Jean Claude Vannier/Melodie Nelson
Jean Claude Vannier (string arranger/co-composer for Serge Gainsbourg’s Melodie Nelson) performed Melodie Nelson live at the Barbican in London, 2006, and later again in 2008 at Cité de la Musique in Paris. In both cities, I sang on ‘En Melodie’; a duet with violinist Graham Clark.
Other performers included Brigitte Fontaine, Martina Topley Bird, Jarvis Cocker, Laetitia Sadler, Brian Molko, Daniel Darc, Gruff Rhys, Clotilde Hesme, Mathieu Amalric, and also Dougie Wright, Big Jim Sullivan, Herbie Flowers and Vic Flick from the original recordings.
I performed songs including ‘All That you Give’ in Bangkok at the International Festival of Dance and Music, and again at Shepherd Bush Empire with the Cinematics, during their tour of ‘Man With a Movie Camera’ in 2003.
Music and live performances (as Mayming) with with moving image/installation artist Suki Chan for Shadow Song, at Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, and Green Room, Manchester in 2003, and more recently vocals on Suki’s film Sleep Talk Sleep Walk.
..co-wrote and sang on Beyond, from Scruff’s Trouser Jazz (Ninja Tune), 2002.
.. co-wrote and sang on Something Wicked This Way Comes (Ninja Tune) on album under the same name. This was also released as a single from the album. I toured with the band in 2002.
Duo with cellist Semay Wu, Mayming – that uses electronics, visuals and classical pieces as a basis for improvisation. We formed Mayming primarily as a support act for band Simian’s first ever gig, a secret gig in the Palace Hotel in Manchester back in 2001, and since then have performed nationally and internationally (Europe and Far East) and our first and final album is in the making.
With Michael, a visual artist (animator, film maker, photographer, designer!), there are an on-going collaborations. Michael has made animations and also all artwork for my Sodaslow EP, Mermaid EP, and the SEAMING LP. His genius work for Skam and Warp Records have spanned artwork, logotypes and live visuals for artists including Autechre, Bola, Meam, Mayming, Graham Massey, Leila and Demdike Stare.
This band, named after the monthly club night in Manchester and consists of at least half the members in Homelife (!) and was and is curated by Graham Massey. Sounds of Massey’s electronic music mixed with live instruments, percussion (at one point three drummers on stage): MAYHEM..thoroughly enjoyable. I met Graham and Paddy Steer (Homelife) around the same time, (both big huge mentors to me), and I joined Toolshed in 1998. Toolshed has recorded the Don King Singh EP , Toolshed EP and Toolshed LP (on Twisted Nerve Records).
I joined Homelife in 1998, and began recording for their second album and first ever tour. Over the six years that I was with the band we had toured UK and France numerous times (being on tour with up to 14 people at one time..a wonderfullyweird and warm family of individuals). In the band I sang and played clarinet, analogue synthesisers, glockenspiel, Fender Rhodes and laser gun live and also recorded vocals/clarinet on four albums and six EPs; Strangers EP, Cho Cho LP, Seedpod EP, Forkbeard Fantasy’s Frankenstein, (all on Madwaltz Records), Fairweather Friend EP (Master Detective), Flying Wonders LP, Guruman Hubcap Lady LP, Too Fast EP, Flying Wonders/Wobbly Jack Ep, Home Broadcaster Ep (all on the Ninja Tune Label)
Members in Homelife: Headed by Paddy Steer, Tony Burnside and Simon King; with Faron Brooks, Semay Wu, Justin Lingard, Rosie Lowdell, Matthew Batty, Richard Harrison, Jason Self, Howard Jacobs, Bob Dinn, Icarus Wilson Wright, Steve Chadwick, James Ford, Pat Illingworth and Graham Massey. In 2005 Paddy Steer and Tony Burnside decided to make Homelife a duo.