Jay Cross (drums) Mortor, Accursed Spawn
What is your name and band/label/etc?
Jay Cross, from Mortor and Accursed Spawn!
What are your top five albums that were released in 2012? (In order 1-5)
- Cattle Decapitation – Monolith of Inhumanity
- Gojira – L’enfant Sauvage
- Cryptopsy – Cryptopsy
- Dying Fetus – Reign Supreme
- Testament – Dark Roots of Earth
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?
To be honest, I’d say Cattle Decap. I’d heard them before but was never a big fan and then when I heard Monolith my mind was blown. God damn those dudes can play! I love the experience of re-finding a band that you weren’t hugely into before – it really empthasizes the fact that you should never write anyone off, ‘cause you never know when they’ll come out with something that blows your mind. Plus playing drums to this album is damn fun.
How will you remember 2012? (In terms of music)
I’ll remember it as a great year for music – since 2010 we’ve had tons of stellar releases, so it’s been a year that’s kept that tradition, which has been really cool.
What can we look forward to from you in 2013?
2013 is going to see Mortor on the road more than ever before. We’re writing new material so we’ll take some time to perfect new tunes, but our biggest goal is to get Shoot ‘em Up out there to as many people as possible.
What records are you looking forward to most in 2013?
Tons of stuff! New tunes from Exhumed, Rotten Sound, Voidvod, Alice in Chains, Deeds of Flesh, Suffocation, Obituary, and of course the legendary Black Sabbath is supposed to put something out, so, I mean, who could possible not be stoked for that?!?!
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 don’t think it’s a trend – though it’ll probably get less popular. I’ve heard people with comments on both sides of the fence… some say it’s a great way to get your music (or related goods) out to people given the current context of the music industry… other people say that it’s b/s to see bands asking their parents and friends to pay for their stuff without putting in the hard work to earn money for recording time, a van, etc. Personally I don’t really have an opinion on it one way or the other… if it helps people get their music out, I’m for it though I suppose. It’s sort of like downloading music, it has positive and negative consequences y’know.