9 November 2009


Put Me On It's Amelia Ideh contacted me last month to help out with a flyer for their Sunday night gig, Pause.

Pause is a great word to make a logo out of. Replacing the U with the symbol is an obvious solution that works (especially as its centered in the word).

After working out the logo I took the pause shape and used it to build up a city scape. The majority of buildings in central London are 'dead' on a Sunday evening, apart from where the Pause Party people are – making the most of those precious remaining hours before the return to work.

These posters have been designed as a series that will link together and evolve over time. The next Pause happens this Sunday 15th November, 6pm - 11pm. DJs Andrew Meza (BTS Radio), Eric Lau, Juven & Hits. Free entry all night. 11 market Place, London, W1.

6 November 2009

The Book of Conversations

Back in Spring 2007, I was asked to contribute to a book 'The Book of Conversations'. Each contributing artist was given a question, from this they were given the task to come up with
an image.

120 artists participated in the project including; Julia Fullterton-Batten, The Glue Society, Mark Porter, Aardman and Rankin.

It is available to buy now. for €39. If you order a book before 01/12/09 you will receive a free limited-edition print (possibly one of mine!). Type FACEBOOK into the voucher code box when purchasing.

You can also join the 1300+ members in The Book of Conversations Group on Facebook.

14 September 2009

Faith article

A two-hour-late-night-skype-interview with DJ Kenny Hawkes back in July has come to light through this feature in the latest issue of Faith Strobelight Honey. Thank you Terry Farley, Kenny Hawkes and all at Faith for the support.

1 September 2009

Harvey Mason Special

Following on from the Creed Taylor night in April, If Music put on a night inspired by the music of Harvey Mason. A pleasure to meet Marc Mac (4 Hero) down there and to give him a poster. That's the forth in a series of posters I've done for If Music. They can be seen in all their glory at If Music's new shop located on 42 Langham Street, W1. JC has even managed to hang them straight.

28 August 2009

My Choons

An amazing opening night for the MyChoons event over in Camden last night. Big shout to Andrew Missingham and Charlie Dark. First guest was Nitin Sawhney. We were privileged to see an acoustic set by the man himself – amazing. Not sure how the boys will beat that for the next one?! Charlie and Andrew wanted a logo based on the Cover Versions that I did last year - its based on The Miracles first album. Look out for future events here:

24 August 2009

BBC Urban Music Talent

It was great to be asked to take part in the BBC's Urban Music Talent in August. I was asked to speak at one of the workshops, given to the 30 shortlisted candidates about Design and Imagery in music. A great group of talented folk from a wide range of music disciplines were there. I talked through the power of branding, whether it be a big Ad campaign or a club flyer. I showed how branding creeps into music via fashion with this simple image – the sunglasses test. Can you name the artists?

28 May 2009

Floor to Wall

Between 1998 - 2003, I designed and illustrated over 60 flyers for Plastic People. For those that don’t know the club, it started as a basement space on Oxford Street, with an incomparable sound system playing a mixture of House, Soul, Jazz and Hip Hop. A small and friendly space, and free from the pretensions usually associated with clubs. It moved from the West End to Old Street in 1996 where it continues to draw an underground crowd thanks to its bespoke sound system and initmacy.

The clubs owner, manger (and DJ!) Ade Fakile gave me the freedom to do what I wanted (dream client). I treated the flyers like mini-campaigns with each series based around London or music. The club’s cornerstones nights were Saturday’s Balance Sessions and Friday’s Blueprint Sessions.

An introduction to a Blurb book at the end of last year inspired me to pull these flyers from their various hiding places; shoe boxes, between record sleeves, under beds, backs of drawers... and put them together in a book. After weeks of digging, scanning and writing, a book started to take shape. DJ and writer Charlie Dark kindly wrote the foreword for me, he also wrote a list of 10 memories too (see below). The memories and stories that have come from this have been inspiring, with the flyers acting like cue cards. Ten years on I realise just how special the period was, both socially and musically. A tracklist at the back of the book reflects this.

Thanks to everyone for their help in putting this together, Ade (goes without saying), Charlie Dark (foreword), Jim Lister (for the missing flyers), Becci (support), Justin (copy checking).

“The flyers in this book cover the clubs two homes, from the original space on Oxford Street to its current home in Old Street. Over this five year period, Augur celebrated the less obvious London landmarks through illustration and design. The series-of-8 carried a range of themes, from street scenes, to landmarks to underground seat patterns. On the reverse, the stella line-up of DJ’s who graced the decks from the likes of: Theo Parrish, Gilles Peterson, Madlib, Francois Kervorkian, Moodymann, Questlove, Benji B, Jazzanova. Like the nights they promoted, the flyers have become pieces of clubland past, and remain a tangible record of the nights events.”

“If you trace the flyers in this book from beginning to end you will soon see patterns developing within the names that graced the turntables. Warm-up DJs elevated to peak time draw. Old stalwarts switching genres. Hallowed masters who rarely played our shores pitching up and rocking well into the morning.”

The 7 inch sized 128 page book includes a foreword by DJ and Producer, Charlie Dark and an introduction by Ali Augur. It is being self-published through Blurb.com and is available to buy now.

10 memories courtesy of Charlie Dark:

There are too many anecdotes to list and some of them shall remain in the club but off the top of the dome here are ten with a special place in my record box.

1. Moodyman djing behind a curtain and then coming back a couple of years later and taking requests and entertaining the crowd like a wedding DJ.

2. Leaving my bed at 4am to go and listen to Francois K rock the early morning session. Five minutes of a tropical rainstorm followed by the Bill Laswell rerub of Bob Marleys ‘Exodus’. Heaven.

3. Jay Dilla playing two hours of his own productions on wax on the Plastic People system. Neck hurt for a week afterwards.

4. Dego dropping ‘This Ain’t Tom And Jerry’ on CDR and messing up everyones heads. Proto Dubstep Broken Grime monster. When the Bass dropped my drink fell off the speaker.

5. Black Thought turning up in a mink coat with platinum dog tags and then proceeding to the ghetto V.I.P area on the left-hand side of the decks.

6. Bugz in the Attic debut set at Forward. Dance floor would empty whenever the rhodes came in but the beats were mashing kids heads up.

7. Dego clashing IG Culture at Co Op. CDR’s flying and both dropping boombastic beats that were only ever heard on that night. To close to call it.

8. Theo Parrish. Too many sessions to mention. Always heavy, always different and always full of surprises. And no one rocks the EQ dance like Theo.

9. The 2002 New Years Eve Party. Pharaoh Sanders playing ‘You Gotta Have Freedom’ at 12 o’clock and the insane line up. One of my top ten gigs of all time. I still feel honoured to this day to even have been included on the DJ line up.

10. Mos Def ‘Universal Magnetic’ on the crazy Russion radio station turntables. They weigh a ton, takes ages to set up, impossible to mix on, but make kick drums sound like thunder. You’ll never play a record on a Techniques 1200 again.

Bonus memory: The undercover party room behind the DJ booth. Seek and you shall find.

Charlie Dark

Floor to Wall is available HERE

6 May 2009

Joe Bataan

New artwork for the next Broad Casting Session. Joe Bataan and James Pants headline the next Red Bull Music Academy gig at Cargo on June 11th. Tickets are available to buy now from the venue. Support from Willie Isz (Jneiro Jarel & Khujo Goodie). DJ's on the night Karen Pearson and James Pants.

7 April 2009


A quick turn around flyer, just how I like 'em. Its a Harlem Renaissance inspired design with some Dapper East London Soul thrown in! The colours were taken from an Aaron Douglas illustration that I uploaded to Kuler (and then downloaded the swatches to Adobe Illustrator). The last versions were looking too flat, so I painted the sky roughly with watercolours, scanned it and placed it behind the vector drawing. The night happens this Friday 10th April 10-5. DJs The BPM, Tic Zogson, Mr. Wonderful and guests. The Shacklewell Arms, London, E8.

1 April 2009

Worldwide 10 - Mulatu

Following on from the Q-Tip gig at the Roundhouse, Mulatu and the Heliocentrics are to play Camden's Koko next month. Here is another image in the same style as the Q-Tip poster that I did last month. No plans to print a limited edition this time, but open-editions will be available soon from my site.

12 February 2009

Worldwide 10

Everyone here in London is excited about the forthcoming Q Tip gig on March 14th at Camden's Roundhouse. Gilles Peterson celebrates 10 years of broadcasting on Radio 1 this year with a series of live events, this one being the first. It was great to be asked by Gilles to come up with a piece for the occasion. A limited number will be printed prior to the event. Next up is Mulatu, playing at Koko on May 20th.

29 January 2009

Protected – Massive Samples

Another compilation from the guys over at K7/Rapster. This time, a collection of original tracks sampled by Massive Attack.

The illustration is based on the hazard flame used on their first albums. I had originally wanted the flame to be screen-printed on recycled board but there wasn't the budget for it. So I found an old brown envelope and scanned the back of it... the result isn't bad. The words were set and warped in Illustrator, then traced by hand and scanned back in.

Its always good to design a record cover and enjoy the record itself. Definitely the case with this one, with the Isaac Hayes and Billy Cobham tracks being my favourites.

8 January 2009

Karen Pearson's Broad Casting

Just as I'm winding-down for Christmas, I get a call from the ever enthusiastic Karen Pearson with one of those briefs you can't say no to, even if you are running on a reserve tank. The final push was worth it; as well as producing some strong posters for some cool clients, Red Bull, it also makes a good start to the new year. There will be four of these posters over the next twelve months, hopefully making up a good set at the end. The night is happening on Jan 29th at Cargo and is sure to be a good one. Tony Allen, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Elmore Judd, plus some very special guests. Looking forward to it.

...and what a night! Really proud to have been part of it. The visuals looked great (thank you Nick Corrigan). Here are some shots from the night. pics by eventful.org.uk

Listen to the event here on Red Bull Music Academy.