2017! - Shop Newsletter March


25 years ago this autumn/winter the first two 12"s on Praxis appeared: The Scaremonger EP (written by Christoph Fringeli) and Bourbonese Qualk's 'Kneejerk Reaction EP'. This was the beginning of an exciting journey through the countercultures associated with electronic dance music and raves as well as various aspects of experimental noise. Always trying to develop the sounds further, the label never stood still and never tried to cash in on current trends. This has been artistically rewarding, but also financially difficult, particularly in the last decade or so. 

Times have radically changed. In the early 90s it was possible to come out of nowhere as a 'Noface' and sell more or less the same amount of copies of a 12" as more well known acts. What counted was the suitability of the music for the mix, not the the name or career status. This enabled even quite radical outfits to thrive at the fringes of a wider movement. It also enabled a number of radical and experimental labels to somehow survive. In the early 2000s a shift occured, and a frightening number of labels and artists have been forced out of business or, frustrated by the lack of support, simply gave up.

We're still here.  There are manifold activities: A record label, a shop, events, a magazine - even expanding into book publishing: From the outside it may look like a successful operation. But we have no corporate or institutional funding, nor do we have any other kind of rich backer. This means that, in a capitalist world, the projects have to somehow finance themselves or each other. This has always been very difficult. In the past there were some moments and periods where, for example, the label was able to pay for the printing costs of the magazine, or when fundraising parties actually raised funds. But in recent years the situation has gotten tighter, the overall economic situation is rather precarious, and progress is slow.

We have many plans. There are a number of planned record releases on Praxis, starting with Bourbonese Qualk's Autonomia album, followed by the third volume of the Anonymous Series, a 12" rerelease of bothMaschinenbau 7"s (Eurostar and Total Destruction) by Nomex and Scud, a posthumous album by Nomex, new material by Prole Sector and Psychic Defence and lots more. On the printing front we're increasing the frequency of Datacide to twice yearly and we're preparing several book projects. We urgently need funds to realise these and other projects in the forseeable future!

Please support our activities by ordering from this store, by subscribing to datacide, by attending our events, by visiting our shop in Berlin! Thank you.

Praxis Records & Books, Lenbachstrasse 9, 10245 Berlin-Friedrichshain, near Ostkreuz.

email: info@praxis-records.net / phone: +49 (0)30 2977 2260 / Tue-Sat 3-7pm



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