Joesph Steinhardt (owner) Don Giovanni Records
What is your name and band/label/etc?
Don Giovanni Records
What are your top five albums that were released in 2012? (In order 1-5)
- Earth - Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II
- M. Akers - Tough To Kill
- Lana Del Rey - Born to Die
- Grabass Charlestons - Dale and The Careeners
- Spits - V
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 far as a personal impact on my life, we got to work on some records with the label this year of a caliber I never thought we would ever get to.
How will you remember 2012? (In terms of music)
The year of Lana Del Rey.
What can we look forward to from you in 2013?
Expect new releases in early 2013 from Waxahatchee, Hilly Eye, Shellshag, Screaming Females, Laura Stevenson, Nuclear Santa Claust and more. All in the first few months of the year, and all heavy hitters. Next year is also our tenth year as a label which is really exciting, and were going to be doing the first proper release of a record that has been a huge part of my life for almost 13 years from a local New Brunswick band called Stormshadow. We started the label with the goal of someday being able to release it and ten years later we are. Personally, I've also spent the last 6 years writing a solo record which should be out by the end of 2013.
What records are you looking forward to most in 2013?
Other than our own, I'm not really sure whats coming out. I've heard rumors of a second Lou Reed/Metallica record. That would be cool.
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 I've ever bought a record funded that way nor do I see myself funding a record that way. Seems good for the types of people that play in coffee shops and at open mic nights I guess, though.