The CFW mixtape exchange is exactly what it says on the tin (or cardboard box in this case). You make mixtape, bring it to one of my shows, put in in my box of mixtapes and take some one elses in return. Or you can do it by post – Make a mixtape, make an envelope addressed to yourself with stamps on it (usually 2 first class stamps are enough if you’re UK) and pop them in an envelope addressed to me. As soon as I get it, I’ll post you back one taken from the box. Please remember to include stamps or postage money ‘cos I can’t afford to send out that many tapes otherwise!
The current address to send them to is:
*sorry – the address is unavailable at the moment, the excahnge is on hold. if you are still desperate to swap – e-mail me*
If you have any postage queries or questions about taping or just wanna talk to an analog geek, e-mail:
No rules on genres/themes or anything, you can do what you like. The only rule is that it has to be on a TAPE. I’ve had lots of responses like “tape? what’s a tape?” or “but it’s 2009, can’t I do a CD?” and I am not trying to be retro cool, I DO think mix CDs/playlists/file sharing and whatever are a great quick and easy way to share music. But for me, making a mixtape is not just about sharing music..
It’s about spending all night surrounded by your favourite records, cutting in the next song at the right time, making sure they flow, thinking what song can fit that awkward minute and a half at the end of the tape (I hate gaps and crossovers) making a pretty track-listing, and having a really fucking good time doing it.
I’ve always loved making tapes since I realised you could tape off the radio and try and cut out the DJs voices inbetween. Then as I grew up, me and my friends would often make mixtapes for each other. That was how you knew if you wanted to be friends with someone.. If they made a scrappy tape, you probably didn’t. But now I make them for the tape exchange it kinda takes the pressure off, because I don’t know who it’s for I just put on whatever I like & don’t have to consider someone else’s taste. If I am making a tape that I know is going to a pretty boy, there is always that thought of “maybe I should put this on so he thinks I’m cool” or “no I can’t put this on, he’ll think I’m a lesbian” etc.
So make a cup of tea (or ten) grab your record collection and make a tape (or ten).