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Newbreed – Allah Las

Jenni and Holly had a chat with Pedrum Siadatian, the lead guitarist and vocalist with Allah Las ahead of headline show at Euro YeYe, Spain on Thursday 3 August.

1. Some of you guys met through school and working at Amoeba Records, can you tell us a bit about what brought you to start playing together and how you became The Allah-Las?

Once Spencer and I started getting acquainted at Amoeba, we shared our individual bedroom recording projects with each other and started jamming just for fun. Soon-after, we asked Matt to join us and drum because he was our friend and had similar tastes. Then they asked Miles to sing cause they knew him from high school and none of us wanted to sing.

2. Having worked in a record store prior to the band and all being big music fans, what different musical influences does each member bring to the band? Do you try to get this across in the music?

We have a lot of overlapping tastes but each of us has certain tendencies that the other doesn’t so it kind of balances out- popman, worldman, folkman, caveman.

3. Obviously California is musically one of the richest places to live with so much history and new music, how influenced are you by living there and other music coming from the area?

Bands are products of their environments just like people are, so I think whether we wanted to or not that Los Angeles was gonna come across in our music to some degree. We are really into the Byrds, Love, Seeds, Rain Parade etc.., in terms of paying homage to those influences, we did it best on our second record.

4. You’ve also had a very strong art direction with your artwork and videos, are there other influences outside of music which you draw from?

Yeah – books, movies, art, friends, and conversations. they’re all equally important.

5. Nick Waterhouse took on production duties on Worship the Sun, how did that come about? Do you have plans to work together again in the future? Or indeed are there any other people on your wish list to work with?

it came about cause he helped us with the first record and it seemed like a good move to work with him again. We also spent a lot of time with Dan Horne in the studio doing overdubs and mixing. I’m into the idea of recording ourselves for the next one!

6. Following on from Worship the Sun, Calico Review takes things a bit further and a slightly darker turn. Can you tell us a bit about the writing of the album and recording process for it?

We were just writing songs separately, a continuation of the process that had started with Worship the Sun. When it came time to start working on Calico everyone started showing the rest of the band the songs they had written and we learned em, demoed em, then recorded em proper off-and-on over the course of a year.

7. Your weekly installment of Reverberation Radio has become a bit of an institution for fans, how did that come about?

Miles had a graveyard shift time slot at KXLU every Wednesday from 2-6am and we would all go down to the station, bring records, and hang out. We got kicked off the air for playing too much old stuff, and with the help of our friend Robbie, we turned it into a weekly podcast that’s been going on for about 5 years. The four of us in the band take turns contributing, as well as six of our friends and the occasional guest.

8. What is the 60s underground scene like in LA? Is this something you are involved in as a band?

There is a small one but I don’t feel like that’s our vibe. We never wanted to be a full on 60’s homage group, even though the video for Tell Me contributed to that.

9. It feels like you’ve been touring pretty much nonstop over the past year. You’ve toured extensively across America, Europe and Australia since the release of Calico Review – what have some of the highlights been?

Some of the best shows have been the shows where we didn’t know we had an audience and loads of people came, like Cape Town, Tel Aviv, Budapest, Moscow, Bali.

10. Are you looking forward to playing at Euro Yeye? What can we expect from the set? When you record, are you always thinking about how it will sound live?

Yes, we’re gonna try to do some stuff we’ve never done live. No, that comes after it’s done!

11. As you’ve been spending a lot of time touring, has this given you much time to check out some new (old) music? What’s been your soundtrack on the tour bus over the last few months?

I’ve been listening to my friend Maston’s record that’s gonna be coming out this fall, it’s really great instrumental/soundtrack music. Also, Chris Lucey, the Only Ones, and VU always.

12. Calico Review came out last year, what are your plans for the rest of 2017? Focussing on touring or will you be heading back into the studio?

Yeah we have a short west coast tour in September but otherwise, we’re gonna start working on the next record this winter!

Band Members: Matthew Correia, Spencer Dunham, Miles Michaud, Pedrum Siadatian

Discography:
Albums

Allah-Las (2012)
Worship The Sun (2014)
Calico Review (2016)
Singles
“Catamaran”/”Long Journey” – Pres, 2011
“Tell Me (What’s On Your Mind)”/”Sacred Sands” – Innovative Leisure, 2012
“Don’t You Forget It” – Record Store Day split w/Nick Waterhouse, 2012
“Had It All”/”Every Girl” – Innovative Leisure, 2013
“501-415″/”No Werewolf” – Innovative Leisure, 2014
“Famous Phone Figure” – Mexican Summer, 2016
“Could Be You” – Mexican Summer, 2016

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July 17, 2017 By : Category : Articles Bands Beat Europe Front Page Interviews Picks Psych USA Tags:, ,
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Rob’s Round-Up 5

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Rob’s Roundup

Massive thanks to all those who joined us for yet another fun NYE party.

Despite the madness going on all around us the one thing that is still in our destiny is having a good time and enjoying the music and style, we are all passionate about. Our team have been working hard on our annual Easter extravaganza in central London.

Le Beat Bespoké attracts pleasure seekers from all over the globe, with only one thing in mind having a real damn good party. So, with that firmly in mind, we have assembled yet another exciting line-up across two fantastic venues in the heart of London.

Check out our brand-new website www.lebeatbespoke.com for all the info you need. We booked ten stellar live bands featuring some of the best up and coming talent alongside two stellar acts from the 20th century.

However live music is just part of what makes Le Beat Bespoké such a fun and unique event. For your dancing pleasure, we have booked a dynamic DJ line-up from across Europe armed with explosive sounds on 100% original vinyl across 3 rooms of clubbing after the live bands.

Our guest club nights for the Rhythm & Blues Weekend include Crossfire, The Pow Wow, Lady Luck & Mousetrap all at the forefront of good times and taste. The menu is served All-night and includes authentic Rhythm & Blues, Northern Soul, Jazz, Latin, Boogaloo and Ska/Reggae.

The Beat Basement hosts the wildest and grooviest Freakbeat, Garage and Psychedelic ‘nuggets’ known to man to a back drop of eye candy visuals and groovy Go-Go girls.

A brand-new location for our daytime treats on Sat & Sunday afternoon is Dingwalls one of London’s most beautiful venues, situated right next to Camden lock in the World-famous Camden market. Expect DJ’s, bands, Easter egg hunt, record fair and market.

Contact drrobert@btinternet.com for trade stand.

But before Easter, we have celebrated an incredible 26 years at Mousetrap in the same venue with the same owner virtually unheard of these days, let alone in the ever-changing landscape of London. All those that attended would have got a free 45 with two rare tracks from the club’s playlist including one that has never been released on 45 before.

Hope to see you all Easter for an epic party!

www.lebeatbespoke.com

Cheers Dr. Robert

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February 21, 2017 By : Category : Articles Bands Clubs DJs Events Front Page Music Picks Reviews Tags:, , ,
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The Lovely Eggs speak to NUTsMag

The Lovely Eggs bring their own artful autonomy and pickled noir humour to a growing list of original, vibrant and offbeat compositions, films, gig/parties with a bold visual and cinematic flavour that really should be on the National Schools Curriculum to dispel the whiff of ‘X Factor’ drudgery and all of its equivalents. Art meets real life talent, we introduce The Lovely Eggs, your own real, new favourite everyday band!

Members:
David Blackwell: drums, guitar, tamb, other stuff.
Holly Ross: Singing, guitar, tamb, other stuff.

01 How did the band get together?

In Paris in 2006.

02 Where did your name come from?

A pigeon laid two eggs in an abandoned nest on our bathroom windowsill.The eggs were incubating while we were writing our first songs. Then during the summer they hatched and that is when we flew back to England and formed our band. It just seemed a natural name. There were two of them and two of us and we were born at the same time.

03 Who were your major influences and inspirations and who do you despise?

We are influenced a lot by everyday life. A lot of our songs are quite observational about the ridiculous things people get up to every day. So in a way just getting up in a morning and mooching round is a big inspiration to us. It’s good living in Lancaster, which is a small northern town, so you know everyone and its funny to see life tick along. We’re also influenced by the obvious poets and writers and artists and that predictable stuff. Our favourite is Richard Brautigan. We don’t despise anyone.

04 What drove you to make music together?

We just wanted to be in a band where there were no rules where we could be free to make exactly the music we wanted to hear.That seems hard for some bands these days but it is really easy!

05 What can someone who has never seen you live before expect from your live shows then & possibly even now?

We like to have a party at our gigs. Parties are timeless.

06 Who writes your songs? What types of themes and subjects do you deal with?

David’s mum. We write about everything in the life capsule.

07 How did your music evolved since you first began playing together?

We maybe sound more powerful now. When we first started David had never played drums before. We had a lot of soft songs when we first started. Now we are more wild and raw.

08 What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Were you been able to overcome this? If so, how?

Our biggest challenge was probably touring across America for 21 days in a car with another band and all the equipment WITHOUT Strongbow!

09 Do you play covers? If you could pick any song, which would you like to cover most and why?

We’re generally not into playing covers, although we once did a cover of It’s Spooky by Jad Fair and Daniel Johnston for a B side of our Halloween single Haunt Me Out. We also covered Hotpants Romance before just to make them scream!

10 Where did you envisage the band being in five years time?

Depends what day, but if it’s January 16th 2017 we’ll probably be mooching round our mums house.

11 Who would you most like to record with?

Well Jonathan Richman would be pretty good.

12 What should we be expecting from the band in the near future?

Some more records, some more gigs and a bit of falling about. We are playing at Le Beat Bespoke 12 Easter next year (2017) We are really looking forward to the whole event.

Thanks To The Lovely Eggs.

www.thelovelyeggs.co.uk/
www.myspace.com/thelovelyeggs
twitter.com/TheLovelyEggs
soundcloud.com/thelovelyeggs
www.facebook.com/thelovelyeggs

 

Thanks to eyeplug.net © 2011

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December 7, 2016 By : Category : Bands Front Page Interviews Music News Tags:, ,
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The Meyer Dancers

The Meyer Dancers are London’s finest specialist 1960s Go Go Dance Company. The Meyer Dancers are made up of professionally trained dancers and choreographers. TMD are assisted by professional make up artists and costume designers to create a truly authentic experience. The Meyer dancers have been performing Go Go for 3 years & are well established with support slots to names such as Geno Washington & The Sonics.

01. How did the The Meyer Dancers originally get going?

Treacle and Cherry founded TMD when they met at dance school and discovered a mutual passion for all things 60’s and 70’s. Treacle was spinning records regularly at club nights around north London and Soho, with Cherry being one of the regular attendees at her nights. The duo had an admiration for 60’s movies and in particular cult legend Russ Meyer. This was where the Meyer Dancers were born and took inspiration from. Swerving a far left from the burlesque movement The Meyer Dancers recreate authentic Go-Go dancing from the podiums reminiscent from ‘Whisky A Go-Go’, shindigs and soul trains!

02. How long have you been interested in this type of dancing?

All our dancers have been dancing since they were nippers but as a company we’ve been Go-Going for 6 years and we are still the first cats on the dance floor! We love to perform our routines but we also like getting up to freestyle. We are trying to get the ‘Go-Go’ word around town teaching a great cardio 60’s workout and learning some of the classic moves! We are currently holding classes twice a month at Haunt in Dalston.

03. What was it like to go from an Idea to your actual first early bookings?

We started off by learning many of the ‘classic’ moves, watching hours of YouTube videos, original film footage, and studying the whole look and vibe. We started out performing with a northern soul cover band in east London every month and it progressed from there into different kinds of bookings from music videos, to dancing for some of our idols!

04. How did you research the types of moves and the sounds and styles and set-ups?

We went out to as many clubs as possible, you learn so much from chatting to people and the dance floors. We also watched endless soul train and Shindig plus loads of Ike and Tina Turner footage!

05. Tell us about your usual preparation behind the scenes for a show?

It usually consists of an overflowing suitcase full of costumes, hairspray and pins. We come dressed in our ’60’s day wear’ ; we get a lot of stuff from charity shops, Paperdress vintage and E-Bay! We also have a constant supply of fake eyelashes! Pre performance you’ll find us backstage warming up and wiggling into costumes, plus some extra backcombing never goes a miss!

06. Where have you appeared over the years?

We have been booked for such a variety! We’ve performed at most of the festivals, Glastonbury, Lattitude, Wilderness, Isle of Wight. Lots of fabulous clubs in London, the North of England and Spain! We have also danced for dome seriously groovy parties one we loved recently was in a disused building on the south bank it was lovingly recreated as Andy Warhols factory and we had pride of place – shakin and shimmying next to the DJ! Not forgetting one of our favourite annual performances at Le Beat Bespoke where we have supported The Sonics, danced our socks off for The Pretty Things and even done ‘the bird’ with The Trashmen!

07. Tell us about your involvement with the New Untouchables?

The New Untouchables make so many people happy – it’s just a pleasure working with them! We started by coming to the nights as punters and Rob Bailey asked The Meyers to perform at Le Beat Bespoke about five years ago and I think we have performed every year since making more glamorous friends every time
we do!

08. What are some of the best and worst memories from your performances?

The worst was probably the back stage glamour being told to head to your dressing room and then arriving to find they’ve whacked a sign up on a random door and the reality is that 5 of us have to get changed in a disabled toilet, then opening the door to a northern man having a piss!

The best bit is we get to do what we love! We love a great crowd who vibe off us and get dancing and we love performing with bands and DJs who are just as passionate as us! We love to keep the authenticity as much as we can to the go-go girls of the era.

09. How do you keep the performances so fresh and vibrant?

Within the paradigm of 60’s go-go we like to go into the sub genres such as psychedelia, mod, French ye-ye and surf so we make routines which suit these vibes and always make a new costume for each of them! We often have clients ask us to perform specific styles within Go-Go so its good to have some variation. We love shopping trips to record shops to find new songs to dance to!

10. Who are your big inspirations in the world of dance and performance?

We love love love Pans People but the original line up to around ’73, they had to put their heads together every week and make magic happen to whatever was the latest hit and sometimes we get given themes or tracks that bring a whole new approach to how we choreograph or style ourselves so it is exciting, exhilarating and also a bit of a giggle! We also love The Hullaballoo dancers and The Gazzarri girls off Hollywood A-Go-Go but inspiration can come from everywhere! The buxom babes of Russ Meyers films of course and party scenes in cult classics like Riot On The Sunset Strip or The Trip Out. Last but definitely not least those Ikettes sure could shake a tail feather too!

11. What are some of your favourite soundtracks to your favourite routines?

Oh we have had so many! We have danced to everything from The Clapping Song by Shirley Ellis, to Henry Mancini’s corker Experiment in Terror (Twist) to Coz I Luv You by Slade! But one of our favourites is probably our routine to Liar Liar by The Castaways.

12. How do people tend to re-act when they see you live on stage?

We get them dancing, some people don’t know what to expect, but then they see what a good time we’re having and they want in on the party you see the feet
start tapping!

13. Who makes your outfits and stage-wear?

We buy original pieces where possible but we also make a fair bit ourselves we love collaboration any fashionistas of costume designers do get in contact! We have been styled by Lucy In disguise and more recently we has costumes made by HUZZAR HUZZAR vintage.

14. What have you got planned for the future?

2016 is going to be an exciting year for us as we have lots of new projects to delve into, we have a project with a fashion designer coming up soon and bookings for the major festivals in the UK and Europe. Watch this space groovy people!

Le Beat Bespoké 12 – London (Easter 2017) – see all the details HERE!

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December 7, 2016 By : Category : Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, ,
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Blazers – via Uppers

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Uppers

Blazer 1: one that blazes 2: a single-breasted sports jacket in bright stripes or solid color. (Websters)
The blazer as a garment walks the fine line between formal and informal wear. Whether you wear it strolling down your favourite street with the swagger of a metropolitan boulevardiér or when in a hurry to work (deftly avoiding screaming children and their mothers), the blazer is a great piece of clothing. Depending on how you combine it you could be just perfectly dressed for the occassion. So let’s smartly about-face and look to the origins of the blazer in it’s first and most double-breasted form.

Looking at the classic blazer, the double-breasted blue one with brass buttons, the conclusion that the jacket is of military tradition is rather obvious. Legend has it that the commanding officer of the frigatte HMS Blazer had a special uniform-jacket made for his men at some time when queen Victoria was going to make an appearance. It was styled after the short jacket worn by naval men at this time (1830-50).This new garment found royal approval and was soon appreciated by both naval men and marine minded gentlemen who wanted to sport something that wasn’t a uniform but still associated with maritime virtues. Hence the name: blazer. The result of civilians having jackets like these made for occasions sportif and also naval officers getting jackets tailored in the same style as their uniforms, evolved into what is the originator of both the sporty striped blazer (a bastard child-bearing many names) and the plain blue blazer. End of history lesson.

Nowadays a blazer can look almost anyway you please, of course within certain given parameters: namely style and the threat of your friends having a go at you. Basically the only valid definition of a blazer is this: a short jacket, blue in color, always with two side vents and a double-breast with brass buttons . Does this remotely sound like anything you have hanging in your wardrobe? I shouldn’t think so. Fortunately there has been a lot of changes in the makeup of this garment. The striped blazer worn by rowing-club members sweating at the thwarts. The light jacket with a shiny finish of the mediterranean gentleman sipping his Pernod. The bottle-green blazer favored by americans mostly (this is the only place where colours other than dark blue is popular in the plain jackets). Somewhere along the line the blazer even lost it’s brass buttons (which were only there to flaunt membership of clubs, etc). In these times with a wide array available, the line between jacket and blazer is a thin one. If you start hollering: belay that bolard, tote that rope and starboard helmsman!.. you’re probably wearing one (a blazer that is).

The stylistic qualities of the blazer cannot be overlooked. Many tasty photos adorning some very groovy records reveal several hip cats of royal pedigree wearing them. If you’re going to look to the continent there are several very good examples: Serge Gainsborough , Boris Vian… you know, cool guys. Steve Marriott used to look really smart in the striped ones and most of the Creation wore them and still managed to look hard. Ard. Oh sorry, guess I am overstating it a bit. Still if you’re into history this is a point isn’t?

Most mens outfitters stock good off the peg blazers. If you’re in Italy I guess you could pay Brioni a visit. The Italians are known for the subtlety and novelty of their materials. Maybe some mohair and silk would look good? Italy is the land of fabric possibilities. But really why go overboard with this when the charm in the blazer lies in its simplicity . There’s nothing wrong with a plain blue one is there? But if you want “a garment cut by an individual, for an individual, by an individual” then it’s a nice touch.

So how to get the look right? Well it’s up to you. Are you into the more bohemic style go for the plain ones (we’re talking mod bohemic) combined with a pair of light trousers. Corduroy or moleskin looks really good. Traditionally the combination of dark blue and brown is considered bad. But then again because of tradition people on horseback in red ridingcoats (‘redingote’ in french, which always cracks me up) dementedly gallivants around the english countryside chasing some poor fox. The fox ain’t even Jane Fonda or Monica Vitti (I know it sounds unbelievable). If you want that youthful look in the summer get a striped one and match it with a pair of really dark denims and suede slipons.

With a blazer you could even leave the top button of your shirt open (gasp!) While you’re at it, stuff a Hermes scarf in your collar and sit down at the grand piano and play ‘Trains, Boats and Planes’ to entertain your friends if they are in a Burtish mood. You see, it makes perfect sense doesn´t it? The blazer is the preserve of the jet-set and who are you to argue?
© Jules Olivier 2001 – 2015 [Published 26 January 2001]

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December 7, 2016 By : Category : Articles Fashion Front Page Style UK Tags:, ,
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Rob’s Round-Up 4

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Rob’s Roundup

1. Tell us how the Annual Brighton Weekender is shaping up, its getting bigger every year how does that equate?

It’s looking good, I’m very excited about Marta Ren first UK show, the album is brilliant and I have heard the live shows are very exciting. The event continues to grow, we started in 2004 with 250 people and now have three venues in close proximity. Our main venue the Komedia and venue 2 have an authentic Modernist playlist and atmosphere. The recently added third venue is a cool cellar bar club just off the seafront and caters for those of the paisley persuasion. Freakbeat, Garage & Psych are on the menu and features Graham Day & Forefathers and Wolf People live this year. Our daytime events at the Volks are an incredible spectacle with scooters lined-up both sides of Maderia drive, we have a sun terrace, two bars and food served all day. The daytime activities include a market, live bands, DJ’s and a Scooter run and competition on the Sunday. Tickets sell fast and are always on sale to members of our own network first you can join up here for FREE

2. The Euro Ye Ye is looking fresh with all sorts of new features, can you run us through one fo the best Events in the Calendar?

We lost our home The Oasis in 2014 to McDonalds. Our new home the Casino is a fantastic venue right in the centre of town with a great live music and DJ set up together with air con and big dance floor. The weekend starts Thursday night at 10pm with a free live show from Marta Ren in the main square of the City to between 3-4K people, followed by our first allnighter in the Casino. The event attracts visitors from all over the world and has busy program including exhibitions, film festival, live bands and dj’s. There are also scooter runs organized each day to different locations either in the mountains or coastal villages close to Gijon with a restaurant booked for lunch.

3. How was Margate and what can we expect in the future with that event?

We made a good start in 2015 and this year was a significant improvement again with numbers up and a great atmosphere. The town is rapidly improving especially the old town where our events are. Old town has a Brighton/European feel about it with vintage and retro clothes shops, boutique restaurants, coffee shops and tea rooms. The venue is perfect for a Mod/60’s event with two rooms, low ceiling, good sound system and live music set up. Our outside space during the day has a more festival feel about it with a stage on the seafront, scooters all around the piazza and this year we were blessed with beautiful sunshine which transformed the event. 2017 we aim to deliver another strong program including an exhibition in the TURNER this year and hope for more beautiful weather.

4. What else is coming up in NUTsWorld? Anything you wish to say to Bands, DJs, People of the Scene and beyond?

Plenty of great live shows at the Blues Kitchen venues over the summer months with Marta Ren and Stone Foundation two of the highlights. Mousetrap takes a summer break and returns in September and before you know it Crossfire returns on 22 October.

The new NUTSCAST will be online around 20 July and will give you an idea of what to expect at Brighton this year with tracks from the artists and DJ performing.

A limited edition Brighton T-shirt will be available at the Volks Saturday and Sunday lunchtime this year.

Over the last twenty years we have championed many new bands and DJ’s that have gone on to have successful careers. If you think you would fit in well at our events by all means send us a demo or playlist or copy of your record to review/play in our radio show. If it works for us too we will be in touch, you can use the contact button on our website at newuntouchables.com.

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July 9, 2016 By : Category : Bands DJs Front Page Interviews Music Reviews Tags:, , , ,
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LSD – A Short Historical Trip

Albert Hofmann, a  devout chemist then working for Sandoz Pharmaceutical, synthesized LSD for the first time around 1938, in Basel, Switzerland, whilst actually searching for a blood stimulant. However, its true  hallucinogenic effects were unknown until 1943 when Hofmann accidentally consumed some LSD via skin absorption. It was later found that an oral dose of as little as 25 micrograms (equal in weight to a just ew grains of salt) is capable of producing vivid  and hallucinations.

The compound was found to have similar aspects to other chemicals and re-actions present in the human brain and LSD was therefore used in experiments by psychiatrists through the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s. While the researchers  seemingly failed to discover any medical use for the drug, the free samples supplied by Sandoz Pharmaceuticals for the experiments were distributed broadly, leading to wide use and indeed abuse of this  strange and magical substance.

LSD was then popularized in the 1960s by individuals such as psychologist Timothy Leary, who widely encouraged American students to “turn on, tune in, and drop out.” This created an entire counterculture of  this type of drug abuse and thus spread the drug from America to the United Kingdom and the rest of Europe. Even today, the use of LSD in the United Kingdom is significantly higher than in other parts of the world.

While the ‘60s counterculture used the drug to escape the pressures of  mundane society, the Western intelligence community (led by the CIA) and the military saw it as a potential chemical weapon. In 1951, these organizations began a series of covert experiments. US researchers noted that LSD “is capable of rendering whole groups of people, including military forces, indifferent to their surroundings and situations, interfering with planning and judgment, and even creating apprehension, uncontrollable confusion and terror.” This a potential new age of warfare could be possible.

Experiments in the possible use of LSD to change the personalities of  certain intelligence targets, and to possibly control whole populations, continued until the United States officially banned the drug in 1967. By this stage the damage was becoming obvious and a  real concern.

Common use of LSD saw a steep decline in the 1980s, but then rose again in the 1990s. For a few years after 1998 LSD had become more widely used at dance clubs and all-night raves by older teens and young adults. Use dropped off significantly after 2000 and became more rare.

Bicycle Day

Three days later, April 19, 1943, Hofmann performed a self-experiment to determine the true effects of LSD, intentionally ingesting 250 micrograms of the substance, an amount he predicted to be a threshold dose (an actual threshold dose is 20 micrograms). Less than an hour later, Hofmann experienced sudden and intense changes in perception. He asked his laboratory assistant to escort him home, and as use of vehicles was prohibited because of wartime restrictions, they had to make the journey on a bicycle. On the way, Hofmann’s condition rapidly deteriorated as he struggled with feelings of anxiety, alternatingly believing the next-door neighbor was a malevolent witch, that he was going insane, and the LSD had poisoned him. When the house doctor arrived, however, he could detect no physical abnormalities, save for a pair of incredibly dilated pupils. Hofmann was reassured, and soon his terror began to give way to a sense of good fortune and enjoyment, as he later wrote …

… little by little I could begin to enjoy the unprecedented colors and plays of shapes that persisted behind my closed eyes. Kaleidoscopic, fantastic images surged in on me, alternating, variegated, opening and then closing themselves in circles and spirals, exploding in colored fountains, rearranging and hybridizing themselves in constant flux …

The events of the first LSD trip, now known as “Bicycle Day”, after the bicycle ride home, proved to Hofmann that he had indeed made a significant discovery. A psychoactive substance with extraordinary potency, capable of causing paradigm shifts of consciousness in incredibly low doses, Hofmann foresaw the drug as a powerful psychiatric tool; because of its intense and introspective nature, he couldn’t imagine anyone using it recreationally.

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May 4, 2016 By : Category : Articles Front Page General Inspiration USA Tags:, , ,
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The Futuro House

Matti Suuronen (June 14, 1933 – April 16, 2013) was a Finnish architect who is probably now best known for making the Futuro and the Venturo ‘space-age’ style houses or modular pods.

The original design saw the structure embrace a ‘space travel’ feel, and was composed from fiberglass-reinforced polyester plastic, polyester-polyurethane, and poly (methylmethacrylate), measuring 13 feet (4 metres) high and 26 feet (8 metres) in diameter.

Suuronen made novel and intelligent use of the newer emerging crop of materials such as polyester resin, fiberglass, and acrylic windows for use in several civil structures. A key factor in his design ethos was creating pre-fabricated elements that would or could, later be assembled into more complete structures, with an often modular theme.

To make the Futuro easy to transport, each unit consisted of 16 main elements that were bolted together to form the floor and the main roof. It could be quickly be constructed on site, or dismantled and reassembled elsewhere, in just a few days, or even airlifted in one piece by helicopter to a chosen location. Four robust concrete sittings were all that were required as ground-works, so the project be placed almost anywhere. Due to the integrated polyurethane insulation and electric heating system, the house could be heated to a comfortable temperature in only thirty minutes.

It was therefore ideal as a proto-modern cutting edge ski lodge and or holiday chalet with an eye-catching difference and a cutting-edge style.

One of the sadder facets to this great design story, is that actually less than 100 were originally made and it is estimated that today around 50-60 of the original Futuro homes now survive, owned mostly by private individuals. The early 70s saw a huge hike in Petroleum and Oil based products and thus once cheap materials of this nature were suddenly vastly more prohibitive. This lead to the end of production by 1976. There are also alternative theories however that several other factors conspired against their success. Watch this video to see this line of thought!

Suuronen also designed petrol stations, kiosks, detached and terraced houses as well as public buildings during his long career.

Matti

Suuronen was married to pianist Sirkku Suuronen and the couple had three children. Suuronen died peacefully in his homeland in Espoo, Finland on 16 April 2013. He was 79 years old. He lived to see his rule-breaking designs installed in several leading key Museums around the world. They still draw gasps of amazement and provide continued inspiration today all these years later. Despite attempts to create a viable on-going Business based around the concept of Futuro Housing in places even such as the USA, the project has to be seen as somewhat of a failure, in that it was seen as slightly ‘kitsch and freakish’ and out of step with what people actually would be prepared to purchase in sufficient numbers to make it all work out effectively. With todays demand for style and ergonomic well thought out design, there are plenty of designers attempting to develop space-saving, affordable, low-cost housing pods based on this original idea. That is a something of a victory of sorts. Time will tell, no doubt how this plays out.

As part of the  Le Beat Bespoké 11 event this Easter in London, the New Untouchables invited Darren Russell (a much respected photographer) to form a shoot with some great models and clothes supplied by Atilla and the folks at www.dandylifeclothing.com along to London’s very own Futuro house (which you can visit as part of the LBB Weekend) being a freshly restored 1972 Futuro House project in London which displays a stunning new vision for futuristic living and still looks wonderfully futuristic today. Our video shows a Time-lapse shot during installation of Futuro House at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, London 16-19th August 2015

See the finished Futuro inside and outside at www.futurohouse.co.uk and discover how you can visit this historic piece of architecture and design during its current landing.

Film Shot and edited by Edward Fox www.edarthurfox.com.

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February 11, 2016 By : Category : Articles Design Front Page Inspiration Objects Tags:, , ,
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Mousetrap 25 Years

01. When did the Mousetrap first emerge?

I had been looking all over London during 1991 for an allnighter venue and had almost given up when I stumbled on Fabio’s which is what it was called back then.

02. Why the name Mousetrap?

The venue had two entrances and the one to the basement had a sign above the door called Mousetrap in a great font. The club started in the basement only, so we would use the Mousetrap entrance. I also really liked the name and the connotations it threw up like ‘Get Caught in the Mousetrap’ as the strap line on our early promotional artwork.

03. Tell us a little about finding the Venue and why you stayed?

After looking around a few venues in Finsbury Park, I drove past Fabio’s, parked the car and went inside. The first thing I noticed as I entered was that I was pretty much the only white person in the venue. I was only nineteen and a little apprehensive as I enquired about the venue over the bar. This was where I met Anthony who was managing the place at the time. I explained what I wanted to do which raised a few eyebrows and asked to take a look around. The ground floor had a bar, DJ booth, dancefloor with a raised seating all around. Over in the corner was a metal spiral staircase which went down to the basement. As soon as I got down there I knew it was perfect. The basement had a very low ceiling with a black and white checked dancefloor, DJ booth in one corner and bar in the other with lots of nooks and crannies and small seating booths. It was just how I had imagined those original sixties venues like the Scene or Flamingo. It also had a killer sound system that was used for the Dub Club and other Reggae based nights at the venue.

04. What were the early Mousetrap nights like, what was the format?

We started on one floor only in the basement the first night which was a success despite sharing the toilets with the venue regulars who had never quite seen anything like it before. The owner liked it and more importantly – us, which are comments I get wherever we go and have a party. The music at the time was right across the board sixties, before Popcorn or Psychedelic sounds became popular. British beat and soul would be played alongside the American sounds.

05. What were the big sounds in the early days?

Early records that were popular were mainly the established Mod scene classics and current club sounds it took a little while for the club and DJ’s to develop the Mousetrap sound.

06. Can you name some of the DJs that were part of the first decade of the Mousetrap?

Obviously the NUT’s team past and present including; Pid, Chris Dale, Speed, Lee Miller, Gav Evans, Mark Ellis and Nick Hudson. Early guests included Paul Hallam (Sneakers), Roger Banks, Jon Paul Harper, Scott Copeland, Nigel Lees, Tony Castle, Putney Sean, Paul Newman, Ian Jackson, Karl Flavell, Dave Ingle and Shinzo Shnijo.

07. What were the highlights and low points of the early years?

The club went well from the start and in 1995 Loaded magazine did a great article on the night which you can read elsewhere in the NUTsMAG, Timeout also covered us early on. By the mid nineties Brit-Pop was in full swing and a new younger clientele started mixing with the regulars. Round this time the club moved into its best era on two floors with the beat basement and soul loft and sometimes a third floor the jazz lounge. The atmosphere was incredible and the scene was very exciting. We should have finished at 6am but often went well beyond that most nights.

08. Moving on with the New Untouchables era how did things evolve?

The club was a separate entity throughout the Untouchables era and then became part of the NUTs portfolio in 1998.

09. Did the music policy change to reflect the times as it were?

By the mid to late nineties the resident DJ’s had started developing the Mousetrap sound. Records were broke at the club every month and became hits all over the European club and weekender scene. Some off the early tracks to break included Hopscotch, Larry Trider, Mike Proctor, Randy & the Radiants, King Size Taylor, Jigsaw, Dusty Wilson and Callum Bryce.

10. How did you manage to keep the various passionate musical tribes in the Scene happy?

The club continued on two floors for the best part of a decade with black music on one floor and white sounds in the basement until the owner sold the ground floor in the mid naughties. During this time an incredible amount of records went onto to become big sounds.

11. You eventually split the allnighter into 2 separate nights?

The downside of having two floors for a long period was that both crowds were used to hearing their favourite sounds all night and those like me who enjoyed both would move between the two floors. So when the ground floor was sold going back to mixing all the music together just didn’t work so I started the separate dances each week.

12. How did that change things, did some folks happily attend both?

Yes, some regulars like Niamh and Innes, Mark Raison and the twins who enjoy all the sounds attended both but the majority went one week or the other.

13. Twenty five years is a massive achievement, you must be proud?

I’m very proud, there is something magical about the venue even on a quieter night we still have a great atmosphere and on a busy one there is nowhere better. It’s my second home and I get to enjoy the night as it’s a relatively easy production. I love Djing there as well as you can always slip some new sounds in which I’m passionate about.

14. What would be your all time top 10 Mousetrap spins from all styles in one list?

So many Mousetrap anthems over the last 25 years and many ended up on the free anniversary single. Mike Leslie – ‘Right or Wrong’ is one I always use to play at the end of the allnighter. Gene Latter – ‘Holding a Dream’ is a great funky blue-eyed soul dancer with fuzz. The Latin Dimension – ‘Mr Mod’ was an LP only track and available for the first time on the Mousetrap 45.

I found the Jack Hammer 45 down in the subway at a record fair in Sweden when I was Djing out there for a couple of quid. I later realised that it was only released as a 45 in Sweden and would start to fetch big bucks as its popularity grew. It went on to become one of the most popular releases on the label.

The first European track to be released for the Mousetrap 14th anniversary 45 was Erick Saint Laurent – ‘Le Temps d’y Penser’ which is a killer groovy garage dancer. Speeds discovery ‘Lovemaker’ by Callum Bryce also went on to become a massive Mousetrap record.

Although no doubt played on the Soul scene Chris Dale introduced tracks like ‘Fine, Fine, Fine’ by Judy Hughes and Dusty Wilson – ‘Can’t Do Without You’ to the Mod scene at the club. The list is endless and I have not even mentioned The Paragons, Bit a Sweet, Tam White, Chris Britton, Phil Wainman, Don Fardon version of  ‘I’m alive’ (which eventually ended up on a TV advert featuring Don), Louisa Jane White, Heidi Bruhl, Jimmy Thomas, Paul Nicholas and The Tops that all ended up on the Le Beat Bespoke album series. You can view all the Mousetrap releases here or even buy them via the NUTSTORE.

15. You have even managed to fit a few film crews into the Mousetrap over the years too?

MTV came down to film in the mid nineties as part of their series on club land culture and made a great snap shot of the club which features interviews and footage from many of the regulars and is a great testament to that era of the Mousetrap. You can view it on our NewUntouchables TV youtube channel here.

We did a fun shoot a decade later in 2005 this time with no interviews just footage from the club which turned out a bit like a scene from a movie and was beautifully shot by Simon Smith who did a videos for The Cure and the Wonderstuff amongst others. Take a look here.

There is also a really nice interview with Rhys Webb of the Horrors a club regular who recalls his first visit as a sixteen year old from Southend and the whole new World he discovered. Rhys is quite often seen behind the decks spinning his vinyl treasures or grooving away on the dancefloor. Watch it here.

16. What has the past few years been like for one of London’s great institutions?

We have had our ups and downs like any club over a period of twenty-five years and are now on our third or fourth generation of regulars. I’m very humbled and happy when I get comments from the new faces experiencing the club maybe for the first time, about it being their favourite night out in London and without doubt it’s still mine after all these years.

17. How do the venue owners feel about having a club night running for so long?

Anthony the boss, has always been supportive and has seen the bigger picture when things are not going so well, which is rare in the fickle World of London club land and the pressures of running a venue. Ade the security chap and Alex at the cloakroom, have been with us a long time and I want to thank them all too for the fantastic ride we had together so far.

18. Any names that you wish to check for their help over the years? What’s the tiny Mouse called in the logo?

Many heroes behind the scene for me who I would like to thank including those who run the door Maz Weller, Paul Owers, Ellie Tracey and Kolorz. The great artwork created by Dom Strickland, Jason Ringgold, Mary Boogaloo and Bazden at Pip! Pip!

The resident DJ’s past and present who have helped me create the Mousetrap soundtrack Chris Dale, Speed, Lee Miller, Jack White, Gav Evans, Pid, Steve Bowstead, Mark Ellis and Nick Hudson. The hundred or more guest DJ’s who have often travelled far to spin I thank you all.

Most importantly the regulars both past and present that have supported the night and created some of the best times of my life.

Marvin and I hope to see you all get caught in the Mousetrap once again on either 20th Feb 2016 for the Psychedelic allnighter or 27 Feb 2016 for the R&B allnighter to celebrate an amazing twenty-five years of Mousetrap!

Best Wishes Rob Bailey

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December 1, 2015 By : Category : Articles Clubs DJs Events Front Page Music News Tags:,
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Rob’s Roundup 3

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Rob’s Roundup

Welcome to part 3 of my new blog where I can chat to you about what’s going on in the NUTsWORLD. Thanks to everyone who made it along to the recent Crossfire and the 18th anniversary party events.

Our new shop is online, we offer you 20% discount on orders before 10 December, just sign up to the NUTs network here. A coupon with promo code number on will be sent out by e-mail once you signed up to apply the 20% discount.

The latest NUTSMAG has a dozen articles from our authors including a look back at the last 25 years of the Mousetrap allnighter ahead of the anniversary in February. Tune into the NUTSCAST which looks back at some of the ace live shows we recorded during 2015 including Le Beat Bespoke 10 performers, and some of the latest record releases reviewed in the NUTSMAG.

We are looking for people with a passion for writing to join the team please drop me a line if you would like to get involved. If you have a passion for films please get in touch we are looking to start a new series recommending some cool flicks to our readers.

Nutty NYE Allnighter/Weekender

Come and celebrate the New Year in style at our Nutty New Year Ball with 3 rooms of magical music. I am delighted to announce the wildest and most exciting band on the scene right now LES GRYS GRYS will see in the new year with us for their only London date, maximum fun and R&B guaranteed. A killer DJ line-up across three rooms with Northern Soul in the ballroom, authentic Mod club sounds in room 2 and sounds from the underground in room 3. Doors open at 9pm and we party right through till 6am. Tickets are £16 in advance or £22 on the door and available from www.newuntouchables.com. For those who are planning to travel or Londoner’s who want to continue partying on new year’s day the Zoo Zoo club night at Blues Kitchen is on with two great live bands and DJ’s.

Le Beat Bespoke 11 – Easter 2016

Le Beat Bespoke 11 lands in swinging London over the Easter bank holiday weekend. Expect Killer live bands & DJ’s, riverboat party, 3 dance floors, guest club nights, light show, dancers & more that will send you spinning into orbit. You can also visit the spectacular new London landmark the FUTURO. A limited amount of early bird tickets are available here – but be quick. For accommodation, travel & program announcements go www.newuntouchables.com

Moustrap 25th Anniversay Allnighter

Mousetrap allnighter silver jubilee is on Sat 20 Feb (Psych) and Sat 5 March (R&B). This will sell out – so advance tickets are advisable and available here. All customers get a FREE 45 on the door. Check out my article in the NUTSMAG on the history of the Mousetrap including some videos of the club taken in the nineties and naughties.

Brixton Got Soul

Finally a club night down the road from me in South London will make a refreshing change after decades of travelling north of the river for a night out listening and dancing to the music I love. Brixton Got Soul launches at Blues Kitchen on Friday 8 Jan. E-mail me at drrobert@btinternet.com for guestlist. The ground floor is the dining area and upstairs the club with a great sound system and stage that is perfect for our live ‘soul revues’. I booked the dynamic GIZELLE SMITH for the launch party live at 10pm followed the house band The Atlantic Soul Orch. Me and a guest DJ will play between and after the bands through till 2.30 am. A wide selection of alcoholic beverages and Soul food is available to book a table go here.

Cheers, Rob Bailey & New Untouchables Team  

Nutstore

Some great reviews and airplay recently, grab a copy on vinyl or CD while stock lasts. The other new release this year was the Mousetrap 24th anniversary 45 both available in the NUTSTORE along with Mousetrap 45’s, Le Beat Bespoke and Modstock Vinyl & CDs, The Action DVD and I’m One-21st Century Mod’s Book, Pins and T-Shirts, via the Nutstore!

RnB Records

I just added a lot of new 45’s to the website and offer 10% discount on any order over £50. Rare 45s and LPs! Clubs Sounds (RnB, Soul Jazz, Latin, Boogaloo, Blues and Funk) Freakbeat/ Garage/ Psych/ Rock/ Blue Eyed Soul, Northern Soul/ Mod Revival & Punk. Go to: RnB Records here!

Network

Why Join NUTs Network?
Get the latest NUTs news as priority, including premiere events like Le Beat Bespoké and Brighton. Network members get first opportunity to purchase tickets and receive discounts on merchandise and a chance to enter network competitions and win great prizes. It’s FREE to join and takes five minutes to create your profile. The NUTS Network is a cool, fresh place to keep in touch and meet new faces or chat with old friends! You can share pictures, videos, music, customise your own page and join the many clubs and forums to chatter away or promote your interests! Join the Network now!

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New Ad Package Deals For 2016 – Including full Event Sponsorship are available now! Contact: Rob Bailey@newuntouchables.com

Or you may need your own bespoke one-stop service (design, web, magazines, marketing, e-newletters) then please contact Pip! Pip! 

So errrr… What exactly is the New Untouchables?

The New Untouchables is a London, UK-based organisation promoting 21st century modernist & sixties underground music culture, through various methods including; nightlife, events, media, film, fashion, scootering, record collecting, with both UK and International Events!

Cheers, Rob Bailey & New Untouchables Team

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November 27, 2015 By : Category : Articles Front Page General News Picks Scene Tags:, ,
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NUTsCast – Sessions – part 8 (episode 17)

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series NUTsCast - Podcast2

NUTsCast Sept 2015

In this edition of the Nutscast Sessions, your host The Baron welcomes the fabulous Magnetic Mind to the studio, playing tracks from their debut album. Plus there is a look ahead to the Crossfire Allnighter on Oct 10 at 229 The Venue and the usual mix of club classics and new sounds from Sonic Jewels, George Grant, Lois, Fay Hallam, Get Go, The Turning, The Phroggs, Beatniks and Fogbound.

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September 23, 2015 By : Category : Bands Front Page Music Podcasts Reviews Tags:, , ,
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Interview with Howard Baker (Sawdust Caesar)

As a Londoner, Howard Baker is the first to admit that he was fortunate indeed to have not only experienced those amazing years of the Sixties, but indeed to have survived them: from gang warfare to drug abuse and sexual emancipation, the opportunities for disaster were endless. The wise of course saw the period as one to be savoured and many are those who feel somehow blessed to have been part of that particular generation moulded by events now recognised as unique in our cultural history.

After the Sixties Howard jacked it all in and went off to explore the world feeling, like so many others, that life was there to be lived. On his return he found it impossible to re-enter the stuffy confines of conventional life and went to live on a farm in Wales where self-sufficiency was the order of the day. But as is so often the case, fate stepped in and he found himself on the road living among the gypsies with a young family to feed.

Years later and back in the mainstream, the chance to live in rural France arose. Now an organic farmer he lives the idyll which had earlier eluded him.

01. How did you get started in the world of words?

I was always good at telling stories apparently. Then my English marks, notably from an imaginative essay, helped scrape me through an otherwise unremarkable 11-plus examination.

02. Was it a struggle getting your first book published?

It was long-winded and fraught with chance: the work was originally a screenplay and a close friend managed to get it in front of Stevie Wonder’s agent, but they deemed it too violent for his image. So it came back and was passed on to an editor at X, a large, well-known publishing company, and he read it, thought it a potential best seller as a book, and asked if I could re-write it. But by the time it was finished the guy had moved on. So off it went to another smaller publisher known to another friend and they snapped it up. Despite promotion not being their strong point the first print run sold out and I wrote the sequel which hit the bookshelves the same day that the World Trade Centre was taken down and by the time the dust had settled the world had changed. Timing’s everything.

03. Where did you see the first piece you had written in print, how did that feel?

A letter to The Eagle comic when I was a kid. And it made me realise that each of us has a voice in the great communal scheme of things.

04. What was the main reasons that you started to write seriously?

I read a Hemingway book about his early life struggling as a writer in Paris, sitting in cafes, scribbling notes. And I was hooked.

05. What’s a typical working day like for you as a writer?

Living on a farm doing the self-sufficiency number, I have to be quite methodical, that’s to say, I write when I can. But when I lived in town I wrote nine to five, finding that easier than burning the midnight oil – although I do that if there’s a deadline.

06. What were your childhood experiences that helped to shape your later mindset?

What a question! Where does one start? Probably resistance to authority caused by shit schoolteachers.

07. What was it like to be an early Modernist, what were your pointers and outlook?

Dangerous, given the mass of bikers ruling the roost so to speak. But great when up the West End together; the recognition and camaraderie. And the beautiful chicks. Clothes and music were the two prime factors. And clubbing.

08. What was that early sixties period in London like for you as a young man?

Difficult. A mass of mixed emotions, school-leaving, adolescence, and shortage of cash. Parents who didn’t understand the changes going on. ‘64 onwards was better. Late Sixties superb.

09. How did the Media distort what was going on at the Seaside Towns and Resorts?

Some reporters staged scenes to photograph using cheap actors. They paid us for exaggerated stories of an offensive nature, constantly seeking a controversial headline pay-off day. When my first book came out I was approached by a well-known ‘social reporter’ looking for dirt to dig up.

10. What was the discovery of the ‘hippy trail’ and the druggy period like at the time?

The ‘hippy trail’ began with the Beatniks of the early Sixties and was followed by a few enterprising characters who bought clapped-out buses and vans to provide an overland to India service. But the main overland thing started around 1967 just as Flower Power began on a large-scale. It was an unbelievable time, hitching around, meeting others on the road, in cheap doss houses and hotels across Asia. Living on beaches in faraway lands long before mass tourism and politics came along and screwed everything up.

11. What other books do you wish you had written?

I still have a few on hold in my head, but I’d like to have written Hesse’s Siddhartha which is sublime. Or Gibran’s The Prophet; wisdom, beautifully written.

12. How has the internet changed what you do?

It provides a quick basic research tool and helps you get things right. But as a real research facility its benefits are limited, everything being old news as it were. Real research is a belt and braces, hands-on job. You have to get out there and discover stuff for yourself.

13. Do you have any advice for wannabe authors?

Keep a note-book. I’ve thought of so many startlingly amazing things and forgotten them. It’s gut wrenching to think about it.  Next thing is actually writing and sticking at it. And remember that the old saying ‘everyone has a book in them’ is actually a load of bollocks as inspirational advice: everyone may have a book in them but actually getting it down on paper’s another thing.

14. What projects are you planning for the future and please feel free to plug your latest book?

Latest work ‘Meeting with Aoratos’ is a departure from the uncomfortable realism of my earlier work and focuses on New Age philosophy and its pitfalls. Another work is a collection of tales relating to the many varied and sometimes bizarre meals I’ve eaten and the circumstances around them; from dining alongside a famous film star to snatching a bite to eat at a roadside eating house with a murderous Pashtun tribesman and a wild dog for company. Other work in progress includes life in Wales as a drug-fuelled freak, and ‘On the Road’ – life with the gypsies; a sort of antidote to Ken Kesey’s vastly over-rated (imho) version.

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September 23, 2015 By : Category : Front Page Interviews Literature Media Tags:, ,
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Rob Bailey on Margate Mod and Sixties Festival

I recently met up with Rob bailey, AKA DJ Dr Robert to chat about his joint new venture ‘Great British Music Culture’ (go to: www.gbmusicculture.co.uk) and their first Event ‘The Margate Mod and Sixties Festival’ (full info here). Here is what he had to say!

01. What was growing up in the Kent area like and what are your first musical related memories?

Music was all around me from an early age especially at school with the ever so cool sixth formers and our home economics teacher Miss Potts (who was every young Mods dream) riding her Vespa to school. Quite a few of us signed up for her classes she was a bit like Fay Hallam of Makin Time but before her time this was 1982/83. The music followed on from the style at first.

02. Margate, Kent, the Medway area have all been a vibrant historical ‘musical delta’ over the years?

Being close proximity to London helps of course but growing up near Medway in the early eighties was exciting. Along with my short spell at Gillingham football club my other passion was music. We had that in abundance and attitude from local heroes the Prisoners and JTQ followed when the Prisoners split. We also had a great DJ’s like Graham Sage and Keith Rylatt who run Bogart’s Soul club, Jo Wallace at Churchill’s and the King Charles Mod nights. In 1985 the Cool Running Scooter Club started organizing its own nights in Maidstone where both Lee Miller and I started our DJ journeys. This was going on all over Kent we met the Canterbury lads Jake, Paul, Nick and Chris also the Llewellyn brothers and Matt, Tony and Simon from Thanet. All these areas had their own Mod related nights and scenes. Allan Crockford used to work in my local Our Price record shop during the day and be a Prisoner or member of JTQ by night!

03. Margate itself was quite a Modernist Weekender Mecca in the golden era and the New Untouchables used to stage events there, why did this stop?

Margate like Brighton is close proximity to London and hit the headlines back in 1964 and will always be synonymous with the Mod scene. It’s has a great beach and the first ever fun fair Dreamland which reopens its doors this summer.

In 2002 New Untouchables revived it for a couple of years with great success but the problem was the town was detioriating around us.

04. So tell us what changes have been afoot in that Margate for those not from the local area?

Fast forward a decade and the new Turner Arts centre has transformed the town. Our venue the Westcoast and Black Cat Club in the heart of the old town is surrounded by vintage shops, boutique hotels, family run cafes, restaurants, tea rooms and even an old sweet shop. The UK’s first ever fun fair, Dreamland will reopen its doors for the first time in over a decade this summer. Margate also offers one of the best Beaches in Britain and one of the few places you can watch the sun rise and set.

05. So you have a new event called Margate Mod and Sixties Festival what is the new venue like?

The venue is fantastic space opposite the harbour in the heart of the old town and is a similar size and space to the Komedia in Brighton with two rooms and offers a great live music space. The smaller venue Black Cat is already hosting some great club nights that are Mod and Sixties friendly with Profumo, Wahoo, Face Up and the Soul Cellar. It will also be serving the best Caribbean food in town during the day all weekend.

06. What live bands have you got lined up for this Event?

We start as we mean to go on with a stellar line-up of live bands. Kicking things off Friday is closest you will ever get to hearing the Small Faces live. The Small Fakers have built a superb reputation as a must see live band for all things Small Faces. Saturday daytime is out Battle of the bands (go to: www.gbmusicculture.co.uk to enter). I can’t wait for Sat night and a chance to see Graham, Allan and Wolf in action playing all those songs I love from the Prisoners, Solarflares and Prime Movers. Sunday daytime we have two explosive young bands, the first from Spain the Faith Keepers are best described soulful dynamite and already blew the roof of in Brighton two years ago.  They will be joined by young London band The Turning who play 21st century Mod pop and recently supported mates The Strypes on tour. Sunday night James Taylor takes centre stage with those groovy Hammond vibes before our Northern Soul allnighter gets underway.

07. What about DJ Talent to fill those dancefloors?

We have a great mix playing of DJ’s playing across the board Mod and sixties sounds including the New Untouchables regulars along with local guys from the clubs mentioned above and special guests from the London area.

08. Anything else going on for Scooterists? Is there a meet up for those riding down from the London area?

There are two ride outs over the weekend. Our first ride out is organized by Bar Italia Scooter Club on Sat 23 May and leaves Blackheath Tea Hut on the A2 at 10am stopping at Medway Scooters in Strood and continuing down the A2 arriving at the Piazza opposite the Westcoast on Margate seafront early afternoon. Our second ride out is by the THANET AREA SCOOTER SERVICES to Ramsgate via Broadstairs, meeting at 12 noon on Sunday 24th at the Piazza. We have arranged parking in the Piazza with road closures on those days for scooters. The scooter Competition is sponsored by THANET AREA SCOOTER SERVICES, BAR ITALIA and THE PIRATES S.C and will take place at 3pm in the Piazza on Sunday 24 May 2015.

09. So there is a great outdoor area at the venue, tell us about that and how you will use it?

Our daytime events are on the Piazza opposite the Westcoast in the heart of the old Town right opposite the beach. We will have a stage with live music both days including battle of the bands on Saturday afternoon, open decks DJ sessions, scooter comp, market and record fair, food and drinks available at special prices for wristband holders.

10. How can folks buy a ticket and find out more?

The full program and tickets are online at: www.gbmusicculture.co.uk

If you want to enter battle of the bands or a trade stall or a spot at the Open decks session please contact us here!

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Le Beat Bespoké 6 LP Preview

I recently caught up with NUTs Head Honcho and DJ Dr Robert and spoke to him about the 6th in the series of the mighty fine Compilations Le Beat Bespoke. You can also get the latest Mousetrap Anniversay Single here at the NUTSTORE!

01 When did you first start on the road to becoming a DJ?

My interest in Djing started in 1985 at our local Cool Running Scooter Club nights in Ditton Community Centre. The system was rudimentary with two old hi fi turntables wired together to an amp and some old 100 watt speakers. No one really wanted to DJ back then everyone just wanted to have fun and get trashed but I got the bug and never looked back.

02 Le Beat Bespoke is an Event that it now in its tenth year, tell us about it?

The story begins in 2004 after a highly successful Modstock that celebrated 40 years of Mod. John Reed at Sanctuary records had contacted me about putting a compilation together of popular dance floor winners from the Mousetrap and New Untouchables events for his discotheque series. John had picked up my earlier compilation series on cassette called Hipshakers during the mid nineties. The New series would be on vinyl and CD and called Le Beat Bespoke. After the success of the Modstock I wanted to do an annual festival with a similar format but a wider musical and cultural compass.

With Pip! Pip! on board the first Le Beat Bespoke event was held at the Rocket over the Easter bank holiday 2005. The live music highlights included Love with Arthur Lee and Johnny Echols together for the first time in eons. It also turned out to be the last time Arthur would perform in London. A personal blow for me as I never managed to get my records signed by the great man as he locked himself in the dressing room before the performance and disappeared immediately afterwards. Two U/S garage heavyweights from different eras the Chocolate Watchband and The Fuzztones also performed. However the live music is just part of the LBB philosophy, International DJ’s and guest club nights at the top of their game feature at the allnighters. Other attractions include a market, record fair; go go dancers and light show. We also programmed a sorta pop-up cinema showing long lost vintage cult flicks!

03 How many LPs are there in the series?

There are six albums in the series available on both vinyl and CD except Le Beat Bespoke 4 vinyl which has sold out. We offer deals on the full set from the NUTSTORE.

04 Any personal favourite tracks that stand out?

Too many to mention as they are nearly all songs that have featured in my DJ set over the last decade. Right now I would say Jerry Holmes, Samurai or The Tears from the new LBB6 album. You always think the current tracks you spin are the best of course but I believe the new comp is the strongest collection so far.

05 How has your approach to compiling these collections changed over the years if at all?

The concept was to try and recreate a DJ set with songs sequenced like I would in a live DJ setting with short gaps between the tracks. I wanted to make an album that could also be played in a house party as well as your car and personal hifi. With the advent of downloads the new album will also be available on I-Tunes but the bespoke artwork from Pip! Pip! is part of the LBB experience IMO.

06 How do you technically set up for the Studio sessions, how does that develop over time?

I learnt a lot of valuable lessons over the years when compiling these albums. I have a good idea after researching and compiling several versions of the album at home before going to the studio. Getting masters for all the tracks is impossible so a studio with good restoration skills is important when using original vinyl.

07 If people are yet to explore the series, how would you describe the concept behind the sounds and why should they buy them?

I may have touched upon this one earlier but he overall concept has been ‘all killer no filler’! I remember buying many comps down the years and only listening or buying for a couple of tracks often. Well it’s a good way to listen to a few thousand pounds worth of songs often never compiled before for a tenner. They might be songs you have enjoyed from my DJ sets or a good introduction to what you can expect to hear at Le Beat Bespoke.

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08 Are there any themes that root into each individual compilation or are they quite freeform?

My tastes are always changing there is more Garage sounds on Le Beat Bespoke 6 but still plenty of Psych, Girl Groups and Funky Rock sounds.

09 How difficult is it to continually source quality tracks to include?

As every year passes since the golden era and more comps are released it gets more difficult to source interesting tracks of the same standard. I had a three year gap since LBB5 which is why I feel this is the best compilation so far.

10 Le Beat Bespoke 6 is just about to hit the shelves, tell us the story on this one?

As I mentioned above after a three year gap gave me that extra year and more time to compile a set list largely based on what I have played out over that period and given those songs more time to gain popularity.

11 You have tried various different labels to spread the good word about Le Beat Bespoke?

Sanctuary done an amazing job on the first New Untouchables production which set the bench mark for the series but they went bust shortly before LBB2. The series moved to new home fellow NUT’s DJ Speed’s Circle Records for the next four releases. Pete’s knowledge and meticulous standards helped the series develop with artistic freedom. The Modstock project on Detour Records worked very well together last summer so a move to Detour for Le Beat Bespoke 6 made perfect sense.

12 How tried and tested are the tracks that make the final selection, what is the process?

Many of the tracks are tried and tested on the dance floor at Mousetrap first and then other events I DJ at around Europe before being compiled. One or two have great potential and a couple have been revived from the past that deserved another lease of life.

13 How do you see the market for CDs against say Vinyl and downloads in today’s world?

I’m very happy vinyl is having a renaissance it’s the best way to experience music IMHO. CD sales are falling all over the World and won’t stand the test of time like Vinyl has but are useful for the car especially. Download is killing music in some respects and takes away half the pleasure of experiencing music, but it’s the twenty first century and you got to work with it.

14 What types of tracks tend to work in the UK as opposed to the European dancefloors?

In the same way as different regions and crowds in the UK have varying styles and sounds; there have always been fads within the scene.

 15 You did the Rolling Stones post Glastonbury set a while back; can we expect anymore non-scene sets such as this?

Yea that was a real eye opener it was like watching a heard of wildebeest with all the dust and noise getting ever closer when The Stones finished their epic set, a real honour to be asked to DJ at Glastonbury. I have played Japan, Canada and the USA including events with a wider audience. The thing I always notice when playing these festivals/clubs is that the crowd dance to the beat and if it has a good groove it doesn’t matter if it’s fashionable on the scene they will dance.

16 Any future plans that you wish to share or talk about?

The new Mousetrap 45 is out now and features a mind blowing Psych track from San Francisco in late sixties by Dirty Filthy Mud and on the flip from just down the Californian coast Judy Hughes groovy tune ‘Fine, Fine, Fine’. Two tracks that will take you well over your overdraft limit if you can find a copy.

Le Beat Bespoke 6 is out soon, available on CD and LP from the NUTSTORE.

Grab Tickets Here for Le Beat Bespoke 10!

You can also get the latest Mousetrap Anniversay Single here at the NUTSTORE!

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