So, here’s a story for you. About — I don’t know — three or four months ago, I emailed Guy Kozowyk from the Red Chord on Facebook and asked him if he’d be down to do something with Gun Shy Assassin. I had interviewed him not long before that, and he — on his own — mentioned he was interested in doing something. I believe he still is.
I’m guessing maybe five minutes after I send that message, my phone rings. It was Guy; he still had my number from the interview, I’m guessing. We talked for a good hour about what was going on with Black Market Activities. Guy basically found out right before Christmas that Metal Blade was not going to distribute his label’s recordings effective in 2011.
That meant the fate of new albums from Khann, Fit For An Autopsy, and Today Is The Day was hanging in the balance. It was an awesome conversation, totally off the record. So I never said anything. On February 6, I asked the dude if I could post something for Gun Shy’s readers, and he told me to hold off. “Hoping to come up with a cool situation,” he said.
Guy found a cool situation in Good Fight Entertainment, who also appear to have signed a new music producer too, according to their Web site: Jason Suecof.
Black Market Activities today announced a new distribution and artist development deal with Good Fight.
“The new deal keeps us distributed through Sony’s RED Distribution, whom we have worked with for years now via our prior distributor, Metal Blade Records, and also opens up new doors for artist development,” says Guy in a statement. “With Good Fight, we have the management team responsible for artists like Between the Buried and Me, Behemoth, Cannibal Corpse, and Job For A Cowboy, lending a hand with developing bands on the BMA roster.
“This deal marks an exciting new chapter for BMA,” Guy added. “When we were out searching for a new distro deal, working with Good Fight just felt right for everybody involved. I have known those guys through the scene for years and I have so much respect and admiration for everything they have done with every avenue of their companies. They have been extremely open and responsive to several new progressive ideas we have brought to the table, which is very important since the music industry is changing so rapidly. Among those ideas is that of functioning on a more limited model — the idea that, in this age of digital music, there’s still a place for CDs and vinyl, it’s just on a more limited, ‘collector’s item’ basis. As a music fan, I’m the type of person who wants to read the layout cover to cover and have the artwork and lyrics in my music collection. With many of our upcoming releases, we will be issuing limited runs of CDs and colored vinyl with download cards for those of you, like me, who want the physical product. There will be limited shirt and music package deals in our webstore and, of course, the albums will be available digitally. Thank you for your continued support of BMA, our artists and of all extreme music. And a huge thank you to all at Metal Blade for all of their help in making our artists available for the past seven years.”
Good for Guy and good for Good Fight. Good times two.
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