James Walsh(Starsailor) talks to ohDearyme about drugs, fame and his soundtrack for the new film ‘Powder’. Also featuring interviews with upcoming talent – Liam Boyle who plays soul searching Keva – (lead singer of fictional band The Grams) and Jo Woodcock.

Whilst it wasn’t my cup of tea it might however, be yours. With a very strong soundtrack I felt that the storyline let it down. It’s hard to place my finger on the part where it was lost…too many cooks in the kitchen perhaps? Too much of a desire to capture the ‘misunderstood’ youth? I don’t know. But onwards and upwards! And each to their own – you could always watch it yourself and make your own mind up because..after all..we should always remember ‘if you don’t control your mind, someone else will’ John Allston

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As a huge Back To the Future fan – Nike have released the ‘future’. And it’s clever advertising has worked on me… apparently Tinie Tempah bought the first pair of the limited edition trainers at a snip – £23,610 and all proceeds are going to the Michael J Fox foundation… I WANT SOME!. Let’s hope they didn’t scrimp on the manufacturing though if you get what I’m saying..

Thanks to Steven Heycock for camera,




Slow and steady wins the race.

Friday night – the Garage, Islington for the uncategorizable Masters in France from Wales. With all the right ingredients – it is difficult to put this five piece into a specific box.. having seen a few perfectly packaged bands recently who are adamant of what genre they fit in to – maybe it’s about time a new sound was found. I’m not saying Masters in France have found it – but they seem to be definitely avoiding the danger of being boxed in. This is a band whilst not quite there yet – will be interesting to watch evolve. They have the looks, they have the talent and they have the girls hanging out by the side of the stage. They’ve definitely got something… after witnessing the carefully sculpted ‘Other Lives’ on Wednesday I’m really interested in the direction Masters in France might take. Raw and energetic. Things can only grow bigger for this band as long as they keep their eye on the end goal…

FILM RECOMMENDATION: This Thursday is the Q+A for the film Powder – an adaptation of the book by Kevin Sampson at Clapham Picture House. With some varied responses to the film – I am looking forward to seeing it myself. Apparently the soundtrack is amazing and James Walsh (Starsailor) will be doing an acoustic set. Sounds pretty special!


Memory lane.
The content idea of this film has invoked some memories of my own. Reading Festival maybe five years ago now.. Arctic Monkeys were at their height and I had won some weekend press passes in a competition. Hanging out in the press area me and my friends had decided to try and get backstage. After a bit of brotherly chatting to the security men from our male mate we found ourselves through to the backstage area. Usually a no go area for non artists – or non artist related people. A security man had left his bright red security jacket hanging on the railing. So my male friend put it on and us girls pretended we were the girlfriends of the band. And up the side of the stage we went. And there we stood taking in what it might feel like to be Alex Turner for all of ten minutes. In this time my friend was so drunk she’d disappeared behind a curtain with some boy she was snogging at the time where she stayed for the whole of the Arctic Monkeys set (idiot) whilst me and the ‘pretend’ security guard were caught and had our passes cut off. I remember the ‘real’ security guard saying ‘I suppose you think that was funny do you’ And oh. But it was. It really was. And that’s what I enjoy about music. It really is at the end of the day all about the personal journey.

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I have just been to see Limitless – starring Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper. Story cut short: writer faces creative block…girlfriend leaves him.. he looks like shit.. and he is about to lose his apartment. Then out of the blue – a solution! He bumps into his ex wife’s brother.. who also used to moonlight as a drug dealer.. he offers Bradley Coopers character ‘Eddie Morra’ a pill.. this pill will help Eddie access 100 percent of his brain instead of the usual 20. In case you thought this sounded a bit familiar there is a well placed quote thrown into the film that states ‘this is not the Matrix..’. But it was Robert De Niro’s speech that for me really stood out.. one that I also might rehearse for times of need…(anyone guess who I’m thinking of?)

A gift not earned.. you do not know what I know because you have not earned those powers.. you’re careless with those powers.. you flaunt them and you throw them around like a brat with his trust fund you haven’t had to climb up all the greasy little rungs.. you haven’t been bored blind at the fundraisers.. you haven’t done the time in that first marriage to the girl with the right father.. you think you can leap over all in a single bound.. you haven’t had to bribe or charm or threaten your way to a seat at that table.. you don’t know how to assess your competition because you haven’t competed.. don’t make me your competition..

Ahh sorry you’ve seen the best bit now. Whilst it might not be in the same league as the Matrix it is definitely a good escape.. leaving the viewer with plenty of things to think about.. for instance – is David Cameron on some crazy super drug? If he’s on it then Rupert Murdoch is definitely on it.. and Nick Clegg.. would he play the part of the powerless junkie? Hmmm. Worth a watch I’m giving it a 4/5 and remember kids… drugs…are never the answer!!

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