INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT: Run For Cover Records
Today, we bring you a new installment of our Industry Spotlight feature! Today’s interview is with our friend Jeff Casazza, owner of Run For Cover Records.
1. Who are you?
Jeff Casazza. I own the record label Run For Cover Records.
2. Run For Cover Records has easily become one of the leading labels in the scene. Did you ever see yourself where you are now?
No way. 100% no. In fact I think I would have been happy and felt fulfilled by it even if it never came this far. I don’t really know how it happened. I never really had any expectations of where it would go, so the fact that it has evolved into this I feel super lucky and grateful for. I would never have dreamed of it being a legitimate business with a staff and office, let alone a company some people care about. I really just liked doing it and just wanted other people to think it was cool or care about it at all. I wanted people to care, but I definitely didn’t expect them to. Really, if it could have stayed a bedroom sized operation, and I was able to maintain it like that and live off it, I probably would have just kept it that way out of stupidity or fear of ruining it by taking the next step, I am really glad how things have worked out so far though. I was nervous about putting out our first LP a few years ago, and we have 12-13 full lengths coming out this year and probably 20+ eps. That is really crazy to me.
3. RFC seems to have an ear for the next big thing in pop punk/emo/indie. How do you go about choosing which bands to sign?
In general - everyone says the same thing when asked this but we just sign bands we like and feel represent what we’re trying to do as a company and what we’re into. At this point other people than me have definitely influenced the bands we sign, but for a long time before we had a staff, you could pretty much just watch my taste in music expand as I grew up. It’s even still like that. I started the label when I was 18 and I’ll be 27 in a few days. I listen to some of the same stuff I did when I was 18, but thats a huge age difference. I am sure some people think we’re trying to cash in on trends or something, but really my tastes are just all over the place. I know when we announce signing bands sometimes, people are like ‘huh?’, or bummed out that it’s not some band that sounds like Man Overboard or Title Fight or Transit or Fireworks, but we’ve done that, a lot, and in a way I think we just sort of conquered that whole genre. We could keep signing pop punk bands and try to cash in on the success of our prior acts, but I am just not interested in doing that because I don’t listen to other bands in that genre. As soon as we start signing bands to please what other people want it won’t be fun anymore, so we just do what we want and hope other people care. I know some people are scratching their heads when we sign a rapper, or an alt country band, or a synthpop group, but who cares. I also know some people are on the same page as me, and that’s all I want.
4. What can we expect from Run For Cover in 2013?
So much stuff. LPs from Citizen, Turnover, Pity Sex, Tigers Jaw, Daylight, Cloakroom, Koji, Modern Baseball, Captain We’re Sinking and EPs from Vinnie Caruana, Coasta, Young Statues, Daylight, Koji, GDP, and a bunch of bands doing splits, including Tigers Jaw, Code Orange Kids, Shook Ones, Anti Flag, Pity Sex, Joie De Vivre, Empire Empire, etc. And that’s just the stuff we’ve announced!
5. You guys have put out some of my favourite pop punk releases, including Man Overboard’s Real Talk, Fireworks’ We Are Everywhere EP and This Time Next Year’s The Longest Way Home EP. What has been your favourite release to date?
It’s really hard to answer that. Probably impossible. Last year we released only 3 LPs, but they were my three favorite LPs of the year. A majority of LPs we’ve released would end up in my top albums ever. Two that are definitely up there for me are The Tower and the Fool - How Long and GDP - Useless Eaters.
6. When you first got Ralph, did you know he would be the “mascot” of RFC?
No! I am really glad people around the world like him. I wish he knew girls in australia give him heart eyes emoticons daily. He deserves it.
7. Are there any bands that you think don’t get enough exposure?
Crime in Stereo should be as big as Bad Religion and Brand New combined.