We’re very happy to be able to add the multi-talented instrumentalist, DJ and producer Flevans, along with his live band, to the bill for Staycation Live Saturday. Playing an eclectic yet accessible style that straddles the genres of funk, breaks, soul and electronica, his musical career took off when a demo tape assembled on an old four-track (whilst the producer should have been attending lectures at veterinary college) made its way to Rob Luis. Impressed, he immediately signed the project up to the renowned Tru Thoughts imprint for a string of EPs on the label. Settling in alongside label mates Bonobo and Quantic, Flevans found his feet quickly with his first three 12” releases on the label selling out in record time.
Flevans’ early work showcased a love of classic funk and soul, contemporary beats and an ear for sunny, uplifting samples – and it was soon clear that animal care’s loss was going to be the music world’s gain…
Taking a break from production duties for a few months, Flevans picked up his bass guitar and joined the Steve Lamacq-championed downtempo band – Backini for a whirlwind few months of touring. Chalking up gigs at high profile venues and festivals he played Glastonbury and The Big Chill as well as recording live sessions at Abbey Road and Maida Vale.
Influenced by the live experience, Flevans’ following studio album ‘Unfabulous’ (Jack To Phono) saw him experimenting with a blend of his signature samples and live instrumentation. This naturally led to his third studio album ’27 Devils’ being his first totally sample-free LP (he played keys, bass, guitars, percussion and even lent a few vocal snippets) and also his first work collaborating with vocalists Sarah Scott and Shona Foster. The album was quickly snapped up by Tru Thoughts who soon after released an accompanying remix LP which featured remixes from the likes of Lack Of Afro and Regal.
Spanning his 4 studio albums (and one remix LP) to date, Flevans has DJ’ed across the globe with no less than 5 visits to North America and Asia to appease those hungry for his raw sets, whilst high profile syncs with Nokia, BSkyB, DFS & ESPN also showed a ravenous appetite for his sounds on the screen as well as in the flesh.
2016’s LP ‘A Distant View’ (LOA Records) saw a return to his roots showcasing an array of instrumental funk, soul and downtempo tracks which displayed his compositional and multi-instrumental confidence. One of the key tracks from the album, ‘Reach Out’ featured on the Craig Charles Funk & Soul compilation and had music sites such as ‘Rock With This’ saying “’Reach Out’ is funk at its finest. Think Galactic, The Meters, Sly & The Family Stone, Funkadelic. He’s the Kirkland brand of music. Every bit as good as the name brands, but flies under the radar. The energy on this one is palpable….”
Long considered a member of the extended family, 2018 saw Flevans arrive at his spiritual home of Jalapeno Records. Signing his 5thLP ‘Part-Time Millionaire’ the release sees him furthering his trajectory of song-led compositions, including more collaborations than ever with the talented Elliott Cole, Laura Vane, Sarah Scott, and Izo FitzRoy all lending their vocals to the record.
He sums the record and his approach up best with his own words: “The title ‘Part-Time Millionaire’ is a reflection of where I’m at right now – I’ve juggled writing this album with trying being the best dad I can to my two young kids – both of those things make me incredibly happy, but it’s a difficult balance and you don’t always feel you are able to devote yourself to either as much as you would like! I guess the title reflects how little time we have to do all the things we want but also how many positive things we can achieve!”
“I’m always working to make an album that takes the listener on a journey, and hope that people enjoy it from start to finish….but the most important thing for me is simply for the listener to feel something positive when they hear it. I read a really interesting article from another producer that said you can work day and night to perfect your production, getting everything absolutely perfect, but there’s no point if people don’t actually feel something when they listen to it….so that stayed with me throughout this album and will continue to be the focus for the next LP and beyond.”
THePETEBOX is a solo performer, musician, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose pioneering live show has ignited audiences across the world.
Breaking out as an award-winning beat-boxer he soon redefined the genre through the use of his loop pedal, guitar and an otherworldly, multi-phonic voice box. Witnessing a THePETEBOX live show is an immersive experience as he creates songs sound by sound, layer by layer, reveal on reveal, loop on loop, one man building tracks that are as sonically massive as any full band setup or DJ set.
He possesses a primal talent and has transformed it into music that captures the imagination of people from all walks of life and from every corner of the world and is a singular artist untouched by trends or fads, someone who is genuinely and fiercely independent who has tapped into an art form of true expression that connects directly with the hearts of a rapidly growing fan base.
THePETEBOX’s debut album ‘Future Loops’, a ‘live, studio, video’ album comprising of original tracks and reworks of his favourite songs has reached over 30 million views on his YouTube channel and through working with visionary director, Simon Ellis, his videos have reached audiences worldwide and his covers endorsed by their legendary creators, most recently Brian Wilson singing his praises for a unique cover of “I Get Around” and The Pixies posting the viral “Where Is My Mind?” video on their official website.
Future Loops, (released on his own label, Light River Records) is on its third pressing and has sold over 50,000 digital copies through word of mouth alone.
THePETEBOX’s versatility is reflected in the variety of settings he has performed in, from club nights world-wide to multiple Grand Prix, the major stages at festivals, Glastonbury, Reading/Leeds, V-Fest, Bestival UK – Lake of Stars, Malawi – Woodstock Poland to name but a few, private parties for the stars and sold out headline tours around the UK, Europe and USA.
With a packed tour schedule and nearing completion of his Fan funded most anticipated a sophomore album of entirely original material THePETEBOX will continue to reach and transform the sonic horizons of people across the globe
We saw The Black Fields supporting another band at the Star in Guildford and what a show it was.. We’ve been pestering them for a while now and are happy to announce they will be on the Staycation Live 2019 line-up!
Formed after hours in the bars of the serendipitous City of Brighton, The Black Fields found common ground over a record collection & love of rock’n’roll. They are fronted by the theatrical baritone voiced Ross Scarfield, and Madrid born, unique sounding guitarist and vocalist Diego Alcacer.
Boasting a blend of their proud influences such as Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, Scott walker, to name a few… their live shows have been described as electrifying, theatrical and spell-binding, echoing well crafted traditional style song writing and exiting personal personas.
Guitarist Tristan Sherfield, drummer and multi-instrumentalist Russ Callaghan Grooms and bassist and producer Alex Winter complete the five piece line up who are set to record their latest EP shortly, followed by a launch campaign and new videos.
For now you can catch The Black Fields at venues across the South East and soon on a broader horizon.
The acts are coming in thick and fast Staycationeers and the next one is sure not to disappoint. We’re delight to announce that Knocksville will be on Staycation Live 2019 Lineup. The Eastbourne 3 piece went from Rockabilly to Psychobilly in the year 2014 and since then have played major festivals all around the UK and Europe spreading their infectious brand of high energy punk infused rock and roll.
They have supported internationally award winning Imelda May and are now signed to her label playing some of the largest festivals around Europe. Their new E.P called “The Crazy Ex” has been making waves on the psychobilly scene whilst picking up fans with their fantastic live appearances at major festivals. They are sure to make a hell of a noise at Staycation Live 2019 and we can’t wait for them to knock us out of the park !
“ Described elsewhere on this site as a “50’s style “punks” Knocksville, with a heavy train-like sound featuring great slap bass, banging drums, as well as a punk/rockabilly guitar player. Although fairly simplistic, as many three-piece acts are, they also had a direct powerful sound that gave their show an undeniably rocking edge” – Source Mag
You can never have enough Ska music at a festival, well, says these festival bookers anyway…So we’re very happy to be able to announce Ska/Dub/Punk outfit Popes of Chillitown will be performing at this years Staycation Live Festival.
POPES OF CHILLITOWN have been rampaging through the UK scene for the last few years like an unstoppable grooving, skanking juggernaut. A straight-up ska-punk band they are not, expertly mashing the energy of upbeat ska, punk, 2-tone and drum & bass with the groove of reggae and dub, adding in the lyrical flow of hip hop and finishing it all off with a generous helping of catchy melodies and hooks. The result has been likened to artists such as Capdown, Skindred, The Beat, The Police and Jamie T.
After releasing their pledge-funded debut album ‘A Word To The Wise’ in 2013, the band have had a relentless touring schedule across the UK and into Europe, seeing them play banging headline shows, festivals and support slots with the likes of Reel Big Fish, The Selecter, The Skints, Imperial Leisure, [Spunge], Mouthwash, The Snare and many more.
May 2015 saw them release their sophomore album ‘To The Moon’, an explosive tour-de-force of groove and energy with a lifetime’s worth of lyrical hooks, melodies and bass lines.
“The sharpest, tightest Ska sound we have ever had on the show” – Tom Robinson BBC 6
“If you’re looking for a band who play the kind of ska punk that’s infused with a variety of styles and influences like Capdown and The King Blues were so great at, then get this second album from Popes Of Chillitown.” – Big Cheese (8/10)
“We all come across live acts that blow our minds enough that we need to tell the whole world about them, and recently for me London ska band Popes Of Chillitown became that band.” – RockFreaks (9/10)
“Without having left behind any of their fun and fury, Popes have matured their sound and packed their latest offering full of heart and intelligence.” – The Punk Archive
“It is a marvellous achievement from the other side of the pond.” – ReadJunk (4/5)