Causettes Volume 1… We started talking to bands around the end of June 2018, getting some momentum out there. Sound files started trickling in by email a few months later, for Volumes 1 and 2.
Owing roots to the French word Causettes meaning small conversations, our Causettes network can be loosely defined as Cassettes-for-Causes.
It was an “anything goes” proposition and I thought it would be fun to see what kinds of B-Sides and demos and rough mixes might come through. Some of the musicians on both volumes had played in groups featured on a previous cassette series I produced, titled No Red Tape (2007-09).
The limited runs of No Red Tape Vols 1 & 2 sold out within two years of release, and that was 8 years before the current cassette revival.
Several of the groups on No Red Tape are still in action, including The Electric Mess, The Othermen, Twin Guns and Rats of New York.
Causettes Volumes 1 & 2 however, will feature only bands which have never appeared on any of my previous compilations. In addition to Punk Rock and Rock & Roll music, we anticipate releasing comps of independent artists in many genres including Hip-Hop, Pop, Trap, Electronic, Noise and Jazz.
In all honesty, raising funds for humanitarian causes was not my original intention. I had scored an industrial grade tape duplication machine in an online auction, in fantastic condition, with the intention of starting a duplication studio as a side-hustle. Then, after a few months of looking at this machine every night, in combination with the weight of the world and the nightmares of the daily news these past few years, a little light bulb started to blink…
When I asked the bands and artists which had already signed to Volume 1, what they thought of donating profits to causes such as LGBTQ+ Youth, and also the current humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexican Border, the response was unanimously positive.
Rock & Roll music has always fought from the corner of youth culture and been supported by kids. The timing seems right for a little give-back.
Causettes may or may not live to see millions raised, but I think we can feel pretty solid about the possibility of raising several thousand, and in support of organizations which fight for basic human rights. We currently have enough bands and artists of interest to fill 6 volumes.
The tapes will be released in a celebratory series of live music events, supported by printed poster art and other merchandise for collectors.
Another spotlight of this series regards international artists. Causettes Vol. 1 & 2 feature the bands Faz Waltz of Italy, and Nave Nodriza of Spain.
Jake Rat, Founder / Social Engineer