Housemates Tuesdays: Introducing… Bartek Dąbrowski

Housemates Tuesdays: Introducing… Bartek Dąbrowski

Who are you?

My name is Bartek Dąbrowski and I’m a guitarist and busker living in Leicester (but not for much longer). I travel around UK and share my emotions, feelings (music) with all of the people I meet.

What’s your art?

My art is music… My music is pure self-expression, it comes from within. My inspirations are drawn from my surroundings, experiences and emotions, whether past or present, which are then turned into melodies and rhythms that allow an audience to connect not only with me, but with each other and the environment around them. I can take you on a journey through time and through the universe. I can provide you with healing tones and inspiring vibrations. Everyone can connect with my music and depending on what you need, or what you want to receive, your experience can be truly personal, intimate and unique.

What’s coming up for you?

Actually, these are my last 2 months (well, 1.5) in the UK as I’m going to be leaving in June to travel around Europe! But before I leave you can find me at a few more events, hope to see you there.

 

Housemate Tuesdays: Introducing… Leanne Moden

Housemate Tuesdays: Introducing… Leanne Moden

Who are you?

My name’s Leanne Moden, and I’m a poet, performer, event organiser and general show-off from Norfolk, now living in Nottingham. (Because I can only live in places that begin with an N apparently…) I run the Crosswords Spoken Word Open nights in Nottingham city centre, and generally spend my time gallivanting around the UK telling poems wherever I can.

What’s your art?

I do poems. Sometimes they’re funny, sometimes they’re sad, sometimes they’re a bit rude. As a performer, I’ve always been interested in challenging audience preconceptions, using poetry and humour to talk about themes that are important to me. In reality, this means I write about sex, food and politics, pretty much without exception. My stuff is usually light-hearted and engaging, and I’m obsessed with formal rhyme schemes and rhyming couplets. I love writing about the things that other poets won’t talk about, and I really like using surreal imagery to examine the absurdity of everything.

In the past, I’ve shared my stuff at shows across the UK, including events at Trinity College Cambridge, the Royal Albert Hall in London, and Bestival on the Isle of Wight, and I’ve competed loads of poetry slams including Hammer and Tongue, Poetry Rivals, the Anti-Slam and the Camden Roundhouse Slam. In fact, one of my proudest ever moments was being called ‘fucking hilarious’ by Kat Francois at the Camden Roundhouse Slam in 2012; she’s a huge influence on my writing so it was an amazing compliment to receive!

What’s coming up for you?

Next week, I’m doing lots of bits and pieces as part of the Nottingham Poetry Festival including:

After that, I’m going to have a well-earned break for all of five-minutes, before heading out on the festival circuit for the Summer. This year, I’ll be performing at WOMAD, Gate to Southwell Festival, Badbury Rings Festival in Southampton, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

We’ll also have lots of poetry-based fun at Crosswords Spoken Word Open Mic, which runs every second Wednesday of the month in the caves under the Malt Cross pub in Nottingham. Check out our facebook page for all the dates and details: https://www.facebook.com/crosswordsopenmic/

Housemate Tuesdays: Introducing… Elysian

Housemate Tuesdays: Introducing… Elysian

Who are you?

We are Elysian. Our names are Lon and Celia, Lon plays beautiful, rhythmic guitar lines and Celia blasts out some powerful, deep vocals. Celia was classically trained for 8 years, which taught her a great deal of vocal control and formed her vibrato rich voice and her large range. Lon learned guitar at school then went on to study Music Technology and Innovation at university, which further fuelled his passion for music. We love playing gigs and festivals around the midlands and hope soon to branch out to cities further afield. Last year we travelled together and played open mic nights along the way, in Amsterdam, Berlin and Budapest. This has to be our favourite experience on our musical journey so far. We also run our own open mic night down at Pi Bar, on Narborough Road.

What’s your art?

Music, music and more music. It’s basically our whole, entire lives. Celia loves to sing; she sings in the bath, whilst washing up, at work, on the bus, pretty much everywhere and Lon plays guitar at every available opportunity. We have many musical influences ranging from blues to soul to jazz and reggae. We play a mixture of our own, original music and covers. The covers are always played in our own, unique style, often very differently to the original track. We enjoy taking music we love and giving it our own soulful, upbeat twist. Our own music is off-beat, chilled out and often written about our personal life experiences. Our sound has been described as “A sound that would slot nicely into any cabaret, smoke-filled, whiskey-clinking, limelight, lost nights, three-dollar cigarettes soundscape, or equally a nice sunny day on a public park”. Think, Aretha Franklin or Nina Simone if they had been in to reggae music!

What’s coming up for you?

This year we are playing at a couple of wedding receptions, doing a few festivals including Glastonbudget and Western Park Festival and playing numerous gigs around Leicester and the surrounding areas. We are planning to travel Eastern Europe later in the year and perform along the way, as we loved it so much last year. We are working on expanding our repertoire and of course writing more original music. We have also begun to expand from a two piece in to a full band with drums, bass and saxophone. This is a brand new challenge that we are all really getting stuck in to. Although it is early days with this, it’s already sounding fabulous. So be sure to keep your eyes peeled for that one!

 

If you want to listen to our tracks here are some links!

https://soundcloud.com/elysianmusic-1
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpE29kf9jGy_qCa_0KTOY1g

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