No doubt by now, you'll have heard that our former distributor, ST Holdings, is to cease trading at the end of July. It's a big shame that such a prestigious distributor has now gone. What the knock on effects will be for record labels still trying to push physical product will be, remains to be seen, but any way you look at it, this isn't good news. It's getting harder and harder to sell records and more and more labels are turning to the self-distribution route via their own managed stores. The problem with this method is that postage has become an absolute farce. It now costs more than the record is worth to post it from most countries, which is putting a lot of people off. This has been the main reason why Auxiliary hasn't gone the DIY route yet, but it's almost inevitable at some stage I feel.
We'll continue to put out vinyl with our new distributor, SRD, but it really seems like the clock is ticking until conventional distribution methods can't sell enough to the handful of big online stores left. Frightening times for vinyl lovers and collectors, but we'll ride this wave until it's no longer possible.
Anyway, I want to end this post by thanking everyone who worked for ST Holdings that helped make Auxiliary the label it is today. For that, they will forever have my respect and gratitude.