COMBINING MUSIC AND ART FOR GOOD
Secret 7” takes 7 tracks from 7 of the best-known musicians around and presses each one 100 times to 7” vinyl. The result is 700 unique records which are exhibited in London before being sold on a first come, first served basis. However, buyers don’t know who created the artwork or even which song it’s for, until they have parted with their cash. With the support of the design community Secret 7” hope to raise over £250,000.
I listened to all the songs from start to finish and the track I instantly felt a connection with was Miles runs the voodoo down. Before you ask, the fact that we share similar names is purely coincidence. The lyrics” But when it comes to make music, I run the voodoo down” instantly sparked ideas of spirit possession and afterlife. From sketch to final concept, I illustrated a possessed skeleton playing the trumpet in a loud rhythmic manner.
In voodoo colours are very symbolic, green means rebirth and abundance, pink is associated to love and dedication, whilst black is about transfiguration. These colours seemed a perfect fit especially as I wanted to emphasize the song coursing through the inside of the skeleton, through the body and out in the open for everyone to hear. It is a true testament that although Miles Davis passed almost 30 years ago, his music connects with so many today.
Unfortunately, with almost 6,000 entrants I was not successful this year. Events like this are the perfect opportunity for artists to challenge themselves and grow. Thank you to Secret 7” for the opportunity.
I’ll be back again next year!