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Sleepwalking, Indiscretion & Nitin Vadukul

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‘Sleepwalking’, the next single from Charlie Clark and The Majestic 12 will be released later this month and the first release on my own imprint called ‘Indiscretion’ distributed through Manimal Vinyl. I’m extremely honored and excited to announce that the video for this single will be a collaboration with visual artist and photographer Nitin Vadukul.

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Nitin’s bio speaks for itself. Nitin Vadukul is one of modern photography’s visionaries. He is noted for his portraiture and surreal art photography. He emerged in the 1990s as one of the lead photographers for James Truman’s Details and The Source Magazine. He has also worked for Rolling Stone, The Face, International editions of Vogue, Tina Brown’s Tatler, and Newsweek, where he photographed President Obama’s first cover for the magazine.

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He started working for Details in 1994 along with David La Chapelle, Albert Watson, and Anton Corbjin, shooting an average of almost ten assignments a month for the magazine over four years. Portraits included Tim Roth, Iggy Pop, Sonic Youth, Rick Rubin, Damien Hirst, Jim Jarmusch, Charles Barkley, John Malkovitch, Donald Sutherland, Blondie and Patrick Stewart.

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He has also photographed His Holiness The Dali Lama, Jennifer Connelly, Wes Bentley, Liev Schreiber, David Byrne, Depeche Mode, Paul Simon, Phillip Glass, Brian Eno and The Black Eyed Peas.

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His relationship with The Source began in 1997 and he went on the shoot almost 20 covers for the magazine. In this role he photographed many hip-hop legends, including Dr. Dre, Snoop Dog, Eminem, Jay-Z, the Wu-Tang Clan, Puff Daddy, Queen Latifah, LL Cool J, Missy Elliot and Wyclef Jean. Vadukul’s imaginative style has long appealed to artists, and over the years he has photographed album covers and art for Ozzy Osbourne, Beck, Korn, Moby, Herbie Hancock, DMX, Mudvayne, Luna, Eve, Kronos Quartet, 50 Cent and the Secret Machines.

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He has also shot ad campaigns for IBM, Reebok, Adidas, Nike, and Air Jordan, creating images of athletes such as Derek Jeter, Ray Allen, Roy Jones Jr., Randy Moss, Danica Patrick, and Ichiro Suzuki. His photography has also been featured in solo and group exhibitions in the USA, the UK, Japan, France, Germany and Russia. Recently, his 1993 black and white portrait of Radiohead (originally taken for Rolling Stone) was featured at the Brooklyn Museum as part of the Who Shot Rock book and traveling exhibition.

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Nitin and I became friends earlier this year when he moved from NY to L.A and we would meet up and talk about art, films, music and chocolate. He had sent me some of the short films he had made over the years and I instantly fell in love with one in particular called ‘Kawa – World of Skin’ which would eventually become the ‘Sleepwalking’ promo video. We had a lot of fun editing this video with my old friend Chris Patridge who worked on all my promo videos for the ‘Feel Something’ Ep.

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Nitin has also directed the art for the new Broken Arrow record and shot all our publicity pics, art and directed a promo video which we just wrapped shooting in Joshua Tree this past weekend.

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Release News

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‘The Devil’s Pulpit’ will be released digitally June 26th on Manimal Vinyl. The MJ12 and I will follow that with another release the following month, ‘Sleepwalking’ and 7″ vinyl of both tracks will hit the stores shortly after that.

Photography by Sharlene Durfey

Photography by Sharlene Durfey

You can pre-order the single on itunes by clicking itunes pre-order.

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The Majestic 12, formed in 1947 by an executive order by U.S. President Harry S.Truman to facilitate recovery, investigation of alien spacecraft and the development of sonic soundscapes for the masses. Charlie Clark and The Majestic 12 are led by Scottish indie veteran and cat whisperer, Charlie Clark (Astrid, Reindeer Section)

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Charlie Clark by Sharlene Durfey

with drummer/singer and undefeated national pie eating champion, Dash Hutton (HAIM)

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Dash Hutton by Sharlene Durfey

and bassist/producer and wicker duck enthusiast, Eric McCann (The New Amsterdams).

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Eric McCann by Sharlene Durfey

Charlie Clark and The Majestic 12 will release their debut single, The Devil’s Pulpit/Sleepwalking on Manimal Vinyl June 26th 2015.

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A Majestic Month in Los Angeles

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Sugarplum Fairies 1998 record Flake

January seemed to come and pass in a flash for me this year. After a fairly uneventful (due to sickness) but restful holiday period the New Year got going immediately with a recording session with Sugarplum Fairies (1/4). This record is sounding so incredible and I feel very lucky to have collaborated with Silvia Ryder on our song ‘Bonnie Brae’ which will feature on the album. I’ll post more news about this album as soon as I know where it’s at, though I believe the recording parts are nearly done!

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Trevor from Tall Tales

Next up was having a wee cameo in the new Tall Tales and the Silver Lining video for their single “Something To Believe In” from their forthcoming album “Tightropes” which drops Feb 24th on Other Music/Fat Possum records. These boys are dear friends and one of my favorite LA bands right now. This record sounds so beautiful so please check out Tall Tales and fall in love!

Just before Christmas I started working with the Manimal Group who are now managing me, to be specific, a wonderful Scots girl by the name of Lou Marron-Paige is now looking after all my music stuff. I’m super excited about this and have been a big fan of all things Manimal for a long time. I work with several of their label artists at Harvard & Stone where I book and it’s an awesome team of creative people to work with. Exciting times ahead!

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After all this it was back to the studio for me where I did a session at Grandma’s Dojo Studio (1/23) with Eric Mcann (Feel Something Producer) and Dash Hutton from Haim. This is for a 7″ release I have planned in the next couple months. The Devils Pulpit/Sleepwalking 7″ will come out under the name ‘Charlie Clark and the Majestic 12’. These songs were a bit too the left for Broken Arrow and a bit too happy for my next solo EP so I wanted to have total fun with this project and pretty much just make up a band for this release. We had a total blast doing these songs and I’m working on them again tomorrow (2/3) at Sugarplum Fairies HQ with producer Eric McCann. More news on that as we go along.

Now, onto Broken Arrow.

We were back in the studio recording some more backing tracks for our forthcoming record (1/24) then went in with Producer Pablo (Snow Patrol) to finish off the song ‘Promises’ (1/26). Brandi and I are so pleased with how this song turned out and can’t wait to share it with y’all. We team up again with director Paul Orehovec this week to start a 4 day shoot for Warning Signs/Promises so this whole week will be spent putting everything and everyone together for this shoot. It’s our biggest production to date since working with Mr Orehovec so we’re looking forward to seeing the results!!

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I’m really happy to announce that ‘Grateful’ from my “Feel Something” EP just got picked up for City Walk on KCET and will feature on Episode 4 which airs locally on February 3 on KCET and a few days later nationally on Direct TV and Dish Network.

A very big thank you from Brandi and I to Kevin Bronson from Buzzbands LA for spinning ‘Warning Signs’ on his show on KCSN. This is the first radio play we’ve had for Broken Arrow.

The Vaselines

The Vaselines

After a month in the studio and booking/working with 36 different LA bands for Harvard & Stone this January it was time to get a night out and catch up with some old friends. The Vaselines were in town last Wednesday night (1/28) for the last night of their US tour. The Scots were out in full force at The Roxy for this amazing show and we, kind of, had a works night out with Brandi, Pablo, myself and my wife showing the guys round LA afterwards. Always a pleasure seeing these lovely peeps!

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Eric McCann and I getting down to business

Finally, whilst Brandi and I are shooting the Broken Arrow video/s Eric McCann will be starting work this week tracking bass and drums for “Lemon, Water & Ginger” my next solo EP. This is a lot more cinematic than the last and will feature a whole host of guests this time round, I think nearly 20 or so! My good buddy Joel Patterson (David J/Mark Gardener) is playing drums on this one and hopefully the boys will get wrapped up for me coming in next week and putting down all my parts before the revolving door open for the other guests. More news at the end of Feb…..

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