WeatheredMan and the Noise releases ‘Natural Force’ on Media Tracks, MT Records.
WeatheredMan has been doing this for a while. He was part of the longest running independent label in the UK (Probe Plus); had bands supported by tastemakers such as Zane Lowe, John Peel and the NME; and numerous UK, US and European festival appearances.
He’s also won awards – Best UK Solo Artist and for Best UK Song nominations from the indie bible Pure M. As a producer he’s synched tracks with luminaries across the globe including tracks on worldwide number 1 hit albums and hit TV shows from across the pond.
Now he’s begun a new chapter, working with and curating Media Track’s new indie record label MT Records. The label identifies the best, freshest and most creative songwriters out there and plans a number of releases over the next 12 months to showcase this talent.
What have you achieved since we last had you in Northern Revive?
I managed to get through Christmas. Some people call Christmas a holiday but it’s not a holiday. We should all take January off.
Beyond that I’m now the curator for the rather marvellous MT Records label (part of Media Tracks). There is lots of fine music coming your way…
How do you think your music has developed?
It hasn’t. And I’m perfectly happy with that. It’s still the sound of 2 old men who should know better.
What’s movie would you have love to have written the soundtrack for?
Star Wars. I still dream of getting the call.
What’s been the worst band you’ve ever shared a bill with?
Oh I’ve been that worst band many times. I always clap other bands in soundcheck though. Bands can be a surly and competitive bunch so I’m trying to do my bit to lighten the tone.
Are record labels still important?
What even is a record label now? I’ve worked with managers, record labels, publishers, production music libraries and they all operate on the same essential basis. Or basis’. Or basis’s. Or basii?
Who has had the most influence on your music?
Kerrang magazine 1989-1994
Classic – custard cream. Ostentatious – one of the M&S ones that you get in the big biscuit box that is more chocolate than biscuit. Rogue – Yorkshire Tea biscuit brew.
What has been the biggest challenge in your career so far?
Cassettes, CD, Vinyl, download or stream?
Vinyl but I’m not a snob about it. Mini-disc?
What’s the nicest thing ever written about you?
John Peel said some nice things. As did Peter Hook. And Flea from RHCP. It doesn’t get much better than that.
What other bands do we need to be checking out right now?
MT Records artists Harry Jordan and Lia. Watch this space.
What message would you like to send the government about supporting the music industry?
Now I know Tories exist. There must be loads of them. More of them than us according to all available statistics. But I’m yet to meet someone under the age of 50 (and that’s not to criticise the over 50’s) who has proudly admitted (or even meekly admitted) to being a Tory. There’s just something so elemental and fundamental in that, albeit heavily subjective, fact. Shame on us for thinking they would or ever consider supporting musicians. You’ve seen what they stand for right? I’ve got the lack of support chronicled by the big fat 0 they gave me when I couldn’t work for 18 months…