Hello you lot,
So it is somehow now March. My sister turned 20 yesterday apparently whilst drinking with the entire England rugby team somewhere near her home of Oxford University. Makes you think about parallels, or it certainly makes me think about them anyway. I, on the other hand, am dreading soon turning 23, but hoping with recent conversations that it will go some way to at least taking the edge off just how young people seem to find me. Realistically, my eyes are on 27 or 28 when people seem to be a ‘normal age’ in the general realm of young theatricals in fringe theatre. Anyhoo… Onto other more interesting things…
I have accepted a random lighting job in Poland. A friend of mine couldn’t go due to being offered megabucks for a lighting gig, and so I managed to persuade the producer to let me do it. It ties in perfectly with my trip to Germany which now follows immediately. So on the 22nd, which is wonderfully close now, I fly out to Wroclaw in Poland to do followspot for a show, then I get the train to Berlin and stay with a friend for a few days before traveling down to Schwabisch Hall in south Germany for our first DJ gig overseas! Tom calls this the first stop of the a/tt(a)c ‘world tour’. Regardless of what to call it, it’s an all expenses paid trip to Poland on the cards for me, followed by an all expenses (and then some) trip to DJ to lovely smiley, vascular German people! It’s a shame I have no money. None. At all. So I have to raise about £800 in 2 weeks in order to pay rent and enjoy the trip. Any ideas are welcome at this stage…
What other things are happening? I am about to make a phonecall about a mystery job offer to find out the details and the show, which could be exciting. Theatre in A Car paperwork and research is underway with meetings taking place next week. Good things are starting to happen with Curse Of Elizabeth Faulkner also, more to follow in future blogs.
We are now in the final 2 weeks of Company. This show has been an absolute joy to work on. I have met some amazing people, worked with some astonishingly talented people and finally worked on a full-length show in my favorite space in London. With the first large-scale project of the year coming to an end and me suddenly finding myself in March so quickly, I am very grateful that 2011 has gone off with such a strong start. I am especially happy that with all of this going on, I have somehow managed to nail another of my resolutions, to see my friends more. I have spent many evenings after company catching up with people I haven’t seen in a long time, and have managed to fit in parties with the King’s Head lot as well, club nights, 30th birthday parties, huge all nighters, litres and litres of vanilla lattes with friends. A really fucking superb year so far really. But I haven’t made any money. Hmmm.
I have been trying to work out for a while how to hold down a day job which 1. I am qualified for and 2. Is flexible enough for me to continue to pursue my theatre career. It really is a tough one. Barwork would kill my soul to bits as it did before, and the hours just plain don’t fit with theatre, and pretty much anything else I can think of, I’m not qualified for! I want a job in music, but don’t really know where to start…
Anyway, the stand-up show was fun. A great turn out of brilliant people, including the wonderful Abi Titmuss. She, as almost all of the others there, had filthy senses of humor. Good work you’s lot. I’m planning a special event for summer regarding comedy, but it’s top secret. Hopefully I will be able to grab some of the hundreds of people who couldn’t make this last one…
The Dj stuff is going pretty well, a/tt(a)c have a 20 minute megamix going out on Brendan’s show, with an interview from us in a couple of weeks. We have also done the German equivalent of the ‘essential mix’, 2 hours of our musical choices and mixing, only this time, I have done an hour, as has Tom. I highly recommend his blend of psychadelic-indie-disco stuff. All on our soundcloud to download…. All free! I have also put up a comedy mix I did for my friend Keenan using some ancient vocal samples I managed to find. It’s pretty dark but I think it might have made his day.
So still busy busy busy, managing to fit a lot in, and feeling bewildered by any time off I find myself with. My sleep cycle has shifted severely by about 4 hours, which leaves me just nodding off to sleep at 5a.m or just after. I seem to be waking up at 12. This is really annoying because no-one is on fb chat realistically beyond around 1a.m during the week. I have seen so many Derren Brown hour-specials on 4od this week, I can almost certainly read peoples minds.
This blog’s top 3
Cassius – I love you so (Skream Remix)
A great tune from French producers Cassius. Lovely warm piano mixed with a shuffling amen break beat section form the predictable but reliable Skream. A great way of not quite being dubstep or drum and bass but seemingly capturing both. Lovely vocal as well. This is a staple in my sets at the moment.
DJ Medhi – Pocket Piano (Joakim Mix)
Another French electro track, with lovely disco feeling to it. This is by far the best remix and is unlikely to creep into my sets because of its annoyingly low B.P.M, which is only 120. Sounds silly and loses its original intention when sped up, so I’d rather not ruin it. The extended piano breakdown in the middle is brilliant. Great track to put on when you’re running late and need music to compliment the sense of urgency in your feet and legs and brain.
Bowski – Leggins (Original Mix)
This new producer is the second one to be signed to Fake Blood’s ‘Blood Music’ label. You can see why. His production style is very similar with lovely, catchy delicate keys and deep rich rounded bass. Simple, sweet minimal house track.