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12.08.11

Introducing Cornelia And Her Aquarius Dreams


Every so often here at Sketchbook, we get a rare opportunity to meet someone who, in our humble opinion, would be classed as a real rising star. So when we met briefly with a Swedish artist named Cornelia (at a New Year party in Paris last year), in an instant it was clear that we were in the presence of a ‘one to watch’. With over a decade’s industry experience under her belt and a record label to boot, it is clear that Cornelia - as a singer/songwriter/producer/DJ/occasional actress and founder of Camp Mozart record label - is truly a force to be reckoned with.

So when we were given the opportunity to go behind the scenes of her latest video for her current single - Aquarius Dreams - we could hardly contain our excitement; especially, as the concept of the video encompasses the illustrative/creative ethos of Sketchbook as a magazine.

On a sunny afternoon, we made our way to a studio in East London to meet with Martyn Thomas, the brains behind the concept for this “real meets dream” video. As one quarter of Stitch That TV, a production troupe based in East London, Martyn talked us through the various stages involved when putting such a range of complex techniques into practice; whilst also telling us about the inspiration behind the concept for the video, which can be seen here.

Having had some more background info into the making of the video, we squeezed our way into Cornelia’s hectic schedule – which sees her constantly shuttling in and out of Europe and beyond) – to have a 60 seconds catch up with her…


For those who may not already know, can you briefly tell us who is Cornelia?

I write songs, and in turn they rewrite me. I sing them. I sometimes play them… or just play with them. The song needs to be played with; it has its own character and feel.

Like plants, rabbits… they all need that arching fresh air to function.

How would you describe your sound?

Books I used to read as a kid. Travels. My home island. Big city life. It’s all in there. Somewhere between Dream Pop, Experitronica and Old Wave.

What inspired your new single Aquarius Dreams?

A time when I felt I had to choose between love and my love for music. 

 How did the concept for the video come about? 

Me and Martyn Thomas grew into deep conversation around Aquarius Dreams, and he told me how both lyrics and production made him want to capture it on camera. I think I mentioned how I tried to make the song sound like I was walking straight into a Mary Poppins painting of my own imagination. And so in the video, all living beings are animated, fictional characters while dead objects like robots and music boxes look perfectly real.

What can we next expect from the Camp Mozart collective?

Regular outbursts of light and sound.  

What’s in your Sketchbook?

Today I’m working on a song for my friends in Portico Quartet. So far it’s nothing but a sketch, and we are very far away from applying the ink!


Words by: Keji Mustapha

Images by: Christopher Hunt - http://www.christopher-hunt.com

 

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20.02.11

Ones to Watch 2011: The Bilderberg Group


 Towards the end of last year (which already seems so long ago), Sketchbook decided to put some feelers out and kept our ears to the ground, as we set out in search of some up and coming talent who we thought looked set to dominate the scene in 2011 (or at least create some serious waves within their industries). We searched high and low, leaving no stone unturned and are proud to say that we have unearthed some true talent in the fields of music, film, design/fashion and art.

Over the next few weeks we’ll be introducing our final cut through our ‘Ones to Watch’ feature so ensure to keep checking in to see who/what’s new for 2011. To kick things off, we give you the Bilderberg Group. A duo of down-to-earth guys originally from London but currently wrapping up their respective scholastic commitments at Manchester and Birmingham university. In spite of their looming coursework and music production deadlines, they were still able to spare a moment to answer our questions…

60 Seconds with the Bilderberg Group;


Tell me a little bit about who the Bilderberg Group are and what you’re about? 

We are a producing, song-writing and DJing collective. We take pride in ‘pulling the strings’ (behind the scenes) in the music industry.

How would you describe your music? 

Our music is what we call ‘e-boom’ music. It is urban and edgy but also has a strong mainstream appeal .

Do you cater to a target audience? 

We wouldn’t say we have a specific target audience but one could say that we believe the demographic our music is (most) appropriate for is 18 – 30 something, the ‘party’ generation.

How do you differ from other artists or producers currently out there? 

We differ from other artists and producers in that we create mainstream/commercially viable music in a way not being done by anyone out there at the moment, if ever before.

 

 Who is your artist of the moment?

 Tinnie Tempah & Maverick Sabre

Why do you think 2011 is your year?/ What do you hope to achieve in 2011? 

Before the year started we set out a bunch of goals we hoped to achieve, most of which somehow came to fruition in January alone (maybe we didnt set our standards high enough lol!). One of these goals was to produce either an original track or a remix for an artist signed to a Major Label and get it released, we can’t say too much just yet but let’s just say we’ve just been informed something’s getting put out very soon!

What do you like to do in your spare time? 

Seeing as we’re both still living the student dream (T: Classics Student; L: Solicitor in training)…nothing! joking…The usual really, We’re big on our sports so most of the time you’ll probably find us kicking a football with the boys somewhere.

What’s in your sketchbook? 

L: Song ideas… Finished lyrics and works in progress… Funny quotes… Odd lists…

T: My Sketchbook is a hot mess at the moment, you can find everything from song ideas and meaningless quotes (usually from the guys I live with) to ridiculous business ideas (drummed up with my housemate Alex) and coursework deadline dates.

Words: KEJI MUSTAPHA

Images: ADRIAN MORALES - www.snappylifestyle.com

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28.07.10

Sketchbook Magazine presents Sarah young, fashion fiend and music rarity at Young’s Basement Bash


You may recognise the name or have previously skanked to one of her wicked beats, but what do you know about Sarah Young?

Sarah is a London-bred industry all-rounder. An avid fashion follower with an eclectic interest in music developed in her earlier years, she holds down a degree from the London College of Fashion and attended The Academy of Contemporary Music for three years. During this short period and at the tender age of only 21, Sarah has DJed and presented at various mainstream events, such as the New York and London Fashion Weeks, to name but a few.

Impressed much?

Amidst a plethora of other ingenious plans and future projects, Sarah is also an editor and stylist for music videos and online magazines such as Anglomania and Glossy. Interviewing industry frontrunners is part of Sarah’s expertise, namely doing one-on-one interviews with Vivienne Westwood and Boy George, amongst others.

On the 28th of July, Sketchbook Magazine introduces this industry devil at the event ”Young’s Basement Bash” held in Kingly Court, off Carnaby Street. One can expect food, drink, a dirty array of beats and fashion styling, all of which will be streamed live on www.iamsarahyoung.com. The event starts at 5pm and ends at 9pm and with a line-up of Sarah Young herself and guest DJs, your time will not go wasted.

Words: MEGAN McDOWELL

Images: iamsarahyoung.com

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29.06.10

Clothes Show Live Friday


A fine hour went into spray-painting ‘CARNABY MUSIC FESTIVAL’ in silver block capitals, not taking into consideration the amount of time it took to carefully line each letter with a thin black shadow. However during Sketchbook’s live music sessions on Friday all eyes were on Eighteen Nightmares At The Lux (aka ENL), a band formed by a group of teenagers from Hammersmith.

In addition to live music, there was also live blogging and tweeting on behalf of Sketchbook, as well as live filming for Sketchbook TV.

Sarolta Marton caught some images of the band’s performance and some of the infatuated audience members! For more information about the band visit their myspace page, or catch them at the Notting Hill Arts Club on the 30th June at 8pm.

Photos: SAROLTA MARTON

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06.05.10

FIVE MINUTES WITH DJ IZZY ELECTRIC AT THE LIVE ISSUE LAUNCH


What’s your real name?

Isabelle Lawrence AKA Izzy Electric

What are you?

I’m a professional DJ and presenter

What sort of music do you play?

Anything that gets the dancefloor going. I’m into dubstep, electronica and anything soulful.

What made you want to become a DJ?

My uncle worked as a recording engineer back in the 80s. He worked with bands like the Rolling Stones, Led Zeplin and Jimmy Hendrix. I’ve been interested in music from a very young age so it seemed natural.

Why are you here tonight?

I’m DJing for the event but I’ve also got a project going with Rachel Freire. It’s going to be the first fashion and sound collaboration. Rachel’s mannequins are going to play different parts of my first track that I created with my friend DJ Matamatiks. It’s a remix of  the XX’s song “Shelter”.

What are you into at the moment? What’s making you tick?

I’m into the really avant garde, fashion, film and all new music. I’ve done some modelling, some of which was for Rachel Freire, but I’ve always loved film and creative things.

Who is your idol?

After doing some film work with her over the last week, probably Pam Hogg – although she’s more of a friend now. In terms of style, probably Silvie Guillem and musically, Riva Starr and Greco Roman Soundsystem who are in a DJ collective including Joe Goddard from Hot Chip. Also Caroline Templeton, the art director for promotions at Vogue is one of my inspirations as she has great creative vision. 

What does fashion mean to you?

Fashion means dressing up, it means the world to me. It’s about expressing your identity and culture. Culture is a lifeline for me – I love travel and experiencing different things and cultures.

What will you be doing over the next few months?

Hopefully, more of my own music and some sound scapes. I already DJ at lots of London venues, such as Corsica studios in Elephant and Castle. I will also be doing some festivals, like Latitude, Bestival and The Big Chill and have just been confirmed to play at Glastonbury. I also DJ at Machine A in Soho which is a big fashion/ art hub in a gallery sort of space. For now, I’m going to be working with Rachel on this soundscape project.

www.izzyelectric.com

Interview: FIONA DAVIES

Photography: SAROLTA MARTON

Illustration: GABRIELA MOT

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30.03.10

Festival Season


Time has gone forward an hour causing a bit of a kafuffle and an hour less sleep but, alas, it is officially Spring which means it is basically Summer which means we have to start getting into Festival mode. Which ones are there? How much? Where? and most importantly what is the line-up like? 

Let’s start with a Festival that is perfect for us Londoners who will probably spend most Summer interning for free in a overcrowded and hot office only to bartend at night to make some money that we are too busy to spend…so we need a festival that is only a tube ride away and that will give us a reason to spend our hard earned dollar:

London’s LOVEBOX festival will be held at VICTORIA PARK again on the 16th, 17th and 18th of JULY. The festival has expanded for Summer 2010 and the line-up is amazing already and there are still more acts to be announced.

FRIDAY:

Bands include British Indie faves MYSTERY JETS, pop newcomer TINASHE, pop trio NOISETTES, THE MACCABEES, DIZZEE RASCAL and ELLE GOULDING.

DJS include Italian duo CROOKERS, BRODINSKI, SINDEN, RIVA STARR, MJ COLE, JOY ORBIINSON, ZINC AND DYNAMITE

SATURDAY:

Soulful songstress Paloma Faith will be returning to her East London roots by performing in VICTORIA PARK, EMPIRE OF THE SUN will be playing their first and only London gig, experimental Brooklyn based band YEASAYER are playing along with MARK RONSON, PADDED CELL, RELENTLESS and RADIO 1 legend TIM WESTWOOD

Sunday:

This year LOVEBOX is launching an all-new Sunday, which blends the coolest music, emergent art, cutting edge fashion to create an unforgettable event.

Your two-day hangover will be pushed into oblivion on SUNDAY by performances from Aussie heroes CUT COPY, HERCULES AND LOVE AFFAIR, PEACHES, HOT CHIP, HOLY  GHOST and JONNY WOO.

TRAILER TRASH, HORSE MEAT DISCO and DISCO BLOODBATH are some of the DJS playing Sunday night.

Along with offering a diverse music experience there will be a bustling food market, SOURCED MARKET returns again serving culinary treats direct from the best stalls at Borough and Broadway Markets. Theatre, art and comedy performances will also be there for your entertainment.

Ticket Details

Tickets are available from www.lovebox.net as well as from Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.co.uk) or by calling 08448472436.

 

Ticket prices:

1 day ticket: £45 + booking fee 

2 day ticket: £80 + booking fee

3 day tickets:  £99 + booking fee

TEXT: GRASHINA GABELMANN

PHOTOGRPAHY: BANG-ON PR




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17.03.10

Pocket Satellite


Sheffield based band , Pocket Satellite, are the third band to grace our Pop-Up Shop, in Newburgh Street. We’re loving what we hear coming through the speakers so we can’t wait to see them live, on the 11th of April.

Maya, Carl, Rich, Tom and Ruth are Pocket Satellite. Coming from 4 different cities and all together play an impressive 15 instruments including the antique Glockenspiel that inspired “Toy Train”, their brand new EP.

The band was formed in Sheffield, after a chance meeting after an open-mic night. Since then they have been playing their melancholic acoustic folk songs, with influences as diverse as Death Cab for Cutie, The Shins, Spokes, the Postal Service, Au Revoir Simone, etc.  They have been introduced by Tom Robinson on 6 Music and performed a live session with Iain Hodgson on BBC Radio Sheffield’s Raw Talent show,

So far, they have had the opportunity to play for Drowned in Sound at The Harley, and recently played as main support at The Plug in Sheffield. Currently they are proudly playing their new songs at venues up and down the country, with lots more gigs on the horizon. They also just passed to the second stage of the Surface Unsigned Music festival! We’ll be crossing our fingers for them!

Check back on the blog for an update on the times when Pocket Satellite will be playing at the pop-up on April 11th.

http://www.myspace.com/pocketsatellite

Text: Santa

Photos taken from the bands myspace page

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12.03.10

Personal Space Invaders


Sketchbook Magazine is proud to announce that Personal Space Invaders are playing their high-energy songs, at our Pop-up shop on the 4th of April, and we can’t wait to see them live!

Described by the media as cute, dirty, and able to play gargantuan funked-up beats , Will Durzu, Timothy Walters and Sinah Blohberger are the Personal Space Invaders. A London three piece band, P.S.I. play poppy post-punk electro sounds. In their own words, listeners can expect angular guitars, compulsive bass, seething electronics, forceful vocals, coupled with a storming backbeat.

Their live shows are incredibly catchy and energetic, and they recently supported bands Plugs and Transformer at the London Scala and earned a slot at the BBC Emerging Proms 2009. In 2010 they have already been shortlisted for the Red Stripe Music Awards and the Indie Idle competition run by Gaymers Camden Crawl. The band has also been interviewed on BBC West Midlands and on recently launched Jack TV. And with such an international bunch, (Will is Italian, Sinah is German and Timothy Australian) we can expect to hear a mixture of great sounds.

In the last couple of years, P.S.I. have billed with bands like Alabama 3, Simple Kid, Plugs, So So Modern, The Heavy, The Pepys, Olympus Mons, Shapes, Maths Class and Transformer and at venues around the country.

Their current single, ‘Not My Boyfriend’ was released in November 2009 and has been spun by Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw making it a quick favourite of NME Radio’s James Theaker.  The single includes remixes by Jeff Leach and Lethem.

If you can’t wait until April 4th to see them at our pop-up, then you can catch them at the upstairs bar of 333 this Saturday, March 13th on Old Street. They are onstage at 10pm with two bands before and two bands after, first band on 8pm. Headlining the night is The Secret Cinema Band, with dj’s taking you into the early hours after the last performance.



Text: SANTA MARTA

Images: C/O PERSONAL SPACE INVADERS

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