el graphic is a creative partnership between mike alway and doug cheeseman set up to originate designs for the music industry in europe, america and asia. doug is graphic designer with a background in publishing, music and web design. mike's career details are as follows:


1978-79
the soft boys manager
concert promotions at venues in richmond surrey

1980-83
cherry red records-a&r-art direction-press-international
tracey thorn, ben watt, everything but the girl, felt, monochrome set, marine girls, fantastic something etc

pillows & prayers budget priced compilation sells 750,000 copies and resides at number one in uk independent charts for record 36 consecutive weeks
instigated first independent re-issue programme-
can, neu, tv's avengers-patrick mcnee & honor blackman,john barry seven

1983-85
blanco y negro-co-founder with geoff travis of rough trade through wea
everything but the girl, sudden sway, fantastic something, berntholer, monochrome set

1985-89
el records-founder-art director
would-be-goods, bad dream fancy dress, king of luxembourg ,momus, shock headed peters, vic godard, marden hill, louis philippe, anthony adverse etc
(label influential on shibuya scene in japan-cornelius, kahimi karie,pizzicato five etc)

1989-94
football book publications 'shot' & 'this is soccer'
with doug cheeseman for 'when saturday comes'

football film 'brazil 70-the sexiest kick-off'-co-directed with douglas hart for bbc tv
football film 'bend it!' co-directed with douglas hart for trattoria sound tokyo
football song compilations 'bend it!' and 'flair' for exotica and confection

1995-
if...records-founder
songs for the jet set compilations (three volumes)
death by chocolate (first album reaches number two on usa cmj200)
david candy (with make-up vocalist ian svenonius), margo guryan, orson welles,loveletter

1996-
reverie children's label through siesta of madrid-founder
algebra spaghetti & simultaneous ice-cream,dream drops compilations
lollipop train,maria napoleon,mild euphoria

1999-
el graphic co-founded with doug cheeseman
poptones art direction