UP TO STUFF
I'm lucky that many of my friends make things. Lucky because it means not only do I get to hang with them, but we also get to make things together. And, these things get made because we want to, for ourselves, because. We live in an age where making is glued to the idea of success. We live in an age where if what you make isn't a 'success' then obviously it's shite. Wrong. We live in an age where 'success' means mainstream more than ever. A copy of a copy of a copy. Fuck that. Glove puppeted by a trick. Told by self-appointed knowers how to make what you're making to make it 'right'... self-appointed knowers who themselves are glove puppeted by 'success' equals 'quality'. WTF is 'quality' anyway? Well, here's what I know: quality is having a smoke in a back alley when you've just done a reading or sung a song and some hepcat stumbles out the backdoor of the venue and tells you hey, really got off on that, nice one, then having a conversation about if Hawking is right and the whole of everything is a big massive fuck off forever saucer then what the fuck is outside the saucer and who the fuck is holding it up...? And here's what else I know: quality is having a hang-out with your friends and making a video or a song or a collage made from ripped up Metro headlines about shit politicians promising you money success because they have money success and why do people believe this shit then all of you dancing to an old record that might hop and jump but hey it cost 50p from a charity shop and it's still fucking great so don't believe success is money because look, you're all here dancing, and laughing, and making, and not one of you has to knock on any doors to ask if you can, you just do it, making whatever it is that you want to make, because, the gate-keepers are lying, because they're only protecting their own avenues, their own bit of the river, their own stature, position, pocket, AND IT'S A FUCKING LIE, JUST MAKE WHAT YOU WANNA MAKE AND SHARE IT, SUCCESS ISN'T SALES, SUCCESS ISN'T A LADDER CLIMB, SUCCESS ISN'T A CIRCLE JERK, SUCCESS IS MAKING WHAT THE FUCK YOU WANT TO MAKE, HOW YOU WANT TO MAKE IT, NOW, HERE, WITH YOUR FRIENDS, IN THIS ROOM RIGHT NOW... Me and Beth have been making some recordings of stuff for a podcast being put out by Sophie, Jim and Ben, for their Hi-Vis outsider publishing hive that's going to be putting Billy out (and other things). Me and Beth are also having fun putting some music stuff together, making videos and recordings, etc, which'll be sorted soon on a website, and we'll be playing it out. Find below a recording of The Billy Song (by Beth) and Because, put together in the Making Room at home.