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24 January 2011 No Comment

As well as the musical collaborations i’m equally as excited about collaborating with 2 of my favourite Vj’s in 2011. I’ve worked consistently with both Liam (Blendstate) and Tony (The Lab) ever since we met at Project X (Tony) & Mr Elephant (Liam) in 2007, and although we’ve collaborated on a lot of events and gigs together w’eve only really done one off creative collaborations and never really worked on something long term.

So a couple of months before xmas we’ve been talking about really evolving something on the audio visual performance front, drafting lots of ideas, and putting in the groundwork for our respective artforms.

Now the groundwork is in place (and the technology has been released!) we are about to start on developing some content and working towards a tourable (and scalable) performance. Liam and Tony have recently joined forces as Blend Av and have residencies for some huge events around the country, so alongside the musical collaborations it should produce some great stuff.

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Liam aka Blendstate Visualswww.blendstate.com – vjs weekly for most of the big venues in Birmingham, and seems to be the first choice for most promoters with his ability to play any genre of music & always 100 % reliable. Regular promoters are too many mention, but Breakthru, Bigger than Barry, Leftfoot, Scratch Club, Hospitality, Drop Beats Not Bombs, Capsule (Supersonic fest), House of God, The Drum and Bass Awards, Shambala Fest, Mr Elephant, Bleep Bleep, etc with some of the artists being Beardyman, 2ManyDJs, Basement Jaxx, Goldie, Quantic, High Contrast, Billy Nasty, Danny Byrd, Dub FX, etc

Liam also does a range of video work working with a wide range of creative organisations all over the country and he hosts vj workshops with Tony as Blend Av after their initial collaboration at our Mr Elephant 3rd birthday. Me & Liam have worked a lot on Mr Elephant since he turned up at the 2nd mr elephant event to host the indymedia room, and like Tony, i have only good things to say about him and his work, which is consequently so easy to recommend when people ask me for a vj.

I dont have much footage to hand, but heres a little from our 1st collaboration at the 1st Mr Elephant cinephonic event.

The other half of Blend Av is also the man behind The Lab Visuals – www.thelab.org.uk who’ve been going from strength to strength. Where liam is a software vj, Tony is a hardware vj, (and you can read all about the difference in his recent 2 page interview in January’s Dj Mag) He’s Edirols & Rolands touring Vj, and creates various visual content  for vjs which is available from his website and which features in his vj workshops.

Gigwise Tony’s another vj who can play across the board bringing his visual skills and animated performances a huge cross section of promoters through to gigs with his resident band Free Control. His recent residency at the HMV Institute saw him VJ for Spectrum, Ram Records, Hospital Records, Drumcode, Atomic Jam, Annie Mac, and he’s just back from London after Blend Av hosted the visuals for Spectrum 10th birthday.
Seperatly they are both making huge waves in the vj scene, but together their combined gig list is pretty much a chocked full of big name artists and events, testament to their atttitudes, abilities, and reliable delivery
Again i dont have much footage, but here’s a little jam to my mr elephant radio show.

and his recent draft mix of the edirol tour

The 5am train to Plasa from theLABvisuals on Vimeo.

So big things afoot for 2011, and more news as it breaks.

Of course there are other very talented vjs in the midlands too. I’ve had the pleasure of working with 4 other visual artists, the legendary Tom Syzergy at Drop Beats Not Bombs, and the innovative MASH at Custom Made, but i dont have footage of our sets on video so i’ll just provide the links above.

The other two i do however, with another vj great – Leon Chromatouch – who i’ve played at many events in 2006/2007 with, such as this Peace Not War room at Drop Beats with Bham Dance Collective (apologies about the sound distortion at the start and end)

And of course a relative newcomer who’s getting more and more gigs the hugely talented Arianne aka Vj Delsyd who is currently resident at Endless Nameless and has a great style which is able to adapt to any environment.

Based in Birmingham UK, Blendstate Visuals provide custom visual content, live video performance and video installation services for music events. We combine a huge stock of video suitable for any genre together with custom content, live cameras and other toys to add something special to any event.

We have performed and provided various video setups in almost all the music venues in Birmingham big and small (and many further afield) including Gatecrasher, The NEC, The Custard Factory Complex, The Rainbow Pub and Warehouse, The 02 Academy, The Q-Club, The Glee Club, The Hare and Hounds, The Bulls Head, The Victoria, and many more.

We pride ourselves in being able to work with promoters to provide stunning visuals for any event no matter what the genre. We have worked regularly with promoters and labels as diverse as Breakthru, Bigger than Barry, Leftfoot, Scratch Club, Hospitality, Babylon Sound System, My Bass, Drop Beats Not Bombs, Capsule (Supersonic fest), House of God, The Drum and Bass Awards, Shambala Fest, Fused/Face, The Night Times, Sumo Sound System, Mr Elephant, Cog, Bunka, and Bleep Bleep.

The artists we’ve played with are too long to list but some of the biggest names and highlights for us include: Annie Mac, 2ManyDJs, Basement Jaxx, Goldie, Marky, Shy FX, Shitmat, Quantic, Paul Damage, PCM, High Contrast, Rolando, Billy Nasty, Egyptian Lover, Commix, Danny Byrd, Dub FX, Jerome Hill, Sir Real, Daddy Freddy, Domu, Andrea Parker, Darren Styles, and Harvey Lane.

She made a draft promo a few years back of some bits of footage i sent, (tracks from an old mix cd i gave her years back) so here’s a little bit of that.

We’ll start to working on some of the Dj Narrative stuff from Feb so will be posting about that soon, but until then, keep an eye for all the vjs mentioned above, and you can catch Blend Av at Matter, Spectrum parties, HMV institute and various other events around the country over the next few months.

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