Hometown glory – JAMS

This past year or so has seen an influx of cool musicians coming into the city. Both touring and local peeps getting their learn on at BIMM or musicians from all across the UK and europe deciding that Brighton, slightly cheaper than London, is the place for them.

I don’t mean that there hasn’t always been sick heads about – there always has been a pretty high level of musicianship…

The motivation level seems to have increased on the whole in the past year. Seems like people are putting down the sessioning of joints and picking up the high vibes.

QM Records keep putting out some strong bills ( personal favourite so far is Lebeaux – CHOPS FOR DAZE )

The Mesmerist hosts some of my fave players ( Vels Trio  who just supported Cory Henry @ Concorde on Halloween) hang about there de temps en temps.

Also, Peter Adam- Hill sets up some pretty sweet ensembles so be sure to check them out when you can – You can head over to my music page to see me sitting in with Pete one night – Alexandra Blue

p.s CORY HENRY @ Concorde 2 was SUCH a good show. He is such a legend and such a nice guy, PLEASE SUPPORT HIM AND HIS APOSTLES to keep it moving and grooving… it’s for the good of the world man!  – musically sound and daaayummmm Concorde sound system still bangssssss tho

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I finally saw it… AMY. 10ish thoughts/learnings from watching the Doc.

I have no idea where to start. An experience of extreme dualities that’s for sure.

1.a Great and moving to see some old school footage of Amy, family days, youth orchestra days, being goofy with friends etc etc

b. Not so sure about the clips. seeing as she had no say in what the clips were used for.

2. a. Warmed my heart to hear interviews with her nearest and dearest i.e her 2 best friends from way back exclaiming their love and admiration for Amy and her endeavours. 

b. The blame that was subtly laid on a few’s backs through these interviews wasn’t so nice to see.

3.a Super inspiring to me as a singer and songwriter her confidence and love in the craft. 

b. how quickly the music industry and culture can turn a bright spark into an addict of unsavoury substances.

4a. Love is beautiful, powerful, inspiring and far reaching. 

b. Love can be manipulated into accompanying misery in the name of solidarity.

5.a All families have a past. 

b. People that live in glass houses, shouldn’t throw stones i.e if anyone’s family past get’s into the hands of filmmakers there is always blame to lay, just depends on which way the slant leans.

6.a Crack is wack 

b. Crack is still wack… Stop with the comeback y’all, in the past month I have heard it mentioned way too lightly way too often. Brighton needs some TLC on the whole. Cocaine will get boring eventually everyone!

7a. Heartbreak can be a beautiful thing that can benefit mankind.

b. If something has such a positive impact broken, why try to put it all back together again? Amy cut herself too deep trying to mend herself and Blake back together.

8a. The media are OUT OF CONTROL. 

b. They must be stopped. Where are the privacy laws?! Where are the people fighting to keep safety first! Who are these rats who can stand by and mock the mentally unwell into a ‘money shot’ for the disgusting Murchocian media.

I love her all the more after getting an insight into her personality and surroundings. I know she was a drug addict, and I know she was an alcoholic, I know she smoked weed and I know she was reckless with her commitments and time. I do believe everyone around her tried to save her as best they could, and I do believe that both of her parents wanted the best for her. From the documentary it seemed like she had suffered too much damage in a short space of time that she was always going to be a young departure, but I do believe that there is more to this particular story. Too much money flying around the place for it to be mess-free I’m afraid!

I remember where I was when I heard, it was my mum’s birthday and we are both massive fans. I cried and still cry about the sadness of her passing, and believe she had a ton more to give if only she would have pulled through her twenties. 

Grateful is not the word, I am honoured to have existed at the same time as her. Everything I have learned from her fall I will take forward with me and keep keeping an eye on my nearest and dearest as best I can. 

p.s Thankyou Amy Winehouse for your truth, beauty, perspective, heart and art! 

Hometown Glory!! Aug 2015 MIZZAY

This is a special post for my very good friend. Soph is extremely talented and her eye is next to none!

I have been lucky enough to call this lady one of my very best friends in the whole world for about 13years now!!

Not only is she an amazing photographer and person in general, she makes stunning documentaries about her travels and shares them with us to see!

Sophie is always positive, supportive and the life of the party.

I cannot believe how lucky I am to have her at the other end of the phone whenever the time is right!

We are from the same town and speak the same language. She is the best

and

Soph –  Thankyou for ALWAYS being there and always being my number one fan!

I hope you know I am yours and look forward to working with you again in the future some time!

Fallen Angel’s Delight (Venice Beach, LA)

Funny how I feel at ease down here at Venice Beach huh?

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Beach, Sunsets, Skaters, Yoga, colorful characters, strong sense of community and a genuine feel of love down in these parts. Oh and dispensaries all over the damn place, not my vibe at the moment but still interesting to see how the new capitalist business of weed is booming.

I’ve stumbled on tons of curbside photo-shoots, a commercial being filmed at the skate park starring the skaters I had watched the day before. There is definitely chat of upping their insta games to get these commercials, Big Bucks!

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It seems that everywhere I look the divide between money and broke is becoming more aggressive. Big developers are monopolizing homes on this coast too! All too familiar. London has the same, as does New York. We are all living on this planet so we can’t we just Be? Instead of always trying to make more more more. These same developers are working alongside the police to help ‘clean up the community’ i.e exterminate the homeless population and folks who don’t have a whole lot.2015-06-02 03.34.22

If we just keep moving these people on where do we expect them to go?! Why can’t they live down here by the beach with pleasant surroundings?

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Rant over. For now!

Boom Podcasts

If you are a music fan, of any sorts you will appreciate the 72 Booms series of podcasts. Period.

You can get them here: https://soundcloud.com/72booms

My favourite podcasts from 72 booms are-

• Worldwide Festival edition
• Valentines RnB edition
• Dear Summer 13.5
• #15

The guys who run this setup are from the UK, and really appreciate excellent music from all across the world. Expect to hear everything from House, Garage, DnB, Neo soul, Hip Hop and Latin music! Perfect Perfect Perfect.

These podcasts got me through some grueling work last summer, and they definitely contributed to one of the best summers ever.

Jump on it y’all and download from iTunes or soundcloud.

Image at the top of the page from here: http://pelfusion.com/music-wallpapers-for-music-lovers/