THE INSPIRATION SERIES: The Asteroids Galaxy Tour and Friends Electric

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.

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Strummerville Spring Sessions featuring Frank Turner

On Thursday night I headed down to the Strummerville Spring Sessions.. which was held in a car park in East London. Featuring a list of talented musician/bands such as The Barker Band, The Joker and the Thief, The Welcome Committee and Frank Turner (to name but a few), Strummerville is a charity that runs gigs/promotes new music and offers support to aspiring musicians. It was set up by the friends and family of Joe Strummer the year after his death (who was mainly known for his part in the explosive band The Clash). With the Royal Wedding heading our way, struggling unemployment figures and a government that leads with words such as ‘Big Society’.. I wanted to see what the relationship today between music and politics is.. (if any)…feel free to get involved with the debate..(politely of course..)

www.strummerville.com

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Record Store Day at Rough Trade East with Chilly Gonzales

Record Store Day at Rough Trade East with Chilly Gonzales

Well..this has been a fun packed week.. Friday night I was on BBC6 Music introducing some tracks that I like..and talking about my vlog and then early Saturday morning I went down to Rough Trade East for Record Store Day to interview the one and only Chilly Gonzales. I’ve been wanting to see him [perform] for quite a while and I’m ecstatic to announce that it was an amusingly mind blowing show…on stage Chilly has both a mix of arrogance and charm…which he can get away with… because.. he’s that good. And he knows it. Weirdly enough – after my interview I came home to edit (that’s not the weird bit) – I had Britain Got’s Talent on in the background and was shocked to see Marawa the Amazing from Chilly’s video ‘Never Stop’ pop up as a ‘hopeful’.. nice to see a few acknowledgements on twitter campaigning for her…! ‘A Chilly Day’ you might say. Now please check out our interview here with the man himself!!!

ohDearyme featured on BBC6 Music

As I said I was on BBC6 Music on Friday night – you know.. just introducing a few tracks.. as you do.. for a new show that pulls in music that’s mainly being hyped up online – it was really nice to introduce one of my favourite bands Tim Ten Yen. If you missed it and would like to listen.. I come in at about 1 hour 21 secs:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0103txf/Now_Playing_6Music_15_04_2011/
or for the full show line up: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/nowplaying/

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Jisan Rock Festival, South Korea with Diane Birch

Round two!! Jisan Rock Festival: South Korea… placed spectacularly in the valley, you couldn’t ask for a more visually pleasing setting to enjoy the likes of Pet Shop Boys, Muse and Massive Attack.. ! After we got our (way too) many wrist bands required for entering the premises we managed to erect our tent next to the swimming pool, a required pleasure in the 33 degree heat we would endure for the next three days. Jisan was a very different experience to Pentaport – the security was most definitely tighter and it seemed that none of the Korean press were getting interviews with the western artists. ‘We have problems.. we have problems’ I was told by some of the crew. Which seemed like a bit of a shame! On the Saturday night three people I knew had their passes cut off and were thrown out for jumping into the pool at night.. (although of course managed to get back in, in a James Bond action man type of way!) Yet in only it’s second year in production I can understand why Jisan are ensuring they are doing everything by the book.

The most frustrating part of a Korean festival is not being able to read the line up.. thankfully I was taken under the wing by some nice Koreans, who shared their makali (white rice wine) and introduced me to Sister’s Barber Shop, The Comeon’s and Kingston Rudieska.. (go youtube “Kingston Rudieska: My Cotton Candy” this is slowly becoming my favourite song at the moment). I also saw The Pet Shop Boys whose performance was really entertaining…. Martina Topley Bird joined Massive Attack on stage and she has an amazing voice. I have no idea what the Korean says in the slideshow above but they are shots from the Massive Attack light show.. (anyone? anyone?)

So anyway enough rambling for now: I hope you enjoy my video.. be prepared as you will witness the best dancing I have ever seen.. and thanks to Lauren Mc Gee who helped me do some of the filming.

Becki B x

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Pentaport Rock Festival: South Korea feat Hoobastank

Korea known to some as ‘Land of the Morning Calm’…. is home to over 50 million people and is one of the most ethnically homogeneous societies (apparently)..

I’ve currently been in South Korea for just a little over a month now and it’s been a series of ups and downs.. at first I wasn’t sure what to think, the struggle to order food, not being able to converse with the locals and the vast amount of apartment blocks scared me. Not to mention the random voice that shouts out over the tannoy in my apartment from time to time awaking me from deep slumber (although that is generally just annoying). One month in and I’ve found everything is steadily becoming more exciting as I immerse myself in Korean culture. I can now order a few dishes meaning that I no longer am stuck eating fast food (I was too afraid of unknowingly eating dog which actually is not as common as first thought), I love Bibimbap (hate Kimchi) and getting around is becoming easier as I am slowly getting to grips with the transport system (ok ok.. taxi’s are very cheap).

So this weekend I went to my first Korean festival: Pentaport Rock Festival! A small event that had some big western names such as LCD Soundsystem, Ian Brown and Stereophonics.
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I managed to find some other westerners that were also craving some good music and we ventured on down there looking forward to relaxing in the sun. We had only been at the festival a few hours, our feet up, admiring the Korean people from afar when a large entourage of men in suits walked through the centre looking pretty god damn out of place. Obviously, we went to find out who these people were and before we knew it a journalist (whose English was not very good) had literally ushered us into the tent for an interview with the lead man and the Korean press were snapping away. This was all very interesting and surreal. This man we were told was the Mayor of Incheon City – (where the festival is hosted and Korea’s third largest metropolis) and I suspect this entourage were his party. Incheon is not too far away from both Seoul and the DMZ and is also one of the cities of Korea that aims to attract foreign investment. Which explains quite a lot.. FYI: I live further south in a city called Cheongju which probably means nothing to you. As I stood talking to him I tried to imagine Boris Johnson walking through the centre of Latitude Festival, with many men in suits behind him. I believe English culture would not let this happen but then Korea is in a very different place.. (and I don’t mean on the map!)

We also had the opportunity to meet Hoobastank who were very gracious to give us an interview 20 minutes before they had to go on stage. In fact they seemed to have no stage fright whatsoever, which shows how long they’ve been around..! Anyway I love Hoobastank (I know a few of you out there don’t… Phonebooth..) but each to their own! LCD also put on a great show, and it was a shame we didn’t get an interview… but one of the best parts of the night for me was partying to Astro Voize and wandering around the site witnessing really drunk Korean’s.. sorry but my camera was safely locked away at that point.

Check out my video report!

Next week Becki is very much looking forward to attending Jisan Festival and hopes that the mosquitos keep away..BECAUSE I AM IN SOOO MUCH PAIN!!

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