did you start to become disillusioned with what the music media
was offering you?
time in 1981, because it was part of the current music 'scene' which
was wrapped up in fashion, style and image bullshit - and a lot
of the music was a bit dire.
there a point at which you thought "I could do this better myself"?
don't know about "better" but different, certainly. I played
all sorts of stuff with various people just for fun for years and
only recently thought "hey, why not start a label."
do you think other people have moved on from the weeklies over the
last few years?
think that there is a lot more choice in WH Smiths of magazines
and other publications. A lot of these do overlap into what was
previously music press territory. People do still buy records -
or CDs I should say - and music press journalism was not any better
in the past. The internet has not has as big an impact generally
as some people claim. Is the music any worse? Mm, it's certainly
been absorbed into the corporate consumer culture more than before.
there been a larger cultural shift of which music media consumption
is just a part?
Perhaps more of cultural stagnation. In the past, 'new' music movements
were associated with social change and the younger generations of
the time where a prime force driving this, most particularly in
the 60s. At the moment, things appear to have reached an equilibrium
where consumerism is the major factor. The wind of change is a mere
whisper of a breeze now and this may be reflected in the mainstream
you find as you get older that your tastes spread out or crystallise?
a way, both. I do definitely seek new flavours for a jaded palate
but still like what I liked before. If people ask what kind of music
I listen to, I always say "good." When I see their pitying expression,
I explain that as long as it's good, I like it. Some people stick
with what they know they like and some are always looking out for
something new. A matter of individual disposition, really.
long do you think the NME will last in its present format?
too long in its present form. If it takes a lead from some of the
new magazines that've sprung up in the last few years and broadens
its coverage/format then it may regenerate itself but then it would
be something completely different to what it is now.
else you'd like to add?
There is a gap that fanzines can fill, perhaps in the future we'll
have a couple of major 'professional' zines such as has happened
in football - witness the national status of When Saturday Comes.
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