Line-up /Ross Allen (The End, MOS, Ex-Radio 1)
Raf Daddy (Greco-Roman, 1965 Records)
Thursdays at The CAMP have just got more exciting with the launch of The Meltdown, a brand new free music event in Shoreditch. The Meltdown will be a weekly exposition of talent both new and old, presented by two of the finest in the business, Ross Allen and Raf Daddy. The aim of the night is to create a regular platform for up and coming talent, with special guest appearances from established big names and collaborations with your favourite labels.
Ross Allen does A&R for Domino and Island Records, is an occasional Radio 1 presenter, the brains behind Casual Records and generally has a history of being on the forefront of new music. Besides hosting his weekly Meltdown show on Ministry of Sound Radio, Ross also regularly DJs world-wide, dropping a soulful mixed bag of everything from reggae to techno and hip-hop to D&B and is part of the Greco-Roman mob alongside Raf.
Long time South London vinyl-troubler Raf Daddy is a sometime resident at the Heavenly Social and Basement Jaxx's infamous Inside Out parties. He is also part of the Greco-Roman crew, and is one half of 2 Bears, alongside Joe Goddard, with a new album due out next year. Raf has just started new label Girls Music with Toddla T, and does A&R for 1965 Records (Toddla T, The View).
The City Arts & Music Project (The CAMP) is a temporary new space located on City Road, Shoreditch, headed by James Priestley (Secret Sundaze). Taking over the site of a former Chinese restaurant they currently operate as a café / bar offering a cutting-edge arts & music programme.
All sounding good? Now let's begin.....
This Thursday we've got residents Ross Allen and Raf Daddy accompanied by resident MC Trim and the space is launching their new exhibition - 'BOTANISTS OF THE ASPHALT'.
Inspired by the baudelairean figure of the flâneur, the exhibition invites you to experience the city through the eyes of the artists.
In Baudelaire prose and poems, the “flâneur” designates a nineteenth century urban bohemian who wanders the city streets aimlessly, collecting impressions of modern life; alienated by the city and yet at one with it. According to him, the artist is the perfect candidate to fulfil this role of observer and capture the multiple facets of the metropolis. Several artists have undertaken this urban inquisition and explore what attracts, repulses and stirs them about the city. Buildings, faces, stimuli and experience become instruments to their creative process, resulting in a multitude of narratives which are developed through sculpture, photography, video, installations and illustration.
Artists involved are Wayne Chisnall, Ruth Pickard, David Macdiarmid, Kerim Aytak, David London and Aisling Roycroft. Curated by Stephanie Pochet. This exhibition will run until 5 January 2010.