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22-12-2011 // interviews: Interview with Small Houses

As a "Farewell 2011"-series i have tried to get a little interview with the bands/artists that have made this a memorable musical year for me (and hopefully for you). Most of the bands i got in contact with responded very sweet and they have been so kind to answer a few questions about their 2011 and off course about their plans for the year to come, these will be posted in December every few days.

The next interview is with Jeremy Quentin, the main man behind Small Houses, whose album "North" is among the best I've heard this year. Small Houses is folk project around the songs and poems Jeremy writes and among the musicians that surround him we find Chris Bathgate. Not a stranger to my mp3-player either. North is a calm folk record with sweet, soft songs, played on acoustic guitar and the occasional banjo or mandoline to add a little tempo to it. Not to much though, as this is a record best enjoyed when you're not doing anything else than listening to it's beauty.

If you had to name one moment, what would you consider your highlight of 2011?
I feel like the greatest part of 2011 was setting out the goal to pursue art in a lot of different facets and not just those in music. Although recording, releasing, and touring with, "North", was the biggest part of my year, I've also had the chance to start writing articles for a growing magazine inside of Michigan, taking up photography, getting a chance to dive into some acting here and there, and producing my music video which took a good handful of weeks to create. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_hK2qyGlQc). I think exploring some other forms of art will really help the direction of my music.

What are you doing at the moment (november 2011)?
After I got back from tour in the middle of the month, I moved into a new sublet in Kalamazoo, MI and started working on producing a local band's album, Del Brutto, which is due out in Spring 2012.

Which great band or artist did you discover yourself in 2011? Any favourite albums?
I've been listening to a lot of low talkers this year. Tom Waits, Greg Brown, Bill Callahan, Son Volt, Nathaniel Rateliff, etc. A lot of Joni Mitchell too. My new discoveries have been The Milk Carton Kids and Doug Paisley.

How will you celebrate New Year’s Eve?
I'm playing a gig with some friends at Short's Brewing Company in Bellaire, MI. We all rented some cabins at our favorite campground, Chain O' Lakes. A lot of Michigan albums have been recorded on the premises, including my record, "Just Before The North". I'm sure the place will be covered in 3 feet of snow while we load up our wood burning stoves and celebrate 2012.

What are your plans for the new year?
I'm recording a 7" record next month which should come out sometime in the middle of the year. I'm certain I'll get back in the studio to work on another full length sometime in the Spring, although I'm still contemplating the approach to the next one. I've got a lot of ideas to make things extra special. I might pull in a producer to help. Touring will be pretty frequent. I plan to be on the road at least 6 months of the year.

- Thanks a lot Jeremy and Small Houses for answering the questions (that New Year's Eve sounds pretty awesome btw).

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