Student Record Label Releases Album
While the specific origins of Obedient Pony Records are clouded in mystery, the label’s mission is very clear: to document the musical exploits of the Oberlin community, warts and all. Seniors Eric Zibbel and Alli Katz founded the label with the intention to create an unflaringly honest portrait of a community rife with creativity.
Much like the artists who comprise the label’s bi-annual compilations — who, more often than not, have never picked up an instrument before setting foot on campus — Obedient Pony’s painstakingly hand-packaged CD-Rs illustrate a thoroughly grassroots approach and aesthetic not unlike the humble beginnings of K Records.
This writer has always seen the nature of the Oberlin experience as one of a gigantic social in which all participants are allowed to be as creative as they like, regardless of intrinsic ability or prior experience; in other words, the Oberlin environment is extremely conducive to exploring uncharted creative avenues and I feel the Obedient Pony compilations are a fantastic testament to this particular facet of the Oberlin experience.
I got a chance to chat with the core members of the OPONY (as the label is affectionately dubbed) staff via e-mail:
Jon Pfeffer: Could you tell me a little about yourself (hometown, major,
interests, etc.) and how you became involved with the Oberlin music
JP: How did you come up with the idea for Obedient Pony? Where does the
name come from?
JP: Will Obedient Pony soldier on after you’ve graduated?
JP: Who are your personal favorite local Oberlin groups and why?
JP: What makes Oberlin’s music scene unique or special to
JP: Finally, what do you see as Obedient Pony’s legacy or
contribution to Oberlin College?
The Obedient Pony Fall 2005 Record Release Party is happening tomorrow at the
’Sco. The festivities start at 9 p.m. and will feature live performances
by Falcon, dancerockinfinity, the Gisettes and Pfeffer’s band, Capillary