Tuesday, 26 April 2011
Sunday, 24 April 2011
Creating graphically patterned knitwear inspired by hard rock and bad behaviour Electronic Sheep is the over-sized accessories label stocked and supported by London based art collective Jaguar Shoes.
Growing up together, causing trouble and sneaking into clubs on school nights, Brenda Aherne and Helen Delany are the spirited Irish design duo behind fluro-flavoured label Electronic Sheep. Stumbling upon common ground, discovering a mutual love of art and hard metal music, the two girls finished at school and graduated from Dublin's National College of Art before travelling around London, Munich and Rome researching alternative methods and techniques employed within traditional and contemporary knitwear. Opening the business and label in 1999, Electronic Sheep is now stocked in boutiques all over the world. The girls have also become involved with various educational and ethical initiatives, being strong believers in the practice of sustainable fashion and the celebration of global and tribal motifs within design. Discussing their quirky processes of editing collections Helen explained, “Scarves get treated like people when we're designing. We look at each and think, would you make it into this club? And if they wouldn’t they’re not getting into the collection." Designing for us, you and them, Electronic Sheep is forged by friends and powered by passion.
Preparing for the forthcoming release of an exclusive, limited edition cape, designed in collaboration with notorious DJ duo The Broken Hearts Club, the Irish lovelies are also working on an extension of the label, to be released next year. i-D Online trotted off down to Jaguar Shoes boutique No-One for a rustle through the railings and a chat in the changing room with one half of the sheep, Helen.
Text Milly McMahon
Saturday, 23 April 2011
i-N Session with Husband
Italian synth duo ‘Husband’ are the atmospheric boy/girl band making sinister, penetrating soundscapes created to haunt, enchant, and disturb. Scare easy? Don’t look down.
Growing up in the traditional territories of Bologna, Gianlorenzo and Chiara are Robot Elephant Records' recent signing. Making intriguing electronic waves of abstract, muted metal-infused thrash, the blogosphere has gone mad for this oddly understated pair. Teaching themselves to play a plethora of obscure instruments and write music, Husband is the creative coming together of two like-minded individuals. Keeping things under wraps for the time being and positioning themselves correctly to strike at the right time, the affecting scores of outlandishly brash beats the duo deafen their audiences with are going down a right treat. Paying considerable attention to each layered bass and percussion speckled chorus they put out, Husband's debut EP is delicately fine-tuned and, subsequently, full of fine tunes. Unconcerned with image, onstage presence or profit, when Gianlorenzo and Chiara play, people listen. Husband are entirely about the music, the true mark of good talent.
Text Milly McMahon
Wednesday, 20 April 2011
Tuesday, 19 April 2011
Upset The Rhythm is the independent record label and club night set up to celebrate non-commercial music, encouraging everyone to get involved with wider circles of fresh talent.
Slowly establishing the label after a series of low-fi d.i.y gigs set up throughout the UK, the collective behind Upset The Rhythm were friends first and then colleagues. Working tirelessly to spread the word and promote the label's roster of self signed talent to open minded audiences, the UTR ethos is simple and exciting. Inspiring others to form bands, start labels and begin promoting shows off their own back for the love of it, the collective told i-D Online, “We look for music that is genuinely interesting, like a second nature. If a band are trying something different, through music or message or if they just slap a great big grin on our faces we’re happy to work with them.” Holding their first UK only based festival in 2010, UTR staged a two-day event called 'Yes Way' at Auto-Italia in an abandoned car showroom turned gallery, with a bill of UK-only artists. With the live music element of the record label prominent and integral to their sound, energy and unbridled passion is synonymous with the UTR flow. Promoting each artist through mates, social networking sites and good old fashioned word of mouth, this outfit is basic but brilliant. i-D Online went to find out what's up down at UTR HQ.
What genre of music does the label specialise in? Well according to itunes lots of experimental punk and electronic oddities, we don’t limit ourselves to any particular genres though, it’s a simple choice for us to represent music we genuinely enjoy.
Describe a typical day at work at the label? Woah – it's different everyday! I could be sitting in front of an inbox attacking the email mountain, driving a band on tour, helping record a new album or sitting in on some mastering, combing the streets for new venues, running a show/party through the night, racing around town sticking up posters, flyering in the rain, travelling half way around the world to meet up with UTR extended family. In short it’s never boring and always unpredictable!
What is the strongest band or artist you have signed to the label? I suppose our ongoing commitment to John Maus (now in its 6th year) is something to feel proud of. He’s such a unique and talented man and we feel honoured to grow as a label alongside his increasing success.
What are your plans for expansion? Presently we’re interested in setting up more singularly special events throughout London’s historic backdrop. We really want to engage with the city on a deeper level and I feel our recent festival entitled 'Spaghetti Tree' was partially inspired by April Fools Day, Peckham Rye and William Blake. This sort of cross pollination of ideas excites us greatly so perhaps we’ll move into talking guide books and maps! In the future we’d also like to run our own performance space in London, as it’s a city that really could do with a valid, autonomous zone for art and music on its own terms.
What are some of the up and coming D.I.Y record labels you tip for 2011? Right now we’re listening to a lot of Nightschool Records, Olde English Spelling Bee, 100% Silk and Pan releases.
Listen to Upset the Rhythm's exclusive i-D Online mix-tape here.
For more in the D-i-Y series, click here.
Text Milly McMahon
A GROUP EXHIBITION
PV: Thursday 21st April 2011. 7pm till late.
‘ThreeDee’ is a group exhibition curated by art collective Jaguar Shoes, comprised of artists who look to be the future of illustration and graphic design, it is the collectives selection of the finest new emerging talent in the UK. All work for this show has been produced in Anaglyph 3D and will feature wall sized images, screen prints, animations and sculptures. Jaguar Shoes will also be producing a limited edition 3D booklet with the lovely people at Ditto Press
Monday, 18 April 2011
Friday, 15 April 2011
Thursday, 14 April 2011
Tuesday, 12 April 2011
Mr Intl is the independent New York record label run by techno animal and house music legend, Andrew Butler, a.k.a. Mr Hercules and Love Affair.
Disenchanted by the furiously paced disposable nature of new music, DJ turned entrepreneur, Andy Butler decided to take a stand and dig deep into his own pockets to fund the formation of D-i-Y record label, Mr. Intl. Committed to reviving the classic first wave of 90s inspired house infused dance thrash which has fuelled his passion for music throughout his career, Andy's mission statement is fully focused on full on techno music, "I want to evoke strictly that sound on this label, so I've been pretty hard ass with people in terms of what the output is."
Working closely with Jason Kendig, one of the original residents at long-running Detroit party 'Family' and current resident for San Francisco's 'Honeysoundsystem Crew' the creative duo's taste in music and label ethos is niche. Totally exclusive of any new music which sounds pre '85 or post '94, Mr Intl. Records are adamant that their records must be born from analogue techniques and push the relevance of vinyl format.
In discussions to launch a live tour this summer, Mr Intl has a whole host of exciting releases coming up in 2011, stay tuned for more from Kim Ann Foxman, Aerea Negrot and Shaun Wright via the label. i-D Online kicked back with Mr Intl himself, Andy Butler to find out where he finds his new music fixes and what's next for the label.
How do you define good music? Emotional, deep, melodically strong, thoughtful.
Who are your strongest musical influences and references?Ultramarine, Chez Damier and Ron Trant, DJ Duke, Steve Reich and Godflesh.
What are your plans for the label's expansion? Vinyl, full lengths, new collaborations.
What are some of the up-and-coming record labels for 2011? The ones I pay attention to are already releasing stuff; Rush Hour is a good example.
What's next for Mr Intl? Another Butler Kendig, Mark Pistel with DHS and Jack Dangers from Meat Beat Manifesto and some solo stuff from me.
Text Milly McMahon