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Pass The Mic: Artists on 2015

December 27, 2015

Pass The Mic: Artists on 2015
Pass The Mic: Artists on 2015

It's the end of another year, and time for us to ask some of our favorite artists and bands for their reflections on the past twelve months in music. As is customary, we find out what theuir favourite releases were from 2015, but we also find out what they're up to in 2016, new bands they discovered and their take on the resurgence of vinyl/cassette and the digital music debate.

You can also check out part one of this feature where we asked the same questions to our record label friends!

Meanwhile, here are some highlights from the collection of interviews spanning the next few pages:

BJ Rochinich (Ancient Shores)

Maybe we can revive zines and tape trading as a physical medium, especially for networking. Regardless of the medium, music made without care or effort or heart will end up where it belongs.

Stephen Brodsky (Mutoid Man/Cave In)

2015 was an eventful year for me. I got to tour a whole bunch and in the process, came to terms with the fact that I've become pretty obsessed with performing, and will strive to hit the road as much as possible for the foreseeable future.

Krystle Rangel (Where My Bones Rest Easy)

I think people are becoming more aware of the negative affect that illegal downloading has on bands, independent labels, and record shops and, as a result, they are more apt to support them by buying their music. Hopefully this way of thinking spreads and continues to grow; it has to if we want small bands to keep making music and independent labels and record shops to stay in business.

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— the SPB team • December 27, 2015

Main photo features It Prevails, taken by Garrett Coyte&am

Pass The Mic: Artists on 2015
Pass The Mic: Artists on 2015

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  1. Opening page
  2. Alex Anderson (Loud Boyz-guitar)
  3. Andrew Gomez IV (Glory Kid ltd/Where My Bones Rest Easy)
  4. BJ Rochinich (Ancient Shores)
  5. Brad Rheault (Foxfires-guitar)
  6. Brian Pretus (PEARS-vocals/guitar)
  7. Charlie Wagner (Slow Code-vocals/guitar)
  8. Derek Desharnais (Sneeze)
  9. Faith Coloccia (Mamiffer/Mára/Barnett+Coloccia, SIGE Records)
  10. J. Wang (Shallow Cuts/Dan Padilla/Fast Crowd Records)
  11. Jason Gagovski (Sweet Cobra-drums)
  12. Jim Gies (Boilerman/Hip Kid Records, Gidim)
  13. John Albert Bonnel (Swingin' Utters-vocals)
  14. Justin Pearson (Three One G/Head Wound City/Retox)
  15. Krystle Rangel (Where My Bones Rest Easy - bass)
  16. Matt (Not Half Bad-vocals/guitar)
  17. Matt Anderson (Purgatory-vocals)
  18. Mike Apocalypse (The Infamous Gehenna)
  19. Nate Gangelhoff (Banner Pilot/Partial Traces/Gateway District)
  20. Nathan Joyner (Three One G/Hot Nerds-vocals/guitar)
  21. Roo Pescod (Bangers)
  22. Stacey Dee (Bad Cop/Bad Cop-vocals/guitar)
  23. Stephen Brodsky (Mutoid Man/Cave In-guitar/vocals)
  24. toyGuitar
  25. Trever (Face to Face)
  26. Trevor Shelley de Brauw (Pelican/RLYR/Let?s Pet/Chord-guitar)

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Our annual round-up of the best music of the year 2015.

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