Unbelievable but true: today marks the five year anniversary of the release of Pitou’s critically acclaimed, self titled debut EP ‘Pitou’! We released the 7 track EP on CD and vinylduring a magical evening at Amsterdam’s Vondelkerk (pictured below, by Ramy Moharam Fouad).
To celebrate, we have 20% off the record in our webshopfor the whole of the month September (use code ‘Pitou5’ at checkout).
It’s been amazing to have seen her artistry develop over the years – we are honoured that Mink is the home to her first two records.
Bless your eyes and ears with these beautiful arrangements and performances by Pitou & Artvark Saxophone Quartet, filmed by Rauwkost Collective, at Het Concertgebouw.
They perform a selection of material from Pitou’s two EP’s released on Mink: ‘Pitou‘ (2016) and ‘I Fall Asleep So Fast‘ (2018). Both records are available in our webshop on CD and vinyl. Check out the wonderful performances in the videos below.
Last friday PIP Den Haag and N8W8 Rotterdam visited my house, for a live stream interview about Mink Records & a DJ set. The episode was part of their online series ‘De Nacht Blijft (Thuis)’, which aims to bring nightlife to you via livestreams, now that clubs and venues are closed. Other institutions who featured on episodes include WORM, BIRD, Het Magazijn, Today’s Art, Weelde, Rotown, Paard and many more.
The Mink Records live stream can be found in two parts,here’s the first one, that contains the interview I did with Gino and Sam (in Dutch, sorry), about Mink Records, recent projects I’ve been working on (like a proposal we submitted to The Hague’s city council that contains a plan to convert a derelict nuclear bunker from the Cold War era to dozens of music studios and rehearsal spaces, amongst other things). The second part is my DJ set, which can be found here.
UPDATE 4 september: Le Guess Who has unfortunately been postponed to next year due to new Covid measures.
Torii have been booked for this year’s edition of the wonderful Le Guess Who Festival, that takes place in Utrecht. It’s one of our favourite festivals – “Eclectic and probing” – New York Times / “LGW proves that even in times of political divide, music and art can bring us together into a more hopeful future” – The Line of Best Fit.
Update: Unfortunately due to new Covid measures and restrictions, all Dutch artists set to play international showcase festival Reeperbahn this weekend will not be able to travel to Germany. We hope to be back next year!
Torii have been booked as the closing act at Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg! They play the Imperial Theatre on Saturday the 19th at 22.30 PM. Check out the full Reeperbahn Festival line up on their website.
This event has been postponed – see below for latest update
Our offering to you… dear friends, music and art lovers: Mink Records Festival
on October 2nd a Covid-19 proof festival in The Hague at Paard to celebrate music and the arts in tough times, and support each other.
‘Independent record label Mink Records presents a musical line up featuring Torii, The Visual, Illnoledge, Real Farmer – DJs, visuals, a vinyl and vintage clothing market and art exhibition at Paard Den Haag, on October 2nd 2020.’
⤖ Live Music: Torii, The Visual, Illnoledge, Real Farmer
Tickets: €10, on sale now– limited space due to Covid-19 measures, so be quick if you want to attend.
Hope to see you there!
Update: Sad news! Mink Records Festival at Paard that was supposed to take place this Friday has been POSTPONED until further notice (it will take place though, as soon as restrictions are lifted)! Stricter Covid-19 measures were announced by the Dutch government and it seems that this sneaky virus keeps outsmarting our attempts at keeping the faith and undertaking perhaps somewhat hopeful/optimistic BUT theoretically doable and guideline following endeavours (although we really did get unlucky with the timing, AGAIN).
Within a month, we pretty crazily pulled together a socially distanced festival including live music, dj’s, sculpture, painting, photography, (live)visuals, a market with vinyl and vintage clothing – out of solidarity, love and support of the local creative community that I’m so grateful to be surrounded by – but alas, we must wait for a little longer to admire each other’s work in person and together. The festival was pretty much sold out so all of those who bought a ticket – it will stay valid for December 5th, alternatively you can get a voucher from Paard for another show or a refund if you contact me – more info here.
This past half year has been wild – we’ve had to cancel album release shows, international tours, and now a festival. Seeing so many talented individuals in this industry switching careers out of sheer necessity is heartbreaking because the cultural scene will be so much poorer without them when this all blows over. The effort from the venues, artists and industry has been legendary – despite the disheartening environment, humans are pretty adaptable species, especially those utilising imagination and creativity.
Thanks for the support beautiful people – ONWARDS!
This Sunday 16 August we’ll be present at the yearly edition of the independent record label market, at Tolhuistuin in Amsterdam. Find us alongside labels such as: Subroutine Records, Snowstar Records, Bloomer Records, Paradiso Vinyl Club, Excelsior Recordings, Beggars Group, Caroline Benelux, Subroutine Records, Coaster Records, Geertruida and more. Free entrance, more info here.
We will be bringing a big batch of fresh new merchandise, which will also be listed in our webshop soon.