HSAL, by Todd Webb

As we inch closer & closer to our HUGE TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY EVENT, we thought it would be interesting to connect with people who have been with us through various seasons. These may be artists we’ve worked with or simply friends of the label who have watched us grow.

This time around, we caught up with Todd Webb. Over the past couple decades, Webb has fronted multiple music projects (Seamonster, Fox Hands, Oahu). Additionally, Webb’s visual output has been featured in gallery shows on both US coasts, his Instagram based audio/visual series & numerous illustrations in various published comics. We asked him a handful of questions & here’s what he had to share:

Webb performing in Norfolk, June 2019 (PC: Joe Justice)

When was the first time you heard about HSAL?

I’m not positive, but I seem to recall getting a letter and CD out of the blue of (probably TLVS) stuff sent to me by Nathan way back in the early days? But then I think the first time we crossed paths IRL was in like 2012 when I did a couple Seamonster tours with Suburban Living (who I temporarily played bass for) and we played at Speakertree & stayed with Joe (Morgan, of TLVS) afterwards. It was an extremely fun show and visit and we’ve all been pals ever since, which is the best thing that can happen on tour!

How has HSAL connected with you personally over the years (either as a fan or an artist)?

I just love the enthusiasm they have for local creators across the board – and the positivity promoted by the label as a whole. Putting good vibes into the world is a lost art in these dark days, so I love that aspect of HSAL. Plus, HSAL chooses interesting music to release so its a win win for me. 

What do you think HSAL has meant to “the scene”?

I think they’ve provided a central hub for music in this area that is indispensable – a lot of stuff might not have continued to grow and evolve if HSAL wasn’t there to cheer-lead it onward. I know I personally probably wouldn’t have started releasing Oahu stuff publicly if it weren’t for Joe and Nathan’s encouragement. 

Which two or three HSAL releases would you use to recommend the label to a friend?

Anything by these three gets my full recommendation!

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