quarta-feira, 11 de junho de 2008
SPEEDSTATE RECORDS INTERVIEW 2008
SPEEDSTATE RECORDS FROM JAPAN HAVE SOME OF THE BEST RELEASES IN CD OF WORLD IN MY OPINION,SINCE I´M NOT A BIG FAN OF THIS FORMAT...BUT THEY WORKS REALLY GREAT WITH TONS OF INFORMATIONS ABOUT EACH BAND IN EACH RELEASE,WITH AMAZING DISCOGRAPHIES AND IN DIGIPACK FORMATS THAT MADE THE CD GET REALLY INTERESTING AND COOL...
THIS INTERVIEW I MADE WITH SHOKO A REALLY GREAT FRIEND OF MINE AND THIS INTERVIEW WILL BE ON THE NEXT NUMBER OF MY ZINE TOO SOON...YOU CAN CHECK HERE SOME WORDS OF SHOKO ABOUT THIS AMAZING JAPANESE LABEL!! HOPE YOU ALL ENJOY THIS! CO´Z SPEEDSTATE FUCKING RULES!!!!
VP=WHEN DID YOU COME WITH THE IDEA TO START THE SPEEDSTATE RECORDS??
AND HOW MANY YEARS YOU ARE WORKING ON THIS???
SHOKO=Speedstate started on 2003 so now it's been 6 years in business. I've
also been running a vinyl record shop since 1994 and the customers
always wanted the rare punk/hardcore vniyls that made me think almost
impossible to find them. I thought it would be nice if we could
officially reissue one of those rarities because I don't like bootlegs
and thought the bands must deserve what they should take. And as a
result this idea made everybody happy, at least I think it does - the
bands, listners, and the label.
VP=YOUR CD´S ARE THE BETTER OF WORLD TO ME...I NEVER ENJOY THE CD
FORMAT...BUT YOU SHOWS TO ME A NEW FORM TO DO A GOOD CD WITH TONS OF
INFORMATIONS AND IN MOST TIMES IN DIGIPACK FORMAT THAT IS
AMAZING....HOW YOU HAVE THIS GREAT IDEA TO DO CD´S SO
AMAZING,BEAUTIFULL AND FULL OF RESPECT TOO FOR EACH BAND???
S=Thank you for enjoying our CD. I am happy to hear it. Our main cocept
was 'to supply the rare resoures as reasonable price as possible, with
full of information, in a quality format'. It was sad to see how vinyl
prices are rising on ebay etc... and these days people doesn't have a
record player so we thought it is a great idea to do a CD, because it
can contain as many tracks you want and everybody can listen to it. On
the other hand I don't like it regarded as 'just another data CD in a
plastic case' so I chose digipak. That is to show the respect to the
bands, yes. With digipak format you can love more the product... isn't
it? ;) Also we thought it's a must to put the lyrics and band history,
and as many pictures as we can put in. I really think it is important to
show people the cultural background of the band becuase sometimes we
don't even aware what exactly the band was singing about... I am a
curious person and always want to know the cultural differences of the
countries, and also want to let people know about it. It is just a
hardcore punk, but it also is an important footprint of the history.
VP-WHAT´S THE BANDS YOU HAVE WORKED?? AND HOW MANY CD´S YOU RELEASED??
S=Armagedom (Brazil), Lobotomia (Brazil), Concrete Sox (UK), Lixomania
(Brazil), Atoxxxico (Mex), Heresy (UK), Rapt (France), RDP (Brazil),
MOB47 (Sweden), MELI (Mex), Psycho Sin (US), Besthoven (Brazil) ,
Total Banxat (Indonesia), DKV (Spain), Geriatric Unit (UK). For
Speedstate titles we have 15 until now, for Speedstate Solid (a label
for new titles) we have 3.
VP=HOW MANY COPIES YOU PRESSED EACH CD??? I KNOW THAT IN JAPAN YOU
HAVE A GREAT AND BIC SCENE THEN I THINK THAT THE BIGGEST PORTION OF
YOUR CD´S ARE ALL SALED THERE IN JAPAN...I´M RIGHT??? OR YOU KEEP A
QUANTITY TO SEND JUST FOR OVERSEAS??
S=Usually we press 1000 copies, or sometimes just 800. Of course we would
like to press more but we don't have money. It is too expensive to send
CDs to overseas so we are not sending good quantities to foreign
countries until now. I estimate the percentage of the CDs sold is about
95% in Japan, 5% outside Japan. The price of our CD is very cheap
compared to most of the labels in here so we are always out of money. It
isn't a good business at all but I love it and can't stop doing this.
VP=I SAW THAT SPEEDSTATE HAVE WORKED WITH MORE CLASSIC AND OLD
BANDS...THEN YOU HAVE NOW THE SPEEDSTATE SOLID TOO...WHAT´S THIS??? IS
THIS AN EXTENSION OF SPEED STATE??? LIKE A SUBDIVISION OF SPEEDSTATE??? LIKE TO WORK WITH MORE NEW/CURRENT BANDS MAYBE???
S='Speedstate' is for the classic punk/hardcore and 'Speedstate Solid' is
to put out the new bands, basically. But for Besthoven, it is an
exception. Besthoven is a current active band, but I thought it should
be released from Speedstate, along with the 80s classic bands we did
such as MOB47, RDP, RAPT etc... I love Besthoven for its raw crusty
style and thought I must show respect by having the title in Speedstate
VP=WHAT´S THE NEWS FROM SPEEDSTATE NOW??? AND NEXT RELEASES???
S=The long awaited next release from Speedstate will be Besthoven's
discography part 2, titled "A Bombraid into your mind..." and SS20 from
Mexico. I am really sorry but the project is delaying and I can't tell
the approximate date of release, but I promise to release them as soon
as possible. Please check info at speedstaterecords.com.
VP=AND FOR SPEEDSTATE SOLID TOO WHAT WILL BE THE NEXT RELEASES??
S=Speedstate Solid will release 2 Brazilian bands called Diskontrol and
Renegades of Punk. Diskontrol is a gread d-beat crust and Renegades is a
cool girl punk. You can check the information of both bands at myspace.com.
VP=HOW PEOPLES FROM OVERSEAS CAN BUY YOUR STUFFS???
S=You can email me at email@example.com or please use the
shopping cart at speedstaterecords.com. The postage is the same wherever
VP=WELL,IT´S JUST IT...YOUR LAST WORDS AND SOME THING YOU WANT TO TALK MORE ABOUT OF COURSE OK??? CHEERS!!
S=I really want to show respect to people who are at punk/hardcore scene
all over the world. Each and every countries/cities has great cultural
backgrounds and we can share the thoughts by underground network. I live
in Japan and Besthoven lives in Brazil but we can exchange ideas at the
same time, isn't that wonderful? I am an old girl who have been in scene
for about 20 years so the technology we have now is like a dream to me.
I used to struggle with letters and faxes but now we have internet and
everything has changed. I love letters but I can't say no to e-mails
becuase it is basically no charge... So please feel free to e-mail me :)
Thank you very much for Fofao for great support, great d-beat tracks. I
thank all the bands that have released titles from my label... also many
thanks for people who bought the CDs, you are giving me great feedbacks
so that I can live. You can give me any comments to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you all. Hugs, Shoko