BARF: How long has Grabbing Clouds been in existence for?
GRABBING CLOUDS: The label has been in existence for 3 years and still going strong.
BARF: What inspired you to start your own independent label?
GC: I have always been a record/cassette/cd collector and had always been interested in starting some sort of label focusing on limited run releases from independent bands. Finally around 3 years ago, I was able to fund some of the releases and was fortunate enough to be friends with some of the best underground bands in SF and Chicago, so I just started putting out their releases. Soon after, releases expanded to other cities/countries and we just continue to put out stuff we dig from all over the world.
BARF: What’s the label’s most recent release?
GC: Cruel Summer – Around You, Around Me 7” vinyl. Not to be missed
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?
GC: Oh wow, there’s really too many to name and I feel like shit excluding so many of them, but if I had to choose one I’d probably have to say the newly-reformed Ganglians. Got the pleasure to see them at Deathstock II this year and have been jamming out to their records so much this summer. Stoked for what’s to come!
BARF: What’s the most prized record you own?
GC: The crown jewel of my collection is a tape instead of a record, but it’s a Smashing Pumpkins demo tape from 1989 which Billy Corgan hand wrote the labels. Bought it back in 1997 as a kid and luckily held onto it throughout these years
BARF: What are some other labels you admire (and why?)
GC: Really any label that starts from nothing and tries to foster local/underground communities. Really dig what all the locals are doing here in the Bay (Death Records, Empty Cellar, Melters, Moon Glyph, etc.) as everyone else nationally keeps shitting on the SF-Bay Area as some sort dying cultural center. I also really dig other cassette labels throwing stuff out there as it is a great/cheap way to get music out into the world. Some of my personal favs are Gnar Tapes, Plastic Response, Not Not Fun, OST, and so many more.
BARF: Anything else that you’d like to share (music or non-music related!)?
GC: Just to keep going to shows and buying releases from all the rad local bands out here to show support!