My Debut Album: Speakeasy

Speakeasy by Jason Disley – Available now!

It is now available! The spoken word album that began as a concept back in 2016.

When I was approached after sharing a poem on a popular social network, and asked if I would like to record something. I jumped at the opportunity. It was something that had never really crossed my mind. But, as soon as it was proposed, I thought – yes! So then Rick Blackman – the musician and producer who had proposed the idea – and I got to work on teaming up original compositions with my poetry. So it began – a fulfilling and exciting period of creativity. It was a project that was done over long distance. Rick lived up in the north west of the UK and I lived in the South West. But with the use of today’s technology we were soon able to work well together, swapping ideas and doing our best to create an interesting body of work. Both Rick and I love music and have an affinity with various styles of music. Both of us are interested in the history of British subcultures, especially the mid twentieth century. This is reflected in some of the music on the album. There are many nods to those periods. There is also a very European feel to it, and with one track – Breathless there is a real sense of French cinema in the music. In fact Breathless is read in French by Gabriela Giacoman – the lead singer of the French band French Boutik. Serge Hoffman, also of French Boutik also adds his voice at the start of the album, supplying and setting the scene with an introduction that allows the listener to imagine the album has been recorded live in a club in Paris.

To add to this, fellow writer Jason Brummell has kindly written a fictional scene as a foreword to the twelve page booklet that is included with the CD.

When Adam Cooper, the head honcho at Heavy Soul Records heard the demos and agreed to releasing the album. You can imagine how thrilled I was. This was an incredible moment. I was at the beach with my family when I received the call. You can imagine how I was when I heard the news. I was jumping up and down in my swim shorts on the beach. Onlookers probably thought I was trying to invent a new dance! I was that elated. Even with the yes, due to the schedule and the album taking its place in the run of things, it took another year for this release date to arrive. In the meantime I have worked hard at improving my craft. Becoming more comfortable with performance, (I even host a regular spoken word evening called Speaky Blinders) and have written quite prolifically. Returning to these poems will be a joy as I endeavour to share what is on the album in the coming months.

Here is just one of the tunes off the album for you

The Weekend – from Speakeasy by Jason Disley with music by Rick Blackman

Buy Speakeasy here! Heavy Soul Records

More news about Speakeasy soon.

JD.

The Weekend by Jason Disley and Rick Blackman – Speakeasy to be released in 2019…

Speakeasy the new album by Jason Disley/Rick Blackman available 2019 from Heavy Soul Records

It’s a long time coming – but the debut album by yours truly will be worth the wait, trust me.

Mixing Modernist Beat Poetry with music provides a Spoken Word album that is different, and full of diverse poetry that will resonate with some of you out there. It’s a concept album – its a performance in a club in Paris, somewhere by the left bank and starts with an introduction by Serge Hoffman from French Boutik, and then goes into a series of poems all accompanied by original music written and performed by Rick Blackman. The slick music enhances my poetry and elevates it. There is a mixture of the serious, the not so serious, and the surreal, all served with that outlook of the Mod scene. It’s about looking to the past, wearing your influences on your well tailored sleeves before moving things forward along a path of your own choosing. It’s speaking easy about what you believe. It’s living in the now and having ambition. Even if that ambition is literally only a moment away.

It’s a project that came about by chance and is a body of work that I am proud of. I am really looking forward to sharing it, and hope listeners and readers alike will dig this album as much as Rick and I do.

One of the poems included on the album is

The Weekend

It’s about wanting to have a good time. To experience those moments that are an escape from the mundane. It is a look at existence and how we need to fill our week with memories that are fulfilling. The poem first appeared in my book Runaway Soul!

Runaway Soul available here.

Here is a version of The Weekend accompanied by a series of images that are a slice of what Modernist Beat Poetry is about:

The Weekend by Jason Disley and Rick Blackman on YouTube.

Also – here is the poem:

The Weekend.

Desirous of the escapism
Of mad deeds
That sow the seeds
Of new adventures.

Urban sojourns
Into the
Neon nights filled with
Sharp beating
Hearts and the haunts
Of great troubadours.

Into the city
Music
Flows
But only in those
Pockets
That are not cloaked by
The mainstream.

For those pockets hold
The soul
The wonder of life
That reaffirms an existence
Through the mediums of
Music, dance and style.

The stage is set
The kicks
Kick in and
The weeks end
Flows to the
Will of
Dyonisus
And pleasure.

The mediocrity of
The existential life
Of routine
Dissipates
Until the
New dawn breaks
And the light
Shines on the harsh
Reality
Showing us the cracks
In the decaying
Decaying world
Only we
Ourselves
Have constructed.

That is why they say

“Life is what you make it”

For now I will
Be the architect of
My own ontology

Bringing about a happiness
That I hope can be shared.

(Jason Disley 2016)

The album Speakeasy will be available sometime in 2019. There will be a single released prior to the album and they will both be released by

Heavy Soul Records

So, yes exciting times ahead!

2019 looks like it’s going to be an exciting year.

For now, Seasons Greetings and keep on keeping on, as that is always the best way. JD.

New poetry podcast – The Mouth debut’s with a performance of my poem Breathless

|Episode 01 – The Mouth,
http://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-96gmw-945164

I was thrilled to see that Thom Boulton’s new podcast closes with Breathless a poem I have written and gets its first online performance. The poem is accompanied by original music written and performed by Rick Blackman. The poem itself is performed by the lead singer of Parisien Mod band French Boutik, Gabriela Giacoman. Imagine the Jean Luc Godard film of the same name

Breathless by Jean Luc Godard

Then imagine a Serge Gainsbourg style tune and you have a pretty good idea at what we have recorded.

Serge Gainsbourg

Gabriela Giacoman has done a wonderful job with this poem which is available to read in English in my book

Songs of Benevolence & Rage

Gabriela and I with a copy of Songs of Benevolence & Rage
Gabriela Giacoman performing at the 100 club in London with French Boutik.

Speakeasy: A Modernist Beat Album.

In the not too distant future an album that fuses fantastic original music, that has nods at soul, jazz and Hammond grooves, with my poetry will be complete.

The music has been written and arranged by Rick Blackman. He also plays all the instruments! His wizardry has managed to elevate my spoken words. These are poems that have perhaps been read before in books I have written. It incudes The New Beat Generation, which was originally published in a collection that was published all the way back in 1996! It also includes a poem that has been written more recently, Breathless, which was first published in my most recent book Songs of Benevolence and Rage, (2018)Available here

This particular poem has been beautifully transformed with a fantastic cinematic sounding tune that brings alive the sound of French films of the 1960s. To embrace this wonderful sound. Rick and I took it upon ourselves to approach Gabriela Giacoman, the lead singer of French Boutik,

Front Pop – The debut album by French Boutik

a Paris based band whose music is very popular amongst those who enjoy the current Mod scene on literally an international scale. Gabriela, is actually the person who encouraged me to perform my poetry to live audiences a couple of years ago. Something I am very grateful for. I was thrilled, when she very graciously agreed to not only translate my poem from English to French, but also to record it. The result is a fantastic recording that transports you to France in an era that has been immortalised on the silver screen by films directed by Jean Luc Godard.

The album also includes a poem called The Weekend, which embraces that “Friday feeling” and the need for escapism from the everyday grind.

Other poems/tracks deal with many different subjects and emotions. There is the call for change in Words of Wisdom and another poem The Rebel’s Call , there is the conflict of every day life in Hobos and Tramps, then there is the almost dreamlike surrealistic snapshot that is revealed in A Lazy Sumner Afternoon. There is the quirky and funky track Firecracker In My Mind and there is the a collection of three poems brought together by one piece of music which has simply been titled The Trilogy. Naturally I won’t reveal all the tracks just yet.

The recording of this album has been a very rewarding experience and quite honestly I am really looking forward to sharing it. Hopefully in the next few weeks I will be able to share more news about the album.

The artwork for the album has been created by the very talented Mark Hynds who is behind the excellent Subbaculture Magazine

There is also the added extra of a short scene written by Mod Fiction author and publisher Jason Brummell

Suave Collective Publishing

– who sets the tone of the album and gives it a concept album feel. He introduces the idea of the album being performed in a Parisien club and when the introduction is heard that sense is added to by the distinctly French accented voice of Serge Hoffman, another member of French Boutik.

The album has in part been engineered by John Mathew. mixed by Ean Currie and mastered by Moody Boy at Redcurrent, Brighton.

I will post more updates soon and look forward to announcing Speakeasy’s release.

The album will also be supporting Love Music Hate Racism.

http://www.lovemusichateracism.com

French Boutik and The British Beat Poet

Gabriela Giacoman from French Boutik and Jason Disley Nov 5th 2016

It all started with a Big Bang! Literally – a Big Bang. It was Bonfire night 2016 when I had the pleasure of meeting the excellent and very cool French Boutik, an amazing band whose own music is wonderfully fresh, (Yes! They are not a covers band.) with a hint of all those elements of music that those into the Mod scene like. Whether it be 1960s or the Mod revival of the early 80s, or more importantly bringing something completely new and original. The atmosphere they create is effortlessly cool and electric. They were headlining at an event in Paignton called The Big Bang, which was raising money for The Teenage Cancer Trust. Which was being put on by Ian Loader and Jade Ward AkA The Vinyl Avengers. It was a “Mod” themed night with local bands, DJ’s and The Vinyl Avengers own mix of great music. Rewind two days – November 3rd, I had the pleasure of appearing on a radio show hosted by The Vinyl Avengers. I was there to promote my new poetry collection Beat, Blues and The Rhythm Of Fools. I read three or four poems on air, discussed my inspirations and influences throughout the show and even brought a few records in for Ian to play during the interview . It was a lovely experience, and perhaps the first time I had read anything to a captive audience. For at this point – I was just a writer. I had written several collections of poetry and had even written a novel ( at this point the novel Seven Day Fool was waiting to be published.) But, had not had the opportunity to perform. And, to be honest I hadn’t even thought about performing – despite my affinity for the work of the original Beat Generation of the 1950s and the work of the Liverpool poets of the 1960s. Who, were all well known for being performance poets. So imagine two days later turning up at this event, having nicely been invited to add my books to the merchandising table, to see if anyone was interested. When this tall attractive woman with a blonde Twiggyesque hairstyle came up to me, and asked me in her wonderfully exotic accent if I would like to join the band on stage and perform a poem! I was shocked, felt honoured and was encouraged by my friends to bite the bullet and have a go. It was like an epiphany- this was meant to be. I took to the stage and read a poem called Fabric whilst Gabriela, Serge and Zelda played softly behind me. Gabriela had listened to the radio show, had liked what she had heard, and then thought it would be a nice idea and something a little different. To my relief the performance went down well – I even managed to sell a few books. So it was a success and an amazing evening. French Boutik took to the stage a little while later, and truly brought the house down.

Jason Disley performance debut of Fabric with French Boutik.

Roll on a few months I was invited to perform at Blow Up! at the St Moritz club on Wardour street with another band called Dr Bird. French Boutik were again instrumental in this occasion as they were yet again headlining. Meeting and seeing the band again was wonderful. Naturally these experiences put me on a natural high. I was bitten by the bug of performance and now I actually felt like a real Beat Poet. Locally to where I live, I now regularly perform. Thanks to the Big Bang.

I will also be appearing at Easter on the same bill as French Boutik at the Torbay March Of The Mods

French Boutik have a wonderful album out now Front Pop

French Boutik are

Gabriela Giacoman Vocals

Serge Hoffman guitar, vocals

Zelda Aquil drums

Jean -Marc Joann├Ęs bass

They are often joined by Olivier Popincourt on keys.

More news with regards to French Boutik and The British Beat Poet to be announced in the future.

You can purchase their music online Here at Amazon or at other online retailers or make enquiries about them via their Facebook and Twitter pages.

Jason Disley’s work is available Here also at Amazon.

Enquiries about The Vinyl Avengers can be made via Facebook.