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Ian (W!) Brown

Ian (W!) Brown

Not THE Ian Brown (hence the W) but still a known mover and shaker in the music industry, Ian W Brown is well known as a manager, producer, facilitator, creative force etc etc. Less known is the fact that he is also a performer and songwriter in his own right – Sandi Thom’s UK Number 1 I Wanna Be A Punk Rocker (With Flowers In My Hair) was co-written by him, and he also co-wrote the lead song in the long running West End musical ‘Dreamboats and Petticoats’ and has written songs for many artists including Fisherman’s Friends, Show Of Hands, Jason Donovan, D Side, Pixie Lott, Graham Gouldman, Henry Priestman and even Meryl Streep. He is also developing several movies, some still at the screenplay stage, and others fast approaching filming…

His new single was inspired by his shared famous name – Me Too has an instant appeal and a heartfelt message. Stylorouge were asked to design the cover for the single, so we did…

Show Of Hands back to their roots

]Steve Knightley and Phil Beer have made a raw, rural, back-to-basics folk album, mixing new Knightley compositions with traditional songs and unusually for the UK’s favourite folk-roots duo, a couple of songs by another contemporary writer, Chris Hoban, whose work has hugely impressed them in recent years. ‘Katrina’, which featured on their last album Wake The Union and which has become a fixture in their recent live shows, was also one of Hoban’s. This new album, The Long Way Home, has a Stylorouge sleeve, with photographs by Rob O’Connor, shot on location around Faversham Creek.

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Squeeze – The journey of a lifetime…

Squeeze – The journey of a lifetime…

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From The Cradle To The Grave is unbelievably Squeeze’s first studio album of new material since Domino (1998), and they will tour the UK in autumn to promote it. Stylorouge have been busy working on all things Squeeze during the past few weeks, not least of all, preparing the artwork for the album packaging itself. The band’s website is also getting an overhaul, and the band were photographed both on location in Kent and in the recording studio by Rob O’Connor, for press, promotion and merchandise use.
Many of the songs on the album were written specifically by Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook to accompany the new TV comedy-dramatisation of the first part of broadcaster Danny Baker’s autobiography To Sea In A Sieve (a recommended read). A fellow South-east Londoner and old mate, Danny approached Chris and Glenn as soon as the TV show was being discussed. The resulting album is a tour-de-force, and a deal has been struck with their old record company Universal to give it the international push it deserves.

The Silver Clef Awards – The Long and winding road to Nordoff Robbins

The Silver Clef Awards – The Long and winding road to Nordoff Robbins

2015 saw the 40th anniversary of the Silver Clef Awards, the flagship annual fundraising event organised by much loved and supported Music Therapy charity Nordoff Robins. The Outside Organisation’s Julian Stockton came up with a mind-boggling ‘six degrees of separation’ style stream-of-consciousness copy to link together the achievements of all the 50 musical artists whio have won the coveted Silver Clef throughout its history. Our job was to visualise this in an appealing way, and in the process to create an item that would cop a few quid at auction for the charity. Our solution was a board game design that visually tapped into the chain-like theme, and a cool 900 quid was added to the phenomenal total of £740,000 that was raised at the prestigious event.
Those graciously accepting awards at the posh lunchtime do included Jake Bugg, Kasabian, Iron Maiden, and Primal Scream.

Bigger and better for Brett

Bigger and better for Brett

One of the busiest DoP’s (Director of Photography) in the business needs a suitably efficient and capacious place to showcase his prolific output, and so, after several years, the time came to upgrade Brett Turnbull’s original Stylorouge-built website. Still adorned with the logo and branding we designed for him some 10 years ago, Brett has added a large amount of his promo, documentary and commercials work, and wherever appropriate in super-duper HD. We have re-modelled the site to accommodate the vast library and have optimised it for mobile and tablet viewing.
We’re not biased of course, but in particular, you may wish to take a look at his new work and his promo for Enya, which are among his previous collaborations with our director Rob O’Connor for Stylorouge.

David Gilmour’s Paradise regained

David Gilmour’s Paradise regained

Pink Floyd front man David Gilmour has announced his forthcoming new solo album on September 22nd, with the release of a new single. Both go under the name Rattle That Lock. Stylorouge have been appointed to create online and video marketing assets, including short teaser video clips, an animated 3D “unboxing” video, and a dedicated microsite (in conjunction with The Unit). Much of the campaign features imagery based on the album sleeve, which was designed by The Creative Corporation, which followed a ‘Paradise Lost related brief.

Jamie Gibson has created this animated teaser clip in-house at Stylorouge.

Just the ticket for Squeeze

Just the ticket for Squeeze

Squeeze are back in the studio with a view to releasing later in the year what we calculate will be their 14th studio album, and the 8th that has packaging designed by Stylorouge.
They’ve also confirmed an autumn UK tour, during which they will be supported by the sublime (Dr) John Cooper Clarke. Stylorouge were collared to design a campaign for the Cradle To The Grave tour, which takes its name from one of the newly recorded songs, many of which will be featured on a unique, yet-to-be-announced telly experience – but more news on that later, it demands a story in it’s own right…

McBusted’s Most Excellent DVD release

McBusted’s Most Excellent DVD release

Stylorouge have designed the DVD packaging for the forthcoming live McBusted DVD and Blu-ray, or to give it it’s full billing… McBusted’s Most Excellent Adventure Tour Live at the O2. It gets a commercial release in the UK on June 22nd.

The front image includes a band shot taken by Ray Burmiston and art directed by Form.

Stylorouge also created a 30 second ’TV’ spot to advertise the release during the build-up to the shows at the arenas visited by the band on the tour.

A new site for Rob’s photography

A new site for Rob’s photography

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Stylorouge creative director Rob O’Connor has updated his photography website at roboconnorphotography.com, finally adding new images of Show Of Hands, Imelda May, Colour of Noise, Imagined Village, Gareth Malone, Katmen, Sway and members of McBusted.

A potted history edit of Rob’s director’s showreel has also been added alongside a little promo clip of his stills shoot with Opera singer Maria Romo on location in Kent.

How do you solve a problem like McBusted

How do you solve a problem like McBusted

Now confirmed as the country’s favourite super-group boy band, McBusted (or Busted Fly as the rejected alternative name would have had it) embark on a major arena tour on March 12th. Creative Director for the tour, Paul Caslin, approached Stylorouge to help realise his dream of creating a gigantic video game console for the band’s stage set. Working closely with him and the band themselves, we created a suite of graphics based on the retro styling of classic 1970’s amusement arcades.
We also designed the logo for the ‘Most Excellent Adventure’ tour itself, again with a nod toward console culture and the advertising of teen action comedy movies of the times.

DIME: Music education is a four letter word…

DIME: Music education is a four letter word…

Stylorouge continue to develop their ongoing marketing campaign work for the coolest music university on the planet, DIME (Detroit Institute of Music Education). Just six months old, DIME already boasts guest ‘masterclass’ and Q&A visits by Paulo Nutini, George Clinton, Usher and veteran Stevie Wonder MD and session drummer Nate Watts. DIME contracted Stylorouge to create a campaign to launch the university to a widely varied, music loving market in one of the world’s modern music heartlands. Our solution was to introduce it by its four letter acronym, DIME and the slogan MUSIC IS A FOUR LETTER WORD. A flurry of four-lettered ‘call-to-action’ copy-writing ensued, with results ranging from SING YOUR SONG and FORM YOUR BAND to MAKE YOUR MARK and DROP THAT BEAT. Members of the college’s first ever student cohort were photographed in Detroit by Rob O’Connor, and turned into expressive campaign photo-illustrations by Mark Higenbottam, the first two of which were utilised in DIME’s recent print advertising.

Colour of Noise

Colour of Noise

This years festivals will be looking to add brand new classic rock band Colour Of Noise to their bills. The band have come together during the last few months in the Brighton area but have rock heritage running through their veins. The five-piece include former members of Jeevas and Little Angels, and singer Matt Mitchell will be known by metal fans as front man of Furyon. Colour Of Noise set out to embody the “late ’60’s British Blues and ’70’s stadium rock”.
They wanted an image that captured the spirit of psychedelia with a raw-edged contemporary touch. Stylorouge have designed them a brand identity and Rob O’Connor photographed them on location at Brighton’s premier gig venue, Concorde 2.

Career paths in design

Career paths in design

Creative Director Rob O’Connor was invited by Senior Research Fellow Dr. Paul Micklethwaite at Kingston Polytechnic to talk to their MA students as part of their recent CREATING FUTURES event at London’s ICA. The focus of the day was to discuss careers in the design industry, and it made for a very enlightening day as all the guests were able to compare notes regarding their hugely varied career paths. Among other things Rob discussed how qualifications are perceived by prospective employers (he can’t remember ever seeing a degree certificate in his life…!). Having said that, he continues to be active in design education, this being his fourth and final academic year as external assessor for the Graphic Communications degree course at Plymouth University. Stylorouge also continue to run their work experience programme, usually aimed at undergraduates. For enquiries contact Viv Dykes – viv@stylorouge.co.uk

Negramaro Award

Negramaro Award

Italy’s favourite rock band Negramaro are renowned for their amazing live show productions, and we have been lucky enough to have contributed to their last two major tours, creating video content for their Lighting and set designers Placing Shadows.
Placing Shadows production design for the band’s last arena tour has deservedly been acknowledged by the industry – as Negramaro have been confirmed as winners of Best Live Show for 2014 in Sound & Light magazine’s annual awards. Our congratulations to the band and Placing Shadows (and a small pat on the back for ourselves of course!). Here’s to their next tour…

Framed at Gibson

Framed at Gibson

Following their recent move to swish new showrooms in London’s West End, Gibson Guitars (known nowadays as Gibson Brands) extended a generous invitation to Stylorouge to exhibit some of our work there, where, in keeping with the plethora of galleries in the area, their windows have been dedicated an exhibition space.

Taking the opportunity to rifle through our archives we whittled down to about a hundred of our favourite sleeves and then re-whittled to a smaller but perfectly formed selection, and then decided to pop them online in a blog too. Stylorouge 331/3 will continue to add sleeve designs from our history at random, occasionally with anecdotal comment, always with captions.

The sleeve designs selected for the Gibson display have been printed, signed and framed especially for the two month stay in Eastcastle Street, which commenced on March 3rd. Contact viv@stylorouge.co.uk for further information.