Staalplaat is a record label, an e-zine, a publishing house, a radio program, a record store, and a mail order and distribution company. Since the early 1980s, the Berlin- and Amsterdam-based company has maintained a consistent focus on experimental artists, earning a reputation as one of the most respected and admired labels of its kind. As with so many independent labels, Staalplaat's success hinges on its integrity and continued ability to stimulate its audience. The label's website says it best -- "Where most organizations measure their success in terms of sales or riding the crest of the latest trends, Staalplaat was created to discover the rough diamonds, to take risks, and embrace all surprises." Be sure to check out some of the labels distributed by Staalplaat -- Korm Plastics, Fire-Inc., God Factory, and Multimood Records.
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