Brooklyn Metal Bar Saint Vitus Just Launched A New Record Label Because HELL YEAH!
It seems like Saint Vitus has grown in a good direction. Thus far it's remained true to where it started. Any thoughts on how to keep this authenticity as it continues to grow?
I think that we aren't content with any sort of orthodoxy about heavy music or anything like that. We're music fans that like a plural amount of stuff. And I think what's really cool is that everybody who's involved is a New Yorker. So, you remember places like CBGB, you remember places like Coney Island High. You remember Tramps and when Mercury Lounge was breaking all these indie bands. You remember all that stuff. And I feel like when I talk about Vitus and what image I'm trying to program it in, it's more like those places. CB's, for example, was always very associated with the hardcore and punk movements, but they had a ton of different kinds of bands play there.
We're an inclusive place. I don't really care if you've listened to five metal records in your entire life or if you have everything in the world on vinyl. It doesn't matter to me. I just want it to be a great experience for whoever's walking through the door because that's how people get into stuff...It's creating a community in its own way.
Sounds like you're definitely the right person for the job that you have.
[Laughs.] Thanks. I think about stuff a lot. That's what happens when you're a philosophy and sociology major that runs a rock club.