BARF: How long has Reference Recordings been in existence for?
REFERENCE RECORDINGS: 40 Years
BARF: What inspired you to start your own independent label?
RR: "A moment of madness!", Tam Henderson
BARF: What’s the label’s most recent release?
RR: In classical music, San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, conducted by Martin West/Moszkowski "From Foreign Lands" rediscovered orchestral works
In non-classical, Fiona Boyes "Professin' The Blues"
On vinyl, Nojima Plays Liszt
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?
RR: With a number of diverse opinions over here, we're declining to state!
BARF: What’s the most prized record you own?
RR: Tam says, "With over 20,000 to chose from......"
BARF: What are some other labels you admire (and why?)
RR: Analogue Productions from Salina, KS - they make both new, original recordings in a variety of genres and put out re-issues of classical and jazz. Very high level of attention to detail in the engineering, mastering or remastering and manufacture of the LPs and album jackets.
BARF: Anything else that you’d like to share (music or non-music related!)?
RR: Many folks here in the Bay Area don't know there's a Grammy winning, mostly classical label here. In part because we don't use studios and interact with the community that way. We do primarily location recordings and our engineer, Keith O. Johnson, invents, designs and builds almost all of his recording equipment.