Sometimes the running of a website like this is a struggle. For every PR company/Record Label that hounds you to review their bands music, you get 100 or more unsigned bands from Myspace trying to win you over via email with their latest 3 minute wonder piece. Even with that said, 99% of the time it's an absolute joy because ultimately you get to connect with loads of different people and occasionally interview people you have a ridiculous amount of respect for. In this case I don't have a 'ridiculous' amount of respect for the person I interviewed, oh no. In this case I have a f*cking ridiculous amount of respect for the person. As you would have guessed from the title, the person in question is Stanley Donwood. For some of you that name may not be familiar but I can almost guarantee you that you've seen his work. Well, if you have taste that is. Hello! How are you today? I'm kind of ok. Firstly let me get the ass kissing out of the way and say just how much I enjoy your work. That's very kind of you.  My fragile ego is most grateful. How did you get started in the world of Art? I frequently skived off school so I could draw endless pictures of housing estates on long rolls of computer paper. What's the best part of being an artist in your opinion? Not having to get up in the morning.  This facet of the idyllic life of the artist is, however, fucked once you have children and they have to attend the diurnal incarceration institution that is school. You’re best known for your relationship with Radiohead. How did the relationship start and how does it make you feel to be connected with the band? They hated the artwork for Pablo Honey and then telephoned me in my disgusting Jobseeker's Allowance bedsit, asking if I'd like to 'have a go' at designing their record covers.  It makes me feel warm and biscuity to be associated with their rockness.  Although I prefer a bit of Al Bowlly myself. Did you have anything to do with the artwork for the ‘Best Of’ album which was released this year? No I fucking well DID NOT. Thank god for that. We’ve been recently tracking down the people behind the artwork for our favourite albums and you were at the top of our list of people to contact. Instead of asking you about the meaning behind the artwork for of all the Radiohead albums I’ll just stick with my favourite, which is Kid A. What’s the idea behind the artwork? That was a while ago and I was a very unhappy person.  It was glaciers and pylons and dead crows hanging on gibbets and unanswered messages and desperation and genocide and burnt anoraks and muddy bloody bootprints in snow.  I'm strangely proud of it but I'm glad I don't feel that way any more. What’s the process for creating album artwork? Are you given specific guidelines? What comes first, the artwork or the music? They both arrive separately but then seem to get on quite well.  Time passes and the conversations become very loud and mostly nonsensical but they end up on a pile of coats in the early hours of the morning. Picture the scene. Aliens arrive on our planet killing everyone in sight. The government have figured out that they’re after a piece of your art work. But not just any piece. Your greatest piece. So what would you give them? Aliens? Killing everyone? The Government? What, they'll stop killing if they get given artwork?  Hmm; cultured maniacs.  How like us all aliens turn out to be.  They can have what they want, but don't go thinking they'll stop.  They'll never stop. As well as being an artist you’re a writer too! How did that begin and which do you prefer, being an artist or writer? I can't do both at the same time, I've discovered.  It's either one or the other.  I don't prefer either.  I kind of hate/like both.  I haven't written anything for two years, so maybe something might come up soon.  I don't know. You recently started up your own record label called Six Inch Records. How and why did it come about and how is it going? Briefly; I got drunk, thought I'd become CEO of a record company as a hobby, decided to release only 333 copies each of 3 releases, made all the packaging on an old Heidelberg press, realised I wouldn't make any money but thought that'd be ok because it was only a hobby, designed a website, put the records on sale, sold them at £6.66 each, had a launch night when there was nothing left to launch, the end. Lastly, what does the future hold for you? That 'launch' night.  Friday 30th January 2009, at Sketch, Conduit Street, Mayfair, 8pm - 2am, tickets £6.66 advance from ticketweb or seetickets. You can visit Stanley Donwood at www.slowlydownward.com