Mars Project Mars
What is your name and band/label/etc?
Mars on behalf of independent band Project Mars.
What are your top five albums that were released in 2012? (In order 1-5)
- King Animal by Soundgarden
- Apocalyptic Love by Slash
- Clockwork Angels by Rush
- Dead Silence by Billy Talent
- Don't hold back by Project Mars (of course!)
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?
Riding Shotgun from Toronto, Canada. They gave us the opportunity to tour Canada with them as their supporting act for the 2012 Buckle Up Tour which was an amazing experience personally and professionally.
How will you remember 2012? (In terms of music)
With the release of our debut EP Don't Hold Back, a major tour to support it and our involvement in supporting the MS Society of Canada, an organization whose goal is to fund research to end multiple sclerosis.www.mssociety.ca
What can we look forward to from you in 2013?
The release of a follow-up album and hitting the road to promote it. Lots of live shows, festivals and special events all the while continuing our efforts to raise funds and awareness for the MS Society.
What records are you looking forward to most in 2013?
Aside from our own album, we're looking forward to the new Black Sabbath, scheduled for an April release. And it would be really nice if Tool finally dropped a 5th studio album.
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?
Not so much a trend but a new way of approaching and solving one of the biggest problem that artists face these days which isn't about finding inspiration or good ideas but about being financially able to realize their goals. However, like everthing else, you need to pick and choose what will work best for your projects. Ultimately, Kickstarter and Indiegogo seem like low risk options for what could possibly be beneficial to artists.