Philip Anselmo From Pantera/Down Frontman To Mogul

The Metal Den's Randy "Rocket" Cody recently conducted an interview with Pantera/Down vocalist Philip H. Anselmo. In the following excerpt they discuss Anselmo's reasons for starting his own label.

TMD: What initially inspired you to want to start your own record label? Philip: There's music I've made in the past, music I'll make in the future, and a handful of bands from around the world that deserve to be heard. The thought of licensing the personal music I've been holding onto for over ten-years with some other "label" was ghastly; it wasn't going to happen. So I knew one day I'd HAVE to put the stuff out on my own! Fast forward to the present… Extreme music has been kind to me on all levels of human existence, so the idea of helping newer bands grow and prosper is natural.

TMD: You signed WARBEAST (formerly Texas Metal Alliance) to Housecore and took it upon yourself to truly be involved in the recording of the band's debut "Krush The Enemy". Why was it so important to you that you be involved so deeply in the process? Philip: 1st of all, WARBEAST is a great band. 2nd, like any of our bands, I want to be as close as possible without interfering. If a band WANTS me to be in the studio with them, it's my pleasure. If not, I trust their judgment. It's THEIR band. If a band wants my production input, I don't charge a cent because we're both working to get the best results, obviously! Their names AND my name will be on the product! The band's satisfaction with the end result is the most important thing. With WARBEAST, I felt that I was familiar enough with Bruce's background, as well as Rick and Scott, to contribute. I also know Thrash Metal VERY well, especially the older school DFW Thrash sound. The band asked me to help out, period. That's all they needed to do really, and man of course I said, "f***ing right!" Bruce and I got to work closely together, and that was a very cool experience. With WARBEAST, there's a lot of detailed to their music, as well as vocal passages that deserved an extra amount of attention. They do what they do so well, we had to make sure everything was clear and audible enough for each guys liking. It's a special record for them. It's a GREAT record to me. - Read the full interview here

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