I managed to interview DJ Shabs Jobanputra, founder of Outcaste Records for the Independent newspaper in the late 1990s (circa 1997, I think). In this rare chat (warning strong language!) he discusses stereotypes, why he is aiming for the mainstream and what he thinks of Nitin Sawhney. Listen to the full interview below. Shabs laterContinue reading “Where are they now? DJ Shabs (Outcaste Records)”
Well Gordon Raphael is still a record producer. Since the success he found with The Strokes in the early 2000s, he went on to produce many international bands. In January 2010, Raphael went to Cape Town, South Africa, to produce the debut album Shark by indie rock band The Plastics. In May 2013, he wentContinue reading “Where are they now? Gordon Raphael”
Over the next few weeks I will be publishing audio and written interviews of music luminaries I interviewed in the late 1990s and early 2000s. I will be asking, what are they doing now? The first up will be American record producer Gordon Raphael, who is best known for his work with the New YorkContinue reading “Where are they now?”
I came across this clipping I had kept from the FT. Who knows what year it was from? 1986? Answers on a postcard please… That’s it!
Everyone likes a good music book, here are my top 10 in no particular order! Johnny Marr – Set The Boy Free The Faber Book of Pop – Edited by Hanif Kureishi and Jon Savage Anthony Kiedis – Scar Tissue John Harris – The Last Party, Britpop, Blair and the Demise of English Rock KeithContinue reading “My top 10 favourite music books”
I was surprised and horrified the other day to have a story about the Foo Fighters appearing on my Facebook feed. Not because of their music. The story by the NME was written by legendary music journalist Keith Cameron and involved the Foos first live gig in the UK. Something stirred in my mind, beforeContinue reading “This is a call”
At the start of my career I worked at a few newspapers. Whenever, I did, I had to be issued with a security pass. Remember them? Here is one of my first. I can’t believe I still have this one. A jem! I like the fact that Mirror Group is in speech marks. I haveContinue reading “Can I get into the building?”
There is no doubt that I am a ‘mega’ fan of all music on the Creation Records label. So back in the early 2000s I jumped at the chance of trying to interview the man behind it all. Unfortunately, Mr McGee at the time didn’t want to be interviewed by the FT about his labelContinue reading “Alan McGee’s autograph”
I went through a phase when I was a music journalist of collecting badges, mostly in the late 90s and early 2000s. Above are a few. Can you name some of the bands? More to come. Meanwhile, a great song with ‘Badge’ in the title!
Thrilled to bits that some of my Indie music heroes are following me on Twitter. Sad I know. But a follow from Cornershop and Mansun’s lead singer Paul Draper – means the world. Also a ‘like’ from Tim Burgess. Ta – very much. Who could forget ‘Take It Easy Chicken’ from Mansun and ‘A BrimfulContinue reading “Happy for some follows from Indie heroes”