February 17, 2014 @ 10:43 am

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There’s no doubt that 2014 is going to be a big year for music. This year is already a big one for the team over at Pure Noise Records. Founder Jake Round and the rest of his crew are celebrating the label’s 5th anniversary this year. The Berkeley, CA based label was started by Round back in 2009. Over the past five years, the label has signed bands like Front Porch Step, Handguns, Reggie and The Full Effect, The Story So Far, and about fourteen others. Pure Noise is having a concert in Oakland, CA next month to celebrate this milestone for the label.

We got a opportunity to talk with Round about the label and how it’s progressed over the past five years. Check out our interview below, and make sure to head over to the Pure Noise Records Facebook page and wish them a happy birthday!

Music Without A Cause (MC): What inspired you to start Pure Noise Records?

Jake Round (JR): I knew I always wanted to start my own company and I had been working in music for a couple of years. My friends in No Bragging Rights needed some help and I was able to borrow a little money to put out their record in 2009.

MC: How long did it take you to get the label up and running?

JR: Once I decided I was going to put out a record it took about five months to get things running and the record.

MC: What was the first band you signed and what was the process like signing them? Has the process changed at all over time?

JR: The first band was No Bragging Rights. They were very close friends of mine and needed help financing a record. The main thing that has changed is that I don’t always know the bands when I sign them. I remember when I first starting being able to sign bands that I didn’t know personally, it felt like people were starting to think Pure Noise is a real thing.

MC: What’s changed about the way things are run over at Pure Noise compared to when you first started?

JR: We have a lot more resources now than we did when we first started. We have a pretty strong network of agents and managers that we work with and have a bigger audience than we did in 2009.

MC: What do you think is the labels biggest accomplishment in the past five years?

JR: I’m really proud of the fact that we’ve had almost zero turn over as far as bands leaving. I think it says something about the label and bands alike.

MC: What have you learned about the music industry since starting a label?

JR: That there is no substitute for a good record. At the end of the day good music wins out. No one buys records because I write good emails.

MC: Where do you see Pure Noise going in the future?

JR: Doing the same thing we’re doing now, releasing a wide variety of punk rock, hardcore and indie releases. You might not love every record we do but you can always trust us to release quality stuff.

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