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Love Injection is variously known as a publication, a radio show, a DJ partnership, and a record label. But at its core it’s something far simpler, an offering – by and for the music and nightlife communities of New York City and anyone in kinship with them. Co-founded by Barbie Bertisch and Paul Raffaele in 2015 as a labor-of-love monthly print fanzine, Love Injection’s continued multi-faceted expansion and evolution reflects the ongoing process of celebrating people and culture. Labor and love remain symbiotic. And as Love Injection’s endeavors have grown – with the invaluable help of an extended family of friends and collaborators – so too has its commitment.

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Paul Raffaele and Barbie Bertisch of Love Injection

Love Injection Fanzine began publishing monthly in February 2015. But the

inspiration for its genesis can be traced a bit further back – to Barbie Bertish and Paul Raffaele’s attendance at long-running New York City dance parties like 718 Sessions, Joy, and most vitally, The Loft. It was at the latter, a ritual gathering that’s survived and thrived through the decades, that Barbie and Paul experienced the singular welcoming energy of NYC nightlife’s original safe space, where a mosaic of party people across generations converged to celebrate music, sound and most significantly, one another. Adopting the name one of the classic tracks they regularly danced to at the party – Trussel’s underground disco-boogie anthem, “Love Injection” – they turned to the tactile craft of independent print publishing to document the community that so readily embraced them.

Co-edited by Barbie and Paul, Love Injection Fanzine seeks to fill in the gaps of dance music and nightlife culture’s untold stories and histories, and bring new perspectives to familiar ones. Notable features have included profiles of such distinguished dance music figures as Francois K, Danny Krivit, Kenny Dope Gonzalez, Louie Vega, Nicky Siano, Junior Vasquez, Timmy Regisford, and Yvonne Turner; DJs and producers such as Justin Strauss, Honey Dijon, DJ Spinna, Bobbito Garcia, Ron Trent, AceMo, Kim Ann Foxman, Aurora Halal, Gavilan Rayna Russom, MoMa Ready, Kush Jones, Kim Lightfoot, Robert Hood, and Rich Medina; musicians such as Roy Ayers, Thurston Moore, Earl Young and Kamasi Washington; active collectives such as Analog Soul, Dope Jams, Discwoman, and Papi Juice; artist/performers, documentarians, and events producers such as Ann Magnunson, Ladyfag, Michael Holman, Vince Aletti, and Giant Step; and personal North Stars such as the DJ, radio host, party host, and Loft founder David Mancuso’s protégé, Colleen Cosmo Murphy. Special commemorative issues have been dedicated to the legacy of renowned independent dance label West End Records, and in memoriam for Frankie Knuckles, producer Boyd Jarvis and DJ Blu Jemz. Events listings, DJ charts, photo essays, and poetry regularly inhabit the zine’s pages. Contributors are frequently friends and close peers.

The conspicuously homegrown approach to editorial is intentional; Love Injection’s content is not determined by press schedules, algorithms, or social media metrics. Print is its prioritized format – this in order to provide some small respite from modern life’s relentless dependence on screens. However the zine, by its very definition, is not precious. No longer on a monthly schedule as of March 2020 – as per the reality of publishing amidst a pandemic – it nonetheless remains as it began, readily available for free within NYC at The Lot Radio kiosk in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, most area record shops, and select independent bookstores like McNally Jackson and Bye Bye Neighbor. Mailed subscriptions are available at the cost of postage. All domestic distribution is handled in-house – very literally by hand – and internationally via Rubadub in Glasgow. And in an effort for the zine to be fully accessible to all, digital PDFs may also be purchased for a nominal price for those unable to afford a paid subscription.

Love Injection aspires to become a resource for people studying the impact of nightlife and dance culture and their ecosystems – a time capsule of New York City yesterday and today, and hopefully, the grist for further inspiration tomorrow. This is for you. YBA

Love Injection Records

The newest branch of the Love Injection family tree is its record label, Love Injection Records. Launched in 2020, its intent is to be an artist friendly, organic progression of the zine. The label’s inception was largely fueled by Barbie and Paul’s close friend, the talented multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and DJ Cesar Toribio, and his live project, Conclave. Conclave’s debut album was released in 2021 after a string of singles the prior year to wide critical acclaim, and was hailed by Resident Advisor as “magnificent.” Conceptually, Love Injection Records lives and operates with similarly fluid aesthetics, with one foot in the dance world and one outside of it. There are no mercenary targeted growth goals or master plan to prolifically churn-out releases in assembly-line style. Neither, for that matter, is the label a so-called “purist” vinyl-first endeavor, or tethered to any one specific medium. Rather, as with all things Love Injection to date, the only plan is to proceed in thoughtful and measured fashion, taking individualized approaches and seeking the right pathway for each release. All music is widely available across all digital and streaming platforms. Physical materials currently distributed with care from Brooklyn, NY.

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Love Injection Fanzine

Co-founded by Barbie Bertisch and Paul Raffaele in 2015 as a labor-of-love monthly print fanzine, Love Injection’s continued multi-faceted expansion and evolution reflects the ongoing process of celebrating people and culture. Labor and love remain symbiotic. And as Love Injection’s endeavors have grown – with the invaluable help of an extended family of friends and collaborators – so too has its commitment.

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