Middle of the Road Records O Q began on the road, when J. Mann's sister said to him, "Why don't you call the record label, Middle of the Road Records? It would be kind of funny, no?"
J. Mann, at that point known as Man with a Van, was shaking from the December frigid air as he was in a 1978 VW Camper van without a functioning heater.
That was in 1995 after he had wanted a home for his recordings. The master of the very first release was chewed up in the same van's cheap deck tape. It was at that point, that he sold his beloved van, dropped a few words and adopted an extra "n" to his name. He purchased a 1985 Subaru (in 1996) and began to get serious. No longer would master tapes be mobile. They would be secured just as a person would secure their secret recipes.
During that time, he was hanging around the band Prozac Blue, and saw how their little record label was taking off. (Later he would be so lucky to have one of Prozac Blue's original members Inaam join the Middle of the Road Records roster). He also was hearing great sequences of words flying fast from his friend, Nasser Hussain's mouth. So he thought, instead of being a base for his own recordings, why couldn't he become the "archivist" for his friend. And, so it began.
Later, he was introduced to the incredible talent of Alex Whalley, one part of the dynamic song-writing duo of A Block of Yellow. There were people dancing at their shows and jubilation was in the air. It was necessary to get their clean poppy guitars backed by a great rythm section down on tape.
Around the year 2000, Heavy Bag of Dust was returning from his long-journey in South America. With his Andean pipe flute tricks and his powerful voice, it was time that he too join the team.
By 2002, Middle of the Road Records moved with its owner to Barcelona, Spain and when its owner was lucky enough to be invited to play in a multinational group seething with talent, The Customers joined the label's ranks.
Middle of the Road Records gives a humble home to its artists with only one demand: they will make the listener hum their songs and repeat their words long after the recording or live performance ends.