Blog: Sylvester Sessions

Amelia wears Tiger bomber & Stripey top.

Amelia wears Tiger bomber & Stripey top.

Sylvester Sessions #86

Amelia Murray

Musician, Fazerdaze
Auckland, New Zealand

You've just been on tour in Europe with the release of your first album, where was your favourite place to play, and what comforts do you take with you on tour?

It would probably be a toss up between Paris and Bournemouth. Paris was great because it's was beautiful and warm and we managed to have 3 or 4 days off there (which is so rare on tour). We played an awesome little festival called The French Escape and so many people showed up early to see us. And then Bournemouth was kind of the opposite; we played this tiny wild show in a dive bar. The guys that organised it got on stage at the end and gave us a huge cake with our faces on it to celebrate my album coming out. There was lots of crowd surfing and a mosh pit.

My tour comforts are headphones, a notebook to write in, running shoes, books and my band mates... the band seem to make everything funny and enjoyable even when we're all tired and sleeping at weird hours.

Listening to your album feels like sitting in the sun, where were you and what were you thinking about when writing the music?

Mostly in Auckland. I wrote and recorded it between various flats I was living in. The majority of it I wrote in this one dark room at the top of a house which would overheat like crazy. I remember feeling pretty lost but the album became a way for me to stay focused and productive. It was pretty lonely and isolating making it but it has ultimately connected me to more people than I could have ever imagined.

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Ai wears Motocross polo top.

Sylvester Sessions #85

Ai Ushijima

Photographer
Tokyo, Japan

What do you do in Tokyo?

I am a assistant producer at production company. Although,I do take part several works like advertising promotion, branding, and curating projects with creators from all over the world.

What do you enjoy about shooting film and what do you look to capture?

I started to take pictures with film after I participated in a volunteer of restarting pictures from The Great East Japan Earthquake, 2011. The pictures were from disaster area which attacked by Tsunami, so all of them were covered with mud and it was invisible at first. As we preceding, we finally could see the pictures and what reflected were the pictures of family, celebrating birthday with friends and all those daily sights. I found it is important to develop photos to keep memories rather than storing as data as its broke easily by water and some crashes. So, I decided to get the film camera right after the volunteer and still now I carry a film camera all the time.

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Emma wears Leaves shirt & Chambray belted up trouser.

Emma wears Leaves shirt & Chambray belted up trouser.

Sylvester Sessions #84

Emma Gleason

Writer
Auckland, New Zealand

What advice would you give your 20 year old self?

You don't know who you are, but you're not supposed to yet. The insecurity, self-loathing and anxiety you feel engulfed by now won't last; these form the yardstick with which you'll measure your progress. Love your body, show it some appreciation and respect, and above all listen to it because it's screaming at you. Youth isn't everything, in fact I wouldn't trade places with you for anything in the world. Nearly ten years separates us now, but the expanse seems far greater from where I'm standing. Be patient, you'll understand love and heartbreak, you'll understand your family and most importantly of all you'll understand your own mind, body and soul.

A book that has always stayed with you:

The Lover by Marguerite Duras has been ingrained in my mind since I read the slim volume five years ago. Her evocative description of tropical heat and intimacy, so beautifully rendered in the written word, is something I haven't been able to forget. Another equally visceral and well written book is Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy, a fever dream hellscape of violence and brutality, incredibly poetic and disturbing.

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Rachel & Mamiko wear Motocross polo top.

Rachel & Mamiko wear Motocross polo top.

Sylvester Sessions #83

Rachel & Mamiko

Rappers, Chelmico 
Tokyo, Japan

How would you describe your music?

RACHEL: Cheerful
MAMIKO: Upbeat

How did you get into rap music?

RACHEL: I called for her
MAMIKO: Rachel asked me to rap together

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