Before we have you read this introductory interview I would just like to personally say thank you to Scott for taking me seriously and giving me my first Record Deal. If it weren’t for you I wouldn’t even be running this webzine. I’d still be struggling and cold somewhere with no direction in life. But instead, I’m chasing my dreams with confidence. – Brett Deadly
Thank you for taking some time to be interviewed for the Super Happy Death Cult webzine. Can you please introduce yourself to our readers and tell us a little bit about what you do.
My name is Scott Rozell and I am the owner at Blackhouse. I also play drums in the band Scatterbox and the band Moral Crux. I also do some session drumming for various hiphop and metal projects.
When did you get started? And how did the name come together?
I used to put out a black and white punk rock zine back in high school called Stress Factor. I used to interview over email and phone all these bands that I would see in issues of MaximumRockNRoll, Flipside and so on. I traded zines with other people for their zines, records, tapes, whatever. Met a lot of people along the way. Decided to start a small record label after I graduated high school while I was in college. Around the same time, I was asked to join Moral Crux and started touring, which helped in an even bigger way in regards to networking, etc.
Did you mess with any other genres or forms of music before getting into hip-hop and rap?
Oh yeah, still do! Was very magnetized to punk and hiphop my entire life, along with industrial music….KMFDM, Godflesh, Revolting Cocks, Future Sound of London, etc…haha. When it came to hiphop, I lived on a healthy diet of Wu-Tang, Ras Kass, Too Short, Public Enemy, King Tee, tons of shit. The list could go for miles. At the same time, I was pretty immersed in the punk rock world, and it was crazy to join a band that I not only grew up on (Moral Crux), but was on Lookout! Records before I was even 20 years old. Never imagined that ever happening, but here we are, Lookout! Is now a piece of legendary punk rock history, and here we are.
Who gets bragging rights for helping you get to where you are now?
Oh man, everyone I interact with is literally an influence in my life in some way, shape or form. That’s a hard question, but if we are talking the first person EVER to get me set on the path I am on today, it’d be my cousin Chris. He made me my very first mixtape when I was like 7 years old. The first song on it was “Pay to Cum” by Bad Brains, and every song was just ground-breaking for me. I remember everything on that tape to this day, and it was my first ever exposure to punk rock and the DIY ethos. Ministry, Butthole Surfers, Velvet Underground, Minutemen, DRI, Suicidal Tendencies….I was hooked.
If you could go on tour with anybody, who would the roster consist of? What would be your dream tour?
If we were talking one tour package? I’d have to sayyyyyyyy….probably Too Short, Suicidal Tendencies (87’ Lineup), Tyler, The Creator, Trash Talk, and probably Gregor Samsa.
Where there any significant obstacles or hard times that you had to overcome to get here today? What was the darkest moment in your personal come up?
There were quite a few, but I can say there’s nothing quite like giving up eating for a week just to afford to run flyers for a show or some other project I insisted on doing. It was a sacrifice I made many a time, simply because I was stubborn and more motivated by starting a label and maintaining a career in music of some sort than anything else. It was weird because it felt like (the label) was something I HAD to do. Like my brain wouldn’t let me not do it. It’s like a habit/hobby that I can’t put down because the solace and gratification is through the end result. Even if an album we release flops, I am still proud of it and the work that was put into it. In the end, I don’t care if anyone doesn’t like what we are putting out. WE LIKE what we are putting out.
Are there any important video or music releases you have coming out soon that we should know about?
We are neck deep in a double LP preorder from Father, as we are now handling the physical manufacturing and distribution arm of Awful Records, so that’s got us busy. From there, we have releases coming up in the works right now from Prison Religion, Cold Blooded, ZAN, a split with The Drip (Relapse Records) and Absurdist from Texas, Abra, Slug Christ, and a couple other surprises that we haven’t announced yet (but will soon).
Any upcoming shows you want to plug? Blackhouse Records will have a 15 artist showcase at the Inlander Magazine’s Volume Festival in Spokane, WA on June 2
Blackhouse Records will have a 15 artist showcase at the Inlander Magazine’s Volume Festival in Spokane, WA on June 2 nd. Brett Deadly will be there, along with Ras Kass, Slug Christ, Nacho Picasso, Nobodies, Rot Monger, Crimewave, Scatterbox, Infrablaster, and damn near the rest of the entire Blackhouse roster. It’s going to be insane.
Where can my readers stream your music and what site is best if they want to follow you? Where are you most active?
If you go to www.blackhouserecordsinc.com, you will find everything you need….links at the top to all the social pages as well as youtube and Soundcloud links within. We are definitely most active on Facebook and Twitter:
As we wrap this up, is there anything else you would like to include for our readers. Anything important I missed?
Yeah. Don’t give up on what you love doing. If it truly feels like it was what you were put on this Earth to do, then by all means, do that shit. You only get one run at this whole life deal, so surround yourself with supportive people, go with your instinct, and leave an uncompromising body of work and legacy to share with the world. After all, it’s probably what you were put here for.