Last March, Faber Social – Faber and Faber’s publishing and events arm – appointed storied producer and DJ Andrew Weatherall as its inaugural artist in residence. Now Weatherall’s tenure is almost over and his successor has been named: this coming weekend, his position will be filled by Scritti Politti frontman Green Gartside. The torch will officially be passed on Saturday (29 March) at Weatherall’s last event for Faber, Andrew Weatherall’s Social, a day of interviews with and live performances from musicians who have some connection to Faber, including Bob Stanley of Saint Etienne, Irmin Schmidt of Can and Gartside himself, performing alongside Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor.
Weatherall – perhaps best known as Primal Scream’s key co-conspirator on Screamadelica, and more recently a collaborator of Fuck Buttons and The Twilight Sad – has used the position to many and varied ends this past year: producing visual art, compiling mix tapes, annotating and creating a soundtrack for Michael Smith’s book Unreal City. Gartside has given early indications that he is keen to take a slightly more academic route with the position, saying: ‘I’m expecting that Faber will issue me with a laminated card, with my title in full, the mere mention of which will gain me an audience with theoreticians like Jeremy Gilbert, practitioners like Young Thug, and critics like, say, Sasha Frere-Jones. I’m imagining book launches and literary festivals at which conversations will lead to collaborations and pleasures and plaudits. And a year’s worth of excuses to DJ and argue about pop music and writing and politics.’
Gartside has released five albums with Scritti Politti since 1982, most recently 2006’s White Bread Black Beer. Since then, the band has released one single, 2011’s “A Day Late and a Dollar Short”, taken from the compilation Absolute, which featured one additional new song, “A Place We Both Belong”. Over the past few years, Gartside has also participated in concert tributes to acts who have influenced him, including last year’s The Lady: A Homage to Sandy Denny and 2010’s Way to Blue: Songs of Nick Drake. He is an occasional presenter on BBC Radio 6Music.
He was chief hack and music editor of webzine Brazen from 2006 to 2010, and hosted Left of the Dial on Subcity Radio from 2008 to 2011.
He can be heard semi-regularly on the podcast of Scottish cultural blog Scots Whay Hae ('20th best website in Scotland!' - The List), and in 2011 founded Seen Your Video, a film and music podcast and blog based in Glasgow. He has a Masters degree in Scottish Literature from the University of Glasgow that will never have any practical application. You are on a hiding to nothing if you follow him on Twitter expecting any kind of hot publishing scoop.