Being a wholly independent record label is tough. Don’t get me wrong though, the pleasures of releasing and producing successful music far outweighs the sweat and tears, and we really wouldn’t be doing it otherwise. But being a niche label in the big world of electronic EDM and mainstream indie heavyweights makes it that extra bit difficult. We pour our hearts and lives into making music we dig, from dark instrumental soul music to quirky Bollywood surf soul and beyond; and it all comes down to the people who support it. You keep new music on our catalogue, you help our bands tour and you push us towards creating new music.
As you know, Record Store Day has pushed people to go out and support their local record store. That then supports many of the local artists and labels that are connected to them. Record Store Day attracted such large numbers in 2015 that sales increased by 628% in independent record stores. Major support like this keeps record stores alive in this age where downloading your favourite band via torrent is just too easy.
We’re excited to be part of the first ever Independent Label Week. Think of it as the Record Store Day for labels such as ourselves. The inaugural event will present special events, releases and sales associated with independent record labels around the world. Check out the associated labels, listen to their music and maybe you’ll find your next favourite thing. Our offering is a super special edition 7-inch by The PutBacks. Only 150 copies available from 9am on November 10th. Set your reminders.
Emma Donovan & The PutBacks have brought together some very special guests to release a new 7” single featuring two classic Aboriginal Australian songs. Emma is joined by Tim Rogers of You Am I and rapper Joelistics on a version of Warumpi Band’s 1985 anthem Blackfella Whitefella and by Archie Roach on a deep soul rendition of his late partner Ruby Hunter’s heartbreaking hit, Down City Streets.
All vinyl includes MP3 download code. If you’re outside Australia, the Buy Vinyl button will find a store close to where you live – automagically!
This release supports the massive grassroots movement led by SOS Blak Australia, an organization dedicated to supporting Aboriginal communities in remote Western Australia currently under threat of closure.
The annual AWME showcase is rolling through again, and we’re proud to say that 3 of our artists are featuring! AWME (Australasian World Music Expo) is an industry and public showcase festival that features the best world, soul, blues and contemporary artists around Melbourne in November.
Previous HopeStreet AWME artists include The Cactus Channel, The PutBacks & The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra. Emma Donovan & The PutBacks, Quarter Street and The Meltdown will be playing shows in the Melbourne CBD between Thursday 12th November and Friday 13th November (sp00ky!).
Watch Emma Donovan join Mojo Juju alongside Quarter Street and The Seven Ups at Max Watts on November 12th. TIX HERE
Watch The Meltdown,Deep Street Soul and The Deans play Ding Dong Lounge on November 13th. TIX HERE
Amrap – the Australian Music Radio Airplay Project distributes new Australian music to community radio stations nationwide.Amrap’s AirItis community radio’s Australian music distribution service. Artists are able to upload their music to AirIt and from there community radio stations can listen to it, order music and play it on their station or radio show.
Amrap’s services have been hugely effective in promoting the music of HopeStreet’s indigenous soul queen – they allow her to build and extend her audience and generate many touring opportunities, particularly in regional areas throughout Australia.
Emma is a perfect example of the opportunities that can come from using Amrap’s services.
In the last financial year (2014-15) Emma Donovan and the Putbacks was the most ordered artist for airplay by community radio from Amrap’s AirIt music distribution service.
Well done Emma and thank you Amrap!
If you’re loving Emma, we have a very special and important record coming out on October 23rd featuring a collaboration between Australian artists Emma Donovan, Archie Roach, Tim Rogers and Joelistics. All funds raised from the 7” single are going to SOS BLAK AUSTRALIA to help fight the closure of Aboriginal communities in Western Australia.