Culturally speaking, we're at a point in history where we are more globally connected than we have ever been and with the most potential we have ever had to form bonds in parts of the earth we may never physically visit. I'm intrigued with projects like Fuel Injected Records that exist on a premise of our subcultural past, in a sense (vinyl and DIY distros) but whose existence also requires our new global community to thrive. -Emily
Fuel Injected Records is a new fresh label, my spouse and I decided to start one when our friends whom are talented musicians wanted to put out vinyl, and they were having a hard time getting a label to do vinyl for them, and it's really expensive to get it pressed. My significant other, Nathan, ended up having some extra money, which he didn't know about until December, from his RESP. Instead of spending it on records and eating out at a bunch of restaurants we decided to invest it in our company to help bands get vinyl pressed. We're also doing shirts, tapes and stickers. We're also distributing it on our own, we don't really want to be like every other distro/label where everyone trades vinyl and gives discounts to other distros. We want to be successful, and not go out of business, make this our jobs full time someday. We grew up loving music and having a huge respect for hardworking musicians.
I've been so impressed with what you two have accomplished in such a short amount of time. Has this project been a long time in the making?
Mmm, not really. We talked about it one night and decided to sleep on it, and the next day we set out to work on bringing it together. We got our business license, and started up a contract, and next thing you know we have our plate full until end of 2013! It's crazy the overwhelming support we've received locally as well as internationally.
What kind of records are you hoping to put out?
Well it's a mixture of all sorts of metal, as well as some punk. I'm very excited about the different genres we're working with, and all their sub genres.
Of course, I'm putting this out on Koenji Calling because of the split you're doing with Sabbat and the Japanese punk connections there, but I also really appreciate your dedication to your local scene. Could you tell us a bit about the Calgary scene?
We have an incredible scene here, mind you like every scene a lot of drama, but I don't think there is as much of competition for any other large cities in Canada. Alberta in general is pretty much the hotspot, but I believe strongly that Calgary is the most intense. It's not common in Canada to have many bands make it big it seems, so I'm excited for these Calgarian/Albertan bands to be making such an impact worldwide. Edmonton has a pretty good scene too, but I think Calgary is more intense. I was at a show the other week, people drove from Vancouver and Edmonton to make it to this show, the turnout was insane and I think Vern's Tavern was over capacity level. You legitimately had to push your way through people to get anywhere in the bar, and yell at the top of your lungs to order a drink, and it was so warm, that I wanted to wear as little clothing as possible. We don't always have such great turnouts, but we have 5 different metal festivals (mini scale in comparison to NWN or ROD) in a year, it's crazy. It feels like its possible that our conservative city will play host to festivals like those held in Europe.
Any bands we should know about?
Well this year we're working with Gatekrashör, Bonehunter, Sabbat, Blackrat, Savage Streets, Vaalt, Morbis Infernus, Germ Bomb, Shrapnal, and Begrime Exemious. We're also in the works of organizing a few charity shows to help with Second Chance Animal Rescue Society ( http://www.scarscare.org/ ) we are beyond ecstatic!
Where did the idea for the Sabbat/Bonehunter split come from?
Well to be honest, it fell into our lap. Our good friend Joni of Bonehunter is the one who created our logo, and he messaged us about Sabbat and Bonehunter wanting to do a split together and he asked if we were interested in being the label to work with them, we are so honoured and can't believe our good luck so far!
Local punks have always pushed to connect themselves with international music, but of course the internet is really pushing the possibilities wide open. What are your feelings on the international nature of metal/punk at this point?
Well it's nice to make friendly acquaintances all over the world, it's unfortunate we can't go visit them all, and just be online pen pals for the time being, but I'm still content knowing if I was to travel to pretty much anywhere in the world and I'd have friends to stay with and party until dawn with... Which is an awesome feeling, to be honest!
The Sabbat/Bonehunter split is available for pre-order on their website. You can also get information on upcoming charity shows and releases on their Facebook page.