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through space and time “you take things more for granted when you’re younger. it’s taken me 40 years to know what i want from myself and to stop dreaming of being someone else all the time.” With this insight our cover star charlotte gainsbourg reflects on her path to maturity as the daughter of a French cultural icon, all the while trying to establish herself as the very same. in her exclusive interview with The Red Bulletin (page 48), she reveals that it hasn’t always been an easy journey, that the pull of the big screen has always competed with the lure of a musical career. at last, though, she feels reconciled to the competing calls Charlotte Gainsbourg on growing up in the and is confident enough to stand as an artist in her public eye, managing her career choices and her occasional moments of craziness own right, not ‘the daughter of’. and we’re sure you’ll agree that she’s looking mighty fine as a mature artist. Difficult journeys of a more literal kind are a subject close to the heart of Felix Baumgartner, the daredevil extraordinaire who is in the final stages of preparing his leap from the stratosphere, scheduled for later this year (page 10). perhaps when he lands safely, he and charlotte can compare notes? Both would doubtless find common ground in talking about the satisfaction of achieving life goals, having pursued their dreams since childhood. one day, maybe in 20 or so years’ The Red Bulletin cover shoot: creative director time, new scuderia toro rosso Erik Turek (left) and writer Christophe Couvrat Formula one driver Jean-eric vergne (right) meet Charlotte Gainsbourg (page 56) might be able to join them for a cosy fireside chat about favourite exploits from a brilliant career. For now though, as he starts out on his own challenging journey, as a rookie F1 pilot, that’s all for the future. For his story, and those of a kaleidoscope of sportsmen, athletes, artists and entertainers, turn the page and get stuck into the latest issue of The Red Bulletin. We hope you enjoy the ride. Download our free iPad App Now! Your editorial team

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RED BULL STRATOS: PART TWO 10 STAR TECH-ING The project’s mission director reveals exactly how Felix Baumgartner’s BASEjump from the stratosphere will happen


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he heart of red Bull stratos can be found in lancaster, California, a two-hour drive north of los Angeles in the high desert. here, near the edwards Air Force Base, is where the aeronautics ďŹ rm sage Cheshire is based. Art thompson and his small team of specialists are working on a mission testing the physical and psychological boundaries of mankind at the edge of space. With its experienced Austrian BAse jumper, a balloon the size of a 79-storey building and an ascent of 36km, red Bull stratos is one of the more ambitious space ventures in recent history. Crucial to the success of the project is the capsule thompson and his team have designed to take Felix Baumgartner high enough for his record-breaking jump from the stratosphere. his protection against a world without air, the capsule crams high tech into a few square metres in a way only the military and aerospace industries can match. The Red Bulletin got an exclusive ďŹ rst look at Baumgartner’s inner sanctum and his life-support system for a place more hostile than any he has encountered.


A tiny space in space Inside the tech-crammed capsule keeping Felix Baumgartner alive as he ascends to his Red Bull Stratos mission Words: Werner Jessner photography: Balazs gardi

AdditionAl photogrAphy: ChriStiAn pondellA/red Bull StrAtoS

Real Conditions


Temperatures as low as -60ยบC and such low external pressure that the water in the blood would begin to boil. These forces were simulated in the altitude chamber for the capsule and the spacesuit


2.0 AdditionAl photogrAphy: ChriStiAn pondellA/red Bull StrAtoS, JÖrg mitter/red Bull StrAtoS


first stePs

spaceship or balloon?


ometimes coincidence is the best manufacturer. irrespective of my aeronautical work, says Art Thompson, such as the role i played for northrop grumman on the B-2 stealth Bomber and similar projects for the us Air Force and nAsA (which, of course, were top secret at the time and were at the very cutting edge of technology). My firm, A2ZFX, builds infrastructure: everything from bars to dJ stands. And we also do stuff for movies such as Batman, Die Hard, The X-Files and Contact. My friend Arnold schwarzenegger, whom i know through my work in film, was hosting the taurus World stunt Awards where Felix Baumgartner

won a prize for his wingsuit flight across the english Channel. i met Felix at the show. A couple of months later, i flew to linz, Austria, for Art of Kart, a kart race in support of spinal injury research charity Wings For life, where i represented team usA and Felix represented team Austria. (sadly, i can’t remember who won.) After that we moved on to the hungaroring race circuit in hungary, where Felix was driving a Formula one car and i had some friends there driving porsches. We got to know each other, one thing let to the next, and we ended up becoming friends. A couple of days after i got back to California, the phone rang. it was 6pm my time. “Felix, isn’t it like 3.30 in the morning?,” i said. “Well, yeah, Art, i just left my girlfriend’s house and i have a question for you. if you wanted to break Joe Kittinger’s record from more than 19 miles up, how would you go about it?” that’s what Felix is like. When he’s involved in something, then he’s on the ball 24/7. the next day, i made a couple of calls to friends from the old days. First was rick searfoss, a former nAsA commander who had flown on the space shuttles Columbia and Atlantis, and had experience as a test pilot. When he left nAsA, he became the chief judge for the Ansari X priZe, the first private spaceship. the second person i called was erik, a designer. We worked on two solutions for getting a man more than 36km up into the stratosphere. there’s always the traditional method, using the balloon, capsule, and spacesuit to take him up to altitude, or the other way with a rocket plane. rick thought that if we wanted to succeed, we’d have to buy the shell from scaled Composites and the rocket propulsion from XCor, both firms

Art Thompson, the technical project director, explains how he and his team came to design the capsule and what the alternatives were

2.0 first stePs

Spaceship or balloon?

in the Mojave desert working on private spacecraft. our heads were spinning as we worked out the costs. plus, there was a whole range of unsolved problems. We’d have to catapult Felix out of the spacecraft 36km up, then get the hatch shut again, and get him and the craft back down to earth safely. together with Felix and red Bull we decided to go for the old-fashioned,

romantic, classic balloon option. you can’t go much higher than 36km in a balloon, as beyond that things start to get unpredictable. our balloon is big enough to fill a large stadium. Anything bigger would be absurdly complicated to handle. so we can be pretty sure that there will never be another person who will ever go one better than our mission under comparable conditions.

Breathing Space While Baumgartner gets 100 per cent oxygen through his helmet, the atmosphere inside the capsule is a carefully monitored and adjustable oxygennitrogen mix, under 0.5 bars of pressure. Since external pressure decreases during the ascent, the capsule pressure will be reduced accordingly.


2.1 technology

the capsule

AdditionAl photogrAphy: ChristiAn pondellA/red Bull strAtos


hysics has decided the layout of the red Bull stratos capsule, says Art Thompson. the survival cell, which will have pressure of 8psi (0.5 bars) throughout the ascent, is spherical, the best shape for handling physical stress. the size – 6ft in diameter, or approximately 183cm – was dictated by the need for a 4ft (122cm) door that allows Felix to get out of the capsule comfortably and securely wearing his spacesuit and parachute. the original idea of making the pod out of carbon had to be abandoned very quickly. A carbon pod would have expanded in such extreme cold and an almost total absence of oxygen; similarly a door made of transparent, acrylic-based plastic would shrink. so instead the pod was made out of fibreglass, just like in the old days. the mechanism for opening the door is ingenious in its simplicity and efficiency. it slides on a larger rail on its underside and a smaller rail overhead, and leans back about 10 degrees. opening it is relatively easy and energyefficient for Baumgartner. this simple construction, which is completely impermeable thanks to straightforward overpressure and three silicon seals, has another advantage: if the pressure within the capsule should fall for whatever reason, Baumgartner can detach a hose used to ventilate his suit and re-pressurise the door, wedging his feet against the inside of the door to help seal it. the survival pod is surrounded and supported by pipes made of chromium

molybdenum steel: an easy-to-treat, easy-to-weld, robust material that has proved its worth millions of times over in all kinds of things from mountain biking to stock-car racing. the milk-churn shape of the overall unit came about due to the need for extra space. the six 12-volt spacetested batteries for on-board power are stored underneath the pod. similar to truck engine batteries, they are packed in thick polystyrene for thermal isolation. Also bunched together here, to take up as little space as possible, are the oxygen and nitrogen tanks, and all the hardware that doesn’t need a protective atmosphere to work. it’s important to understand that the capsule consists of two completely unconnected worlds. the one inside the pod has a breathable atmosphere; the one outside is utterly at the mercy of drops in temperature and atmosphere as altitude increases. When building the pod, the engineers had to think very carefully about what components could be stuck outside and which ones had to be stored within. obviously, where those two worlds meet – every cable, every circuit that connects those inner and outer worlds – are particular sources of potential danger. that’s why there are as few of them as possible. A cylinder attached to the pod accommodates the technology behind

the cameras and can perform pretty much the same role as the outside broadcast vehicles you see outside football stadiums (see page 21). the capsule’s side covering is made up of polystyrene about 10cm thick and also covered in a layer of hard plastic. the individual sheets can be removed very easily; the outer shell structure is basically like four thin walls. there’s no need for it to be more sophisticated than that. there are no forces at play on the outer layer on the capsule’s way up to the stratosphere or on its way back to earth with the parachute. Forget about the ceramic tiles once used by space shuttles as a re-entry heat shield. Baumgartner will climb at just a couple of metres per second; there’s no comparison with spacecraft going to and from orbit. What you can’t see in the pictures is the crush-pad on the bottom of the capsule: approximately 50cm of cardboard in a honeycomb pattern to cushion the impact on landing. once Baumgartner has climbed out, the balloon will be cut by remote control and the capsule will return to earth and land safely, thanks to the parachute. everything went perfectly in the initial tests. the momentum of the impact was measured at 6.8g at the lower end of the force calculated; anything up to 10g is fine.

Size matters At 122cm in diameter, the exit aperture is just big enough for Baumgartner to climb out comfortably while wearing his pressurised suit and parachute. A seat belt similar to those used in passenger planes will prevent him from standing up to his full height during the ascent. Baumgartner will only be able to stretch out once he’s out in the open.



When he reaches 36km, Felix will be able to see the Earth’s curvature through his window

2.2 life inside

command central


e wanted to give Felix something to do on his way up there,” says Marle hewett, 74. hewett would be a friendly American pensioner if it wasn’t for those eyes. they’ve seen a lot. the current red Bull stratos programme Manager and senior Flight test engineer has been a test pilot, led the us naval Academy Aerospace engineering department, served as a navy commander and, just like Joe Kittinger, fought in Vietnam as a fighter pilot. A guy like Marle hewett isn’t easily impressed. he’s used to the fact that the people around him know what to do. the fact that someone of this calibre is on board demonstrates the professionalism of red Bull stratos. A veteran of his stature doesn’t want amateurs around. his judgement of Baumgartner is simple: “smart guy, adaptive, willing, tough, focused. impressive in the air – his helicopter training shines through. the right man for this mission.” Baumgartner’s workspace has multiple levels, clearly separated from



Baumgartner follows Mission Control’s orders. He will only intervene in an emergency.

Every system is at least duplicated, with remote and manual control.

The old space saying of ‘keep it simple and remember to back it up’ applies to every element of the Red Bull Stratos capsule.

The procedure for climbing out alone incorporates 36 points, of which the last one is “jump!”

each other. Because his space suit hinders his movement, favourable cockpit ergonomics are essential. the fact-finding missions for the first prototypes were true prototype constructions. An ikea office chair and foam blocks were moved around inside a plywood capsule mock-up until a harmonious, ergonomically functional layout emerged. only then did the actual implementation of the design begin. the factor that underpinned all design decisions was the need for Baumgartner to be able to take over the controls from his seat in the capsule at any time, even though the red Bull

Marle Hewett, Programme Manager, was a pilot in Vietnam, and went on to top engineering roles with NASA and the US Navy

stratos mission is largely operated by Mission Control on the ground. every system is backed up and duplicated. german specialists from riedel Communications look after the connection between Mission Control and the stratosphere, a piece of the puzzle whose significance for the success of the mission cannot be overestimated. the large box in the area next to Baumgartner’s left knee contains around 80 circuit breakers, which allow every single function in the capsule to be switched on and off. if anything goes wrong by even the smallest margin, he can intervene manually and deactivate or restart individual circuits. there’s an old space saying: ‘keep it simple and remember to back it up.’ even when the entire red Bull stratos mission is operated remotely from the ground, Baumgartner has to know the position and function of every single circuit breaker and be able to find it with his eyes closed. directly above this impressively complicated-looking switch box is a foldable control panel that shows the most important data for the balloon’s




at the controls

What felix does next

The drinks holder has space for five bottles – all necessary due to the dehydrating effect of pure oxygen. I can just about reach them in the spacesuit from here.


This console has the two valves for oxygen and nitrogen, plus pressure gauges which show me the level and composition of the air inside the capsule.

User Manual What’s it like in that compact sanctuary? Endless routine, says Art Thompson, is the best safety mechanism. In preparation for his historic jump, Felix Baumgartner has memorised the location and function of each and every switch by heart, the result of hundreds of practice tests. Here he reveals what’s within arm’s reach inside his capsule.


Without this lever there would be no getting out of the capsule. It releases the door mechanism. Then I fix the open door in position using this red lock.



This is my dashboard and rear-view mirror all in one. The gauge on my left gives me basic data on my position. I can choose from nine different camera angles on the screen next to it.


Above me on my left are the valves to control the balloon in case of an emergency. They’re secured behind locks so that I don’t accidentally operate them.

Circuit breaker

There are about 80 switches on two panels with which I can switch off (and on) every single electric circuit in the capsule.


During the mission, I’ll be in permanent contact with ground control. It’ll be Joe Kittinger at the end of the line. There are two radio connections so that I can talk and receive at the same time.

2.2 life inside

Command Central

journey. on the adjacent monitor, Baumgartner can switch between nine camera positions. this is very important, because with his mobility restricted by the space suit he’s more or less blind without these cameras despite three mirrors in the capsule and another mounted on his glove). on the floor to the left is space for an additional oxygen bottle that would ensure half an hour’s air supply, in a scenario where all other systems have shut down completely. the lever on the ground to the right decompresses the capsule, and the door can be rolled to the side and locked in place with a red lock on the floor to hold it in place – if it’s shaken by Felix getting out of his seat, for instance (getting locked out of your own capsule isn’t ideal if an emergency requires you to go back in). to Baumgartner’s right are the atmosphere controls. two vents allow him to regulate the air pressure and composition. he breathes in pure oxygen. the air that he breathes out in the suit and then out to the capsule still has a high oxygen quotient. But the composition of the capsule air mustn’t be more than 20-22 per cent oxygen. Anything else would be too dangerous: one spark and the capsule would go up in flames. therefore, Baumgartner has to mix in nitrogen as a neutraliser. if a fire should break out on board, there’s only one way of putting it out. if the balloon is high enough, opening a door will snuff out the fire, the lack of atmosphere depriving it of the oxygen it needs. to the right, behind the seat, in brackets on the floor, are five drinking bottles with straws that are fed into the helmet through an air-tight flap. human lungs are best suited to breathing air


Altitude control Two altimeters on Baumgartner’s right-hand side inform him of the progress of the ascent. A third of the way up, he’ll have surpassed the altitude at which trans-continental airliners fly. When the balloon reaches a height of 23 miles, valves open automatically and restrict it from ascending any further. This protects Baumgartner from too much pressure.

with 100 per cent humidity. pure oxygen dries out the body at a dramatic rate, starting with the lungs, so Baumgartner has to drink constantly to prevent this. of course, what goes into the body must come out, so he wears a kind of condom under his space suit, connected by a tube to a reservoir under the seat. the seat itself comes from a trophy truck – the most stable vehicle in

If a fire should break out, there’s only one way of putting it out: if the balloon is high enough, opening the door will snuff it out

us motor racing. to allow Baumgartner to sit with the parachute on his back, the seat is extended half a metre forward. the length adjustment (for which the lever lies on the right hand side of the seat, diagonally behind the door release) is necessary so that Baumgartner can climb out of the capsule wearing his pressurised suit. there are also three cameras, a stylish ceiling lamp and a carpet of blue leds. the film crews wanted the extra lighting, otherwise the cameras couldn’t have coped with the contrast between the rising sun 36km above the ground and the relatively dark interior of the red Bull stratos capsule. “in any case, i’ve built in three windows,” explains Art thompson with pride. “no other spacecraft comes with such a good view.”



on board


ur bread-and-butter camera is a spaceready hd camera modified to suit our requirements, says Jay Nemeth. in space, you can forget about using regular equipment. everything has to be spacegrade or altered as such. We get our stuff from specialist suppliers who work with the military or nAsA. We’ve refined and adapted standard settings of the cameras, such as shutter speed, which we changed to a more normal setting to reduce that staccato video Saving Private Ryan kind of look. it should look as natural as possible, with a healthy amount of motion blur. in total, we have nine hd cameras on board. two of them are inside the capsule: one is trained on Felix from the front, another looks over his shoulder. For one thing, that makes for some spectacular pictures, but it also allows the team to monitor Felix’s ascent. if the parachute becomes tangled, Mission Control will see it and can warn him. Felix has two hd cameras on the suit, one looking up, the other looking down. there’s also a go-pro camera mounted on the chest pack he wears, which allows a 110-degree view of Felix during free fall. For the narrative of the story it’s important that you can look him in the eye during the mission (at least through a lowered visor) and later on, to see how the parachute opens. of the exterior cameras, i’d like to highlight the ones mounted on arms in airtight aluminium housing. We packed a hd camera, photo camera (Canon eos 5d with 14mm wide-angle lens) and a red camera in the housing. one of the most sophisticated cameras available, the red takes shots that are good enough to be

used at iMAX cinemas. We’ve modified our red cameras so that we can use standard Canon single-lens reflex lenses. it’s pretty tight in the aluminium cylinders, which each weigh around 55kg and can stand internal pressure of three times what they will experience in the vacuum of near space. We draw out all the oxygen and moisture from the cylinders and create a 100 per cent nitrogen atmosphere. you have to do that so they don’t fog up. the red cameras produce a huge amount of heat, and the ventilators require some kind of air to fan them. the technology we’re using

Jay Nemeth is in charge of Red Bull Stratos images (film and stills). For 25 years he’s been filming everything that flies. He has also completed a parabolic flight, which means he’s coped with Zero-G conditions and managed, in his own words, “not to vomit all over the other crew members.”

Triple eye Red Bull Stratos has three digital cameras – two video, one stills – mounted on arms on the capsule exterior. They’ll be taking the most spectacular pictures. During the ascent the stills camera takes a photo every 10 seconds. When Felix Baumgartner steps out, it will shoot continuously.

2.3 on board

Cameras here isn’t exactly new – it’s also been used to film rocket launches from below, but as far as i know no one’s used it at an altitude of 36km. All the information the cameras capture is collected in the upper part of the capsule. the technology we have here is equivalent to something like a complete outside broadcast unit, including microwave downlink. there are nine hd recorders, nine camera controllers, multiplexers, converters, audio elements, voltage regulators, circuit breakers, telemetry, coolers, remote controls for everything. i don’t


think so many elements have ever been brought together in such a small space before. the cabling for the whole thing is a real achievement. the camera unit is connected to the control panel inside the capsule with a 128-bit interface. While we want to spare Felix the effort, he must be in a position to assume manual operation of the cameras if there are problems with operating remotely. With that in mind, we’ve modified the recorders so that they can either be operated remotely or automatically go into recording mode as soon as the power is connected. here we’re working with a back-up for the back-up; we simply can’t afford the possibility that there’s nothing saved on the chips once Felix jumps. in total we generate 3tB of data through the on-board cameras alone, so the memory rate had to be reduced from 100MB to a still-excellent 50MB per second. Conventional hard drives with moving parts are a big no-no. they

wouldn’t work up there, but if they’re outside of the capsule atmosphere, they are subject to near-vacuum conditions and low temperatures, without protection. that’s why we work exclusively with solid-state memory media.

Video recorder The centrepiece for documenting Red Bull Stratos fulfills the functions of an outside broadcast truck and still fits in the top of the capsule. It will record 3TB of data. After everything keeping Baumgartner alive, the video is the most important element: no footage, no proof.

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Bullevard Sport and culture on the quick

Fund times Good cause, hard yards: raising money at the limits of human endurance

RUNNING FOR PARKINSON’S Sam Fox (USA) ran the equivalent of 100 marathons in 60 days – 4,260km, from Canada to Mexico – to raise cash for Michael J Fox’s (no relation) charity foundation.

DARN GOOD Crochet gets cachet thanks to the urban knitter who’ll pull the wool over anything She sets out at night, stalking the streets of her adoptive New York City. But instead of a spray can, Olek takes needles and wool, and rather than walls, the 33-year-old Polish-born artist targets free-standing features of the cityscape: shopping trolleys, statues, cars. This new strain of street art is called ‘yarnbombing’. Almost everything in Olek’s apartment is crocheted, and she stitches up full body outfits for her friends. “What do I intend to reveal?” she says. “You have to pull the end of the yarn and unravel the story behind the crochet.” She means pull the end metaphorically, of course.

CYCLING FOR AUTISM This month, Canadian Adam Biel sets out on his bike from Ushuaia, Argentina; 100 days and 22,500km later, he’ll be in Pridhoe Bay, Alaska. Proceeds go to an autism foundation.

It doesn’t always have to be socks: Olek turns crochet into street art



CLIMBING FOR KIDS Swiss duo Karo Steinberg, 27, and Jenny Staiger, 28, are climbing 10 Latin American mountains to generate funds for an organisation helping Bolivian street children.


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Costa Rica Surfing, 1970s style (although

less chest hair) at Red Bull Blast From The Past. Tony Roberts

Whawazat? Blink ’n’ miss sporting hits

DRAWN OUT From sequencer to sequential art: a rock star does a comic turn

‘Hey, guy in the black cap? It’s hands in the air’


Busting beats in New York For aspiring musicians it sounds like paradise: leaving the breadline behind and spending several uninterrupted days with your idols, beavering away in a studio. But this is no pipe dream. It’s a paradise whose doorway stands wide open, and the sign over the door reads ‘Red Bull Music Academy’. Since 1998, the music camp has been roaming the globe, pitching its tents for four weeks each year, in cities such as Cape Town, Berlin, Toronto and most recently Madrid. The location changes, but you will always find the latest sound equipment, 60 knowledge-hungry young musicians from around the world, and music industry ‘lecturers’ – the likes of Carl Craig, Mark Ronson, dupstep meister Skream and producer Arthur Baker. The big guns don’t just pop their heads in to say hello. They stay for days at a time, leading discussions and studio sessions from breakfast to late-night snacks. In autumn, the Red Bull Music Academy will take place in New York. Interested? Musicians, DJs, vocalists and producers – no matter what genre – are invited to apply online. Applications close April 2.

IVO KARLOVIC 251.4kph The Croatian landed tennis’s zippiestever serve in March 2011, during a Davis Cup doubles match against Germany.

DENIS KULYASH 177.6kph During the 2012 KLH All-Star Game half time show in St Petersberg, the Russian hit hockey’s hastiest puck.

Courtney Taylor-Taylor, frontman for US group The Dandy Warhols: so good they named him twice and, in the words of his most famous song, a Bohemian Like You. Now he’s turning a new page in his career, as author of a graphic novel, One Model Nation, set in gloomy 1970s Berlin. A synthesizer band find themselves caught in the crossfire between the Baader-Meinhof Group and government forces, before suddenly disappearing. Why this story? I love German music from the ’70s – Kraftwerk and all that – and from there I stumbled on the Red Army Faction.

When I was on tour in Germany, I spoke to eyewitnesses and tried to get a feel for the times. What made you write? Hip-hop films. Those guys got cops, guns, drugs: action! What do you get if you’re into rock? Spinal Tap, that’s your movie. Anytime anyone ever tried to make a movie about rock, it sucked. So I figured I was uniquely qualified to portray a band the way bands really are. Eventually it turned into a comic. What’s next for you? The new Dandy Warhols album is coming out in April and it’s going to be really guitar-heavy.

JASON ZUBACK 328kph The American golfer, a five-time longest drive world champ, hit the all-time fastest ball, in any sport, in 2007.


St. Johann Franky Zorn leads the way at a World Cup ice speedway qualifier. Félix Rioux

San Francisco Gary Bartz (sax) and Aloe Blacc (mic) jam at a Red Bull Music Academy event. Lauren Crew

Sydney Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, l to r: Jorge Ferzuli, David Colturi, Steve LaBue, Blake Aldrige. Dean Treml 25

b u l l e va r d

Launched At Red Bull Studios is a 10-part video series showcasing musical acts looking to break big in 2012. Each episode features interviews, live performances and music industry types supporting the fledgling acts, including: • XFM DJ John Kennedy on Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves Of Destiny (above): “They make really sophisticated music, yet there’s a sense of humour to it which makes it really special.” • TV and radio presenter Nick Grimshaw on the east London quintet, Spector: “I’m in love with a British indie band again!” • Theo Hutchcraft of British electro-pop duo Hurts on counterpart Swedish electro-pop duo, Niki And The Dove: “Strange and beautiful. They do something nobody else does.” Watch all episodes at:

Saluting new talent For 15 years, Red Bull Music Academy has gathered leading musicians and producers in cities around the world – São Paulo, Madrid, London and more – to instruct, inspire and get involved with classes of eager students. In 2012 it’s New York’s turn to host, but this month Ireland is getting a taster. Founding father of deep house Kerri Chandler is joining fellow American Just Blaze (above), a hip-hop producer who’s worked with Eminem and Jay-Z, to give advice and live performances in Belfast and Dublin. “Red Bull Music Academy is a great vehicle for musicians,” says Chandler, “and Ireland is like my second home. I can’t wait.” Details of the visit, and NYC application forms, are online.

Amsterdam A jam session on opening night of the new Red Bull Studios. Arenda De Hoop 26


Big-wave surfer Andrew Cotton, man of many pipes Surf daddy “When I was seven, my family moved to north devon. My dad bought me a surfboard to cheer me up because I didn’t want to go. he regrets it now, of course. he says I should get a proper job.” Record breaker “last year, in Portugal, I towed garrett Mcnamara into what some say is the biggest wave ever surfed – about 90ft high. such a buzz.” Winter waves “It’s big wave season now in Ireland. to get to one break, under 800ft cliffs, we scale down a tiny goats’ trail, with our boards, in icy winds.” Trading places “I still say I’m a plumber, yet I haven’t so much as fixed a tap since I quit five years ago. It just sounds proper. now I sound like my dad.”

Oslo Holding on for dear life and victory at the Red Bull Sparkstøtting Supercross sledge contest. Gali Anikeyev

Guadalajara Old-school, new generation: skaters take to the drains at Red Bull Drenaje. Miguel Angel Virgen Lopez

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A new album, a new movie, the Super Bowl half-time show… it could be 1992, 2002 or 2012 and Madonna still fits that bill. She’s had the most remarkable life and career

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Who ’s That Girl

ve Madonna’s marriage to Sea n Penn ended in divorce in 1989. She was married to director Guy Ritchie from 2000-2 008. Her current boyfriend is a 24-year-old dancer. Her relationships will never be out of the headlines. “Aren’t people tired of that subject?” she said during an interview on US TV in January. “I need a partner in life.”

Bay City Mercy Hospital, Michigan, 7.05am, Saturday August 16, 1958. Madonna Louise Fortin Ciccone gives birth to Madonna Louise Ciccone. Mom dies when Little Nonni is five. Little Nonni works hard in school, joins cheerleading squad, just wants to dance. Drops out of college (studying dance), goes to New York to dance pro. Forms band, then another, then solo record deal. First single, Everybody, October 1982.

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Madonna can be relied on to give good video. Her promos have been directed by Hollywood filmmakers such as David Fincher, the director of The Social Network, who shot Madge in t Vogue and Express Yourself. Her recen work is no less memorable: morphing into a flock of birds in Frozen, dancing in a pink leotard in Hung Up.

Into The Groov e

By 1984, Madonna is one of pop’s big three, with Jacko and Prince. Songs like Holiday, Material Girl and Like A Virgin are global smashes, helping a music video channel called MTV take root. She marries actor Sean Penn on her 27th birthday in 1985, the same year she stars in her first movie, Desperately Seeking Susan.

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er As befits the best-se lling female solo artist of all-tim e, Lady Madonna has comp leted eight major tours and fou r smaller, promo tours. Of the eight, 2008-9’s Sticky & Sweet tour was the biggest, wit h 85 dates in 32 countries in fro nt of 3.5m fans, and a total gro ss of US $407.7m. With tha t, the other tours and ab out 300m records sold, she is said to be worth around half a billion dollars.

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Think what you will of Ma donna (everyone has an opinion): her contribution to pop music has been immense. A 30-year career in music is common, but hers does not fall back on the big hits and depend on an ageing audience. She has Best Songs of the 1980s (take your pick), 1990s (Vogue, Ray Of Light) and 2000s (Music, Hung Up). And no Madonna, no Girl Power, no Britney et al, and no Lad y Gaga.

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This year, Madonna’s second film as director, W.E., received poor notices. She is criticised for her movie career, which is a bit like having a go at Michael Jordan for his years in baseball. She’s actually very good in Desperately Seeking Susan, Dick Tracy and A League Of Their Own, while Madonna: Truth Or Dare, aka In Bed With Madonna, is one of the best behind-the-scenes music docs.

In 1994, writer Norman Mailer turned his attentions to Madonna in a long article for Esquire magazine. He wrote about himself in the third person (“Ten years ago, Mailer would have said to himself, ‘Damn the torpedoes; full speed ahead – Madonna on my lap!’”), railed against safe sex and compared her videos to poetry. “That’s interesting,” she said of the video/poetry thing, and speaking for us all. “Never thought of that.”

Madonna has moved with the times mainly by working with contemporary producers and artists. On new album M.D.N.A., out in March, she’s working with French electro artist Martin Solveig, while MIA and Nicky Minaj also feature. Madonna’s new album, M.D.N.A., is out this month:


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Jennifer in the role of Katniss, competing in a fight to the death

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don’t wear hundred-thousand-dollar gowns. I just kept thinking, ‘I’m going to spill something on this or I’ll get pit stains on it.’ At the Golden Globes, it was so cold that I wrapped myself up in the train of my dress. Have you learned to deal with all this now? Harry Potter, Twilight… The Hunger Games? Can Luckily I have people helping me with fashion. when another set of hit teen fantasy novels make for a global I was just doing indie films and acting, I thought all film franchise? Its star won’t be out celebrating if it does I had to do was memorise my lines, but there are a lot of political parts of this job that I wasn’t aware of. If Despite moving to New York when she was 14, you wear this dress, then you won’t be able to wear Born Jennifer Lawrence still has a rural twinkle in that designer. You wanna wear this dress, although August 15, 1990, her eye. Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, it’s ugly, because you’ll make this designer happy. Louisville, Kentucky, USA the 21-year-old also has a charming smile and In The Hunger Games, your character is also Smart decisions a healthily grown-up attitude to Hollywood’s thrown into the limelight. Having decided, aged hype factory. She’s been on the shop floor when I had the meeting with the director, 14, that she wanted since the 2010 film Winter’s Bone, in which it was in the middle of Oscar season. I to be an actress, she plays a girl caring for her family and know exactly what it means to be thrown Lawrence’s parents searching for her father in meth-making, in this world where you feel like a rag agreed, but only after she graduated backwater America. It’s a tremendous doll, where people are telling you what high school. So she performance that rightly earned her to do. You don’t really feel like yourself. graduated two years an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. It’s a very physical role. early, with top grades Now Lawrence is set to hit the big time How did you prepare for that? Early riser with The Hunger Games, a movie based About six weeks of archery, which was Her Oscar nomination on the first in a trilogy of hugely successful new to me, but I loved it. I ate more on for Best Actress, aged young-adult novels by Suzanne Collins. this movie than on any other, because it 20, made her the second youngest in that Lawrence plays Katniss, a 16-year-old was non-stop physically and I needed energy. The film will hit the big category, behind Keisha girl who volunteers to take her sister’s The Hunger Games could be a huge screen on March 23 Castle-Hughes, who was place in a televised battle to the death success. Are you aware that this 13 when she got the nod among teenagers – a national punishment/ movie could change your life drastically? for Whale Rider (2002) entertainment in a post-apocalyptic America. I don’t like going out that much. I’m kind of a Coming soon homebody. So I was stressing out one time, like, She has just finished The Red BulleTin: Did you enjoy ‘Oh my God, when these movies come out I won’t shooting Silver Linings your first year in the limelight? be able to go to a bar and just hang out,’ but I’m Playbook, a comedy, alongside Robert De jennifeR lawRence: It was amazing because I still always lying to get out of those things anyway. Niro, due for release can’t believe it actually happened, it still hasn’t really So now I have an excuse. I can’t go, I’m famous. at the end of 2012 sunk in. Oscar season was weird, so unreal. I usually 28


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Graphic scenes

An illustrator’s horizons widen as his work moves from page to gallery walls

Infinity and beyond: Stuart Ruels’ sketches and illustration

That first solo exhibition produces a variety of emotions in the artist. stuart ruel’s glass of opening-night fizz is half-empty. “a lot of the work i’m showing is personal,” says the 23-year-old illustrator from london, “and i’m a bit conscious of being vulnerable.” ruel’s illustrations, which have appeared in magazines and on record sleeves, are being shown in his debut show alongside his sketches. the red bulletin: How did you get into illustration? stuart ruel: i read a lot of X-Men and Spider-Man comics for the pictures, and copied them. Being a comic book artist is still in my mind.

Words: Paul Wilson

You do record sleeves? i think it’s true that they’re dying out on bigger record labels, but at indie labels they still want hand-rendered art. i’ve worked with British underground hip-hop artists, like serocee, Kingsley Zah and Cally. illustration is best in context, serving a function. it needs the music, or the text, or whatever, to back the art. Are you always sketching? i draw a lot on the train: it’s free life drawing. People don’t say anything. a lot of drawings are half-finished, because people realise and move. Friday night people might say, “That’s cool,” because they’ve had a drink. others ask me to draw them – not that often, but it’s nice when they do. Recto/Verso by Stuart Ruel is at The Book Club, London, from March 8-April 29.




FIRST ASCENT ROBERT LAWRIE ALPINE JACKET, 1953 Mount Everest, May 29, 1953: as New Zealander Edmund Hillary becomes the first person to conquer Everest, he is wearing a made-to-measure jacket created by London equipment specialist Robert Lawrie. Lawrie, 30

himself an experienced climber and amateur racing driver, had been producing hiking boots, alpine equipment and clothing since the 1930s. In the 1950s, Lawrie Ltd made its jackets from tightly woven cotton. “In the

post-war era this clothing was state of the art: relatively waterproof and light,” remembers Hillary’s son Peter. Later, he would wear his father’s Everest jacket on skiing holidays.


Record-breaking mountain climbers need protective clothing of the highest order. In 60 years, their jackets have moved from offering relative refuge to complete coverage



LAST WORD SCHÖFFEL ROPE TOURING JACKET, 2012 K2, August 23, 2011: on her seventh attempt, Austrian mountaineer Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner conquers the 8,611m peak, on the border between Pakistan and China, making her the first woman to climb all 14 ‘eight-thousanders’

without additional oxygen. Among her K2 kit is a Rope touring jacket, made by Bavarian alpine outfitters Schöffel, whose outdoor tailoring goes back more than 200 years to 1804. They currently cater for discerning

English country gents as well as cold-weather warriors. The Rope jacket’s outer is a triplelayer wind- and waterproof Gore-Tex Pro Shell – a world away from Hillary’s cotton coat.





The 24-year-old Italian speed skier doesn’t use weights, doesn’t play mind games and doesn’t fret about stealing from his brother



when I was I first put on a pair of skis in my first race t par k too , old rs yea e thre I wanted to be on n the from at seven and d in the owe a professional. At 15, I foll – he’s eight one Sim r the bro my footsteps of speedto t wen years older than me – and the fact but ry, wor s ent par Our skiing camp. each t por sup we that we are two and that them. res ssu rea ns atio situ t other in difficul


My greatest successes so far have been the overall World Cup victory in 2008 and the junior world record of 250.7kph, which I set in 2006. I have one main target for the future: to improve the overall world reco rd of 251.4kph, set in 2006 by Simone – he’s also a four-time world champion. He woul dn’t be happy, but records are there to be brok en, and at least it would still belong to our family.


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I have no fear, especially not when racing. I’m not afraid of death, either. The only thing that spooks me is the idea of getting seriously ill. I don’t do any mental training, but I do have the ability to concentrate and to completely shut myself off from the outside world before a race.


d The main qualities you need for spee to y abilit an and age skiing are cour concentrate, because the greatest stresses and strains are mental. You also need strong leg and stomach muscles. I get as fit as I need to be with athletics training, but I only do exercises using my own body weight, due to the pains in my back.


Unfortunately I’ve suf fere d my share of injuries, the worst of whi ch happened in 2009. I lost a ski while training in Champoluc, in Italy. The re was no safety netting on the slope and I hur tled into the woods at 140kph. I broke three ver tebrae, an upper arm bone and a rib, and had severe bruising and a pel vic fracture. It took about a year to rec over fully. I’ve been left with a big sca r on my arm, which still had screws in it until last year.

PURE ADRENALIN I’m a real speed junkie. I like fast cars and motorbikes. I recently got to take a few laps on a Ducati at the Mugello circuit [near Florence, in northern Italy]. It was a fantastic experience. On the other hand, I’m also very close to nature and love cycling or taking my dog Balu for a walk.

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S I weigh 78kg. In my sport it’s important not to be too light, but it’s hard to stick to a strict diet during the rac ing season. In the pre-season I eat foods rich in protein, but in general, I make sure I hav e a good balance between proteins, carboh ydrates and fat. I like meat and pasta best. There’s only one thing I hate: pep eroncini [sweet Italian peppers].




Top performers and winning ways from around the globe In the downhill at GarmischPartenkirchen in Germany, Lindsey Vonn (USA, centre) took a 50th career – joint fifth all-time – World Cup win.

Making an ideal start to Olympic year, Team GB hopeful Jeanette Kwakye won the 60m at the indoor Aviva Invitational Match in Glasgow, in a time of 7.26s.

Kyle Croxall (CAN) beat Fabian Mels (GER, right) in a tight finish at the Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship in Velkenburg, Netherlands.




To stay in the saddle on the world’s smallest bicycle racetrack, riders must obey the rules of cycling and the laws of physics

It’s biker against biker in this 25m oval. Red Bull Mini Drome is cycling at its most thrilling and physical in the minimum of space


THE SPIN “I’d never competed on such a small track before,” says Chris Akrigg, from Yorkshire, winner of the 2011 Red Bull Mini Drome event in London. “It was funny. I got totally dizzy after the first qualification rounds, but in the finals, where you race one against one, I felt much more comfortable by focusing on the lines on the track.” On the 25m circuit, Akrigg posted a fastest lap time of 3.232 seconds and a top speed of 36.2kph. His recipe for success on the small oval: “Trust in your grip as you go into the curves, try to establish constant speed and, most importantly, have fun.” THE FACTS “Fixed-gear bikes are the order of the day for Red Bull Mini Drome,” says Dr Martin Apolin, from Vienna’s Institute of Physics. That is, single speed, non-freewheeling bicycles. But what top speed can be achieved? “Let’s assume that the highest number of revolutions you can pedal due to the minimal dimensions of the tiny track is 110rpm. The front cog wheel (the chain ring) has 42 sprockets, the rear one (the pinion) has 16. If the chain ring has made a full turn, that means the pinion must have also have turned around the 42 sprockets, ie 2.6 times. If the rider pedals at 110rpm, that means the rear wheel is turning at just under 289rpm. “A 28in wheel with a tyre has a diameter of about 68cm. Using C = πd we get a circumference, C, of just under 2.14m. If the rear wheel rotates at 289rpm, that gives us a speed of about 617m per minute. That equates to approximately 10.3 metres per second or 37kph. This estimate corresponds to values which have been recorded at the track. “Then there are the bends – how great is the acceleration there? To calculate the centripetal acceleration, acp, which keeps the bikers on the circuit, we use acp = v²/r, where v is speed and r is the radius of the bend. With a bend radius of 2m, accelerations of up to 5g can be generated (see fig 1). “When a rider is tilting, the centripetal force, Fcp , is caused by gravity, Fg, and ground reaction force, Fgr (see fig 2). The latter comes from Newton’s third law: force is equal to counterforce. In this instance, the bike exerts a force on the ground and the ground exerts an equal force on the bike, but in the opposite direction. Looking at the diagram, we can deduce that tan = Fg /Fcp and therefore = arctan (Fg /Fcp ). As we calculate centripetal force using Fcp = mv²/r and the gravitational force with Fg = mg, it follows that = arctan (mg/(mv²/r)) = arctan (rg/v²). “If we use a value of 2m for the radius and g of 10m/s², we come up with the values for the correlation between speed and tilting position given in fig 3. So at top speed, the tilt to the horizontal ( ) is only somewhere in the region of 12 degrees.” The next Red Bull Mini Drome is on April 13 in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA:




WINTER X GAMES Now biannual (one in the US, one in Europe), the pinnacle of freestyle ski and snowboard competition generates its fair share of outstanding stats


Shaun White

The Olympic Games have never been very kind to snowboard-crosser Nate Holland. He came 14th in Turin in 2006 and fourth in Vancouver in 2010. But when it comes to the X Games he can do almost no wrong. Between 2006 and 2012, the American secured six gold medals and a bronze (2011) and his five consecutive wins are a record in any single discipline.

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Mark McMorris

Events such as ice climbing and snowmountain-biking no longer feature in the competition. At the first Winter X Games, Sweden’s Jennie Waara set a benchmark that still stands. Her gold medal in the Snowboard X (that’s ‘cross’, not ‘ex’), silver in the Half Pipe and bronze in the Slopestyle make her the only person to medal in the three major snowboard categories at a Winter X Games.


Shaun White is Mr Winter X Games. The California-based snowboarder has won a dozen gold medals, three silvers and two bronzes, and pulled off his latest landmark feat in the 2012 Snowboard Superpipe competition, where his winning turn was awarded the Winter X Games’ first-ever perfect score of 100. “I’ve been waiting for a perfect run all my life,” said White. The previous best Winter X Games mark of 99.33 points was set by White’s compatriot Chas Guldemond in Slopestyle at Tignes in 2011.


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Australian freestyle motocrosser Jackson Strong showed what he was made of at the 2011 Summer X Games in Los Angeles by pulling off the first front flip in history, his efforts earning him the gold medal in the Moto X Best Trick competition. At the 2012 Winter X Games in January, American Heath Frisby did the same – on a snowmobile. “It means everything to me to have achieved this jump,” he said immediately afterwards. It meant everything to his watching parents and grandparents that he landed safely.


Prodigiously-talented-youngsters-provokingjealousy alert: Canada’s Sebastien Toutant won the 2011 Snowboard Slopestyle competition on his Winter X Games debut aged just 18. In second place was 17-year-old fellow Canadian Mark McMorris (who also in 2011 became only the second person ever to pull off a triple backside cork 1440 on a snowboard) and in third, another 17-year-old, Tyler Flanagan from the USA, making for a combined podium age of just 52. Winter X Games Europe, March 14-16:



The Winter X Games has been determining the world’s best snowsports freestyle athletes since 1997. Every one of the 16 events has been held in the USA; since 2002, its home has been Aspen, Colorado. Winter X Games Europe will be held for the third time in the French resort of Tignes on March 14-16, where 150 world-class athletes will duke it out for medals in eight disciplines.

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The Holi festival unites India in a blaze of glorious celebration, crossing regional borders and religious boundaries with its multicoloured, multicultural exuberance. The Red Bulletin (red to begin with, at least) explores another rainbow nation Words: Arkadiusz PiÄ…tek, Palani Mohan Photography: Palani Mohan


in the pink Holi is a Hindu festival marking the end of winter and the coming of spring. It is a celebration of the god Krishna, in which crowds throw coloured powder and coloured water, representing a moment in Krishna’s life when he complained about the contrast between the colour of his skin and that of his lover, Radha. His mother applied colour to Radha’s face; today’s Holi is about getting colour everywhere. Known as ‘gulal’, the powders were once made using plant material. These days it’s all artificial, but some flowers and petals are also thrown. Holi spirit: Pigment-drenched crowd in Nandgaon, Uttar Pradesh, in north-east India


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Depending on where you are in India (or countries with significant Indian Hindu populations), Holi can last up to two weeks; the colour-rich part is usually one or two days. In the same way that Christmas is celebrated by non-Christians, Holi has grown to become a joyous occasion for people outside the religion in which it originated, while still remaining a key date in the Hindu calendar. Left: Shoes outside a temple in Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh. Above: A holy man on Holi. Facing page, from top: purple rain; more mud than colour


crowd pleased There is no such thing as a spectator at Holi: if you are out in the street, then you are a legitimate target for the coloured water and powder. Shops and offices close; streets, parks and public spaces fill with revellers. Holi is also a festival of love; a complete stranger throws something in your face, possibly ruining your clothes, and you both hug afterwards. Women rip the shirts from men’s backs and are thanked for it. It’s great fun, joyous, spiritual. Spring greens: The verdant powders and waters represent the coming of the new season, in Nandgaon



VrindaVan The centre of Holi festivities is an area of Uttar Pradesh, about three hours’ drive south of Delhi, where Krishna is said to have grown up. The holy city of Vrindavan has a Krishna temple to which hundreds of thousands of people flock, filling the city’s narrow streets as they go. Coloured powder and water rain from rooftops and windows; vendors ensure no one goes without. Children are held aloft as the priests in the temple reveal images of Krishna to the crowds. Left: Even the elderly enter the fray. Above: making music. Facing page, from top: Women use their saris for to protect their faces; blue and yellow makes green




Street vendors as this A c t such ion man line every street during the Holi festival celebrations. Below: Might as well give up – there’s no way of avoiding being drenched in coloured dye



t the high point of the festival,” says photographer Palani Mohan, “you’d better just go with the flow. It’s pointless trying to plan your way through the crowds. The sheer number of people celebrating Holi means you can barely move your arms from your sides. But what a feeling... I was covered in dye within a few minutes. The powder and water bombs don’t just come from close range. We were targeted from balconies, rooftops and windows – people leaning out of their houses to get us. The colours got into every pore of my body – and into every part of my camera. “My strongest memory of my time there was of complete strangers rubbing dye over each other with their bare hands. They roar with laughter, scream. It was a little bit scary, actually. you haven’t got a hope when it comes to this kind of assault. “The masses celebrating in the holy city of Vrindavan all want to get to the Krishna temple, which marks the centre of festivities. you can hear the noise in there from far away: singing, clapping and the pounding, drum-beat-like stampede of thousands of feet on marble floors. The crowd sweeps people along, past street vendors selling bags of colour on rickety tables. A surge took me into the temple along with hundreds of others. The plumes of dye were more intense here than outside. “yellows, greens and reds engulf us. It is overcrowded and stuffy. everyone dances with their arms aloft in honour of Krishna. His likeness is hidden behind a curtain. The priests only reveal it for a short time every now and again. When they do, the crowd gets ever more excited. It is spiritual, whether you are a believer or not. I have three tips for anyone wanting to experience the Holi festival: wear old clothes, take sunglasses and don’t think you’ll come away unstained.” Holi festival in 2012 begins on March 8:

Above: a jubilant moment as hands are raised in thanks to Krishna at the Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan

Photographer Palani Mohan was born in Chennai, India, in 1967, and moved to Sydney, Australia, with his family in 1979. His subjects have included rickshaw drivers in Kolkata and elephants across Asia. Four books of his work have been published.



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Charlotte Gainsbourg has won critical aclaim for her work as a singer and an actress. “I don’t want to choose,” she tells The Red Bulletin. “I love being both”

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…it takes time, all that stuff” Despite famous parents and a life lived in the public eye, Charlotte Gainsbourg is very much her own woman. With successful careers in music and movies, and a growing family to keep her sweet, she nevertheless would like impossible dreams, less boredom and perhaps a time machine Words: Christophe Couvrat Photos: Nicolas Guerin


harlotte gainsbourg has just one request. she asks if it’s possible to have a quiet room, and when one is found, she’s happy. in a studio in an eastern suburb of Paris, the actresssinger, or vice-versa, is comfortable in her natural state. it’s only when the camera starts to flash that the smile on her lips starts to wane. little by little, she relaxes again. “i’m slow,” she says, in a quiet voice, which in some ways is to be expected. From L’Effrontée, the 1985 movie for which she won a césar, the French film industry award, to Stage Whisper, her new record, a double album of live versions of existing songs, and studio versions of new ones (and, in the special edition, a dVd of concert footage from her 2010 world tour), gainsbourg has maintained a gentleness. she has certainly always looked that way; in appearance she is very much the child of her mother, the english actress Jane Birkin, and her father, the French singersongwriter and national treasure serge gainsbourg. she is also capable of fireworks, as with her incredible turn in the controversial film Antichrist, for which she won Best actress at cannes in 2009. gainsbourg, now 40, is mother to three children, including Joe, born in July last year, who falls asleep with

clenched fists, upstairs from the quiet room, just as the interview begins. the red bulletin: Stage Whisper is clearly a labour of love for you. charlotte gainsbourg: yes, it is very close to my heart, because the tour was a big deal for me, and this record is a good way to finish the story. i wanted there to be visuals and sounds, which is why there’s a dVd. to me, the two are as important as each other. i also wanted there to be new tracks, not just live recordings. i needed to bring in some new ideas, to have doors opening onto something unpredictable. Your half-brother Lulu covers your father’s songs on record, but you only occasionally do them live. People talk about my father’s songs as if somehow i’m obliged to use them. i don’t go there. it’s normal for me not to. i’m taking my own path. In your case, that path is about walking the line between a very public and vocal side of you, and a very private side. yes, an important part of my identity comes out when it has to. i feel it’s something that weighs very heavily, but on the other hand, i need to protect myself. i still do. the main thing is that i’m managing to do what i’ve always dreamt of. i hope that will continue. But that’s all the exposure i need. There’s a great live version of IRM on Stage Whisper, the title song from your 2009 album. Why did you write a song about a piece of medical equipment? it goes back to an accident i had [following a water-skiing accident in 2007, gainsbourg had emergency surgery on a cerebral haemorrhage; ‘irm’ is French for mri]. i’ve had a lot of mri scans and i wanted them to be part of the album – at the time, they were part of my daily life. i wanted the sounds that had made an impression on me to be there. i asked Beck – he produced and wrote most of the album – if he liked the idea, and he did, so we went for it. We spent five days exploring different options in the studio. There’s a Bob Dylan cover, Just Like A Woman, on Stage Whisper, which you also performed in the Dylan biopic, I’m Not There. it was written and sung by him, and the whole song takes quite a cruel view of women. i really like the idea of it being sung by a woman. there’s an ambiguity, something absurd about a woman singing it. i really like the shift. i like it in this case because it’s not that straightforward. 51


Are you more attracted to something the more challenging it is? i don’t put difficulty up there where others might. it’s often unpredictable. it’s more a question of trying to surprise myself, trying not to do something that would be too easy, which would bore me. it’s not that i aim to do difficult things. i’m not that kind of person and it would be pretentious to say that i was. going from film work to performing on stage is a really brilliant exercise, for example. So are you more actress than singer? i don’t want to choose. i love being both. i enjoy both so much. Are you completely satisfied? it would be terrible to think i was. i don’t think any of us are ever truly satisfied and think i make a lot of mistakes. i’m not content with who i am. So that means you’re tough on yourself? yes, because i want to achieve something unattainable. that’s my goal, and it’s probably best not to get there. What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done? a parachute jump, which had become a fixation for me. i was 19 and, as i saw it, i didn’t have a lot to lose. Jumping was an act of defiance. i got the jump very wrong and found myself head down and my

feet caught up in the cords. i was jumping alone, as part of a learner’s jump from 1,000m. those few seconds seemed to last forever. it was pretty terrifying having to untangle my legs. it was a pretty stupid thing to have done, to be honest. i found it funny at the time to place myself in such a nightmare scenario. i broke a vertebra snowboarding and landed on my head when waterskiing. these were extreme activities i did to spite myself. You have been compared to various people: Catherine Deneuve, Françoise Hardy, even Sofia Coppola. it’s very flattering, but i’m not at the stage in my career that any of those women have reached. sofia coppola is of my generation, and we both have a famous father. i adore what Françoise hardy does, but don’t think i can be compared to her. and i adore catherine deneuve, but i have neither her looks nor the career she has had. People are always telling me i’ve got to stop doing myself down, but that’s not how i see it. i think i’m very clear-headed and haven’t produced any masterpieces. i hope it will happen one day, but i’m not there yet. But Melancholia is a really wonderful film. Since you brought it up, what do you think now about the press conference for Melancholia at the Cannes Film Festival last year, when you sat next to the film’s director Lars von Trier, as he made jokes about understanding Hitler? he got tangled up in his own words. there are some things you don’t do, but i think it got blown out of proportion. he was talking rubbish, and said something completely idiotic. he only realised the seriousness of what he was saying afterwards. lars is always about being provocative, and he’s also very uneasy at press conferences. at the cannes press conference for Antichrist two years before, he was really bad. i’ve never seen him flourish in that environment, so it was no surprise that it went wrong. it’s a torture for him to go through it. not

that i’m necessarily defending him… actually, i am. after everything that we’ve heard, i feel like defending him. i think it’s bad what he said, but i don’t think he was saying… no, wait, what he said was atrocious. But it’s such an odd environment. Why did none of the journalists who were there on the day get up and leave? it was only blown out of all proportion afterwards. i’m not trying to excuse myself, but we’re all very tense at press conferences. What are you meant to do? get up and leave? say that you disagree? i feel like i’m being taken hostage. that’s his fault. after it was blown out of proportion, i left it to him to justify himself, if he wanted to stick to what he was saying. i don’t think that was beyond him. Do you regret not having intervened? no, i have no regrets. that’s the way i am. i’m slow. i didn’t react at the time although i used the interviews afterwards to try and understand. But we’re talking about something that happened nearly a year ago. What do you mean when you say you’re slow? i’m really slow to understand things, to digest facts, to adapt. i’m slow in the way i perceive things. that doesn’t mean that

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i’m slow to do things, though. Isn’t that just a way of stepping back a bit in a world where everything tends to happen so quickly? i really like taking my time. i like silence, and i’m not made for efficiency, which is a concept i don’t like at all. there’s something really calculated about it, something too professional. it doesn’t create anything real. i don’t like things being efficient. The way you dress is often remarked upon as being very stylish, by women of all ages. i’ve never heard that. i didn’t know that. it’s very flattering, but such things go in one ear and out the other. it’s such an exaggeration. i need to live without having to look at myself. sometimes i’m asked to spend a lot of time looking at myself. i prefer not to pay myself too much attention. Do you deal with your femininity better now than you used to? absolutely, yes. i feel much more comfortable. i’m sad i can’t live through my thirties again, because life actually does get easier. eventually. What do you mean? you take things more for granted when you’re younger. it’s taken me 40 years to know what i want from myself and to stop dreaming of being someone else all the time. it takes time, all of that stuff, digesting what you are, examining yourself a bit. Was coming to that conclusion made more difficult by living your whole life in the public eye? it was normal, actually. that was how we lived. it was easier for my father to tell a journalist he loved me than it was for him to tell me. Public life was as important as private life. that was the way he did things, and he passed it on to me, but i don’t have the same attitude at all. i specifically do not want to share all my feelings, and try to keep private things private. maybe it’s my reaction to all those years where we were on view as a family altogether. i’ve never felt like showing my family, and it doesn’t suit my personality to share that side of me. i started giving interviews at

“It felt as if people were trying to get close to me but for the wrong reasons, and that really bothered me” a very early age and the journalists’ questions were always about my parents: what they were like, how i got on with them. it felt as if people were trying to get close to me, but for the wrong reasons, and that really bothered me. i walled myself off very quickly and didn’t want to speak about anything much. and as a 14-year-old actress, i didn’t have a point of view about anything and didn’t have a lot to say about anything other than my family life. interviews were torture. they’ve gradually got better… Did you wish you’d had another sort of family life? i’ll take what i’ve been given. When i was a teenager, i would have said yes. i wanted to be like everyone else, to be able to go unnoticed a lot more often than i did. But now i’m happy with what i have. my family has a lot of good and bad points, like all families do. And if your father was still alive. i don’t want to answer that sort of question. What do you think of the world now you’ve lived in it for 40 years? there aren’t a lot of positive things to say. there’s less freedom now than there was in the ’80s, less extravagance. We’re all formulaic. there’s less craziness than there was. things are getting duller. i hope we’ll wake up one day and be less right-minded. i’ve got a bit of that in me, too, and i couldn’t find it more boring.



15.05 Hot seat Jean-Eric Vergne familiarises himself with the carbon-fibre monocoque that will be his ‘office’ throughout 2012. It’s the bare chassis of his Toro Rosso STR7 race car. Engine, seat, steering wheel, suspension all come later



The new French F1 driver at Scuderia Toro Rosso, Jean-Eric Vergne, arrives with a big reputation and a stellar CV. The Red Bulletin joined him on the eve of his ďŹ rst F1 season: a snapshot of a maybe-future-star Words: Anthony Rowlinson & Christophe Couvrat Photography: Thomas Butler


08.30 new Boy After a one-hour blast from Bologna airport with friend and manager Renaud Derlot, JEV arrives at Toro Rosso headquarters in Faenza

each must prove not only they are aggressive racers but also intelligent team players


taly’s A14 Autostrada stretches from one side of Bologna, in the bustling industrial north, right down the back of the boot, skirting the Adriatic coastline, all the way to Taranto, just above the heel. That’s 750km of pasta and romance, through the Emilia Romagna, to the coast and balmy Pescara then down past Bari, to the Med. Today’s journey across it barely does justice to such a storied route, being just a motorway blast from Bologna airport to the scattering of factory units in Faenza that are home to the Scuderia Toro Rosso Formula One team. But it’s not short of excitement. Reason being that this is the ‘first day at work’ for new French F1 hotshot Jean-Eric Vergne (JEV), Toro Rosso’s latest signing. And The Red Bulletin is perched on the rear seat of the workaday hire car which, up front, contains JEV and his buddy, confidant and chauffeur Renaud Derlot. Derlot is a high-level racer, too, who competes in GT endurance championships (big, fast supercars


– Porsche, Ferrari, Aston Martin) and, like any of his clan, he knows only one way make to make a car move: fast. Our chariot doesn’t have much beneath the bonnet, but Derlot is making the most of what it’s got: gears are extended to the max, door handles scrape tarmac as we howl around motorway exit curves. The brakes – well, let’s just say they didn’t know what was coming. This, of course, is situation normal for a racing driver and JEV sits unperturbed up front, fielding BlackBerry calls and texts. We make swift progress. Swift progress. That’s what it’s all about for drivers, like JEV, in the Red Bull junior programme. Swift on the track; swift through the ranks. Do well in the lower racing categories (Formula Three, Renault World Series), hit the targets set by programme manager Dr Helmut Marko and you will progress. That’s the compact, as perfectly exemplified by one Sebastian Vettel: now a double Formula One world champion with Red Bull Racing, yet only four years ago in a nearidentical position to Vergne – a talented F1 rookie with everything to prove. JEV (everyone calls him ‘JEV’) knows this, as does his 2012 Toro Rosso teammate, Australian Daniel Ricciardo, who made a similar Faenza fact-finding mission a few days earlier. Each, now, must beat the other; each must prove not

a future world champion? of course he will believe this. He must only that they are fast, aggressive racers, but also intelligent team players, capable, maybe, of pacing themselves through a season, crashing only very occasionally, and learning, learning, learning. The prize – and what a prize – might be a race seat at World Champion team Red Bull Racing. Not yet, though. Not just yet. He’s a confident young man is JEV, as he has every right to be at this point in his career. Still just 21, he has exactly

09.50 quality control (1) QC is one of the most important areas of any Formula One factory: here, parts are tested for closeness to perfection. A score less than 100 per cent is a ‘FAIL’. Matteo Piraccini, head of hydraulics, gearbox and quality control, leads the tour; JEV shakes hands with Romano Cai, mechanical inspector

09.52 quality control (2) JEV is shown part of a front wing assembly by Matteo Piraccini, head of hydraulics, gearbox and quality control. His interest seems genuine, but all his mind is really asking is: “Will it make the car go faster?”

the right kind of CV to have brought him to where he is. French Formula Renault champion (2008) – check; British Formula 3 champion (2010) – check; Renault World Series Champion (2011) – er, not quite (he finished a somewhat unlucky runner-up). For now, before testing and racing proper, JEV can remain in that blissful headspace of believing with absolute certainty that he is as fast as any of the other 23 competitors he’ll dice with this season. A future world champion? Of course he will believe this. He must. Only, however, when the lights go out in Melbourne on March 18 will he – and we – start to know for sure. That heady day is still some way off as JEV and Derlot arrive at the unfussy Toro Rosso buildings that occupy a corner of an extremely unremarkable industrial estate on the outskirts of Faenza. Friendly 59

10.15 last year’s Model The build of the 2012 race chassis isn’t finished when JEV visits, so he has to content himself with a detailed inspection of the 2011 car. Its best results were two seventh-place finishes

10.45 taKe a seat (Left) JEV’s precise seating position is engineered with CAD technology; (right) his first meeting with race engineer Andrea Landi. The strength of their relationship is vital to success



11.00 wHeely groovy In the machine shop, JEV is shown an intricately milled wheel nut

He’s extremely focused and driven and if he doesn’t win, he’s not particularly happy. all the characteristics of a potential champion Name Jean-Eric Vergne, aka ‘JEV” Date and place of birth April 25th, 1990, Pontoise (Val-d’Oise) Lives Milton Keynes, England

11.10 Hot stuff

Height, weight 1m 83cm, 70kg Started karting Aged four

This piece of heavy industrial machinery is an autoclave. It ‘cooks’ carbon and resin under pressure at temperatures of up to 400ºF, to create F1’s super-light, super-strong (super-expensive) components

enough but focused and self-contained, with a quiet steeliness that confirms a reputation for taking no nonsense on track, Vergne approaches Toro Rosso reception with the keenness of a young man who knows he has earned the right to be here. His manner is that of one who can taste the future he has already tried so hard to create for himself and who will likely be uncompromising in its pursuit.


man who has seen that relentlessness – ruthlessness, even – in action is his former team boss Trevor Carlin, who ran JEV in British Formula Three and, last season, in the Renault World Series. Both categories are broiling incubators of talent, from which only the exceptional graduate with honours and Carlin, who also ran Vettel in his early career, rates Vergne up there with the best. “He’s the real deal, isn’t he?” he says, adding that Vergne is one of the most

First competition Aged 10 First win Aged 10 (mini French champion) First F1 tests Abu Dhabi 2010

exciting racers he has come across in a life spent shepherding young guns towards to the top. “He’s extremely focused and extremely driven and if he doesn’t win he’s not particularly happy. All the characteristics of a potential champion.” One of Vergne’s hallmarks, reckons Carlin, is his ability to thrive in the cutand-thrust of racing. This is a quality distinct from outright speed. It’s one that springs from an inherent combativeness and reveals a mindset that refuses to accept defeat. “In a racing situation he’s tough and forceful – he’s amazing actually, he simply never gives up,” Carlin relates. “At the Barcelona World Series round last year he qualified ninth but finished second, and not because other people fell out. He was relentless. And he’s able to race wheel-to-wheel without damaging a car. He’s one of those guys who will always go forward.” Vergne’s new boss, Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost, will soon be able to judge these qualities for himself. Already,

Lunch tHe don Vergne has a lunchtime audience with tech boss Giorgio Ascanelli. Over more than 25 years, Ascanelli has seen it all in motorsport




ormula One is an unsentimental sport, at least for those starting out, and there’s little time to indulge in small talk about expectation and ambition. It’s time, instead, for business and a tour of the growing Toro Rosso facilities, with a ‘meet and greet’ of the key personnel who’ll create and run the machine that soon will transport Vergne’s destiny. Over two days, he’s guided through departments from composites to quality control; from electronics to race engineering; from the machine shop to design. He’ll pass by more than 250 people (all, incidentally, wowed by the magic aura that accompanies any F1 driver, like a Ready Brek glow). That’s a lot of personnel, even for a plucky midfield team, and the numbers are way bigger than anything Vergne has experienced before. “It’s a little weird to meet with more than 40 people,” he notes. “It used to be only two or three. It actually makes me even more eager to succeed, seeing how many people are working for the team’s success. It’s a positive kind of pressure.” JEV’s guide through the warrens of Toro Rosso (it’s an old-school factory that has grown organically from tiny origins, with buildings connected by overhead walkways and noodle-narrow paths) is chief engineer Laurent Mekiès, a 12-year F1 veteran. Compact, skinny, goateed and with designer shades and hair that could be on loan from D&G, Mekiès talks with a rapid-fire intensity entirely appropriate for a highly pressured time pauper: “You see that room there? That’s assembly. Over there on the right is hydraulics and at the end there’s quality control.” Our small touring entourage heads to this “super-important” corner, to watch an articulated Faro laser arm tend to a front 62

14.35 tHe fiXer JEV’s factory guide is chief engineer Laurent Mekiès. Respected, intense and multi-lingual, he’s one of the key team members

14.45 square deal JEV gets the lowdown on a rear chassis bulkhead. It’s not a part he’s ever likely to see, or think about, but it’s as vital as any other

“it’s a little weird to meet with more than 40 people. it actually makes me even more eager to succeed. it’s a positive kind of pressure”

tale of the tape: how Ricciardo and Vergne measure up VERGNE


13 11 20 13 43.3

Wins Poles Podiums Fastest Laps Wins %

7 6 13 5 35

FORMULA RENAULT 3.5 4 4 9 1 23.5

Wins Poles Podiums Fastest Laps Wins %

4 8 8 4 23.5


in a quiet moment, he has admitted he’s not quite so optimistic that his two young chargers will race without getting into a few scrapes: “We know there will be accidents. There always are with young drivers. We just hope for some good results, too.” Arguments about broken front wings, bent suspension and too-rash overtaking moves are for tomorrow, however. Today, Tost’s greeting of a new young buck is warm, friendly, expectant. The handshake between them is sincere and it prompts JEV into a wide, though guileless and uncertain, smile. Tost has seen this expression before. It’s called hope.


15.00 suited and Booted Just before stepping into the bare race chassis, JEV slips out of his civvies and into his race suit and boots. It’s a familiar process

15.15 eyes on tHe PriZe Settled in, helmet on, Vergne looks ready to go… Except he still has more than two months to wait till ‘lights out’ at the Australian GP

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Australia/Albert Park Malaysia/Sepang China/Shanghai Bahrain/Bahrain Spain/Barcelona Monaco Canada/Gilles Villeneuve Europe/Valencia Great Britain/Silverstone Germany/Hockenheim Hungary/Hungaroring Belgium/Spa Italy/Monza Singapore Japan/Suzuka South Korea/Yeongam India/Delhi Abu Dhabi/Yas Marina USA/Austin Brazil/Interlagos

on tracK at last

At a wintry Jerez circuit, south-west Spain, Vergne guns his STR7 from the pits for the first time as a fully fledged F1 driver. It’s February 9, 2012 and whatever his grand prix future may hold, it all starts here


wing. “There are 16,000 pieces in all,” Mekiès notes. Most are absolutely bespoke, designed and built just for this year’s race car. Vergne walks and watches, absorbing, listening and occasionally asking a sharp question. “How many race engineers?” he wants to know. “Six,” the reply. He doesn’t know it yet, but he’s being led to the certain highlight of the tour: a first sitting inside the bare carbon monocoque of the all-new STR 7 chassis that will race 2012’s 20 scheduled grands prix. Slipping out of day gear (trainers, jeans and hoodie) and into a race suit, there’s just time for a check of the crown jewels and a quip to the team’s press officer, Marieluise Mammitszch, before trying the new race car for size. “You wanna see my abs?” he grins, in a practised manner that suggests he may have tried this line before… once or twice. If he’s nervous, he doesn’t let it show, as he slides into the sculpted black shell that soon will be mated with engine, gearbox, suspension, wheels and all the other essential paraphernalia that transform static object into guided missile. There’s no hint of a smile – not even around the eyes, visible through his helmet aperture. This is serious stuff as JEV rotates an imaginary steering wheel – left, right – flexes his shoulders for comfort and, unseen, extends left and right feet on ‘stop’ and ‘go’.


unch in Faenza can mean only one thing: the Tana Del Lupo restaurant a mile from the factory. It’s bigger than it used to be (more F1 mouths to feed) but as a glut of swollen waistlines in the enlarged dining room attest, standards haven’t slipped. JEV and Derlot are sitting at table with Tost and the team’s fabled technical

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director Giorgio Ascanelli. He’s Ayrton Senna’s former race engineer, has led teams to nine (at last count) championships in different categories and is famously, fabulously, very hard to impress. A hotshot youngster will barely cause him to raise a smile, but then, this gruff teddy bear tech chief has – truly – seen it all. Their mood is light, their banter free. They’re getting on well. Ten weeks before the season, the final twists of pressure have yet to be applied… So there’s time, still, to enjoy these moments and pause for a split-second to reflect on JEV’s journey and the fateful call from Dr Marko last December that propelled Vergne into motorsport’s highest echelon. “How did it all happen?” asks Vergne, echoing our question. “Dr Marko called me one morning and asked: ‘What do you fancy doing in 2012?’ I reply, ‘F1!’ And he says, ‘OK, let’s go for Formula One!’ I couldn’t believe it.” Just. Like. That. A few hours’ peaceful excitement as Vergne told close friends and family the news, then, Boom! his phone exploded. Toro Rosso’s press team put out the news that it would have two new drivers in 2012 and: “It went crazy. My mobile didn’t stop ringing. We made the evening news in France.” By way of celebration JEV, Derlot, his lawyer Didier Poulmaire, trainer Philippe Lucas and Camelia Potec, the Romanian swimmer being coached by Lucas, dined out that evening at the famous Porte d’Auteuil restaurant in Paris. Maybe small talk turned to JEV’s journey from his father’s kart track through teenage illness, when he came close to quitting racing after drug-induced hepatitis that followed the removal of his gall bladder. “I was in hospital in Barcelona,” he says, still a little troubled at the memory. “I didn’t do anything for six months.” It could have finished the career of a less determined individual. JEV, though, had learned young how to overcome a challenge. “I was really scared of water when I was small,” he confides. “I used to moan when I had to take my shower. My father said to me, ‘I’ll get you a go-kart when you learn to swim.’ He thought that would give him plenty of time. But I went to visit my grandparents during the holidays and I learnt to swim within a few days. After that, my parents did all they could to help me succeed.” Not least buying a plot of cheap land northwest of Paris and building a karting centre that’s now the biggest in Europe.

there’s no hint of a smile visible through his helmet aperture. this is serious stuff as Jev rotates an imaginary steering wheel, left, right… It was here, at the Racing Kart de Cormeilles track at Boissy l’Aillerie, that JEV took his first few laps under the expert guidance of a certain Jean Alesi, then captain of a national team set up by the French Motorsport Federation. Vergne’s potential smacked Alesi right between his famous blue eyes: here was a talent that combined an innate gift for speed with a steely nerve. “Jean’s a bit like a godfather to me,” Vergne admits, “and he was one of the first to congratulate me on reaching F1.” Already so long ago. Now, new challenges await and this year’s – alongside highly touted Ricciardo, whose racing CV is remarkably comparable to Vergne’s – may be his toughest yet: a team-mate just as ambitious, just as hungry, almost certainly just as fast. Which is precisely how Dr Marko likes it in his junior team, of course. “It’s going to be awesome,” enthuses Trevor Carlin, who has employed both of them. “They’re desperate to do well and they’re both brilliant drivers, but with slightly different qualities. Daniel possibly has an edge in qualifying, but JEV can turn it around in the race. It’s so exciting. This is the best thing that’s happened to Formula One for years.” These two feisty cubs know all about each other’s strengths and weaknesses, having cuffed each other since they arrived at the Red Bull junior team on the same day, in 2008. “It’s nice to be back together again here,” JEV smiles, “but I know we are both under pressure.” It’s always been like this: since those early karting days when Jean-Eric Vergne was trying to impress his father, through domestic success, through the 20-driver shoot-out at Portugal’s Estoril circuit at the end of 2007. “They took just two,” JEV recalls, “Daniel and me.” And now? Showtime. Download our iPad edition for clips of the new Toro Rosso and Red Bull Racing cars on track


You never really leave Arsenal After almost two months in Arsenal colours, Thierry Henry is getting stuck into his second full season with the New York Red Bulls. The Red Bulletin shot a quick breeze with the most successful striker in France's history Words: Christophe Couvrat Photography: Thomas Hoeffgen


ondon, February 6: Thierry Henry arrives at a photographic studio near the Emirates Stadium in the middle of the day. Two days earlier, he found the net in Arsenal’s 7-1 win over Blackburn Rovers that allowed The Gunners to retain hopes of securing a Champions League spot this season. Henry, who scored 226 goals in 370 games for Arsenal between 1999 and 2007, still hopes to become a champion of Major League Soccer; it’s one of the few honours missing from a glittering career. the red bulletin: What are you going to miss most – again – about London and Arsenal? thierry henry: I’ve never regretted anything in my career or in my life in general. What has to happen, happens. That means you can grow, take the knocks and move on. And you never really leave Arsenal. When I come back, it’s like I’ve never left. I still see the coach, Boro [Primorac], Pat Rice [assistant manager], and I still stay in the same hotel. The stadium and the players have changed, but it’s a family club. It doesn’t really feel like you’ve left. And it’s


not just me who says that. Other former players say the same thing. That’s the impact this club has had on me. You can always come back to say hello or to train. So will you be back again next year? Well, it happened this year. It wasn’t meant to. I did it to help out, that’s all. Arsène Wenger has come in for some heavy criticism this season. Have you wanted to defend him? There’s no need to tie my colours to the mast. When you’re winning, you’re the best thing ever and when you’re not, things aren’t quite so good. I know that sounds clichéd but it’s true. I’ve been playing the game professionally for more than 17 years now. It’s fair enough. When you’re winning, you’re not actually as wonderful as some people might say you are. When you’re not winning, you’re not actually as rubbish as some people might claim either. You need to find a happy medium. You have that in the dressing rooms. Arsène is big enough to know how to manage. He knows how the game works. And do you think this will be his last season as Arsenal manager? I don’t know. You’ll have to ask him. You seem to have taken Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, the rising star of English football, under your wing. He is very good. He doesn’t remind me of anyone else. This is about him. I hope he stays at Arsenal for a long time and that he has a career that we’ll never forget. Do you think he might be involved in the England squad for Euro 2012? I don’t know. I’m not the England manager. All I can say is that he’s quality. England and France are in the same Euro 2012 group. Who will you be supporting?

France! It’s a match like any other match. I want to see France play well against England and in their other matches and win the tournament. In the past, when I was on the team, those matches were different. The main thing was not to lose, especially when I was playing at Arsenal. But now I’m just a supporter. I want France to do well. You always want to win against England. The current French team has a future. France have had some welldocumented problems in the recent past. How do you think they will fare this summer? There’s a lot of talent in this generation of players, which Lolo [France coach, Laurent Blanc] will be able to channel. The most difficult thing is advancing from the group stage. It’s never easy to beat the host country, even if we do have a fairly good record against Ukraine in Ukraine. And England have a pretty good record against us, but we’ll see. One player who launched his international career at senior level against England is Nicolas Anelka [scoring twice at Wembley in 1999]. Now he’s left England for Shanghai. I’ve got so much respect for him and the career he’s had. He’s going to thrive there. We came through the national set-up together and since then Nico has shown everyone what he can do. The MLS season has just begun. Are LA Galaxy still the team to beat? Yeah, they’ve been good for three years now and have two finals to show for it. There was a real gap between them and the other teams. I hope we’ll be able to bring some silverware back to New York, but it won’t be easy. There’s Kansas, Salt Lake, Seattle, Houston, Dallas… They’re all good teams. They’re not easy to play against. Last year we’d lose five or six players every time there was an international match. If we do lose, I want them to beat us when we’re playing well. Finally, a word on the NBA season. Are you still a San Antonio Spurs fan? You’ve got to support those guys, even when the going gets tough. I support them because of Tony [Parker, Henry’s friend and Spurs player]. They’re my team; that’s my heart speaking. They’ll have to chase Oklahoma and others, too. But there’s still time. Nobody thought Dallas would win the title last year. And then you never know what sort of state your guys will be in by the time the play-offs come round. I started out as a Bulls fan because I grew up with Jordan. But now it’s the Spurs.

Fan to a ‘T’ Thierry Henry holds a special place in the hearts of Arsenal fans. And perhaps none more so than Mark Airey, for whom Henry can do no wrong. His story is immortalised on a plaque at the Emirates Stadium. “I have given each of my children a middle name beginning with T: Emily T Airey, Charlie T Airey and Oliver T Airey,” he explains. “My only regret is not being able to talk my wife into naming one of my sons Henry T Airey.”


Hjälmaren Lake, Sweden, -15ºC, where 185 participants from 18 countries fought it out for this year’s ice sailing world title




Think sailboat racing is spectacular? You ain’t seen nothing till you’ve watched a homebrew ice-boat skating on frozen lakes at 130kph Words: Arkadiusz Piątek

Photography: Oskar Kihlborg



hat kind of sport doesn’t have a venue for its World Championships five days before they’re due to be held? Not because of a contractual squabble, nor a row over playing conditions. No, because the country in which they’ll be held hasn’t been decided. Welcome to the icy, fast and brilliantly unpredictable world of ice sailing – one that’s extremely susceptible to changes in weather and which demands that wind and ice conditions be perfect before competitions can be held. This year, finding that perfect mix is proving harder than usual: Lake Müritz in Germany hasn’t frozen over, while the preferred alternative, Hapsalu in Estonia, is snowed in. That leaves Poland or Sweden and 185 ice sailors from 18 countries waiting on ‘where to go’ info. Poland is

The sport requires immense skill and upper-body strength


ruled out, as winter has been too harsh, so participants from across Europe and beyond head for the small town of Örebro. “You never know with this sport,” says five-time world sailing champion, Ron Sherry, who has travelled from Detroit, Michigan, for another shot at the title. “There are many things that can stop it from working. Too much wind, too little wind, too much snow, too much ice, not enough ice. But when it’s right, there’s nothing like it. It’s the most fun you can have with your clothes on.” You may have seen ice sailing footage on YouTube or on TV. Clips usually feature edits of hand-rubbing, foot-stomping and head-shaking camera crews, asking, “Why do people do this?” Fair question, when you consider the men, in single-seater ice-boats, are


The boats line up for the start of the race

“thIs Is a sport for freaks… IdealIsts” sailing at speeds of up to 130kph at temperatures well below zero. And they’re without a seatbelt, protective panel or brakes at a few centimetres off the ice. So why do people do this? “It’s the ultimate kick,” explains Austrian Niklas Müller-Hartburg. “When you’re flying almost silently over the ice, all alone, you feel a deep sense of happiness. And it’s a battle: a battle with yourself, with nature, with your opponents. And it’s not that cold. Adrenalin makes sure of that.” Müller-Hartburg works as a project manager and has been an ice sailor for 26 years; he’s one of the 185 World Championship entrants who have set up camp in a small bay by Lake Hjälmaren near Örebro, over where the campers and trailers are. And where masts are being put up, runners attached and sails hoisted. And where, every now and again, hikers emerge, to be dumbfounded at the blur of sails on view amid the whiteness. There’s little other colour. “No spectators, no sponsors and no prize money,” says Müller-Hartburg. “And that’s just fine. This is a sport for freaks, for idealists. Not for show-offs.” They are, indeed, all freaks and idealists. Most are fiddling with their

home-made boats, filing the runners or talking shop. For this is a highly sensitive sport, where the wrong choice of runner sends racers from hero to (sub-) zero. On dry land, in preparation, MüllerHartburg is using so-called pig-runners to keep the boat upright. “We all use them,” he says, “because of the muddy ground. The sensitive racing blades only come into play once we’re way out on the ice.” Every participant has those stored safely in boxes, bags or cases. There are wider ones good for gliding on ice, or the sharp-filed option, preferred for cutting through slowing snow. Each participant can use nine runners, but no more. They’re a motley crew, these cool runners, with every day job imaginable: from excavator to entrepreneur. There’s Christian Seegers, a well-known lawyer, the orthopaedist Pierre Bachelin and American mast-maker, Jeffrey Kent. The oldest participant is 79; the youngest just 17. All face tough battles over the course of the week. Participants are divided into three different fleets according to their world ranking and they fight it out for 12 qualifying spots to proceed to the next-level competition. Favourites are the Poles, always strong; the Estonians, breaking in at the top level; and the dangerous Swedes with home advantage. Awaiting the 12 qualifiers will be the golden fleet: the ice sailing Champions League: 38 sailors including seven-time Polish world champion Karol Jabłoński and American ice-sailing icon Ron Sherry, who is two World titles behind his rival. Many are expecting it to be a two-horse race. “If you want to win, you need the perfect combination of mast, planking, sail and runners,” admits Jabłoński. “If a single element doesn’t fit in, forget it.” The men sail standardised DN-class single-seater boats. The 3.65m boat must have a sail measuring 5.57m2. With the combination of the three runners (one to steer at the front and two on the sides), you get a special type of speed machine:

The right runner can make all the difference


“another saIlor appeared behInd me. hIs runners just mIssed my face”

Boats can hit up to 130kph within 10 seconds. “The acceleration is something you need get used to,” says veteran Ron Sherry


in perfect wind conditions, they’ll scorch from 0-100kph in around seven seconds. “The biggest thrill is the acceleration, and it’s something you need to get used to,” says Sherry. “I’ve gone right out of the back of the boat from not holding because it takes off so quickly.” Anyone who dares get in one of these won’t forget the experience: how the wind picks up and the sailor flies along the ice at crazy speeds. An island that just a moment ago was distant, transforms suddenly into a threatening must-miss obstacle. Brakes? Oh, there’s no brakes. Instead you have tillers to steer. Turn it to the right and the boat veers left. Immediately you sense a runner is ready to lift off and the wild sled is trembling. Poland’s Łukasz Zakrzewski, ranked number two in the world, is frank: “At 100kph the boat becomes highly sensitive. Every steering move can cause a spin or make you fall out of the boat and slide 200m over the ice.” Racing takes place out on the lake, but just getting there is a stiff challenge for the uninitiated. If you haven’t got skates, you walk half an hour to get to the start. You’re wrapped up warm and wear a plastic collar with two ice picks attached. These will come in handy if you fall into the ice and there’s nobody around to help. The fleets have gathered and it’s like a Formula One pit-lane: last-minute adjustments are being made to each boat just before the start. There’s still a lot to work out. Which runners to use? How much mast or sail tension? There’s a thin blanket of snow on the ice. The surface isn’t porous. It’s as smooth as glass.


ll is quiet. The solitary man wearing a thick, red jacket has taken up position in front of the fleet. He raises the flag: “Flag is up!” he bellows. He has an impressive backdrop: 44 ice-boats on runners, all lined up bow to bow with their helmsmen next to them. Men wearing spikes, bobsleigh gear, racing helmets and ski goggles all ready to go. They have one hand on the mast, the other on the rudder. Some cross themselves or shift from one foot to the other and breathe deeply. At -15ºC there’s no hiding how hard they’re panting. Flag fall. The racers sprint off, pushing their boats in front of them for 30m, encouraged by their rivals, shouting: “Go, Go, Go!” Then they leap into the boat and

Tomasz Zakrzewski is the man to beat in ice sailing right now

batten down the sail with all their might. The wind takes effect and the boats accelerate to 50kph and whizz away. The 1.8km course is marked out by two buoys that must be sailed around three times. The first to clear them is the winner. The sailor needs enormous strength in his arms to keep the sail in when his boat is heading so close to the wind; neck muscles also take a pounding, as the only way to keep a clear view is with your head raised. Some lie flat on their back; others, like Jabłoński, work out in the gym. “You won’t last the race if you don’t work out,” says the Pole with America’s Cup experience. “Your head will fall back and you’ll only see the sky.” The fleet heads for the top buoy. There’s a mad crush to round it within a few minutes, and right-of-way rules help keep things relatively civil. Even so, many lament the ever-more ruthless nature of the current racing scene. Competitors whizz past each other with centimetres to spare, trying – literally – to take the wind out of each other’s sails or trick them with sudden, breakneck manoeuvres. This is a dangerous sport and even the best aren’t immune to accidents. “Once I was flung out of the boat,” says Jabłoński. “I clung onto the sheet [rope controlling the sails]. I just about slithered my way round the boat when another sailor appeared from behind me. His runners just missed my face.” Sherry once crashed into one of his rivals at 80kph. “I went right into the side of him,” the American admits. “Our

boats were in smithereens. I got away with just a couple of scratches.” Even championship organiser Jörg Bohn has been caught out: he was the victim of faulty equipment during one of the European Championship races in 2011. “My boat just broke up during one run, and at that point I was in a good position to take the European Championship title,” he explains. In the final, all eyes are on Jabłoński and Sherry. But in the first of the three golden fleet runs, Sherry loses hope of victory. He’s held back by a bad choice of runner and ends up 22nd – but still five places ahead of Jabłoński, whose own runners “are braking more than moving”. Things get hotter after the heat. Jabłoński is working on his boat. Sherry is screaming like he’s being tortured. Both need a plan. The American hits on using thin slipper runners and, lo, he whizzes away from the rest of the field. It’s an emphatic win. (Jabłoński ends up retiring from a hopeless position). Bad luck costs Sherry a chance of winning the third leg. “The guy next to me got in my way during the sprint so I had to swerve to the left. That lost me time.” Not a good day for the favourites. Tomasz Zakrzewski (brother of Łukasz) is crowned World Champion; he finished third, second and second for the best average position. “I did well to thwart my rivals,” he says. For the rivals themselves, it’ll have to be next time, provided the weather gods don’t have other plans.



ROCKIN’ IN THE FREE WORLD Musical inventor Jon Free makes guitars from old tins and chair legs. And guess what? They sound amazing Words: Ruth Morgan Photography: Thomas Butler

Jon Free’s north London workshop is an organised chaos of small plastic drawers, wooden compartments and tiny tins bearing intriguing labels. ‘Bone dust’, ‘chicken head knobs’ – their contents the collected solutions to a thousand problems you never knew existed. A layer of sawdust covers a workbench and the clutter of tools littered across it. It has reached a row of guitars leaning against a wall in various states of disrepair. They wait in line to be restored to health, an echo of the patients who once queued in this Georgian house when it was a doctor’s surgery. The room is small and every bit of space has been claimed. The walls are adorned with musical memorabilia – 74

Johnny Cash tour posters next to signed seven-inch records from Nancy Sinatra and Nick Cave. In the workshop’s one window, which overlooks the bustling Church Street in Stoke Newington, hangs a row of small guitars different from the others. They are Free’s ‘Tin-Tone Sonic Fascinators’ – unique four-stringed instruments lovingly fashioned primarily out of the old tins and table legs which lie stacked in one corner of the room. What started out as a quickly thoughtup present for a friend has become a thriving business over the past two years, as word of these beautiful yet gritty little creations has spread. Free now spends most of his time here bent over his bench, working on the

constantly evolving line, as intrigued passers-by peer in from the street. Free enters the workshop carrying a part-finished Fascinator, and half the available space seems suddenly filled. With his 2m frame, oversized beige apron and elongated spikes of hair, 40-year-old Free is larger than life – the real-world incarnation of a mad comic-book inventor. He’s currently working on number 93, the body of which is a light blue sandwich tin, cut to house its hardwood neck, that was once part of a 1940s drop-leaf table. Free names each one of his Sonic Fascinators – ‘The Esquire’, ‘The Lux Box’ – taking inspiration from the magazines the tins once housed, or what’s happening


in his life while he makes it. But this one, number 93, is as yet unnamed. “It’s getting trickier!” he says, in jovial tones. “I never thought I’d make this many. The original idea was to try and make a really simple turn-of-the-century cigar box guitar, as I’d heard about them. Someone had dumped a couple of table legs near my house and that inspired me. But I couldn’t find a single cigar box – Brits don’t smoke a lot of cigars, they drink tea and eat biscuits. So I started experimenting with antique tins and found they worked perfectly. After a few were given away as presents, people started to ask me about them.” Free sources every tin individually, so no two Fascinators are the same. He uses microwave parts (“the bit that makes it go ‘ping’”) to amplify the sounds of the vibrating strings, which find their way out of the tin through a repurposed tea strainer. And no Sonic Fascinator would be complete without an old British penny used as a nut at the top of the neck, with slots gouged out to hold the strings. The resulting instruments are bigger than the sum of their parts – beautiful enough to be hung on a wall, but when Free picks up a finished one and starts to play it’s clear they’d be wasted as an ornament. He plucks out a blues riff, conjuring images of warm evenings in America’s Deep South circa 1920, before plugging in an amp housed inside a tobacco tin – another of his innovations – for some proper rock ’n’ roll. It’s a versatile, unexpectedly gutsy sound which has helped win Free’s instruments famous fans, including Deep Purple’s Richard Glover, Sonic Youth and Seasick Steve to name a few. “A French guy came 76

in last week saying he’d seen Sonic Youth playing one of these in Paris,” says Free, “so he’d come to buy a couple for himself as he loved the sound.” With a passion for guitars that dates back more than 25 years, there’s not much Free doesn’t know about making a good racket. He’s played in bands most of his life, enjoying the highs – touring the world with band, Penthouse, and supporting The Gossip and The Kills – and enduring the lows – living on the dole and squatting in various tower-block flats. But necessity is the mother of all invention. “I started doing all my own guitar repairs,” says Free. “When you’ve got to live on £20 a week and someone

asks for £30 to basically put a bit of lollipop stick in the neck, you quickly learn how to do it yourself.” His innovative streak had already been unleashed at the age of 13, when his uncle gave him his first guitar, a battered Czechoslovakian-made Futurama. “It had three strings and a piece of Lego for a bridge,” he remembers. “I sat for hours in a corrugated plastic greenhouse with a knife and a pair of pliers, pulling out all the frets and sanding them back, hammering them all back in, spray painting it. I worked it out as I went along.” As his proficiency grew, people began asking him to turn his able hands to their injured instruments. “I didn’t realise I had different abilities,” he says. “I never even considered you’d take your guitar somewhere to get it restringed or tuned.” He still repairs guitars one day per week for a client list that includes Laura Marling and Martha Wainwright, his reputation built on his attention to detail and inventiveness. “Over the years, I’ve fixed pretty much anything that can break. There’s always a way,” he says. “I started out without any of the expensive kit – I had a cheese knife and a bit of sandpaper! There’s a lot of ingenuity in the job of repairs as most of the bits aren’t designed to be broken or fixed. You see something in a catalogue for US$20 and think ‘Well, I’m sure I could rustle one of those up for 50p.’” Free thanks his father, a research scientist who helped develop the technology behind lasers and jump


Give a man a table leg… Anyone who happens upon John Free’s northLondon studio from the street will peer in through a sash window to find him busy at work. A biscuit tin here, a table leg there, he’s creating exclusive four-stringed tin can guitars out of anything he can lay his hands on

jets, for his ingenuity. He recounts how his father once dismantled their almostnew oven in order to fix their TV aerial. “He’s definitely a fan of being hands-on,” says Free. “He’d never say, ‘Just take your bike to that shop down the road, and for £3 they’ll save you a day’s work.’ He’d say, ‘Go and scrape all the skin off your knuckles doing it yourself.’” Back in his workshop, Free is working on number 93. “Maybe I’ll give it all up and disappear when I reach my 100th,” he jokes. But nothing could be further from the truth. He’s been known to get off a train mid-journey to grab a discarded table leg he’s spotted from the window. “It could equally be described as an obsession,” he smiles. “I’ll see something out of the corner of my eye – it might be the curve of a wooden chair, and I’ll think, ‘That looks like the back of a guitar.’ I’m constantly hallucinating musical instruments. I suppose that’s why they end up coming into being. “I want my guitars to bring the fun back into playing,” adds Free. “There’s so much conservatism in guitar playing, when I thought the idea of rock ’n’ roll was to be yourself. It’s not about spending £7,000 on a guitar, but realising what a great gift it is that, thanks to the laws of physics, this amazing noise comes out of an arbitrary combination of things. These creations make a great racket and it makes me excited to hear it.” Take a walk along this street in north London, look past the Sonic Fascinators in the Tin-Tone window, and you’ll see a large figure tinkering away with his latest creation. Jon Free wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.




a world beater wanna play a game?

Ian ‘Enable’ Wyatt is at the head of a group of players earning points and money in the burgeoning discipline of professional video gaming. At a pro gaming event, The Red Bulletin pushes their buttons to find out what makes them tick (and click) Words: Paul Wilson Photography: Brian Finke


Ian ‘Enable’ Wyatt at the Red Bull LAN gaming event in New York City



n a sunny Soho Saturday afternoon in New York, a group of young men have gathered in a loft to play video games. This in itself is not unusual. However, in one corner of the room, an Emmy-award winning television director is sitting at a mixing console, readying a five-camera set-up for live broadcast of the games to the internet. In another corner, a table of food laid out for the gamers is not creaking with pizza, but instead offers bison wraps from Energy Kitchen and eight different kinds of salad. The ages of these young men range from 17 to 27, and almost all of them are wearing some combination of T-shirt, hoodie, baseball cap, jeans and trainers. But these are not the nerds you’re looking for. To a man they’re polite, well-spoken, intelligent and friendly. Some of them run their own businesses and, despite the recession, are planning to expand. Today, before they conquer the commercial world, they are going to show why they are among the very best video games players in the world. Ian Wyatt might just be the number one among them. He was born in January in 1994, the same year that Sony introduced the PlayStation console and kick-started video games’ rise into mainstream entertainment. Wyatt, who is known by his in-game pseudonym, Enable, has been gaming competitively since 2007 and has hopes and dreams like anyone else his age. He wants to go to college, qualify as a certified public accountant and run his own clothing label, while continuing to excel as a pro video gamer. Up in the Soho loft, for the Red Bull LAN invitational event, he is the player all the others look to as being the current number one. “When I first started, I had no idea about all this,” he says. “I got into competitive gaming because my brother played LAN, then I got better than everyone in my neighbourhood, then I found out about Major League Gaming. At my first three events 80

there, I didn’t get out of the amateur brackets. So I put more time into it.” (There won’t be another jargon-buster paragraph like this one, promise: LAN – pronounced ‘lan’, as in ‘land’, stands for ‘local area network’, a bunch of computers, or video games consoles, in close proximity, connected to one another directly, via cable or Wi-Fi, but not via the internet. The internet, an open network of millions of computers, is effectively the opposite of a LAN. The term is also used to describe gaming events at which computers and consoles are connected in this way. Major League Gaming is a leading provider of organised video game contests, aka pro video gaming, competitive video gaming and e-sports. In 2012 it will be running its ninth season circuit of pro video gaming. Prize money at its four major tournaments this year totals $300,000.) “You have to be dedicated and put in the hours,” Enable continues. “Going to competitions is huge, because you go there to prove yourself, and then the other guys know who you are and find you online, to challenge you. If you don’t have the dedication, you have nothing.” As anyone who has been in thrall to a video game will know, the dedication required, and the commitment a game draws from a fully engaged player, can lead to waking up on the sofa with a video games controller in your lap after falling asleep at the wheel – or wielding a sniper’s rifle, wearing a quarterback’s jersey or the blue overalls and red hat of an Italian plumber named Mario. For the leading gamers, sleepless nights and endless days at the controls are their equivalents of the extra laps and practice sessions that turn promising child athletes into professional sportsmen and women. (Apologies to the parents of teenagers reading this.) What separates the pros from the wannabes, in any competitive discipline, is dedication and application. The second of the attributes is under examination in the New York loft: how can these guys get better? As well as the live gaming broadcast online for three hours during the early evening of Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the players will spend the rest of their time together at the Red Bull

they key In around 200 actIons per mInute, wIth hand-eye co-ordInatIon on a par wIth tennIs players and wIcket keepers

LAN training, assessing their performance and getting advice from nutritionists, physiologists and sleep experts. This is a cross between the NBA’s All-Star Game and the weekend being wired up at a high-end medical facility that the coach tells the press is a team bonding exercise. Football clubs know what a footballer is made of, but the understanding of what makes an exceptional gamer is only just emerging. They key in around 200 actions per minute, with hand-eye co-ordination on a par with tennis players, wide-receivers and wicketkeepers. Gamers can sit for 12 hours straight without moving much, and that is detrimental to their health. So they need to know about protein intake, proper hydration, the effects of sleep


The faces behind the gamer names, clockwise, from top left: (top row) Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins; Dave ‘Walshy’ Walsh; Walshy; Aaron ‘Ace’ Elam; Ian ‘Enable’ Wyatt; Michael ‘Flamesword’ Chaves; Tyler ‘Diesel’ Hoyt; Austin ‘Mikwen’ McCleary; Walshy; Colin ‘Waldo’ McCauley; Nick ‘Bestman’ Johnson

the players If pro vIdeo gamIng had a draft, then these young men would all be fIrst-round pIcks


deprivation. They also, during play, have to react to the sounds of the game and the commands of their team-mates in their headphones. Two game series have become the games of choice in pro gaming: Halo: Reach on the Xbox 360 console and StarCraft II on PC. Both are futuristic combat games, Halo: Reach played in the first-person with a player acting for himself, the screen showing his avatar’s in-game view and weapon. StarCraft II is a third-person game in which the player acts more like a general than a soldier, controlling multiple troops and vehicles from a top-down view of the action. In South Korea, the country with the highest rate of internet connectivity in the world, professional StarCraft II is shown on major TV channels, with several players earning serious money and celebrity

enable Is asked one questIon more than any other: how can you be so good at vIdeo games when you only have one thumb? status. In New York today, a notch back from Seoul-levels of fame but no less competitive, the game is Halo: Reach. Enable is a champion of Halo: Reach because he has all the skills, but during the games he stays calm and focused. He’s calm and focused in conversation too, and when a man who works in the building arrives with his young son, to show the boy the pro video gaming set-up and thus become the coolest dad in the world, Enable shows them around, explaining everything with care, asking if anyone has any questions. Enable himself is asked one question more than any other: how can you be so good at video games when you only have one thumb? “It happened when I was very young, two years old,” he explains, of his unique physiology. “My brother was on his bike and I just put my thumb in the chain and… right off. It was bad at the time, but now it doesn’t bother me at all. It’s what makes me. It comes as a surprise to people, but for me and the runner with the blades, it shows you can not be 100 per cent and be excellent at something.” Unlike the case of Oscar Pistorius, the runner with the blades from South Africa, the missing body part here doesn’t cause controversy. After the tour, it’s game time. The 15 participants are split into three teams 82

of four each with a coach. Two teams and coaches play at any one time, with the others in the ‘War Room’, an area of chairs and sofas with Xbox 360 consoles and 12 screens, which are used for practice but mainly replay footage of previous games, so players can study their mistakes and look for flaws in their opponents. At a regular competition, there isn’t this kind of analysis, so the players study the footage in detail. They’re also happy just to be in the same room as one another: they usually play online from their homes, so face time is used wisely. Everyone here – and there are 42 people in the room at one point, including a broadcast crew, journalists, photographers and watchers – would like face time with Dave Walsh. At 27, Walsh, known by his in-game handle of Walshy, is the old man of pro video gaming. He was the first to become widely known as a pro gamer, the first to earn money at it, a true pioneer and the biggest name in Western e-sports. Says Enable: “I look up to Walshy, and he’s inspirational in the way’s he’s done what he’s done. He shows you can be a pro gamer, but also that you can do other things at the same time.” Walshy’s ‘other things’ include a clothing label he set up in 2005, two years into his pro gaming career, the start-up cash for which was raised from the sale of a Dodge Charger he won in a gaming competition. He has the tattoo of the label’s logo on his left forearm, and often wears one of its T-shirts. “They’re all made in America,” he says, “no sweatshops.” In junior high, Walshy played tennis and wrestled. He dropped out of college when he realised he could make a living from pro gaming (one video game industry insider estimates Walshy’s annual income in the low six figures). He became the Major League Gaming champion three times, but then there was a slump. The previous version of Halo, he says, didn’t suit his playing style. “I wasn’t happy, so I made some changes in my life: I broke off a five-year relationship with my girlfriend, left the team I was playing with, decided to get back in shape. Eating healthy, running and working out, I put on weight. All that directly translated to happiness in my gaming. People went from saying, ‘He’s done, he should retire,’ to, ‘Wow, he’s phenomenal.’ Knowing I could put my mind into it, put that work into a slump and turn it round, that feels good that it paid off.” So when Walshy and Enable join their teams and face one another, pro video gaming’s persevering pioneer is facing its phenom: Ali versus Tyson, with rocket

launchers and plasma grenades. In the gaming area of the loft, the teams sit at a table with eight screens back-to-back in two lines of four. The coaches pace up and down behind the players, pointing out the position of weapons to be collected, or where opposition players are ‘respawning’, or coming back to life after being killed. Players and coaches wear a headset with headphones and microphone. There is a lot of chatter during the games, suggestions and exclamations and one or two insults coming as quickly as the button pushes on the controllers. It’s very fast, and watching one player’s screen can be overwhelming to those unused to the pace of the game played at this high level. For the online broadcast, the director switches between individual players’ direct feeds and the cameras in the loft. He can also choose team audio, single players’ audio or the game commentary, provided live in the loft by pro video gamer turned announcer Danish Maqbool, aka DMaq, and Jo Garcia, who writes the Gamer Next Door column for Playboy and was its Cyber Girl of the Year in 2008. On the website during the broadcast, the live

Industry InsIders reckon leadIng pro players have an annual Income from gamIng In the low sIx fIgures comments window has about two-thirds unabashed enthusiasm/criticism for the gameplay, and one-third total admiration for Garcia. This is sports broadcasting not as you know it, but also as you do.

Consider for a moment the interactivity fans of traditional sports enjoy. They watch the big game on TV, then call the radio phone-ins, or tweet and email the panel of analysts in the TV studio. A lucky few fans attending the game live might have VIP passes to some post-match gathering where they can shake hands with the players, maybe get a photograph and an autograph. Imagine if fans could enter a lottery, from which a bunch of them were chosen to compete alongside the pros in another match-up right after the big game finishes: “Join us after the break when some of you will be playing the guys – live.” That’s what the online audience for a pro video gaming event may have to look forward to: the chance for a game against the pros. It’s an unbeatable prospect for fans. After a previous Red Bull LAN event, there were 15,000 hopeful gamers waiting for their shot. Players of online games might also be lucky, or unlucky, enough to come up against Walshy when he and his teammates are playing under other, secret gamer names, mainly to check out the level of talent coming up behind them, but also just to keep their trigger fingers sharp. “Me and StrongSide,” says Walshy, referring to his team-mate, gamer Michael Cavanaugh, “we can ruin people’s days going on as alter egos. He can trash talk in other voices so you can’t tell it’s him. One time, we were online and StrongSide was doing this Hispanic voice and convincing the other team that we were the best players in Mexico. They were telling us to come to America and turn professional: ‘Dude, you guys would shock the world.’” The first of this year’s five Red Bull LAN events takes place in Orlando, March 16-18. Watch online at

High fives all round, clockwise from top left: Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins playing Halo: Reach; Ninja relaxes in a spare moment – by playing games on his Nintendo DS; Halo: Reach is one of two games (with StarCraft II) used in tournament video gaming

the game a day of competitive gaming can involve anything up to five hours of concentration. whoever best balances their focus and adrenalin will succeed

Contents 86 TRAVEL IDEAS Miami: Music’s winter hot spot 88 GLOBAL FOOD One chef’s inspiration and a recipe to follow 90 TRAINING Tips from highflyer Robbie Maddison 92 BEST CLUBS Gig venue of choice in Austin, Texas 92 OUT NOW Latest offering from prolific songstress, Grimes 93 TAKE 5 Influences of an indie-rock intellectual 94 WORLD IN ACTION 96 SAVE THE DATE 98 MIND’S EYE


The Red Bull X-Fighters’ new season lifts off in Dubai on April 13. Read about Robbie Maddison’s “mental” preparations on page 90




Miami Sound Machine

THE MOST FUN IN THE SUN A 10-day conference, a six-day Week and a three-day festival all in less than a fortnight? The live music scene is the beating heart and soul of Miami

March in Miami means music. Most notably, the Winter Music Conference (March 16-25), which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2011, lays its towel on the sandy shorelines of Miami Beach. More than 300,000 music industry professionals, and one or two hangers-on, fly in from over 70 countries, to confer and deal all day, then dance all night. The Ultra Music Festival, from March 23 (pictured above), began life as a party at the 1999 Conference and is now a three-day festival taking advantage of the fact that the world’s leading electronic dance music artist are in town. Bridging the two is Miami Music Week (March 20-25), which is kind of like the Conference, only without the need for a badge hanging from your neck. With every danceable space in the city a possible party venue, from superclubs to bars to back yards, The Red Bulletin’s guide, showing how to get the best from these 10 days in Miami, is your essential guide. 86

1. BEST POOLSIDE PARTIES Arkadia Poolside at Fontainebleau Hotel 4441 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, 33140 Following a billion-dollar renovation, this monolithic hotel’s 3,716m2 ocean-side pool (right) is a site to behold. The best part about it all is hearing some of the world’s best DJs spinning their latest dubplates while you tube it down their Wall of Water area, sipping a pina colada. 2. BEST OLD SCHOOL GONE NEW Amnesia 136 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, 33139 This club was a South Beach staple for a decade after its 1993 opening and became notorious for its ‘sex and foam’ parties. Having been closed for nearly 10 years, Amnesia is now back in its original home south of 5th Street with co-owner Bob Sinclair once again set to shake up Miami’s nightlife. 3. BEST HIPSTER NIGHTCLUB Grand Central 697 North Miami Avenue Miami, 33136 Cross to the mainland and in the desolate downtown core of Miami lies one of the best live music venues in the country: a former train station that now houses the crème de la crème of la musica. Expect hipster madness, from Diplo to Skrillex and whatever lies in between. 4. BEST SECRET PASSWORD NIGHTCLUB Bardot 3456 North Miami Avenue Miami, 33127 With an unobtrusive locale and absolutely no signage, even plugged-in party-goers can waltz right by. Absolutely no cameras inside, this speakeasy living room plays home for dance labels like DFA Records, so don’t be surprised to see label head James Murphy slugging whiskey while spinning Berlin electro tracks.

5. BEST OL’ DIRTY BASTARD NIGHTCLUB Mamushka’s 31 NW 36th Street Miami, 33128 So grimy, it doesn’t even have a website Welcome to the hood – Wynwood, to be exact. In the thick of an area of town much less desired (imagine NY’s Lower East Side circa 1995), this is the bar that brings the grit to Miami music’s glitter. Ninjasonik, Das Racist and other alternatives to electronic dance music norms play here. 6. BEST HOTEL LOBBY TO RUN INTO YOUR FAVOURITE DJ Shelborne Hotel 1801 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, 33139 Completely renovated and under new management, the Shelbourne is set to be the hotspot for Conference week 2012. Expect legendary veterans of the turntable to be hobnobbing at the pool-side bar, from Carl Cox to John Digweed and whomever else BBC Radio 1 plans to host. 7. BEST LATE-NIGHT POSTCLUB DRUNKEN FOOD BINGE Big Pink 157 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, 33139 You know the feeling, when you’re bordering on ordering a burger or breakfast. Big Pink diner does both, deliciously, until 5am on Friday and Saturday nights. Regardless of what you order, the side has to be the Nemo Polenta Fries. It doesn’t hurt that you’re only a block up from Amnesia (see No.2).

8. BEST PLACE THAT’S WORTH SNEAKING INTO Soho Beach House 4385 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, 33140 Yeah, so what if it’s membersonly? Where else can you see music legends Arthur Baker and Pharrell Williams DJ to, like, 40 people in a makeshift tiki bar? Only at Soho House, for sure. Last year, Conference did a doozy here and we’re sure this year David Guetta will be caught naked in the pool. 9. BEST NIGHTCLUB TO NOT HEAR ELECTRONIC MUSIC Club Play 1045 5th Street Miami Beach, 33139 There comes a point in every Miami merrymaker’s jaunt when he or she just can’t take the thumping bassline and repetitive four-on-the-floor any longer. When you’re feeling more Tupac than Tiësto, Club Play is the joint. It’s infamous for hosting hip-hop’s royalty, from T.I. to Rick Ross. 10. BEST NON-MUSIC BUT MUSIC-RELATED EVENT Miami Art Museum’s The Record Exhibition 101 West Flagler Street Miami, 33130 Opening two days into Conference and running until June 10, Miami Art Museum is featuring The Record, a full-scale celebration of contemporary art and vinyl culture. With artists like David Bryne, Laurie Anderson, Christian Marclay and Sean Duffy (his Burnout Sun is pictured below), music-culture buffs will break from the partying to be here.


Miami plays nice



A time to gatecrash Kratwerk’s retro electronica heads for Ultra Check out Diplo at the Grand Central

1. ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL March 23-25 It’s sold out, but that doesn’t stop you nuttahs from gatecrashing! They’ve got Justice, M83 and they’ve got Kraftwerk, for heaven’s sake! Crawl your way through the Portaloos. Just do whatever it takes!

4. ANYTHING AT LIV at Fontainebleau Hotel March 21-25 This nightlife beast has a Miami monopoly, with a biggest-and-baddest line-up all year. During March it raises its game: Afrojack, Axwell, Kaskade, etc. If you haven’t been to LIV, you haven’t lived.

2. SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA Masquerade Motel March 23 With the boys of SHM saying that Masquerade Motel last year was one of the highlights of their lives, that makes their 2012 hurrah unmissable. To quote Steve Angello: “We Come. We Love. We Rave.”

5. GRAND CENTRAL Grand Central just took over the parking lot next to its club and is converting it into a “week long outdoor music festival/block party” for Miami Music Week. Highprofile alternative bands and DJs are set to appear.


3. CHICKEN ’N’ BEER at Standard Hotel March 23 The lovely lads of Mad Decent (Diplo’s label) bring you their third annual rave-up party at the even lovelier poolside of the Standard Hotel. From 2pm until 7pm, this party will serve great music and fried chicken.




Favourite Tippling


RYAN CLIFT An Englishman living in Singapore is Asia’s hippest chef

Ryan Clift was 14 years old when he started his gastronomic career in his native England, working as a dishwasher in a Michelin-starred restaurant, where he says he was “fascinated by it all from the beginning”. Some two decades later he runs Singapore’s outstanding Tippling Club and is regarded as Asia’s hippest chef. In 2008 he made his way to Singapore – for love. Love of ingredients, that is, because “cooking is my life”. Says Clift: “Asia has some sensational ingredients. It’s my mission to keep discovering new ones and combine them in new taste sensations.” It’s not just his commitment, creativity and fetish for quality that sets Ryan Clift apart. He also has a genius command of the most varied cooking techniques, as Ikarus executive chef Roland Trettl relates: “On my visit to Singapore, as soon as the food started emerging from the kitchen I was speculating how on Earth he came up with it – and that happens very, very rarely.” Clift’s culinary philosophy is exemplified by his Scottish razor clams with garlic soup, parsley and chives. Trettl: “That dish knocked me out. There was no trickery or deception, but it was so rounded, harmonic and full of quality produce and flavour – it was enough to make you cry.”


THE RESTAURANT Tippling Club 8D Dempsey Road Singapore 249672 “The location was our easiest choice of all,” remembers Ryan Clift. The restaurant is an oasis in the middle of Singapore, just a few minutes from the hustle and bustle of the central business district, a piece of tropical paradise set among towering trees. The bar has become a favourite meeting place.


Cocktails instead of wine “Fine dining and cocktails – with or without alcohol – go together better than fine dining and wine,” explains Clift. “Wine is derived from grapes. As great as the range of taste facets in wine is, cocktails have a limitless range of mix components, making them unbeatable in food matching.” Excitement and stimulation “Our menu should be a journey full of surprises for our guests – exciting, stimulating, and sometimes a little bit scary. Here you never know what’s coming next!” Singular adventure “This is very important: our guests should experience a culinary adventure which they couldn’t reproduce at home in a million years.”

Hangar-7’s guest chefs Every month, a top guest chef comes to the Ikarus Restaurant in Hangar-7, at Salzburg airport, and teams up with the in-house kitchen staff to create two special menus. The guest chef for March is Ryan Clift, from Singapore’s Tippling Club bar and restaurant. Learn more about his menus and other guest chefs at Ikarus at or 7. To book a table or make enquiries send an email to or call +43 662 2197-777.


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more body & mind

Beating the Fear Factor Mental fitness is just as important as physical conditioning, says the FMX biker known as ‘Maddo’

Just the Trick

work out Training wiTh The pros

Robbie Maddison After a spectacular jump in California last New Year, Australian daredevil Robbie Maddison is revved up for this year’s Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour

Suggest to Robbie Maddison that, from the outside, his sport of freestyle motocross doesn’t look like it requires a particularly high level of fitness and the Australian daredevil isn’t slow to leap to the defence of his super-soaraway sport. “It’s pretty intense stuff,” he says of a competition that has riders performing bodyRobbie twisting tricks on motorcycles 15m in the air, Maddison often upside down. “Even though our runs in Red Bull X-Fighters are like a minute-and-a-half long, I reckon we put in about the same effort that a boxer does in one of their rounds. “A lot of the time, you’re so focused on getting all the aspects of the trick right – the physicality of the body extension, your position relative to the bike, the bike’s position in the air – that you forget to breathe. You do all this physical stuff and you’re not getting enough oxygen. You need to be pretty fit.” Maddison, who unofficially broke the world record for distance jumped (119m) on a motorcycle in practice for the 2011 Red Bull: New Year. No Limits event in San Diego, is looking forward to getting back to FMX with the 2012 Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour, which starts in next month in Dubai. “I’ll definitely be competing,” he says. “I’m really looking forward to it and trying to make this year a bit better than 2011. “I had a good win in Brazil last year but there were a couple of injuries that didn’t help. So I’ll try to put it all together this year, hopefully stay injury-free and see what happens.”;


“With distance jumping there’s a fear game going on, and you have to control that. It happens in FMX too, when you’re going out there to try a trick that you’re not 100 per cent sure about, but it’s more of a factor in the distance jumping. For me it’s about trying to still the mind. I do a lot of meditation to try to get that stillness. Confidence also plays a big part and that springs from how hard you train and how well prepared you are. When you know you’ve done the training and people tell that you look fit and well, then you go out with confidence.”

Flying Fitness A true road warrior, Robbie Maddison’s training routine has to fit around his 300,000 miles-a-year air travel schedule “Training schedules are pretty random. I do about 300,000 air miles every year, so it’s really hard to fit in regular workouts. It’s all about utilising downtime. I’ll lie on the floor of the plane doing exercises, hyper-extending my back. However, if I had to work out a perfect session, it would focus on stability and core muscles and strengthening the back. That would probably mean using wood chops with the cable machine and then 20 chin-ups. Following that, I do the ‘swan’ Pilates exercise, lying on your front, lifting your head and shoulders – it’s great for your back and shoulders. Then I do squats and some bent over rows, which is a back exercise where you’re partially squatting and lifting barbells up. Then I might do a Reptile Crawl where you’re on all fours, with your back level and then moving forward using opposite limbs – right arm, left leg. I can’t run as I’ve got arthritis in one knee and no anterior cruciate ligaments in either knee, so for cardio I’ll take a road bike out. I also ride my BMX bike. A fun cardio workout we do is to open up the foam pit and launch the BMX bikes in there. When you’re hauling that bike out of the foam every couple of minutes, it’s pretty tough. Like being in quicksand.”

Robbie’s track at home


Robbie Maddison at Corumba Falls in Salto Corumba, Brazil, before Red Bull X-Fighters 2011

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Post-Internet Generation



Austin’s Powered EMO’S EAST, AUSTIN In March, the renowned SXSW music, film and interactive festival takes over the city. 2,000 bands play live; the best gigs are at Emo’s East

We love running a club in this city because... Austin is the live music capital of the world! The club’s name is a reference to ... The original owner, Eric Hartman, aka Emo, who was a spotter in Chicago for all the hot bar owners. He would go to bars to watch the staff, then let the owners know who was over-pouring to get higher tips. When he got to Austin, he opened his own place and called it Emo’s. From outside the club looks like… A souped-up strip mall. If there’s a movie to compare the interior with,it would be...



The Coen brothers’ movie, Blood Simple. Nights really start to get going… Around 10.30pm. The club is packed when there are... 1,700 people in, according to the number on the wall, but let’s say 2,000. The craziest night was when… The band Gordon solie m****rf****rs played. Bags of flour everywhere. TVs from the green room were thrown into the crowd. Trash cans flying. Surprisingly, no fights. At the moment, the track that makes the crowd go nuts is… Enter The Ninja by Die Antwoord, and The Lonely Island’s I’m On A Boat. When patrons tire from dancing, they rest… In the stadium bleachers which we took from the local high school. Mike Staples, club manager Emo’s East 2015 E Riverside Drive, Austin, Texas, 78741, USA +1 (512) 505-9999

Songwriting, what does recording, album that mean? cover design, making That I grew up the video… Claire with a big glut of Boucher, alias music available due Visions: an Grimes, likes to do to Napster. That ethereal electro means I’ve never it all herself. Not sound because she has to, preferred specific it’s just that the 23-year-old types of music. At school, Canadian is so bursting I loved OutKast and with talent that she knows Marilyn Manson. There’s no other way. Grimes may no contradiction between only be at the beginning of loving rap and Gothic rock a beautiful friendship with for my generation. And that her fans, but she has taken comes across in my music. her Rihanna-meets-AphexProducing the music Twin synth pop on the road and the video seems to with Lykke Li and released come naturally to you. three albums. Coming soon Making electronic music is a is Visions, her fourth, an very visual process in and of enigmatic production that itself. You’re moving blocks would make the perfect around on the screen. So soundtrack for a fantasy making videos isn’t stepping film starring Kate Bush. into the unknown. If   : Four anything, I prefer it. Making albums in two years. music is the main course That’s good going... and working on the : I just make video is the dessert. a lot of music. There are still about Grimes’s Visions is released on March another 1,200 12. For tour dates and songs lying in wait audio delights, visit: on my hard drive. You describe your music as “post-internet”,

Grimes has 1,200 songs waiting in the wings


GRIMES The Canadian multi-tasker has made more good music in her first two years on the circuit than many others do in a whole career



“My mum hates my new album”


Stephin Merritt is indie rock’s intellectual. He skilfully blends great pop songs and strange synthesizer sounds, as did his heroes before him from Nico to Stereolab THE MAGNETIC FIELDS

It’s not enough for Stephin Merritt to cobble together a few songs for an album. That just wouldn’t do for an artist regarded as the last great conceptualist in the indie-rock circus. Far greater, he reckons, the challenge of limiting yourself to one subject. Ever since the ’90s, this songwriter/ musician and his band The Magnetic Fields have been creating albums which, in terms of either the words or the music, revolve around a single theme. His most Herculean project appeared in 1999: a triple album on the subject of love. Merritt, 46, illuminates the eternal topic 69 times, each from a different angle


Song writing genius Stephin Merritt (left, rear) in the magnetic field of his band

and so cleverly that many music magazines voted 69 Love Songs one of the best albums of the ’90s. Next came an album with all the song titles beginning with an ‘I’; then a noise-pop record called Distortion, followed by a ‘Varieté’ folk album. Together they formed part of his ‘No-Synth Trilogy’. In his latest, Love At The Bottom Of The Sea, Merritt has rediscovered electronica: it fizzes and sizzles at every turn – a record which combines the thrill of bitter-sweet love songs and synthesiser experiments. An artist with many influences, Merritt reveals his five most inspiring albums.

The United States Of America – The United States Of America I stumbled across this album in a second-hand record store when I was a teenager. I’d already heard of the band but it was the cover that really fascinated me: the band’s violinist is sitting at an old synthesizer and he is electronically modulating his violin sounds on it – on a record that came out in 1968! Sadly, Joseph Byrd and his band only released one album but it’s legendary because the synthesizer is used as an abstract, expressionistic creator of sounds on it and not as something melodic.

Nico – The Marble Index Shirley from the band loves Nico but hates this album because she thinks John Cale ruined it with all the quirky noises and strange sounds that her Velvet Underground colleague contributed to it. She thinks he did it deliberately because Nico had supposedly left him for Lou Reed not long before the recording. But I love The Marble Index precisely because of these experimental add-ons. I get [those] sounds stuck in my head as I walk down the street and find myself singing. I also tried to slightly distort pop songs on Love At The Bottom Of The Sea. My mother hates me for it but at least Shirley didn’t complain.

The Red Krayola – Parable Of Arable Land Their rock songs are quirky enough, but the pieces The Red Krayola recorded with their friends sound downright psychedelic. They remind me of the tape loops on the first Pink Floyd album, Piper At The Gates of Dawn, but this overlooked masterpiece came out before that.

The High Llamas – Cold And Bouncy The songs on Cold And Bouncy have a playful sound; this is a great pop album, in a Beach Boys style. But there’s one dominant element which the founder of the group, Sean O’Hagan, describes as “wobbly” – his word for the sound of the Moog synthesizer, which is used a lot on my new album, too.

Stereolab – Dots And Loops I can’t stand filter effects and sample loops. They all sound the same in dance music! But not with Stereolab. Although some people say that The Noise Of Carpet is their best work, I say this is because it proves that the filter can be used creatively and isn’t just an instrument of the devil.

Love At The Bottom Of The Sea is out now;



World in Action March 2012


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World Indoor Championships

A record number of participating nations – 160 – are expected at the first IAAF World Indoor Championships to be held on Turkish soil. The 26 events will be held at the 7,500-seater Ataköy Athletics Arena, which has been built especially for the championships. American hurdler Lolo Jones will be hoping she can do the triple in the 60m hurdles. She first won a gold medal in Valencia in 2008, then followed it up in Doha 2010 while setting a world record of 7.72 seconds, which is still the time to beat.





Australian Grand Prix races are planned for this year’s 3 Twenty Formula One season, making this the longest in the sport’s 62-year history. The action kicks off, as it did last year, at Melbourne’s Albert Park. It’s the circuit that provided such rich pickings for Sebastian Vettel; the German Red Bull Racing driver started from pole and romped home in convincing fashion. He’ll be hoping for a repeat performance as he starts his bid for his third successive World Championship title.


World Team Table Tennis Championships The ITTF World Team Championships won’t only thrill local fans in the table-tennis-crazy Ruhr; over a billion spectators are expected to tune in on TV around the world. The women’s team from Singapore managed to loosen the Chinese stranglehold on the title at the last World Championships in Moscow, after the latter had won eight times in a row. The Chinese men have gone undefeated for the last five team champs. Their main challenge could come from the host team, which centres on Borussia Düsseldorf star Timo Boll; in Moscow two years ago, the Germans eventually went down 1:3 to the Chinese in the final.


WRC Rally Portugal

17.03.2012, QUEBEC, CANADA

Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championships

The fourth stop in the rallying calendar will be on Portugal’s south coast and there are plenty of innovations and high points to look forward to: 22 special stages over an increased 434.77 competitive kilometres (mainly gravel tracks), three brand new night-time special stages and one power stage on Sunday. Last year, Citroën secured an impressive onetwo finish, with Sébastien Ogier coming home just ahead of eight-time world champion Sébastien Loeb. Can anyone keep the winning pair at bay this season?






Lolo Jones will be aiming for her third gold medal

Canada is seen as the cradle of ice hockey, which makes it a fitting location for the fourth and final meet of the Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championships season. A winner here in 2010 and now a local hero, Kyle Croxall will be keen to take glory on home soil in front of more than 120,000 fans. He started the season strongly, winning in St. Paul, Minnesota.


Citroën had an impressive one-two finish last year




10 Afro-soul star Zahara performs in Cape Town 16-19.03.2012, DUBLIN, IRELAND

St Patrick’s Festival Shamrocks and people dressed in green as far as the eye can see: on 17 March, the Irish celebrate St Patrick, their national saint. In Dublin the carnival atmosphere lasts for four days, as over 500,000 arrive for colourful parades (which this year will include marching bands from the UK, Russia and the USA), live bands, film and cabaret shows, as well as fairgrounds and a firework display against the backdrop of the city skyline. If you’re lucky, you might just find someone to sell you a glass of Guinness, too.



30-31.03.2012, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

International Jazz Festival

Jazz and Cape Town go back a long way. In the ’60s, visionary musicians like Abdullah Ibrahim and Basil Coetzee mixed American jazz and South African folklore to create Cape Jazz. Now in its 12th year, the renowned Cape Town Jazz Festival invites more than 40 local and international artists to make music together in the spirit of this blend from youngsters like Afro-soul singer Zahara to older heroes like US guitar maestro Mike Stern. And judging by the 34,000 fans that attend, the music is going strong.


24-25.03.2012, TOKYO, JAPAN

International Anime Fair


Last year it was cancelled because of the Japan’s earthquake, but the largest fair for Japanese anime films is back for 2012. Relieved publishers, illustrators and more than 100,000 fans will travel from all over the world to celebrate their heroes with the huge eyes and tiny noses. And it‘s for adults as much as kids: the Japanese entertainment industry makes an incredible €80 billion a year from anime.



Timo Boll will challenge the favourites from China



Anime fans: a perfect mix of cartoon and reality

09-18.03.2012, AUSTIN, TEXAS, USA


South-By-Southwest is to music what the Sundance Festival is to film. Up-and-coming bands from all over the world play in more than 90 live venues alongside established artists like Built to Spill or Talib Kweli. For young artists it’s quite an honour to be invited to perform. Many have a baptism of fire with the international press, while for others it‘s the first step to a great career. Grimes, War On Drugs and Theme Park are this year’s promising newcomers.

30-31.03.2012, SANTIAGO, CHILE



This American festival, set up in 1991 by Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell, was seen as something of a Woodstock for the 1990s. Lollapalooza became so popular that The Simpsons even devoted an episode to it. And the cult lives on. In March, the rock ’n’ roll circus pitches its tent in Chile; rocking up on the band bus are alternative music heroes Foo Fighters, Björk, MGMT and Arctic Monkeys.


The Emerald Isle is colourful for St Patrick’s Day


moRe body & mind

Save the Date

March & April Raise a glass, wave a flag oR saddle up foR the best foRthcoming events in the uK and iReland

March 14-16

X-rated Snow before dirt, muscles hurt: Red Bull 50/50 March 11

Harder by half Jamie Nicholls: on the up

april 5

Art nouveau The Red Bull Studios London is turning art gallery, playing host to Goldsmiths Debuts, a series of exhibitions by fine art students from the eponymous university in the run up to their art degree show in June. Designed to increase support for burgeoning talents from outside the world of art, April’s evening event, Utterance, addresses the complications of language, featuring six artists including Ariel Ruvinsky and Jill Chong. Tickets:

april 8

Wherehouse? Music lovers mourned last year when Manchester’s revered Warehouse Project closed its doors after five party-filled years. On Easter Sunday comes the resurrection. The beats are back in a new location in the city to be revealed at the end of this month (check the website), with a marathon day-and-night session featuring German minimal maestro Loco Dice and charttopping DJ Jamie Jones. It’ll be just like old times.


Red Bull 50/50 is a contest that saves its competitors the trouble of choosing between board or bike, snow or soil – here they get it all. Starting high on Scotland’s snow-capped Aviemore mountain in the Caingorms, 100 amateurs will battle it out to be fastest down on skis or board, in groups of 10 at a time. And when the white stuff runs out, it’s a quick change and onto a mountain bike to finish the job on the dirt tracks at the base of the mountain. Anyone with skis/board and a bike can enter, but only the fastest across both surfaces will emerge victorious. Entry is available online.

EntEr now

On yer bike This September, the Deloitte Ride Across Britain will challenge 700 everyday cyclists to step it up a gear and ride the 960 miles from Cornwall’s hills to the Highlands of Scotland in just nine days. The route covers some of Britain’s most stunning scenery, but it’s no picnic: with more than 150km to cover each day, and a total climb of 20,000m, interested bikers need to start planning now for the event, which takes place on September 8-16.

UK ruled OK: Happy Deloitte Ride finishers


British snowboarder Jamie Nicholls, 18, and freeskier Katie Summerhayes, 16, may have started out on the UK’s dry slopes, but they’ve long since progressed to the pistes and snowsports’ big leagues. This month they join the world’s best at the third Winter X Games Europe, in Tignes, France, where they will compete to prove their slopestyle supremacy.

March 30–april 1

Spring time great Britain’s Men’s Artistic gymnastic squad had a tough finish to 2011, as a poor performance at the World Championships in Japan denied them the immediate olympic qualification they’d expected. But 2012 is a new year. The team, which includes olympic bronze medallist louis Smith, showed their true strength at an olympic test event in January, their last chance to secure an olympic place, taking a convincing win. now the question is which of the talented squad members will make the five-man olympic team. This month’s Men’s Artistic gymnastics london open sees the squad’s youngest member, 19-year-old Sam oldham (right) from nottingham, returning from injury, hoping to prove he’s ready for a shot at gold in the summer.;


reativity is a most uncertain matter. I love it that an awardwinning technologist said: “If I knew what I was doing, it wouldn’t be research.” I love it even more that Miles Davis, when asked what he was going to play, replied: “I’ll play it first and tell you what it is afterwards”. The simple truth is: we do not know where ideas come from. Philosophers and neurosurgeons are agreed that they do not have a clue how, at this level, the brain works. Artists are more matter-of-fact: Johannes Brahms said music came to him without the exercise of conscious thought. The painter Stanley Spencer on the other hand, or rather on both knees, found sniffing lavatory bowls a stimulus to his art. But no one has ever found a reliable method of generating ideas, although people do keep trying. Right now, there’s a tendency in business to suggest that Groupthink is the way to do it. This horrible intellectual collectivism has been accelerated in the past generation by the increasing influence of fast, but essentially dumb, electronic networks in our crowded and over-busy lives. The world population has doubled since the ’50s. Since 1965 when Intel founder Gordon Moore declared a ‘law’ that chip memory doubles about every 18 months, that population has had ever easier access to ever more clever devices. It now seems likely that anybody who wants one will have a smartphone. Jerusalem! Actually, no. This ecstasy of connectivity has encouraged some excitable correspondents to say that we have left the era of autonomous individual creativity, as surely as we have left the era of public executions and ducking witches. James Surowiecki’s influential book The Wisdom Of Crowds argues for a creative democracy where the responsibility of developing ideas is devolved to the consumer. Never mind that this has not actually happened. Never mind that if it did, the results would

Mind’s Eye

The Power Of One Great minds should stay away from the crowds, says Stephen Bayley be melancholy: would you prefer that the check-out queue planned your dinner or would you prefer to have a finger-lickin’ Nigella Lawson over a hot six-burner? This form of Groupthink may be wrong, but is nonetheless, persuasive. A great deception in contemporary life is the belief that ‘teams’ get things done. Take the focus group. Herein, politicians or manufacturers of edible fats too timid to launch a campaign or product with heroic conviction, secure the approval of a room of bored housewives who have been paid £25, tube fare and some yoghurt tokens to offer faked opinions. Then there is ‘Brainstorming’. The concept is, paradoxically, an autonomous creative act by Alex Osborn, a founder of the BBDO ad agency. In his book Applied Imagination Osborn showed how groups may perhaps generate new ideas. Anyone who has been to a Brainstorming session in an unlit hotel room in the dreary hinterland of Terminal 4 knows that this is often untrue: the collective process does not stimulate ideas, it obscures them. Group dynamics, subtle pressures and a reluctance to be truly outspoken usually

combine to mean that Brainstorming produces, at best, complacent mediocrity. So, far from being liberating and democratic, Brainstorming sessions are just evidence of the tendency towards Soviet-style collectivism in American life. Anyone who has been to Atlanta’s Varsity restaurant, the world’s largest, will have sensed that this was what Magnitogorsk might have been like in 1928. It is the same with PowerPoint. This is not really an efficient presentation tool. It encourages dull linear thinking and disguises platitudinous structures by neat graphics. Consider instead our romantic ideas of great artists, or even great scientists, at work. Schubert in his garret; Picasso in his Vallauris studio; Newton in his Cambridge study. How did Einstein get his ideas? “I just ignored an axiom”, he said. Einstein was, intellectually speaking, a believer in DIY. In his great book The School Of Genius, psychiatrist Anthony Storr argues that being alone is the most productive method of generating ideas. Later editions of this book were re-titled Solitude. Great thoughts come to inspired solitary people, not to weary groups. For similar reasons, Formula One and men’s singles tennis are the only sports I enjoy watching. Yes, I know, teams are involved, but the ultimate, difficult, inspiring bits are left to individuals who are, at the critical moment, acting entirely alone. The great poet of solitude was Henry David Thoreau who decided to live alone in the woods. He wrote: “I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude; two for friendship, three for society”. He would have needed 12 for a Brainstorm. Yet in solitary exhilaration, Thoreau wrote a great book: Walden. I recommend anybody flirting with a Brainstorm, a focus group or a PowerPoint presentation reads it now. Alone in a room. Stephen Bayley is an award-winning writer and a former director of the Design Museum in London

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