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This time I interviewed Billy of Boston's Indie label, Too Far Gone Records. Please check it out.
1. First of all, please introduce yourself.
Hi, my name is Billy Philhower. I’m 24 and live in Boston, Massachusetts.
2. You are based in Boston, but what kind of city is Boston? (Personally I have the impression of a hardcore band or a famous baseball team.)
Hah, love your impression honestly! Boston is a great city with a vibrant music community. It’s getting a little expensive to live in, but I really can’t complain about the city at all. I’ve been here since 2012 when I started school up here and now have been working here full-time for nearly 3 years. There’s always something going on - sports, music, art shows, etc. It gets a little bit too cold for my liking, but that’s alright. There’s not really many tours that don’t stop in Boston, which is awesome.
3. Why did you start a Too Far Gone Records?
I started it originally because I wanted to take a more active role in the DIY music scene outside of simply going to shows (not that there’s anything wrong with that!). I also wanted to take a stab at the business side of music, which lined up well with me going to business school and studying marketing.
4. I think that it has been released as a number of labels so far, but what is the motivation to release bands and artists?
There are a million and one bands out there that are all vying for your attention and ears. My motivation with the label is to help a few of them get their art heard by more people. Sometimes it goes great, sometimes not so much, but that’s the aim.
5. Do you have memories as you manage the label?
Of course! Too many to count! Touring with Holy Shadow and Koala Tea Time in 2014. Booking a ton of shows for bands on the label and others - one weekend in particular throwing back to back shows in Montclair, NJ with tons of friends playing including shakusky., Forth Wanderers, P.S. 118, Be Still Cody, Three Man Cannon and more. Being in the studio with Our Sunday Affairs recording their debut album.
So many moments in my life have been shaped or defined by music and, since starting the label, a lot of them can be tied back to Too Far Gone in some capacity.
6. After the release in 2016, it took about two years until this release. What have been done for the past two years?
I’ve mostly been focusing on my full-time digital marketing job and going to as many local shows as possible. I’ve thrown a few shows myself since 2016 and I also put out 2 records through a side label called Day Crush that I started in 2017, including one from I Hate Sex who I had previously worked on with Too Far Gone.
7. This time you release the “Thurst” album as a cassette, What made you decide to release them, and also what triggered you to restart the label again?
I’ve really missed putting out records! It’s been a solid itch in my side for a couple years now. Also, through my job, I’m constantly promoting music from other labels - this is awesome too, but indirectly made me miss it even more.
8. I think that you listen to music besides being released, but what kind of music do you like? Please tell us about the bands and scenes you are interested in now.
Normally I tell people that Modest Mouse is my favorite band of all time (peep the cover compilation I released a few years back), but I honestly don’t listen to them a ton these days. Lately, I’ve been super into Nana Grizol, The Buttertones, Ape Up! and that new Better Oblivion Community Center. Also - I’m biased, but I’m obsessed with Thurst. I think they are so, so good.
9. Various bands are releasing and tours. What kind of impression do you have about the current scene?
The “scene” changes a lot I think and I think it’s changed significantly since I last put out a record through Too Far Gone. Some faces have come and gone, some bands have laid their instruments to rest, some bands have come back, etc. All in all, I think the scene will continue to push on and adapt to the outside world and its ebbs and flows. I think it’s fascinating to think about how my views on the scene have changed over the years.
10. This release will trigger the restart of label management. What Kind of label do you think would be in the future?
My one policy has always been that I refuse to put out a record if it wouldn’t be something that I’d be caught listening to on the train to work in the morning. I don’t have any specific desire to be a “kind” of label necessarily, but I do think that it’s incredibly important to use the platform that I have to try and lift up marginalized artists as much as possible. Outside of that, I just want to put out music by artists that I love and help them get heard.
11. Finally, please tell me if there is a message.
Support artists that you like so they can keep making art. Get to the gig. Hug your mom.
Thanks Too Far Gone Records! THURST's album will be released on March 22nd most recently. This year seems to be waiting for other releases, please check out his label.