New CD packaging now off to the pressing plant. The second compilation in the 21st Century Psychobillies series from Western Star. Featuring the lovely Rebecca Chip Chipperfield on the cover
I started The North Walsham Guide over 10 years ago with the aim of making it possible for all North Walsham businesses and organisations to have a free single page to promote themselves to the rest of the world which they could edit freely and could be found easily in search engines. On the flipside it would be a ‘no frills’ directory for local people to find what they wanted easily. It’s been massively popular with hundreds of businesses signing up and getting around 1,500 visitors a week.
How “geek” is this! My lucky charm! After 15 years working in printing and a brief stint as a graphic designer for a corporate consultancy agency, I decided to take a change in direction and teach myself web programming. Not as weird as it sounds as I spent many years in my youth learning to program home computers in the 1980s (BBC, Vic-20 and ZX Spectrum) in both BASIC and Machine Code, writing several games in the process. The combination of coding and graphics required for web design just seemed to be a natural progression considering my experience and skills and at the time it was obvious the print trade was suffering and the future of small printing firms was in question. That was 15 years ago and this book was where I began that change. It is no longer of any use but back then I read it 3 or 4 times and built my first web-shop in the process ( Raucous Records first on-line shop ). This still has the two worn down grooves on the spine where I used to secure it on the carrier of my pushbike every day the take to and fro from work to read in break times. This book is the reason I’ve had steady work for the past 15 years despite the fluctuations of the print industry, it will always have a place on the bookshelf in our house.
Raucous Records CDs I produced the artwork/packaging for between 1995 and 2007. Some great stuff in here; Restless, Frenzy, Sharks, Stray Cats, Matchbox, Wild Angels, Meteors, Polecats, Ray Campi, Frantic Flintstones, loads and loads, over 200 CD releases I reckon and then there was the DVDs, videos & vinyl too.
Collectors mugs I worked on for https://www.facebook.com/whateverittakes.org Over the space of a few years I had the privilege of working with this charity on hundreds of artworks from various A-List celebrities and developing them for a whole range of goods from collectors china to Converse boots and even guitars.