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LIVE: Actress (DJ Set) Ft. Sam Wiehl
The event is the second in the ongoing SEVENSTORE PRESENTS series, following on from the hugely successful run of CONTAINER, with Evian Christ and French visual artist Emmanuel Biard. The trio of events saw a repurposed shipping container dropped into an undisclosed location, with the event promoted via a fly poster media campaign. Hopeful attendees were instructed to text a designated number, with successful applicants being added to a WhatsApp group which revealed the container’s location through a pin drop 24 hours before, giving way for 50 attendees to experience ‘trance sybaritism’ – a music journey into the unknown, led by Evian Christ. The forthcoming event with Actress reflects SEVENSTORE’s ambition to bring forward-thinking artists to the heart of Liverpool, with the addition of Sam Wiehl displaying a commitment to providing unique collaborations across its events series.
Speaking on the event, SEVENSTORE Buying Director Mark Macdonald said: “It’s fantastic to be able to celebrate the imminent opening of SEVENSTORE by inviting one of the most innovative producers in the world to Liverpool, and pairing him with a one of the city’s best visual artist. It’s billing like this that best displays the core of our philosophy, embedding world renown talent into the community here in Liverpool.”
SEVENSTORE is scheduled to open its Baltic Triangle retail space in May 2019.
One of the preeminent and most singular voices in UK electronic music, since 2012 Actress has run his label, Werkdiscs, in conjunction with Ninja Tune, releasing ‘Ghettoville’ in 2014, a record described as “inscrutable, unsettling and utterly unique” (Uncut). An epilogue poem written for the press release to Ghettoville led people to believe that Cunningham had retired. This in turn led him to conceptualise his new work as ‘Giving power back to identity.’ This fourth album was not just a poetic take on British youth in an electronic age.
As a DJ and producer, he’s an artist capable of music and mind duality, sharing his cerebral existence between an arresting electronic output that congeals influences from IDM, techno, hip-hop and industrial. The Wolverhampton born producer meticulously entrenches himself into the world of his productions to generate a product both haunted and breathing, subtly melancholic and spectrally mechanic.
In 2017, Actress returned with a new album and a new music system – “AZD” (pronounced “Azid”). An artist who has always preferred to make music than to talk about it, in “AZD” he has achieved another remarkable landmark, one which is as resistant to interpretation as it is demanding of it.
Actress has also worked with renown photographer Wolfgang Tillmans and collaborated on projects with the White Cube, with his appearance in Liverpool set to be another example of his willingness to place a multifaceted artistry at the forefront of his craft.
Sam Wiehl is an artist, live event designer and film-maker focusing on the visualisation of sound and immersive audience experiences. As Visual Director of the annual Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia he has crafted it’s unique visual aesthetic over the past seven years, with the event being widely regarded as one of the finest of its kind in the world.
As an artist, his collaborations include work with Matthew Herbert, The Bug, Chris Watson and Plaid, working with labels including Domino, Warp, Ninja Tune and Triangle Records. He tours internationally as a live audio visual artist and production designer for Ladytron, Forest Swords, and Szun Waves having previously worked with The Coral, Hookworms, Not3s and Jane Weaver. He also is a production designer and visual artist for a number of festivals based in the UK and the Netherlands. Recent commissions include work for Loop Berlin / Ableton, Unsound Festival, Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool and Mira Festival Berlin.
Liverpool based DJ and producer ASOK released his latest EP, ‘How It Is', on Lobster Theremin earlier this year, with his A Mind Forever Voyaging show a regular feature on Melodic Distraction radio.
The event will take place at 24 Kitchen Street, Liverpool, on Thursday 11th April in celebration of SEVENSTORE’s forthcoming opening in May. Tickets to the show will be free and available via a text message sign up.
Text ‘ACTRESS’ to 0777 677 0707 for limited free entry.
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