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David Oyelowo feels his acting experience helped him to be become a director.

The 44-year-old film star directs and stars in ‘The Water Man’, and he thinks his acting background helped to smooth transition to working behind the camera.

David told Variety: ”I know that directing, as an actor, one thing you have as an advantage is that more so than even some of the biggest directors in the world, you most likely have been on more film sets than them.

”As a director, it takes two to three years to make a film, and as an actor, you could have made six, seven maybe eight films in that time. And every time you’re on a film set, it’s another learning experience.

”And so you’re going in at a bit of an advantage, especially when it comes to crew etiquette and working with actors and just the dynamics of being on a film set.”

David reflected on his experience of working with good and bad directors, and claimed that the best filmmakers allow the crew to get on with their tasks.

The ‘Selma’ star explained: ”The common thread I’ve seen with great directors is they hire great people who they trust to do their job well, which releases the director to do their job well, which is having an overview of the total vision for the story.

”The less successful experiences I’ve had are when I’ve seen directors who are trying to micromanage everyone and tell them what their job is and how to do it well. I think hiring great people is the number one job of a director, and then empowering them to do their job well.”



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Little Suspicions give the best description of their sound we’ve ever heard [EXCLUSIVE]

British indie-rock four-piece Little Suspicions give a unique insight into their sound in a new interview with Contactmusic. They also open up about COVID-19 has affected their musical plans, and release a new single entitled Wasting All My Time.

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For those who may be new to your music, how best would you describe your sound?

Moriccone and Orbison getting drunk and losing all their money at the Bellagio in Vegas. They decide to do a casino heist to get the money back. Kubrick does a movie about it, we provide the soundtrack. The sound is mixed by Spector but he has a tantrum and refuses to release the tapes and hides them in his huge LA mansion. But before going to prison he marked the spot on a treasure map. The tapes are then accidentally discovered 50 years later by David Attenborough who is still alive while he was doing a documentary about California wildfires. The music gets viral on Tik Tok, which is now only used by 80-year-old nostalgics. 

Answer 2: WET.

What challenges have you faced in the music industry so far?

This year, the Covid-19 situation. We started to tracking for our debut at our own studio back in February, lockdown meant that we had to work in isolation. The vocals were recorded remotely, as well as a lot of the orchestral elements. 

It can be hard to be taken seriously without any online presence (Thanks for the interview!) but the most difficult thing for us so far was choosing our band name.

How difficult would you say this career path is in terms of making a name for yourself?

In previous projects we always found it difficult, if you weren’t gigging all of the time people didn’t really take notice. Nowadays with Covid that’s totally out of the question, so we’ll see how this release goes. 

Its harder these days to make money, not that we’re in it for monetary gain. Maybe we should retrain and go down different career paths, according to the most recent government guidance. 

How important is it for you to have creative control over the work you produce?

Our violinist tried to change a few notes of the score that was sent, Moritz (Vocals) wasn’t having none of it.

Where do you draw influence and inspiration from for your work?

From deadlines, films, music and stuff that life throws at you. Lyrically, Conor finds it hard to make up stories or incidents that never happened, so he’s usually waiting for something bad or odd to happen to him to kick start a song. Mor is more thoughtful and regimented and will create lists, ideas and stories from photos and books to help create his work. Musically, The Beatles chord book is a good place to start, then add echo, verb and castanets.

If you could collaborate with anybody going forward, who would you choose and why?

We’d love to work with Liam Watson from Toe Rag, we love the sound he achieves and we feel he could whack us into better shape. If you’re reading this Liam, the kettle is on at our studio for ya… Failing that, Phil Spector seems a pleasant and easy guy to work with. 

Tell us a random, funny fact about you that not many people know.

We invented a new sports game: throwing a ball against the facade. The first who recovers it from the neighbour’s garden wins. It’s called Cornor.

Do you have definitive aims or goals for your career?

To have three singles written, recorded, mixed and out on the shelves by next year and to hopefully play our first live gig! The old ‘rona isn’t playing ball with our plans. Most importantly we need to get a band calendar. 

Where do you hope to be this time next year?

Would be nice to spend Halloween in the US. We could then buy costumes and play a show dressed up like the Blue Man Band.

What should we expect from you in the coming weeks and months?

Content, ’cause it helps with the algorithms. Our social media is going to be full of exclusive photos and videos of the band in and out of the studio. Expect studio releases, live sessions and live streams of the world changing game of Cornor.



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Harry Styles | Harry Styles invests in new live music venue

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Harry Styles feels like he is “coming home” after investing in a new live music arena.

The 26-year-old singer is “proud and excited” to also be helping with the design and development of Co-op Live, a £350 million venue, which will have a capacity of 23,500 when it opens within Manchester City Football Club’s Etihad Campus in 2023.

Harry – who is from nearby Cheshire – said: “Manchester is an incredible city, filled with incredible people, and I couldn’t be happier being involved in this project.

“It very much feels like coming home.

“I was drawn to this project on every level, from the opportunities it brings, to the contribution it will make to the city, and, most importantly, that it will allow even more live music to thrive in Manchester. It’s just another sign that this amazing city continues to grow.”

American entertainment company Oak View Group (OVG), who are building the arena, promised the ‘Golden’ singer will be “actively involved in the development of the project”, and that his “advice and consultation is going to be invaluable”.

Harry told the Financial Times of his involvement: “Obviously I’m not an expert architecturally, in terms of building an arena.

“I guess the weight of my involvement falls into the idea of what you want backstage as an artist. People operate in different ways after a show. Some people like a quiet space, some people like a place where you can invite all your friends.”

The former One Direction star – who shot to fame on ‘The X Factor’ and had his first audition for the show in Manchester in 2010 – joked he has “come full circle” with the development because of his first job as a teenager.

He said: “It feels like full circle for me to be doing this. My first job was with the Co-op, it was delivering papers for them.”



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ASOS launches new womenswear label As You

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ASOS has launched new womenswear label As You.

The online fashion retailer’s latest addition to the ASOS exclusive brand portfolio – which also includes COLLUSION and Reclaimed Vintage – launched on Monday (26.10.20) with an initial line-up of over 100 pieces.

Nikki Tattersall, Womenswear Buying Director at ASOS, said: “We are excited to launch this new brand that responds to our younger customers and gives them a new way of showing their confident style. Our focus has been to create a versatile collection that encapsulates both on and off duty glam, reflecting the reality of how our customers are living their lives right now.”

As You features mesh separates, dare-to-bare bodycons and tonal mix-and-match sweats. One of the stand-out pieces of the collection is an attention-grabbing, slinky thong-back dress, similar in style to the racy outfit worn by Kim Kardashian West on Instagram last week.

A message on the collection’s website states: “Emerging brand AsYou is a big mood. Serving up new-new trends, get into your vibes with pieces designed to represent every side of you, whether you’re off-duty or going out-out. Make a statement in entrance-worthy slinky bodycon dresses, underboob crop tops and plunging bodysuits, or turn down in legging shorts, slouchy tees and oversized sweatshirts. Shop the AsYou at ASOS edit to explore the full collection. You do you.”

The collection will be available in sizes 4-18, with prices starting at £8.00.



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