Interview: Jamie Finn
September 4, 2011, 9:03 pm
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Following last night’s No-Wave Social Club, I’ve been chatting to No-Wave curator Jamie Finn, 24.  Yesterday evening, the DJ played a variety of danceable favourites at the Farmhouse, resulting in a happily heaving dance floor.

Alongside his final year of studies at Kent Uni, Jamie has a massive presence on the social scene of Canterbury, as resident DJ and promoter at Indiecate, a monthly night at the Attic and curator of No-Wave.  As well as playing other slots in bars between here and Brighton, he is the editor of a new magazine which he also does design work for.  Read on to find out more details of this new mag, as well as some exciting stuff coming up in Canterbury, as well as recommendations from the innovative fellow…

What brought you to Canterbury from Liverpool?

Well, University I guess. I visited Canterbury on an open day and really liked it here. The uni also offered a year abroad which in the end I did not take but that helped. The inevitable deciding factor was its distance from Liverpool. I wasn’t enjoying being in the city anymore and going to probably the furthest away city in England appealed to me.

What’s your favourite venue, a) as a punter, b) as a DJ?

Locally? My favourite place to go is the Farmhouse – really different music and a great crowd. As for DJing, you can’t beat The Venue for equipment but without being too obvious, I’ve been doing Indiecate for so long that I get a really good response from the crowd. It’s always so much fun.

What do you think about Canterbury’s nightlife and social scene? Is there anything you would like to see change?

If you’d have asked me this a few months ago I would have definitely said live music was missing but with Indiecate putting on live bands and No-Wave likely to do the same, (as well as a few other new exciting events coming,) I think this year is going to be loaded. I am personally in the process of putting together a live music week where loads of venues and loads of bands get involved. It’s very much in the planning stage but watch this space. If I had to say now what I think Canterbury needs it’s a few more later opening bars willing to take chances on interesting events. I recently saw that Ballroom is going to host a new event called Bombo which seems very exciting.

So, No-Wave Social Club, how did it all begin?

Well, No-Wave began as a cinema club running as an offshoot of UKC’s Art Society but it quickly grew to surpass that. No-Wave Social Club started because I used to DJ at the Farmhouse’s previous indie night which now no longer takes place. When they stopped, the venue asked me if I would fill in with a new night. I had to idea to extend the name from the cinema club since it already meant a certain notoriety. The Social Club, like everything No-Wave does is non-profit. All the money from the night goes to pay for other No-Wave projects to make it even bigger.

You’ve posted some opportunities up on Facebook regarding a magazine and some music stuff, what’s coming up?

YES. I’m quite excited about this actually. We tried to start a magazine earlier this year but due to poor financial planning it fell apart but was definitely a useful learning curve. Now, with regular funding secured (thanks to No-Wave Social Club) we’re ready to go. The first issue of the rebranded No-Wave Magazine will be out first week of October and will be monthly!

Exciting! What’s the mag about?

It will be an alternative culture magazine focused on music art and film. There will be a leaning towards local events but also some really good international stuff. I’m quite excited about our interview with Canadian director Guy Maddin in which he reveals an exclusive for us!

You’ve certainly got your fingers in lots of pies, which one’s your fave?

I am very proud of Indiecate, it’s kind of became the flag-ship for the indie scene in this city and I get nothing but good feedback and I work with some really great people on it. I have to say though, that since No-Wave is entirely my project, I do have affinity for it. I’m very proud of No-Wave as a whole so I would probably say that. I would like to give a little mention to my new club night Hang The DJ which will be launched later this month in The Attic. 

So lots of new ventures in the near future! Where would you like to see your No-Wave enterprise going next?

Well, interestingly enough someone asked me to work with them on some experimental theatre pieces recently which is really exciting. I’d like for the magazine to be a success and I think that it will be. I’ve thought about trying it in different cities as well but we will see.

Also, please can you recommend any books/films/music and why you rate them.

Oh, wow, there are so many! I’ll give one for each:

Book – I recently read ‘I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive’ which I really enjoyed. It’s about a doctor turned heroin addict who is haunted by the ghost of Hank Williams. It’s very fun and quite well written.

Films – My favourite film of the year is Animal Kingdom. It’s a drama about an Australian crime family, but it’s about so much more than that. Power dynamics for example feature heavily in it. I am a fair believer in the power of realism over idealism. Not in terms of plot so much but in terms of believable characters and dialogue. A film can be said in space but as long as the human interaction is real then I think it’s good. This was full of that backed by some amazing performances.

Music – I love the Balam Acab CD. I actually did a remix of one of the songs on it, which I am quite proud of. It was the album of the week on the radio show I host which is every Wednesday at 8 o’clock on CSR FM.

Thanks Jamie!  What an inspiring chap.

See Jamie at No-Wave Social Club is at Farmhouse once a month.

High Rankin plays at Indiecate this Thursday.

Bye for now xx

Playgroup Festival 5-7 August 2011
August 18, 2011, 6:12 pm
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My latest Festival adventure took place at Playgroup Festival, in the woodland of Eridge Park near Tunbridge Wells.  As the Lemon Bus from Brighton trundled down a bumpy dirt track, it was like stumbling upon an enchanted forest.  Festival-goers had really pulled out the stops with their designated woodland animal costumes, and the Festival space was carefully crafted, oozing charm, character and creativity.

The line-up was bursting at the seams with Brightonian talent (and rightly so) with talks, magicians, poetry and cabaret alongside the music.  There was a prevalence of large and danceable ensembles such as Carnival Collective and Kalakuta Millionaires and this was contrasted with chill-out cinemas open until the early hours.

Notable performances came from The Correspondents, (check out ‘What’s happened to Soho?’) and Skinny Lister, with the absolute highlight being the electrifying and energetic set from improvisational 2-piece AK-DK.

AK-DK use looping and all sorts of corgs and keyboards-connected-to-several-pedals-technology as a backdrop to a drum kit for each of them.  This experimental approach in which they invite musically talented friends to join them on stage is risqué and could be potentially wanky.  Yet, their down-to earth, warm interaction with the audience and with each other, alongside their incredible improvisational talent made the performance.  Particularly impressive was when they were joined by vocalist Bunty who performed solo at the Festival also.

For me, Playgroup put the emphasis on making your own Festival experience.  Much as the name suggests, Playgroup set an environment in which to be free, to relax and to play.  There were instruments, there were dressing up boxes and there were competitions.

Playgroup Festival is an ideal outlet for Brighton’s creativity!

For those in Canterbury this weekend, there’s a free Festival in the Dane John Gardens from midday.  For more details click here.

Next one for me is going to be Festibelly in the New Forest.  Am particularly looking forward to Mercury-nominated Ghostpoet (he’s playing in B-town tomorrow night too.)  Headlining are New Young Pony Club, woop woo!

Finally, apologies for lack of pix but I went for the disposable camera this time, and didn’t produce anything worth putting on the blog.  However, Playgroup Festival’s Facebook group has plenty of offerings here.

Until next time…

Miss B x