BARF: How long has Left Hand Path been in existence for?
LEFT HAND PATH: In actuality — meaning records available for sale and for listening — about three months and change. In terms of preparation — about a year. In terms of daydreaming "what if I started a record label...?" — at least a decade.
BARF: What inspired you to start your own independent label?
LHP: I'm not a musician, per se, but I live, eat, breathe, and sleep music. Instead, I am a producer, broadly speaking: someone who works to realize ideas. I have always known I would start a record label — in a lot of ways, I never had a choice in the matter. It was a matter of finding the right time, the right network, and the right partner (Nihar Bhatt, in this case).
BARF: What’s the label’s most recent release?
LHP: Our first release: "MY CUBE," by Cube, an Oakland artist. Coming soon is our second release, "STYGIAN MORASS" by C.L.A.W.S., also known as the drummer for Bronze.
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?
LHP: Honestly, there's so much talent here it's hard to choose, and I mean that honestly, not in an obnoxious way. Some artists whose work I will always follow (and always love): Lumerians, Danny Grody, Solar.
BARF: What’s the most prized record you own?
LHP: Probably my copy of James Blackshaw's "HOLLY," because it was written for my deceased friend Holly Beeman, and every time I listen to it I feel her presence viscerally.
BARF: What are some other labels you admire (and why?)
LHP: Record labels that cultivate a point of view and an air of mystery at the same time: Blackest Ever Black, Hidden Hawaii, Giegling, Skam, Wax Trax, so many more.
BARF: Anything else that you’d like to share (music or non-music related!)?
LHP: Honored and excited to be a part of BARF!