The weird thing about doing things DIY is that it can never be about just doing it yourself.
We try and do what we do, in a way that means we don't lose control of what comes out of the process. Try and make sure its done right and the least harm and most good stuff comes out of the time, energy and graft that goes in. Common sense eh? But we can't just do it ourselves, unless "ourselves" includes loads of other people. All of us depend on each other and a massive network of support to make it work. This community is always evolving and technology has changed how it works, but it remains as strong and diverse and amazing and occasionally frustrating as it ever was. Looking back to a mythical good old days is pointless, what happens next and how we use this to support each other will become more important. Music is one tiny part of this, but by collaborating with others to put on gigs, release tunes, organise benefits / tours / help other bands and people out we learn allot about trust communication and what can be possible. Everything good we do emerges from this. Scenious (Brian Eno).
Thank you to the everyone who makes the effort, who comes out to gigs, the Zines, Radio stations, gig putter-oners, cleaners and shit workers who make events possible, the writers, bloggers, ace bands and shit bands, and folk who defy classification. The list of names is way too many, and would almost certainly miss out important folk. But we know who you are and that keeps us on trying to do the best we can with our flaws and quirks. Diolch yn fawr x
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