Any event promoter has suffered the palpitations of that last minute skid. The band misses their flight, the venue is double-booked, the fire & safety what? Our long-term buddies at the Dublin Flea Market suffered such a fate yesterday. The people behind the John Player Factory on the South Circular Road told them that they could not use the premises for whatever reason. With a week to go, the hunt is on.
Suggestions floated are wild and varied such as taking over Clery’s to the Tivoli carpark, Collins Barracks or the Fruit & Veg Market in Smithfield. If you do have access to or know of a 2000sq metre space in the city centre then now is your time to speak out or just mail them firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes children there still will be a Christmas without the Flea. However, this has always been a truly great opportunity for the 120 vendors to sell their wares and pocket some money. There are knock-on consequences of it not happening. It behoves us all to ensure no 2000sq metre space remains unconsidered in this quest.
Hubie Davison has just dropped one of the dance floor rippers of the holiday season with Sanctified. He tells us about his musical influences, what he’s listening to and personal highlights of the year. Davison joins Jimmy Edgar Saturday 5th December in the Opium Rooms- Don’t miss it!
Can you give us some insights into your music background?
I grew up in a musical household, so there was always music playing, and a pretty wide variety, from pop, rock, soul & blues to classical. In terms of playing or making music, aside from your standard-issue recorder lessons and a couple of years of piano lessons as a child, I didn’t really find myself passionately exploring music until I started teaching myself guitar in my early teens. Around that time I became a big blues fan; it was much later that I came across electronic music.
When did you get into electronic music and what were your formative influences?
Fairly late – around 2007 I’d say. The first electronic influence was Daft Punk, their Alive 2007 album was a pretty big deal for me. Since then there’ve been patterns of brief obsessions with various artists, not always within the electronic sphere, but including Flying Lotus, Boards of Canada, Aphex Twin, Theo Parrish, James Blake, D’Angelo…
How did the connection with Berlin label Leisure System come about?
A few years back, when I was getting a bit more confident with my own productions (I’d been tooling around with software since I’d started exploring electronic music), I started sending out demos to various labels, and Leisure System happened to come back quickly with some really positive feedback, and asked for more. Those six or so tracks became my first EP, and I made a few trips to Berlin (& elsewhere) to play their parties. They’re a good crowd!
You are back in Dublin now after a stint in London. Does where you base yourself matter as much anymore in terms of getting your name out there and connections?
Without rambling too much about the assorted benefits of connectivity & the digital age, my impression is that connections can be made pretty much anywhere in the world. While living in London, I hooked up with the Leisure System guys in Berlin, and since I moved back to Ireland, I’ve had a record released by Midland’s Regraded label in London. So it doesn’t seem to matter too much where you are, although I feel like it helps to be able to meet and foster relationships in person.
There’s a definitive New York disco buzz off Sanctified compared to previous output. Can you tell us about this change or progression in style?
It was kind of the outcome of limited resources – I was away from my studio, and only had my laptop. I’d been listening to a lot of Detroit house like Theo & Moodymann, and had ripped the audio from a bunch of soul & disco 12”s & 45s. I don’t usually work so prominently with samples, so it was sort of an experiment in just chopping & layering things. That way of working’s fun, but I still think I prefer playing with instruments & synths! I’ll probably keep doing both.
Favourite track of the year / Irish track of the year?
I’m not going to pick a favourite track from them, but the best Irish act I’ve seen this year is probably Meltybrains, whose live show is just the best mix of weirdness, mayhem and great musicianship. As for a great track that I’ve played out a lot this year? I really liked Dego & Kaidi’s latest on Eglo – I’ll pick “The Vault Descends”
What’s been your personal highlight of 2015 and dream achievement for 2016?
The set I played at Longitude earlier this year was some of the best fun I’ve ever had DJing, that’s got to be a big highlight… Seeing the video of Midland dropping Sanctified at Dekmantel was pretty special too. Next year, I’m just hoping to get more music out, I’m sitting on a lot of stuff at the moment. I’d love to get a live show together, too, so if I manage that next year I’ll be pretty pleased.
This week we chatted to Laura Whelan, lover of life’s little luxuries and founder of L Designs. Laura spoke to us about her intricate creations and her upcoming event, the Christmas Decoration Workshop, in MVP on Tuesday.
Photo credits: Marcus Cassidy
Can you tell us a little bit about L Designs?
L Designs is a unique range of jewellery, fascinators and accessories. It has a diverse mix of pieces, ranging from elegant bridal wear to fun and quirky designs. The common theme in all of my pieces is intricate bead work, incorporating gemstone, Swarovski crystals and the delicate use of woven colour patterns.
Where do you draw inspiration from for your pieces?
One of my passions is the history of art, design and jewellery. I find it fascinating that some of the techniques that I’m using today would have first been used by the Egyptians thousands of years ago! I’m particularly drawn to the Art Nouveau and Art Deco eras. I find that the shapes and styles are a wonderful source of inspiration, especially when I am designing bridal jewellery or head pieces.
Another great source of inspiration is the materials I use. When I travel the first thing I do is look up the closest bead or craft shop. A particular shape or colour of a strand of gemstones or a bunch of feathers can inspire an entire design! My work is also inspired by Kawaii a Japanese term that translates as cute or loveable.
You have been crafting beautiful, intricate jewellery and fascinators for ten plus years, have you any favorite/memorable pieces you have created?
I specialize in making custom designs for weddings & special occasions. I think they’re my favorite because I love working one on one with customers to create the perfect piece to match their style and personality.
A memorable commission was when a few years ago I was asked to create fascinators for the usherettes at Film Fatale (who organize vintage film events). I incorporated actual film into the fascinators. I really enjoyed the challenge of working with a new material and adding it into a vintage inspired design.
You have branched out towards making Christmas decorations and will be hosting a two hour workshop on December 8th, can you tell us more about it?
During the workshop the students will learn how to make an adorable mini-Christmas tree decoration from wire, beads and ribbon. It will take place upstairs in MVP Harold’s Cross from 7pm-9pm. It includes all materials and festive nibbles on arrival! Tickets are €22 and are available from tickets.ie, or you can find out more about the workshop on the Facebook page.
Who is the workshop suited to?
The workshop is suitable for all skill levels. This particular workshop is over 18′s, but I plan on running more jewellery making classes and workshops in the New Year and these will include children’s workshops.
What would you like people to take from the workshop?
I would like them to take away a new skill and the ability to make lovely hand crafted Christmas presents. The workshop is a lovely taster of a selection of jewellery making/ wire work techniques and so is perfect for anyone interested in jewellery making or crafts.
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