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Sunday, 15 May 2011


Brainstorming sessions recently with my friends Cally at Antar and directors Rod Main and Ita Fitzgerald about videos, releases, packaging, stuff we like, things we want to make happen...

Interestingly, whomever you are plotting with, talk always turns to logistics, red tape, paperwork, permits, all the things that 'piss on your chips' as Ita so deftly put it.

Unfortunately, these are the parts of creativity that kill the buzz - all the form filling, capital raising, phone calling, hoop-jumping blah that takes the sheen off your enthusiasm to just get up and do something.
When we made the video for 'Hell-Money-O' I spent the whole day thinking I was going to get my collar felt for blocking the pavement with a 'minor'...

We were looking at an old U2 video and I remember it being reported that they had closed off an entire area of Dublin. Nice work if you can get it...

And, while we're on the subject of someone else granting you permission to do something, they are lobbying to get a piece of graffiti removed from a wall outside The Premises rehearsal rooms in E2 because the artist didn't get permission to paint the mural in the first place (unless you're partial to the glitz and glamour of the adjacent Gala Bingo Hall, this was one of the ugliest stretch of roads in Hackney until The Rabbit brightened it up).

My latest video idea could turn out to be a logistical mightmare. Head down, soldier on and don't draw attention to oneself.

Carpe Diem, as they say in Hounslow...

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