Kaput's London editor Alexander Mayor remembers the light in dark places

We are the words that move

Somehow, bright empty streets are a good place to remember dark places.

“Oh hey! We in!” Doors open, suddenly, yet always, we are both downward and upward. But you never quite know anything really, with these nights. A name. Ish. A face (yours, mostly). A commitment to the arts/clubbing/space exploration programme of the currently visited nation.

Typically, you only really become briefly present about half way through the night/morning. You have made friends with unlikely faces. In a kitchen. A corridor. A hotel bedroom. A green room. A space in which enthusiasm is viral, energetic, all conquering. We arrive to celebrate the specific, the poised and particular… and end the night in a warm bath of the general, the shared, the pleasingly out of focus. God, I miss it. You?

The ‘current thing’ (diminish your enemy with low-ball vocabulary choices) has many tangible costs. I shan’t revisit the obvious ones here. But pedalling around my city on regular solo bike missions, past shuttered bars and pubs and clubs with reputations now frozen into stills, you confront the dynamics of the world denied you. And strangely, there’s perhaps something new to record and observe.

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Danielle De Picciotto & friends in conversation with Lyndelle-Jayne Spruyt (L.J.Spruyt)

 Lyndelle-Jayne Spruyt (L.J.Spruyt): “I’ve often been told my work is very ‘dark’, I’m not sure this is true”

"You also couldn't afford to buy endless rolls of film, paper and chemicals–so the photos you took, had to count!" – Lyndelle-Jayne Spruyt in conversation with Danielle de Picciotto. …

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Nika Breithaupt – Interview

Nika Son: “I often feel more connected to animals than to humans”

Nika Breithaupt aka Nika Son aka Nikae is one of the most active and sensitive artists in Hamburg. H…

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Super Saturday in London – A photo gallery by John Noi

Eggs, bacon, chips and beans – “What happened to all the Rizla?”

John Noi reporting from the streets of London for kaput. That's how the British capital looked last …

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Betsy Trotwood Tapes II

Parenthesis “The Betsey Gets Me”

"I miss the nightlife, and like so many small music venues, the Betsey Trotwood on the Farringdon Ro…

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Interview with Wonk Unit

“It’s my duty to educate and fight for a better world” – The Wonk Talk

Wonk Unit from the UK... this is one of those rare punkbands who don't give us the creeps or the yaw…

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Betsy Trotwood Tapes I

Alexanders’s Festival Hall “Sexybored”

'Sexybored'… a tune I wrote for the home zoned, the waiting-by-the-phones, the solitary leaders of…

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Clubs and festivals in times of Corona / Covid-19

Club der Ewigkeiten – Hot Mass

Today we wanna introduce to you the team behind Hot Mass, one of the most vibrant club institutions …

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