Rei: What happened to your album- I think it was called Crumbling?
X.nte: That will come back. I didn ‘t get paid for any of these releases. I put out a track for a compilation from the label that released crumbling, and it wasn’t something I put effort into. To my surprise it was for an NFT.
Rei: Let’s talk about the recent history of BXC. My experience is that y’all and 909 worldwide really bridged the gap between the early breakcore stuff and the contemporary scene.
X.nte: Kitty on Fire and 909 definitely bridged the gap, there wasn’t a central collective until Paris [aka Golden Boy] and Casper [Mcfadden] started networking. That was the first push to get it known in the US.
NOHIGHS: Also can I jump in about- psychedelia and nostalgia are not mutually exclusive. I’ve been on psychedelics and been nostalgic for an experience I didn't have myself. In terms of the music, especially with breaks, the feeling of nostalgia is inevitable. We're still using the breaks and callbacks from parties not even our parents went to. The music needs a grounding element like an amen break, but also it's so easy to sell people what they already have. Like ravecore: campy and boring, but easy to sell tix. You’ve got ppl who are trying to do something different. And of course they're not gonna be able to sell decontextualized nokia ringtones because we exist in an industry but there has to be some kind of shift.
Rei: Recently NoBells blog wrote about the return of regional acts, especially for online people, people like NBA Youngboy and Yeat. Do you see that becoming more common as time moves on?
NOHIGHS: It's that just a lot of these artists don’t have a platform because there's only 3 or 5 places to find music. But yea I definitely think that internet music has a kind of “regional” aspect despite being “internet music”.
Rei: So let’s actually talk about small labels, because I have only gotten paid from self released music. Also, there’s research that shows that middle managers only lower wages and don’t raise productivity, and I’ve read something sent to our chat about Cottage Capitalism in a similar discussion. Explain how these ideas fit together.
X.nte: It would be different if it was a free release, and it would be a donation straight to them. Other than putting it on bandcamp they didn’t do much. The expectation is that the artist will get that money. It wasn’t clear how to donate to the label. You can set up a free release with no donation. There's an expectation. I don’t know how you would do it that way.
NOHIGHS: What cottage capitalism means in that context is they're creating capitalism in their own home/at a personal scale and exploiting people because they are forced to exist within the framework of something scummy.
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Written By Rei Low: twitter.com/_rocktimist