We did an interview with the Nearest Faraway Place blog about the Chill Out Tent, our inspiration and some plans for the future. Worth a look if you’d like to know where we’re coming from and where we’re going…
‘On the occasion of 2020 summer solstice, we recorded in studio (due to lockdown) a live set for a special edition of “The chill out tent” aired on June, 21st 2020, then merged with a footage from Trasimeno Lake.
It includes tracks from our 1st and 2nd album, plus a special unreleased remake!’
Here at the Chill Out Tent we love to celebrate positivity and of course all things chilled and mellow. Ogmios, the enigmatic musician and creator of the School of Zen Motoring is all these things. His soothing dashcam films are full of charm amd calm, they’re the perfect antidote to road rage and existential angst, listen and enjoy.
Check his music too…
Join Chris Coco and the Chill Out Tent crew on 1BTN radio today, conversation, music and maybe some cheeky livestreaming…
#2. Ambient House was invented by sheep…
‘Moments in Love – The History of Chillout Music’ was first broadcast in 2004, written and produced by Chris Coco of this parish for the BBC, it’s a documentary that tells the history of the music we now know as ‘Chillout’. Tracing its origins back in the experimental work of classical musicians like Erik Satie and Claude Debussy.
For veteran listeners & fans it provides a seminal playlist of evergreen classics, while for newcomers to the world of downtempo music it’ll provide an invaluable primer to the world of chill out and balearic.
Chris talks to many innovators and pioneers of the chillout scene and some of its fans who explain what the music means to them. He chats with: Mixmaster Morris, Paul Morely, Laura B, Brian Eno, Dr Alex Paterson, Edgar Froese, George Evelyn of Nightmares on Wax, Rob da Bank, Jon Sa Trinxa, Jose Padilla, Sally Rogers, Phil Mison, Pete Lawrence, DJ Ravin and Sam (Zero 7) Hardaker.
With a rare and exclusive interview with Jose Padilla, the man widely regarded as the spiritual father of chillout whose legendary session tapes soundtracking the setting sun over Café del Mar turned into the hugely successful compilation series, the programme traces the path of this music through the electronic experiments and dub reggae of the 1970s, the beach bars and Balearic sound of Ibiza, up to the eclectic sounds of today.
‘What has now become known as chillout music is really music for listeners and lovers of music. This music seems very much about something you really listen to and enjoy, and I do feel that people who dismiss it as bland have really not listened to it properly.’ Paul Morley former member of Art of Noise
‘It is perfect for home listening, as background music, as lifestyle music, as driving music and it sounds totally right in beautiful settings. The best of its kind is often music that is heartfelt and isn’t fashion led, and it is often driven by melody and harmony. It can slow us down to the speed of life and send shivers of pleasure down the spine too. If that doesn’t have a positive message, what does?” Pete Lawrence, Founder of The Big Chill
‘You have the best screen on the planet…you have the sea, the sunset, the people. At Café del Mar the people are relaxed and chilled, you can play with their emotions. You just flow with the energy and you can take them to a point emotionally where you actually make them cry’. Jose Padilla, former resident DJ, Café del Mar – the spiritual father of Chillout.
AT THE RIVER – Groove Armada
PORCELAIN – Moby
RED DUST – Zero 7
ALBATROSS – Chris Coco
SOFT – Lemon Jelly
A SPECIAL MORNING – Ralph Myerz and the Jack Herren Band
ALPHA BETA GAGA – Air
GYMNOPEDIE NO. 1 – Erik Satie
FALLING – Chris Coco
MUSIC FOR AIRPORTS – Brian Eno
DISCREET MUSIC – Brian Eno
PHAEDRA – Tangerine Dream
SCIENTIST DOCTOR DUB – King Tubby/Scientist
WORKING GIRL – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
MOMENTS IN LOVE – Art of Noise
IL PLEURE – Art of Noise
ENTRE DOS AGUAS – Paco de Lucia
VANGELIS – Love Theme from Bladerunner
ADIOS AYER – Jose Padilla
BAREFOOT IN THE HEAD – A Man Called Adam
CONCIERTO DE ARANJUEZ – (Adagio) Joaquin Rodrigo
PACIFIC STATE – 808 State
A HUGE EVER GROWING PULSATING BRAIN THAT RULES FROM THE CENTRE OF THE ULTRAWORLD – The Orb
LITTLE FLUFFY CLOUDS – The Orb
ELVIS ON THE RADIO: STEEL GUITAR IN MY SOUL – KLF
NIGHTS INTERLUDE – Nightmares on Wax
PIPES & HONOUR – Nightmares on Wax
UP WITH PEOPLE – Lambchop (Zero 7 mix)
LOVELY DAY – Bill Withers
MAKING MUSIC – Chungking
YACHTS – A Man Called Adam
THE GLASS BEAD GAME – Thievery Corporation
IN THIS WORLD – Moby
I HAVE SEEN – Zero 7
UNIVERSAL TRAVELER – Air
Here’s the a/v set from Galen & Mark Johns of the Sunset Soundsystem as performed as part of our July 2020 Chill Out Tent Edition #4 . Beautiful music and blissful visuals from the San Francisco maestros…
Originally premiered on The Chillout Tent live stream session #5. The official release on digital platforms is 4th Sept 2020 and vinyl 6th Nov 2020
NuNorthern Soul proudly presents Dimun, an overlooked neo-classical / ambient fusion track by Faroe Islands-based producer Kristan Blak’s Yggdrasil project. Label boss ‘Phat’ Phil Cooper was playing G! festival on the Faroe Islands in 2019 and as part of the experience the delegates, artists and DJs where invited to see and experience some of the cultural spots and institutions of the Faroe Islands. One of those was Tutl records owned by Kristian Blak. Tutl records is a wonderful record store and label representing the wealth of amazing Faroese recording talent and has been around for years. tutlrecords.com Kristian invited a few people to his house and he played the piano line of Dimun, Phil recorded it on his phone and could not stop watching it… He eventually contacted Kristian to ask about the music which led to it being licensed for this release.
For our weekly Chill Out Tent ‘Classic’ this week we turn to a 1995 BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix that our interview guest Norman Jay recorded in 1995. A classic, ground breaking mix of house, disco, jazz, funk and reggae from from Mr Goodtimes for sure. Hear him talk about music, carnival, politics and much more from 18:00 BST today.
Pete Fowler’s afterparty is the final section of our line up for this weekend’s Edition 5 of the Chill Out Tent, coming live from 18:00 BST on Sunday, 30 August 2020. We’re super happy to have Pete; artist, DJ, bon viveur, one half of ambient legends Seahawks and all round gent closing out our festival, you know it’ll be an awesome send off. We interrupted Pete’s busy schedule to have a chat about what he’s been up to lately, and to find out what we can expect from his set at the weekend.
Pete has been working from his London home studio during lock-down, busy with commissions for his paintings, drawings and commercial illustration projects like the KPM – Island Visions cover above and similar work for music biz clients like Marius Circus.
On the music front Pete’s been continuing his Seahawks project with Jon Tye of Lo Recordings fame, collaborating remotely on new material like the remix for Andy Pye’s Balearic Social (see link above) and releasing Star Seeds through Bandcamp as a fund raiser for Red Cross Lebanon to directly help people after the disaster in Beirut. Seahawks will also be releasing a very special vinyl print of their super rare ‘Secrets of the Deep’ album from 2010 on Diggers Factory, as they say ‘Deep trench, marina drone, deck shoegaze, cosmic yacht rock at it’s finest’ and who are we to argue?
If that’s not enough to keep him busy Pete’s continued to broadcast his weekly live show ‘Open’ on London’s Soho Radio, which is always worth a listen for it’s mix of music ‘veering from 70’s smooth rock, to discoid balearic debris’, sounds right up our street! He’s also continued to man the virtual decks every Friday for the Heavenly Social crew, providing the playlist, commentary and beverage recommendations.
We also discussed a few of the other projects Pete’s been involved in including the image above that he produced in response to the removal of the Colston statue in Bristol, that went on to sell out a 900 print run via legendary bootlegger Johnny Banger, raising £9000 for a primary school food bank in Bristol. Another unexpected success was his run of colouring sheets that went viral, ended up on the school curriculum and saved many stressed lock-down families from those ‘I’m bored’ moments of anxiety and angst. Pete’s drawing skills and lifelong fandom of culinary legend Keith Floyd came together in this unexpected merch opportunity to support a well loved record shop.
We sprung a ‘Desert Island Discs’ moment on Pete to conclude our chat, asking where he’d like to be if he could be free of Covid restrictions for a weekend. He decided that an escape to the lovely Port Eliot Festival to DJ and celebrate with friends old and new would be his choice, and what would his last track of the night be? The glorious ‘Silly Love Songs’ by Wings was his choice, and as Alan Partridge put it ‘Wings; the band the Beetles could have been…’ One last recommendation for anyone who over indulges over the weekend Pete suggests we refer to Mr Floyd in how to alleviate our hangovers.
Many thanks to Pete for taking time to talk to us, and of course for playing at our event this weekend, it’s going to be fab right?