Matt Hutchinson (Self Destructo Records)
1. What are your top five albums that were released in 2014? (In order 1-5)
- The Shrine – Bless Off
- The Meatmen – Savage Sags
- Obliterations – Poison Everything
- Helms Alee – Sleep Walking Sailors
- Against The Grain – Motor City Speed Rock
2. What band did you discover in 2014 (can be a brand new band or an older band) that had an impact on your life? What made them significant?
The fact that a legend like Tesco Vee was open to working with a start-up label like Self Destructo and gave us the opportunity to work the Savage Sagas release. That was an opportunity we were blown away by.
3. How will you remember 2014? (In terms of music)
For Self Destructo Records it was very busy and impactful on only our second year of existence. We really grew in 2014 in terms of releases and exposure…really proud of that and the teamwork that all members of the Self Destructo Family (Chuck, Leigh, Juan, Tyler and Roy) have done to help pull this stuff off.
The YouTube streaming service negotiations are interesting to watch play out amongst the industry as well. It was a great year for rock 'n' roll in general. So many quality releases and tours happened amongst the independent music community.
4. What can we look forward to from you in 2015?
Our very first Record Store Day release of the Turbonegro comp (Omega M’fers) will be out FINALLY and will have new contributions by The Dwarves, Revolving Beast, Heksed, and a new project that infamous Dutch punk guitarist Tony Slug (The Hydromatics, BGK, The Nitwtiz) started called The Calcium Brothers (which has a really funny meaning) and a band from Eindhoven who are pretty big that we cannot announce just yet (but knowing our audience and if they’re reading, they have a pretty solid idea now).
5. What records are you looking forward to most in 2015?
The new Against The Grain, You Know Who, Faith No More, and hopefully a new Turbonegro album.
6. What trend will you forever associate with 2014 in music?
Vinyl continues to sell and the digital music opportunities continue to expand.