Subba-Cultcha

Subba Interview

The lovely people at Subba-Cultcha recently interviewed me. It’s a lengthy one so if you’re going to have a read, I suggest you make yourself a nice hot cuppa and grab a couple of biccies. Ready? Okay, click here!

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January 25, 2007. posted by Jyoti. Interviews.

Ten Years Ago Today!

White Town - 'Your Woman'

On Sunday 25th January, 1997, my song, ‘Your Woman,’ went to number one in the UK singles chart. It was soon number one in eight other countries (twice in Spain, apparently).

That song, recorded in my spare bedroom in a small semi-detached house on Silverburn Drive, Oakwood, Derby, went on to sell 400,000+ singles in the UK and a shitload in the rest of the world too. Although the album it was from, ‘Women In Technology,’ only sold 47,000 in the UK, it went on to sell 250,000+ in the USA and Canada.

Not bad for one bloke and some basic equipment:

* Tascam 688 Midistudio (8-tracks on cassette)
* Atari 520STFM running Sequencer One (free prog off the front of ST Format magazine)
* Emax II (Akais – yeuchh)
* Casio CZ101 (cost 50 pounds)
* Roland JX3P
* Casio VL-1
* Crappy old electric guitar.
* Tandy PZM mic.

For a while there, my life was a whirl of interviews and promo trips, airports and TV studios.

Of course, it couldn’t last.

Within a year of being signed, EMI couldn’t wait to drop me and I couldn’t wait to be dropped. I can’t work the major label way, I’ve never been a fan of art-by-committee and that’s the definition of working with a major. Everyone sticks their oar in: A&Rs who know nothing about music and less about recording start questioning mixes, MDs start choosing singles, label heads force ugly covers on you. It’s not for me. If you’re a stage-school kid or an artist who is immensely obedient and likes having a lot of money/drugs, it’s probably perfect.

It looks like I’ve been pretty lax in the decade that’s passed since then. I’ve only released two albums, a few singles and a handful of compilation tracks. But, seeing as I went barmy, bought a mansion, sold it, moved to Norwich, went even barmier, bought a studio, sold it, moved back to Derby, got a little less barmy… well, I’ve not been twiddling my thumbs.

Here would be a good place to plug my new album, ‘Don’t Mention The War.’ If you click on that linky, you can have a listen to clips of it to see if I’m still mentally unstable. I seem to have come full-circle in that I’m now back to being completely DIY. I’m very happy being my own label. Of course, if somebody waved wads of money in my face, I would be tempted since there’s a lot of useless gadgetry I want to buy. But I know that as much as I covet HD plasma screens and collecting every synth manufactured, I can’t work with major labels. (Not that they’re queuing up to work with me, mind!)

I feel immensely lucky and happy that a decade on I’m still married to the same gorgeous, silly woman, still making music and still in love with life. I didn’t go mad on cocaine, I didn’t buy a Ferrari, I didn’t go on all the crappy TV nostalgia shows that persist in emailing me. I loved having that bit of commercial success and, as much as people think I must hate it, I’m proud of having written a song that made so many millions of people both happy and slightly puzzled.

The older I get, the easier I feel with my own creativity. I love photography, DJing, I love writing on here but most of all I love being a songwriter. I know that if I hadn’t been a songwriter for the last 24 years, I would have gone even more mental. It’s truly a perfect form of deep auto-psychotherapy! And you get paid for it! 😀

I also know that if nothing had happened all those years ago, I’d still be a musician now. There’s nothing like writing a song and then sitting in front of an audience, singing it to them. That emotional connection, that shared moment is the most wondrous, beautiful feeling.

So, even though you may have to struggle on for years, like I did, even though you may never “make it” in the financial sense, a life in music is its own reward. It’s ace! 😀

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January 25, 2007. posted by Jyoti. News.

Video for ‘Theme For A BBC Natural History Series…’

Yaaay! My mate Ian has very kindly made this short video for the instrumental ‘Theme For A BBC Natural History Series Presented By Richard Dawkins,’ off my new album. It’s lovely!

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January 13, 2007. posted by Jyoti. Videos.

‘DMTW’ Makes Aversion’s Unsung Heroes List!

Aversion 2006

Yaaay! I’m very happy that my new album is on Aversion’s Unsung Heroes of 2006 list. Click here to see the full thingy.

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January 4, 2007. posted by Jyoti. News.

Queerty.com Interview!

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queerty.com interview

Click here to read an interview on the wonderful Queerty.com website (winner of the best gay weblog in the 2006 awards).

I’m very, very proud and honoured to be featured on Queerty and Andrew Belonsky came up with some wonderful questions that I could ramble on about. 😀

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December 16, 2006. posted by Jyoti. Interviews.

‘Don’t Mention The War’ On iTunes!

Don't Mention The War on iTunes

Yaaay! Finally, I have more than just my ancient EMI album and a scattering of single tracks up on iTunes. If you click here, you can now buy my new album, ‘Don’t Mention The War,’ from your friendly, local iTunes.

Or, if you prefer the hardware version, you can click here and enjoy the luxuriant packaging I spent aaages designing.

Horses for courses, innit?

My heart leapt with joy when I saw the little tag on iTunes saying © 2006 Bzangy Records. It feels good to own my own songs.

More to the point, if my teeny-tiny label can now be selling physical CDs and downloads across the world, that means anyone can.

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November 7, 2006. posted by Jyoti. News.

Aversion.com Interview

Aversion.com Interview

Click here for a new interview on Aversion.com. I was brutally interrogated by a scantily clad Matt Schild and, crying tears of rage and sump oil, I dissembled magnificently. Who is Keyser Soze, you may well ask? Well, it’s definitely not me.

Nope.

(cough)ALBUM!

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November 3, 2006. posted by Jyoti. Interviews.

First Album Review!

Aversion.com review of 'Don't Mention The War'

Woohoo! Got the first (and possibly the last, considering the non-promotion I’m doing) album review for ‘Don’t Mention The War.’ It’s off the lovely Aversion.com website and you can read it by clicking here.

Four out of five, motherfuckers! :-)

Think Matt Schild must be on some baad brown acid? Click here to listen to clips yourself and then you can fire off outraged emails at him, pointing out exactly how he’s barmy.

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November 1, 2006. posted by Jyoti. Reviews.

Buy My New Album!

White Town - Don't Mention The War

Yep, so far my new album, ‘Don’t Mention The War,’ has only been available to the supreme clientele that is my mates in Derby. But eagle-eyed readers may notice the new box in the sidebar on the right —>

Now you can buy your own lovely copy of ‘DMTW’ direct from CD Baby! Just click the button or follow this link to have a listen to soundclips of the new tracks and see if you fancy shelling out for it. CD Baby ship internationally and I just worked out that if you’re a Brit buying the album, the cost is £10.67 including postage (or £9 if you opt for no jewel case). Not bad, eh?

I’ll do another update when it’s available on iTunes, hopefully soon!

Oooh, it’s exciting! 😀

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October 23, 2006. posted by Jyoti. News.

Undressed

Last night I stuck the video for ‘Undressed’ up on YouTube GooTube. I’ve not watched it in years, so it was pretty fresh for me. I think Mark Adcock, the director, did his usual sterling job.

I’m in the process of doing some videos for the new album and watching this old one made me appreciate the time and effort put into it. And the editing! So many angles, so many studio shots edited into the location footage. And expensive dolly / crane shots.

Hmmm… it’s all a bit daunting now! :-)

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October 17, 2006. posted by Jyoti. Videos.

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