We thought we’d start a segment of our website where we give shouts outs people making cool things happen in London, and around the world.
A few years ago, Max Benoist – a French expat from beautiful Montpellier – found himself travelling around Europe reviewing different open stages in each of the cities he went to. With a background in web design and photography, what started off as a small database of these open mics he had gone to morphed into a huge directory of over 600 open mics around the world and a global community of artists who have played at them. Settling in London a couple years ago, Max and his GOOT business partner Valerio Lysander now run two very popular weekly open mics, and have recently partnered up with St John’s Church in Hoxton where they plan the monthly ‘Sanctuary’ series’.
GOOT also offers stunning (and budget-friendly!) video production. Max’s signature ‘One Shot Session’ live videos have now been made for over 40 artists, which are all displayed and promoted through the elegant GOOT website. You can see who has done a session, where they’ve played around the world, and read all about who they are and where they came from through their online profile.
His music videos are simple, beautiful, and really capture the essence of the performer. Want to see for yourself?! This one he did for Valerio Lysander’s ‘Cotton’ is our favourite.
In addition to all of the different hats he wears as music promoter, event planner, web designer, photographer, and film maker, Max is an extremely talented songwriter, with a unique folk-rap blend and lyrics in both French and English. And because he is just so darn talented, he makes all of his own videos – the most recent being his new single ‘Stylo‘ which features the visual stylings of Milena Milak.
Whew! We get exhausted just thinking about all of the things this guy can do!
Join the GOOT community and stay up to date with what they have coming up next by following them on the various platforms:
Here at Leila and Geoffrey, we’re helping quite a few artists embark on tours outside of their homelands. We are seeing that there is a growing demand for house concerts and alternative venues – Sofar Sounds almost not being able to accommodate the amount of people that want to attend the shows, the tickets are often very hard to grab hold of!
Who wants to tour to a country that you have no ties to, and play at a loud bar where few people come? The way of the house concert provides an intimate setting with an attentive audience that you can actually form a connection with. And there are some lovely platforms popping up that make it easy to do so.
Sofaconcerts is a Hamburg based company which connects artists directly with their hosts. With a huge database of hosts, with the majority being based in Germany, as well as France, Scandinavia, and the Netherlands – there are even some as far away as South Africa, Brazil, and Canada. You can search by radius of where you’ll be heading, so you can easily plan a route of spectacular venues along your way.
Low-Fi Concerts is a more recent site, it’s been around since 2015. Started by Anne Dvinge, who came up with the idea of wanting to create a global community for intimate concerts, she had built the beta platform within 10 weeks! Based in Copenhagen, the majority of the hosts are in that general area. Eager concert goers can look for gigs in their area, and purchase tickets directly from the site.
If you have any other favourite platforms you use, or have stories and photos about your favourite house concerts, please share them!
We’ve had the pleasure of being able to work with the beautiful London-based singer/songwriter IMAN. Her songwriting credits include the likes of Ed Sheerdan, Rudimental, and Kanye West, and now she’s releasing her own music under her own record label, Shop Front Records. Growing up in a household where her goals of working in music were actively discouraged, Iman made the courageous move to leave home at 16 to follow her dreams. This powerhouse was recently featured in Wonderland Magazine, and spoke of how she got to where she is now. Read the interview here
Listen to the most recent single, Wishing, on Spotify
Here at Leila & Geoffrey, we’re always looking for tips to share with our artist friends. We got really excited about this one!
The Help Musicians organisation launched a new program back in August – The Help Musicians Develop Fund. It is a fund to aid professional UK based-musicians access creative and professional development opportunities, both in the UK and internationally.
There are two streams:
The Transmission Fund – designed to help build careers by giving out grants between £500 – £1500, funding opportunities which allow musicians to focus on their development but supporting short courses, workshops, training, and coaching.
The Fusion Fund – offers £2,000 – £5,000 for musicians undertaking projects developing new work, ideas, and potential career directions through collaborative research.
We highly recommend researching more on the Help Musicians site!
There is so much help available, you just have to go look for it.
First of all, we’d like to say a big thank you to all of you who came out to LCPC’s big launch party a few weeks ago. It’s an exciting time, and we’re grateful to all who helped us celebrate this grand opening! The door is now open to this beautiful safe space. Whether it’s counselling you seek, or it’s you yourself who wishes to be a counsellor, LCPC offers a wide range of services. Low-cost appointments are available, as well as counselling courses – both certificate and diploma programs.
Also, there’s a pretty great deal if you pay a whopping £10 a year – become an LCPC member and receive a 10% discount on LCPC CPD events, talks and conferences. They’ve got some great events coming up, notably Michael Jacobs on November 25th who will be giving a workshop entitled ‘ Oedipus is Alive and Well’. Entrigued? Take a gander over here!
To cap off these exciting few weeks, Jason has been recently featured in a Daily Mail article to offer his insight on the growing number of women who ask their children not to call them ‘mum’.
Speaking to Maureen Brookbanks, he says ‘For some, there is a very real struggle in coming to terms with the life-long identity of being a mother…I suggest mums think carefully about the meaning and impact their demand not to be called Mum may have on their child. Relationships which use parental first names can still be very close, but why create a difference which the child will be impacted by?’
Read more about this phenomenon and what Jason has to say about it here