TIm & Barry


04 Tuesday 04th May 2010
It would probably be unfair to name only a few artists but they have worked with the likes of M.I.A, Dizzie Rascal, Skepta, JME, Jammer and Chipmunk. I see them as pioneers who really helped one of Britons most relevant sounds. Luckily they were kind enough to entertain my questions and let me know what they are most excited about.
Their next venture is a night called Just Jam at the Alibi on Kingsland High Street. Where MC's and DJ's can come down and jump on the microphone while Tim & Barry stream it all live on dontwatchthat.tv



How did you guys meet and decide on working together?
T&B: We met at the London College of Printing in 1997, where we were studying photography. Tim started assisting a photographer called Mark Lebon in the 2nd year and invited me along to help out on a shoot. We continued to assist Mark for the next couple of years and realized on shoots that we worked well together, bringing our own different skills to the table.
When was the first time you worked together?
T&B: Tim got a commission from i-D magazine just as we were finishing our degrees and asked if I wanted to do the shoot with him. We came up with a concept for the shoot and it went from there.
What influenced you guys to start shooting grime videos?
T&B: We always approach projects saying what do we not want to do. We were bored of sterile MTV mimed videos. We grew up on programs like The Word, Dance Energy and Rapido. These were great places to watch new exciting live music, everything was a little unpolished and raw. It was this energy that we both remember. So when we came to making videos we wanted our videos to have that same sort of feel. When working with artists like Tempa T, JME and Skepta why would you want to get them to mime when you can shoot a video with them mceeing while you are having a snowball fight!!?



Do you have to adopt a good cop bad cop attitude?
T&B: From time to time, when we have to. Not sure who’s the good cop though.
There is a very guerilla attitude to you guys which is evident in your work, do you think that’s a fair reflection of your work ethic?
T&B: We believe that the content is the key. If you wait till you can afford the latest bit of equipment, by the time you can afford it the moment that you want to capture has gone. It is much better to use what you have or borrow and build from there and develop you ideas.
How did you manage to bring so much under Don't watch that Tv?
T&B: We had been talking about starting our own video streaming website for a while and as we were telling our friends about it, like Ben Drury, Jean Charles de Castlebajac and the PWBC boys, they said that they would like to have a channel on the site so we decide to ask a few more people who were making video content and it went from there. Most people who have a channel on the site are not video makers by trade but had started in a similar way to us.
What project are you most excited about?
T&B: Just Jam is our new live streaming show every Wednesday night. We have talked about doing this project for a couple of years now. Like with a lot of what we do it's playing with a couple of different things- jam as in to relax and jam as in a jam session. We wanted to do a show where artists are invited to come down and collaborate in a spontaneous way, DJs (not just grime but dubstep, bassline, funky & bashment), mcees, singers and writers performing and be interviewed.
Why stream the night live as opposed to just running a club night?
T&B: We wanted to do something more creative and performance based than a normal club night. You can come and watch the show being filmed, for free, between 8-10pm at The Alibi, 91 Kingsland High St, then you can catch us & resident DJ Motive between 10-2am free all night so come down.
Who have you got coming down to perform at the Alibi?
T&B: This week we have D Double E, Magic, Rudekid, Emvee, Bass Boy, Princess Nyah, Trilla, Dot Rotten to name a few.
Where can we see more of you?
T&B: www.dontwatchthat.tv, new videos everyday.


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