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).
Mike Park is a humble, unassuming, and handsome record label owner. When not touring the country with one of his many musical endeavors (including, but not limited to, Skankin’ Pickle, The Bruce Lee Band, the Chinkees, or as a solo artist), Mike has been running an ultra-DIY record label since 1996 that has been home to such incredible and legendary acts as Alkaline Trio, The Queers, The Lawrence Arms, Slapstick, and The Toasters.
Mike shows you around his famed “parents garage,” where he has run the label since its inception. We also get a little slice of horticultural heaven in the form of Mike’s mother’s meticulously-manicured back yard. What a treat.
Get in touch with Mike if you’re ever in the South Bay. He is quite a cool cat.