Underground Resistance released some of my favourite music out of Detroit. I had the pleasure (maybe it wasn't a pleasurable experience) of interviewing Mad Mike of UR over the phone back in 92/93 for our techno radio show. I wish I could find a recording of it. There was something really cool about their way of doing things, especially the secrecy around Drexciya. It was a brilliant time for music and dj'ing, before the rise of the superstar DJ - these guys didn't give a shit about personal fame.
It was super interesting to hear Colin Greenwood from Radiohead talk about how they work. He played us a bunch of unreleased versions of some of their well know tracks and described their creation process.
They have spent a lot of time setting up a studio that's perfect for jamming in. All the band members are able to take the stuff they've played, sample it, re-use and play around with live. Colin showed us some video's of them jamming and the setup looked really messy but conducive for making their music.
It's a way of working that every consultant and their uncle is currently implementing in tons of workplaces right now and I have mixed feelings about just how well it works in most companies. Radiohead and other musicians, designers, photographers are able to work in this way because they don't have anyone to please but themselves a lot of the time. I'd like to get better at this way of working. I have a bunch of long term projects, but I don't want to wait ages before making stuff public. One of the best things I've learnt putting my recent photographic exhibition on is the power of making your stuff public. The conversations I've had with people have been priceless as far as my learning and development of the Beyond Work project and my photographic practice goes.
The exhibition and all my photographic adventures feels a lot like Radioheads jamming sessions right now. Lots to learn.
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