June 22nd, 2018
Your name is Dylan Moran, the same as the Irish comedian – where do the similarities begin and diminish?
They begin at Dylan and Diminish at Moran.
Your alias behind the decks is Ceili – how is this pronounced and what does it mean?
Ceili is an old Irish word for an explorative gathering back in the day. Usually accompanied with storytelling, dancing and probably a whole lot of Poitin (potent potato alcohol). So, I guess that’s exactly what I’m going for in an updated manor.
You say you grew up in ‘the middle of nowhere’ in Ireland – how did an Emmerdale existence spark a techno tale?
That I’m not really sure about actually. There wasn’t much techno to be heard of in Banagher. My brother was a crazy trance head and anytime I stepped in his car your head would be blown off by Lisa Lashes or the Tidy Boys. I think that led me down my path. I was then introduced to limewire and from there I started being the one mixtape master friend. My dad pushed me when I got older to invest in some real gear and that led me on to some wild parties in fields and sheds around the blogland’s before moving the Dubin.
Memories of your first techno gig?
I went to a gig when I was 17 in Joe Lee’s Bar in Tullamore. I met a DJ from a nearby town who introduced me to minimal techno and he’d been banned from driving so I drove him to his gig. It was mad.
What’s the scene like in Dublin, and how did you start getting yourself heard?
It’s a tight scene in Dublin. In the five years I was there you could definitely witness a lot of change and good movement. People aren’t afraid to go for it. I moved into a house in Dublin with two other DJs. I went out and got a taste of the scene for and in my second year started playing a couple of okayish gigs. Then I entered some competition to win a slot at a festival, and some lad white washed me for first place on the last day and left me runners up. But that got me a support slot for Jonas Rathsman – someone I shouldn’t have probably been warming up for in terms of taste, but I made it work and got myself in. After that I pushed like crazy working my way into different clubs and festivals from Dublin to Galway.
To any pigeon-holed fool that would disregard techno as repetitive beats, how would you silence them with the most epic genre definition?
I feel like the genre is loved in different ways. You have someone like me who can listen to it first thing in the morning but then you’ve others who admire the movement around the genre – the people it brings together and the pouring creativity that comes with the right promoters and artists. You don’t know until you try techno for real! Watching football on a basic TV isn’t the same as going to a match is it!? So listening to techno with a speaker is just not the same as going to a gig with the perfect sound system. Its more a moment. I’m rambling already.
You’ve since moved to London – how does the scene differ to that on Irish turf?
I guess its incomparable due to difference in size. The Dublin scene is what it is due to compression inside the city. Here there’s a lot to choose from. I felt in Ireland a lot of ‘same same’ from parties mainly because there’s less competition. This has a big imprint on the artists who perform at these parties and the listeners who can become a little jaded to what else is out there. Here the limits are much larger and it’s a really good thing to discover your true taste for both the artist or the listener.
You’re working on your own label, the Ceili Collective – what and who are you looking for to join this eclectic gathering? Submissions open!
As a collective we currently are operating a monthly radio show, sporadic parties and finely putting together “Ceili 001” – a 6-track cassette featuring three Irish artists with myself alongside, and three Internationals. With all this comes a lot of art work so submissions are open to any should who thinks they can bring something fun to the table. I started it myself as I was bored waiting for others to grant me an opportunity, so here it is for me and anyone with a Ceili eye. In the past three months good people have come together and I’m surprised with the progress.
Your debut EP ‘Waiting’ on OTB Records has some unique track titles – explain the stories of ‘Moped Noise Pollution’.
Moped Noise Pollution was inspired by my noisy window view in Homerton.
You’re running this monthly radio show that aims to bring a mix of techno together from around the world. Do you see techno moving from underground to currentground?
I think it already is on currentground to a certain extent in Europe, and has been for a while now. Its just how the scene has developed when the scent of money arises fast, especially with the helping hand from THE INTERNET. Yet this is only for particular cities. The scenes in Tbilisi of recent were crazy. A new club called Bassiani have not impressed the government with the reception they’ve received and people took to the streets after the club got raided heavily and with the people came the artists and it looked like a real sense of freedom. Google it!
You recently attended the SuperdrySounds launch party, how was it?
Really nice vibe. More techno needed though, haha.
Thoughts on the Superdry clothes you’re styling out?
Hit me with that Superdry leather. I’m old fashioned.
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June 21st, 2018
You’ve matched on Tinder. You’ve confirmed a place and a time. Now you’re looking at your wardrobe wondering if you need to make a last minute dash to the shop or work with what you got.
It’s cool. No need to panic. We’ve got five easy, last minute date night looks right here – ready to wow that guy or girl and nail that first impression.
The Pub/bar date
Keep things breezy with a trip to your local pub or a busy bar in town. This type of setting means you’ll need something fairly casual when it comes to your outfit.
Opt for a classic, plain white t-shirt and keep it untucked. Lighter coloured chino shorts are ideal for those sunnier afternoons – if you want to check out the beer garden – or if it’s later in the evening black skinny jeans always look great. A pair of leather deck shoes add a stylish and sleek finish to the look.
Get the look –
Whether you’re trying Italian or being brave with curry – a restaurant date means you’ll want to keep your outfit simple yet smart. Darker colours also mean if you get messy no one will notice. We got you covered.
A navy blazer is a strong and pretty masculine choice – plus you’ll look like the perfect gentleman if you offer it up later if your date gets cold. Pair it with a pattern shirt to add a little fun – finish with dark jeans and smart, brown shoes.
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The outdoor date
If you feel like embracing the great outdoors during those warmer summer months – we have the outfit for you. Whether you’re paying up for a go on the pedalos or just taking a walk around your local park – start with a dark grey or blue long sleeved t-shirt. You’ll instantly look smart without being overdressed. Plus, it will keep you warm if there’s a chill as the day goes on.
Cargo shorts are a great choice, not only will you look the part for a date outside, but you’ll also be comfortable. Opt for an easy to wear colour like khaki, dark green, wine red or navy. If you’re feeling bold – camo print is a good call for a stronger look. Choose tennis sneakers when picking out your shoes – they’ll be comfy enough for a longer walk, maybe hand in hand with that date, if things go well.
Get the look –
For a coffee date you want a comfortable yet cool outfit. These types of dates are always a little more casual, so you don’t want to be turning up in your fanciest of clothes.
Go for a thin, pullover hoodie in an easy to wear colours such as black or grey. Grab a statement Harrington jacket in a darker colour to finish the look and turn heads when you turn up. Pull the hood out to add a little height.
Your trousers are the easy part. Grab a pair of turned up, loose fit jeans then finish off with crisp white trainers or clean canvas shoes.
Get the look –
A gig date gives you the chance to be a little alternative with your style. A pair of ripped jeans are effortlessly cool and work best with a well-worn, raglan t-shirt.
To top things off, grab your fave denim jacket – these can be worn all year round. For maximum comfort, opt for ankle boots that will get you in all the bars later when the gig is over. Black leather styles go with everything.
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Ready for that first date? Give these easy, last minute looks a go and wow your date the minute they spot you.Read more
June 20th, 2018
Hannah Jane Lewis is pop music at its purist and coolest, to put it simply. Eccentric music videos, catchy choruses, and a cult legion of fans, Hannah might just be your new not-so-guilty pleasure…
You’re giving pop music the best rep! What are the underrated and credible qualities of pop?
Ah yay thank you! Well sometimes I think people who don’t get pop think it’s easy to write a pop song, but I actually think it’s the complete opposite. As simple as a pop song may sound, I think the simplicity is the most difficult thing to nail. A pop song has to have tonnes of energy, emotion and a part that people want to sing over and over again – not to mention lyrics that people can connect too. All under 3 minutes 30…or actually less these days! To me that’s the most underrated quality and no easy feat!
Unashamed guilty pleasure, and then an unsuspecting song that you vibe?
Unashamed guilty pleasure is ‘with you’ by Jessica Simpson – I still remember every word from when I was younger. An unsuspecting song – as much as I’m a pop-head I actually spent a lot of my teen years listening to rap. I think ‘Violent Crimes’ on the new Kanye album is great, and also ‘This is America’ by Childish Gambino is so great- the music video blows my mind!
You tour schools giving music career advice – what’s your ethos, and what misconceptions do you often have to correct? Over to you Miss Lewis!
So, I go to different schools and inspire them to do what they love, so lots of the time it’s not just music we talk about but in general a completely different kind of dream that they may have. When it comes to music though I get asked a lot if they should go on the X factor/if I am going to, and I always like to tell them that that’s not the only way to get into the music industry! And also just to make sure that they figure out who they are first and what they want their sound to be, before they jump into the craziness of the music industry. There’s always that clouding temptation to be like everyone else and listen to everyone else’s opinions on who you should be to get louder!
Your music videos are eccentric, glittered to the max and even have 80s game console effects going on – where’s your head at when visioning these?
I’ve always looked up to eccentric pop stars who have larger than life visuals. I think that’s one of the great things about pop, that you can be super eccentric visually and there’s no such thing as going too far – because it’s pop! So I wanted to do the same for my first music video. Also, when I got the opportunity to cover myself head to toe in glitter I jumped at the chance, it was a bucket list achieved!
What’s your new single Frozen Frames about?
It’s about the space between not being fully broken up but also not being together anymore. It’s feeling like everything is on pause and almost frozen, and just waiting for it all to go back to normal again. It’s a sad one but there’s tonnes of hope in it – it’s loving someone enough to play the waiting game.
What have you frozen out of your life this year?
Worrying about things I can’t control! I can be a bit of a control freak which doesn’t blend very well with the craziness of being in the music industry. So lately I feel like I’ve just thrown caution to the wind which has been way more fun.
Ultimate moment of your music career so far you’d have framed for all the family to see on the mantelpiece?
I think when BBC radio 1 chose ‘Raincheck’ as their introducing track of the week. All the DJs played it and it was such a pinch me moment – I’ve grown up listening to that radio station so to hear my song on there was such a dream come true! I cried when it happened and I NEVER cry! #icequeen
We had the pleasure of your company backstage at Field Day Festival this month! Can you give the Superdry readers a story of your day?
Ah it was so fun!! So Superdry had their own little VIP area, which was dreamy. Lots of drinks, and also clothes (the best!) and we had a little photo shoot too which I loved. I watched Au / Ra on the Superdry stage – I’ve been wanting to see her live for ages so it was awesome to watch her set. G-Flip was also awesome! I basically had a great day, thanks for inviting me!
Style time – what did you pick out from Superdry, and what did you wear to Field Day?
From Superdry I picked out some ripped boyfriend dreams which I LOVE, and wore to Field Day infact! A cute little Bardot dress, a classic denim jacket, silver puffer and another one of Superdry’s classic windbreaker jackets which I also wore to field day! One of my favourite picks though was this glitter bum bag – as you know now, anything that involves glitter is an immediate obsession for me! Thanks for the shopping trip Superdry!
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Hannah Jane Lewis’ new single Frozen Frames is available to stream HERE
June 15th, 2018
Now in its 27th year, Graduate Fashion Week brings the latest innovative and exciting emerging talent to the world’s attention, showcasing the designers of tomorrow in a four-day event. Graduate Fashion Week 2018 came to a close last week, and the Superdry teams are now reflecting on what an amazing showcase of talent we saw. The grand finale of the event was the award ceremony, where the winners of this year’s awards were announced.
Professor Caryn Franklin MBE opened the award ceremony with a personal message from Prime Minister Theresa May, offering her support and well wishes to all students and universities involved, which read:
“ I am very proud of the UK’s fashion industry. From street style to haute couture, some of the most iconic brands and biggest names in the business hail from the UK. We are leaders in design, innovation, textiles, and our fashion colleges and universities are among the very best in the world. The sector contributes over £28 billion to the UK economy, supports nearly 900,000 jobs and exports over £10 billion to international markets.
The charity, Graduate Fashion Week, plays such an important role in the process of identifying and nurturing the very best of new talent at this crucial stage in their careers, helping ensure the next generation of gifted individuals can go on to secure leading roles in the industry. I look forward to hearing about the winners and wish them every success for the future.”
As proud sponsors of the Superdry Outerwear award, we’re very pleased to feature in the event for the first time. This was our first year working closely with GFW, and the standard of all entries were incredibly high. Superdry has a reputation for creating incredible jackets from the best fabrics, innovation and branding. The Superdry Outerwear Award was given to Helena Green (Liverpool John Moores University), judged by Siri Mac Donald, Todd Lynn and Jamie Wei Huang. Winner Helen Green said, “Feeling really overwhelmed! I can’t explain it any other way.”
During Graduate Fashion Week, attendees joined us at the Superdry booth where we hosted a number of industry expert seminars. There were great opportunities to meet our in-house teams from Design, Garment Technology, Merchandising, Category Management, Production & Sourcing, Creative Studio & the Superdry Sport team. We are searching for the best talent to join the Superdry family, so if you’re interested in hearing more about our diverse career opportunities at Superdry, you can find the latest updates here .
June 14th, 2018
Stockholm based singer Steele is toughening up the footpaths made by the likes of Goldfrapp. Ethereal, whimsical but full of drama, this singer is serving up the perfect sundazed soundtracks. We took some time out in the shade at a skatepark for a chat.
Hi Steele – is that your real name?
Hi! Yes, it’s my mum’s maiden name – she was born in the UK!
Your sound flirts between ‘dark pop’ and ‘trip hop’ – can you describe these bespoke genres to a newbie?
Well, ‘dark pop’ is (to me at least) the modern sound and melodies of ‘classic pop’ but with a more rough and melancholic undertone. ‘Trip hop’ is quite experimental and progressive, but the easiest way to describe it is a mix between low tempo hip-hop and electronica.
Who are your musical influences and why?
Ah, there are so many! I started off taking classical piano lessons at a very early age, but grew up listening to a lot of jazz, funk and soul at home. Then I was in the midst of the 90’s pop, grunge and trip hop. I’m influenced by so much, and listen broadly to most genres. I think it would be easier to say my inspiration comes from music, movies, nature and relationships.
Your voice has serious cinematic qualities – if you could soundtrack a film, what would it be and why?
I adore sci-fi, so if there will be a sequel to ‘Interstellar’ or ‘Inception’ – call me! J
What’s the meaning behind new single Temporary Love?
I find relationships to be a very curious thing. You have this bond with someone, sometimes for a very long time and share your best and worst moment, deepest thoughts and dreams. And when it ends, all of a sudden that person becomes a stranger that you barely even glance at – should you ever meet again. It has made me think of how fleeting things can be. Or temporary if you will.
What’s been your funniest temporary obsession?
Playing World of Warcraft!
Taking all things temporary to one side, what are your forever loves in life?
My dog Leo, PG tips, the Swedish archipelago, cooking and creating anything with my hands! And my big, amazing family of course, but that goes without saying, right?
We’re getting Lana del Ray vibes with this new release, which is a great thing! Did Lana pave the way for a whimsical bohemian revival?
I think del Ray definitely became a big symbol for a retro rebirth, alongside with Goldfrapp, Bat For Lashes, Lykke Li and many others. J They all share that sentimental vibe, but manage to keep their own signature sound.
Putting our wage on the line to assume that Steele is a veteran festival girl…!?
You bet! I went to my first festival when I was 15 here in Sweden with my sister Emilie and my cousin Amanda – we all had dreadlocks down to our hips and built a camp called ‘Dread girls’… Emilie, who is the creator of all of my covers, made an illustration of the three of us on a large sheet that we put up as some kind of a pirate flag.
What are the best and worst things about a festival?
Best: The music!!
Worst: People peeing on your tent…
What’s your finest festival looks, and what would you pick out from Superdry to conquer the mainstage?
Anything that’s colourful and easy to move around in! You need to be able to dance, run, climb, jump without any restrictions.
photographer Kari Jaroszynska and Elvira Brandt for hair & make-up