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February 15 2013, 15:05

William Klein exhibition:

William Klein, born in 1928, was photographing in a time when people were less aware of the camera. As a result he was able to get so close to his subjects without some of them even realising. That’s how he manages to capture such amazing expressions and emotions in his subjects. I love how he describes the picture as not being a picture at all until someone walks into the frame at just the right time. It’s a bit like song writing; you don’t know what’s missing until it happens instinctively. This was by far my favourite exhibition of 2012 and it was made even more heart warming by hearing from the artist himself in a short film at the end. With such an eye for photography and fashion I can’t help but wish artists like him could be around to document the world forever.

Recording my debut album:

I've spent the last couple of weeks in the studio working on my debut album, which is due for release this summer. I'm working with Johan Hugo from 'The Very Best' as well as my long time collaborators Chris Hutchings and Ariel Rechtshaid. It's been really interesting and sometimes challenging reworking songs that you've heard many times but I have entered a new phase of creativity with Johan and we've been experimenting with some unusual sounds and samples inspired by music that we love from around the world. His studio is full of crazy African treasures and we light loads of candles and drink sugary Swedish drinks. It's like a Scandinavian grotto in the jungle.


Rehearsals for NYC:
I'm of to NYC to play two shows next week so this week has been taken up with pre production and rehearsals. I have just leaked a new song from my album called 'Unbreakable' so we were learning that for the first time - it's so exciting bringing a new song to life! If you're in NYC next week come and see us at 'Santos Party House' on 7th February and Brooklyn Bowl on 9th February. I'll be playing a show in London on my return on 19th February at The Social in London to celebrate the release of my first single 'The Blow'. Hope to see you there...

 

Category: music press confrere    Author YADi

The Royal Albert Hall

November 16 2012, 15:07

Elgar, Verdi, Rachmaninov to Frank Sinatra and Jay-Z, Churchill, Mohammed Ali to the Queen have graced the vast black stage of the Royal Albert Hall.

It's overwhelmingly round and ornately grandiose. It's heavy crimson curtains line the entrances. Everywhere you turn there's gold leaf cornicing.  People line the hall ways in their best attire.  The smell of perfume fills the air.  I'm giddy with excitement for tonight I get to stand on that stage and sing my butchered little heart out to four thousand people.  I get to strum my guitar and perform songs I made up at 4am sitting on my bed in Dublin city.  A dot in a city full of other dots.  Tonight I get to shine bright. I'm not sure how this has happened but I'm grabbing the opportunity with both hands.. and feet!

Backstage there's a buzz in the air, I'm not nervous but I have butterflies.  My band and I are drinking herbal concoctions to sooth the throat.  We don our favorite clothes, apply and reapply make up.  I pace the floor as the stage manager announces five minutes to stage time.  I pace the floor a little more, stop to look at a framed picture of The Beatles performing here, I grab my guitar as the lights go down.  Someone whispers 'it's your turn'.

Gemma Hayes





Category: music press confrere    Author Gemma Hayes

AlunaGeorge for Twenty8Twelve Unheard

October 15 2012, 12:11

Pairs, AlunaGeorge dressed in Twenty8Twelve:
Have you heard of the duo Aluna Francis and George Reid? Commonly known by the name AlunaGeorge, they are uniquely combined and blended- rotating in smoky lyrics and cocktailed with young realism.  Together they are a buzzing twist of RnB beats and electronic layering.  Their new EP will officially be released on the 7th of October  ‘you know you like it’.  This is bound to raise your spirits and get you onto the dance floor, falling for their undoubtedly catchable hooks.  Dressed in Twenty8Twelve new Autumn/Winter trench coats Aluna and George represent the perfect London charm - of street cool and effortlessly chic. AlunaGeorge will be touring the UK until the end of the year - watch out for this pair of pairs.    

 
Pictures courtesy of Jacob Perlmutter

Category: fashion music confrere    Author Greta Bellamacina

A Tapestry Woodland- In The Woods

October 04 2012, 15:36

In The Woods Festival from Twenty8Twelve on Vimeo.

A Poetic Review
By Greta Bellamacina

‘In The Woods’ festival is an enchanting one-day festival, but actually it is a truly one-off festival.  So intriguing is it, it makes for a paradise of slanting trees and whispering lights.  Origami and simmering voices ink the beautiful pathways and wood-laced coves of the British countryside.  It captures a magical trance.  Fates written on paper wishing trees, a tapestry woodland where poetry and spoken word stages are hushed into tombs of timeless thought. The band highlights include, Fiction, AlunaGeorge and Alt-J. Music. Dancing fabricates the lingering brambled night, as the last beats of summer seduce the first moments of September.  Just as the night floats by, a bonfire is lit to luminous flames, emanating glittering luminous lunacies to the new season.

Category: music art film confrere    Author Greta Bellamacina

Twenty8Twelve Unheard

September 03 2012, 11:12

Joe Fox - Young Hearts from Twenty8Twelve on Vimeo.

Joe Fox Interview
By Greta Bellamacina

Young Hearts are a London based band. Joe Fox is the lead singer, Hugo plays the base, Christian plays lead guitarist/vocals and Jasper plays the drums. The Young Hearts can safely be described as young at heart as well as hearts to the young-boisterous in their articulation and adventure.  Joe Fox’s voice is a slow blend between Ray Davies and John Lennon.  Joe captures a daring intimacy with lyrics and sound. Pete Docherty noticed Joe’s ash like magic and they ended up collaborating, causing electric chaos on the London gig scene.  He described his favourite complement is when ‘people detach lyrics from his songs… a Japanese girl came up to me last week after a gig and shared the same feeling for the song line… regardless of the barriers between languages and worlds- which is quite amazing’.  Joe has confided in me the mirrored negative and positive aspect about being in a band.  He explained that it is such a capricious career, that you have to love it to do it and be prepared to create, regardless of failure or fame.  Young Hearts are inspired by bands such as Radio Head, Rolling Stones and Nirvana.  Their debut single, will be out at the end of this year entitled: Isolation.  For further information you can go to http://www.facebook.com/pages/Younghearts.   You can also catch the Young Hearts perform at the Oxfam Festival on the 25th September, 2012.

Category: music film confrere    Author Greta Bellamacina and Joe Fox

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