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Music: Pass The Mic: Record Labels and Artists on 2012

Aslan Freeman (vocals/guitar) Unifier / Future Ghosts)

What is your name and band/label/etc?

I'm Aslan Freeman, I sing and play guitar for the band Future Ghosts, and we work with Round Kid and Autumn + Colour Records.

What are your top five albums that were released in 2012? (In order 1-5)
  1. The Menzingers - On The Impossible Past
  2. Two Door Cinema Club - Beacon
  3. Deftones - Koi No Yokan
  4. Basement - Colourmeinkindness
  5. Propagandhi - Failed States
What band did you discover in 2012 (can be a brand new band or an older band) that had an impact on your life? What made them significant?

As you can probably guess from the list above, I would have to say The Menzingers. Recently I've hit this interesting transition in my life where as I'm getting a little older I'm starting to really enjoy punk music more. It seems a bit backwards, but because of that, when I had a friend tell me to check out the new Menzingers album I pretty much fell in love with it instantly. They do a great job with the poppier, catchy side of punk, just writing simple songs with memorable melodies and truthful storytelling.

How will you remember 2012? (In terms of music)

I'd say I'll remember it as a year that really fused the extremities of underground and mainstream music together for me. We played more shows than I've ever played before in a year, and did a pretty extensive tour, so we were listening to tons of local and independent bands, both live and through trading CDs, trying to find people to play and keep in touch with. On the other end of things, we started listening to a ton of pop music to get new ideas for melodies, as I was dealing with the aftermath of my addiction to Deadmau5's "4x4=12." Then the new Two Door Cinema Club record came out and sort of congealed all that together for us in one pretty little package. To top it all off, we spent a few months in the middle of the year writing a ton of songs for our new record, which we wanted to be a salute to our favorite 90's indie bands, but move our sound in general more towards mainstream rock and pop.

What can we look forward to from you in 2013?

Well the big one would definitely be our new album, Colorado. It's going to be released February 12th through Round Kid and Autumn + Colour and we couldn't be more excited about it. We recorded it back in June and are super proud of it, and have gotten a lot of positive feedback from friends and family who have heard it. We're ready to get it out into the world and see what happens. Aside from that, we're hoping to do a lot more touring to support the release. Mostly East Coast and a little Midwest, but I think we'll probably get back out to the West Coast before the year is out. We're also trying to consistently release a lot more small stuff, like bonus tracks, acoustic versions, and other free treats for the people that keep up with us in between music videos and big releases.

What records are you looking forward to most in 2013?

Word on the street is that there's going to be a new Backstreet Boys album. Fingers crossed.

Fundraising sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo have made a strong impact on the ability of artists to release music. Do you think this approach is a trend, or will it continue to shape how artists produce their material?

I would be surprised to see fundraising sites turn into a trend that falls off. So many bands have already taken advantage of them in positive (and sometimes negative) ways, and it's really empowering artists to become truly self-contained small businesses. It also encourages and allows artists to connect more frequently and directly with fans, work to build their own fanbase, and then make the fans a part of the process. It seems to be proving that people still care about their favorite artists (and/or friends) on a personal level and want to actively participate in the creation of their art I don't know that the current models for these sites are the most ideal, so they will likely continue to grow and evolve along with the way artists use them. However, they have already had a pretty significant impact on the music business, and the potential for them to stick around is high.

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  1. Aidan Baker - Nadja
  2. Alan (drums) - Nephelium
  3. Alex "Shmalex" Dontré (drums) - Psychostick
  4. Amos Pitsch (guitar/vocals) - Tenement
  5. André Foisy - Locrian, Kwaidan, Eolomea
  6. Andreas Weiss (vocals) - The Rabid Whole
  7. Andrew Gomez IV (owner) - Glory Kid Limited
  8. Andrew Nolan - Column of Heaven, Pick Your Side
  9. Andy Nelson (bass) - Paint It Black, Ceremony
  10. Anthony Anzaldo (guitar) - Ceremony
  11. Aslan Freeman (vocals/guitar) - Unifier / Future Ghosts)
  12. Ben Crew (vocals) - In Defence
  13. Ben Hendricks (vocals) - Annabel
  14. BJ Rochinich - Ancient Shores, A389
  15. Brent Eyestone - Magic Bullet Records, Highness, Bleach Everything
  16. Bubby Hussy (guitar/vocals) - The Hussy, Kind Turkey Records
  17. Casey Ory (drums) - Titans Eve
  18. Chris Mason (owner) - Dirt Cult Records, Low Culture
  19. Cory von Bohlen (owner) - Halo of Flies / Protestant
  20. Daryl Gussin - Razorcake, God Equals Genocide, Margin Mouth
  21. Dave Drobach (bass) - Grabass Charlestons
  22. Davey Quinn (guitar/vocals) - Tiltwheel, Too Many Daves, Dan Padilla, International Dipshit
  23. Denver Whipple (bass) - Edge of Attack, Spread the Metal Records
  24. Dimitri Gervais & Mathieu St-Amour - Chariots of the Gods
  25. Domenic Romeo (owner) - A389 Recordings
  26. Eddie Gobbo (vocals) - Jar'd Loose
  27. Frank Turner
  28. Franz Nicolay
  29. Gil Markle (producer)
  30. Graham Scala (guitar) - Highness, Bleach Everything
  31. J. Wang (Owner) - Fast Crowd Records, Dan Padilla
  32. Jacob Lentner
  33. Jake Lang - Sweet Weapons
  34. Jay Cross (drums) - Mortor, Accursed Spawn
  35. Jennifer Shagawat (drums) - Shellshag, Starcleaner Records
  36. Jihad M. Rabah (Owner) - Twelve Gauge Records
  37. Jim Blaha (guitar/vocals) - The Blind Shake
  38. Joe Mullen (drums) - Odium
  39. Joesph Steinhardt (owner) - Don Giovanni Records
  40. John Cate (singer/songwriter)
  41. Jonathan McMaster (bass) - Stickup Kid
  42. Jordan Baker - Pastepunk
  43. Joseph D. Rowland (bass) - Pallbearer
  44. Josh Lyford (vocals) - Foxfires
  45. Kathleen Stubelek (bass) - Circle Takes the Square
  46. Kevin Gan Yuen (guitar) - Sutekh Hexen
  47. Mars - Project Mars
  48. Matt Copeland (drums) - Adrenechrome
  49. Matt Fox - Shai Hulud
  50. Matthew Donlon (guitar) - Lunaire
  51. Matthew Wade (singer/songwriter) - My Silent Bravery
  52. Matty J ("bass moose") - Psychostick
  53. Michael Phillips (owner) - Escapist Records
  54. Miguel Chen (bass) - Teenage Bottlerocket
  55. Mike Browne (vocals) - Son of Man
  56. Mike Cheese - Gehenna
  57. Mike Park (owner) - Asian Man Records
  58. Mike Riley - Firestarter Records, Toxic Pop Records, Paper Dragons
  59. Nick 13 - Tiger Army
  60. Nick Harris (guitar) - Luther
  61. Pat Kennedy (guitar/vocals) - Light Years
  62. R. Loren (owner) - Handmade Birds/Pyramids
  63. Rennie Resmini (vocals) - Starkweather
  64. Roo Pescod (guitar/vocals) - Bangers
  65. Ryan Bram (guitar) - Territory
  66. Sam Russo
  67. Seth Gile (vocals/guitar) - Arms Aloft
  68. Steve (guitar) - Valerian Swing
  69. Steven Hess - Locrian
  70. Steven Williams (owner) - Init Records
  71. T (vocals) - StIth Panzer
  72. Terence - Locrian / Land of Decay
  73. Tobias Jeg (owner) - Red Scare Industries
  74. Wes (drums) - Comadre
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