Jennifer Shagawat (drums) Shellshag, Starcleaner Records
What is your name and band/label/etc?
Jen. Shellshag. Record labels: Starcleaner / Don Giovanni / / Mauled by tigers / We are busy bodies / Thrillhouse / Plan it X South
What are your top five albums that were released in 2012? (In order 1-5)
arguably.. these 5 off the top of my head:
- Screaming Females - Ugly
- Toys That Kill - Fambly 42
- Black Wine - Hollow Earth
- Swearin' - Swearin'
- Delay - Rushing Ceremony
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?
Mike Watt and the Missingmen -- I love the focused passion of Mike Watt and his friends. They live life and play music hard with complete and utter passion and focus. Very inspiring.
How will you remember 2012? (In terms of music)
Personally it will be the year I finally saw the Marked Men live at Awesome Fest in San Diego! Incredible band.
What can we look forward to from you in 2013?
A new Shellshag full-length, a split 7" with Apogee Sound Club, 2 shows in Hawaii, and a US tour.
What records are you looking forward to most in 2013?
Kreamy Lectric Santa, Future Virgins, Screaming Females, Dark Rides, Black Rainbow, Street Eaters, Vacation, Nuclear Santa Claust, actually, lots of bands...too many to name.
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?
No trend, it seems it will continue especially in the states where artists are underpaid and quite often broke. For putting out a record it seems smart. It is pre-ordering an abum for the fan and it helps the band release it themselves, which is great. I think it will stay as long as the companies that run them keep their cuts reasonable. I dunno... we have never done a campaign but we have donated to them, and I know that part is real easy and it feels good and just when you forgot you did it, you get a record in the mail. Nice!