SAVE OUR CITIES ONE is a magazine all about being local; all the exciting, unique and individual elements of our cities. Welcome to the new and old in Leeds; we’re talking to new talent, visiting old places and showing you how to rework old trends into new. I hope you enjoy discovering all those places and people you never knew existed. ONE goes side by side with our national sister website, WWW.THEREISONLYONE.CO.UK on which you can find exclusive content from this issue, video content plus an interactive map showing you all of the best independent places in Leeds, including everywhere mentioned in this issue. It doesn’t just cover Leeds but four other major UK cities so you will always be able to find the best independent things to do. It’s time to revive Leeds and keep it ours; one of a kind, unique and independent, because there is only ONE Leeds.
Katie Szadziewska The Editor
old and new PERSPECTIVE What’s the best new or old thing about Leeds?
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS Kiosk 78 Bright Light Syndrome Dave Beer & Klaudia Staniek
Summer of ‘75 Guys & Girls Vintage Trends All American Vintage
Hyde Park Picture House
This issue was compiled with help from: Damon Bryan at Kiosk 78; George, Aaron and Josh from Bright Light Syndrome; Klaudia Staniek and Dave Beer; Jordan Franz at All American Vintage; Wendy Cook at Hyde Park Picture House; Ben Carter and Amy Szadziewska; plus everyone who took part in a one line interview. All content compiled by the editor, Katie Szadziewska © 2011 Katie Szadziewska - www.katiesz.co.uk
WHAT IS THE BEST NEW OR OLD THING IN LEEDS?
CHARLOTTE The best old thing about
Leeds is the Brudenell Social Club because it’s a place students can go and mix with the locals that have been there a long time. They also host a big range of gigs. VIC Probably Dry Dock, just because it’s a boat on land where you can have a drink of rum on the top deck. HOLLY The Cottage Road Cinema in Headingley. ALICE The best old thing is the Art gallery and then the new Henry Moore Institute next door; it’s a good blend of new and old. RACHEL The best old thing is the Corn Exchange with all the new shops inside.
My mates band from Leeds called Scams; theyâ€™re definitely a new band worth keeping your eyes on.
EMIN I like how theyâ€™ve developed the new gym at the Edge, the swimming pool and facilities are great. MADALENA My favourite old place in Leeds is the Hyde Park Picture House because itâ€™s the oldest cinema in England and shows really interesting films.
TOM I really like Kirgate Market
because I love the meat you can get from the butchers there. JONATHAN Iâ€™d say the best old thing is Elland Road football stadium because it is rife with football history and in the 70â€™s saw some of the best football this world has ever seen.
The big rusty building, Broadcasting Tower, brings something really innovative and interesting to the Leeds skyline, you wonâ€™t see a building like that anywhere else.
Kirkstall Abbey is a nice old place in Leeds. It’s a really good free day out with your mates and it’s cool to see where they did the live broadcast of Frankenstein’s Bride.
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
KIOSK 78 BRIGHT LIGHT SYNDROME DAVE BEER & KLAUDIA STANIEK
Kiosk 78 is based in the exclusive independent arena of the Corn Exchange. After being open just 18 months, the store won “Best New Business” at the Drapers 2009 Awards. Since then they’ve been in the Esquire top 5 independent stores and were eighth in the FHM top 100 places to shop online. Co-founder Damon Bryan, talks to ONE about the store and independent culture in Leeds.
This country was built on independent shopkeepers and stuff, we should go back to the way it was.
WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND KIOSK 78? It’s myself and Gav; we’ve been best mates since we were little. We just decided we wanted to open a shop with clothes that we like ourselves that wasn’t available at the time. We started off with Japanese denim you couldn’t really get outside Japan but then started adding labels that we liked. We’ve just gone from there really and have been up and running for three years now. WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE LEEDS AS A HUB FOR KIOSK 78? Well we’re both from Yorkshire and Leeds is obviously a big city. There was an opening for what we wanted to sell so we just recognised the opportunity and went for it. HOW DO YOU SELECT BRANDS TO STOCK IN YOUR SHOP? AND HOW IMPORTANT IS IT TO YOU TO STOCK A RANGE OF LABELS? A lot of it is brands that we like ourselves but we go out buying two or three times a year to places like Paris, Berlin and London to see new collections. We go and view anything that we like and anything we think will fit well with what we sell, we’ll bring it in. We try to stock a range of different brands and garments because you can’t just sell the specialist things
we want to buy so we have to bring in other labels. It all has to fit in though and we’ll never compromise. DO YOU FEEL HAVING A RETAIL SPACE IN THE CORN EXCHANGE MAKES A STATEMENT ABOUT BEING PART OF INDEPENDENT RETAIL? Yeah, I think so. What this place used to be was a busy exciting place really. Obviously it has changed because they removed all the shops in here but we just recognised the opportunity and thought we liked what it was going to be, independent boutique type places and we just though yeah, we’ll go with it and give it a go. DO YOU FEEL THAT INDEPENDENT SHOPS GET ENOUGH RECOGNITION? No, probably not. I think it’s disappointing to see in Leeds too because it’s got the reputation as being quite an independent place but it’s getting more and more like any other high street now. I think it stifles independence somewhat in terms of what you’re able to do and doing something different because you’re always getting priced out by the big players. It seems now that some of the big shops are trying to get on with that independent style as well and copy it which is a nightmare.
You go into a big faceless place and you don’t really know what they’re selling and neither do half the people working there
YOU HAVE AN INTEREST IN NEW CREATIVES VIA THE BLUEPRINT PROJECT; HOW IMPORTANT DO YOU FEEL IT IS TO ENCOURAGE YOUNG PEOPLE TO DEVELOP THEIR CREATIVE TALENTS? If you don’t encourage people to be creative and get involved then you’re never going to have nice shops and nice bands or anything like that. It’s hugely important. WHAT DO YOU FEEL IS THE BEST PART ABOUT THE INDEPENDENT SHOPPING EXPERIENCE? I think it’s all down to the service and expertise of the people who work in the shops themselves. You go into a big faceless place you don’t really know what they’re selling and neither do half the people working there. Whereas we buy everything ourselves we know everything that we’re selling. We are experts, we live for what we sell and we can give that knowledge to customers. HOW DO YOU FEEL THAT NEARLY A QUARTER OF SHOPS ARE VACANT IN LEEDS CITY CENTRE? I think the problem being at the minute is everyone’s scared to take a risk. A lot of businesses see empty shops and they’re thinking ‘why are they empty, is it because people are going bankrupt?’ People are scared to
take the risk. This country was built on independent shopkeepers, we should go back to the way it was because otherwise it’ll be like any other generic place. WHAT DO YOU THINK MAKES LEEDS DIFFERENT TO OTHER CITIES IN THE UK? Well it’s got a good music scene, I think it’s probably unique in that aspect. I think Leeds has always been regarded as a good shopping place in the North but more recently it’s lagging behind places like Manchester. There seems to be a certain look in Leeds that is about two years behind everyone else in London and Manchester. Obviously a shop like ours has to change those peoples opinions towards things. WHAT OTHER INDEPENDENT STORES DO YOU RESPECT IN LEEDS? Paper Scissor Stone is a good shop they sell nice artwork and nice clothing and things like that. Hip is alright, it’s an easy enough shop but other than that really (I mean I don’t really know any womenswear) but in terms of menswear I think we’re pretty much the best one. Kiosk 78 can be found on the balcony level of the Corn Exchange or on www.kiosk78.co.uk
EVERYONE WANTS TO BE A DJ THESE DAYS SO IT’S A CASE OF IF YOU CAN CUT THE MUSTARD OR NOT
Dave Beer has been dubbed the unofficial Mayor of Leeds; itâ€™s no wonder as heâ€™s been running the longest clubnight in the UK, Back to Basics, for nearly 20 years. The club has been inspiring and encouraging new talent in house music since the day it started. Klaudia Staniek is one of the latest to hit the Leeds circuit and makes up one half of new female DJ duo Jasmin and Emilka. ONE talks to them about the legendary Back to Basics night and Leeds nightlife.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU START BACK TO BASICS?
not the same because you get a lot of posers and that ruins the vibe.
Dave: Really it was because there was nothing like it in the area. It was the end of Acid House and we were having to drive over to Manchester in order to go out or over to Nottingham or to London. There were no nightclubs in Leeds or anywhere near Leeds in fact. There were only a few places that had clubs at that time.
Dave: I think it’s down to the fact we’ve remained cutting edge. We’re always looking for new talent but also people have grown up on Back to Basics. It’s 20 years old now, it’s reliable and always there. You always know it’s going to be quality so even if you don’t know the DJ’s playing. It does what it says on the tin, “two steps ahead of any other fucker” and we try to keep it like that.
KLAUDIA, WHAT MADE YOU START DJING? Klaudia: I was interested in DJing for a few years before I came over to England, then when I came to Leeds I discovered it had such a big music scene and got really inspired by that. It wasn’t until I went to Back to Basics that I did decide to be a DJ, and buy some decks. Back to Basics is just really inspiring because everyone loves the music and the people there only have one passion; it’s not money, it’s not anything else, it’s love for the music. WHAT DO YOU THINK HAS MAINTAINED THE APPEAL OF BACK TO BASICS AND KEPT PEOPLE COMING BACK? Klaudia: I think it’s the love, there’s no other club that has that; they don’t have that family vibe like Back to Basics. There are so many people out there who are friends because of the club, people who have children because of the club, so many relationships and marriages, so I think it’s just that family vibe. There’s so many house nights in Leeds but it’s
WHO, WOULD YOU SAY, HAS INSPIRED YOU THE MOST? Klaudia: There’s a lot of the classic DJs like Frankie Knuckles. He’s definitely been a big inspiration with classic songs like Your Love. I just find it so amazing that songs that were made when I was one I’m really into right now and that they’re so timeless and universal. There’s also all the residents at Back to Basics. And there’s Lisa Loud, who was the first female DJ in the UK. Dave: Well obviously the Clash have probably been the biggest influence when I was a kid and Joe Strummer. They’re the only band that stand out. But then there’s relations like my mum and my son. HOW DO YOU SEE YOUR FUTURES DEVELOPING, AND THAT OF THE CLUB? Klaudia: Well right now DJing has been a hobby more than a career, I have been trying to concentrate on my university work but I do definitely
feel I have a purpose when it comes to music. I’ve got really far, really quickly which has amazed me and it’s because people see my passion. Producing your own music is how you get out there so once I start doing that we’ll see where that takes me. Dave: It’s hard to say. I keep thinking ‘eighteen years, I’ve had enough’, ‘twenty years I’ve had enough’, but Back to Basics will continue in one way or another because it’s a part of me and it keeps Ali alive [Ali Cooke set up the club with Dave back in 1991 but was tragically killed in a car accident in 1993]. We’ll always been doing parties… Also, a newspaper said our flyers were ‘a visual mouthpiece to a generation’. We were part of an Acid House exhibition in London and now we’re doing one that’s just on Back to Basics artwork this year which is quite exciting. OVER THE YEARS YOU’VE BOOKED A LOT OF ACTS BEFORE THEY’VE MADE IT BIG, HOW IMPORTANT DO YOU FEEL IT IS TO SUPPORT NEW TALENT? Dave: It’s essential. I stop supporting them when they become big. I could probably make more money out of it but I think you need to keep it fresh, it keeps it interesting for me and the feel good factor. I find talent and put it out there. We’re opening a Back to Basics music academy as well where we’ll open up the studio and show people how to make music, DJ tips and teach them all the software. ARE THERE ANY NEW DJS THAT YOU WOULD RECOMMEND
(PARTICULARLY ANY FROM THE LEEDS/ YORKSHIRE AREA)? Klaudia: There’s a lot of young DJs that have been brought up with Back to Basics like Gavin Herlihy, James Barnsley, Burnski and Robert James. Laura Jones is a female artist who’s really talented and she’s been doing really well right now. Dave: Tristan da Cuhna who’s one at Basics. There’s quite a lot you know, Klaudia mentioned Robert James who’s doing really well, Buckley who although he’s been around a long time and has got a new album coming out. A lot of people are producing music now and there’s a lot of good talent coming through. Joe Campbell is doing really well at the moment. Everyone wants to be a DJ these days so it’s a case of if you can cut the mustard or not. DO YOU THINK THAT THE OPENING OF ALL THE WORLDWIDE CLUB BRANDS AND BIG CHAIN CLUBS HAS IMPACTED ON THE LOCAL NIGHTLIFE OF LEEDS? Dave: It’s brought more shit into town but it stops the shit coming to us. It’s like the Antichrist of what I do and is the polar opposite of what I stand for so as long as it stays a long way from me I don’t really care. AND FINALLY, WHAT DO YOU THINK MAKES LEEDS A UNIQUE CITY? Klaudia: I think how small and cosy it is, you can bump into people that you
know. It’s just really homely in that way I find, how friendly everyone is, it’s like one big family. Dave: I think the people, without a doubt. People come here and they can’t understand how friendly Leeds is. They just want to have a good time, they don’t take themselves too seriously. There’s lots of students here but they get accepted and don’t get made to feel out of place. As soon as they come here, they become a part of Leeds. Back to Basics is currently held at Stinkys Peephouse. Klaudia, as part of Jasmin and Emilka, is a resident DJ at monthly night Flux held at Wire.
IT CAME FROM A TERM I LEARNT IN GCSE GEOGRAPHY WHICH MEANS AMBITION, MOVING TO THE CITY TO FIND THE BRIGHT LIGHTS
Leeds has long been famous for music, from the famous Live At Leeds album by The Who, to the Yorkshire locals, Kaiser Chiefs and The Cribs. Leeds welcomes new bands with open arms in the hope they might make it big one day and remember where they started. Bright Light Syndrome are about to grace the Leeds scene with their catchy melodic sound. ONE talks to George, Aaron and Josh from the band before their first ever gig together at Mine in Leeds University.
CAN YOU TELL ME A BIT ABOUT THE BAND, HOW YOU GOT TOGETHER? George: Well I’ve been in a couple bands in Leeds over the last two or three years, none of which have been quite right so I’ve always been looking for full time band members. I posted various adverts online and that’s how Aaron found me and got in contact. Aaron: I’ve been in Leeds now for nearly three years and always been trying to find a singer because I can’t sing myself.
find the bright lights so I thought that was quite nice. CAN YOU TELL ME WHAT YOUR HIGHLIGHTS HAVE BEEN UP UNTIL NOW? Aaron: We’ve got two gigs in one week, so they’ll be the highlight really. George: I think because it’s quite early in the day for us we haven’t had any sort of memorable gigs or anything yet but we’ve been played on BBC Introducing which it was quite good to hear our stuff on the radio.
Josh: Myself and Aaron have been playing together for the past two years. Aaron was looking for a singer and found George.
CAN EACH OF YOU DESCRIBE THE BANDS MUSIC IN THREE WORDS?
Aaron: So we messaged him and went for practice. Josh wasn’t in the band originally, there was this guy who missed two practices without any sort of confirmation so we got Josh in and that’s how it’s been ever since.
Aaron: It’s more than a word but it has its dark and brooding moments but then it’s also…
CAN YOU TELL ME A BIT ABOUT THE BAND NAME? George: Well my online profile has been called Bright Light Syndrome for three or four years now. Bright Light Syndrome actually came from a term I learnt in GCSE Geography, which means ambition; moving to the city to
George: I’d go for catchy.
George: How about sensual? Josh: I’d go for inspiring. Before this happened I’d more or less stopped playing guitar, but then this happened. When I heard Somewhere Out there it inspired me, it made me want to start playing again so hopefully that will carry onto other people. Josh: So our three words are inspiring, catchy and sensual.
IT DOESN’T MATTER HOW BIG THE CROWD IS BUT IT WOULD BE AMAZING TO PLAY A GIG AND HAVE THE CROWD SING ALONG
George: Maybe sensual’s more of a joke. WHO WOULD YOU CLASSIFY AS YOUR INFLUENCES? Aaron: My favourite band has always been The Cure. Robert Smith is a massive idol for me. And then there’s The Smiths, and Bowie. I’m into 80’s disco too and I had my pop punk phase. Right now I listen to a lot of New Order because Peter Hook’s bass playing inspires me. The Beatles as well. I know it’s so cliché but there’s no band like that, that still sounds fresh in 2011. Josh: The reason I started playing guitar is because of Slash but I like people like Robert Johnson, John Lee Hooker. All the old guys. The old catchy blues. I really like the Black Keys. George: For me it’s probably my Dad’s music that’s had a massive influence on me. So Colin Blunstone from the Zombies, the Kinks, Ray Davies all his songwriting is amazing. Over the last five years I’ve really got into Fleetwood Mac even though it’s a bit of a guilty pleasure. WHAT DOES THE FUTURE LOOK LIKE FOR THE BAND? WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO BE DOING OVER THE NEXT YEAR OR SO? Josh: We’ll be pushing and doing everything we can to get out there. Essentially get in the charts, that’s what we want to do. George: I think over the next couple of months we’ll have various gigs lined up in Leeds, then over summer, we’ve had a few offers from big venues in London such as Barfly in Camden so that’ll be a really big gig for us. We want to get on the London scene and hopefully get some festivals over the summer. Aaron: That’ll take us through to September and we’ll be looking to record very soon.
Josh: For now I think it’s getting this first gig and absolutely nailing it. Make it stick in everyone’s minds and make people want to come and see us again. SO WHAT WOULD YOU SAY WAS THE ULTIMATE GOAL FOR THE BAND IS? Aaron: I’d be happy to, even just for a couple of years, do this as my profession. Even someone just saying I like that album or I like that song would mean a lot to me. I’d like to wave to my mum if I was on tele too, that’d be pretty cool. George: To be able to say I’m a musician and that’s my job, that’s the ultimate ambition. Josh: I think George and Aaron have said it all. I’d like people to remember me as a musician, for someone to say “Bright Light Syndrome, yeah they’ve got something going on there” George: I think for me, it doesn’t matter how big the crowd is but it’d be amazing to play a gig and have the crowd sing along. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE LEEDS MUSIC SCENE? Aaron: Techno, techno, house and techno. Josh: When I first moved to Leeds, it was a lot better then it is now. It seems to have died a bit. Aaron: There’s a lot of new bands coming to play here but as for local bands, I’m not aware of there being a big scene. Although, I went to a house party a few weeks ago and there were live bands playing and that to me, is encouraging that there’s still live music. George: It’s very electronic. Even though we’re new to the game, I’ve met bands around Leeds and they always seem super friendly and really keen to help each other out and set up gigs so definitely that’s a massive
IT’S EASY FOR A BAND TO GET OUT THERE BUT IT’S HARDER TO GET TO THE TOP
positive. Everyone is super friendly, all you need to do is go down, chat to people, hear about their band, tell them about yours and put on nights together. ARE THERE ANY OTHER LOCAL LEEDS BANDS OR BANDS ON INDEPENDENT LABELS THAT YOU WOULD RECOMMEND? Aaron: WeRunRiot, they’re a really good band. Their drummer is travelling for a few months but they’ll be back in the summer. People should check them out, especially See It Through. Josh: Cassius, they’ve played Leeds Fest twice and they’re on they’re way to being massive. They’re really cool guys and they’re music’s really different; Kings of Leon mixed with Journey, really epic stuff. George: A guy called Will Huchkins in the New Braskos. I really rate the song writing, they’re one to watch out for over the next year. And also another band, I’m not sure where they’re from, but they’re called Wise Children and have a really nice acoustic sound. Josh: And a band called Hokie Joint. They are incredible. The harmonica guy has like an infrared thing so last time I saw them he did a solo sat on a bench outside while the full band played inside.
DO YOU FEEL THAT LOCAL MUSIC GETS ENOUGH COVERAGE? Aaron: Not really to be honest. I think the internet has enabled a lot of people to get their voices heard. It doesn’t matter where your from, if you have good music then you can reach people through the internet. Josh: It’s easy for a band to get out there but it’s harder to get to the top because so many bands can do it. Aaron: You can have your stuff out there but whether people listen to it or not is different. George: One thing I would say though for new bands promoting themselves, is one side is the internet but I also think it is going out and meeting people. In summer we’re going to go out and do acoustic sessions in Hyde Park, meet people and say we’ve got a gig, come down. I think that sort of level of engagement is key. WHAT DO YOU THINK MAKES LEEDS A UNIQUE CITY? Aaron: The fact that it has all the nightlife, all the young people. It has the nightlife of a big city but you can walk anywhere you want to go, or get a cheap cab.
Josh: I’d go back to the point George made about local bands being friendly. I was in a band in Brighton and the reception wasn’t the same down there. It always seems like more of a competition whereas in Leeds everyone just wants to get along with each other. George: I’d probably say that if you just follow Otley Road out of the town centre if you’re a bit drunk, then you always know you’re going to end up somewhere near home. Just follow the road and you’ll be alright. Listen to Bright Light Syndrome at myspace.com/brightlightsyndromeuk and access an exclusive extended version of the interview online.
SUMMER OF ‘75
CHANNEL THE 1970’S BY REWORKING VINTAGE CLOTHES AND GOING HEAD TO TO TOE IN BURNISHED WARM SHADES. GUYS, TONE IT DOWN IN SANDY SHADES AND GIRLS, STYLE IT UP WITH A PAIR OF EXTRA LARGE SUNGLASSES.
SOMETHING OLD Cottage Road Cinema, Headingley
SOMETHING NEW Broadcasting Tower, City Centre
SOMETHING BORROWED Brotherton Library, Leeds University
SOMETHING BLUE Woodhouse Moor, Woodhouse
VINTAGE TRENDS Leeds is renowned for it’s quirky style and array of vintage shops. To fit with the new and old theme, genuine 70’s clothes were chosen from vintage store All American Vintage and styled to channel the 1970’s vibe in a 21st Century way. Update your wardrobe with these key 70’s trends to rock the festivals and parties this summer.
FIRE AND EARTH Mix up bright fiery oranges and reds with neutral sandy shades and a splash of white.
COVER UP Layer up for those unpredictable British summer days with a loose blazer, denim or leather jacket.
WARDROBE STAPLE Mix it up but medium or light blue denim to break up those bright tones.
CHECK MATE Checks continue to be huge so guys, wear over a plain tee, and girls, steal your boyfriends and tuck into highwaisted denim shorts.
all american vintage All American Vintage has fresh stock shipped regularly direct from New York City, USA. All the clothes are genuine vintage items, taken straight from the fashion magazines of the 50â€™s through to the 80â€™s. Mix up your outfits with a one of a kind vintage item.
All American Vintage is situated on the ground floor of the Corn Exchange. Key items from the Threads section were chosen from the store.
if you only do one thing this month SEE A FILM AT HYDE PARK PICTURE HOUSE
THE CINEMA CLUB
THE CINEMA CLUB
Hyde Park Picture House is far from being a hidden secret of Leeds, but remains one of the most unique and interesting places in the city. Nestled in the student area of Hyde Park between rows of terraced houses, the cinema retains the same grandeur and prominence as it did when it first opened back in 1914.
Plush red seats and long draped curtains that open to reveal the screen give you a sense of luxury straight from the 1940â€™s. Being the only gas-lit cinema left in the UK, it really is a little slice of culture that anyone can add to their day (and at a cheaper student price than the nearest multiplex).
Hyde Park Picture House is full of charm and extravagance; it is a piece of rare historical treasure and itâ€™s in your city. Places like this keep Leeds alive, and a city like no other. So if you only do one thing this month, soak up the atmosphere and culture of the picture house with a tub of popcorn by your side.
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