INTERVIEW BY ACTION
ATTACK HELICOPTER MAGAZINE
Interview with Aaron Feibus
by Kurt Morris
Kurt: I work for a newspaper and we run about four heavy programs all at once. We can run our advertising, circulation, news and then something else all at once all on a G3 and it never crashes.
Aaron: They're amazing pieces of machinery. I'm used to this PC I have at work. I do the bookkeeping here at work and there's also all the design stuff and all the media files are stored on my computer. If people need to use Illustrator or something like that, people have to close one program before they open the other or else it goes bezerk on you.
Kurt: Have you ever had your computer crash and lose all that stuff?
Aaron: I haven't lost any serious data. I had my computer crash once and I lost about a day's worth of entries in Quickbook. Nothing too serious, but we've got a couple machines in here that are really on their last leg. I've all but convinced John that Macs are the way to go and we're gonna probably get a couple iMacs in here.
Kurt: Cool. To segue a little bit, would it be a good assumption to say that you got the Aeffect to release a CD because you work there?
Aaron: Actually, I'd say it's the other way around.
Kurt: You got a job there because you're in the Aeffect?
Aaron: No, no. I have a job here because I did a pretty extensive internship before my job here. I just really worked my ass off, and now that I work here, I pretty much just sit around and do nothing all day. It's great. We just play Mario Kart. That's the way to have a successful company. Let success find you. Nah, we all work really hard. The 40 hour work week is a short one. If you can get everything done that you need to get done in a week in that amount of time, you're pretty lucky. To answer your question, which I totally didn't do yet--we had the demos lying around for a while. I think it would be sneaky and I would feel like a bad person, morally, if I said to them, "hey, put this out please." But a copy did end up in Rory's hands and he passed it on to other people and they liked it and so they put the pressure on John and he ultimately asked me. I never had to ask him, which was great. I was already putting together a list and making a press kit and I was going to send it out to all these other labels and not send one to FBR. I had already started to burn CDs, too. It was really a relief. I think that people were just kind of into it and I was lucky for that. We get sent a lot of demos and a lot of it isn't like our stuff.
Kurt: I know what it's like. I can relate to the record company people, because I do a zine. It's all the same, I think in that regard because I get a lot of the same stuff they probably get. I just get a lot of stuff that I don't want and it's no good and it sucks.
Aaron: *laughs* Ahhh yes.
Kurt: You know, it'd be my dream if I could get stuff from GSL, 31g, Troubleman or some of those classier, flashy labels, but they never send me anything. Instead I just get a bunch of independent stuff or something from some guy who's a one man band. I'm sure you get some of that kind of stuff, too.
Aaron: Yeah, we get some weird stuff. Because we're listed in the Yellow Pages under "record labels" in Gainesville--I think we're the only one here. Wait, that's not true because No Idea is here, but I think they're smart enough to get their listing out of the phone book. We've had people call up and be like, "Yo, I hear you're a record label. Do you got a recording studio in there, because I could bust some dope rhymes." We put out primarily punk and rock music and then they're like, "Aight, yo, good day." I'd be all for putting out a rap album if it was good.
Kurt: Yeah, if it was Public Enemy.
Aaron: But it's just weird when you get unsolicited phone calls from locals who want to drop by the office and rap for you.