Photo by Katie Summer / Feelfull Photography
We are excited to announce that Portland record labels Amigo/Amiga and Self Group Collective are joining forces! In these present times of great uncertainty in the music industry and into the future, we believe that working collectively allows us to broaden our work within our community while continuing to create the records and art that we love, as well as—in some version of the future—the shows and tours we play.
Amigo/Amiga began in 2009 in an old rental house off SE 37th Ave as a way to release the music we were recording in our basement. The first year, we released a/b singles, which culminated with our first full-length releases: Drew Grow & the Pastors’ Wives self-titled album and Kelli Schaefer’s Ghost of the Beast. A lot has happened in the decade since, including records from Modern Kin and Bombay Beach, follow up releases from Grow and Schaefer, countless tours, videos and a crazy livestream of 7 shows in 24 hours from Modern Kin in 2013 titled Hello, World. The independent, self-sustaining, collective-minded principles of Amigo/Amiga have made for a productive and exciting decade, and we are eager to move forward with Self Group Collective to release the next batch of new work.
Self Group Collective officially launched in early 2010 with a similar style of DIY collectivism and rapidly evolved into a broader coalition where the means of production, control and ownership of rights, royalties, and all else governing each individual artists’ career is decidedly theirs alone, while each operating as a member of the shared collective. The principles of anarcho-syndicalist creative collectivism also represent the group’s commitment to community benefit work most notably through Rx Fest (all profits from the festival are donated to local non-profits while providing another outlet and opportunity for community engagement), as well as the donation of a percentage of all sales from the Mart (web store). Self Group Collective boasts releases from Yardsss, Morher, Institute For Creative Dying and more.
From Self, to Self Group, Amigxs, Amigas, Amigos, now Self Group Collective, our work has consistently embodied the notion that there is “no lone straw holding the cup;” that an accomplishment for one is an accomplishment for all; “a rising tide lifts all boats;” and whatever idiom best represents the lived experience that we all do better when we work together. We look forward to continuing to expand that work moving into the future.
Keep an eye out for previously unreleased material, updates, new releases, and someday, tours.
Team SG Blahg
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