The second in our series of Who,What,When,Where,Why, How?
We give the artist a blank slate to tell us, and your good selves, what they’re up to at the moment, in any way they see fit, using the 6 prompts.
I’m Ali Horn, I’ve been playing second fiddle in bands for years until I finally decided it was my place front and centre.
‘It Wears Off’ my latest E.P. A varied collection of the inner workings of my brain. Topics broached are mundane life stuff, love and the afterlife seen through the eyes of an eternal pessimist. A good handful of suicide thrown in the mix too. All hidden underneath beautifully textured tracks.
It comes out 22nd November on Rooftop records // Funnel Music
I’m currently in my studio on the 13th floor of a tower block overlooking Sefton on a beautiful Mersey morning.
A question that I asked myself a few years ago when starting this project that completely changed my view on songwriting and my place in music.
With a little help from my friends, a lot of help from Chris Taylor and Carl Hunter and a distinct lack of care for my own personal health.
Two amazing organisations on the radar this week – Music Support – Who provide support for those working in any area of the Music Industry.
In their own words – BY THE INDUSTRY FOR THE INDUSTRY Music Support is a registered charity founded and run by people from the UK music industry, for individuals in any area of the UK music industry suffering from mental, emotional and behavioural health disorders (including but not limited to alcohol and drug addiction).
So if you work in the music industry and you are feeling the strain from touring, partying or coming home from tour and wondering how your toaster works, if any of this strikes a chord, or you just want to talk to someone who knows how you feel – clink the link and reach out.
But our research with universities, the NHS, Imperial College London, service users and scientists shows young people don’t feel they have the support they need.
We are an innovative Profit for Purpose Social Enterprise, navigating individuals and organisations aged 16-30 and beyond to better mental health through journalism, signposting, therapy and Mental Health First Aid Training.
By aligning action with awareness, we are promoting a New Normal where people can talk openly about their emotions, as comfortably as they’d talk about last night’s game or the latest TV series. Our team is made up of industry leading mental health researchers, BACP accredited psychotherapists, journalists and Mental Health First Aid instructors.
We recycle the economy by reinvesting our profits back into our community, supporting those who have the most need and making therapy available to anyone regardless of circumstances.
Our innovative approach to easing access to mental health support is informed by our team’s lived experience and a three-year research project. Our latest quantitative study into current online mental health provisions showed a staggering 88.5% of students at Liverpool John Moores University felt that there were not enough online provisions available. 37% rated the support they encountered as ‘poor’ and 43% responded it was ‘ok’. To also help us uncover the mental health needs of young people we run workshops at organisations including the NHS, Merseyside Youth Association, Edge Hill University and the National Citizens Service. Out of that was born our ‘World of Wellbeing’ concept. A holistic approach where in our resources section exercise, nutrition, employment and money support is provided alongside a map with all the free mental health services in your locality.
Whatever your reason, reach out to your friends, talk about your mental health and if you feel you need professional help – the two organisations above are a good place to start.
Bye Louis is due to release his debut EP – The Same Boy – on Emotion Wave – you can now pre order via Bandcamp.
Bye Louis also plays Deeper Cuts festival on Sat 13th July along with fellow Emotion Wavers – Lo Five & Foxen Cyn & a load of other music spread across Phase One, Kazimier Gardens & The Stockroom – all for a mere 10 pounds.
I’m Kieran. I perform and release music as Bye Louis.
I’ve just self-released a single called Give Me Your Dream, and have another single called Meet Me out shortly. Give Me Your Dream has a silly video to go with it too.
I’m also almost ready to put out a 7-track release on Emotion Wave called The Same Boy. I’ve been working on that with Sean (Foxen Cyn) in his haunted home studio on and off for a year now.
Give Me Your Dream was last week, Meet Me will be out on Sunday, and The Same Boy will come out in the next couple of months. We’ll have an exact date soon.
I’m on a train from Rock Ferry to Bootle. We’re just pulling into Hamilton Square.
I write songs because it’s calming as well as exciting. At its best, songwriting straightens my head about something I didn’t fully understand prior to writing the thing, and it comes from a place I don’t really understand. It’s like magic.
I feel vulnerable exposing some part of me through sharing my songs, but it’s therapeutic.
I also often feel a sense of wanting validation when sharing my music. Which can mean indulging a really crappy part of me. But it also allows me to recognise that crappy part of me for what it is and move away from it.
So, for example, if I send something to a stranger in the local music press or something and they don’t get back to me, I might feel annoyed (“Why won’t you validate me?”) or I might feel not annoyed at all (“Validation is not the aim.”).
Reinforcing the fact that the process and performance is the important thing, rather than any kind of recognition, is really important. It’s a good lesson for all aspects of my life.
I am the judge of my own self-worth. If I situate my self-worth externally, I’m bound to overthink and feel like shit more often.
It’s all a means of self development. And if I sing about stuff that matters to me, I hope that it might make someone think differently or feel connected in some way.
Writing music is the process of bringing certain daydreams into the real world. I don’t really know how I go about it usually. I just try to catch the idea when it’s there.
Such a great creation on all levels….Culturally, Artistically, Locally, Nationally ALL the ‘allys….
We hand over to A Sense Of Place who delivered a scoop on the goings on in Granby
As I write this new addition to Granby isn’t quite open yet, so I feel very privileged to have been shown around. I also feel the full story of the particular place isn’t mine to tell, so I won’t tell it. Not all of it.
But it’s such a beautiful place and such a credit to the people who’ve made it, who’ve seen it all the way through from a sketch, to a vision and now a real thing, that I can’t not show you these photographs of the place, just before it opens. A dream coming true and a particularly lovely addition to the evolving story of Granby 4 Streets.
So here it is, Granby Winter Garden.
The part of the story I can tell you is that when we in the Granby 4 Streets Community Land Trust were getting work going on our first ten houses, two of the empty ones in the middle of Cairns Street were in much more trouble than the rest. Roofless for years and with serious structural cracks, they’d have cost much more money than we had to do them up and get people living in them again.
So we did some immediate stuff, like stitching the worst cracks and putting on a temporary roof, then left them for another day. Which arrived when we got nominated for the Turner Prize in summer 2015.
And as a result I was one of the people involved in early discussions with Arts Council England. At which point my part in the winter garden idea ended. Fully engaged, as I was at the time, with our other Community Land Trust houses being turned back into homes.
So here we are nearly four years later, and to the huge credit of the Granby Community and everyone who’s actually helped the Granby Winter Garden has almost arrived. A truly community-led part of what’s already as good a community-led story as you’ll hear anywhere.
And one day I might be able tell you more of this particular part of the Granby story and give all the credits that are no doubt due. But for now, here are the photographs. Isn’t it lovely?
Huge thanks to Hazel Tilley of Granby 4 Streets CLT for showing me round. And well done artist Nina Edge for the chandelier. As well as gardener Andrea Ku for all the work you can see getting the garden going, the winter trees now coming into leaf for the first time.
When the Winter Garden’s finished, which will be soon, it’ll be an artist’s studio for a residencies programme, with a B&B upstairs, as well as a garden and gathering place for the community and for events.
And I’ll be telling you more when it opens. But that’s the story so far.
Skiddle recently published a video on the constant flux of our music venues.
Whilst this is a plight that is nationwide, Liverpool has certainly been hit hard over the years…
Even though it was put together some time ago, it’s still good to see our venues and night life highlighted in such a way.
The ‘film’ includes prominent heads, giving their take on the current shape/state of the scene and the independent venues that make up our beloved musical landscape.
Definitely mixed emotions whilst watching, proud of our city, the venues and yet frustrated and angry when you see the hard work and investment, not to mention the communities that spring up around these venues, steamrolled by developers.
Developers that wouldn’t have been drawn to the area had it not been for the venues, punters and the visionaries who breathed life into these areas.
We’ve all seen it loop over and over, to the point where apathy kicks in and people become resigned to the fact that nothing can be done to stop the gentrification of our key spaces.
Not to say people don’t stand up and go down without a fight, but historically this hasn’t led to many victories…
Throughout the ‘film’ there are some very valid points made: Dave McTague quite rightly points out that our attention is now (more than ever) fragmented and its harder for venues/promoters to actually draw us in and get us to pay for tickets to watch live music, a point that Joe Maryanji elaborates on when he mentions advances tickets sales. The kind of thing smaller promoters/venues can only dream of…
Not to say its all bad…Our city still has great venues with more popping up and new and old promoters alike still fighting the fight of the front line. Liverpool has been on this merry go round since the sixties, with different influences playing a hand in changing the landscape, but essentially its the same shit, different decade.
So take a look at the vid and realise that now more than ever if you really believe in the venues you love and the music that passes through, then as a punter you need to put your money where your mouth is.