Steve and Katie Petix of the DC synth duo Technophobia last week launched Working Order Records (WOR), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization “intended to bridge the gap between musician ideology and social impact through limited-release vinyl,” according to the label.
Also based in DC, WOR described its philosophy in a press release Friday, saying, “WOR’s operating model promotes the belief that music is inextricably linked with the potential for positive change. Partnering with artists and bands, WOR leverages their recorded music to help raise awareness and funding for the community-based charities they designate. Each WOR release is a uniquely personal fundraising campaign enabled through limited-run vinyl, with 100 percent of the proceeds from each release given directly to charity.”
In its first campaign, Technophobia itself is stepping up for a release to benefit the nonprofit Life Pieces to Masterpieces (LTMP). The LTMP mission: “Life Pieces to Masterpieces uses artistic expression to develop character and leadership, unlock potential, and prepare African American boys and young men to transform their lives and communities.”
On June 14, WOR will release “Negative Space,” a 12-inch single by Technophobia with remixes by hERETICS iN tHE lAB, Void Vision, and Alter Der Ruine.
Listen to “Negative Space” by Technophobia on YouTube:
WOR will follow up that release with a Technophobia LP, “Flicker Out,” on July 19.
To find out more and to preorder the albums, visit WOR online at http://www.workingorderrecords.org.
For more information on LPTM, visit http://www.lifepieces.org.