Saturday 11 January 2014

Feature: Mila Falls

Live photographs and interview with singer/songwriter Mila Falls

Location: Richmix Theatre - Video Release Party (10/12/13)

How did your musical career begin?
I started DJ-ing garage and drum n bass on pirate radio when I was 14 in my hometown Norwich. When I was 16 I got my first paid work as a session vocalist, and later I studied sound engineering and music production at college in Brighton. I lived in Brighton for a bit, which was amazing. I started doing live shows, sharing the stage with future superstars such as Jessie J. It’s so exciting seeing people blow up, it is very inspiring!

... My first taste of success was when I got my song placed in the film Bring it On, ever since then I’ve thought “Ok! This is a real job now”, so I’ve been writing, writing, writing; doing stuff for Universal Publishing alongside writing tracks for my debut album and playing LOTS of live shows across the UK.

How does writing for yourself vary from to writing for others?
My heart is on my sleeve when I perform my own songs live. Tonight I’m playing my most heartfelt song Empire of Dirt which is about a horrific time in my life. Hopefully it will showcase another side of me that’s not all Party in the Stars, Spaceships and weirdness… As a songwriter I love exploring lots of different genres, concepts and styles...

... I like pushing my limits. I’ve written in so many different styles over the years including pop-rock, r'n'b, hip hop, deep house and straight up cheesy pop! I'm a high energy and fidgety type of person, I have to have fingers in all the pies. One pie is never enough for me! 

Do you play any instruments?
I play keyboard and guitar but I get really nervous when I have to play and sing at the same time on stage. I’d love to play piano on tour though, but I need to practice a bit more. In the meantime I’ve got my band - Team MP. They are called this as they all have the same initials “M.P” Milo Pascall, Marius Ptaz and Mike Prince!, they are very talented musicians, I'm lucky to have them!

Are you nervous about your Video release party this evening?
Tonight is the first time I’ve showcased videos and all my new songs as a finished product. It’s taken a couple of years to get to this point. It is definitely scary to get out there and go “These songs are finished, now judge them!” 

What are your plans for 2014?
My plans for 2014 include releasing more music videos, making more music, doing lots more live shows and radio sessions. My stylist Jemelia and I will be working with loads of top international fashion designers and showcasing lots of their brand new wardrobes. SO EXCITED!!!!..

... As for the live shows, I’m already booked up for gigs until October next year, so there’ll be lots of live shows around the country and hopefully Europe and America too. We just want to push it, if someone books me somewhere, I will go. I’m SO up for exploring new territories. I'm ready to push as hard as I can in 2014!

For more information about Mila Falls please check out her website:

Thursday 7 November 2013

Feature: Meg Mosley

Interview and photoshoot with artist Meg Mosley

Location: Park Land Walk, Crouch End

What inspires your art?
I am inspired by a fascination with the everyday, with the absurd in the ordinary and with the routines and rituals that groups carve out to make sense of themselves and each other.  I am motivated to be seriously silly by the inventiveness with which many women use the internet to perform, display, socialise and overshare.  I am captivated by the connection between individual and communal identity and how these interact and how they are being modified by our obsession with the internet.

Tell me more about Megastar
I researched Megastar by visiting Las Vegas, Nevada, in search of the glamour and extravagance that is used as a reference point in my hometown. I intended to work as a participant observer but something stirred in my psyche as I experienced just how much people were willing to respond to the project and I was so inspired by their willingness to join in the fantasy that I spent the whole trip dressing up for the occasion and did a shoot at the Neon Boneyard in which I tried to capture the imagined persona of a disenchanted show girl. I started to see the things I filmed as ‘events’ that could be manipulated and learned how to do things ‘for the story’. Eventually, these insights evolved into the creation of my alter ego, Megastar, a full-on Trow Vegas celebrity...

... Megastar is not a character I’m acting out as such because it’s not switched off.  Megastar has merged strangely comfortably with me as a persona – meaning she’s not a performance but an extension of myself mostly lived online and through social media.  She is a glamour girl maybe from a slightly more bygone era of the 60s, 70s, 80s because she’s influenced by personal ideas of family as well as popular culture.  My mum wrote a book, ‘She Who Dares, Wins’ in the 80s and my granny set up the first beauty school in London so I’ve been formed by strong, bold, women who believe in looking glamorous.  Megastar’s a kind of homage to my family and to powerful women everywhere.

Tell me about Trowbridge and recent art projects/exhibitions
Trowbridge has been the inspiration for Megastar – the two can’t be separate.  The project started from my amusement at my hometown being called Trow Vegas by so many locals, which is ironic because it really quite a dull place with a bad reputation.  I wanted to make some artwork about this so I developed the story of a west country girl wanting more glitz and pace against the backdrop of a place that somehow just can’t get it right either... 

... To make the tv series about #mylife in Trow Vegas, I needed to make relationships with local people. This led to all sorts of interesting and funny interactions as they wholeheartedly joined in and shared their own aspiration and personalities. The ‘Meg’ part of me remained a dispassionate observer but my ‘Megastar’ persona was the force behind all the glitzy events I filmed...

... It was intriguing to discover how far people who didn’t know me were willing to go along with Megastar. I met Vicky on twitter and she became my star struck protégé ‘Mini-star’ and worked with me on many events. I also found other locals dreaming up ideas for themselves with glamorous imaginations; I met 2 boys who have alter egos and many girls aspiring to be like Katy Perry. I discovered some local gym boys who thrived on becoming celebrity bodyguards at my Trow Vegas red carpet event. I worked with the local town crier who puts on his costume and becomes a different person. I even met one local guy who joined in my red carpet event and was so passionate about Trow Vegas he had a tattoo in homage to our hometown, which he photographed and made a video diary of his tattoo day!

Where did you train/study art?
I won a full MA funding scholarship from The AHRC for the Research Preparation Masters Scheme to study for a Masters degree at the Slade School of Art. As my course progressed, the themes of my work shifted dramatically from the personal to the communal and I started to get people involved in my work. My work became more sociable and began to include performative lectures and presentations related to the connection between individual identity and communal identity. How these interact became the premise of my dissertation and final seminar. This culminated into a large scale event I staged on the opening night of the Slade called Friends Family and Flowers. It was ethnographic, performative, playfully unconventional and defined all my subsequent artistic aspirations.

What does the future hold for Meg Mosley?
I am interested very much in being a digital native investigating the possibilities for exciting, female art that this era could engender.  I want to be a part in that.   As Megastar I’m still on a journey and I continue to strengthen her brand and see her into commercial and popular culture and potential television roles as a comedy character as well as using the persona to perform and I am receiving commissions to be Megastar in various art circles as well as interest in her commercially. This is a treacherous yet exciting balance to forge...

... I also have now teamed up with artist Sarah Maple a very funny and talented artist I admire and with director Ross McClure. We have launched ourselves as the #MeggyAndMapes show where our tag line is ‘the adventures of #MeggyAndMapes two girls on a gonzo mission into the heART of creativity which sees us a tv presenters investigating the artworld, the self appointed Ant and Dec of the artworld. This will be launching this Saturday 9th November 11.30pm at Rio cinema at a late night event ‘At Home With The Ludskis’

For further details please check out Meg Mosley’s website:
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Info about ‘At Home With The Ludskis’ event on 9th November can be found here:

Thursday 24 October 2013

The Mitch Daniels Band: Live at the Islington O2 Academy2 (Net the Bed)


On Friday 18th October, the Mitch Daniels Band played an amazing headline show at the Islington O2 Academy2, and they raised a lot of money for charity in the process. Here are some live photos from the show, plus some exclusive pics from the soundcheck. I also interviewed Mitch Daniels after the show to find out how it felt to perform at the venue, and what the future holds for the band.

Mitch Daniels at the soundcheck

How did it feel to headline the O2 Academy2 Islington?

It was an amazing experience. I had been planning it for over 12 months and it was the whole reason I put The Mitch Daniels Band together in the first place. When we walked out on stage the whole room starting buzzing and it felt incredible. We were absolutely blown away by the amount of people there and the response we got. I am still waiting for all the funds to be collected but I think we have raised about £600 for "Malaria No More UK", enough to send 120 nets out to Africa!

Julio Diaz

Tell me about the day of the gig?
We were up early to pack the gear into the van and were in the venue from about lunch time. Setting up was great fun but tense at times as to whether we would be ready in time. Normally, "if something can go wrong, it does"… but we were pretty lucky and it went very smoothly!

Michelle Bisceglia

Tom Triggs

What are the future plans for The Mitch Daniels Band?

Well we are due a couple of band meetings to discuss that, but I think the next step will be an EP, hopefully before Christmas, and next year we are all keen to get on tour!

Jesus Gomez Gutierrez

How can I get a copy of the live album?
Sign up for it here: Simples!

I would like to thank everybody who came to #NetTheBed or who has contributed to the pot for "Malaria No More UK".

I would also like to thank the boys in the band: Tom, Julio, Jesus and Michele. I couldn't have pulled it off with them. It feels like we are on the cusp of something very exciting and I cannot wait to start the next project with them. They are all great guys and as I have said before… I wouldn't want to perform without them anymore!


Torben Tietz

Kaitlyn Haggis


Many thanks for visiting this blog and please check out my previous photoblogs about the Mitch Daniels Band:

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