We’re a big fan of Jake Round and Pure Noise Records, so we’re stoked to be featuring the label in our brand new Label Talk feature. Jake and I discussed the way that Pure Noise has evolved in the past two years, their current roster, successful releases like Under Soil And Dirt, future releases, and much more. Read up and enjoy!
Pure Noise’s first release was in 2009. Two years later, the label has slowly grown from the ground up with big releases from Handguns, The Story So Far, and Daybreaker, among others. How would you put 2011 into perspective as we’re nearing its close? 2011 has been the best year of my life. It’s that simple. Pure Noise is far from a huge label but it’s been amazing to see what started off as a little idea turn into my full time job. I’m so proud of my bands and how hard they’ve worked.
The label did start in 2009 and really got its first break with the Transit and Man Overboard split. Do you feel like 2011 has really established the label though, compared to just one single “bigger” split release? I only put out two records in 2009. The first was a full length for my dear friends in No Bragging Rights in March. In December, I was fortunate enough to release the MOB/Transit split. That split really gave me a better idea of where I wanted to go with the label. It took me about a year to feel that out but I’m happy with where I’m at now.
Pure Noise has made its way with limited signings, but with ones that have counted. What are your thoughts on quality versus quantity when it comes down to signing bands? I only try to sign bands that I REALLY like. I put a lot of time into each release and have really focused on trying to turn my little bands into bigger bands. I’ve been fortunate enough to have all my recent signings do several records with me which really gave me a chance to help them grow. It takes a couple solid years of work to really see much progress.
And to push that question further, how do you make decisions about who to bring into your family and how to market them with the industry struggling the way it is? Like I said before, I just really have to like the band. Additionally, the band has to be willing to help themselves through touring, online promotion, etc. The music industry is figuring itself out, I feel like if the jams I release speak for themselves then the record sales will follow.
What’s your regular day like at the label? It is it more managing how your roster is doing as a whole and prepping releases, or is there a lot more to it that most people wouldn’t think of? Until very recently I had a day job and would try to answer emails and stuff like that from work when I could and get home and do mail order and stuff like that at night. Now that I’m doing it full time it really allows me to focus on each release, making sure artwork is delivered on time, my distributor has everything they need, and that the release is properly promoted. There is a lot of organizing that goes on, especially if you take an interest in the touring your bands are doing. For the smaller bands, I act a little bit like a manager because they don’t have anyone else. I do my best to set up tours and make sure everything they do is the best it can be. I do some of the art stuff myself with some help from my close friends. From time to time I’ll even book shows for the bands. I’m pretty involved and proactive, I think every band I have is awesome and just want to see them do well.
Are you the sole “employee” at the label, or has your team grown over the past year? It’s just me right now. Once I get settled into my new office I’d definitely like to have an intern or two. Charles Vincent, drummer of The American Scene, helps out with a lot of tour art and graphics.
the more you know, the more you know you do not know. but that does not fit into your worldview at the moment so bookmark this and come back to it another day.
original quote: “The more highly educated you are the more likely you are to suffer from delusions of being highly intelligent.”
Intelligence is the ability to acquire knowledge; not knowledge. Intelligence has no correlation to knowledge previously acquired (education or, being educated). Your article has nothing to do with intelligence, only knowledge. Triarchic Theory of Intelligence, look it up.
Your next argument: (though i might be giving you too much credit): If intelligence is the ability to acquire knowledge then wouldn’t ones education level (knowledge acquired) directly correlate to their intelligence level?
My final rebuttal: Bill Gates, William Shakespeare, Abe Lincoln, Mozart. I don’t feel the need to compile a list of idiots in the world with degrees from various forms of “college”.
Nice try bro. Though the article was a good read, it had nothing to do with my post. In conclusion: YOU MAD
I’m writing this letter to express my disappointment in your company in firing Michael Phelps as a spokesperson for your products because he was photographed while enjoying some marijuana.
I respectfully would like to communicate my opinion on this matter because I think it’s of great public interest.
First of all, although it is true that Mr. Phelps broke the law, I think any reasonably intelligent person would admit that it’s one of the most fucked up and corrupt laws that we have today in this country. Marijuana is relatively harmless and certainly far less dangerous than a host of other things that are not only legal but also readily available, like alcohol and prescription drugs. The only reason it remains illegal to this day is because it’s a plant and you can’t patent it and control it’s sale, and because if it were legal it would greatly affect the demand for a host of prescription drugs that rake in billions of dollars each year for pharmaceutical companies.
Marijuana has never killed anyone EVER in over 10,000 years of use. We’re not protecting people from themselves, we’re not saving the children – it’s just a horribly illogical law that is in place because of corruption and propaganda.
The fact that it’s against the law is just a disgusting reminder of how retarded our system is, not a reasonable reaction to a proven threat to society
I have to say, this whole thing saddens me, because I personally would like to think that as Americans we’re better than this. These television news anchors will shake their heads at the thoughtless mistake Mr. Phelps had made by “smoking dope,” and then without even the tiniest sense of irony they will cut to a beer commercial.
This is supposed to be the land of the free and the home of the brave, right? We’re not supposed to be a nation of little bitches giving in to the whims of corrupt politicians and the pharmaceutical companies who’s interests they’re representing.
It’s 2009, and in this day and age with the incredible access to information that we have available there’s no fucking way that we should be allowing human beings to tell other human beings that they can’t do something that they enjoy that hurts no one including themselves.
THAT is madness. THAT is ignorant, and THAT is completely fucking un-American. I don’t want to hear any of that, “he’s setting a bad example with the children” nonsense either, because we all know if he had a gin and tonic in his hand instead of a bong this would never have been an issue, even though every single study ever done has shown that marijuana is FAR less dangerous than alcohol.
Marijuana laws are a horrible waste of resources and law enforcement, and especially in this day and age with our economy in such horrible shape I believe the last thing we need to be doing is wasting tax payers’ money on any of this victimless bullshit.
I find your reactions to Mr. Phelps situation both ignorant and short sighted. I think what would have been a far better response from Kellogg’s would be to support Mr. Phelps, and perhaps point out that maybe we as a society should take a closer look at the evidence and possibly reconsider our position on this misunderstood plant that so many of our productive citizens find useful.
Now, I’m sure if you really were running Kellogg’s and you were still reading my bullshit all the way down to this, you must be thinking, “Why the hell would we stick our necks out like that for pot smokers?”
And of course the answer to that question would be, because we buy your shit, motherfucker.
Do you guys even know your consumer statistics? Well, let me fill you in on some of my own personal scientific research on the subject, because I have been closely studying my own purchases for over 20 years, and I can tell you that I’ve been high 100% of the time I’ve bought your shit.
I mean, do you guys ever think about what you sell?
Pop tarts? Are you kidding me? I would be willing to bet that 50% of the people buying pop tarts are stoned out of their fucking minds.
Just to be perfectly clear on my position, I would like you to know that I enjoy your products. I think many of them are quite tasty, but lets be honest; you guys sell sugar-drenched shit that’s horrible for your body – in fact, it’s actually way worse for your body than pot – and you market this shit specifically to children.
You assholes go as far as putting lovable cartoon characters on the boxes just so that kids will beg their parents for it.
Now, I don’t want you to misunderstand my point, because I in no way want anything bad to happen to your company. Like I said, I genuinely enjoy your products.
There’s nothing quite like being stoned out of your mind at 2am watching a Chuck Norris movie and eating a bowl of fruit loops. Your company and its products have been a part of some very pleasurable moments in guilty eating, and I’m glad you’re around.
All I’m saying is that it’s high time (no pun intended) that you motherfuckers respect the stoner dollar. There’s WAY more of us than you might think, and we tend to get upset about dumb shit like this. There are millions of us, and if we decide that we don’t like a company, they’re going to feel it.
I think if you looked into it carefully, you would be surprised at how many undercover potheads there are out there. Pot smokers don’t all fit into the obvious, negative stereotypes; we come in all shapes and forms – including by the way, the form of the greatest fucking swimmer who ever lived, EVER.
Think about THAT shit for a second..
So in closing, I would like to ask you nice folks to please smarten the fuck up.
I would request that you check the calendar and note that it’s 2000 and fucking 9, and next time you think about getting all uppity about pot you might want to do a quick google search on the facts.
It’s 4:40am here in LA, and I’m going to wrap up this blog and to celebrate its completion I’m going to enjoy one of my personal favorite Kellogg products: Eggo waffles.
I’m gonna pop 4 of them bitches into the toaster, and then I’m gonna stuff the bong with some fine, American grown “Train Wreck” and sacrifice the sacred plant to the fire gods in tribute to the unjustly persecuted 8 time Olympian hero. Then I’m gonna get some butter, and I’m gonna smear it on those Eggos, I’m gonna cover them with maple syrup, and I’m going to eat the ever loving fuck out of them.
“I’ve never been lonely. I’ve been in a room — I’ve felt suicidal. I’ve been depressed. I’ve felt awful — awful beyond all — but I never felt that one other person could enter that room and cure what was bothering me…or that any number of people could enter that room. In other words, loneliness is something I’ve never been bothered with because I’ve always had this terrible itch for solitude. It’s being at a party, or at a stadium full of people cheering for something, that I might feel loneliness. I’ll quote Ibsen, “The strongest men are the most alone.” I’ve never thought, “Well, some beautiful blonde will come in here and give me a fuck-job, rub my balls, and I’ll feel good.” No, that won’t help. You know the typical crowd, “Wow, it’s Friday night, what are you going to do? Just sit there?” Well, yeah. Because there’s nothing out there. It’s stupidity. Stupid people mingling with stupid people. Let them stupidify themselves. I’ve never been bothered with the need to rush out into the night. I hid in bars, because I didn’t want to hide in factories. That’s all. Sorry for all the millions, but I’ve never been lonely. I like myself. I’m the best form of entertainment I have. Let’s drink more wine!”—Charles Bukowski