I have a record label – well, a music label really. I have yet to fall for the hipster fad of Vinyl (more on that irk at some other point) so I put music out on CD and as download. Things are going quite well with the label so I decided to try and get back to my roots. To enable this, I started Soliloquy. Soliloquy is an imprint of Artapes Productions that deals with the spoken word. On the Soliloquy imprint, the spoken word can be manipulated and processed as Verse or Story or even be Sound Poetry. Either way, the human voice is the instrument that we have all been born with and use on a daily basis. The range of emotion experienced by listeners of verse can vary – but I intend to record and release the spoken word artists that inspire and move me.
Artapes Productions & Soliloquy are based in Harrogate, North Yorkshire where the local poetry night, Poems, Prose & Pints has been thriving since 2009. I had a hand in the early days of the evening by acting as the compare. It was watched over, whilst I was compare, by the unstoppable Nicola – it progressed as an evening after Nicola, Jem, Rob & I ran it for three years onto new management in the form of local written word legend, Tim Ellis. Tim stepped down as the night’s co-ordinator after three years and it has progressed even further.
By starting this imprint I am trying to reconnect with my creative roots and combine a love of sound art and the written word. I believe verse should be heard and not read – not everyones viewpoint, but just as valid as everyone’s viewpoint.
Lined up for release on the Soliloquy imprint is an EP by The James Worse Public Address Method – called “A Larkly Quoon”. James Worse is writing an on-going epic, entitled ‘Flark of the Dandibus’. He hopes never to publish it, but instead for it to exist only in performance – like stories used to be, by the fire in longhouses, in the good old days. His ‘Worsicles’ have been heard on Jarvis Cocker’s Sunday Service on BBC Radio 6 Music, The Jeremy Vine Show on BBC Radio 2, Basic FM, The Séance on Radio Reverb, Framework Radio, Resonance FM as well as mentions in the Guardian, the Independent, Metro and on Have I Got News For You and Channel 4 News.
He regularly performs live and has appeared at a number of interesting venues and events – reading outside Charles Dickens’ writing chalet at the Rochester Literature Festival, in the basement of a derelict warehouse, at the Horse Hospital in Bloomsbury and aboard a decommissioned light ship on the river Medway.
Mr Worse lives in Rochester, Kent with his wife and twin boys. The album will be available as a download and as a CD – the CD starts shipping on the 30th November 2015. If you order your CD now, you should / will receive a complimentary download; sweet!
Please follow this link to scope out the album on the soliloquy site – HERE.
Below are some sound trinkets for you to marvel at ….