Some sad news this Wednesday morning: Plan-It-X Records decides to close up. In addition, there will not be a Plan-It-X Fest this year. Owner Chris Clavin has put up a statement on the label’s website.
You can read it below.
“After much consideration over the last two or three years, I have decided to surrender Plan-It-X records. Plan-it-X will not be releasing any more music in a physical format. It is not financially possible for me to do this anymore. In my opinion concept of the record label is no needed. Bands can do it themselves which is what this scene has always been about for me. Sam and I only started this label to help bands that could not afford to release their own music or had no interest in doing mail order themselves. We just released music for bands that we fell in love with, and wanted the world to hear. It was a passion, a community, not a business. We served a purpose at the time. Plan-it-x is no longer needed. I also refuse to give in to the social media push to be more aggressive and advertise and market our bands. The D.I.Y. punk scene has always meant so much more to me than that. I have tried to grow and change with the times but I’m really not feeling it. I also think that if Sam were here today, she would agree with me. She felt these things long before I did. I believe it would dishonor her memory to keep going.
The catalog will stay active for a few months, so if you want to buy something do it soon. After that, P.I.X. releases will be available from No Idea Records. They have a P.I.X. section in their distro catalog. The bandcamp will remain up for a while, unless I start to feel weird about it. If you’re reading this as an active P.I.X. band, and would like your records, contact me and you can have them. I’m very grateful to all the bands that have been a part of P.I.X. and I regret that this might be the first you have heard about the end.
Also, I regret to announce that there will not be a Plan-it-X fest this year, I know I told many people that I was 90% sure their would be, but I don’t think it’s a good idea. I’m not saying there will never be another one, but there will not be one in 2016.
I’m very sorry if this news makes you sad, it makes me very sad too. It has taken me a very long time to come to this conclusion, to admit that the thing I have devoted twenty one, or twenty two years of my life to is no longer possible.
I look forward to moving on to something new and feeling inspired again soon. I’m open to suggestions (please don’t suggest that I keep doing P.I.X. unless you can pay for all the records to be released and maybe help out with storage of those records that won’t sell).
With the most sincerity possible, I want to thank all of the AMAZING people that have been involved with P.I.X. over the years. I mean everyone: bands, helpers, webmasters, message board crew, record assemblers, people who wrote nice letters, all the people that helped me move heavy boxes of records, other labels and distros that allied with P.I.X. and everyone that came to plan-it-x fest and everyone that worked at any P.I.X. fest.
I am so grateful for the friends I have made over these years because of this record label. Thank you. -chris”