Award winning actor, activist, dj and all around beautiful person, Maxine Peake was the Guest Editor of the Culture section of Morning Star newspaper at the end of June. She invited me to write an opinion piece on how COVID and lockdown has affected my work and life. Here is my column.
I’m always banging on about how proud I am to be a Manc so it is a massive honour to be able to commit my absolute love and passion for this city and my hometown to film.
Here’s a deep but quick read courtesy of Elephant Magazine (art publication). Thank you Arwa Haider for the love and the words and thank you Elephant for the platform to raise my rebel voice.
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Earlier this week I had my picture taken by @davidoldhamphoto for his new exhibition’The Great And The Good’. I find myself in extraordinary company - other people photographed were @sacha_lord @lukeunabomber @jhesmondhalgh @andyburnhamgm and many more besides. Go and see it - it’s in the Loft at @fivefourstudios .The photos are spectacular and all are up for auction in private bids. There’s a blurry video capture to tickle your tastebuds. I’m especially proud of my glittter lips 👄 but no make up portrait. A very lovely evening was had by all. . . . . . . . . #photography #exhibition #davidoldham #davidoldhamphoto #davidoldhamphotography #thegreatandthegood #homelessness #charity #charityauction #fivefourstudios #beccaanderton #blackgirlmagic #nomakeup #shinyskin #glitterlips
Earlier this week I had my picture taken by @davidoldhamphoto for his new exhibition’The Great And The Good’. All pictures are being auctioned and proceeds given to Mayor Andy Burnham’s Homelessness charity. Put in a bid!
If you haven’t already invested in your hardback first issue copy of @generationwbook you can still buy via this link @ordergenerationw.com (a steal at £19.99) It’s all about 💯 fierce women who talk about their life experiences, seen through the lens of 2018 and the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage.
You will be able to check out my favourite album by a female artist in the new @ClassicAlbumSundays book #classicalbumsbywomen – available in all good book stores, online outlets and through Urban Outfitters from October. I won’t tell you which album I have chosen – a girl has got to have some mystery right? … but I can tell you that I have had a sneak preview of my pages and I know that you will love it.
SWEET HARMONY / RAVE TODAY opens at the Saatchi Gallery on Friday 12th of July. My interview in the accompanying coffee table book is illustrated by the works of four of my favourite photographers Lee Baxter, Daniel Newman, Lou Rhodes and Andrew Aitch. Who’d have thought those four pictures would find their way to the #SaatchiGallery, eh?
Last week and last playlist from #Homebird at The Lowry via Spotify – it’s 2016 – The Next Decade. There’s music that I love that has nothing to do with house or techno. And then there’s house and techno… and the future? Who knows. Homebird has flown the coop.
Sobs. Only six more sleeps to the end of my HOMEBIRD exhibition at The Lowry. How do I feel about this? Well, it’s been the most incredible journey from start…
Thank you The Lowry for this little clip from the Private View of #Homebird – if you have a free afternoon do go and check it out – we’ve all poured a lot of love into it.
HOMEBIRD: 2006 – 2016 is about the time when I debuted fully in Paris – I had started a weekly residency at Mix Club in October 2005 so by 2006, every Friday and some Saturdays Paris was mine. My residency at Queen Club started in 2010. I eventually resigned from Queen Club and Radio FG and moved to Ibiza in March 2013. By 2014 I was had a weekly mix show on Virgin Radio in France – I played a 30%/70% mix of playlist and free choice so yes to Disclosure and yes to Rudimental and yes to Dennis Ferrer and yes to Duke Dumont and yes to Sam Smith and yes to London Grammar. Ibiza was about Eden, Privilege, Space, Pacha, Ibiza Rocks and Pikes.
Welcome to HOMEBIRD 4 – the decade is 1996 – 2006. These are my London Mercury / Talkin Loud / Azuli Records / Defected Records / Diesel and Diesel U:Music and Notting Hill Carnival / Miami Winter Music Conference / Billboard years. I think I went clubbing in London four nights a week and I still got into work on time the next morning. I dj’ed internationally when time allowed and I a&r / spotted then signed Afro Medusa Pasilda. I was also responsible for the press campaign that took Roni Size and Reprazent to the Mercury Music Prize and The Brits.
My love of soaring, spiritual voices, crisp production and great song writing is beautifully illustrated here in HOMEBIRD 1986 – 1996 with a playlist including The Pet Shop Boys, Art of Noise, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Prince, Malcolm McLaren, Nirvana, SNAP, Mariah Carey, Paul Simon, Massive Attack, D*Note, Galliano, Jamiroquai, Sounds of Blackness.
DJ Paulette – Homebird: Edits 03 has a musical heart. This is part one of a six part series that you will find at the centre of the maze. It is live on Spotify as of today and will continue to live when the exhibition is finished. Maybe you will hear something you recognise? Maybe it will spur a memory? Each playlist has been date checked, so historically everything should be in the right place. Exhibition launches at The Lowry on Saturday September 22 and runs until October 14th.
My Homebird: Edit 03 exhibition just made the cover of The Lowry Contemporary Autumn18 brochure. Thank you to all my contributors – near and far – you know who you are.
From secret pubs in Salford to underground club nights, a new exhibition captures Manchester’s gay nightlife from the 70s through to the 90s
Northern Disco Lights tells the untold story of a group of teenagers in the arctic city of Tromsø, who set off a chain of events that would go on to transform their country. There will be two screenings of this fabulous film on Record Store Day (Saturday April 22nd) at The Refuge, Manchester.
Noise of Art and Red Gallery, London, are teaming-up to present the first exhibition of photographs, film and artwork documenting the story of French electronic music from the start of the 20th century to the present day, followed by a series of music, film and panel events on the weekends of 17, 24 and 31 March and a closing party on 7 April.