A lot has happened in the ten years since Jeffrey Remedios and his friend Kevin Drew put out Broken Social Scene’s You Forget It In People on their Toronto-based Arts & Crafts label. What was once a small, DIY indie has evolved into a management, publishing and marketing company with satellite offices in Mexico City and L.A., roughly 20 employees and a roster that has included acts like Feist, Bloc Party, Stars, Phoenix, the Stills and the Hidden Cameras.
Arts & Crafts is celebrating the occasion in much the same way they have always conducted business: with a multitude of projects, collaborations and mediums.This would include, but is not limited to: a compilation box set; the Field Trip music fest; a photo exhibition; a fashion line with different visual artists; a collaboration albums entitled Arts & Crafts X (out today); a literary project and more. We caught up with Remedios who helped explain the various celebrations, the label’s history, what he learned working at a major, the label’s weridest merch (Stars’ pillow cases) and what it’s like inside the “nostalgia vortex.”
Billboard.biz: How does it feel to be celebrating your ten-year anniversary?
Jeffrey Remedios: It was my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary in December and my brothers and I helped them throw a big party, so I’ve been in this nostalgia vortex for the last couple of months. It’s mostly good, but also a little surreal.
What could be surreal about a nostalgia vortex?
It’s not entirely natural for me to stop and reflect so much. I don’t want to be self-aggrandizing and get giant pats on the back, but it’s been ten years of us doing this and we all grew up doing it and many other people grew up connected to the work we’ve done, so it’s nice.
What are some of the milestones along the ten-year journey?
We started out with a bang. I did a panel and someone asked, “what’s the best advice you could give someone starting a company like yours?” And I said “I recommend starting off with Broken Social Scene.” It was this amazing confluence — the right timing, the right artist, and the right opportunity.
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