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.
“Life as a DIY band? We literally do everything, from designing the artwork, to burning cd’s. We used to load our stuff onto trolleys and get the train up to London to do shows. At least we’ve got a van now, we don’t need to squeeze into
my dad’s car.” - Photo credit Nino Vydeenaden
“Brighton is a good place to call your hometown for sure. We had the chance to jump on support slots many times in the early days which allows you grow organically as a band. The crowds are always up for a party…I feel like we’ve evolved massively as songwriters because of that.” - Photo credit Phoebe Fox
“Brighton really opened my eyes, working in places like the ‘Good Companions’ bar helped me to make so many great connections in the industry. But it’s really important to not stay on one line, and to try different things. Working with Jacko Hooper on Folklore Sessions and being part of Sofar Sounds is amazing, you’ve got to keep that momentum going all the time.”
“Life as a solo artist in the DIY scene can be tough, but I prefer it to being in a band. It allows me to just focus on myself and what I need to do, like picking and choosing my own gigs or managing my own social media. You’ve got to concentrate on the long game, and not just think short term…life as a musician is a lot like going to school but never receiving any grades. You’ve never finished.”