Episode 108: Hellcat Records w/ Cris “The Wix” Qualiana

Hellcat Records is an independent record label based in Los Angeles, California. The label, an offshoot of Epitaph Records, was started as a partnership between Brett Gurewitz of Bad Religion, the owner of Epitaph, and Tim Armstrong of Rancid, the latter of whom is generally responsible for signing bands. The label specializes in ska, punk, oi!, psychobilly, and hardcore bands. Give ‘Em the Boot, a Hellcat label sampler which also includes tracks from other up-and-coming independent bands was issued every other year from 1997 to 2009, with the exceptions of the third release, which was released three years after the second, and the sixth which came one year after the fifth.

Some of the bands that have grazed their roster are The Gadjits, Hepcat, The Pietasters, Op Ivy, Tiger Army, Dropkick Murphys, and a ton more.

Shout out to Jason Boardman for connecting me with The Wix who I got on the Skype and this is what we talked about:

  • Working for the real-life Bobby Fisher
  • How The Wix came to fruition
  • The Conan O’Brian show
  • meeting Skankin Pickle
  • Interviewing Jello Biafra in high school
  • How Hellcat started
  • Signing Dropkick Murphys
  • Give em the boot comp
  • The Keith Richards story
  • And a ton more

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