It’s been a minute since our last update, a few things have changed.
In 2018 we didn’t put out any new records. Still, it was probably our busiest year to date. We put on several gigs in London, all three of our current acts went on small international tours (Heka even went on the radio), we did a new t-shirt and closed the year with what was undoubtedly our most successful zine release to date - so successful that we only have a couple (that’s 2!!!) copies left!
But 2018 was also our last year officially based in London. After almost a decade in this city the cost of living has become too much of a burden, and running a label-cum-publisher out of our bedroom can never be a long-term solution. Add that to the real prospect of a no-deal Brexit and the move became imperative.
So where are we going next? The world. We start in Singapore on February 1st and the aim is to become a fully mobile entity, travelling and running things remotely while also taking the opportunity to collaborate with people from parts of the globe which would otherwise be off our radar.
Before you ask: no, we’re not becoming a netlabel, a digital-only publisher, influencers, digital nomads, or an instagram travel couple...yes, there will be way more online activity, specially related to our journey, we got a few tricks up our sleeves and ideas we want to try, but we’re still very much fond of physical formats and the intimate and personalised experience of holding a carefully crafted artefact in our hands.
So do expect at least two new records being released soon, a new zine later in the year, and probably more, once we get our modus operandi fully running.
Thank you so much for your continued support over the years and to all the collaborators who have been kind enough to share their knowledge and time with us on all the projects. All of you have been crucial to the start of this new stage and we’re super excited to show you what’s in the works for the future.
And if you’re just now finding out about us, keep an eye out cause things are about to get more dynamic than ever.
“Growth” is the theme for issue 06 so we pushed ourselves out of our editorial comfort zone, reaching out to new people, some of them from communities who we felt may have been outside the scope of our previous zines. And we're also printing contents in full colour and doing a 2 day event for the first time!
Alongside the zine launch we’re also hosting JUVENTUDO, a photography exhibition from Bráulio Amado, the unrelenting design & illustration powerhouse known for his work with entities such as Adidas, The New York Times and artists like Frank Ocean. Challenged by our team to collaborate with us on the zine, he politely declined a career retrospect interview and proposed JUVENTUDO instead - an unpretentious series of gritty point and shoot photographs. Candid moments compiled with a satirical take on the photography/zine world.
This is the very first time Bráulio presents his photography in London.
LAUNCH EVENT & EXHIBITION - FRIDAY 9th NOVEMBER EXHIBITION DAY 2 - SATURDAY 10th NOVEMBER
at 5th BASE Gallery 23 Heneage Street, London E1 5LJ
Summertime is always the best time. We all love the sun and heatwave is on its way of becoming the word of the year in London.
That's why we're doing a takeover of Rye Wax in August, and we bringing along a bunch of friends.
We'll have over 6 DJ's and 2 live acts - including our very own Heka - span over a good 7 hours of uninterrupted music. Add that to the chill temperature of Peckham's most famous basement and their refined supply of drinks, food & records and we're set for a banging day.
Brainstormed by the power duo that comprises Los Padres and backed by JUICY RECORDS, HEATWVE is about blending elements and bridging gaps between sonic edges. With a strong experimental component, artists on the line-up are invited to collaborate with each other on the night to deliver a cross-genre, one-off performance.
For the first instalment of HEATWVE, Los Padres themselves will take the stage for an extended set featuring a few special guests. Expect new songs and a healthy dose of experimental math rock to distort your Wednesday night.
As a fanzine, The Juice has always been about mutation and growth, both technically and aesthetically. Having passed the half-decade mark last year, we started thinking about what growth means.
Enter The Juice Fanzine #06: The Growth Issue.
Personal, economical, social, or even cultural growth is an idea deeply carved in western societies. But where does it lead? And what are the consequences? And how does it manifest itself on different aspects of life?
As usual, the theme is broad and open for interpretation. And as always, we need your help. With the zine we present a platform for creative and personal expression and we consider all submissions.
We want to get up close and personal, as any fanzine should do.
The Juice is still about music, art, travel, creative projects, open-minded thinking and everything in between, keeping a strong political and social ethos.
Carrying over goals from previous issues, we would particularly like to hear from people who have never collaborated with a fanzine before and/or people from minorities who are underrepresented in mainstream media. Illustrators, bloggers, writers, photographers, gardeners, cooks...whatever your craft or passion, if you'd like to see something of yours published, give us a shout.
The theme and guidelines mentioned above are not exclusive and strict, so to be clear: this is an OPEN CALL to ANYONE AND EVERYONE. Your ideas will be taken in consideration even if you don't particularly want to talk about any of this.
We will be accepting ideas until April 30th 2018. Just send us an email or use our contact page.
This month, the ragazzi are headed to their homeland for some live shows and a good top-up on their vitamin D levels. In the luggage they'll bring the latest Struggle 12" EP and maybe a new song or two.
Here are the full details for the tour:
March 29th - Circolo ARCI Sud, Torino March 30th - La Casa Di Paglia, Fontaneto d'Agogna - FB Event March 31st - Binario69, Bologna - FB Event April 1st - Caffè Internazionale, Palermo - FB Event
Go and show them some love if you happen to be around.
heka is giving no truce to 2018. Adding to her live gig happening on March 7th, she's also doing a little appearance on the Get In Her Ears radio show, presented by the lovely Tash & Mari, who have been nothing but supportive of her music (listen here their late 2017 episode where they introduce heka's music around the 1h 23m mark).
The show promotes A LOT of new music with female presence so we're really excited to have one of our artists showcase her talent in such a meaningful environment.
Catch it next week Thursday 1st of March 8-10pm at Hoxton Radio.
Heka likes to keep things intimate. So for her first live performance in 2018 we asked the folks at the always welcoming Rye Wax in Peckham if they'd let us do something different.
Bringing the songs compiled on her Singles Collection - which we released last December - into a live setting for the first time means this is a rare opportunity to witness raw artistic process and experimentation, watching each track blossom into a new version of itself.
Supporting her will be John Haycock, a very talented multi instrumentalist who delivers meticulously crafted songs through means of live looping and his home-made kora (21 string African harp).
RE.ZX will do a DJ set to warm things up with an hour of music carefully curated for the event.
Join us for this special moment and fall in love with two mesmerising artists. It's free entry.
The year that just ended marked seven years of Juicy. When started, the plan was just to follow a passion and put out little artefacts, pieces of time really, that I believed in, while collaborating with old friends and making new ones along the way.
Even though I've striven to be professional and serious from day one, I've been shit at some areas of running a label. One of them was financial control and overall accounting.
Juicy has been a "money pit" since its inception, a financial black hole acknowledged from early on. That was until 2017.
The goals of achieving balance in our cash flow and finishing the year "on green" - without monetary loss - were established last January and I'm happy to announce we have delivered. It's a tiny achievement but it feels like a huge step forward. A step out of darkness and not knowing if we could ever afford to work on another project.
This is not a self-indulged pat on the back, it's a thank you note.
THANK YOU to everyone who has been part of the journey so far: every artist we have worked and are currently working with, zine collaborator, release partner, distributor, every single friend and absolute stranger who by any shape or form has supported what we do. Means the world.
Let's try to do better this year. On to the new challenges of 2018.
It's about time we announce this one. Following a series of songs published in all major digital and streaming platforms, it's with a warm feeling in our hearts that we release our last physical record of 2017: the Singles Collection by the wonderful Heka.
As the last instalment of the release, the single When the Feeling's Over / Rewind, Not is Heka's final dive into lo-fi folk and experimental shenanigans. Check out the video above and keep watching for some hula-hoop action.
The Singles Collection consists of four A6 postcards in a string & washer envelope, each postcard showcases the cover artwork for each single and customised lyrics on the back side. The envelope itself has been hand-stamped with Heka's logo - all designed by the artist herself. Four singles, four postcards, eight songs, all for £5+VAT. Download code included for the full release. The press is limited to 100.