Mix & Pick – This!

Big shout out to my mate Emma Warren with her excellent NME radio show Pick & Mix which is on every Friday night live (8-10pm) from the Red Bull studio.

Tunes galore people so make a date with Ms Warren if you know what’s good for your taste buds. I’ve been nicking tunes off her for the last few weeks she’s that good.

If you haven’t been able to catch the show, then you can discover her now via Mix Cloud.

Do you have the Music of Tomorrow?

Calling all producers. With forthcoming CDR event just around the corner – CDR: Music of Tomorrow at the Whitechapel Gallery on Thursday Oct 7th – we are sending out the brief now for musical submission, the best of which will be played on the night. You think you have what it takes? Then drop your load here.

Tickets available here.

CDR… Music of Tomorrow – featuring Robert Owens Live!

Thursday 7th October 2010, 7-11pm

CDR and its music community will be responding to forthcoming Whitechapel Gallery exhibition ‘This is Tomorrow’ (first shown in 1956), where a mix of artists, architects, theorists and writers worked together to create an installation in a defined pavillon space, and in doing so launched Pop Art in the UK and set a precedent for future exhibition design. This new exhibition of graphics, installation photographs and texts from the original exhibition will tell the story of the collaborative, forward thinking exhibition that rocked the art world over 50 years ago but is still influential today.

The founding ideas behind ‘This is Tomorrow’ was to create a platform where ideas are cultivated and expressed within the exhibition space. burntprogress curates and promotes events across London and internationally – their flagship night being CDR which is a cultural movement dedicated to the development of a global music community. CDR is committed to communicating and exchanging new ideas in both music and the arts.

This special CDR event will embrace the ideas and thought processes that have driven ‘This is Tomorrow’ by calling for music submissions inspired by the exhibition. These submissions will be curated by CDR’s Tony Nwachukwu and played at the event, which will be held in the gallery’s Café/bar and Gallery 3. ‘Music of Tomorrow’ will also feature DJ sets from the CDR family and a special PA by vintage classic Robert Owens, whom will be creating and performing bespoke tracks with the CDR network – not to be missed.

Gallery 3 will be transformed into a bedroom studio installation which visitors can drop into and create some beats, with the help of the resident producer, on the spot. This is an incredible opportunity to get insight into the world of making music first hand, with some of the industry’s finest.

Music of Tomorrow. The future of music starts here.

Tickets: £8/6 concs


Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7QX

Next Girl DJ update

Well, being a judge on a girl DJ contest has certainly been something new for me to experience!

I’ve had so much fun working on the project with the lovely Ashley Douglas from Harman. As well as being a judge I’ve been blogging about the contest daily, which you can read here as well as having just hot-footed it to the live semi finals in London, Paris, Berlin and Brussels. I’ve met some amazingly talented women from the European dance music industry as well as some very impressive girl DJs.

It’s been a lot of fun, despite the cancelled flights and killer hangovers (Berlin – mega ouch. All your fault Ashley!). Even the MCing in London and Berlin I managed to pull off, having been persuaded not to use my Knock-Knock jokes I was desperate to try out.

But fear not, it’s not quite come to a close. The winner is still yet to be announced, after the four finalists submit their 3o minute beach mix back online, for voting, and then the winner goes out to the grand finale in Biarritz in July. Follow my NGDJ blog for further details.

Line them up

I am currently managing this great band called Gramme, ready for their come-back. But whilst the new tunes are being recorded, let’s remember the classics from a decade ago – still sounding fresh!

Killer Whale Live!

Yo people! You have to check out the new band I am working with, Killer Whale. They are a modern day live disco band inspired by the sounds coming out of the downtown mutant dance scene of NY in the late 70s & early 80s, that combine hidden innuendos, life affirming possibilities, buddhist mantras and improvised observations of their everyday life. Hell yeah!

The band is led by Andy Williams (Yam Who?/Fuzz Against Junk) and the collective overflows with musical talent – the star line-up includes members of the infamous Faze Action and genre defying Yam Who? Look out for their first EP this April, with remixes by Gramme, Leo Zero and Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy.

The band are playing live Saturday March 20th at the Horatia and April 9th at the Queen of Hoxton.

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