We had the good fortune of connecting with Ben DeUrso & Jack FU of Citizens’ Loft and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ben & Jack, how do you think about risk?
Jack FU: Taking risks is everything, from the start of a project to the night of the performance or album release. We are as forgiving to ourselves as the friends and family of Citizens’ Loft are; but by taking risks, we inspire others to take similar creative leaps of faith and often, this leads to collaborations that otherwise would not have occurred. Ben DeUrso: Taking risks is important in business and life, yet more important is the factor of knowing which risks you can afford to take. Calculation and risk reconcile each other to make progress. The greatest creations can often come from taking risks, yet sometimes this leads to extended due dates, and delays, especially when it comes to artistic materials. However, as Jack says, if we don’t take risks ever, we close the doors on opportunities. In this regard, we often must take risks on ourselves as well as others. And taking risks or trusting that a risk I took was the right move has often led me to the greatest band members and collaborators of my life.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Citizens’ Loft is an organization dedicated to the creation, cultivation, dissemination, and promotion of musical and artistic expressions. This is our mission statement and what sets us apart from others, as our dedication is entirely to the art, and nothing else. We want art to be created no matter what, and are currently forming and organizing the specific community to see this through. That is what Citizens’ Loft is and will be. We are proud to say that we just released our 100th record, “Life of Leisure’ by Be Released, a Boston area hardcore band. Since we began in 2017, it is mind-boggling to realize we have already been a part of upwards of 100 releases. Beyond that, we have held over 200 shows within the pre-covid times, and are proud to say we have 67 unique artists represented by our label. We are focused on supporting small businesses and getting the job done effectively, regardless of access to resources. It has certainly not been easy to maintain our unyielding march forward into more music, as we’ve hit countless speedbumps. But in calculating our risk factors, and taking the leaps where we saw fit, we have been able to cut through the mist and come out on top. By trusting each other, and the artists whom which we support, we never lose sight of the goal, and can handle anything. Citizens’ Loft will stop at nothing to see more music unleashed to the world, and we are here to stay!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Pacific Place, hands down. Great people, great eats, fun, interesting, and exciting.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Jonathan Iannone, of Snell Library Studios @ Northeastern University, for his fearless advocacy of students rights, and his loyal friendship & mentorship.
Other: Merch Site: https://logowearhouse.shop/citizens_loft/shop/home
Logos by Jack Beresford Artwork by Kamen Ross 4 Person Photo taken by Cole Iovine Album Cover “Full On Koog” by Jack FU & Jack Beresford but Photo taken by Christine Rowley