“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 are 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 http://prohibitedprojects.blogspot.com