Saturday: Ye Ancient Guild O'Blogs (Sou' West Chapter) meets Blog:net South:East; it was like some classic JLA / JSA Earth-1 / Earth-2 Team-up. Or vice-versa.
Loki from Idiot's Guide to Dreaming.
John from Uncarved.
Bob from West Norwood Cassette Library.
Matt from Woebot / Hollow Earth / Cybore.
Nick aka Gutterbreakz / Ekoplekz.
And, duuhr, myself.
Many thanks to Jonny M and Paul TA for their wonderful hospitality and kindness. They were terrific hosts and I had a really great time. These guys are broadcasting week-in / week-out - sending consistently great shit out into the airwaves and digital substrata. This is a big personal committment. Support them.
The South-West crew are all good friends of mine - Matt's a lovely fella, but I hadn't seen him for about 3 years or so, so it was great to catch up. John, Bob, Jonny and Paul I'd never actually met before, but were terrific company, great fun and really easy to hang with. The grins in the photos say it all.
I've got nothing but love and respect for all those guys. Our individual niche.tastes are irrelevent; what really shines though is their enthusiasm and passion - not just for music, but for all the cool and righteous shit they're into. When you get a group of people like that together in the same room, the energy levels go off the map.
We're just nodes in a network, see? There's dozens - hundreds - of other similar-minded folks out there. Some are on my link-list, some not. When people connect, they become empowered; they get stronger.
Hats off to you all - whoever you are - wherever you are.
It sounds corny, but: Make yourself known. Hook up.
I thought Nick's set was really great: some sort of skeletal Dub thing going on there - imagine if a sort of minimalish proto-Dubstep vibe was applied to early Cabaret Voltaire drum-box patterns, along with echoes of Old School Industrial and 60's / 70's boffintronica. Yes.
We all had slight tech.hitches: Nick's guitar didn't wanna play; I couldn't coax any loops out of my box until the final jam and The Farmer's FX-buttons were playing at silly buggers, but the session vibe was sooo relaxed that it didn't seem to matter. We all just surfed the moment and got to where we needed to get to.
Audio Stream / download here.