About & History
Founded in February of 2010, Self Group is an anarcho-syndicalist creative collective. The means of production, control and ownership of rights, royalties and all else governing each individuals artists' career is theirs alone. We come together to form a structure and outlet to present those creations and achieve a communal method through solidarity to carve a more unified means of navigating an industry and world still under the shadow of capitalism where the means of production remains in the hands of the few acting as dictatorial authoritarian governors making overarching decisions as to the welfare of the many.
A main tenet and method of our activism is in our example. We collectively work to build the world we wish to see, live the lives we wish to live and work to better not only ourselves but one another as a whole, no lone straw holding the cup. Solidarity. We are principled DIY creators, performing the bulk of each task in our individual processes ourselves. Decisions that affect the whole are decided upon as a whole through direct democratic methodologies; every person votes on a majority rule basis though at times if it's a bigger decision it must be unanimous.
These are the founding principles that govern not only the collective but also Rx Fest, the Collectivist zine and our lives as a whole as well as each show we perform locally or on tour. We also work to give back to and support our local Portland, OR community by donating a percentage of all proceeds from the Mart as well as merch sales at shows to local nonprofit organizations.
Workers rights and control of the means of production, solidarity, be ungovernable.
For a more in-depth description of what anarcho-syndicalism and collectivism looks like in the mart of capitalist commerce we suggest reading the about page from our friends and comrades at AK Press.
We don't "sign" artists. Self Group is an anarcho-syndicalist creative collective formed of close friends. We only release records by or related to the specific individuals and projects involved with Team SG in addition to other close friends via the Live Series and are exclusive and specific to our music community in Portland, Oregon USA; think Dischord. However, that being said, we are always interested in hearing new music, we listen to it all day every day so feel free to email a link where we can stream audio online. Again, we only work to promote our local music scene, even through the Live Series, that's what we know and where we live. However, if you are interested in starting your own local collective get in touch, we would be happy to help you with the process of establishing it, community support and solidarity!
SG friends & supporters who help make this all happen
All-Ages Movement Project
Arctic Rodeo Recordings (EU)
Dead Letter Records
Earn It Yourself
Eli Savage (Self Group, Sndtrkr, Southerly, videographer)
Engineer Records (UK)
Flix Records & Booking
Haywire Recording Studio
Heidi Elise Wirz (Artist, Southerly "Storyteller and the Gossip Columnist")
High/Low Booking (EU/UK)
K Summer Photography
Kill Rock Stars
Manus Booking (EU/UK)
McNamer & Company
Michelle Ramin (Artist, Yardsss "Foma")
People In A Position To Know Recordings
Riot Act Media
Sarah Saturday & Gardening, Not Architecture
...and many, many more!
Other Local Portland Record Labels, SUPPORT!
Tender Loving Empire
Fluff & Gravy
Hot Bone Records
Cassingle And Loving It
Badman Recording Co
Kill Rock Stars
High Scores & Records
States Rights Records
Magic Marker Records
Portland Record Stores
Clinton Street Record & Stereo
Turn Turn Turn
2nd Avenue Records
Black Water Records
Green Noise Records
Poster circa 2018 • Year 8 BDAY Bash
Listen to collective founder and organizer Krist Krueger on The Future of What podcast talking about DIY
Distributed by Burnside Distribution
PO Box 14721
Portland, OR USA