GeneralSpring reverberation, hot glass valves, analogue signals, scratchy vinyl and shiny CDs. Gin, tonic, strings, horns, drums and bass - lots of bass. Bunking in vans, lounging in swish hotels and getting home. Hearing the finished tracks on a sunny day.
MusicIt all has a place so long as it's done well but it's usually best when there's a drum, some guitars and some smokin' vocals (but beeps and whistles can be cool too). At present though we're digging The Suns and Beat Fiction.
Books"The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side." [Hunter S Thompson, although this is open to debate]
HeroesSave the cheerleader, save the world.
PlainSounds Ltd is an independent record label in the true sense. We are not affiliated to any larger music corporation and we employ the services of independent distribution companies. In these times of economic gloom, many labels have started seeing artists as a direct means of achieving revenue - tempting excitable bands into their shortbread studios with the promise of a delicious CD when really they just want to charge our Hansel and Gretel rockers for the adventure regardless of ability or talent.
The upshot of the robbery is that standards fall in favour of a speedy turnaround of gullible hopefuls and those who haven't the dough are not given a chance regardless of talent. Let's get historical for a moment. Elvis was a truck driver from Tupelo Mississippi. If Sam Phillips had wanted a $2000 advance before letting him loose in the Sun Studios the world may never have known rock and roll.
PlainSounds Ltd do not charge artists signed to our label for upfront recording expenses. Instead we absorb the costs from day one and claim the balance back further down the road when a record actually sells. We have more motivation than any other label when it comes to getting your music on the airwaves and in the shops. We spend a huge amount of time on the live music circuit selecting bands on the strength of their talent, not their bank balance. And we know talent when we hear it; our team includes seasoned producers, engineers, musicians and music journalists. We don't do demos, we make records.
Set in the beautiful Cheshire plains, the PlainSounds Ltd studio, The Kasbahn, is available for hire complete with engineer and producer. Check out http://www.myspace.com/thekasbahn for details.
Of course, there’s more to rock and roll than making music. Where there’s pleasure there’s pain so why not talk to us about the support available for musicians who are self publishing their music? PlainSounds Ltd can can guide you through PRS, PPL, MCPS and all the other horrendous paperwork evils thrown up by The Man. From paperwork, through publicity, to pressing and publishing, PlainSounds Ltd can help.
Who I'd like to meet:Elvis Aaron Presley, John Bonham, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Iggy Pop, Sir Patrick Moore (rock that xylophone you wildman), Kurt Cobain, Joe Strummer, Dennis Hopper, Sam Phillips, Ray Charles, Solomon Burke, Sly (and the Family Stone of course), Joe Tex, John Lennon, Ringo Star, George Harrison, Tom Petty, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbisson, Hunter Stockton Thompson, Jerry Reed Hubbard, Hank Williams, Dick Dale, Brian Wilson... Hmmm, most of these guys are dead - we're going to need a better list.
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- Macclesfield, Cheshire UK
- Independent Record Label
- Macclesfield, Cheshire UK
- Analogue Studio
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