Jocks & Nerds Magazine

18 February 21

Posted at 1:02

Jocks & Nerds: Lou & Lydia

©Dean Chalkley



The long awaited issue 26 of Jocks & Nerds magazine, 260 pages of vital work from this excellent publication. 

Dean shot several features for the current issue, over the next few posts we will present a taster of what some of them looked like however the features are extensive, as an example image above from the Lou & Lydia fashion story is in fact 32 pages long so to get the full effect we recommend you drop Jocks & Nerds a line and order the physical magazine for yourself. You can reach Jocks & Nerds HERE

Lou & Lydia are Lou Christou and Lydia Sharpe

PULL UP!!: February 2021

17 February 21

Posted at 2:30

PULL UP!!: February 2021



PULL UP!! February 2021 edition features as ever the wonderful broad and eclectic musical selection Dean x Harris are know for delivering, in addition there is a new feature  this month called '2 From The Crew' for this first 2FTC Mark Professor jumps up and suggests two of his favourite tracks. Click HERE to link to the show.



STUDIO 45: January 2021

05 February 21

Posted at 6:59

STUDIO 45 Record

©Dean Chalkley



For the past few years every January Dean and his good friend Neil Barker have hosted the Studio 45 club night at The Social in Little Portland Street,London. The reason for this annual residency is that original co-founder Dean Thatcher generally holidays to Goa and asks Dean and Neil step into make the physical club swing.

This year things are a bit different, no physical happening, but as an alternative to brighten up the mind body and soul there are regular Studio 45 happenings online via Totally Wired Radio. It is only fitting that Dean and Neil were invited to reside over the Saturday 30th January 2021 episode as it would have been that night that they would have been behind the decks in the physical club...

So for your listening pleasure HERE is the Mixcloud archive, it's vital and upbeat, all the records are from Dean and Neil's personal vinyl collections all rare Northern Soul, Reggae and Rhythm'n'Blues 

The record in the photograph above is the first record Dean plays in his first set... I'm Coming Home by September Jones rather apt under the circumstances...of course a brilliant record too...

PULL UP!!: January 2021

05 February 21

Posted at 5:54

PULL UP!! January 2021

Shola Aleje by Marcus Hessenberg



PULL UP!!  January 2021 with guest selector Shola Aleje joining Dean for a deep and dynamic session to start the year. Shola's choices are aired in the first hour of the show, Dean takes the second through to the end.

Usual co-presenter Harris Elliott was off grid for this month but will return to the PULL UP!! framer soon.

Shola and Dean select music far and wide, across genre and styles but always linking through the essential PULL UP!! frame.

Click HERE for the Mixcloud Link. 


PULL UP!!: December Session 2020

24 December 20

Posted at 12:21

PULL UP!! Dec 2020



PULL UP!! : Dean Chalkley x Harris Elliott on Totally Wired Radio : December's 'Master Blaster' radio session is now available to listen to HERE .

Prepare yourself for the usual sonic twists and turns, for this month there's a good few musical surprise surprises in the mix.

Pull Up!! will be back in January on it's usual 3rd Monday of the month slot.. so set your clocks for 6-8pm January 18th 2021..

Never Turn Back: Superette Print Sales

03 December 20

Posted at 4:27

On Reflection

'On Reflection' from the exhibition 'Never Turn Back' © Dean Chalkley



Superette is a film production house and gallery based in Paris, France.

Back in 2016 Dean exhibited his show 'Never Turn Back' in the Parisian gallery, this residency followed closely Norwich and London shows.

Superette's co-founder Armelle Fradet recently contacted Dean and explained her idea of creating a series of Superette Edition Prints. Selected images from the photographic artist's Superette Galllery have hosted over the past years, six selected works from each the fifteen different photographers.

All the artists agreed to the concept and this week the Superette Store officially opened selling the Superette Editions.

Artists include Dean, Cathine Louis, Julien Mignot and Sophie Ebrard ...  

Click HERE to go to the Store opening page.

The image above is 'On Reflection' one of Dean's images selected and on offer as a Superette Edition Print. 

Prints For Music: Charity Print Sale: Escapism

25 November 20

Posted at 7:03

Prints For Music

'Escapism' © Dean Chalkley 



Update to the original post below: THE SALE HAS NOW CLOSED, and we are very pleased to announce that in total £115,000 was raised for the Stage Hand welfare and benevolent fund Charity.

It was a great initiative that will help so many, thank you if you got involved HERE is a link to the Charity. 


Over 100 iconic prints of world renowned music artists taken by globally recognised and celebrated photographers. This sale represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a piece of music history, with many of the prints usually unavailable to buy. Available for only four weeks (until 21st Dec 2020), each print costs £95, with 100% of proceeds going to Stagehand.

Click HERE to visit to Prints For Music Site or HERE to go directly to secure a print of 'Escapism'.

Music production teams have lost more than three-quarters of their regular work during the pandemic leaving many in financial hardship. Those jobs often simply do not exist without live performances. 

Music and commercial photographer Ed Robinson recognised the issue and has pulled together his photography and music industry friends and colleagues to donate their pictures and services to help those behind the scene figures in the music business. 

All the photographers involved have generously donated select photographs and help support Stangehand's Covid-19 crew relief fund, Dean has contributed the above image for the duration of the initiative. .

Please note all prints will be posted via Royal Mail Special delivery for the UK and tracked delivery for international. If you require the prints in time for Christmas, please order before 11th December (UK) and 1st December (international)Orders placed after this date may not arrive until January 2021. 

The Sunday Times Magazine: Micheal Ward

22 November 20

Posted at 2:19

The Sunday Times Magazine: Micheal Ward

©Dean Chalkley 



Micheal Ward the brilliant young actor is featured in The Sunday Times Magazine today, the session with Dean took place in the short period between lockdowns in East London.

Today's article hits the news stand on the same day as Micheal appears in 'Lovers Rock', the second crucial film in director Steve McQueen's vital Small Axe series on BBC One...


Audiences from the series 'Top Boy' and films 'Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records' as well as  'Blue Story' will already know the scale of Micheal's talents, tonight in 'Lovers Rock' he is 'Frankyln' appearing alongside 'Martha' who's played by Amarah-Jae St Aubyn. 

Micheal Ward was presented with the Rising Star award at the Bafta Awards earlier in 2020

Icon: Music Behind The Lens : On The Record

19 November 20

Posted at 5:28



ICON: Music Through The Lens this week focuses on famous Album Cover Artwork.

You can see a glimp of the programme in the clip above that features Dizzee Rascal and Dean. 

'On The Record' is Episode 3 of the series screening at 10pm Sky Arts Freeview Channel 11 or if you are a Sky Arts subscriber all episodes are available to watch on demand.

Icon: Music Through The Lens

04 November 20

Posted at 3:21

Icon: Music Behind The Lens

©Dean Chalkley / Design: Ben Drury / XL Recordings



Icon: Music Behind The Lens : The new six part television series documenting the history, impact and art of Music Photography shown for the first time on Sky Arts Friday 6th November 22:00 (GMT).

Dean contributed to the series along with over 60 of the worlds most eminent photographers who work in the music world. Also many of the musical artists from the pictures also give their perspective and opinions too including none other that Dizzee Rascal (pictured above). 

The programme is fast paced and exciting going from one photographer to another with live footage and the most iconic (as the name suggests) photographs from music. There are great stories and revelations, what went into the shots and the moments surrounding them. Director Dick Carruthers has included so much great music through the series, it is rare that so much  access and music material has been given, and it is testament to the fact that this is a  definitive and unique documentary on the subject. 

Each episode focuses on different  things. What makes an iconic image? This question provides the central theme for episode one as we are introduced to some of music photography’s greatest names.

Episode 3 focuses on The evolution of record sleeve photography from its roots in Jazz and early rock’n’roll through to the highly stylised concepts and imagery of modern-day music genres. Discussed by art directors, musicians and, of course, those music photographers responsible for some of these classic and legendary album covers (see if the cover above pops up...).

Just some of the photographers interviewed alongside Gered Mankowitz about their work in music include: Jill Furmanovsky, Kevin Westenberg, Terry O’Neill, Kevin Cummins, Bob Gruen, Rachel Wright, Deborah Feingold, Baron Wolman, Neal Preston, Roger Sargent, Dean Chalkley, Tom Sheehan, Pooneh Ghana, Michael Zagaris, Mick Rock, Danny Clinch, Christie Goodwin, Albert Watson, Lynn Goldsmith and Rankin to name but a few. Sharing eye-opening insights from a musician’s viewpoint are Alice Cooper, Craig David, Nick Mason (Pink Floyd), Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols), Ziggy Marley, Lars Ulrich, (Metallica), Zara Larsson, Stefflon Don, Julian Lennon and Dizzee Rascal and many others.




SKY Arts is now on Freeview 11 a new episode every Friday for 6 weeks, if you subscribe to SKY then on certain of their packages it can be watched back to back.