WHAT ARE YOU DONATING MONEY FOR?
Fonal Records is an independent record label based in Tampere, Finland run by Sami Sänpäkkilä. I have been running the label since 1995 and have so far released over twenty 12" vinyls, forty CD's and over 20 other formats ranging from cassettes to 10" vinyl.
Since 2009 record sales begun to decline rapidly for various reasons. At the moment we are in a situation where we need alternative methods to fund our releases. Especially the expensive vinyls. I believe that there are still people out there who want vinyl and I want to be able to keep releasing them with uncompromised artwork and packaging. This is what we will be using the donations on.
I myself had some doubts about a donation program. Aren't there many much more important causes to give out to? For this reason in late 2011 I made an inquiry on Fonal Records' Facebook fanpage to ask how you as a fan felt about it. The reaction was met with an overwhelming positivity so I decided to do this simple web page. You can choose whether you wish to support us buy ordering our records or by simply making a donation. In any case we are very grateful for your support.
We try to make our products as high quality as we can. We still print most of our CD covers at a mom n' pop printhouse located in my old hometown Ulvila. We try to make our releases as adventurous as possible. Prime example being the amazing Shogun Kunitoki: Vinonaamakasio picture vinyl that is in itself an animation when used with a separate strobe light specially designed for this purposed and the Tuusanuuskat CD and vinyl release that also work as animations when used with a striped acetate provided along with the releases.
Please consider these as what they are, donations to Fonal Records to keep us going. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.
Thank you for your help! Let's keep vinyl alive!
- Sami Sänpäkkilä / Fonal Records