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2012 Artist Survey: Beat Connection

Jordan Koplowitz Reflects on the Last Year

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For Under the Radar's 10th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2012.

Pick up the print version of the Best of 2012 issue to read responses from the following artists: Alt-J, Fred Armisen, Bear in Heaven, Camera Obscura, Chad Valley, Charli XCX, Choir of Young Believers, Clinic, CSS, Dan Deacon, Desaparecidos, Django Django, Efterklang, Egyptian Hip Hop, El Perro Del Mar, Grimes, Halls, Richard Hawley, Hercules and Love Affair, Ladytron, Liars, Lord Huron, Lower Dens, Mount Eerie, My Morning Jacket, The Mynabirds, The New Pornographers, of Montreal, Peaking Lights, Porcelain Raft, Laetitia Sadier, Tame Impala, and Tegan and Sara.

Then download the digital version of the Best of 2012 issue to read all those surveys, as well as bonus responses from the following artists: !!!, Clare and the Reasons, Codeine, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Esben and the Witch, The Fresh & Onlys, Get People, Islands, Kwes, Lost in the Trees, NZCA/LINES, OFF!, Plants and Animals, Still Corners, Violens, Xiu Xiu, Young Dreams, and Zambri.

We are also posting additional web-exclusive artist survey interviews to the website. Here are responses from Jordan Koplowitz of Beat Connection.

Top 10 Albums of 2012

We couldn't decide on just 10 and also we couldn't rank them because everyone in the band had such different rankings. Consider them all #1. 

1. Grizzly Bear: Shields
1. Flying Lotus: Until the Quiet Comes
1. Fort Romeau: Kingdoms
1. Tame Impala: Lonerism
1. Kindness: World, You Need a Change of Mind
1. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs: Trouble
1. Dirty Projectors: Swing Lo Magellan
1. G.O.O.D. Music: Cruel Summer
1. John Talabot: Fin
1. Four Tet: Pink
1. Thrupence: Voyages EP
1. Twin Shadow: Confess

What was the highlight of 2012 for either you personally or for the band?

The highlight of this year has got to be when Shaq tweeted us back. The Big Diesel said he would come to our show in Raleigh, where he was doing a comedy tour. Also I guess selling out The Knitting Factory and playing Sasquatch could get added.

What was the low point of 2012 for you?

Our worst day was the day our manager quit, which was same day of our album release. We had a day off in Sweetwater, Texas. It was very anticlimactic.

What are your hopes and plans for 2013?

In 2013 we hope to get over to Europe and treat our Euro fans right. And also eat kebab like every night.

What pop culture phenomenon from 2012 would you most like to erase from your memory? 

Jordan Koplowitz: Honey Boo Boo is my least favorite piece of pop culture. That shit is wack.

Were you affected by Hurricane Sandy? Do you think that climate change was partly responsible for the hurricane?

Jordan: We were not directly affected by Sandy, but we have a lot of close friends living over in NY and we were definitely worried about them. Freak storms like Sandy have existed since the Earth has, so it's hard to say, but it's easy to blame global climate change because hurricanes should not be in NY. Even if climate change doesn't exist, living sustainably and minimizing negative impact on Mother Earth is extremely important to us and should be to everyone.

Tell us about the most memorable fan encounter you had this year.

Jordan: This one is actually from 2011, but we never got to share it. A fan in Toronto had made his own Beat Connection T-shirt with a high quality print of the Surf Noir album cover and asked us to sign it. This was pretty special to us because we didn't have our own T-shirts to sell yet and because he was a cool guy.

What were some of the rejected names for your band?

Jordan: Crimewave and Yours Truly were pretty heavy candidates for band names when we were first starting out.

Did you watch this year's Olympics? What was your favorite event and which event would you be best at?

Jordan: I think my favorite event to watch at the Olympics was men and women's gymnastics. The maneuvers they can complete are absolutely ridiculous, and watching the women's team dominate was a huge highlight. I think I would probably be best at gymnastics because I'm decent at pull-ups.



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