Illustrated Tapes 092: Dozy Club’s Post ‘Rona Remedy

Curated by Dozy Club
08.01.21

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Dozy Club are: Daniel, an illustrator, animator, creative and designer, and Altea, an art director, animator and illustrator, both based in Sunderland, UK.

Hi Dozy Club! Can you tell us a little bit about your tape and your song selections?

Happy New Year! We really wanted our tape to feel fun, because let's be honest, we're all looking forward to being able to be back out and about, doing what we love to do and having a good time doing it. So we tried to make a soundtrack that captures that first night out feeling. This playlist is full of big honks and horns, ghoulish funk, and super dancey basslines. Freak disco for all the family. Just tunes that are full of energy and uplifting vibes to help us momentarily forget all about the shit show that was 2020.

What direction did you take with your cover art, and what was your process?

We're finding we collaborate best when we split elements up and just let each other get in the zone, then get together to discuss what direction we've taken and where we feel things can go next. It creates a passing of ideas which encourages experimentation and really helps the work develop. So lots of coffee and contemplation! We started off gathering references we felt were successful at conveying emotion and movement. We found ourselves liking jazz posters and designs from the San Francisco psych scene of the late 60s/70s. After feasting our eyes on those we then set off drawing different elements we knew we wanted in our composition, before scanning, compositing and colouring in Photoshop.


Process shots

What are your fave album covers, records with a great music and artwork combo, or musical projects with a visual component?

Daniel: The first one that comes to mind is King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard's Murder of the Universe. It’s an insane psych prog album, interlinked with spoken word passages from a robot! Jason Galea is a massive inspiration.


Murder of the Universe - King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
2017, Flightless
Artwork: Jason Galea

I am also a massive fan of Oh Sees' album covers, particularly Orc which was created by artist Robert Beatty. I really love listening to records whilst just staring at the covers, completely transfixed.

Orc - The Oh Sees
2017, Castle Face
Artwork: Robert Beatty


Altea: Favourite album cover is so hard! I work in a record shop and see lots of great covers, I have a new favourite every week. Here’s a couple of picks based solely on their artwork.


Clockwise
Pretty Groovy - Faux Ferocious
2019, Burger Records
Artwork: Eliza Weber


Oczy Mlody - The Flaming Lips
2016, Warner Bros.
Artwork: Robert Beatty


Village - Jacob Banks
2018, Interscope
Painting: Alex Gardner Design: Elijah Justice, Samm McAlear


Familiar - Excepter
2014, Blast First Petite
 

As a kid that grew up with music television, there's a few videos that stand out in my head straight away like Nirvana’s ‘Heart Shaped Box’ or White Stripes ‘Fell in Love with a Girl’. I guess I have to mention Jamie Hewlett and what he brought to Gorillaz, his input is vital to that project working the way it does.

Of the past decade, I love Jason Galea and his work with King Gizzard - he's totally intrinsic to the conceptual strength of that band. They have a great visual team around them, I'd recommend checking out photographer Jamie Wdziekonski if you're missing gigs like we are. I also love Robert Beatty, mainly ‘cause his covers are just so damn recognisable. Sophie Hollington too, you just know that it's her work immediately. I really love the way Andrew Savage's visual output feeds into what Parquet Courts do too.


Amyl And The Sniffers
2019, The Tote, Victoria, Australia
Photograph: Jamie Wdziekonski


Editiorial illustration by Robert Beatty
2015, Wired Magazine (UK)
 

King Of Cowards – Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs
2018, Rocket Records
Artwork: Sophy Hollington


Crop of painting included in cover of Human Performance – Parquet Courts
2016
Andrew Savage


What did you listen to growing up?

Daniel: The first bands I remember listening to were heavily influenced by my family, so a lot of heavy metal and rock when I was younger; Metallica, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath. Then I started to listen to MTV2, Scuzz and Kerrang, and it all just blew my mind. Marilyn Manson, Korn and Foo Fighters were big for me as a youngster too.


Altea: Green Day’s American Idiot came out at just the right time for me and opened my eyes to plugged in guitars and a whole new world outside of the generic pop music I'd been exposed to up until that point. To 11 year old me, Green Day represented finding your own identity and thinking for yourself. Their lyrics were honest, always felt inclusive and promoted the importance of finding your community. 15 years later and those lessons still resonate with me, so I'm really glad I had their music growing up.

And what’s on heavy rotation for you at the moment?

Daniel: Flower of Devotion by Dehd has been on non stop, I also love Damaged Bug’s Bug on Yonkers. I always end up putting Abracadabra by Jerry Paper on too!

Altea: The new LAMPS record, People With Faces is great, I can't get enough of that. I keep going back to Cate Le Bon's Reward too, it's such a lovely record to put on in the morning. Oh and Djo's Twenty Twenty, I can't wait for more music from him! We’ve really missed being able to go to gigs this year, so feel super grateful that artists have taken the time to put out streamed performances (shout out to Zebulon in LA, KEXP in Seattle and Button Pusher in Melbourne for keeping us entertained!)

What’s happening in your creative world at the moment?

Daniel: Currently launching our collective, creating new content for socials and learning how to do stick and poke tattoos, the latter of which you can see more of on my insta @danielredhead_

Altea: My personal art insta is @alteaclaveras please shoot me a message if you wanna make some cool stuff together! We've been doing a lot of self directed work to help find our vibe with what we're doing with Dozy Club, you can check out our albums of the year project by following the link in our instagram bio (@dozyclub).

We both usually have full time jobs and a lot less time to dedicate to creative work, so being furloughed has given us both space to work together on stuff that we can't wait to get out into the world. Since the pandemic began we have found it a lot harder to network and find new opportunities. Starting this collective together seemed like the perfect response to keep us both working creatively.

Where can we find you?

As we're brand new we don't have too many projects under our belt yet, but we're hoping to get the chance to do lots of cool stuff in 2021! So please follow us as we grow, we're on insta @dozyclub dm us if you wanna collab, chat, or send us pictures of your dog x

Thanks, DC!

Cheers to Illustrated Tapes for a wicked start to 2021! Stay safe everyone, peace & love from Dozy Club x


Mark