The realisation slowly dawned for me well, maybe it was 1997. How can I be so unsure you may ask, well I'll tell you. For some reason which I'll never know, whilst living a very mundane life with my friends & sharing flats with alcohol and so on and so forth. I signed up for an A level in film studies at Sheffield Uni...What are you crazy!
I was, I attended one day a week without fail, couldn't spell, tried to write an essay, non of my family knew what an essay was!
What I was good at, was participating in the class after the tutor had shown a film, or film clip. And I just fell in love with French New Wave Cinema! Not conforming to the Hollywood Narrative!
What happened then did you say!?
One of the first interviews I ever did when I started Phacemag was with Dave Robinson, the founder of Stiff Records.
To understand this fully we have to go back a few years to a time when I worked at Corsica Studio's, and one day a young guy walked in named Jack with a proposal for a club night called Vagabondz. I was involved in the event meetings, I had been looking after the bar for Adrian & Amanda since before Corsica was even liscenced.
It was touch and go but sheer confidence and front secured a Vagabondz club night - all set!
The thing about Corsica Studios in those days was that it wasn't the easiest venue to fill, as a promoter. However from memory Vagabondz had a regular monthly night for a while, during which time I had made friends with Jack Robinson, and found out his Dad was Dave Robinson.
Jack must have sensed my respect, fascination, call it what you will for his dad, the man behind a label I considered incredibly important in respect of British music culture.
On one Vagabondz night Dave Robinson appeared at the bar. When you meet someone you admire, don't be frightened of being genuine, genuine keeps the world hanging on in hope.
And years later it got me talking to Dave Robinson for Phacemag, listening to his every word about a part of British music history that he made!
What am I saying here? I'm not sure because you can't rely on who you know to move forward. What I think I'm saying is what happened. Dave Robinson remembered me when I asked for an interview because he remembered me being genuinely interested in his story.