The Bay Area's got world-class music and killer indie record labels to match. But what does it take to run a tastemaking label? In this new series, we look at the movers & shakers who've been changing the music game here in the past decade.
Alameda-based Ipecac Recordings is the brainchild of Greg Werckman and Mike Patton, former lead singer of seminal alt-metal band Faith No More. Founded in 1999 to put out Patton's musical projects and share their eclectic tastes with the rest of the world, Ipecac has since become home to some of the best experimental and fearless bands around today, like The Melvins, The Locust, Isis, and Unsane. We talked to Werckman, who is the former label manager of legendary Bay Area label Alternative Tentacles (owned by Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedys), about the highs and lows of what it's like to own a label in this day and age.