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A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do Bob Dylan

I had a very strange experience yesterday. I woke up – got out of bed and had a burning desire to put Alicia Keys ‘Empire State of Mind’ on repeat. Not a usual song that I normally turn to I must admit (although I do love it so).  Later that day I was walking through Camden – on my way home from a volunteer placement I do with ex offenders. It had been an emotional day as one of the ladies had written me a lovely card and I wouldn’t be seeing her anymore. Whilst walking with my friend we happened to pass the Roundhouse. There was a small crowd gathered so we stopped and enquired as to whom was performing there. Alicia Keys. ‘Wow, that’s strange..’ I thought to myself as I stood outside.  At this point my friend asked if we should go in. Thinking it must be ‘fate’ we went forth and five minutes later happened to be inside the Roundhouse watching Alicia Keys perform ‘Empire State of Mind’ on stage for her charity ‘Keep A Child Alive’ which she was raising money for. 

Surrounded by drunken press and drunken rich people enjoying the show and quite rightly donating their cash to this amazing charity Alicia co-founded and with no idea who most of the designers/models were we decided that – fate being fate I should at least document the experience and embrace the anonymity of ohDearyme. To help bridge the gap in the social divide if you like. For one night only I would become a fashonista vlogger. There were designers I had never heard of and brands I could never afford (the designer deLaCour sells his watches for 30k. I mean 30k. Imagine if you broke that). 

So thanks to all the people who were ambushed/interviewed for a mini ohDearyme vlog. I leave you with the words from Leigh Blake – President and Buddhist of Keep A Child Alive who states ‘When you know your purpose stick to it. Expand it. Love the power you have to create change in the world around you’.

(sorry about the sound quality – it was very loud – and I was shouting)

And remember people – first comes style – then comes fashion…

Thanks to Ken Cheung on camera.

http://keepachildalive.org/

Peace out/one love Becki Bx

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I believe in getting into hot water; it keeps you clean.  ~ G.K. Chesterton

The sun was shining – my camera packed and my bog standard train ticket booked. Where was I going? I was accompanying Mr Chilly Gonzales to the Isle of Wight Festival. Kind of like a fun day out thing together! There were promises of ice cream, balloons and artist buggies. For one day (only?) I would experience a festival from the point of view of an artist. There was just one condition…. not to film him with his glasses on. Fine. Simple. I could do that.

I had gone all of ten minutes down the road positive that the day was going to go just great – when I had a phone call from my camera guy who had been in a car accident.

Although in a lot of pain and with a written off car – thankfully he was ok. In true ohDearyme style it was decided that the show must go on..

(Dariush the cameraman post accident)

So with the occasional help from the public as camera assistants (thank you thank you!) here is my video of my wonderful day out as a VIP artist at Isle of Wight Festival! Also featuring hula hoop tips from Marawa the Amazing – (recently of BGT fame), VanGuard and exerts from Chilly’s new album ‘The Unspeakable Chilly Gonzales’ which was released just recently on the 6th June…(Thank you to Nick Crook and Creative Recreation for the shoes (competition prize).

MUSIC TRACKS

‘Supervillain Music’ from The Unspeakable Chilly Gonzales:

More VanGuard tracks

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 IMAGINATION IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN KNOWLEDGE: Albert Einstein

FIRST FESTIVAL OF THE SUMMER – Wychwood Festival 2011 – a family festival based in Cheltenham, a gentle ease into the summer and a fantastic start for those who like clean toilets – space and to be able to watch a band without getting urine thrown in your face…yes – I think the words I might choose to describe it would be ‘clean, tidy and respectable’. They even had hot showers. My only real gripe being the festival transport being pretty much nil (I had to grab a lift from some strangers to the bus terminal – a nice friendly couple – but throughout the very short journey I had convinced myself they were Rosemary and Fred West and I was to be buried beneath a blossom tree – there’s being eco friendly and there’s being safe ya get me? I guess a vivid imagination could be life saving)

But anyway – I’m still alive! Yay! They were nice lovely citizens after all! Yay! Here’s an edit of the joyous occasion. Interviews featuring My First Tooth, Pandas and People, Robyn Hitchcock and Mark Morriss of The Bluetones. To save arguments I have written them in no order of importance or preference.

Special thanks to the ever talented Dean Anderson and Dariush Rashidi – for Camera work and Co-Direction!

This blog post has been kindly sponsored by Kathmandu who donated me some camping equipment so we could make this happen… thanks to Luke and Steph from Kathmandu!…. awesome!

This weekend will be a new adventure…

Becki Bx

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The Inspiration Series is a trail of virals aimed to inspire the struggling musician.. the hard working entrepreneur or the artist staring at a blank canvas. It hopes to bring brands and music together in a financially unstable market.. to push the concept that it really can be the little things in life that mean something and that if we all help each other just that little bit – we can all flourish in our chosen path. Well… that’s the plan anyway.

VLOG ONE: THE BEGINNING

I met up with the lovely Mette Lindberg of The Asteroids Galaxy Tour and half of electro pop act Friends Electric (or @friendzelectric on twitter). We had a chat about product placement/success and just the general hardships of being in a band. This video has been sponsored by ESHK Hair Salon – who were nice enough to give me a haircut as part of my new mini vlog viral entitled ‘The Inspiration Series’. It was actually the best hair cut I think I’ve ever had…it’s a big thumbs up for ESHK in Hoxton for having actual hairdressing talent and for being able to cut a straight fringe. Many have tried…and failed. See the before and after shots below.

A cut and blow dry starts from £45 for ladies and a semi permanent from £50 (which is the package I had). Tucked away in a side street – ESHK is a cool and funky salon that offers great advice if you don’t know what you want..! The hairdresser featured is called Polly and is very approachable.

Also thanks to Joe from The Welcome Committee… and Jake Taylor for the grueling job of cameraman.

Featured music: 

The Asteroids Galaxy Tour: The Golden Age
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