A view from Black Medicine co. cafe In Edinburgh. This where I formulate most of my music plans and dwell on very strong caffeine.
Finally got my hands on a new mobile, and as such, I thought I’d just show off a little. Here’s the artwork of the new release release, “Jetyr EP”, ‘tis looking good in WinAmp. The release is a collaboration between Taperecarder and I.
Play.com’s “Rakuten.co.uk” team doing a nice pop-up advertisement in the form of a giant shopping bag. Picture taken at Edinburgh’s Bristo Square, rich with students. It’s one of a number of places that I had lined up to do my own pop-up advertising in the run up to my album launch, nice to see someone has the same idea as me!
Quick updates for awesome happenings:
 The collaboratve EP with Taperecorder & I, “Jetyr EP”, is finally finished! Previews to come soon!
 I’m 95% finished a single. Looking forward to you guys hearding it!
 I’m performing as usual at the dramhouse tomorrow, with the guys from Project2. Include some awesome guests and a massive showcase of fine techno.
I may have been lagging behind in terms of being able to get my music off the ground, but as many of you know, I was hit by small laptop problem.
Today ends a chapter of my life where I have met hundreds of talented people and fans in their thousands.
Recently, I’ve been volunteering with the Max Bell Theatre co. on an infinitely ambiguous and imagination-triggering show called The Gypsybird Speaks, by writer and director Derek Mitchell. It’s at this point that I’d like to point out that out of the 2,871 different shows during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, I was asked to help out at this one, and I couldn’t have been more happier to work with a tight band of highly talented and dynamic actors, actresses and stage support! It’s a show I’ve drawn an unparallelled amount of inspiration from and will undoubtedly reflect on my personal work to come.
I’m completely new to the theatre scene. The Gypsybird Speaks is the first theatre production that I’ve watched and (let’s be honest) will be the (somewhat bias) benchmark for future shows that I watch and may have a part in.
Of course, the Fringe will never be limited to one specific genre of the arts and I’ve the great opportunity to see such a large amount diverse performances and comedy shows. The hilarious fact of that is that I’ve enjoyed the arts’ performances more than the comedy shows…
I’ve learnt that performances are less of a show, more of an experience. I’ve still been able to laugh as well and delve into deep imagination and thought throughout all the performances I’ve seen. Comedy shows seem to only have one dimension; you go to the show and take away a joke, punchline and a smile on your face. On the other hand, arts’ performances give you so much more; a smile on your face, enhanced imagination and the inability to tell others exactly what happened in the show you’ve just seen, which further warrants the fabled “You should have been there" quote and plants the need for others to go see the show. Genius!
I’d like to tell you about a few I’ve had the privilege to see this year:
The Mid-Knight Cowboy - A superb one-man show by Pius McGrath who is a shamelessly fearless multi-character actor portrays a tale about lad-like excesses and regrets, reflecting on child-hood influences and how he lives his current life. A flawless performance!
…You should have been there.
Lifting The Mask - An undeniably brilliant thought-provoking show shaming the social prejudices of prostitution and homosexuality.
Originally driven towards seeing this show as one of the actors involved is an incredibly talented school-friend of mine, and proved quite a shock to see him perform in such an intimate show. All three of the actors, Christopher Walster, Chanelle Shea-Calvin and Rishaad Moudden just simply click together like a jigsaw to deliver a dynamic and character-shifting show.
…You should have been there.
Rising - A four part contemporary dance performance, starring Aakash Odedra. Each piece each as different as the seasons, and choreographed by Russell Maliphant, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Akram Khan and Aakash himself.
I had the pleasure seeing the show with a lovely friend of mine, both of us having completely different opinions of the shows’ themes. Since I’m from a music production and live performance background, most of what I appreciated about the show was the lighting, (and as my friend said) probably well over done for a show the size that it was, and over-shadowing (pardon the terrible pun) the actual physical performance. Never the less, an hour of well choreographed and staged dancing that i’m not going to forget anytime soon.
…You should have been there.
Music Show Wedding - Twenty multi-talented, hyperactive, Koreans dressed in their best well-fitted, neon-puke-colored wedding suits, dancing 10 times faster than Micheal Flatley on an acid trip. I make it sound bad, but It’s actually brilliant! So well-rehearsed that the stage-hands were catching the actor’s flying hats without even looking. It Majorly enjoyed by all-ages, a definite pick-me-up that would put a smile on anyone’s face.
…You should have been there.
Everything and everyone involved in these shows have helped and help develop ideas that will spawn into the formation of my album, and that’s just the Edinburgh Fringe!…
I am less than a year away from launching my debut studio album, and the majority of track ideas just need polished. It’s at this critical stage now that I really have to concentrate on all of my “Lewis Bergen” productions. And it is also with this, that I can gladly say, that I am in the midst of several other projects which will help push [not just] LB music, but the entirety of all the music I love!
 Although I can’t speak too much about it, one of my projects utilises multitude of social media sites in order to create a unique set of art installations in the Edinburgh area. I’ll be asking five other artists to join in showcasing music in a method that’s never been done before…
One thing is certain though, It’s going to be fun for everyone involved!
 Starting from 28 September, some funk-loving friends and I will be launching our brand new club night in the beating heart of Edinburgh. “Project2" aims to support non-commercial electronica, with a huge line-up of big and local artists. We’re going to be located at the Dramhouse (Ex-GRV) on the Cowgate, Edinburgh. Click here for more details…
 Nearly two years ago, I met experimental artist “taperecorder”. You may have heard of him from my two remixes of his track “Titcoke" and "Gravel Mountain”. We’re excited to announce that we’ve collaborated to bring you the “Jetyr EP”, where hodge-podge dance meets experimental electro house. We’ll have a couple of previews come along soon on the joyGAIN SoundCloud page, and a long-waited release just before the new year!
 …and one last little thing, there maybe word of a UK or European tour…
News to come!
I’ve also had new press photos shot by my lovely and talented Vikki Nye, you’ll be able to catch them as I upload them on my facebook page in the next few weeks.
Seriously guys, these last 3 months have been oh-so fun and it’s just the spark in the det-chord which is sure to explode and trigger some inspiration in the album to come and the gigs we’ll all be jumping at!
And I, in no way, blame the Gypsybird crew for getting me into this…
Good fry!… :D
I am finally pleased to announce that my new single “Exit” will be out on the 25th July. It’s chunky, bass-lead driven and yes, I sing in this one!
"Exit" on Youtube:
"Exit" on SoundCloud:
I’ve been working on this track for some time, with most of the original ideas starting around July 2011. It was born from a concept EP I was trying to construct, along with tracks like “Canadian Connection”, It’s working title was actually “Less Than Three”. I had hope to get female vocals down for it, but as months passed, I though it would be a great showcase for my own.
I hope that you enjoy! More is on the way…
"Exit" is out 25.07.13.
So this is it, my little project, my little façade for my happenings, my little empire.
Ladies, gents and audiophiles…
joyGAIN is, in essence, the umbrella for all my music and gig work for the future. The idea behind it is to help myself and other artists whom I work with (our network) by performing live and shaping, creating, composing, designing publishing and distributing a romantic variety of niche and designer electronica.
I’ve already got a couple of ideas lined up in the future for gigs/shows and releases, but you’ll hear all about it very soon…
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