In my latest column, I made a couple of half-blunders.
Jeremy Willis: The owner of Datura Records (home to Approach, Archetype and Deep Thinkers) wouldn't explain his affiliation with Black Clover to me, but he was the one who introduced Eilert to Mac and Joe.
Jeremy e-mailed me the following yesterday after I'd gone home:
I actually need to let you know that I am no longer involved with Datura on the domestic and local end. I was gonna try and pull you aside the other night and kinda explain some things. I am still handling some overseas work with Datura artists.
As far as Black Clover, I actually started the label with Mac over a year ago, we have just kept my involvement a bit silent, for obvious reasons and the fact that I like to stay hidden away behind the scenes
in most everything I do. ... I kinda reached a crossroads and had to make some very hard choices. The hardest being my departure from Datura. There is no love lost, Datura and Black Clover are pretty close family and the two projects have a great deal of interaction together.
Good luck with Black Clover, Jeremy. We'll stay tuned to that and also to whatever Datura's got coming up. It's nice to have some local hip-hop labels putting out music that's actually good and making business-minded moves.
Also, in the article, I said that Ryan Mattes, of the Last of the V8s, was the "receptionist" at Mercy Seat. Well, he does work there, and he isn't a tattoo artist, and he does answer the phone and help out 'n' shit, but my describing him as "the receptionist" is like calling the family pitbull "the butler." He let me know as much, by calling me yesterday and asking if this meant he'd be getting flowers on Secretary Day.
Postscriptal Digression: I have now discovered two UK teenagers, both 19, with MySpace addresses that are names of local KC bands. Folks, meet Mike, aka Last of the V8s, and Vicky, aka Appleseed Cast (hark, the band is in her top friends). Strange, no?