Thursday, January 12, 2012

Mudfish, Mood Rings, Coathangers, and more weigh in on the year ahead

Posted By on Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 4:16 PM

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. This week we're releasing a handful of outtakes from the rest of these conversations we've had over the last two weeks.

Read "More ATL predictions for 2012"

DJ Mudfish
In 2012 I’d like to see promoters and venues getting behind some different DJs and artists. It’s very cliquish out there right now, and with no disrespect to the promoters and venues, I'm kind of tired of seeing the same line-ups. I'd also like to see DJ's grow a pair every once in a while. We are supposed to be breaking records and molding the music scene, not become carbon copies of each other. On a Friday and Saturday night, you can tour the Atlanta nightlife, and hear the same soundtrack everywhere you go. "That ain't right!!!" (In my Chris Rock voice). Throw some zingers!

Jack Shaw, drummer for the Head
Q: What do you wish would happen that could make Atlanta’s music scene better and stronger in 2012?
A: Less PBR and less reverb.

Singer / guitarist Joseph War
What could make ATL better and stronger? I’m still a bit on the fence about free shows. I have a tendency to think Atlanta is better off without them in the established venues. I’m about to play my first "free show" at a popular club and I gotta tell ya, I don't know how I feel about that. Maybe I’ll gain some insight after doing it or maybe I’ll never want to do it again. The free shows I did as a kid were at a venue with five punks drunk on cheap cognac sleeping on the floor. That venue was a house on Moreland Ave. in the “Wizard district.”

Will Fussell, singer / guitarist for Mood Rings
I think most of everyone would like to see great new creations come out in the next year. It would be nice to see some heavier experimentation not only with music but with the all encompassing life of the artistic society that makes up Atlanta. Let’s hope for more honest, thought-out, intelligent creations, and less sterile socializing.

  • The Coathangers

Stephanie Luke, drummer for the Coathangers
It's super important for Atlanta bands to get out on the road and remind the rest of the country that we are rock 'n' rollers too! That will bring more attention to the city and give the scene some more credibility.

And all shows should have free pony rides and whiskey shots ... Thank you.

Travis Thatcher of Judi Chicago / Recompas / Voice of Saturn
I want to see all the various scenes supporting each other. We're a big city with lots of little cliques. There's strength in numbers. I like what folks like 4thwardheroes are doing on the home front and want to see more bands getting out of town!

  • Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, drummer for Odist / Jack of Hearts / co-owner of Hijacking Music
More unity amongst ourselves. We (Atlanta bands in general) should all play shows together, we should stop playing with the same small little circle of bands, I would like to see more bands branch out with who they play with. I also want to see more house party shows this year. They seriously make some of the best shows in this city.

Stay tuned for more ...

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