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A Quick Progress Update

Posted in Events, General Gobshiting, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 15, 2012 by Mallaz

Here’s What I’m Up To

Since the whole TalkTalk debacle throwing me back into the dark ages and obviously well behind schedule my blog work has been all but non-existent. For more information relating to why nobody in the word should use TalkTalk click here – https://mallazmalcolmwhite.wordpress.com/2012/11/08/due-to-talktalks-douchbagerry/

I’m not done with those fukkas quite yet however I’m holding off and waiting to see if my bill is reduced later this month as promised by one of their clueless telephone ‘tards before I kick up more fuss. I have no doubt that this matter is yet over.

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The Resurrection of Mallaz.co.uk

Earlier this year I launched my official website Mallaz.co.uk but after some issues with my webhost at the time iPage, another company who are shite when it comes to customer service, I was forced into scrapping that. Work is now underway at the reconstruction and resurrection of Mallaz.co.uk which will be your one-stop shop for all things Mallaz.

As standard my site will be the number one place to keep updated as to my live music calendar including both the events that I personally and independently organise and promote, as well as details on events involving artists that I am affiliated with.

My work is predominantly based in music as in independent events promoter and a band manager, having also formed and performed in my own (failed) band and managed a few others. The music section of Mallaz.co.uk will of course contain a blog where I prattle on about music, with live reviews, reviews of releases, local gig guide and also with added features such as Artist Spotlights (highlighting a local act for whatever reason), as well as bringing back Song of the Week, which was a regular feature on this blog until the cross-over and then untimely return from Mallaz.co.uk. Already I have a long article containing my take on several live local events as well as a review of Lost Highway, the album by Parastatic. This article is being constantly added to and the publication postponed until the rebirth of Mallaz.co.uk as I just don’t have the freedom to do everything I would like to with this free WordPress blog.

I will also be putting a lot more emphasis on the art side of my work after a recent increase in interest in my old Horrorshow Artwork project. I am willing to consider commissioned work and my rates are negotiable, however I am selective in the work I undertake, not purely down to time restraints I just don’t do anything I don’t want to (that’s why I look so good for my age). I am available for EP and Album art, so long as you’re music’s not shite, I’ve also designed logos, posters and other such crap and do have some pieces for sale, but I did knock back £300 each on the first three Horrorshow Artwork images so don’t expect me to part with any of those cheaply. The Horrorshow Artwork series is very personal to me, hence the ridiculous price. I can assure you that my prices for commissioned work are a lot less harmful to your bank balance and as I have previously stated I am open to negotiations on work that I am enthusiastic about.

Right that’s my music n art shit covered aye? Don’t forget the standard Mallaz blog though, the one where I spout my shite on all sorts of subjects. Sports a big one, I’ll probably be getting back into writing about football at some point coz that’s just not happened since my demotion back to this shit blog and also I do like a good pop at the news now and then and will be getting my vote on tomorrow for The Police and Crime Commissioner elections, seeing as this is the first time I’ve ever been registered to vote. Boom!

Creative types who would like a kushy little spot on Mallaz.co.uk should email mallaz84@yahoo.com with some details about what you do. It’s not solely down to my own creativity that I have a vested interest in the North East’s creative culture. I just love music, art, poetry, stories. I just love entertainment, creativity and originality. My official affiliates will have their own pages and/or sections on the Mallaz.co.uk website but if you are a creative sort looking for an extra platform to showcase your skills and/or have your own business and are looking for a marketing platform then I want to help you and the creative community. What have you got to lose? Email – mallaz84@yahoo.com and tell me what you’ve got to offer.

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Band Stuff Updatery

First off, as you know I’ve been managing local Funk band Gingersnap & The Style since summer and recently took the same position at a brand new Experimental Punk band Miss Danby and the What. So now I’ll tell you a bit about what’s happening with them.

Gingersnap & The Style Pile

Recently Gingersnap & The Style Pile performed at The Golden Lion in Jarrow for my associates at ToddRoxx Events after having performed at my last event, the SOLD OUT Mallaz presents… BiG BEAT BRONSON (Excusive & Intimate).

After three months as their manager I am afraid my relationship with Gingersnap & the Style Pile has had come to an end. Instability within the band has forced two key line-up changes recently and has caused progress to stagnate. Certain members of the band seem to have lost enthusiasm and it has been agreed that this is no longer a mutually beneficial arrangement and during the time Gingersnap & The Style Pile need to reformulate their group my time could be better utilised on my current projects. Hopefully it won’t be long before Gingersnap & The Style Pile are back on their feet and I wish them the best success.

Miss Danby and the What

Miss Danby and the What are a fresh new band fronted by Bryonie Danby, who some of you may recognise from her work as a solo artist. This brand new Alternative, Experimental Punk act formed only in the summer of this year and currently have only made on live performance at The Cluny.

Listen to the live recordings of Miss Danby and the What’s debut at The Cluny on – https://soundcloud.com/mdandtw/sets/live-344

It’s still all early doors for Miss Danby and the What but in my opinion there is a great deal of potential in the group and the three current members Miss Danby, Mr Nissen and Mr Hanrahan have struck me as the type of band with a drive for success, a passion for music and most importantly a sense of fun. There is one piece of the Miss Danby and the What puzzle missing, a versatile and committed bass player.

If you’re a skilled and unattached bass player, liked what you heard on the above link and you would like opportunity to be in this cool and exciting new group with big ambition and gigs already confirmed then check out the details and how to apply for an audition through this advert – http://www.joinmyband.co.uk/classifieds/where-are-all-the-bass-playing-multi-intrumentalists-t409500.html

Miss Danby and the What’s talents know no bounds and the lack of bass player has not rendered them incapable of performing live. As well as a couple of gigs in the pipeline they already have another two confirmed. The Festive Fiasco on 19th December and Amateur Night at The Big Top on 2nd February 2013.

Check out Miss Danby and the What on – http://www.missdanby.com/

Bonsai Five present The Festive Fiasco

Wednesday 19th December 2012 – The Bridge Hotel

In the heighth of festivities in Newcastle City Centre on Wednesday 19th December, Newcastle-based Indie band Bonsai Five will take control of the upstairs function room at The Bridge Hotel to host a night of live music entitled The Festive Fiasco.

For an entry fee of only £3, which is payable on the doors which open at 8pm, you can start your Christmas celebrations early by witnessing four live bands in action.

The Festive Fiasco features; Maps Are Fiction, the hosts Bonsai Five, The Face as well as the fantastic Miss Danby and the What.

Mallaz presents… Amateur Night at The Big Top

Saturday 2nd February 2013 – The Bridge Hotel

http://www.wegottickets.com/event/192309

Mallaz presents… Amateur Night at The Big Top is a live music event showcasing talented independent artists from the North East. In a night of Alternative Rock music four bands; The Creep Void, Warning!, The Shake Appeal and Miss Danby and the What will be performing their individual brands of Rock & Roll. Advance tickets for Amateur Night at The Big Top are £4.00 plus booking fee and doors will be open from 7.00pm. Advance tickets will take priority however if any tickets do remain on the night entry will be permitted on the door. On the door admission may be charged more.

This event is scheduled to be my return to live music event promotion following this lengthy break to get my affairs in order. My last live music event Mallaz presents… BiG BEAT BRONSON (Exclusive & Intimate) was a great success and we managed to sell out the venue.

I worked with The Shake Appeal in March this year when they performed a set at The Telegraph in Newcastle for me. I’m also familiar with a couple of members of the Creep Void too as they have attended several of my events in support of Washington-based Awkward Weed, although this will be the first time I have worked with The Creep Void on a professional basis. As things currently stand it will also be the first time I have worked with Warning!, who have come highly recommended from several sources, Miss Danby and the What (at least n the role of an event organiser) and also the very first time I will be working with Insangel, who will be performing the equipment hire and sound engineering duties at Amateur Night at The Big Top. Check out Insangel’s website on – http://www.insangel.co.uk/

For ticket sales monitoring purposes each act has its own specific ticket link to this event so if you’re a fan of Miss Danby and the What and would like to guarantee that they receive their due credit from you purchase please buy your tickets trough this link – http://www.wegottickets.com/sct/48GzRUNeeH

Tickets for all of my future events will be available at http://www.wegottickets.com/Mallaz

Introducing Mallaz.co.uk

Posted in Football, General Gobshiting with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 11, 2012 by Mallaz

For those wondering why I’ve been a bit quiet on the blog front, here’s what I’ve been up to.

Get yourself over to mallaz.co.uk

My all new music, art and media based website is now up and running online.

Check out my first news item introducing the site on – http://mallaz.co.uk/news/boom/ and also my Happy Mondays + Inspiral Carpets live at O2 Academy Newcastle form last wek.

God Made It Easy On Me

This site will now become redundant so get over to the new official website and I will be moving all my future gobshiting over to mallaz.co.uk for all future shenanigans.

Like the second Death Star, mallaz.co.uk is still under construction, but it’s weapons systems are quite operational. Stand by for more Mallaz bull-shit relating to music reviews, recommendations, events, art, media ramblings and just down-right nonsense!

Check out my take on the Happy Mondays reunion gig at the O2 Academy Newcastle last Thursday to get you started while I complete the final additions to the new site

Phase two has now begun….

WHEN I’M NOT DOING NOTHING, THIS IS WHAT I’M DOING…

Posted in Art, General Gobshiting, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 19, 2012 by Mallaz

This is what I do, besides drinking, smoking, gambling, women and all of the other vices…

Music

I’m bang into music, music of all different genres, so what I mainly do these days is arrange and promote gigs in Newcastle.  I also do my best to promote certain local artists in an attempt to generate more exposure for the better ones.  The reason I only promote certain bands is because the North East music scene is full of pretentious twats who think they’re gods simply because they can play instruments.  The Indie scene in Newcastle has been riddled with many examples of tubes like that for years now.  That is why when I arrange my events I have acts of different genres involved and we get a much more diverse crowd.  People who come to my events to see one particular act get to see artists from other genres and meet people from different social circles, not the sort of thing that happens at your average Indie night.  A lot of the artists I work with are actually personal friends of mine, but more importantly, they share the same mind-set as me in that they believe music is supposed to be about fun and having a good time.  Nobody really wants to go out on a Friday or Saturday night and listen to teenagers with good jobs and girlfriends, living at home with their parents and having everything on a plate for them, whining about the stresses and strains of life. We don’t fukkin care if your mam served you brussel sprouts on your Sunday dinner last week.  Most people have bigger problems to deal with.

My goal is to make live music in Newcastle a good night out, rather than the shambolic state it has been for years.  I will consider acts of any genre to play at my events so long as they are individuals and not sheep following whatever trend they have a taste for.  I don’t believe any act should be limited to opportunities because they don’t fit in with a certain scene.  By mixing genres together, the aim is to bring the best from every genre together to create a party style atmosphere and a scene that is not limited to the same crowd of idiots who think they’re the mutt’s nuts.  Try to image a city-sized house party, that’s the ultimate goal!

My last live music event was my first experiment with mixing very contrasting genres and the mix was well received by those who attended.  I had Hip Hop, DubStep, an Alternative acoustic set and Alternative Rock music all played on the same night and we had a good night.  The diverse crowd mingled well and some people left well impressed with some of the acts that they seen that night.  Photo Dave of David Johnston Photography videoed some each act performing and you can see those videos on this link;

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL41516C6F0C7B6130&feature=plcp

My next live event is at The Telegraph on Orchard Street behind Central Station in Newcastle.  That’s on Saturday 3rd March and I’ve got four acts of pure quality for that gig.  There’s Funky Ska music in the form of Ginger Snap & The Style Pile, Newcastle’s freshest Indie band Emergency Door Release, Alternative Rock from The Shake Appeal and the unclassifiable Honey Chrome, whose music is a wonderfully bizarre mix of almost any genre that you can possibly imagine.  If that hasn’t already got you twitching then the price will.  Entry is only £3 on the door, BOOM!

Details of this gig can be found on my blog or Facebook on the links below;

Telegraph – 3rd March Line-Up

Facebook

Art

Everything for me started off with art.  In 2009 I began work on the first Horrorshow drawing, which was when my artistic career started to take off.  That first drawing spawned a whole series of Horrorshow Artwork images, which have proved relatively popular with art enthusiasts from all over the world and I have even rejected offers of £300 for certain Horrorshow drawings.  Check out Horrorshow Artwork on Facebook (and like the page) or Deviant Art on the next links;

Facebook

DeviantArt.com

My first commissioned artwork was in 2010 and that was swiftly followed by the EP cover design I created for the now extinct band, Casino‘The Late, Great Planet Earth’ drawing that I did for Casino generated a bit of publicity for them, which in turn led to them asking me to manage them and that’s how I got involved in music, but that’s another story.  I have received a few commissions and also sold some of my own work since then.  I have designed logos, posters and drawn portraits for commission since then.

I create all of the promotional artwork for my live music events and also did all of the band artwork for Downtown Lester Brown, the band I formed in 2011 and left just before Christmas.  The Downtown Lester Brown artwork included their logo, the ‘Love & Other Diseases’ EP cover and individual track artwork for each track on the EP.

Most of my artwork is abstract pen drawings, although I am not learning Adobe Photoshop, which makes design work a lot easier.  I also like to experiment with other media, oil pastels being one of my favourites.  I am soon to start working on the final drawing of the Horrorshow Artwork series.  Beyond that I am going to experiment with some collage work, continue to design all of the artwork for my events and hopefully take on some more commissioned work.

What Can I Do For You…?

If you’re in a band and you’re looking for gigs, well I run them.  So the obvious thing to do is get in touch.  Send me your name, bands name and brief description, and contact emails and telephone numbers.  I will also need a link to somewhere I can listen to your music or you can attach a couple of mp3 files to the email.  You can email me on – horrorshowartwork@live.co.uk

Be aware though that I do not just book any random act to play at my events, I want bands with something about them and not generic cut-outs.  I need to hear examples of your music and if possible even see videos.  So if you send me a link to an internet profile that requires me to like your page before I can hear your music then you are wasting your time and more importantly, mine.  How am I supposed to know I like it if I’ve never heard it?

Also bear in mind that I am now booking line-ups for as far ahead as May, although I am looking to start organising events more frequently and further afield than just Newcastle.  I have had interest from a lot of artists too, so I apologise in advance if I’m unable to reply to emails immediately but I will get around to them as soon as possible.

Other options that I can offer artists are promotion and/or management.  If your band struggles to find gigs because you’re too busy playing music in between working and coming up with new material then you need someone to find gigs for you.  Through the network that I have I can help to find gigs and find out about a lot of support slots that are available, festival places etc.

I can also organise and promote events for bands and provide supporting artists.  Or if you have your own gigs booked and need some supporting acts for those, I can also help with that.  Again, simply email me to discuss what it is that you want and what exactly I can offer.  horrorshowartwork@live.co.uk

On the art front, I have plenty of original artwork for sale that I am willing to consider offers for.  Examples of my artwork can be found on my Horrorshow Artwork Facebook page or my Deviant Art profile on these links;

Facebook

DeviantArt.com

I also consider commissioned work.  I am available for EP/album artwork, logo design or poster artwork and design but will also consider almost anything.  I specialise in drawing and tend to lean towards an abstract style but I’m willing to try my hand at pretty much anything.  If you want to commission me for artwork or what to make enquiries about any of the work I have for sale then email me – horrorshowartwork@live.co.uk

So What Next…?

You’ll fukkin see soon enough!

If you use any of the social networks below click on their names and then you can find my profiles and you’re free to stalk me online.  If I see you perched outside my house though, you’ll soon find out how much being hit with a crowbar really hurts!

Twitter

music related sites

Soundcloud

Soundclick

art related sites

Horrorshow Artwork Facebook page

Deviant Art

“LIKE A HERPES RASH…”

Posted in General Gobshiting with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 15, 2012 by Mallaz

Like a Herpes rash, I’m all over the internet and spreading!  Make sure you follow me on all of the social networks that you use to be kept in the loop with all of my shenanigans…

Follow me on Twitter and subscribe to my YouTube channel.

Twitter – @Mallaz84

YouTube – mallaz84

For my art stuff, like my Horrorshow Artwork page on Facebook and check out more of my artwork on Deviant Art.

Facebook – Horrorshow Artwork

DeviantArt – horrorshow-artwork

The Face of Insanity

SOME OF MY ART SHITE

Posted in Art, General Gobshiting with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 9, 2012 by Mallaz

It has recently been brought to my attention that I have been ignoring my artwork and haven’t given it any publicity in fukkin ages.  But to be fair, I don’t really spend a lot of time on the artwork these days.  Mostly, I am concentrating on music and writing but I’ve had a few people asking questions about the art so I might as well humour them.

If you are unfamiliar with the art element of my work, I created my own brand of artwork called ‘Horrorshow Artwork‘.  I have created several Horrorshow works, the latest one was ‘Monsters‘, which I finished in October.

Horrorshow Artwork - Monsters

Monsters is set to be the second last Horrorshow image that I create.

You can see more Horrorshow works on my Horrorshow Artwork Facebook page

http://www.facebook.com/horrorshow.artwork

or on my DeviantArt profile

http://horrorshow-artwork.deviantart.com/

So please like my Facebook page and share both of the above links on all of your social networks.

And it’s not just the twisted, abstract Horrorshow stuff that I do.  I created all the artwork for Downtown Lester Brown too, before I left them to their own devices.  The most significant works I created for that project were obviously the logo and EP cover for ‘Love & Other Diseases‘.

Downtown Lester Brown - logo

I also created artwork for each of the tracks on the EP, my personal favourites being the artwork for ‘Man On The Run‘ and the ‘Empty Heed‘ single.  However, due to me owning all of the copyright to my artwork, Downtown Lester Brown are no longer able to use any of it other than for the Love & Other Diseases EP.  And since Richard Gilroy tried to pilfer all my credit for setting up DLB, I have taken precautions to make sure that if they do breach my copyright I will get what I deserve from it.

Man On The Run - track artwork

My latest drawing was actually the artwork that I created for the gig that was due to be held at The Blue Bunny Cafe on 7th January.  Unfortunately that gig, as mentioned, was cancelled but here’s the drawing I did for it.

Blue Bunny - (cancelled) gig artwork

I’ve also begun to learn how to use Adobe Photoshop and used that to create the artwork for my next gig at The Telegraph.  If you haven’t heard about that gig yet check out my blog about it on the following link.

https://mallazmalcolmwhite.wordpress.com/2012/01/06/my-next-gig-friday-3rd-february-at-the-telegraph/

The Telegraph - 3rd February 2012

I still have loads of artwork that I want to sell so get in touch if you’re interested in any of it as I am more than willing to listen to offers.  In the meantime, please take time to like my Facebook page for Horrorshow Artwork http://www.facebook.com/horrorshow.artwork and have a gander at my shit on DeviantArt http://horrorshow-artwork.deviantart.com/

All of the artwork within this blog © Malcolm White 2011

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