Music & Photography – By Samantha Edgley

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013|Guest posts|by ElexuCommunity|No Comments

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


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



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


Behind the scene of the Live Lounge with Torben Tietz

Monday, November 18th, 2013|Elexu Live Lounge|by ElexuCommunity|No Comments


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

Net The Bed – The Mitch Daniels Band live

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013|Event, Guest posts, Uncategorized|by ElexuCommunity|No Comments

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

Screenwriting 2: “Characters” by J. West

Thursday, November 7th, 2013|Guest posts, Uncategorized|by ElexuCommunity|No Comments




JAC (40s) wannabee screenwriter -- scratches her head, and
slurps coffee. She takes a moment before bashing on the
laptop keyboard.

          Characters... characters.

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
          all out.
          My intelligent side says eww. My
          feline side says yummm...

Jac ignores the silly kitty.

          So, fuzzy, smarty pants, how do you
          write characters?
          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
          merry like.
          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
          acting, darling...
          Whatever suits the story needs.
          Well I can tell you now, this furry
          character needs feeding.
          You, my kitty friend, have a one

         track mind.

          No. I also think a lot about

Alfie yawns.

          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
          I’m not.



          You may pay me in tuna.

Jac snaps the laptop shut in a huff.

                                       FADE OUT.


Author: J. West


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Behind the scenes of the Live Lounge with Robert James Selby

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013|Elexu Live Lounge, Event|by ElexuCommunity|No Comments


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:


Author: Ayshah Mubeen Butt

Rock Band Vs Vampires: a feature film written and directed by Malcolm Galloway

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013|Event, Film Community, Interviews, Uncategorized|by ElexuCommunity|No Comments

Comedy Horror Movie

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!!!


Author: @AlicePodenzana



Behind The Scene Experience of Filming Live Lounge

Monday, October 7th, 2013|Elexu Live Lounge|by ElexuCommunity|No Comments


One would think that behind the scenes of a live lounge is just manic and crazy, irrespective of the size of the event. But this live lounge was far from manic; it was full of laughter and amazing vocals!

Mitch Daniels band came prepared with their equipment to make sure they knocked the performance out the park! And boy did they knock it out! 2 guitarists, 1 bass guitarist, 1 drummer and their mysterious tones started to set the atmosphere and build jazzy vibes in the room.

I was lucky enough to exclusively hear them rehearsing before the live lounge, plus their mind-blowing voices gave me goose-bumps all over! This unique band made their own clique and has created songs which instantaneously become addictive.

Before going live, Mitch Daniels’ band seemed calm and ready to perform. Turned out that our host Nate Maingard knew one of the band members, and the astonishment increased the hype in the room.

A few minutes left and the tech team were running around like headless chickens trying to sort out final details, whilst Mitch Daniels’ band and Nate Maingard were hysterical because it was the perfect time for them to be cracking jokes!

All in all, the experience of being a part of ‘behind the scene’ crew is entertaining.  I got to know the band on a more personal level and it’s interesting to watch the four members express their individual personalities. Likewise, during the performance, tweeting and sharing photos with Elexu’s social community, turned out to be surprisingly enjoyable and very interactive.

Have a listen to Mitch Daniels band rehearsing their vocals before they go live


Author: Ayshah Mubeen Butt

Screenwriting 1: “Story” by J. West

Friday, October 4th, 2013|Guest posts|by ElexuCommunity|No Comments




JAC (40s) wannabee screenwriter, hunches over the laptop.
Brains are racked, the computer keys bashed. She ponders on
how to blog about writing.
ALFIE (5) the pet cat and local script consultant, lounges
on the back of the sofa.
          So, you want to get into film



          Where do you start with something

     like that?

          Books, internet, the B.B.C.
          Writer’s Room have some great
          resources for newbs. Then trial,
          error, practise and a steep
          learning curve.

Alfie nods in agreement.

          You make it sound almost easy.
          Sometimes it can be, but like
          anything, it can take work.
          Not sure I like that word... work.
          Yeh, sounds intimidating -- but if
          you really want something. And
          other peeps, not including your mum
          or mates, say you have a talent for
          it, then who knows?
          So seriously, where do you begin?

Jac thinks on this huge question.


          Story is key. Without a great
          story, you have nothing. Some
          writers plan their script out,
          using plot cards to sequence the
          story points out.
          Sounds tedious.
          Maybe, but if you get stuck,
          there’s something to refer back to.
          Kick start the writing mojo again.
          Ah. Handy.
          While others, write on a loose idea
          in their heads.
          Is that wise, feature films are
          ninety pages, plus?

Jac laughs.

          Silly, talking, cat. Just depends
          on the writer. Writing that way can
          be more organic, unpredictable
          even, creating an exciting journey.
          Sounds trippy.
          Well, like anything, there are some
          ace books, and guides that go into
          constructing stories. Help you
          break it down into manageable bits.
          I like bits. Especially tuna type


          See, you’re digressing. If we had a
          plot outline to this...
          We’d have stayed on track?
          So next time?
          The next element to consider, could
          be how to create characters for
          your story.
          Cool. Got any end of chat tips?
          Yep. Carry a pen and notepad
	  around. Just incase a bit of
	  dialogue, or story inspiration
	  comes to mind. Then you can
	  scribble it down, and maybe use it
	  later. As mentioned, the web has a
	  wealth of resources. Google is your
          No he’s not. I’m a cat.
          Good point.

                                                FADE OUT. 


 Author: J. West

NOTE: Unfortunately blogging platforms don’t allow to maintain the typical screenwriting format, and it’s why the page formatting is out of sync. Please, open the following links to see the script as it should be.

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Update from the Summer: Elexu Live Lounge

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013|Elexu Live Lounge, Event|by ElexuCommunity|No Comments

At Elexu office the summer has been busy, and we’ve received a lot of amazing visits!

For who missed the past episodes of the Live Lounge, we hosted some young artists who surprised us for their music, voices, art, well, for their natural talents!

We would like to use this space to say thanks again to everyone for coming and sharing with the Elexu Team and Elexu Community these wonderful talents. So thanks to Lukas Johne, Peppermint Duo, Antiqu’e, Tom Staniford and Sarah Berresford, alias Oh Sister!


 Lukas Johne

Peppermint Duo

 Peppermint Duo




Tom Staniford with our host, Nate Maingard


Oh Sister during the PreView of our new product iVO 

If you want to watch their performance at the Elexu Live lounge, visit the Elexu page on YouTube or on Facebook!

…New artists & Live Lounge are coming soon!

Elexu Team


#4TDays: Inspiring the Youth – Abi Stafford

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013|Guest posts|by ElexuCommunity|No Comments

As promised, we’re back to share with you new Elexu’s features, fresh posts by our guest bloggers, and our latest discoveries in terms of young talents!

Let’s start with a new inspirational post written by Abigail Stafford, one of our loyal guest bloggers. Abi has collaborated with Elexu since last year, when she published her first post on Elexu’s blog, #Invisible Disabilities Day. There she shared her personal experience with one of those she defines “invisible disabilities”, and her reaction to raise awareness about it.
Continue reading to discover how Abi’s project is going on, and to know more about her new adventure at Channel 4′s 4Talent.



Photograph taken at a 4Talent Day event.

Finding an internship, apprenticeship and a job is near impossible for today’s youth even with a wealth of qualifications bulking up their CV. Positions are very limited but even those that are offering work often require previous work experience, so how can we make our first break into work?

Well I’ve been traveling across the UK with Channel 4’s 4Talent offering opportunities to young people that want to get their foot in the door of the media industry by hosting workshops and classes with media industry professionals. We’re aware that many of the media orientated positions are often in and around the big cities like London and Manchester and we wanted to reach out to those in smaller areas across the UK. As part of our 4Talent Days Road show we’ve visited places such as Barnsley, Penzance, Dundee and Wigan to show how young people there can take advantage of the opportunities that are right under their nose – by using social media.

My role at the events is to promote the days on the 4talent social network platforms by tweeting using the @4talentdays account alongside the hashtag #4tdays and taking photographs for the Facebook page. I work as part of 4Crew which was a Channel 4 initiative of creating a young film crew. They offer us mentoring and helped us to get our foot in the door of the media industry by giving us first-hand experience.

Since attending my first 4Talent Day in 2011, Channel 4 has not only inspired but offered me… in achieving my goal of becoming a journalist. After learning from some great industry experts, I’m now working on a few exciting projects. I write my own blog about invisible disabilities called HideAndSeek Disabilities Blog which reaches a monthly global audience of thousands. I also regularly write for TMRW Magazine, a music and fashion magazine originally set up by a group of young creative as an online platform but is now stocked by the likes of Harrods and Selfridges and is soon to release its 5th print edition.

From what I’ve learnt, the real key to your success is how you portray and promote your professional self on social media platforms. With TMRW Magazine I helped to initiate a worldwide trend on twitter of #tmrwmagazine which increased our following dramatically and enabled us to connect and collaborate with existing magazines, fashion brands and even celebrities. Not to mention, I first saw my role with Channel 4 advertised on twitter offering a freelance position for a social networker – how fitting.

Using social media as a professional platform is a great way for you to instantly offer a portfolio of your work and get in direct contact with industry professionals without writing copious amounts of cover letters or sending a chain of generic emails. You can simply just drop them a 140 character tweet and within one click they can have access to all your previous work and success. It really is as easy and simple as that.

Author: Abi Stafford

Tweet me: @abistafford