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.
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.
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.
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’.
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?
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.
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.
Electronic artist Arnau Obiols AKA Velmondo is an electronic producer, living in Barcelona.
His production style takes influence from the various blossoming genres of electronic music in the 70's, creating textures and rhythms from analogue instruments and raw primitive sounds. I n December 2019 he released his Debut EP as Velmondo on John Talabot's esteemed Hivern Discs label.
He has put together a mix for whynow titled 'Early Echoes', in tribute to the Dub Pioneers of the latter half of the 20th century.
One foot in London, and one in the cosmos, FYI Robyn takes pride in cultivating a dance floor with free flowing energy, connection and vulnerability. She’s a fresh face on the scene (well as a DJ), and is quickly forging a name for herself playing numerous high-end fashion part ies, as well as boasting regular gigs at Egg London, and some UK festivals.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This week, Al had a call with Lee Parkinson, AKA Mr P - Teacher, & co-host of 2Ps in a Pod - the most popular education podcast in the UK, with 300k followers. Lee has been teaching at Davyhulme Primary in Manchester for 12 years. Alongside his teaching, he became an Apple Distin guished Educator, using technology to transform learning. He puts pedagogy at the heart of everything he does & aims to get more schools working ‘smarter, not harder.’ They discussed the growing role of technology in education & how it can be used effectively in education.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.