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Awesome Merchandise x Gigs & Graphics

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We’re big believers in the power of collaboration and love getting involved in awesome events whenever we can. One of our latest sponsorships comes in the form of Gigs & Graphics, launching in Liverpool on Friday the 3rd of May and will be open across the weekend for the duration of Sound City.

 

Taking over The Shed at The Baltic Roastery on Jamaica Street the exhibition celebrates the art of visualising music and will be displaying artwork from international and local artists who work alongside musicians. Mainly focusing on gig posters and printmaking, the exhibition will also showcase a mix of photography and film, as well as playing host to a pop-up record stall, micro gigs and live screen printing.

 

We spoke to Scott Duffey, Illustrator/Designer and one of the brains behind the event to see why music an art go hand in hand, as well as getting his top tips for anyone looking to move into the world of gig posters.

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In your opinion, why are music and art so interlinked?

 

I feel you can’t have one without the other as they are both equal ways for people to express themselves.

 

What was the first gig poster you ever did and how did it come about?

 

The first gig poster I designed and screen printed was for my friends who were in a band called FOES. Unfortunately no longer going but all their music is still around on Spotify.  

Who would you most like to collab with on a gig poster and why?

 

There are too many artists I would like to do a poster for and that’s what keeps it so interesting to me.

I missed out on seeing Goat last time they were touring, so as well as just seeing them live it would be class to do a poster for them.

Top 3 tips for anyone wanting to get into creating gig posters?

 

  1. Start with your mate’s bands or your own. As artists starting off are really fun to work with and you’re both in the same boat.

 

  1. Learn what’s been done before, it’s important to see what’s been done in the past so you can see where this niche art scene has developed from.

 

  1. Experiment, this one is hard when deadlines and paying clients are involved but this is how you grow and become a better artist.
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