2016 is almost over – considering the many not-so-nice things that happened this year, we can imagine that many of you can’t wait to call it a year and move on. Even more important to end the year with some great news, then!
For Oaken Palace Records, 2016 has been the best year since we released our first LP in 2013. We put out just two new releases this year – our second and now almost sold-out tape, the Spliff Tape by our Belgian Psych-buddies Hellvete and Bear Bones, Lay Low, and Kakapo, the first solo-LP by Noise mastermind Merzbow – and both have been received very well by both fans and critics. In the meantime, people still showed interest in our earlier releases, many of which are now close to being sold out.
In numbers, this means that in 2016 we donated a total of £3,717.51, which equals €4,339.64 or $4,573.13 at the current (ridiculously low) conversion rate! This is almost £1,000 more than we donated in 2015!
This brings our total donation count to just under £9,000 – £8,991.04, to be exact – and means that next year we will surely crack the magical £10,000 mark – something I (and probably nobody else, for that matter) would have expected when I started this project. Just think of all the beautiful animals – polar bears, the ground squirrel, dolphins, orcas, orang-utans, insects, the Aye-aye, the Flores hawk-eagle, the Radiated tortoise, and of course kakapos – that benefitted from YOU enjoying great Drone and Psychedelic music in its various shades, and all the artists who selflessly contributed their music to this project!
Oaken Palace Records has always been a DIY label, and it will continue to be one in the future. So a big THANK YOU goes out to all the people who helped out with creating artwork, designing our new logo, translating stuff into Japanese, etc. – and of course to Owen, my new label-partner. Without his support, I would have had to quit all label activities at the beginning of this year. Instead, Oaken Palace Records is now doing better than ever!
We have big plans for 2017! So, as always, stay tuned and spread the word. For now, we wish you a good start into the new year, and everything you wish for yourself!
All the best,
Sven & Owen