Alan McGee has announced the launch of his brand new record label, 359 Music.
The Creation Records and Poptones founder will be joining forces with Cherry Red Records for the new venture. Talking about the label in a press release, McGee said: “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.”
McGee has also put out an open call to musicians who would like to be considered by the label, saying: “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.” For more information visit 359music.co.uk.
He added that he hopes the label will be an outlet for “new music artists that have been shut out by the system.” He went on to say: “There is no agenda of ‘Let’s be the biggest like Creation Records’ – if in five 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.”
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’.
Creation Records was set up in 1983. Its roster included Oasis, Primal Scream, Teenage Fanclub, My Bloody Valentine, The Jesus and Mary Chain and Super Furry Animals. McGee sold half the label to Sony in 1992, before dissolving it fully in 1999 to form his own label Poptones, which signed The Hives. Poptones wound down in 2007, with McGee citing financial reasons.