OUR 2009>2010 LABEL INTERVIEW SERIES WAS SUPPOSEDLY OVER, BUT TODAY BEING THE LAST DAY FOR 2010′S NEW YEAR’S WISHES, WE COULDN’T BUT OFFER YOU THIS LATE YET WORTHY CONTRIBUTION FROM ASTHMATIC KITTY. I’M NOT SURE THE LABEL THAT RELEASED THE FINEST RECORDS BY MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND OR DM STITH, AND WHOSE CO-FOUNDER AND “MINISTER OF AESTHETICS” IS NO OTHER THAN SUFJAN STEVENS, NEEDS ANY INTRODUCTION, SO LET’S HEAR OF WHAT MADE 2009 A MEMORABLE YEAR FOR ASTHMATIC KITTY ACCORDING TO ITS A&R MICHAEL KAUFMANN.
A) Which records released in 2009 do you wish you had released on Asthmatic Kitty?
I am not sure they would have been right for Asthmatic Kitty or not, but some of my favorite releases of 2009 were:
B) Which artist(s) you wish you had signed will you keep an ear on in 2010?
C) What are you the most proud of for Asthmatic Kitty in 2009?
Sheer volume of releases, we put out more records in 2009 than we ever have. it was exhausting, but we are very excited to have expanded our roster with such lovely folks as Fol Chen, DM Stith, Hermas Zopoula, Helado Negro, Osso, Shannon Stephens, and Royal City.
Fol Chen “The Believers”, from Part I: John Shade, Your Fortune’s Made
DM Stith “I Heart Wig” (feat. I Heart Lung), from Braid Of Voices EP
Osso “Enjoy Your Rabbit”, from Run Rabbit Run
Shannon Stephens “In Summer In The Heat”, from The Breadwinner
D) What are the label’s challenges for 2010?
Continuing to be long term focused, investing in careers as opposed to buzz!