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Interview (english version)  (Shoreditch, Londres)  mars 2019

Cold February morning in Shoreditch. I'm set to meet my friend Angry Dan and spend time with him while he paints a mural outside the Griffin pub.

A good 7 hours out in the sun. Colours, music and passers by punctuated by pit stops for coffee, tea, snack and I confess, soup.

I don't know much about street art. I'm an art lover, member of Tate Modern but that's where my show stops. I didn't study art, and pretty much like music, I need to feel it.

I decided to write an article about Angry Dan, not because he's a friend but because I'm always touched by his works. He is extremely talented and witty and the world needs to know about him !

I love poetry. I'm a music snob. Naturally when that guy read that poem at the wedding I attended 5 years ago I was wowed and desperately needed to know who wrote it. I didn't manage to speak to the reader at the wedding but a bit of social networking can do miracles. The poem was read and written by Angry Dan. Our friendship started. He writes poems, he draws poems.

I got introduced to that form of poem I had never heard of: limericks (Irish origin as the name suggests).

He started to write them a while ago and as he had no one to draw them for him he started to draw himself. He puts them on Instagram on an almost daily basis, and he recently started to paint them on street walls, commissioned by art galleries and organisations. I spent several hours observing the work in progress from the 1st drop of colour to signature. Chatting, listening to (good) music. A real privilege. After that some words rather than questions came to my mind so this is not an interview but words I threw at him and his relationship with them, in his own words :


Angry Dan : I enjoy the classics, when I make the effort the delve into them, but I don't really read that much serious poetry. My writing tends to fall into two categories : either I'm trying to amuse myself, or I'm saying exactly what I mean in the simplest way possible.


Angry Dan : I've written them on buses, trains, boats, and planes. I've written them on the sides of mountains and while swimming in the sea. I've written them in supermarket checkout queues and during important meetings. I've written plenty while lying awake in the middle of the night and I've written plenty more whilst sitting on the toilet. They are my most faithful companion.


Angry Dan : Music is my first love. My voice, as a writer, developed by writing folk ballads on the guitar and piano.

Nick Drake

Angry Dan : I saw a picture of Nick Drake in a magazine when I was about 15. I bought Way To Blue, the introductory compilation, in my local record shop, and I've been listening to him since then. His fingers and his voice are so strong. If I really try to describe the way his music makes me feel, I'll just sound like a soppy idiot.


Angry Dan : They have everything.


Angry Dan : I'm colourblind, so I have a funny relationship with colour. I certainly don't enjoy the view any less, but I do have to ask people what colour things are on a regular basis. That's one of the reasons why lots of my work is really bright, because I turn the saturation up to 100%. That way I know what I'm dealing with.


Angry Dan : I don't really mind whether people think my work is art. I just want them to look at it, and if they enjoy it, then it's done what it's supposed to do.

Street Art

Angry Dan : Working on the street has been the most effective way to get my work seen. When you see work online, it can be difficult to know how you really feel about it.


Angry Dan : Now, when I'm walking down the street I'm constantly analysing surface texture, and spotting potential places to paint. It's similar if you're obsessed with skateboarding, and you see the city as a playground.


Angry Dan : For me, everything starts with words. Whether it's a painting, or film, or song, it's all words in its first incarnation.


Angry Dan : It's easy to get carried away.


Angry Dan : I grew up in the sticks, and moved here when I was 21, which was mind-blowing. I think people can be more inclined to let you down, and relationships seem more transient, but it gives you the chance to reinvent yourself over and over again, hopefully for the better.


Angry Dan : I love the feeling of turning up to a wall early with a rucksack full of paint and half an idea of how to do the piece. All day I'm making decisions and solving problems and trying not to make a mess. I feel the same urgency to paint now, that I did when I was making electronic music in my teens. I haven't felt like this for a long time.


Angry Dan : I'm still learning about nozzles and stencils and how different paints behave. I've met tons of really nice people in the scene who are more than happy to share the wealth of their knowledge.

Art School

Angry Dan : I didn't go to art school. In fact, I didn't really draw at all from primary school 'til about 3 years ago when I started to draw my poems. That's why they look the way they do; because I don't really know what I'm doing.


Angry Dan : My work ethic is the best it's ever been.


Angry Dan : I slept on a sofa in Camden Town for about 4 months in 2006. I wasn't studying, but the people who lived there were mostly at Central St Martins doing Fine Art. Although it was a relatively short period of time, I met so many people who I still know now during that period.


Angry Dan : I worked right next to Old Street roundabout for 6 years, so I've spent more time in Shoreditch than anywhere else in the capital. It's a mixture of creatives and galleries and suits from the city, and you get a good smattering of weekend warriors from out of London who just come to get drunk. Lots of people complain that it's full of dickheads, but everyone who's ever come up to say hello have been really nice. It's a great place to paint if you want to get seen.


Angry Dan : I've got this mantra about getting things done. It's called "Not not doing it". It's exactly as it sounds. Whenever you find yourself not doing what you should be doing, stop that and start doing it.


En savoir plus :
Le site officiel de Angry Dan
Le Facebook de Angry Dan

Outside : open your eyes when in Camden and Shoreditch !

Crédits photos : Jasmina Vulic (toute la série sur son Flickr)

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Du côté de la musique :

Interview de Romain Humeau de Eiffel autour de "Stupor Machine" accompagnée d'une session acoustique avec le groupe au complet
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"Marilou" de Equipe de Foot
"Le fil d'ariane" de Marianne Piketty & Le Concert idéal
"Trois frères de l'orage : Quatuors de Schulhoff, Haas, Thèmes et variations de Krasa" de Quatuor Béla
"Saisons" de Quintette Aquilon
Jean Pierre Kalfon et Jad Wio aux Rendez vous d'ailleurs
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"Beatnik or not to be" de Elias Dris
"Dogrel" de Fontaines D.C.
"Dans le lieu du non-où" de L'Etrangleuse
"Leopold Mozart : Missa Solemnis" de Bayerische Kammerphilarmonie & Alessandro de Marchi
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"L'odysée remix" de Fred Pallem & Le Sacre du Tympan
présentation du Hellfest Open Air Festival #14
"Les cuivres sur le toit" de Paris Brass Quintet
Hublot EP" de Solal Roubine
"Home is everywhere EP" de Nara

Au théâtre :

les nouveautés de la semaine :
"Happy Child" au Théâtre de la Bastille
"True Copy" au Centquatre
"Cataract Valley" aux Ateliers Berthier
"Folie" au Théâtre du Rond-Point
"Dans la solitude des champs de coton" à la Grande Halle de La Villette
"Logiquim-pertubable-dufou" au Théâtre du Rond-Point
"The importance of being earnest" au Théâtre Athénée-Louis Jouvet
"Amours, mode d'emploi" au Théâtre des Mathurins
"Déshonorée" au Théâtre de l'Opprimé
"Jacob, Jacob" au Théâtre-Sénart
"Qui croire " à la Comédie de Reims
les reprises :
"Roses" au Théâtre de la Bastille
"Fin de partie" au Théâtre Essaion
"La Mate" au Théâtre du Rond-Point
et la chronique des autres spectacles à l'affiche en mai

Cinéma :

Oldies but Goodies avec "Divorce à l'italienne" de Pietro Germi
et la chronique des autres sorties de mai

Lecture avec :

"A la droite d'Hitler" de Nicolaus Von Below
"Des hommes en noir" de Santiago Gamboa
"Honorer la fureur" de Rodolphe Barry
"Les anges de Babylone" de Ghislain Gilberti
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et toujours :
"A jeter sans ouvrir" de Viv Albertine
"Carnets clandestins" de Nicolas Giacobone
"Le sauvage" de Guillermo Arriaga
"Les carnets de guerre de Louis Barthas 1914-1918" de Fredman
"Toute une vie et un soir" de Anne Griffin
"War is boring" de David Axe & Matt Bors

Froggeek's Delight :

"A plage tale : Innocence" de Asobo / Focus sur PS4, XBOX et PC

"Day's Gone" sur PS4

Bonne lecture, bonne culture, et à la semaine prochaine.

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