Manaré is a Parisian born DJ / Producer who runs riot and runs riots with Young Gunz & Clek Clek Boom
around Paris and beyond. Conversation during our photo-shoot touched upon Notting Hill Carnival (where I’ve bumped into him twice before), his first ever all nighter DJ set that was due to happen at Nouveau Casino the day after, Paris’ desperate need for a good, dark club with a decent sound system and the poetry of layers of three.
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The Woon’s playing at Nouveau Casino this Sunday which is very good news. I know this because the last time I was there (to see Golden Age of Yatching) I was met with a huge picture of him. It makes sense, because the various remixes of Lady Luck have been floating around Paris recently. I was bopping along to one of them in a clothes shop just a few weeks ago, it was a nice moment. Here’s a really old pic I took of him in Balham, which some of you may remember. It was inspired by that pic of High Contrast yes.
The Youngunz Tattoo Club is the latest endeavour of my favourite musical Parisians, The Youngunz, in which they play their latest beats while their audience gets inked. For anyone unfamiliar with this crew, they’re basically young, energetic and have comic names like Bambounou, French Fries and Alan Gay. They also make a lot of good shit happen in Paris and the rest of France. It was Martelo who initially introduced me to The Youngunz, one of whom Manaré (younger brother of Marvy Da Pimp), I’d unknowingly already shot with a compact camera at Carnival last year.
Since then, I’ve had the pleasure of dancing to their tunes on numerous occasions at Nouveau Casino, Social (aka pose) Club and probably the most memorable, The Green Room at 2010′s Transmusicale du Rennes alongside Decks & The City, a young R Kelly and Sylvester the Cat.
They’re also gently infiltrating the UK where among other things, they’ve joined Oneman’s RinseFM show for guest slots. With a sound very much influenced by and in turn, influential to the current UK bass scene, that’s sort of where the Youngunz fit, inbetween and around Oneman, Martelo, BokBok and other globally minded DJs who revel in playing thumping party music. Allez, check them out.
Here are some cool photos of the Youngunz first tattoo session via the brilliant DOS BUSTER BLOG.
I spent the weekend photographing backstage at Pitchfork Festival, Paris, where amongst other things, I had the pleasure of catching Bon Iver warming up in their dressing room. I had my camera at that moment but didn’t take any photos, because it was something I wanted to enjoy directly. The mental image remains in my head – a smallish room, bathed in the habitual yellow tungsten hues, 8 or so guys, singing with smiles on their faces, and just, in the background, sitting down with a guitar, Justin Vernon, the lead singer (often equated with the title Bon Iver, despite the significant band that back him.).
I’m honestly not sure what they were singing, but it doesn’t matter, it was beautiful and really reminded me of some of the great acoustic jams (ALWAYS my favourite kind of live performance) I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing over the years.
The proceeding concert was immense and full and left little doubt in my mind as to the bands passion for sound and Justin Vernon’s passion for romance and geography and the audience’s passion for him with ” I LOVE YOU BON IVER,” and a marriage proposal being just some of the audience’s heckles.
I feel like a very lucky girl.
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