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Pass The Mic: Record Labels and Artists on 2012

January 5, 2013

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

Kevin Gan Yuen (guitar) Sutekh Hexen

What is your name and band/label/etc?

Kevin Gan Yuen and I play guitar and contribute to the following projects:   Sutekh Hexen, OGHAM, Fermentæ, Circle of Eyes and a new project named NVLL.

What are your top five albums that were released in 2012? (In order 1-5)
  • Anthony Pateras "Errors of the Human Body OST" 2xLP Editions Mego
  • Vatican Shadow "September Cell" LP, Bed of Nails
  • Aluk Todolo "Occult Rock" 2xLP, The Ajna Offensive
  • High aura'd "Sanguine Future's" LP, Bathetic Records
  • Wreathes "S/T" LP, Pesanta Urfolk 

Worthy mentions: 

  • Teitanblood "Woven Black Arteries" CD, Norma Evangelium Diaboli
  • KTL "V" 2xLP, Editions Mego
  • Burial Hex "Eschatology II" CS, Brave Mysteries
  • Alan Lamb, Garry Bradburry, David, Burraston, Oren Ambarchi & Robin Fox "Wired Open Day 2009" 2xLP, Taiga
  • Converge "All We Love We Leave Behind" CD, Epitaph
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?

These days, I am all about (re)discoveries, you know... classics and through classics and  not actively seeking out new bands, etc. There is so much music out there already!!

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

Sutekh Hexen's first US tour and all of the great people that we shared time with across the States

What can we look forward to from you in 2013?

Lots of things: in Autumn of 2013 we are looking to tour Scandinavia into Central Europe and hopefully hit London in support of the new record. It will be good to play for the new audience. Sutekh Hexen will be finishing our new 2xC10 titled "Monument of Decay" for Black Horizons, this will be the return to the cassette format. Around the second-quarter, we will see the LP edition of the now OOP "Become" material, which was originally released by Auris Apothecary on 1/4" tape!! (such an obscure format these days). Also, weeks from typing this, we will begin writing and recording for our 2xLP, the next proper album titled "Light & Matter" with some incredible collaborators in-tow. I am still wrapping up the  first and final FERMENTÆ full-length LP; as to when this solo-effort sees release is questionable, but some folks have expressed interest in releasing it. The first OGHAM release, my collaboration with Thomas Ekelund (SWE) will be coming out on cassette shortly through Merz Tapes too. That is pretty exciting, we are very happy with this one and it has been a long-time coming!! As for the rest... We Shall See.

What records are you looking forward to most in 2013?


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?

  Sure, I believe they are a great resource for creatives. The fact of the matter is: when it is all said and done, there is little to no-profit for the artists involved, because the funds channel directly back into the work: production costs for recording or pressing new records, printing posters/promotional ephemera, gas money and other necessities that are modest requirements.  This is the nature of creative publication. What I do know from personal experience is that these fundraisers involve a group of people agreeing to want to directly help support their favorite artists, friends or colleagues and the ability to see results. It exposes the flaws and shortcomings that various industries have failed to deliver on. At the same time, these pledge-platforms demonstrate a sense of great community on a larger scale, that otherwise exists, city to city, but this is huge and needs to be recognized as a legitimate model for sincere creatives who really believe that their work needs to be available to the world. If you are reading this, Thank You for supporting.

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

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  1. Opening page
  2. Aidan Baker - Nadja
  3. Alan (drums) - Nephelium
  4. Alex "Shmalex" Dontré (drums) - Psychostick
  5. Amos Pitsch (guitar/vocals) - Tenement
  6. André Foisy - Locrian, Kwaidan, Eolomea
  7. Andreas Weiss (vocals) - The Rabid Whole
  8. Andrew Gomez IV (owner) - Glory Kid Limited
  9. Andrew Nolan - Column of Heaven, Pick Your Side
  10. Andy Nelson (bass) - Paint It Black, Ceremony
  11. Anthony Anzaldo (guitar) - Ceremony
  12. Aslan Freeman (vocals/guitar) - Unifier / Future Ghosts)
  13. Ben Crew (vocals) - In Defence
  14. Ben Hendricks (vocals) - Annabel
  15. BJ Rochinich - Ancient Shores, A389
  16. Brent Eyestone - Magic Bullet Records, Highness, Bleach Everything
  17. Bubby Hussy (guitar/vocals) - The Hussy, Kind Turkey Records
  18. Casey Ory (drums) - Titans Eve
  19. Chris Mason (owner) - Dirt Cult Records, Low Culture
  20. Cory von Bohlen (owner) - Halo of Flies / Protestant
  21. Daryl Gussin - Razorcake, God Equals Genocide, Margin Mouth
  22. Dave Drobach (bass) - Grabass Charlestons
  23. Davey Quinn (guitar/vocals) - Tiltwheel, Too Many Daves, Dan Padilla, International Dipshit
  24. Denver Whipple (bass) - Edge of Attack, Spread the Metal Records
  25. Dimitri Gervais & Mathieu St-Amour - Chariots of the Gods
  26. Domenic Romeo (owner) - A389 Recordings
  27. Eddie Gobbo (vocals) - Jar'd Loose
  28. Frank Turner
  29. Franz Nicolay
  30. Gil Markle (producer)
  31. Graham Scala (guitar) - Highness, Bleach Everything
  32. J. Wang (Owner) - Fast Crowd Records, Dan Padilla
  33. Jacob Lentner
  34. Jake Lang - Sweet Weapons
  35. Jay Cross (drums) - Mortor, Accursed Spawn
  36. Jennifer Shagawat (drums) - Shellshag, Starcleaner Records
  37. Jihad M. Rabah (Owner) - Twelve Gauge Records
  38. Jim Blaha (guitar/vocals) - The Blind Shake
  39. Joe Mullen (drums) - Odium
  40. Joesph Steinhardt (owner) - Don Giovanni Records
  41. John Cate (singer/songwriter)
  42. Jonathan McMaster (bass) - Stickup Kid
  43. Jordan Baker - Pastepunk
  44. Joseph D. Rowland (bass) - Pallbearer
  45. Josh Lyford (vocals) - Foxfires
  46. Kathleen Stubelek (bass) - Circle Takes the Square
  47. Kevin Gan Yuen (guitar) - Sutekh Hexen
  48. Mars - Project Mars
  49. Matt Copeland (drums) - Adrenechrome
  50. Matt Fox - Shai Hulud
  51. Matthew Donlon (guitar) - Lunaire
  52. Matthew Wade (singer/songwriter) - My Silent Bravery
  53. Matty J ("bass moose") - Psychostick
  54. Michael Phillips (owner) - Escapist Records
  55. Miguel Chen (bass) - Teenage Bottlerocket
  56. Mike Browne (vocals) - Son of Man
  57. Mike Cheese - Gehenna
  58. Mike Park (owner) - Asian Man Records
  59. Mike Riley - Firestarter Records, Toxic Pop Records, Paper Dragons
  60. Nick 13 - Tiger Army
  61. Nick Harris (guitar) - Luther
  62. Pat Kennedy (guitar/vocals) - Light Years
  63. R. Loren (owner) - Handmade Birds/Pyramids
  64. Rennie Resmini (vocals) - Starkweather
  65. Roo Pescod (guitar/vocals) - Bangers
  66. Ryan Bram (guitar) - Territory
  67. Sam Russo
  68. Seth Gile (vocals/guitar) - Arms Aloft
  69. Steve (guitar) - Valerian Swing
  70. Steven Hess - Locrian
  71. Steven Williams (owner) - Init Records
  72. T (vocals) - StIth Panzer
  73. Terence - Locrian / Land of Decay
  74. Tobias Jeg (owner) - Red Scare Industries
  75. Wes (drums) - Comadre

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