Written byChris Smith
Goldsmiths, University of London label NX Records has a new General Manager in the shape of writer, musician and broadcaster Richard Greenan.
Launched in 2013, the label is a collaboration between the University and Matthew Herbert's Accidental Records, and releases compilations and albums by Goldsmiths students and alumni.
Greenan is currently compiling submissions for the 2018 NX Records Mixtape - the annual collection of songs and compositions from Goldsmiths students past and present. I spoke to him ahead of its release.
Chris Smith: What appealed to you about working with Goldsmiths?
Richard Greenan: Well, aside from its rich heritage of visual and sonic art, Goldsmiths is located right in the heart of vibrantly inspirational South London. There's so much going on!
CS: How much did you know about NX Records previously?
RG: I was familiar with the label having visited NX's amazing pop-up record shop in 310 New Cross Road a couple of years back. I was struck by the inclusive spirit of the label then, and it's very exciting to be a part of it now.
CS: Have you ever worked with a university-affiliated record label?
RG: No. In fact, I don't even know of any other university-affiliated record labels! I think that's what makes NX brilliantly unique - it straddles academia, the music industry and DIY culture.
CS: What are you looking for from mixtape submissions?
RG: We're not looking for any genre or particular type of music. I would encourage anyone who makes music - and is, or was, a Goldsmiths student - to submit a tune. All previous mixtapes are available on the NX Records website.
CS: How important is it that young artists are given opportunities for exposure such as the NX Records mixtape?
RG: Internet radio and podcasts are big now. The mixtape is a great platform to get exposure for you or your band, and to get your stuff heard. To submit a song all you have to do is email firstname.lastname@example.org.