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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

More ATL predictions for 2012

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  • Mighty High Coup
For this week's CL music feature, 13 predictions for Atlanta's music scene(s) in 2012, I got together with a pretty broad swath of local artists to talk about their New Year's resolutions, predictions for the upcoming year, and what they would like to see happen in 2012 that could make Atlanta's music scene better and stronger. Every day this week we'll release a handful of outtakes from the rest of these conversations we've had over the last two weeks.


Boom rap trio Mighty High Coup set their 2012 banter to a beat!

Jeffrey Bützer
  • Jeffrey Bützer
Jeffrey Bützer: Pianist, accordionist, composer, the Bicycle Eaters

New Year’s resolutions?
a) I am going to give up sarcasm, for good this time!
b) Learn to tie a bowtie, clip-ons are embarrassing.
c) Start saying “it is a no brainer” more often. Then stop.
d) Read twice as many books and eat half as many French fries.

I think Places are going to stop returning my calls next year. They are young, attractive, and write nice songs, and the “leader” is named Nico… It is a no brainer. Also, Small Reactions, 4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra, Adron, Night Driving in Small Towns, and Oryx and Crake will carry on being incredible and surprising.

I think dancing to music would help make the ATL music scene stronger, and going to see bands that you are not friends with. And it would be nice if we could learn to not care if another band is doing well or getting good press.

Brannon Boyle, Speakeasy Promotion
I wish more Atlanta bands would go on tours, and I wish the people that go see popular music all the time would go see local music more often. I also wish all the people that go to crowded places and listen to bad music because they know it will be a party, would take a risk and go see some good music and MAKE it a party.

Michael Keenan, singer for noise rock outfit HAWKS
More focus on live shows. More energy and more diverse bills, there are a lot of great bands that sound nothing alike in this town let's take it back to 2001 and mix those shows up a bit.

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  • heRobust
heRobust, electronic music producer
2012 resolution — No TV (other then NBA) and increased flexibility!

Trends/predictions? Regarding electronic music, I think 2012 will bring Atlanta a lot more originality. Aggresive dubstep has had its reign and it's brought a lot of new fans to electronic genres, but I think people will tire of all the "drops" and start seeking more creative forms of dance music. I’m not saying bass music is going to be over, I just think it will have to be more unique, melodically speaking.

I’d like to see more Sunday night events. Sunday is not a big night for shows in Atlanta, but it is in some other cities I've played. It’s fun, everyone there is kind of united by the looming of Monday morning.

Mathis Hunter, singer/guitarist for ATL future funk big band Noot d’ Noot
I can't call it. Trends come and go. Trends are the forgotten music of tomorrow, I'm just hoping to make some music with some soul. The spirit will not descend without song.

We need some places where live bands can play all night, ‘til the sun comes up. We need a space ritual.

Cousin Dan, one man spectacle
My New Year’s resolution for 2012 is to further develop every aspect of my show and music. I want to be a better guitar/synth player, as well as improving my dance moves and understanding and utilizing all of my equipment to its fullest extent. Really, I just want to push my self to take everything I do to the next level. As for trends picking up I kinda feel like the non-DJ electronic scene is gaining speed and people are ready to get weird!

Hmmm … what do I wish that would happen to better Atlanta's music scene? First off I would like to say that I think Atlanta's music scene is great! We are blessed to have handfuls of venues all around the city with people coming out to see live music every night. Camaraderie between bands is pretty positive and people seem to have that "we're all in this together" attitude, instead of stabbing each other in the back to get a leg up. That being said, the emergence of great new/existing bands is inevitable and if people work hard towards an artistic vision that is truly apart of themselves, and not be too eager to please, then greatness shall await!

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  • Sean Zearfoss, Small Reactions
Sean Zearfoss, drummer for Small Reactions
My New Year's resolution is to make as many great mixtapes as possible. Genuinely solid mixtapes are hard to come by these days.

I've been a part of the Atlanta music scene for four years now and, in that time, I've noticed our music scene slowly becoming more of a community. I think 2012 will be the year when that sense of community truly defines who we are. Genres are constantly blurred and rendered irrelevant in our scene and Atlanta bands will continue to challenge things with the music they create and the bills they put together.

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