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40 Music Week 28.09.12 INTERVIEWHUEYMORGAN


Why do you think the Fun Lovin’ Criminals found such success in the UK, but didn’t quite receive the same reception in America? Oh that’s an easy one to answer... because we were offered the chance to play Reading and Leeds. They were going to be paying us a quarter of a million pounds, or we could play in Cincinnati for $2,000. What would you do? Also, the United States isn’t a very bright country when it comes to what we do. They don’t really pick up on the irony and the different genres of music that we skip through. It’s more of a segmented radio outlet to the likes of rock or R&B or hip hop or salsa or rap. Everything just kind of has its own little box and pigeon hole.


CRIMINAL INTENTIONS


Huey Morgan on his new record, his time on major labels and thatTwitter rant


TALENT  BY RHIAN JONES


H


uey Morgan is best known as the ex-Fun Lovin’ Criminals frontman turned BBC Radio 6 broadcaster.


He’s a popular draw on air; that gravely voice,


laid back demeanour and pinpoint curation of classic and contemporary hits lends the station more than a little of his effortless cool. It wasn’t so long ago, however, when that cool was


lost - big time. His famous Twitter tantrum in retaliation to the Sony Radio Academy Awards in May (he said “it’s the suckers that get ’em that got me worried” after losing out to Lauren Laverne and Fearne Cotton) now behind him, it’s time for Huey to build bridges and recapture his swagger in order to promote new solo album Say It To My Face, released through Naim Edge Records on October 29. But (of course) that’s not all he has to talk


about. Read on for some stellar material on “that X Factor shit”, “majors sucking cock” and why the United States isn’t a very bright country…


First things first Huey, have you rebuilt your bridges over at BBC Radio? Yeah we’re all good there. Radio 2 and 6 Music are great places for me – they let me do what I want. I didn’t really know people gave a fuck about me until then… but everybody rants and raves, you make mistakes, you accept them, you learn from them and then you move on.


Glad to hear it. On to the new record, who do


“The harder you close your fists the more sand slips through and I think that sand that slips through is where we really find our diamonds” HUEY MORGAN ON THE MUSIC INDUSTRY’S FUTURE


ABOVE ‘The last band who got the money’: Huey and Fun Lovin’ Criminals during the Nineties


COMING UP


you think it’s going to appeal to? God knows! I’m not looking to make a hit record. I’m just making a record because I’m a musician and that’s what I do. It would be nice if people liked it. It’s one of those things where we didn’t make it for the money, we made it for the love.


Huey & The New Yorkers: Say It To My Face is released by Naim Edge on October 29


Is that a position that perhaps you weren’t at a few years ago - the freedom to make music for art rather than cash? I’m not really down with what’s going on with the music business nowadays. It’s just not where I’m at; I think a lot of people are force fed that X Factor shit when there are songs that really mean something that have a heartfelt intention. With the Fun Lovin’ Criminals we kind of accidentally had hits; we were just making music that we wanted to make and we thought it was cool. I think that transcends to this record.


Okay, take a deep breath now…what’s the future of the music industry? I think the industry is changing in itself. The harder you close your fists the more sand slips through and I think that sand that slips through is where we really find our diamonds. The independent labels, bands putting out records on their own, using different outlets like Pledge, and things like that.


So it’s on the up for indies? I think so, I mean [BBC] 6 Music is a perfect example of a station that was playing music that was considered marginalised, and the people spoke and the station’s still alive. That’s a test to the mentality of people and music lovers around the world. People have their say. Power to the people, man.


Why did you choose to release it on an indie? I’ve been on majors and majors suck cock! They’re the worst ever. All of what you do is like, you know, if you’re a female just objectify yourself, or if you’re a guy just do what everybody else is doing.


Is it still like that in this day and age? Oh yeah... I mean come on, you know – just put on Radio 1.


Did you find that being signed to an eight- record deal with EMI for Fun Lovin’ Criminals restricted what direction the band took? We found down the line, after we started getting successful, that they were trying to suggest things we do to make ourselves bigger and we were not interested. Stupid TV shows and silly different little ‘featuring this person on your record’, I was like “Yo, it’s a band!”, it’s not like we’re gonna have Missy Elliot doing a verse on our song.


If you could go back would you have changed that and gone down the indie route? No, I don’t think the indies really had the clout. We were the last band that I think really got the money. It was like the late Nineties so we figured that was like the end of the actual music business.


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