More than slightly enamoured with Inkquistive and MadTatter who were lovely to chat with, after I was hassling them all summer for interviews! Somehow it makes me really chuffed that semi-upcoming bigwigs like these two recognize my work!
I made a very specific edit for a very specific website and guess what. They did an article on one of my films! Hypebeast, a website I have been following for the longest time now, have put up an article on Can Control; the mini film I did on Nisha from the Kalakari Crew. This is going to excite me because Hypebeast is up there as one of the biggest lifestyle websites around so I am SO happy that this day has come where one of my dopest pieces is on their site!
It’s easy to take to twitter a explode emotional discharge over the internet but does that even solve anything? Yeah you’ll feel a relief as you receive tweets from like minded people but in the long run. What was the point of it? Recently I ranted on twitter and it did nothing. I felt a lil better but it never solved the situation. A good friend of mine sent me an amazing email putting many things that I was feeling into context. From that email alone I felt better about the situation than I did from ranting.
One of the important things I took from the email was not to take to twitter so quickly but to write down my frustration and come back to it in 24hours. I was told I’d be surprised by how many things I’d end up just letting go of. I thought I brushed things off very well but turns out some things dwell inside the caves of my mind. I ended up writing them down. Yeah my twitter might get “boring” but I feel like a balloon behind my eyes has been popped.. I can breath..
You cannot live a positive world when attracting negative thoughts.
I was talking with Ink about stuff when I asked the question…
“Bro.. What if we went to Canada?”
From there the world wind that was this journey started. From a thought in a conversation to contacting my big bro Rick Matharu to walking off the plane. We made this happen. This family of freaks. This circle of creatives. This crew of visionary villains. We did this.
When I was filming this I knew I was capturing something special. To see the growth of Ink in front of my very own eyes was something. He was this timid guy who blossomed into this passionate artist. ‘The Ink Face’ was brought out with no worries about judgement. I feel as though we both learned so much on this trip. We learnt to go 200 miles an hour and not to look back.
I’m not speaking for Ink but this trip changed me for the better. Personally speaking I came to realise I was only doing half of what I should be. I realised my true potential. I found out what I could do. It was way more than what I was doing at the time. Being recognised for my work in another country was a huge deal for me. To be totally honest before I went I felt as though I was being overlooked. Seems that wasn’t the case.
Fast forward to the now. The documentary is finished.. its been released. So many hours went into this and I just want to say. Thank you. To everyone involved.
Ink - It seems it was fate that brought us together. We have this strange connection that I can’t really understand nor do I care. We’re like two old souls reuniting.
Rick & Jot - I’ll genuinely never find the words to thank you enough for what you guys did. You were the architects of this. You’re what made this a success. If you guys weren’t involved it would never have been what it was. Your hospitality was ridiculous. We were cousins before this but being with you guys and going through what we did I don’t see you as that. You’re my big brother and amazing sister. I’ll never forget what you guys did for us. I’d never met Jot before this trip but my God if we had anything more in common I think we’d be the same person lol. PS thanks for igniting my fire for vinyls!
Priya - I hate you. LOL just kidding! My words will echo the above. We have an awesome relationship. I see you as my sister not a cousin. As you said I’m that annoying little brother you never had lol. Thank you for taking me all the way to Montreal. Thats something I will never ever forget! I owe you so much!
I don’t want people to think “oh this guys just tagging along”. I was no means a tag along. I’m not going to toot my own horn but I was a part of this as much as anyone else. Editing this documentary was a genuine pleasure. Something I feel blessed to have done. I’ve been able to give something to someone in a way that I know.
So Ink. Happy birthday bro. Heres to another successful tour ;)
As time goes on your thoughts change. The way you look at people, projects and life in general. You can start something and begin to feel different about it. I wanna say theres absolutely nothing wrong with that. If you’re not happy with how things are going then changing your outlook on it will help you progress. Holding grudges and being miserable is not a healthy way to live and the only person who can change that is you.
So I come to my point. I’m not just a filmmaker I’m so much more. Now that statement is going to sound so egotistical to some but is being confident about your ability being egotistical or refreshing. I’m not saying I’m going to stop making films because that’s my passion. And I’m so grateful that film festivals like Filmi and VISAFF are pushing me as a talent. On This Souled Out journey I’ve been put into way more situations than I usually would dare to put myself in. I’ve run AV, designed business cards, curated an art show and all sorts of other creative things. I’ve been taught the hard way by The Glass Museum that I am not JUST a filmmaker. I can be anything I want. I’m a creator. I don’t want to have myself boxed in. I’m learning how to take photographs properly. I can film. I can design. I can cut and sew. I can paint. This isn’t me stroking my own ego its me embracing the fact I don’t have to stick to one thing. You CAN master more than what you think you should and this isn’t age specific. My dad has been showing me this for years but I never really noticed. He takes photos, does gardening, is a master engineer and one of the funniest guys I know. He has been MadTatter way before I was even born. Seeing someone else do it in the same field just makes you realize how blind you are to those around you.
- The MadTatter
Progress is when you can see what you’re doing and realize you can do more without being scared to fall..
Back at it again coming with ANOTHER international collaboration this time with my very good friend Lilly Singh aka iisuperwomanii.
I was truly honoured to be asked by Lilly to come along to one of her amazing school talks to create a small film. I really wasn’t how to go about it to be honest. How do you create something and still capture the vibe in that assembly hall?
When Lilly started talking even I was mesmerised for a moment. The way she can relate to these kids and talk to them on a level they understand without thinking they’re just being preached to by someone who has no idea what they are going through was awesome. As she says in the video, it’s like she’s talking to her little brother or sister.
So please click HERE to check out the 3rd iisuperwomanii X MadTatter Films collaboration.
It wont be the last trust me lol. Make sure you check out Lillys awesome videos on YOUTUBE and follow her on TWITTER.
- The MadTatter
Nobody owes you anything. Not even your closest friends. So do things out of the kindness of your heart and don’t be upset when you don’t receive anything back.
Here’s something we can all relate to. When someone does something or acts like they’re huge fans of a musician / brand / person you adore and you’re there like… dude.. You wouldn’t have known who they were if it wasn’t for me. It’s THE most annoying thing in the world. When someone pretends they’re this huge fan of something they’re just not. I like to call it the “Hey I’m Cool Look At Me” Syndrome. Seriously why are people so DESPERATE for attention?
It’s not always the case. I was introduced to a band or clothing line but I have a genuine appreciation for them. I’m seeing too many people jump on things because it’s the cool thing to do. I’ve hated this for such a long time. When I was at school all my homies were into Bhangra and grime. I was like nah mate imma listen to Korn, Nirvana, DMX and Jay Z. Growing up it was worse. “I have to impress everyone so that this girl likes me”. Seriously? You’re 14 chasing girls like you’re in a Disney film.
When did people lose the ability to like things because it was dope to them? I see too many situations where people are trying so hard to stay relevant by using irrelevant methods. Stop trying to please everyone around you and start pleasing yourself. If you like Miley Cyrus new jam then don’t be afraid to admit it. If you like weird toppings on your pizza then don’t be scared to order it. If the people around you can’t accept you for who you are then maybe you should be looking for people who do.
- The MadTatter
You’re only as strong as the support you have around you.
I’ve not written a post in a while so thought I would. The topic is risk. Not the board game but the life choices you make. Almost all my life I was not the biggest risk taker. I was contempt with playing N64 or Ps2 with my homies and going to school. Then college came around. I went to a college where I barely knew anyone. This sort of pushed me a lil out of my comfort zone but I made friends quite quickly and got straight back into my comfort zone. Uni was pretty much a blur but same situation as college. Lil out of my zone but adapted quite quickly. The biggest risk to date was moving out to a different city for uni. Not really that big considering thousands of people my age was doing it.
In my final year of uni something changed dramatically. I began to really have this belief in myself that I could do something with this film thing. I had been studying it but even through those years I’d never taken much thought as to how I’d do things. The idea and illusion of it all was there but not the plan. Like I could see the road.. but didn’t have the car (or bicycle for those environment friendly amongst us). Then I made a choice and took a risk.. I visited some new friends I had made in London randomly. I’d never been to London like this (on my own) going to meet some new people. I felt so out of my comfort zone.. but so damn good too. That’s when everything changed. I took more risks. Putting my work out. Contacting people who I admired. Low and behold I began getting results. People started watching my work. Inspirations started contacting me back. I became friends with an artist you might have heard of; Inkquisitive Illustration. I filmed for a rapper I had listened to for years; Mandeep Sethi. I was even asked to film a tour video for the one and only Immortal Technique.. I met some truly amazing, pure souls..
And it all started with the choice to take a risk and go visit somebody in London..
Comfort zones are nice, but you’ll never be all you can be in them. Why play inside when the sun is beaming outside? Most of the time it’s not that someone is in their comfort zone, it’s that they’re terrified of taking a risk.. What if it doesn’t pay of? What if it all goes wrong? How are you going to know unless you try..? If things don’t pan out the way you wanted who cares?! At least you gave it a shot and won’t have that regret eating away at you for the rest of your life.
Don’t be consumed by fear.. Take a risk..
- The MadTatter
The rain doesn’t come to dampen your life, it’s there to help cleans you. So put on your wellies and go jump in some puddles. It’s much more fun than walking around them.
We often find that the path we have been walking on has suddenly taken us into the woods. We have no idea how we got here. How to get back. Or why we decided this would be a good path to go down.. You’ve lost yourself.
So what do you do when this happens. Whatever you do decide to do - never look back. The vines and branches of those mistakes will only ever continue to hold you there and stop you from progressing. The fact you’ve realised you’re in a place you don’t want to be is enough to guide you out of this wood. Accept that you’ve made mistakes and simply move on. Nobody’s perfect. No matter how much they want the world to think they are. Mistakes, scars, blemishes and every imperfection is exactly what makes you human. And whilst for that moment the pain drowns us we need those moments to appreciate the happiness.
I have been unhappy and I’ve been so happy I don’t know what to do with it. Darkness cannot be without the Light. But keep walking. If you believe in fate then you believe it will get better. If you don’t believe in fate then you understand the science behind probability and things will still get better. The only way to truly get out of a negative vibe is the pursuit of happiness.. So.. keep walking
It all started with a simple tweet. The big homie Mits/Tony/The Godfather asks me if I want to film the Immortal Technique gig in Birmingham. I don’t think I’ve replied to a tweet so fast. Not once did I hesitate or even think I may be double booking. This was Immortal Technique. Possibly the biggest underground artist.. ever.
So now its a cold Saturday night in November. I’ve just left a family event and driven to Birmingham. Walk straight through the barriers like a boss and meet with Tony. The man is quite simply a legend. So humble and down to earth. I could never say a bad word about him. And he was a member of the Hustlers Convention. This is a link again made via Mandeep Sethi’s Rumble In London Documentary. So shouts to Mandeep again!
I shoot some B-Roll, check out the stage, shoot some more B-Roll. The show begins with the supporting acts. They each had their own dopeness. Swave Sevah and Poison Pens were awesome supporting acts. DJ Static held it down. Then get told I gotta go backstage. I was so nervous at this point I’m outside the door to the room tech is sitting. I walk through. It was like a movie. He was sat comfortably two guys behind him awaiting fans for a meet and greet. All nervousness escapes me as I walk confidently towards him. I shake his hand, tell him my name and that its a pleasure and honor to meet him. He thanks me and we begin to have conversation. This is so surreal. He didn’t talk down to me. He didn’t act like he was a king he just sat and spoke to me man to man. I already had respect for his art and him as a person. But that was elevated to an all new height now. For me as a fan of his message this was pretty fuckin awesome. I’ve just met Immortal Technique.
The fans who have bought tickets for the meet and greet begin to flood the room. They are die hard fans. Some had been to other shows and had come to see him again. Tech didn’t just speak with them and take photos, he laughed and joked with them. He knew his fans. He knew some people would find it hard to speak because they were that excited to meet him whilst others just wanted to let him know how much his music had effected them. Tech spoke with respect for his fans and also respected the people for coming out to see him. He gave words of wisdom too. He also took the time to listen to them. They had stories in which he was genuinely interested in. It was hard not to be in awe of the way he interacted with his fans. He didn’t have any ‘Bling’ either.
Fast forward to the show. The. Best. Hip Hop. Show. Ever. Thats how I’d describe it. It was real. There was no pit area so the fans were literally against the stage. They were bumping fists and slappin hands with the performers. They got their moneys worth (which wasn’t even that much). The show was awesome. There’s absolutely no point in me trying to explain what it was like. If you weren’t there then I can’t tell you how dope it was. Swave Sevah fell off stage and carried on rapping like a true G. That was scary but funny at the same time lol. Tech gave an amazing performance. Showed the people a damn good time. The energy in the room was insane..
After the show Tech and his crew then went downstairs to sign autographs with the fans. At this point I had recorded loads already so did some B-Roll but really took the time to talk to DJ Static, Poison Pen and Swave Sevah. Again I can’t tell you how nice these guys were. They were full of positive energy. Not one bad vibe. I made Swave laugh which made my night more awesome lol. Having jokes with these guys was a surreal experience. They just loved the fans and the people around them. I truly hope to meet them again.
I have to big up Tony because without him this would never have happened. So big love bro! Truly honored to have been a part of it! Thank you bro!
- The MadTatter
Oh and remember.. Stay grounded.. How can you see the life you’ve built around you when your head is so clouded..
Collectively The Glass Museum, Inkquisitive and I came up with this concept which we managed to make reality. The idea is to ask the question why do we run away from our imagination as we grow older? As children we spend hours of our time posing questions about life and wandering in magical dream lands. We create with our mind what reality does not provide.
So why do we run from this?
Shooting with The Glass Museum was awesome as always. Always pushing each other to find the best angles. Even though the film had been story boarded and planned out we still managed to find new angles we could use.
Photograph by Rick Matharu
The day started at 6am which is why the beginning shots look so surreal. That twilight hour is stunning.
I hope you understand and enjoy the video as much as I did putting it together. Also make sure you check out the Souled Out event page on Facebook where all the details, dates and venues for the tour will be posted.
Create your own lane.. That way you can’t crash with anyone else.