A panel discussion feat. Dischord Records (USA)

The presentation of a record label that stands out in the worldwide music business is an important feature of every edition of East of Culture – Different Sounds. This time, we’ll be welcoming true hardcore punk titans – Dischord Records of Washington, DC, and their excellent representatives – Scream, Soulside, Girls Against Boys, and Escape-ism. We’ll meet the artists in Lublin between 7-10 July at the 15th edition of Different Sounds and its 9th iteration as part of East of Culture, a joint initiative of the National Centre for Culture, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, and the local authorities of Lublin, Białystok, and Rzeszów.

As part of East of Culture – Different Sounds’ yearly showcase of distinctive record labels, we focus on labels that are creative, original, and brave in following their own musical pathways, regardless of passing fads and popularity polls. The famed DC label Dischord Label undoubtedly falls within this category. It was founded in 1980 by members of the band The Teen Idles (headed by Ian McKaye and Jeff Nelson) to distribute their own music and, later, recordings by local punk rock and underground bands. Dischord Records has made it their speciality to produce genres like hardcore, punk rock, indie rock, emo and post-hardcore, represented by bands like aforementioned The Teen Idles but also State of Alert, Minor Threat, The Faith, Void, Youth Brigade, Embrace, Rites of Spring, Nation of Ulysses, Scream, Soulside, Gray Matter, Jawbox, Dag Nasty or Fugazi. Because the label is known for its DIY work ethic, affiliated musicians often self-produce all of their albums and sell them at affordable, low prices without the help of major distributors. Graphic design, concert tours, distribution, and other associated artistic activities, such as making documentaries, follow a similar model. The label’s showcase at the festival will include concerts, film screenings, exhibitions and a panel discussion with the label’s extraordinary representatives and artists whose records the label has been producing for years

10.07 | 16.30–17.45 | Workshops of Culture – Grodzka 7 patio

English language.