White Star Records is a new record label project created by two dedicated music obsessives! The project combines the skills of John Mitchell (singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer) and Chris Hillman (owner and founder of Magick Eye Records). The pair met in 2013 when Chris was using John’s own recording studio, Outhouse Studios, for a band on his long standing Magick Eye Records Label. They found they had lots of ideas in common and became firm friends. Many discussions (and pub meals!) followed during which the collaboration of White Star Records was born. The ethos behind the label is simply to release great music, that both John & Chris enthuse about, with no restrictions on style or genre. The first release was the exclusive ‘The Nostalgia Factory’ EP by John Mitchell and signings now include Kim Seviour, Voices From the Fuselage and Kepler Ten.
JOHN MITCHELL – THE NOSTALGIA FACTORY
John Mitchell has taken time out from his Lonely Robot project to record a special release to launch the White Star Record label. The release is to be an EP called ‘The Nostalgia Factory’ released under John’s name and will feature four tracks of brand new recordings of some great songs by other artists.
The title track of the EP, ‘The Nostalgia Factory’ was originally recorded by Steven Wilson on one of his early Porcupine Tree cassettes. John’s new recording is a powerful version which also features ex-Touchstone vocalist Kim Seviour on backing vocals.
The second track is a version of Justin Hayward’s ‘It Won’t Be Easy’ that John had always liked since he heard it as the theme of cult sci-fi TV show Star Cops.
Following this track is a version of Phil Collins ‘Take Me Home’ which also features Kim Seviour’s backing vocals. John performed this track live as the final encore at his Lonely Robot Scala show recently and it went down a storm with an uplifting crowd sing-along. Check out a video of the track here.
The EP is then rounded off by a moving performance of ELP’s ‘C’Est La Vie’ which was originally recorded for a Prog mag project that never materialised.
At over 19 minutes of music the EP showcases John’s skills as a producer, vocalist and guitarist and shows how he can interpret other artist’s music and make them his own.
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More signings coming soon!