BARF: How long has Empty Cellar been in existence for?
EMPTY CELLAR: Empty Cellar Records was founded in 2009
BARF: What inspired you to start your own independent label?
EC: I love music and records and working with my friends.
BARF: What’s the label’s most recent release?
EC: We released two albums in August:
Animal Races LP/CD/Cassette by Cool Ghouls
Other Man's Blues LP/CD by Magic Trick
BARF: Contrary to not so popular belief, the Bay Area’s music scene is alive and well; currently, who’s your favorite local artist/band?
EC: I <3 Cool Ghouls, Violent Change, The World, Lovebirds, The She's, Grace Sings Sludge, Emotional, Swiftumz, Magic Trick, Once and Future Band, Anna Hillburg, Cold Beat, Unity, Marbled Eye, Dylan Shearer, Sonny Smith... the list goes on and on!
BARF: What’s the most prized record you own?
EC: I love all my records... I especially cherish my parent's collection of populist Latin American records. There is a Victor Jara record with a chilling newspaper clipping, saved by one of my parents, detailing his murder by the Chilean government. I love my mom's Beatles records. I have an original copy of Just Another Diamond Day by Vashti Bunyan which is pretty rare and special... but it is kinda thrashed. I have an original copy of Not So Quiet On The Western Front (Alternative Tentacles) which came with Issue 0 of Maximum Rock N Roll, and that's a pretty special piece of Bay Area music history.
BARF: What are some other labels you admire (and why?)
EC: I admire all labels (except nazi and sexist labels... I don't admire them, fuck them). Running a label isn't exactly an easy endeavor and I'll admire anyone who is willing to suffer through it. That said, I especially like Melters, Death, Constellation Tatsu, Secret Seven, Castle Face, Drag City, Light In The Attic, Burger, Slumberland, Mississippi, Yazoo, Sublime Frequencies, Hardly Art... and of course Father Daughter for working so hard on this event.
BARF: Anything else that you’d like to share (music or non-music related!)?
EC: See you at the fair! If you can't find us, we're in the room that is NOT the main hall and will have limited edition shirts designed by Jess Rotter benefiting the San Francisco Coalition on Homelessness for sale.