Wednesday, December 11th, 2013|Elexu Live Events
, Elexu Live Lounge
Where to begin…
This weeks the #ElexuLiveLounge was an experience words cannot describe! In the sense that it was soo relaxing, that everyone made themselves feel at home, aside the tech team in the background, who were slowly losing their marbles.
The atmosphere had a positive vibe and the afternoon felt soulful and pleasantly refreshing!
This week our usual host was the guest of the show, Nate Maingard, with Roaman taking over Nate’s place.
These two couldn’t have been paired with anyone better! Both musicians were talking before the Live Lounge and after the Live Lounge, constant chatter! Which in fact made the event more entertaining.
The Live Lounge finished, and we still got them on camera expressing their love for one another’s style or shoes, or life or music. But I have to admit, that’s the beauty of someone’s personality, their openness and love makes you love them for who they are!
Just like Nate said “I’m a hopeful romantic, being romantic is a real possibility, as life is more enjoyable that way!”
Nate’s concept of how he lives life, is inspirational and to some of us out there, relatable. Sometimes it’s nice hear & see someone who is reaching out to those who aren’t able to express themselves. His whole aura oozes of endearment and nourishing others with his vast knowledge of enhancing one’s life.
I’ve always been a big believer in living my life by taking an ethical & honest approach. And some people in my life haven’t been so understanding or supportive of my choices, but after listening to Nate talk with Roaman, I’m starting to believe that ‘If this is how I want to live, then so be it! No-one else’s opinion should matter if I want to make sure I don’t leave a misguided footprint in this life’ Enough about me, back to Nate!
Everyone at Elexu hopes that Nate Maingard does get to travel the world and sail all the seven seas! Because his talent isn’t just with his voice or guitar, it’s everything else about him that makes him fascinating and beautiful. We hope your new EP ‘In the Shadows’ (which you all should check out!) is a great success.
I luckily received his EP as a farewell gift and the tracks on there are amazing! It immediately touches your heart and puts you in a musical trance. No doubt Nate and Roaman will be legendary!
So this weeks Live Lounge was certainly an event I will always remember! Surrounded by artists who shine at what they pour their heart into and loving people. Keep checking out Elexu Live Lounge for upcoming talented musicians!
Till the 17th of December at 4.30pm, it’s time to bid adieu to you all!
Author:Ayshah Mubeen Butt
Friday, November 29th, 2013|Uncategorized|
After the first segment we published last week, here’s the second part of the post written by our guest blogger Samantha Edgley about Music & Photography, two passions she regularly combines in her personal blog Beside The See Side.
On Sunday 19th May, I photographed Rachel Elliott at Highgate Woods. Rachel is a multi-instrumentalist. She studied classical music at Reading University, but is currently branching out and finding her own style as a singer/songwriter.
There was tree climbing, prom dresses, and oodles of colourful flowers and balloons when I photographed actress and music theatre performer Kate Steel at Hampstead Heath. A fun shoot!
Damsels Most Daring
I got some live photographs when the Damsels Most Daring performed their full Edinburgh Fringe show at the West London Synagogue at Marble Arch on 27th June. The Damsel’s use of music, props, accents and ingenuity make this hour long show zoom by. Their show is lively, original & really entertaining.
I first met Simon when we both performed as singer/songwriters at the Kings Head in Islington. Since then we have collaborated as songwriters and also performed live together. Simon Lawrence is a talented jazz singer and multi-instrumentalist.
The Mitch Daniel’s Band Live at the Islington O2 Academy2
On Friday 18th October, the Mitch Daniels Band played an amazing headline show at the Islington O2 Academy2, and they raised a lot of money for charity in the process. I took some live photographs from this fantastic gig and also got some exclusive pics from the soundcheck. I was delighted to see my photograph of Mitch and Tom busking on the Southbank used as a poster for the show too. Fantastic evening.
Many thanks for looking at these pics, and also to the hugely talented artists/bands who have posed for my photos through 2013.
Author: Samantha Edgley
Tuesday, November 26th, 2013|Elexu Live Lounge|
This weeks Elexu Live Lounge was running a bit late and we do apologise for the technical difficulties and delay. But we did get there in the end, with Tom Moon and he was amazing!
For those who missed out, here’s a short clip of his song ‘Lovely Man’.
Tom’s voice instantaneously lit up the room when he started singing, I don’t even think the microphone was needed to amplify his voice, it was naturally loud and clear, which is a handy talent when gigging in small & local pubs/bars.
To be totally honest with you, Tom may not have had any fancy techniques or be a part of a band. But the one thing he did have was raw talent, enthusiasm and just enjoying every musical opportunity that came his way. And that’s what counts at the end of the day, because without that passion and fire, how far would you be willing to go? Would you push the boundaries for something, which you felt was okay? Or if it was the one aspect of your life, which you yearned to spread to the rest of the world!
So remember, try to use every fiber in your body to push yourself past the limit! Because aiming for the sky, can become a story of your reality! Embrace your talent and shine through the darkness!
Usually we don’t get to see Nate perform one of his pieces, but this week he saw Tom’s guitar and jumped at the chance to be able to play with his guitar. Many of you may remember him from our very first Elexu Live Lounge, and look how far he’s come. He’s got a new EP out “In the Shadows”, so any Nate Maingard fans out there check it out and enjoy!
Hope you guys enjoyed last weeks Live Lounge, and see you next Tuesday, 3rd of December at 4:30pm (London time).
…Stay tuned with Elexu and spread the music!!!
Author: Ayshah Mubeen Butt
Monday, November 25th, 2013|Guest posts
INT. LOUNGE – DAY
JAC (40s) wannabee screenwriter -- talks to herself. Nothing
new there then. Although there's no sound...
ALFIE (5) moggie cat, the local, writing consultant peers at
Is it meds time?
Jac, as usual, ignores him.
Ooo I've got it! Don't tell me,
this blog post is about dialogue.
Jac physically holds the sarcasm back --
Why, Alfie. You're such a clever
kitty. Who knew?
Alfie throws Jac a sneaky look.
Go on then, smarty, fluff-pants,
how do you write decent dialogue?
Alfie closes his eyes, he takes his time to contemplate. He
Jac nudges him.
Don0t be mean. I'm thinking.
Yes. Exactly that -- be mean.
Alfie blinks his eyes open, confused.
Remember to read through, and
always edit. I find reading pages
in the wrong order helps. And be:
economical, natural, expressional.
Made up word.
You get me.
Yes, sadly, i do. Are we talking
like young people now? Like.
No. Wait. Are we? No, don't
over-write accents. Leave that to
the actors and director to sort
out. You can hint at one now and
again, to keep the character real,
but, don't overdo it.
I bet there's a whole list of what
not to dos.
A few. Avoid: stiff, forced, fake,
dialogue. And try not to express
every emotion or fact too.
So avoid how people really talk, in
real life, for really real?
Yep, pretty much. Plus on top of
that, try and give each character
their own voice, to reflect their
individual personality. So
naturally, if that character is
meant to be funny, their speech
should reflect that. The challenge
comes when you have to balance
dialogue and the action lines to
show a complex character. And
unless vital to the plot, don't
allow one person to dominate too
much, letting them go on, and on,
Ahem. Yes. That.
Ooo eck. Does this writing malarky,
ever get easy?
Alfie stretches on the back of the sofa and sighs.
Not sure this writing life is for
me, ya know. I might just stick to
A tip for your writing thoughts --
read your dialogue, out loud. It
really helps to pick up something
that doesn't sound right, or hear a
word that's out of place.
Ah, of course, makes sense.
Jac sits up, smug.
Why, does it explain all those
weird conversations I have with you?
Oh. Thanks a lot.
Alfie shouts his eyes with a purr.
Jac deflated and stares forlornly at her laptop.
Author: J. West
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Wednesday, November 20th, 2013|Guest posts|
Throughout 2013 I have combined my two main interests – music and photography.
I have undertaken location photo shoots, and captured images from some truly fantastic gigs. I would like to share with you some photographs of the amazing bands/artists who have appeared in my photoblog during this year.
So here is the first installment of my blog for Elexu…the second part will come soon!
AJ Holmes & the Hackney Empire
I joined A.J. Holmes & the Hackney Empire at the launch party for their debut album Wedding at the Victoria, Dalston on 26th January 2013. I’d seen the band live a few times before and have always had a fantastic time. This concert was no exception; the venue was completely packed and filled with a real party atmosphere.
Wytham Wood was an Oxford-based folk band, comprised of Anneli Chambliss (Lead vocals, guitar) and Jules Dickinson (Lead guitar, vocals). Anneli and I have been friends since we were both students at Oxford and we have always shared a love for music and art.
I was so pleased to have the opportunity to hear Wytham Wood perform live at the Wheatsheaf in Oxford, on Sunday 17th February; such beautiful songs and really emotive music.
Very sadly lead guitarist Jules passed away this year.
Pilgrim’s Process (Musical Theatre)
St James’s Church in Muswell Hill put on a fantastic production of Pilgrim’s Progress in March.
Everything from the acting, live music, lighting, costumes, etc, was truly impressive. It was a great show, which not only illustrates the depth of talent that can be enjoyed locally, but is also a testament to the way hard work & focus can turn an artistic idea into a solid reality that has the power to affect many.
Mitch Daniel’s and Tom Triggs Busking at the Southbank
I first met singer/songwriter Mitch Daniels when we were both studying a music business course at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance in 2012.
This May I joined Mitch & percussionist Tom Triggs for a photoshoot as they busked on the Southbank. It was brilliant – A beautiful location, early evening sunshine, and loads of fantastic music.
Helen Lloyd & I were band mates in the past, so it was great to collaborate again – this time on a photoshoot.
Helen Lloyd is a singer/songwriter/musician/music producer from North London, who creates beautiful, stirring music.
In the May Bank Holiday sunshine we did an on-location shoot at Alexandra Palace.
…To Be Continued…
Author: Samantha Edgley
Monday, November 18th, 2013|Elexu Live Lounge|
Torben Tietz & Nate Maingard
You would think that, after all the Live Lounge events, the experience will be the same for all the artists coming through Elexu doors. Nope!
Each artist has their own individual taste in music, style and a personal flare which makes them who they are! I respect and hope that all musicians/artists out there fulfill their hopes and dreams!
Last week was quiet but entertaining. One of our colleagues Alice was ill and wasn’t able to make it, her liveliness presence was dearly missed! Even our host Nate Maingard was feeling poorly, but as they say“the show must go on!” and that it did.
Torben Tietz was something special. His amazing talent to play the guitar in a unique way was really fascinating! He really knew how multifunctional a musical instrument can be, which also showed how imaginative he is.
Torben was calm, cool and collected, showing no signs of nervousness. Once his performance started, his voice was bouncing off all four walls, sending chills down my spine. And as cheesy as that may sound, trust me when I say that his playing technique was different & interesting to watch!
Thank you Torben for joining Elexu and thanks Nate for hosting even though you was ill!
Author: Ayshah Mubeen Butt
Tuesday, November 12th, 2013|Event
, Guest posts
After 12+ months planning this charity gig, finally the Mitch Daniels Band reached the long awaited day:Net The Bed!
Here’s a post written by Mitch for us about their performance at the O2 Academy2 Islington, and a follow up about the results the band reached through this charity gig.
A one night only show performed by The Mitch Daniels Band on Friday 18th October 2013 at the O2 Academy2 Islington
We had been planning Net The Bed all year and it was a major project for us, so when the day finally came around there was a mixture of emotions amongst the band from excited to stressed and plain exhaustion!
Once the stage was set however, the doors opened, the room started to fill up and all those feelings then turned into nervous excitement and energy. The room was buzzing when we came on stage, it felt incredible and we were absolutely blown away by the turnout and the response we got.
In total we raised £900.00, enough for 180 mosquito nets, all of which went directly to the charity Malaria No More UK which specialises in Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLIN’s) which have insecticide impregnated into the fabric of the net so it does not wash out. They work to save lives by investing in prevention, diagnosis and treatment and so far it has distributed over 5 million nets and is part a global effort that has seen a significant drop in deaths from malaria by 26% since 2000.
We now hope to build on what we have achieved and perhaps make #NetTheBed an annual event.
Once again, we cannot thank everyone enough for the support. To those who came, and to all those who contributed but couldn’t make it, thank you. It was a really great night!
Author: Mitch Daniel
Thursday, November 7th, 2013|Guest posts
INT. LOUNGE – DAY
JAC (40s) wannabee screenwriter -- scratches her head, and
slurps coffee. She takes a moment before bashing on the
ALFIE (5) cat, local, writing consultant -- is curled up, on
the back of the sofa. He tries miserably, not to nod off.
Are you even awake?
Yep. I’m with you. Mow.
So once you have the bare bones of
your story, it’s time to flesh it
My intelligent side says eww. My
feline side says yummm...
Jac ignores the silly kitty.
So, fuzzy, smarty pants, how do you
Base them on smart cats you know?
That’s me of course, not you.
Ha. You could do. I hate to admit,
some reality T.V. shows have a
great range of entertaining peeps.
Let’s not get silly here.
The two exchange a look.
For me, it’s a combination of their
words in their dialogue. And what
they do, in the action lines. One
has to back the other up. The
combination can create a real,
three dimensional person.
So it’s not great to have them say
they’re sad, then go dancing, all
Not really. Plus, you actually want
to avoid people saying outright,
exactly how they feel.
Wait? What, you wouldn’t?
Jac shakes her head, and points to her nose.
Doesn’t make much sense to me, and
makes writing peeps doubly hard.
Yep. But we’ll tackle dialogue next
time. With characters you do need
to concentrate on showing quirks,
flaws and all.
Claws and all.
Geeze, you’re in a daft mood today.
I would work better, if you fed me,
Too early, but nice try.
Meh. So reality sucks. Ergo.
Alfie shoots a leg up. Duly cleans said leg.
Do all characters have to be real
Depends. For comedy for instance,
or even horror at times, you can
get away with less developed
people. But I think, for any story,
especially like a drama, it helps
to have your characters grounded on
convincing personality traits.
Hmm. Interesting... so they can be
as simple or complex as you want.
Use yourself, and what would you do
in that situation. Like method
Whatever suits the story needs.
Well I can tell you now, this furry
character needs feeding.
You, my kitty friend, have a one
No. I also think a lot about
And as exciting as this chat is, I
might just close my eyes for a
while. But please believe me, when
I tell you that I’m listening, that
You may pay me in tuna.
Jac snaps the laptop shut in a huff.
Author: J. West
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Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013|Elexu Live Lounge
Robert James Selby & Nate Maingard
This week’s Live Lounge was calm and relaxing, totally mellow!
Robert has such soul in his voice and the reasons behind each song was mesmerizing. To make this event a day to remember all Robert brought along was himself, his guitar and his harmonica, and that was all he needed!
Robert James Selby prepped his vocals, whilst finely tuning his guitar and in the meantime Nate Maingard was getting cosy and comfortable on the sofa in his stripy socks. The atmosphere before and even after the event was smooth and down to earth. Robert wasn’t nervous one bit, not a sweat in sight! Although that must explain, how his musical talent also comes across as folksy yet realistic.
Usually, behind the scenes you would find out quirks about the artist, but Robert James Selby presented his true colors behind the scene and on the scene of Live Lounge.
He was one down to earth, talented artist!
If you missed the Live Lounge, watch it here: http://ivo.io/eJWtjNZOs
Author: Ayshah Mubeen Butt
Wednesday, October 16th, 2013|Event
, Film Community
A great passion for music, past experience as music journalist, and an innate multitasking personality. This explosive mix led to Malcolm Galloway’s comedy horror feature film Rock Band Vs Vampires.
Malcolm, songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist, is the driving force behind rock band Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate. He has previously made a few short films and performed in the London 2012 48 Hour Music Video competition runner’s up prize winning While I Still Can. Rock Band Vs Vampire is his first feature movie in which he is the scriptwriter, director, and one of the producers and actors at the same time!
A few weeks ago I had the chance to meet with Malcolm at the Belsize Park Station in Camden to talk about his new project.
A. “Hi Malcolm! Tell us about this movie. What’s the storyline of the movie?”
M. “It’s the story of Jeremiah Winterford, an old-school vampire whose mansion has been burned down and most of his clan killed by a rival. After these tragedies he is persuaded to move to Camden, the heart of the music scene in London, to rebuild his entourage. A local unsuccessful rock band, Sorcerer’s Tower is invited to play at the re-opening night of Angelfish, a Camden music venue now under new management…”
A. “Where the idea come from, and where did you get your inspiration?”
M. ”I don’t remember exactly why I picked vampires. In June 2013 I suggested the idea of a comedy-horror story about an unsuccessful rock band caught up in the middle of a vampire feud to some of my colleagues, and the reaction was so encouraging that a couple of weeks later I had a first draft to share. A lot of the story is quite autobiographical. Except the bits with vampires. Edgar Wright’s films are also an inspiration.”
A. “How things are going and what will be next steps?”
M. We’ve just starting filming, and so far it’s going extremely well. We’ve got two scenes filmed on schedule so far, and three more scenes coming up this weekend. We plan to finish principal photography by the end of this year, and it should be out in time for Halloween 2014.
I really would love to have the possibilities to give back to each member of the crew a physical DVD with the movie. You know, digital version is fine; but having it physical, it’s another thing!”
A. “Are there any celebrities among the actors?”
M. There are a lot of people who worked or are working in the movie field, and we were delighted that Gyles Brandreth, writer, broadcaster, and former member of parliament, joined us for a cameo scene! We’ve also got the former model and scream queen Dani Thompson in a major role. We’ve some other surprises to announce soon.”
A. “How are you managing the costs to record and produce the movie?”
M. “Rock band Vs Vampires is an extra low-budget comedy-horror feature film produced with the help of over 200 volunteers. it has been inspiring that so many people want to get involved to try to help make the project happen. I’m incredibly grateful to my colleagues, who bring with them such a range of skills, experience and talent. I’m also extremely grateful to the businesses that have supported us by providing their locations for filming (including the Zigfrid Von Underbelly in Hoxton, the Underworld in Camden, The Fiddler’s Elbow in Camden, and Curry Manjill in Belsize Park as well as friends offering their homes.) and the Goltic Shop for their support with costumes.
We’re also putting on a fundraiser for the film at the Fiddler’s Elbow in Camden on Halloween, where there will be featuring performances by Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate (the film will feature music our debut album Invisible) and others involved in the film. We’re also very grateful to those who’ve supported our Indiegogo Campaign.
Thanks to Malcolm Galloway for the nice chat while walking on the amazing Hampstead Park!
Don’t miss the fundraising gig for Halloween in Camden Town…it’s gonna be terribly fantastic!!!