Thank you to all of you who graced our Fuelled by Female studio on Saturday. It was a very sociable and enjoyable day, one filled with good conversation, good company, and good music. It was the second open day for us, and has shown us further the potential in what we are doing.
As you know, Daniel and I have a vision we have nurtured since (and before) we met. What makes it amazing is the fact that we have a front row seat in its unfolding every day, and the more we see how it is progressing, the more our conviction grows and carries us forward. Earlier today I thought about everything we are doing, and I realised that those statements we so often hear – the ones about being a seed underground, developing, unseen, drawing nutrients of growth – that’s how I saw myself and Daniel, as though so many elements of what we do as people are literally done ‘in the dark’, away from people’s eyes, and then one day, the bud shoots from the ground, and slowly, slowly, it blossoms into something beautiful for all to enjoy. I believe we are now blossoming, and with this come wonderful people moving in and around our sphere, people who feel the vibe and who identify with it.
One lady on Saturday told me she could feel the ‘spirit’ in our room, that it positively consumed her when she entered. This lady bought Naked Raver, a book she had a strong urge to read. Another vixen lives across the small bridge near our studio, and for weeks now she has wondered what was going on in our room. Anyway, she ventured out to take a look, telling us that she can see the lights from her house and that the room always looks so lovely. She told us there was ‘power’ in the art and that it totally resonated with her.
Hannah Smalls brought much positivity and style to Fuelled by Female on Saturday, arriving early and hanging out before taking to the microphone at 1.30pm, singing with sweet musky vocals whilst Daniel served up her accompanying dub electronica. With a full female-only room (which wasn’t planned btw), Hannah entertained her audience, making us foot tap and smile whilst presenting us with some chilled beats and original lyrics (even quoting a Neville Goddard poem in one of her songs).
An hour later Daniel took to the Tiki Bar to deliver his first electronic set. With an Ableton Push and Macbook Pro at his fingertips, he led us to some interesting places, from a vaudeville theatre when singing Caterwaul, to a Tibetan Mountain when singing Sacred Seduction (a beautiful prayer-like song inspired by my next book). His cover of Bjork’s “Enjoy” was mesmerising, a rendition I could dance to all evening. I love this electronic side of the music, and Daniel is creating some amazing songs, both lyrically and compositionally.
One observer commented that she felt she was at an intimate, exclusive performance, whilst another comrade mentioned the opportunity of hosting a small Dj event in here. Both of these comments are cool, them being a reflection of the vision that Daniel and I have. We set the studio up to act as an intimate hang-out, one where people could come to enjoy all that is good, our art being a feast on the eyes, the music a feast on the ears, the décor a feast on the emotions, and the company, well, that’s just a non-stop feast of whatever you want it to be.
Daniel is currently editing video footage from the weekend, and when it is done you will get to see both Hannah’s and Daniel’s set. Our next event will be in February, and it is hoped that you will join us in creating another special memory.
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If you are interested in joining us on our adventure, I recommend reading Naked Raver. It is fun, philosophical, uplifting, and it takes you somewhere very special. (Nb: Books are signed on request. Please include note at checkout).