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  • 01/09/2008

Syntax Closes Shop

As reported at XLR8R.com a few weeks back, New York dance music distributor Syntax has gone out of business. The company’s last day is this Friday, January 11. Rumors have been circulating for weeks as the influential house, techno, and drum & bass distributor sold its warehoused stock at 50 percent off and ceased importing new vinyl from overseas.

In a statement from management, the company cited digital distribution’s rise, retail stores closing, a weak dollar, poor economy, and rising business costs as fomenting their demise. “We're all very sad here, as this has been our passion and livelihood for as long as we've been 'adults,' but the time has come to move on,” the statement said.

Syntax’s closing leaves several of their P&D’ed labels in the lurch, including Dallas’s Grab, New York’s Hector Works, and Coco Machete–for which Syntax produced and distributed vinyl.

Dance music distributors such as Groove, Forced Exposure, Downtown 161, and Crosstalk will fill in some gaps left by Syntax’s departure. But DJs and vinyl enthusiasts have lost another great, passionate music wholesaler as the vinyl DJ era looks more and more in doubt.

5 comments Syntax Closes Shop

vinyl lover (not verified) Wrote

Thu, 01/10/2008 - 13:26

not being fooled (not verified) Wrote

Thu, 01/10/2008 - 15:21

It's absolutely hilarious that they're being called a "great, passionate music wholesaler". None of those owners could give a shit about the company, or dance music for that matter, and they were notorious for owing lots of people money and fucking people over left & right. They had absolutely NO regard for any of their customers, and had no shame in disrespecting anyone they ever dealt with. Anyone I know who's worked with them has had only the most negative and atrocious things to say about the way they handled their business. This is exactly what they deserved, but it should've happened a LOT sooner. good fucking riddance!

New Alternative? (not verified) Wrote

Thu, 01/10/2008 - 19:32

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Wed, 01/23/2008 - 12:47

sector media is really doing a great job, good people, and dope customer service

fucked over by syntax as well (not verified) Wrote

Wed, 01/30/2008 - 12:19

yeah, i worked at a record shop that got our vinyl from syntax. they would fuck up our orders all the time and then never correct them. literally, you'd call and they would put you on hold forever, then hang up on you, give you the runaround for weeks and never resolve anything. they'd even be assholes about it and intimidate you til you gave up. once they even passed off the phone to one of the owners and i heard him say 'tell them to fuck off'. SERIOUSLY!!!! i also knew other people from labels and shops that syntax fucked over and owed lots of money to. i cant believe they could have a reputation like that and not have enough integrity to do anything about it. they were seriously the worst people i have ever done business with!!!!

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