Nick Tann’s Vinyl Project


In the first of an occasional series  – Singer-Songwriter, self proclaimed ‘next year’s Mercury Prize winner’ and friend of EWM is charting his progress in recording, pressing and releasing a vinyl album in an age of computer-wotsits and iTunepods.

I’m a sceptic about most things in the music industry. There’s a lot to be sceptical about as most of it is populated by people who know or care nothing about music.

They care about those pesky things like profits, demographics and shifting units, things that composers like me won’t dirty our precious little artistic hands with.

One of the things that I’m the most sceptical about is the emergence of an artists from apparent obscurity. Their story is that they were so popular on Myspace/Facebook etc, that the record industry just HAD to take notice or in ’s case, had to give her a Mercury award. These folk more often than not have a shady side to their lily white image of the untouched artist. One only has to look at Lily Allens “” to see how she arose from obscurity

For the independent composer ( I despise the term “unsigned” it sounds so needy) plugging yourself and your wares can be an uphill battle and one is always on the lookout for an angle, a “gimmick” if you will. Something to whet the appetite and interest and attract a potential audience to sample ones wares.

To this end I myself have come up with an idea that I hope, at the very least, will get me some publicity, enable me to create a great “product” and perhaps even make a little money.

I am going to record an L.P. Yup a good old-fashioned big black heavy vinyl disc of an L.P.!

Great eh?

There are, however, a couple of problems.

One is that I don’t have any money to record an album and the second is that even if I managed to get the money (sell a kidney, daughter, max out my credit card) no bugger has heard of me and I would be left with 1000 shiny black discs languishing in my garage taunting me as I grow older and more bitter.

Having identified these two “obstacles” I hope I have come up with a solution.

The beautiful, discerning, attractive and sexy public pay for 250 of these discs up-front before I record them, thus enabling me to pay the recording studio and the vinyl-pressing factory and the printers and not be out of pocket. This happy band of 250 will not only get the L.P. for a reduced price of £10.00 but will also get a signed copy of the original album artwork by the artist (not me, the artists that did the artwork, yes?), extra photos of the recording sessions signed by me (!) and AND they will have there name on the credits of the album!!!!

With any luck the sheer audacity of this idea will garner publicity from the four corners of the globe resulting in the remaining 750 (selling at £15.00 a pop) to be gobbled up by the now Nick Tann hungry hoards.

“What kind of attractive, wonderful fool would subscribe to such an idea?” you may ask. Well, so far quite a few and it’s growing.

To find out more, and to find out how to get YOUR copy visit


  • Posted October 1, 2009 at 2:28 pm |

    *opens up order book*

  • Posted October 1, 2009 at 2:36 pm |

    That last link should go to

  • Fiona Mayhem
    Posted October 1, 2009 at 2:38 pm |

    Do you deliver abroad Nick?

  • Posted October 1, 2009 at 2:48 pm |

    I wouldn’t recommend buying one of these records – vinyl takes an age to rot down as landfill.

  • Posted October 1, 2009 at 2:49 pm |

    Eh? That was me. I wrote that landfill thing. ME.

  • Fiona Mayhem
    Posted October 1, 2009 at 2:58 pm |

    But it is OK, Nappers, they are also highly flammable.

  • Posted October 1, 2009 at 3:05 pm |

    That’s the great thing about vinyl Naps, TIMELESS.

  • Posted October 1, 2009 at 3:06 pm |

    I deliver anywhere Mel.
    I’ve got one order in Wisconsin, I may have to get the bus there as it will be a bit far to walk….

  • Fiona Mayhem
    Posted October 1, 2009 at 3:15 pm |

    On a good day, you can swin to the Netherlands from Southmpton Nick. I wouldn’t advise this in winter, mind you.

  • Posted October 1, 2009 at 3:15 pm |

    Good luck NT! I tried this once, on the downside I currently have 700 unused demos in a cupboard, on the plus a huge array of international penpals that occasionally send me stickers and CDs. It’ll work-there’s more vinyl presses about now than in the 70s, and every teenager has a set of ‘decks’ – or ‘a phonograph’ as we older types call them – I reckon you’re onto a winner!

  • Posted October 1, 2009 at 3:33 pm |

    Thanks Interceptor. There are also an elite of gramophone aficionados that I want to tap into.

  • Posted October 1, 2009 at 11:57 pm |

    You shouldn’t pick on Debelle though – she’s not really had any myspace based publicity. She was spotted by Big Dada, a credible indie or ex-indie label, related to Ninja Tunes.

    There are better examples, Lily A being the best…

  • Posted October 1, 2009 at 11:57 pm |

    Well, maybe ‘best’ isn’t the right word.

  • Posted October 2, 2009 at 9:33 am |

    Wouldn’t say I picked on her (Debelle)
    I did pick on Lily A though, I hold my hands up to that…

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