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Mint Records - Launch


Captain Ants popped down with his

camera and took a few images of this

event.....even helped with the visuals

and a spot of Theremin playing...

Jools writes.....


York-based Mint Records UK, in

collaboration with Widescreen

Promotions celebrated their launch

party at The Basement, City Screen,

York last night. A massive thanks to

all who made it down to the event.

This launch issue newsletter is

designed to bring you all the latest

news about the event, future events

and releases from the Mint roster.




Minty Fresh News. 1. 16th September


• Widescreen Presents...

• Next event

• About us

• Future plans

• Feedback



PRESENTS... Live at The


Many thanks to everyone who came out

and supported the great bands on

Saturday night. In all it was a huge

success and a lot of fun. Big thanks to

x:am, Grinny Grandad, and Lokomotiv

Leipzig for some terrific sets. Special

thanks to Captain Ant, who drove over

from Scarborough to bring us some

superb theramin playing as well as

providing the night's big screen video


We were also thrilled to welcome Alex

from BBC Radio York who was there to

report on the evening. She interviewed

Jason and Jools from Mint Records UK,

promoter Gazzmann of Widescreen and

MC I'm Hal who was compere for the

evening. You can hear the recording

and full story on Matt Seymour's show,

Thursday night from 7pm on BBC Radio

York 103.7, 104.3 and 95.5fm.

Grinny Grandad were also interviewed

on TV right after the Grinny's set. A

camera team from Sky channel: Men &

Motors (!) were outside CIty Screen and

chatted with the band (mostly about

Frankie Howerd and Smarties for some

reason) and you can catch the show

aired sometime in early December in a

special feature about clubbing in York.

To all those that managed to get the

free sampler cd - we hope you enjoy it

(please be sure to write and tell us your

favourite tracks, we'd love to hear from

you!). If you didn't get chance to pick

up a cd, just write and tell us (giving a

postal address of course) and we'll send

you one absolutely FREE. The CD

contains specially selected tracks from:

Grinny Grandad; Lokomotiv Leipzig;

Phantom Drum; Veibmeld; Whitenoise;

I'm Hal and Gazzmann. You can preview

the tracks and read all about the artists

at the website: http://


Most of the evening was video taped,

and in the weeks and months to come

some footage from the event may

become available. You might be on it!

so stay tuned for information. Did you

take pictures that night? send them to

us and we'll post them up on the site.

Finally, if you didn't get a handful of

free mints from the mint sweetie jar in

the entrance, sorry - we won't be

mailing those out. You'll just have to

come to the next showcase night on

November 17th, same place, same

time, different bands (TBA). We can

reveal, however, that Veibmeld will be

making their debut performance as the

new and improved version of York band

(now defunct) The Projects.



The next Widescreen presents Mint

Records UK showcase night is planned




Put it in your diary now, although we

will remind you closer to the time.

As part of the build up to the event,

Veibmeld have secured a live session on

BBC. Matt Seymour will be chatting to

the band, finding out about new

changes and presenting a live set in the

studio by the band. You can hear the

show, More Raw, on Thursday 15th

November from 7pm on BBC Radio York

103.7, 104.3 and 95.5fm.





Mint Records UK evolved as a response

for the need in York and North

Yorkshire (even out to the coast) for a

'point of contact' for musicians,

producers, djs and artists wanting to

break into the music business and be

heard. Our initial format was to cater

for the so-called and blossoming

'underground' scene in the area- all

those artists who use technology to

create progressive forms of music. This

could be anything from trip hop,

techno-rock and electro funk through

to house beats, electronica or purely


Mint Records UK has a private recording

and mastering studio facility with the

ability to record solo acoustic artists, or

provide overdubs of instrumentals etc.

However, we also have access to many

full service studios if you need a full

band environment. Additionally we can

offer: Web Design; Video filming and

production; Graphic Design, CD sleeves;

Multi-Media Presentations; CD

Production and duplication; Printing,

backdrops, stage design; Distribution,

retail and digital promotion; Logo

Design and image management.

For more information visit: http://


Or interact, leave messages and

network with us at http://




Working closely with Tees Music

Alliance in Stockton, we are looking

towards developing a range of events

and services geared towards musicians,

bands, solo artists and those wishing to

develop their understanding and

knowledge of the music business. As

yet, this is all in the very early stages,

but it is likely to include: Advice

networks and workshops; Mentor

services; visiting road shows and

speakers; Advice fairs; Talks; One off

open workshops; Face to face

mentoring; Guidance and Funding

information as well as providing a point

of contact to industry professionals. It's

a very exciting time for Mint Records

UK, and we will bring you further

updates as soon as we know what form

these initiatives will take.

Our contacts at Tees Music Alliance will

give you access to a range of

development initiatives including:

"NExNE" - an annual regional music

convention focusing on how to best

optimise opportunities for generating

income from music. "NERO" - a trade

association representing a range of

businesses involved in the the

promotion, production, publishing or

distribution of recorded material

originating from within the north east

of England. "NEMNET" (the North East

Music Network) - a site dedicated to

bringing together a resource of all

things music related within the north

east region; through NEMNET you can

find contact details for venues,

rehearsal rooms, studios and much


Additionally we are looking to build

upon our work with our existing artists

as well finding and working with new

bands, djs, producers and musicians.



We always love to hear from you. Send

us links to your demos, photos from

gigs (even pics of yourself at the gig!)

or just your thoughts about the music

we present. We'd love to use your

reviews, words and pictures if you want

to get involved.

visit the website http://



See you on November 17th!

Jools Slater

Mint Records UK"