Tanglingstar is a private company, based in Manchester, backed by a network of musicians and professionals who work in the industry and are dedicated to developing artistes to realise their potential.
Tanglingstar is not just management, promotion and mentoring, not simply a label, management or an agent, but it is all of these things. At the heart of the company is our network who contribute their skills and expertise on a project basis. We also provide some of our services on an ad hoc basic, like product design or photo shoots.
Why do we do it? Quite simply we love making and listening to music, but it is easy to forget that young artistes don't know how to make those first steps from bedroom to stage. What's more, music is important, much too important to be left to cynical TV talent shows. The artiste should be at the heart of the process, not units or votes.
Why Tanglingstar?, from the song, “Lofty Skies” by Tyrannosaurus Rex and the line, “Held 'neath the bars of the Tangling Stars”. It seems a lifetime away since Marc Bolan sang those emotive words, but I still love them and love the music.
Here's me attempting a smug 'selfie' after a successful meeting in Weybridge. All I can say at the moment is that the biscuits were first-class!
We've just completed the session for tracks by Zakiya Leeming, Love Lust and Frozen Stars. These were our first sessions at 80 Hertz Studios in Manchester. They're based in the Sharp project which is in the old Sharp electronics distribution centre in Thorp road. It was redeveloped with EU funding into an amazing tech-media hub.
This week saw the final mix of "Determination RA" by Mason James at the Oscillate Recordings Studio in Knutsford. A fantastic track and a great mix with Chris Hughes engineering. Here I am at the NEVE desk, looking tired but satisfied with the work. The track will appear on the forthcoming compilation album from Tanglingstar.
Isn't it just a place to work?
Many years ago I visited the factory of Simmons drums and Dave Simmons took me around the offices and I was amazed to see guitars and amplifiers in the offices alongside filing cabinets and briefcases. Dave rolled his eyes and muttered "I'm surrounded by rock and rollers" He looked disappointed, but I wasn't, ever since this I have wanted to have an office with guitars and amps laying around.