Housemate Tuesdays: Introducing… Stephen Thomas

Housemate Tuesdays: Introducing… Stephen Thomas

Who are you?

Stephen Thomas is a pleasant sunny day, never rising above 30 celsius never falling below 20.
Stephen Thomas is 27 likes of your Facebook post.
Stephen Thomas is hygge.
Stephen Thomas is a witty internet meme.
Basically, Stephen Thomas is a nice enough fellow.

What’s your art?

I’m a spoken word artist and soon-to-be published poet.
I also dabble in music and my song ‘Fresh Spring Water’ is a crowd favourite at House of Verse.

What’s coming up for you?

My first collection of poems will be out in May and I’ll be doing a UK tour to promote it, from Bristol to Hull. It’s called Alphabet Spaghetti as I’ve written a poem for every letter of the alphabet where every word in that poem begins with the same letter. Incredibly inventive isn’t it?

I also host Poetry is Dead Good in Nottingham which is a very popular monthly event and, of course, I’ll be performing at the wonderfully creative House of Verse on Sat 13 May at 2Funky Music Café.

Housemate Tuesdays: Introducing… Daniel Nicholas

Housemate Tuesdays: Introducing… Daniel Nicholas

Who are you?

I am Daniel Nicholas, curious comedian and creative producer extraordinaire. I write and perform questionable punchlines, and develop and produce unfortunate events.
I’m also a founding member and producer for Tetrad.

What’s your art?

Fun, alternative, interactive stand-up comedy, producing events that explore comedy and its relationship with other art forms, as well as taking comedy to fun and unusual places.

What’s coming up for you?

  • Sun 12th March: Tetrad’s flagship night Us and Them, a work in progress night for artists to experiment with new ideas, is going to take place at the Attenborough Arts Centre.

I am also working on my Arts Council funded project D.A.N.C.E, where comedians perform their sets, and dancers improvise and react. And then they swap with dancers trying stand up, and comedians dancing sometimes for the first time.

  • Sun 2nd April: D.A.N.C.E @ Attenborough Arts Centre.
  • Thurs 4th June: D.A.N.C.E @ Attenborough Arts Centre.

Find Dan here:

www.danielnicholas.co.uk

www.tetradcollective.com

 

 

Photo credit: David Wilson Clarke

 

Housemate Tuesdays: Introducing… Joe Doyle

Housemate Tuesdays: Introducing… Joe Doyle

Who Are You?

Well, my real name is Joe Doyle. Born and raised in Leicester, I’ve always felt like a misfit, even when it wasn’t cool. Accentuated by my first 4 best friends being an Indian lad, a Chinese guy, a ginger and a Portuguese guy, I always felt more at home in the diversity of Leicester, so House of Verse is a veritably suitable home for this ‘ere vagabond.
As an artist, I started writing music and lyrics at 14, and playing bass with indie rock band The Weekend Schemers. It didn’t work out, as even at 15 I wanted to break down stylistic barriers and mix colours, so to say. Since then, I have played bass in bands ranging from death metal, funk, jazz, blues, post-hardcore and math bands, all before and during the start of my solo musical venture in 2013.
I studied music technology, music performance, performing arts (which included a few comedy workshops), and music business, so I’m going ‘balls in’ with the industry career.
Otherwise, I’m just a bit of a dude struggling to manage his life. Standard.

 

What is your art?

An ambiguous question. I mean, what is art? As soon as you define it, it ceases to be art. Art is the curiosity in everything, the enigmatic wonder of creation. But, if I must define it, I guess my life. I started Homeless Shakespeare as a venture to create a full time career as an artist, musician and mind. My visual arts have been going since I was very young, when I was drawing my own Pokemon creations and vicious characters. I’ve always had a soft spot for the dark stuff.  I’ve always incorporated drawing into Homeless Shakespeare, from the early days of hand drawing all of my designs, logos and gig posters, to now, hand drawing the faces of CDs.

The music varies, as I record and produce all of my own music, I sometimes release instrumental music with a psychological twist. There’s one instrumental EP I have called ‘One Language’ which is based on a vivid nightmare I had. Each sound represents a character, and the music of each sound represents the dialogue and storyboard. It’s odd stuff I know, but what’s the point in doing anything normal now? Otherwise, the main point of starting Homeless Shakespeare was to accomplish a catalogue that anyone and everyone can enjoy. I write, record and perform music that has been compared to Tom Waits and Captain Beefheart, so it’s certainly not too normal at least. The poetry however, I try make cryptic but meaningful, writing about mental health, the world, dreams and concepts. I guess you could consider my live performances as a component in the wider spectrum that is my art, as I try to break down the fourth wall of performing and become a completely honest, open character on stage. I think this mainly came from my long standing disdain of celebrity culture and how society puts them on a pedestal.

 

What’s coming up for you?

This year, I will be releasing my second album ‘Waves’, featuring 15 tracks that lurch their way from one motive to another. It’ll be released in the summer on CDs with the option of 50 hand drawn designs, and I’m toying with the idea of writing and recording a unique track for each design. To try replicate the full band sound of the recorded tracks, I’m looking to invest in more pedals and gadgets. I’m currently working with Jacob Addico (Noise in Motion) on a music video for Hide & Seek, with more videos in mind. So far in 2017, I’ve started performing all around the East Midlands, with Peterborough, Derby, Nottingham and Loughborough ticked off so far. I intend to do a proper tour once the album is released.
So as for 2017, it’s all focused on developing the act to the next level. Maybe with some more impromptu releases on the way. As for the long term, well, keep an eye on my social media and activity to find out. Who knows, you may be a big part of Homeless Shakespeare’s future!

 

Find Joe on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/93JED

Housemate Tuesdays: Introducing… Will Horspool

Housemate Tuesdays: Introducing… Will Horspool

Who are you?

I’m Will Horspool, but on stage I become Poetman, a superhero alter-ego that tries to right wrongs by writing songs. “I’ve been described as Tommy Cooper with a Looper!” & a one man Goldie Looking Chain, but with a conscience.

What’s your art?

After a decade of working for minimum wage, in a mid life crisis I took to the stage. Trying to engage people with my pages, I’ve been in training to be entertaining, I improvise with synthesizers while worrying if it’s wise to try & convince guys and gals to be pals and subsidise my live looping self expression. I’ve spent two years trying to build a career as a Poet in a recession! I spent my youth trying to drink for free in pubs by performing magic, so that was good practice for poetry. Since I started doing poetry shows I’ve been consciously trying to create the feeling in people that they get when they witness magic, I want people to be surprised by what I’m doing but in a nice way. So I use home made cardboard props, I use gadgets like my nintendo DS and my home made Keytar, and stand there with a shirt and tie doing rap songs.

What’s coming up for you?

I’m looking forward to getting on air at Demon FM with Celeste on Mon Feb 6th – I’ve been working on a fake radio DJ character called Headphone Jack.
I’m currently going to as many open mic nights as possible to promote my upcoming shows, which are:

  • Sun 19th Feb: Leicester Comedy Festival @ Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester.
    This is a double header show with Oh Standfast! from London; I am thrilled to be sharing a stage with him, he was the feature act at the fourth ever open mic I performed at!
  • Sun 26th Feb: Emergency! Comedy Special @ Y Theatre, Leicester.

In March I’ll be supporting Professor Elemental in Swindon and I’m very excited to be supporting Cassetteboy in June. I’m working on using projections to add a visual element to the act.

 

Find Will on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IAmPoetman/

 

Housemate Tuesdays: Introducing… Tim Baker

Housemate Tuesdays: Introducing… Tim Baker

Who are you?

I’m Tim Baker, a Music, Tech and Performance student, and chair of DMU Music Society, from Birmingham.

What’s your art?

I am the singer and guitarist in the noisy grunge/blues two piece Timmas. I write and perform my own acoustic music. I also do a bit with experimental electro-acoustic music performance and composition.

What’s coming up for you?

Loads of stuff. Timmas has several gigs booked this month including:

  • Fri 20th Jan @ Pi Bar, Leicester.
  • Sat 21st Jan @ Soundhouse, Leicester.
  • Sun 29th Jan @ The Roadhouse, Birmingham.
  • Fri 17th Feb: we will be doing a mad collaboration with the talented duo Mythm @ Pi bar.

Most exciting of all, in July, Timmas are getting in a little 7-seater and driving around Europe busking, gigging and meeting loads of awesome people. It’s going to be amazing and we will be vlogging the whole thing so keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates! I am also recording a solo acoustic EP very soon, which should be a little more relaxed than the Timmas stuff. I’ve written a few songs over the past year that I love and want to share with people. Finally, the DMU Music Society will be holding some more showcases at The Cookie. These happen every month and are always great fun. The next one is on Tues 31st Jan and is in aid of mental health charity Mind.

Find Timmas on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/timmasband/