WE TALKED TO GREG WILSON ABOUT HIS NEW PROJECT SUPER WEIRD HAPPENING

We talked to Greg Wilson about his new project Super Weird Happening
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WE TALKED TO GREG WILSON ABOUT HIS NEW PROJECT SUPER WEIRD HAPPENING



Written by James Ratcliffe
18 Thursday 18th September 2014

We caught up with Greg Wilson to talk about this new venture...


Super Weird Happening. How did the name come about?

It was something I heard the comic book writer Alan Moore talking about with regards to quantum physics. It's sampled on the mixtape leading into 'It's A Strange World (Let's Keep It Like That)' - 'information is a super weird substance'.

 

What makes this series of events unique?

Apart from the combination of mediums on offer, the fact that, to a fair degree, we're making it up as we go along, means each event, by nature, will have its own unique aspects. 

 

The series will combat an apparent 'stale scene' - Could you explain this more?

More stale culture than stale scene really. I suppose we're just trying to shake things up and present something that connects back to key points in time when there was a much more free flowing approach to creativity. The term counterculture is rarely used these days, but this is what we wish to celebrate  – popular culture in this country having deteriorated  drastically since the turn of the century. We expected the promised land, but we got the X Factor. We just want to point to different possibilities that existed previously in the hope that  it might spark something in people to take a more lateral approach. Most of all we want to do something that's fun and positive – we want to uplift. As someone said to me recently, 'things have been too technical for too long, it's time for the emotional to shine through again'. More heart less head.

 

Fat Boy Slim recently described Blind Arcade as 'a breath of fresh air'. Can you tell our readers a bit more about it? 

The thing that really struck me about Blind Arcade when I first heard what they were up to was the life-affirming quality of their music, which is a real tonic, yet under the surface is this theme of redemption, which has been central to Kermit's work in more recent times. You don't often hear stuff that connects with you in this manner these days, both making you smile whilst touching those deeper parts of the soul – I think that's what Norman (Fatboy), and many others, have experienced.
 

Kermit Leveridge
 

We are really looking forward to event(s). Can you give us a sneak peak on which local djs will be doing the Q&As?

In Manchester we've got Terry Christian hosting the talks with author and poet Lemn Sissay joining Kermit and I for the 'in conversation' section, whilst we're graced by the presence of Manchester DJ's Neil Diablo (we're putting the event on in conjunction with El Diablo's Social Club) and Tomlin, one of those legendary figures, dating back to the Madchester days (as a member of the Jam MC's), but someone who's never been given his full dues.

 

Can we expect your usual stuff on the night or will there be a different direction for project? 

I work from a wide palette anyhow, so it's not a case of doing something different, just with a slightly different slant, depending on the vibe of the night. There'll be familiarity in the music, but also a few surprises along the way.

 

You mentioned the 1st and 2nd summer of love to describe SWH. Are there any particular movements during these times that influenced the direction? 

The great thing about these times is accessibility to a history of music via the internet. This is how a DJ like myself, who might be described as an elder statesman, can connect with a younger audience. People know a good tune, no matter what age, they just need to be exposed to it, and the internet can be an incredible resource if you have a passion for music. I always attempt to connect people with the music I play, point them back to source if they're that way inclined. The fact I'm playing edits and reworks stops me falling into a nostalgia trap, enabling me to meet a younger audience, brought up in a different era to me, halfway. This re-edits movement of more recent times, or taking from the past in order to inform the future, is increasingly influencing the mainstream from the margins – not only with regards to music, but across the arts. Young people think nothing about editing, be it music, photos, moving image, whatever – this is the natural state of a generation brought up with the cut, copy, paste of the computer age. Contemporary technology enables older music to be made more DJ friendly, and in the best examples, with complete respect to the original recording. So this is obviously a huge influence with regards to Super Weird Substance and how we hope the label will evolve, for this is my domain – I'm still applying the principle 'to know the future first you must know the past'.

 

Finally, what’s the next step for SWH?  Any visions or future plans to tease us with?

After the tour dates I'll be looking towards 2015, when I hope the label will really come into its own, with music released not only by Blind Arcade, but other projects we have in the pipeline, not least The Reynolds, the vocal force of nature who are a key component of the mixtape, adding their magic to over half of the tracks. The intention is also, following a series of one-offs, to take the Happenings into a few of the festivals next summer. This is very much something I'd like to curate, so, as soon as we've seen how the tour works out, and what tweaks are needed to improve things, I'll begin to make approaches in this direction.
 



www.kermitleveridge.co.uk / www.gregwilson.co.uk

 

Super Weird Happening – The Five Events Coming Up

 

Super Weird Happening

Gorilla, 54-56 Whitworth St W, Manchester M1 5WW

Saturday 20th September

Blind Arcade
Greg Wilson
Guest speaker: Lemn Sissay

In conjunction with El Diablo's Social Club

8pm - 4am
£10 advance

 

Super Weird Happening

SW3G, 100 Eastvale Pl, Glasgow G3 8QG

Friday 26th September
Blind Arcade
Greg Wilson
Guest speaker: Steve Mason
In Conjunction with Melting Pot

7pm - 3am
£12 advance

 

Super Weird Happening

The Island, Nelson St, Bristol BS1 2LE

Friday 3rd October

Blind Arcade
Greg Wilson
Guest speaker: TBC

In conjunction with The Island

8pm - 4am
£10 advance

 

Super Weird Happening

Constellations, 39 Greenland Street, Liverpool, L1 0BS

Saturday 18th October

Blind Arcade
Greg Wilson
Guest speaker: John Higgs

In conjunction with Oxjam / Freeze

4pm - 4am
£12 advance

 

Super Weird Happening

Oslo, 1a Amhurst Rd, London E8 1LL

Saturday 1st November
Blind Arcade
Greg Wilson
Guest speaker: TBC
In conjunction with Heavenly

8pm - 4am
£10 advance
 

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