Porter Records: A Collector's Rewards
"We also have coming out the Misled Children collaborating with [tenor saxophonist] Odean Pope. One day I was talking to one of the guys from Misled Children and he didn't realize Odean was in Catalyst, and he was like 'Catalyst is my favorite bandcan you get us together?' It's interesting because the way they approach hip-hop is strictly instrumental and organic, without samples and with no lyrics. It fits well with Odean's very rhythmic style. We're also going to do a four-disc boxed set with the Jeweled Antler Collective, a group of about thirteen Finnish, Kiwi and American free-folk artists. There's the strange part of trying to come up with an identity for the label, because we're like a chameleon. I imagine some burly hip-hop dudes coming to the site and saying, 'what the hell is this?'"
Something which bridges the perceived gap between the varied new music, often by younger artists, that Porter is releasing, and the reissues of scarce titles from the Afro-American and European underground, is their collaboration series. Odean Pope meeting with Misled Children is a first step in this direction, and Lancaster may collaborate with that band as well. Earpeace is a meeting between sound artist Szczesny and rapper Non from Shadowhuntaz. There is also the possibility of collaboration between Dewar and guitarist/sound-artist Alan Sondheim seeing the light of day.
Moving so quickly has surprisingly left Porter with very few growing pains. "I've been trying to slow things down a bit, but it's hard once the momentum gets going. The one thing I'd do differently is manufacturingyou can always make more, but you can't make less. I made a lot of the Natural Food disc and, well, the people who like the music I'm into are always very enthusiastic, so it seems like something will sell more than it actually might. Though of course I'd rather sell more than less, I don't care if I sell a lot. What I care about is selling good musicthat's my end goal."