BARF: How long has Prize Fighter been in existence for?
PRIZE FIGHTER: I have been doing this for about a year and a half now.
BARF: What inspired you to start your own independent label?
PRIZE FIGHTER: I kept saying I wanted to start a label or a similar company and finally got to the point where I just needed to do it. I have always loved music and while I am not very musically talented, I do have a lot of experience in marketing, PR, and graphic design that works well for running a label.
BARF: What’s the label’s most recent release?
PRIZE FIGHTER: The most recent release is "The Case Files of the Private Instigators Reopened" by the Private Instigators. They are an amazing punk/doo wop/ rockabilly band from Chicago, IL. They are the first band I signed to put out an full length version of their EP "The Case Files of the Private Instigators."
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?
PRIZE FIGHTER: The Unlikely Heroes are probably my favorite Bay Area band right now. They have such a great combination of raw punk energy and hip hop lyrics. They also put on one of the most energetic live shows I have seen in awhile.
BARF: What’s the most prized record you own?
PRIZE FIGHTER: My most prized record is probably The Postal Service's Give Up on Vinyl. It is just such a great reminder of a time in my life and one that I never get tired of listening to.
BARF: What are some other labels you admire (and why?)
PRIZE FIGHTER: I really love Asian Man Records, Merge Records, Stones Throw, Fat, Alternative Tentacles, and a ton of others. I grew up listening to a lot of the bands on these labels and they had such an impact on me and the formation of my musical tastes. It is something that I really want to hopefully do with my label. Help artists reach a wider audience and connect with their fans.
BARF: Anything else that you’d like to share (music or non-music related!)?
PRIZE FIGHTER: I am a huge nerd.