This Travelogue dives into the world of “Independent Record Labels” in the form of a two part interview with the Bay Area’s legendary labels Fat Wreck Chords (and Owner “Fat Mike” Burkett) and Asian Man Records (and Owner Mike Park).
In these tours, you’ll find out some interesting tidbits about how these labels started, and have managed to survive and thrive while the rest of the music industry tanks.
The people at Fat Wreck Chords are great. Fat Mike was surprisingly candid and casual during our interview and the warehouse tour. It may have been the jet lag he had from just returning from South America (where he’d just wrapped Season 2 of his own TV show, “Backstage Passport”), but we really got along like gangbusters.
Go visit fatwreck.com and find out when their record shop opens next, it is well worth the trip to pick up your favorite record for cheap (as well as colors of records exclusive to the store)!