Richard Ray on Mother Turf


We recently caught up with Richard Ray, founder of "Mother Turf". Run by musicians, this very unique record label arose from Los Angeles and is now scattered throughout the United States. They are rapidly growing with more than 15 bands united in progressive artistry while relentlessly diving into uncharted sonic territory.

Volterock: How was the label started? 

Richard Ray: Mother Turf began as my band. We played a couple shows, and I recorded a lot of songs. The idea of it being a label spawned out of necessity. I was collaborating with too many artists - and most of it couldn't be labeled as the 'Mother Turf band'. So, in 2010, Mother Turf as a collective/label was founded. Most of the first bands associated with Mother Turf are no longer around. 100 Onces, my band with Barrett Tuttobene, PlanesWalker and Indigo Child are the only ones that are still around today. But since about 2011 we've been establishing ourselves and with groups like Marshburn, Sketch Orchestra, and representing bands all over Los Angeles county as well as Portland and Boston. We're a group of friends who are down to play music.

V: Were there any official releases from Mother Turf, the band, before the label started?

R: Yes, there was an official release from the Mother Turf band - everything done by me and the help of a few friends. Hehe, it was called 'TripFuck'. I think it's still somewhere on the internet. Right now, I'm in 100 Onces and Sea Monkey See.



R: Our futures looking great - 100 Onces is touring Europe on Dec 3rd, and we're working with some great people to set up a distribution thing all over the globe.


If YOU have found yourself currently in Europe, be sure to go support them. See where they are right now: https://www.facebook.com/100Onces  



Behold, the TURF talent:

100 ONCES
ANGELES FLIGHT
EARLYBIZRD & THE BEES
THE FOX AND BEAR BAND
INDIGO CHILD
KING LLAMA
MASHBURN
MEMENTO VIVERE
THE MERCURY TREE
MODERN VINTAGE
PLANESWALKER
PURGE SOLENOID
RED FORMAN
SEA MONKEY SEE
SKETCH ORCHESTRA
SKINNY PIGEONS
SNAKE CHARMER ENSEMBLE
STELLAR SONS & DAUGHTERS
WELCOME TO LIMERICK



gO FORTH, and explore: http://listen2yourmother.com/
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