The Sydney DIY/punk/grind/whatever community needs to support each other to really support itself. Without passionate and enthusiastic individuals it can often fall onto the weyside, and turn into one of those punk luls in the music scene which we all dread, cross our fingers and hope it will never happen while we are around. We all like to see everyone coming together to provide the tools necessary to overcome our lack of people power and $$ that popular music does not seem to suffer from. Carrier silk-screen studio is one of those unknown gems that is helping to keep this idea alive. I caught up with Carizza to rant about these such issues.
"I'm well aware that independent music labels would survive without the studio but I feel we do help each other out. Screen-printing flyers, shirts, patches, posters, artwork, records, cds, whatever.... keeps the studio buzzing and provides merch that bands, labels and independent record stores can sell to generate some funds to continue directing folk away from the mass produced nothings that line shopfronts" - Carizza
Merchandise is now playing a more and more significant role in independent music, generating any sort of profit from playing shows, with people more and more reluctant to pay for recordings of music with everything at their fingertips. It is also another medium to which portray the music and vibe portrayed by a live band.
"Screen-printing enriches the visual representation of our society so people can see who the independent music scene was in Sydney in the 2010's." - Carizza
The small majority of us who enjoy collecting pieces of the Sydney music scene, as Carrier enjoy being there to not only enjoy your music, but enjoy making the art behind the music. The resurgence of vinyl is also a vital piece of this idea of music being more than just a commodity, it is the art, the fleeting limited and not being able to carbon copy and spit it out from another oversized production line.
"There's something special about limited run memorabilia for bands and most of the time the ppl using the studio are friends- or friends of friends- so there is a strong community atmosphere and the studio is open for everyone to join and DIY screen there own art if they so choose- making it more special." - Carizza
I guess what I'm trying to say here is support the dudes that support you (I would say "scene" but we all know grindcore/hardcore/punk in Sydney just isn't big enough to have one of those). They love DIY and so should you.
Michael Crafter (the man, the legend) has released new video for all you Ausgrind folks. A video clip for the hit single off their new 7" out April 17 through Tenzenmen. I don't want to dwell on it too much as I am sure you will hear more about this 7" very soon as Lachlan and I spent quite a bit of time completing this sexy little beauty. I hope the video clip inspires you to also... achieve greatness.
Michael Crafter - Bong Water