Saturday, 25 May 2013
Free Range is a 7-week showcase of emerging British-based art and design talent. The event takes place at The Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane between 29th May - 15th July.
Firmly established as the leading identifier and supporter of tomorrow's best creatives, Free Range has become an essential part of London's cultural calendar with more than 100,000 visitors attending the exhibitions in 2012 and this is promised to be its biggest yet!
Over 100 courses covering fashion & textiles, photography & media, contemporary & fine art and interior design & architecture will be exhibited, all housed within the expansive exhibition spaces in The Old Truman Brewery.
Tamsin O'Hanlon, founder & creative director of Free Range, is committed to utilising the shows' potential as a meeting place for young graduates and industry figures so this year will create a dedicated networking space in the Loading Bay Gallery on Dray Walk to accommodate students, industry and media requiring an informal meeting space, with wi-fi, seating and coffee.
The exhibitions are all free and open to the public.
LONDON – Couture Fair, a launch pad for emerging designers of high-end
fashion, will hold its inaugural event at the Calvert 22 gallery in
Shoreditch on 7, 8 and 9 June, 2013, giving visitors a chance to
discover exquisite luxury at affordable prices.
Couture Fair is an event and online platform set up to promote new
labels, independent brands and undiscovered fashion talent. The event at
Calvert 22 is as much an exhibition of creative couture as an
opportunity to buy unique clothing, hats and jewellery direct from the
“Every design has a story – and you can hear it straight from the
source,” said Couture Fair Director Jelena Marinovic.
“It’s a simple idea but it hasn’t been done till now. We find the
most talented new designers before they hit the big time. We handpick
their best pieces, almost as if we were curating an exhibition.
“You come and meet them in intimate, elegant surroundings, with great
music and something for all the senses. It’s a fun day out in a
wonderful part of London – and you might even pick up an original,
high-end gem without being a millionaire.”
Admission for the public is free.
Visit http://www.couturefair.com for full details
Follow Couture Fair on Twitter: @couturefair.
Wednesday, 22 May 2013
I have been hearing great things about Ligers, formerly known as Liz and The Ligers, so I thought it was about time I caught up with the London foursome. If you are lucky enough to be basking in the Spanish sun at Benicassim this June make sure you add Ligers to your musical schedule.
There is something charmingly low fi about your visuals - promo pic in a launderette, the fabric on debut EP, and the video for Goodbye. Is this the aesthetic you would like continue or do you have big budget special effects etc in mind for down the line?
Liz: I think visuals are really important to us, I actually have a degree in illustration and I do always enjoy deciding how to best capture us visually. Videos are the best format for this as you can really experiment, we once did a video which used loads of massive bubbles slowed down which looked great. I think its good to show where we are at though at the moment and I’ve never been a massive fan of over produced stuff just for the sake of it. I think having a creative concept is the most important factor.
I can hear hints of Karen O and Florence in your vocals in terms of the strength, depth and quirks. Who are you vocal heroes?
Liz: Well Karen O is amazing I’ve seen her live a few times and was blown away by her whole performance. However I’d say truthfully our influences probably stem a lot further back than that. I love Patti Smith’s attitude, Joni Mitchell’s tone is stunning and I also adore PJ Harvey. However I think I could say I’m just as influenced by Mick Jagger and Macca as I am female vocalists!
Liz, when did you realize that you had a voice. Were you kid that would do the solo's in school etc?
Liz: Truthfully not until very recently and it never used to be as strong, it somehow developed over the past few years! I have played trumpet from the age of 5 though and I’m certain that gave me good lung control, but in mine and Dan’s old band a few years back I just sang backing vocals, it was never my thing. However, now I love experimenting and seeing where I can go with it! I feel I can take out a lot of aggression and passion by singing…
Can you tell me how the writing works in terms of all your contributions, how all your ideas come together etc....
Liz: Well the band started out with mainly my songs but now we are writing much more collaboratively with Dan and Jono doing a lot more of the writing too. Either way we normally start with one idea and then record a demo. Then we develop it in practice with the rest of the band and that is where it really starts to take form and become a Ligers tune.
Do you generally have to make a point of organizing writing sessions, or do you write on the go. Do ideas come to you at inopportune moments?
Liz: I think ideas will come at anytime however we normally meet up to then develop them together! However the melody normally comes first, the lyrics often happen at the last moment. Dan is the best at lyrics, they seem to come very quick to him! I have to really sit and think and be disciplined to write.
Lyrically how do you find a balance of being honest and talking about the trails of life but making sure there is still some optimism?
Liz: Well I think we mix it up from talking about us and things that have happened in our lives, to that of writing about characters we see or read about. Often if we have a sadder story to tell, we will match it to a much more upbeat song! That way it keeps some optimism…
Are you open to discussing and confronting everything in your lyrics, or are their some personal things you will keep to yourself?
Liz: I’m definitely open to discussing lyrics, certainly among friends who can tell what the songs are about! There is something therapeutic about singing your heart out to a crowd and I don’t think our lyrics are very obscure so most people will get the gist and hopefully relate.
How have you found doing press so far? Would you say you are the type of band happy to tell all or are you a bit guarded?
Liz: I think we are pretty much happy to give our opinions! I’ve always liked bands where you feel you get to really know the members, I think if people are going to listen to our music it’s the least we can do! Non of this too cool for school business…
How do you use the constant changes to the music industry to your advantage - use of social media, youtube, instagram etc?
Jono: Just go with it. You've just got to do what is expected and people have to be able to find you in the popular forums.
You have some amazing festivals on your schedule including Benicassim Festival. Who are you planning to hunt down on the day as music fans?
Jono: Dizzee for me. Its really not my thing at all but so many people said it was amazing at his legendary Glastonbury
I wanted to have a little look ever since. Also I HAVE to see Beady
Eye, I'm always up for a laugh! Stars of the show for me though will be
Queens of the Stone Age (not on the same day, however!) My first ever
band used to put them on in the car full whack on the way to our gigs,
I'm in love with them they're ACE!!!
Describe the scene 5 minutes before you head on that stage...
Jono: I usually have a massive argument with Liz before gigs. It's like clockwork, so much so we really should do it anymore haha! We still don’t see it coming! It lasts for about 1'30 and then we get our act together. We're like brother and sister so any nerves or excitement just get bounced off each other, then we're best of mates again. Sometimes we sing a little song before we go on to get the juices going!
You have started to get support from some pretty influential people. Who are the people you have always looked to help guide your musical tastes. Who do you trust, who has an opinion that you care about?
Daniel: I trust our good friend Jonny Clayton who's in the band Something Beginning With L. We've done some recording with him and he is a good judge of sound, and people.
Bands have to deal with receiving praise as well as criticism. How do you cope with both reactions as a band?
Liz: Music is totally down to peoples taste, even within the band we like some stuff that the others don’t. Criticism is fine, it just means we aren’t that persons bag. As long as the praise is there too we’ll carry on!
Your music has been described as both Indie, alt pop and psychedelic, which aren't necessarily the 'trendy' sounds right now. Do you think this may work to your advantage, are people getting tired of the current chart onslaught?
Liz: Well we just play the music we are best at, we don’t want to try and be something we’re not! We’re in it for the long run, we aint gonna just jump on the band-wagon of a scene that won’t last. We play music because we enjoy making it and yeah perhaps it could work in our favour if we stick out a bit from what is currently being played!
Is there a particular musical era that has dictated the sound of Ligers more than another?
Daniel: Well, Liz and I used to be in another band years ago. We only had tapes when we went on the road, so it was a heady mix of Madness, Television's Marquee Moon, and the Greatest Hits of Queen. Come and see us play and I'm sure you'll hear a bit of all those in the pot.
Recently played on your ipod?
Liz: Gosh, erm not on my ipod but in the car I currently have ‘Forever Changes’ by Love - the live version its ace!
Song you wish you'd written?
Daniel: 'Stay- just a little bit longer'. Pop perfection, the whole song clocks in under 2 minutes and is like a never-ending chorus.
Liz: Jet by Wings
Describe what Ligers do in one sentence...
Liz: The band or the animals? We make music, I’m pretty sure the animals just practice their magic.
Who would you love to star in one of your videos?
Daniel: Dave, without Chas. I saw him at a gig the other day and he was a top gent. That's him playing the bass on Eminem's My Name Is
Daniel: Chas, without Dave. That's him singing with Heads Hands and Feet http://www.youtube.com/
Keep your eyes peeled for their next video 'Break You' which is one half of the double A side single alongside 'Goodbye' out May 27th
Tuesday, 21 May 2013
Monday, 20 May 2013
Yes I know...another Relentless Energy Drink themed post. But come on, what do you expect me to do when they keep on doing so many blog-worthy things!
This week they put on one of their many ingenious summer events, this time in the form of a house party in one of the UK's most musical cities, Manchester.
House parties are always the best type of shindig. Not only are you in the warm inside, you can sit and chill (pass out) in comfort, change your situation and move to a different room to mingle ( or escape some unsuccessful mingling from the previous room).
But unlike the average house party you won't have a mate insist on bringing his decks, not only offending your neighbours but your ears too. Nor will you worry about mess and spillages, or the lack of tasty beverages.
This is a RELENTLESS ENERGY DRINK House Party and here you don't have to fight about Itunes playlists or who's going to go down the shop to stock up and drink...
The Manchester edition had the fantastic electronic/indie trio Delphic performing live in their hometown for the lucky party goers.
Most reading this post will have missed this particular stop on the Relentless party train... but fear not, you can watch some of their stellar performance right here!! ENJOY!
Sunday, 19 May 2013
I was lucky enough to be at the press conference of the new advert for Relentless Energy Drink featuring Pro Green, Pure Love and Zane Lowe. Here are a few clips from the day... They are just random tit bits, so may not make a lot of sense, but I thought fans of the artist may like to see nonetheless.
The Advert - Here to be Heard (Extended Version) is now live!
Saturday, 11 May 2013
Friday, 10 May 2013
Check out my interview with singer/songwriter for Hit the Floor... click the link for more
Professor Green, Pure Love and Zane Lowe star in the brand new TV ad from Relentless Energy Drink.
Shot in a documentary style during the various moments of the creative process - from initial spark to getting to showcasing it in front of a live audience - the 60 second advert captures why these artists were hand picked.
Through their dedication to getting their music out despite modern difficulties,putting on high energy live shows, and their commitment to being sincere about their musical outputs, all ambassadors perfectly reflect the brand's 'No Half Measures' attitude.
Relentless’ creative director, Ross Cairns explains how he managed to capture the raw musical process when directing the advert.
“This wasn't shot like most ads. It was a lot more time consuming and lengthy than that for all involved. We took a documentary approach, just spending time with the artists over a period of months, both in the UK and US, witnessing the creative process as it unfolded. We got to see what the artist experiences.I'm fortunate in that I have strong existing relationship with the artists having worked with them all before. This mutual trust was important to removing any self-consciousness that would normally get in the way of the creative process.”
Yesterday I was privy to a brilliant Q &A, with XFM's Gordan Smart at the helm.
As well as discussing the advert with Pure Love, Zane and Pro, we found out how 'music matters' to them individually, the difficulties and joys of having a career in music, and what exciting plans they all have in the coming months.
Afterwards I caught up with Pure Love to find out a bit more...
Monday, 6 May 2013
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Saturday, 4 May 2013
Friday, 3 May 2013
I don't know about you, but I can't help to be a bit sceptical about products that promise to remove or reduce body hair. More often then not they are incredibly messy with an off-putting odour, extremely expensive, require time consuming maintenance, or just simply don't work!
When I am tempted to invest in a hair removal themed splurge my mum will remind me of when she forked out a lot of money on laser removal, which was painful and failed to work on her stubborn coverage. I have lost count of the times she's hammered this home.. you know mothers!!
For a review I once tried waxing, and I couldn't believe that people would volunteer to do such an eye watering process in the quest for smooth bits. I'd like to say that I instead opt for regular shaving. The reality is that I am extremely lax when it comes to my fuzz management. If I have managed to muster up the bother to tame it, which is rare, I end up with raised red bumps, the odd minor bleed and a less than slick finish.
Recent stats suggest that over 72 hours of our life is spent shaving, although I presume a lot less for me, so wouldn't it be great if there was something that could reduce these wasted hours, and leave more time for the finer things in life!
So what is it?
The solution comes in the form of a highly-concentrated serum that helps reduce the apparent prominence and density of body hair over a short time. Its mission is to minimize the need for hair removal at all in an incredible 8 weeks. INHIBITIF enters the market as a ground-breaking competitor not only to tried-and-tested temporary methods like shaving, waxing and creams, but also to long-term,
wallet-wounding laser or IPL hair removal treatments. INHIBITIF offers painless, effective longevity at a fraction of the price – only £29.99. All the benefits of laser hair removal, in a 250ml bottle.
Tom Heinar, Cosmetic Science Advisor at DECIEM, the brand umbrella behind INHIBITIF, commented:
“INHIBITIF targets the hair follicle directly to slow down the apparent growth rate and density of unwanted hair; as a result, many hairs seem to never grow while using INHIBITIF, and many hairs seem to grow to a lesser degree. This action on hair cycle reduces the apparent amount of hairs and impairs overall hair quality, thus drastically minimising the need for hair removal in weeks.”
I've used it for the first time today, and although is too early to report back on results, it was extremely quick and easy application, and just feels as if you are rubbing on a nice body oil. Due to the fact it is a serum though it soaks in very quickly with an extremely pleasant scent. Some friends have reported positive results, so I can't wait to see how I get on. I can think of one particular person who will be praying for success!!
I will keep you updated!!
I will keep you updated!!
INHIBITIF is available nationwide exclusive at Boots from 17.04.13
Thursday, 2 May 2013
Wednesday, 1 May 2013
Check out my write up of the exhibit on the Motel Rocks Blog...
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