Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Day 4 - Native on Tour - Suzuki Method - Bristol Farewell, London Awaits -

Well, thank you Bristol for such a warm welcome, despite the rain, a hardy bunch of shoppers, students, workers and music lovers hung around and watched our set. The FOPP team, Howard and his crew were excellent and they have created the most awesome, retro music store, that's like record shops of old, a true place for music enthusiast and it was a buzz to be there.

We even Managed a couple of signings of the EP, which was brilliant. More pictures and news, and Video of the performance will follow, but for now, its off to London and another two hour drive west for the next adventure. Thanks Bristol, Hello London-

Monday, 21 October 2013

Bristol - Day 3 before the gig- Buy the Record & Say Hello

Is 6 am and its Day 3 - Bristol, from the gloom of the hotel looks like a charming old city with a river, & parks but is clad in a 1970s concrete overcoat with copious roundabouts and underpasses.   

Quick look at the TV and the forecast is RAIN- spend a few hours tweeting about the gig, contacting local blogs and radio stations and inviting people to today's in store appearance live gig at FOPP garden street Bristol- 5.30PM - lets see who turns up .Two and half hours later, 8.37am that's enough cyber promo for now, get some sleep, ????


lots of business people told us that nobody wanted to buy physical music any more, and that those who do only bought CD's from supermarkets. Our experience told us that was wrong. We know that if you get people excited about going into your shops, they'll buy music. 

Bristol - Old Town- New Build
FOPP - Bristol

Its Set for Rain on Tour all week

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Native on Tour- Suzuki Method @ Sound control Manchester- The sound check

Arrived Mcr, check in hotel, grab a cab to the venue, its Manchester, its raining, dark and cloudy, but its only 4pm, weird weather. Were on Oxford Road, student, shoppers, drinkers, smokers, all enjoying a Saturday day out.

Pitch up at sound control, sound-checks are under way, there is even the luxury of a green room, complete with flickering chiller cabinet (empty of course), that looks like something out of a Hitchcock movie or SEVEN. Scanning the room, remnants of previous glitzy bands on tour, champagne buckets (empty of course), dubious discarded t-shirts, but welcoming good for us and great to leave the gear and get on with the sound checks. 


Many bands, get bored with sound checks, but i love them, you see a venue evolve over a few hours, you go in, the lights are up, the sound crew are waiting, the light tech, is smiling, its a great rig and desk, and the crew are great, which is always a start. The venue manager and the team look after us and its looking like this will be a great night.  So all the bands are set, doors open in five minutes


Doors 7.30 - Time for a Show

Bass Ventura - Listen To Base Ventura EP

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Suzuki Method

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Fopp Champions New Music - UK In-Store Tour for New EP from Suzuki Method

From its origins as a one-man stall in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1981, FOPP, has been and firmly remains a shining beacon of innovation in the offline world of music. Despite the challenges posed by modern music consumption, this icon of the music high-street has stayed the course, and emerged, revitalised, refreshed and is again championing new music.

FOPP announced today it was offering new artist Suzuki Method, an indie dance five piece band from Salford, the opportunity promote their new EP Native being released 21st October on A1M records. In store Gigs are announced for Bristol, 21st October, London (Covent Garden) 22nd October, Nottingham 23rd October and Manchester 24th October. The stores will also physically stock the new EP and give the DIY indie label the chance of having the product available to physically buy on the high street in four the UK’s biggest Music cities.


Paul Travis, A1M records, says, "In Bristol, London, Nottingham and Manchester and across the major musical towns of England, you can find FOPP, a destination for the music enthusiast, the collector, of the cool and the different. Fopp has always stood out from the crowd, and has a well-earned reputation for stocking an eclectic mix of independent music”. As a small indie label, were delighted to have our record stocked in the high street, and have this amazing “in store” UK gig tour opportunity. 

Monday, 28 January 2013

A1M records web site under construction-

Manchester web designers are currently putting the final touches to the brand new A1(M) records web site which will go live to co-incide with the labels first release. The web site will feature, News, Music, phots Video and social media feeds, interactive shop for downloads, physical CDs releases and merchandise as and when its happens.

Keep in touch for more details and some special VIP invites to the label launch and features for the first subscribers to the A1M world.

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

New Indie Lablel A1(M) Records looks for a Hit in 2013

Cambridge, England

"A1 (M) Records, with registered office in London and operations from North To South of the United Kingdom today announced its legal formation as it begins its foundation year of operation 2013."

As 2013 opens, music pundits predict a resurgence and fightback from independent music labels and a long overdue renaissance of the DIY ethos that previously changed the face of English Music.

The A1(M) its More Than Just a Road

The A1(M) label is named after the The A1(M) "Great North Road", since the 1950,s, bands have travelled the length and breadth of this backbone of English music, London to Edinburgh, playing live and building a fanbase.

The A1(M) is "more than just a road", it connects the heartlands of UK with the Music Capital of the world.

The label will go back to basics, build and connect bands with an audience across the UK, with regional and national PR all combining one message.

"We have brought together some amazing record producers, Bafta award winning film makers, editing and film production companies, some amazing new talent, PR and radio pluggers and have assembled a to class team of professionals with the passion and desire to make this happen.

Paul Travis (CEO and founder)

"We are delighted to have brought many long months of planning, discussions, to fruition to launch this new venture, a vehicle for independent bands to take on compete with the more established labels by having an affordable formal structured resource to;  record, release, sell and gain exposure for their music". Passionate about indie music, having played in Punk bands in the 1970,s and early 80,s and promoted live music since 2005 and this seemed the next logical step".






Company No. 08211801

As 2013 opens, music pundits predict a resurgence and fightback from independent music labels and a long overdue renaissance of the DIY ethos that previously changed the face of English Music. Independent physical distribution, stunning videos, 12 inch vinyl releases, Remix and Record Store Tours, bringing real music back to the people.


Saturday, 10 November 2012

A1 (M) Record Label - News and Updates

About A1(M) Records

The labels passion for new and exciting music was fueled in a dark corner of the northwest of England Late in the autumn of 1978, In a small dark, damp corner of England something stirred us from our mundane existence. Music, loud, exciting, pounding, dark, happy, grinding, soulful, twisted, soaring. Music had a purpose and it shaped our lives- We had missed the first wave, but were shaped by its backwash.

So began a love affair for live and exciting music, crashing guitars, pounding electro beats, energy and passion and any type of music that showed no respect for rules and the traditions of the past and everyone could be part of. Music feeds dreams and keeps us alive, we live, exist and die to the sounds of music, it makes you happy, makes you sad, lifts you up, and throws you down. 

We collided with a time when music made you feel special and invincible, you picked up a guitar or a bass, or a synth or a drum and you gave it a go. No thoughts of failure, just pure enthusiasm and the desire to do something different.

As the Years past we fell out of love with music but it remained in our soul, - it never goes away. We were reunited with live music in 2005, ran official Manchester In the City gigs from 2007 onwards and worked with over 300 unsigned bands.

We self released three independent 22 track compilation records feature the best of Cambridge and UK unsigned music between 2005 and 2009. We continue to support new music and set up this label to launching new and exciting music that's fun, and loud, interesting and challenging.

We live, exist and die to the sounds of music, it makes you happy, makes you sad, lifts you up, and throws you down. Enjoy it, savor every note and beat. Music styles and fashion come and go, but real music leaves a lasting impression and forms the soundtrack to your life.