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WITH INDIA: Episode 01

Tie-dying

Tie-dying with India. Want to stay creative in quarantine? India Witzand shows you how to refresh your wardrobe with her step-by-step guide to tie-dye.
An Interview: Episode 08

Blenheim Forge

In Peckham’s Blenheim Forge, exceptional Japanese-inspired kitchen knives are crafted by hand to the most exacting standards, but it started out as a backyard hobby. Here, owners Jon Warshawsky and Richard Warner explain all.
Up Next: Episode 07

Helen Kirkum

Helen Kirkum is stitching together both the remnants of shoes and a distinctive new look. The “sneaker collagist” achieves more than a mere recycling job; her creatively customized sneakers have already led to her teaming up with Adidas’ MakerLab project, for her individual take on the Campus 80 silhouette.
An Interview: Episode 04

Dr Terry Moore

Dr. Terry Moore is the Honorary Director of the Cat Survival Trust, a twelve-acre site in Hertfordshire which nurtures endangered species of cats. His inspiring compassion for these animals makes him an expert on these enchanting yet threatened felines.
In The Studio: Episode 04

IYAMAH

Made in Brighton, singer IYAMAH is forging her own path. Her sumptuous vocals and heartfelt lyrics are sure to go far, but it's her self-discovering attitude gives her added steel. We caught up with the rising star for a session ‘In The Studio’.
Make Me A Model: Episode 03

David Bailey

Arguably the greatest living portrait photographer, David Bailey shot to glittering notoriety in the 60s, snapping the likes of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Mick Jagger, Andy Warhol and Michael Caine. Our Jake sat down with David in his studio and we filmed it, which begs the question: why haven’t you clicked ‘play’ yet?
Make Me A Model: Episode 01

Ray Burmiston

Ray Burmiston has photographed the biggest and the best, from Ricky Gervais to Idris Elba, Kate Moss to Anthony Joshua. And now, for our whynow ‘Make Me a Model’ series, he has the privilege of shooting our very own Jake Denton to kick-off his journey from poser to poster-boy.
Outsider Art: Episode 01

Richard C Smith

Richard C Smith is a self-taught Outsider Artist, represented by the Henry Boxer Gallery in London. From the sixties to nineties, Smith led a turbulent life due to drug dependency, spending time in prison and working as a grave digger.

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Grand Tales: My grandmother Astrid Briedis

In the third chapter of Grand Tales, Cristina Macia Briedis recounts her grandmother Astrid's life: escaping the Soviet army on foot from Latvia to Spain and on her pertinent advice, 'be the first ray of sunshine'.

Grand Tales: My grandfather David Livingstone Charters

The second instalment of our Grand Tales series features Disposable Cam's Glaswegian grandad, known during his career as The Poor Man's Doctor. Admirable in his dedication to craft but also a 'cold, remote' father, David Livingstone Charters MBE was 'eminent in his field, and praised by contemporaries, yet he now lurks in the family’s past like a shadow.'

Virtual Gonzo 3 – Reaching for The Line

This series sees us travelling the world on Street View — though this time the destination is closer to home. Having never visited London’s first dedicated public art walk, we thought there was no time like the present to walk The Line.

Finding calm in bookshelf memories

When Katie Dancey-Downs passes her bookshelf, it's like passing photographs on the wall - the stories that unravelled, where we were when we read them, and what parts of the story connected with our own lives. Here are her strongest memories.

The Lazy Man’s Odyssey: 300 Films in Lockdown (16-20)

Raphael Tiffou weighs in on five more outstanding films before sharing some sage observations on the genealogy of cinematic technique. How much can one learn and grow from watching the 300 best films ever made? We're going to find out more and more.

‘A double dream of spring’ — Spring in Art 4

Inspired by David Hockney’s ‘Do remember they can’t cancel spring’, we’re exploring springtime throughout art history. This time, we Goldilocks around for an image of the spring we’re all living through, and we find our ‘just right’ in an unexpected place.

AR Beauty: In Conversation with Teresa Fogolari

We spoke to the creator of several iconic Instagram face-filters about the way that the strive for social media fame seems to have killed the diversity of face-filters that we’re living for in lockdown — and how Instagram's decision to remove plastic surgery filters may have contributed.

‘It all existed online and now it exists in real life’ – the rising stock of Furmaan Ahmed

It’s not often a Central Saint Martins student has already worked with the likes of Willow Smith, Kate Moss and David LaChaepelle before they graduate. Then again, the idiosyncrasy of Furmaan Ahmed is by no means ordinary. Holly Gibbs, a CSM grad herself, has gleaned the honest account of how this unique image-maker went from young boy in a strict Muslim community, to fully expressive creator.

Savage Salvation – Titian’s Painted Poetry

Titian’s inimitable ‘poesie’ series is hanging in the (empty) National Gallery, reuniting a half-dozen canvases for the first time in centuries. Transposing eternal themes to immediate and earthly bodies, Ovid’s stories travel through millennia, via paint, to land intact in 21st century laps.

‘Isolated? Yes. But still connected.’

As the majority of us isolate and work at home, so many of our city’s buildings no longer serve their primary function. Unlike before, many are now ornamental. Let’s grasp this opportunity to stare deeper into the beauty around us.

Five Go Mad in Lockdown

'We soon learnt that the offy was an essential business and will remain open, and soon enough ordering in beers became our essential business.' Billy Holmes, responsibly practicing social distancing in South West London, discovers he has a newfound respect for his 1,600 neighbours in nearby HM Prison Wandsworth.

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Worldwide Will – Episode 7: David O’Mahoney

Afghanistan veteran Will Watkins chats to fellow veterans about their lives and experiences. Season 2 is in collaboration with Emma Willis’ Style for Soldiers charity, who create smart, well-fitting clothing for injured veterans. Will was joined pre-lockdown by David O'Mahoney, who suffered a life-changing brain injury during service. They discussed how this affected David's life, his inspiring story of recovery, and his recent success as a motivational speaker.
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Worldwide Will: Season Two Trailer

Will Watkins chats to fellow veterans about their lives and experiences. Season Two explores the stories of beneficiaries of Style for Soldiers, a charity founded by fashion designer Emma Willis, that makes bespoke clothing for injured veterans, in an effort to improve their conf idence and mental health. Just before the UK Lockdown, Will chatted to 9 veterans with life-changing injuries sustained in recent conflicts. They opened up about horrific experiences & trauma, and their inspiring stories of overcoming these obstacles.

Golden Nuggets: Episode 2 – Lawrence Dallaglio OBE

Al chats to Lawrence Dallaglio about the purpose of being selfless and your impact on society.

 Lawrence is one of Englands most celebrated rugby players. After retiring from the game having won both the Rugby World Cup and Sevens World Cup, 85 caps for England and countless other achievements, he is now a BT Sports presenter and founder of Rugby Works, a long-term skills development charity based on rugby, aiming to get teenagers into sustained education, employment or training. Lawrence spoke to Al about his Italian upbringing, family values, his

Golden Nuggets: Episode 1 – Stuart Lancaster

During the midst of the Coronavirus lockdown, Al gave Stuart Lancaster a call to chat about his life, career and what it takes to become a leader. Stuart Lancaster is currently working at Leinster rugby club as a professional 1XV rugby coach. He was England Head Rugby Coach betwe en 2011-2015. He also runs leadership courses through udemy.com, regularly presents on webinars and provides free resources on LinkedIn.

whynow Weekly – Episode 8

This week the whynow team spoke to Junior Tomlin, the revered rave poster artist. Caspar Giri guided us through cooking the perfect rack of lamb in Conscious Cooking. Eva Clifford chats to photographer Akasha Rabut about Death Magick Abundance – her first book about the real Ne w Orleans. Arts Editor Raphael Tiffou continues his journey through Roger Ebert’s ​Great Movies​ list and Percy Preston submitted a brand new entry into his lockdown diary. In other news, whynow Radio is now live on the website.
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Worldwide Will – Episode 6: Roy Thornburn

Will Watkins chats to fellow veterans about their lives and experiences. On this episode, he sat down with Roy Thornburn and they discussed his military career, a devastating experience in Afghanistan and the effect that had on Roy's mental wellbeing, as well as his journey to re covery.

whynow Weekly – Episode 7

We took a trip to Peckham’s Blenheim Forge, where Japanese-style kitchen knives are crafted by hand. Sammi Gale checks out Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s ‘Floating Piers' from the safety of his home. Eva Clifford chats to Parisian Photographer Sébastien Leban, who captures hi s eerily quiet neighbourhood in Paris from his 5th floor window, and Tom Glover spoke to jazz troubadour Shabaka Hutchings. Will Watkins brought us another episode of his podcast, exploring the lives of war veterans, and we had a guest mix from DJ and label-owner, Cimmerii.

Cimmerii

Universal Language Records Founder and XOYO Resident Cimmerii brings us a mix titled 'Alice in Isolation'. The intro reflects the dream-like rabbit hole of Alice in Wonderland, before she dives into a selection of synth-heavy, space-age disco and club tracks. Expect music from Sp ace Dimension Controller, Silk Rhodes, Tei Shi and an exclusive unreleased tune from Cimmerii.

Worldwide Will – Episode 5: Alex Smith

Will sat down with Alex Smith, a fellow Afghanistan Veteran. They chatted about some dangerous moments whilst serving, overcoming PTSD and how Alex launched his clothing line, Redcoat Apparel in 2018.

whynow Weekly – Episode 6

This week, we aired our first episode of our new series, “Conscious Cooking” with chef Caspar Giri. In our Read section, We heard Charlie Mitchell's lockdown diary entry, Raphael Tiffou ticked off some films from his 300+ list, & Sammi Gale reviewed Vivarium. We also released more podcast episodes from 25 minutes and Worldwide Will.

25 Minutes – Episode 4: Julia Toppin & Cheraine Donalea Scott

Shem & Lukman spoke to lecturer, English Teacher & Record Label owner Julia Toppin & PHD candidate & Lecturer, Cheraine Donalea Scott about Black British music movements & culture.

Worldwide Will – Episode 4: Paul Nayman

This week, Will spoke to Paul Nayman, about his life and experiences in his three tours of Afghanistan. They discussed the difficulties of returning to normal life after service, how they both struggled with mental health issues and more.

whynow Weekly – Episode 5

This week we caught up with Legendary Musician, Ronnie Wood. We also explored the work of photographer Arina Voronova, who captured rare moments of romance in such trying times. Nicola Davies spoke to 21-year-old RnB artist Jasmine Jethwa & Percy Preston gave us the first entry o f his Lockdown Diary. On the listen section we had another episode from 25 minutes, where Shem & Lukman chatted to traveller, Fabio Cao, who has visited every country in the world.

25 Minutes – Episode 3: Fabio Cao

Shem & Lukman chatted to Fabio Cao, who has travelled to 198 different countries. He describes his passion for travelling, his favourite country, most dangerous experiences and more.

whynow Weekly – Episode 4

This week we spoke to hair stylist Sam McKnight, explored Tariq Disu's creative process & chatted to Berhana before his sold-out show at Village Underground. On the audio side, we had another episode from Worldwide Will, a mix from BOA & more.

BOA

BOA bring us an hour of distorted, ambient electronics, coinciding with the release of their debut album, Outer Gateways.

Worldwide Will – Episode 3: Tairon Coronel

Tairon Coronel discusses his upbringing in Columbia, to serving in Afghanistan and more in the latest episode of Worldwide Will.

Worldwide Will – Episode 2: Stefan Egan

Stefan Egan opens up about his difficult childhood, serving in Afghanistan whilst battling a drug addiction, and his new life and passions post-service.

25 Minutes – Episode 2: Darrel Blake

Shem & Lukman chatted to Darrel Blake, a London-based public speaker, teacher and activist. They discussed equality in the education system and much more.

Worldwide Will – Episode 1: Intro

Afghanistan veteran Will chats to fellow veterans about their lives. In the first episode, Will opens up about his own life and experiences.

whynow Weekly – Episode 3

This week we interviewed music video producer Ruff Mercy. We also chatted to UK Jazz mainstay Tenderlonious, & Brixton-born musician, Santino Le Saint, about his new mixtape. We also launched our Worldwide Will podcast series.

Jeigo

London-based Jeigo brings a brilliant balance between the ethereal and the hard-hitting. This mix typifies his ability to pack a continuous punch, when drawing from garage and minimal to melodic house and breakbeat. With releases already out from labels Air Miles Records, Lowlife Cartel and more, there’s plentiful reason to keep one eye out.

whynow Weekly – Episode 2

Your weekly update for new content on whynow.co.uk. This week we spoke to custom trainer maker Helen Kirkum, reviewed David Lynch's absurdist short, ‘What Did Jack Do?' & Takashi Miike's latest feature, 'First Love'. Shaun Lyon visited God’s Own Junkyard, a haven for all thin gs neon, & Shem & Lukman spoke to prolific music photographer and filmmaker Dean Chalkley and fashion-industry creative director Harris Elliott.

25 Minutes – Episode 1: Dean Chalkley & Harris Elliott

Our new podcast by Shem & Lukman who sit down with tastemakers and influential guests from across the music, tech, arts and culture spectrum. All within a 25 minute count down. They spoke to prolific music photographer and filmmaker Dean Chalkley and fashion-industry creative dir ector Harris Elliott. They explore everything surrounding Rudeboy heritage and culture, discussing their book and exhibition at Somerset House.

whynow Weekly – Episode 1

Your weekly update for new content on whynow.co.uk. This week we explored London Sake Brewery, Kanpai, spoke to Luxury sleepwear designer Olivia Von Halle, explored 1970s New York and heard a club mix from Tommy Gold. Listen to find out more.

Tommy Gold

ßONE SODA ノノ’s very own Tommy Gold supplies us with a classic showing. The resident of Phonox (with Mantra every Saturday) has a knack for grooving and unwinding in one smooth mix. Check his whynow take here.

Tibi Dabo

Barcelona-born, Berlin-dwelling Tibi Dabo (aka Max Guardans) has a pronounced artistry. Like the Catalonian mountains his Tibi Dabo project is named after, Guardans stands confident and collected in his abilities. Already respected by the likes of Damian Lazarus, this 22-year old is bound for beauty and glory. Listen to his mix to see and hear why.

Joshua James (Phantasy Sound)

Joshua James will keep you moving, with his perfect blend of intensity and delicacy. The XOYO resident’s second release (Journeys in Love) came out on Erol Alkan’s Phantasy – a sure-fire reason, should you need one, to check out his whynow mix now. His latest track Marlene is out on the 28th February with a pair of remixes from Deetron.

AOB

AOB takes inspiration from his Middle Eastern roots, which, along with his expanding music knowledge, feeds his divine sound. Listen to his mix for whynow, which, with some unreleased material thrown in, is as intricate as it is pulsating.

Lauren Ralph

DJ, producer and all-round don Lauren Ralph came through for a mix. The man from Brum brought his typically spirited sound to our studio, with tracks by Jorja Smith, Akon, his own, and more.

Hardt Antoine

Reculture chief Hardt Antoine blends tech house, deep house, minimal and more into a mix that’ll make you move. From the whynow studio, the French-Jamaican Londoner has been at it again, finding time amongst his schedule of planning some of London’s best nights.

Jada La Reign

Hailing from Brooklyn, New York JADALAREIGN is making waves. Her high-energy, floor-filling sets have led her to play her first Boiler Room set and be part of more through the grassroots radio platform, Halfmoon BK. In London for the first time, whynow captured her sound.

Nick Castle

Nick Castle is the founder of Labyrinth, which grew from nights at Notting Hill Arts Club to curating events at some of London’s most prestigious venues. With a penchant for house music, we welcome him with open arms to the whynow studio.

Blixa

Argentinian-born DJ and producer Blixa brings his forceful sound and seamless mixing to the whynow studio. Mainly handling electronic and techno, Blixa is unafraid to occasionally let his Hispanic heritage through. He is a London-based resident, 1020radio regular, and co-founder of POLAR, a platform for local, up-and-coming DJs.

Joshua Murfitt

Already a regular of Phonox and XOYO, Josh Murfitt is going places. With a versatile track selection and a fearlessness to experiment, Murfitt has already played alongside Motor City Drum Ensemble, Jacques Greene and Kyle Hall.

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