I thought it might be time to start writing a blog - so those of you who are genuinely interested in my art and music can follow this instead of Facebook calling the shots on who does and doesn't see my posts. Bear with me as I find my feet with writing again, it was something I used to do a lot of when I was young and I feel that 12 years of using social media has somewhat diminished my writing and concentration skills as well as distracting me from getting in as deep as I would like with my projects! There are some big changes coming up for me in the Summer of 2018 and this blog will be a diary of my journey forward at this stage of my life as well as providing links to other artists in art and music, informations on events, exhibitions, gigs and any courses I run.
So...watch this space!
First thing I want to write about is how I work as an artist - and as a DJ for that matter. I've always been quite fiercely proud of the fact my collage is old school cut and paste or that I play strictly vinyl but in this last few months finding that this has in fact kept me in one place creatively which is nice and safe however it kind of means I've not been evolving my practice. The last couple of gigs I've played at has been me rocking up with my laptop with no hassles of lugging around turntables and boxes of heavy records; I would say the last two sets have been the best ones of my DJ career as I've had this more fluid style dipping in and out of more eclectic styles and with literally 100's and 100's of tunes at my fingertips within seconds. Another major factor is also that I simply can't keep up with buying vinyl - its become so expensive; with most 7"s costing around £7. I'm still supporting the artists and use bandcamp and the like by buying the digital versions but able to get so many more tunes for my money! Of course I love vinyl..the feel, the art work and sleeve notes etc I'm also loving lightening my load and travelling light. This is also reflected in my visual art practice, no more do I want to be dragging around boxes of old National Geographics and crates of old books - they have provided me with wealth on my palette but again it's about lightening my load so I can fly high and some of my more recent artworks have been digital/analog crossovers as I find more confidence with using different software, though I will always have a sharp pair of scissors and a glue stick to hand.