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of the Ngaro collective (www.ngaro.com),
an umbrella organisation that can encompass all forms of media, Green
Bullet Records is a brand new internet label, set up especially
to give internet presence, and a global means of music distribution, to
unsigned blues, and blues-related, artists. They are committed to helping
their acts in every way possible, including finding and promoting gigs.
There are no up-front cost whatsoever to the artists and no exclusivity
Rod 'Juke Joint' Jones, says, "When the idea of
forming the world's first exclusively internet-based blues label was mooted,
it quickly became obvious that Green Bullet would be perfect for Ngaro,
and vice versa – both entities are the stronger for the collaboration.
Putting together an internet blues label just seemed such a natural thing
to do. There's such a wealth of blues talent out there, which is never
going to get signed by any conventional record company, so I thought cutting
out the middle man and giving bands and individual players direct contact
with their audience via the internet and downloads seemed a great idea.
And of course, it’s global – your potential audience is everyone
on the planet. Why blues? Well, for me the answer’s obvious –
the eternal truths of the blues will always be there- the blues is a great,
timeless music, which the music biz will never acknowledge. There’s
a great blues scene out there, both in London and beyond – it’s
time somebody gave it a break.
initial roster of artists that you see when you visit the site is deliberately
small at present – we are in this for the long haul, and we want
everyone out there in cyberspace to equate Green Bullet with quality.
Something you could almost buy sight unseen. We’ve had a lot of
interest already in the month since we launched (including a fine guitarist/singer
from New York) and several CDs will be going up on the site as a result
of that, but we are not going to be hosting mediocre or cliched music
just to grow our catalogue quickly. Our plan for the future is to do a
lot of A+R legwork in London and other areas such as Essex, where there's
a strong band-based blues scene that we’re very interested in, and
also a lot of internet research leading us to make contact with bands,
artists and organisations around the world.