Legendary independent imprint and veritable Mecca of industrial music in the U.S. WaxTrax! Records has announced the launch of a Kickstarter campaign to fund the post-production of the upcoming Monumentary, a feature detailing the history of the renowned store and record label. The campaign runs from June 25 through July 25 with numerous exclusive rewards offered from the label, including previously unavailable vintage items. “Much of the post-production costs will include securing the right music,” states Julia Nash, daughter of WaxTrax! co-foudner Jim Nash; “The songs are the essential glue that binds this story together.”
Monumentary will feature numerous interviews with various artists, staff, and family associated with WaxTrax! founders Jim Nash and Dannie Flesher, with an assortment of rare audio and never-before-seen footage. The feature is scheduled for completion in 2015, with plans to be released for festival screenings, digital streams, and a DVD release.
WaxTrax! Records first opened in Chicago in 1978, growing from an independent record store to a hub for underground music and fashion in the ’80s, exposing to U.S. audiences the likes of Front 242, KMFDM, My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, Front Line Assembly, MINISTRY, and other industrial and EBM pioneers. Facing bankrupcy in 1992, the imprint was bought out by TVT Records, ultimately closing its doors in 2001.
Jim Nash died of AIDS-related complications in 1995, while Dannie Flesher died of pneumonia in 2010. Julia Nash reopened WaxTrax! in 2014 with the TKO Mindfuck 12-inch by Cocksure, followed by a 7-inch single for Front 242. WTII Records was founded by WaxTrax! general manager Bart Pfanenstiel.
WaxTrax! Monumentary Kickstarter Campaign https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/559294067/wax-trax-records-monumentary
WaxTrax! Records Website http://waxtraxchicago.com
WaxTrax! Records Facbeook https://www.facebook.com/groups/444806505440
WaxTrax! Records Twitter https://twitter.com/waxtraxchicago
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