The Sterlings' Octobass for the 21st Century21/05/2013
A couple of days before the UK debut of artist Linder Sterling’s The Ultimate Form at The Hepworth Wakefield, I sat down for a chat with Linder and her Manchester-bred son Maxwell Sterling (b. 1990), who had just flown in from his new residence, Los Angeles. Maxwell, who’s now scoring for film in Hollywood, returned briefly to the UK to perform his mother’s Stringed Figure: Octobass for the 21st Century for the second time, after playing at last year’s Latitude Festival - where the Octobass picked up the Latitude Contemporary Art Award 2012.
Jung Kim Interview
Capturing Daniel Johnston
Over the last two decades, few artists have amassed such a quietly considered or influential cult following as Daniel Johnston. Counting Tom Waits, Beck, The Flaming Lips and Kurt Cobain among his many passionate fans, Daniel's music offers listeners a window into his eccentric demeanor and provides a channel for his own thoughts and philosophies.
Fashion Cameos and Mandem on The Wall @ Tate Modern to Launch Hyperlink17/04/2013
Tate Modern has enlisted YouTube sensations Mandem On The Wall to shoot an exclusive episode within the London landmark's magnificent Turbine Hall and myriad galleries of the former Bankside Power Station. The joint venture is tied into the Tate's Hyperlink festival which takes place at The Tanks at Tate Modern between 26-28 April, offering three days of free art, music and fashion, in a series of workshops by visual artists, designers and musicians.
Source - Tate
Oko Ebombo Interview
A couple of weeks ago a mutual friend introduced me to Oko Ebombo, by way of the French musician's exceedingly soulful track, 'Naked Life'. The result of several years of recording, arranging and re-recording, 'Naked Life' is performed by Oko's latest musical venture, 19, a band whose name references the Parisian district he holds dear through family ties.
Photographer - Théodoros Gennitsakis
"NAKED LIFE" Video by 1904/04/2013
French artist Oko Ebombo presents official visuals to "Naked Life", the initial offering from his musical project, 19. Developed and recorded between 2009 and 2012 in four different cities, "Naked Life" possesses soulful qualities of Ebombo's urban experience and the unmistakable influence of Parisian jazz. Directed by the artist himself and beautifully shot by Simon Eléphant, Ebombo appears in the video wearing a suit cut by Simon Cato of London-based label, O.BALLOU.
Maison Nue Interview
It's hard to pigeon-hole Maison Nue - something its founders would probably be quite happy about. The multiplatform makeup of Maison Nue encompasses graphic design, music, fashion and art and has hit the ground running this year with a number of projects and products on the go. We caught up with the collective recently to see what they're all about.
Karl Hab: Tell us about Maison Nue.
Photographer - Maison Nue portrait by Boris Camaca
King Adz: THINGS DONE CHANGED26/02/2013
There has never been so much noise about the death of advertising. Every other lunch I’ve had recently is kicked off with a general discussing about how the existing model of advertising is well and truly broken. Kaput. I have just spent the last few years travelling the world writing a book about youth advertising – the most progressive and adventurous area of the industry – and getting down with some of the most interesting people out there.
For those who aren't aware, New Zealand has a flourishing independent music scene, with Auckland in particular punching well above its weight in terms of the number and calibre of acts who are writing and producing music that competes with the best from so called 'cultural capitals' around the world. One band primed for great things in 2013 are Auckland-based 3-piece, Popstrangers, a trio made up of singer/guitarist Joel Flyger, bassist Adam Page and drummer Dave Larson.
Photographer - Frances Carter / Lilly Ansible
Introducing Bipolar Sunshine
‘I hate brown sauce’, Adio Marchant comments as we sit down at a greasy spoon in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. He picks up the Heinz bottle enthusiastically. ‘Ketchup works on everything.’ Casually dressed in a black tee and baseball jacket, the former member of Kid British orders himself a black coffee and a full English breakfast. ‘That’s why I wanted to come here’ he says. I notice he’s without his signature old-school specs. He explains how he lost them a couple days in the rain while putting up his hood.
Photographer - Greg Walsh
Marika Hackman Interview
Marika Hackman shares with us her moody, folk-infused sounds for the track ‘Cannibal’ ahead of her mini-album That Iron Taste, releasing at the end of February. Charlie Andrew of Alt-J, the 2012 Mercury Prize winners, produced the Dirty Hit album. Marika and Charlie are collaborating on a full-length album projected for later this year. ‘Listening to Laura Veirs made me start taking songwriting much more seriously’, the photogenic artist says of her inspirations. ‘More recently, bands like Warpaint have led me to a more grungy sound’.