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Bongo Joe Records

Please tell our readers who you are and what you do?

Bongo Joe is a record store, a record label, a place where you can have a drink, participate to conferences about music or see an in-store show. It's run by several musicians and DJs and it's based in Geneva, Switzerland.

How would you describe your style and genre?

The store's selection is really wide and tight, covers almost every known and less known music styles, from the past and the present. The label's catalog focus as well on past and present artists from all around, from actual european bands playing foreign music to african bands playing western music to old unheard blues or traditional music to mexican gospel choir lead by Swedish outsider artists to even impossible to describe projects. The store is Bongo Joe Records. The label is Les Disques Bongo Joe

Who are your biggest influences and idols … and why? Do you have any idols? Are you a super fan of anyone? (Dead or alive, musician or non-musician)

As a musician i would say that my heroes are Jonathan Richman, the early freak-out Dr. John, Neil Young and traditional music from all over the world. As a record store and label owner i would say Mississippi Records (with who we collaborated on different reissues), Honest Jons (who distribute our releases) and Sublime Frequencies (who became good friends).

What´s new right now? What should our readers know about that is coming up from you?

New right now, in the middle of summer, i hope for myself that there are not so many new things going on except let the river flow. The store opens all summer long and is full of records, books, cassettes from what's old and what's new and what's repressed etc.. Label wise, we gonna release a lot of records in the next months: PAST // La Contra Ola (Spanish Synth Wave & Post Punk 1980-86), Soul Sega Sa! 2 (Indian Ocean Sega from the 70s) PRESENT // La Tène (middle of france traditional future music), Ensemble Minisym (unheard Moondog music), Odessey & Oracle (dirty french psychedelism), Mauskovic Dance Band (crazy dance floor psychedelic afro-colombian music), Altin Gün (turkish superpower funky music), Cyril Cyril (east meets west silk route hypnotising music), etc.. etc… the list doesn't have an end.

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What was the biggest mistake you made when you started making music and what would be the number one tip you could give to a newcomer musician?


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How do you get gigs? Can you share any tips?


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What has been your biggest challenge right now? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?


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How do you promote yourself? Do you have any specific promotion tips for other musicians?
Keep up the good work produce play release music for the right reasons friendship and generosity don't trust celebrity think and tell there must be political choice in the way you live your life be courageous and smart

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We meet again in one year. What has changed?


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