NME: Richard Ashcroft Returns

26 February 16

Posted at 9:03

Richard Ashcroft

Richard Ashcroft Returns! Exploding back into the public's consciousness Ashcroft re-enters the fray. His new album 'These People' is set for release and us people are getting very excited.

Richard (former lead singer of seminal band The Verve) has released a number of solo records since moving on from the first Verve period and then in 2006-7 he got back with former Verve band members in to tour and ultimately record the album 'Forth' (Dean went on tour with the band at this time). The unity of the band was short lived and the members chose to go their separate ways exploring their own directions. 

'These People' is going to be a very significant album and it is great to have one of musics most outspoken, intelligent and compelling artists back stirring it up and shaking it down. The first single from the album is 'This Is How It Feels' is now out now.

This cover feature is published in the NME magazine on the 26-2-16 you can see it here.

Great interview with Ashcroft here .



What Next?: Today at theprintspace

20 February 16

Posted at 11:26

What Next: The Printspace talk

Poster Image © Spencer Murphy


What Next ? Is an event created by theprintspace and the BJP Magazine.

Today Dean is taking part in the first of this four part series designed to help Students understand and get an insight into the world of Photography. Throughout the day invited guest speakers will give their personal accounts of what inspires, excited and drives them on as creatives. Dean will talk at 3:30pm and then join a panel including the other photographers from the days lectures for a Q&A session. Other photographers taking part in the event are Graeme Robertson, Spencer Murphy and Travis Hodges

Todays event is heavily subscribed but there maybe spaces still available register for this and future events click here.

As the organisers say: 'What Next? will bring together professionals working at the cutting edge of today’s photographic industry, to discuss the things affecting any visual artist wishing to embark on a career in this field today. We’ll examine the realities of getting commissions, getting signed to agencies, what editors look for, and hear the insights of award winning photographers about their own careers and the traits needed to stand out in an increasingly competitive visual landscape.'...Sounds good doesn't it..

Future dates for the other 3 events in this programme are as follows 5th and 19th March plus 2nd April they will have other guest speakers.


NME Awards: 2016

20 February 16

Posted at 10:47

NME Awards: Photoroom Special

The NME awards this year were especially fun, a massive party with new and exciting bands breaking through (and breaking tables..) as well as big bands like Coldplay bringing the whole night to a climax. Lots of different Awards are given out whether it's Best Band, Solo Artist, Video, Overseas Artist and there's even one for the 'Godlike Genius' (pictured here).

For over a decade on this special awards night Dean has created an improvised studio and the winners, presenters and all manner of different 'Faces' from the night come up and are photographed. The NME Awards Photo Room is a mad place to be, off set the room is packed with people, interviews going on, Dean controlling proceedings along with the NME Art Director Simon Freebrough and his team. It's Maximum fun ...To read more about the awards and see a few of the images from the night go to NME.com. Next Week in the magazine and over the period more images will emerge.... It was great fun!!


Brad Tribute Night: The Specials Drummer Celebrated

16 February 16

Posted at 10:35

Brad Tribute Night: The Specials Drummer Celebrated

It would have been John 'Brad' Bradbury's Birthday today, but tragically he passed away in January. Tonight there is a very special event happening in honour of this brilliant drummer and great man. Dean and fellow Return of the Rudeboy creator Harris Elliott will join many other notable Dj's and guest's including Gary Powell, Ashley Beedle and Terry Hall to pay tribute to Brad in a celebration of music. If you are a fan of The Specials  and would like to also be part of this evenings happening then click here for details of the tickets. All Proceeds go to Brads chosen charity the Nordoff Robbins Charity an organisation that aims to transform peoples lives through music.