Last night Mike Hadreas, aka Perfume Genius, played a very special show at the intimate Chats Palace in Homerton – with only 100 tickets available for on-the-ball fans.
We sent our Photo/Video Editor Tim Boddy to document the occasion with these Behind The Scenes snaps and portraits, where he, alongside the utterly respectful crowd (hey Visions Festival crowd that is a dig at you) lost litres of liquid via tears and sweat. Yes it was emotional, and very hot. With a full band set-up, PG played a selection of new material from forthcoming album Too Bright that’s out September 22nd – do make sure to watch the video for lead single ‘Queen’ as it’s stunning. Further instructions: also make sure to catch him on his upcoming UK tour this autumn for some intense feels.
When I talk to Lucy Taylor, aka PAWWS, her voice fills with joy and cheerfulness when she discusses her love for Alexandra Palace. “I’m from North London, not too far from Ally Pally and I used to go there all the time when I was a teenager, with my friends. We’d go ice skating, there’s a huge ice skating rink there and it’s got, I think, the best views of London. If you go to the top of the hill you can see the whole of London. I still live really close, about a five minute walk, and I go there every weekend for a little walk. It’s got a nice little boating lake, there’s a deer enclosure there as well and on Bonfire Night, they have a big firework display. There are loads of gigs there too, so it’s really cool.”
Taylor was born in North London and apart from spot stays in East London, and strangely the opposite side of the world in Australia, she’s always lived in the surrounding area, partly as she loves to be close to her family. “I’m originally from Friern Barnet and I’ve lived there most of my life. I did sort of live in Australia for a while, but apart from that, I’ve always lived around north London. I love it around here. I did live in east London for a little while but it didn’t feel right! I love North London, it’s my home and my parents still live here and I like being near them.” In fact, it might be her parents that installed the love for Ally Pally that she has. “I used to go with my mum and dad. There’s a really cool playground there, we used to go on the pedalos and feed the ducks. My earliest memory really is going with my mum and dad to see the fireworks, they always had really good fireworks and it gets really busy. When I was a teenager I’d go down there with my mates. There are gardens where we used to sit around and chat.”
A classically trained piano player and flutist, Taylor started her musical career as the keyboard player for Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke during his solo stints. In fact, they met as she was Read more…
Here’s a bunch of tracks I’ve enjoyed recently. Features new La Roux, How To Dress Well & Jessie Ware. Features two of my newer favourite acts in Years & Years & Jungle. Features a couple of gorgeous acoustic numbers – one from Karen O via the Her soundtrack, and a cover of ‘Melancholy Hill’ (Gorillaz) that I found. And features some other bangers, just because (I’m looking at you Ariana Grande).
Also features some terrible disposable snaps taken in May/June from a camera I got developed, for no reason.
Me and Stephen Bevan made a video short for French label/general party people Kitsuné, who were hosting their summer party at Village Underground. The night featured DJ sets by Maxxi Soundsystem, Clancy, Lxury, a special Gildas & Jerry Bouthier duo and also one of my favourite bands of the moment Years & Years. Who were awesome.
Be sure to check out our recent session with Cerebral Ballzy’s Honor Titus once you’ve finished looking at these beautiful photos.
I’ve let my photographic/artistic practice slide over the past year or so, so here I am on a mission to post something photography-related on a WEEKLY basis – either in relation to my own work (new or old) or something that inspires me.
It’s half an act of self-promotion in all honesty, and half an act of getting into the habit of engaging with photo-based art forms once again.
So my first post is all about looking back at a project based on my visits to Iceland that I’ve imaginatively titled: Iceland. I’ve been fortunate enough over the past three years to visit for Iceland Airwaves with the 405 (though I did not manage to take any photos last time due to video work), and used the opportunity to take photos not explicitly of the festival in a standard gig photography manner, but of the periphery of the festival with my medium format film camera. The people. The details. The city. The country. And of places I cannot pronounce.
It’s relatively broad in terms of imagery and not a hugely “tight” project as it’s based mostly in me having fun with my camera. Although having said that, my plan has been to convey an outsider’s perspective of the country by highlighting – even exaggerating – a cliched view that many of us non-Icelanders have of the island via these images; you know that ethereal quality, and charming as hell. Or something.
The full (well ongoing) project can be found on my website here – and below are a selection of images from it.