Friday, 30 July 2010
Inspired by individuality and self-expression, the London-based, twenty-three year old promoter and producer Lixo was determined to lead his crowds away from the hugely popular stomping grounds of East London. Co-founded by Alex Hislop, Russell Cliffe, Nick Jensen and Rosa Curtain, GETME! started as a one-off club night in a West London pub and now hosts regular club nights, has a clothing brand and a website which serves as a platform for like-minded creatives. Refusing to be bound and categorised into a specific genre, Lixo can be heard playing anything from Dancehall to House and has played alongside artists including The XX, Dels, Work It crew, Young Turks, Little Boots and Holy Fuck.
Lixo has created an exclusive GETME! remix for i-D Onlin
Click, play and enjoy.
Text Milly McMahon
1. Terror Danjah - Piano Madness
2.Plastician - Gype Riddim
3. Terror Danjah - Proplus (feat DOK)
4. Joker - Solid State
5. Shabba Ranks - Respect
6. Wayne Marshell - My Heart
7. Jay Z - Hard Knock Life
8. Lorn- None an Island
9. Wiley - Bow E3
10. Sizzla - Dry Cry
11. Baby Cham feat Major Lazer - Call Mi (Dave Kelly remix)
12. Tweet - Oops
13. Tifa - Reject
14. Mr Lexx - Dem A Pree
15. Sugar Hill Gang - Apache
16. Floating Points - People's Potential
17. Busy Signal - Jafrican Ting
18. New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle (Shep Pettibone remix)
19. Lil Silva - Night Skanker
20. Hot Chip - I feel Better (Ill Blu remix)
21. Martelo - Don't Piss Off The Keep (Raw Vybz FamxBoy 8 Bit)
22. Mully Man - I Go Harder (Than Baltimore)
23. Lorn - Void 1
24. Gremino - Shining (Jam City remix)
25. Dubble Dutch - Underground
26. DJ Naughty - Quicktime (Roska remix)
27. Sampha and SBTRKT - Break Off
28. Koreless - Up Down Up Down
29. Ramadanman - Don't Change For Me
30. Bon Iver - Woods (Starkey remix)
31. Mount Kimbie Tunnel Vision
32. Hudson Mohawke - Overnight
33. J Dilla - Stop!
34. Madlib - Left On Silverlake
For article see: www.i-donline.com/i-spy/i-dj-lixo-get-me
Wednesday, 28 July 2010
Contemporary photographer Valerie Phillips' latest summer exhibition ‘Girl, Plane, Dream’ is exhibited in the Paul Smith GLOBE Departure Lounge at Heathrow Terminal 5. Check it out before you check out.
Manhattan-born and London-based Valerie Phillips is a fashion and portrait photographer inspired by honesty, strength and originality. She's published six photography books to date, is editor in chief of cult zine ‘Gator Motel’ and co-founder of art project ‘Cherryvale Skateboard Company'. Following the success of recent New York, Barcelona, Tokyo and London shows, Valerie's latest body of work focuses on her preoccupation with flying. “For years I’ve taken pictures of planes, airfields, airports - the landscape of flight, along with images of girls connecting with these things. The kind of girls who are happy to be themselves and unravel their individual quirks and curiosities in front of the camera. Girls with the same intangible beauty and adventurous spirit I associate with flying.” i-D Online caught up with Valerie to find out about her high flying career and what she can see on the horizon...
How long have you been taking pictures?
It seems like I've always been doing it. Even in high school I used to go see bands, take pictures and sell them.
Did you study photography?
No. I think the stuff you're taught when you study photography has absolutely nothing to do with actually being a photographer. You can't teach someone how to take the pictures.
Who and what are the heaviest influences within your work?
Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Joseph Cornell, Oklahoma and Kansas, outer space.
Your work focuses most predominantly on interesting and distinct looking girls. What qualities about a person do you think you are specifically drawn to when scouting your next muse?
I'm drawn to girls who have an amazing spirit and aren't afraid to show off their individual quirks and oddities off in front of the camera. I also like girls who look like the gymnasts I was fascinated with as a little kid.
Do you keep in contact with all your subjects, or is your interest focused more primarily on aesthetic?
I keep in contact with some of the people I've spent a long time doing a project with. Monika and Lacy, who I did my first books with, are like my little sisters. I'll always know them.
How did your zine 'Gator Motel' come about?
Gator Motel was invented on a trip to Florida with my friend French, an amazing illustrator. Inspired by the non Disney elements of a super strange state. Gator Motel exists to put stuff I like into the world. It was going to be a one off, now it's going to be a series.
What are the curation processes behind the photography books you compile?
The curation process is really simple, I just chose the pictures I like. Everything I do is rooted in simplicity and instinct, rather than some tedious intellectual rational or art pretentiousness.
If you could photograph anyone in the world who might you chose?
Britney Spears. I really want to do a book with her. Jim Lovell, my favourite astronaut.
What is your favourite film, record, place?
Film is Children Of The Corn; record is The Afghan Whigs by Gentlemen; place is a motel in Nebraska.
What do you do when lacking inspiration?
Stay in bed, watch a Liverpool match on TV, eat Cap'n Crunch with crunch berries (brought back from New York in the bottom of my suitcase), don't check emails.
You have just finished touring with your most recent exhibition, what are your future plans?
I'm working on two books, quite different from the previous ones. Doing a show in Tokyo in 2011. Off to Detroit and Arkansas, working on a project.
What life advice would you pass onto our i-D readers?
Be original, put something interesting into the world and don't leave half eaten boxes of chicken on the floor of the bus.
'Girl Plane Dream' at the Paul Smith GLOBE Departure Lounge, Heathrow Terminal 5 runs 4 -24 August 2010
Text Milly McMahon
Monday, 26 July 2010
Saturday, 24 July 2010
For more see: Home » i-Spy » Katie Eary: Men and Women
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Katie Eary: Men and Women
Girls who favour colour and bold print, listen up. Menswear designer Katy Eary has teamed up with Catwalk Genius to launch a womenswear diffusion line.
The critically acclaimed Fashion East designer Katy Eary first took the fashion world by storm when she showed her 'Punked Royal Military' graduate collection from the RCA in 2008. Her animated and macabre aesthetic caught the imagination of super stylists the world over, and was shot on Kate Moss by Mario Testino. With a predilection for abstract concepts and daring motifs her recent references include George Orwell's Animal Farm and Irvine Welsh's The Maribou Stork Nightmares (a/w 2010). A long-standing partnership with menswear stylist Robbie Spencer introduced x-ray skeleton prints and reptile leggings. The Northern-born, London-based designer believes “fashion is a system that relies on a beautiful product at the end, no matter what the starting point".
This July, Katie took part in a publicly funded scheme in partnership with online portal Catwalk Genius to create her debut womenswear collection. She says "some of my clothes are so expensive - this [latest line] isn’t about trying to make loads of money”. Incorporating the eye-catching screen-prints that have inspired countless high street imitations, the new line is set to bring Eary a whole new fan base. Get it while it's hot!
Text Milly McMahon
Image Rebecca Thomas
Friday, 23 July 2010
Wednesday, 21 July 2010
One Trick Pony are a Northern-born design collective turning their leisurely love of graffiti art into a money-making enterprise.
Having started as stall-holders selling graffiti magazines in Yorkshire, the collective have since collaborated with an impressive roster of clients including Supreme, Stüssy, Converse, Neighbourhood, Lethal Bizzle and Universal Records. Together the seven members (TE13, Jim Cereal, Amoe2, Samer2, Haws1, Daisy1 and Joe Leung) have managed to bring their underground influence to the forefront of commercial culture with exhbitions, limited edition screen-prints and T-shirts.
The group first met in 2001 through neighbourhood tagging and attending local hip-hop nights. Uninspired by a lack of opportunity in the area, they decided to independently launch themselves as a graphics enterprise under the name of ‘One Trick Pony’, a light-hearted take on the biased misconceptions which had previously held them back within their hometown. After branching out and expanding their residency to London, word of their distinct style and mediums quickly spread, perpetuating a cult following. Team leader Andy Freshney says, “Once we had made the move to London, the first major projects we did were for The MOBOs, The WMAs, The BRIT awards and Lethal Bizzle on his album artwork. We made lots of contacts in the music industry and then we kind of drifted into the fashion and streetwear scene where a lot of the the crew's passions lie".
A Collection of New Works by One Trick Pony is on display at the Orange Dot gallery until 30 July. The collective will perform a live artwork show at the 1234 Festival on 24 July, where they will be customising trainers.
Text Milly McMahon
Tuesday, 20 July 2010
Text Milly McMahon
Image: Rebecca Thomas
Stripping back style to the bare, beautiful aesthetic roots from which it was born, Toby Grimditch loves the skin fashion comes from within.
Whilst the rest of the world seems to be going Gaga for outlandish and elaborate trends, stylist Toby Grimditch remains a true credit to the craft of his simply based trade he champions quite unlike anyone else. Employing only the basic necessities when it comes to the rules of quintessential good taste, this understated talent has coined seasons passed signature looks always based predominantly upon character as opposed to concentrating on physique. Through this individual interpretation of personality within the statement outfits that Toby creates, a style is born which expresses a unique facet to the person he dresses, a quiet confident edge oozes from his looks and transcends into every editorial his work graces.
First discovering his penchant for fabulosity from in Essex whilst squirreled away in his sister bedroom, Toby grew to kindle a passion for dress-up from an early age and his first fashion moment allowed him the escape he so very dreamt of. “ It came when l was a child watching my very glamorous older sister getting ready to go out clubbing. I grew up on a council estate where the normal uniform was a tracksuit & a baby under one arm. So it was not so hard being different as a young gay boy who loved anything a little weird or against the norm. Once again my sister, who is a great inspiration to me, used to let me dress her up in all crazy ways, so she fed my interest”
Since this inspired initial fall into fashion Toby went on to study Ravensbourne, choosing to pave his own way into the industry as opposed to assisting as so many of his piers did, sticking to his own personal mantra: Work hard & be known for your work rather than who you socialize with, of which he most certainly now, very much is. Now boasting a book fit to burst full of editorials from high fashions most influential glossies Toby is also partially responsible for the incredible rise and rise of beautiful bespoke blossoming tailored mens design wear talent J W Anderson, previously working as the labels style consultant in the initial early and crucial collections.
“ Each season I tend to be interested in certain things… I have short attention spans, so always looking at different things. So these tend to get mixed together within my work. But saying that, there are certain things that I stick to & feel comfortable keeping as my signature. I hate fussy styling, big elaborate shoots scare me… I prefer simple & chic.”
No one day is the same for a man working up high in the much heralded but guarded gates of contemporary fashion and Toby wouldn’t wish his life any other way. Mr Grimditch is a gentleman hungry for change, keen for action, scouting and living for the adrenaline of his next find or new idea, he is the reason we are looking to the new climate for a mens era.
Toby’s top tips:
Designers: Raf Simons, Ralph Lauren, Dries Van Noten, Issey Miyake, YSL.
Stylists: Jane How, Jodie Barnes, Joe McKenna, Panos Yiaponis, Camilla Nickerson.
Films: Leon, My Beautiful Laundrette, American Gigilo, The Big Blue & A Star is Born (1976)
Bands/artists: Robert Mapelthorpe, Keith Haring, Grace Jones, Depeche Mode & Stevie Wonder
Cities: I love New York…
Available in shps now, to preview online see: www.varonmag.com/issue-2/
Friday, 16 July 2010
Thursday, 15 July 2010
The Low Down on Snoop's High Life
Owning the main stage at Glastonbury 2010, original, multi-talented and effortlessly cool, Snoop D-O Double G is undeniably hip hop royalty.
Born thirty-eight years ago in the sunshine state of California, rapper, record producer and now actor, Cordozar Calvin Broadus, perpetuated an MC movement which would challenge the aesthetic and moralities of gangster rap music. Discovered by the legendary Dr. Dre and signed to Death Row Records in 1992, Snoop has since reached quadruple platinum status with numerous number one hit singles and chart-topping albums; he has collaborated with an eclectic range of artists including Massive Attack, Katy Perry and Eminem and starred in films and television shows. Future plans include a new album, a biographical film and, having recently revealed he's a huge fan of Manchester-based soap Coronation Street, a possible guest appearance in an upcoming episode. Snoop continues to defy categorisation, famously defining himself through attitude as opposed to image or sound alone.
In London to play the closing gig to his world tour at the Shepherds Bush Empire, i-D Online caught up with the man himself to talk favourite London hang-outs, heroes, motivations, future plans and life mottos. So bring your friends, all of y'all come inside we got a world premiere right here, now get live!
With thanks to Adidas and Footlocker.
For more go to: www.i-donline.com/i-spy/low-down-snoops-high-life
Wednesday, 14 July 2010
Literary Death Match London is thrilled to make itsConcrete debut with an '80s-themed night of literary mayhem celebrating the launch of Bret Easton Ellis'Imperial Bedrooms (think Less than Zero 25 years later). The seventh London LDM will feature readers Nikesh Shukla, poetess Clare Pollard (representing Bloodaxe Books), novelist Lee Rourke (The Canal), and Milly McMahon. Plus, three all-star judges including Trevor & Simon's Simon Hickson, actress Gwendoline Christie and KnockBack's Marie Berry. Plus, tons of super-attractive people, and — if all goes right — an '80s dance party to conclude the evening.
Tuesday, 13 July 2010
Scarlett, The Heavenly Healer
All-round holistic goddess and glamourous gardener, Scarlett Cannon is the reformed 80s club queen with green fingers.
Valuing truth and honesty above all, Scarlett's beautifully honed life ethics are geared towards channelling the positive and advocating well-being. Such simple and organic ideals might come as a surprise to those who remember Scarlett in 80s issues of i-D, appearing alongside scenesters Princess Julia and Judy Blame. Back then she was the co-owner of cult club Cha-Cha, well-known for her unique style. After an illness in 2009 and several months of necessary rest, recuperation and self-healing, Scarlett's outlook on life changed completely. These days she spends her time elbow deep in greens at an Upper Hampstead organic allotment, 'Lucky Plot Number Seven', running an Urban Food-Growing Project at a community garden in North London, blogging, baking bread, recycling, practicing as a Healing Therapist at Scarlett's House of Heavenly Healing and teaching adults and children about the benefits of organic and biodynamic living.
Text Milly McMahon
Film Edit Kate Bones
For more see: www.i-donline.com/i-spy/scarlett-heavenly-healer
Monday, 12 July 2010
Frankie & the Heartstrings are the hotly tipped Sunderland five-piece, with Frankie Francis on lead vocals, best friends Dennis Mennis and Pete Gofton on bass, Dave Harper on drums and Michael McKnight on guitar.
Since forming just over a year ago, the cheeky chaps have been rehearsing, writing and performing non-stop. Despite their recent critical acclaim and playing packed-out gigs nationwide, the boys continue to hold down jobs in a school, social care and charity shops. Fusing indie-punk with funk and 50s rock ’n’ roll, Frankie & The Heartstrings’ signature style is rough yet melancholic and toe-tapping genius. This is the way D.I.Y. boys are meant to look and sound. i-D Online caught up with lead singer Frankie fresh from gigging with Florence and The Machine, The Drums and the Futureheads.
How do you approach songwriting?
In the band we all have strengths that are constantly evolving. We all bring different attributes to the table when we are creating new music. It feels solid and exciting when we make the time to work on new hits.
Can you tell us about your live EP?
We wanted to do something different for our first release so we invited all our friends and family to a gig we put on in a local venue called 'Independent' in Sunderland town centre. The recording is a document, a moment in time, that will never be repeated. It can be enjoyed in years to come.
Who are your biggest influences?
We all have huge record collections and love nothing more than to rake around the local record shops at the weekend. We often loan each other new music and will make each other mix-tapes. As for influences how long have you got?
What’s life in Sunderland like?
Pasties, garlic sauce, drinking, bad chips, good chips, swearing, pound shops, two bowling alleys, an expensive cinema, people talking about 'scenes', people calling me Jedward, The Ivy House, rats, bands, more rats and no books.
What are your plans for the future?
To make lots of music and have fun doing so, whilst participating in what we consider to be exciting interesting things. It feels like an amazing adventure has begun - it’s ours, but yours too. Join us!
Text Milly McMahon
Photography Kate Cox
Sunday, 11 July 2010
Witchcraft (Warner Music)
Directors: Mike Sharpe & Barney Steel
Producer: Sean Stuart
Production Company: The Found Collective
DoP: Dan Trapp
DoP (underwater): Mark Silk
Editor: Vid at FAMILY
Post Production: The Found Collective
Production Designer: Monica Black
Wardrobe: Milly McMahon & Alice Overington
Hair & Make-up: Harriet Thompson
Commissioner: John & CJ Hassay
Thursday, 8 July 2010
Tuesday, 6 July 2010
Monday, 5 July 2010
Summer Fun for a Good Cause: Topshop & Teenage Cancer Trust
Throughout the month of June, Topshop partnered with Teenage Cancer Trust to put on a series of Bandstand Picnics. Presenting the cream of the new musical crop, the unique events were held in parks nationwide, with all proceeds intended for the charity.
A diverse selection of bands and artists including former Ash front woman Charlotte Hatherley, electro trio of the moment Chew Lips, the accidentally perfect Stricken City and new folk phenomena Goldheart Assembly performed alongside DJ sets from Ladyhawke, New Young Pony Club and Girlcore, all collectively donating their time for free. Goldheart Assembly played their first festival gig of the season at London's Regent Park and relished the opportunity to shine in the sun, telling i-D Online, “what a lovely, nice relaxed place to play - the birds are singing, it’s a beautiful day. We feel so lucky to be performing on behalf of the Teenage Cancer Trust because it’s a charity so close to our hearts". As well as a roster of new music talent, the event included Sk8 roller skate hire and age-old summer games such as wellie wanging, egg and spoon and sack races.
Tragically six young people are diagnosed with cancer each day making the work of the Trust integral for allowing young people to cope with their illness and enjoy life. The charity funds and builds specialist units in NHS hospitals where teenagers are treated together in an specically designed environment. By keeping young minds stimulated and bodies active during long gruelling stays the service also manages to offer the best in specialist treatment whilst providing support groups for communal care.
A bespoke summer collection has also been produced for the charity available in all Topshop stores now.
Text Milly McMahon