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Who are you?
My name is Phil Graham, I’m the production director for a one-man operation; a non-profit independent record label called Clumsy Alien Records based sort of half in the North East and half in Surrey.

What is it you do?
I mostly record and produce original music for local unsigned musicians to help them make a stepping stone to building a fanbase, getting gigs and radio play and getting noticed by bigger labels.

How long have you been doing it?
My first release on the label was a song called Misunderstood by Tiggy Tree which came out just over a year ago (head to Spotify and look it up, it’s a great track) so I guess, just over a year. How time does fly!

What inspires you?
Musicians. I’ve got so much respect for people who are out there in the business trying to make a name for themselves. It’s not an easy task, it can be a thankless task and they’re out there trying to make the world a more colourful place. On a hero-worshipping level, I’d say some of the great record producers and industry moguls. Phil Spector, Brian Eno, David Geffen etc. I’m a particularly big fan of Jimmy Iovine and Dr Dre, two of the greatest figures in the industry who’ve both had the most fascinating careers.

Tell us about your work.
Well, I initially set up my own label to release my own music under my own control but I quickly gained interest from a couple of other musicians about producing their music and before I knew it, I was handing out business cards. My label is mostly in the business of releasing and helping promote original recorded music while throwing in a few events here and there. Tiggy Tree and I came up with the idea of putting on a live streaming festival after the Covid lockdown took effect and music live streaming really took off. By the middle of that morning, we had it all organised with a full rack of performers so it’s a popular idea! They’re springing up all over the internet right now.

What have you got coming up in the future?
The festival! Lockdown Live will be happening this coming Saturday (18th of April) where musicians will be live streaming their music from their own Facebook pages and myself and the rest of the festival lineup will be hosting watch parties with their own friends and in various groups. It’s. going. to. be. awesome. Music-wise, we’ve actually just had a couple of major releases this year, Cumbria punk musician Uncle PAF’s album The Miner & His Son dropped in February and most recently, a comedy EP The Gospel According To Pound Shop Jesus by Nic Cooke from Surrey. My own album is (finally after a year and a half) coming out on April 24th so look out for that (Phil Graham – Keys to the Quarantine Club). Unfortunately, due to the Covid lockdown, I’ve had to put a lot of stuff on hold but I’ll be right back on it when this is all over and we’ll be doing some work with Holly Rees, Cumbria-based rapper Amis White and Surrey four-piece band Sharp Division.

Where can people find out more about you?
We’re all over social media, Facebook.com/clumasyalienrecords, @ClumsyAlienRecords on Instagram and @ClumsyAlienRec on Twitter! We’ve also got a Youtube channel which you can find from our other social media pages or at clumsyalienrecords.com!

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