We're a record label creating a steady stream of music throughout the year. As part of the Record Club, every new album is automatically pre-ordered in your name, and you're the first to get a copy when it's done. You also get exclusive extras, bonus releases on the side, regular updates on what we're doing, and you're part of our discussions in what to do next.
The Record Club isn't a space for consumers; it's a place for people who want to actively make good music happen. All it takes is for you to put up some cash up-front.
Q. What kind of music is it?
So glad you asked. We’ve got our toes nestled in the sands of many genres.
Minor Artists is sci-fi hip-hop that melts together Outkast and David Bowie into a magma puddle of dexterous synths, palpitating electronic beats and guitar scribbles.
It's apocalyptic junkyard folk, shouted with guttural force and a burning immediacy, which will appeal to Kate Tempest and Tom Waits fans alike.
It's buzzing strings, punchy percussion; fluid and explosive guitar playing with the inventive streak of Andy McKee, the flair of Sufjan Stevens and the gut-punch grooves of Primus.
It's post-rock swamps of sound waves that float like the proverbial butterfly and sting like a barbed bass synth, like a lost collaboration between Flying Lotus and Erykah Badu.
It's a leap into the unknown. But we wager it's more interesting than another AI-curated playlist.
Q. Who are Minor Artists then?
We're musicians, theologians and dedicated neighbours.
We’re men and women making inspiring, entertaining, and confusing music. We're also explorers, unravelling the political, social and spiritual legacy of our home. And we try to live open to the people around us, bringing their story into our songs. Musicians, theologians, neighbours: deliberately small-scale.
Our music is a conversation: everything to cultivate a shared space for artists & audience to get genuinely acquainted with each other - practically, emotionally or spiritually. That's the Record Club: a more involved way of getting whole-hearted, uncompromising, unpredictable music.
Every musical project we embark on is followed up by playing intimate gigs, making films, writing essays in the hope of curating spaces where people can talk and listen deeply.
Q. Ok, but can't I just buy this stuff later?
In some cases, no! Some of this music simply won't get made without people behind it. Sometimes you just need a budget and an audience.
Other times, we will make albums regardless, but if you don't “buy in”, you'll be missing out on the extra EPs, the exclusive videos, and that oh-so-glorious smugness at owning things before people even know about them.
Q. How often will I get charged?
There'll be at least three projects in 2017, but we won't blast you with them all at once. We'll always notify you before any new big project begins, so if you really want to, you can bail out at any time.
Q. What's getting made next?Currently in progress are: an EP (or two) of leftfield hip-hop, set 100s of years in the future. A one-off alt-rock single that sounds like a collision between Weezer and Reuben's tour vans. An orchestral-rock Christmas album that flips the script on about 500 years of twee carol drudgery.
We'll surprise ourselves. Why not join us?