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Into the Artist’s World: Trespass

13 May 2016 | Tom Faber

Immersive theatre and cinema experiences are springing up everywhere with huge popularity, so why hasn’t the same been tried for music? Trespass might be the answer, a new performance event that plans to redefine how we interact with musicians in a live context. We sat down to chat with founders Lowri Gerrard and Joshua Sanger.

London Calling: Tell me about Trespass.

Lowri Gerrard: It’s an immersive live music event. It takes place in Spitalfields in a secret location, a raw multi-level building just off Brick Lane. We have secret artists who are going to be playing, so the first time the public learn about the artists is when they start to perform. The immersive element is in how we transform each of the spaces. We’re working with the artists before the show, sitting down with them and discussing their work, the emotions attached and the story around their music. We’ve been able to design almost a living music video set that the audience will step into as the artist starts to perform. There will be hand-written lyric sheets that fans can take away. The whole narrative behind their songs will be told in that space.

LC: How did you get the idea?

Joshua Sanger: We’ve been going to gigs for ages. You go into a space to watch music and you want to feel a connection with it. The more you go to a space, having already been there numerous times to see different artists, the space may feel quite cold and clinical. People have been playing in churches recently to get something a bit more unique and atmospheric but we’re trying to really create a connection. You need to walk in that space and really feel something, to take away a physical experience.

LC: What’s the reason for all the secrecy behind the location and the artists’ identities?

JS: You cast away any preconceptions you’ve got. When you step into the space it’s exciting, the element of suspense, like something magical could happen.

LG: I think there’s something beautiful about people who go into a space and hear an artist who they’ve never encountered before and leave feeling that they have a connection with them. Even people who already know the artists should feel more connected after this.

LC: You said music videos were part of the inspiration for the project. Any in particular?

JS: The first single from Jamie T’s last album, ‘Don’t You Find’. It felt like an experience that you’re walking into when watching the video. It really connected with us. I used to direct music videos and it was something that I always loved doing. You create a world for someone, a total experience for the viewer. It’s a really explorative medium and we wanted to create that on a physical level.

 

 

LC: Is this a one-off thing or will there be more in the future?

LG: We’re absolutely hoping there will be more in the future. The reaction to this one so far has been fantastic. I’m confident that this is the first of many.

LC: What would be the dream future of the Trespass project?

LG: One dream would be to work with an artist who has a very extensive body of work. You could go from their very first album or EP and walk through a venue, taking in the whole journey of their work. That would be amazing.

JS: We don’t know what it will evolve into, and that’s exciting. You start an idea because you love it and there’s a passion there. Then it snowballs into something else that you never expected it to be. I’m excited by the unknown of what it could become.

LC: If you do go and see music in a conventional venue in London, where would you go?

LG: I love Wilton’s Music Hall, it’s beautiful

JS: I saw London Grammar at The Troxy recently. It was an amazing performance in a beautiful space.

LG: It’s great when these spaces can be celebrated and preserved. An iconic space can be brought alive again with music.

 

Trespass will take place from 26th - 29th May. Tickets cost £18 per night, book them online.

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