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Blue January + New Order musings

A word (guide) on festive tablescaping

Global neighbourhood guide #3

How to garnish your drink

Easy, delicious cocktail recipes

Ingredients, flavour, our ethos

Sake 101: an interview with Greg Boeuf

A taste of something (& nothing)

Seltzer —> Premium Soda

Global neighbourhood guide #2

Something & Nothing 2022: Out & About

Hrishikesh Hirway

Global neighbourhood guide #1

Welcome to the first of many global neighbourhood guides to come from us. All in praise of the cafes, bars, restaurants and venues that make the nooks and crannies of our world wonderful.

Glimpse's James Turner on The Brief Sabotage Handbook

Naomi Otsu

Tom Ravenscroft



Remy somehow finds a way to sleep anywhere and anytime. Even if there’s a lot of moving around, or noise. It doesn’t matter. If he wants to sleep, nothing is going to stop him. He is the inspiration.

Galih Richardson

I’m very much a spaghetti western hat guy, so anything you’d see in a Sergio Leone film I want to recreate - then set on fire - and then wear.

Lisa-Marie Harris

Flowers become part of our space in ways that make you completely forget their provenance and the immense politics surrounding their presence. The Arrangement for Something & Nothing comes from that notion. 

Camille Vidal

I love the way food and drinks bring people together I think there is something magical about it. I think 2020 reminded us how essential to our happiness socialising with a good drink in your hand is.

Charlotte Adigéry

Silence holds all the answers and all the frequencies so sometimes it can be an answer.

Charlie Sheppard - Rube Seltzer

I think people are at their happiest when making things with your hands.

Lou Hayter

I was a bit of a nerd in school and I find it easy to obsess over music.

Black Lines

It started with homes, and the importance of that place in my life... I love the timelessness of buildings.

Nature & Junk

William Bunce & Lisa Jahovic are creative partners who produce kinetically beautiful still life images and films.


Glimpse create campaigns that help people feel more positive about the world and inspired to change things for the better.

Acid Flash

Dj Ida Koskunen has created a brilliant ambient mix for us to soundtrack your summer. She talks about Tangerine Dream, Nature and The Fifth Element.

Tropic Light

Photographer Blake Fox talks to us about the solitude of living in a remote (but beautiful) place and the sense of isolation in his work.

Nurture Nature

Creative Becca Jones talks to us about bones, scanners and extinction rebellion.

We’re dubbing the first two weeks 2024 Blue January, and we’re giving folks up to 50% off our sodas. 
Why? Well, the 15th of January is Blue Monday, and it’s meant to be the saddest day of the year. More on New Order/our spin on this below.

Plus, we’re keen to support folks who want to start the year off sober (or sober-ish). 

This huge never to be repeated 50% off sodas will unlock when you subscribe using code BLUEJANUARY. Or if you’re not up for subscribing, you’ll still get a very decent 40% off. We’ll be running this blueness until Blue Monday, 15th of Jan. 

Now’s the time to stock up big time + turn your pantry into a pleasing wall of S&N cans.

Go forth, be blue (but in the best way). 

New Order created Blue Monday to avoid having to do encores. Or so the story goes.

It’s 1983, drummer Steve Morris is messing around with an Apple II computer and programming bits of music to run through their growing synth collection.  The band hated doing encores, so the plan was to create a track that they could play by simply pressing a button, the music would start and they could go to the bar or get in a car and clear off. 

The track turned out to be fairly good, so they added bass and other instrumentation and finally lyrics. The fairly good track was transformed into a really very good track. It was released as a single and became the fastest selling 12” record of all time. 

Blue Monday is the perfect balance of hypnotic dance music with killer bass and angular guitars. It’s languid, yet vital. Kinetic but doesn’t overdo it. Something for the house heads and the indie kids. It’s possibly the closest thing that exists to being a perfect record.  There is not a dance floor in the world that doesn’t unite and take off whenever blue Monday is played - even 40 years on. 

But there was a problem back in 1983 for the record label. Factory Records was born out of the legendary club, the hacienda and the wildly ambitious and creative minds of Tony Wilson and Alan Erasmus. They had a visionary in-house designer, Peter Saville, a design genius, who elevated the identity of the label and the bands by creating some of the most iconic record sleeves of all time. However he was not so great with deadlines or costs. 

The fastest selling 12” of all time, actually ended up costing the record label 5p for every copy sold.  This was due to the complexity of the design and the die cut required to create the sleeve. The design which was based on a floppy computer disk, at the time a wildly futuristic idea, almost put the label out of business. 

This is not of course why the 15th of January is called Blue Monday, it’s called this because it’s supposedly the saddest day of the year. but for us 2024 is all about abundance and creativity, not negativity and moping. So we are repurposing Blue Monday to be a celebration of this seminal and iconic record. Possibly the best ever made. 

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When it comes to "tablescaping" (the rather technical sounding term for crafting a highly curated table setting) we prefer to take a leaf out Julia Sherman's book. Quite literally. 

Her cookbook Arty Parties sets out an ethos for hosting that's right up our boulevard (or table runner, in this case).

She writes...

"If there's one thing I know it's that artists throw superior parties...

They draw outside the lines, choose character over perfection, and most importantly, they actually enjoy the process of feeding their friends...

Forget the rules around classical floral arranging. Or the right way to set a table. Let's make it up as we go along." 

Whether you're an artist or not, you can embrace this creative approach to ambiance-setting as a host this festive season.

We've gathered a few loose rules that'll help you make up something unique and festive as you go along. 

Scout around, soak in some inspiration, pick and choose from what others have done. Dare we say it—start a Pinterest board. 

A few people we think have their tablescaping nailed as a starting point for you herehere and here. Plus, plenty more below!

Choose a colour scheme and guiding theme, and build from there. For example: whimsical, modern, Mediterranean, earthly, maximalist/colour chaos, 70s. The list goes on.

All these could be given a festive/Christmassy twist through colour (white, silver, green, red) or details (wreath shapes, holly, tinsel, baubles). Or you can just lean into them in their own right and not worry about hitting the Xmas spot. 

Get crafty. See what you have to hand or use what can be easily and cheaply purchased to bring your theme to life.

Candles can be stuck into many an object! Flowers can be arranged in new ways! Fruit can be decorative AND edible... think outside the (veggie) box. 

We love the below examples that use everyday objects to create sculptural, textural and decorative elements.

Pieces like these bring a sense of fun, whimsy or abundance to the table. 

Add flourish with one or two key pieces. Like luxe modern glassware from R+D Lab, linen napkins + placematsan eye catching tablecloth or an incredible sculptural candle or candle holder.  

Not everything on the table needs to shout for attention, but if there's one or two key pieces and they’re in theme it'll feel cohesive and eye-catching.

When arranging objects, think about grouping, creating different heights (but not so much that you're blocking the line of sight across the table) and creating colour contrast or tonal moments. 

Don't give yourself a stress ulcer, simplify where you can. For example, let us keep your guests well watered.

With Premium Soda for your alc-free friends or used as a fun mixer. Or opt for Spritz (4%), a fuss-free but still exceptionally delicious wine-based cocktail.

Plus, our cans were designed to be minimal, beautiful objects in their own right. So they’ll look at home nestled into any tablescape this season.

It's the small nuances and differences, layered, that stack up to the unique experience we call a neighbourhood.

Accents and strange spices on the breeze. Unusual architectural flairs. An unfamiliar sound emitting from the pedestrian lights. A mind-blowing, delicious dish you've never tried before.

Welcome again to our attempt to pay homage to the joys of neighbourly nuance, our Global Neighbourhood Guide #3.

An exploration of the best "locals" (cafes, bars, restaurants and venues) around the world. All these wonderful spots below stock our drinks, an alignment of shared values across streets and oceans.

Good taste, worldwide

After opening their first NYC spot in West Village back in 2019, Brooklyn also said bonjour to Café Kitsuné midway through 2022. For those not in the know, Café Kitsuné is a series of global cafes from taste-making Paris-based fashion and music concept Maison Kitsuné.

Located in the young brownstone neighbourhood of Boerum Hill, this particular spot also features a Galerie Kitsuné for art exhibitions, and a hidden cocktail bar for late night tipples.

A truly international affair, Café Kitsuné has over 20+ locations across the world, in spots like Tokyo’s Aoyama district and Paris’ gardens of the Palais Royal. This Brooklyn spot offers a very Brooklyn experience, with its classic historic brick, natural lime and a tree-lined outlook.

Kitsuné means fox in Japanese, so there's a Japanese sensibility baked into the brand the world over. This come across in the minimal, natural and airy decor and the Japanese-French fusion menu. In fact, our Yuzu Soda goes down a treat with a cold brew and a freshly baked pastry or two.

If you're into grapevine eavesdropping, you might already have heard of Locals & Nomads in Lisbon

This wine shop / small wine bar serves the best hand picked natural wines from the world over, alongside seasonal small plates and other curated non-wine sips (including, us, naturally). 

They uncork bottles from their bold-mural dressed hole-in-the-wall in the heart of the charming Graça neighborhood. Here, you'll be greeted by their passionate, friendly and knowledgeable nomads-turned-locals staff who run this excellent spot. 

The neighbourhood is not only one of the highest vantage points in Lisbon, it's also known to be one of it's trendiest. The perfect spot for this true gem of a local. 


In the heart of Hudson, in up state New York, Kitty's Restaurant and Market Café is very much a local favourite. And a tourist favourite. And a favourite of ours too. 

Known for serving up a delectable, eclectic menu and top-notch cocktails, Kitty’s is all about keeping you refreshed and refuelled throughout the day. As owner Ben Fain said, “[I wanted] a good cup of coffee and some train snacks on my way to the city, and…a few martinis and a nice dinner when I got back.”

True to his word, by day Kitty's serves as a market café, offering a variety of items from breakfast sandwiches to pastries. As evening strolls in, the venue transforms into a vibey restaurant, featuring succinct yet flavourful dinner options and signature big plates like chkmeruli, a traditional Georgian dish.


Corners are said to be highly auspicious, according to Feng Shui types. Something about the chi energy that collects there. We tend to agree that there's something about a great corner locale.

It's no different for our favourite new haunt in Athens, Greece... Mellem. Newly set-up, its a real boon for locals in the Kypseli neighborhood.

Considered one of the most culturally and architecturally diverse neighbourhoods in Athens, it's the perfect nook for this excellent spot. 

Simple but high quality is the name of the game here when it comes to coffee, the food and the decor. Restrained, stylish and relaxed. We're stoked to be stocked in such a great off-the-beaten track spot. 


Supremely excellent specialty coffee roaster and retailer Blue Bottle have many excellent locations across the USA and Japan.  

But their outpost at Wolf Point, Chicago is exceptionally inviting. 

Not only does it overlook the Chicago River, it's also the largest of their cafes with plenty of corners for cosy, chill coffee/soda sipping/chatting.

A hub for the local community, it also houses a brew lounge, where coffee classes/art exhibitions and other cool happenings are hosted. 

A great spot for Windy City locals and visitors alike. 


After a decade of celebrating independent businesses and their inspiring stories, the fine folks at Courier media decided to embark on their own retail journey with the recent launch of Courier Coffee. 

Nestled in the heart of East London, on Hackney Road, right next to their HQ, coffee and excellent pastries aren't the only thing on the menu.

True to their discerning, curatorial form, they've gathered all their favourite independent food and drinks brands to line the shelves and fridges (where you'll find yours truly).

A must visit when stalking this vibrant stretch of London town. 

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A well placed, well thought-out garnish can put the proverbial cherry on top your at-home tipple.

Enhancing both the look and taste of a drink, it can be the final flourish that really brings a beverage home and makes something simple and everyday feel a touch special.

We've gathered a few ideas (trending & classic) below, to help add a certain something, something to your Something & Nothing.

Fresh, fragrant and flavourful, we're all about herbs migrating from plate to glass. Gently bruise or smack your herbs before serving for maximal aroma / flavour release. 

Thyme's aromatic, subtly savoury quality pairs beautifully with the bright flavours of yuzu so is perfect with our Sake + Yuzu Spritz (4%) or our Yuzu Soda. Another herb-ish thought starter for the yuzu fans — a lemongrass stick. Cut a lemongrass stalk into a long stick and use it as a stirrer, it's exotic, aromatic and practical. Win, win.   

Dill, that quietly contentious herb that rivals coriander in terms of controversy, is also a delicious addition to our Cucumber Soda. It's delicate and herbaceous flavour also pairs well with the bright complexity of our Sauvignon Blanc + Cucumber Spritz (4%). 

A beautiful branch of mint is also great with our Hibiscus & Rose Soda but is equally at home with all our drinks. 

A simple chunk, slice or ribbon of something from the fruit bowl or crisper can transform your humble at home drink into a bar-worthy concoction. 

A ribbon of cucumber, not only the perfect accoutrement for a Cucumber Soda/Spritz, but also, unexpectedly delicious with our Hibiscus & Rose Soda.

Together, they have a summery, herbal quality that's subtly reminiscent of gin. In fact, Hendrick's Gin uses Bulgarian rose and a cucumber mash to flavour their liquid  — an idea inspired by the very English notion of eating cucumber sandwiches in a rose garden.

A chunk of Fresh Grapefruit is also the perfect finish for both our Hibiscus & Rose Soda and Spritz (4%).

Adding dill to your Cucumber beverage already (as above)? A fresh chunk of coconut will take this pairing to the next, tropical, creamy level. Or swap coconut for a wedge of watermelon for a fruitier outcome.

Savoury fans might like a juicy, giant caper berry in their Cucumber Soda/Spritz. This would also work well with the Yuzu palate too.

Take your drink with a pinch of salt (or sugar), add a rim moment for the best effort to outcome ratio.

It's as easy as rubbing water or lemon juice around the rim of your cocktail glass and then turning your glass upside-down and rotating it in a small plate of sugar or salt. You can go full round the equator or play around with asymmetrical placement. 

A rosemary salt or sugar rim, delicious with Hibiscus & Rose Soda. Lemon salt or sugar, fantastic with Yuzu. And mint or ginger salt / sugar for the Cucumber fans. 

Hide your garnish in your ice for a flourish as fun and good looking as an excellent first date.

Populate your ice cubes trays with herbs or edible flowers and freeze. Think: rosemary, mint, rose petals, lemon, grapefruit etc.

For a pop of colour AND flavour, try brewing a strong hibiscus tea, letting it cool before pouring it into an ice cube tray. Add to your H&R drink of choice!

Looking for further inspiration in this department? Look no further than our friend Disco Cubes.

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We've assembled a few easy, delicious cocktails ideas below so you can craft some bar-worthy drinks at home. No crazy equipment or ingredients needed, just some good quality booze, some simple additions and Something & Nothing soda to cap it all off. 

By the way, these may or may not have been served backstage at a certain famous festival in Somerset at the star of summer...


30ml good quality tequila
150ml Cucumber Premium Soda
20ml lemon juice
Mint for garnish

Place ice cubes, mint leaves, Tequila and lemon juice in cocktail shaker. Shake well and top with Cucumber soda before pouring into a glass with more ice.

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30ml good quality gin
15ml Raspberry & Lemon cordial
100ml of Hibiscus & Rose Premium Soda
A decent wedge of lemon

Fill a tall glass with lots of ice, pour over the gin and cordial, top with Hibiscus & Rose Soda and give the lemon a decent squeeze before dropping in your drink. Enjoy!

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30ml good quality vodka
10ml Elderflower cordial
150ml Yuzu Premium Soda

Pour the vodka and cordial over ice then add the Yuzu Soda. Stir, sip, enjoy!

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We wanted to talk to you about ingredients, flavour and our ethos on both. 

There has been a minor shockwave sweeping through the drinks industry after The World Health Organisation released a statement last week saying that most sweeteners are problematic, both artificial ones, such as aspartame and saccharin, as well as ones made from plants, such as stevia.

Their findings are that artificial sweeteners will not help you lose weight and have the potential for ‘undesirable effects’ from long term use, increasing the risk of Type 2 diabetes. You can read more here

There has also been labeling enforcements for some well known prebiotic sodas in Canada that stipulate that their claims are not scientifically proven. We are not here to throw additional shade but just to talk about our ethos.

If cooking dinner it’s often better (and easier) to put down the complicated sauce recipe, and opt for throwing together a few great quality fresh ingredients and produce. We apply the same thinking to our drinks. Our ingredients lists are short and natural. We are minimal with our can design and our recipes. 

The other unofficial rule is, if you can’t picture it in your head, don't use it. Any idea what stevia looks like? 

We spent a year making our first drink, the Cucumber Premium Soda. We tried hundreds of iterations. We knew we wanted to use natural ingredients and have no added sugar and definitely no sweetners, but we realised early on that a bit of sweetness was necessary to create a great tasting drink.

If you go to a bar and order a quality cocktail or mixed drink it generally needs a bit of sweetness from somewhere to bring all the flavours together and give depth.

We worked out that a little grape juice was the answer, and then balanced that with lemon juice. This combination made the perfect base for our drinks. Going back to our earlier rule, you can easily picture grapes in your head.

The use of grape juice does create calories, but a small amount, one of our drinks is similar to eating a small carrot. It also feels like we are past the era of counting calories and now focused on the quality of the ingredients. 

All the alcohol we use is Vegan. The wine we use is made using organic methods, but is not officially certified, the producer is a third-generation winegrower in the Côte De Gascogne, who respects and looks to preserve the Gascon terroir, but organic certification is not important to them, which we can’t argue with. It’s good wine. Our Sake is Junmai meaning it is made using only four ingredients… rice, water, yeast, and koji with no other additives, such as sugar or alcohol.

Regardless of the findings by the WHO, in our humble opinion sweeteners just don't taste good either. 

They are almost too sweet and often have a strange aftertaste. They tend to increase the use of other ingredients to try and mask this aftertaste, and then you’re in complicated sauce territory again. Next time you’re at a fridge in a store, have a look at the ingredients on the cans that contain sweeteners, they tend to be long.

We will continue to keep it simple, keep it natural and keep it delicious.

Dear reader, friend, please meet Greg Boeuf, the man who helped us track down THE perfect Sake for our newest (potentially favorite) child  our Junmai Sake + Yuzu Spritz (4%)

He's a French man who was so bewitched by the world of sake (relatable) that he made it his “pain e beurre”. Over the course of many months, lots of sampling sessions and many conversations with Sake masters across Japan, he helped us track down the perfect liquid that we felt really complimented our Yuzu Soda.

The resulting Junmai Sake was brewed to our specifications (dry, umami and tart), sourced from the Hyôgô prefecture and made by one of Japan's most respected brewers.

We couldn't think of a better moment to proverbially uncap Greg's mind and find out more about Sake in the process.

Read on below. 

Hi Gregoire, for those who don’t know you like we do… Who are you and what do you do?

Hi, my name’s Greg, I am 40 years old and I am a Kuramoto and a Tôji, which translate to Owner and Brewmaster of a French based sakagura called “Les Larmes du Levant”

Where are you and what are you doing right now?

Currently in the brewery which is south of Lyon, in a place called “Côte Rôtie” for those who know their wine, obviously answering this Q/A, then I’ll head back to bottle up one batch of freshly brewed sake

How did you end up working in the sake space?

By traveling to Japan, drinking a lot (sake of course!) and by meeting the right people at the right time, and by drinking, again!

For the uninitiated what is sake?

Sake is a fermented alcoholic beverage made from rice, water and Kôji (a ferment of rice), it is Japan's multisecular traditional beverage and is a true totem of Japan’s culture.

What makes it special/unique/delicious?

The making process is definitely unique, but the true power of sake is its extreme versatility, its breadth of types, tastes and flavours is so wide you can virtually do sake pairings with literally anything edible.

What kind of flavour profiles do you encounter in the liquid?

Depending on the types of sake, it can go from extremely mellow and fruity to deep and intense umami with highly oxidative notes, it really covers all the flavour spectrum.

Can you tell us a bit about Junmai Sake, the type of sake we selected for our Sake + Yuzu Spritz?

Junmai sake translates roughly to “Pure Rice”, it means that sake has been brewed using only rice, water, kôji and yeast, no additives. After WWII, production of Junmai sake was prohibited to preserve the resources, therefore undiluted alcohol was added to sake batch to maximize yields and quality was hence impacted. Junmai was allowed again in 1969 and it is now a quality standard.

What other cool facts/details/intricacies make sake special?

As said, it is probably one of the most versatile drinks, allowing for incredible pairings, and it is also a beverage that you can enjoy from ice cold up to a simmering 70° depending on the sake of course.

What’s your favourite way to drink sake?

Depends on the mood, the food, and who I am drinking with, but I usually always drink it from sakeware, not from a glass.

What did you think of our drinks? Any favourites?

I think they are perfectly balanced drinks and extremely refreshing while very flavorful. I’d say it’s a tie between the Yuzu and the Cucumber. My Japanese master liked the Yuzu very much and he is not the complimentary type…

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Perhaps you're new here and curious what we taste like (hint: very good). Maybe you want some words to match your experience while sipping.

Whatever your reason, we've got you... Welcome to our take on Tasting Notes, for the full Something & Nothing range. Follow and sip along below. 

Spritz (4%)

Made with quality French wine or Japanese Sake and the finest natural juices, extracts and botanicals.

Japanese Junmai Saké + Yuzu Spritz Spritz 4%

A careful blend of our dry, umami and tart Junmai Sake with complex and aromatic natural Yuzu juice, extracts and botanicals.

Tastes like: a hit of citrus balanced by a dry and savoury Sake make this perfectly balanced high-ball-esque drink feel like wandering Kyoto’s backstreets at golden hour.

Appearance: lightly bubbly, with a subtle straw colour warming this otherwise crystal clear liquid.

Finish: citrus warmth and acidity and a pleasing but subtle umami linger on the tongue. 

Great with: grilled skewers, rich ramens, saucy noodles or sushi. Designed to compliment both elegant light bites and cut-through drinking snacks.

Sauvignon Blanc + Cucumber Spritz 4%

A fresh, green and citrusy French Sauvignon Blanc hits all the right notes when blended with our bright and refreshing Cucumber Premium Soda.

Tastes like: Freshness is the main event here, making this akin to running through a vineyard naked. Warm but thirst quenching cucumber is paired with a herbaceous, citrus-forward French Sauvignon Blanc for a complex but very, very easy to drink beverage. 

Appearance: There's an ever so subtle green hue to this pleasingly light and fizzy liquid.  

Finish: bright and refreshing cucumber and citrusy notes at the close. 

Great with: Easy-breezy salads, grilled chicken, fish or vegetables. Works well with anything herby and citrus so time to get your Salsa Verde game on.

French Rosé + Hibiscus & Rose Spritz 4%

A pale, dry French Rosé from the Côtes de Gascogne complements the botanical, tart yet refreshing flavour of our Hibiscus & Rose Premium Soda.

Tastes like: A blushing and dry high quality French Rosé paired with the complex and tart Hibiscus & Rose make this all sunset drinks at Villa Nellcôte. Subtly complex, easy drinking and pleasingly dry/tart. Exceptional low-ABV refreshment. 

Appearance: a mellow, dusty, and transparent pink with a pleasing amount of gentle bubbles.

Finish: a dry but balanced end, with a subtle smack of tart thanks to Hibiscus & Rose. 

Great with: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and North African food and as the perfect aperitif with snacks — cheese, charcuterie, crudités and all that good stuff.

Premium Soda

Award winning premium sodas made with the highest quality natural juices, extracts and botanicals. 

Yuzu Premium Soda 

Yuzu is a Japanese citrus fruit that tastes like an explosion of tangerine, grapefruit and a lemon. Aromatic, complex and tangy to a t, this is a flavour-forward, lightly-sparkling Yuzu hit.

Tastes like: Layers of deep citrus, full bodied yet light. A hint of mint. Perfectly balanced acidity. 

Appearance: lightly fizzy, with a whisper of yellow. A clear light-straw coloured liquid.

Finish: a lingering taste of yuzu, long, aromatic and incredibly more-ish. 

Great with: light, bright Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese fare. The perfect foil for umami rich or spicy dishes, it also makes the perfect mixer with a top-shelf Japanese whisky or vodka.

Hibiscus & Rose Premium Soda 

Based on a drink we tried in Sri Lanka (which was delicious but a bit sweet). Our take is sharp, refreshing, botanical and totally unexpected. You might think you don’t like rose - but trust us, this is not what you are expecting. It will blow your birkenstocks off. 

Tastes like: Tart, refreshing, floral, this is refreshment from another dimension. A mellow hint of mint behind the primary Hibiscus and Rose, plus a hum of grape and lemon juice adding acidity and subtle sweetness. 

Appearance:  A pleasing light pink blush, that bubbles and pops gently in your glass. 

Finish: Tart but balanced, it begs you to keep sipping. Both thirst quenching and providing pleasing cut-through when paired with food. 

Great with: anything from Alison Roman to Ottolenghi, a perfect pair for the vivid, herb-forward cuisine of the Middle East and Mediterranean.

Cucumber Premium Soda 

Lightly effervescent, quenches deeply with the clean freshness of real cucumber and hums with a subtle natural sweetness. 

Tastes like: Up front, full bodied cucumber makes the first sip feel like jumping into a pool after a long day in the sun. Layers of complexity bring balance with a mellow hint of mint, complimentary grape and a slight slice of acid from lemon juice. 

Appearance: as clear as the ideal day for drinking this. Gently fizzy. 

Finish: the lingering, almost herbaceous, subtly sweet flavour of cucumber. 

Great with: lunch, brunch or evening meal. This refreshment bomb is as versatile as it is delicious. Also great as a mezcal or tequila mixer.

We are changing the name of our drinks to Premium Sodas.

Por que? Let us explain.

For those who don’t know, the zenith of the idea for Something & Nothing came from The Gun pub on Well Street, E9.

The pub had been running for 6 months and its co-founder Oliver Dixon had been enjoying the delights of its taps, shelves and fridges with enthusiasm… it was time to take a little break from the booze.

What to drink in a pub and not feel left out?

This is the question (amongst many others) that started the journey to create the world’s best tasting soft drink. It had to be natural, healthy, grown-up and above all it had to bang in the taste department.

Olly then joined forces with Rupert Pugsley and after a year of tastings, discussions and exploration Something & Nothing was born.

But what to call the drinks? We have more flavour than a flavoured water, but have no added sugar and we are low in calories, so soda doesn’t feel quite right. We sit in the middle (which never feels like a good place to be).

Seltzer, very much a US phrase, felt right and its point of difference in the UK, although challenging at times, served us well. Now 4 year on things have shifted.

The noise around hard seltzers has left customers a little confused and more importantly there is an evolution in consumer taste in the world’s largest drinks category, Soda.

As everyone becomes healthier so too must Soda and that uncomfortable middle ground between flavoured water and soda is now in fact the sweet spot.

What we’re seeing through sales data and customer feedback is that Something & Nothing is replacing people’s traditional soda moments. Our initial concerns about hooking our wagon to this category or being caught in the middle are now our major opportunities.

The Soda category is huge, far bigger than hydration or function, but it’s also stagnant and needs disruption. Through our quality of ingredients, superior taste and iconic brand we are already making waves in the US, UK and beyond.

By changing our name to Premium Soda we place ourselves firmly where we want to be on shelf/fridge/bar/studio/workplace and it gives improved clarity to consumers. So for us, seltzer is dead, long live Premium Soda.

P.S our multi award winning liquid is exactly the same, so feel free to ignore all of this.

Let's just say you're the kind of person who reaches for your real life dictionary on your not-metaphorical shelves. 

Then, let's just say you flip through its bible-thin pages to land on the definition under neighbourhood.

For argument's sake, you might find something like this: 

Sure, you might think: that's accurate. But also: it's not entirely. It's very much missing something.

It doesn't grasp how much texture these little catchments of humanity contain— their unique mix of individual people, culture and physical quirks.

Welcome then, to our attempt to breathe life into this lifeless definition by way of our Global Neighbourhood Guide #2.

An exploration of localities around the world via the best "locals" (cafes, bars, restaurants and venues). All these wonderful nooks and crannies of the world stock our drinks, an alignment of shared values across streets and oceans. Good taste, all round.

Read on below.

Museum café Le Tambourin - Van Gogh Museum (Amsterdam)

Nothing quite like wandering endless rooms and peering at incredible art for hours to work up a healthy appetite and thirst. 

That's where Museum café Le Tambourin in Amsterdam's iconic Van Gogh Museum comes in. And it does a very good job at that. Not just sitting back on the laurels of their prime location, they've curated a delicious menu including Something & Nothing Premium Soda.  

Sip yours in this light-bathed space and ponder which of Van Gogh's paintings was your favourite. Or maybe muse about how to pronounce his name properly. 

Batch Baby - Rose Lipman Building, De Beauvoir (London)


London's De Beauvoir boasts a strong village-y feel. Plus, it's got some of London's most unique housing architecture in its tree-lined streets. A hub for creative types, it's moments away from the loud noises and high-energy of Dalston.

The perfect spot for a coffee shop / community hub. Enter Batch Baby, located on the ground floor of the Rose Lipman Building. Independently owned and operated, BB serves some of London's best coffee, hosts pop-up food events and keeps their fridges filled with our Sodas.

A repurposed 1970s library, the Rose Lipman building itself is filled with creative and arts businesses and Batch Baby keeps everyone well watered, caffeinated and fed. The beating heart of the community some might say! 

The Misunderstood Heron, Connemara (Galway) 

The Misunderstood Heron's website reads "a unique Food Truck cafe located along the Wild Atlantic Way and the shores of the majestic Killary Fjord in Connemara Co. Galway." You don't say, folks.

There's no mistaking how breathtaking this location is... but this seasonal spot also has a menu to match. Their daily fare changes with ingredient availability (all sourced locally) and is both creative and wholesome in a better-than-but-still-feels-homemade kind of way.

People after our own heart, they serve everything in 100% compostable packaging. And you can sip on any of our 0%-ers, in their infinitely recyclable cans, while trying to comprehend the beauty of your surrounds. 

The Funky Bakers - El Born (Barcelona)

A maze of slim streets that wind and sway like an old drunkard. Medieval architecture that rubs shoulders with graffiti. Bars, restaurants, boutiques, cafes and museums crammed into every corner of free space. It's El Born, one of Barcelona's most trendy and charming neighbourhoods.

Here you'll find Funky Bakers, one of the best bakeries in town. Known for sandwiching lots of different flavours into their doughs and folding them into pastries, they mix influences from Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Nordic and Australian cuisines. Plus, you can score a can of S&N to wash it all down. Not to mention that all their ingredients are locally sourced, organic and everything is made from scratch. Fun(ky)! 

Forin - Kensington (Philadelphia)

Forin is a twofer in "Kenzo" (as Kensington is known, if you're a local type). An all-day cafe on Coral Street, or the newly opened day to night venue 5 mins away on Frankford Ave.

Here they serve delicious hearty, comfort fare, their own small-batch ube honey and fruit wine, plus yours truly was spotted in their midst. Their shelves are also stacked with independent merchandise, sourced from around the world.

In case that doesn't set the vibe enough, there's a turntable and vinyl to soundtrack your drink/meal.

If you have any neighbourhood recommendations where S&N is stocked (or you'd like to be stocked!)… please let us know.

If you'd like to discuss getting our cans on the shelf at your cafe/restaurant/bar/in the office fridge, email us.

For the Something & Nothing store, head here


Looking back on the year that was 2022, it became clearer than it already was in our mind’s eye… We had a pretty good one. And that’s mostly thanks to you lot. 

We squeezed in loads of celebrations with many of our creatively minded community. 

Our big highlights included gatherings, openings and celebrations at Aries, Soho House, Soho Home, Hole & Corner, Adidas, Store, Polyester Zine at the Barbican, Instagram/Meta and tastings at Google HQ

Here’s to exploring more connection, creativity and beauty in the everyday with curious people in 2023. 


Hrishikesh Hirway is a true modern Renaissance man, which is to say he’s the (v successful) wearer of many hats.

His podcasting hat is probably the one you know him for (Song Exploder is how we first “met” him), but he’s also an artist in his own right.

A a singer/songwriter and composer for film and TV, a recent(ish) New York Times profile noted his work tends to “circle the question of what it takes to make something in the world”.

We therefore asked him to make something in the world for us. The result is a series of “postcards” inspired by summer in California and our Seltzers, and with an accompanying playlist.

The ideal way to consume this work would be to pop on the playlist, crack a can of Seltzer and take in the interview and postcards below.

All at once, all together.

A sort of synesthesic tri-factor, or a sensory peek into the mind of Hrishikesh Hirway.

Dive in. 


Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Hrishikesh Hirway. I’m a singer and songwriter, and I make a few podcasts: Song Exploder, Partners, The West Wing Weekly (which I co-host with Joshua Malina), and Home Cooking (which I co-host with Samin Nosrat).

Where are you and what are you doing right now?

I’m at home in Los Angeles, sitting on my couch next to my dog Watson, who is specifically named after Joan Watson, the version of Watson played by Lucy Liu in ‘Elementary.’

As someone who interviews others a helluva lot, do you have a go to opening question? If so, please answer it for us now…

I usually interview people within very specific parameters: how they created something, or how they met someone. So I always start by asking them what was happening in their life around the time that story started. Partly so they can tell me the story, and partly so they can start to wade back into those memories and relive them as we talk about whatever creative project it is I’m interviewing them about.

What’s the weirdest answer you ever got to a (seemingly) normal question?

When I interviewed Rivers Cuomo about how he wrote a Weezer song, I was very surprised when he introduced me to his intricate system of taking stream-of-consciousness writing and transferring it into a spreadsheet organized by syllable length, for later use as lyrics.

Where do you seek inspiration?

In film and literature, most often.

How do you keep your creative wheels greased?

I don’t know that you can keep your creative wheels greased. I think you just have to keep your regular work wheels greased, and work regularly, and hope that creativity might come out every now and then. I set aside every Friday for making music, and some days I’m able to write a song, or part of a song, but some days I’m not able to. I spend those days refining songs that I’ve already started.

Your storytelling spans so many different mediums, do you have a preferred/go-to medium these days? Why?

I’ve recently started writing a newsletter, and I wouldn’t say it’s my preferred medium, because it’s a new and therefore challenging way for me to express something. But I appreciate the newness of it.

How has storytelling changed over the course of your career and where do you think it’s headed next?

I’m not sure that storytelling has changed. Maybe the technology that people use to access or deliver it changes form here and there, but the fundamentals of storytelling are as old as human history.

A quick fire round.

Top snack in rotation right now…

Tony’s Chocolonely Milk Dark Pretzel Toffee bar.

Best spot to enjoy a Seltzer…

In my hammock, in my backyard

A song you love that you think people will be surprised you love…

I don’t know! I’m not sure what people might think my taste in music is. Maybe they’d be surprised by my love of “Vulgar Display of Power,” the best album by seminal 90s metal band Pantera.

Someone whose work really excites you…

Four Tet.

Best/coolest/most eye opening new discovery of late…

I’m blown away by, and also scared of, the art created by the artificial intelligence program Midjourney.

What did you think of our drinks? Any favourites?

I expected to love the Yuzu seltzer, which I did, but I wasn’t expecting to love the Hibiscus & Rose seltzer. Rose was a favorite flavor of my mother’s, but I found it too overpowering, and I never really cared for it when she was alive. But the flavor of this seltzer is subtle and balanced. I really enjoy it, and it makes me think me of her, which is even better.

Tell us about something

The trees that my hammock hangs from are oak trees, and they’re protected by California law. They are not to be cut down or removed or damaged.

Tell us about nothing

I’d love to create seltzer flavors that capture great, non-olfactory summer feelings: “Cool Side of the Pillow at Night.” “Crickets Chirping in the Distance.” “Squinting in the Hot Saturday Afternoon Sun after Walking Out of the Movie Theater.”

Cities have rhythm.

Each one has a unique soundscape, influenced by a different mix of things like traffic, music, nature and even accents and language spoken. Plus, cities also have different average walking speeds (we like to think of footsteps as a place's heartbeat).

These macro observations are evidence of something we all experience intuitively...

~ a vibe ~

Zoom in even further into the suburbs, boroughs, neighbourhoods of a place and you get even more nuance.

The places people gather are what really shape a neighbourhood's particular tone or tempo. The great bars, cafes, restaurants and venues that help define and reflect the culture and history of a place.

On this note (or beat), welcome to the first of many global neighbourhood guides to come from us.

All in praise of the places that make the nooks and crannies of our world wonderful.

At Nami Nori's second location in NYC, they serve their signature open-style temaki hand rolls in an even more light filled, roomy location. Open space, open sushi, open hearted vibes.

It's true though, the whole ethos behind the cult-fave was to bring high quality sushi to people at a more affordable price point. You can wash it all down with one of our premium sodas too. 

The slick decor, delicious faire and non-pretentious approach are a great match for Williamsburg. The Brooklyn neighbourhood is often dubbed things like "hip" and "trendy", which is travel guide speak for a spot where there's artists, creative types and more good times than picket fences. 

Ah, Soho. London's Bermuda square of history, debauchery, swank and merriment. Narrow alleys and grand buildings rub shoulders, as people from all walks of life enjoy the revelry on offer. That is, bars, theatres, cafes, restaurants and pubs packed in like sardines.  

Enter Quo Vadis, whose art deco stained-glass windows make you feel like you're in a slice of old Soho.

Founded in the 1920s and still going strong, eating and drinking here feels refined but never fussy, with thanks to chef Jeremy Lee. Enjoy great seasonal British food, and ensure you order a cocktail that combines Cornish Pastis with our cucumber soda to great, unexpected effect. 

Noble Wine Bar is located in historic, postcard come to life Art Nouveau district of Riga in Latvia.

Simplicity, low-intervention and taste are the guiding principles for both the wine and food menu here. Craft beers and unique spirits are also available, all served in a laid back but elevated atmosphere by passionate, knowledgeable staff. 

The bar also has an adjoining boutique wine shop, where we were both delighted and baffled to discover our drinks had landed on the menu.

We're not quite sure how they came to be in Latvia, but we couldn't think of a better home away from. 

Haarlem is small city in the Netherlands, with all the chill vibes to go with it, but a rich history and beautiful architecture to boot.

Plus, plenty of culture in the form of cafes, restaurants, bars, theatres and museums and only 20mins from Amsterdam. 

Amongst all this you'll find one of our favourite multi-use spaces going, Westhoff. A co-working space, cafe and store rolled into one, they've curated a calm and cosy atmosphere and an excellent menu (in both cafe and store). Consciously selected goods and beautiful books line each wall here and the coffee is some of the best the city has to offer.


Kreuzberg is iconic. The poster child for cool neighbourhoods, it's multi-cultural, student dense and brimming with street art, coffee spots and bars. 

The thing that really strikes you about this neck of the German capital is: it doesn't feel too polished or like it's trying too hard. Its coolness is inherit, not surface.

And so it is with Record Berlin. A magazine/record store you need an appointment to nose around. Minimal and quirky, not two words you often see alongside one another, but that's just how they roll.

Just like the magazine of its namesake, the shop is all about celebrating niche music and its intersection with art, culture and fashion. Plus, you can sip yours truly as you flip through vinyl.

Nothing not to like. 


If you have any neighbourhood recommendations where S&N is stocked (or you'd like to be stocked!)… please let us know.

If you'd like to discuss getting our cans on the shelf at your cafe/restaurant/bar/in the office fridge, email us.

For the Something & Nothing store, head here

In a move that feels like a brilliant twist on the quiet quitting trend, Glimpse recently launched their 'Wreck Brief, Save a Planet' campaign. Up shot of the idea is to help disenfranchised young advertising creatives to sabotage the briefs of fossil fuel clients, via the handy 'Brief Sabotage Handbook'. 

A true inside job to bring down the big guns from within and send a strong message to large carbon-emitting businesses and the ad agencies who work for them. We are obviously huge fans of this left-of-field way to tackle a persistent (not to mention urgent) problem, so sat down with Glimpse founder James Turner. 

For those not in the know, Glimpse is an open collective of creative people who use their skills for good. They explore, challenge and tackle some of the many challenges we face as citizens of the world. We share their belief in creativity as a force for good so have supported Glimpse since the start of Something & Nothing.

Read on. 

Hey James, who are you and what are you doing right now?

Hello. I’m the founder of a creative collective called Glimpse. We’re an open network of creative people who want to use our skills for good. We’re trying to imagine how creativity can be used to show a ‘glimpse’ of a better world, and make people aspire to it.

Right now I’m sitting in a glorified shed at the end of my garden in Frome. Sometimes I go outside and weed the vegetables between calls, but not today.

The Brief Sabotage Handbook is a brilliant idea, how did it come about?

We’ve just started a new campaign to help young creatives find their voice on climate change. We know that most of them are pretty worried, but don’t feel like they can speak out at work when they’re early on in their careers.

So a group of young Glimpse creatives came up with this idea of a ‘sabotage handbook’ for people working at agencies with oil and gas clients. It gives them tips on how to wreck a fossil fuel brief without getting busted. They’re all fairly silly, like this one:

“Poke Bowls: Whether it's late working, edit sessions, or off site meals, you should be ordering poke bowls all the time. Poke bowls are expensive, and extra toppings are a rip-off. If anyone ever questions this, say that all the poke bowls were plant-based, and it would be hypocritical to decline these expenses on an environmental brief.”

We handed out about 200 copies of this handbook at agencies like Ogilvy, Edelman and Wunderman Thompson who are known to work with oil companies like Shell and BP. We also had an outdoor brainstorm to ask staff for their tips. We didn’t get many gems tbh.

Why now and why young creatives?

There’s loads of scary stuff I could say about climate change here, but you’ve probably seen it all before. The thing you might not know is that oil companies still spend around 95% of their investment on new oil and gas wells, despite all the windmills and smiley people in their ads.

This is called greenwash, and it’s a huge problem. We want young talent to move away from doing this kind of greenwashing work as much as possible. The more creatives say no (or choose not to work for the agency in the first place) the harder it will be to get away with it.

Beyond this, we think there is a huge opportunity for young creatives to help shape the world we do want. So the next stage in this campaign will be about helping them point in that direction.

To borrow a phrase from agency land: what does success look like for this campaign?

At this stage we’re just looking for eyeballs. We want loads of young people to see what we’re doing, engage with it, and hopefully join in. That means we need social sharing, press coverage, word of mouth, all that jazz. That’s where Something & Nothing is helping, so thank you.

The ultimate aim is to make working on ‘high carbon’ clients (which means oil companies, SUV makers, short haul-airlines etc) as toxic as working on tobacco or arms sales for young creatives. It’s not there yet, but I believe it’s only a matter of time.

If you’re under 30 or know someone who would be interested in the campaign, they can join us at 

How can other people (not just young creatives) get in on the action?

The first thing is to join the Glimpse collective list - at This is actually the first time we’ve run a campaign for a particular age group, normally we’re open to all. We also really need help from more senior people for advice, and to get the word out.

Please invite us to speak with young creatives you know (online or in person), comment or share our comment pieces (even if you disagree), and engage on social media. It all really helps.

What's next for Glimpse?

This advertising campaign is going to be a big focus for our work. We’re also working on a totally new concept called the Glimpse Season, where small groups of members come together to help local nature and climate charities close to where they live.

The idea is to combine practical, hands on creativity with walks and nature connection exercises linked to the autumn or winter solstice. We think a lot of people are feeling a bit rootless at the moment, and we want to help them get away from their screens and feel more connected to their local land and community.

It seems like none of us really know how to ‘be’ in the world in a fulfilling and connected way at this moment in history. We just want to try stuff out and see what feels right.

Tell us about Something

Something feels really important

Tell us about Nothing

Nothing might actually be the answer


To read more from James on this project, check out the op-ed he wrote here

If you read our cans you may have noticed already, but ICYMI we donate to Glimpse for every can of Something & Nothing sold. 

Naomi Otsu started following us (on Instagram, not on our way to buy coffee). She said she loves our Yuzu Seltzer, and we said we love your illustrations, and she said why don't I create an illustration of your Yuzu Seltzer. Perfect.

Naomi is an illustrator based in New York, her work is uplifting and positive and puts a great big smile on your face. We talked to her about her love of lamps and the importance of music to her process. She also made a playlist for you guys - its perfect for working at home, laptop open, seltzer in hand.


Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Naomi Otsu, I am a graphic designer and illustrator based in New York!

Noami Otsu - Something & Nothing Drinks

Can you tell us a little about your history as an illustrator and creative. Where did it start and when did you decide this was your path?
My mother was an artist, and somehow that skill and curiosity for the visual was passed down to me. I always knew I would be in the art field from a young age. I do wonder sometimes what I'd be doing if I wasn't creative, but it's truly the only thing I know so it's hard to imagine.

New York, Tokyo, New York - how has growing up in Tokyo influenced your work?
I think living in dense cities my whole life has pushed me to strive towards creating the same characteristics of detail, grit and layers in my work.

There is a positive energy to your work and you talk about finding the fun and playfulness in everyday life (which we love) - what’s bringing you joy these days?
The warmer weather has brought me a lot of hope and joy for the future. I am VERY excited to be outside...

I love lamp, you love lamp - which is your favourite lamp?
I have a lamp problem. I love all my lamps. My most cherished lamp is this Italian Toucan lamp from 70's. Something that I've wanted over a decade and received as a present from my boyfriend this past year. I also love my Noguchi lamp, makes me feel like I'm back home.

Noami Otsu - Something & Nothing Drinks

Some of your work is incredibly detailed, how do you stay focused? And are you good at jigsaw puzzles?
Music helps. Headphones always help. Sometimes I catch myself sitting in silence for hours as I work, promising myself I'll put something on in the next five minutes. I am very good at jigsaw puzzles, but I get obsessive about finishing them as soon as possible - so god forbid I start one, all my plans are out the window.

Noami Otsu - Something & Nothing Drinks

Tell us about the playlist you created for us and how important music is to your work / mood / play?
I created a playlist that features motivating instrumentals, something that you can put into the background and not get distracted by when writing emails. (A problem I often have when I play my fave tunes).

Noami Otsu - Something & Nothing Drinks

What podcasts, albums, exhibitions, tv or books are currently inspiring you?
I recently went to the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. They currently have a Yayoi Kusama exhibit there, and that was fantastic, especially when paired with the flowers that were in full bloom. I find that reconnecting to my surroundings and nature has always given me the energy and inspiration when I feel I need a little boost.

Noami Otsu - Something & Nothing Drinks

Tell us about something.
I used to have obsessive hobbies as a child. There was a period where I was an avid bird watcher - and as a result I have a nice drawer of facts tucked away in my brain when it comes to various bird species. I also obsessively collected stamps (I still have them) and then moved on to being obsessively online/learning to code (like many of us did) during the early aughts.

Tell us about nothing.
I like making playlists as a hobby now - but it's nothing serious... yet, but you can follow me on spotify as I curate more lists. :)

Time to belt up and strap in for a tour de Tom Ravenscroft. We sat down and had a chat with the radio man and dj, who not only made this playlist for us, from the depths of his vaults/mind, but also gave us a large slice of his interesting mind below. 


Who are you and what do you do ?

I’m Thomas, a Dj & Radio Presenter. Sometimes I write things, I’m pretty cool. 

Where are you and what are you doing right now ?

I’m at home in NE London, listening to a combination of heavy rain and some new records I bought. The laundry is on, there’s a sauce simmering. 

As well as being long time fans of your music selections and djing, we loved your Peel Acres series. Fantastic guests and your laidback style and deep but humble knowledge created a really special space for discovery and connection with the the listener (check it out here). What did you take from the experience? and will there be more…?

The idea of being able to connect people I admired with a record collection I’d spent my whole life with was kind of magical. I felt incredibly spoilt to be honest. It was quite life-changing to have my dad's impenetrable record collection opened up in this way. I look at it quite differently now. There will definitely be more.

Any musical discoveries that you didn’t know before, that you have fallen in love with ?

I had listened to Ravi Shankar a little but I've given it much more time lately as his records where pulled by out by almost every guest. It's now on loop in our house. Also, Sylvester and The Hot Band thanks to Colleen Murphy 

You said one of the coolest things we’ve ever heard “After Kurt Cobain died I stopped listening to bands and listened to Jungle music for 15 years” 

What are your top three jungle records ?

Dj Flash – Pulp Ficton (Easy Does It)

Rude & Deadly – Lightnin & Tunda

Dj Rap – Spiritual Aura

Peshay - Piano Tune

Special Request - Vortex 164 (Sully Remix)

(I know that’s not 3)

Any recommendations on non-music (podcasts, books, exhibitions, festivals, movies, restaurants)  

I’ve not been out in while but Bokman restaurant in Bristol, Nobounds festival in Sheffield has the most crazy good lineup for 2022. Boiling Point is the best film I’ve seen in while and Miranda July’s - The First Bad Man is my go to book recommendation. 

Which djs/producers are you exited about at the moment?

The Manchester scene seems pretty abundant with talent at the mo;  Blackhaine and Iceboy Violet. I also get very excited when I see AYA’s name anywhere, everything she touches turns to gold. 

If John Lennon used to sketch his nose on his postcards to your dad (so the postman would stop stealing them) - what would be your incognito icon be?

I’m not sure how you’d draw a monotonous voice but there must be a way…

Who would be your dream festival crew to get up to mischief with (dead or alive)

I’m not generally one for a big crew, herding humans to music isn’t fun. One solid, reliable friend who likes the same music as you and likes to stay up is the way. Having said that I reckon Jonah Hill would be great and Miranda July again.  

What did you think of our drinks? Any favourites? 

Most delish, we drank them all pretty quick. The boozy cucumber Spritz

Tell us about something 

I can’t throw

Tell us about nothing 


A few weeks ago we sold out of cucumber seltzer. Sorry about that. At the same time, we came across Ru @daddynoswag and asked him to make us a track literally made out of the ingredients in a cucumber seltzer. It's our sort of apology to you. 

Anyway, Cucumber Seltzer is back and now you have this, so winner winner cucumber singer!


Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Ruairidh or Ru I’m 24 and I have fun making whatever I want, but I mainly make music using the electrical signals from plants.

Where are you and what are you doing right now? 
I’m in Southampton England, and when I’m not spinning in slow-motion or placing electrodes on foliage I work in a call centre.


When did you start making music with plants and in basic terms how does it actually work?

I first started making plant music in December 2018. Two friends discovered the concept and bought me the device I still use to this day, shout out Emma and Tobi. I spent two years making pretty unlistenable stuff until I figured out how to apply plant music to practical music-making in January 2020.

In basic terms all living things produce electrical signals including plants. My device reads those signals and converts it to Midi which is a universal computer language that music-making software and synthesisers can understand. The electrical signals control the rhythm and melody of the music. It’s like asking a cactus to play the piano, it might play it differently to a Palm tree.

For the nerds out there, what equipment do you use to record the plants and make your music?
The specific device i use is called the “Bio Data Sonification device” by Leetronics. This plugs into an audio interface with a midi port and can then feed on to anything you wish to control.

You got a whole lot of interesting stuff going on on your Instagram, your videos are brilliant, you have some great dance moves and your music is dope - What’s the plan, take over the world or just have fun?

My plan is just to keep being myself to the fullest. I just have fun creating. I think it’s really important to follow my sincerest creative feelings. Taking over the world would be so much fun! but my happiness comes from making the content rather than the applause for it, any of that is a happy bonus. I’m just gonna keep trusting myself and making what feels right and if anything cool happens because of that, it’ll be a lovely surprise!

You have an incredibly positive attitude to life, you sometimes just post videos enjoying the sunrise. What's the secret to loving life as much as you?

My secret to loving life is self-trust. It's easier to say than practice, but I feel like everyone has had to overcome some hardship in their life, and even though we moan about how we’ll never get through it ultimately we do. we all naturally push through any barriers in our way so I just trust myself to deal with anything that comes my way. This means I don’t worry about the future too much I just take it a day at a time and know that I’ve got this! There is so much joy and detail in normal everyday things and I try and celebrate those as much as possible hence yelling compliments at the sunrise on Instagram.

Tell us about something
I played the accordion for nearly ten years because I thought it would make me more attractive in secondary school. You can’t woo someone with polka.

Tell us about nothing 
The word nothing makes me feel excited! there's such a feeling of joy starting something new with nothing and building it into something great!

 Who are you and what do you do?
Hello, my name is Rajeev. I am Executive Creative Director at a new creative agency called Supernatural. I was previously Global Creative Director at Spotify. I make funny, interesting things for brands that help them get talked about. Outside of work I do lots of little side projects. In the past I’ve made a video game called Waiting in Line 3D that went viral a few years ago – a game where you wait in line, and punch yourself in the face to stay awake, but not too hard or you will die. I also play around making things for my dog.
Where are you and what are you doing right now?
Right now I’m in my studio in Greenwich village, New York. 
 Rajeev profile picture
Can you explain to people what you latest project Between Two Naps is?
Between Two Naps is a project where I make things for my dog, Remy. We adopted him about 2 years ago. He’s a mega mix of Chihuahua, German Shepherd, Pomeranian and lots more. I never knew dogs slept so much… he sleeps all the time. And I also noticed he gets cold a lot. And while there are a lot of products out there for dogs, I wanted to see if I could make things for him that were a little more interesting, irreverent, and with a sharper aesthetic. More of a Raf Simons, Craig Green, and OAMC vibe.
What inspired the idea of keeping dogs ‘nap ready’ at all times?
Remy somehow finds a way to sleep anywhere and anytime. Even if there’s a lot of moving around, or noise. It doesn’t matter. He’s so determined. If he wants to sleep, nothing is going to stop him. He is the inspiration.
Dog Nap Hat - Rajeev
We noticed that your designs have progressed from hats into other items like tiny puffer jackets and ramen noodle saddles. Are you starting a couture pet empire?
The projects are a fun way to spend more time with Remy and learn new skills I didn’t know before. And it’s nice to make things with your hands, especially when you spend most of the day facing a screen. 
Everything we make is handmade and 1 of 1. We source materials and fabrics from Japan and Italy. The hardware like snaps and zips, they’re the same ones you find on things made by Bottega Veneta and Balmain. It’s interesting to look at design and manufacturing for dogs with the same level of craft and detail we’d make things for ourselves.
We’ve been approached by some brands to do some collabs, but so far we’re just focussing on making the most interesting, fun things we can. But if anyone out there likes what they see, and is interested in commissioning something, we’d love to hear from you.
 Dog nap jacket
Tell us about something
If in doubt, do something stupid. 
Tell us about nothing
Listening is everything. 
Nap Jacket Black

Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Galih Richardson, I work as a Brand Developer for hat makers Tom Smarte and Smarte Creative. I also have many fingers in many pies, involving hat making, and content creation.

Something & Nothing Hibiscus & Rose

Where are you and what are you doing right now?

I'm currently on the Chingford train heading home, looking out at East London, listening to Skinshape.

You are a man who wears many hats, and indeed one of the hats you wear is that you make hats (this sounded better in my head). How did you get into millinery ?

I worked in a hat shop for 6 years, and fell in love with hat people and hat culture. From there, i started to dabble in making them, and then started to make and sell one off pieces to friends, which started the whole snowball of getting into millinery. I’m very much a spaghetti western hat guy, so anything you’d see in a Sergio Leone film i want to recreate - then set on fire - and then wear.

Galih Richardson

I'm always impressed with people who wear proper hats, they look like they have a story to tell - who are some of your favourite hat wearers ?

Probably Townes Van Zandt and his many cowboy hats and Lee Van Cleef with that iconic moustache and glare. The original evil eye.

You have a great eye for style, for light, for authentic energy what inspired the shoot you’ve created for S&N ?

I currently live in Walthamstow, and its the most diverse local I've encountered living in London. Where else can you experience a Tudor house, a new high rise development, and Epping Forest all in one walk. During this year long lockdown, our daily walks have been our mental health's saving grace. We have read the headstones at St. Mary's Churchyard in the snow, and pushed each other on forest swings in the heat of summer. I wanted to share some of these sights with you guys at locations inspired by each flavour of Something and Nothing Seltzer.

Galih wood

I get the sense from your recent work you’ve been spending a lot more time in the great outdoors, how important is nature to your wellbeing ?

Nature is extremely important to me. Being able to ground myself surrounded by trees and the sound of rustling canopies brings me a lot of peace. There is a sensitivity there that we all need to be a part of living in such a heavy city like London.

Something & Nothing yuzu seltzer

You grew up in Indonesia how has its culture and attitude (if that’s the right word) influenced what you do and how you are as a human ?

Indonesia is a very kind and softly spoken country. Everything is done with the soft back of a hand. My grandmother represents the Indonesian temperament to me. Direct, self sufficient, humble, tender, traditional, and devout. It has given me sensitivity, and empathy, and I would move back there in a second. Hopefully that is on the cards sometime in the next 5 years.

3 men, 3 hats

What podcasts, albums, exhibitions or books are currently inspiring you ?

My reading list is a bit of a cliche. 'Ask the Dust', from the 'Bandini Quartet' by John Fante, which I recommend to everyone. And I love music with a folklore story, like F. J. Mcmahon, the Vietnam war vet who wrote one stoner folk record 'Spirit of the Golden Juice'; which garnered little to no attention until a recent three page spread in the Rolling stones 500 greatest albums of all time. - OR - Jim Sullivan who wrote two albums, one titled "UFO" and then disappeared without a trace in New Mexico. I recommend both these records.

Tell us about something

We have just finished watching every episode of Gilmore Girls, and we loved every second.

Tell us about nothing

Apparently if you took away all the empty space on the planet (the nothing) it would fit on the end of a pin.

Cucumber Something & Nothing seltzer

Who are you and what do you do?

I am Lisa-Marie Harris and I am an artist.

In truth, I am an itinerant Trinidadian woman of the sun who hates grey days and nonstop rain, but has nonetheless become a Londoner over the years. I play with my two kids during the day, and at night I make art before nodding off.

Somewhere in between, I steal away time to run Au Courant Studio, which is an independent publishing, art and design practice, whilst completing postgraduate research in Contemporary Photography & Philosophy at Central Saint Martins.

 Something & Nothing seltzer - Lisa-Marie Harris

Where are you and what are you doing right now?

Like the vast majority these days, I’m mostly indoors, touring the sights and sounds of my space for the umpteenth time. I’m in North London and have at least been able to continue walking the woods in this strange time, which I’m beyond grateful for. Too many people have been left adrift with no relief or coping mechanisms, and it’s been sobering to witness, to say the very least.

Can you tell us a little about your work as an artist?

I make installations, sculptural assemblages, photo narratives, publications and performance work across a variety of media, including the use of websites as a performance itself.

As such, I’ve been able to incorporate all the AV techniques I first began using almost two decades ago as a broadcast journalist and radio/TV producer across the Caribbean. Having studied aesthetics and media theory at The New School in Manhattan in my undergraduate years helps immensely for the practical aspects of making art work, believe it or not.

Something & Nothing seltzer - Lisa-Marie Harris

But at the heart of my work lies the fact that I truly am an itinerant being. I’ve had to migrate my entire family to new countries far too often over the last 15 years, sometimes very abruptly, because I come from the 'The Third World'.

We are supposed to dream in adoration about the supposed advantages in these countries, but we are not meant to actually come and partake and build anything here. So we have to find our own ways; one becomes exceedingly shrewd. You learn how to look, and then you dismantle and create exactly what you need.

Migration, home, spaces, and the body are always at play somewhere in my work. I often think about the body itself as the only space one owns, and even that is contested space. I treat the body as a thing to laugh at, to rearrange, depart and remove completely, and I enjoy picking apart those notions around how we dehumanize the body through my work.

What is Au Courant daily and studio?

Au Courant Daily and Studio are my personal journal and thought/action space, respectively. I feel very strongly about artists having agency and ownership over their output, and directing the conversations around their own actions.

I find the idea of making a work and leaving it to posterity for someone else to interrogate without the artist’s voice and authorship being present to be outmoded, institutional nonsense, and a gross act of erasure.

Au Courant also allows for play and open collaboration with other, like-minded artists and designers across disciplines, and I really value having a space to share and discuss ideas in that manner

Something & Nothing seltzer - Lisa-Marie Harris

You seem to be creating a lifestyle brand (for want of a better description) but unlike most others out there you have created a unique balance of beauty, honesty, creativity and humour. It makes the whole thing feel more authentic - how does your work as an artist inform Au Courant?

Your words are kind. Thanks for that.

With Au Courant, I’ve found it more useful to have my own studio space to facilitate the making of work without stifling ideological or institutional restrictions.

I remember starting out on radio at station called 96.1 WEfm in Port-of-Spain as the co-host of a primetime Saturday night show. The concept was that myself and this other lady would dish on sex and generally be rowdy, like a cross between local Trinbagonian street-corner Jamettes and Cosmopolitan Magazine.

Before the first live show, the station owner pulls me aside whilst holding my neatly typed up production run (which he proceeded to tear in half) and says, “Listen, nobody is tuning in to hear “Lisa-Marie” talk about culture and the arts, ok? Something more hot will appeal to the masses, so you should call yourself Cocoa Browning and wear sexier clothes for the promos. That will sell the show!”

I was like...”Ahmm, no thank you.”

I came up with another name, the show was eventually called The Ladies Room with Tusca and Deja, and it became an overnight hit. I bided my time making up all sorts of random shit ideas to produce for the show’s features; we interviewed local celebrities and spent hours talking all manners of rubbish.

Something & Nothing seltzer - Lisa-Marie Harris


People loved it. I hated it. Not because it had poor content – in fact, I thought the actual premise of the show was brilliant and I ultimately learned invaluable lessons and technical skills in that role. But I hated it because there was absolutely no space for different perspectives besides regurgitating that one fantasy of nubile sex kittens talking about 10 ways to please a man in bed.

Au Courant is a reaction towards the kind of compromises creatives are often forced to make.

For a lot of people your output would be intimidating. Where does your drive to constantly create come from?

I just try to let the work be made, without giving it valence or designations. I also make what I can, whenever I can. Sometimes that’s a print magazine. Other times, it’s a single photograph. After a while, you look around and realize that all these disparate things begin to coalesce into something larger, something beautiful.

What’s the thinking behind the shots for Something & Nothing?

Flowers become part of our space in ways that make you completely forget their provenance and the immense politics surrounding their presence. The Arrangement for Something & Nothing comes from that notion, and from memories of collecting wild flowers like Passiflora and the Orchids of the Northern Range above Port-of-Spain.

It’s really been a small treat to encounter similar flowers on walks to Hampstead Heath, Waterlow Park and all my favourite London haunts.

Also, my mum was a printer and bookbinder by trade, and for many years she would make flowers for weddings and decorative designs using her paper scraps. After school, I’d have to help roll thousands of little orchids and anthuriums onto the fronds of cocoyea brooms for her orders. It was quite fun to touch on that materiality from another perspective.

Any books, podcasts, music, designers, artists you are really into at the moment?

I’m one of those people who play the same five albums over and over. Anything Gorillaz, Tame Impala, the occasional Metronome, and Daft Punk (still processing their breakup).

My current favourite is probably Sweet Sweet Dreams, the debut album released in the 70s from the Tobagonian Calypso icon, The Mighty Shadow. It’s not classic soca or calypso, per se, and nobody in Trinidad remembers it, but it is beyond epic.

As for books, I generally read philosophy. Been chipping my way through Jean-Luc Nancy’s Corpus and revisiting some Baradian stuff mostly, but I also constantly pester the good folks at Magalleria in Bath for those hard-to-find international indie magazines, cause they always find the good stuff.

With design, I am forever in awe of the works and spaces created by the Dutch furniture maker and architect, Gerrit Rietveld.

Tell us about something

Nothing is more real than the things we imagine.

Tell us about nothing

Everything we imagine is nothing in reality.


Something & Nothing seltzer - Lisa-Marie Harris

Who are you and what do you do?

Im Camille Vidal, Im the founder of La Maison Wellness and Creator of Mindful Cocktails, most importantly I'm a Healthy Hedonist I live life well mindfully!

Where are you and what are you doing right now?

It’s January, I’m at home in London creating Mindful Cocktails and inspiring people to reassess their relationship with drinking for the better. As the new year starts I’m helping people navigate Dry January inspiring and guiding on what to drink so they can realise how delicious mindful drinking can be either with non alcoholic or low alcoholic options.

Can you tell us a little about your history with drinks, how you got started?

Food & Drinks has been part of my life for as long as I can remember, im originally from the south of France and I have vivid memories of aperitif moment with my parents, I love the way food and drinks bring people together I think there is something magical about it. I think 2020 reminded us how essential to our happiness socialising with a good drink in your hand is.

What prompted the transition into mindful drinking and low or no alcohol cocktail creation ?

Something & Nothing Hibiscus & Rose Martini cocktail

I wanted to show the world how to bring mindfulness into the glass, we empower our relationship with drinking, we reshape the language about drinking and we incorporate more options because tasty doesn’t have to be boozy and its time we rethink our drink.

Can you tell us about La Maison Wellness and what a ‘healthy hedonist’ is?

La Maison Wellness is a platform dedicated to inspiring people to drink well with delicious Mindful Cocktails, either alcohol free or low alcohol and always with good ingredients, as well as living like Healthy Hedonist meaning celebrating the everyday life in a way that feels good right now and tomorrow (hello hangover free life!)

You are also a yoga teacher, how does this inform your approach to life and work ?

I believe that everything start with awareness and that Mindfulness isn’t something you compartment in your life but rather sprinkle all over it. Life, like cocktails is about balance!

Are there any podcasts, albums, exhibitions or books that you currently getting a kick out of?

Im reading “The Monk who sold his Ferrari” by Robin Sharma right now and loving it. Next on my list is Atomic Habits by James Clear. I also love travel cooking show which pretty much combine everything I love travel, flavours, discovery, as we are unable to explore the world right now I more than ever find them inspiring even for my work creating Mindful Cocktails.

Can you tell us a little about this drink, the different components and what inspired its creation?

I love the beauty and simplicity of this cocktail, MARTINI vibrante is a brilliant non alcoholic aperitif with the classic Italian bitter component you will expect as well as bright citrus notes coming from the bergamot so adding Something & Nothing Hisbiscus & Rose was perfect to add a layer of floral notes as well as a touch of effervescent to lift all the flavour. The key in this recipe to take it from good to incredible is the orange juice not only you want to use freshly squeezed orange juice (always hello vitamin C & antioxidants) but you also want to make it fluffy either by juicing it in a high speed juicer or squeeze and place the juice in a blender to make it fluffy. Et voila!


50ml MARTINI Vibrante over ice

Top up with Something & Nothing Hibiscus & Rose Orange Juice and a decent splash of fresh orange juice

Glass: Highball
T : Build
G: Orange Wheel

Non-alcoholic Something & Nothing seltzer cocktail

Tell us about something

Something & Nothing Cucumber Seltzer is my favourite. I really hope my work keep inspiring people to bring mindfulness into the glass and together we can change the drinking culture for the better.

Tell us about nothing


Who are you and what are you doing right now?
I am Charlotte Adigéry, as far as I know! I make music, I tell stories and try to portray life through my eyes in all of the roles: as a black woman, as a Belgian-Carribean individual, etc. Right now I am in my car in Belgium recording this interview waiting to go on a tv show, haha. And probably more interesting: right now we're finishing our debut album!

Can you tell us a little about your history as a music maker and creative thinker.
My mom is a singer as well so music was always very present in our household. Music has always been a way to communicate for me: with my mom in a playful way but also later in life. At one point I was tired of trying to fit in the society, constantly looking for my place - while I knew music was what I wanted to do. It's not an easy choice but it was my choice and I decided to really explore that to the fullest. My mom was there throughout the full journey, supporting me in all of my choices. I started to do some backing vocals, studio sessions and what not. Around the age of 23 I wanted to make something myself so I started making my own music: very much a hit and miss type of approach, learning the ropes while playing around. I've been working on two projects ever since: WWWater, which started as my graduation project - I studied music - and then the project under my own name with Bolis Pupul under the wings of Stephen and David Dewaele (DEEWEE, Soulwax, 2manydj's).

French-Belgian-Caribbean, how do these different cultures influence your music?
It gives me a rich mixture of inspiration to dig out of. It's a lot of fun! Ironically, my mixed background and complex story made me very insecure as a child and now turns out to be a very rich and inspirational part of who I am. I started to consciously dig into that and write from the perspective of all of these roles, from all of these heritages. I write in English, in French, in Créole, maybe one day in Dutch, who knows! My Carribean music influences also seep through: rhythms, styles and so on. Plus: the intuitive approach to music, using music as a ways to communicate, that's very Carribean to me and the way I was brought up.

For the last 18 months we have been listening to 1,618 at least once a week - what does the name refer to?
Haha, I've seen my streams go up! Thank you for listening. It refers to the golden ratio, the perfect ratio that you can find everywhere in nature and beauty. It's my cynical way of finding beauty in imperfection, as I say in the song: " Have a look at my asymetrical face, admire my asymetrical gaze". That's real beauty, it's way more interesting than symmetry to me.

When did you become interested in meditation and what do you gain from it. How often do you meditate and do you follow a practise or method?
It's been a long journey! I remember going to the library as a 14 15-something year old and I remember an artist - I think it was Sting actually? - who said he was a buddhist. I ended up loaning some books about buddhism and that was a very interesting discovery. It felt very liberating. At that age, I was completely identifying with my thinking and felt very restless so being able to broaden the confinement of my brain really helped a lot. Through friends I then got into Edgar Tolle and that really changed my life - I know it sounds dramatic, but it's true. It took me quite a while to really dedicate my time and efforts towards it, it requires dedication, but I always felt it did a lot for me personally which is why I persevered. Now I do it twice a day and I feel closer to myself, I feel more present (not all the time, but more often) and feel like I'm living life more consciously. I always say your head and your thinking is the attic, but then you have the whole house underneath... so every now and then you need to go down and check out what the rest of the house has to offer. I do transcendental meditation - David Lynch has a couple of really interesting videos about it if you want to learn more about it. It's about transcending your conscious mind and going into your subconscious mind and also emptying your emotional luggage that you carry with you everywhere.

What podcasts, albums, exhibitions or books are currently inspiring you?
"Grand Hotel Europe" by Ilja Leonard Pfeiffer. Very interesting book about Europe is very much clinging to its past and is not as relevant as we as Europeans tend to believe. In terms of music I'm very much into the soundtrack for High Maintenance - I got into the series since they featured a song of ours (Paténipat) on their last season and I absolutely fell in love with the entire series including the soundtrack. Lots of greats discoveries in there! The last podcast I listened to was the talk between Louis Theroux and Michaela Coel which was really inspiring - I also adored This May Destroy You. "Invisibilia" is also on my to-listen-to list and Heavyweight is probably my favorite podcast ever. A series that I'm currently binging is "How To With John Wilson".

What’s next for you?
You'd have to ask Corona! I don't know... but what we would like to do is release our record and tour the world.. In the meantime I'll meditate and accept what's coming.

Tell us about something?
I really like flowers.

Tell us about nothing?
Sometimes when you don't know the answer to something, just be silent and it will come to you. Silence holds all the answers and all the frequencies so sometimes it can be an answer.


Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Charlie Sheppard. My email signature says that i'm a ‘Senior Creative’.

I currently split my creative brain between working at Anyways Agency (with big brands), building Rube Goldberg Machines and workshops (predominantly with students and studios), and making mosaics under the name ‘Soller’ (for anyone who is interested).

Where are you and what are you doing right now?
Right now, i’m in my flat in Bethnal Green, London. I’m sat at the very table my Rube - Seltzer machine video was made on, answering these questions.

What did I do today? Umm, I spent the morning filming Paul Smith at his office for a fun festive project that’s coming out over Christmas. I spent the afternoon working on a branding project for something exciting. And I spent the evening making a mosaic, whilst simultaneously listening to podcast called Broken Record. (Would recommend). A pretty busy day all in all. 

Can you tell us a little about your history as a creative and maker. Tell us about Rube Goldberg machines and your interest in them.
I work at a creative agency and I love the work I do, but like most people in my position, a huge amount of that time is spent with my head down in my computer, writing and pitching documents. I think that is why I gravitate to mosaics and Rube Goldberg machines. They are a creative break away from my computer. Honestly, I think people are at their happiest when making things with your hands.

But what I really love is the creative problem solving side of making Rube Goldberg Machines. There are no rules, or good/bad practice, no weighty concept or message to convey. It’s just the joy of creatively exploring how to solve a simple task (be it getting a ping-pong ball to roll through a tube, or to pop a balloon).

I run Rube Goldberg machine workshops with university students and offices (I ran a particularly fun on with the It’s Nice That office a few years ago). The audience are split into groups and asked to create a machine that can solve a simple task (E.G. to pop ice cubes into a drink), but to do it in the most ridiculous and complicated way they can. I particularly enjoy these as it’s such a direct exercise in getting people to close their laptops and get stuck in. When creating a Rube Goldberg it might feel like playing, but you are creating narratives, working as a team, problem solving, editing, testing, and ultimately performing your piece to the group.

You built this seltzer ice dispensing machine with your partner Rosanna Webster, she is creative too, tell us a little about what she does. 
Rosie and I met at art school in Brighton over 10 years ago (!!!). She is infinitely more talented and respected than I am haha. She predominately works as a digital collage artist mostly working with luxury fashion clients like Dior, Louis Vuitton, Mulberry etc. In fact, her work is probably the exact opposite of a Rube Goldberg Machine, (haha) but she is partial to getting involved too.

In such a creative household, do you guys ever just stick on Countryfile and do your tax returns?
Ow man, I wish I had a much cooler response than this, but the reality is that far too much Masterchef and American Office are consumed in this household. But yes, around that, there is a pretty unrelenting creative output from the two of us, I think i’ve forgotten how to just unwind and relax. (Note to self: must work on that for 2021.)

You’ve also started creating mosaics, tell us what prompted this and what the attraction is.
There is a tiny bit of mosaic history in my family (that I won’t bore you with now), but i’ve been making, drawing, printing, mural-painting and generally obsessing over mosaics for the past four or more years now. I only recently thought i’d bring it together under the name Soller (@soller.mosaic) to see if I could turn it into something bigger. I’ve got some exciting projects bubbling away with it, which i’m really excited about, some of which will come too light in 2021. I absolutely love it.

What podcasts, albums, exhibitions, books are currently inspiring you.
Rosie and I are unhealthily obsessed with podcasts (way before they were cool yeh). Honest answer: I listen to multiple podcasts about rugby each week (between 2-3 each week, how sad is that). Slightly more interesting answer: I would highly recommend the Broken Record Podcast, with Rick Rubin & Malcolm Gladwell. (For all you music nerds out there.)

What’s next for you? Tell us about something. Tell us about nothing.
Rosie and I are getting married in July, so yeah, planning a wedding… during a pandemic. Bit of an interesting one, but we can’t wait (whatever size, shape or form it ends up taking). One thing I can categorically confirm is that Rube Goldberg machines have been banned from our big day. There will be no over the top devices involved in cutting the cake or delivering the rings (haha).

Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Lou Hayter and I make music and DJ.

Where are you and what are you doing right now?
I’m in London in my flat, in bed.

Can you tell us a little about your history and how you ended up making and playing music?
I just loved music since I was a little kid, about 5. My brothers and sister were always playing records around the house and I picked up on it and started playing piano. My parents nurtured me to take lessons and keep it going and then I started collecting records properly in my teens. I was a bit of a nerd in school and I find it easy to obsess over music which is good for learning stuff. I started DJing when I went to university and running nights when I should’ve been studying. Then started DJing loads at warehouse parties and clubs when I moved back to London. It was such a fun time. I worked at Output records and Nuphonic and from there joined the band New Young Pony Club as their keyboard player but at the same time started making my own music and it just grew from there.

With New Young Pony Club, Tomorrow's World and now as a solo artist you clearly have a deep understanding and appreciation of music from the past. Do you have a favourite decade and associated artists and producers?
Hmm that’s tough. I guess 80’s wins because it’s when I grew up and absorbed everything. Also some of the best pop music got made in the 80’s. But these days I listen more to 70’s maybe. Like Marvin Gaye and Steely Dan and Timmy Thomas. A softer sound. I love them both though.

Does being a DJ inform the music you make?
Yeah I guess it does but I don’t feel that aware of it. Sometimes when I’m mixing stuff together I come across things that work together and record it in my phone. I also sing ideas in my phone over the top sometimes which makes me look like a crazy person.

Are there any albums that you have listened to on repeat during the various lock-downs?
Jon Carroll Kirby - My Garden, Sault- Rise , Donald Fagen- The Nightfly, Jeff Phelps - Magnetic Eyes, Marvin Gaye- Hear My Dear, Prince - Sign O the Times reissue, Beck - Hyperspace, Stevie Wonder - Music of My Mind, Tyler the Creator - Igor, Personal Space compilation, Eddie Chacon - Pleasure Joy and Happiness, Joni Mitchell - Hejira, Timmy Thomas - Why Can't We Live Together, Moodymann - A Silent Introduction, Milton Nascimento - Clube de Esquina, Thundercat - It Is What it Is.

How important is art and culture in your life and work? Any exhibitions you’ve visited recently, books or podcast you would recommend?
It’s so important to me. I really feed off it, I’m a bit of a dreamer and have been going to galleries and shows since I was a little kid with my parents. I spend hours in galleries and when I come out I feel really inspired and calm, I love the space of a gallery and switching off my phone and getting immersed in it for a while. The last show I saw was Michael Clarke At the Barbican on the day before lockdown 2. Really recommend it and it’s on til January.


What’s next for you? 
Next for me is a new single coming out in the new year. Then we’re leading up to my album coming out in Spring on Skint records. I’m really excited as it’s my first solo album. It’s all finished and I’m so happy with it so I can’t wait for people to hear it! Also DJing will start back in December.

Tell us about something...
I’m watching Broad City in lockdown. I’m very late to the party cause they’re on season 5. But if you haven’t seen it it could be the perfect lockdown remedy. I think it’s the funniest thing I’ve ever seen, it makes me cry with laughter. Also Suzy and Wanda from Curb are in it.

Tell us about nothing...
Deepak Chopra says it’s good to do nothing sometimes. It helps you come up with ideas and process things. Like the uptime doesn’t happen without some downtime. I think he’s right so I don’t feel bad about times when I feel like doing absolutely nothing.

Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Lucy Mahon and I draw pictures! 

Where are you and what are you doing right now?
I’m currently in the front room of my East London flat, where I draw at a big table. It’s covered in reference books and pots of pens. I’m having a break from packaging up a couple of commissions I’ve just finished.

Can you tell us a little about your history and how you ended up becoming an illustrator?
I’ve always loved drawing pictures, ever since I was little. Loads of ‘dream houses’ with hanging baskets in the 90s. I considered studying practical art but ended up doing History of Art & English at Leeds, while taking up as many drawing electives as I could. I spent a decade in the advertising world, in the more commercial side of art and brands and with some wonderful people. 

After a bit of a break from drawing, I started to illustrate my old houses, then my friends’ houses, and it went from there. Every holiday I went on I’d draw. Then people started commissioning me. After a few years of doing both advertising and illustrating, eventually I took the leap to illustrate full-time last summer. It was a pretty scary decision in many ways, but the right one.



Your work predominantly features buildings, what is it that fascinates you about architecture?
It started with homes, and the importance of that place in my life.

On a broader level, I love the timelessness of buildings. I read a David Hockney quote in a book the other day which explained that if you’re always replacing old buildings with new ones, a place can become like “a human being without a memory”. Which is one of the reasons I love London - its layers and layers of different buildings from different eras, a pic n mix of architecture. Some you might like, some you might not, but they’re there.

You focus on the outside of buildings, this gives a sense of untold stories held within the walls – would you ever explore interiors and characters?
Never say never, but drawing people hasn’t been a focus for me. Interiors are definitely something I’m starting to do more of. I’m also exploring things that signify a place, like a sea of palms = Palm Springs. 

Which other artists do you admire and find inspiration from?
I get so much inspiration from architects, like the late William Krisel who helped make Palm Springs what it is today. I love Fee Greening’s work (@FeeGreening) - she does amazing quill and ink drawings that manage to be modern but also timeless. I love experiencing Yayoi Kusama’s work and her autobiography was brilliant, her relentless creativity and production really inspiring. The RA’s recent ‘Picasso On Paper’ exhibition reminded me that it’s ok to evolve, experiment and change your style without the burden of feeling inconsistent. 

Do you work listening to music and if so do you have recommendations for music to help you focus?
I’ve recently gotten into listening to true crime podcasts while drawing (am about five years late to that). Otherwise, I used to listen to Friends, but I was going through those too fast. 

Any buildings or places you would love to illustrate but haven’t yet?
There is a never-ending list! Illustrating all of the Barbican buildings is high up there. And I want to do a series of the ‘Dingbat’ apartment buildings of LA.



Your images are often urban, do you ever feel the need to escape to the countryside, or do you feel relaxed in the city?
I love working and living in London and never really tire of it. I’d actually say I feel the urge to explore different parts of London more regularly, rather than escape it. It’s truly an amazing city. I do travel a fair amount, so I try to keep some of that tourist curiosity while I’m at home.

The most switched off I’ve been was during an Airbnb stay in the middle of a redwood forest in Elk, California. Four days with no wifi or signal (a pack of cards and a record player) was great for the mind. That place was @ElkCaliforniaForestRetreat.

What’s next for you?
I am working on some bigger pieces, looking to partner up with like-minded brands and am planning a solo show. 

Tell us about something
I launched my website a few weeks ago. Prints! Commissions! Partnerships! Events! You can also find me @lucyjmahon.

Tell us about nothing
Nothing is as refreshing as an outdoor swim in the local lido.



William Bunce & Lisa Jahovic are creative partners who produce kinetically beautiful still life images and films.

Who are you and what do you do?
We are William Bunce - Photographer / Director, and Lisa Jahovic - Set Designer, Sculptor, Art director.

Where are you and what are you doing right now?
In the studio labouring over a composition, slowly slipping a refreshing S&N seltzer.

Can you tell us a little about your history and how you ended up becoming a photographer and an art director/set designer, now specialising in still life.
Lisa studied costume design then sculpture at Wimbledon, before embarking on a career in set design, Will Studied Photography at Falmouth and assisted for a few years, finding Still Life along the way.

What made you guys start working together?
We had noticed each other’s work and got together for a meeting to discuss working together, after a few further meetings we decided to make a short film,- it ended up being about a ball, and its journey through an impossible house.

You have a very specific style, creating the extraordinary from the ordinary, can you tell us about your approach and inspiration.
We are both very influenced by the world around us, nature and junk, by textures and naturally occurring colours and often these elements find their way in to our work. From old mattresses to decomposing plaster.

You recently created a brilliant film for Glossier by creating a Rube Goldberg style machine. Can you tell us about this shoot, how long it took to plan and build.
The glossier film required a fairly quick turnaround, we had about a week between it being commissioned and us starting shooting. Which was pretty crazy given the number of ‘actions’ required to bring it to life. It was pretty challenging as we had to work the product in to the set - and they had to take and active role in the film, so the was a lot of testing and working out. The key theme was that it had to look like one whole take - in actual fact it was a few different takes that seamlessly blended in to one.

Can you recommend any photographers, stylists, music, art, podcasts to check out.
We recently discovered the artist Takis, who recently had an exhibition at the Tate, having kinetic sculpture already plays a big part in Lisa's work and we both find it a really exciting way of bringing ‘still life’ to life! - something we frequently do with our moving image work.

Tell us about something.
‘There was a young lady from Dallas, who used a dynamite stick as a phallus, they found her vagina, in North Carolina, and her arsehole in Buckingham palace'

Tell us about nothing
Nothingness, like emptiness, is perhaps the most powerful chaos. It is filled with the unspoken, all the ideas that never made it out in to the world, patiently, waiting to emerge. It is filled with all the life that has yet to begin, and the life that is no more. Filled with the potential for new life, and the decay of what once was.

Who are you and what do you do?
We are Edie and James from Glimpse. We create campaigns that help people feel more positive about the world and inspired to change things for the better.  

Where are you and what are you doing right now?
We recently moved into a new office space. We’re trying to figure out if there is such a thing as ‘too many’ plants. 



What is Glimpse?
Glimpse is a collective of creative people who want to use their skills for good. We run independent campaigns and we work with charities, grassroots activists and brands. Our work seeks to show a ‘glimpse’ of what’s possible if we can fix some of the big problems we’re facing. 

We are a collective of over 2,000 people across the world, mostly from the creative industries and quite a few cat lovers who may or may not be creative. 

Can you tell us a little about your approach and some of your projects?
We want to imagine what a better future could look like. So many of us feel gloomy and depressed about the world, but there are tons of alternatives out there - and we want to celebrate them. We want to make this positive future feel desirable and aspirational. 

With this in mind we’ve run some of our own campaigns. The Citizens Advertising Takeover Service, or C.A.T.S, replaced all the adverts in a London Underground station with pictures of cats. We wanted to take back some of our public space, usually dominated by advertising, and imagine it with things we like. Like cats. 

We also run independent campaigns for NGOs, brands and organisations. We came up with an idea for the UK charity Help Refugees where we opened a shop that did the opposite of what a shop is supposed to do. You can’t buy anything for yourself, you can only buy stuff for people who actually need stuff (refugees). It’s called Choose Love and it’s been really popular. 

More recently we have been working with Patagonia, helping them launch their ‘action works’ platform online. We created a coffee shop with a range of action cards, helping people learn about local environmental NGOs and do something active to help them. Why aren’t all coffee shops like this? We want to make it as easy as possible for people to make an impact, to make it part of everyday life. This feels like this is where things might be headed, and that’s brilliant. 



Greta Thurnberg has become a guiding light for future generations and is making global leaders feel very uncomfortable. Extinction Rebellion is galvanising people to get involved. You guys are making people think differently about challenges our planet and people are facing. It feels like there is a positive shift in public opinion and behaviour – is something big about to happen? 
The world is definitely approaching a real moment. People have been making noise for a while, trying to push through. But now we have these real forces, like Greta Thurnberg and the student strikers, and XR. They’re all making serious waves and you can hear the world waking up. As much as this is a scary time, it’s also hugely exciting. We are living through a great cultural moment and none of us really know where this will end up.

That’s why it’s so important not to give in to despair. We’re at this incredible tipping point, where humanity either wakes up in time to create the better world we know is possible, or we slide into a disaster while scrolling through Instagram. Cynicism and gloom are energy sapping. We have to act. 

The young people at the climate march the other week were so passionate and informed. They are hopefully our future leaders – do you see a place for the political system as we know it, or do you think it will look totally different in 10 years time?
We’re watching a whole new generation growing up who collectively are much more politically engaged and passionate than we have probably seen before. And they’re (rightfully so) dissatisfied with the people in charge. That in itself is nothing new but mobilisation in such numbers among the youth certainly is. It would be great to think that they could uproot and redefine the system we have, but we need people to step up. How many of us are willing to stand for election? To get involved in politics? It feels like we need more passionate, real people not just as activists but as our MPs. Will you stand?

Do you look at the future of the planet and society with positivity or great concern?
A yoyo-ing, oscillating, irrational mixture of both. Of course there are things to be worried about, and anyone who is reading the news can see those trends. But what the news doesn’t tell you is that millions - if not billions - of people are rethinking these stories they’ve been told: “Greed is good, stuff is happiness, it’s us against them”. 

Despite what you might think, the dark forces we’re seeing in our world right now are a reaction to this awakening. They are (we hope) the last lash of the dinosaur’s tail, not the first fire of the dragon. We are so close to humanity discovering a new story - of interbeing and cooperation, of love and compassion. It is a privilege to be alive during this moment, to have a chance of shaping the outcome. 

What do you do to switch off from it all (if you do)
We believe in the beauty and wisdom of nature. Connecting with nature is one of the core values of Glimpse. Spending some time outside, surrounded by trees and far away from noise and devices is a brilliant way to unwind, and also the key to helping us become a society better connected to each other and the world. 



Do you have any books, music, art, podcasts you would recommend to people who want to live in a more positive and conscious manner 
Beats in Space for music and podcasts 

Richard Long for good in nature art 

On Being - a podcast hosted by Krista Tippet. Conversations around spiritual inquiry, science, social healing, community, poetry, and the arts.

Olafur Elisasson’s current exhibition at the Tate is a joyful exploration of living a more conscious and environmentally aware life. 

Hope in the Dark - Rebecca Solnit. A handbook for hopeful activists that celebrates uncertainty as an opportunity for change. 

Tell us about something
The US has a micronation called Molossia run by a dictator called Kevin who hates spinach and onions so they’re banned there, they have a population of 34. 

Tell us about nothing
Nothing = space = tiny tiny tiny tiny quanta that make up gravity so nothing doesn’t actually exist imo

Then you can't tell me nothing, right? 

Uh, uh, you can't tell me nothing (ha, ha!)

Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Ida and I’m a Finnish DJ / Promoter. 

Where are you and what at are you doing right now?
I’m based in Glasgow and currently, I DJ, promote (Acid Flash) and work full-time at a marketing agency in Glasgow. 

Tell us a little about how you find tracks and then decide which ones make it into your record bag / USB.
The process of organising playlists for gigs is not always very straightforward. I prepare for every gig individually depending on the vibe of the party and how I feel like during the week of preparation. Sometimes it is really hard to know what kind of crowd or party to expect to be playing at, especially if the party is somewhere outside Scotland. Even though I often have a very good idea of what to play at each gig, I end up evading the plan. I always try to read the crowd and base a set on them, which is when I use old playlists. Particularly the big annual playlist including different folders (genre-wise) that I make every year for new music and old tracks gets played a lot. 

A huge passion of mine are vinyl records and I always take a selection with me that I can play in case I get stuck/records that I haven’t had time to rip. Playing records feels somewhat easier as you don’ have too much time to overthink the record you have selected. You can just pick something you think is right, and play it. 



The mix you created for us is very different from what you play in a club. How does the music you listen to at home influence what you play in the club?
The mix I have put together includes a lot of the ambient trancey stuff that I collect in order to play warm-up sets / quieter sets that every DJ has to do from time to time. I also love listening to ambient records at home when doing housework, for example. I don’t always just listen to chilled out beats at home and therefore I can’t say that what I listen to at home would influence my sets too much. I tend to play records that I’m currently feeling, unless the gig is very different and special. For instance, I recently warmed up for the legendary Tangerine Dream, which was an honour but also a fairly challenging gig for me as I had to keep the energy very tamed during the whole warm-up. I’m very used to playing up-tempo +130bpm sets that often build up to sometimes very high tempos.  When warming up for Tangerine Dream, I went for the same vibe as the mix I recorded - ambient and downtempo and trance. 

Being a promoter (Acid Flash) is quite a different headspace to being a DJ, to a degree both are curatorial, but there is a lot of practical hard work and stress in promoting, whereas djing is a more pure expression of the music you love. Where are you happiest, playing at your own nights or being booked to play at others?
This is a great question. As said, being a promoter involves a lot of (financial) stress and making sure every other aspect than djing is all on point before the guest arrives and plays the gig. There’s a certain pressure involved when promoting parties. Firstly, the parties have to be busy and well-promoted on social media as you don’t want to disappoint your guests when they travel a long way to play at a party organized by you. Secondly, the parties must be financially worthwhile and you want to make the money back that you have invested on bookings. However, with the current trend that’s not always possible as it seems like the competition between promoters is flourishing and everyone is trying to go bigger and larger with the line-ups. But I find it very rewarding when a party you’ve organised is busy and you receive good feedback from guests. 

However, I’ve always strived to become a DJ and a producer rather than being a promoter. I felt like organising parties has really let me showcase my musical taste which seemed like the right thing to do alongside DJing. I managed to build something exciting and unique that has definitely been a great experience and has let me express myself. But personally, I enjoy spending more time on finding records on Discogs or visiting record stores… Which can also be very time-consuming! Also, I’m planning to start a label very soon, which has been in the works for a while now... But I think most important is to find the right balance between organising parties and Djing for other people whilst maintaining good health and doing things that you love (other than music).

You’re from Finland originally but promoting and playing in Scotland, both have exciting cities and clubs but also have wild countryside on their doorstep. How important is nature to you?
Nature is extremely important for me as I have grown up by the sea. My parents were born in East-Finland close to the Russian border in a town called Kotka and I used to spend a lot of time there at the summer cottage. My whole childhood was mostly spent being outdoors - swimming, fishing, playing basketball, skiing or doing other outdoor sports. The fresh air, the woods and the coast is definitely something I miss whilst living in Glasgow. It takes a while to get yourself out to the countryside especially if you don’t own a car. But I’m planning to travel to Highlands for a hike sometime soon hopefully. 

Who or what are your influences?
One of my absolutely biggest influences is definitely the movie called Fifth Element by Luc Besson. I discovered this movie when I was 9 and once I watched it, I literally couldn’t stop watching it over and over again. I still put the Fifth Element on at least once every two months because every time I watch it, I discover new inspiring and futuristic scenes that keep impressing me! Obviously, the other Luc Besson movies are great as well: the Big Blue, Lucy, Leon etc. But this one particularly makes me feel alive reminding of the big galaxy and outer space surrounding us. The soundtrack for the movie is my absolute favourite as well.

I still can’t believe Fifth Element was made in 1995. I actually have been so obsessed and impressed by this movie that I wrote a movie review about it at school when I was 10 years old... Didn’t get a very good grade though! Bummer.

Artist-wise my biggest influences are Geir Jenssen aka Biosphere, Woody McBride, The Advent, Cari Lekebusch, Richie Hawtin, Luke Slater.. the list goes on. I’m really into early 90s techno & trance so these artists and their records have certainly had a huge musical influence on my taste.

Any recommendations of DJs and producers we should be looking out for at the moment
There are so many! I’d recommend looking out for DJs such as Boston 168, Courtesy, Eluize, Nightwave, VTSS, Rosa Terenzi as well as Reptant, Ryan James Ford.

Tell us about something
I’ve recently discovered that I have a real addiction for olives! I eat at least one if not two packs a day... I just can’t get enough of them!

Tell us about nothing
Nothing exists!

Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Blake Fox and I'm an artist and art educator. Like many artists, I started drawing and painting at first, but photography feels like home to me now. I currently use a Nikon D5000 and an iPhone. Sometimes I write about art too.

Where are you and what are you doing right now?
I’m sitting at my desk at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB) where I’m the Education & Administrative Assistant. I just started in April and it’s been good to meld two important aspects of my world—art and education.

Your photos have a biopic feel, sort of like a chronical of where you live, how important is the Bahamas to your work?
I think I would agree with that. I tend to take a documentary approach with my work and my environment has a significant impact on my work. I definitely have a special connection to nature. I grew up on Long Island, which is a small island in The Bahamas that has a population of around 2,500 people. As you maybe can imagine, there’s not a huge social life to be had there, so beaching, boating, and nature exploration are all a part of who I am today. There is also a certain solitude about living in such a remote place for a long period of time. I think there’s a sense of isolation that can be seen throughout my work.

Many of your photos have a tension and feel like they have a hidden narrative. Do you capture images quickly or spend a lot of time setting them up?
My photography is almost completely spontaneous. I’ll have an idea of where I want to go to take photos, but the environment leads me once I’m actually there. I spend a lot of time looking, seeing, and pondering. My gaze is drawn to the quieter moments that may be overlooked in a big environment. What I choose to crop out says just as much as what I choose to focus on.

We looked through hundreds of photos before we found yours and then just couldn't look beyond it. It’s simple, but really captures a feeling of tranquillity yet has a fresh energy. Can you tell us a little bit about the moment the photo was taken?
It was a Sunday and my family and I were about to have lunch at this restaurant on the water. There’s something about the tropic light that is just bright and crisp. It makes for clean and distinct shadows which lends itself to graphic images like this one.

Once we had fallen in love with your photo, you were then a very tricky man to find because you had stopped posting photos for a couple of years. You've now started again, what prompted the hiatus and the welcome return?
I had moved to Nassau from Long Island and I didn’t know where to go to take photos. I had also started school again and it was hard to find the time to take photos. I guess that’s the surface answer. Even deeper than that, sometimes as an artist it’s hard to find the motivation to make work—whether it’s a fear of failure or criticism, a lack of confidence, insecurity, uncertainty. Those things are hard to juggle and can make you feel inadequate. I was still taking photos here and there, just not posting them. It wasn’t enough to just take photos, so I just made the decision to start showing them again. Just putting my work out there again is empowering and boosts my confidence. I am looking forward to sharing more.

Who or what are your influences?
I have this list of artists that I started years ago and I just add to it when I find someone new. Not every one of them directly influences me, but some of my favorite Bahamian artists are Tessa Whitehead, Heino Schmid, Kendal Hanna, and Melissa Alcena.

Two of the most influential photographers for me are Wolfgang TIllmans and Viviane Sassen. I’m also really into new and emerging photographers. I like how culturally relative the work is. Some photographers that I have virtually met through Instagram and were instrumental for me when I was just getting into photography are: @seanlemoine @maryavocado @cassidy_araiza @gilleamtrapenburg @thisisnow_here @adelezubrzycka
I’m sure I’m forgetting some, but those names stick out for me right now.

My boyfriend’s hard work inspires me to be better. He also recently surprised me with a photobook Neue Welt by Tillmans and I’m enjoying that.

Any recommendations of photographers, artists we should be looking out for at the moment?
I’ll recommend an artist that someone recommended to me today: Tessa Mars.

Tell us about something
I like to challenge the notion of what’s beautiful. Being an artist in The Bahamas, there’s often the expectation that work should be traditionally beautiful—picturesque, bright, colourful. I try to show my environment in a less quixotic way that feels more genuine to my experience.

Tell us about nothing 
I’ll sometimes take ten photos that are exactly the same—just for good measure.

I’m into striped and patterned shirts.

I have over 18,000 photos on my iPhone.

I prefer to text rather than talk on the phone.

My phone is always on silent mode.

I will eat a whole box of Cheez-Its in one sitting.

I test layouts and sequencing before posting to Instagram.

I have a bit of a rebellious streak.

Who are you and what do you call yourself
My name’s Becca and I’m a young creative with a love for analogue techniques, music and bones.

Where are you and what at are you doing right now?
I’ve been living in Leeds for the past three years whilst doing my degree, which I’ve actually just finished! I’m hoping to stick around up North and get a job in a studio. As a Southerner I feel like I’m betraying my people saying this but I have just fallen totally in love with the North, Leeds especially. Can’t see myself moving back down South anytime soon.

We love your stuff, can you tell us a little about your creative process.
I’m in love with anything creepy or weird so my work tends to reflect this by being quite dark, both in colour but also in the way I put things together. I like to create an eery undertone so I basically take any opportunity to chuck a skeleton into a piece of work. 

Although creepy things have quite a big influence on my work, my main source of inspiration comes from researching into a project. For someone who is a creative I actually feel like my brain works a little weirdly. Instead of starting a project with lots of ideas and sketches, I prefer to thoroughly research the topic so I can pinpoint an interesting fact or area and then I’m able to come up with lots of ideas. My research then keeps guiding the project all the way up until the finished piece. I like hiding little nuggets of information in a project, like when I made a publication based on funeral flower traditions from around the world, the book actually opened up to be the same proportions of a standard coffin. Just a little something most people probably won’t notice but it keeps me happy.

Oh also I have a slight obsession with scanners. I don’t know what it is about them but the texture and quality they give images is just so good, I can’t get enough of it. I tend to use scanners when documenting my work but also to add texture to pieces.

The piece you created for us, Nurture Nature, is clearly a comment on the state of our planet, is this something you feel strongly about?
Yes and it’s something I think everyone should feel strongly about. There are so many amazing things in this world, beautiful plants, crazy animals, yet I’m dumbfounded that it seems like the majority of the world doesn’t care that they’re disappearing. Nature has always been a great source of inspiration for me and it’s something I want to protect and preserve for future generations.

What do you think about Extinction Rebellion?
I think it is the only logical step in making meaningful change when it comes to this global emergency. For far too long people in power have been ignoring the issue and it’s about time they are forced to listen.

I was watching a news piece in which a woman proceeded to complain about the way in which the Extinction Rebellion had conducted their protests, comparing them to a ‘festival’ like atmosphere. This infuriated me because not only were they missing the point completely of people trying to draw attention to the fact we need to change the way we are living now otherwise the damage we are causing will soon become irreversible, but they were also inferring that a peaceful protest was not the way to go about it and undermining the cause. Would they rather people were rioting in the streets and destroying property? It seems like madness that it’s even had to come to something like Extinction Rebellion, but when MP’s refuse to listen to their constituents or even turn up to environmental talks, this is the action that needs to be taken.

I’m overjoyed that the movement has managed to achieve their first goal of getting the government to announce a climate change emergency and there seems to be some more action around the legislation being put in place to combat climate change. However, there is so much more still to be done and I hope the Extinction rebellion will be leading the way in getting the changes our world so rightly needs.

Who or what are your influences
There are so many things that influence my work, from other artists to even something as simple as the way sunlight falls through a window. This is why I think it is important to stay forever observant, take time to look at your surroundings, enjoy the little moments in life, you never know when inspiration will strike.

Something that never fails to inspire me, however, would have to be music. Although I have never been amazingly musically talented (still pretending I can play guitar from that one week I took lessons when I was 7), I always find music wriggling its way into my work. It’s always been a reassuring presence in my life and there’s just something about music that helps me see what I’m thinking in a more visual sense. I actually found out recently that there’s a term for people that see sound, it's known as synesthesia. People that have it can also sometimes taste words, mad! But coming back to the point, I’ve found that I really can’t work without having music on in the background, I end up getting too caught up in my own thoughts.

My other main source of inspiration would have to come from the people around me. I know so many insanely talented people that never cease to amaze me with the pieces they produce. Seeing them make crazy work inspires me to be more experimental in my own work and pushes me to keep bettering myself. (Was that a little too sappy? Ah well.)

Other influences:

OK-RM (Design Studio)
— NASA (and anything to do with space)
— Raman Djafari (Artist)
— Aardman (the most beautiful stop motion)
— Kyle Platts (Artist)
— North or Nowt (Print maker)
— Rabbit Hole (Design Studio)
— Anyways Creative (Design Studio)

    Any recommendations of people, culture, stuff we should check out
    There's so much good stuff about at the minute, although I’ve been really into an older film, ‘They Live’. Craig Oldham recently made a book called ‘They live: a cultural awakening’, it’s a really good read and the film itself is so interesting because even though it's over 30 years old, it seems so relevant for the consumer society we live in today.

    Another great read would be Suspira magazine ( if you like anything horror. They’ve given the horror genre a really interesting approach, discussing its relevance within things like mental health and other, not so obvious, areas of culture it has impacted.

     Other good stuff:

    — Sophy Hollington
    — Nasal Warts: A cool guy with some cool drawings
    Zero Waste Club
    — Love, Death, Robots (on Netflix) Amazing series with some amazing animation
    — Modes of Criticism
    — In loving memory of work: A beautiful book that is sadly out of print but you can still have a look at the link
    — Intern Magazine

    Tell us about something
    Okay, I’m going to tell you about something I think people should know. Whilst doing a project based on the micro-genre of Skinhead Reggae I got to find out a lot more about the foundations of Skinhead culture. A lot of people would associate this subgroup with violence and things like the national front. But in actual fact, Skinheads had a much more peaceful start. In the ’70s there were a lot of immigrants coming over from Jamaica bringing with them their culture and music. British and Jamaican people were united through a shared love for reggae music and a new culture was born known as Skinheads. Some of the leading musicians at the time were The Specials, The Pioneers and Rudy Mills. One of my favourite songs has to be ‘Ghost Town’ by The Specials, a song which is said to have captured the atmosphere after riots related to the culture perfectly.

    So the something I want people to know is that most Skinheads are actually very accepting and peaceful people, it’s only a small few that have become radicalised and ruined the reputation of the subculture.

    Tell us about nothing
    Songs I like with the word Nothing in the title:

    Money for Nothing - Dire Straits
    Nothing That Has Happened So Far Has Been Anything We Could Control - Tame Impala
    Nothing Breaks Like a Heart - Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus
    I Have Nothing - Whitney Houston
    Nothing Compares 2U - Sinéad O’Connor