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When our writer Richard Collins isn’t smashing out reviews for us, he spends some of his time putting on gigs with his mate Lins at a night called Cosmic Carnage. When he’s not doing that he can often be found talking complete bollocks, we have decided to capture some of this bollocks and call it the ‘Cosmic Roundup of 2015′. He’s caught up with shit loads of our favourite people from across the scene and we’ll be publishing one every day until we run out… like some sort of super freaky advent calendar!
Box Records has had a ridiculous year with releases from Khunnt, Foot Hair, Luminous Bodies, Bismuth, Waskerly Way plus the first label compilation. Matt Baty not only releases this incredible music but plays in stupidly good bands too including Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, Blown Out and Khunnt who have torn apart Cosmic Carnage on many an occasion making him an all-out Cosmic hero. Rich managed to grab five minutes with the busiest man in show business.
CC: Hi Matt, how are you?
MB: Well smart.
CC: Records has had an incredible year, have you been pleased with it all?
MB: Thanks. Yeah, very pleased with this year, been busier than ever. I’ve managed to release more music than any year before. Next year looks set to be even busier!
CC: Does the label take up most of your spare time?
MB: I’m not exactly chained to a computer every night. I tend to be a lot busier around releases, things tend to go a bit quieter in between.
CC: How far do you think you can take the label? Are you hoping to do it as a full time job one day?
MB: That would be great however I’m under no illusion. I understand there’s a pretty limited audience for the music I’m releasing. I’d have to shift a lot of records to maintain my Richard Branson lifestyle. I mean, I’m hardly releasing Adele records am I? Might look into that one day though.
CC: What albums have you enjoyed in 2015?
MB: Gnod – Infinity Machines
Islam Chipsy ft. EEK – Kahraba
Terminal Cheesecake – Cheese Brain Fondue
Faust, Tony Conrad – Outside The Dream Syndicate
Little Simz – A Curious Tale Of Trials & Persons
All Box Records releases (that’s allowed, right?)
CC: What’s the best gig you attended in 2015?
MB: Quite possibly Foot Hair with support from Big Fail at The Empty Shop in Durham. A good gig for me is one were I lose my shit as much as I do when I perform live. Foot Hair do this to me. They turn me into a sweaty, debased bad dancer.
CC: Best gig you played?
MB: It’s been a good year on the gig front. It’s pretty hard for me to pick just one! Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs at Raw Power was a buzz, I climbed onto of a very high PA and got a bit scared. Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs at Cosmic Carnage was marvellous too with band members being carried off stage. Blown Out at Reverence in Portugal at 3am in sweltering heat on a stage fit for U2. Blown Out at Supernormal on the infamous Shed Stage.
CC: Best festival?
MB: Raw Power and Supernormal, joint winners. All the best people there, all the best bands, all the best performances. My face hurt from laughing so much at both, such a great time.
Both festivals I’d have gone to even if I wasn’t playing. Very blessed to have played both.
CC: What are you up to next year?
MB: Releasing more kick ass music, obviously! New music from Girl Sweat, Terminal Cheesecake, Haikai No Ku, Joseph Curwen, Casual Sect and a shit hot collaboration album that I’ve been teasing for months but not announced yet. It’s moving though, it’s starting to breath… I’ll probably pester Foot Hair and Luminous Bodies for new music too.
Other than that I’ll be playing plenty of gigs, gigs, gigs, gigs, gigs, gigs, gigs with Khünnt, Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs and Blown Out, including a couple of mainland Europe jaunts with the latter.
See you in the pit