This Saturday, September 10th, local record label Shiny Boy Press is teaming up with Le Mondo to bring the city “Shiny Fest,” a new music and art festival highlighting homegrown acts you might miss otherwise.
Lifelong friends Collin Schnitker, Dan Gurley, and Walsh Kunkel founded Shiny Boy Press in 2020 to bring attention to their own musical projects in a hyper-saturated market. The outfit solidified following Schnitker and Kunkel’s collaborations in the improvised AV noise band 2 2 ½ 2. Faced with the unexpected loss of their childhood friend and bandmate, Alex Lori, they sought to continue his legacy through a collective characterized by the same DIY visual culture underpinning their old band.
According to Schnitker, “This is very much happening because of and in spite of Alex. He hated the formality of record labels. But it’s often the legitimacy, the ‘realness’ brought by something like a label that allows artists to find their audience.”
Organizing Shiny Fest has been the “realest” undertaking for the company to date, marking a pivotal first step towards realizing the trio’s ultimate vision of growing into a full-scale production house. The all-day event will not only showcase a myriad of Baltimore musicians, but also present ceramics, prints, and crafts by the city’s visual artists through a host of vendor stations. This uplifting of various artistic practices tracks seamlessly with the mission of celebrated experimental arts hub Le Mondo, an artist-run venue dedicated to fostering space for a diversity of arts programming.