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Year End 2012

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

Matt Fox Shai Hulud

What is your name and band/label/etc?

My name is Matt Fox. I did not star in Lost, nor have I ever seen an episode, but that handsome guy with my name had something to do with it. I humbly share some of my thoughts and ideas in the band Shai Hulud.

What are your top five albums that were released in 2012? (In order 1-5)
  1. Propagandhi - Failed States
  2. Testament - Dark Roots Of Earth
  3. Accept - Stalingrad
  4. NOFX - Self Entitled
  5. Classics Of Love - Classics Of Love
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 silly as it may sound, I'd have to say Enya - I guess she's an artist, not necessarily a band; I hope that still counts. Of course, I've known who she is for over a decade, and I always knew what her music sounded like - I even liked everything I had heard, but I first began exploring her catalog this year, and it definitely made an impact. Though my first musical loves will always be Metal, Punk, and Hardcore, I can't listen to anything remotely aggressive when I'm feeling overly stressed. Enya calmly fills those stressful gaps nicely, stabilizing my mood so I can jump right back into listening to Death and Cryptic Slaughter again.

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

Well, I'll never forget 2012 because I spent 6 + weeks in sunny California recording Shai Hulud's new album with Chad Gilbert. Recording is always a momentous occasion for Shai Hulud, as it's so seldom. And returning to the studio with Chad Gilbert (now as an adult!), for the first time in over ten years, that's something I won't soon forget. In terms of music, this experience largely defines 2012 for me.

What can we look forward to from you in 2013?

Why, Shai Hulud's new album "Reach Beyond The Sun," of course. February 19th, in fact. In addition to that, we'll be touring as much of the world as possible in support of it. It should be a busy year for Shai Hulud, with quite a few tours already lined up - incredibly, with some of our favorite bands of all time. Outside of Shai Hulud, I'll be working on a couple other musical projects I am pretty excited about. now, just to find the time.

What records are you looking forward to most in 2013?

Thus far I'm very excited for Bad Religion's new album, and "Unkind" by After The Fall. From what I've already heard, both are sure to  rip.

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?

It seems to be happening often enough of late to call it a trend. Then again, that may just be the state of "the industry" - its financial aspects and funding more sparse than of the yesteryears. The DIY mentality has always been maintained, it will never go away. These fundraising sites, essentially, make it easier to indeed "do it yourself," but in using them, though technically "doing it yourself," it's not really all that DIY, at least not in the way I got to know DIY.  All things considered, I'm not entirely sure how I feel about the matter. Not every project warrants fundraising, and these sites give opportunities to both worthwhile projects, and let's be honest… bullshit. All in all, people will always create. If someone is creating something of true value, I tend to think it will be funded by something, someone, somewhere: label, publisher, or layman. Said sites can be great and useful tools to really help someone or something take flight that otherwise might not have the chance. It's definitely up to those funding these projects to be discerning and not just throw money at bullshit to receive a 10 minute Skype conversation with the "artist." Ultimately, but of course with some circumstantial exceptions, I don't think people who are truly creating for the always nebulous "right reasons" will make much use of fundraising sites. These sites can, and probably already are to some degree, shaping the landscape of "art" for those with nothing artistic to offer to make a quick buck without really giving anything substantial in return. Not even the project needing funding.

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  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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