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Max Jury Interview

After stints at Berklee School of Music, Max Jury signed a publishing deal and set out to record his first album. He then took his soulful full band setup around the world performing festivals and gigs with Lana Del Ray. He has headed out to the West Coast to record his second album. We caught up with him for an update.

What brought you out to LA?

I started doing preliminary work last spring and found this producer Robin Hanabel (Kendrick Lamar, Little Dragon) I really meshed well with. We’ve been splitting time between his house in the Hollywood hills where I do vocals and The Ship in Eagle Rock recording full band. We’re doing some strings & horns but will probably be done by the beginning of February

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Can you write while on tour and what’s your writing process normally like? Do you present full demos to a band and create in studio as well?

I did write on tour. When I was in different parts of the world I’d hop into studios and do writing sessions. Normally I’ll do a mock-up demo of keyboards and vocals and mess with that until I feel the structure is right and then present it to the musicians and producer. The session musicians that I’ve been working with for the past six months feel like a band, they know what I’m looking for and we’re all friends. I’ve done a lot of writing in the studio which wasn’t the case with the last album. I’ve had the luxury of being in a studio everyday and have that be the work space as opposed to my bedroom. The Record’s going to be 10 or 12 songs but I think I wrote nearly 100.

Your first record had a distinct 70’s songwriter influence, what can we expect on the second album?

It’s rooted more in music that’s currently happening. Meeting with Robin changed how I approached songwriting. Its much more groove oriented and rhythmic. That era of 70s music whether its Randy Newman or Marvin Gaye still is present in my music but its updated. I wanted to put my stamp on more modern music.

How do you feel about the so called ‘death of Rock n’ Roll’?

I think the simplest thing is that good songs will always be good songs. That is timeless and undeniable. Even if it’s a song that sounds like it was written in the 60’s it will still work if it resonates with people. Seeing some stuff while I’ve been in Los Angeles can be disheartening because so much music is made on a laptop so quickly. I don’t know if its pressure from labels or Spotify’s significance. There’s a demand for music that is ‘playlistable’ that sits nicely alongside other kinds of music. However there are a lot of artists like Anderson Paak who does a lot of live band, real drum-kit kind of thing. I think there’s more emotion in human performance. I hope it’s not dying out. From a live perspective you see artists with a MacBook and tracks and it doesn’t resonate with me much. I try to tour with a full band.

Buy Max Jurys Debut LP via Marathon Artists HERE

Mac Demarco Photography

‘Please excuse us, I think we’re having a bit too much fun up here’ Demarco explained to the crowd Saturday night at the Coronet Theatre in London.  This came after the band broke into a medley of Dr. Dre’s ’The Next Episode, The Deliverance theme song, The La’s ‘There She Goes’, and Bruce Hornsby’s ‘The Way It Is’.  Mac and his band give the 3,000 audience members the feeling they’re at their friend’s high school house party gig.  In Mac’s case this isn’t a bad thing as it’s refreshing to see someone with ample talent ‘take the piss’ as he told the crowd in a mock British accent.  Much like the Libertines, the controlled chaos in Mac’s set evolves into musical excellence as the tight band performs his repertoire.  Mac first and foremost writes great songs with memorable hooks the crowd was eager to shout back at him.

On Blackheath Photos

Check out our Photo Diary of On Blackheath Festival.  Triumphant sets by Kate Tempest and The Libertines were enjoyed by their local London crowds.  There was a sense of nostalgia for both members of The Libertines and Tempest as they recalled hanging out near Blackheath as disenfranchised youth only to return now to perform for thousands of fans.  The family friendly festival had a wide range of acts alongside cookery demos, food huts and a children’s performance stage.  Punters were treated to a glorious last day of summer on Saturday to then be greeted by a more typical setting of wind and rain on Sunday.  Despite the harsh conditions The Libertines reminded us all why they are still so special. Their energy and attitude were a perfect ending to a festival season.

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Franz Ferdinand Interview

Live in the Scottish Borders

Franz Ferdinand performed in front of 450 competition winners for the Rock Against Racism (RoAR) gig, organised by Radio Borders and Scottish Government’s anti-racism campaign. Led by singer Alex Kapranos, the band belted out a full repertoire of their hits, including ‘Take Me Out’, ‘The Dark of the Matinee’ and ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling.’

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Guitarist Nicholas McCarthy and drummer Paul Thomson revealed the Royal Burgh was their first choice for the campaign gig.

Speaking on the location of the event Paul told us: “We were given an option of four different venues in Scotland to do this show and we chose Selkirk. We recorded half of our second album in the Borders, but have never really played in the southern part of Scotland so we chose Selkirk above the other venues available.

“A friend of mine ran Domino Records in the United States, which is our record label. He was from New York and was kind of obsessed with Frightened Rabbit and ended up tour manager for them. “If you are good enough then it doesn’t matter where you are.” Nicholas added: “Everyone used to say you had to move to London to make it. If you can do it in Glasgow you can do it anywhere, but Glasgow does have a great scene and everyone is supportive of one another there.”

The band-mates agreed recent events in politics had meant their involvement in promoting the anti-racism message which the RoAR shows provides was even more pertinent. Paul said: “It is important in these times when there is a resurgence in far right groups. If you have a platform it is sometimes good to use it.”

Jesca Hoop

Jesca Hoop picks three albums for our new feature: Past (an album that influenced her growing up) Present (a new release she loves) and Future (an album recommended to her)  Her fantastic new album ‘Memories Are Now’ is available here:

Past: Paul Simon ‘Rhythm Of The Saints’

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Present: Agnes Obel ‘Citizen Of Glass’

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Future: Perfume Genius ‘No Shape’ recommended to her by Blake Mills

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Radiohead Live

Radiohead and the End of Scalping

This story has a happy ending. A mother and 16-year-old son hopelessly attempted to buy Radiohead tickets after being told the tickets they purchased on a secondary ticketing site for $1500 were no longer accepted. To make matters worse they had flown five hours to make the gig. The Shrine Auditorium (Los Angeles) informed attendee’s last week that Radiohead would not honor any ticket bought online on a secondary ticketing site. What this meant was hundreds of Stub-Hub, Vivid Seats, Seat-Geek seats going for thousands would not be accepted. Numerous sites have offered refunds but some found themselves gravely out of luck for the over priced seats they had just purchased.

Radiohead’s policy swiftly puts an end to scalping. You buy a ticket from the venue, and you and ONLY you can pick up your ticket before the show and walk into the venue. Simple. Sure this may cause a few headaches for last minute cancelations but ultimately it means that when tickets go on sale you aren’t competing with hundreds if not thousands of online ticketing bots, organized crime, and people looking to exploit your fandom.

This policy surely contributed to the fair share of tickets that became available right before the show. Numerous Reddit users posted that they had purchased tickets the day of the show online. As for me, I showed up at 7:45pm to the box office line, waited 90 minutes or so and purchased a seat as the show was just beginning. I ran into the venue having missed two songs and sat behind Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich in the 15th row of the orchestra. Behind me was the mom and son enjoying their first Radiohead show for the far more reasonable price of face value.

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Gil Garcetti is a professional photographer and UNESCO-IHE Cultural Ambassador. He is the former Los Angeles District Attorney and father of Eric Garcetti, the current mayor of Los Angeles.

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Upbringing

Gil Garcetti’s mother came to Los Angeles after his grandfather was killed in the Mexican Revolution. ‘My farther was a barber; my mother was a meat packer. I grew up in South Central, Los Angeles. As a lifelong Los Angeleno Gil has seen the constant evolution of the city. ‘Los Angeles has physically changed tremendously. I was LA County DA and that county is bigger than 43 states in terms of population. Right now is a perfect time to keep an eye on Los Angeles. Things are happening. The hope for the future is that this city will be seen as a forward thinking entrepreneurial marvelous city to do business and raise a family.’

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Public Transport in Los Angeles

Gil believes the light rail being installed connecting Santa Monica to downtown LA is just the beginning of a transportation revolution for Los Angeles. ‘We are understanding that cars are not the answer, we must have public transportation to move people a round. People understand to move around and take advantage of Los Angeles is more than simply using your car. You will see communities going vertical around these transit hubs that we will have around LA.

Childhood

Gil first discovered photography when his father gave him a camera at the age of 13. The last thing on his mond however was becoming a professional. ‘The first thing I wanted to do in my life was be a garbage collector. I loved watching the garbage man hang off the truck and collect the garbage.’ In 6th grade his class heard from a lawyer about their profession and Gil was intrigued. ‘I went home that evening and said I don’t know if I’m smart enough but id like to become a lawyer and things worked out.’

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A New Career

Gil ran unsuccessfully for a third term as DA and found himself unemployed. He says ‘I was 59 years old when I left office. I had a serious disease when I was 39 and met a man who was 88 who inspired me to live in good physical and mental health until I’m at least 88. I said to myself well I have at least another good 30 years left what should I do with this. I wasn’t sure until I took photographs of the then being constructed Walt Disney Concert Hall, that led to a book. The book was favorably covered by the LA Times , NY Times and that launched my career in photography.’

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Gil Garcetti has spent years as a UNESCO Cultural Ambassador . He has traveled the world lecturing on bringing safe water to developing nations.

Gil’s photography essay book ‘Water Is Key’ displayed the issues involving clean water in developing nations.  You have millions of people in rural communities without safe water. As a result there is death, illness and blindness. Women and young girls have to fetch water every single day. That means that women don’t go to school, and that is the tragedy of it all. Safe water changes everyone’s lives. Girls go to school and women become successful. There is plenty of safe water in West Africa but it is subterranean. They stand on then water but they don’t have the water or professional capabilities to bring the water up and maintain the well. That is what we do. Eventually it is the large governments of Europe and the U.S. that must get involved with bringing safe water to West Africa.’

Longevity

Gil credits his successful careers to the fact that he has truly devoted himself to becoming passionate about what he does. His new project focuses on photographing people in their 80’s who are truly satisfied. ‘Sure we all have faced trials and tribulations. There isn’t a person who will read this interview who hasn’t had great disappointments, great challenges in his or her life but I try, and I think I’ve fairly much accomplished an attitude on life that is positive. When you’re dealing with cancer when you’re 39, you get knocked out of your job at 59, you get knocked down but you get up, that is life. Things happen. You cannot be fearful of failing. If you fail, so what?   Every man and women has something inside them that has never come out. Find it, go with it, and live it. It will be great.

 

Disover Gil’s photography at http://www.garcetti.com