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Jon D of Well Fed Interview

I’ve read somewhere Well Fed all started off as a sketch at a pizza joint, did you ever have intentions to get this distinguished and having customer base internationally? 
At that moment Well Fed was never going to be more than that; a sketch in a pizza stained notebook. There was an idea behind it but no real blueprints for development. There must have been some special minerals in that idea cause it’s taken on a life of it’s own now. There were no intentions at all to begin with, let alone intentions to gain an international following. It’s been a natural progression into this mutant child I’ve come to call my own.

When I look at the Well Fed blog and the type of designs that are put out I’m reminded of Justin Blyth’s Them Thangs, Yimmy Yayo, macabre imagery, New York graffiti, hardcore, and traditonal type tattoo flash. Recently where have you received your influence from?
Lately I’ve been really into primitive, unassuming designs made by individuals with no real knowledge of design who just wanted to convey an idea. Unadulterated and raw. Military patchwork and air force nose art, signage from riots and protests, old punk/hardcore flyers and zines. Always interested in the shitty signs homeless people make with whatever materials they can get their hands on. I’ve also been pulling a lot of influence from Japanese design and culture. Learning to break grids and reinventing my methods. And I’ve been trying to read a lot more. Your imagination can create some of the craziest visuals that you won’t find anywhere else.

There are many clothing brands that pull off the black and white designs and color ways for example Black Scale and Fuct. What sets Well Fed apart from other clothing companies?
Probably the fact that I don’t really consider Well Fed exclusively a clothing company. When it started I couldn’t figure out anything better to put my designs on than t-shirts. People responded well so I kept making them. Now Well Fed is most known for the apparel but I’ll never limit it to that. The black and white thing just makes sense to me. I don’t think well with color most of the time and simple is better.

Besides putting out T-shirts, hoodies, stickers and crewnecks you have also put out a zine, iPad case and a limited edition pocket knife. Is there any thing else we can look forward to being put out in the online shop?
There’s a couple new zines in the works right now. Got some skateboard related pieces coming. I’ll be releasing windbreakers in the next month which will be a first. Experimenting with some new things there. Like the knives, I’ll probably stumble onto something that I think would be sweet to make and just go for it. That’s usually how things work.

I would say Well Fed has gotten a lot of recognition from shows and the bands supporting them, do you consider Well Fed a clothing brand based off of music?
Music is very important to me but it isn’t the single thing that drives this brand. There has been a lot of support from the hardcore community which I’m grateful for but Well Fed is not based solely off of that.

With collaborations done with Kids Like Us, Foundation, Reven, Rain Dog Skateboards, Title Fight, Backtrack and Trapped Under Ice are there any other bands or people you would like to do works with in the future?
There’s no specific group or brand I’m currently looking to link up with. I’d like to broaden my audience in a healthy way so getting up with some unexpected groups is something I’d like to do. Always looking to do something new. Whether it be through different product or just a different perspective on things. Anything to keep things interesting and unpredictable.

How was the tour with Foundation going across Europe and Russia?
Bad ass. Spending a month in a van traveling foreign countries with some of my closest friends was an amazing thing. I feel thankful that I was able to make that trip and experience once in a lifetime opportunities with my second family (shout out to Hungarian Karl you porcelain son of a bitch). There were miserable days of fourteen hour drives and eating nothing but mushroom soup, stale bread and crab flavored chips. Days like that made me wish I was back on American soil. But even the worst days are worth remembering.

Do you plan on keeping Well Fed limited to small runs rather than dropping new products seasonal and in quantities?
There is no plan really. It’s usually seasonally appropriate but that’s just natural. I like being able to handle every order personally and make sure I have eyes on everything so smaller runs makes that possible. I’m not trying to make it into a huge distributed brand right now. Maybe one day I’ll expand but keeping it tight for now is more my thing.

Piggy backing off that with items selling out quickly, which piece of Well Fed merchandise has been most purchased and requested?
The Logo Crew Neck is the most popular item. Hold On To Your Friends tee in a close second. Those are the only two items I’ve printed more than once.

Your lines are really affordable to your consumers, how important is this to you and what are your thoughts on clothing companies who up price there clothing.
It is important to me to keep it within reach. There’s more value to me in seeing Well Fed on the backs of as many people as possible instead of stacking my wallet while also maintaining the integrity and worth of my designs. Everyone does it for a different reason. Doesn’t matter to me either way.

For all the Well Fed followers out there, whats in the works and to come down the road?
I’ve got more ideas than I’ve got time. Working on a few collaborative publications right now as well as a self published book. Got a bunch of new band designs and Well Fed designs in the chamber. Even a few motion picture projects too. There’s a lot going on. You’ll see.

Thanks to everyone who has supported Well Fed in any way. Thanks to Jordan for doing this interview. Go write graffiti get tattoos skate in traffic eat a nacho make something new and in general give few less fucks. Push yourself and do what makes your heart beat a little faster. That’s it.


Ned Russin Interview

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The Disengage 7″ has an exclusive track on it in Japan right?
We just put it on the seven inch just for Japan for Alliance Trax.

Alliance-Trax can you tell us about it and how they’ve been helping you out?
We met Daki who does Alliance-Trax, or we didn’t meet him at first but he sent Jefery from Run For Cover an email talking about licensing The Last Thing You Forget and it was right around the same time he offered us to come over with H20. We knew Daki through some of our mutual friends cause he’s done so many records for American bands. All of our friends bands that came over here and knew Daki. They told us he’s a good guy, you should trust him, he’s cool and he does a cool label. We put out The Last Thing You Forget and then right after that we came over with H20 since then we’ve been in touch with him and we see what they put out and he just did the Disengage record that i’m involved in, Shane and Ben are also involved in. He’s just an awesome guy. Daki’s the man and he brings over so many cool bands. He does so much for the Japan hardcore scene and he just has a good head on his shoulders. He’s a really cool guy.

They got Cold World coming out and Backtrack at the end of the month and Nails too from California.
Yeah thats real cool.

This is your second time out here right?, the first time you guys came with H20 how was that?
Yeah … that was September 2010 … that was awesome that was cool. I don’t know how to explain it. It was our first time coming I didn’t know what to expect. So, it was just crazy. There could have been no one there it would of been insane for us. So, just the fact there was a lot of people there mainly to see H20 but it was so cool for us but this time were doing a lot more sight seeing stuff and im really excited about that it’s a lot of fun.

Sights in Japan where do you plan on going?
We hit up the buddhist temple in Nara and that was awesome. H20 went last time and they came back and told us about it and we had no idea what it was or anything so, we wanted to head over there cause last time we didn’t get to do any stuff in the country or anything. So it was real cool to see that side of Japan that we didn’t get to see before. We went to Osaka Castle and stuff like that. I dont know the rest of the time were spending kind of in and around of Tokyo. So just kind of go anywhere we can. We don’t got a specific kind plan were just trying to see some stuff that we can’t …

Ben was saying it’s hard for a lot of people to travel and get out of town. How is it going across the States going to Japan and Europe?
It’s a trip, you know it’s real crazy. It’s something I never really expected us to do you know. I’ve always wanted to play in a band since I can remember. My older brother is seven years older than me and he’s always been in a band. Its kind of something I grew up with. I always knew I’d play music and I’d be in a band but never once did I think that we would tour the states or even get to Europe or Japan or anything, Australia. It’s Crazy to have this opportunity it’s so awesome for us. We travel with our best friends, we get to see so many cool places, we get to meet so many cool people, hear so many cool bands, it’s hard to put into words how much this means to us and how much fun we can have doing this. This is just such a cool opportunity. You know if you have the opportunity to go out with your friends and play music I recommend to anyone. It’s really cool, it’s so much fun and we’re really thankful.

Wilkes-Barre scene, Kingston, how do you feel thats going right now
It’s awesome.

I feel like everyone is listening to all the bands that are coming out United Youth, Dead End Path …
Yeah, it’s weird we were just having this conversation with Foundation the other day. People who aren’t from Wilkes-Barre talk about Wilkes-Barre. I think they got this idea in their head it’s a major city like its a New York or Philadelphia. It’s literally this little suburban town. You know like a good show in Wilkes-Barre will be like a hundred kids. You know like a great show will be two hundred kids it’s nothing you know. Its nothing really that crazy. We have a lot of kids that are stoked on hardcore. We have a lot of awesome bands and I think the biggest thing is that people just really care about it. We went from having things like Posi Numbers Fest, Walk All Night Records, and Captain Metropolis and all these great things that were so cool and really kind of paved the way for our generation of kids to literally having nothing. To Venues closing, Posi Numbers Fest got shut down, Walk All Night stopped doing records. We went from having this great scene to literally being fifteen years old and being oh I guess we kind of have to do something now. Having to kind of realize that made us want to do it that much more. Everything that we have we have worked hard to get and i’m really proud we have our own venue now. Back to Back is putting out records for all bands from Wilkes-Barre. It’s a really cool time to be from Wilkes-Barre.

It’s cool for me coming to shows in Japan and seeing people wearing United Youth and Stick Together merch.
Yeah i’ve seen a couple Stick Together sweatshirts the past couple of nights. It’s fucking awesome, I don’t even know where they get this shit you know. The fact that people are just paying attention to it and are excited about it, that’s so fucking cool.

You guys are going to be playing Warped Tour, correct?
Yeah, we’re doing that all summer.

Any chance of being on Sound and Fury this year?
Uhhh, it doesn’t look like it. Warped Tour is all summer long, it would be kind of a shot in the dark if we were around the same time and all that stuff.

Do you think your going to bring on a new audience by playing Warped Tour?
I don’t know? I mean I guess thats the whole idea of those kind of things. Play to a lot of people who never heard of you and hopefully the come out when we come around town on our own and they’ll come check us out. Hopefully we get some new kids at the shows, that would be cool but if nobody likes us and we go over a fart in church then whatever.

Your guys side projects like Disengage and Bad Seed, will we ever be seeing anything put out in the future, shows, or more stuff?
Yeah, Bad Seed is pretty much done I don’t think that would be coming back. Disengage just put out a record and we’re trying to play some shows.You know thats just more of a when we could do it kind of thing. Hoodracks in the band from Stick Together and he lives forty five minutes away from us with out a car so it’s hard to practice. So we try to do that when we can but that’s just more of my personal fun thing. We always kind of get home get bored and start new bands. There will definitely be new experi-bands that involve any one of us. It’s hard to sit home and not want to go over our practice space and jam with our friends. That’s kind of what happens all the time and then well do a demo or a record and kind of take it from there. It will definitely happen but theres not to many plans right now.

Around this time last year I was in California for the Triple B weekend tour and saw Disengage, Free Spirit, and Minority Unit. How was it playing with those bands?You guys also played the Triple B Showcase?
It’s awesome! Free Spirit is one of my favorite current hardcore band. I love them a lot. I loved the band before I knew the dudes really. We went to Boston to see their first show and I already met Gil and Ken maybe once and I kind of re-met them. They had a bunch of reline up changes, I kind of came close friends with those dudes too. It’s just cool to be able to play shows with your friends especially Disengage cause that’s something to me. I write all the stuff to that and to me thats kind of me being me and it’s cool to go out with my friends who I love to see and play music seeing kids go off and stuff. That’s really cool. It’s also fun to not be so serious with it and be like alright lets play three shows in California and loose a bunch of money and not give a fuck. That’s cool you know to be doing that with our friend’s band is a lot of fun.

Thats what it seemed like. I saw Manny Mare’s pictures and you guys were just chilling in Hollywood having great times.
Especially for the guys in Free Spirit because they rarely go on tour. They have real jobs and are in school and do all this shit. The fact that we got them to go with us is awesome and they were so stoked to go and see California and stuff. It kind of sucks because we tour a lot and get to see the country all the time and you know sometimes were like “awhh we’re in California again”. I don’t want to feel like that, so when we go with people were like “oh theres the Superman guy or whatever in front of the theater” it’s cool to see that and it’s cool to see people excited and that gets me excited.It’s always fun experiences.

You guys have been real busy, you guys did a tour last year with Touche Amore around the states.
Yeah we did like five or six weeks with Touche, The Menzingers, and Dead End Path. Then we went right to Europe a few more times and then we went to Australia and then back to Europe.

Just non-stop.
Yeah, from May until December we were on tour with maybe the most of the time being at home for two to three weeks. It was a lot of getting out there and playing, you know that’s what you want to do and i’m not complaining. We got to see a lot. We went to Australia for the first time and Europe a lot and that was cool. We went to Spain for the first time and did a lot of cool shit.

You guys played in Europe with Basement?
Yeah, that was cool. We’ve known those guys for a while we actually met Fisher and Alex when they were over in the States on vacation. They were over with their family and they just got away from their family for two days and came with us. They sent us a Myspace message or something like “Hey, we’re fans of yours from England or something. We’re coming to Bromley, North Carolina and just want to say hi.” Ok, they came and asked “Do you know how we can get to the next show in Richmond?” Yeah, sure hop in the van and since then we knew those guys and told us about their band. It was called something different at the time and we went over there. They played for the first time it was with Polar Bear Club. They were on most of the shows in the UK and so we heard them and when we went back we were like yeah we should tour with Basement. That was cool to do that.

Any current bands your listening to? Ourside, New Brigade…
Ourside is fucking sweet. Yeah Ourside’s awesome. I just actually got an e-mail from their singer. When Disengage was playing up in Boston last weekend and we put Ourside on there. Dude just e-mailed me and was talking to him and their playing Warped Tour which is real cool. The New Brigade demo is real cool. I think United Youth is writing new songs, I fucking love them and they’re great. Uriah from Dead End Path is telling me he’s starting a new band. The new Gypsy record is coming out soon and that’s fucking awesome. Preorders for that went up a little big ago.

How about Clear?
Yeah! I just saw Clear in DC they were cool. Pat told me they were gonna finish up their demo soon. There’s a lot of good bands right now. It’s cool, i’m bad at thinking on the spot but there’s a lot of cool bands hardcore or not right now.

Do you have a favorite Southern California band do you like to tour and hang out with?
I like the Soul Search guys a lot, they’re cool. We always chill with those guys when were in California. Even if its for a day or something you know. Those guys are cool and I don’t know. Rotting Out guys are real nice. Alpha and Omega have been our friends for a real long time and we haven’t played with them in a while but we always chill with them. I’m sure i’m forgetting so many people right now, people are going to be mad at me.

Any last things you’d like to talk about? shout outs? anything about Japan?
Japan is fucking awesome! I love it!

Had any good foods or anything?
Monsua, Beef Bowl.

Have you had CoCos yet?
Nah, CoCos Curry? yeah I saw that. I haven’t eaten that yet. Japan’s awesome. I love it. The kids are so excited about music and they go off and they’re real cool. Anyone who has the opportunity to travel with their friends go play music, be in a band or anything just fucking take it. This is awesome, we’re happy to do it and it’s for everybody. You don’t need to be a somebody to do this. You can be a fucking idiot who doesn’t know how to tune your guitar and you can make it to Japan. Just start bands and go on tour.

I appreciate you guys coming to Japan because not a lot of bands come and when they do they get a good response.
Yeah, that’s what seems so crazy it sucks feeling so spoiled. I feel any tour thats going on in the states I can see pretty easily. Two hours from New York, two hours from Philly. When we travel, when we go to Australia and Japan these kids don’t get to see the bands that we get to see all the time and I feel bad for them cause I get to see these bands maybe once every three months or something and they get to see them maybe once a year. Sometimes a lot of the bands they’ll never get to see and I feel like when American bands make it to Japan or where ever kids get so stoked and I think thats awesome. That’s more happy that we get to make other people that we’re coming to their town.

Your guys tour, you guys are going all over Japan just looking at the dates. They’re all so fucking far from each other.
Yeah, it’s awesome it’s so far in Japan but like this is nothing compared to touring the States. I think our longest drive was five hours we did that today and thats probably the shortest drive that we have back in the states. So, this is leisure, I like this a lot. We’re not busting our ass having to drive over the night and worry about that. It’s cool and get to the city and see what it’s like and hang out, look around and stop along the way. It’s really fucking cool and a great way to tour

Did you happen to check out the Revelation Showcase lineup at the Glasshouse?
Yeah, it’s cool. There was so many rumors floating around going around before that. I don’t want to say was a let down but I was expecting something different. I think that would definitely be cool. I don’t think we will be able to make it out for that, I would like to but we may be tied up at that time doing some new record shit. To see Gorilla Biscuits two or three nights, I would love to see Youth of Today. I fucking love Youth of Today. Hopefully they do something like that on the east coast, I could make it to that a lot easier. That’s really fucking cool Rev’s my favorite label. They’ve done so much in the past thats made me who I am as a person, with the bands they’ve put out and their style. That really resinated me a lot when I was getting into hardcore and it’s still important to me and I really like it and its fucking cool. I love Rev anything they do i’ll be down with.