At the time of this interview in 1996, Jordan Cooper ran Revelation Records.
How have you seen punk rock change since you became involved with it?
Jordan: Yeah, it seems so, but you never know if it's you or everyone else or both that are changing. I know that it seems a lot different now than it did a long time ago. It's the kind of thing that you can't quite put your finger on, but it's not the same. There are the obvious differences as well. It's hard to really compare times for me since places have changed for me as well. There's still no unity and that, of course, has always been the problem.
Is it better now or worse than when you got involved?
Jordan: In some ways it's better and in some ways it's worse. To me, it seems people are more misguided and confused. On the other hand there is a lot wider grapevine for info to be passed around. It's too hard to say.
Do you think there's anything wrong with punk?
Jordan: Not in general, but as with all people there are prejudices and attitudes that suck.
What's good about it?
Jordan: It's outside the system, the masses, etc. for the most part.
How have you seen the crowds and people at shows change?
Jordan: It's really hard to generalize like this.
Do you see any problem with the way people act at shows?
Jordan: What I hate seeing at shows is bunches of people ganging up on other people. Violence on the dance floor has always been a problem.
What can we do to make the scene better?
Jordan: More unity. It would be cool if people could get together and put together the things that they want instead of waiting for someone else to do it. My friend told me that there is a group of people in Richmond, Virginia, who are putting together a place for bands to play in an abandoned movie theater.