Rad People: Dave Noise

I met Dave Noize almost 20 years ago when I was really trying to track down any CDs by Jump With Joey.

Dave Noise of Factory Records in Costa Mesa, CA.

At the time, no one had heard of them, and no one could find any way to order from a distributor.  Someone had suggested Noise Noise Noise in Costa Mesa, so I had to check it out.

The place was dark and full of stuff I’d never heard of before, it was great.  It was owned by Dave, wh0 was intimidating as hell to me.  But I asked if he could find anything by Jump With Joey and he dug around some catalogs and told me he could order Japanese imports of two CDs.  I said yes and it ended up being the most I had ever paid for music in my life, but so worth it.

Dave Noise of Factory Records in Costa Mesa, CA.

I re-encountered Dave at Factory Records, his new record store, while working on a story for the OC Weekly on the resurgence of vinyl record stores.  It’s a fantastic hole in the wall to track down old and new records.  I love looking around here and Burger Records in Fullerton trying to rebuild the collection of records I had as a kid.

Dave Noise of Factory Records in Costa Mesa, CA.

After the story ran in the Weekly, the OC Register did a profile on him, and that story made me very impressed with where he’s ended up in life.  Although both articles left out anything about his second job as Boba Phat–and when it starts cooling off, I’ll get some photos of him with his buddy Pirate Pimp Vader.