Neil Leyton - Label Director, Fading Ways Music Ltd
Neil Leyton was the frontman of Toronto glam/art rock group,The Conscience Pilate (think Roxy Music, Suede, T. Rex), in the mid 90s – the band made waves in the Canadian music press at the time by standing in direct philosophical opposition to the grunge image of the times. Their debut CD, 1996’s Living in a Movie Scene, was the #1 Canadian Indie Record of that year according to Access Magazine and in the same year, opened for the Manic Street Preachers’ Everything Must Go for their Canadian tour dates.
Leyton went solo in 1998 and began developing not just his own career but those of other artists on his own imprint, Fading Ways Music. Fading Ways has now grown internationally and a brand new Fading Ways Music UK has been established by Leyton and label partner, Ashlyn Eaton ( www.fadingways.co.uk).
He has released two full length albums (1999’s Secret Ave. and 2002’s Midnight Sun), several EPs and a UK-only release, Evolver: A Ten Year Collection. He is currently working on his third full-length album, The Betrayal of the Self, to be accompanied by his first book, a non-fiction work aimed at exposing the falsities and inconsistencies of present-day human existence through a series of interviews incl. music industry personnel.
The book will also outline Leyton’s own personal philosophy, Fading Ways, comparing and contrasting it with previous socio-political thinkers like Erich Fromm and Swiss psychologist Arno Gruen, who in the 80s decade wrote the original Betrayal of the Self – a book that, inexplicably, is out of print only in the English language.
Over the last year, Leyton has also increasingly become a vocal opponent of the WIPO Intellectual Property agenda, the DMCA, and the European IP Enforcement Directive, and has spoken on several industry panels; most recently at the University of Toronto Law School’s Sound Bytes Sound Rights conference, where he defended Fading Ways Music’s usage of Creative Commons licenses and the fair use home copying rights that should remain with every citizen living in the so-called “free” world.
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