Sunday, 14 May 2017

WHAT WOULD WILLSON WEAR: Bape X Stussy

Hiya my peaches, it's been a while since I've posted due to the fact of A-Levels and pure laziness. Today I've got a quick little ootd that I'm living for atm. This Saturday I had a bit of time to kill before work in Cambridge and I remembered that there was a vintage fair on at The Guildhall. Underestimating how big the fair was, I had about 15 minutes and was determined to find a worldie of a piece. I managed to power browse through the whole thing and it was only at the last stall I found this A Bathing Ape X Stussy T-shirt. 


Admittedly it is literally a dress on me however I'm a sucker for oversized everything. I paired the shirt with a pair of denim cutoff shorts and fishnets which I predict is going to my my summer uniform this year. I wore my black stack platform boots to give me that much needed extra height and to also make my legs look a bit more toned (been to a gym once, never again). For accessories I opted for a pair of girly bright pink aviators to add a little pop of colour, a pair of gold hoops with little palm trees to get in the spirit of summer, a black choker and a long necklace with a Mickey Mouse hand pendant which is always a great conversation starter/emergency insult. 

T-Shirt - A Bathing Ape X Stussy
Shorts - Topshop
Fishnets - Next
Boots - NewLook
Sunglasses - Tiger
Earrings - Primark
Choker - Hand-me-down
Necklace - Drop Dead




Also my cat wanted to join in half way #CarbonKitty




Friday, 21 April 2017

Absolute Bangers - APRIL

Hiya Lads we're back with another Absolute Bangers. At the end of last month I went to see one of my all time favourite bands Superfood at The Dome in Tufnell Park. I literally decided on the day of the gig that I was going to go as a friend of a friend had a spare ticket to this sold-out night on the Dirty Hit Tour. The atmosphere was great and the crowd were so nice which really affects the whole night of a gig. I also ended up bumping into Stan from Deep City who I saw last week at The Portland Arms in at a Girls Against gig. My gal Saff organised this charity event in aid of the charity Girls Against which raises awareness about sexual harassment at concerts and music venues. Other bands in the line up were General Waste, Lemondaze, Ugly and Wax Colour. As much of a great night it was, I was rather sad to find out my favourite jacket had been taken which resulted in a online Jacket Search Party and was found a few days later (the internet is an amazing thing). 


Image result for staycations bandOphelia - Staycations

Staycations played at last weeks Fiver night and the Cambridge Junction on the same night as Girls Against so I'm gutted I missed them especially as I'm loving their latest single. This five piece are soulful, ambient and infectious as fuck. Comparing to the likes of Gengahr and Jaws, Ophelia's got this mid 2000s indie vibe and has been on my repeat all week.




Links: Soundcloud
            Instagram
            Twitter    

Dates: 
26th April - Fiddlers Elbow, London
17th June - Burwell Carnival, Burwell
8th July - Parkers Piece, Cambridge
23rd September - Cambridge Corn Ex, Cambridge



Double Dutch - Superfood

I have to admit when I was on the train to London for the superfood gig, I hadn't actually heard their latest track until then. After hearing Double Dutch I was thrilled that they still had their pure-summer-acid-trip aura about them. The track jumps around key signatures over samples and airy guitars n mellows basses, refining their 'drifting/melodic indie sound'. I must note that these are probably one of the best bands I've seen live (I'm little biased as i adore the fact they have a female bassist) but also their security were so lax about everybody getting on stage with them during the encore (and I mean EVERYBODY).

Links: Dirty Hit
            Twitter
            Instagram    

Dates: 
30th April - Leicester
21st July - Steventon
26th August - Reading Festival
27th August - Leeds Festival




Die Verskoning (The Apology) - Ugly

Ugly were alongside the lineup for the Girls Against gig and released the music video for the track Die Verskonig earlier this month. Their low-fidelity, psychedelic rhythms remind me of an old Mac Demarco album or a soundtrack of a Richard Linklater film. The track is one of those songs that you can't help but sway to, probably because of the jangly guitar riffs merged with low, hypnotic vocals from Sam. 

Links: Soundcloud
           Twitter
           Instagram








Nevermind The End - Tei Shi (Saint Pepsi Remix)

Originally from Argentina now living in brooklyn, Tei Shi creates artsy indie-pop with conceptual, poetic lyrics. The original track is very experimental and synthy, yet Saint Pepsi's (now Skylar Spence) remix strips it right back and brings forward the airy vocals in a liquid-slow-jam. He uses a completely different approach of timbre with an almost 80s vibe which I get from most of his remixes and original tracks. Whenever I'm in need of a great remix, Skylar Spence always delivers. 




Links: Soundcloud
            Instagram 
            BandCamp (Keats Collective)
            Twitter


Sunday, 16 April 2017

WHAT WOULD WILLSON WEAR: V&A


Hiya my peaches. The other day me and Muma Willson decided we were in need of a mini road trip. I've been meaning to check out the fashion exhibitions at The Victoria and Albert Museum for ages now so this trip was well overdue. Long days in London tend to tire me out completely so I wanted to ensure that I was gonna be comfy all day and be able to face any potential weather predicaments. 
The main center piece of this outfit has to be this gorgeous Kofia hat I got from a second hand store. Traditionally worn by men in East Africa for informal occasions, I decided to give it a contemporary twist. As this hat has such a loud print, I kept the rest of the outfit pretty simple with black skinny jeans and a sweatshirt that picked out one of the many colours. For additional accessories I pinned on a couple of badges to add a bit of dimension, wore a little black cord choker with a silver moon pendant and my favourite pair of hoop earrings that have a cute paisley design. For shoes I went back to basics with a pair of all black converse.  
Hat - Second Hand
Sweatshirt - Manchester Thrift Shop
Jeans - Topshop
Badges - V&A Gift Shop
Earrings - Muma Willson's
Choker - Jemporium Vintage
Shoes - Converse





Saturday, 8 April 2017

GET READY WITH ME - Show Week Edition



Hiya lads, this week I've been in a show with Spotlight Productions, doing one of my all time favourite musicals Legally Blonde! This is a little vlog of my typical day during show week, hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

VIOLET FLARES LOOKBOOK @ Cambridge Band Competition Heat Three



 Hiya me lovelies, so this Sunday just gone my band and I competed in the third heat of The Cambridge Band Competition. This was a huuuuge deal for us as it was our first time gigging in Cambridge. I've wanted to do a band lookbook for a while now as we all have our own individual styles, but have a little bit of coordination of looking like a band. We aim to be as comfy and maneuverable as possibly on stage, yet still having our performance aesthetic. 

Olivia 

Our lead guitarist Liv normally takes center mic on stage, so it's important for her to have an outfit that's going to draw and keep the attention of the crowd central. She layered a funky printed babydoll dress over a long sleeve mesh body suit, and paired them with some black tights and black brogues. I love how the mesh looks with the black and red leopard print as it gives it effortless soft grunge appeal. We normally opt for flat shoes on stage purely because we're jumping about and it's never easy balancing with a guitar and stilettos. 
Mesh bodysuit - Missguided
Dress - ASOS
Shoes -  Vintage
Headband -  Amazon







 Lucille


Luc who plays rhythm guitar has a never ending collection of cool, wacky t-shirts and this is a perfect one from the mix. This shirt gives an unexpected clash of colour with the pastels and the edgy tiger motif yet somehow it just all works perfectly. As a shirt like this makes such a loud statement, she kept the rest of the outfit simple by adding a small black choker, a pair of hoops, black jeans and a pair of old school vans. This outfit has got a great balance of comfort and quirkiness.  

Top - The Ragged Preist 
Jeans - H&M 
Shoes - Vans
Choker - Asos





Katrina

Kat always looks effortlessly cool and mod, usually going for an all black ensemble with little hints of bold colour to add some flare. Luckily for her as a drummer she gets to sit down for an entire set, so she gets a little bit more leeway on practicality of clothing. For her all black look she added texture with a leather moto jacket and a pair of denim shorts with some tights. She went with a bold bright red lip which brings out the accents of the graphic t-shirt, and added a little tattoo style choker and timberland style boots to finish off the look. 
T-shirt - Gap
Shorts - Primark
Jacket - Primark (mens sesction)
Choker - Asos
Shoes - Primark



Amy (das me)


Bassists tend to have the stereotype of being the moody, reserved members in a band. However I prefer to channel a more vibrant vibe when on stage. My go to gig outfit is anything that has mesh/net in it as I love how it looks under the lights. I layered this red string mesh vest over a high neck black top, jeans and some converse.
I wore this vintage jacket over it as you never know how hot or cold you're gonna be on stage so layering a pieces like these are gonna make so much more bearable. I usually throw my hair up into a messy pony tail as it's keeps it out of my face yet is still able to flip around. 

Mesh vest - Vintage
Black top - New Look
Jeans - Topshop
Jacket - C&A
Shoes - Converse






We've already announce this on all our social media but we made it through to the U18s Cambridge Band Competition Final! It's this Sunday 26th March at The Portland Arms, Cambridge and kicks off around 1;30pm. We'd love to see as many people there as possible and part of the judging is based on crowd cheer, so the more we get there the better! 
Tickets - Under 18s £3
              - Over 18s £5




(Special thanks to Rob and Richard for the sick photos!)

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Absolute Bangers - MARCH

Hiya lads, so this is the start of a new monthly blog series I'm starting. The majority of my blog posts are primarily fashion based, however anyone that knows me is aware of the fact that music is a pretty important aspect of me life. So the drill is once a month I'll gather up my go-to-bangers from the past few weeks and share them here, comprende? Peachy.


This six piece indie band from West London who released their five-track debut EP, 'I Wouldn't Worry', last June have the perfect sound for the summer. Creating a fresh, minimalistic influenced sound with the help of a saxophone, it creates the perfect blend of funky vibes and indie rock. Their track 'Pill' is one of their most well known, probably because of its 'can't help but sing along' qualities, is comparable to the likes of Circa Waves and Viola Beach. Their lead singer Dan harmonically wails in a Luke Pritchard (The Kooks ref.) fashion over delicate guitar riffs on this track. Chatting to Dan about the lyrics behind it, they go into how friends get into hard drugs (I was given a pill by a man who was wearing a suit that was falling off // He told me don't worry if your heart stops,or your skin starts turning yellow // I just wanna feel mellow) and how quickly young people go into decline, written in the early hours of one morning. Considering the true meaning behind the lyrics, the song is so painfully good and upbeat you hardly notice.

Links: BandCamp
            Twitter
            Instagram

Dates
20th March - The Half Moon, Putney
31st March - The Brunswick Pub, Hove




There's no way I could've written this post without mentioning these guys. These four lads (Stan, Stephen, Lewis and Alex) that make up Deep City are based in Cambridge and supported my band (Violet Flares) last week at the second annual charity gig, Feel The Love 2.0, together raising £500 for the charity Mind. With a typical band set up and the addition of synths, they create this beautifully contemporary sound similar to The 1975. This track was only released last week and I've already listened the shit out of it. I also highly recommend one of their older tracks 'Slow'. 

Links: SoundCloud
             Instagram 
             Twitter

Dates: 
24th March - The Fiver @ The Junction, Cambridge





I saw both of these artists on separate occasions towards the end of last year; The Big Moon supporting Mystery Jets at the Cambridge Junction, and Marika at an intimate church venue in Bethnal Green the week before christmas. Completely falling head over heels for these babes, I was stoked when I saw that they'd collabed on Marika's first single for new label AFM Records. Released 9th of February, this track has been my pre-gig song to get me hyped and in the right mentality to perform. 

Even though Marika Hackman comes from a beautifully folky-acoustic background, she's definitely taken her sound to a whole new level with 'Boyfriend'. The song itself is mellow and psychedelic, with 'dont fuck with me' lyrics masked by their soft blend of vocals. It has the same progressive sounds as Superfoods first album 'Don't Say That'. 

Links: 
Marika- SoundCloud
             - Twitter 
             - Instagram 

The Big Moon - SoundCloud 
                           - Twitter 
                         - Instagram 

Dates:
17th May - Great Escape Festival, Brighton
29th May - Mama Roux's, Birmingham
30th May - King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow
31th May - Deaf Institute, Manchester
1st June - Heaven, London



All the way from Las Vegas, my band supported these guys at The Met Lounge in Peterborough a few weeks ago. As it was our Met debut, we were pretty nervous considering we were the youngest and only all- girl band on the bill that night. It's quite intimidating being surrounded by professionals and not really knowing any of them. However after an unfortunate powercut the other bands were so chill and made us feel right at home at the venue. Having just finished their seven date UK tour with Retro Youth, their set to do more dates in Nevada over the course of the next few months. 'Before You Go' is upbeat, synthy, and one of those songs you can't help but bop to. This is definitely a band for fans of Passion Pit, Crystal Fighters and Two Door Cinema Club. 





Lisbon - Vice

I found this track in the depths of my recommended on SoundCloud and went straight onto my prinks playlist as it gets me pumped for a night out or a sesh. Comparable to the likes of Walk the Moon and Madeon, Lisbon's 'Vice' is colourful, enigmatic and feel-fucking-good. Originally from New Castle, they're set to play their first headline tour this April. 

Links - SoundCloud 
         - Twitter
            - Instagram

Dates:
8th April - Think Tank, New Castle
11th April - The Green Door Store, Brighton
13th April - O2 Academy, Islington
14th April - The Rocking Chair, Sheffield
17th April - FRuIT, Hull