Friday, 27 February 2009
If you thought networking was easy....you must be joking! It takes A LOT of time and its none of this join 3000 websites then let the magic happen, oh no. You have gotta go out there and get it. Keep regular contacts with the groups, email or message the individuals that make those groups, post discussion topics, add images, keep your profile regularly updated and looking fresh....the list goes on. It is hard work.
Wednesday, 25 February 2009
Image: Self-Portrait by Mr Brown
It was upon hearing a Another Lonely Day by Ben Harper that Kevin Schell – aka Tobacco Brown – was inspired to pick up a guitar and play.
Schell doesn’t adhere to the chain smoking, hotel trashing persona of a rock star. He's down to earth, and only interested in making music that means something to him.His songs are whimsical and poignant in parts – they’re stories and experiences set to soft, catchy guitar tunes.
He happily admits that his songs aren’t cloistered in hidden meaning, overly symbolic and full of cryptic lyrics. He believes firmly in writing from the heart, and in writing honestly and openly. It is this earnestness that makes him so likeable and genuine.
In person, he’s unpretentious and passionate – qualities which are seemingly rare in the skinny jeans, shaggy hair guitar scene.
Leaving his native Canada at 15, he moved to London where he spent his teenage years. it was a lonely time for him – and he cites music as being his savour. He was able to lose himself in chords and lyrics and found it the perfect outlet for his pain.
Certainly there is a sense of loneliness fused in the music , but not all songs are that melancholic. His songs are witty and clever- the kinds of tunes that stay in your head on a gentle loop.
Catch a live performance from Tobaccon Brown @ Fat Talent LIVE - Sun 8th March
Kevin Schell is also featured on the following website:
Name: Mark Mathews
Occupation: Singer /Songwriter/musician
You are definitely one of the hardest working independant artists that I have come accross, what advice do you have for anyone looking to pursue a music career?
Play anywhere and everywhere as often as you can to begin with. It will allow you to get an idea of your live set (what works, what doesn't) at the same time as working out what Promoters and Venues you like and what ones you don't. Scour the internet for venues and places to play and just constantly play your tunes...you're meant to be into your songs so why wouldn't you want to play them everyday?!
Growing up, who inspired you both musically & on a personal level?
The Beatles and The Small Faces inspired me musically. When I was about 11 I found a Vinyl copy of Sgt Peppers in my Mums cupboard which I became obssesed with and at the same time I had a free tape that you got from Kellogs cornflakes called "Sixties Mania". On that tape there was The Small Faces song "Lazy Sunday". I'd been brought up listening to music in, but when I heard these two bands it really affected me as they sounded like something from Mars...and I loved it.Apart from that the other person that really affected me was Clint Eastwood. I would have been about 11 again when I came across the film "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" and all I wanted to be, and pretty much still do, was a Cowboy...One day. One day!
What are your opinions on the current UK music scene?
It's pretty good if you bother to look/listen hard enough. I mean bands like "Last Of The Shadow Puppets", "Glasvegas" and "Mystery Jets" are making brilliant music, not to mention not so new bands like "Elbow" and "Radiohead" releasing unbelievable albums. The only objection I have is this trend for bands and artists with some credibility, saying they like all these crap acts, as if it makes them really musically rounded and inspired. So, you'll have Chris Martin or someone saying "Girls Aloud are brilliant", which they are not. I don't MIND pop acts like Girls aloud, but making out they are something they are not really grates on me. People should have a bit more honesty about them and say how it really is. That way musicians try to improve and top the last piece of music they did or prove someone wrong, resulting in better music and not so much of the throw away shit we see at the moment. Just look at what the Brits are like now. So friggin dull!
You have recently joined forces with a band...how did all that come about?
Well, all my songs are written with a band in mind so it was the most logical step to take. My producer at the time mentioned he wanted to play in a band so I told him to become my drummer. He'd never played before but he's got a great ear for music and so picked it up in a shot. Then I slowly pieced the band together and vola, "The One Ts" are born!
Musically what do you hope to achieve in the year ahead?
To get the recognition I deserve
Where can we catch your next live performance?
I'm in the studio recording an E.P at the moment, so the next performance will be at The Corn Exchhange in Reading, on the 1st April
And just because we always like to end on a random note.....if your were prime minister what 3 major changes would you make?
We'd have a 2 day week, all drugs would be legalised and there'd be shagging in the streets!?*
Mark has managed to beat 10,000 applicants and made it into the semi finals of the UK Live and Unsigned competition, been nominated for an Indy Music award for the second year running, supported THE DRAYTONES, and was featured as one of the top three artists in the London Metro newspaper...its safe to say this is going to be an exciting year ahead!
Good luck Mark and we look forward to welcoming you & The One T's back on the Fat Talent LIVE stage very soon!
Tuesday, 24 February 2009
NAME: Charlie Potter aka Potta MC
OCCUPATION: Drum & Bass MC
The Fat Blog is happy to introduce our latest recruit.....
Hi Potta MC, and a big welcome on board The Fattest of blogs!..I for one am very excited @ having a fellow drum & bass head alongside . Although admittedly I am slightly older than you, and my memories go way back to the jungle days of '93 which later morfed into D&B amongst other things!....
What drew you to D&B music specifically?
I started going raving when I was 15 or 16 (I am 20 now), we used to sneak into Fabric every Friday night so we could see all these massive artists that no one else our age was able to see. Initially, I wasn't a huge fan of the music and the vibe it created in a club. We took a lot of drugs back then, and the more I did the more I was sure D&B wasn't for me. I always saw myself as more of a trance kind of guy at that age, but no one would come with me. I suppose back then I was unaware of the depth and history that Drum and Bass was steeped in. A few years later I went to Innovation in the Dam, and for the first time ever I raved completely drug free. It was amazing, I've never enjoyed a rave so much. Ever since then my involvement in D&B has been solely about the music and having a good time, nothing else.
Back in the day the scene was killed off by the bad attitude of a few and gained a terrible reputation for crime, drugs, nutters and generally anything other than the music!..15 yrs on how is the scene in 2009?
It's not as bad as at used to be, you do still get all those things at raves. If you put 5,000 people in a club for ten hours straight and serve them with drink, things will kick off. It's a shame to label the Drum and Bass following as thugs and troublemakers though, some of the people I have met through Drum and Bass are now some of my closest, and most genuine friends. The trouble at raves comes mostly from people who get too drunk or drugged up and make themselves an easy target, or people who try and show off and make a name for themselves. Either way, your asking for trouble.
The reputation does still proceed the music today. It's a shame because Drum and Bass is going from strength to strength. We have a new wave of talent coming through at the moment, and we are constantly being surprised at how far the boundaries can be pushed. The future looks bright.
In my opinion d&b is arguably one the best forms of underground dance music created & in the words of Goldie's 'Timeless' .Why do you think this genre has survived so long?
I'm not going to give it the whole "Drum and Bass defined a generation....blah blah blah", however true it may be. Drum and Bass survived for so long because it created a culture based solely on having a good time, expanding the mind and experimentation. People enjoy that I think, I know I do. In the rave it doesn't matter if your male, female, black, white, gay or straight. As long as your having a good time everyone respects that. As long as people have a desire to let their hair down and party, Drum and Bass will have a reason to be.
You have recently been signed to Natural Selection Mgmt...how did all that come about?
I'm so excited about this. This year will see me teaming up with some of the scenes big names and giving me the opportunity to prove I can hold my own amongst them.
I was at a night in Kingston called Repeater. Since I started performing, I find it a lot harder to let loose at a rave than I used to. I spend a lot of time watching the artists, how they use the music, how the crowd reacts to them and why, how they work in sync with the DJ, it all helps me learn. At Repeater I noticed the MC wasn't very confident and was tiring. I asked him if I could come up and he told me to go to the stage entrance at the side of the room. When I did, security wouldn't let me through, I waited until they looked away and slipped passed and onto the stage. After I finished I was approached by my agent and we went from there. It proves that often risks do pay off, but you have to be prepared to face the consequences if they don't.
What is your all time favourite tune?
Power of Ra by Ebony Dubsters. It was one of the first D&B tunes I heard and I've loved it since. It always gets me pumped up in the dance.
So tell us what we can expect from your weekly feature?
Every week I'll be bring you the low down on new events, artists, tunes and general information you guys might like to read about. As well as this, once a month I'll post my months top 5 tunes too. It will be a good way to keep yourself busy for five minutes while you pretend to everyone you're working.
And we always end on a random note so if you could be a super hero which one would you be & why??
The Hulk. I have a short fuse. You wouldn't like me when I'm angry.
A big thank you to our latest recruit and bop your head along to this one:).....
Btw, if you didn’t understand a word of the above, the song you're about to hear should be enough to make you feel as good as the first guy who saw the first woman in a bikini, more than a lot! And for those of you who want to know the particulars, this video was produced by the ‘industry standard’ Mr Mo (check his myspace, the guy is genius - www.myspace.com/mighty_mo_vidz). I’m also going to spoil you s.o.b’s and stick the Agent X remix video there too, well, it’s the same video but just a different flavour. Oh and if you haven’t already guessed (or if you were born after 1990 and too young to know there actually was an original song before the Skepta video) the original was by Corey Hart in 1983 from the 3x platinum First Offence album. Who?...Don’t worry your pretty little head.
Skepta – Sunglasses At Night
Agent X remix
Feel free to comment and say what you think...
p.s Wiley, your turn to knock my socks off mate!
Monday, 23 February 2009
Hello and welcome to another addition of law and journalists.
There are restrictions for journalists when reporting cases of children involved in criminal or civil proceedings.
So short points to remember:-
For example, section 47 of the Children's and Young Persons Act 1933 says that reports of proceedings that took place in a youth court must not contain anything like a name or address, in the report that can identify the child. No photos are allowed either. Pretty simple issue of confidentiality for under 18's , really. These principles can also be applied to adoption cases.
However this anonymity can be lifted in the public interest if one needs to find a juvenile guilty of a serious offence or to avoid injustice to the defendant or witness. This does not often happen in the news so when it does make sure you milk it and get your name out there!
Anonymity is not guaranteed for juveniles in adult proceedings. Also,after a child turns 18, he /she is not guaranteed any immunity.
Anonymity is also granted if youth are the subject of care proceedings but surprisingly there is no automatic anonymity imposed in ASBO proceedings. I guess the saying goes that what you dish out you get back. There is nothing really like a fair trial...
Next week: reporting on sexual assaults.
Fat Talent has asked me to write a weekly Drum and Bass blog for all the fans out there. Which I happily said yes to. My name is Charlie, or Potta MC. I have been an MC now for two(ish) years and recently signed to artist agency "Natural Selection" (BIG TINGS). This blog is going to allow me to let people know of any decent artists (DJ's/ MC's/ Producers) who are rising through the ranks, recommended raves and a monthly countdown of my top 5 tunes. It will also let me make you guys aware of where you can see myself perform across the UK.
For now I'll leave it at that.
Love n Blessings.....
Saturday, 21 February 2009
Friday, 20 February 2009
It seems that fashion really is the name of the game at the moment with New York Fashion Week, London Fashion week, the Brits, The Oscars and various other award ceremonies I am sure I am missing out ! Anyway i thought that meant we had to have a sneak at the best and worst dressed....above are my conclusions.
But is that really the case? Isn’t it more accurate that you came into this world with the help of mummy? Didn’t you have lots and lots of company before you even entered mummys womb?
Most times there are a whole host of people waiting to welcome you into the world (doctors, horrified dad, mother in excruciating pain and demanding daddy’s head with the words “YOU DID THIS TO ME”)
But lets forget this argument for a moment and stick with the title. Lets say you physically come into this world alone. Do you do so spiritually? Atheists don’t panic this is not a religious post .
What if the suckers you left behind give you a sending off? What if there were angels, spirits or uhhhhh fairies (????) around to assure the process went smoothly. I am not sure about this myself.
As for leaving the earth, well I do think that some spiritual being, ghost, angels or bad spirits ( reference movie ‘Ghost’). Many feel that others guide us to the after life so basically we don’t leave alone. I don’t know??? What I do know is that we are not alone through our lives.
Thursday, 19 February 2009
Image courtesy of mail online
Soon to be ex-Wag Elen Rives sports this seasons must have harem pants.
Personally I think their horrendous.
End of discussion.
Tuesday, 17 February 2009
Occupation: Photographer / Image Maker
How did you get into photography?
I was actually really bad at Art & thought that I was therefore not creative or meant to be in that kind of industry; Art is kind of your only way into things like that when you are young. If you’re no good at art it’s considered you’re not a creative person. But I got into fashion styling and working with some magazines & photographers just cos that is what I enjoyed. The images were never really what I wanted, so in 2002, I thought, that’s it, I am doing it myself. The camera was just a means to an end and a way of creating images of the things that I wanted to see.
Are you self-taught?
Totally. I collect cameras and just work with them creating pictures using only natural light. I tend to use medium or large format cameras, all film and love to use different equipment. I just pick up an available camera, it doesn’t bother me about having to use my own all the time or a particular brand or anything.
So your work now is art and labeled as such, did you work within the commercial industry at all?
I worked for magazines and catalogues and did a lot of commercial projects, some that I wasn’t necessarily proud of. But personal work for me is where I love to be and where my work is really. My images are not genre based necessarily, they started as fashion imagery as that is the industry I came from but now they are all projects that inspire and interest me; I just want to create imagery that I enjoy.
Who / What / Where do you seek inspiration from?
Travelling and locations. Locations are so important. I own a motorbike and love to just spend days looking for hidden locations and places to shoot. I also do a lot of travelling. I used to live in China and spent an awful lot of time there just absorbing the culture and the surroundings, exploring places you wouldn’t necessarily normally go; seeing people playing billiards on the street or something similarly ‘out of the ordinary.’ I don’t always take a camera with me either. People think as an image-maker or photographer I would take a camera everywhere but you don’t need to, I have my memory. Plus I don’t want to spend hours stopping to take pictures, its hard to get emotionally involved if you are always taking pictures.
Oh and Dance. I am really interested in dance at the moment. The way the body moves & people look when dancing. I am learning to dance too. (See the pic on his site – the man in ballet shoes – its Linus!
What drives you to be successful?
What is success?? Success is something different to everyone. I just want to be happy.
Are you happy?
Yes I am.
What other photographers or artists do you admire?
Sarah Moon is great, and Bill Henson, really interesting imagery.
What image of your own is your favorite?
The next one!
What is your favorite film?
Gumma by Harmony Korine, it has some boring bits but I think you need that to communicate the feelings and the message; I can really relate to that. I also like the Virgin Suicides.
What is on the Top shelf of your fridge?
I have been travelling so much that I have been living out of a bag for the last 6 months, so I don’t have a fridge. If I did, it would be Soya milk. I love Soya milk.
Marmite, Lover or Hater?
Well I haven’t tasted it. Vegemite put me off!
Vegemite is disgusting, blame the Ozzys! Marmite however tastes nothing like Vegemite.
Linus has made a short film which if you keep up to date with his movements on his website you may get to have a sneaky glance of. I had my own private viewing headphones and all and it was amazing, I sat there in the café and came over all goose pimpled. The music has been specially produced for the film and features for the first time ever, a model that Linus has used for the second time. (He only ever uses models once) Linus also has an exhibition in Soho at the Claire de Rouen 121-125 Charing Cross Rd, so pop in to see some of his prints.
Sunday, 15 February 2009
Well live music showcases and open mics are ten a penny these days, and can undoubtedly be hit and miss. Don't get me wrong I am a music lover to the core, but at some of these things the acts are mediocre and often very samey(is that even a word?!) but none of the afore mentioned were applicable to last weeks Fat Talent LIVE.
I was invited to attend the event and give an honest unbiased review.Well what can say!!...I was genuinely blown away by the quality of talent that graced that stage, in a word WOW!
from the dulcit tones of Rodrigo Braga, to the pure entertainment that came in the form of the booty shaking "Chocolate blonde" AND lets not forget the the uber talented Byron Gold. The list could go on, ten fantastic acts, great host DJ CHEF plus a wicked fashion show, this event is raw talent at its finest.
I can't wait for next months offering, so Sun March 8th put it in your diary.
Review: Natalie Craig
NOTE: Pics avail at www.carli-art.co.uk (username&password fattalentfeb)
Friday, 13 February 2009
As today is some money-making day, I decided to offer you some in depth discussion on why we like certain stuff:
Women: to be held
For more of these in depth views and analysis, tune in daily.
O and one just in.
Women: Love and Companionship
Men: Regular sex
So I was walking along today , rugged up in scarf, gloves and beanie cutting some vague figure of a woman. And a steal truck pulled up – containing two leering men who were leaning out the window.
They made some obscene comments to which I ignored and went on my way, effectively putting me in a bad mood.
To make it worse, the same thing happened at lunch – except this time they were suspended from above on scaffolding. In this instance, I twirled around and told them to f**k off. They weren’t happy with this reaction and made their feelings know. why is it though, that men feel so compelled to yell comments at complete strangers?
How common is it for a group of women to leer and undertake a gross sexual commentary of some hapless man?
As women, are we supposed to feel flattered? More importantly, how many times has it actively worked?
Does this approach work?
WHO has been spreading the word amongst men that women go wild when they’re yelled at from a Garbage/ Tesco delivery/ removal truck?
Has a woman ever rushed across the street, ripped off her blouse and flung herself into his arms and BEGGED him to take her then and there?
So why do men do it? surely they’re NOT that bored?
Is it to assert their manhood, their masculinity – their heterosexuality? Are they in such doubt of their persuasion that they need to yell at a woman on the street to emphasise that they love the ladies?
And What is the best way to respond? If you abuse them back, then it’s very likely they’ll continue with their remarks – or just laugh.
Sometimes, if it’s a particularly nasty type of man, he’ll become even more abusive.
If you ignore them, as you would a child, they may lose interest. Or they may not.
The approach that has worked best for me is to stare (if they’re not in a moving vehicle) quizzically at their crotch, look perplexed and then stifle a giggle then go about your business.
They have no idea what to do!
This particular type of guy will have no idea what to do. The very fact that he is yelling is his attempt to assert his manhood. If you’re laughing at ‘what he has to offer’, then he’ll realize what a *!% he’s actually being.
This is enough to stunt his words, quicker than anything else lol!
Thursday, 12 February 2009
Monday, 9 February 2009
There is not much to say apart from 'Dear Lordy Lord that was awesome!'