Reflecting on 2012 – 08/01/13

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As we begin 2013 I just wanted to take a moment to reflect on 2012, I can’t quite believe just how well received the label has been and how so many people have taken us to their hearts and turntables. I have worked in record shops since I was 14 and the thrill of walking into a shop and seeing a section dedicated to my own label is absolutely thrilling and mind-blowing.

Anyone that knows me is aware of my love of physical product and vinyl in particular (For the last 5 years I have co-ordinated Record Store Day in the UK) the thrill of listening to something on vinyl is something that no other format can come close to. The ritual of giving yourself over to a record and spending time with it is something that never gets old for me. I find that when I listen to music on my ipod I tend to flick through it to find something and then when I find it I start flicking again, whereas when I listen to Vinyl I let myself get lost in it and become immersed in the beauty and warmth of the sound only ever coming out of this trance to get up and turn it over.

Death Waltz IS a record label first and foremost, these items are meant to salivated over, played to death , poured over until the sleeves are tatty and the vinyl is worn out but mostly they are there to be loved. My three loves are music , film and art and to be able to combine these things into my business is something for me to cherish, creating new art is thrilling , as is talking to composers for sleeve notes but seeing people post pictures and talk about how much they love our releases on Instagram & Twitter is something that can’t be beaten. It’s you guys that have purchased records from us that have made us what we are so far and I am personally grateful that you have trusted us to re-issue these classic records. We have much to do in 2013 a full Hammer re-issue program begins in March with Twins Of Evil & The Devil Rides Out , we have some choice Italian releases lined up including The New York Ripper & The Bronx Warriors and we will also release our first contemporary soundtracks in the shape of Maniac, The Devil’s Business & Room 237 the latter two will also be our forays into cd titles, we have the excellent ACDSleeve making our CDs for us , they’ll feature triple fold out pop up packaging they are quite frankly the sexiest CDs you have ever seen. We’ll be adding download codes to titles where licenses allow too.

We will of course have a selection of releases especially for Record Store Day, which will only be available in Independent record shops taking part in this years celebration.

So anyway, thanks for sticking with us, it’s been a steep learning curve and we’ve had some battles (mainly with Postal services across the globe) but I can honestly say we have learnt so much in 2012 that hopefully means we wont see too many bumps in the road for 2013.


Some of the love the label got in the end of year polls for 2012

Labels of the year

Fact magazine
Reissues of the year Prince Of Darkness
Best record sleeves of the year Halloween II

Reissues of the year
Our entire catalogue

Juno Plus
Reissues of the year

Escape From New York

Labels of the year

reissues of the year

The Wire
Reissues of the year

Halloween III

Records of the year

Escape From New York

Piccadilly records
Reissues of the year

Escape From New York

This interview with Death Waltz in Juno Plus was probably the most comprehinsive in 2012.


6 thoughts on “Reflecting on 2012

  1. Happy to see you get these well deserved accolades. I have a copy of each of the eight titles you released in 2012 and they are all amazing. Excited to see what 2013 has to offer from Death Waltz.

    ps – I got the pair of slip mats and they are awesome.

  2. This is a fantastic label and a very realised project and business plan. Congratulations for the success and all the best for 2013.

  3. Pingback: Death Waltz Records Announce Amazing Record Store Day 2013 Releases

  4. Who’s Actually Buying Vinyl These Days? From what I see and hear it’s really becoming a mishmash of folks. For the last few years it seemed like it was just the diehard audiophiles and DJs. These days, more and more people are rediscovering vinyl because they’re looking for something more tangible with better qual- ity than the low bit rate MP3s. The segment that seems to really be booming right now is the rock market, more specifically metal and indie rock. But all genres seem to be picking up as more and more people do like I did… just realize one day that you’re only holding onto your CDs for the art, liners and better quality for home… then remember that all of that gets better with vinyl. As silly as it sounds, that really was my thought process. I didn’t buy much vinyl in the 90s but now all current music I buy is on vinyl and I’m replacing all my 90s & early 2000s CDs with vinyl.

  5. Thrift stores, garage sales and your parent’s basement all usually have at least a couple old vinyl records lying around. The way music is stored and listened to has changed a lot since the days of vinyl records, leaving many records unused and some even finding their way to the landfills. Recycle old vinyl records into something new and decorative for your home by transforming them into a bowl or decorative wall art.

  6. when the major label distributors restricted their return policies, which retailers had been relying on to maintain and swap out stocks of relatively unpopular titles. First the distributors began charging retailers more for new product if they returned unsold vinyl, and then they stopped providing any credit at all for returns. Retailers, fearing they would be stuck with anything they ordered, only ordered proven, popular titles that they knew would sell, and devoted more shelf space to CDs and cassettes. Record companies also deleted many vinyl titles from production and distribution, further undermining the availability of the format and leading to the closure of pressing plants. This rapid decline in the availability of records accelerated the format’s decline in popularity, and is seen by some as a deliberate ploy to make consumers switch to CDs, which were more profitable for the record companies.

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