Nick 13 Tiger Army
What is your name and band/label/etc?
Nick 13 – I perform both as a solo artist and in the band Tiger Army.
What are your top five albums that were released in 2012? (In order 1-5)
- Marty Stuart - Nashville, Vol. 1: Tear The Woodpile Down [Sugar Hill]
- Dwight Yoakam - 3 Pears [Warner Bros]
- Jim Lauderdale - Carolina Moonrise [Sky Crunch/Compass]
- Calexico - Algiers [ANTI-]
- Blaqk Audio - Bright Black Heaven [Big Death/Superball Music]
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 heard The Escalators for the first time. They were a short-lived band from early '80s Britain with Nigel Lewis – after he left The Meteors and before he started Tall Boys. They were rare on vinyl and finally saw a CD release. Not psychobilly exactly, kind of exploring the areas between psycho and post-punk, with a real melodic element in some songs. Similar in some ways to where my head was at with the last Tiger Army album Music From Regions Beyond. Kind of mindblowing where their musical thinking was almost 30 years ago. It definitely makes me excited to write new Tiger Army stuff when I hear it.
How will you remember 2012? (In terms of music)
For me, Americana music (or traditional or neotraditional country if you prefer) was responsible for much of the year's best music. Sure, there was psychobilly, punk, and even electronic music that I dug, but this year was mostly about the roots. I feel a groundswell is building as people tire of prefabricated music of all genres and yearn for the authentic. It makes me excited for what the coming year will bring! While I didn't cut any new music, the success of the video for my song "Carry My Body Down" on CMT Pure was exciting and gratifying.
What can we look forward to from you in 2013?
Tiger Army is doing our 2nd annual "Spring Forward" shows in late March – playing San Diego, Ventura, and Las Vegas with some great bands; but this year the main focus is still on my solo stuff (it's Americana/country music for those not familiar). I released my debut solo album in mid-2011 and I'm coming down the homestretch writing-wise for the followup. I'm hoping to begin the studio process soon and release my second solo record in 2013. I'll also be appearing solo live at the Stagecoach Festival on April 27th with Dwight Yoakam, Marty Stuart and many other greats.
What records are you looking forward to most in 2013?
Honestly, my own! I can't wait to take these songs from my head to vinyl. I'm also looking forward to the new Mavericks album. I'm a little too busy to keep track of what's in the pipeline for most artists; I tend to become aware of stuff right when it comes 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?
There's no question that some labels want a lot for a little and unless they're providing something that the artist can't, or at the very least bringing a real passion for the project that's going to last more than five minutes, then you'll continue to see the old models change and new ones emerge. Whether this is where it lands for or things continue to evolve, who knows?