Free House Project Review by erm, me

I really, truly loved it.  The only thing which puts more of a post-weekend glow on my face and in my head on a Monday is a trip to fabric, etc.

Though at 7pm on Saturday evening I was getting a little subdued, there were less people there than I was expecting, and that I was hoping/dreaming for – only just scraping into double figures, and I was having those thoughts that it was going to be a waste of my efforts.

But once I got on the decks at 8pm I was truly loving it, I had a fantastic time, I think I played a really good set, certainly considering that it was only the second time I had played out, and pleasingly I had plenty of good feedback…I think I surprised a few people.  It was quite off the cuff, I would say half the tracks I had decided in advance that I wanted to play but not the order in which I played them, the other half were decided about two minutes before I played them.  I surprised myself.  I will do more of a write-up another time and put some links to the tracks I played, however I don’t remember half of what I played!  I have already decided that I want to move onto vinyl one day, but one step at a time.  Next year, perhaps.

Around the same time a steady stream of people was heading in and it was rather busy come 10pm.

Big thanks have to go out to all the DJs who all exceeded high expectations and played cracking sets, with some fantastic house music.  Just what was required.

And a huge thank you to everyone who turned up, old friends, new friends and plenty of people I have never met before.  Apart from DJing which I truly loved, what I enjoyed most was the positive feedback from a surprising amount of people – to be told such things as “the best night out I have had in ages” makes it truly worthwhile.

And very good feedback from Milk Bar itself, and the proprietor, which is massively helpful of course!

So there will definitely be more parties – the next one is already booked in at Milk for Saturday 1st September.  Excited already!

I have learnt quite a fair amount over the last couple of months.  I will always now have a different view on the work that promoters put in.  It really isn’t easy, a lot of work had to go into it.  A lot more than I was expecting.  Designing flyers and ordering the right type is not as easy as it looks.  Finding DJs which are perfect for the event and available is not easy.  Turning down people who want to DJ is not easy, especially if they are friends.  It really was a steep learning curve and I required quite a bit of help from various people – you know who you are.

I feel that I did well with creation and curation, I also am really happy with my DJ set.  I definitely could have done more in the way of promoting but there is only so much time available when you work full-time and there is only one person promoting.  I probably require a better strategy for promoting in the future.

I hope to have more FHP news soon.  The revolution has begun.

I Love You England!

Wow. Up yours Scotland. We are going to win the Euro’s. We have your oil and you just have haggis, we were once Champions of the World and now we are going to be Champions of Europe and all you have apart from the Loch Ness Monster is something almost equally as mythical in a victory over Holland many decades ago – and exactly how good are Holland? Nil poit, that is how good. Though at least they made it there.

Again, we are proving that we are world-beaters, and this time luck is not going against us. Of course, we may still have to play Germany unless the Greeks get revenge for now having to pay tax, also known as austerity, on the evil Germans (sorry Sven, love you really). And we all know that Germany always employ tricks to beat England, like getting Gazza sent off, bribing linesmen, or practising penalties in advance.

So even though we are best in the world now, I do have to accept that we might not beat ze Germans.

Oh, apart from the fact that Ukraine were apparently better than us in every area last night except goals scored. I shall overlook that for now.

And what is more, a big, huge, thank you has to go to Sweden for ensuring France didn’t finish above England. For if France finished top and England second, England would have been playing on Saturday night which would have probably meant less people at the launch of Free House Project – I don’t want football to get in the way of the clubbing revolution that I am launching. So the Free House Project is free to be what it should be on Saturday and that makes me even more happier than England proving they are the best team in the world, bar none, ever.

I am so looking forward to Free House Project on Saturday and I really do hope that a few of my good friends will be there to support me. I cannot believe how much of my life it has consumed over the last month or so, I have enjoyed it but I need a few happy faces on Saturday, as I haven’t done it just for my own enjoyment. It should get easier in the future as it has been a steep learning curve, I never for a second thought it would be a walk in the park organising and creating the Free House Project but there have been significantly more challenges that I expected though I did set myself high standards to achieve. I did want to have monthly parties but it might have to be less often than that, at least to start with. Unless it is a total flop then it will be a one-off to be remembered never by nobody…but surely it will be a success of sorts at least? Please!!!

And on a final note, up yours Sepp Blatter you secret Nigerian Scotsman. Stick your World Cup up your backside. Even the Scots will probably agree with me that the Euro’s are a far better standard of football than the World Cup, and a much more enjoyable tournament full stop. No pointless games, no dodgy footballs that only the Germans can use, no Vuvuzela’s (I still have mine, he he he!!!) – and the Ukraine and Poland seem to have done a very good job at organising and hosting said tournament.

Of course, it could well be known as the second best tournament ever if and when England win it.


Ps, I have just had a brain-wave – let’s give Scotland to Argentina to stop them banging on about the Falklands. How do I start a petition?

My Jubilee Weekend

I didn’t really celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee like I should have.

I love the Queen, I would have liked a trip to London and probably would have gone by myself had the weather been better but I had nobody to go with and wasn’t bothered enough to get soaking wet by myself.

The Royal Wedding was one of my best days of 2011.  I had other priorities this time.  I was thinking more about myself this time.  How selfish.  Sorry Queeny.

On Saturday I ended up having a wander around the festival of Weather, Art and Music, though I was only really interested in the weather stuff and speaking to people with a similar passion to mine, in fact everyone I spoke with  it seemed like it was their life.  I did a blog post about it on Saturday so if you are interested about it more then you know where to look.

Most importantly I am now a proud member of The Weather Club.

Elsewhere at Milk Bar on Sunday was another highlight, with excellent music from 4 top DJs from start to finish.

However the one noticeable thing was just how quiet it was.  To be fair, the weather was truly awful, Reading as a whole was dead all weekend, and they were competing with the Queen.

I am not sure if I am yet in a position to give advice, June 23rd will be the test of this, however I’m not one to keep quiet and one thing I would suggest is to get off Facebook and get out and about in Reading promoting it.  As far as things stand at the moment, Elsewhere is my favourite party in Reading (I am sure I might prefer my own party more when it happens but that is only natural) – it just needs more awareness.

Even I came close to doing a couple of other things instead of Elsewhere – it seemed as though it was assumed I would go – nobody asked me.  People like to feel involved in things, people like to feel invited, or to be invited.  I’m not necessarily talking about me as I will go to whatever I feel like going to, but there is a market for good house music in Reading – however you need to get out there, get talking about your event, and get other people talking about it.

It is up to the new generation of promoters with a love for the music to restart the underground house scene in Reading – with a bit of love, dedication and promotion it can be done and Elsewhere deserves to be one of the most talked about parties in the local area – it has all the right ingredients, just get out and talk about it more!

The rest of my weekend seemed to be taken up with idea generation.  I am absolutely firing when it comes to generating ideas at the moment.  From DJ set ideas to event ideas to multi-national global business ideas (and I am talking potential turnover of hundreds of millions – crazy but it is an amazing idea however how the fuck does little old me get such a business up and running?!).

I am absolutely firing like never before.

However I have long thought of myself as an ideas man but can I convert them into reality?  Look how long it has taken to convert the Free House Project from concept to reality (2.5 years).  Look how long it took me to buy decks.  I’ve only wanted to learn web design for about 2 years and I just don’t have time to fulfil all my plans on that, although at least I started.

One day dear readers, one day it will all come good.

For now, I will just continue to enjoy myself.

Most importantly, there is lots more enjoyment to come – a very good friend’s birthday on Friday, a very good friend’s leaving do on Saturday, see my parents and sister in Oxford on Saturday during the day – and a small matter of the football.

I fucking love life…its brilliant, isn’t it?! X


There are often things to do in Reading that you wouldn’t necessarily expect, and I wouldn’t have discovered this without a nod from my good friend Josie, who mentioned it a while ago.  How odd that the only person I know who seems to know about this lives in Australia?

Anyway, Wamfest is a festival about the weather, art and music, with the weather being the predominant theme.

I spent an hour of my time there, I could have spent more had I planned for it as it is always good to meet people who share my passions with a similar or greater level of passion as I do.  Maybe I will have to have a stall there next year for my local weather forecasting service?  I need to build a reputation first though and that takes time, a hell of a lot of time and I think I would get a lot of criticism from the scientific community as I am not a scientist, however I do have an ability and the balls to make predictions which scientists often don’t have.

I had a chat with a lady from the Royal Meteorological Society, which I had heard of but don’t really know much about, and moved on to speak to The Weather Club and signed up to be a member as I rather like the look of their magazine, and membership was a bargain at a special price of £10 (I think it is normally £20) and it came with a free Galileo Thermometer, ooh how nice.

I asked the young girl who was helping her mother out on the stall at The Weather Club what her favourite part of the weather was, expecting some response like “sunshine” but she told me that she was really interested in space weather.  Well, that took me back quite a bit.  I guess she was around 9-10 years old – wow this next generation is incredibly intelligent, I hope my generation don’t mess up the world as much as the generation currently running it.  Space weather.  At that age.  Wow.

I then went on to have a look at a chart depicting weather events in Berkshire, and it shows a gradual warming of the climate since the late 19th Century, and suggested a continuing rise.  I discussed various recent weather events with someone who has been recording local observations since the 1970’s, though I am not sure if he was representing any organisation in particular.

I did then come across the University of Reading and their Meteorology department but they did not seem overly like they were interested in communicating so I moved onto the Met Office, who also seemed a tad reluctant to communicate, I did try to engage in a conversation about climate change and whether it should be separate to meteorology in an organisational sense but did not get very far.

I think the event overall is an excellent idea, a truly excellent idea, a perfect place to have it, however it wasn’t attended very well when I went which is not so much due to the nature of the festival but the type of place and society Reading is, in that it is quite difficult to connect to people if you just stand there, you have to go out and grab them and get their attention.

I hope this event becomes an annual thing because it really could turn into something very special for the town and the organisations involved, perhaps a bit more ‘nowness’ is required by the organisers to turn it from something very interesting and minimally attended to something more spectacular, engaging and worthwhile, and perhaps even internationally recognised in time to come.

The whole thing should really have been done over the course of a week or perhaps 9-10 days as it would have generated interest as it went along, it isn’t really one of those things that you can just pop in and out as you feel and be totally satisfied.

I am really pleased that I went and I hope this is not a one off and that there will be more to come.

Rupert Murdoch

What exactly has he done?

Why is the Leveson Inquiry so onerously being banged on about when there are other far more newsworthy items to report, compared to what I might consider of more importance, like the human rights of the citizens of Syria, or good news stories of new jobs created in this country.

The BBC is well and truly up its own arse.

But yet they do lots of brilliant things – if we privatised it, we could make a lot of money out of it as it is still apparently respected elsewhere.

I wish I had a BBC I could respect but I feel it is full of socialists.