Thursday, 30 September 2010

JUMBLES AND PEARLS - Saturday 2nd October

JUMBLES AND PEARLS celebrates being '2' 
Saturday 2nd October.

" The only jumble sale offering the best one off vintage and designer clobber in London at very low cut prices. Keeping it firmly on the map for most bargain hunters/jumble junkies & thrift chicks.."

A monthly vintage/designer clothes sale and activities 
@ THE HORATIA with special treats all day long..

Jumble and Pearls is a stylish and popular vintage/designer all day event. It's run by three industry savvy starlettes (Rosalia, Willow & Jacquilina) the brains behind this concept, a trio stemming from fashion, music, media worlds. Jumble and Pearls was born and launched in October 2008 @ Albert and Pearl on Upper Street but quickly outgrew the venue and moved a year on to newly opened pub 'The Horatia' in 2010. During this time we have been offered endless venues across London and around the country.

Jumble and Pearls is carefully presented and unwrapped each and every month, making it very special, classy, cool & consistent. The only jumble sale offering the best one off vintage and designer clobber in London at very low cut prices. Keeping it firmly on the map for most bargain hunters/jumble junkies & thrift's the original jumble sale with a dedicated team and die hard fans and followers.....a not to be missed on the list!

Jumble and Pearls feature cutting edge music and cult films from our guest and resident DJs. We show random independent art exhibitions platforming up and cool talent. We have special graffiti and stensils done live and on request. Our Jumble and Pearls team offer 15 minute massage, make up, tarot card reading and FREE lifestyle consultations all on rotation....We also stock 'EggMag' - The Horatia bar staff have been trained to mix you delicious cocktail delights plus they have a revised and new drinks menus.

The spanking new café next door to The Horatia who present an array of organic treats made with love and on the same day 'Curious Yellow Kafe' (as seen in The Telegraph are offering 15% discount to all Jumble and Pearls members and guests exclusively.) ssssh

As seen, supported and featured by Who's Jack, Elle, Daily Candy, London Paper, London Lite, The Sunday Times Style, The Publican, Highlife BA Inflight Magazine, Evening Standard, Time Out, View, London Loop, Run Riot, Queens of Vintage, Le Cool, Urban Junkies, ElectronicMusicMagazine, Data Transmission, The Independent, EggMag, The Telegraph and endless fashionista blogs...

We are holding brand new stock from names such as: Alexander McQueen, House of Holland, Marc Jacobs, DvF, Vivienne Westwood, Pucci, Chloe, A.P.C, Super Fine jeans, Sonia Rykiel as well as one off vintage originals all eras...

EVENT: JUMBLE AND PEARLS (1st or 2nd Sat of every month)
VENUE: The Horatia, 98-102 Holloway Road, N7
DATE: Saturday 2nd October Jumble and Pearls 2nd Birthday Special.
FREE ENTRY from 1.00 pm - 6.00 pm
Closest tube Highbury & Islington / Holloway Road


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Monday, 27 September 2010

Urban Art - Addict Galerie Show - Paris

Addict Galerie - Paris

... from walls to studios...
The street - a laboratory to new modes of expression

A work of art is born on the streets because its authors do not define themselves as artists. And there it is, the revolution. Young people with wandering fingers, simply wish to recall their existence via urban landscapes, prison-like places made of bricks and rocks, often deteriorated, which work as the scenery to their lives. For more than half a century the aesthetics of the cities have been modifying.

We have often condemned the immature spontaneity of underground painters, who only follow their instinctive need of expression that aims to deconstruct a certain conventionalism of forms. At first only a field of experimentation to young "amateurs", the streets have now become a place for exhibitions of the best-trained artists in search of their target audience, not usually found in museums.

In contrary to the traditional individualism of creators, street artists were able to develop a sense of generosity and solidarity that allowed them to effectuate collective projects. They also replaced traditional painting tools by exploring several techniques and all types of stands. Some broke from the norm by revisiting the figurative aspect with the irony of metaphorical language. Others made use of multimedia to increase our awareness of the dangers present in the virtual world.

Urban art is nowadays a way of life for many of its followers, artists who stay true to the varied inspirations and wish to create on authorised locations without breaking any laws.

However, a paradox is brought to light: how can these wandering innovators, having elected the street as their field of experimentation, and who are used to exhibiting works destined to disappear, how can these creators of an ephemeral art let themselves be locked up in a museum or gallery?

One thing is for certain: by moving indoors, and abandoning their secrecy, they do not lose any of their authenticity. These artists are simply proclaiming a different kind of inspiration, but one that stays faithful to their creative approach. They have also given their word that they will go back to expressing themselves in the streets. This tendency is not new. The shift from walls and wagons to light, mobile and collectible paintings had already happened in New York, beginning at the end of the seventies with Crash, Lady Pink...!

But what did the common man think when these globalising “works of art” were thrown right in his face? He remained sceptical, sometimes shocked, often puzzled. Institutions and critics saw this as an opportunity to ostracise these creators of undecipherable signs, reduced to the rank of supporters of an underground ghetto culture with subversive slogans.

For its part, the press demonstrated a surprising lack of interest towards this movement: that is when they were not chastising it, going as far as calling it a “degraded art”. Museums completely ignored them. Collectors, ill-informed, could on their part, only have cold feet.

Such context casts urban art in a peculiar place in history and does not make its recognition as a full-fledged artistic movement any easier. Even if the situation improves slowly, to this date in France very few exhibitions have been devoted to urban art. But even those have not taken into account the variety of techniques practiced, nor the richness of its inspiration, ignoring some of its great authors. It was about time to recognise the importance of one of the most revolutionary creative outbursts of the 20th Century because of its ability to reinvent pictorial art forms from an era condemned to a human jumble.

In order to appreciate its magnitude, Addict Galerie will be holding two exhibitions, with the first one taking place on October 16, 2010. This panorama will aim to expose an abundance of talent that will be glowing off the walls. The works of more than forty international artists will be gathered, notably those of pioneers Gérard Zlotykamien, John Crash Matos, Doze Green, Lady Pink, John Fekner et Don Leicht, Jean Faucheur, Toxic, and also younger talents such as Imminent Disaster, 108, Jazi, Alexandros Vasmoulakis, 36RECYCLAB, Mambo. Others also sharing their walls with us will include Jaybo Monk, Marco Pho Grassi, Victor Ash, Herakut, Dan Baldwin, Andrew Mc Attee, Nick Walker, Kofie, Boris Hoppek, Thomas Fiebig, L’ATLAS, Mist, TRYONE, Smash 137, Eelus, Dtagno...

Addict Galerie is conscious of the fact that a degree of subjectivity intervenes in this unique project and the choice of works, and is the first to acknowledge so. Their aim is to reveal, in a way that has never been done before, the coherence of a mode of expression that, through its multiplicity, asserts itself as imaginative, inspiring and innovative.

The proposed scenography observes the course of this panorama in two parts but without breaking its unity, even if the first stage entails a stronger abstract feel and the second a more figurative one. This approach reinforces a global vision that attempts to highlight the successful transition of street art to galleries.

It is through this initiative out of the norm that Addict Galerie wishes to give justice to urban art and help it establish its artistic legitimacy.

Laetitia Hecht and René Bonnell
Translation: Marina Felippe


Sunday, 26 September 2010

LSD Magazine interviews Pip Rush and Bert Cole - ARCADIA

Seriously now - it don’t get much better than this. Somewhere between intergalactic lunacy, transcendental journeys into the gleaming recesses of imagination and a fat pile of seductive scrap, Arcadia have landed and are launching a multi dimensional sensory assault on the shadowy realms of possibilty. Whipping together bladder loosening feats of engineering with rampant creativity, eye popping performance, a dazzling visual orgy and the visceral rush of raw, uncut vibe, stepping inside the Arcadia matrix strips preconception and the weary cynicism of so much of our age clean away and sends you hurtling into a consciousness bending vision of the future. We know our way round a party here at LSD, but this is pure next generation stuff as every single synapse crackles into a lightning bolt of gobsmacked wonder and the barriers crumble before the onslaught of thousands upon thousands of heaving minds, bodies and souls coming together in breathtaking unity and rushing their fucking nuts and their bolts off. After the spellbinding spectacle that was their field at Glastonbury, we caught up with Pip Rush and Bert Cole - the visionary nutters behind it all for a word

Can you tell us a little about your backgrounds

PIP - I grew up in the countryside in Dorset within a family of artists. My brother Joe had just started the Mutoids when I was born so I got a lot of inspiration seeing their shows as a kid. Tried the school thing but didn’t enjoy the system, Started working on and off with the Mutoids 15 years on, learned how to build big scrap sculptures and enjoyed some wicked parties around the world.

BERT - I grew up in the Dorset countryside with an early passion for mechanics, machines, improvisation and acquiring the skills for making things. I went to my first Glastonbury 20 years ago and witnessed Archaos aged 10 which helped my wheels get turning. I took off on the road at 16 with the tent company, Kayam that took me all over the world in amongst festivals and events and was quickly made a tent master and spent the next 11 years touring the globe in the summers with a motley tent crew moving giant structures for events from orchestras to raves. In the off season I started to put on my own free parties and was becoming more interested in getting people together with music and entertainment outside of the normal system.

How did you come together to create Arcadia

PIP - I started a traveling arts café and traveled round European festivals and squats building party environments. It was hard graft with no funding and we spent a lot of time trying to fix the trucks and acquire diesel... But it was loads of fun, and we met hundreds of creative, driven people. We rocked up at a Spanish festival one day and bumped in to Bert who I vaguely knew from childhood. He was erecting these massive tents, having fun with his crew playing about with serious machinery. I was really inspired to see the possibilities when you had quality tools and good food… and I think he was also inspired by how much fun our freestyle creative lifestyle was…

The next year we scored a good budget from a festival in Ireland and he came out to help with his crew. It was a real potent mix of crews and we built an amazing environment full of sculptures, with a big tent in the middle with bands and stuff. Sometime in the early hours we had a chat about how a linear stage and a separation between the musicians, crowd and sculpture was all wrong, so decided to try and merge it all into one 360 arena…. From the outside we looked like a dribbling mess, but on the inside we’d just hit on an idea that was about to grow beyond our wildest visions!

BERT - I knew of Pip from an early age as we grew up pretty near each other but started to get more in touch as time went on and we realized we had some common interests. I worked as part of a team Pip put together to produce an area at Electric Picnic in 2006 and there was something really positive about working together and the ball started rolling there really as the momentum gathered to try and create, make or produce things in festivals that were nothing traditional but a fusion of influences and elements that combined, made for a full 360 degree all encompassing atmosphere in which people could really let themselves go.This was made relatively obvious from witnessing years of festivals and concerts always following the same old linear formula of stage and auditorium etc. We quite clearly decided to turn it inside out and upside down and create a hub from which effects, music and energy radiates which people are amongst rather than simply watching. Where things have got to now is a mere evolution of what started for us there.

How important is recycling and mutation in within the Arcadia concept

PIP - Hmm, it’s massive. Anyone with a few basic skills and a welder can make amazing things out of scrap with very little other resources. Also the inspiration that comes from visiting a scrap yard and seeing mountains of machines from past generations piled up high is massive in itself.… We get all our stuff from military scrap yards and it's interesting seeing crates and crates of unused military equipment built by the government, and really positive knowing it was designed to cause death and destruction, but could end its life having become part of a massive hub of positivity and bring smiles to thousands of people!

BERT - Recycling is a primary building block to our creations. This is fundamentally important for many reasons. Hijacking gear that has been developed by the big powers for what seems to be mainly negative reasons and recycling it into our own inventions which are designed specifically to bring about joy is the ultimate irony and a big part of what its about. Also resources are running low and giving a whole new life to something that is headed for the furnace is environmentally very positive.

Is there an inherent beauty in scrap

PIP - Yeah it all has a specific look to it, 1940’s aircraft panels are the sexiest!

BERT- Yes!! - Scrap scrap scrap. Especially when shapes, contours and profiles become something so removed from their original intention it’s impossible to realize what they once were.

How much of your design process is influenced by the materials you come across and how much do you search for materials to fit your design concept

PIP - A day in the Arcadia office

Step 1

You wake up realizing you’ve promised a festival you’re going to make the biggest most amazing stage they’ve ever seen but you actually have no idea how you are going to do it…

Step 2

You head to the scrappy for inspiration, see something that might work, you drag it home.

Step 3

The next morning, you wake up and notice another bit fits on it perfectly and it starts to look like an old school land speed record mobile, but you need another bit to make it float…

Step 5

You go back to the scrap yard, see a 40 tone amphibious vehicle with a crane on it. You forget about all the other ideas and start rabbiting to everyone about a circus carnival procession down the River Thames…

Step 1 again…..

Step 367

You find some amazing looking cranes that might possibly work if you could figure out how the f**k to get them off and move them about… realizing you only have 2 months left you stop faffing and make the damn thing!

BERT - I feel like we start with outlandish concepts and then search for good bits of scrap as building blocks, slot then in and re arrange them. This allows the concept, design and manufacture to organically and simultaneously develop along an exciting path.

How important is wider team spirit and the essence of collaboration in the bigger installations

PIP - It’s all about that really, building creative stuff, pushing the boundaries and having a big party at the end really brings the best out of people. ‘Arcadia’ has attracted so many amazing individuals and groups into my life, all who have inspired me and shaped how I live. I think everybody must have a similar motive, because they all give their heart and soul to work around the clock and make it happen… and they’re definitely not doing it for the money!

BERT - It’s all about the people, community and spirit. What we do is fuelled greatly by huge amounts of enthusiasm, focus and relentless hard work towards a collective goal by many amazing people who have a huge range of skills, interests, lifestyles and ideals. Together these form a multi faceted, ever changing collective who point in the same direction.

How much creative ego has to be surrendered with so many performers all having an input

PIP - It all moves pretty fast these days and usually there isn’t really time for people to fight about ideas. Everyone is collaborating towards a bigger picture and that’s what makes the magic.

BERT - Ego? Where?

Do you feel that budgets and long set up times have given creativity within the legal scene an edge that the illegal scene could never have reached

PIP - Yeah definitely. I sometimes hear the older party generation saying “you lot got it so easy”… I hope they feel real proud that we do, because it was their fighting that made the scene accepted by officials governing our generation. So yeah, blowing the lid of a massive party and not spending the night at the gate fending off the police is wicked, bring it on!

BERT - Yes I feel we are privileged to have help from great events who help us push the limits in ways we could have only dreamt of if we were doing it illegally.

Are wild flaming explosions a primal rush that no human being should live without

PIP - If used positively!

BERT -Yes! Fire, thunder, lightening and huge get togethers - it’s what we have always done and should always continue do despite censorship from our government, authorities etc. It has great power which is exactly why it’s made difficult and also why large corporations and businesses want to use it to forward their own agendas as with advertising, sponsored venues etc.

Tell us about the background work that went into this year’s Glastonbury

PIP - Seriously hard work, but with a wicked dedicated crew, amazing journeys around scrap yards, swinging from cranes and testing out kit…. But plenty of not so amazing days in front of a computer battling with risk assessments… (The one negative of a ‘legal’ structure I guess)

BERT - An insane journey which pretty much started after last Glastonbury. A relentless pursuit of developing what we did then and making something that really pushed all the limits further out into the impossible. I am still trying to come to terms with it now

Have you finally realised the long term dream of sound, light and jaw dropping spectacle that is the multi sensory transcendental trip

PIP - Nope, just fucking about at the moment

BERT- We certainly reached an amazing place but something still feels like there is much further to go.

Tell us about some of the key members of your team and the skills and passion they bring to Arcadia

PIP - There are so many I couldn’t begin! But most are in their 20’s and all are totally dedicated for the right reasons.

How deeply have psychedelics influenced your visions

PIP - Not massively I don’t think, for some they are a shortcut to bringing ideas up to the surface. Perhaps a realization about the power of the mind, and the link between vision, creativity and reality was a psychedelic influence in the past. These days a physical trip across the desert on a fast motorbike has the same effect, and leaves you hyped-up and ready to bounce out of bed at 8am and make it a reality!

BERT - Mmm hard to say really as they have not been an active part of it but possibly have played a part in the development of how to think completely out of the box.

Tell us a little about electricity and its manipulation within the show

PIP - I know it fries PA equipment if it is earthed to it, And the Lords of Lightning wear chain mail suits which the electricity sparks between… you are totally safe in there so long as you are dry… but if you break in to a sweat........... ….Anyone want a go??

I think it was discovered in the 40’s. And if you haven’t experienced it you must, it is another dimension!

With so much structured, dedicated work required to bring one concept like the Spider alive, how difficult is it to resist new ideas halfway through

PIP - It’s all made up as you go along really; we do little off shoots along the way and were always scheming ideas. But yeah it takes discipline to stick to one and see it through!

BERT - It’s a critical path. We do whatever is possible to maximize the potential of our projects. The exciting thing about the spider as a structure is that it’s really just a huge foundation for some much greater possibilities.

Who put together the sound for this years Glastonbury and how fascinating was it collaborating to lock sound and visuals into one heaving matrix

PIP - Audio Funktion do our sound, they are a wicked crew that grew out of the Bristol free party scene (used to be called DMT) They put up with loads of complicated everchanging logistics and always came up trumps with a crystal clear sound. The essence of Arcadia is collaborating and coordinating audio and visual stuff, and I think that fascinates everyone.

How much could be planned to the last detail and how much of the final mystical live spark brought the show to life

PIP - The more spontaneous it is, the better I reckon (don’t tell the production crew I said that) There is a lot of stuff which needs to be organized in advance with so many people working on top of each other, but there are always amazing bits which are spawned on site when the creativity is really high and everyone is bouncing off each other…

How important was the lighting and how did the design process work around everything else

PIP - As important as everything else. Again it’s totally non-traditional with so many strange rigging logistics and masses of orange light from the flames.

How did you set about putting together your musical lineup?

PIP - For the show we chose the most successful electronic act from the year before (Freefall Collective) - had a meeting with them, realized they were right on it and understood where we were coming from. We got a rough sketch together for the show and chose a rough order of tracks, they went away, worked their socks off and came back with the music, which we then worked the show around…. I don’t know if that was the best way to go about it but it worked for this show and the crowd close to the structure danced all the way through, which is important to us.

Who really brought it all together for you this year when they were on stage?

PIP - Black Sun Empire rocked it!! Had never heard of them before they played, they seemed like they were almost part of the crew, properly bought everyone together, bigged up the crowd, got all the crew on stage, the last hour was epic (and none of us fell off… actually Wizza did but the crowd threw him straight back!)

BERT - Sunday night was epic! Everything came together, crowd, music, effects; timing and took the vibe to previously un attained limits. Black Sun Empire (last act) took things to a whole new level.

Do you have artists queuing up to live the experience of playing Arcadia

BERT - Yes there is a great deal of interest from across the board. It’s great that it does function so well as a stage even though it has so much more going on. We get incredible feedback from the artists who play and its obvious that them getting off on it all helps to push the whole experience even further for all.

What would the logistical possibilities be of doing Burning Man

PIP - Anything is possible

BERT - Anything is possible.

How do you define success

PIP - A balance of friendship, creativity, fun,challenge… and time to appreciate it all.

BERT - Waking up each day with total joy and enthusiasm for what’s ahead. If you’re not enjoying your day then do something else

Do you find that these spectacular new visual realities are to some extent replacing hallucinogenics

PIP - I think what’s important at these events is to relax and tune in to what’s going on, because below the surface its pretty massive. But it’s totally personal whether people need to take drugs to do that or not.

BERT - I feel that what we produce stimulates real natural highs which are open to all walks of life and further boosted by a critical mass of people all letting go of themselves together in one huge party.

What does the year ahead hold

PIP - A few small gigs then a rerun of the show at Bestival.

BERT - Not sure but its very exciting.

Where the fuck do you go from here after such a legendary show at Glastonbury

PIP - To the scrappy

BERT - To the mountains.

Do you feel that you are proving to yet another generation that the DIY spirit, aloving vibe and eccentric creativity will always stand taller and burn brighter than commercial constructs

PIP - Yes, and I reckon DIY, community spirit and creativity will become the essence of survival in the future…

BERT- Definitely we should all push for what we believe and not what we are told.

Friday, 24 September 2010

LSD Magazine Interviews - Michael De Feo (Issue 5)

From the hustling, bustling, innocence rustling streets of New York City to the rainbow nations of the world, Michael de Feo’s primal aesthetic of the simplicity of organic perceptions has taken root in the recesses of global urban consciousness. The man behind the iconic flower image that has winked it’s petals at so many hardened communities, Michael’s work ranges from the unsettling self portrait to the exploration of the underwater world on a faded street corner, and with both his role in the evolution of modern street art since the early 90’s, and his unique incorporation of this subversively natural medium into children’s books and imagination, he has truly helped reshape the understanding of public art as a social force. We had a word with the man himself...

Can you tell us a little about your background and your journey into street art? 

My whole life I’ve known that I’ve wanted to do something with art and while I didn’t know how or what that would be, I knew that I wanted to be creative in some way for the rest of my life. Throughout my time at high school I got into it really heavily and it led me into 5 years at the School of Visual Arts in New York. I moved on from there to another college in New York called Manhattanville where I studied art education. It was during this time period in New York City at SVA in the early 90’s that I got into street art and it prompted me to participate as well.

How do you feel about the kind of nature of urban life and the context of art within it? 

Well I think it’s inseparable especially in a big urban city. For somebody like myself I’ve never felt anything other than a need to participate in the fabric of that city life and for me that venue, that way of dong it, was through my art and sharing it publicly.  

Was there something specific about the vibe in New York that really drove that explosion within you? 

Absolutely, New York has always moved something within me ever since I was a child…… it has this energy, this sparkle, and I always was drawn to it. I grew up about a half an hour outside of New York, about 5 minutes outside the Bronx. As a child time my parents would bring me and my siblings down for whatever event happened to be going on, I was always so charged up about it and so thrilled to be there and even back then I knew that that city was something that I wanted to participate in. I felt that attraction, that pull to New York my whole life.

Looking at New York as a city famous for its neon and its billboard culture, do you think that society is dangerously unconcerned by the corporate use of public space? 

Tremendously so. It’s downright frightening. In such a short space of time, some neighbourhoods that I’m familiar with in the city have completely changed with the introduction of billboards and signage and so forth... it’s downright criminal. Many in our society are passive and I think that street art starts to jar people out of that. When people start to pick up on what’s happening creatively on the streets, they not only notice more street art that’s happening but more importantly, they begin to notice their surroundings, the place they actually live in. So, instead of darting out of the house and going straight to work and not really seeing their environment, they’re becoming more aware and engaged. I think that’s really important. 

How did flowers evolve into such a major aspect of your work? 

Quite accidentally actually... I came up with the image from a drawing session one evening years ago, and that particular one leapt out at me off the wall. I made a silk screen out of it, made hundred of prints of it in different colours, and then felt that I had to share it in the same way that I was putting my paintings up on the walls of lower Manhattan. When I first started, street art wasn’t anywhere near as ubiquitous as it is today and of course, the internet wasn’t a part of our everyday life like it is now so little street art was actually on the streets. Naturally, there was some stuff going on - occasionally Shepard would be in town and you’d see some of his stuff or you’d see a Jenny Holzer or a Phil Frost piece... Cost and Revs were everywhere but that was more or less it. There certainly wasn’t a large roster of people doing this stuff. At the time I was more prompted to do it as a way to side step the gallery system because I knew that galleries wouldn’t be interested in showing the work of a freshman in college. Things are a little bit different now but that was the impetus for me and the more I did it, especially with the flower, the more I began to realise the subversive implications of what I was doing. It was all kind of accidental and then grew and grew and quite honestly, I’m still learning from it, particularly with the flower project which is why it’s the only project that I’ve done that I still continue to this day and it’s been almost 18 years.

Do you think that the transience of street art is a metaphor for the transience of the organic world?

Absolutely. And that was one of the happy accidents of the flower project because it is a living thing, and just like all living things they’re born, they sprout, they live their existence for whatever length of time and then they either slowly wither away and die or they abruptly die and then sprout again elsewhere . 

You’ve got a background in graphic design as well don’t you? Where do art and graphic design meet? 

That also relates to how street art and advertising meet. It’s a funny contradiction and a lot of street artists like myself enjoy that we can subvert advertising by doing work in the streets but inevitably the more you do your work in the streets, the more you’re advertising yourself and I kind of like that contradiction. It tickles me.


LSD Magazine Interviews - Bassline Circus (Issue 5)

Born out of the creative crucible of the nomadic underground, Bassline Circus have woven together scorching performance, awe inspiring feats of skillfully suicidal comedy, dazzling visuals, a slamming groove and a pulsating dancefloor into an eyeball shattering synthesis of the performing arts. Somewhere between a cabaret and a warehouse rave, fluctuating wildly between dizzying gasps of acrobatic insanity and a throbbing explosion of bassline goodness, the traveling crew of performers, musicians, technicians, artists and downright eccentrics have been at the forefront of forging a new life-force for the circus and rave mediums alike...

Can you define what the circus medium means to you. 

Wickedness and goodness. Fun, work, a showcase, entertainment, amazing feats of performing skill, a place of wonder for people to see things they would never see anywhere else, traveling showmanship, bravado, community living, traveling, work, lifestyle.

The word circus invokes a sense of nomadicism – how important has traveling been in the Bassline experience?

Integral, there is no Bassline without traveling………we are a group of traveling showmen/women/people who between us have partied almost every country in Europe, and been as far a field putting on events as India, Iran, Turkey, South America, and have all traveled to too many places to mention… Traveling keeps things fresh, involves completely new input and forces you to go out and face life head on, there is no where to hide away if you are constantly on the move…. Bassline has been pretty much UK based for the last 6 or so years, but was actually conceived out of the ashes of the European festival scene, in a field south of Rome, where it had its first home. Then HQ moved between Paris and Barcelona for a while, before moving to London, where its been ever since.. Bassline is all about movement, there is an inherent restlessness that binds us all together and I think this is obviously common in all circuses and traveling shows...

How important is it to balance performance with inclusion?

Not sure what you mean, but the audience need to feel something for the performer or performance, the point of showing is to create atmosphere, emotion and therefore a sense of experience that the audience can take away with them.

Can you tell us about your community projects and how community roots impact yourselves as artists..

We have been involved in various projects in schools of all levels, and also funded youth projects. I was lucky enough to see early on that there is a whole world out there, seeing many many options for what to do with your life, almost all of them outside the accepted social norm. We are committed to making sure that young people have access to ideas and options that aren’t taught in the narrow confines of school. All communities need input. All communities need varied and wide ranging input, young people need showing as much of the world as possible, not as little. Teaching helps you put into perspective and easy language that which you are trying to teach, coalescing the basics into a solid transmittable platform, from which both you and the people you are teaching can step off with confidence. Often teaching people who have little or no experience or interest in your chosen field make you try harder and be more creative in your teaching methods, often exploring different elements and levels to your chosen skill, and looking at things with a different perspective. We have been involved with many projects at schools all over London over the years, taking our brand of circus into the schools, holding workshops and letting the kids try for themselves the different kinds of skills that we include in our shows.

Normally we then get them to create small performances which are then showcased at the end of the project to the rest of the school, and parents. We have also run projects out of schools, with older teenagers, getting them involved in things they already like, and have a good level of skill at already. The aim of these projects is to help develop the skills, giving them access to equipment and teachers they might not normally have access to. At the same time as this we get them involved in one of our shows or festivals, giving them the spotlight and getting them used to performing to a real audience. This is invaluable stage time for them, and really injects a buzz into the project, which cements the learning experience and gives them a real experience to take away.

How do music, lyrics and performance interact and complement each other in your shows?

The whole point of Bassline is creating a performance of different mediums that synchronize live, so at points they all converge, then split off and separate. I suppose they interact in the same way as most other live performances, whether it’s the theatre or circus, they are all part of the bigger picture that you are trying to portray.