Village Voice Spotlight

So excited to share this incredible feature courtesy of The Village Voice and our good friend Annie Bartholomew. Read an excerpt here and then follow the link below for the full shabang!

http://www.villagevoice.com/music/extraordinaire-billy-aukstiks-dala-records-has-the-charles-bradley-seal-of-approval-9210684

"UNLIKE HIS BROOKLYN PREDECESSORS IN THE ANALOG LABEL GAME (DAPTONE, TRUTH & SOUL, AND DUNHAM ALL COME TO MIND), AUKSTIK KEEPS HIS CATALOG FLUID, ATTRACTING TALENT FROM ACROSS NEW YORK’S AMERICANA AND JAZZ SCENES. THE ROSTER INCLUDES 26-YEAR-OLD SONGWRITER AND JAZZ PERCUSSIONIST JOHN FATUM, WHO CHANNELS THE TRADITIONS OF DELTA BLUES, MIDWESTERN STYLES, AND CONTEMPORARY AMERICANA AS A SOLO ARTIST, AS WELL AS HIS TOURING BRASS BAND, THE RAD TRAD’S. 

The two met in their hometown of Chicago when Fatum needed a trumpet player for his sibling band, the Fatum Brothers Jazz Orchestra. After graduating from Eastman School of Music, Fatum moved to the city, where Aukstik enlisted him to sing on some of his own demos. Before long, the pair were recording a full-length record on 4-Track in Aukstik’s old East Village apartment. “John has been the artist that has grown right alongside the label every step of the way,” says Aukstick. “I would consider him the most integral element to us being who we are today.”

On December 9th, Dala will release Fatum’s second full-length album, a self-titled LP with appearances from his friends, including Texas songwriter Sarah Jarosz and Scottish musician Hannah Read. “When you’re trying to make it,” says Fatum of his choice to release with Dala, “It’s easier to try and make it with people you love.”"