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

Michael Phillips (owner) Escapist Records

What is your name and band/label/etc?

Michael Phillips; I am the owner of Escapist Records.

What are your top five albums that were released in 2012? (In order 1-5)
  1. Deftones - Koi No Yokan
  2. The Gaslight Anthem - Handwritten
  3. Xibalba - Hasta La Muerte
  4. Title Fight - Floral Green
  5. Neurosis - Honor Found In Decay
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?

I happened upon a female vocalist named Elizaveta Khripounova; she's an American born songwriter that was raised in Russia and trained in opera and piano, which she incorporates into her sound, but with a pop twist. Her music is really intriguing, haunting, and absolutely beautiful.

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

2012 was a revival year for the label, something that began at the tail end of 2011 with the decision to work on the Light Years EP. There was a point prior where I had essentially given up and all but decided to call it day. But working with the guys in Light Years on their EP and all the support that went along with it rekindled my excitement for the label. This eventually led to working with Territory on their LP and the arrangements for the projects we will be releasing in 2013.

What can we look forward to from you in 2013?

I have a busy first quarter of the year planned for the label. Things kick off with the new Foxfires 7". The new 12" LPs from Light Years and Sweet Weapons should follow shortly thereafter in early Spring. And we have the Know the Score 7" in the works as well. There are a few other projects shaping up, which will be announced in due time. Basically, just continuing to build on the growth of 2012. I'm very excited for what is to come in the future.

What records are you looking forward to most in 2013?

There will probably be a lot of records I never anticipated to be released, as is the case with each year, but I'd say off the top of my head I am excited for the new Jimmy Eat World, Withdrawal, Celeste, Tegan And Sara, and Dillinger Escape Plan albums to come out.

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'm not a fan of Kickstarter and its peers, per se, but I feel there is a more appropriate way to use these sites to help release your music. Unfortunately the majority of the individuals using these sites for musical endeavors are abusing them. I'll leave it up to you to figure out which ones those are; it shouldn't be too difficult to assess.

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  1. Aidan Baker - Nadja
  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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