The Underground Sound - June 16, 2013 - interview with artist/musician/poet VAL DENHAM

Date 23 June 2013

Listen in as Meri St. Mary talks with Val Denham an artist/musician/poet from Bradford (Vallanda) UK. In this hour we cover the waterfront, so to speak, on a number of interesting events in Val’s life as an artist from the distant past to now! Val’s body of artwork is extensive both visually & musically: this year a book will be released entitled “Dysphoria” where you can peruse & ponder her works at yer leisure (a CD w/the same title will be released as well). Chatting with Val is a fun informative visit into the personality of a creative genius that is challenging to put into words & rather difficult to articulate so I will give you several queries (the answers lie in the interview) after which you will receive a prize! Why was headmaster Mr. Taylor concerned w/young Val enough to merit a visit to his office? What book would Val save from her library in case of a fire? Why was Val’s artwork deemed so disturbing that 2 detectives found her to be a “person of interest” in the Yorkshire Ripper case? What is it about the horrifying & dark side of the human psyche that obsesses & influences Val’s work? How did Auntie Betty’s picture cards from tea packets spark Val’s color fixation that exists to this day? How does one imagine smelling a strawberry? Why does Val thank the stars for estrogen? What & where does “Caligula On Acid” come from? How does an obsessive/compulsive deal w/dust? Why did Genesis P-Orridge get freaked out by a letter from Val? On whose albums has Val’s artwork appeared? Who wrote the forward to her new book? How many CD’s has Val released & with whom has she collaborated? If you are going to San Francisco why must you guard your Val Denham CD’s with your life? How long has Val been married & to whom & is she father/mother or both? All this & more, more, more PLUS original music from Val: “I Want Your Sex”, “City Lights” & “Thinking About My Girl” as well as an impromptu “Meri St. Mary Intro” song she gifted me with that is The Underground Sound’s new theme song! So here’s the prize: when you find yourself stumped in a conversation simple repeat this phrase: “IT’S A DUMMY & IT’S FULL OF CONCRETE”!!! & Thank the Stars for VAL DENHAM!!!
See links to all her projects below…………..




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The Underground Sound - June 7 2012 - Martin Atkins Interview

Date 12 June 2012

Tune in & listen as Meri St. Mary talks with Martin Atkins; musician, teacher, lecturer, author, independent label person, documentary filmmaker & dad. Martin has played with such groups as Brian Brain, Public Image Limited, Ministry, Pigface, Killing Joke & Damage Manuel and more. When I saw PiL in LA years back I knew these guys were talented smartypants, however, Martin has excelled in many other areas of artistic expression. He is the author of Tour:Smart, Welcome to the Music Buisiness You’re Fucked & the forthcoming Band: Smart as well as an honorary board member of Chicago based Rock for Kids. Martin is something akin to a slightly older brother who is an encyclopedia of USEFUL information that would behoove you to pay attention to. He is clever, funny & frank in this hour that ranges from putting on a great show, making compelling art to the marketing side of things, touring, the music & bands he recorded in China. Working with “allegedly at risk kids” he came up with the t-shirt “at risk for not being BORING!” & I personally am looking forward to “Kickstarter:Crackpipe” the 411 on navigating the labyrinth of dysfunction & OCD that is Kickstarter. Now go git yer Band:Smart on & get inspired & informed!




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