ROCK AND ROLL RADIO

Nick was recently invited to be a special guest on the ‘Saturday Night Rock Show’ hosted by the talented Stuart Pink, the recording of the interview takes place next week, and the interview will be broadcast via Londons Phoenix FM Radio on Saturday, the 17th of April 2021.

Nick is excited to chat with Stuart about his career in the rock photography industry, his upcoming and much anticipated UK to USA tour, and his Dark Art that has shaped his life and photography born from his personal experiences of a noxious relationship and loss. Also up for discussion is Nick’s Rockumentary series with the love song loser Jon Peach, and the band taking the music industry by storm, Dead Reynolds.

“Should be a great show looking forward to talking to Stuart about what’s been going on and what we have to look forward to. It’s a big story”. (Nick Elliott)

Catch up with Nick on Phoenix FM London, for all the latest news.

2 ON THE RADIO

Andy Blithe and Nick will be special guests on BBC Radio Norfolk next week, discussing their new TV series ‘2 Go Mad In Norfolk’, with Kirstene Thorne at 08:20 on 10/04/2021

The delightful duo will be talking about the exclusive concept of ‘2 Go Mad’ and how it has evolved into it’s mischievously entertaining design. Andy and Nick will give a sneak preview into the shows content, and how their 10 year friendship has been a stable foundation to the dynamics of the show. The BBC TV have also shown an interest in broadcasting a feature with the couple.

Meanwhile filming for ‘2 Go Mad’ restarts this month in various locations around Norfolk. The boys will be travelling around the county sampling local tourist attractions and Norfolk novelties , with their impish shenanigans adding hilarity to the events. Keep a look out for Penthouse 1 and the boys on their travels.

“Little bit of a diversion for me this project, being one that’s going to be a regularly broadcasted show. Very much looking forward to it and to having a lot of laughs and a lot of giggles, can’t wait. Andy and I have been close friends for the past 10 years, and to do a project like this, I think, the only way that it can really work is if we have a real serious bond between ourselves, and a really good vibe. I love Andy, he’s a top man and I think this is going to be something really exciting”. (Nick Elliott)

COMING TO AMERICA

Nick’s UK to USA tour is gathering momentum as more tour dates, venues and public appearances are added to this much anticipated event.

elliottstudios continue to be busy preparing the tour merchandise and working closely with Brenda Cline, Nick’s USA management, in securing promotional dates across several US states.

The UK to USA Tour will be kicking off in October 2021, dates and venues have already been provisionally booked in Texas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. Nick will be promoting the event via TV, radio, print, and interviews all taking place stateside prior to the tour commencing.

Negotiations are still in progress for appearances at The Leon Russell Studio in Tulsa, The Woody Guthrie Centre (in conjunction with a Nick Elliott exhibition at this illustrious rock photographers Museum), and several casinos would like to add Nick to their after dinner shows.

Andy Blithe will accompany Nick to continue ‘The Story So Far’ documentary, charting Nick’s unique career and enviable talent behind the lens.

Further information and all tour dates will be confirmed by elliottstudios soon.

ONE SHEET, ONE MAN, ONE CAMERA, AND A ROLL FULL OF AMBITION

The UK to USA Tour One Sheet…

Nick’s ‘One Sheet’ for his upcoming USA Tour has been expertly designed by South Carolina design and network service industry, Waterscape Incorporated, of Murtle Beach, and elliottstudios could not be any more happier with the finished result.

The One Sheet is being distributed across several states in the USA, which is proving to generate even further interest and bookings for the USA Tour, under the robust management of Brenda Cline CEO of Workhorse 615.

Nick has already selected a compilation of his unique unseen images exclusively for his USA tour and its exhibitions. These remarkable images will be available to purchase as fine art prints and also be transferred onto tour merchandise.

A full list of dates and venues will be officially released by elliottstudios later this year.

If Nick’s UK fan base are feeling left out, there is no need to worry. Negotiations are already in progress for a UK and European tour.

“I’ve spent 10 years trying to crack the American market, since I first went there in 2010. I love the USA and the American people. I’m looking forward to taking Rock’ n’ Roll Nick Elliott style stateside. It’s going to be kicking!” (Nick Elliott)

Q & A. PART 5…

Q1. How often do you buy new clothes and is there anything that you wish would come back into fashion? ( A.Stephens Dorset UK)

A1. I buy new clothes regularly, I like to create my own fashion, but I would like to see proper heavy duty Levi denim make a come back.

Q2. Who was the worst and the best musician or band to work with? (Robin Callum Huntsville Alabama USA)

A2. Some of the best bands I have worked with were Status Quo, Metallica, Blockheads, Supertramp and ZZ Top. The most difficult musicians I’ve worked with would be Van Morrison, Michael Schenker, I found Art Garfunkel and Chuck Berry very challenging, and Gary Moore just plain ruined my evening!

Q3. Will your UK to USA tour come to UK venues? I really wanna see it. (Sam Neill UK)

A3. Hi Sam. We really hope to bring it back to England at some point in time.

Q4. Is there anything that you wouldn’t try or do again? (Belinda Howsley Oklahoma City USA)

A4. Marriage!

Q5. What bad habits have you got? (M Weisz New Mexico)

A5. Marriage!

Thank you for your questions Nick enjoys reading them and answering them all. If there’s anything that you would like to ask Nick please send your questions to Benicebond@iCloud.com

LIGHTS ,CAMERA, ACTION

‘The Story So Far’, a documentary produced and directed by the talented filmmaker Andy Blithe of Aturn Films, continues its filming across Norfolk, charting the unique and enviable life of world renowned rock art photographer Nick Elliott.

Filming has proven to be quite challenging at times due to the current lockdown, but where there’s a will, there’s a way and shooting has taken place at Elliott Studios documenting Nick post producing and preparing his fine art images for his upcoming exhibition and sales.

It is hopeful that Andy will be shadowing Nick on his UK to USA tour to record stateside the events of this much anticipated event.

Nick and Andy are making headway with the filming of ‘2 go mad in Norfolk’ at various locations around Norfolk. Penthouse I has been refurbished to make it the most desirable motorhome on the road. Not limiting themselves to the road, the boys will also be kings of the waterways as penthouse II has finally dipped her bottom into the water and is ready to christen the waters of Norfolk with Captain Blithe at the helm and Mr Elliott no doubt planning a mutiny.

Look out for the lads in the county on all the different modes of transport, bringing laughter and mayhem to the locals of Norfolk as they rediscover the hidden delights of the county in their naughty, exclusive style.

“I’m so enjoying this partnership with Andy. We are the Morecambe and Wise of Norfolk. We have a lot of laughs but we take all the projects very seriously. It’s a pleasure to work with him, plus he’s taller than Ernie “. (Nick Elliott)

When Will I See You Again……….

………….This Tuesday is the answer!

Nothing can keep Nick and his good friend Alex Lewczuk apart. This Tuesday will see them collaborating in their individual studios to continue the all-time favourite ‘Sounds and Nicks Vision’ volume 56.

Nick will be working in his new state of the art recording studio to keep the music flowing to his listeners.

The show will be slightly shorter than the other episodes but will still contain all the favourite tunes that Nick and Alex has to offer.

It will be a welcomed respite from an industry that has seen many struggles over the last nine months.

Airing of the show will hopefully be sometime this week, so keep your ear to the radio for more information

Thank you guys for keeping music live.

Part 2…Q&A with Nick

Q1. Is there any rockstar that you would want to photograph? (Marielle B. Uk)

A1. Well, that’s an easy one. Without a doubt it would be Rory Gallagher. The guy is a legend, and he is responsible with a few others for influencing my taste in music.

Q2. Cats or dogs? (Jules. S. London UK)

A2. I love all animals, but I’m going to have to go with dogs. My schnauzer friend Dudley is the best.

Q3. If you had a dinner party who would you invite, alive or dead and why. (Luisa. C. Bournemouth UK)

A3. My mum, just to see her and speak with her again. My dad for the same reasons and to ask him some questions that I never had the opportunity to before he died. Rory Gallagher, his music created a defining moment in my life, and David Bailey who I personally think changed the face of contemporary photography. And I would cook my rock ‘n’ roll chilli!

Q4. In your opinion what is the best camera that you have taken a picture with? (Jordan. Leeds UK)

A4. All cameras have different virtues. The The best camera I have ever used is a Canon. They are completely versatile, and whilst digital photography produces fantastic results, it shooting on a roll of film that separates the experts from the happy snappers. You can’t preview a shot, it’s totally reliant on light, exposure and an expert eye, when you use film. My Mamiya 67 is also a wonderful camera and a total pleasure to have in my hands.

Q5. Your house is burning down and you can only save two items what do you save.? (Lucas Leicester UK)

A5. Hi this is difficult because there are lots of things I would save, but it would have to be my memorabilia box. It contains many priceless things my mum and dad brought me when I was growing up. The second item would either be my partner Benice, or my Rolleiflex camera……I guess it’s going to have to be my Rolleiflex! She’s going to kill me when she reads this!

Q6. What is it like working with Robert Plant? Who have been the best rock band that you have worked with? (Janice S Bedford UK)

A6. Hi Jan, Robert Plant is one of my true heroes. He is a truly captivating bloke to talk to, extremely polite and down-to-earth. When I walked past him for the first time backstage, I actually shook with excitement, he’s been a massive part of my life musically. Led Zeppelin were my introduction to rock music and has remained at the core even to this day. There have been many bands that have been wonderful to work with, Rival sons, The Blockheads, Alice Cooper and Wilco Johnson to name just a few.

Q7. What influences your unique style of photography and how have you developed this? (Chris J Devon UK)

A7. The biggest influences on my style of photography where my dad at an early age, Terence Donovan, Patrick Litchfield and David Bailey who was my biggest inspiration. I also found inspiration in classic British black-and-white films and film Noir. They have so much atmosphere. My style developed with these influences that allowed me the freedom to express myself in my art and dare to push the boundaries of photography. Music also played a part in developing my inner awareness. Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd was the LSD of the music world.

Q8. Who are the best bands that you have seen live? (Paul T Newport UK)

A8. Hi Paul. I’ve seen many bands ,and artists that have had an immense impact on me as a creative and personally. The most prolific band that comes to mind is AC/DC, that gig changed my life to the core. Although I never shot him, Rory Gallagher was incredible, I saw him play three times. Others that were so wonderful to witness and be part of a musical union were Joanne Shaw Taylor, status quo, the darkness, ZZ Top, Metallica, levellers, and Ozzy.

Q9. Do you wear some pretty cool clothes. Do you always dress like this? I am taking a fashion degree at Leeds University and your dress sense inspires me. (Sam O Leeds UK)

A9. The contents of my wardrobe are a total expression of myself. Over the last few years I have become more experimental with my look, and it’s really liberating. It’s given me extra confidence and keeps me in touch with my inner self. I believe that what you wear represents your personality and identifies us as a person. Nothing should be off-limits. I feel people who judge others fashion sense are trapped in a mediocre, expressionless existence and can’t identify with themselves. So mix the colours up, wear spots and stripes and do what you Gotta do. Good luck with the studies Sam.

Q10. Are you a tit or a bum man? (Mark W Oxford UK)

A10. Tits every time!

If you have a question for Nick please send it to Benicebond@icloud.com and we will include them in the next Q&A session. please note some questions have been shortened.

I Need a Hero……….

Triston Finnis proved his tenacity and passion for live music over the weekend, bringing it to a field in front of hundreds of like-minded people. The Socially Distanced Festival organised by Twisted Melon Promotions was a refreshing and welcomed re-introduction to festival fever by audiences and performers alike. The excitement and electric atmosphere was palpable as festival goers soaked up the sun and music.

Backstage the performers turned up, strummed and tapped, eagerly waiting for their set time. The festival was organised to perfection, adhering to all social distancing and COVID-19 government guidelines. Nick was invited to the festival to continue his Rockumentary project with the talented Jon peach, whose set in the acoustic tent was a resounding success. Nick chatted backstage with Neville Staple and Roddy Radiation and the Ska Billy Rebels, both from the popular 1980s band ‘The Specials’. Saturday nights highlight,was witnessing Tom Lumley and the Brave Liaison,rock the crowd to a selection of their original alternative rock tracks. Nick captured the band in his unique rock ‘n’ roll style whilst they shook the stage and filled the air with electricity.

“ The Socially Distanced Festival was a resounding success. Hopefully many more to come. I give my full support to Triston Finnis and his team for sticking it out to make this work so well despite being subject to heavy flak during the whole process of putting it together. See you next year“. (Nick Elliott)

Thanks to Triston Finnis and Twisted Melon Promotions for proving that with these kind of organisational skills it is still viable to continue with these events,in a forgotten industry that has been left to fend for itself.

Q and A with Nick Elliott

Q and A with Nick Elliott

Q1. Have you ever stripped off because the person you photographed didn’t feel comfortable being the only one naked? (Cheeky) Emma North Yorkshire.

A1. Yes of course! I always like to put my subjects at ease. I’ve lost my trousers quite a few times on shoots!

Q2. Would you draw the line ethically about taking a shot which was not morally correct, or is it important to capture everything?. Si. Baltimore USA

A2. I think it’s important to capture and record everything that is put before me. There are moments in history caught on film, that are truly shocking but these moments shape the audiences opinions, thoughts, emotions, and awareness. These images build history.

Q3. What is the craziest request that you have had ever said no to during a shoot?. Victoria H. Scotland UK.

A3. I’ve never said no to any request during a shoot. It’s important to accommodate your subjects as much as possible. Although I did turn down Ozzy Osbourne when he asked me to give him my boots!

Q4. How old were you when you lost your virginity, and where? Eva. V Cambridgeshire UK.

A4. I was about 15 years old at the Cambridge Corn Exchange after a Lindsfarne concert. It was a great concert!

Q5. One of the great artists you have had a chance to work with is the one and only Earl Slick… how has your experience been working with him and what have you enjoyed most about it? Cynthia H. Mexico

A5. Earl is a one-of-a-kind individual. A true gentleman and a musical genius. It was an amazing experience to hook up with slick and work with him over the last five years. Slick is an incredibly private person and it was a total challenge to gain his confidence. Slick allowed me to shoot up close and personal and I respected our friendship and the trust that we had developed over the years. We hook up whenever he’s back in the UK, we go on days out together which is always a blast. We appreciate each other’s careers and it’s wonderful to call him of true friend.

Q6. If you were not a rock photographer what vocation would you choose instead?. Claire R. Florida USA

A6. I can’t imagine doing anything else. It runs through me, but if I did have to choose, it would be within the music/creative industry. Probably a radio TV presenter.

Q7. Which photographers have influenced your art? Ernesto S. Italy

A7. There have been many. Anton Corbyn, Terence Donovan, Ansal Adams, Bailey and Maplethorpe just to name a few. I have the greatest respect for all of these artists, their vision and expertise have always influence to me. It has allowed me to develop and explore my own unique style and not be afraid to experiment with light, contrast, content, exposure and subject matter. It’s allowed me to be daring with my art work at a young age and develop as I got older.

Q8. What do you want to say with your images and how do you get them to portray that?. Henry A. Lincoln UK

A8. Each image portrays something different for each individual. I want my heart to be responsible for provoking a range of emotions. I want the audience to find a connection with the images that creates a deeper understanding of themselves. A self awareness that releases their true personality. I would like my art to make people think about what they are viewing.

Q9. What motivates you to continue producing fine art photography? Will B. Norwich UK.

A9. My motivation is driven solely by striving to move the creative line for myself and for the audience. I want to push the boundaries of the photographic art world, for my images to be relevant and thought-provoking even after my death.

Q10. Did you ever climb trees as a boy because Nicholas boys should never climb trees! Delphine Leeds UK

A10. I have had many a fight at school over that comment! I still climb trees and I’m still knickerless, as you would find out if you were in the woods with me!

If you have a question for Nick please send it in to benicebond@icloud.com and we will include them in the next Q&A session. Please note some questions have been shortened.