AN INTERVIEW WITH KNIFE TAPES

THE BIRTH OF KNIFE TAPES

    Knife Tapes formed when I was living in Copenhagen. I saw this band called Yahowa and this DIY space called Mayhem, and they absolutely blew my mind. I knew I wanted to share their music with everyone I knew, but I didn’t have the budget to do anything other than cassette tapes. I put out the tape on Bandcamp, and from there I had the infrastructure in place to do more releases. 

BASED IN NASHVILLE

    The Nashville scene was, and continues to be, one of the best DIY scenes in the country. Pujol will always be my favorite Nashville band, but there are a lot of great younger bands these days too. Goth Babe is fantastic, and I’ve heard good things about Soccer Mommy as well. Watcher is good if you want to get heavy and weird. There are great new bands popping up every day. Honestly sometimes I feel like I have trouble keeping up! 

ARTISTS YOU WORK WITH

Yahowa: most slept on band of all time. These dudes have a great body of work, and I wish they would get more attention over here in the states. I love their Forest Moon EP, and their back catalog continues to blow me away. I started Knife Tapes for Yahowa. 

Pujol: I still can’t believe I got to put out a single for my favorite band ever. Daniel Pujol is the poet laureate of Nashville. Check out everything he’s ever put out. You won’t regret it. 

Acid Dad: Vaughn Hunt (singer) and I grew up together. I was playing in the band for a little bit, and putting out this EP kind of fell into my lap. I think their next album is going to be big. 

Goth Babe: I thought I had a good idea of what a “Nashville band” sounded like until I heard Goth Babe. Griffin Washburn is a very talented guy, and his vision for his art is all-encompassing. I still put on this tape in my car at least twice a week. 

   I really just find bands I like, and ask them if they want to do a tape/record. I’m not going for an aesthetic or genre, just things I enjoy listening to.  

PHYSICAL MEDIA OVER DIGITAL? 

   Absolutely. So many artists these days put up their music on Soundcloud or Bandcamp with very little fanfare or self promotion, and it gets lost in the vast sea of “digital only” releases. I feel like the digital age has created this idea that music is disposable, which is kind of depressing to me. If you believe in your music, stand by it, and have a proper release. If music exists on a physical format, it will never go away. Hopefully 50 years from now, some kid will pick up a copy of the Pujol 7-inch and think its the coolest shit on the planet. That’s why I believe in physical formats. 

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interview by AL SMITH

al smith