Some anticipated questions 1) What the hell is this? This is DISTRO DAY OUT 2016, a 5th Year Anniversary. By circumstances and coincidences it will host 4 events all under one roof, THE SUBSTATION at 45 Armenian Street. This will have - DISTRO DAY OUT @ The Substation Gallery (the one with glass doors) where a host of distros will gather and sell / trade merch! 1pm till 11pm, FREE ADMISSION. - DISTRO DAY OUT GALLERY OF NOISE @ The Substation Gallery closes the event with a 2 hour blast of harsh noise / drone / power electronics and the fuck knows what else. Distros will still operate while this goes on. 9pm till 11pm, FREE ADMISSION - THE EXPLOITED concert @ The Substation Theater (the black box type place) where we will have legendary UK punks The EXPLOITED as well as a host of other bands (flyer to be placed here soon soon). 3pm till 10pm TICKETED EVENT. - DISTRO DAY OUT After Party @ The Substation is a concert after a concert! From 10pm till 12midnight. $10 ENTRY, separate event from The Exploited show. 2) Why so many events? Total coincidence with the bands from out of town. DDO also always runs on the last weekend of January. Always. We either do it at more than one location and divide the community, or use common sense and bring everyone together to witness a disastrous spectacle. We prefer the latter, and most punks feel the same way. 3) Why wouldnt both concerts just be one and not confuse everyone? Both concerts had their own little deals and agreements, to put them together would just be admin hell. So to keep it separate but under one roof keeps things sensible and fair. Not everyone will want to go to both shows. 4) Cool, can my band play?Sorry, no. It's less than 3 weeks to the show. 5) Why are some events free and some not? Cost, circumstances and the nature of each event. We all have our own little agreements/arrangements at the same time we want to keep this affordable. 6) Will walk-ins still be permitted in DISTRO DAY OUT? Yes but the usual terms apply. You get your own little floor space. You are responsible for everything. However in recent DDO events people have acted like dicks and took full advantage of this openness. Things like not saying thank you or just being in the way. Some sold quite a lot of shit but made no decency to donate some funds to offset costs of running this. It is not really about the money, but sometimes people do things that show what shitheads they really are. We encourage some humanity around here you know? 7) Why the Gallery? Your recent DDOs were in the theater? Was the concert the reason? To be honest we ALWAYS preferred the Gallery. it is more affordable, it is more sensible as a space, but availability was always an issue. We had our first ever DDO in the Gallery and to have it back for our 5th year anniversary is always fantastic! 8) Why so many details on the flyer? Because smart people will read and understand and maybe ask questions to understand deeper. Stupid ones will read everything and then have no fucking idea, and then ask stupid questions again closer to the date. Might as well just write it down in the simplest possible form and let life run its course. See you!!!
and then starting the year with these... 3th January - AREP GILA Birthday Bash (birthday bash for Singapore's street icon Arep G, gonna be fun!) Venue TBC, private party, email for "invites"! 13-14th February - MAKE LOVE // NOT WAR - Two day gallery exhibition for Ken Terror (Kontrasosial, Domestik Doktrin, Hark! Its A Crawling Tar-Tar) and then a closing party with MY MAN MIKE (Korean fastcore) and THE ELECTED OFFICIALS (punkrock, USA) @ The Substation Theater + Gallery 10th April - PLAYGROUND OF DOOM III with SETE STAR SEPT (Japan), BEELZEBUD, BARIK'LANA @ The Substation Theater Holy shit! See you!
Holy fucking shit we are almost ending the year. It scares the fuck out of us how fast time flies. Anyway check out these shows, all counting down to oblivion...! Living the chaos!
Before you apply, some notes straight from the horses mouth...
We will require a $50 minimum donation for each registered distro (which means your distro name will be on the flyer and you are guaranteed a table).
Walk ins are still welcome but its first come first served.
All distros will need to pay "rent" whether or not you are registered or a walk in. You will be given a small envelope the moment you set up stall and will be requested to put something in there.
We dont want to do this but in recent installments people have been abusing our easy going nature, for instance setting up stall, made huge sales but never even bothered with a word of thanks or offer of help / rent. We know who we're talking about. Dont take this special carnival of the underground for granted because we'll be very glad to fuck with you. :)
As usual no right wing fascist racist or commercial shit.
- What if i register and dont make enough to cover rent? Dont run away, speak to us and we can work something out. This is more about preventing abuse, and promoting personal communication. We are never about implementing money. Fuck money, it blinds us all but its our reality too at the end of it all.
- I only have a handful of items and no organized distro. Can i take part?Yes but it is recommended you walk in, or merge with other walk ins just to make sense of the space. Also actual DISTROS are priority, this is not your usual flea market, although flea market type items better be bad ass or prepare to be given shit hahaha.... - Is this the same show as the one with Exploited and Kromosom?Yes, but this NOT a show. It is a gathering of distros, and yes for the past few installments we have shows and after parties. The show will be at the Substation Theater while DDO 2016 will be in the Substation Gallery where it all started! Two different spaces under one roof! This will be a hell of a day!
THEN AND NOW FEST was awesome! Thank you all who came, the bands who performed and the vibe throughout the 3 days. Second day in particular was a little insane! Best wishes to SEE YOU IN HELL whose guitarist Filip faced a severe liver complication prior to the tour! Get well soon bro! Best wishes also to DJ Ryan Pittam, still stuck in Thailand due to passport visa issues! Thank you to VAPAHTAJA, THE SHABBAB, GENERASI 90, SEE IT THROUGH, TURTLES JR and LECHEROUS GAZE for being great guests!!!!!
No thanks to DEADRUIN for not turning up without a word or apology. Maybe THEN AND NOW Fest or DIY shows in particular may not be so important.
But that's life. It has to go on.
Anyway here's whats going to happen next week! See you there!
18th November 2015 (Wednesday)
Special docu screening, email us for information and invite! - 20th November 2015 (Friday) SKALIWAL STREET MOONSTOMPERS details below!
These are technically PRIVATE PARTIES so we have the right not to let anyone in. For those in the know only!
Sometime ago we sent an
open call for questions to be sent to us at Prohibited Projects, as an
interactive interview for those who wanted to know more about how we roll, but
never had a chance to.
At the rate we’re going
(we put on a ton of shows, but are also the lousiest record label and distro)
some are surprised that we’re not on social media and cant seem to grasp how we
keep a pretty low profile online. Which by the way makes us vague and dodgy,
just the way we like it!
However with constant
involvement in this scene, we have plenty to say and at every half-chance we
would probably say something.
Because dialogue is
We had a pretty shitty
response with only 2 people sending in questions (we had a feeling the rest of
the world didn’t give a fuck, and we were right).
So thus here are the
questions and our answers. Thanks to Murali Dumpster Cops and Esty Radigals for
We'd like to keep this going, so if you read this and you like what you read, send your own questions to prohibitedprojects(a)gmail.com
1) What will be
the future of scene like after all this new law about entertainment?
Nothing will change. Punk is not entertainment. It is reality,
it is art or maybe something close to art. And with art there are always ways
to go around rules and regulations. The scene is at its healthiest with
generations of punks doing stuff and hanging out. The only problem is with a
first world reality like Singapore it will be taken for granted. The soul of
this scene will die if we end up too comfortable and safe.
2) How long will
Prohibited Projects be around? And if it's gone do you see any hope for the
Until the day we want to call it a day. The way you put the
question is strange. The scene doesn’t revolve around Prohibited Projects.
Prohibited Projects exists BECAUSE there is a DIY underground. I hope the
underground lives on forever. It is a crucial part of the social ecosystem.
3) What do you
think about the young gig organisers? Are they ready to face the future
of scene? Or do they still have a long way to go?
I’m not sure what you’re asking but I’ll try to understand it. The fantastic
thing about punk is that there are no formal standards to live up to. Whether
or not a band sucks, whether or not a label is doing a good thing or whether a
gig organizer is worth his/her salt is really for the individual to decide.
There is an agreement to disagree and that is important. The scene must
continue to be independent, whether or not you are contributing to punk, oi,
hardcore, metal, grunge, techno, hip hop etc. There will be a billion arguments
and opinions on this, and for me as long as things stay independent and it
keeps going then the ‘scene’ as we know it is in good hands. Everyone has a
long way to go in anything, what matters most is what they mean in their heart.
4) Why you blond
Because life is a struggle. I don’t know. Fuck you. Haha.
How long have Prohibited Projects been going on?
2003-2004. I cannot remember. Haha.
Prohibited Projects run by one person?
Yes. It is a one man show. Actually could have been a 2 man show but the one
idiot running it was so used to running things alone that “second man’s” role
somewhat dissolved over time. Sorry. But we do maintain that Prohibited
Projects is always addressed as “we” because everything is NOT because of one
person. Countless individuals, groups, bands and collectives help Prohibited
Projects from time to time (from setting up equipment to doing door, to helping
with printing to playing in our shows to being cooperative and nice etc etc),
they deserve more credit than just one person. It is a privilege for us to have
help from so many people every single time we need it. We are forever thankful. 7) What are the challenges that Prohibited Projects
Mainly money, trust, and co-operation. The constant stress of hoping to cover
costs at shows, or if people would turn up in the first place. Sometimes there
are solutions sometimes there are none. Then also constant disappointment of
friends dropping out of the scene, people changing, polar opposite ethical differences
etc, but that always keeps us going somehow. Punk may look simple but it is not
easy. 8) Why Prohibited Projects exist?
Firstly as a DIY record label and distro. Then we realized we sucked at the
distro-label thing. It takes a lot of resolute discipline to constantly put out
and distribute recordings and merchandize, and there are way more better
reliable distros / labels other then PP. But we still kept PP going because it
still was handy as it encapsulated the things we do, like shows, exhibitions,
screenings, parties, events like DISTRO DAY OUT and more. It would be
considered a holistic platform for all things punk. Our projects are
theoretically prohibited anyway haha.
Prohibited Projects still be alive in years to come? Any plans of passing down
We may call it a day when the time feels right or we can go the traditional way
of how punks put an end to things…by fading away to oblivion. Haha.
To pass down a half-assed bedroom label? For what? This isn’t an empire. The
beauty of punk is its ability to create and destroy in very simple terms. No
corporate royalty bullshit, no wealth to pass down. Everyone must know that
anyone can do anything on their own. Ive seen too many collectives and labels get
inherited, sometimes it works sometimes it doesn’t. I would encourage everyone
to start from scratch and end it when you feel like it. DIY for life.
and also do support this show below, happening a day before THEN AND NOW Fest!
Also Prohibited Projects is going to be organizing / supporting shows on these dates 18 November : THE OTHER OPTION Screening + Moisty (one man ska from New Zealand - Japan) 20th November : FRIDAY SKA EVENING with Moisty and more 5th December : Launch show of some local bands, TBC 6th December : SUNDAY SKA MATINEE, more info soon 23 December : WASTED WEEKDAYS #2 with Vaporized (Australia), Nuclear Family (Australia), Lemon Djin (Borneo), Crutches (Sweden), Annihilitia and Solar Titan More info soon!