Illustrated Tapes 010

Curated by Drew Millward

Made to be played front →  back.
Drew is an illustrator based in West Yorkshire.

What’s up Nicole, can you tell us a little bit about your tape and your song selections?

Well, since my time is split between being a dad and drawing pictures, I tend to find I have to “get in the zone” when it comes to work. I listen to a huge range of music, and differing days call for different things, but one of my failsafe working strategies is getting the right sounds to work to.

With this “tape”, I kind of wanted to make something that I, and hopefully others, will find useful to work to. Listening to frantic free-jazz or wild punk, while brilliant, isn’t often that conducive to work, so I tend to find that slower, heavier, more ambient music tends to help with concentration. I’ve picked a lot of shorter songs from a lot of those bands, but generally, the longer the better. I packed the front end of the mix with some more upbeat stuff to get you pumped for the day ahead, then it just slows down from there. If you play it on a loop, they will give you a kick in the arse every few hours.

How did you go about the artwork for the tape?

Listened to this mix and just went with the flow.

What are your fave album covers, records with a great music and artwork combo, or musical projects with a visual component?

It’s a really tricky one, and there are millions of incredible covers, but I’ve always been in awe of Peter Saville’s work for Factory. There is something incredibly satisfying about one label having that commitment to one singular aesthetic.

New Order - Blue Monday
1983, Factory
Artwork: Peter Saville

New Order - Power, Corruption & Lies
1983, Factory
Artwork: Peter Saville

Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
1979, Factory
Artwork: Peter Saville

What did you listen to growing up?

All sorts, really, but definitely more towards the “rock” end of the spectrum. From about the age of 12 my two major loves were Garth Brooks and Guns & Roses. I suppose that foundation has influences my love of music ever since. I think I was around about 15/16 when I started listening to a lot more punk, which, to start was the usual stuff that was easily accessible around that time (Green Day, Offspring, etc.), but that lead on to a whole world of other stuff and eventually lead me to a lot of the punk and DIY culture, which was a very rich and fertile scene, by the time I moved to Leeds in 2000. I suppose now I listen to a wide range of stuff.

What’s happening in your creative world at the moment?

I’m not sure, but I feel like I’m busy. You can check all the usual social media places to keep up to date. And my website. I’ve made a lot of gig posters, recently, which has been great. That’s kind of what started me drawing, as we were booking shows and needed to advertise them, so I started making posters for those and it somehow snowballed into a career.

Where to find Drew:

︎ drewmillward
︎ @drewmillward