Wizrocklopedia to Release Quarterly Albums of Brand-New Wizard Rock
There is an exciting new development in the world of wizard rock: Fabled fansite Wizrocklopedia, which was resurrected last year through the efforts of many passionate wrock fans, has started producing wizard rock compilations of brand-new music about Harry Potter. We spoke with Grace Kendall, one of the administrators spearheading the endeavor, to find out all about the project.
The Wizrocklopedia Compilation Club is a digital music subscription service for Harry Potter fans. We’re releasing four wizard rock albums over the course of the year. Every three months, you get a new compilation album. […] We’re breaking it into one-year chunks but optimistically hoping this continues forever. It’s planned for this year for sure, and we already are brainstorming for next year, so [it’s] highly likely we’ll keep going.
For fans who have yet to dive deep down the glorious rabbit hole of wizard rock, these compilation albums would actually be a good entry point.
There are so many different musical genres represented that if you like music, there is some song inspired by the Harry Potter universe that you are going to want to hear.
Kendall, who is non-binary, is no stranger to wizard rock compilations; they’ve been running the Wizard Rock Sampler for years. The cool thing about the Compilation Club is that each album will have a theme of sorts.
With the Compilation Club, since we charge a subscription fee, we’re able to use that to pay artists. And we’re also able to curate. We invite different musicians that we’re really excited about to participate so that we have really unique, diverse lineups all making music on a theme.
This Compilation Club is the most ambitious wizard rock community endeavor since the legendary EP of the Month Club from the late 2000s.
I just drew from my experience, which is putting compilation albums together. That’s not scary to me. We were able to build a small model around that, where we’re able to compensate musicians and put something new together that will hopefully continue to celebrate the community, to give out regular new music, and [to] encourage people to create new music – which is one of the things the EP of the Month Club did best.
Of course, a project like the Wizrocklopedia Compilation Club takes a village to come together. Kendall’s coadministrator is Bess Carnan, who also hosts WZRD Radio, one of the only wizard rock podcasts. The first compilation was managed by TK Lawrence from Totally Knuts and mastered by John Pisani from Swish and Flick. Organizers include Christie Mowery from Hawthorn & Holly and Kjetil Marstrander.
Like many people in wizard rock, Kendall wears multiple hats in the community. They have been a wizard rocker since the 2000s, when they performed as Snidget. Since then, they have taken on a large role in being an organizer in the wizard rock community: running the Wix Rock Twitter account, working on the Wizrocklopedia, and organizing wrock compilations.
Organizing is something I’m good at and enjoy. And if we want this community to keep going, and keep growing, there have to be people in those roles – in those spaces – to support the people who are making music. So I’m happy to do that. I do still make some music, but for the most part, I have been channeling most of my creative energies into supporting other people in their making of art because that’s something that fulfills me and makes me feel happy: giving other people the space to run with their creative freedom.
The Wizrocklopedia has suddenly come roaring back, with samplers and virtual concerts with dozens of bands who haven’t been heard of in 12 years.
People have just got this energy and enthusiasm, not just for Harry Potter but really for the wizard rock community. And I think people feed off that, right? If you know people are interested, you want to make more music, you want to connect with more people, and you want to play more shows, even if they are just virtual.
The next virtual wizard rock concert, O.W.L. Fest 2021, starts tomorrow, March 26. You can also check out the Wizrocklopedia Compilation Club, where $50 gets you all four compilation albums they will be releasing throughout 2021.