It's 8pm on a Thursday evening, and to the ordinary Dalston punter the events inside Birthdays would have seemed no different to any other late night occasion in the East London suburb. The reality, however, was that within its cozy basement the birth of a unique monthly blend of audio and visual was just getting underway. Those That Know, with members fresh from a variety of exploits including a monthly event in Shoreditch, had come together with a pool of creative contacts to form a truly off the wall affair...
The entertainment got underway with Kojey Radical performing a poetic, quite intimate set alongside nothing more than a lone guitarist. Talking to him afterward, he elaborated upon his accompaniment.
“It’s weird”, he told me. “This is the first time I’ve played without the full band behind me. It’s different.”
Subsequent to this strangely emotional set, Essex native Dream Mclean took to the stage to positively tear the roof (or at least the ground floor above) clean from its foundations.
Despite the outstanding audio we were treated to throughout, including the incredible Miraa May- it was the more unique elements of the night that impressed. Before the music even started, I noticed a live illustration coming together on the wall adjacent to the stage. Upon investigation, I met Dom – brother to Those That Know member Jon – who gave me a quick low down on what he was up to.
“I take any existing image and illustrate over the top of it, as you can see from the wall there. This is the first event I’ve done this at, so it’s a new thing for me entirely.”
Despite regularly attending shows across the country, the combination of live art and music was an entirely new experience to me. Not only were these live works on display, but a staggering array of visuals were also lined up by DASH video to accompany the performances which further enhanced the uniqueness of the show. The goal of the occasion I felt was to create something individual, and in my personal opinion this was achieved with incredible ease.
For a fresh treat in the form of audio/visual combinations, be sure to hit up the Those That Know events in the coming months; this is one event not to be slept on.
-- Words by Fraser (@3RDMXXN)
-- Images by Barbara (@byBarb_)