the answer. Oh, and by the way: Did you really forget a
I can only trade for
something that will sell fast. Or something that I really like. Why
would I trade the KRIEGSHÖG 7"s or BANNLYST LPs for something that will move much slower, like that demo
recording of a Swedish band you found and that noone cared about in 1986, so why should
I care now? (... and yeah, I know that some idiot with a blog
It really helps when
the bands are very visible, meaning that they tour a lot and have
releases on various labels. For example, RUIDOSA INMUNDICIA play a
lot, they have toured Japan and Australia, BURIAL have been to
Japan and the US, VAASKA have a least played almost a handfull of gigs in
Eurospe, PEACEBASTARD play a lot in Eurospe. So even if your band is
the best band in the world, people might not be interested because
they only play the local bar.
BUT trading is
the best way to get your records around the world, so i do not have
anything against it in general but need to enforce strict quality
control on this end.
You get big PLUSes
We have traded in
You are putting out
quality vinyl by quality bands that play live a lot
You put thought and
effort into packaging and sound quality of your releases
Styles that always
have been and always will be hot here at HeartFirst: Early 80s USHC,
mid 80s Euros hc, 80s thrash, japacore.
quality control is the
most important way to keep the diy hardcore punk scene alive and strong.
if you read and
understood all this and still want to get in touch:
you do not hear back from me: I'm not deaf -- I'm ignoring you.