Is Ian, label honcho on hip underground label BritishPopSongs, in reality just a true silly boy, that refuses to let anyone interfere with his onslaught on the world of modern music with his somehow trademark British inspired indie pop, or is he someone that is on a mission that digs bits deeper than that?
We hook up with him on this Thursday morning although he is bits hungover after what he call night with important “meetings” out in town.
Songs from BritishPopSongs is not the average singer/songwriter stuff, how would you describe your musical universe?
“Some music makes me die slowly inside you know! You know the kind of songs that are so sombre that they leave you in a rather bad vibe. I decided long ago that this would not be the kind of music I was going to make. I do make bittersweet kind of songs, that are happy in ways but also has an underlying mood thing going on. I always liked pop but with hints of the unexpected.
I guess it all came in the process of maturing from youngster to adult and I kind of hang on in there.
Music is not only entertainment, it’s also about the bigger things in life, often love and relationships in some way, so i take my music rather seriously, although not too much the relationship side of things (laughs).
I know that most of my songs are pretty FM-primed, that they are radio bound, not indie kind of stuff, but that doesn’t mean that your stuff have to be bad.
What music gives me in return is a platform where i feel i got things to say and i kind of uses it as an excuse for my bit too many mistakes”. (laughs)
This month sees the release of best Of BritishPopSongs Volume 2, and it features the very best of the songs that came through in the first half of 2012.