Cory von Bohlen (owner) Halo of Flies / Protestant
What is your name and band/label/etc?
Cory von Bohlen - HALO OF FLIES RECORDS / PROTESTANT
What are your top five albums that were released in 2012? (In order 1-5)
- NOT ON TOUR - All this Time LP
- PLANKS - Funeral Mouth LP
- DIREWOLVES - Me From Myself, to Banish LP
- TOUNDRA - III LP
- TERRIBLE FEELINGS - Shadows LP
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?
CRUSADES. They put out an amazing LP in 2011, and i just happened upon them. So so good melodic punk from Ottawa, thats both dark and uplifting.
How will you remember 2012? (In terms of music)
Too much to keep track of, too much to buy, too much i want(ed) to put out. Incredible stuff from all corners of the globe. also, the splitting of the DIY scene into "fake big/scion av/showcase" vs actual DIY camps in a more obvious way. Rock'n'roll bullshit marketing (admittedly we're all a part of it to some extent) taking root in even the most obscure "markets."
What can we look forward to from you in 2013?
My label (Halo of Flies) will release a slew of records, notably a new Cloud Rat LP, an LP from scene vets in a new band, Multiple Truths, a new Momentum LP, a new Light Bearer DLP, an LP from a young band from germany called Amber, as well as a Hungry Lungs/Hexis split 7", another Northless DLP, a Heartless LP, and more i cant even think about now. Protestant will likely write and record another LP and hopefully tour somewhere awesome.
What records are you looking forward to most in 2013?
The new Light Bearer should be interesting andI cant wait to hear it, I hope Jeniferever puts out something in 2013. A new Celeste record would be nice. I'm sure there's more waiting to happen than I am even ready for.
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'm not aware of its breadth to be honest. I think working a shit (or good) job, being a decent band and making some decent friends is a better business plan than begging for money. I do preorders and try to give people a reason to order, but if we need a new van, you can bet I'm not gonna ask our "fans" for help buying it. C'mon.