A chat with Jonti ahead of tonight’s premiere
Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton (This is Stones Throw Records) is an independently released film that tells the story of Avant-Garde Los Angeles-based record label Stones Throw Records. What makes this film stand out is the incredible insight into the journey that Stones Throw Records has undertaken since its founding, told through interviews with an amazing host of artists who have been associated with the label over the years. The Sydney premiere kicks off on Wednesday the 15th of January at 7pm, down at Paddington Town Metro Screen, with a second screening on the 29th. Tickets for the screening are available from
We caught up with Jonti Danimals, long time Stones Throw Records artist, to hear his thoughts on the release.
How did you first get involved with Stones Throw Records?
I finished a small collection of songs that I thought was cool to listen to back to front and wanted to get it mastered so it was like a real album. I looked at the back of all the Stones Throw records/cd's I had and it mostly lead to Dave Cooley and Kelley Hibbert at Elysian Mastering. I sent the album called 'Twirligig' to them to master. They agreed to do it and in addition, showed it to Label boss Peanut Butter Wolf. Next thing I got a phone call…
The film features Tyler the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt among other music legends. How important have guys like these been both to you and the wider avant-gard musical community in terms of their impact pioneering new musical styles and sounds?
All the Odd Future crew are really great to me mostly because of the music. It's brutally honest, raw, fun and creative. I also remember Tyler from the Stones Throw message board, so it was really cool watching the rise of the whole movement. Secondly, Tyler is a real testament to being your own boss and finding success/longevity by sticking to doing things that you love. It felt really great when they talk about me in the film.
Tell us a bit about what the release of Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton means to you personally?
Watching the film really was a slap in the face to me, and reminded me how much I love and care about the label. Not that I forget, but it made me feel like I did when I first got into Stones Throw and reminded me how my mind and soul blew up at the time. All the characters in the film are either heroes, peers or friends, and I value being part of that community, and I love Los Angeles.
Why do you think people should come and see the premiere next Wednesday? What will people who don’t know a lot about the story get out of the film?
Jeff Broadway did a pretty amazing job putting it together, I even showed it to my grandmother and she was hooked (no joke). The Stones Throw heads will love it without a doubt. The newcomers will spend the rest of the week buying the back catalog.
You’ve got a lot of shows coming up with the likes of Jaguar Ma and Toro Y Moi. What are you most excited about doing in the year ahead?
Finishing and releasing my next record.
By Zanda Wilson