In amongst the chaos that is often backstage, but at stolen it is surprising ordered. When I arrived, hair was all done (Redken) and finished and the girls were getting there make done (By MAC if you were wondering) and everyone else was just chilling around. The chaos was the all the photographers and videographers who were all trying not to get in anyone's way while still trying to work and get the shot.
Words by Eliza Graham and Imagery by Madeleine Brighouse
James’ approach to our ‘interview’ on Saturday was somewhat unorthodox. His receptive manner and cheerful attention became somewhat of an impediment; the day bounced between tomfoolery and productivity. James’ contribution to the occasion brought a wealth of unconventional ideas that lead us down a dark and travelled path that bled into the Wild West. Posed guitars and phony cowboy hats dictated the introduction to our photoshoot. Pertinence? Throughout our stolen time, we gained an earthy and down to earth taste of James’ character.
It was easy to see that James is assiduous when it comes to focus on his musical craft. All he uses is his laptop and a small interface to record each sound element, which he then smoothly edits together. His resourcefulness may become germane when it comes to his ambition to travel in the future, ideally whilst showcasing his music along the way. His attention to the transitional age period he is currently entering is received as a ripe opportunity. “Without experimentation, a willingness to ask questions and try new things, we shall surely become static, repetitive, moribund” - judicious and relevant words spoken by Anthony Bourdain, who was a chef, author, travel documentarian, and James' big stimulus to travel. The night prior to our interview, the sad news of Bourdain’s death was announced and James injected a thought for the passing of such a personally influential man. He has played a considerable role in his life, shaping and inspiring James' musical development and future prospects.
James’ attitude reflected his considerate view on life; we shared a lively and frivolous day, speaking of important affairs. When asked if he would rather have fully functioning penis fingers or have a tiny fragment of his body displaced and randomly distributed anywhere in the world (subject to sensation) every time he opened his mouth and spoke, until eventually he ceased to exist as a whole; James preferred the latter. His bold reasoning: “Second one. I would talk on purpose. Because I could either live restricted or live the complete opposite of restricted, and be completely spread out. I wouldn’t look like anything.” Personally I think this is rash; imagine living in a fragmented reality, you are everywhere and you cannot die. That would be scattered hell, but each to their own; James is a confident guy. His music is established, savvy and will make your head swirl in all it’s wavy textures. Pop a listen to his recent debut solo tune ‘Mystery Caller’ and you will notice it’s subtle hooks and progressive signature, a working fuse of classic pop and off-centre funk with modern themes. Though this is only the second song he has released since going solo (previous exposure as part of Yukon Era and Altered Blondes), James' music promises some really interesting and original blends in the future. Stay tuned for more groovy beats from him in the future.
It's alway a party with Stolen and this year's show 'Safer Than Heaven' was no different. I always think they can't top their previous show and every year they do! Bigger, Better, Louder!
Here are my shots from this year's show.
I didn't get pics from the after party cos I was tucked up in bed, I'm such a nanna like that.
This year i got to work as a production assistant on the Stolen Girlfriends Club show at NZFW. The show was held at the amazing St James Theatre in town. Celebrating their tenth anniversary, Stolen Girlfriends Club definitely made the most of it! the show was BIG, loud and awesome with confetti canons, a model jumping off stage during the show and the afterparty (that went till 4am). here are some shots i got in between running around and helping out. oh and my claim to fame is that i ran the runway music during the show, does that mean i can play at laneways now?