Published Sep 30, 2019University of British Columbia's CiTR Radio and Discorder Magazine have come together to launch a new record label called Fanta Records. The label will function as a non-profit, with the goal of releasing two albums per year with the help of volunteers. Funding comes from the support of the Pat Placzek Legacy Fund — a $50,000 fund started as a celebration of life for the late Woodhands member.
Today, the label has shared its inaugural release, Zach Fanta's debut album I Ain't Tha 1. Zach Fanta is one of Pat Placzek's last projects before his death in 2015.
The posthumous record will be available for digital download and cassette purchase here. For now, you can stream the record below.
Fanta Records plans to secure its new artists through CiTR and Discorder's Shindig event, an annual battle of the bands.
The 34-year-old Placzek previously overcame epithelial sarcoma, but he was later diagnosed with leukemia. Płaczek had five rounds of chemotherapy and had a stem cell transplant from his brother. When that didn't work, his community came together to raise over $220,000 via the Pat of Hearts campaign for an experimental treatment called CAR T-Cell Therapy.
Placzek sadly passed away on June 16, 2015, before he was able to receive treatment.