We met our guide at the cake wines Redfern HQ before being led across the street to an abandoned fast-fashion retail shopfront. Worn and decrepit mannequins were pushed to the side to make way for a low bar serving cake wines 13/14 vintage. We grabbed a glass of red and stepped through to a back room with tables of canapés provided by Redfern Continental. Framed by these tables was a massive hole that had been punched in the wall through to an adjoining warehouse space, where we were to engage in an intimate conversational evening with Perth producer Ta-ku (Reggie Matthews) and creative collaborator Repeat Pattern (Chad Imes) on their latest project – No.Sleep.
It’s not often you get to sit down with one of Australia’s most prominent producers, let alone be taught a lesson in humility.
It was an informal affair of casual conversation in which Ta-ku discussed everything from his professional life and practice to the art of collaboration; and making sure to never go it alone.
A quintessential artist, the man’s passion for what he does takes up most of the room. “Your art must be about what you want first, and then what your audience needs”, he says. “Its subjective. It’s about who you are and who you do it for, and about creating that human interaction between artist and audience on an intimate level.”
And this transcends the music industry. On other creative outlets, Taku holds the same perspective. “Your platform shouldn’t define what you create or the way you create it – you make what you want, you wake up and create and express yourself. Try to prioritise what you love. If you love something enough, you will inherently prioritise it anyway.”
He’s certainly got us inspired.
The warehouse dinner was a part of a circle of events for the launch of Ta-ku’s latest project, No.Sleep – a series of photographic escapades with Repeat Pattern that capture life within a city from sunset to sunrise. The first chapter, “Nihon” was released late last week with an accompanying launch at China Heights Gallery. The project is curated in a beautiful photo-book published by Capsule.
You can buy it here http://www.capsulestore.com.au/products/no-sleep-nihon and keep up to date with the project across multiple cities via www.nosleepproject.com – Next up are Sydney and New York, and potentially Toronto, if Repeat Pattern’s social media activity is anything to go by.