Pete Dale - Musician and Ex-Label Owner
The benefits of self-releasing music, the importance of physical song releases, choosing which acts are on a label, and label identity
This week we head to Manchester to speak with musician, author, former label owner and now music lecturer Pete Dale. Here we cover the benefits of self-releasing music, the importance of physical song releases, choosing which acts are on a label, and label identity.
Pete has a rich and diverse background, a lot of which has been driven by his DIY mentality. We love this about him. One of the main reasons we formed our band, and ultimately this podcast is that feeling of 'hell we can give that a go'. Even looking at the name of our podcast and comparing it to the title of Pete's book (links below), I was confident we'd get a lot out of this interview. Which we certainly did.
Not only that, he came recommended. In episode 003, Ross Millard of The Futureheads spoke about Pete, his band and his label, as having a positive influence in their early days. It was then Mark Duffett who we did a two part episode (007 & 008) on music fandom who put us in touch with Pete, given their connection as fellow lecturers. Thank you to both of those fine gents.
So overall, Pete has been there, seen it and has the T-Shirt, or possibly more specifically the boxes of vinyls to prove it. I was particularly interested in the way Pete described the importance of artists having a physical product (such as a CD or Vinyl) when releasing a song. Not something that will necessarily been the first thing on the mind of artists these days, but a useful thing to consider.
Then there was the whole part of hearing about things from 'the labels' point of view. It is often easy to talk about how a label caused various issues with this band or the other, so we found it refreshing to hear about things from the other side of the fence, and why they do what they do. It made sense.
With this being a classic two part installment, as ever in these situations the good cause will follow in next week's episode. We still want to give them a mention here though - which is Care UK, who collect and distribute practical items for refugees in need. Links as always below.
Here are some links associated to the episode:
Pete's book - Here you'll find an Amazon link to Pete's book, Anyone Can Do It: Empowerment, tradition and the punk underground.
Pete's Band - Listen to Milkey Whimpshake on their MySpace page here.
Care UK Charity - The website for this week's good cause can be found here.