Next up in our Holiday Q&A series for 2013, we caught up with Austin-based musician Benjamin Crowley aka Artificial Earth Machine to find out about his holiday plans. Readers of this blog first connected with him back in July with the release of his EP, Between Spaces which is available as a free download at Bandcamp.

What your family/friends tradition for holidays at the end of the year? If you don’t have a tradition, what was one of your most memorable and fun holiday gatherings (around that same time)?

I’ve moved around most of my life, so I don’t exactly have any traditions, but last year, I flew up to New York to see my dad, and also spent time with old friends who I hadn’t seen in four years. It’s always nice to go ʺback homeʺ and things are still the same as you left it.

Name a quintessential holiday recording for this time year and tell why its special for you/your family?

Bing Crosby’s White Christmas cassette. Also Bjork’s Vespertine which is the most incredible ambient album ever written, and feels like a trip through winter.

Any new books/e-books or films that you’re looking forward this holiday?

Catching Fire was amazing, and also looking forward to the second ʺHobbitʺ film. Other than that, just looking forward to Wes Anderson’s new film next year.

Looking back through this year, what were some of your favorite performances of your own music?

In October, I brought out a few of my good friends to play a festival in Houston via the Houston Free Thinkers. The original venue got rained out and they moved all the bands into their house a few blocks away. Me, Vegetable Kingdom, and Aquaspek then all played song for song and killed it. The crowd was feeling it, we were all feeling it, and it was one of my favorite experiences, sharing that moment with two good friends, and a crowded room. A close second would be my album release party at Cheer up Charlie’s, which turned out to be a very good show and turnout.

What’s on tap for your in the first three months of 2014?

I’m going to release a currently untitled EP in the first couple months accompanied by music video shot by Robert Griswold via Join The Studio. Also looking to start a monthly showcase.

If 2013 will remembered for one thing, if would be_______.

I’ve built a lot of good personal relationships with artists, and ʺfansʺ this year, and have truly enjoyed being more involved than ever in Austin community. Getting to be more and more involved with Chris Medder’s(Brother Wolf//Eversive) label Sole Glow Collective has been a very positive experience as well. I’m most excited to be playing Exploded Drawing for the first time December 6th, and have a feeling it will be unforgettable.

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