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An Oral History of Plastic People, FACTMAG

Plastic Bar

Skream, Hija, Shona, Chef and others at Plastic People, bar area

7 of my photos of Plastic People, the club that I wrote about here a few weeks back have been published as part of FACTmag‘s Oral History of Plastic People, written by Tom Lea and Nick Wilson (aka Beatnick). Some of the photos had  never really been seen before, like the one above and the one of Skepta and Plastician . The feature tells the story of the club from the mouths of a handful of it’s resident DJ’s, staff and promoters including Erol Alkan (Trash), Seiji (Bugz In The Attic / Co-Op), Alexander Nut (Eglo), Jon Rust, Elijah Butterz and others. It’s pretty extensive and well worth a read. Also included are a couple of photos by Alex Nut, like this bizarre one of soulstress Fatima and a DJ with a cartoon snake wrapped around them. On an aside, congrats to FACTmag.com on their slick new redesign! It’s lovely to see my name in the contributors list, alongside some great people. 🙂

More Music Photography Gold

“Photographing the UK’s Free Party Raving Crew” on VICE.

http://www.vice.com/en_uk/read/molly-macindoes-out-of-order-rave-photos-659/165038

Molly Macindoe shot the free party scene in the late 90’s and early 00’s. I love the images – they’re happy. They remind me of why I shoot music events and artists myself…the hope that people will look at them in the future and see a bit of history that may otherwise go unseen.

Special mention to the picture of Streatham Cinema, in 2001. I was well and truly working full time from a newspaper office around the corner at the time, just goes to show how things can pass by you by.

The best thing about TLC’s Crowdfunding page…

TLC are crowdfunding their next (and final) album and they’ve already smashed their target.  A new TLC album is exciting news for most of the ladies and some of the blokes around the same age as me, as many of us know their 1994 album CrazySexyCool inside-out. Many of us can rap the entire Waterfall’s rap too (looking at you Clare C). Bette Midler didn’t try and attempt it on her recent cover of Waterfall’s though, which is the only thing that let it down.

Asides from the excitement of the actual album itself, it’s use of crowd-funding- is interesting, as it’s just one example of the new ways musicians are finding to make money (PJ Harvey’s current installation at Somerset House being another).

For me though, the most exciting thing about the new TLC album are the photograph’s on it’s Kickstarter page. Thirteen images, including Polaroid’s of T-Boz, Chilli and Left Eye back in the day, complete with captions, seemingly annotated by themselves. Here are three of my faves.

©TLC

“By this time, all the photographers knew we liked fun shoots. It was so dope.” – TLC

©TLC

“… I remember Lisa did the sign language, and we all chose to do something with our hands….” – TLC

And last but not least…

©TLC

“We just got real creative with the burlap. None of us had any boobs so that was a serious little boob moment. We had a rope kind of thing to holding the burlap together, but that’s why we had our arms crossed.”

GOLD.

 

This is how to picket…

Be inspired by South London bus drivers – I’ve ridden the buses enough to know they’ve got a TOUGH job. I don’t know what their salary is but it should be decent, for what they’re dealing with. Apparently not, as they went on strike over pay last week. Here’s a video of a group of drivers at the Camberwell depot, striking while dancing to dance hall. *Air horn.*

2014 part 2: Feelin’

Of 2014’s new music, I was particularly taken by Dean Blunt’s album “Black Metal” and The Bug’s “Angel & Devil’s.” Fatima Al Quadiri’s “Asiatisch” album really stuck to the shadows of my brain (particularly Shanzai).


Of the pre 2014, there was lots of CAN, lots of PJ Harvey, some Leonard Cohen and loads of King Krule. There’s something kinda ugly about his voice, which is what I like about it.
I was also, blessed with an introduction to Bwiti music this year.

Of the stuff that sits in-between pre-2014 and 2014, it was Hyperdub’s Next Life + all four of their “Hyperdub 10” compiliations that got me; each offering a unique journey through the Hyperdub soundscape.

Of the live shows and DJ’s it was Dean Blunt and Kode9 at Corsica Studios, Francis Redman DJing at our friend Edith’s house on NYE 2014 and Oneman at Hideout Festival in Croatia. I loved meeting Rosi Lalor this year and experiencing her magical songs and personality and Duke Bradley with his Johnny Cash meets Nick Cave style.

Breezy’s parents punk band Lost In Space were a repeat prescription in 2014 and it felt so right to play alongside them at a gig with my own band (our third ever). They’re all 50+ and I can honestly say they kick it harder than many bands 20 years younger than them. Raw, honest energy with the most genuine PUNK spirit I’ve ever felt.

Kate Tempest’s launch of her new album Everybody Down at Brixton’s Hootenanny was also full of energy. It was beautiful watching her look so overwhelmed and surprised by the amount of people that had turned out to see her and her band, in a local haunt that she’s played on a number of occasions to far smaller crowds.

Hosting a couple of Oliver Sudden’s Vintage Fly night’s at Antenna Studios Cafe was great fun. I heard some great tunes and met some brilliant people at both of them, such as Hark1karan Gill, who runs this ultra fresh, positive culture website of the same name.


The Fireflies (Nina Walsh, Franck Alba & Dani Cali) have been a pleasure this year. Poet Joe Duggan joined them on the mic at the Crystal Palace Festival x Antenna Studios programme that I curated in June. I had a another great time at Weatherall’s A Love From Outer Space night just before Christmas, followed up by a session of beautiful music from Bear Phillips and Fireflies’ Franck & Nina and her dog Droogy at their house.
I’m incredibly lucky to know so many talented people and some of them appeared in music documentaries such as Channel 4 and Dazed’s “Music Nation” series. It was insanely refreshing being able to see and hear the story of Garage, Bristol Bass, Jungle and other genres and scenes on mainstream TV, particularly when parts of those stories cross over with your own story.

Other great music documentaries or films, included Tim & Barry’s feature length “I’m Tryna Tell Ya” (about Footwork), Rollo Jackson’s “Slimzee’s Goin On Terrible” and docs that I contributed images to including Mikhail Mehra’s “Skream- Come With Me,Mala’s “John Peel’s Record Box” and another Rollo Jackson production “London On a Regular.” The last three are very poignant at this very moment, as they all mention Forward>> which happened at the club Plastic People, which as announced this week, is set to close, forever.
12dc0e8329d1bf9540405e4ec27a84caI really must also mention 20,000 Days On Earth, featuring Nick Cave, “The Possibilities Are Endless” about Edwyn Collin’s,  “Diana Vreeland- The Eye Has to Travel” and Jonathan Glazer’s “Under The Skin.”  The last two break the (perhaps obsessive) pattern of films about music, by being about an eccentric, life-loving fashion editor and an alien woman in Glasgow respectively.