Still under a huge impression of Tallinn’s crust / d-beat / metallic hardcore act OGNEMÖT we featured in April, we are continuing our dig into DIY hardcore scene of Estonia and Russia, this time, with a special presentation of 3 independent distros, BLACK TERROR, owned by OGNEMÖT’s Aleksandr Boldin, Perdun Records from Tallinn and Headnoise Disrtro from Petrozavodsk. We asked all three entities to tell us a bit about their work, their motivation and the “business” side of running their projects.
BLACK TERROR DISTRO SHOP
The project started in 2018 with a little collaboration of Estonian and Russian bands.
When I taked any tapes and vinyls from Ognemöt and Sociasylum bands to sales this in Moscow, when I lived there. I thought it would be nice to create some kind of resource so that everything would be nice designed and selling there. I came up with a title, concept and created a website and that appeared BLACK TERROR DISTRO SHOP. But why this is Estonian store? Because last year I had relocated in Estonia for living here.
𝐼 𝑎𝑚 𝑎 𝑏𝑖𝑔 𝑓𝑎𝑛 𝑜𝑓 𝑝𝑢𝑛𝑘, ℎ𝑎𝑟𝑑𝑐𝑜𝑟𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑚𝑒𝑡𝑎𝑙 𝑢𝑛𝑑𝑒𝑟𝑔𝑟𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑑 𝑚𝑢𝑠𝑖𝑐 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑠𝑐𝑒𝑛𝑒.
My store’s goal is to help the good bands that I think should be heard. It also motivates me to spread ideas of DIY-culture through music. I could not even think of such a thing, but for a couple of years of existence now I have collaborating with cult bands, such as: Discharge, Martyrdöd, Anti-System etc. This motivates me to develop, constantly improve the store and make it as convenient and simple as possible for people.
𝐼𝑛 𝑝𝑟𝑖𝑛𝑐𝑖𝑝𝑙𝑒, 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑒 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑛𝑜 𝑠𝑒𝑐𝑟𝑒𝑡𝑠, 𝐼 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑘 𝑎 𝑙𝑜𝑡.
The whole seal merch and distro rests on “my shoulders”, I work with a small DIY manufacturers who can help me with this. But in my store you can found only official, exclusive and limited merch and distro!
Headnoise was created to collect punk music from around the world. Comments Aleksei Headnoise:
I live in a small town and it was hard to find something new at those times. I go from 2006, then I put my little distro in a fest in Finland for the first time. Before that I had some little exchanges but only for personal use. After 2 years my friends from Komatoz band asked me to take part in the releasing of their split CD with Demarche and since then I started doing releases too… I started a printed zine “Noize Music”, did one issue, but due to lack of free time I dropped this idea. + I also take part in organizing concerts or mini-tours for friends and bands from the label.
𝐼 𝑎𝑚 𝑠𝑡𝑖𝑙𝑙 𝑚𝑜𝑡𝑖𝑣𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑏𝑦 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑙𝑜𝑣𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝑝𝑢𝑛𝑘 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑑𝑒𝑠𝑖𝑟𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝑑𝑖𝑠𝑐𝑜𝑣𝑒𝑟 𝑛𝑒𝑤 𝑏𝑎𝑛𝑑𝑠.
Now, of course, everything has become much easier with the searching, but it’s not enough for me just to listen to them on the Internet. I want to hold their release in my hands, to explore it in the smallest details, because I understand that somewhere a person or a group of people worked on it and maybe they tried hard and I want more people form different places to get to know about them.
𝐻𝑒𝑎𝑑𝑛𝑜𝑖𝑠𝑒 𝑖𝑠 𝑠𝑡𝑖𝑙𝑙 𝑎 𝑠𝑚𝑎𝑙𝑙 𝐷𝐼𝑌 𝑙𝑎𝑏𝑒𝑙 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑑𝑖𝑠𝑡𝑟𝑖𝑏𝑢𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛, 𝑤ℎ𝑖𝑐ℎ 𝑖𝑠 ℎ𝑜𝑙𝑑 𝑏𝑦 𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑚𝑎𝑛 𝑖𝑛 ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑠𝑝𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑡𝑖𝑚𝑒 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑚𝑎𝑖𝑛 𝑑𝑎𝑦 𝑗𝑜𝑏 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑜𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑎𝑐𝑡𝑖𝑣𝑖𝑡𝑖𝑒𝑠.
Therefore, if you’ve sent a letter or message and haven’t got a response within a few days, do not hesitate to remind about yourself one more time.
And yet, last time I receive more and more letters with an invitation to take part in some release, but unfortunately Headnoise is not able to fit everyone in it … but you should know that I’m always searching and if your band has hooked me, you will definitely receive a letter with a proposal to make a release or to take your stuff to distro! The main thing is that the desires were meeting the possibilities at this time … Because we live behind closed borders, this also adds some difficulties …
The best thing about this is that over the years a whole community has formed – the community of friends, bands, people who help the label and distro to live, grow and develop! And we are still moving forward!
Comments Artjom Balakshin from Ognemöt and Beyond The Structure:
I started PERDUN RECORS as a small underground cassette label to release my band’s records.
I have a friend in St. Petersburg who runs a small cassette factory called GO TAPE. He helped me with a first release, it was Ognemot’s “NORTH” EP in an awesome slipcase with a cool acid yellow cassette inside. I made it in 2017 specially for our Russian mini tour called “Christmas v Gavne tour”.
I have always been a big fan of rare releases. So im always trying to keep it “LIMITED EDITION” for like 20-30 copies max. I try to make some cool design like: colored cassettes in cool slipcases and so on. Since than I did around 9 Releases for Ognemot and my second band Beyond the structure.
I keep it going in DIY mode just for my self and people who are really into it.
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