LAist Interview: Buddyhead's Travis Keller
Buddyhead has been an LA institution of sorts since it launched in 1998 by Travis Keller and Aaron North. After two years they got into the record label business and have put out releases by The Icarus Line, Your Enemies Friends, Shat, Radio Vago, modwheelmood, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Gayrilla Biscuits, 400 Blows and many more.
Throughout the years they have been most notorious for their now-defunct-but-soon-to-hopefully-be-resurrected gossip page and pranks. They would frequently give out phone numbers of band members from Limp Bizkit, Papa Roach and the like, and have been sued by Courtney Love, Fred Durst, Moby and Axl Rose among others.
Perhaps their best prank was when they broke into Fred Durst's office at Interscope Records in the wake of the Woodstock 99 debacle. They stole his red caps, took pictures with it in front of his gold records, auctioned the caps on eBay and donated the money to a rape victims charity.
And did I mention their "Homophobia is Gay" tees and hoodies?
Keller can now be seen around town DJing at various bars in the area. He just finished a stint at Bar Lubitsch in West Hollywood on Tuesday nights where these pictures were taken. Every Thursday nights he will be at Bar Chloe spinning with Ian Rogers of Top Spin Media, and on July 9 and July 16 he will be at the Tropicana Bar at the Roosevelt Hotel with Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Catching from Eagles of Death Metal and Buddyhead's Troy Boy. If you like Jesus and Mary Chain, Tones on Tail, Pulp, Blur, Oasis, Guns 'n Roses, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, etc., you will make like zombies to groove and dance out.
After the jump is my interview via e-mail with Travis Keller. Boys and girls alike should go up to him and give him a deep tongue kiss for me.