“I started music when I was 6. It’s been in my family for generations: my grandad was big into classical music, and my dad too
I think I wrote my first piece of music when i was about 16 or 17, yeah that really was a big moment for me. It’s that kick you get when you make that first break. Whether a t-shirt print designer who makes their first t-shirt, or a journalists first published article, or writing your first song, there’s this rush of achievement you feel. And after that you’re hooked. So it’s good and bad you know, because then there’s no going back, you get addicted.
My mum had been sick on and off for years, and this really put things into perspective about doing what you really want because you never know when it will be too late. I know a lot of people say it, but I strongly believe you should do what you love. And I think not enough people live this way.”
Luis: We studied together in illustration, she works for a newspaper that I illustrated for, he is a skill full illustrator and he is a fashion professional in character – is that a good description.
Rafael: We met five minutes ago for the first time.
Manrutt: But it was planned. We have kept in touch through Instagram, and then Luis told us he was coming to London, so we all arranged this day to finally meet in person.
Luis: I never been in London before so I came with my husband for three days and then I messaged the group to say I’m here and we should meet.
Jeremy: Plan today? We don’t have any plan for the day. We don’t have any plan you know… artists(!)
Manrutt: It is really important to connect. Working individually as a freelancer can be very isolated. Sometimes we are treated very poorly by others in the industry. So it is good to meet other like-minded artists to share our stories, exchange opinions, and to know I have support and not to suffer in silence. This will build a genuine, loving, and supportive community. In the world of social media where everything is consumed digitally, I miss and value human contacts. This can become rare in the capital city and I would like to break this cliche and do it more often.
From left to right:Manrutt, Luis Camargo, Rafael Zugliani, Ana, Jeremy Combot
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“I’m in full time modelling. I live over in Sweden now, and I’m back down for Fashion Week.
It wasn’t something I ever thought of doing – but once when I was out with my mum and someone came over and asked me if I’d ever considered modelling. I was 6ft 2 at the age of 15, so there was a lot of potential opportunities for me. So I kind of just fell into it. I’m 17 now, and the last two years have been incredible – my life changed like you can’t imagine. I had to leave school, because there was no way I could do both, with travelling to different countries on shoots, I was busy every day of the week. The most memorable thing I’ve done so far was probably my first GQ shoot, and I was involved in a piece with Juergen Teller. There were 4 of us, and we were flown over to Greenland where we had to pose without any clothes on, outside in the snow. Yeh, that was crazy, and of course, because it’s Jurgen Teller, you do it and know it’s also going to be an important art work that will be published.
I’ll probably do this until 24/25 I think, but I’m enjoying it, and will figure out later what I’ll do next. I’m quite chill with it. It’s what I advise other people too – stay chill and go for what you want, things will work themselves out along the way.”
“I came here first with the idea to stay for one year; that was 7 years ago. Back home in South of France, there’s beaches, weather is good, food is good and… that is it, nothing else to do.
Music is my life, my theme of life – I’m a DJ, producer, I do events, parties, record music, radio shows, it is all I do and it’s what I have. And over all these years I have seen that with music, it really does change lives, it can open people up and reveal their inner thoughts and desires to them”.
“It’s funny you ask how we know each other, because we all just met today. They are from Holland, and I came over from France. But we’ve all come here to work for Jason Mabana.
It’s with the Condoco Dance Company. We’ve been chosen to work on a dance project, which we had to audition for back home. So it really was a big moment when I found out I had been chosen.
The project will be about Aleppo. Not in a sad, tragic way – but more to tell the story of it, in a creative style. And there are plans, I hope, that we will travel to refugee camps to do the performance, which will be so nice; but we are not sure yet when this will happen. For now, it is already confirmed that we will be at the Sadler’s Wells theatre, which should be great. We have one month here to work on this, and then again in end of April before performing.
The dance centre is not far from here, but I made a big mistake – we were told that it was in Edgware, and I when I looked at the map I thought it was Edgware Road! So I am staying quite far from here right now!
I’ve just been out shopping at Westfield, and I managed to get through it all without getting angry once. So that’s already my first achievement of the day.
I grew up in Norfolk – and even though there’s not much to do there compared to London, I recommend everyone to visit there because its famous for Dinosaurs and its petting zoo. Trust me it’s amazing.
Right now I’m studying Physio, because… I want to fix people. The body is weird and wonderful and I want to be able to fix it when it ‘goes wrong’. People in my team get injured all the time. I’m big into roller blading so I’m used to seeing falls and injuries. And sure, I’ve been injured myself – i’ve actually broken both wrists. And also, I broke my ankle… on Valentine’s day… how’s that for a treat.
My word of advice: do a good thing every day, even carrying someone’s shopping. That’s what I do. So I have something to feel great about every day.
“Can you believe that I work around the corner for so many years, but I’ve never been here till now.
When I first started working in the city, everything seemed magnificent with all the big buildings. But I got used to it. I was out with my friends a few months ago and we went past Sushi Samba and then they are like oh wow let’s go there and I was just thinking ‘Oh ok sure, we can do if you like’.
But here this… I went to drinks near Tower Bridge the other day, you know in the market along the river, and at one point when I was talking to colleagues I turned around and thought Oh my God that [view of the river] is amazing! I opened my eyes to see how special it all is and looks. Even now, like right behind us there is an old church and it’s surrounded by modern tall work buildings – I walk past here every day but only noticed it a few hours ago. I love it – it looks so out of place but in place at the same time.”
We met through a combination of friends and Instagram… and we went on a date. I remember I cracked a joke which she found hilarious – and it was pretty much set from then on. The joke itself… you had to be there in the moment to appreciate its worth, but it was also very controversial. I’m quite upfront, and crude with my jokes, so I knew it would be a hit or a miss. The fact that she found it really funny made us click so much more.
In short, it involved a credit card and a butt crack, but I literally burst out laughing. I really liked his humour.
A turning moment in my life? That happened from the moment I met her. She gave me all the encouragement I needed… Before I was just working as a plumber and involved in stuff I really shouldn’t have been. And since meeting her, she has always had faith in me and pushed me in the right direction. Now I’m really focussed on my music and it’s all because she said I should. My plan for now is just to become the best guitarist.
No I’m originally not from London I grew up in Somerset. There’s not all that much to do there. I cut grass, I milked cows, all the essentials to make it in the big city, and then I came to London
…He’s still not really from London… I’m from Surrey.
Ok, so I stay near Kingston.. so the most westerly of London. The two of us met by the river while we were cycling. Since I was young, I’ve had a passion for cycling, and.. well, she owns a tractor.
It’s really not a tractor. It’s just a heavy bike and he has to carry it up and down our stairs now ha! It is pretty heavy I’ll admit.
It’s pretty much similar to a B.S.A. Truck. You can’t change the wheel without taking the breaks off, a lot like our relationship. You need a shift rod to switch gears, so you could call it a rod cycle, but then that sounds a bit dirty too.
It used to always make a clicking sound when I cycled but he managed to fix it.
Basically when it stopped clicking, it clicked; that’s both the bike and again like our relationship.
I just had my Christmas party and it was wicked! And now I’m taking the train to meet my friends for sushi, but I’m about an hour late, or more like hour and a half. And it’s 20 minutes until the next train, but it’s all fine, they know how to have a good time. This time of year is so fun – I can have a work party, take all these cool Christmas items, and now go and drink more with my friends. The lady I work for; love her to bits and at work she is so serious, but tonight I dragged her to dance, and she was loving it!
What dya think of my jumper? Everyone loved it, it was definitely the best one there.
..one thing I always say .. Is Manners cost nothing. Please and thanks go a long way; that and a smile. People are so much more receptive when you smile and they are so much more likely to help you out and speak to you. So yeh, everyone should remember – a smile goes a long way and it doesn’t cost a thing. Gotta run, see ya!