Following Scruff of the Neck’s victory in the ‘Best Small Label’ category at the AIM Awards, CEO Mark Lippmann has been featured in the Manchester Evening News.

Mark digs into his love for Manchester in the full-age interview, highlighting all of the reasons he has to love the beautiful city of Manchester.

He talks about his love of the city’s rich heritage both in music and football, as well as some of his favourite spots, including Common, Bundobust, The Marble Arch and more.

Manchester Evening News

“We have so much going on in the local music industry,” Mark told the paper when detailing his love for Manchester. “Hundreds of local promoters running gigs but everyone looks after each other and respects what we’re all trying to do.

“I’ll walk into a pub and if someone is there I know we’ll always have a chat and a pint. I’m so glad my son gets to grow up a Manc.”

Read the full Manchester Evening News article here.

“Starting out in 2009, Mark Lippmann ran the first ever Scruff of the Neck gig in the back room of student pub in Manchester,” explained the newspaper.

“Ten years later, with the independent label still owned entirely by Mark, the company defied the odds as the only northern label to be nominated in their category to claim the Best Small Label at the Aim Awards in London.”

Fred Perry Subculture

As a coincidence following Mark’s praise in the MEN article, Fred Perry Subculture also got in touch to discuss his favourite music, music legends he’d love to meet, fashion, the future of the music label and more.

“The Fred Perry store on Police Street up near Deansgate,” Mark responded, when asked where his favourite place to shop in Manchester is.

“I recently got invited in by Jamie to be gifted a shirt for the Scruff of the Neck Best Small Label celebration event at our offices, which was a bucket list goal achieved as I’ve loved Fred Perry clothes as long as I can remember.

“We’re actually getting our artists’ music played in stores across Europe because of Jamie’s support and we are planning some in-store shows in Manchester so watch this space.”

And he explained more about his choice of style in conversation with Fred Perry.

“The Mods were so cool,” he said. “I remember my brother James and I watching Quadrophenia as teenagers and going straight out to buy Fred Perry tops, braces, skinny jeans and parkers from a vintage shop because we thought the style was so smart.

“The music associated with the Mods is engrained in me as well, The Jam and The Specials are two of my favourites and of course as a Mancunian Oasis took the style and coined their own subculture in the ’90s.”

Read more on the Fred Perry Subculture website here.