Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Supermundane - Sold Out talk at Catch-Up Leeds

Supermundane was up in snowy Leeds last weekend, for a sold out day and night of talks, performances, poetry and music at "Catch Up" - a playful interpretation of a symposium,  Here's some of Supermundane's work in situ before the event kicked off..the calm before the storm! 

NME AWARDS : Oh what a night!!

Via Dean's Blog

Here is a little flavour of how the NME Awards 2013 night went. The Images were published in the March 9th edition of the Magazine but we just thought you might like to have a refreshed glimpse of the night. Click here to see the expanded copy of the magazine.

Friday, 22 March 2013

'David Bowie Is' V&A Exhibition featuring La Roux shot By Dean Chalkley

The V&A has been given unprecedented access to the David Bowie Archive to curate the first international retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie. David Bowie is will feature more than 300 objects that include handwritten lyrics, original costumes, fashion, photography, film, music videos, set designs and Bowie's own instruments.

The V&A’s Theatre and Performance curators, Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh have selected more than 300 objects that will be brought together for the very first time. They include handwritten lyrics, original costumes, fashion, photography, film, music videos, set designs, Bowie’s own instruments and album artwork.

The exhibition will explore the broad range of Bowie’s collaborations with artists and designers in the fields of fashion, sound, graphics, theatre, art and film. On display will be more than 300 objects including Ziggy Stardust bodysuits (1972) designed by Freddie Burretti, photography by Brian Duffy; album sleeve artwork by Guy Peellaert and Edward Bell; visual excerpts from films and live performances including The Man Who Fell to Earth, music videos such as Boys Keep Swinging and set designs created for the Diamond Dogs tour (1974). Alongside these will be more personal items such as never-before-seen storyboards, handwritten set lists and lyrics as well as some of Bowie’s own sketches, musical scores and diary entries, revealing the evolution of his creative ideas.

David Bowie is will conclude with a display of striking performance and fashion photography taken by photographers including Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts and John Rowlands. These professional portraits will be juxtaposed with a collage of visual projections illustrating Bowie’s immense creative influence and ubiquitous presence in music, fashion and contemporary visual and virtual culture, featuring one of Dean Chalkley's portraits of La Roux shot for NME.

Did you know Dean DJ's?

Here is a little bit of information away from the Photographic and Film side of the activity at Chalkley Towers. For those of you that don't know Dean regularly DJ's and organises club nights around London and other parts of the UK. Soul and Rhythm & Blues form the core of his DJ sets but Latin Boogaloo, Rare Groove and other dancefloor filling genres are included in his unique sonic blends. Dean created SHAKE! at the Boogaloo that ran at the imfamous North London Venue  The Boogaloo Bar for 4 years (click  here for a live Radio Nova Lujon broadcast of one of the nights.). After that residency drew to a close Dean and his DJ buddy Si Cheeba started up ' Black Cat' at the crutial Club bar The Silver Bullet. Black cat has been running regularly there for 3 years.
Dean and his fellow Black Cat collective play only Vinyl records....
 If you want to hear some great records and hit the dancefloor here are a few dates that are coming up that Dean is DJing at:
 2 nd April  New Street Adventure at The Borderline
 3rd April Dean will be presenting a Radio Novalujon Soup Session11 th April   D.B.Cohen Album Launch Party at the Troubadour
20 th April   Return of …The Ugly at Chinnerys in Southend on sea (Dean Chalkley guest DJ session with Sonny’Scully’ Evans, and Dean from 1000 tons and more)

+ Dean and Si Cheebas Black Cat will be on 20 th April   Black Cat at the Silver Bullet Finsbury Park London (Si Cheeba, Dom Cater, Eli S Deutsch, Neil Barker, Elliot Gale (Dean will not be DJing at this Black Cat instead he'll be at the above for this one off, the rest of the collective will keep the dancefloor rolling)

A bit more about the nights:

New Street Adventure: Fresh from their signing to ACID JAZZ RECORDS and recording of their debut album, New Street Adventure explode back onto the scene at The Borderline  Club on the 2 nd April .  This night will be  BIG!! Black Cats’s Dean and Si Cheeba will be spinning a very eclectic selection after the band, expect Rhythm and Blues, Northern Soul, Funk , Latin Boogaloo and even a more good times Hip Hop  angle to some of Mr. Cheeba’s selections.Black Cat is know for it’s cross pollination of styles , consistently great music that crosses genres and reaches to the outer limits, digging up killa tracks to the dancefloor. So get some rest this will be a night to remember
 It's £5 in advance:
DB Cohen album Launch Special Gig: 'Scratchcards and Wine' is the title of D.B.Cohen's excellent new album. For one night only all the players on the 'record' will play, it will be a sensational night . Black Cat DJ's Si Cheeba and Dean Chalkley are most honoured to provide exciting vinyl stimulation after D.B.Cohen and his band have performed so get down to the world famous TROUBADOUR club in Earls Court for a unique night.
Only £8 on the door for this momentus evening.
Return of …The Ugly: Dean guest DJ session with Sonny ’Scully’ Evans, and Dean from 1000 tons and more a Seaside special...Boss Reggae meets Soul and R&B

Ben Quinton shoots Audrey's for Telegraph Magazine

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Continued. Atterley Road Spring/Summer 2013 shot By David Titlow

Dean Chalkley does the green thing

Photographer Dean Chalkley’s aim was to get people turning off the heating and pulling on a jumper instead.
“I find it so strange when people turn up the heating rather putting another a layer like a jumper. Jumpers are better than heating - they can make you really nice and hot. I’ve got one on now actually and I’m really toasty.”
“To make the point in a fun and impactful way, I wanted to make a jumper that was extraordinary so we found Korina Kyriakou, a jumper maker extraordinaire, and she designed and knitted something a little crazy for the shoot.”

“The guy wearing the jumper is Gideon, and he’s not only temperature hot, he looks hot too. I think Gideon will get lots of fan mail and his temperature will rise even more. He may even have to take a few layers off.”

“We did the shoot with no artificial light by the way, just reflecting light from the windows. We did the green thing!”

See for yourself in this lovely behind the scenes video below


Friday, 8 March 2013

Lawrence Watson photographs I am Kloot in the wake of their new album 'Let It All In'

I Am Kloot have announced a UK tour in support of their album 'Let It All In'. The Tour kicks off in Sheffield on the 13th of April.
Skinny Dip - Lawrence Watson