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.

Echoes Of Sea Shore Tides: spoken word and Our Place In The Seven Heavens.

I recently submitted a couple of poems to an exhibition at Artizan Gallery in Torquay which was curated by poet and artist Becky Nuttall and fellow poet Robert Garnham.

I was thrilled to have my poems included in the exhibition which juxtaposed the poetry with fine pieces of artwork.

The exhibition is a fantastic celebration of placing either yourself or the area of Torbay in a celestial place beneath the Moon. The whole nature of the exhibition was open for broad interpretation as all art should be. Provoking stimulus, whether it be memories, places, or

simply now.

Artizan Gallery website

The two poems I submitted were The Echo Of Sea Shore Tides, and The System AKA Grockle Town.

The first, Echo – is relating to life in a seaside town, the microcosm of rock pools, the way life changes with the Tides which are of course ruled by the moon. It reflects how the order of life can be changed, and yet there is always a glimmer of hope even when the natural order has been disturbed.

Provided by Jacob Brandon @artizangallery poem written by Jason Disley

The other poem was a poem inspired by a film and novel titled The System which was inspired and written about life in Torbay during the 1960s. The screen play was written Peter Draper, who also happens to be Becky Nuttall’s Father. She told me that her father actually coined the term “Grockle” which has since been entered into dictionaries meaning : a noun Grockle: derogatory term for holiday maker usually visiting Devon or Cornwall.

Now I myself used to visit Torbay as a child in the seventies and eighties, before moving to Devon in the nineties. I had seen first hand the way the local lads would charm the holiday makers looking for fun, romance and excitement. I myself upon moving here I will unashamedly admit behaved in a similar manner as I was a young single man looking to have fun. So, when I was given the opportunity to write a poem about Torbay The System came to mind. I have read both the book and watched the movie, and from my own experiences growing up felt suitably inspired.

The poem can be seen on display as part of the Exhibition which I highly recommend, and not just because I have a couple of poems on display there, but because there is a great mix of wonderful art and words on display.

The System starring Oliver Reed and Jane Merrow
The novel The System by John Burke and taken from the screenplay by Peter Draper
The back cover of the Pan edition of The System

I will be appearing at Artizan Gallery on Monday the 20th of May as part of a Live event that will include music and poetry.

I will be performing poems from my new collection Chaos Reigns Supreme. The poems that are in this exhibition and some poetry from previous collections.

JD.

Beat To A Pulp, and Jazzy numbers.

I have been busy. Extremely busy. Last month saw my run of poetry performances hitting an all time high. So much so – I haven’t posted anything here for while. For that I can only apologise. Having performed in Torquay, Paignton, Newton Abbot and a gig in Birmingham it is a wonder I have had time to focus on other things. But I am pleased to say I have. I have been adding the final touches to my new book which will be available soon. My book is a poetry collection that is different from anything else I have ever written. It is a complete Pulp Fiction tale told in verse form.

Here is the blurb from the back cover:

“In this, epic collection, Disley has conjured up a cast of characters that shimmer, dodge and thrill the page with a story straight out of storyvile”

SJ Knight – Crime Fiction Writer

Firmly set in the period of Pulp and Noir of the twentieth century in an unnamed American city- Beat To A Pulp delivers poetry that’s full of the jive talk you would expect to read in Hammett, Chandler and Spillane.

It’s a Beat Poet delivering his version of a Pulp Fiction. It’s straight from the fridge and if you’ve got your boots on, you will dig the jive and imagine what happens when the canary sings.

The book is published by Beatnpress.

Now that the book is practically complete, it’s forty poems, are also ready to be performed and on the 14th of this month I will be debuting a handful of the poems from this collection. If you are a fan of Pulp Fiction, and Film Noir like I am. You will know that Jazz is often associated with the movies, and tales in the Pulp oeuvre. So naturally as my thoughts move towards performing and breathing life into the poems. I immediately felt it was right to have some suitable jazz to play in the back ground whilst reading. Enhancing the experience and hopefully allowing for a Film Noir to play in the minds of the audience.

So I have made a suitable Spotify playlist. It is only short and comprises of just three tunes.

1) Main Title by Gerry Mulligan

2)Private Investigator by Graham De Wilde

3) Gumshoe Blues by Paul Pritchard.

You can listen to the playlist here:

Beat To A Pulp Tracks

No doubt as I add more of the poems to the performances I will add more music to the playlist.

The debut performance will be at Word Command at Zitas in Exeter.

If things develop as I hope I would love to turn this collection into a play also. To see the characters come to life would be incredible. It would also be another string to add to my writing bow. But for now I am just so happy to share that this collection is going to be available to read soon. The book cover has been designed by Mr. H. He has also provided six images within the collection to accompany the poetry. Mr H. also designed the cover to my debut novella Seven Day Fool.

Mr H Design Co

More news about Beat To A Pulp soon…

The First Speaky Blinders night

On April 5th I had the pleasure of cohosting the first Speaky Blinders evening at Peaky Blinders Bar, Paignton, Devon.

It was a fabulous evening which saw the Professor of Whimsy, Robert Garnham, headline with a set of funny and surreal “poems” all titled “Poem” Robert was kind enough to help me host this first of what are going to be monthly events. It’s format was that of Spoken Word, comedy and an Open Mic night.

For the role of host – I dressed the part and turned up dressed to impress in true Peaky Blinder style. I had a grey suit, a tab, rounded shirt and the all important Baker boy cap.

Suitably attired I arrived at the Peaky Blinders Bar, and was pleased to see a decent number of people there for the evening. In fact every table was in use – it was practically a full house!

We had a great variety of performers some regulars from the local Spoken Word Scene, such as Shelley Szender, Samantha Boarer, Marc Woodward, and Andy Brown. All very well respected performers. Then we had some comedy from a gentleman who was visiting from Hong Kong! We also had some one liners from Steve Bloom. And in the second half of the evening even the Peaky Blinders Bars landlord Jamie Devon go up and shared some of his Pub humour. It was a roaring success for a debut night and can only go from strength to strength.

Preparations for next month’s Speaky Blinders are being made and the Headliner for the night in May will be announced soon. I also hope to perform some poetry with the addition of music at the next one.

So, By the order of the Speaky Blinders – I expect if you’re in the area – that you will be there. There will also be open mic slots available for those who wish to take part.

Keep yours eyes open for further announcements. JD.

Robert Garnham with Jason Disley