Un-convention Blog

Justin Beck – Sanctioned Records and Media
September 23, 2008, 8:47 pm
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Justin asked me to post this…

I think you are doing an important event. My name is Justin Beck and I’m very happy you included me in your invitations list. I am the owner of Sanctioned Records and Media. We are a “micro” label, almost only mp3’s and are based in the Northern California Bay Area. I was a signed artist on Silent Records during the “ambient techno” craze of the early-mid 90’s. We deal in “electronica”, bhangra and other beat-centered or art-centered underground styles.
Here are the issues facing our label and our musicians/artists:

1. Getting reviews and increasing our iTunes sales are a challenge. Currently iTunes is the best outlet for us as we can have a product available around the world in days. Royalties come back to us regularly. Our label could be considered a success but it is success on a very small scale.

2. Gaining acceptance and enthusiam for “micro” labels or “net” labels..or whatever..labels that pretty much live on mp3 sales alone. We think this is a “greener” option for product release.

I hope I get to hear about the discussions taking place. I also will give Manchester credit for accepting American Acid House so quickly when I don’t think at this point most Americans even know what that is.

Justin Beck
Sanctioned Records and Media

Stephen Bass – Moshi Moshi added to Label Panel
September 11, 2008, 4:26 pm
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Stephen Bass is from the fantastic London indie Moshi Moshi that has released music by bands such as The Rakes, Bloc Party, Hot Chip, Hot Club De Paris, Kate Nash, Junkboy, Architecture in Helsinki, Tilly and the Wall, Slow Club, Yeti, and its newest release is from a group called Au Revoir Simone. Mates Of State is the Moshi Moshi’s 50th release. Stephen will speak on the label panel at Un-convention.