Each month, the Idler magazine brings together a great collection of writers, speakers and musicians for an evening of fun and feasting at the wonderful Coin Laundry on Exmouth Market. Editor Tom Hodgkinson and Idler Academy director Victoria Hull will be your hosts. The ticket includes dinner and a glass of wine or beer.
This month we welcome producer Youth and musician John Moore.
Youth has been there, seen it and done it. He can go from the giddy heights of producing albums by the biggest superstars on the planet – from Paul McCartney and Pink Floyd with records he’s worked on having sold 20 million worldwide – to the deepest and weirdest underground dance scenes in dark basements and far flung corners of the planet. From the wild and combative sound barrage of Killing Joke via untold blissed-out ambient and acid house vistas and the mainstream song structures of Crowded House and The Verve (his work on Urban Hymns won him a BRIT Award for Best Producer, while the record itself won Best Album) to pure pop. From creating some of the UK’s first ever hip hop beats back in the early eighties to pioneering brand new 21st century methods for sonic immersion.
Youth will be sharing anecdotes from his rich career and we’ll be playing a few of his most successful tunes.
John Moore was a member of the Jesus and Mary Chain and a founding member of the pop group Black Box Recorder. He writes for a variety of magazines and has written a novel called Bad Light, and a musical, The Blind Beggar’s Opera. He is a wonderful lyricist and composer, great guitarist and a virtuoso saw player. His new album It’s Hell Out There will be released soon.
The dinner will be held at Coin Laundry on Exmouth Market with its superb modern English menu sourced from small local suppliers. There’s been a venue on this corner since the thirteenth century serving local spa waters before it became a pub, and now it has been stylishly brought up to date as a restaurant and bar.