After Berlin, I admit I wasn’t entirely braced for the sort of value-shift I’ve encountered in the UK. Meanwhile, the big world turns, and the privilege of being afforded a flat to rent, a bed and warm places to be cannot be overstated. All this with the embrace of an astounding partner…
Gigs and speaking engagements continue, and with them new opportunities and experiments in sonic experimentation, public discourse and teaching work.
I was actually back in Berlin, several weeks previpus, speaking at the remarkable Ableton LOOP conference, as well as making the European debut of my Acharné project, LIVE at the Funkhaus concert hall. The project has been a long time in genesis, and as a live experience was profoundly special to me. The entire LOOP event was unlike any I’ve attended before – a profound exercise in forward-thinking programming and curation, with a welcome focus placed on accessibility, equity and diversity in music practice and education.
Show me a single music ‘conference’ which covers this range of diversity and I’ll be there in a moment’s notice…
Additionally, speaking with Help Musicians, Emika and Nosaj Thing on issues of mental health in arts practice was wonderful, particularly when followed up by a 6am dj set at Tresor the next morning (with luminaries Giles Peterson and Greg Wilson, and new heros JLin, the Discwoman collective and my new absolute hero Sarah Farina.)
Hopefully video footage of the conference will be made available soon. Some vital discourse offered here, and I feel inspired and completely humbled.
2017 has been the year where non-cis voices are finally being heard, and it changes the very fabric of an event like Loop, which is totally greater than the sum of its combined parts. The tide is slowly turning, and thank god that these voices are being given floorspace. We need it.
If you can attend in future years, please consider it.