QUEEN PARAMOUNT STARTED A NEWSLETTER
I actually have little excuse to justify the need to build a newsletter. A part of me thinks they’re cool, and I have a thing for online spaces I can own like a room, put my own posters on the walls, and decide for the furniture agency. I’m often feeling nostalgic of this era where I would only express myself through a blog, or a website I built myself, rather than through classic social media grids and impersonal interfaces. It is hard to own these spaces and make them your own. To keep using housing metaphors, it’s not even like you’re renting a space rather than owning it, but more being like an au pair.
I remember talking about that in a talk @ Atom festival w/ ondorphines this summer.
Internet has changed a lot and we know it ; most of us have seen this change of going from where the only spaces you could publish (and not just read) were personal websites and forums, to social media globalization. The only positive argument I could give to this change is probably the ability for everyone to speak, in a space where all of the others are, without having to care about FTPs, coding, hosting, etc. It is simple… but it also signaled the end of an era where a website could be about you, your habits, your passion, your pet. If you have one now, it is probably dedicated to your business.
It is a letter, and I am sending it to you. But I am also sending it to 76 others. You will never get to know who they are, you won’t be able to respond to all of them. We’re not in a loop : we are in a one way conversation. And actually, feel free to reply to this. With anything. We can catch up, talk about topics I discussed, and give eachother advice. I decided to send it with my official e-mail, rather than using a newsletter service, so it feels more like what it is : a DIY fucked-up space where all news, updates, thoughts end up intertwined. A space that belongs to us.
We played at DAda the other night (10.28), with Yann le Frit, bivou4c, indigoblue & Six Carré. All of us were tired from the night before, full of lebanese food, and we ended up playing for hours together in the end, b2b2b2bing in a messy way… it all made so much sense. Actually, it’s been a long time since I haven’t had this much fun at DAda. When we take things too seriously, or very professionally, we sometimes tend to forget that our artistic practice, before it became our jobs, comes from the delightful mess of broken sound systems, disorganized time tables, hours of walks to a secret party, and beer, lots of it. That is probably why I am still in love with Toulouse, and the scene here. It’s simple, true and honest. I feel safe and self. And I found family there.
By the way! I’m ¼ of Five Alley, with Tom, Redeyes and Eva. I’m a graphic designer there, mostly working on artworks && on the identity. We recently dropped a single from Bukkha’s next project that you could listen to here, even if you are not usually into dubstep. Artwork is a self portrait that I messed up with Touch Designer & Photoshop. More is coming on this side and I am excited!!!
Kaspar and I are back on Egregore Radio with a new residency called ~shortwave. First episode will be broadcasted on Thursday at 5PM (then available on soundcloud the next day). ~shortwave combines interviews and DJ sets. The interviews are conducted in a conversational, sometimes informal manner, with a DJ set interspersed and played as an overlay. Whether the show leans towards dialogue or music at any given moment, it always exists in an intimate acoustic context, giving listeners the impression of being present with us at the local bar, in a living room over tea, at the back of a club, or in a building courtyard. This week’s episode is taken outside in a bar in Brussels, and tells about a UFO hearing about non-human entities. Curation was focused on sounds that reminded us of space and other forms of life.
Next gigs and shows are :
– Friday 25 nov - Oyé oyé! w/ oyé label @ Le Sample Bagnolet
– Saturday 02 dec @ Kiosk Radio Brussels
– Monday 06 dec @ LYL Radio Brussels w/ Kaspar
New dates TBA in Toulouse, Brussels & Nice
If you know anyone interested in booking me (or if you are this person) feel free to reply to this e-mail or reach firstname.lastname@example.org