SEVENSTORE and 24 Kitchen Street are bringing a brand-new, one night experience to Liverpool this April. Ninja Tunes’ ACTRESS will perform an exclusive DJ set alongside a bespoke, live audio visual test bed produced on the night by visual artist SAM WIEHL with support on the night provided by Liverpool producer and DJ ASOK.
Actress is an artist capable of music and mind duality, sharing his cerebral existence between an arresting electronic output that congeals influences from IDM, techno, hip-hop and industrial. The Wolverhampton born producer meticulously entrenches himself into the world of his productions to generate a product both haunted and breathing, subtly melancholic and spectrally mechanic.
One of the preeminent and most singular voices in UK electronic music, since 2012 Actress has run his label, Werkdiscs, in conjunction with Ninja Tune, releasing ‘Ghettoville’ in 2014, a record described as “inscrutable, unsettling and utterly unique” (Uncut). An epilogue poem written for the press release to Ghettoville led people to believe that Cunningham had retired. This in turn led him to conceptualise his new work as ‘Giving power back to identity.’ This fourth album was not just a poetic take on British youth in an electronic age.
In 2017, Actress returned with a new album and a new music system – “AZD” (pronounced “Azid”). An artist who has always preferred to make music than to talk about it, in “AZD” he has achieved another remarkable landmark, one which is as resistant to interpretation as it is demanding of it.
The event is the second in the ongoing SEVENSTORE PRESENTS series, following on from the hugely successful run of CONTAINER, with Evian Christ and French visual artist Emmanuel Biard. The trio of events saw a repurposed shipping container dropped into an undisclosed location, with the event promoted via a fly poster media campaign. Hopeful attendees were instructed to text a designated number, with successful applicants being added to a WhatsApp group which revealed the container’s location, giving way for 50 attendees to experience ‘trance sybaritism’ – a music journey into the unknown, led by Evian Christ. The forthcoming event with Actress reflects SEVENSTORE’s ambition to bring forward-thinking artists to the heart of Liverpool, with the addition of Sam Wiehl displaying a commitment to providing unique collaborations across its events series.
Sam Wiehl is an artist, live event designer and film-maker focusing on the visualisation of sound and immersive audience experiences. As Visual Director of the annual Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia he has crafted it’s unique visual aesthetic over the past seven years, with the event being widely regarded as one of the finest of its kind in the world.
As an artist, his collaborations include work with Matthew Herbert, The Bug, Chris Watson and Plaid, working with labels including Domino, Warp, Ninja Tune and Triangle Records. He tours internationally as a live audio visual artist and production designer for Ladytron, Forest Swords, and Szun Waves having previously worked with The Coral, Hookworms, Not3s and Jane Weaver. He also is a production designer and visual artist for a number of festivals based in the UK and the Netherlands. Recent commissions include work for Loop Berlin / Ableton, Unsound Festival, Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool and Mira Festival Berlin.
Liverpool based DJ and producer ASOK released his latest EP, ‘How It Is’, on Lobster Theremin earlier this year, with his A Mind Forever Voyaging show a regular feature on Melodic Distraction radio.
The event will take place at 24 Kitchen Street, Liverpool, on Thursday 11th April in celebration of SEVENSTORE’s forthcoming opening in May. Tickets to the show will be free and available via a text message sign up.
Text ‘ACTRESS’ to 0777 677 0707 for limited free entry.
SEVENSTORE PRESENTS Actress (DJ Set) Ft. live AV test bed by Sam Wiehl takes places at 24 Kitchen Street on 11th April