Well, in a way the title of this post says it all lol. Simply put, I have decided to step down from running KFA and pass it all to Shane Saiyan.
He is now officially the head of the label with all the power (ha!) and responsibilities (ha ha!) that entails. He will be deciding what is released on the label, and when. He will be choosing and ordering artwork, setting up projects, and be busy with all the organisation that goes into that. I will be handling just the practical / simple side – uploading files where needed and paying artists royalties.
I am, in effect, a silent partner.
The only reason I am writing this post is to explain why I am so happy about it and why you should be too, and also so that, should anyone question Shane about it, he can say “here – read this”. But for those who are interested, here are the details:
There are two main reasons I have asked Shane to take over, both of which are vitally important to the health of KFA as a label. And each of the main reasons have little but important reasons sitting next to them.
The first main reason is that, since I restarted Kniteforce and Knitebreed as vinyl labels, I have found my groove, found what I should be doing. If you are reading this, you know I like to experiment with music, you know I like to try lots of different styles. But the last 8 or 9 months making music have been the most joyous I can remember in a very very long time. I can make modern hardcore, and I love that style. I can rock out to d’nb. I love a good bit of gabber. But man, when I am making old skool, its like the planets align and I feel the same elation I felt back when I first got into this industry. Its an indescribable feeling of being in harmony with myself. This is my why, my what for. I understand it on a fundamental level. I lie in bed thinking about it. I am excited to get into the studio, even to do the menial jobs like working out what catalogue number is going to be assigned to a project, because I love the whole process. Getting the sleeves together, planning the entire release from concept to sale, regardless of if its my music, or if I am doing the artwork. I absolutely love it.
But its a lot of work. And it is time consuming.
Not only that, there is the forthcoming Kniteforce Radio. And in about 3 months Cindy and I are expecting another baby (whoop!) so I have limited time and what time I have needs to be managed well.
All of this has meant KFA has been…not neglected as such but…not at the front of my mind. I refuse to make the same mistakes as I made with Kniteforce. One of which was to let certain elements slide out of my control because I did not pay those elements enough attention but refused to trust anyone else with them. I have learned my lesson from all those years back – I cannot do it all. And I shouldn’t do it all. And I don’t need to do it all because I am surrounded by awesome people who would love to be doing the things I don’t have the time or skill for. I had already handed the artwork to Annika Jimni Cricket years ago, and Shane is already doing the promo list for KF and KFA. Idealz handles all the shop orders for the UK bandcamp. Delegating work to others is something I never did with Kniteforce, and it led to disaster because I simply could not do it all.
This way is much better.
And that brings me to the other reason: I am no longer the right person to run KFA. I have stopped Djing out since Wilder was born because it became too impractical. With Phoenix on the way, I don’t see me playing out much more in the near, or even mid-term future. Djing live was important because it exposed me to the newest music in the scene. And I needed to hear that to keep KFA running. How can I run an upfront hardcore label when I hear none of the upfront music and am immersed in old skool? I dont think I can. But…let be even more brutally honest here. Kniteforce and Knitebreed have shown me where my skills lie, and its with the old skool. It just is. I like some modern hardcore, but I don’t follow it, I am not immersed in it. And now that Kniteforce and Knitebreed are basically hogging that sound, KFA has to define itself on new terms. It deserves to be able to grow and become its own entity. As a label, it never had a clear direction – it has veered from old skool to modern via everything else over the years since it started. And I dare say it still will do that to some degree.
However, I honestly feel Shane will do a better job than I can in taking it forward from here. He loves modern hardcore and knows it in a way I do not. He has the skills and the time and the knowledge and the vision to move the label onward and upward. I have absolute confidence in him. Other than the fact we are friends and I have gotten to know and respect him over the years, he also has the will to challenge me where needed, which is important because I can be wrong quite often lol. So I feel this is exactly the right thing to do.
So give him a big internet round of applause and wish him luck, and if you have music you want released on KFA, from now on, he is the man to speak to 🙂
You can contact him via Facebook on the new KFA Facebook Page page which he set up (please click the link like the page)
Or you can email him on his Kniteforce email address firstname.lastname@example.org
or via his old email or his own FB page.
PS, and finally, after it being a joke for so long, things really will be Shanes fault from now on. Thats the third main reason, actually lol.
Meanwhile, Shane wanted to say some things, so….
Hello friends! For those of you don’t know me, my name is Shane, or Saiyan if you prefer. I’m from Toronto, and have been a purveyor of hardcore and hardcore accessories for more than half my life.
Before I get into what I aim to do with the label, I’d just like to express my gratitude to Chris for giving me this amazing, mildly horrifying oppourtunity. And then take it because because he stole my “everything really is my fault now” joke, robbing me of my witty opening line. Dick.
But in all seriousness, I am immensely grateful for the oppourtunity to do this, and humbled that Chris felt that I was the right person for the job. I hope I don’t let him down, because he knows Kung Fu, and I like my organs in their current configuration.
I started writing this blurb with the intention of giving a brief rundown of my goals, ideas, and plans for the label. As it turns out, I had quite a lot to say. Brevity has never been my strong suit. Suffice to say, I’ve been doing a lot of plottin’ and schemin’ behind the scenes since taking the job, and I have a lot of exciting new ideas that I hope you’ll be as excited about as I am. I’ve gone into excessively long-winded detail in a Facebook post on the new KFA page that Chris linked to above, so come give us a like, yeah?
It’s an exciting time for KFA as a label, and the KFA family as artists, and I look forward to sharing what we’re all working on with you very soon.