Jonny’s the first to admit Trunk Records is, and has always been, a selfish project. It’s perhaps why he’s never upscaled and why, artwork and mastering aside, he still does everything himself.
“I’m too much of a control freak and I’m not sure I’d want anybody working for me. It’s just all me. I don’t see the point in expanding, then it wouldn’t be Trunk Records anymore. It would be some weird record company and I can’t do that.”
Just like our shared hankering for the ’60s, I found Jonny’s integrity and his view on putting your passion before monetary gain chimed with my own. Having left the corporate world a few years ago to work in independent music, this subject was something I’d had to grapple with on several occasions, but these existential crises always reached the same conclusion: do what you love.
Trunk Records is proof that doing just that can sustain you, not just creatively but physically too. It doesn’t matter how unique or unusual your interests and exploits may be, Jonny believes there’s room for everyone to succeed without compromise.
“If I can make a life in music, anyone bloody well can. I’m in such a weird area, it’s such a funny area of music, and it’s possible to survive in a tiny niche. It’s a tiny niche and it’s not getting any bigger, but it’s still there.”
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