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the end of the world issue 003

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Welcome to Issue 003 of Lick Magazine. Now we’re well and truely into 2012, we thought it was only appropriate to deal with the apocalyptic elephant in the room. The End of The World. We believe that if the world is truly going to end, we should spend our last months partying and enjoying eachother. Support your local nights, get involved with a project, get yourself some new threads. Let’s make the world a better place, even if it’s only for a couple of months. For now Lick faithful, enjoy this special End of The World Issue, tell your friends, tell your mother. We’re taking the armageddon on face to face and we mean business - The Team

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In our End of The World Issue, we’ve lined up more incredible features for you to feast your eyes on.

For film lovers, you’ll be excited to see our Steven Spielberg interview, and fashion forward readers will enjoy our feature with DJ/model/singer Aja, styled as a survivor in a post-apocolyptic world.

contributors Josef Pascoe Will Morgan Claire Meadows Logo Design: Max Neilson Toby Bartlett Amy Gathercole Charlotte Spillman @csspill Adam Black

Not a believer in the Mayan predictions? Read our article picking apart the hype and for those of you out there who are getting ready for the “end of the world as we know it”, you’ll find a handy guide to surviving, after the non-believers perish. We’ve got interviews with both new and established Nottingham institutions, such as Label:, Mimm and more, alongside some great community projects that we’re proud to support.. As always, check out the offerings of our great sponsors. Their amazing support ensures that Lick Magazine stays free.

the end is nigh? Words: Claire Meadows. Illustration: Adam Black

Impressive movie special effects aside, December 21st 2012 will not see the end of the world. Admittedly, I can’t prove it. But then neither can the Mayans. Nor can the Bible for that matter. But then when has the Bible ever had to prove anything? Followers of Mayan mania have led the newage rabble in their persistent squawking that the end is nigh. December 2012 will be characterised by a ‘spectacular’ event. What event this is they can’t be arsed to tell us. If it doesn’t kill us, things will change. Two discrepancies shine out from the latter. Casting aside the blatant attempt at covering their own arses - which exam board would ever let you get away with such a shit answer? A) To what extent have the Liberal Democrats kept to their pre-election promises? (30 marks) They haven’t. Ever keen to cash in on a cacophony of crap, the Hollywood studios have always followed suit. First came Jurassic Park, then there was Armageddon. Our generation suffered through 2012 starring John Cusack. The latter is due credit. It being the only film I’ve ever seen in which having lurched from the cinema I genuinely believed that seven years had passed and wished the apocalypse had only come sooner. Cormac McCarthy’s The Road it was not. But despite my scepticism, Mayan belief

can’t be so easily dismissed. Supposedly they aren’t as stupid as many believe. Bets in their favour point toward the fact that they were proved right before. Supporters argue that in times gone by they accurately predicted the length of the lunar moon. Critics point out that they were 43 seconds out. Aside from a partiality to hypochondria and dodgy pastimes, they were famous for two reasons – their ability at building highly accurate astrological equipment and sacrificing virgins. Sacrificing virgins. The former is commendable but the latter is unduly credited. Anybody can sacrifice a virgin. The difficulty lies in finding one these days. Mayan websites now showcase celebrity believers. As if mere endorsement is the only lacking barrier to belief. Mel Gibson has, by this point, long established himself as the Pied Piper of Halfwits so inevitably leads the pack. His massacre of the Holy tale and fondness for the occasional bit of antiJewish banter not being evidence enough that he’s no longer a crowd pleaser. Alas, there he is on the webpage - standing firm as a pillar of plausibility. Keen to paddle in the wake of the latest scaremongering, Lynx have just brought out ‘2012: The Final Edition’ and Melancholia with Kirsten Dunst looks so shockingly shit that I wait with baited breath to see if anybody actually dies mid-broadcast. The bandwagon has been boarded.

But why so much subscription to what has already been discredited? Superstition will never cease. When thousands of birds dropped from the sky in Arkansas last year hysteria led fears of some Hitchcockian aflocalypse. The reality was less exciting. Having been harangued by fireworks, the babble of startled birdies ploughed into every car, pylon and lamp post in sight. Imagine being paralytic and blindfolded? They hit the deck line rain water. Often the truth gives way to imaginative appeal. However, assuming I have horrendously underestimated the power of the Virgin, here’s a list of things I’d be glad to see the back of come destruction in yuletide times. Michael Gove. A man who genuinely queried whether there was enough money left in the public purse to pay for a royal yacht. A royal yacht. The only way I’ll be subscribing to this embarrassment is with written assurance that it has a gaping hole in the bottom. In which case the prospect of Prince Phillip & Co drowning is too much of an investment to pass aside. Capello. You could hear the explosion in a boo factory for miles. A man who not only subscribes to the horse shit of John “what video footage?” Terry but who the FA only allowed to stay in employment long enough to hang himself with his own whistle. Quite ironic really: a Shelly-esque means of being killed by your own monster. An Italian abandoning a sinking ship? Who would have thought it? Rupert Murdoch. My feelings on him are quite clear. A man so rich he could afford to buy all the oxygen in the world and rent it back to us at a profit. Tony Parsons. Had Twitter taken my ‘I hate him. Please remove him. Get him away’ emails seriously he would have disappeared from cyberspace a long time ago. A man so loathed in the land of social networking

that had the BBC commissioned him his own chat show - and his warbling bollocks echoed across the land - the recent strife in Tripoli could have been swiftly avoided. Forget UN air strikes, rebel forces should have just sent in Parsons to flush out Gadaffi. Or Amanda Harrington for that matter. Newt Gingrich / The entirety of the Republican Party. A man who cackles on incessantly over the sanctity of the ‘Defence of Marriage Act’, gags at the prospect of same-sex marriage yet has been divorced twice. In true Republican fashion he also holds the opinion that women who have been raped should fork out for their own abortions. Applying common sense to Republican policies is a sure set route to disappointment but if anybody can answer the anti-abortion/pro-death penalty irony for me…come hither. Alas, there are merits of the world ending after all. Fortunately for the Mayan calendar market, it won’t happen. “Scientific experts” have always predicted these things yet, here we are. Rest assured, if you want the real reason the world will end, go to Ho’kay?

m i m m Mimm has become the creative heart of Nottingham. Working tirelessly to bring together all aspects of local culture, Mimm founder Nathaniel’s aim is to put Nottingham back on the map. Having originally been supported by The Prince’s Trust, the shop has boomed over the past 2 years to become the place to go for all local artists, designers, DJs or in fact anyone with any creative talent at all. Stocking the freshest streetwear brands available, including Lazy Oaf, Acrylick and CTRL, Mimm should be your first port of call if you’re looking to stand out from the crowd. The shop is a constantly evolving exhibition space for local artists as well as an office for Mimm Recordings, the record label set up to help promote local talent. With previous releases from Epworth and Spamchop, keep your ears to the ground to catch latest recruit Ooko and his 12” ‘Sex Sells’ coming soon. The culmination of all of Mimm’s work to bring the creatives of the city together and give them a platform can be witnessed at their Nottingham Independent Creative Community night at Nottingham Contemporary on March 3rd. Featuring live art and screen printing, music from Wigflex and Lost Boys and pop up stalls from local up and coming designers, events just don’t come better than this.

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label: 2012 is already turning out to be a great year for underground dance music in Nottingham. Label is a new club night launching in March at new venue Black Cherry Lounge (formally The Rig). Lick caught up with the guys behind the bookings to find out what we can expect from their new venture. Tell us about how Label came together? How did you guys get started?

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Who would your dream booking be? So many great artists out there at the moment so that’s tough. MANDY and Art Department would be contenders, but there are so many more that we’d love to grace the decks at Label. We’ve got some big plans though, so as long as people support the night, you’ll be seeing some great names on our flyers soon. What drew you to the Black Cherry Lounge?

We are a collective of DJs, promoters and full on party people that thought it was about time we pulled together and put something special on. We’ve all been doing seasons in Ibiza since 2001, which is a path that has lead us to where we are now so it just seemed the right thing to do. What do you think Label will bring to the underground music scene in Nottingham? There are some great nights in Nottingham that we all support but feel that they are predominantly for students. We want to bridge the gap between the music lovers of Nottingham and the students and just throw a party that everyone can get involved in. The team behind it each has over 10 years experience in the scene so hopefully that will show in our attention to detail when it comes to making the night an experience for everyone.

The Black Cherry Lounge is a bit of a secret gem in Nottingham at the moment and when we stumbled upon it we just knew it would be ideal for what we wanted to do. It’s the perfect venue for an underground club night. That’s all we’re going to say about it so come down on the 9th March we think you’ll agree how good it is. What should the crowd expect for your first couple of parties? Quality music, good vibes, no pretense. Nice and simple, bring your party head and we’ll do the rest. Launch Party Friday 9th March with Hot Since 82. See you there. For tickets, check out the Facebook page, or go to

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quite ambitious considering the size of the venue and the fact it’s a free party. I’m so pleased that we managed to get these guys to play for us. Our parties at The Nest in London were fun as well, we heard some of the best music from BLM and Soho and then Murmur a few months later. In London, it’s a little less risky putting on underground music when compared to somewhere like Nottingham. I’d love to make some lesser known bookings in Nottingham but it’s just too risky unfortunately. You play every Friday at Eleven don’t you? Can you tell us a little about that?

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Firstly, tell us a bit about the history of Busta Groove. How did it come about and what makes it unique? Matthew Burton and I have been close since we were sound engineers at Stealth a few years back. In 2009 he moved to Berlin to start working at Dice Club, which was a brand new club set in an old power station - an amazing venue! Matthew approached the manager to run a night there and asked me to join him in organising it. We had both become tired of going to nights where the music always became predictably banging after a couple of hours. It’s still difficult to find a night where the music stays deep and groovy all night. Music doesn’t have to be banging to have energy, it just needs to keep you feeling good. As a DJ, it makes you work a bit harder to keep a crowd moving, but when it works you get a real connection with people – it allows you to go in many directions, which I think is important for a DJ. That’s kinda what Busta Groove is about. We play deep, underground music that is interesting for long periods of time, not tiring and predictable. It’s always a more laid back and intimate affair compared to your average club night but it’s also really friendly. Having thrown parties in Berlin, London and Nottingham, which have stood out for you? I’ve had many great moments at Busta Groove parties and the pleasure of playing alongside some great DJs but those that standout have to be our first party with Seth Troxler, a proud moment for us, having Kassem Mosse over last year and also Giles Smith. I also enjoyed the first time Ethyl played, Ben Boe put on a great show in August too and I’m a huge fan of Baaz and Christopher Rau. Some of our bookings in Nottingham have been

Yeah I play every Friday now with my good friend Ally (Micawber). The night’s called A Quiet Night In and has been quite low key until now. The focus is on good underground music, much like Busta Groove, but we’re always playing deep and dubby Techno alongside House music. The Eleven manager allows us flexibility to play whatever music we like and trusts us to play quality underground music that is difficult to find in Nottingham. What do you think of Nottingham’s music scene, do you think it has evolved in the past few years? There are pockets of good things going on but Nottingham’s a tough city, especially for House music. There are various nights that play House but not many that actually play ‘House Music’, and to me there’s a difference. House has become a huge blanket term for many different styles and it’s surprising what some people call House now. House Music is something you can connect with on a spiritual level, whereas some other forms of House are one dimensional, too aggressive and have lost sight of where it began. Nottingham’s a city that lacks a range of decent venues. Stealth and Rescue Rooms have been the place to go for many people in the last few years - ever since The Bomb closed down. Finding a decent venue for electronic music is tough, which is why it was good that the Wherehouse? came along. The Wherehouse? has been good as it’s given people a place to go away from the regular venues and since it opened, other House nights have popped up, showing the scene is getting healthier. A couple of years ago it was difficult to find House in Nottingham; other than Moog or Saltwater and occasionally Stealth. So I think it’s clear it’s developing but when you compare it to Manchester, Leeds and London, it’s really different. It’s too risky for a promoter to put on something in Nottingham that would work in one of those cities. Catch Nick at Busta Groove, 2nd March at Bar Eleven alongside headliner Ethyl.





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flow to the track, set against an almost dreamy beat, provides a backdrop to some lovely lyrics. There’s a polished softness to this song which distinguishes itself from other parts of the album and with the central breakdown to a firm bass rhythm the final crescendo is everything you want it to be.

you cry wolf To me, a band is of interest when their first chord immediately gets the crowd dancing. Such was the way with You Cry Wolf when I first heard them play a private party last year. Consequently my interest was immediately peaked to want to check out they’re first EP, Mosaics. Split into two trains of thought the album consists of 3 tracks for each part – the first; a daytime adventure with striking riffs and jovial choruses, the second; a nocturnal reflection of distorted dreams and lost thoughts. Although previously described as purveyors of math rock, You Cry Wolf prefer to disassociate from the stereotypes of a rock band. This doesn’t mean they’re not out there to have fun, most certainly not, but it does mean it’s all about the music and their artistic expression. It’s a refreshing change from those chasing the money and trying to look good you might say, and I would agree. This outlook definitely translates to the band’s music with a fierce passion felt in every song. The opening track of the album, ‘Starting’, is perhaps my favourite track on the album. What follows it is great listening but there’s nothing quite like the first tune’s rhythm and eager chorus. It literally had me singing all day and would be the track I’d listen to over and over again. The beat’s infectious and the minimum response you’ll get from anyone who listens to it is vigorous foottapping. Although ‘Starting’ can sound slightly hollow at points, this is completely overcome by the crooning of the chorus lyric ‘it takes time to make time’ that you’ll certainly be doing while listening. ‘Venetian Chrome’ is a track that softly draws you in and startles you with a crashing chorus. It fluctuates between the melancholy of loss and the angry rhetoric of the lyric ‘better luck next year’ over roaring cymbals. Repeat listening of this track only increased my enjoyment of it. The final track to Mosaics #1 is ‘Attempt 7’ and is a soft representation of the daytime theme. A curious

The second side to the album is less enticing to my ears – it’s a lot darker and somehow seems to say less. The lyrical opening to the fourth track ‘Mirrors’ is very agreeable but the voice of the song is sometimes lost amongst a strong instrumental. Through this, the track loses some of its potency but I suppose does represent the truly confusing nature of lost thoughts. ‘Melodrama’ fills its place in the album demonstrating You Cry Wolf’s quality but the final track to the album ‘Nature of the Beast’ reveals some exquisitely careful picking that only makes you want more. Unfortunately other parts of the song don’t quite meet the excellence of the instrumental. However, it does provide an excellent denouement to the entire EP. Although Mosaics #2 is not exactly my digestive biscuit, the second three tracks will no doubt open themselves up to other listeners, but for me I’d much rather be lost in the day than captivated by the night. The whole album is a two-sided novella of staccato and soft lyrics as well as intricate musical structures and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Without a doubt this band is great live, and the long swelling build ups in the album highlight their background of energetic performances, but the album falls short of truly representing their potential. However, when a band combines Hendrix like riffs with enjoyably repeated, thoughtful choruses it’s time to listen. The album makes you feel like you’ve been on a short jaunt to clear your head afterwards. Each track is different and the band definitely differentiates themselves from normal indie expectations by mixing up curious and different structures – some of these work superbly and some of them disappoint. But in a genre that tends to often be the same regular beats they stand out as something new. There’s very few wasted seconds on the album and a real feeling that you’re enjoying listening as much as they’re enjoying playing. I will certainly not be crying wolf and instead will cry joy at discovering the 60s influenced riffs of You Cry Wolf combined with their post-millennium indie feel that unquestionably leaves a smile on your face. But remember a review has only ever really been the first line of the argument. You can check out Mosaics by You Cry Wolf on iTunes, Spotify or at with regular dates played in both Nottingham & Brighton. Words - Toby Bartlett

screen22 presen He’s the man that coaxed that incredible unforgettable ear-shattering scream from a very young Drew Barrymore, he worked with Christian Bale way before he’d even contemplated donning a cape and driving a bad-ass vehicle and he made many a childhood fantasy come true when he brought dinosaurs to life in ‘Jurassic Park’. As film fans we have a tremendous amount to thank Steven Spielberg for; from effects and engaging John Williams’ scores to beautiful imagery, to films with narratives that pull at the heart strings and then there are those awesome action sequences. He really does do it all. Here’s what you didn’t know though, he’s a chap who is a first and foremost a family man who juggles his film projects with the hectic lives of seven children and their hobbies. He may have countless awards, the respect of everyone in the industry and essentially the keys to Hollywood but he likes nothing better than spending an afternoon mucking out their horses with his family. Recently our friend over at Screen 22 - Amy V Gathercole got the chance to talk to the gent about the making of his latest Oscar nominated film, ‘War Horse’. Read on to see what making ‘Jaws’ really meant and why he won’t quit directing until Clint Eastwood stops acting, as well as how he feels about making his first British film. You call ‘War Horse’ a story of love and war. Why those two? “I don’t often mix my metaphors, but I don’t really see this as a typical war film. There are only about twelve to fifteen minutes of actual combat here. This isn’t ‘Band of Brothers’ or ‘Saving Private Ryan’. I wanted families to see it, so I wanted to use a different approach. It’s a combination of both courage and combat that I wanted to depict. Albert chooses tremendous courage, it’s blind fear that makes him race forward, but he has a reason. A goal in his heart - Joey was the one for him, amongst a million horses.”

and I skip to the end credits and look for who they are, and if I can’t find them I’ll look in the office the next day. I keep a constant mental casting list.” Your film is gloriously old-fashioned. In the making of it were you reverting to childhood memories of heroes like John Ford? “Yes, of course. John Ford, Howard Hobbs, Robert Walsh, Alan Ford, Louis Flemming and many more but my heroes go beyond just American directors. But what I was a looking to do here was capture the inspiration of the story, and use the land as part of the storytelling. This film could only have been shot in England, its the most British film I’ve ever made, I once thought ‘Empire of the Sun’ was a British film - but being at the Royal Première of ‘War Horse’ I disqualified that and changed my mind on hearing the reaction at the Odeon last night in Leicester Square. This is a truly British film.” How much do you think of your children when choosing projects? My daughter Destry had a lot to do with me directing ‘War Horse’, she competitively rides horses. We have ten horses! I’ve been living with them for eighteen years and my wife rides dressage. I certainly know how to muck a stable! When Kathleen Kennedy (his long-term producer) found the book ‘War Horse’, my 15 year-old said you HAVE to make ‘War Horse’, you have to make it for me! So I did.” Are you willing to work as late as some other older directors? (The eldest being 103) “Well, I have no plans to quit. [Clint] Eastwood is one of my best friends and has been for forty years and we have a great jokey relationship about retirement, he’s like eighty-one now and I always say are you ready to retire this year? And he says no, so I say no too. It won’t happen until Clint hangs up his spurs!”

How do you go about picking such a huge and varied cast?

Your portfolio is very diverse. What’s your decision process when choosing a script?

“I watch a lot of movies and TV shows, we have like 600 channels in he US and there’s a lot of great content. If I like an actor, I write their name down

“My movies choose me. I don’t go through an intense torturous process to decide what to direct. I know what I want to direct the second a story

ts: grabs me and then I spend four to six months trying to talk myself out of it! I know essentially when and what I want to do next, it’s an undeniable feeling that I get.” You’ve had such a wonderful and enviable career what was the turning point for you and what would you say is the most important thing in this trying time? “Ensure that you never give up hope and keep recovery of spirit and of your hopes for the future. Once you give up hope, you give up your soul. The turning point was ‘Jaws’. I was a director for hire before, but after that could do whatever I wanted. I Always wanted to do a film about flying saucers and people thought I was crazy! Then after ‘Jaws’ everyone wanted me to make ‘E.T.’. What is your comment on Hollywood today? “The creative process and people who give to the process is just as stimulating and collaborative as it has always has been. Although, the media’s obsessed with numbers and box office figures, filmmakers don’t think that way!” Amy writes for Screen 22 - ( where you can find all of the latest film reviews, news and views as well as competitions and trailers for the upcoming releases. Follow the smallest cinema on Twitter @Screen_22 or find them on Facebook, Why not hire Screen 22 cinema to show your favourite Spielberg film? or 07989737199

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POP UP NOTTINGHAM Pop-Up Nottingham share our belief that there is an abundance of creative talent in our city. Their quest is simply to give that talent an opportunity to be seen by a much wider audience. “For some time now artists have been independently leading the march with exciting pockets of creative activity all across the city. Our mission is simple; to bring that activity to everyone’s attention.” Lucy G, MD With events ‘popping up’ sporadically over the city unannounced and drawing in crowds, the team harness the power of planned spontaneity. Their latest venture was to take over 3 bus stops along the city route to transform them into exhibition spaces for the public. They ranged from a full drum set-up and rapper combo, to visual artists and contemporary poets. The creative community takes on film makers, musicians, artists, fashion designers, photographers along with a whole host of other areas. If you have a creative bone in your body, we highly recommend getting involved. They are currently running the ‘Picture This’ photography competition to find one stand out image that describes your view of Nottingham, whether it be a look back at the history of the city or a look forward to its future, or just your favourite

spot. This is open to any budding photographers: professional, amateur or even if you just like taking snaps on your phone, everybody is welcome! The overall winner will see their work transformed into something completely unique and will be shown at a major exhibition event. Hurry up though, the deadline for entries is March 12th. For more details go to @popupnottingham Image Credit - UrBen Media

when food is gone, you are my daily meal Photography by Josef Pascoe. Model: Aja Ireland. Photographic & Styling Assistance: Annika Lievesley & Will Morgan.

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Worried about the apocalypse? Don’t be. If disaster strikes then consult our handy whatif guide to ensure you stay alive and well. We’re no Bear Grylls, but we actually guarentee* that if you follow this guide, you’ll stay alive long enough to thank us.

Food: Obviously, if you’ve already been turned into zombie then you’ll be busy chewing on some slow moving Nottingham local queueing up at the job centre. But, if you somehow manage to survive, we’re recommending getting your meals from your local corner shop, rather than Victoria Centre’s Tesco which’ll be a feeding ground for Ocean going zombie ‘lads’. Shelter: Go with somewhere secure and with access to weapons. Maybe the National Ice Arena, we’re pretty sure zombies can’t run on ice and you could fashion some pretty good protection from the rental skates. Alternatively, go for Woolaton Hall: you’ll be able to see any of the infected coming from miles away, and if its good enough for Batman in the new Dark Knight Rises film, I’m sure it will do you well. Remember: You’re going to want to rebuild human kind after the flesh-eating dies down. In post-apocolyptic Nottingham, there won’t be any Crisis nights to pull at, so you might have to do with whatever’s left - definitely something to bear in mind when picking a survival partner.

natural Food: Depending on which natural disaster we’re blessed with, the means of getting your 5-a-day are going to change. If Nottingham is suddenly flooded 10 foot underwater, you’re going to have to resort to fishing for left over Trent kebabs or Ocean Burgers. Either way, find out how to preserve stuff - if theres one thing worse than sweaty pizza, its mouldy, sweaty pizza.


Shelter: If you were ever wondering how the high-rise flats in Lenton got planning permission, this is why. We’re recommending getting somewhere high and dry. These concrete eyesores should provide the best place to escape most of what the Armageddon has to to throw at us. Barracade the stair and get yourself comfy, you may be in for a long wait. Although don’t blame us if there’s an earthquake, hurricaine or plague of angry birds as you will have made a bad mistake. Remember: If a disaster strikes, things are going to get ugly, fast. If you’re actually bothered about the impending ‘end of the world as we know it’, maybe pack a bag of essentials so you’re ready to go at a moment’s notice. *survival is not guarenteed, we just said that for a laugh. But hey, you can’t sue us if you’re dead.


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l o c a l We have already received sponsorship from O2 and from SIFE Nottingham. We are using the single to raise funds to cover the costs of the album to be sold in the Summer. We are receiving support from the ‘Mimm’ record label and clothes outlet. Our artwork was designed by a local Nottingham artist who works under the moniker of ‘Tribes’ clothing.

Whats in store for the future of NottsYMP?

notts ymp NottsYMP (Nottingham Youth Music Project) is a new project designed to introduce young people from Nottingham into creative and commercial aspects of the music industry. They aim to inspire them and improve their self-confidence by showing the value of their creative skills and by developing their talents. They will do this by helping them to create, produce and market an album of their own music which will be sold, profits going directly back to music projects in the local community. Why are you doing the project? Young people in the UK at the moment get a really hard time from the press. Nottingham also gets far less credit than is due for what I see as a vibrant city full of really interesting people. This project seeks to help young people in the community get involved with the creative/positive sides to the city. They will also act as an example, showing more young people in Nottingham what is possible if you keep doing what you enjoy. What type of music is it ? We are incorporating many genres of music into the album, ranging from Pop and Grime to Garage and Metal. This represents the diverse tastes of the kids that we’re working with, who are contributing to the album and to the Nottingham scene. Who are you working with?

This year we hope to first put out the single (digital release will be in March) followed by an album to be released in April. We are also planning an event to showcase Nottingham creativity which will be happening in early June. Beyond this year it is intended that the project continues to run in the foreseeable future. Next year we are hoping to extend the project to more schools and youth groups so that we will have a greater impact on the wider community. How can anyone who is interested get involved? Find us on Twitter (@NottsYMP) and on Facebook (NottsYMP) for exclusive updates on developments in the project and for news about events, music and art we and our partners are putting out in Nottingham. Any support is much appreciated. If you like the sound of the project and think you could help in some way do not hesitate to get in touch by email ( Keep supporting the Nottingham scene!

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After 808 Late Sessions in February, we got the chance to catch up with headliner Matt Fear. Here is a snippet of our chat, with the rest available online.

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Did you enjoy your first taste of Nottingham and how do you feel about your recently announced residency for 808?

Have you got any advice for any amateur producers to get themselves noticed ?

We’re looking forward to your album on Mexa Records, how is it going so far? It’s proving a challenge, although I’ve only just got underway with it, but I’m more than up for being the first one to release an album with MEXA. Louie Fresco and Jorge Martinez (Climbers) are such great people to work with, and I couldn’t believe it when they asked me. There may be a crossover of styles, but all fitting under the Mexa umbrella. My idea with it, and

Your remix of On The Road is one of the stand out tracks on Hot Waves Vol. 2. How did that come about? I’d already written the entire track (without the vocal sample, and a slightly different arrangement) before I eventually put it together as a remix. I was going to release it on it’s own, but I felt it needed something else, so I left it to one side for a while. Then Lee Kelsall asked me to remix an original track of his, so he sent the parts through to me. As soon as I got those, I knew I had something to fit it around perfectly, so I accomodated the vocal (which I pitched down slightly) and it was pretty much there. Next minute I’m getting a call from Kelsall saying it was going on the 2nd Hot Waves compilation, my reaction was bizarre: just a weird noise mixed with some colourful language! Then it made the vinyl release too, with 3 other tracks picked from the entire compilation. Couldn’t have gone better really. You’ve got a busy year ahead of you, where are you most excited about playing? I’m excited about playing anywhere, I just love to DJ; no better feeling than the crowd feeding off what you’re giving them, especially if it’s your own production. I’m back in Oslo, at Bollywood Club who have had some great bookings recently. I’ll be doing 4 dates there in the next few months. Then a mini tour in SA, so that will be interesting! Also Mexico and Brazil coming up, and of course 808, which I am genuinely buzzed about. I’ll have to have something special to pull out of the bag next time though! No pressure?

(mexa records/hot waves)

If you’re serious about making music, get credible opinions of your work. Don’t sign yourself up to labels for the sake of getting releases out, bigger labels will come. Then it’s a snowball effect from there in terms of exposure and respect from your peers in an industry which is becoming more and more saturated. Collect label submission email addresses and don’t be scared to send your stuff, at the end of the day it’s what they’re there for. As long as you introduce yourself in a professional manner without being arrogrant and your music is good, you will get a reply. Be patient with labels, and don’t give up. And always, always keep learning. Nobody knows everything, but you can strive to learn as much as you can process and retain. I learnt to produce on my own watching YouTube videos, the information is out there!

it’s the same on many albums, is to make it a journey, progressing from start to finish. How this will take shape won’t start coming together until I have a few tracks in place.

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I really enjoyed playing for 808. Everything I’d expected from what I’d heard and more! All the ingredients were there for a great vibe. The guys involved (James and Sam, absolute gentlemen) were very passionate about how they ran it: professional, whilst not losing the ability to let loose and get involved too. And the crowd made me feel more than welcome, can’t wait for next time!

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Model Studies is a collection of photographs taken by Thomas Demand of John Lautner’s architectural models found in an archive at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. The German artist introduces his most abstract work to date, particularly unusual when compared to his more detailed work of desks, shelving and photographs of rooms. In this collection, the colours seem muted and materials are photographed at different and random angles in an attempt to demonstrate “really perfect” structures. Cardboard, glass, wiring and other construction-based materials can be seen with only small amounts of colour in some. Metallic material as well as shadows demonstrates sleekness through the manipulation of light. Angles appear to be an important part of Demand’s work as he has photographed large scale models significantly zoomed in. This alters the observer’s perspective as it plays tricks with the mind and it is sometimes unclear as to what exactly you are looking at. Some angles are obvious, where the camera has been allowed to see a little more context but in others does not. It is evident that each photograph has been intricately taken and that the camera has been carefully and deliberately positioned to display a certain type of angle. Focusing on one angle leads to a lack of focus on another – showing a forced accentuation on the particular angle that Demand wants to express. Some models have been captured in several different angles. Commenting on the subject of the pictures is one thing but it is important to understand how and why they have been photographed the way that they have. Lautner’s models appear distressed, well used and complex. Evidence of this is staining, pencil marks, rough and jagged edges, creases, unglued or unstapled edges, rips and holes in the materials used. It was important to examine the models but to understand why Demand was so inspired to

photograph them. Demand states that it is not specifically the architecture itself that he is focussed on, but more on the evidence of progress, work and development that Lautner’s models display. It is thus possible to look at the photographs in a different way – focussing on the rough work and the “imperfection” of a completed design’s perfection. The images show a design process, flexibility within the design and an ability to adjust ideas. Many of the photos can be inspiring as it is not always clear exactly what is being shown and so gives the observer an opportunity to make their own connection with the piece. This perhaps shows how Demand’s connection with architecture further involves the observer to remove themselves from buildings and formations to create more inspiring and inventive ideas for what he could be photographing. These images exude a calming affect that allows the viewer to decipher what the bigger picture could be. Demand allows this viewer to imagine where the lines and shapes go, as they have been so zoomed in. Although they could look like random shapes together, the way that Demand has photographed these models suggests he is open to the inspiration of others. He wants the onlooker to gather their own perspective on the images and allow for originality. In truth, one visitor’s perception will be different from the next, and the next after that. And that is why you must see it for yourself in order to gain a total feeling towards the compilation – and your feelings will be different to those of another. Words - Charlotte Spillman Image - Thomas Demand, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn / DACS, London Thomas Demand: Model Studies. Nottingham Contemporary, 28 Jan - 15 April 2012

Top365 are a student letting agency based on Derby Road that are dedicated to finding properties that match student’s needs. For all you first time student house hunters they have written a basic guide to what you can get for your money.

∞ Top365 Student Housing Guide

∞ Low Budget: £50-60pppw ∞ Average Budget: £75-90 A budget student property will usually have double beds in every room and come fully furnished with desks, office chair and wardrobe. The kitchen will come with your basic equipment, oven, hob, washing machine and fridge freezer but don’t expect a dishwasher, tumble dyer, microwave or kettle to be included. You may also find one of the bedrooms with this category of property to have a smaller box room.

Midrange student properties will have a much better finish through the house. The kitchen will have all the basic equipment but they will be newer and you may also get a dishwasher, extra freezer space and a tumble dryer. The bedrooms are more likely to all be doubles and the furniture will be of a much higher standard or have been replaced very recently. Double glazing and central heating are more likely to be found in properties of this price range. For the top end of this budget you could to see a LCD television included for the lounge.

∞ Bills A lot of landlords will offer to include bills into your rent for an additional fee per week per tenant, this could range anywhere from £10-£15. You should note that this isn’t completely unlimited usage and the amount of bills you can use will likely be capped at between £8 and £12 per week. Any additional usage will be charged to the tenant at the time or taken out of the deposit at the end of the tenancy.

∞ Top End Budget: £100+ The top end of the budget is more likely to feature full furnishings of the highest standard throughout. You can expect to see an outdoor area in the form of patio, garden or balcony. The property if part of a purpose built block is likely to be inclusive of all bills and come with a LCD television.

This article is merely a rough guide, the views and opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily those held by Top365 Ltd.

Top365 have a range of properties to fit every students needs. You can find a full property list on their website.

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Lick Magazine Issue 003  

LICK is a new magazine published online and picked up by those in the know from Nottingham's student scene.