Alan McGee: ‘I’m really shocked I’m enjoying running a label again’

The man who discovered Oasis reveals all about his new label and how he has signed John Lennon

Alan McGee has spoken about his delight at working in the music industry again.

McGee – who once owned Creation records and discovered Oasis after signing a host of seminal bands in the late-’80s and early-’90s, including The Jesus And Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine and Primal Scream – is now working on his new label 359 Music.

Speaking to NME in a new interview in this week’s issue, available digitally and on newsstands now, McGee says: “I never thought I would come back. I’m not coming back because I need the money. I never needed to think about music ever again. I just started enjoying music again and I’m shocked I’m enjoying running a label again.”


Indie label Cherry Red are taking care of the business side of things, leaving McGee to concentrate on finding bands. He said: “The great thing about technology is that you can literally live in the middle of nowhere like I do – I live in South Wales, 40 minutes from Hereford station – and people send you YouTube clips. It’s a phenomenal way to run things.”

Among McGee’s signings are electronic artist Chris Grant, French electronica band Mineral and Gun Club Cemetery, which features Alex Lowe, formerly of late-Britpoppers Hurricane #1 and John Lennon McCullagh, described as Doncaster’s answer to Jake Bugg. In fact, it was McCullagh who inspired McGee to set up 359 Music. “Last October I saw this then 14-year-old kid called John Lennon McCullagh – that’s his real name – playing Dylan covers. At that point I had no idea I wanted to set up a new label, but I told him to send me some songs anyway.”

Last year McGee revealed he was in the process of writing his autobiography, with ghost writer Harry Mulligan, which will either be called simply ‘McGee’ or ‘You Cannae Shove Yer Grannie Off A Bus’.

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