As Kula Shaker embark on a month of dates to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of their debut album K, the ultimate K experience gets a fan-only release; a boxed vinyl set of three albums – the original K, 2016’s studio triumph K2.0 and Kula Shaker Live In The East (End). Stylorouge have designed the collected package – titled Kompendium, the box is being launched exclusively through the band’s website in a strictly limited edition of 500. It doesn’t get much more kollectable than that…
You couldn’t make it up – an album of music written and recorded specifically for cats, and in it’s first week it keeps Michael Ball and Alfie Boe off the top spot in the classical album charts. This is a project that has completely captured the imagination of the (presumably cat-owning) public.
The brainchild of American classical composer and cellist David Teie, Music For Cats presented Stylorouge with an unique challenge; to produce a campaign to promote an eccentric musical proposition – no specific musical fan base, and in general, unknown territory – without losing its integrity (too much!). Fortunately, the project comes with the support of a well-researched background. Tests have shown that cats really do respond positively to the music, and cat-lovers do tend to be active online. We made TV commercials that were aimed at both the daytime televison viewer and social networks, and promotional video clips that presented some of the music in a more immersive form by extended the visual branding that we had devised for the album.
Ireland’s legendary TV chat show The Late Late Show, hosted for the past 10 years or so by Ryan Tubridy is to release a double CD for Christmas in support of the charity SVP (Society of St. Vincent dePaul). The show has had guest performances by a host of musical artists over the years, so editing the final track list was something of a mission. Artists finally appearing on the album include Ed Sheeran, U2, Ellie Goulding, The Script and Michael Bublé.
Stylorouge were commissioned to create a sleeve for the charitable project.
Stylorouge were asked to create a website to launch Pink Floyd’s 2017 exhibition at London’s legendary V&A Museum. Following in the footsteps of the V&A’s major Bowie retrospective, Their Mortal Remains is described as a multi-sensory journey through Pink Floyd’s extraordinary worlds, chronicling the music, design and staging of the band, from their debut in the 60s through to the present day.
The small website includes all the pertinent information about the exhibition, built using the immortal visuals of Hipgnosis and adapting the branding designs of Peter Curzon. Stylorouge also created an animated version of the exhibition ident for presentation and viral use.
It has been our pleasure to be involved in the latest chapter of The Shires meteoric success story.
We were asked to produce and art direct a photoshoot on location for the campaign for their forthcoming album My Universe. Pip took the shots over the two days in central Spain, and we returned to a gloomy UK with a wealth of sun-soaked visual material for the packaging – and video footage courtesy of James Moriarty’s video work.
News of the release of the first single from the album, Beats To Your Rhythm was drip-fed via video announcements on socials, and a pre-roll for the single, a sizzle reel and trailer for the album were all edited in-house at Stylorouge. Beats To Your Rhythm is already getting strong airplay, two months ahead of the album release date of October 7th and was immediately selected as Radio 2’s Record Of The Week.
With a series of live dates lined up for September, McFly wanted a new logo, with a clean, fresh but classic look to it.
Working with Bass-man Dougie Poynter, we designed the logo and the posters for the gigs, which will celebrate their five-album back catalogue by showcasing all of them over 12 nights in four cities. The Anthology Tour kicks off in Manchester on September 12th. Photography by Louie Banks.
Swindon-based singer-songwriter Rob Richings releases his first album Parkas And Boots in November, having made the decision to change career following a life threatening illness. His songwriting took on a more poignant direction and the new album reflects that and touches on the strength of the relationships that helped him through his adversity. Stylorouge were asked to create the packaging for Parkas And Boots, and our customary good luck failed us when we scheduled the outdoor photoshoot on one of the greyest, rainiest days of the year. The long day presented us with a glorious finale though, and a front cover image that lent the album the thoughtful, natural narrative that was an important part of Rob’s initial brief.
Rob’s philosophy on performance is refreshing: “Standing in front of a crowd armed with an instrument and a set of songs – there’s a simple honesty about that. It’s what musicians have done for thousands of years and for me the simpler and more honest life is the more beautiful it becomes”.
The album release is preceded by the single Ten Seconds.
Photography by Rob O’Connor.
Hollywood Records introduced us to the lovely Alex Maxwell, whose third single, Letting You Know is released on August 5th and which comes accompanied by a Stylorouge designed cover. Alex is already something of a YouTube phenomenon, with both her previous singles clocking up around half a million views each. Her debut album will arrive in 2017. Photography by Rob O’Connor, assisted by Jack Breedon.
Jonathan Antoine broke onto the classical crossover scene when he appeared with great success on the UK TV show Britain’s Got Talent with his then singing partner Charlotte. Three albums later he launches yet another, still at the tender age of 21. Believe is a beautiful collection of songs to be released on Cavendish Records. The affable and unassuming Jonathan has clocked up an incredible 200 million YouTube hits and has earned his place among the elite of the popular classical community.
He became a tenor at 14, and is a passionate lover of all things musical. A self-professed humanitarian, Jonathan is a keen guitarist – he has built up a collection of 13 guitars so far…
Stylorouge art directed and designed the packaging for the new release and Simon Fowler took the photographs on location in Buckinghamshire.
19240, Shrouds of the Somme is the chilling title of an exhibition that commemorates the first day of the Battle Of The Somme – the fateful day when over 19,000 young men died in battle, only for the battle itself to continue for a further four months. The main commemoration event was in Exeter, at Northenhay Gardens, where 19,240 hand-made figurines were laid out for display to the visiting public, 100 years to the hour from when the first men were sent over the top in the First World War battle. Each figurine was made by the hand of Somerset artist Rob Heard, who began the work after a car accident left him unable to pursue his usual work. Instrumental in the exhibition was Steve Knightley, lead singer and songwriter of Show Of Hands, who also took part in the proceedings by playing a concert at Exeter Cathedral. One of Steve’s old songs, The Keeper, was re-recorded for the release by Universal Music of the album Centenary, which counterpointed music with poetry of the Great War, and, now re-titled The Gamekeeper, has been released as a single and video to publicise the event and promote the album.
Stylorouge created the lyric video for the song.
Building a successful business is not always dependant on meeting production and profit targets, and taking financial advice – the dynamics within the workforce itself, and the culture and personality of the company often need a helping hand that comes from a more spiritual place. Andrew Wallas is described as a “rare combination of highly successful businessman and corporate shaman”… his company, Business Alchemy, has been regenerating and changing fortunes of businesses for sometime now by adding humanity to human resources. He approached Stylorouge for a re-brand of Business Alchemy, and it’s sister company, School For Business Alchemy. Our new logo has been applied to stationery and developed into a new look for his websites.
Our fruitful working relationship continues with Chris Difford, front man of Squeeze and Ivor Novello award-winning lyricist. He has co-written Fancy Pants, a musical narrative, (described variously as a Play On Words and a Play For Today), with fellow songwriter and one time main man of the revered British band The Bible, Boo Hewerdine.
Between them they have crafted a solid chassis of what is sure to become a high octane theatrical vehicle – (not sure where the motoring analogy came from there…). Currently in the form of a double album of fine quality narrative pop songs, Fancy Pants tells the story of how love comes along later in life to save a formerly famous prog-rock musician from a life of melancholic loneliness and obscurity in Margate. It’s taken a while to get to the point here, but, yes, Stylorouge have created the marketing imagery and packaging for the project. The album will be released in the summer, with a full theatrical production in the pipeline.
Stylorouge have built a new website for California-based movie poster specialist Nels Israelson. Nels’ photographs have spearheaded advertising campaigns for blockbusting films for over 25 years; Red, The Fantastic Four, Pirates Of The Caribbean, Captain America and The Hobbit amongst them. In recent years he has been pioneering animated use of his imagery and has been working on experiential, screen-based marketing methods for movies… more on that soon, as we follow the progress of this venture into augmented reality…
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…
Hotly tipped Newcastle-based singer/songwriter Fletcher Jackson has a new logo for his band courtesy of Stylorouge.
We’re hoping for great things of Fletcher (as I’m sure he is). Then we’ll have more to write about! Check him out live or listen on Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/fletcherjackson