Statement on PhoenixHeart Records 2002-2012

PhoenixHeart Records was actively releasing albums for a decade from 2002 until approximately 2012.  It began as a DIY Label to put out music by local and regional bands & artists, especially those with a “punk” or “indie” Do-It-Yourself (DIY) ethic.

Normal people creating and exchanging entertainment media that strives for excellence with an entrepreneurial spirit while respecting the legitimate rights of others, and reflecting those values in a shared culture.

A couple of years into the label’s existence, it became quite apparent that leftist/marxist elements were taking over much of the thinking of the visible representatives of the “music scene”, or at least what was heard from the loudest participants, and PhoenixHeart Records rejected that.  Our understanding of Punk/Indie/DIY was that such Marxism was anathema and could not mix with it, and we responded with both a policy of not releasing political leftist music and also by releasing music that was explicitly conservative or libertarian, along with other apolitical music like we had always released before.

It was not our intention to become a “conservative/libertarian label”, but the Marxist fashion that was in vogue forced our hand.

In order to avoid the potential confusion of having our apolitical artists associated with “right-wing politics” because the artists with whom they share a label, most activity of the label has slowed down in recent years.  The “conservative/libertarian music” idea is very novel to some people, as most people are leftist sheep by default – even those who would be likely to vote Republican…  This confusion became a burden for marketing the original, apolitical side of the label.  There came to be two messages competing for dominance, with people wondering: “Was this a conservative/libertarian label, or was it an apolitical label?”

It is actually quite ridiculous, as you don’t see that issue on neither indie nor major labels that release albums by both outspoken left-leaning artists and apolitical artists – but this is due to both the status quo in the music industry and the perceived novelty of explicitly “conservative” music.  You may hear an occasional complaint from outsiders about the very real “leftist bias in the entertainment media”, but the music industry is so dominated by left-oriented people that leftism is expected to be the dominant ideology there, and to work with them you are expected to accept it.  To an extent, you have to “sell out” to do business with them.  Of course, this raises the question of how these supposedly “rebellious” (leftist) artists in the “punk” and “indie” scenes are presenting an alternative to the establishment, and the answer is that they are not.  It’s manufactured.  They are reinforcing the establishment.  They’re almost all posers.  Many of them just don’t “get it”.  Most don’t really seem to care – they’re really just trying to be fashionable, even if it is in a “hipster” soft of way!

We continue to maintain our back catalog.  It is possible we may put out more new releases in the future, but it is not a current priority.  If and when we do, it may be apolitical, conservative, or libertarian, but preferably nothing too preachy.  (That can get a little tiresome!)  Whether the marxist propaganda is countered or ignored, the idea is really that we should be able to enjoy music and entertainment media that is free of marxist corruption, and in today’s society that requires an alternative platform.  We want to be able to take it for granted.

We cater to a demographic that shares our values.  If you don’t, it’s likely because society has failed you, but you don’t have to fail yourself.  With a little effort, you can get a basic education on anarcho-capitalism,paleolibertarianism, & voluntaryism … If you understand these things, you should be able to see that Marxism (and its various PC offshoots that have come to dominate both the news and mainstream “pop” culture) is a criminal ideology that is based on lies and feeds on naivety and misunderstanding.

It shouldn’t be an alien concept: Normal people creating and exchanging entertainment media that strives for excellence with an entrepreneurial spirit while respecting the legitimate rights of others, and reflecting those values in a shared culture.  That’s what “punk”, “indie”, and “DIY” music have always been about for us.

PhoenixHeart Records exists so we can share it with you.