Team Basick - what we thought of 2010
2010 has been a great year for Basick - our releases have been met with great press and gone down well with fans, we celebrated our 5th birthday with a free gig in Luton in September and we’ve signed some amazing bands. What’s not to love? Don’t take our word for it - here is what Team Basick loved most about 2010.
Barley - Big Boss Dude (Mostly plays with Lego)
2010 was epic because…It was the year that I finally grew the balls to give up my soul-crushing nine-to-five and drag this record label kicking and screaming in to full steam ahead mode.
Record I listened to most in 2010 was…Chimp Spanner – ‘At The Dream’s Edge’ / Cloudkicker – ‘Beacons’
Best gig of 2010 was…Ahh man there were loads – Euroblast in Germany, Hammerfest, Damnation Festival, Never Say Die, Ion Dissonance at The Underworld was special and of course the Basick birthday party.
Most under-rated thing of 2010 was…My bakery skills
Funniest thing of 2010 was….My bakery skills
Best Basick moment of 2010 was…Again, loads… Bringing the new ION D album to Europe, making it to 5 years old and having the subsequent birthday party, signing Aliases, Chimp Spanner album and solidifying this awesome roster and faction of Team Basick are just a few :)
If you could change places, with someone on the Basick roster for 48 hours, who would you change with and what would you do? I guess it would have to be Leo from No Made Sense, just to see what it’s like on the other side…
Barley’s naked shoulders – yes or no?…Oi, leave my shoulders out of this… I’m just happy in my own skin, so I like to show people occasionally ;)
In 2011 I will mostly be….Face down in a mountain of bullshit no doubt, as we try and take this label global. We’re coming for you!
James - Press Guru (Geometrical Rockstar)
2010 was epic because… I’ve toured half the world with my band TesseracT.
Record I listened to most in 2010 was… Chimp Spanner, At The Dream’s Edge.
Best gig of 2010 was… Meshuggah and Enslaved at the Great India Rock Festival.
Most under-rated thing of 2010 was… Periphery's album! It took quite a bashing on forums and websites which amazed me, maybe people's expectations were unrealistically high? I dunno.. but i do know that it's a fucking killer record.
Funniest thing of 2010 was…. The explosion of the crabcore move! I know this has been going on for a little while, but it was only this year, when watching a band (I won’t mention) do it live, that I realised how hilarious this looks. What’s even more hilarious, is that people think it looks cool. I know I know, I’m just not down with the kids.
Best Basick moment of 2010 was… Chimp Spanner live! The Monuments guy did a blinding job making this happen too. Hats off to all.
If you could change places, with someone on the Basick roster for 48 hours, who would you change with and what would you do? Luke from Arusha Accord. And I would go around picking up heavy things all day. Sounds boring, but being a skinny bastard, this is something I’ve never been able to do.
Barley’s naked shoulders – yes or no?… only if accompanied with a full frontal.
In 2011 I will mostly be…. A) converting the metal masses and beyond to the ways djent, prog and technical metal by: touring my ass off with TesseracT, promoting the hell out of Basick bands and getting drunk and making a fool out of myself in the name of art. B) hanging out with my family and grooming my sons into shredders. C) Shouting SLAYER a lot.
Lisa - Marketing / Label Management (Thinks she’s the boss dude)
2010 was epic because: Loads of new friends and experiences, travelling all over the UK to listen to some awesome bands and then knowing I get to do it all over again in 2011.
Record I listened to most in 2010 was: Tesseract EP / Chimp Spanner ATDE / Pin Up Went Down 342 - all three featured heavily in my sounds for 2010 for different reasons. Tesseract just because it’s huge and oh so very good. Chimp for when I’m working, I find it quite relaxing and Pin Up Went Down to make me smile a lot.
Best gig of 2010 was: Tesseract at Basick 5th Birthday in Luton. I was a fan before but that gig really made me sit up and take notice, and they were a man down! Damnation Festival was also a kick in the arse - so many good bands packed into one day and Dillinger Escape Plan headlining just blew my nuts off, best live band ever.
Most under-rated thing of 2010 was: Coffee. I only started drinking it for the first time in September this year. Who knew!!! Awesome stuff. Completely addicted now, thank you Mr Miller!
Funniest thing of 2010 was: Asking Barley to sign Aliases…Barley signing Aliases. Pestering Barley to let me label manage Aliases…Barley letting me label managing Aliases…and then trying to hand them back after trying to work with Pin for an hour. ;) - the boy is an absolute handful. Leah more than makes up for it. Awesome times.
Best Basick moment of 2010 was: Meeting the entire Basick team, bands and family at our 5th Birthday party in Luton. I’ve never worked anywhere that has that feeling of being one massive family like Basick has. From the team, to the bands, to the bands families, to the other industry folk involved with Basick, to Barleys family - it’s just one giant clusterfv*k of awesomeness. We’re all really close and we all look after each other.
If you could change places with someone on the Basick roster for 48 hours, who would you change with and what would you do? Browne from Monuments. I’d just spend 48hrs fondling my hair. Actually 47hrs spent massaging the fro, 1 hour spent seeing what it’s like to be able to be that good on guitar.
Barley’s naked shoulders - yes or no? Those big beasting nakey shoulders are now burnt into my retina cos he uses them for his skype avatar. Apparently if you bung him a fiver he’ll send you the rest of that pic for your personal enjoyment ;)
In 2011 I will mostly be… shouting more at my 3 Basick brothers, Barley, James and Sean. Trying (and failing) to keep Aliases on the straight and narrow and get their EP release out on time. Getting out and about with a few of the Basick tours coming up. Getting fired 320 times a day by Pin. Bugging Barley daily to gimme No Made Sense to babysit. Plotting world domination for the label. Taking the piss out of Sean. Mostly taking the piss out of Sean.
Sean - Design / IT Architecture (Part time SHLAAAAGG / Full time funboy)
2010 was epic because: Mostly always: friends, Guinness, music and work.
Record I listened to most in 2010 was: Karnivool - Sound Awake.
Best gig of 2010 was: Had most fun at The Black Dahlia Murder, but Jónsi was incredible.
Most under-rated thing of 2010 was: Tomato soup.
Funniest thing of 2010 was: Weekend in Luton for Basick’s 5th birthday party or Birmingham for Viatrophy’s last tour.
Best Basick moment of 2010 was: Having the team in the same room for the first time, helping Chimp Spanner take his music from his bedroom to the stage for the first time, signing Aliases or releasing Ion Dissonance’s new album!
If you could change places with someone on the Basick roster for 48 hours, who would you change with and what would you do? Barley, to send me his beautiful iMac.
Barley’s naked shoulders - yes or no? If you’ve got it flaunt it!
In 2011 I will mostly be… Helping Basick conquer the world. Let’s be ‘avin’ ye!