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Year End 2012

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

J. Wang (Owner) Fast Crowd Records, Dan Padilla

What is your name and band/label/etc?

J. Wang. I play in the band Dan Padilla and lazily run Fast Crowd Records.

What are your top five albums that were released in 2012? (In order 1-5)
  1. Muhamid Ali - s/t LP
  2. Bob Mould - Silver Age
  3. Divers - 7" EP
  4. Cheap Girls - Giant Orange
  5. Toys That Kill - Fambly 42
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?

I would have to say Divers. I'm a huge fan of Harrison's music and have some history with his old band Drunken Boat. That band was so great and I was waiting to hear something from some of those members. Divers have Harrison and his brother who also played in Drunken Boat towards the end. I love music so much and the emotions it causes inside of me. I know it's different for everyone. There are so many things that go into it for me. A lot of people just like the way it sounds, but for me there is more to it. The message and lyrics and the truth behind the people writing it. I have the conversation a lot with people about something that comes out and you just can't get enough of it. Like a cd or tape that you get and put in your car and can't take out. You just listen to it over and over for like a month straight. That is one of my most cherished things in life. Divers did that for me with only 2 songs. I anticipated seeing them at Awesome Fest 6 in San Diego and they were 20 times better than I ever thought they could be. It was my definite high light of the festival. They have a full length coming out, and I can't wait to listen to it for a month straight.

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

I think for me 2012 was the year that I was always waiting for. That being the time when younger bands coming out of Southern California finally happened. There was a long lull where it seemed like there wasn't any new bands filling in where the old ones dropped off. Now there are so many great bands coming out of southern California like Summer Vacation, American Lies, The Bertos, Joyce Manor, and Horror Squad to name a few. All these bands have been around for a while, but I think it was just my awakening. I remember having tons of conversations with people asking when it would happen, and I think if finally did.

What can we look forward to from you in 2013?

Dan Padilla's new Album Sports Fans should be out by the turn of the new year. I'm really stoked on all the songs and the recording. I feel like it's the best thing we've ever done and I don't usually feel good when we're done recording so that makes me happy. Fast Crowd will probably release 1 full length LP over 2013. I've been writing a lot of different stuff lately so Matty Bloodbath and myself are probably going to start something different with a complete instrumentation overhaul.

What records are you looking forward to most in 2013?

Divers full length, Rumspringer full length, and Low Culture's new full length on Dirt Nap.

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 think the digital format will always be dynamic and things will change as people become more clever. I remember when Fast Crowd decided to go digital and I knew nothing about it, so I actually asked Todd Congelliere from Recess Records, which we respected as a great label, what he thought about it and how he handled it, and that's literally how we made the decision of what we were going to do. Dan Padilla has done donation based stuff for a long time to raise money to put out releases. Not in the same format as kickstarter but the same idea, just remove the corporation. If you create stuff that people like they are going to find a way to help you if they find value in what you're doing. If you play shitty music nobody is going to give you any money anyways.

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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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