Ryan Bram (guitar) Territory
What is your name and band/label/etc?
My name is Ryan Bram and I play in Territory.
What are your top five albums that were released in 2012? (In order 1-5)
- Tragedy - Darker Days Ahead
- The Secret - Agnus Dei
- Deathspell Omega - Drought
- Gaza - No Absolutes In Human Suffering
- Pig Destroyer - Book Burner
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?
There weren't any new bands this year that really did it for me, but I did sort of have a re-discovery with Blut Aus Nord. I heard The Work Which Transforms God for the first time and was blown away. That record has inspired me to push myself more as a songwriter.
How will you remember 2012? (In terms of music)
A little underwhelming. Any year that Converge releases a new record sort of sets the tone for music that year, at least for me. On a local level our scene has died down a lot and not many new people seem to be making bands. Hopefully next year kids will be more interested in making music than just buying merchandise.
What can we look forward to from you in 2013?
Lots a writing and recording with Territory. I've been pretty busy with my recording studio, and I've gotten to work with some great bands. Luckily that doesn't seem like it'll be slowing down with the New Year. I also play bass in another band called Step Aside, and we're working out some dates with Mindset for next spring right now.
What records are you looking forward to most in 2013?
A new Territory record, Rotten Sound, Steel Nation, Weekend Nachos...
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 hope it's a trend. Pandering to your fans to pay to produce your record just seems pathetic to me. Not only that, but it continues to lessen the role of labels.