Zines are on the rise. With the general public getting switched on what fanzines represent and the alternative perspectives they bring to the publishing world, the demand has risen, and more and more bookstores are now accepting to stock indie and DIY publications.
This is great. But we don't really care about any of that. We opt for stockists who have been supporting the zine community for a long time and which curation we really admire from the moment we walk into their stores. That being said, we're super proud to announce that the fifth issue of our The Juice Fanzine is now available for purchase on the following locations:
London, UK Housmans - www.housmans.com/ - Peace House, 5 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross, London N1 9DX
ICA Bookshop - www.ica.art/shop - Institute of Contemporary Arts, 12 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH
This one has been a journey. From the first listening session to the concept to realising we were going full on DIY again, the Struggle EP has owned up to its name but at the same time has been a fun process.
We're finally super happy to share it with you all. Head to our webstore to listen to the four tracks and purchase the vinyl, or just use one of the following platforms of your choice:
I remember the first time I heard it, in Alessandro's little studio, just at the end of the listening session for what would become their new Struggle EP. It was meant as a taster only, an unpolished version. But Heka's voice crept up on me and I was taken away. I reached out to her on the very same day to see if she wanted to work with us on something.
That something is almost here, so now you get to be taken away too.
Stream/buy Did You See the Sun Rise / Mirror on any of the below platforms:
Heka makes collage music. Combining lo-fi recorded folk songs with alternative rock and occasional electronic production, her music sounds intimate and familiar, like thoughts whispered to friends in dim lit rooms.
She's got a new single, split in two songs, it's called "I See You // Northern Lights" and we're putting it out. We're also collaborating on something bigger coming in a very near future, but for now enjoy this lullaby, also available on the following platforms:
As any punk kid, I've always been very critical of music industry's mainstream distribution channels. Access and information have always been highly manipulated, and consequently exposure and reach for any independent label/artist is restricted and very often paid for or dependent on who you know in "the business".
As a label, we don't agree with this.We don't see music as a business and we're more interested in helping to bring captivating projects to life, regardless of what is considered as a "successful release". I even wrote about this for The Juice Fanzine #03, where I questioned what an "indie label" stood for in this day and age, and how these concepts were vanishing and everyone was throwing money and attention into these new streaming platforms that were slowly spoon-feeding you what the major players in the industry dictate, in the same way mainstream radio and television have always done. As music fan and a consumer, I believe the current streaming model is far from ideal. Convenience and (manipulated) access for the listener in return for (conditioned) exposure and very little money for the musician is not enough. Bandcamp being the only noteworthy exception here, as they allow for direct downloads and money goes straight to the uploader pocket. Still, a 10% fee off every sale is tough.
But as a label, we have to recognise that we're working within the same boundaries as everyone else, as much as we try to set ourselves apart and do things differently. With that in mind, to deny ourselves, and most importantly our artists, of a tool that can bring more value to a project and potentially showcase it to a wider audience, is essentially not doing our job properly. We have a responsibility of maximising the reach of every single record we put out, and streaming - together with digital downloads - play a big part in this, whether we like it or not.
So call it a change of heart if you will, but Juicy is now licencing music via all major streaming platforms and digital music stores. It won't be all of our catalogue, as we can't afford that - don't get me started on the subject of the paywall to get music in these places - but any artist that is currently still part of our roster will have their relevant discography available via these platforms.
Don't get it twisted though, we're still a label 100% committed to physical format. We have a very solid DIY attitude to everything we do and will continue to be involved in the creation of real life objects that carry meaning and sound in them. We are fond of physicality because it requires a different type of creative process, builds a different connection between content and audience, demands a different kind of attention. That's hasn't changed.
So if physical is still your thing, check out the new vinyl from Los Padres currently on pre-order. And yes, we are proud to say that it will also be available on Spotify and Itunes from release date.