Former Creation and Poptones boss Alan McGee has confirmed his intentions to launch new label 359 Music.
A distinctive voice from a generation which encouraged distinctive voices, Alan McGee took Creation from his bedroom to international fame. Signing The Jesus & Mary Chain, Teenage Fanclub, My Bloody Valentine, Oasis and countless others the label boss developed a reputation for excellent taste and speaking his mind.
Using subsequent label Poptones as a vehicle for The Hives and others, Alan McGee then took a break from the music industry. Earlier this year, though, the taste maker began to give subtle hints that he was beginning to warm to the idea of launching a third label.
Now Alan McGee has outlined his plans. New label 359 Music will launch later this year, with McGee promising a heavy release schedule focussing on new and established artists. "My vision for 359 Music is a launch pad for new talent and some ignored older talent. We intend to release on average a dozen new bands per year every year – maybe more if I find a lot of new talent I like. Hopefully some of the artists will stick around and make numerous albums with 359 but some will go on to other things and that is just nature of the musical beast." (via FACT)
An avowed fan of Gun Club Cemetery, the band are widely tipped to become one of the first signings to 359 Music. Alan McGee stressed that his vision for 359 Music is not motivated by financial gain: "there is no agenda of, “Let’s be the biggest like Creation Records” – if in 5 years’ time people who I respect and who love music can turn round to me and say 359 Music has put out some great music then that to me will be success."
Finally, Alan McGee issued a call out to new acts. "If you are an artist and want to be considered for 359 Music send an mp3 to INFOAT359MUSIC@aol.com and I will personally listen".