Aaron Margosis’ Interview with Ian MacKaye

Picture originally from the Ian MacKaye biography on the Dischord Records’ site

During our 2014 Rock Marathon, Aaron Margosis aired an interview he had done with Ian MacKaye on all things music and record label related. WAMU 88.5 in Washington, DC recently rehosted the interview and transcribed highlights of the interview.

My interest in the record industry itself is actually extremely low. In fact I generally think of it as pretty odious. So in some ways, the only way to get my music out, the only way I would feel comfortable doing it, is really by putting it out myself. But in terms of the business, I can’t stand it. Never used a contract on the label ever, no contracts. No lawyer. Don’t have a lawyer. Never had a lawyer. I think a lot of times people felt that Dischord—the approach we had, Dischord was too idealistic. But considering that the label is now 33 years old and we have a staff of four or five people who are at least reasonably paid with health care and so forth, I’m wondering if we’re real yet. I suspect we are. Maybe we weren’t too idealistic after all.

You can listen to the interview here:

 

And if you want to read the conversation, you can visit WAMU’s website.

More Recent Posts

  • Kendall Street Company on Lambeth Live, July 1

    Kendall Street Company will put on the July 1 edition of Lambeth Live (heard each Friday night from 8-9 on WTJU), and you are invited to be part of the studio audience for this FREE concert broadcast! 350 Emmet St N, Charlottesville on ye olde GPS will get you to the large lot (do NOT […]

  • Ragged Mountain String Band on WTJU, June 27

    Ragged Mountain String Band will stop by WTJU this Monday evening, June 27, at 6 (edt) for a visit.  They will be having a CD release the following evening at The Whiskey Jar (details).

  • Jean Sibelius: Scaramouche, Op. 71

    Leif Segerstam’s traversal of Sibelius’ orchestral scores has been a real treat for me. While I was familiar with the big hits (the symphonies, the Karelia Suite, the violin concerto, et al), I didn’t have a complete picture of Sibelius’ output, and where those great works fit into it. This series has helped me gain […]

  • New Jazz Adds – 6/21/2016

    New Jazz Adds – 6/21/2016 Bill Belasco Trio – Three Musicians (Summit): Fascinating West Coast trio featuring drummer Bill Belasco, bassist Chuck Bennett, and pianist Denny Berthiaume playing mostly standards in their own unique fashion. The songs are mostly drawn from the songbooks of Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein, Lorenz Hart and Richard […]

  • New Blues News – 6/20/2016

    New Blues News – 6/20/2016 Sammy Eubanks – Sugar Me (UnderWorldIndie): As the title of the opening song on this disc says, it’s “All Blues To Me”. It sounds mostly like blues rock or even rockin’ blues with a dab of country on the side. Sammy wrote three of the ten songs here and added […]