Former Bolton nightclub boss: 'Too much current pop music is rubbish'
A FORMER nightclub executive has hit out at the culture of manufactured pop — and created an album of ‘organic music’, featuring a Bolton band.
Tony Rigg, who was operations director at dance music giant Ministry of Sound, has produced Taste Masters 4 which includes a track by alternative rock ‘n’ roll band Two Weeks Running.
Before joining Ministry of Sound, Mr Rigg was an executive who oversaw about 20 Northern music venues, including Ikon and Jaxx from 2000 to 2003, then Bolton’s biggest nightclub.
Through his latest project, he hopes to boost the North West music scene and take the sounds of the area to a global audience.
Mr Rigg, managing director of music company The Laboratory Project, said: “We favour what we call ‘organic music’, music born out of the enduring blood, sweat and tears of real artists who write, perform and present their own material.”
Taste Masters 4 features 14 tracks that showcase some of the new and varied sounds emerging from across the North West, including indie rock, classic rock, rap, hip hop, funk, reggae, folk, new wave and alternative electronica.
The members of Two Weeks Running — Jon Wilkes, Phil Alstead, Sam Goulding, Joe Martos and Alex Goulding — are all from Horwich and Blackrod and their song Stay Forever is track three on the album.
Guitarist Jon said: “Taste Masters is all about promoting new and interesting music that is created by real musicians who are passionate about what they do, so we are delighted to be a part of a compilation which aims to get your music out to a new audience.
“There are too many manufactured acts in the charts at the moment with novelty songs that are harming the music industry by drawing attention away from the real musicians who are creating some great music.”
Speaking of Two Weeks Running, Mr Rigg, from Chorley, said: “Frankly they are the real deal, brilliant songs, excellent musicians, great and deeply engaging live, charismatic and authentic.
“There is no reason, if good taste prevails, why this band can’t go all the way.”
Other artists on the album include MC Tunes, China White, Saturday Night Gym Club and Turrentine Jones.
Taste Masters 4, the latest compilation album in the Taste Masters series, is available to download on iTunes and other digital music stores.
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