Tom Loftus is a rock of the local DIY music community. He’s the founder of Modern Radio Records, a Twin Cities based label that’s put out a large array of indie, punk, noise and avant-rock awesomeness form the region and beyond. In his own words…
The focus of the label is to support the artists and provide an atmosphere where they can focus on their art. We are following in a long tradition of artist-oriented independent record labels where profits are secondary to the creative process. Ultimately we are simply music fans who want to share the music we love.Historically, the majority of the artists we’re worked with have been or are currently based out of the Twin Cities. We are proud of the place we live and to be part of such a vibrant arts community.
I first met Tom when Boxleitner, my old band with George Chen (of Zum, Chen Santa Maria, Common Eider, King Eider and KIT fame), came out East from the Bay Area and were hosted by Tom and the boys from Signal to Trust. We played a very memorable show at the House of Gung Fu (due the the dust in the basement and my ears I thought it was the House of GUNK Fu) and for the next decade we continued to be friends and collaborators.
Tom was gracious enough to agree to Curate one of the House Show as School House events and met with us the next day for a nice conversation about DIY culture, the relevance of House Shows today and how that culture does or doesn’t affect the rest of our lives.