Over the week we will be taking a look at Brighton's Gritty DIY Music Scene through the lens of music photographer, Jamie Macmillan. Each day we will be looking at different artists and their experiences with an impressive mixture of photo and interview.
PORRIDGE RADIO - words by Dana and Georgie
“Getting all five of us in one place is a nightmare because of other commitments, you never even know if we can all make it to a gig.” Dana.
“The Brighton DIY scene is sometimes an uphill battle to convince people that our way is the right way… but when you hear Porridge Radio, the pounding thump of the beat of your heartstrings blows all your anxieties out the window and you can’t help but dance and sing. I was the only person who did that, so Dana put me in the band.” Georgie.
STRANGE CAGES - words by Charlie and Ellis
“Life in the DIY scene is wrought with deceit and peril. It’s a bold, but fulfilling path. Not many can take on it’s many challenges and stay true to their DIY souls, but those who do
are richly rewarded.” Charlie.
"I don’t believe that gigs are weird enough. I’d really love for some truly mad stuff to happen at our gigs. I’d love the crowd to sacrifice another human being to one of our songs, or someone to start eating their own clothes as a statement against society, really sinking their teeth into a pair of Converse.” Charlie
“We’re all in the same boat. Everyone is jostling for position to try and get their
name out there just like in any city, but in Brighton it can get fierce. Once I was eating a sandwich backstage and someone from another band stormed in and shoved it in my face. Dark times.” Ellis
"There is a whole load of waiting around before gigs that is hard to
get used to, especially when you have only pennies to your name. We spend our time using sweet voodoo magic to put reduced stickers on cans of beer in supermarkets.” Charlie