Who We Are
Don Giovanni Records was founded in 2003 by Joe Steinhardt and Zach Gajewski. At first, the label’s primary purpose was to document bands within the New Brunswick, NJ basement scene. Over the years, however, our roster has gradually expanded to include a diverse lineup of visionaries and weirdos like Screaming Females, Laura Stevenson, Waxahatchee, Jeffrey Lewis, Moor Mother, Sammus, Aye Nako, Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires, Bat Fangs, Alice Bag, Peter Stampfel, Shellshag, Worriers, Priests, and many more.
At the end of the day, we’d love to make the world a more wild, tolerant and diverse place. That may not be possible for an independent record label, though. So, the best we can really do is to put out records by wild, tolerant, and diverse people.
If you’re not familiar with our work, here’s a few features on our recent releases.
What is our Goal?
We’d like to put out more music. In particular, we’d like to put out more music by emerging artists.
After all, what good is it to run an independent record label if you can’t take a chance on the underrepresented, untraditional, and seemingly unplaylist-able? As music fans, we’re drawn to misfit records. They’re important to us and they should be important to you, too. Weird records help to illuminate our lives and give depth to our experience.
Just to be clear: This is not a save-the-label type fundraiser. Times are always tight, but we're not hurting (too badly, at least). Rather, our goal is to use this fundraiser to create a bit of financial breathing room for the label. The resources we gather here will allow us to more quickly pay down our existing debt, which will allow us to put more projects into production, which will mean that more records come out more quickly. In other words, it will help us to step on the gas.
Clearly, the best part of giving to Don Giovanni Records is the satisfaction of helping an independent record label survive and thrive. We know that's not always enough, though, so we've also loaded the rewards up with highly desirable art and ephemera donated by our many gracious and talented friends.
What to Expect from Don Giovanni in the next 12 months
In the next year or so, we’re hoping to release new music by Sammus, Bad Moves, Moor Mother, Fat Tony, Outer Spaces, Hprizm, Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires, and Ex-Vöid, as well as a number of other surprises that we aren’t ready to announce quite, yet.
$5 – A bunch of 11x17 tour and promo posters from our artists. As many as we can fit.
$8 – New Alternative Music Festival poster – Leftover from the New Alternative Music Festival, designed by Edie Fake and printed on thick paper. Beautiful. Ships folded.
$6 – Random CD - A random CD shipped to you for $6 PPD in the USA**.
$10 – New Alternative Music Festival Tote Bag – Leftover tote bag with Edie Fake art from the New Alternative Music Festival.
$10 – Priests/Tenement/Vacation tour poster – Leftover from their 2015 tour. Designed by Evan Wolf.
$12 – Don Giovanni Records Tote Bag – Don Giovanni Records Tote Bag designed by Nolen Strals.
$15 – Random LP – A Random LP shipped to you for $15 PPD in the USA**.
NEW - $25 - Screaming Females - Shake It Off / If It Makes You Happy 7". These were only available with pre-order for All At Once but we had to make more to meet demand and then had a few leftover. Once these are gone they are gone.
$25 – Exclusive Edie Fake t-shirt – T-shirt designed by Edie Fake exclusive to this kickstarter
$25 – 2 Random LPs – 2 random LPs shipped to you for $25 PPD in the USA**
$25 – 5 Random CDs -- 5 random CDs shipped to you for $25 PPD in the USA**
$40 – Random test pressing – A random test pressing shipped to you for $40 PPD in the USA**
$50 – 10 Random CDs -- 10 random CDs shipped to you for $50 PPD in the USA**
$50 – Marissa Paternoster Print -- Exclusive print from Marissa Paternoster (Screaming Females, Noun) limited to 50.
$50 – Izzy True art print -- Exclusive print by Izzy True limited to 50.
$50 – Faye Orlove art print – Exclusive print by Faye Orlove limited to 50.
$50 – Evan Wolf original Art – Original framed collage art by Evan Wolf (Vacation) limited to 14 pieces, first come first serve.
$60 – Test pressing of your choosing – A test pressing of your choosing, first come first serve, feel free to email email@example.com to ask if I have a specific title available but I have most of our records available at this point still.
$60 – Personalized mixtape – I (Joe Steinhardt) will make you a mixtape from my oversized collection of records and CDs.
$100 – 10 Random LPs – 10 random LPs shipped to you for $100 PPD in the USA**
**Note, for all random CDs and LPs you can let us know what you have so we don't send you doubles, but no requests.
Risks and challenges
Many of our rewards are already manufactured, assembled, and ready to ship, so there should be little risk of delay in production or distribution.
To be real: This is a crazy business where disaster and financial ruin can strike at literally any moment. That said, we’re in pretty good shape and your rewards will turn up as promised.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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