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.

PULL UP!!: October Session

29 October 20

Posted at 11:16

PULL UP!!: October Session



This months session reaches far and wide musically, Harris and Dean bring Dub, Jazz, Soul and even the abstract sound of bats into the mix. 

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PULL UP!!: September Session

06 October 20

Posted at 11:33

Pull Up!!: September Session



Dean and Harris Elliott's monthly radio session 'PULL UP!!' is available to hear again. Originally broadcast on the 21st September through the East London digital radio station Totally Wired Radio.

This month the duo DJ a vinyl only selection of uplifting beats and rhythms as well as a bit of chat in between the records.

Available to hear now again on the Catch Up / Mixcloud .


Emma Noble: Vinyl 45 Release

10 September 20

Posted at 6:39

Emma Noble: No Turning Back / Woman Of The World

©Dean Chalkley



Emma Noble has released her debut 45 vinyl disc. This beautiful orange disc contains Emma's up tempo 'No Turning Back' and on the reverse her reworking of Marvin Gaye's anthemic 'Woman Of The World'. The singles were made as a limited edition and have sold out fast becoming instant collectors items. 

Dean's monochromatic photograph of Emma features on the cover artwork.

PULL UP!!: August 2020

10 September 20

Posted at 5:58

PULL UP!! : August



Dean and Harris's radio show PULL UP!! broadcast on Monday 17th through Totally Wired Radio, a slight shift from the third Thursday of each month to the third Monday of each month. This month the pair focus on music with two hours of brilliant beats and exciting rhythms, recorded live from the Totally Wired Radio studios in East London. Click HERE for the link.

Get ready for the next show on the 21st September.

Emma Noble: Woman Of The World

25 August 20

Posted at 1:03

Emma Noble: Women of the World

©Dean Chalkley



The first spin of Emma Noble’s latest release went out on Gary Crowley’s BBC radio show on Saturday 22-8-20.

‘Woman Of The World’  is an uplifting positive anthem, a version of a track from the ‘lost’ 1972 Marvin Gaye album “You’re The Man” released in March 2019 decades after Marvin’s passing.

This new track will be pared with Emma’s debut release ‘No Turning Back’ and made available as a very limited edition 7inch vinyl through Acid Jazz Records.

Please note if you want to get a copy then move fast (at the time of writing this journal entry over half have been secured) . It is available for pre-order here.

Date for release on 28th August.


25 July 20

Posted at 11:08

Eddie Piller: Mod Revival

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Scheduled for release on: 18th September: Eddie Piller presents The Mod Revival 

Mod culture has many different facets, growing and evolving being shaped by a variety of influences since it originally emerged in the UK in the late 1950's.

With this album Eddie Piller has collaborated with Demon Music to present an extensive compilation focusing on the Mod Revival period of the late 1970's into the 1980's.

This was a time when so many young people were captivated by the Mod style from decades past, some sought to look back and reflect what had gone from those early days in a purest sense whereas others took those past influences and twisted things through their contemporary time...This is where The Mod Revival album comes in. The music is full of angst, spiky guitars and youthful exuberance clearly expressing the youth cultural explosion that was happening against the backdrop of those times. This part of the Mod scene relates to what had came out the other side of Punk with added influences of bands including The Who, The Small Faces, Creation The Action as well as sixties Soul and R&B,

Eddie Piller has been immersed in the Mod scene since the 1970's through it's various evolution twists and turns, he's an author, social commentator, DJ, radio station owner. In the 1990's Eddie cofounded Acid Jazz Records with Gilles Peterson,in time Gilles decided to leave and form other imprints and projects, Eddie continues to sign bands and musical artistes totting up thousands of releases on Acid Jazz Records.

As mentioned this Mod Revival album is a personal reflection of the music from the Mod Revival scene compiled by Eddie and released on Demon / Edsel Records, the CD Release has a staggering 92 tracks included,  the LP has 28 tracks on red and blue vinyl. Both formats will have extensive extras in the form of sleeve notes and illustrations from Eddie's scrap book...Available on preorder through Rough Trade and other suppliers. 

PULL UP!!: July 2020: REWIND

25 July 20

Posted at 10:43

Pull Up!! July 2020

©Dean Chalkley / Harris Elliott



Continuing the conversation...This month Dean and Harris invite guests Cynthia Lawrence-John, Tmichael, Seye Adelekan and Norman Jay onto PULL UP!!...

The conversations are frank, illuminating, inspiring and don't pull any punches. 

This Pull Up!! session was originally broadcast through Totally Wried Radio on the 16th July in the regular 2 hour slot that takes place on the third Thursday of each month. The link below will take you to the  'Catch Up' version of the programme that has an additional music only section made from the music selections from the four special guests. 

Click here for PULL UP!!

The next PULL UP!! will be 20th August.