EXCLUSIVE with Chris Stark: ‘I can’t wait to come back already’

MADNESS: An excited Teesside SU crowd go wild to the Radio 1 presenters

The dust has settled eight weeks on since Radio 1 DJ’s Scott Mills and Chris Stark blew the roof off of the Terrace Bar.

Both presenters, who present every weekday afternoon between 1-4pm on Radio 1, performed a live DJ set in the students union’s Friday night event, ‘Dirty Disco’ to an ecstatic Teesside University crowd.

The pair even took to the crowd to take a number of selfies with delighted students in their first appearance at the university.

In an exclusive with Tside, Chris Stark spoke of how he loved his first night in Teesside and how lucky he feels to be working for Radio 1.

He said: “What a night! It was really fun performing with Scott – we don’t get to do that often so that made the night extra special.

“It was my first time performing in Teesside and I can’t wait to come back already. Incredible crowd! The university clearly has a really good social life.

“Annoyingly I was only there for one night and I’m gutted that I didn’t get to eat a parmo. I had my heart set on that but saying that I’m sure my heart wasn’t.”

Chris is a regular contributor on Scott Mills’ show on Radio 1. He plays in Innuendo Bingo with guest celebrities and is also involved in a number of other features.

But it was through a number of online viral videos that earned him celebrity status including a short notice interview with Mila Kunis and a harsh prank played on him by Jennifer Anniston and Scott Mills.

He told Tside of how he climbed the incredible ladder from student radio to the biggest radio station in the world:

“I went to Southampton University and although I was studying politics, I pretty much spent all my time at the student radio station.

“It taught me to take risks and but also how to work in a studio environment. Student radio is a great way to figure out if radio is for you.

“Radio 1 is the best radio station in the world and I feel incredibly lucky to work there. One of the best things about Radio 1 is the guests that want to appear on the station.

“We feature some of the biggest stars in the world and not going to lie – its great to be able to meet or interview them.

“The week after the Mila Kunis interview was the strangest week of my life. Everything kicked off quite quickly as that interview went viral.

“Recently I stepped out in front of 10,000 people at Wembley arena at the Radio 1 Teen Awards and I just remember thinking – how has it got to this?”

When asked if would do another gig at the university with Scott Mills, his answer was short and sweet:

“Definitely – can’t wait to come back. It’s a really good Friday night and everyone at the university is lucky to have that for nights out.”

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Music for the cells: Charity night

Music for the cells was a charity concert to help raise money for Cancer Research UK.

The charity night took place at a local community centre in Grangetown in Middlesbrough.

Josh Kirton, 16, organised the event on his own and planned everything from bands to sponsored leg waxing.

“The night was great, everything went to plan and the acts were really good. I just want to say thank you to everyone who helped make this happen and I hope everyone enjoyed themselves,” Josh said.

Three musicians performed including Josh Kirton, who played an original song he had written himself.

All of the people involved were local acts from Middlesbrough, there to help raise money for charity.

Overl £250 was raised for Cancer Research UK and the night was a huge success.

For more information about Cancer Research UK and how to donate check out the website: http://ift.tt/IcO8QV

 

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The Jewellery Project by the 1st Year Dance Students: Post from Perform@tees

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Fabrication is a site-specific promenade collaboration between the 1st year dancers at Teesside University, lecturer Lorraine Smith and resident jeweller Gemma Draper.
The initial inspiration for the performance piece came from the jewellery exhibition at MIMA gallery. The piece has been influenced by physical methods of making jewellery, mechanical processes, the act of being a tool and acted upon by a tool and the experience of wearing jewellery.
The creation and rehearsal process has been taking place on-site at MIMA gallery, which at first was challenging due to working in the presence of the public. In time this has helped to build our confidence as performers, and developed our performance skills as a whole.
In collaboration we have experienced working at a professional level with an established artist from a different art form and enjoyed engaging with a public and architectually interesting space.The process of choreographing as a large collective group has been challenging but rewarding. Creating the music, devising the piece and making costume choices have given us a wide range of new skills and experiences. This will further help us in our second and third year studies, and in our career pathways post degree.

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Fabrication will be premiered as part of the MIMA Consortium on 29th May.

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Team GD: Post from Tees bit on the side

As part of a week-long ‘Festival of Learning’ series of events, Graphic Design entered a team into the not-so-serious Festival Challenge afternoon. Our team of non-olympians were made up of Year 3 students, Ashley Beaumont, Robbie Blaser, Ben Hall, Todd Mitchell, Anthony Spence and Tutor, Michael O’Malley, who collectively had to compete against 10 other teams from across the University, in various physical and cerebral challenges. There was a prize on offer of £1000, which could be spent on course activities or equipment, so the competition was intense – more intense than we expected! As the events progressed, the demands took their toll – old injuries flared up, post-St Patrick’s Day festivities fatigue set in for some, and a general lack of fitness for others. Despite all this, the team battled on, battered and bruised, to complete all tasks, to reach the finish line, in an attempt to beat the clock, pushing themselves to the limits in a Herculean attempt to achieve their goal…

and to ultimately lose!

But just remember, it’s the taking part that counts (as every good loser knows).

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Teesside graduate to showcase film at the Imperial War Museum

A TEESSIDE UNIVERSITY student will showcase her documentary about the role of Army cameramen and photographers within the Armed Forces at the Imperial War Museum.

TV and Film Production student Paige Howard, who graduates next month, will have her film shown at the Imperial War Museum Short Film Festival.

“When I submitted my film to the Imperial War Museum Short Film Festival I wasn’t really expecting much to come of it but I couldn’t believe that it got selected and that I’m nominated for an award,” She said.

“I made this film all by myself and insisted on having creative control over every aspect of the production, and that’s what I’m most proud of I think. Little old me having my film shown at a festival, it’s crazy.”

ON LOCATION: Paige filming on location.

ON LOCATION: Paige filming on location.

She decided to create the film for her end of year project, stating her military background as her reason.

Her film, ‘Eye To The Viewfinder’, is a 20 minute documentary film about the roles that members of ‘The Army Film and Photographic Trade’ undertake and the type of jobs that they do.

“When my Dad was in the Army he was an Army Photographer & Cameraman,” She said.

“The Army Film and Photographic Trade is a little known role within the Army.

“The job involves promoting the work of the Armed Forces, whether it be at home in the UK or on deployments in places such as Afghanistan and Iraq.

“A lot of the footage that these soldiers take is used on national and international news to show what is going on in war zones.

“Not many people know that it is an armed soldier behind the lens, a soldier that may be required to put down the camera and pick up the gun if necessary.

My film explores this role by hearing from the photographers themselves and learning what it entails and what challenges they have faced.”

Paige hopes that the showcasing of the film will help to spread awareness of an occupation within our Armed Forces that she feels doesn’t  get enough recognition, as well inspiring young people to get involved.

“I think there are definitely a lot of unsung heroes that can benefit from having a film made about them,” She said.

“I personally find it interesting watching a documentary on a subject that I have knowledge of.

“Sometimes it’s good to put someone different in the spotlight and give them a chance to showcase the brilliant work they do.

“It may also inspire others to follow in their footsteps. With this trade in particular, there could be young soldiers or young people with an interest in photography or film that don’t know the trade exists, and they could watch my film to learn more about the job and possibly decide to do it.”

UNSUNG HERO?: Army Photography

UNSUNG HERO?: Army Photographer

Paige currently works for ITV on a short-term contract as a Print and Admin Assistant for soap ‘Emmerdale’, which involves printing scripts, call sheets, running orders and other paperwork.

Paige said her ultimate goal is to work in Studio Entertainment television as a Director or a Floor Manager.

“The Entertainment genre is where my passion lies and I love the environment of a live studio production,” She said.

“I hope to work for a few years as a runner and then work my way up the TV ladder. ”

Eye To The Viewfinder will be shown at The Imperial War Museum Short Film Festival 2014, which occurs over the next few weekends at the museum in London.

It will be screened  four times and will be followed by an awards ceremony at the museum on December 1  in which Paige is nominated in the Documentary Category.

 

 

 

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Kingsley Chapman set for emotional Stockton Calling return

HOMECOMING: Kingsley Chapman and The Murder to play Stockton Calling

HOMECOMING: Kingsley Chapman and The Murder to play Stockton Calling

THERE will be an emotional return for Kingsley Chapman when his new band The Murder plays The Green Room stage at Stockton Calling this April.

It will be the former Chapman Family frontman’s first appearance at the festival since their split back in 2013 when he takes to the stage on Easter Saturday.

Having already played a handful of gigs in his hometown of Stockton, Kingsley says this one will be one to remember.

“It will feel amazing as playing in Stockton for me is always a brilliant experience,” he reveals. “Stockton Calling is a great festival and it truly unites the town in musical mayhem.”

“It will always be special to me regardless of how many times people make documentaries about how despicable we all are.”

The newly formed septet will be bringing his cabaret death songs to the all day festival that will feature over 60 bands across eight venues including The Georgian Theatre, ARC and KU Bar.

Joining him will be a host of local Teesside talent as the region continues to produce exceptional live bands.

“The North East always has great bands and artists tucked away in little corners, whether that be The Futureheads or Frankie and the Heartstrings,” says the songwriter.

“We’re pretty unique as we seem to exist in a bubble away from the trends of the capital.

“In Teesside for instance we have bands like Mouses, Year of Birds and Dressed Like Wolves who are all doing brilliant and unique things in their own special ways. We’re hoping to muscle in somehow in whatever way we can.”

Since Teesside lost the great Chapman Family two years ago it also saw the demise of one of the area’s greatest treasures, Stockton Weekender, last year.

With festival season just around the corner, music lovers will be feeling the effect of losing the Weekender.

“I don’t think people will fully appreciate what’s gone until the summer kicks in and there’s a big empty space where it should have been,” admits Kingsley.

“For me as a musician it was an inspirational event. I’d go every year dreaming of playing on the big stage and probably even formed my first band with the sole intention of performing there.

“It’ll be a massive shame to not have something like that for the next generation of Teesside musicians to aspire to.”

Headlining Stockton Calling 2015 are The Ordinary Boys who will be joined by indie rockers The Pigeon Detectives as well as plenty of local artists.

Taking place on Saturday 4th April, tickets for the event are available from ARC box office, Green Dragon Studios and The Storytellers in Stockton for £15.

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Final Tside Audio Newsday Show

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Proud: The Editors come together for one last time

Tside broadcast Journalists have come together to present the final Tside Radio show.

In this month’s edition we discussed topics ranging from Comic Relief, the redevelopment of the Student Union and two live performances from local musicians Adrian Kwan (ADK) and Lewis Poole.

The Editors would like to thank all the second year students that engaged with the news day and Mentor Paul Baird from BBC Tees.

We hope you enjoy the final Tside Radio show.

 

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Wayne Sleep is patron of Fertile Ground: Post from Perform@tees

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Dance Graduates Holly Bellamy complete 6 month graduate internship as a performer and Gabriella Garroway as Educational Assistant with Graduate Company Fertile Ground led by Artiscti Director Dora Frankel.. The final Gala Performance at The Customs House included works by renowned choreographers Eleesha Drennan Dance (‘Shields of Bone’) & Tom Dale (‘A New Chimera’), alongside brand new works by the company!

Very exciting that  Wayne Sleep is the patron of the company and came to see this final performance of the spring tour!

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H #1: Post from Tees bit on the side

On our recent study trip to London one topic kept recurring – Personality. It’s not a new topic of discussion for those looking to get into industry but it seems to be ever more relevant. We often quote the industry adage ‘It’s 80% Personality, 20% Portfolio’ and given the experiences of the recent trip there’s no need to stop. Over the next few posts we’ll distill some of the insights which mean that whilst work will get you noticed, behaviour and attitude will get you the gig.

H is for HUNGER.
Drive. Desire. Ambition. Call it what you will, it’s the single biggest factor in your future success and happiness. If it’s not there and you can’t find it then do something else.

Hunger gives you grit
At 4 Designers Dave Palmer, co-founder and Creative Director at LOVE, talked about getting into industry and the determination needed to work through tough times, knock backs and uninspiring workplaces. Experiences which were fundamental in building his knowledge and motivation to found LOVE.

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It didn’t take Ex-Teessider and YCN award winner, Ant Jumratsilpa, 820 days but she estimates sending out over 100 CV’s when she first moved to London. From this she got a few appointments to show her portfolio, one of which was at Carter Wong. They liked her work but had no vacancies. It took her a while to land the first placement, but she’s now working at The Creative Corporation (They’ve just finished the latest Jimmy Page album cover). The truth is there’s a lot that can get in the way of your dream job – companies are not always hiring, you may not be right for the company or they may not be right for you. It’s your hunger that gets you through.

And once you’re working… the business side of design is hard work. Dave Palmer from LOVE explained why:

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Hunger to learn
Phil Carter’s talk at 4 designers explored this topic through the things he does outside of client work. We’ll look at some specific examples in a future post, but for now take-away his overall message ‘Design is not a job, it’s an addiction.’

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A useful aspect to meeting young designers was that we were able to discuss very recent routes into industry. Ollie Evill, a designer at SapientNitro, discussed his transition from University to industry. He reflected on his third year at University being his most valuable because he had changed his attitude and was hungry to learn. He described ‘pestering tutors’ with questions, exploring new processes and technologies and learning coding. That he was able to demonstrate a questioning, learning attitude in his portfolio (see his SK Black project) became a big reason he landed the opportunities he did. But it doesn’t stop there. When you get to industry you must remain eager and keen to learn, Dev Morgan, Studio Lead at ustwo, talked to students about that mindset being important from day one. Designers at ustwo must be able to work collaboratively, be open to learning and feed into the development of the entire studio. He thinks it’s about people who ‘don’t see distinctions between tasks’ and are able to do what needs to be done. Rob Varney, Design Director at Foolproof, echoed these ideas discussing the need for designers to not live in their own ‘zone’ and championing ‘looking over people’s shoulders.’ He said ‘you’ve got to get up from your chair and see what others are doing!’

Hunger makes you hunt
Ollie at SapientNitro commented that ‘you always need to be spotting opportunities’ in relation to how he found his first internship. After Uni he had taken some time to travel through Europe, finishing up in London for 10 days. Whilst in London he sent out CV’s to target companies and ended up being invited to a couple of interviews. He was offered an internship which meant he had to delay his flight by 3 months. Over a year and half later and I guess that he’s now cancelled the flight home.

Those that actively create opportunities will do the best. As mentioned in an earlier post the routes into industry are rich and varied. The advice from Dev Morgan at ustwo was ‘get in the room with people’ – this can happen at networking events, exhibitions, launches, cultural events, in the pub and even on study trips. Our own Jennifer Crewdson who now works at SapientNitro landed her break by being an active part of the D&AD New Blood exhibition. It’s clear that you can increase your chances of being in the right place at the right time through research and planning. If you can’t physically get in the room with people then be in their digital space. Jobs/opportunities are often posted on twitter, following the right people and managing your twitter feed keeps you in the know and means you can immediately pounce on opportunities when they come up. Bottom line you must actively hunt for opportunities to brush shoulders with people who matter.

So, who matters? Obviously your Nan, Dad or Aunty Flo matter, but unless you come from a family of designers they won’t be offering you a job. Some companies may have a recruitment contact or HR team and set ways to apply for internships etc. posted on their websites. For some opportunities you may have to get more creative – there’s no set rules on being noticed! Try to identify specific people. The Creative Director may not the best person to contact unless the company is quite small. Dave Palmer suggested trying to email a middleweight designer who can bring you to the attention of decision makers. Creative Directors and senior roles are often just too busy to notice – it’s nothing personal. If you want to get noticed you need to be exceptional; Dave Palmer from LOVE kindly asks that graduates stop sending him packets of Lovehearts.

Just one more thing…
With all this hunger you’d be forgiven for thinking that it’s dog eat dog and according to this tongue-in-cheek comment from Chris at LOVE you’d be right:

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In the next post we’ll look at why this is not absolutely true…

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Tees Made 2nd… :Post from Tees Made

This week saw a team of staff and 3rd students from Product Design take on other teams from around the University in the Festival of Learning Challenge.

Each team had to perform a number of physical and mental tasks against the clock which included making and riding a ‘Flintstone ‘ style car, bridge building and diving headfirst into a ball pool. The team hoped to win the £1000 1st prize to bolster the New Designers Exhibiton Fund.

The whole event was great fun despite being pipped at the post into 2nd place. Need to work harder next year.

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