1. OK, let's
do the history stuff first. You Todd, & guitar slinging partner Sean Cole,
were both in F.Y.P yeah? Why did they split up? What did you both feel the
band was failing to achieve? the main reason was that we just felt like it
was dying, and i didnt wanna keep something around that was limping and brittle.
there was about 2 years where i was second guessing everything and that eventually
led to it not being any fun anymore. thats the bottomline,F.Y.P wasnt a job
cos we didnt get paid and if it was no fun to us than thats a good enough
reason to stop. we are very selfish when it comes to playing,its just for
us and if someone else likes it then thats even better but it's an "us first"
type of situation.
2. How did you
hook up with the other 2 guys in TTK - drummer, Denis Fleps & bassist, Casey
Ferrara? Did they have any connections to F.Y.P? Did you audition many others
for their roles? How much time elapsed between the split of F.Y.P & the formation
of TTK? we knew them for awhile. casey used to go to F.Y.P shows and he's
lived in san pedro all his life,so when we moved there everyone just hung
out like mad , sorta like some fucked up hippy commune, and like 90% of everyone
that hung out played some type of instrument. he's actually a good bass player
though. fleps used to be in this band called rosemarys billygoat and F.Y.P
played with them lots back in 92,93. we didnt audition anymore before these
guys,our first practice was me sean and denis,then the next day casey came
in and it felt great. we practiced for about 6 months before we even played
a show and during those 6 months F.Y.P was officially still together only
because we had one more show to do. but F.Y.P was basically over with,we just
had one more show to do and the next day after that show TTK had the first
show. that was a neat weekend. to tell you the truth i was glad F.Y.P was
finally over even though the last show was great and there was motherfuckers
crying and shit and i even felt sentimental but it was like the last day of
the F.Y.P connection, why didn't you just release the TTK album under the
moniker of F.Y.P? The core of both bands are the same - 'Toys That Kill' was
even the title of the last F.Y.P album - it seems the logical thing to do.
alot of people thought we were the dumbest people alive to drop the name F.Y.P
considering the name could draw people to shows and to buy albums but that
was sorta the point,we wanted a fresh start,we wanted to go on tour and play
house partys and not play last (even though our first tour we ended up playing
last without one record out). it was so fun when F.Y.P first started but it
stopped being fun, so a little thing like keeping the name,for some wierd
reason, wouldve kept it going,no matter what new songs we had. also, 90% of
F.Y.P songs were saying something i cant give a fuck about now. im glad that
people still get into F.Y.P now and i hope that they do in the future cos
they are at that point of their lives that they can relate to it but i cant
relate to words i said10 years ago. no one can say that they can do that,and
if they can then theyre doing something wrong.
4. What are
you hoping to achieve with TTK that you failed in doing so with F.Y.P? It
certainly seems to be a more structured but no less aggressive sound in TTK,
is that a correct assumption in the direction TTK wanna head in? Has TTK got
any ideals, ambitions, principles etc that F.Y.P didn't have? well its pretty
much the same as far as ideals go,we just want to play and we dont wanna be
lumped in with the sea of shitty bands that have no heart or spirit behind
their music. as far as goals go,i think we have surpassed our original goals,
which was make a record that we all loved and play fun live sets. i would
love to get to the point where all of us can live off the band but thats hard
and its not an ultimatum. its more of a cherry on top situation,but i dont
even like cherrys too much so fuck it.
5. The band
is obviously on your own label Todd, but did you ever consider trying to get
a deal anywhere else - say with Fat Wreck or anything? Is that a move you
would consider in the future if the chance was to arise? Where do you stand
on Punk bands signing to major labels? Is that something that you as a musician
as well as a record label owner can appreciate bands doing? we dont need them.
we arent totally oppossed to it but we never ever talk about it, its not something
that we care too much about. we have the means to get a record out ,granted
its hard cos recess doesnt have much money but i find a way to do it . i had
to sell my car to pay for the ttk recording,but somehow we get it out and
stay happy. we do talk about labels but when we do its about how shitty they
are. i think the move to majors is all up to the actual band that signs the
papers. its theyre business and the fans can decide if they want to be a part
of theyre business or not BUT they cant decide for the band. it worked for
green day and i have respect for them but thats because theyre a great band,
but i can think of 2000 bands that it didnt work for. i personally would feel
like an shithead giving a master over to some cornhole that'll ass rape you
whenever he feels like it but thats just me. but on a hypothetical level if
we did it would hafta be a label like fat cos they have a similiar background
but fat mikes wife doesnt like me so its recess all the way!
6. You've released
your debut album, 'The Citizen Abortion'. How has the public & critical response
been to it? Are you pleased with the way it turned out, anything you'd change
in hindsight? What's the idea behind the albums title? the response is well
beyond what we thought. in our heads after we were done recording we knew
there was gonna be some people into it,cos we were happy with it. it was the
record we wanted to make a long time ago,i wouldnt change anything about the
recording. i think most of that is due to us feeling free to do whatever the
fuck we wanted. we knew our friends most likely were gonna dig it but it almost
got outta hand,especially with reviews. i never cared much for reviews cos
it is always about some volunteer for a fanzine getting handed over a cd and
he rolls his eyes pretending that he MUST do this or his kids wont eat and
its just like "fuck this fuckface! what do they know?!!" but ive seen many
good reviews and thats great but its another cherry on top.
7. I note it
was recorded in Texas - why head out there? Did you wanna get the home-grown
George W Bush feel or something? Surely there must be some great studios you
have access to there in California? Also, how come DWARVE Blag Dahlia didn't
produce it as he did (I think) all of F.Y.Ps stuff? recess did the crumbs
most recent LP and they recorded there at sweatbox studio. i thought the sound
was excellent,very organic. so when we were looking for a place to record
the main problem was money, all the cali places are very expensive. i figured
that even with gas,driving to austin and recording was gonna be cheaper. i
spent $15,000 on the last FYP album?!?! i spent $1500 on the TTK album and
i think it sounds way better. sweatbox is just perfect for us on a technical
and personal level.
8. If we can
just talk about a couple of the songs on the album now, starting with 'Playdough'.
I assume this is about plastic surgery yeah? What is the sampled intro referring
to someone being 'Obsolete' about? Anyone you know directly had any kinda
plastic surgery? no its actually about silicon valley and i wrote that in
the hieght of the dot com craze. i thought of how funny/ sad it would be if
20 years from now S.V. was opened just as a guided tour spot due to it's exploding
obesity . the song was the guided tour. the sample came from the twilight
zone episode " the obsolete man" and i thought it was perfect even though
that was made 40 years ago. rod serling was an amazing man!
9. What about
'2 Billion Bastards'? There seems to be a few references to journalists there
- "12 noon's the deadline for the cute lil story" & "Spice the meat & give
the writer glory" being the obvious. Is this an out & out attack on gutter
journalism? Who else is it aimed at? What's the worst piece of gutter journalism
you have come across? What do you think of the Press in America? its a topic
that i'll keep referring too in this band only cos its so huge and theres
very little anyone does about it. im not saying its easy to take down the
gutter media but it just takes a click to salon.com for a more reliable news
source. if people dont watch hard copy,CNN,and entertainment tonight then
they wont air it. people sense whats wrong but they dont care too much about
it and if someone tells them to care about it they care even less.
10. And 'Bullet
FromThe Sky'? What incident, or incidents, does that relate to? I see the
FBI get mentioned, 4th July & New Year's Eve too. What are your views on the
US Laws relating to gun control? Is it out of control? Do, or would, any of
the band own a firearm? i cant stand guns. but people have them and thats
the way it is. in LA ,especially in san pedro,theres a big habit to shoot
guns in the air on holidays especially new years eve and july 4th. if your
under the bullet when it comes down your dead. that song was actually a love
song which i didnt think we had in this band but when i think of it ...yea
thats a demented love song.
11. A lot of
the lyrics are very limited in their composition - as were F.Y.P's. Any reason
for this? Could it be said you are focusing your message by restricting the
content? Whose idea was it to accompany each set of songs lyrics in the sleeve
with a drawing? i dont like it when bands chant overused slogans about government,cops
or anything actually. to me it just shows how boring they are by showing everyone
that they have no style of theyre own. usually they do that just to get fans
on theyre side. to me thats being phoney. if a message gets overlooked cos
of the way i write then thats fine. ive heard alotta people say they dont
get it but i do ,but i think if they look into more then they'll find something
and it doesnt even hafta be what i meant, if they think it means something
else then thats sometimes even better...for them at least.
12. Your latest
release is a single on Europe's Stardumb Records, a split with the RAGING
HORMONES. How did you hook up with them? kevin from the apers and stefan got
in touch and asked to do a split 7" and we said yes. we are usually sorta
hesitant to do something with someone we dont know but they seemed like great
guys and they turned out to be totally stand up people. i really hope they
keep doing what they do cos you can tell they love it.
13. What is
the TTK live experience like? Any memorable shows, good or bad? F.Y.P had
a thing where they'd allow members of the audience on stage to jam along with
a song, is that something TTK will continue? no we havent done that with TTK,
i think with F.Y.P alotta people told us that we were theyre first favorite
band and learned an F.Y.P song on guitar as theyre first song. i dont think
anyone knows these yet. live, i think theres much more energy with TTK but
there was alotta puke and piss with FYP so it depends on who you ask.
14. You ever
play any covers or old F.Y.P songs? Any intentions to record any covers? we
just played the beatles song "rain" live the other night but we havent recorded
it. it doesnt look like we will play F.Y.P songs. at first,we planned to play
songs off the last F.Y.P album, but the way it turned out we were just bringing
in new songs left and right and we realized that we dont need to play them.
if we end up wanting to play em one day we will but were not gonna play em
just to please people that came out for that reason only. they have the records,so
they can hear em anytime.
15. Didn't you
play at the Maximum Rocknroll 20th birthday bash? How did that go? You get
much trouble at your shows? Do you prefer those smaller intimate club kinda
shows or the Warped Festival out door kinda affairs? You been asked to do
Warped at all? yes it was a fun show. gilman is a good place to play for some
bands. i surely prefer the smaller places,some of our best shows were in someones
living room. if we have a tour its usually a mix of clubs and house shows.
when we roll up to a house to play we are 99% sure were gonna have a great
time,where as the clubs go,its maybe a 35% chance it'll be good. no we havent
been asked to do the warped tour. im not saying that we would never do it
but it just does not seem fun to play. it would be fun in a summer camp way,
but not to play. when we went on tour with civic minded 5 last summer, the
agenda was to play shows and have a blast. i would feel very wierd on tour
surrounded by people who's agenda's are to market theyre band for video games
and get laid by stupid girls who think nipple piercings are rebellous.
16. I know you
got to Europe to play some shows in F.Y.P, what did you make of that? Did
you notice any vast differences between European & US audiences - be that
cultural, political or social? Did it vary in any way regarding how you were
treated by the promoters? well as far as the promoters went, they are waaayyy
more decent than in than in the U.S. if anything they overfed us and drowned
us in alcohol and always made sure we had a place to stay and 98% of the time
it was in a bed. as for the fans,most of the tour was in germany with ...but
alive who were very political so theyre fans were too. everywhere we went,people
were different though. some people thought we were "clowns" cos we werent
totally serious all the time. i like clowns. the ones with their faces painted
17. Is there
any chance of TTK making a European/Far East/Australia/New Zealand visit in
the near future? Anywhere you'd really desperately love to play? Or desperately
DON'T wish to play? weve been wanting to go to japan real bad. we might go
to brazil this year. if it was up to just me we would go everywhere but we
cant afford that.
18. Going right
back, were you not a professional skater at some stage? I heard that it was
via the money you made as a Skater that allowed you to buy a 4-track, guitar
& drum machine. Do you still write your songs using this method, or do you
write as a band, complete? yes thats true. there was a time where i had money
but didnt know where to spend it and im glad i spent it that way instead of
investing i'll tell you that. the way i write songs is pretty much the same
as back then: i just sit on my ass and strum on my guitar while the TV's on
and all of the sudden i'll hear something i like,turn the TV down and work
on it, then bring it to the band and then we work on it.
19. Expand on
the skating thing a bit. Did you used to travel the country for Skating comps?
Got a move or anything named after you? You ever meet US BOMBS Duane Peters
during your skating days? What's the worst injury you have ever had due to
skating? You still do it at all? What are your views on Roller Skaters? i
skated with duane a long time ago . yea i usta do all those contests and stuff.
i usta have a ramp in my parents backyard but the bank took the house and
the ramp and i pretty much stopped on a pro level after that. i tried to keep
up with it but after my company flew me to europe for a string of contests,all
of which i avoided and went my own way, i stopped going to those function's.
i didnt like being around guys that were bitching about their deals etc. i
mean a pro skater gets paid (nowadays tremendously!!) alot of money to ride
a skateboard and here are all these spoiled fucks complaining?! i still skate
when i have time nowadays and i dont get a dime to do it and its actually
20. It's 10
years ago this year since the Rodney King beatings & the ensuing riots. What
memories do you have of that event? Should those cops have been sent down?
fuck yes they shouldve been sent to the fire! me and my friend joey were talking
yesterday about how 99% of the media today calls it "the LA riots" and the
1% leftover refers to em as "the LA uprising". i like that name better even
though its just call letters. i remember every street corner had "black owned"
signs in front of their stores to keep it loot-free,and the sad thing about
it was those local corner liquor stores ran by your neighbor frank or whomever
got fucked up bad. it's too bad the people didnt know how to target their
thrash sessions to the businesses that deserved it. just imagine a target
department store with a black owned sign in front?
21. Have you
ever been involved in censorship in anyway? Would you ever consider curtailing
the message of a song just to please the censors? What about in film? Are
there limits as to what should be viewed by the humble citizen? ive never
had to calm anything down for anyones sake. i think thats the difference between
an artist and an entertainer. an artist will make something and if people
like it well then thats great and an entertainer molds something around everyone
elses senses. it sounds lame to use the word "artist" but you get what im
sayin' huh? as far as film goes,and anything else for that matter, no one
is forcing anyone to go see a film that might be deemed inappropriate. even
kids,no one forces them, they want to go see this nasty film! the parents
just get pissed cos they dont have all the power they expcted to have over
their kids so they need to blame someone else. look at the the james vance
vs juda priest case. didnt the judge basically laugh in that deformed face?
22. So, what
are the future plans for TTK? Has work began on the second album yet? Comp
appearances, singles, tours?? we are touring with dillinger 4 ,as well as
doing a split recod with them, in august in the states an plan to tour other
countries once we get our shit together. no plans to record a second album
yet but we have songs piling up and i think they are getting better.
to add? nah
1. OK Todd,
first off, can you just tell us what kinda background you came from. Was yours
a musical household when you were young? What lead you to Punk Rock and what
did your folks think of that? well my parents werent too musical but my dad
turned me on to bob dylan whom i still love to death . oh and creedence! my
dad was a football coach so he wanted me to play that but i just wanted to
skateboard which acted as my gateway to punk rock. back then(early 80's),skating
and punk ran hand and hand. i had a ramp in my backyard and it was a sure
bet that if you came over to my house to skate you would surely hear black
flag,the germs,7 seconds etc blaring from the ghetto blaster. if we went to
mike tokymoto's house , whom was a bmx'er, to skate then you'd surely hear
from there - what lead you to get actively involved in Punk Rock? Did you
ever do a band, or a zine, prior to starting Recess Records? i was into punk
probablly about 4 or 5 years before i started anything. for some reason i
always thought (or knew) musicians were total creeps and that kept me from
being in a band for awhile i guess. i did the first F.Y.P demo's in 1988 just
to leave the tapes in my teachers desk's. it turned into a band 3 years later.
3. Why did you
start Recess Records? Was it to release a specific record? Was it just your
creation, or did you have a partner or collaborator in the early days? i just
wanted to put this F.Y.P demo that i made on 7". i had no idea how to do this
nor get rid of em. i aksed this guy named "O" how to press up some 7"s and
he told me. i didnt really ask about distribution til after i pressed em up.
when i get an idea in my head i hafta just plunge into it. but no, i didnt
have any plans of doing a label,actually the recess logo was found and pasted
onto the cover at th last minute.
4. Let's do
a bit of label history - when did you start the label & where? What, back
then, were your long-term plans/goals/ideals for Recess Records? Did you ever
imagine it would become what it is today - a respected Punk Rock label of
some standing? i started the label in 1990 if you count the vinyl/official
release,i put out demo tapes in 1988. i never even thought it would be an
ongoing thing let alone have almost 100 releases. it's quite crazy to think
of that. all of my goals and visions came after the second 7" was released
which was to just keep putting out records that i like by people i like and
tats th same deal today.
5. Did you have
a great deal to learn when you started, or were you already aware of what
it took to start a label & to release records? Did you seek any advice? What
was the biggest initial obstacle you faced? (see question 3) as far as obstacle's
go, the biggest one has been lack of money. im always in debt. 1994-1996 we
did pretty good but ever since then its been shoddy at best to try to keep
money flowing in to do things for bands like tour support etc. which brings
upanother obstacle,lack of touring bands on recess. when they dont tour,people
dont know about them. fuck it cos i'd rather put out the pud record,whom never
toured, then a shitty record like thursday,who prolly always tour.
6. What about
the business side of the label? Do you find that, even after 12 years of releasing
records, that you are still finding out new things about the record production
business and the music business in general? oh i find out something everyday
and it's usually how fucking shitty people in this business are! even alotta
the independent labels,whom we know and love, act totally buffoon-like towards
their bands and they lack anything resembling passion towards their music.
theyres about a million labels but i can only count a few that put out records
they really love and have their own style to back it up. it makes me laugh
how fucking boring they are,but it makes me cry how broke i am.
7. I understand
the label has had a few moves in its time too. It started out in your bedroom
yeah? Where did it go from there? Didn't you open a shop at some stage too?
Is that still open? Describe your current premises and its surrounding area.
yes it started in my parents closet actually. i was a big insomniac back then
too so i would be doing mailorder at 3am and my parents rarely complained.
i would boot ass if someone was ripping packaging tape everytime i went to
sleep! the next move was when i moved outta my parents house ,into a very
small cottage. that was in 1993. then in 1994-1995 we moved into a big warehouse
and that only lasted for 2 years. the record store in san pedro lasted about
8 months. in 1997 we moved recess to san pedro,first in my house then into
an office then back into my house and that's where it is right now. i like
it just fine.
8. What makes
a band a 'Recess band'? What do you look for when signing/releasing a record
by a band? Do you put any guidelines down on what you will and what you will
not release? well theres no guidlines as far as sound goes cos i think the
grumpies sound nothing like toys that kill and civic minded 5 sound nothing
like the crumbs but theres an element that bonds em all. all those bands are
into it more than anyone but they dont act like they'll quit if they aint
gonna get big. they wanna get big,dont get me wrong, i think everyone does
BUT they love it as is right now. they'll play for $30 if they hafta. i guess
a guideline of what i wouldnt release is totally soft-dicked sounds backed
by hard on attitudes. it aint worth it.
9. I guess you
can't go into specifics, but what kind of deal do you offer a band? Do you
deal with contracts or is it based on a handshake & your word? Do the deals
vary from band to band? What about paying for studio time? i can go into specifics.
we have a few different deals. 1) we release the record and we give 15-20%
of the pressing,depending on if the band pays for th recording or not. 2)
we just pay royalties based on 50/50 profits. after we recoup all the money
we put in. we have a contract but only like 3 bands signed it. its just a
page that details what we can and cant do. it wont hold up in court but ive
always had the ideal's that if someone ddoesnt wanna do a record with me then
i dont wanna do a record with them. lately we havent been able to do all the
bands recordings cos were brok but when we have money we pay for that.
10. Do you make
a living off the label, or is it a labour of love? Would you ever sign a band
on the basis of the fact that they are gonna make you a wad of cash, even
if you thought they sucked? i and hal ba dal made a living off the label for
a few years but now its not in that position to pay salary. it will always
be a labour of love deal as ive spent so much money on it already and have
yet to see any great monetary reward but i wouldnt mind getting money as long
as i dont hafta put out a shitty band to do it. yes ive had offers to put
out big bands stuff like home grown but they just totally blow and i was suppossed
to put out the hives years back but i like them , i just had too much going
11. Is Recess
a one man deal, or do you have employees or any assistance to aid the running
of the label? If so, what do they do and how many? Is it yourself who has
final say on what bands get signed? hal ba dal usta be full time but now he
doesnt really work @ recess due to money problems but he'll always be at recess
in heart and hopefully we get in better shape to get him back at work. heather,who
is also in the teen idols, does most of the mailorder nowadays and will most
likely do alot more tasks sooner or later . yes , i make all the final decisions
12. How many
of each release do you press? Did you deal in CDs from the start or is that
something that came from progression? Do you have a preferred release format
(vinyl or CD)? How much of your back catalogue is in stock & do you regularly
repress items? nowadays we do 1000 cd's and 500 vinyl. thats the average and
is on a case by case basis. i didnt do cd's up until 1994. it was really rare
for punk labels to do cd's back then i think. i prefer vinyl for sure cos
i mainly collect tht,i do have lotsa cd's but i like vinyl better. most of
our back catalog is in stock with about 10 releases out of print. we hafta
repress our better selling stuff about once every 6 months.
13. What about
distribution? Is that all done via yourself, or do you go through Mordam or
an equivalent? How did you set that deal up if so? Do you distro any other
labels? recess is distributed by IMD (www.imusicd.com) which is ran not unlike
mordam and i actually work there so it makes it easier to get stuff out there.
besides them our mailorder does real good.
14. What has
been the biggest & worst selling release on the label? Has there been one
release that you are particularly proud of? the biggest would be F.Y.P-dance
my dunce which has sold about 10,000. the worst selling release might be pud
but its also one of my favorite's, so thats how that goes.
are there any releases you regret putting out? Have you ever rejected releasing
a band's record who you now regret? Anyone you'd like to work with in the
future? i dont really regret putting anything out that i have, i regret putting
as much money into the furious george record and others that didnt tour. im
glad we have the records though. i rejected the jag offs LP cos one person
in the band started acting like a phony rockstar after we put out the split
(w/4 letter words) and to think that they are neighbors/friends makes everything
even worse. they are a great band and i wish em luck but i just dont think
its worth dealing with certain attitudes. well we got a dillinger 4/ toys
that kill split and ive wanted to do a d4 record since we first played with
16. OK - if
we can just talk about some of the bands & releases - starting with Scanner
faves - THE DWARVES!! How did you get involved with them? It seems everyone
associated with the DWARVES has a story about their debauchery - tell us one
we've not heard!! How did you find working with them and did they give you
any scary moments? In your opinion, are they as fucked up as they so often
appear? they stayed at jed's (ex-F.Y.P bassist) house while on tour a long
time ago and somehow we became friends. blag started producing F.Y.P in 1993
and after that he asked me to do record and i couldve shit my pants. that
was great! a band that we would listen to non-stop and have 40,000 conversations
about in the van asked me to do a record. rock balls!
Florida's THE CRUMBS. How did they end up on Recess? Did Lookout! dump them,
or is there something more sinister to the situation? well we (F.Y.P) toured
with the crumbs because me and emil (bassist) were pen pals and after the
tour we did their first release (alien girl 7"). after that they did records
for lookout and then came back to recess because they thought lookout werent
really paying attention to them. weve been friends all this time so it was
natural they asked me first to do their newest record and it was natural for
me to say "fuck yea"
18. There was
also an early PROPAGANDHI release - from about '94 I think yeah? How did you
hook up with them? What did you think of them signing to Fat Wreck & what
do you think of them now? we(FYP,once again) played with them and we hung
out playing air hockey so much that we wanted to do a live airhockey 7", just
the sounds we made while playing airhockey. that of course was a bad idea
so they recorded some songs instead. i like propagandhi lots and i like fat
wreck as well. im not a fan of most of their roster nor that balls-less ryan
greene "sound" but fat treat their bands better than anyone in the business
cos mike's been in a band that struggled for years before they got big and
he's on the level as far as i know.
19. Tell us
a bit about your latest signing - CIVIC MINDED 5. they are fucking mad motherfuckers
who rock balls all over the place. one show they'll play so good that you'll
wanna throw yer guitar away and the next they'll be soo drunk that will make
ya wanna take the guitar outta the trash and throw the bottle away. still,
they dont give a fuck and theyre better than any of your friends bands.
20. What do
you think is the public image of Recess Records, if indeed it even has one
in your eyes? i dunno. well i really think people think were inmature and
make fun of anything thats not on recess which might be true but we only act
that way to hussle fuckers. everyone trusts the child who aint trying to steal
21. Recess is
100% independent yeah? Have you ever had any offers from a bigger/major label
to assist you financially? Has there ever been a black spot - financial or
otherwise - which nearly caused the label to fold? well weve gotten offers
from distributors to buy the catalog but i aint going out like that. they
arent around anymore so for once i made a smart business move ha! but everyday
theres a finiancial blackhole but thats a good sign to me cos i went from
beign $30,000 in debt to $10,000 in debt in the matter of months. that was
great to me! not only cos i was slowly getting back to zero but because it
stated ,to me ,that i can do this label forever. i remember about 3 periods
while i have been doing this label that labels were dropping like flies and
not once did i get nervous cos the reason they were dropping was their bottom
line. they were no longer making a profit so they had to fold. i will do this
label as long as i want to do this. if i dont like it next week then i wont
do it anymore. of course i would like to make money off of it but its not
mandatory. yes, im sick of being broke but its not that bad when i consider
how many people are in debt cos of their shitty jobs dont hand over a solid
enough paycheck to keep up on their S.U.V. payments. Recess aint no S.U.V.!
22. Recess has
also been involved in the pressing of a book - Evan Cohen's 'I Was A Murder
Junkie, The Last Days Of GG Allin'. How did you get involved with that? Did
you ever meet GG? Again, everyone seems to have a GG story - tell us one!!
Is it likely that Recess is gonna be involved with the production of any more
books? Evan Cohen(author) was/is the bass player of furious george and some
other company was gonna put that book out til they started pulling his dick
right out. so he asked me to do it fully knowing i had no experience in book
publishing. well we got rid of almost 3000 of those so it all be good. i really
wanna do more books but ,as with bands nowadays, i will be very picky about
23. What about
the video market? Will we see an MGM production of the Recess Movie or anything?
MGM can lick me nards. that video has taken like 5 years and its finally coming
out in june. again, i wouldnt mind doing more videos and/or dvds. i dont think
the recess medium should be exclusively in music form as theres too much good
art out there to discriminate. now is a good time for real good underground
shit ,its just a matter of finding it and thats not hard if you dont have
your hand on the rap metal dick all the time.
24. After having
done Recess for 12 years now, do you see it continuing for another 12? Do
you still have the same enthusiasm for music, bands and new releases that
you did 12 years ago, or has age brought a certain jaded sensibility to things?
i can see this going for another 12 for sure. like i said i will do this for
as long as i want cos its my life. and to tell you the truth im more excited
about new recess releases nowadays then i was 6 years ago. i think theres
more of everything going into the new shit cos i went through a period where
i stopped giving a fuck about it mostly due to too much touring and seeing
and playing with bands that were big and shouldnt of been. i think thats jealousy
and while i still get like a defensive mother, "why arent the crumbs big but
diesel boy is?!?!" , it just useless in the end cos those bands and fans will
move onto some other fuck stick.
25. What are
your thoughts about downloadable music off the Internet? Will you be venturing
into the CD-ROM market with any future releases? How much of a benefit has
the Recess Website been to the label? im split on mp3's. for one, im a fan
of people getting music however they can. some people are broke and they cant
shell out fucking nearly $20 for a shitty cd. theyve been doing it for years
by duping cassettes and the only difference is theres no need for a friend
to buy it in the first place. plus usually it might promote someone to buy
something they love. BUT i think an album consists of music,lryics,packaging
and song order. its like a book and you just cant get that from an mp3 download.
but thats more of a preference than anything else. recess partially owes its
survival to the website. i wouldnt be able to afford printed catalogs and
ad's these days.
26. With the
advent of on-line music buying, downloads etc - what do you think is the future
for the humble record shop? Is part of the fun of record shopping rooting
through bins and racks trying to find bargains etc? yea again its a preference
and i'd rather brainwash kids into preferring to shop that way. i dont like
the idea of mom & pop record stores going away! once i found peanut records
(the store where i first started buying punk records at) my life was changed.
i would spend hours there and now kids dont leave their house. this is our
future! we need to get them out there buying our records or else they will
grow up to be the same douches running things now.
27. So, what
are the labels immediate plans? Next releases? Looking further than that -
what does the long-term future hold for the label? well we got the recess
video that mr.flipy has been slaving over coming out in june and this pedro
band called the rolling blackouts are gonna do something. they kick! theres
gonna be a toys that kill/d4 split, a civic minded 5/ the blacks split. the
blacks were just an amazing band! their leader,chad, recently died while on
tour and all of us were just devistated cos he was so talented and just an
all around good person. so im really happy i get to put that split out.
any advice you have to people aspiring to do their own label?? Do you have
any regrets about starting Recess? What has been the single best thing about
doing the label? the single best thing is alotta things actually,i would feel
totally lost without the ability to do this,its the one thing in my life that
ive stuck with for 12 years and thats great cos i usually see the internal
parts of things and run away. ive seen the worst fucking people do the worst
fuckin actions in this business and i still have the sense to ignore it and
do my own thing only cos i love it so much.the only advice that i personally
can give is just put out what you feel strongly about. block off everyone
else's shitty opinions about how music should sound cos there is no one way
anything SHOULD sound. theres nothing worse than when business majors try
to start labels. the only regrets that i have about recess is that ive done
some pretty stupid business moves and squandered away money that couldve been
managed and budgeted better,but it wouldve cost me $50,000 to learn those
lessons in college so i feel that i saved alotta money!
you wanna add? nah