firstly – just to clarify (seeing as many many people have been misled by the name) – it’s a web series; about a delusional chef (Jason Gàsh. that’s “gahhhsh” not gash) who opens a roadside cafe (a.k.a. a hatch in his caravan) attempting to run it as a high class establishment. his sous-chef is an aspiring grime MC with similar delusions of grandeur. there’s an awkward, unresolved love triangle and a visiting lorry spotter – retired, aspergic (in this case – obliviously over enthusiastic) and American.
ok, so anyway it’s basically where i’ve been hiding all November –
a friend, Adam Mondon, came up with the original idea in October and since then a small team of us have spent countless hours locked in small rooms – script-writing, auditioning, rehearsing, scouring eBay for cheap caravans and stalking potential lay-bys on google maps.
In fact the pilot episode has just been released so rather than word it all up i’ll just embed it here.. see you in 10
a big part of the last month was spent working out what to do for theme music for the show.. i contemplated composing something classical sounding and interspersing it with some grimier undertones, dub beats etc but in the end though that might have been a bit obvious .. i decided to go for something a bit more subtle, something more closely related to Jason’s delusional and pretentious character. namely: a pseudo-operatic Italian 3 part vocal harmony that would sound fairly aristocratic/pretentious until closer inspection revealed the true and ridiculous nature of it’s lyrics ;]
dal freddo di un frigo si trova formaggio trascurato
[in the cold of a fridge lies neglected cheese]
e dal bordo della strada la salsiccia urla di aiuto!
[..and by the side of the street the sausage cries for help]
ma chi li aiutera? ma chi li aiutera?
[but who will help them? but who will help them?]
salvatore di cucine, redentore di ristoranti
[saviour of kitchens, redeemer of restaurants]
protettore delle uve, eroe archetipico
[protector of grapes, archetypal hero]
l’uomo chiamato Gàsh, l’uomo chiamato Gàsh
[the man named Gàsh, the man named Gàsh]
I was also responsible for recording the sound on set + designing the website, menu (a haute cuisine take on stereotypical roadside food) and poster (featuring by a beautiful illustration by Karla Alcázar)
this is a poster i made for the upcoming Because The Night Tour; a national tour comprising the brilliant Emily & The Woods, Hot Feet, Pete Roe and Sam Brookes.. try to get to one of the venues if you can x
an exciting new band- TWNS (collaboration between members of Hello Mexico + Kyte) – are using some of my photography for their artwork.. love this track and can’t wait to hear more x
taken using some washing-up liquid, an IKEA lamp, an iPhone 4s and a cheap macro lens ..
took a road trip down to Dungeness in Kent with Sam Brookes back in August to get a photo for his new album, here’s some stuff i shot there:
went to Germany in late September to check out Photokina 2012.. Whilst staying in Cologne i met up with a new friend who let me into an old church (St Michael- Brüsseler Platz) to play a grand piano he’d hired for some festivals he was organising; It was a massive honour, and probably the highlight of my visit, to play in the same venue as Hauschka, Nils Frahm and many other greats of the post/contemporary classical scene –
just before we left i played two improvised tracks and recorded them on my iPhone (didn’t think to take my mic on holiday. idiot.) I named the tracks after two people i met that week, a homage to two stories i was given the privilege of having the briefest of cameos in_
[ the EP is available for free download here ]
Für Dietmar –
Dietmar is a full time social worker who somehow finds time to put on some fantastic shows and musical experiences for the people of his city. It was inspiring to meet someone so deeply involved with music, purely for their love of it.
Für Laura –
Laura is a 6 year old girl who stays with her dad on alternate weeks; she runs around, occasionally dropping the tennis ball she bounces around her father’s apartment.
[ the EP is available for free download here ]
two of my photos have been used by Wooden Arms for some new EPs of theirs. which is nice. their music is also very nice. have a listen_
this is a poster i made for an event in London. you should go.
going blog-crazy tonight. just realised how long it’s been since i posted anything.
i recently did the artwork (photography / typography) for Sam Brookes’ single – Glasshouse.. currently available as an exclusive free download via Helium records’ site, it’s a stunning track .. go get it. now :]