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September 2, 2014

DJ Harvey's Wildest Dreams

The Cult British DJ Surfing an Endless Summer

DJ Harvey’s life has long been a musical mash-up. Following punk, disco and acid house in the UK, hip-hop in New York, and a residency at London’s Ministry of Sound, his latest project is—strangely for a man better associated with willing on communal bliss in clubs from Montreal to Melbourne—a rock band. Showcased here in a new George Trimm-directed video for single "Last Ride," which stars longboard surfer Joel Tudor, Harvey's group Wildest Dreams is a groove-laden psychedelic odyssey, gleaned from a lifetime of selecting vinyl cuts and a fascination with the darker edges of a hippy culture emanating from his adopted home of California, where he has lived for nearly 15 years. We spoke to the 49-year-old "DJ's DJ" as he nursed a coffee at his beloved Venice Beach, watching 'Big-Wednesday' waves glide across the horizon.

Tell us about the star of the video, Joel Tudor.
DJ Harvey:
He’s my buddy, and maybe the best longboard surfer that has ever lived. He basically re-introduced longboard style in the mid-90s when it was very unpopular: he took it back to its roots in the same sort of way that I’ve done musically with the Wildest Dreams record. He’s riding a seven-foot retro single fin board, which is the kind of thing that was being ridden in the 1970s before the short-board revolution started.

What made you start this band up?
This kind of music is roots music for me. My babysitter played me “Voodoo Child” by Jimi Hendrix when I was about eight or nine. I remember them going, “I think it will be a bit heavy for you.” Sonically, no one can escape from how powerful that record is. I was just like, “Wow! I don’t know what heavy is, but I love it.”

With Wildest Dreams, you’ve adapted to your musical surroundings as an adopted Californian in a similar way as you have in the past, with hip-hop in New York for example.
As an East-Anglian Englishman, I looked to California as a promised land when I was a kid. It had skateboarding,  surfing,  hot rods, tattoos, the Mansons, the Beach Boys, pornography, the plastic people and the movie industries. It was everything I was into, the dark side of the hippie thing. I aspired to Hollywood babylon: hippy satanism, psychedelia and Frank Zappa and The Mothers, all that wonderful stuff.

Can you trace a lineage from that time to Los Angeles today?
If you walk down the boardwalk of Venice Beach you hear nothing but Led Zeppelin and The Doors—the local gangsters, the Venice 13, sing along to LA Woman. It’s Californian folk music. But I often feel that some of the greatest of that music was actually made by Brits. It’s almost imported to LA, in many respects: Keith Moon was in a surf band, and The Turtles, Cream and 'Zeppelin were English. So much of it was actually originally made by people who could only dream about being here.

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Jake Bugg: Messed Up Kids

The British Troubadour Reflects On a Life Once Lived in His Latest Music Video

The council estate or housing project has become de rigueur in the modern music video—but where it might sometimes be called upon to add an easy edginess to a band’s image, Andrew Douglas’ film for Jake Bugg’s new EP “Messed Up Kids” uses the location as a metaphor for the 20-year-old singer-songwriter’s position in the world. Having sold 1.5m albums since the release of his eponymous debut in 2013, Bugg feels estranged from the surroundings that nurtured his songwriting: “I don’t really live anywhere at the moment as I’m always on the road,” says the Nottingham-born guitarist, whose latest release from Rick Rubin-produced second album Shangri La comes as he tours the US, before heading to South America, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. “On the first record, I talked a lot about my hometown because I was still a big part of it. Now after everything that has happened, going back feels crazy: I’m somebody looking in from the outside.”


In the shadow of a council block in Bow, east London. “We wanted something gritty but ordinary so it would stand in for the Clifton Estate, where Jake is from, or indeed anywhere in the UK,” says Andrew Douglas. “Jake didn’t want to feature too much in this film, feeling that it would be disingenuous for him to still play a ‘messed up kid’ where he grew up. But he liked the idea of being the author or observer.”

A week’s scouting, casting and equipment testing; a day to shoot.

Shot at a high frame rate while tracking across the action very fast. “Justin Brown risked life and limb to hurtle across the streets of Bow, on camera. The wonderful editor Sam Ostrove at Cut and Run then found a cool way to forensically review the footage for details.”

The work of British social-realist photographers such as Chris Killip.

Pre-order “Messed Up Kids” EP on iTunes and vinyl. Shangri La is available now.

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Arthur Beatrice: Late

Breakout Model Moffy Takes to an Industrial Coastline in the British Band’s Evocative Music Video

A tender romance unfurls against the dramatic skies of the Britain’s Thames Estuary in George Belfield’s music video for elegant indie-rock quartet Arthur Beatrice. “I see the couple’s relationship as their sanctuary in a hard world, but maybe I’m being too optimistic,” says Belfield of the nuanced performances, played out on the distinct outpost of Isle of Sheppey in Kent by actor Nicky Bell and rising model Moffy in her first acting role. “I love the chimney-studded skyline and the Salk Institute-inspired housing estate. The whole island is epic and rough, so it felt good to play that against the intimacy of the couple.” “Late” is the rousing last single from Arthur Beatrice’s debut album, Working Out, whose members Orlando Leopard, Ella Girardot and brothers Elliot and Hamish Barnes all met at school. “We've spent so many years together that the title Working Out is a nod to the process of figuring out who we are and what we want to be,” says the band, who have their own independent label Open Assembly Recordings and whose previous music videos were directed by Nike, Topshop and Dazed & Confused designer Kate Moross. “We all have lots of influences, but people like Elvis Costello and bands like The Smiths are examples of musicians who have had an impact on us all.”

Working Out is available now. 

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