Monday, January 9, 2012

DISTRO DAY OUT (28+29 January 2012)


"A Carnival of S.E.Asian DIY hc-punk-underground distros!'
28+29 Jan 2012 (Sat + Sun)
The Substation Gallery, 45 Armenian Street
12 noon till 10pm both days!

Admission :

CONFIRMED PARTICIPANTS (correct as of 17 Jan 2012)
Distros (both days!)
1. Prohibited Projects
2. Slapbet Records
3. Haxanhaus Records
4. Straits Records
5. Azadghei Records 
6. War Free Zone
7. Fathomless Depths
8. Alternaive Distro (ex Anak Muda, Bandung!)
9. Pustaka Semesta Infoshop (Rumah Api, KL!)  
10. Thrash Steady Syndicate
11. Because Of The Night zine

Also featuring....
(Saturday only)
DJ Urine (France, disorderly disco!) 
Kawabata Makoto (Japan, one man noise fest!)
Circuit Trip (Singapore, destructo power elecs!)
(Sunday only!)
DJ Bastard (playing non stop SE Asia punk hc metal grind...!)

some notes for those who would like to join
- this is total DIY, if you're a fake 'independent' type distribution with major label deals or operate and treat your 'consumers' and 'bands' like a major label, think twice about being part of this. this does not necessarily mean you are not welcome, but it also doesnt mean you are. Go figure, if you are the real deal you will understand what i mean
- you dont even need to be 'established' to take part. even if you are a regular kid with too many excess tapes and zines that you wanna get rid off, please feel free. of course lets be fair and give the 'bigger and older' folks with hundreds of items on their back catalogue a bigger area in the gallery as opposed to your 10 tapes, 5 CDs and 3 zines.
- no Nazi, Nationalist/Fascist rubbish, no rockstar type bands and labels. if i 'accept' you by mistake, get ready to be dissed by others in the gallery
- the gallery is pretty huge (113 square meters) so distros do come early to 'chope'  (reserve) the best spot.
- you can sell as many items as you want, but please also be open to trading. 
- all distros are responsible for their own area. Prohibited Projects holds no responsibility or liability for lost items.
- Registration is good. Those who register by 27th December 2011 will have their distro / label name on the finalized flyer, out during the new year. Registration guarantees you a space allocation. Last minute walk ins are also OK but get ready to be disappointed if the response to this is too good and you have no space left in the gallery. Remember there will be a space allocated for the noisicians that are that cuts out some square meters off the 'distro area'.
- spruce up this gathering by bringing posters/banners and stuff.
- live fast, die punk!

Latest info : There will also be a gig on the 29th of January at The Substation Theater to complement Distro Day Out! It will be organized by The Substation crew and it will surely be a blast! Details soon....! 

Below is a special write up on Distro Day Out on the Substation website
“Distro”, short for ‘distribution’, has been an integral part of the underground music community-network since the 90s. Run on principles and mechanisms similar to the slightly more reknowned concept of the ‘bedroom label’, the distro has provided those involved in underground punk/hardcore/metal with an avenue to discover and explore music and literature that would otherwise be almost impossible to find.

Also acting as an alternative to corporate music chain-stores, the distro, while relatively obscure to those not in the loop, are far more accessible as both an enterprise and as a contact base within the DIY spectrum.

Distros worldwide, defunct and current, number in the thousands, and all offer a myriad of options. Some have remained relatively small and bedroom-run, while others retain the warmth of a bedroom label but with proper management and marketing, while a few have (arguably) sold out and become ‘indie-majors’ operating full time with salaried employees. However most, if not all, are rooted in the same belief: to provide an alternative to music and art consumerism.

The distro, in the age of the internet and with the impending demise of alternative music counterculture as we know it, is under significant threat. Distro Day Out is thus a representation of various ideals; to remind us all that the pillars of an alternative and underground music scene was built on independent physical non-virtual representations (ie: paper zines, CDs, vinyl records, cassette tapes, etc), to remind us that anyone and everyone can be an alternative to the major label / mainstream filth that is forced down our throats everyday, to remind us of our right to ownership of what could be deemed ours. Most significantly, it is open to everyone for free, and everyone within the scene has every right to be part of it in any way, from setting up a little distro booth to just being part of a rare unprecedented carnival atmosphere in The Substation Gallery.

With a focus on South East Asian underground music ranging from hardcore, punk, indie, metal, reggae-ska to electronica, Distro Day Out will feature both casually run and established distros within the region, and everyone will converge and set up shop, giving the kids that reminder again. Yes, once again, ANYONE can walk in and set up shop.

Set up exhibition-gallery style in a flea market carnival concept, Distro Day Out is where one should go to see that the underground is beyond just gigs, it is where one should go to check out rare music and merchandise. Distro Day Out will also feature guest electronic musicians DJ Urine (distorted disco from France), Kawabata Mokoto (ex Acid Mother’s Temple, one man noise assault from Japan), and local electronica destructo-harsh maniacs Circuit Trip; all of whom are playing the opening on 28 January 2012.

‘House’ music will be provided by DJ Bastard and friends, ‘spinning’ South East Asian hardcore, punk, metal and indie non stop on those two days.

This event will also be complemented by a music gig in The Substation Theatre, featuring a host of local bands on Sunday 29 January 2012. More details will be available closer to the date.

Organised and put together by Prohibited Projects with the support of The Substation, ‘terms and conditions’ as well as updates can be found at

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