Q + A with Monsieur Adi

Monsieur Adi

Monsieur Adi has been a firm favourite here at Public Description.  Our first interview was in 2013 while I had a weekly radio show. After researching different artists I stumbled across a slick and addictive remix done by Adi of a Lana Del Rey track ‘Born to Die’.  From that moment I was hooked on Monsieur Adi’s music. I am not alone as he became a sought after musician, producer and remixer due to his elegant musical offerings.

Since 2010 he has been creating official remixes for artists such as, Ellie Goulding, Beyoncé, Lana Del Rey, Bastille, Laura Mvula, and The Kooks. In 2014, he debuted his brilliant single “What’s Going On?” featuring vocals of A*M*E.

Adi has established himself as one of the most consistently creative and dynamic artists around 

Public Description is thrilled to have caught up with Monsieur Adi for a short Q&A to find out how he has been coping during lockdown and what we can expect from him in the near future.

 

Elle: We have missed you at Public Description. How have you been spending lockdown?
Monsieur Adi: That means so much to me! Thank you. I have been working on some various projects. Luckily I had planned for it to be a quieter year.

ElleWhat positive would you take from this period?
Monsieur Adi: The positive is that I have been able to get in touch with myself on a very deep level as well as
connect with my friends and family more, despite the social distancing.

ElleHave you found it difficult during this time to be creative?
Monsieur Adi: At the beginning of the pandemic, I just completely shut down and could not create even if I wanted
to. My anxiety, something I have been dealing with, just multiplied heavily. But through some inner and
outer work, I was able to get back to it and am feeling happy.

Elle: It sounds like it was quite challenging for you for a while. I am so pleased to hear you over came this and are excited to be back. Is there any advice you could give to anyone else starting out right now during this time?
Monsieur Adi: Breathe, haha. Even after I have been in the industry for a while, it feels like I am just starting
out. I’d say never lose the fun and joy of making music if you can.

Elle:The suspension of live music under lockdown has been devastating for artists, how has this impacted you?
Monsieur Adi: To be honest, it has not impacted me so much as I prefer the production side of things as opposed to performing live and I had already planned to make it a really quiet year in terms of being out and about.

Elle: So the most important question is can we expect to hear new music from you soon?
Monsieur Adi:It’s funny… I said I was not going to make music to release ever again, but a year ago I was at a concert of the Soweto Gospel Choir in Amsterdam and while they sang “Amazing Grace”, emotions just flooded me and I said I have at least one album left in me. Ever since then I have been working on it. It’s different, but full of heart and soul.

 

Elle: Sounds intriguing. Any planned collaborations coming up?

Monsieur Adi: Yes, I am working on some projects for others which is super exciting!

Elle: Which artist and song do you play on repeat right now?
Monsieur Adi: I have “My Love” by Inez on repeat ! It’s so beautiful.

Elle: Is there anything about the music industry that you would like to change?
Monsieur Adi: I’d change how social media numbers are the measure used to determine an artist’s talent. I think it is very short-sighted. But I could also just be very old-fashioned, haha.

Elle: Lastly, what is the positive you will take from 2020 so far?
Monsieur Adi: It was the year that everything changed and I found myself after having lost that many years ago.

Thanks to Monsieur Adi for this interview.

Whitney Houston & Kygo

When Whitney Houston passed on the 11th February 2012, the world lost one of the greatest vocalists of possibly all time. Fans were left heartbroken at the thought of never hearing that perfect vibrato again.  But, seven years later and we are able to listen to polished and addictive Kygo and Whitney collaboration of the 1986, Steve Winwood cover “Higher Love”. Originally recorded in 1990, the pop anthem was due to go on her third album I’m Your Baby Tonight but shelved due to a decision by legendary music producer and A&R executive Clive Davis, to avoid Houston being seen as a cover artist. 

“The only place it was released was as a bonus cut in Japan.” recalls Clive.

Kygo’s slick remixed version ensures Whitney and Kygo are catapulted into new musical heights with this contemporary tropical house version. Turn up the volume to this and enjoy.

 

 

 

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams

I was extremely happy and lucky to get a chance to attend the private view of the V&A’s major exhibition, Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams before it opened to the public today, 2nd February. It certainly was everything and more. The signature look was evident through the timeline of Dior. A wasp-waist jacket with full skirt, which has stood the test of time together with princess worthy haute couture evening gowns.

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I have remained a Dior fan since my first purchase some 20 years back, so this exhibit was particularly special for me. It all started when I purchased my first Dior handbag at the age of 22, which didn’t leave much change from my modest months salary. I remember feeling slightly embarrassed that I’d spent that much and it was maybe a little irresponsible at the time, but I also felt extremely proud of my purchase and it started a love affair with Dior that has endured. The handbag, designed under then creative director John Galliano has now, become a firm vintage favourite of mine which compliments the newer pieces which I have purchased since.

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The exhibition highlights the early start of Dior in 1947 to the present, and traces the history and impact of one of the 20th century’s most influential design houses, exploring the enduring influence of the fashion house. A must see.

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Banksy: A contemporary cultural icon of solidarity

A Time Magazine dubbed ‘graffiti master, painter, activist, filmmaker and all-purpose provocateur’, what is the artist all about? Now captivating a global audience, Banksy has a plethora of fans, with books, posters, tattoos and even an App demonstrating a distinctive skill set. The man (gender taken for granted here) anti-centralized authority. Whether it’s the government, the arms industry or big business, his art reflects fighting for the little man, and often this is done very tongue-in-cheek.

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“There’s no way you’re going to get a quote from us to use on your book cover” Metropolitan Police spokesperson, a quote from the back of his latest book, a collective of more than just his artwork.

 

In his youth, after finding his name, finding his style and finding his message, and after a hectic run-in with the transport police, he fell for the stencil design. For Banksy this wasn’t mere vandalism. It was dissent. Obviously, he’s not quite matching Che Guevara or Karl Marx, nor will he claim to be, but the socio-political edge was always there for him, and this can be seen throughout his lifework and its locations.

 

The identity behind Banksy: Who is he?

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Everyone who knows Banksy knows that no one really knows who he is. Confused? You should be, although more has become known in recent times. Apart from being born in Bristol and what you can take from his literature (mainly imagery anyway), the rest is fairly up in the air. In 2008 the Mail on Sunday used their investigative powers to come to the hotly debated conclusion that Banksy is a 43 year old man named Robin Gunningham, an ex-public schoolboy born into a middle-class family, (Queen Margaret University also released a scientific, apparently conclusive, study that points right at the public schoolboy). Anyhow, isn’t it interesting the peoples paper (owned by a multi-billionaire Lord) almost mock his middle-class upbringing, nearly demanding him to be from the lowest economic order to meet his ‘anti-authoritarian renegade’ persona? Although studies seem to be confirming the Gunningham hypothesis, naturally it is all being denied by anyone with any authority on Banksy.

In August 2016 Craig Williams had a stab at finding out the secret identity, throwing the controversy back into the air with traceable solid evidence. Although the base of the evidence was formed from a 2010 rumor that it is actually a group of artists, not a single persona, following around the band Massive Attack on its tour of the United States. Previous dates and drawings were dotted together, including locations and involvement, over multiple years, which show quite the compelling theory. There is also the intimate links of Banksy with the Massive Attack frontrunner Robert Del Naja (graffiti name ‘3D’), believed to be the possible culprit in chief. The varied global brilliance certainly lends its weight to the multiple artist theory.

 

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And so, although accredited as a Champagne Socialist for some of his actions to help the needy of Stokes Croft (a Bristol area), why does he choose to remain anonymous and why does this generate such an appeal? Ultimately, he named the reason being the legality of his occupation (if you can call it that), but on a deeper level he is clearly not a self-serving artist, especially if you look at the messages delivered throughout his work. Each piece of art he delivers is a risk; he can ‘go down’ with the law, so it is necessary to take the correct precautions. Studies and investigations aside, the secrecy and anonymity is all a part of Banksy, and in the globalised age of money and ego’s, the statement he may be trying to make is that his messages are more important than his name.

 

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Banksy Artwork

You will be able to find detailed compilations of the global icon littered throughout the Internet, and a brief google image search will show you nearly all of his known installations. So the aim here will be to focus on a small portion of his work. Not all his messages are delivered through solitary stand-alone art pieces left on derelict buildings, random doors, or war-torn walls in Israel. Although, if it does, the process of operations involves sneaking around in the middle of the night, creating the image with apparently no-one aware, and then uploading the images on his website at some point the next day.

 

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A 2015 exhibition funded by Banksy, featuring 10 originals, included 58 other artists. This exhibition was named ‘Dismaland: bemusement park’ and was located in a small town called Western Super-mere right next to his birthplace. Attracting many celebrities the self-proclaimed ‘UK’s most disappointing new visitor attraction’ was a dystopian theme park following the classical Banksy image of pointing out the ills of Western Society.

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The notable feature as you entered, besides the novel artwork, was a purposeful lack of any amusement or helpfulness from any of the bored and distressed staff walking about the park, including an unpleasant greeting from angry doormen. It took the pessimism of the UK’s political and social woes and bundled them into a ‘relatively’ entertaining area of an unused, degrading outdoor pool. Miniature exhibitions, role-plays, talks, discordant artifacts and other interactions attempted to mock the over stimulatory feel of the real Disneyland.

 

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So if you were someone who hates everything, you would have left Dismaland with more than just a smile, and a greater understanding of Banksy’s over-arching directive.

 

However, notably it was his stand-alone pieces that shot him to global fame in 2005, when he went to the West Bank in Israel and drew on the Palestinian side of the 425-mile long wall, messages of destitution and apartheid regime (what can we expect from someone born out of the left-wing hub of an already alternative city?). Pictures included windows to utopia, freedoms and escapism.

 

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Things got interesting when guns were drawn on him as he went to work with his tools.

Soldier: “What the f*** are you doing?”

Banksy: “You’ll have to wait until its finished.”

Soldier (to colleagues): “Safety’s off.”

 

And another interesting interaction from the Middle East recorded by Banksy. An old Palestinian man came over to tell him he thought that the painting made the wall look beautiful. Banksy thanked him, only to hear the response,

“We don’t want it to be beautiful, we hate this wall. Go home.”

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Banksy’s most expensive piece sold reached 6 figures and was sold in 2008 – Keep It Spotless was sold in New York City at Sotheby’s charity auction for over $1,870,000. The amusing part is that it was previously only estimated at around $300,000. Created in 2007, it is a defaced Damian Hurst painting of an L.A. hotel maid pulling up the original Hurst piece to reveal a framed window. Although this may be the most expensive piece ever sold, it certainly was not the only one to hit 6 figures. In 2007 the day after Sotheby’s London charity, Banksy’s website hosted an image of an auction house with bidders and the caption, “I Can’t Believe You Morons Actually Buy This S***”. This was the response to 3 of his paintings hitting the 6-figure mark.

 

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“People say graffiti is ugly, irresponsible and childish…but that’s only if its being done properly.” Banksy. Anti-establishment, anti-war, anti-government, anti-capitalist, anti-consumerism – with a common subject theme of using rats, monkeys, policeman, soldiers, children and the elderly.

 

 

Terence Stamp | The Enigma Continues

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Terence Stamp is a prolific actor who began his career in 1962. Linked with the iconic supermodel Jean Shrimpton, Terence was often labeled “the most beautiful man alive.” Now 78 he still has the famous hypnotic gaze that we see in his films. He also still carries an enigma. 

He is well-known for his title role in Billy Budd, which earned him nominations for an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award. Other notable film credits include Far from the Madding Crowd, The Collector, Superman, and Valkyrie.

Public Description has been promised an interview by Terence, in the near future but in the mean time lets have a look at the world of all things Terence.

 

EARLY LIFE

Terence, the eldest of five children, was born in Stepney, London, England, the son of Ethel Esther (née Perrott) and Thomas Stamp, who was a tugboat stoker. His early years were spent in Canal Road, Bow, in the East End, but later in his childhood the family moved to Plaistow, West Ham, London, where he attended Plaistow County Grammar School. His father was away for long periods with the Merchant Navy and the young Stamp was mostly brought up by his mother, grandmother and aunts. He grew up idolising actor Gary Cooper after his mother took him to see Beau Geste (1939) when he was three years old. He was also inspired by the 1950s avant-garde method-trained actor James Dean.

After leaving school, Stamp worked in a variety of advertising agencies in London, working his way up to a very respectable wage. In the mid1950s, he also worked as an assistant to professional golfer Reg Knight at Wanstead Golf Club in east London. He describes this period of his life very positively in his 1988 autobiography Stamp Album. Deep down, he wanted to be an actor—a realization that came when Stamp found he no longer had to serve two years’ National Service after being rejected for having had treatment on his feet. He decided to give acting a go!

Terence won a scholarship to the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in South Kensington, after which he teamed up with another struggling actor Michael Caine with whom he shared an apartment with at Ennismore Gardens Mews.

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DIET AND LIFESTYLE

Terence has a rigid health diet which is due to various food intolerances, he had to give up wheat and diary and as his body became more sensitive it reacted negatively to alcohol and sugar so he had to keep them at a minimum.

At 27, coping with the fame that films (such as The Collector) conferred on him, he developed his first duodenal ulcer. From the age of three (when he had his tonsils out) to the age of 12 (when they took his appendix out) and at every stage of his life he has been dogged by painful illnesses. By 1967 he became so ill he couldn’t go to dinner parties or eat in restaurants. ‘If I had a cup of coffee I’d come out in blisters. Even a lick of a kid’s ice-lolly, and I’d get home and go crazy. I’ve always eaten desserts, I suppose as a form of emotional compensation. Even they brought me out in spots.’

Stamp was working on a film with Fellini and complained of stomach pains. The great director referred him to his astrologer for diet advice. The stargazer, perceiving that Stamp was born under the sign of Cancer, diagnosed a weak digestive system. ‘ ‘Stay off meat and fish for three months,’ he advised. It worked! Terence Stamp has been a vegetarian since 1968.

In 1994, with his friend Elizabeth Buxton, he launched the Stamp Collection, a range of foods for people who, like Stamp, are intolerant to wheat and cow’s milk. Thus far, the range includes everything from organic, wheat-free loaves to spaghetti – via sheep’s milk cheese and even a chocolate Santa Claus.

Stamp has developed daily habits to stay fit into his 70s. He does exercises for yoga, breathing, and meditation, per an article by Sarah Hampson of The Globe and Mail. He also does some Tai Chi and Pilates. These things all contribute to his ability to stay healthy.

While he doesn’t need to add serious amounts of muscle mass or get super ripped for acting roles anymore, consistent exercise is important. Stamp also does a weekly high intensity workout session that lasts for just 15 minutes. The workout is so intense that it takes him a week to recover from it.

Stamp has been active in acting for more than 50 years. His commitment to his health through a personalized diet is a major reason he has been able to stay fit and in great shape for all of these years.

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AUTHOR

In addition to his acting career, Terence stamp is an accomplished writer and author.

He has published three volumes of his memoirs including Stamp Album (written in tribute to his late mother), a novel entitled The Night, and a cookbook co-written with Elizabeth Buxton to provide alternative recipes for those who are wheat- and dairy-intolerant.

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Wheat- and diary free cook book: over 100 sensational recipes from the Stamp collection

RESIDENCE

Terence Stamp does not own a house. “Where I came from, to own a house was something unreal – so when I had money, I gave houses to everyone: my parents, my aunt. But I never felt I needed to own one.” “My house is in my head, really”. Mr. Stamp’s last permanent address had been East Hampton, N.Y., but he sold his house in 1997. “It was only after I’d been there for a couple of years that I realized that it just didn’t suit me. It wasn’t what I was lookin’ for,” he added, his Cockney surfacing for a moment. “So I sold that when the market was good. And since then, I’ve been untethered, really.”

ART COLLECTOR

Terence has a passion for collecting Chinese furniture. His exquisite collection included pieces which he sold at the Sotheby’s Asia week auction such as:

Huanghuali recessed-leg table (Qiaotouan), Ming dynasty, 17th century. estimate $30,000–50,000.

 

FILMOGRAPHY

Year Film/ Television
1962 Billy Budd

Term of Trial

1965 The Collector
1966 Modesty Blaise
1967 Poor Cow
Far from the Madding crowd
1968 Blue
Histoires extraordinaires (spirits of the Dead)
Teorema
1970 The mind of Mr Soames
1971 A season in hell
1975 The divine nymph
Hu-man
1976 Striptease
1977 Blackout
1978 The thief of Baghdad
Superman
1979 Meetings with remarkable men
Together?
1980 Superman II
1981 Jules Verne’s Mystery on monster island
1982 Morte in Vaticano
1984 The Hit

The Company of wolves

1986 The Cold war killers
Legal eagles
Link
Hud
1987 The Sicilian
Wall street
1988 Young Guns
Alien Nation
1990 Genuine Risk
1991 Beltenebros
1993 The Real McCoy
1994 The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
1996 Limited Edition
1997 Love walked in
Bliss
The Hunger
1999 The Limey

Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace
Bowfinger
Kiss the sky

2000 Red Planet
2001 Revelation
My wife is an actress
2001- 2002 Static shock
2002 Full frontal
Fellini: I’m a born liar
2003-2011 Smallville
2003 My Boss’s Daughter
The Kiss
The Haunted Mansion
2004 Dead Fish
2005 Elektra
These foolish Things
2006 The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
September Dawn
Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut
2007 Halo 3
2008 Wanted
Flowers and Weed
Get smart
Yes Man
Valkyrie
2010 Ultramarines: A Warhammer 40,000 Movie
2011 The Adjustment Bureau
2012 Night & Day
Song for Marion
2013 The Art of the Steal
2014 Big eyes
2016 Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
The Devil’s Harvest
2017 Crooked House

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CHRISTIE’S FLAGSHIP SPACE IN BEIJING

 AN OPENING EXHIBITION PICASSO: HIS MUSE AND MYTH WILL BE INTRODUCED

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Beijing – October 10th 2016 –In Christie’s 250th year, the company announces continued expansion in China led by a brand new flagship space that will open in Beijing in autumn 2016. The new exhibition and office space will be unveiled at a grand opening on October 15th. A special exhibition of works by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) will explore his influence on Chinese artists. The space will also showcase works by other leading pioneers including Max Ernst, Fernando Botero, Sanyu, Chu Teh-Chun, and Zeng Fanzhi. Patricia Barbizet, Chief Executive Officer, Christie’s, “We are proud to have found Christie’s a new home in Beijing, a city that is characterized by its tremendous cultural heritage and a profound collecting tradition. Christie’s continues to grow and invest in China and our new Beijing space marks an important milestone during our 250 year mission to connect art and collectors. We look forward to further exchanges with the art community and contributing to the diversified Chinese cultural landscape.”

As the world’s leading art business, Christie’s remains committed to its mission of promoting dialogue and cultural exchange within the art ecology in China. Following the opening of Christie’s Shanghai at the historical Ampire building in 2014, Christie’s continued focus is on increasing access to collecting and the enjoyment of the arts for all audiences across China. Located on #82 Jinbao Street and spanning over three floors, the new Beijing space is equipped with state-of-art facilities over 800 square meters. Conceived under the same aesthetic principles of Christie’s international sites such as London, Paris, New York and Hong Kong, Christie’s Beijing provides a multi-
functional and interactive venue for exhibitions, art forums, lectures and other activities.

A special exhibition of six works by Picasso, the most heralded artist of the 20th century, will be unveiled for the grand opening of the new flagship space. This exhibition will explore the artist’s extraordinary oeuvre– the themes and muses that populated his art throughout his prolific career, as well as Picasso’s connection to Chinese artists.

While Picasso’s paintings and his various artistic styles may not reveal distinct influences from Chinese art, the artist, in fact, was familiar with and curious about the Middle Kingdom’s rich painting tradition. Picasso especially liked and studied the lively and energetic paintings by Qi Baishi (1864-1957) and became friends with Zhang Daqian (1899-1983), the two most influential modern masters from China. This exhibition is an exclusive preview of Picasso’s works which will be offered in Christie’s New York Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale on November 16. Highlights to be exhibited include Tete de Femme, 1943 and Buste de Femme, 1938, two very different portraits of his great wartime lover and muse, Dora Maar. Jinqing Cai, Chairman, Christie’s China, “As we raise the Christie’s flag in our newly established art space in Beijing, I sincerely hope it becomes an integral part of the rich cultural heritage and the diverse art community of the city. We will continue our role in acting as a cultural ambassador and provide best access and expertise for art lovers, collectors and institutions between China and the world.”

Visit www.christies.com to explore special multi-media sale promotions, browse our illustrated catalogues and leave absentee bids through LotFinder(R), Christie’s online search engine, and register for Internet bidding with Christie’s Live(TM).