Welcome, welcome, welcome to episode two hundred and two of the Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip!
Pure music industry geekout material right here people, so make yourself good and comfortable and prepare to be pelted with nothing but gems on this one, as Pip is joined by Nick Halkes! Perhaps you’re not familiar with Nick by name, but best believe you will have felt his influence on the music scene in no small way over the years. The man responsible for XL Records, as well as signing The Prodigy and a HUGE amount more over a lot of record labels, Nick is someone to whom we should all be listening, re-listening, and taking notes like it was revision. Hear him expand on his beginnings as a mobile disco unit with his mate rocking two hi-fi units, how he knows Pip’s uncle Pat, how the best art comes from just getting out there and doing it without focus-grouping it, The Prodigy, doing well when a bidding war isn’t involved, the humble demo, mental health in the music industry, blagging his way into a New York radio station, casting your life correctly, the importance of parameters, passing up on signing Aphex Twin, and that is barely scratching the surface. The rest is there for you to explore. But be sure that you do. You will not leave dissatisfied.
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