We were delighted to have Ocean Colour Scene back at Factory Studios recently. With five top 10 albums and over 20 top 40 singles to their name, OCS shared their sage advice for those hoping to make it in the music industry today...

What's the most unexpected thing that's happened to you in a recording studio? 

Staying sober. 

Besides music, what inspires your creative process? 

Newspapers, Radio 4 and beer. 

When you're touring, which item will you never leave home without? 

Passport and poetry. 

What are the key challenges of the music industry today? 

I should imagine the shift away from old fashioned sales towards touring as the main source of income for new young bands. 

What's your advice on overcoming those challenges? 

Always write as much as you can. 

What's your masterpiece?

Staying together for 30 years. 

Which artists are you most excited about at the moment?


It's desert island time...which three records would you take? 

The White Album, Neil Young's Decade and Bowie's Greatest Hits.