Kerri Chandler DJ’ing at Southport Weekender in the Suncebeat Dome
Kerri Chandler DJ’ing at Southport Weekender in The Suncebeat Dome @ Minehead
Pastel on Murillo Paper. 2013 or 2014.
This was an amazing weekend. Commissioned by Southport Weekender, Ben Brophy & Gavin Kendrick to come and do some live drawings at Southport Weekender. I did 3 drawings over the weekend as well as exhibited & this is a capture of Kerri Chandler headlining the Suncebeat Dome where he injected such energy & passion into the room.
I went to x 3 Southport Weekenders at the Minehead site (2012, 2013, 2014). The first one I remember for the outstanding performance of Gregory Porter, but did no artwork. The second one I attended I made a lot of tiny sketchbook drawings and one larger drawing inside the Suncebeat Dome which was never finished because the company that supplied the Dome bought my drawing when it was still at an early stage. My third visit, in 2014, was my most productive visit.The finished portraits of Kerri Chandler and Giles Peterson were presented at this weekend, which is how I got to meet Kerri, had the honour of being invited to draw ‘live’ on stage during his DJ set in the Dome, and also during the performance of his Live Music ensemble in the much bigger Powerhouse space.
What I remember about the above drawing is that I kept having to break off and dance because the music in Kerri’s set was so good. I do remember that his set included a mix of Azzymuth’s Jazz Carnival, as well as a favourite House music track of mine called The Mast. As a jazz dancer & enthusiast this really resonated with me compared to so many unanimated DJ’s that we see these days. It was a wonderful weekend & Kerri really was a very humble & inspiring man.
The setting of the Suncebeat Dome was very Starr-trekky, but the neon, coloured lighting of the venue also contributed to this ‘sic-fi’ atmosphere Kerri’s hands were constantly in movement as he manipulated the controls of his Musical ‘Mothership’.