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will then be able to see any special offers I’m doing.” Badges, stickers and stubby holders serve as good promo for a band as there probably isn’t anyone who has not fondly gazed at all the stickers in the urinal at the Grace Emily Hotel.

FLAT CAP PRODUCTIONS By Robert Dunstan Darren Lane, a self-professed lover of old school punk and 2 Tone ska, recently set up Flat Cap Productions to offer services such as badges, stickers and stubby holders to bands and venues along with also offering other skills such as live video footage and video interviews for promotional purposes. “I grew up in England during the punk era of the late ’70s,” Darren says, “so that’s my influence. I was a young lad trying to find work but it was during the Thatcher years with a lot of strikes and heaps of unemployment. It was pretty hard.

“And because they are fairly cheap – I can do the stubby holders for $4.50 for a minimum of 50 and bands can sell them for $10 each – and at gigs most everyone has some are playing small venues and you can have a loose change in their pocket. The badges or stickers can be sold for a couple of dollars or drink with them afterwards.” just given away. ‘Buy our stubby holder and get a free badge’.” Darren says the initial idea for Flat Cap Productions came a few years ago when he journeyed back to the UK for a holiday. “I’d taken a Go-Pro with me to film a friend’s band – a band called The English Guns who were supporting The Rumjacks in Leicester – and, while it wasn’t the best footage in the world, it inspired me to think about doing something similar in Adelaide. “So, with the help of my kids, I set up a YouTube channel – there’s probably 50 videos up there now – and kicked off a Facebook page.

As far as filming goes, Flat Cap Productions offer anything a band or artist wants as raw footage on a USB that “…and then I they can then use for their own noticed that promotional purposes.

there weren’t “They can then chop, change and many badges edit that raw footage into what around. Badges they want,” Darren says. “Or they were quite can just put up bits and pieces on YouTube or whatever. a big thing back in the “And it keeps me involved in punk days so a scene which I love,” he then remarks. “If a band asks me to film that was how them at a gig, it’ll often be that the Flat Cap I get to see three or four other badges came bands as well. about.” “And it’s also beneficial not only to

“And because I always get around with a flat cap on, that “But, looking back, in some ways we can be was how the name that came thankful to Margaret Thatcher for all that up,” he laughs. “I used to wear a Brixton, but because we wouldn’t have had as many now wear a Boston Scally flat clap because punk bands,” he admits with a chuckle. “A lot they sent me over a free one. So I guess they of kids formed bands because they couldn’t are the first sponsors. get jobs. “So it started through that and then I “I’ve now been in Australia for the last 12 noticed that there weren’t many badges years and have taken an interest in a lot of around,” Darren says. “Badges were quite the local bands,” Darren continues. “And you a big thing back in the punk days so that get to know the people in bands when they was how the Flat Cap badges came about – mainly just for friends at first such as Melbourne’s The Go Set and Young Offenders here – and since I’ve moved into doing stickers and stubby holders.

the bands but to the scene as well because it becomes part of history,” Darren suggests. “I filmed Exploding White Mice’s recent reunion gig – that’s now up on the YouTube channel and has had a few hundred or so views – and they were saying to me that they wished there was more footage of them back from all those years ago. “The technology we have now just wasn’t available 25 years ago,” Darren points out.

Adelaide-based Flat Cap Productions can offer affordable merchandise in the form of badges, stickers and stubby holders for bands and venues along with the filming of live gigs and interviews “And I’m having a meeting soon with someone to discuss doing T-Shirts,” he adds. for promotional purposes. Contact Darren on 0425 085 449 or by emailing Darren, whose clients include venues such <flatcapprod@gmail.com>. Mention as Club5082 and Fidel’s Bar, says a run of 50 BSide Magazine for a special deal. badges costs $40. “A lot of people like the idea but then say, ‘Hmm, $40. That’s a fair bit’,” he sighs. “But then I’ll ask how many are in the band and they’ll say, ‘Well, there are four of us’. I just say that if each band member chips in $10 each, it’s really only one less beer that night. “And, of course, there’s a reduction in price for bigger orders,” Darren says. “And people can sign up to the mailing list because they

BSide Magazine #100  

Chris Finnen & Phil Manning, Cosmic Psychos, Culture Club, Ugly Kid Joe, Fuel, Mondo Rock, SCALA, Liam Gerner, The East Pointers, Treehouse...

BSide Magazine #100  

Chris Finnen & Phil Manning, Cosmic Psychos, Culture Club, Ugly Kid Joe, Fuel, Mondo Rock, SCALA, Liam Gerner, The East Pointers, Treehouse...