"ok so here it is. after a few failed attempts, due to a criminal lifestyle and alcoholic/addict insanity,and a comicly tragic ending to the last effort(buy the, the maelstrom "to the blood of my enemie's"ep on red vinyl, it's a limited edition) .this label is by no means a money making venture(as anyone who's ever been involved in any aspect of d.i.y. music knows. have you stopped laughing yet,can i move on?).It's kinda like i told an ex-girlfriend,we're to stupid to know anything different, and to old to still believe that we can change the world through any of this shit we do.we do it cause we have a passion for this music and the lifesyle that goes along with it. So if by doing this label i've helped some really awsome people get music they live for out , and a few people who have the same passion for collecting it get it . this label is a success!"
..when I had read this text above for the first time from Burnt Bridges my space page I knew: this is something true and sincere! then I chat a little with Chad who is standing behind this d.i.y. record label and realize that he is great guy, so here is interview with him as consequence of all that.. just to spread the word about his work..
BBR: Hey, I'm Chad and I "run" (if you can call it that) Burnt Bridges with the help of quite a few others. Jayme C. sorts out numbers, tells me how much money I'm losing and generally questions my sanity; Lori S. does website and other computer crap; Caleb P. writes music descriptions for website and reassures me that I am crazy for doing this but that it's o.k.
c.f.: tell us something about beginnings of Burnt Bridges Records..from where you get idea to start with it?
c.f.: what have you released so far?
BBR: So far we've put out Condemned unit "s/t" 7", Warvictims/Till Death 10", Doom Siren "Tyranny ep" 7"
c.f.: how it comes to that cooperations with those bands? Describe us, in short, how all that is going to release one record?
BBR: Typically I deal with friends of mine in that are in bands I like and think others should have the opportunity to hear. Man, it's been my experience that so far each release takes on its own path to existence. In short, it usually starts with either me approaching a band asking if they want to do a release or vice versa, getting all the music and artwork together, taking what little bit of money that comes back from the distributors, then working a shit load of overtime, or getting a second job to make it happen. Finally it's sitting back and seeing where in the process there's going to be a fuck up.
c.f.: I have downloaded your release warvictims/till death split from some blog on the net.. I know that isn't 100% right because of your effort and money putted in.. what is your opinion about that?
BBR: My team of high priced lawyers will be contacting you about the music you've pirated off of the net soon!(ha,ha)
c.f.: are you against downloading from the net or you think it's okay to do that if you can't afforded to buy the record or pay expensive shiping costs?
Especially younger kids who might be inspired to get involved in groups or organizations that take a lot of the ideas expressed in the lyrical content and convert it into to direct action... then by all means download and redistribute, PLEASE!!!
c.f.: do you like to trade your stuff for some other records?
BBR:YES!!!!! I've been turned on to some great music overseas because of trades!!!! Hell yes!!!!!
c.f.: And do you have any contacts with people/labels outside of the states?
BBR: I have some because of friends of ours that have made it over to europe/asia/australia already with their bands, as well as friends I've made through the internet/ trade's etc. Could never hurt to have more though, so hit me up !!!!
c.f.: what else do you do,besides the label? I know you was active in organizing some festival, anything else?
c.f.: what are future plans with your label?
BBR: I have an Abrupt 7"(members of Born Dead,Desolation,Scurvy Dogs) coming out soon. Also Till Death is recording as I type this so their should be two different split 7"s that come out of that, and a Deadly Reign split 12"(members of Till Death, World Burns to Death ) possibly with Warvictims. I have quit a few other things in the works as far as releases are concerned. I'd really like to work on stuff like giving bands tour support etc., so I'm looking into getting a van to start with(thank DOG Gus is a mechanic). We are also planning a Till Death tour in Europe in 2011.
c.f.: thanks on this interview, anything for the end?
BBR: Yeah Bro, thanks so much for asking me to do this. It was cool - I enjoyed it! I guess I just want to say that as much as punk rock/hardcore has affected and shaped my life, it opened the doors to a culture that finally made sense to a kid that spent most of his youth feeling like he didn't fit in the world he lived in... that the music scene is just that, music. If each one of us in our own lives doesn't implement the ideas in our actions or take the time to get involved in groups and causes doing the real work to create (even just a little corner of) the world for people like us to live in, then all the bands, and labels and distros etc.. are a waste of our time and money!!!
STAY PUNK! STAY ACTIVE!