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Kasabian frontman tom meighan (far right) and guitarist/songwriter serge Pizzorno have spoken at length to Music Week about the making of their forthcoming fourth album Velociraptor!.
meighan spoke about their evolving partnership, moving away from the “Lad rock” tag and being recognised as one of the UK’s leading bands and pretenders to the throne vacated by oasis.
Pizzorno explained how he deliberately set out to write an important, modern classic album which had value and fans would want to own in a world of free download availability.
Velociraptor! (released september 19) was co-produced in Leicester, London and san francisco by Dan the automator and is one of sony’s first significant releases under new chairman and CEo nick Gatfield.
see page 12 for a feature including interviews with the band’s management and Columbia records managing director mike smith and online at www.musicweek.com for an in-depth 6,000-word interview with the band and a detailed track-by-track review with Pizzorno.
NEW PUSH BY INDUSTRY AS BEATLES ANIMATION REIGNITES CAMPAIGN
Fab Four film to focus minds on why Music Matters
THE BEATLES ARE AT THE heart of a new bid by the UK music industry to capture the media and public’s imagination about its Music Matters initiative.
The Fab Four are the latest recruits to the campaign, which aims to highlight the emotional value of music via a series of short animated films, each recounting an artist’s career and their musical legacy, while trying to direct fans to legal digital music sites.
Music Matters was launched in March 2010 on the back of an idea by Universal UK chairman and CEO David Joseph. But, despite the best efforts of the business, it has so far failed to be widely embraced.
This new push with The Beatles may finally change that. It also follows a move in May to shift the campaign “above the line” as the BPI took over financing the campaign with a sixfigure sum put behind it.
The Beatles film was premiered on Tuesday night at a gathering of senior industry executives in London. It has been animated and directed by Lee Gingold and, via the use of tracks such as Hey Jude and Octopus’s Garden, recounts how Gingold grew up listening to the group and how the band’s music marked various milestones in his life. The film simultaneously debuted on all the official Beatles online channels ahead of being rolled out more widely.
Universal UK head of creative content Niamh Byrne, charged by Joseph to execute Music Matters, said:
“This will give us incredible awareness, which is what we need so we can make people aware of the legitimate places online where you can buy music and also to get other artists on board. It would be nice to have a number of new artists involved and lots more artists from the indie side. It’s not just about established acts.”
Byrne said work on the Beatles animation started about nine months ago when a rough treatment of a film was put together and sent over to Apple Corps, the group and their representatives for approval.
“Essentially they saw what we were doing and really liked the films, especially the Blind Willie Johnson film,” Byrne said. “We went through the approval process and each of the band members and their families approved it.”
Elbow, Bernard Butler and Paloma Faith are also on board with short films, adding to a roll-call that includes Kate Bush, The Jam and Sigur Ros which can be viewed at firstname.lastname@example.org
INDUSTRY RALLIES FOR RIOT RECOVERY
as the Government and country comes to terms with last week’s riots, the music industry has formulated its own response by uniting behind Pias and sony DaDC to help tackle the crisis facing the indie sector in the wake of last week’s arson attack on the Enfield record warehouse.
the good news from the live sector was that venues that had been boarded up during the riots were largely open again and postponed gigs back on.
senior Pias and sony DaDC executives were working furiously earlier this week to get an alternative warehousing and distribution plan in place. Pias managing director Peter thompson (pictured) said he expected to be able to reveal that this week.
to help replenish low stock in stores, sony DaDC has begun producing 1.5m CDs and the company’s direct-to-retail distribution system has been extended with the first re-pressed discs of albums destroyed already delivered.
this contingency plan has been married to a remarkable outpouring of goodwill for the 150-plus indies and their artists affected by the fire, which destroyed an estimated £10m worth of stock.
that has manifested itself in a variety of ways including funds established by bPi, aim and Pias and mCPs waiving mechanical royalties for labels who want to repress titles lost in the fire. there have been ebay auctions of signed t-shirts from bella Union acts including fleet foxes and further help from the industry is expected.
the industry’s response has also found support from nick De bois, the local mP for Enfield north. De bois wants to keep sony DaDC, who has pledged Government help in the form of financial relief packages. l See pages 4-5 and Live news on page 10.
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