At KULBRITANIA we had the pleasure to interview, Brian Cannon, British graphic designer, art director, band manager and music video director. Best known for his Microdot graphic design company and its work in the 1990s...
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KB: WELL TWO OF YOUR RECORD SLEEVE DESIGNS FEATURED IN Q MAGAZINES "THE HUNDRED BEST RECORD COVERS OF ALL TIME" PLUBLISHED IN 2001, ONE WAS DEFINITELY MAYBE THE OTHER ONE THE VERVE - THIS IS MUSIC. HOW DID YOU ACTUALLY MEET RICHARD ASHCROFT? WAS IT IN YOUR HOMETOWN WIGAN?

BC: We met in Wigan I'm a bit older than Richard so we didn't go to school together. I met Richard at a party at my ex girlfriend 's house and this would have been 1989 I think. I was 23 and he was 17 so that's a big gap at that age. I didn't know him at all. He didn't dress anything like me. But we hit it off despite the fact we were a lot different, different age and everything. He was interested in the fact that I wanted to design record covers and I found that it was interesting in those days too cos not too many people were in bands in those days. Nowadays, everyone's in a band. I thought he was an interesting character. And he hadn't seen me for another 2 years and they'd just been signed by Virgin Records and he remembered me and asked me if I wanted to do the artwork for his band and of course I said "yes" and the rest is history. 

KB: SPEAKING OF DEFINITELY MAYBE, THIS YEAR IS THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BANDS DEBUT ALBUM , WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER ABOUT THAT RECORD SLEEVE?  HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE IDEA? AND TO THINK OF AN ALBUM SLEEVE, DO YOU ACTUALLY NEED TO HEAR THE BANDS ALBUM OR A FEW TRACKS FIRST?

BC: Well I always do. I know some sleeve designers do it without having heard the record which I cannot imagine. The way I look it is I wanna hear it all,also hear the lyrics and hang out with the band as well to just get inside their heads to see where they are coming from, what they are like, what they have done, why, what kind of people they are. Just get involved in the project as much as possible. So the more I understand the band, the better the visuals will be.

KB: IT WASNT JUST THE DEFINITELY MAYBE RECORD SLEEVE BUT YOU DID SEVERAL JOBS FOR OASIS EVEN THE DESIGN OF THE ICONIC BAND LOGO WHAT WAS IT LIKE TO WORK WITH THE GALLAGHER BROTHERS? 

BC: Well in terms of artwork, I would discuss things with Noel cos he was "The Chief" you know? Everything revolved around him so in terms of creative decisions I would meet with Noel and discuss but we all became friends and went out together and it was a fantastic project. They were brilliant, they were passionate about it.They trusted me, they respected my opinion and everybody was happy with the results. 

KB: YOU SAID ONCE THAT YOU GOT TO KNOW NOEL ONCE IN A LIFT TALKING ABOUT ADIDAS TRAINERS... HE IS A MASSIVE FAN OF ADIDAS. ARE YOU AN ADIDAS FAN TOO? WE LOVE ADIDAS HEAR AT KUL BRITANIA, THE GAZELLES AND THE CITY SERIES REISSUES.

BC: Yeah I was a massive fan before I even met Noel, I was in Rome in Italy in 1990 I took my mother to see the Vatican for her 60th birthday and when I was in Rome I saw these Adidas trainers I'd never seen in England before. They were called indoor super. They were like a squash shoe I bought them and the next year or so I was in this lift in Manchester and this guy gets in and the first thing he ever says to me is:"Where the f### did you get those trainers from?" that's how I met Noel Gallagher.

KB: REGARDING NOEL YOU SHARED A PICTURE OF HIM WORKING ON HIS SOLO ALBUM . JUST A FEW DAYS AGO PAUL WELLER SAID HE'D HEARD A FEW TRACKS AND IT WAS BRILLIANT, HAVE YOU HEARD A FEW TRACKS AS WELL AND DO YOU AGREE WITH WELLER?

BC: Well I haven't heard much of it and at the moment I'm not really in a position to comment upon it at the moment to be honest. 

KB: ABOUT ADIDAS AND FOOTBALL, CAN YOU TELL US WHO YOU SUPPORT BRIAN? DO YOU STILL GO TO SEE YOUR TEAM?

BC: I support Wigan Athletic and yes I was at Wembley Stadium a few weeks ago for the FA Cup semi final against Arsenal which we lost but I don't go as much as I used to . I used to go all the time and all over the country. 

KB: BEST FOOTBALLER YOU'VE SEEN?

BC: Johan Cruyff is my favourite footballer of all time. I never saw him play I was only 3 when he played but well I got a signed shirt from him. 

KB: GOING BACK TO OASIS, WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE THEM REFORM ONE DAY?

BC: Well I don't think it will happen. I get asked this all the time. And God knows what might happen in the future. I don't think it will happen soon. I really can't see it and to be honest,I don't see what the point would be. Oasis is finished, you know.That was then and let's move on to something else and I don't see the point you know.What would be the point you can listen to them.

KB: REGARDING REUNIONS, THE STONE ROSES GOT BACK TOGETHER A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, DO YOU THINK THERE WAS SOME KIND OF UNFINISHED BUSINESS IN THEIR CASE?

BC: Well The Stone Roses is a totally different story because for a start, the Stone Roses just recorded two albums. They never really did other than Spike Island. They never went on any massive tours and well they weren't as wealthy as Oasis. I'm sure money had a lot to do with it but obviously they then became friends again but it's a totally different story. You can't really compare the two things at all. 

KB: IS THERE ANYONE THAT YOU WOULD HAVE LIKED TO WORK FOR IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY?

BC: Well I don't really like looking back I'm more interested in looking forward really. Well I'd love to work with the Arctic Monkeys. I love them. But well obviously it's up to them when it comes to that. But you know I love a lot of bands these days that well no one has ever heard of. For example, I've just done a new video and a single cover for a band called THE RELAYS. I think they are very good.

KB: WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE BAND?

BC: Well The Relays, the lead singer is a guy called Adam Redmond and Adam was, if you look at the album the Masterplan, the young boy at the front that's Adam Redmond.I think he was like 12 years old then.

KB: HOW DO YOU SEE THE MUSIC SCENE THESE DAYS ? ARE THERE ANY BRITISH ARTISTS THAT YOU ENJOY LISTENING TO THESE DAYS?

BC: Well I don't know. We could debate about it all day. I think the 90s were incredible. The punk rock days were incredible too. But I'm sure there's a lot of stuff out there which is great and a lot of it which is rubbish.

KB: WHAT ARE YOUR CURRENT PROJECTS? WHATS NEXT FOR BRIAN CANNON?

BC: Well at the minute I'm busy working on this Oasis remastered boxset stuff "Morning Glory" and well a lot of other stuff but well I can't really say much about that but there's a lot interesting stuff going on. 

KB: FINALLY, YOU WERE AT THE OASIS EXHIBITION IN LONDON, HOW WAS THAT? DID YOU ENJOY IT?

BC: Yeah it was great I mean I did like a Q & A with the fans but I just loved it and they way they recreated the room from Boneheads place and that people could sit there and have their pictures taken. And I believe there's plans to take the exhibition elsewhere but I don't know where yet. 

KB: THANK YOU VERY MUCH BRIAN IT'S BEEN AN ABSOLUTE PLEASURE.

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