An Underground Record Label to Know in St. Louis: FarFetched Collective
St. Louis’ underground music scene fosters fresh new talent in the genres of hip-hop, rap, alternative and everything in between, bolstered by organizations like FarFetched—an independent record label founded in 2011 by St. Louis-based multi-hyphenate artist Damon Davis. Davis, whose credits include a variety of visual- and performance-art pieces, music and the acclaimed documentary film “Whose Streets,” sought to empower the next generation of up-and-coming musicians and artists who make up and run the collective. While many FarFetched artists are highly motivated self-starters, the musicians make use of the collective and what it has to offer most ardently through collaboration, in which they’ve discovered a strength greater than their own.
This sentiment is reflected on the “About” page of the organization’s website, which calls FarFetched, “A group of musicians coming together and realizing their collective efforts to help each other succeed faster than working solo. This small but mighty group of artists formed the nucleus for the molecular cloud that became FarFetched.”
In addition to local artists like CaveofswordS, Blank Generation, Prospect, Scrub, Tonina and more, FarFetched also hosts an open mic every week for poets, singers, hip-hop artists, comedians and more at the cozy sports bar Champs on Jefferson every Wednesday.
Cover image courtesy of Hannah Troupe.