I just wanted to first start off by saying thank you for taking some time out of your busy schedule and answer some questions for us.
So, what made you want to start a record label and how hard was getting it all up and running?
I did it to help out some friends band early on, I used to go to their shows and sell their records, I used to drive around to all the record stores and put records on consignment, I also used to help promote shows for the bands. It was very grass roots. I think today it’s a little easier to promote bands faster, especially with the internet.
Where does the name Fearless come from?
“Fearless cam from me starting a record label without knowing what I was doing at the time and just not being afraid to jump in head first.”
When starting this, did you ever expect it to get to the point it is today?
No, not really it was more of a hobby when I started and now it’s a full blown business
As everyone knows, At The Drive In was on Fearless. How did you guys meet them and go about getting them on the label?
I saw them at a bar with 20 other people and they blew me away so it was kind of a “no brainer”.
Are you working with them to get this box set ready?
No, it’s not a box set. It is an anthology with a bonus DVD and it has been kinda difficult to get both camps (mars Volta and Sparta) to agree on content but it finally done and should be a treat for At The Drive-in fans or somebody new to the band.
Do you usually find it hard to decide on a band you want to sign?
Ohhh yeah! But when I decide it’s final and I stand by my decision.
You just recently signed Sotheysay. What was it about them that really stuck out to you and thought that they would be a good addition to the Fearless Family?
They definitely have some good songs. What clinched it was it that they were willing to drive all the way out here from ST. Louis just to play for me. They did a great job, they had great attitudes, and I think they’ll be an easy band to work with. I also feel they’ll be a very hardworking band.
Has there ever come a time where you’ve wanted to sign a band and then wait on it and then they get picked up by someone else?
I’ve heard that happens a lot in the music industry. It’s happened many times. Sometimes for the best and sometimes I have regretted waiting.
So there are rumors that Thrice was going to sign to Fearless, is that true?
Yes we were very close to doing a deal and thing kinda went south. I still am a big fan of the band and I’m happy for their success.
What are some big releases coming in the next few months for Fearless?
Gatsbys American Dream, At The Drive-in Anthology, Punk Goes 80’s, Sugarcult, Rock Kills Kid, Bigwig (Finally!), Yesterdays Rising, So They Say.
Do you have any suggestions to the readers out there that might want to start a label?
Save your money! (just kidding) If you’re going to start a label – do it for the right reasons. Mainly, for the love of the music. Realize that you may not make money for awhile and it’ll be very hard work but if you love the music it will be enjoyable and worth it.
Boxers or Briefs?
Freeballin’ I like to go commando!
Thanks again for doing this interview, do you have any last thing to say to the readers out there in AP land?
Thanks for the support, especially with Gatsbys American Dream.