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INTRODUCING: MONTRELL ‘MORNING’

“Love is just a language we could never speak..” 

“We were trying to connect with those who often turn to a stranger’s bed to alleviate all the pressures of the contemporary world. People are often waking up next to someone they’ve just met, and almost living out a condensed relationship in a matter of hours. We wanted the listener to be in that room, with that feeling, in the song.”

I first saw this band last year at Wildfire Festival last year.. a small and fun festival in the woods just outside of London. A slightly drunk and friendly Jonny Taylor ambled passed my table with a smile beaming after his set, in the only music tent there. An add on Facebook and a year on (blink and you’ll miss it..) and out of the blue..(I’ve been posting a lot on Facebook about certain current topics) a bit of support of solidarity fell into my inbox. Gratefully received and much more pleasant than the porn I was receiving from strangers…(after my post about the tragic Grenfell Tower tragedy – I had a lot of adds coming from many different countries).

On the tail end of that Jonny mentioned what he was up to currently. His band; Montrell, consist of Jonny P Taylor, Danny Monk, Dave Persiva and Sam Delves and they came onto the London music scene with a sold out show at the Servant Jazz Quarters in Dalston in March (2016?). Their first EP has been released..(above) named ‘Morning’, a song which gets to grips with the idea of ‘disposable relationships’ (more on that later..)..

Influenced by artists ranging from George Harrison and Paul Simon to Foxygen, Cigarettes After Sex and Mac De Marco…the four-piece have been working on their sound in an underground Baker St studio…

Jonny P Taylor’s smooth yet vulnerable vocal sits on top of chorus-dowsed and brittle electric guitars, sitting somewhere in between Indie Pop and Psych Rock.

I love this song. I found it really beautiful to listen to. The mesh of both dark and light.. the loneliness of disconnection, the urge to connect paired with the beauty of story telling.. the self reflection of a sad story but a beautiful way to tell the story.

“The only one I know is in the mirror” .. I wonder how many people feel that.. and do we ever truly know anyone but ourselves…

Montrell play the main stage at ‘Smoked & Uncut’ festival in July.

To book them or for interviews please contact: talktomontrell@gmail.com

Have a great Monday y’all! This week I am going to educate myself on Tennis.. Andy Murray playing today..

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Best, BeckiBXx

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ARTIST INTERVIEW: LOUI JOVER

“Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.”  Kafka

From: Europe

Current location: Australia

Current happiness levels out of 10: Can be anywhere from 1 to 10 depending on the day.

Favourite film: The Seventh Seal (among many others)

Favourite musician: Don’t have just one

Favourite artist: Can never have just one

Favourite book: How To Grow Herbs (among many others especially including the works of Franz Kafka)

Favourite colour: Black and White

Brief synopsis: I am a full time artist living in Queensland Australia with my partner (Fee) and daughter (Jazz). I draw most of the day in a modest studio I have on my property.

INTERVIEW

Is Loui Jover your real name..? Or your artist name. Sorry to ask.  

A -That’s fine for you to ask. Yes it is my real name, it is of Hungarian heritage.

You most enjoy working with ink and paper – why is that and what led you down that path? Do you choose relevant books as a platform?

A – Many years ago I used to make colorful oil paintings on stretched canvas to begin with however I grew frustrated with the progression of my drawing abilities so I deconstructed my creative method back to ink and paper and have enjoyed the journey so much that it has stuck. I choose books based on their quality and not their subject, I like the fact that the words are not obvious and that it is about the drawing this would be to much of a cliché for me, I rather enjoy the fact that the words and image may not unite giving the work a little edge and abstracted meaning.

Who are the women in the pictures?

A- they are women I find or make up or copy or know or meet.

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And… why are they crying?

A – I am not sure why they are crying?….there may be a million reasons I leave this up to the viewer to decide, I do not draw stories…i just want to add an emotive aspect to the work however do not define the reason for the emotion.

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I would describe your art – as quite romantic – would you agree? Or how would you describe it….

A – I do think many of my works are ‘romantic’ in notion (you are right to say so) I think deep down I have a romanticized view of life, reality is far to stark and frightening for me. Wherever you look humans are causing some kind of mischief, so I rather draw humanity in my own way or in a way that people who want a respite from the world may like to look at, to escape for a moment to a world where romance and introspection live large.

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Would you describe yourself as a romantic?

A – too much so. Not a romantic so much as in the Jane Austen sense but one whose inner being yearns at times for the freedom of the Gypsy (as a romantic would see it) or a life of a time when the artisan thrived, when things were not so mass produced, so much the slave to money or to war, a different romance that I think many actually yearn for but deny for the sake of reality and survival…….I like to stop and listen to the rain not just rush through it.

Is the ink stenciled on?

A – no all the drawing is hand done with brush and sumi-e ink

You are a full time self representing artist – have you found that a rough road – or did the path open naturally for you?

A – I do represent myself, I did have work in some galleries but found it hard going, the internet has made it easier to represent yourself, but in the end it is the work that speaks to people if they don’t want to buy it then nothing I can do will make them, if they do then am lucky and can make a living. I like representing myself it works for me.

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You say you draw everyday – where do you find your inspiration?

A – It is a little bit of a youthism… there are some days I don’t get to draw but not too often, inspiration is never a problem really, just look around and there is a multitude of things that can effect ones creative juices, the secret I think is to not just look around but to ‘see’ then it is up to your ‘inner interest’ to process what you ‘see’ and make your personal need to express and create… ignite. In saying this I should clarify that I…  like everyone else on the planet do have flat days where I would rather lay around then make work, thankfully for my creativity these days are rare.

What is your daily regime – are you strict with yourself or does the self discipline of being an artist come naturally?

A – I do have the impulse to draw so working comes quite naturally to me, I am above all a dreamer (the romantics way of saying lazy) so I would just lay about reading poetry or watching films if I did not have this natural compulsion to draw, hopefully it lasts as it has all my life already.

Have you experienced a creative block/or black hole? If so.. how did you get yourself out of it?

A – I have but thankfully only in very short periods, there are times when the external world can overwhelm and creativity takes a back seat or suffers this void which, in turn can sap the creative inspiration and thought…you have to be somewhat selfish and insular to be an artist at times, you need to be able to ignore a lot around you and be greedy with your time. People who are not creative can at times see what you do as flippant and time wasting, it is hard to show ones worth when art is seen just as a fiscal issue which in truth is arts worst enemy.

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Your favourite current artists?

A – I recently went to an Ai Weiwie exhibition combined with Andy Warhol and enjoyed it. Overall I like a lot of work around that is very different form my approach, but overall I have no one favorite and I have little to do with the art world in general.

Your favourite writer is Kafka. What is it about Kafka that holds your attention? Would you describe yourself as a bit of a deep thinker?

A – I don’t think I am a deep thinker?…even though I try to think a lot (usually lying on the floor or lounge) and hope I am doing so deeply, yet I am not so sure what thinking deeply is in the first place and that’s why perhaps I do not think deeply, I feel my thoughts wander too easily so I skip over things I should be going in deeper about, so I will try and think deeply on this part of your question at a later date 🙂

I like to read Kafka for a number of reasons, (these may have nothing to do with deep thinking) I like his use of language (even though they are translated, I only read english). I think with writing of this calibre the magic of the writers language can cross barriers like original phraseology. I also like the ‘feeling’ his stories offer, a forboding, a deep emotional aspect that gels with me, there is a depth to his writing that takes work and effort to enter and can be engaging on many levels, I also like the fact that he himself was so fatalistic, in reality we are not meant to read anything he wrote, he specifically asked for it all to be destroyed on his death, yet it survived…there is a romantic notion there that is very enticing for me, a tragic element and one that defines the real artistic journey perfectly.Screen Shot 2016-03-24 at 16.51.07

What is the most important thing in life?

A – understanding the reality and inevitability of death and making a kind of peace with this notion – otherwise you are just always frightened and turn to silly things like religion for a shallow solace.

What is the most beautiful thing about art for you?

A – influencing a young mind. I remember when I was young and first saw the work of Picasso, this magical world opened up for me, I still hold this feeling in check for I am yet to find that exact elation again so in turn it feeds my need to create…art is a deep pool so beautiful to swim in, one needs to tread water well and not sink into the abyss where the magic of art has drowned and has become an everyday thing…you need to keep art as dreaming otherwise it becomes just graphic art or craft or even worse pointless commercialism.

Were you not a fan of Damien Hirst’s diamond skull then?

A – Lol….I like something about Damien Hirst but I am not sure it is his artistic nature…I think I admire his business acumen and ability to fuck the philistine quarter of the art world…..he ended up representing himself and left the udder of the “art establishment”…I can’t but admire such audacity and self worth…bravo to him and his silly expensive skull… I always wonder who the poor sod was?…this skull he used is real so I wonder if the poor owner could ever fathom that he would end up being so rich…..eh eh

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If I should ever visit Australia – where should I go…?

A – I really like the alleyways of Melbourne and the street art they offer so free, so vibrant, so urine smelly but always inspiring. I also really think Tasmania (Hobart) is brilliant quality…estranged, a little cold, fresh and quite close to the end of the earth.

I see you’re also a fan of Charles Bukowski.. have you seen Tales of An Ordinary Madness.. that is one messed up film…

A – Lol…so is Barfly with Mickey Rouke …I like that this mess of a man could write like an angel at times…again in essence he was a romantic..deep under the armour and layers of everyday filth he could express his inner being this… is the sign of the real artist….. no matter what the circumstance they can still make beauty…..

Bluebird

There’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I’m too tough for him,
I say, stay in there, I’m not going
to let anybody see
you.
There’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I pour whiskey on him and inhale
cigarette smoke
and the ****s and the bartenders
and the grocery clerks
never know that
he’s
in there.

There’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I’m too tough for him,
I say,
stay down, do you want to mess
me up?
you want to screw up the
works?
you want to blow my book sales in
Europe?
there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I’m too clever, I only let him out
at night sometimes
when everybody’s asleep.
I say, I know that you’re there,
so don’t be
sad.
then I put him back,
but he’s singing a little
in there, I haven’t quite let him
die
and we sleep together like
that
with our
secret pact
and it’s nice enough to
make a man
weep, but I don’t
weep, do
you?

 

That was so interesting. Thank you Loui!

From across the seas.. wishing you and your family a fruitful and full life.. *off to watch Barfly*..

Best, Becki Bx

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VIDEO: EDWARD SHARPE AND THE MAGNETIC ZEROS ‘NO LOVE LIKE YOURS’

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros’ frontman Alex Ebert says “we had long been a social experiment first, musicians second. Over time, though, we were emerging, by virtue of hours spent, into a group of musicians who could really play together.”

Ten piece wonders Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros have shared the video for their song ‘No Love Like Yours’ which was directed by actress Olivia Wilde and amazingly shot completely on iPhones. Set in New Orleans, the same city where the band recorded their upcoming fourth album ‘PersonA’ which is due out on the 15th of April.

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In November of 2015, the band shared the song Hot Coals… listen to that here:

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COMPETITION!!!! CALLING ALL ACOUSTIC ARTISTS!!!
If you’re an acoustic artist/singer songwriter – and would like to take part in a competition to win the final prize of – the production of one track with Eric Appapoulay at Abbey Road, production of an official video clip and international distribution…. then read on…
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FAME MUSIC AND COFFEE HOUSE SESSIONS LAUNCH STRIPPED BACK – THE ONLINE COMPETITION TO FIND THE BEST ACOUSTIC ARTISTS IN THE COUNTRY

 
BBC RADIO 1 PRESENTER HUW STEPHENS, CHART TOPPING SINGER SONGWRITER NINA NESBITT AND MULTI-AWARD WINNING PRODUCER ERIC APPAPOULAY CONFIRMED AS JUDGES 
 
GRAND PRIZE INCLUDES FEATURING ON THE COFFEE HOUSE SESSIONS LONDON TOUR ACROSS 10 INDEPENDENT COFFEE SHOPS WITH SPECIAL PERFORMANCES BY NINA NESBITT AND PRODUCTION AT ABBEY ROAD 
 
Teaming up with Coffee House SessionsFame Music is launching Stripped Back, the competition that wants to bring music back to its purest form.

Having scouted talent from all over the world, with previous winners being signed by majors or scoring residencies at famous clubs, Fame Music now brings the opportunity of a life-time to the singer/songwriters of the UK.

Stripped Back seeks to unearth the most talented acoustic artists in the country and offer them unique career opportunities.  The competition is open to all UK based singer songwriters who are looking for a new authentic way to get their music heard by the industry, increase their fanbase and media exposure.

From 3rd March, aspiring artists can upload one original track and intro video to www.famemusic.com.  Public voting opens on 28th March to select the top 25 tracks that will be judged by the panel to select the top 15 entries. Finalists will upload a second original track and Nina NesbittHuw StephensEric Appapoulay and the public will select the winners who will perform live at an exclusive industry and media event in London.

The winner will embark on the Coffee House Sessions London tour, performing at 10 independent coffee houses in London, with special performances by Nina Nesbitt herself from 16th to 20th May 2016. The final prize also includes production of one track with Eric Appapoulay at Abbey Road, official video clip and international distribution.

This is a unique opportunity that brings together all the facets of the music scene, by supporting high-quality raw talents, connecting them with the industry through an advanced online platform and bringing music to the people through independent coffee houses.

Nina Nesbitt comments, “I have never done anything like this before so I am really excited, I am looking to find someone a bit different, someone who is going to shake it up.”
 
Huw Stephens I love discovering new music and seeing new talent play live. This is an opportunity for some new talented songwriters to reach out and get some great experience. I look forward to hearing what’s on offer!”
 
Eric Appapoulay comments, “For me, it’s all about the music. No egos. There’s no room for egos. Concentrate on the creative. As a producer, I want to bring out the best in you and how do I achieve that? The best way is to have an understanding of the artists vision. I am looking for a singer that is going to blow me away. Someone who has that emotion and that sensitivity.”


Good luck!!!
Becki Bx
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FESTIVAL: Wildfire Adventure Camp

This is a date for your diaries people – this new festival looks awesome! If not for the nudist afternoon… never er. Tried that. Well actually when I was at university in Bournemouth.. there is a nudist beach in an area called Sandbanks… which an ex and myself did go to find one day… but (thankfully?) never stumbled upon it… what you see you can’t unsee folks… 

It’s a really unique idea and winner of the AIF’s “Best New Festival” 2015, Wildfire Adventure Camp encourages festival-goers to embrace the world around them, learning new skills and meeting a range of new people across an immersive and thrilling weekend of activities, discoveries and partying!

Looks awesome..

17th to the 19th June..

www.campwildfire.co.uk #onlythecurious

 

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