Monday 2 January 2012

A year of Everything Flows Management

Time flies when you are having fun and I have certainly had a lot of fun in 2011 through managing Futuristic Retro Champions, Miaoux Miaoux, Nevada Base and Sonny Marvello.

So this is a blog focusing on some of the highlights of 2011 and a look forward to 2012.

Everything Flows

I’ve had my own massive 2011 with the birth of my amazing daughter Zoe in June and starting a new job with Marie Curie Cancer Care in September.

As a result I don’t have quite as much spare time as I had when I started Everything Flows. I always want to ensure that I have the artists I work with best interests at heart, so it is because of this that I am delighted to announce that I will now be working in partnership with Tam Coyle going into 2012.

I’ve been in regular contact with Tam for over a year now, asking his advice on what I am doing and generally enjoying banter about music, management and football.

Tam has been a pillar in the Glasgow/Scottish independent music scene for almost 30-years. 2012 is the 30th anniversary of the first gig he put on in Glasgow, featuring The Wake and Primal Scream – not bad! Tam went on to book the Stone Roses first Glasgow gig, become the first booker at King Tuts Wah Wah Hut and he has since managed acts like Arab Strap, My Latest Novel and more recently Kid Canaveral and Loch Lomond.

I’m pleased with my management and development of all the acts I work with, however with Tam’s experience and contacts (not to mention having more time than me – time is so important) I know that he will be able to help to push them on further than I could on my own. I am very excited about working with Tam and learning from him.

I'll make sure Tam smiles in his next promo pic ;-)

Futuristic Retro Champions
Although there were many highlights, the demise of the FRC’s was a definite lowlight. At least they finished in the right way by having two farewell gigs at Captain’s Rest and the Edinburgh School of Art. Both gigs were rammed and brilliant fun. The band also released a 26-track album entitled 'Love and Lemonade' featuring their releases to date, new tracks, demos and a cheeky Bananarama cover. Check it out on itunes via the link above.

Carla, who wrote almost all of the FRC songs, is now working on a new project under the guise of Teen Canteen. Expect to hear some stuff in 2012.

Miaoux Miaoux

MM’s star continued to burn brightly through 2011 with gigs in London and Manchester, an amazing day at Wickerman including ‘the worlds smallest rave’ in a caravan (see the video below), the release of ‘Hey Sound’ on Eli and Oz records, some stunning gigs culminating in the amazing album preview show at Captain’s Rest with a special supergroup featuring Profisee, Anna Miles, Kris Ferguson and Paul Carlin, loads of remixes – with my favourite being the delicious ‘Ribbon On A Bough’ by Martin John Henry and continued development in the studio and with his songwriting; the highlight being the stunning ‘Stop the Clocks’ that sends shivers down my spine every time I hear it. Watching and hearing Julian develop that song from a very rough demo with a vocal melody guide has been a genuine pleasure.

So it is with mixed emotions that I have to announce that we will be parting ways come the end of 2011. Despite being a bit of a dreamer, I am also very much a realist. With a demanding new job and a 6-month old daughter it became clear to me that I couldn’t devote the management time required to take Miaoux Miaoux on to the next level. I am certainly sad not to be working with Julian as he goes on to release his forthcoming album, however I am very pleased to have worked with him and helped in some way.

Keep you eye on this guy folks, he is going to have quite a year in 2012 and I will certainly continue to sing his praises and Julian knows I will always be there for an opinion or support.

Nevada Base

2011 has been a year of development for Nevada Base. There was the release of their debut single ‘Love In My Mind’ in April that brought radio play, excellent reviews, trips to London – including a Warehouse Party gig that I kick myself for not going to and a couple of festival appearances. This was followed by considerable time in the studio that has resulted in the completion of over an albums worth of tracks. The Nevada Base sound has also progressed thanks to the addition of Calum on drums and James on synths and keyboards. This has resulted in a heap of new songs.

2012 promises a great deal for the band and I hope to play my part in helping them to take several steps forward. A few exciting projects have been lined up and if they come off it will make everyone concerned with the band very happy.

A few gigs are already lined up for the New Year, including one at the hip and happening MILK night at Flat 0/1 on 18th January. Keep an eye on their facebook page and for news and tunes. Sign up to the enewsletter via the website for a free download of ‘An Avenue’.

 Sonny Marvello
2011 has been the bands most productive year to date; a headline slot at King Tuts, the creation of the 100 club and the subsequent mini-album and party in a vintage clothes shop, a gig at the Apple Store, airplay on Radio 1, excellent feedback on the ‘Tiny Little Sparks’ EP, completing nearly 80% of their forthcoming debut album, their own mini-festival at a Youth Hostel in Loch Lomond, first gigs in Perth, Skye and Inverness….it was a good year.

In other exclusive news I can reveal that a song Sonny Marvello have recorded is going to be used in a forthcoming Royal Bank Of Scotland advert – the funds will help them to finish the album. 2012 is going to be a big year. 

Check out ‘Tiny Little Sparks’ and my own personal favourite from 2012 ‘Fire Went Out’ below.

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