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Burger Records Confirms Shut Down

Burger Records confirms shut down amid many sexual allegations.

Burger Records confirms it is shutting down amid many sexual allegations against the culture, employees, and artists on their roster. The Southern California independent label have issued two public statements regarding the allegations, at first re-working the internal structure with co-founders stepping down.

Bohram spoke with Pitchfork and stated that all releases would be removed from streaming platforms, but the artists who own their own masters are free to reissue their work. “I hate dealing with lawyers so we never signed contracts with bands,” says Bohram to Pitchfork.

This came after the newly announced changes of the label, including then-interim-president Jessa Zapor-Gray. After backlash Zapor-Gray received on social media regarding the “rebranding,” alleged “deletion of comments,” to then disappearance of the label’s social media presence, an internal statement was sent to press that Zapor-Gray would not be continuing.

“Over the weekend I was asked to assume the role of the label’s interim president with the hope I could reform the label into something better for the good of all of you, the artists,” says Zapor-Gray. “My plan was to quickly begin assessing and evaluating if anything about the label could perhaps be salvaged and made into something better, then eventually hand off a functioning label to a future administration unrelated to the label’s founders; or if I found that rebuilding was not possible, instead to organize and prepare the label for closure.”

This comes after Spaceland Presents cancelled Burgerama and organizers of Boogaloo — Total Trash Productions — announced they would not be working with the label and renaming their Oakland festival to Mosswood Meltdown.

 

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Jessa Zapor-Gray’s Full Statement:

In the last year and a half, I have worked with Burger and Burger artists on communications and partnerships on a contract basis.

Over the weekend I was asked to assume the role of the label’s interim president with the hope I could reform the label into something better for the good of all of you, the artists. My plan was to quickly begin assessing and evaluating if anything about the label could perhaps be salvaged and made into something better, then eventually hand off a functioning label to a future administration unrelated to the label’s founders; or if I found that rebuilding was not possible, instead to organize and prepare the label for closure.

When I was asked to take over in this capacity, I expected some blowback for my decision to accept but I believed that the opportunity to have a role in effecting real and lasting positive change within the Burger and indie music scenes was worth the risk.

Upon further review, I have informed Burger Records that I no longer believe I will be able to achieve my intended goals in assuming the leadership role at Burger in the current climate. Therefore, I have decided to step away from the label entirely to focus on my other projects.

Jessa


 

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