Resident Focus: Accidental Meetings
Accidental Meetings has fast become an essential and driving force in Bristol, London and the wider music scene. Georgia, Lucien, Sholto & Ciaran have built something truly inspiring — pushing boundaries wherever they can through their label and event series. We all owe so much to these guys, so have a read and get to know the people behind AM.
Tell us a little about Accidental Meetings, how did it begin, what does it mean to you?AM
AM started up in Brighton nearly 5 years ago now, it originally was just a party but it’s now evolved into a podcast/mix series and label. I’d say it’s predominantly a label now - or at least that’s where most of our focus is. The parties have moved on to Bristol & London now with half of us living in each.
Brighton is a bit of a distant memory now, we definitely moved on quickly and now we're able to express ourselves a bit more freely with the curation side of things. It’s basically just a massive passion project, an outlet for all the really great stuff that’s going on in various scenes at the mo. It takes up a silly amount of time, but it is all worth it in the end.
Top three moments from an AM gig/night?AM
- i-sha closing the Clever Dog LP launch party at Brew, powerful n emotional for a number of reasons.
- Getting a dissertation size email asking for refunds for one of our London shows.
- 3rd is tied between memotone and Coby Sey & band doing some of the best live performances we’ve seen.
What is inspiring you outside of music right now?AM
Not a huge amount sadly
How do you curate the aesthetic of AM?AM
The art-direction is 100% all Ciaran, ideas of certain formats be it books, post cards, clothing, on-body printing, extra booklets of CDs/Cassettes - it’s all him. There’s never really a brief for him and he’ll go from the music and where he sees the identity/aesthetic of AM at that time. We’re super lucky to have apart of the team tbh, he’s one of the best out there and it’s a perfect project for him to truly express his vision for AM. Eternal big ups to him!
Three artist’s you’re excited about at the minute?AM
Lou Venturini, Saskia + Quade.
Favourite thing to hear in nature?AM
Crunchy ice puddles
What album do you think has been unfairly slept on this year?AM
ТЕПЛОТА - SKYNNED heh
What gigs do you have planned for the future, where can people find info on them?AM
Next month we’ve got a collaboration with Meaksuma in London, Wah Wah Wino, Pretty Sneaky, ML, Susu Laroche & i-sha are all in town.
Then Bristol in May w/ a big crew of Rezzett, Voice Actor, John T. Gast, Marylou, memotone, Sons of Simeon, James Massiah, B. Rupp, (a) and i-sha.
Back to London in July with a certain Japanese techno maestro.
Belgium in August w/ Meakusma bringing some of the AM crew.
Then parties in Bristol & London to celebrate 5 years!
Absolute dream lineup for an AM night (dead or alive)?AM
Dream line up is as many of our mates + close ones on the bill, maybe Nkisi to top it off too ha.
Where do you see AM going in the coming years?AM
Hopefully going the same way it is now! Putting out music we really back, putting on parties with artists we love + just having a good time with it, no rush and not too much pressure.
You're lost at sea and there’s only enough juice in your ipod for one track, what do you play?AM
Alexis Jordan - Happiness