excellent ‘home-grown’ indie formed by the arc life trust, an arts organization that formed out of the arc cafe in central dunedin. releasing a number of aptly titled compilations each year (usually with a specific focus, i.e. ‘arc life’ was a live album, ‘arc beats’ more electronically-aimed and accompanied by a cook book.. of all things).
they’ve been a brilliant resource to up and coming musicians in the south, releasing loving-produced small run release and promoting them from the cafe, and allowing musicians free-access to their in-house studio (above the cafe itself). now run by mike hex (of the hiss explosion) and featuring a plethora of different artists on their quickly growing catalog (mestar, cloudboy / demarnia lloyd, bible black, sola monday, david kilgour etc etc).
sadly in early 2004, label coordinator mike brassell (aka the well-loved mikey hex, lo-fi legend and member of squirm, the hiss explosion, ape management etc) passed on, leaving studio engineer thom bell to take over the reins of the studio. i had the privilege of interviewing mike in january 2004, and organized the christchurch memorial to him, which was well attended by friends, band-mates, and loved ones (and followed up by an even larger scale event in dunedin).
picks in bold
- music of dunedin [1998 arc001]
- arclife [1999 arc005]
- flying way too high [2000 arc007]
- arc beats cd and cookbook [2001 arc011]
- arc cafe website [official website]
- arc cafe manager email [email contact]
- +64 3 474-5135 [phone number]
- +64 3 474-1135 [fax number]
- arc cafern
- 135 high strn
- new zealandrn