PULL UP!!: July 2020: REWIND

25 July 20

Posted at 10:43

Pull Up!! July 2020

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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.

Emma Noble: No Turning Back

26 June 20

Posted at 7:27

Emma Noble: No Turning Back

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Emma Noble’s debut single is out today. No Turning Back is released on the Swedish label, Cosmos Music.

Emma's sound is influenced by her love for rare soul, funk and disco this passion and knowledge for the music steadily grew since she moved to London 10 years ago, exploring and being part of the city’s underground soul scene. 

A regular DJ with Sophie 'Heath' Corbin, the pair present a regular radio show on Totally Wired Radio.

Back to the single Emma say's: “It’s a kind of metaphor about getting yourself out of a situation where you are a bit stuck, and that moment you realise you need to act. 

I guess it’s about empowerment and inspiring people who might be in a place where they feel like they aren’t getting the best from life and encouraging them to say “F*** it, I’m getting out of here now" 

Dean has photographed Emma on a number of occasions over the years, the cover of the single was one of the most recent times. Emma Noble also appears in Dean's film 'Young Souls' as well as the accompanying photographic collection that appeared alongside the film. These images can be seen in 'The Assembly' section of this site.


PULL UP!!: Return of the Rudeboy 6th Anniversary : Rewind

20 June 20

Posted at 1:46

PULL UP!!: June Session Catch Up

©Dean Chalkley / Harris Elliott / Return of the Rudeboy


Pull Up!! June 2020 now available to listen again click HERE

This month Dean x Harris Elliott present a Return of the Rudeboy 6th anniversary special broadcast. Rather than follow the usual mainly music direction the programme evolves into more of a podcast, so talking with music. Featured guests are some of the collaborators from the original exhibition, Art Comes First, Andrew Ibi, Jason Jules, Bevan Agyemang  and Gary Powell (pictured here in a detail from one of the shots in the show), Gary is the dapper drummer from The Libertines and more recently The Specials plus other collectives. 

Harris and Dean talk about this crucial moment we are in right now as well as reflecting on the past, vital views and wisdoms are contained in this programme you must listen to this broadcast!! 

It's recommended using headphones for the best listening experience.


PULL UP!!: Return of the Rudeboy 6th Anniversary

18 June 20

Posted at 5:15

PULL UP!! : June Edition Return of the Rudeboy Special

PULL UP!! : June Edition Return of the Rudeboy Special

PULL UP!! : June Edition Return of the Rudeboy Special

©Dean Chalkley / Harris Elliott / Return of the Rudeboy


Return of the Rudeboy originally opened at Somerset House on 13th June 2014. This seminal exhibition presented by creative director Harris Elliott and Dean celebrated the 21st Century Rudie. Tonight on Totally Wired Radio Dean and Harris change up the usual flow of their monthly radio show to dive deep into the insights and experiences from the original exhibition. Harris and Dean welcome onto PULL UP!! Art Comes First, Andrew Ibi, Gary Powell, Jason Jules and Bevan Agyemang, all the aforementioned creatives were collaborators in the 2014 exhibition.

Todays radio discussions reflect on memories of those times and the effect Return of the Rudeboy had and continues to have. In keeping with the Return of the Rudeboy's ethos and cultural position Harris, Dean and the guests also discuss these pivotal and crucial moments we are in now. 

PULL UP!! can be heard on Totallywiredradio.com 6-8pm 18-6-20

Please note: Approximately 24hrs after it can be listened to on the 'Catch Up' part of the station and on Mixcloud, we will update this post once this happens.

The pictures above feature: Jason Jules, Art Comes First, Bevan Agyemeng all were photographed for the original Return of the Rudeboy exhibition.


Return of the Rudeboy: 6 years ago today

13 June 20

Posted at 6:07

Return of the Rudeboy

©Dean Chalkley / Harris Elliott / Return of the Rudeboy


Return of the Rudeboy took place at Somerset House in London 6 years ago today.

On an equally sunny day Harris Elliott x Dean's exhibition opened in the Terrance Rooms, South Wing of Somerset House.
It was a landmark immersive exhibition that worked culturally, historically and aesthetically. 
Six rooms of the gallery were used to present Photography as well as numerous other aspects;  a live Barbershop, Tailoring presentation by Art Comes First, Dj sets from the likes of Norman Jay MBE, Film Screenings, Book Readings and discussions. 
This exhibition informed of the positive impact the generation now dubbed 'Windrush' had on Britain and showed the style and swagger of the 21st Century Rudeboy in full effect, a celebration of culture that resonates & vibrates today as it did then.
Photography: Dean Chalkley x  Creative Direction: Harris Elliott
Rudeboy in the picture: Sam Lambert (Art Comes First)   

Totally Wired Radio: PULL UP!!

22 May 20

Posted at 2:07

Totally Wired Radio: PULL UP!!: May 2020


PULL UP!! May 2020 : Originally broadcast on the evening of Thursday 21-5-20 Harris Elliott and Dean's monthly radio session is now available to listen again. With typical eclectic and astute taste the music selections are diverse and yet focused on the PULL UP!! ethic. This particular edition features an exclusive poem read by it's athour Aimée Keeble. PULL UP!! is beamed out across the world wide web by East London's Totally Wired Radio...Click HERE for the show.

NME Magazine: Matty Healy : The 1975

22 May 20

Posted at 12:53

NME Magazine: Matty Healy : The 1975

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Out today on the cover of the NME Magazine it's Matty Healy from uber popular The 1975. This feature coincides with the bands release of their fourth album, 'Notes From A Conditional Form'.  "I'm putting a bow on my adolescence with this record" says Matty, the feature talks about the bands beginnings and how this work is very of the moment...Writer Dan Stubbs conducted two socially distanced interviews with Matty, Dan in London and Matty in the East Midlands for the article, it's a good read and highlights many things including the moment the band teamed up with Greta Thunberg last summer, how the idea of touring made him wrestle with the ideas of (un)sustainability and how this Covid-19 lockdown period has made him do some serious thinking about many topics...There are more pictures Dean shot of the band and Matty in the feature to read the full piece click HERE

Route One Mgmt: Interview with Dean

18 May 20

Posted at 6:59


A new series of interviews presented by Route One mgmt's Matt Hazelden called '3 Is The Magic Number' features guests who operate in the creative world. Released on the 17th May Dean was the guest in conversation. This is an energetic discussion covering such topics as Dean's influences from photography to music, points of view on the moments in which we are living and much in between, click HERE to go to the interview.

The Observer Magazine: KSI

18 May 20

Posted at 6:28

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KSI is an online megastar, a rapper, boxer and high energy entertainer. With over 21 million subscribers on his YouTube channel and over 13 million followers amassed through Twitter and Instagram, he certainly is popular. The 17th May Observer Magazine cover feature photographed by Dean is accompanied by an interview that finds KSI (aka JJ) revealing a personal side that has until now rarely been heard about. Discussing his life so far, the responsibility of communicating with such large audiences and many other topics including his forthcoming first album 'Dissimulation' are all touched on.

KSI is forging ahead, shape-shifting in a unique and liquid way exploring new and evolving projects.