11:12 am - Mon, Nov 18, 2013

Q&A with Adam Brooks, Modular People

Do you have any influences outside of music in how you run your company?

We have plenty of non-musical influences: a lot of artists, writers and film-makers that we collaborate with or just plain love (there’s a list of people we recommend here: http://www.modularpeople.com/recommends/). The island of Hvar in Croatia has a special place in my heart too; it’s where we host our new festival FORand therefore where most of the Modular team from around the world meets each Summer. In fact you can draw a lot of parallels between archipelagos/island life, and Modular as a label. 

What kind of deals, and indeed steals, will you have on your stall?

As it’s the first time Modular has appeared at the Independent Label Market, we’ve pulled out a few stops.

1) We’ll have the first copies of the new/rare Erol Alkan rework of Tame Impala on one-sided 12” anywhere in the world. You can’t buy it anywhere else until a week later, and only 1500 exist anywhere.

2) We’ll be launching the first ever Modular newspaper on the stall - a beautiful little artefact featuring interviews with Modular bands, designers and artists we work with, and a little insight into a few of the things we do that you might not be aware of.

3) While stocks last, everyone buying a record from us will get a 10 track sampler CD, a copy of the newspaper and a poster from this year’s FOR festival.

4) We’re also running a tombola benefitting Nordoff Robbins music therapy, where you can win signed vinyl, music subscriptions and a bunch of other winnables.

5) Finally, we’ll have some Modular baked goods for you courtesy of Ms Emma Tucker (emmatucker.me - she writes and bakes and is excellent at both)

At this year’s event London Brewers’ Market will be selling the capital’s finest craft ales from a selection of great micro-breweries. If you brewed your own beer, what would you call it? 

My friend Jimmy (@jimmyhatherley) is one of London’s best new brewers, and I’m struggling to think of anything that would top the Molè Chocolate Porter he just made, so I’d probably just leave the whole endeavour in his capable hands and stick to releasing records.

Which of your artists would you most like to see have a Christmas Number One and why?

Movement (http://www.modularpeople.com/artists/movement/4024.html), because those vocals on a festive classic would be like bathing in double cream. And Nick Grimshaw just played them, which is half the battle right?

6:53 pm - Fri, Oct 11, 2013

Q&A with Keith, Optimo Music

Can you name your favourite record shop?

That is very hard to answer as I’m very fortunate that my job allows me to travel so much and i have been able to visit amazing record shops in every corner of the planet. If i had to pick one based on the largest pile of great records I came away with it would be Mississippi Records in Portland.

What’s your favourite Scottish record?

Another impossible question as there are so many but today i will plump for Double Heart by Robert Rental.

Favourite club/music venue in Glasgow and why?

Sub Club as it is my home away from home and has the best sound in the city. I have spent over 600 nights of my life employing there.

Best and worst things about Glasgow?

Worst - Weather. Best - People.

What is it about the Glasgow music scene that makes it so vibrant? 

The sense of community and the fact that people here aren’t looking to what other people are doing when it does to making music. There is a stunning amount of originality in music in Glasgow and a phenomenal amount of passion.

Has the so-called vinyl revival been felt in Scotland too?

I don’t hold with the endless press stories about a vinyl revival. It never went away.

 

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Q&A with Richard Chater and Bobby Cleaver, Numbers

Can you name your favourite record shop?

(Richard Chater) Guess we’re kind of biased but gonna have to be Rubadub

What’s your favourite Scottish record?

(Bobby Cleaver) Been listening to loads of Scottish music recently, I made a Scottish playlist for Burns night party which i keep on going back to - Boards of Canada, Malcolm Middleton, Mogwai, The Pastels, Hudson Mohawke, Rustie, The Phantom Band, Orange Juice and loads more… Recently I’d say Koreless - Yugen on Young Turks is the most stand out. 

What advice would you give people visiting Glasgow for the first time?

(Bobby Cleaver) Glaswegians are big on the shopping and socialising, so make use of what we do best

Favourite club/music venue in Glasgow and why?

(Bobby Cleaver) Guess not technically Glasgow but over the years 69 in Paisley will go down as my favourite - the atmosphere of that place and the fact the Rubadub guys have had so many House/Techno greats play in a basement under an Indian restaurant is pretty special 

Best and worst things about Glasgow?

(Richard Chater) Best - The People / Worst - City Council

You’re out record shopping in Glasgow and you get a bit hungry. What should you eat and where should you eat it?

(Bobby Cleaver) Snack wise it has to be the Grove Chippy in the West End - they’ll deep fry any chocolate bar you bring them, except for malteasers (must be a size thing)…. Washed down with a can of irn bru or spot of tonic wine. Just the ticket for giving you a bit of energy and inspiration to get back on the shopping

Has the so-called vinyl revival been felt in Scotland too?

(Richard Chater) From my own experience of working at a Record Store / Distributor there has never been a revival, it’s just never gone away. Vinyl is still the main format for a lot of underground music and is the bricks and mortar for Record Labels, DJ’s, Distributors and Stores all around the globe. Without it a lot of people would be out of work or devoid of inspiration.

However there is a new generation of kids whose musical starting point was Dubstep who are coming into stores such as Rubadub and are hungry for new and classic records.

What’s the best market you’ve ever been to?

(Bobby Cleaver) Barras where the record is pretty special and definitely worth a visit, sure everyone is gonna say that tho…. Haha…errr… Chatuchak Market in Bangkok is quite a place, complete with Japanese Fighting fish stalls and plenty fake Louis Vuitton. So Barrowlands and Bangkok aren’t worlds apart I guess

6:48 pm

Q&A with Alun, Chemikal Underground

Can you name your favourite record shop?

We love all record shops equally and without favouritism

What’s your favourite Scottish record?

Honestly I couldn’t say, there are too many great records.

What advice would you give people visiting Glasgow for the first time?

You won’t need a jacket it’s always dry and warm

Favourite club/music venue in Glasgow and why?

I really like small venues, Nice and Sleazy’s, The Captains Rest before it shut down and currently The Glad Cafe

Best and worst things about Glasgow?

Best thing is the council endorsed 4 day weekend / the worst is the summer marching season

You’re out record shopping in Glasgow and you get a bit hungry. What should you eat and where should you eat it?

Anything at Mono but particularly the cheescake

Has the so-called vinyl revival been felt in Scotland too?

I think it has all over the UK and there is a great selection here so yes!

What’s the best market you’ve ever been to?

The Shandwick Market for food, clothes and the oddest collection of second hand singles.

6:44 pm

Q&A with Sandy, Love Music

What’s your favourite Scottish record?

Right now it’s a tie, between the first WOODENBOX WITH A FISTFUL OF FIVERS album “Home and the Wildhunt” and the FRENCH WIVES debut album “Dream of the Inbetween”. My favourite single is probably “The Rain Fell Down” by JESSE GARON & THE DESPERADOES, but I’m biased, as my girlfriend’s singing it. Honourable mention to THE VALVES - Ain’t No Surf in Portobello, Goodbye Mr Mackenzie - The Rattler and The Pastels - Truck Train Tractor.

What advice would you give people visiting Glasgow for the first time?

Bring an umbrella and a map. Have a drink in the Pot Still. Check out Ashton Lane.

Favourite club/music venue in Glasgow and why?

I like the ABC on Sauchiehall Street, for lay-out and location, and I also really like the basement of the State Bar for funky low-key gigs. It’s got wooden walls and a wooden floor, and has a warm natural sound, as does the Glasgow University Debating Hall, where I had the pleasure of seeing Calexico and Low.

Best and worst things about Glasgow?

Best: Great music scene, excellent restaurants and bars, and friendly people.

Worst: The weather. And the sheer volume of neds, bams and nutters in the city centre is a bit scary.

You’re out record shopping in Glasgow and you get a bit hungry. What should you eat and where should you eat it?

Have a burrito and a pint of Sagres at AD LIB on Hope Street, or a chicken jalfrezi and a pint of Cobra at the ASMAAN on Bath Street. Great food and super-friendly staff in each establishment, and the Asmaan has a Roy Orbison-lookalike waiter who’s probably the coolest waiter in town.

What is it about the Glasgow music scene that makes it so vibrant? 

There are so many places for bands to play; there are so many different musical scenes based around venues. Musical growth is encouraged, even nurtured.

Has the so-called vinyl revival been felt in Scotland too?

Yes it has,it has been a very pleasant surprise to be selling big quantities of vinyl LPs again after all these years. We’re now also selling record players in the shop; classic Dansettes and portable turntables. We have a big selection of secondhand vinyl we’ve built up over the years, and we are constantly buying collections from all manner of people, so the stock is ever-changing.

What’s the best market you’ve ever been to?

Camden Market in it’s heyday in the 80s; it was a proper rock & roll-market, with thousands of bootleg tapes, all manner of black leather goth gear, and a general feeling of people living alternative lifestyles, combined with punk rock decadence, like a gathering of the tribes. 

6:41 pm

Q&A with Douglas MacIntyre, Creeping Bent

Can you name your favourite record shop?

Monorail

What’s your favourite Scottish record?

SCARS - Adult/ery / Horrorshow 7” on Fast Product

What advice would you give people visiting Glasgow for the first time?

Visit Monorail, and check out as many record stores and venues. There’s a thriving arts scene.

Favourite club / music venue in Glasgow and why?

I really enjoy going to events in The Poetry Club, Mono, Stereo, CCA. Optimo at the Sub Club was always a gas.

Best and worst things about Glasgow?

Best - Art .  Worst - Neds

You’re out record shopping in Glasgow and you get a bit hungry. What should you eat and where should you eat it?

The vegan food at Monorail is excellent, the CCA too.

What is it about the Glasgow music scene that makes it so vibrant?

Constant reinvention

Has the so-called vinyl revival been felt in Scotland too?

Yes, vinyl has always been sold in the city, and labels across several genres (Creeping Bent / Chemikal Underground / Numbers / Soma), have always supported vinyl releases

What’s the best market you’ve ever been to?

I was at a great record market in New York years ago, got some amazing rare stuff by Captain Beefheart.

6:37 pm

Q&A with Ken McLuskey, Electric Honey

Can you name your favourite record shop?

Love Music -Glasgow

What’s your favourite Scottish record?

Candy Skin-Fire Engines

What advice would you give people visiting Glasgow for the first time?

Visit the museums, Have lunch at  Mono and check Monorail, Have a pint in the Griffin and check out the Harry Papadopoulos photo exhibition in the lounge bar there. Go to a gig at Stereo, check out the Subclub

Favourite club/music venue in Glasgow and why?

At the moment Stereo as I like the way the gig is laid out however for acoustics downstairs at Oran Mor which can be great and Mark Robb and Nick Peacocks soul/jazz sundays at the West of Scotland Cricket Club are good.

Best and worst things about Glasgow?

Best for Friendly people, good music and arts scenes, worst for Sauchiehall street on a saturday night and too many bookies/cashconverters and really stinking Blue lagoon Chip Shops

You’re out record shopping in Glasgow and you get a bit hungry. What should you eat and where should you eat it? 

Food at Stereo or Mono has got rather good, the Red Onion or in west end Enjoy cafe, Charcoal Aroma or Squid and the Whale all Great Western Road

What is it about the Glasgow music scene that makes it so vibrant? 

It has sustained itself well over the years since the late 1970’s and grown Internationally. Musicians not afraid to try something different. Generally good communication between labels, venues and groups.  

Has the so-called vinyl revival been felt in Scotland too?

Yes to a certain extent it has with lots of new releases from Creeping Bent,Geographic and Electric Honey  on vinyl which is nice

What’s the best market you’ve ever been to?

Paddys Market in the Briggait,Glasgow RIP

11:38 am
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So you won’t go hungry on Saturday…

So you won’t go hungry on Saturday…

10:21 am

Q&A with Martyn Flyn, LuckyMe

Can you name your favourite record shop?

Toss up between RubaDub in Glasgow and Underground Solushun in Edinburgh.

What’s your favourite Scottish record?

The 7VWWVW album on Crystal Wish/KFM

Favourite club/music venue in Glasgow and why?

The Subclub- that sound system. Lots of great venues here- the reopening of the Art School is great news.

Best and worst things about Glasgow?

Best. The music and art scene 

Worst. The weather (sorry for obvious answer)

You’re out record shopping in Glasgow and you get a bit hungry. What should you eat and where should you eat it?

So many good places to eat in Glasgow. My favourite at the minute is Taco Mazama

What is it about the Glasgow music scene that makes it so vibrant? 

It’s very self supportive and collaborative.

Has the so-called vinyl revival been felt in Scotland too?

Sure to some degree- theres always been great record label culture here and also a great secondhand vinyl buying culture. 

What’s the best market you’ve ever been to?

Rose Bowl Flea Market in LA

4:34 pm - Thu, Oct 10, 2013
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Independent Label Market: Glasgow, stall map

Independent Label Market: Glasgow, stall map

2:43 pm

Q&A with Edwyn Collins, AED Records

Can you name your favourite record shop?

Monorail Music, Glasgow

What’s your favourite Scottish record?

Keep Right on to the End of the Road, Sir Harry Lauder.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbM86eiczAg

What advice would you give people visiting Glasgow for the first time?

Go to the parks! (I worked for The Parks Dept).

Favourite club/music venue in Glasgow and why?

The Poetry Club, it’s small and groovy.

Best and worst things about Glasgow?

The way it looks, it’s buildings, the sound of it’s voices. I can’t say bad things about Glasgow, I don’t feel that way about it.

You’re out record shopping in Glasgow and you get a bit hungry. What should you eat and where should you eat it?

I’m a bit out of touch. I like Mono, I like Cafe Gandolfi, makes me feel nostalgic for my youth.

What is it about the Glasgow music scene that makes it so vibrant?

Youth! Same as everywhere! Venues!

Has the so-called vinyl revival been felt in Scotland too?

I hope so, you tell me…

What’s the best market you’ve ever been to?

Paddy’s Market in the late seventies. Everything was 10p. Clothes, records, beautiful stuff. By the eighties the stall holders wised up and were looking for £1!

1:24 pm

Q&A with Andy, Gerry Loves Records

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Can you name your favourite record shop?

In Scotland it’s VoxBox - http://voxboxmusic.co.uk, closely followed by Monorail - http://www.monorailmusic.com. Much love to the sadly departed OneUp in Aberdeen, who took most of our money in our teenage years. Outside Scotland there’s Waterloo and End of an Ear in Austin, Grimeys in Nashville, Polyester Records in Melbourne and Ground Zero in Paris.

What’s your favourite Scottish record?

Bandwagonesque by Teenage Fanclub. They were the first band we went to see together when we were 14.

What advice would you give people visiting Glasgow for the first time?

Come prepared with a liver of steel. Don’t try and understand the locals. Don’t ask for sauce on your chips.

Favourite club/music venue in Glasgow and why?

Stereo is great. *plug* We’ve got a show on there the week after the Market with John Knox Sex Club and Over the Wall - https://www.facebook.com/events/331943646942676/

Best and worst things about Glasgow?

Worst: The gallons of fake tan. Best: this - http://imgur.com/HUSMa98

You’re out record shopping in Glasgow and you get a bit hungry. What should you eat and where should you eat it?

If you eat in Mono you could order some great veggie food then shop for records before it’s ready! If you’re up at Love Music you’re close to Bier Halle - http://republicbierhalle.com for cheap, good pizza. If you’re at Rubadub you’re close to Stereo - http://www.stereocafebar.com

What is it about the Glasgow music scene that makes it so vibrant?

I’m not sure, as we don;t live in Glasgow. The history of the music scene brings more people, which makes it self-perpetuating, I suppose. Having a lot of venues and promoters helps, which is something Edinburgh (where we live) is lacking. Plus people give less of a fuck in Glasgow, which is nice.

Has the so-called vinyl revival been felt in Scotland too?

Yes.

What’s the best market you’ve ever been to?

Turriff Show Farmer’s Market.

6:17 pm - Wed, Oct 9, 2013
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Q&A with Matthew, Song, By Toad Records

 

Can you name your favourite record shop?

At the moment I would have to go with either Voxbox in Stockbridge or the awesome vinyl room at Coda, where I have spent far too much money recently. Underground Solu’shn is really nice too, as is End of an Ear in Austin, Texas.

What’s your favourite Scottish record?

Good grief, I couldn’t even name my favourite Scottish record this year! In the long run, in the entire history of pop music though, and excluding anything we’ve released ourselves, maybe The Great Eastern by the Delgados or Rocket DIY by King Creosote. That’s just off the top of my head though and probably wrong.

What advice would you give people visiting Glasgow for the first time?

Don’t get stabbed.

Favourite club/music venue in Glasgow and why?

The combination of the venue, the café and the music shop in Mono probably make it my favourite. It’s not flawless as a place for a gig, because people have a habit of retreating to the tables instead of getting up close to the band, but the overall feel of the place is just really, really nice.

Best and worst things about Glasgow?

It’s a really lively, fun place to be, and the people are classic, Scottish down to earth, no bullshit please. The worst is the weather, which can be a bit shitty. But overall I think it’s a great place.

You’re out record shopping in Glasgow and you get a bit hungry. What should you eat and where should you eat it?

God knows. The last time I lived there was 1999, but Great Western Road seems to have a ton of really good options.

What is it about the Glasgow music scene that makes it so vibrant? 

It rains a lot and they’re drunk all the time. Perfect combination.

Has the so-called vinyl revival been felt in Scotland too?

Absolutely, although not to the same extent as in the States. We still tend to sell vinyl at a ratio of about 1:2 or 2:3 to CDs, but our more obscure stuff is definitely better off on vinyl these days, which wasn’t the case even five years ago when we started the label.

What’s the best market you’ve ever been to?

Can I be really, really pretentious here and say the food market in Yangshuo when we went to China - there were bags of toads and half dogs on meat hooks? Or I could be only moderately less pretentious and say Borough Market in London. Or maybe a bit more on-topic and say the Independent Label Markets in Edinburgh which were held in August in 2011 and 2012 - there was such a nice, friendly atmosphere and Summerhall is a great venue.

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Q&A with Johnny, Lost Map Records

Can you name your favourite record shop?

We’re lucky up here, cos there are so many great independent shops in Glasgow and Edinburgh.  Monorail in Glasgow is easily my favourite - not just in Scotland, but anywhere.   They have an incredible selection of vinyl, and a real personality to their monthly picks.  The staff are all really soft spoken, which is good - cos it means you don’t feel intimidated if you have to ask them a question. 

What’s your favourite Scottish record?

This changes all the time.  I’m a sucker for the classics.  At the moment it’s probably In A Beautiful Place Out In The Country by Boards Of Canada. Or mibbe If You’re Feeling Sinister by Belle And Sebastian, or The 3 EPs by The Beta Band.  I never get bored of any of those.  The Best Of Barbara Dickson has got some crackin’ tunes on it, an’ aw.

What advice would you give people visiting Glasgow for the first time?

Glasgow is all about the people, so it’s best when you’re with a gang.  Go to a gig, go drinking, go dancing. GO GLASGOW!  Use the word ‘pure’ before everything. Drink endless white russians in Nice’n’Sleazy’s.  Go up to a small child and scream ‘REQUIEM’. 

Favourite club/music venue in Glasgow and why?

I really like Saramago/CCA on Sauchiehall street. The venue is separate from the bar, so there’s no annoying clinky glasses or till machines rattling off.  Stereo and The Old Hairdressers on Renfield Lane are really good too. 

Best and worst things about Glasgow?

Best thing is probably taxi drivers chat.  Always funny.   The worst thing is the hangovers. I’ve never left Glasgow without a stinking one.

You’re out record shopping in Glasgow and you get a bit hungry. What should you eat and where should you eat it?

If you’re in Monorail, you may as well have a vegan burger and a pint from Mono (the adjoining café / venue) whilst flicking through the sleevenotes of your recent purchases.  If you fancy something less-vegany, I’d recommend jumping in a cab and going to Mother India’s Café on Argyle Street.  Best indian food in Scotland, by the ways.

What is it about the Glasgow music scene that makes it so vibrant? 

Statistically, it’s probably to do with population.  Most people who live in Scotland are quite ugly - particularly the men.  Nearly all of the beautiful people live in Glasgow, and so it makes sense that there are more bands there.  If you’re in a band, you want to play in front of beautiful people.  Any band who says differently is lying.

Has the so-called vinyl revival been felt in Scotland too?

I think so.  Record Store Day seems popular, at least.  There’s no music ‘industry’ in Scotland - we’re all independents, and so we all tend to champion that independent spirit.  Music has been consigned to the margins, and so small, limited releases on vinyl work because we all have small audiences.

What’s the best market you’ve ever been to?

Amazon Marketplace.  JOKES.   There’s a craft fayre thing up on Eigg, every Monday afternoon during the summer months, which is nice.  Get’s me out of my caravan once in a while.

6:05 pm - Tue, Oct 8, 2013

Q&A with Halina & Lloyd, Olive Grove Records

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Can you name your favourite record shop?

Halina - It was Rhythmic Records in Greenock, but due to logistics it would have to be Monorail 

Lloyd - I would have to plump for Love Music. It’s been my go to place since back in the 90’s when I was at uni, Sandy and Alex who run the store are two of the nicest chaps you’re likely to meet. They’re both still really passionate about music and do more than their fair share to support the local scene. 

What’s your favourite Scottish record?

Halina - Mogwai - Young Team 

Lloyd - This changes every other day for me, I am very partial to Captain by Idlewild, Hate by The Deglados and Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters by the Twilight Sad, but there can be only one and that’s Midnight Organ Fight by Frightened Rabbit.

What advice would you give people visiting Glasgow for the first time?

Halina - I would really advise visiting one of the many venues and going to see a new band you have never seen before. Glasgow is a hive of entertainment and there is always a show on. We are so lucky. 

Lloyd - bring a jacket

Favourite club/music venue in Glasgow and why?

Halina - Bar Bloc - they have live music almost every night and have been instrumental to new music in the city. They also pay the bands from the bar money which is amazing for budding promoters. 

Lloyd - I love the Glad Cafe in the Southside of the city. It’s a great wee venue, run by some amazing people, a lot of the staff that work there do so on a voluntary basis, any profits that they make are used to provide affordable music lessons for the local community. That and it’s a 15 minute walk from my house!

Best and worst things about Glasgow?

Halina - Best - the people, so friendly and the music scene, Worst - the natural Scottish pessimistic attitude. 

Lloyd - I’d have to agree with Halina about the best part, the worst would have to be the weather.

You’re out record shopping in Glasgow and you get a bit hungry. What should you eat and where should you eat it?

Halina - Nice ‘n’ Sleazy’s for a burger. They are out of this world. It is Where The Monkey Sleeps kitchen and honestly my gusset gets damp everytime I think of the food. 

Lloyd - mmmmmmmmm Sleazy burger… Buddy’s BBQ & Burgers in Shawlands is also a good shout if you like your pulled pork

What is it about the Glasgow music scene that makes it so vibrant? 

Lloyd - we’re a supportive bunch alright!

Has the so-called vinyl revival been felt in Scotland too?

Halina - I think it is just starting to hit now. It has always been apparent with the dance community, but with regards to other genres it is certainly picking up big time. 

Lloyd - most certainly, I’ve found that a lot of my friends who still actually buy music in a physical product have started getting into vinyl. At the moment we’ve yet to release anything on vinyl, hopefully we’ll rectify that soon!

What’s the best market you’ve ever been to?

Halina - If we are talking general markets then probably the food market at St. Enoch’s Square at Christmas. Between the hog roast and the flaming massive schnitzels, it is one to tell your pals about.

Lloyd - Ah The Barras are better…

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