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Havienda August 1, 2008

In bands, electro, havana club, havienda, indie, jersey, music on August 4, 2008 at 3:54 am

Justin the sound technician and Stewart from The Exchange turned up early so we had lots of time to check the drums thoroughly. We knew there would be protestors turning up and those first couple of hours were a little tense not only with first night nerves but because we didn’t know what was going to happen outside. But I wasn’t too worried; there were lots of things to focus on getting right inside the place.

After Dirtytrades had sound checked Pip began his warm up set in room two and people started to appear inside the club. Gary Law arrived and, once everything was done in preparation for the first band’s set, he, Justin and I left the venue briefly. When we returned to the club it was around eight thirty and people were arriving more steadily. I remember thinking oh it’s mostly lads here and worrying that the adverse publicity about the club would be putting off a lot of girls. That would be one of the worst things that could happen. Martin and I agreed that the first band’s start should be put back to around nine thirty to allow them a bigger audience and so I relaxed and had a beer with Gary at the bar in the main room. Mark in the second room was playing some compelling techno and that was sent to both rooms. It made for a good atmosphere and people continued to arrive and many were dancing already. Dave Spars arrived and we had a good chat.

Pip brought my attention to a tune of tightly locked machine funk by local producer Richard Eager studded with shards of enigmatic vocal by … Pip! It’s great to hear the work of Jersey dance producers at local events and I hope this will continue to happen.

Dirtytrades played a set of alarming punk rock, very jagged, loose and anti-anthemic with a kind of joyous tonal freedom, punctuated with acerbic banter. Their music, which I’d not even heard before, was a surprise. They seemed to be adding a pinch of Ornette Coleman to a handful of The Clash. It was at that point in the evening that I knew not only is this club a superb place to see and hear bands but the fans of live and local music had successfully occupied it.

It was near the end of Dirtytrades’ set that I was told there was a large number of protestors outside the club. I’d almost forgotten about the threat of dissent. So I went outside. The J. E. P. later reported about three hundred people had turned up to protest but I saw probably less than a hundred people who may have been protesting and around half that again who were rubbernecking, just standing around or trying to get their gurning faces in front of a TV camera. Despite having my camera with me throughout the night for some reason I didn’t take any pictures on the street. Luckily I found some posted to Facebook. The premises above the sports shop with the wrought iron rails in front of its windows is The Havana Club. At the time these photos were taken Mark Ronez’ stuttering, booming funk could be heard coming from inside the club.

The Exchange played a set of fast punk pop with great melodies. With their rhythm section handling grooves of intense muscularity dominated by David Gaffney’s rich, strident vocals they made a strong impression on what was by then a large, diverse crowd. There is a vein of classic yet quirky pop songwriting being mined by this band and it’s no wonder they are in such demand.

Pip played a signature set of indie rock, rave anthems and beat classics in the main room holding the audience on the dance floor as if under a spell. The back room’s music was changed at around midnight to reflect the tastes of regulars expecting to hear a mix of classic pop and soul and whom the manager felt might be perturbed by our presentation of disorienting, futuristic dance. So Mark joined Pip to fix his brand of cut-up, unstable and deeply funky glitch house in the mix. Together they elevated the atmosphere to the point at which, at two o’clock, the climax of a night of varied and excitingly challenging music was reached.

Thanks for use of photos to Abbie Love, Luc Pallot, Joe Cabral, and Laura Kyle.


Tonight, tonight …

In bands, electro, havana club, havienda, indie, jersey, music on August 1, 2008 at 5:08 pm

Pip does a warm up set of indie, rock ‘n’ roll and funky beats starting at seven, with the first band Dirtytrades in the main room from around eight thirty followed by The Exchange at nine forty-five. Then there is a brief kit switch around on the main stage as we set up the decks for Pip to continue the indie mashup. Meanwhile, Mark Ronez will be playing a set of fidget house in the second room from ten. The party goes all the way to two o’clock.

This flyer/beer coaster will be littered around the venue tonight.

Havienda in pictures, part one.two

In club, havana club, havienda, jersey, photography on August 1, 2008 at 3:36 am

Stage set up and sound check with The Exchange and Justin went really well last night with only one glitch: Matt snapped a machine head clean off his bass while carrying it into the club. The band sounds amazing and the system under Justin’s control is performing wonderfully.

After everyone left I caught up on some emails and phone calls and took these pictures before going home.

The technical term for this bunch of cables and inputs is the inpututronic master node

The technical term for this bunch of cables and inputs is the inpututronic master node

A charged battery

A charged battery

Bass amp

Bass amp

Jersey Evening Post, July 31st 2008

In advert, havana club, havienda, jersey, press, protest on July 31, 2008 at 12:42 am

Ad me

In advert, bands, electro, havienda, indie, jersey, music on July 30, 2008 at 4:38 am

I’ve been working and listening to dramatic pop – tonight it’s been a mix of Dare by Human League, Seven by James and Ringleader Of The Tormentors by Morrissey.

I produced an advert for the Thursday edition of the Jersey Evening Post to promote this Friday’s show. I was asked to provide an image with dimensions of 200 mm x 110 mm. This is a grayscale image with high contrast design using Ty’s eye. Click on the thumbnail for a full-size image.


UPDATE July 30, 2008: I had to redesign this at high speed this morning after it transpired that the dimensions should in fact be 110 mm x 200 mm, it should have been in CMYK mode, and PDF format. Here’s the final version.

The bands start at ∞ o’clock

In bands, djs, electro, havienda, indie, jersey, music on July 26, 2008 at 7:18 pm

The title of this post says it all really. Early discussions with bands and crew led to general agreement on an early DJ warm-up with the first of our two live acts hitting the stage at ten. That’s been changed. The first DJ still drops the bomb at seven and then the first band begins playing on the stage at eight. After an interval the second band will be performing at nine-thirty.

The reasoning behind this development is the following: We’ve decided that the biggest competition for live music in this town is the pubs having bands playing between seven and eleven. It’s attendees of those events the club’s management wishes to attract as well as the bands’ fans.

A longer set by the DJs, playing techno tag between two rooms, will therefore start earlier (around eleven) and go on ’til two.

The Exchange

In bands, havienda, indie, jersey, music on July 26, 2008 at 7:12 pm

The Exchange are working on a second EP of their twitchy, energetic and super-catchy indie pop. Songs from the first can be heard at the The Exchange MySpace. They are a busy band playing with some of the best DJs and promoters in the island and have deservedly gained a reputation as one of the most exciting new bands to come out of Jersey in a long time.

David Gaffney (rhythm guitar and vocals); Ben Kyle (lead guitar); Stewart Brown (drums); Matthew Romeril (bass and vocals)

The Exchange: David Gaffney (rhythm guitar and vocals); Ben Kyle (lead guitar); Stewart Brown (drums); Matthew Romeril (bass and vocals)