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Stretford Dogs Club on earning his pedigree and the resurgence of house, Arts

Stretford Dogs Club on earning his pedigree and the resurgence of house

Stretford Dogs Club is Andy Proctor, a Manchester-based DJ who has crept up over the last year or so with a consistent output of top class deep house mixes and an interesting year-long project which will culminate in an epic 24-hour long mix. After a six-year break from DJing while he promoted a night called Development in his hometown, and running a label by the same name, Andy returned to DJing and has made quite an impression so far. I tracked him down via Twitter and he kindly agreed to an interview and recorded an exclusive mix for me too.

By | Arts, Music | Saturday, 3 December 2011 at 6:00 am

The JMK award for theatre directors, Arts

The JMK award for theatre directors

Emerging Directors need nurturing as much as actors and writers in order to make challenging and innovative theatre and yet the only way that they can develop their craft is through mounting productions – which is inevitably costly. Currently, there are few opportunities for theatre directors who lack the necessary exposure and funds to produce their work in a decent-sized venue.

By | Arts | Friday, 2 December 2011 at 1:07 pm

Rise Against: Hurricane Katrina, bullying and UK fans, Arts

Rise Against: Hurricane Katrina, bullying and UK fans

Rise Against are the band who seem to be at the forefront of the political-activism scene in US music. With their influences ranging from natural disasters to bullying in schools, they are a voice that cannot be ignored. On the last day of their tour, drummer Brandon Barnes discussed politics and all things Rise Against.

By | Arts, Music | Friday, 2 December 2011 at 6:00 am

Something for the weekend: December 2-4, Arts

Something for the weekend: December 2-4

Now that we’ve slid into December, it only seems appropriate to extend a heartfelt Seasons Greetings! It’s drawing closer to the Christmas festivities (over 3 weeks left by my watch), but in the meantime, we’ve tracked down some seasonal occasions that still manage to be cool, insightful and entertaining. Hip and arty, if you will. Highlights [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 2 December 2011 at 5:00 am

15 years of Hospital Records, Arts

15 years of Hospital Records

Founded in 1996, Hospital has gone on to establish itself as a seminal label in dance music. Tony Colman speaks about his previous 15 years as co-founder of the label which has launched artists such as Danny Byrd, High Contrast and Kamo & Krooked.

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 1 December 2011 at 11:52 am

Visionquest: Fun, friendship and the future, Arts

Visionquest: Fun, friendship and the future

Visionquest, for me, represent the epitome of how an electronic music outfit should operate. The crew, Lee Curtiss, Shaun Reeves, Seth Troxler and Ryan Crosson, have worked hard to carve out a niche for themselves as leaders of what some have touted as a ‘new wave’ within the scene. Forward thinking, yet fully representative of their roots and history they’ve provided some of my best clubbing moments this year…

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 1 December 2011 at 6:00 am

The Rum Diary: Failing to translate Hunter S. Thompson, Arts

The Rum Diary: Failing to translate Hunter S. Thompson

He was a Doberman. Instinctively suspicious of authority, unearned power and idle wealth. Bred to maul those antithetical to his distinct moral compass. He was also an irresistible character. Recognisable in silhouette, capable of a devastating turn of phrase and dedicated to a life of hedonistic delinquency. The lyricism of Hunter S. Thompson’s work and the allure of his persona, it seems, were destined for the big screen.

By | Arts, Film | Wednesday, 30 November 2011 at 1:46 pm

Lady Leshurr: The female Busta Rhymes, Arts

Lady Leshurr: The female Busta Rhymes

Within the slight frame of Birmingham’s Lady Leshurr lies a lyrical beast that has relentlessly unleashed itself on the grime scene and brought with it a growing fan base as well as comparisons one of hip-hop’s rhyming heavyweights.

By | Arts, Music | Wednesday, 30 November 2011 at 6:00 am

Hip hop talent unites for charity event, Music

Hip hop talent unites for charity event

Hip hop and rap isn’t always portrayed in the best way: diatribe, misogyny and violence is often linked with the two. However, Restless Beings, a non-profitable charity founded in 2007, decided to bring a nexus of talented hip hop artists together to ‘ignite your conscious’ on Saturday night.

By | Music, Notebook | Tuesday, 29 November 2011 at 2:44 pm

Techno extraordinaire Max Cooper explains his live setup, Arts

Techno extraordinaire Max Cooper explains his live setup

Until very recently Max Cooper juggled a job as a research scientist with being a DJ and producer… in the end, music proved to be more profitable and so, he took it up full-time. Friends of mine who’ve seen the British producer performing his live shows have all told me he’s one of the best they’ve seen this year, unfortunately I have yet to enjoy a Max Cooper live show. But, in anticipation of doing so, I probed him about the whole set up – giving him subject headings as a guide to what I wanted to know. Here’s the lowdown from Max himself…

By | Arts, Music | Tuesday, 29 November 2011 at 10:47 am

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