— The Smiths - I Know it’s Over
"I want bands to expect something of me, make me work for it a bit, get me involved, don’t let me switch off, make me value the music that I discover so it doesn’t become just another piece of disposable modern trash. I think we all have a part to play in shaking this up, whether it’s my band, your band, your label, your blog, or just the way you open a laptop and make a snap decision on whether an artist is any good or not…"
— (via hazelhirao)
— Unknown (via psych-facts)
Let’s get everyone on the same page with a quick crash course in Berkeley, Calif.’s Pure Noise Records: This month marks the label’s fifth anniversary. If you’ve seen the name Pure Noise tied to anything, it’s most likely been with some of their breakout bands such as The Story So Far, Handguns, The American Scene or State Champs. The label has had a hand in releasing nearly 45 records so far.
Now that we’re all caught up there is one more thing to note. It’s a lot of work running a label, and it takes some delegation.
“As a label it’s our job to market and distribute the records,” said Jake Round, the owner of Pure Noise. “There is a lot that goes into that, but booking agents book tours, artists make album art and the bands make music. Often we help with putting the team together but we certainly don’t do it all. Everyone has a job but we all work together.”
It took a number of what some may consider odd or unwise choices to get the label up off the ground, including Round quitting a stable job to intern at Fat Wreck Chords.
“I was actually a high school teacher before I was an intern, as strange as that sounds,” he recounted. “I went from having a full-blown adult career to stuffing envelops. Fat was my hero label as a kid and as soon I got to help out there I knew I wanted music to be my life.”
— Simon Sinek (via tellmefive)