BARF: How long has Urban Scandal been in existence for?
URBAN SCANDAL: The label was started in early 2012 and our first official release was an EP from Owl Paws titled Carry On. That release came out later that same year.
BARF: What inspired you to start your own independent label?
URBAN SCANDAL: I'd say independence. Urban Scandal is a vehicle to release art into the world without any outside stamp of approval. It's just down right American, you know? Freedom!
BARF: What’s the label’s most recent release?
URBAN SCANDAL: Our most recent release is Stephen Beebout's Morning Incense & God. It was recorded live at Tiny Telephone in San Francisco, CA with the talented Derek Ted (Schultz) engineering and mixing. Piper Payne of Coast Mastering provided that sweet glaze.
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?
URBAN SCANDAL: There are too many amazing artists to pick one. Christopher Owens, Mall Walk, Field Medic, Ice Cream, Never Young, Tino Drima, and Owl Paws are all fantastic though.
BARF: What's the most prized record you own?
URBAN SCANDAL: The Lawrence single on heart shaped vinyl by Girls. The lovely Christopher Owens gave it as a gift when we started working together.
BARF: What are some other labels you admire (and why?)
URBAN SCANDAL: Third Man, Sub Pop, Merge, Epitaph, Matador, Dischord, Mom + Pop, Fat Wreck Chords, Captured Tracks, and Secretly Canadian to name a few. I'm into these labels because they all do what they do really well and put out great releases.
BARF: Anything else that you'd like to share (music or non-music related!)?
URBAN SCANDAL: Come out to BARF 2k16!