Whilst still at school my sister Natalie Greener approached I’m Not From London Records asking if she could gain work experience in the music industry. There Nat cut her musical teeth helping with label campaigns, interviewing bands, writing reviews and promoting gigs. She was soon tasked with launching and promoting her own under 18 INFL backed night ‘Hellcats’ with bands from her and other Notts schools. It was my sister who suggested it would be a great experience for me to join the INFL team and here I am with my first interview!
Natalie broadened her industry experience with further work in band management, music studios and PR companies and currently studies music journalism at Newcastle University. Nat immediately hit the ground running in Newcastle with a slew of successful events including the awesome Tits Upon Tyne!
T.U.T was formed after this young journalist, decided she wanted to do something to raise money and awareness to fight back against breast cancer – her fundraiser was a hit!
Natalie recently partnered up to launch a new project to further support women, but this time in the music industry, Coat Rack Records and I couldn’t be more excited for her!
“We want artists to collaborate with us to produce, promote and market their music in a way which is modern to the creative industries and different from what any label has done before”. Coat Rack Records is open to working with artists across a spectrum of different genres to demonstrate their appreciation for music. Armed with experience and a wicked music and fashion taste, Nat battles workplace sexism in a kickass manner – I, along with many others, cannot wait to see what else she has up her sleeve. Together with her label partner, Abby Hillyer, these two really do make an unstoppable pair!
I interviewed Nat to get a deeper insight into this upcoming Newcastle based label…
Firstly, can you tell me a bit about Coat Rack Records? What can we expect from it?
Coat Rack is a female-led independent record label that offers a safe space for musicians to make music. We offer PR, Production and Management services in the hope that we can make the business side of music easier, being the stepping stone to bigger things.
What challenges have you faced forming coat rack records so far?
Being women, we’ve had a lot of less experienced guys offer us help which I find very annoying. It’s somewhat undermining and rude because it’s disguised as being supportive when in fact it’s patronising.
How’s it going so far into the project?
Amazing! We have some artists that we are working with to be announced soon but for now, we’ve only made our Merch and freelance services available! Thankfully, everyone has just jumped on board with us and it feels mint.
What inspired you to create Coat Rack Records?
We were inspired by some of our experiences from working as women in music. The attitudes of some men in the industry are far from safe so this is telling them to change their behaviour. In 2018 statistics showed that the share for producers in the music industry in the United States was dominated by men by 97.7% and women 2.3%. Coat Rack is a safe-space label and service where our artists work in a harassment-free zone. We are a female-run, independent and progressive label.
How can people support you and this new independent label?
Just share and support us! We’re not in this to make loads of money, only to give a safe space and platform to musicians. A follow or like makes a huge difference. Also, pre-save and share our artists’ stuff because they’re the ones doing the hard bit – making the music.
Follow and support Coat Rack Records here…
Interview by Jazz Greener