Mike Park (owner) Asian Man Records
What is your name and band/label/etc?
MIKE PARK/ASIAN MAN RECORDS
What are your top five albums that were released in 2012? (In order 1-5)
- Classics of Love - S/T (I tried desperately not to mention any Asian Man releases, but I truly feel this is the best record of the year)
- The Sidekicks - Awkward Breeds
- Masked Intruder - Masked Intruder
- Cheap Girls - Giant Orange
- Jeff Rosenstock - I Look Like Shit
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?
Cheap Girls. Great songs, great melodies, great guys. Makes me smile when I listen to them.
How will you remember 2012? (In terms of music)
Ahhhh... not sure. I'll probably have a better answer a year from now, but I guess I'll remember Tom Gabel/Laura Jane Grace story the most. I think it was an important happening in punk.
What can we look forward to from you in 2013?
More music. Hopefully lots to be honest. Been doing a lot of writing and a lot of fun silly side stuff, so we'll see.
What records are you looking forward to most in 2013?
Jason Clackley's new band the Exquisites and All People from New Orleans.
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 sure to be honest. We used kickstarter for the first time this year to fund a photo book and it worked beautifully.