Don Giovanni Records

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Don Giovanni Records
Founded2003 (2003)
FounderJoe Steinhardt
Zach Gajewski
GenreAlternative rock, indie rock, punk rock, experimental, hip hop
Country of originUnited States
LocationNew Brunswick, New Jersey

Don Giovanni Records is an independent record label originally specializing in punk rock from the New Brunswick, New Jersey music scene but eventually working with a variety of artists from different genres.


Don Giovanni Records was founded by Joe Steinhardt and Zach Gajewski while they were living in Boston in 2003.[1]

Each year the label puts on the Don Giovanni Records Showcase.[2][3]

Don Giovanni's primary focus has been on bands local to the New York/New Jersey independent music scene with a heavy focus on New Brunswick, NJ's basement scene. The label also has a reputation for supporting and working with female fronted and LGBT artists such as Screaming Females, Waxahatchee, Priests, Laura Stevenson, Downtown Boys, Aye Nako, Moor Mother, and Alice Bag.[4]

Steinhardt and Gajewski started the label while playing in bands and attending college at Boston University where the two met. After graduation they moved to New Brunswick, where Steinhardt was from, in order to make the label a full-time operation.

In 2016, Steinhardt launched the New Alternative Music Festival.[5][6][7]

The label has been vocally critical of Record Store Day and streaming music as well as other social issues within the music industry.[8][9][10][11][12]

In 2020 the label relocated to Philadelphia, PA.


Artists such as Screaming Females, Moor Mother, Laura Stevenson, Waxahatchee, Sammus, Downtown Boys, The Ergs!, Nude Beach, Priests, Tenement, P.S. Eliot, Jeffrey Lewis, Peter Stampfel, Worriers, and Shellshag as well as comedian Chris Gethard have released records on Don Giovanni. The label has also published books from authors Larry Livermore and Bela Koe-Krömpecher.

See also[]

  • List of record labels
  • DIY ethic


  1. ^ Sherman, Maria. "The Don Giovanni Story: Nothing Jersey Shore About It". myspace. myspace. Archived from the original on 2016-03-07.
  2. ^ Dodero, Camille (8 February 2012). "Don Giovanni Keeps The Jersey-Punk Dream Alive". Village Voice. Village Voice.
  3. ^ Livermore, Larry (5 February 2013). "Don Giovanni Records: 10 Years of Day Jobs". IMPOSE.
  4. ^ Weiner, Sophie. "Don Giovanni Records' Founder on Building a Beloved Local Indie Label". Flavorwire.
  5. ^ Knox, Ron (2016-11-10). "Joe Steinhardt Launched the New American Music Festival to Stave Off the Impending Death of Indie Music". Washington City Paper. Retrieved 2020-09-16.
  6. ^ "New Alternative Music Festival | Music in New York". Time Out New York. Retrieved 2020-09-16.
  7. ^ Sherman, Maria (September 19, 2016). "The New Alternative Music Fest Defies Commodification". clrvynt.comT. Retrieved 2020-09-16.
  8. ^ Pessaro, Fred (April 18, 2017). "'Fvck Record Store Day' Manifesto Author Doubles Down". Retrieved 2020-09-16.
  9. ^ "Repressed: How Independent Artists and Labels Are Getting Squeezed Out by the "Vinyl Revival"". Retrieved 2020-09-16.
  10. ^ "We Must Destroy the Spotify Business Model". Spark Mag. Retrieved 2020-09-16.
  11. ^ "Don Giovanni Records owner asks labels to drop The Queers and Screeching Weasel, then apologizes". Retrieved 2020-09-16.
  12. ^ Jordan, Chris. "NJ's Don Giovanni Records heads to SXSW after immigration fight". Asbury Park Press. Retrieved 2020-09-16.

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