Young Talent of This Generation: Meet Aspiring Musician Anthony Rubery

“We originally budgeted £500 and then I wanted a snake. I think we spent just under a grand.” Crucial decisions were made for a crucial moment, as Anthony Rubery tells me about the production of his very first professional music video, for his song Temptations. “I wanted it to be a clear step up from what I’ve done before, so I was willing to take a bit of a blow financially, because the benefits have been sick.”

And the benefits most definitely have been sick as Temptations, which was released earlier this year, has been streamed over 14,000 times on Spotify, making it his most successful song yet.

Rubery, who is 21, has released a total of eight songs, including his first EP, Rough Sketch, in 2017, all whilst studying Popular Music at Anglia Ruskin University. “I like the course,” he says. “It kind of encourages me to be doing what I’m doing which is always beneficial.”

Rubery has always been into music. From when he was young, he was constantly surrounded by it, as his parents are also musicians. He says: “All my family are musical. There were instruments around the house when I was growing up, so I think it was kind of like just a natural thing to get into.”

He isn’t wrong there, as at the moment, Rubery is organising his own headline show taking place at Aru Academy in Cambridge on the 9thNovember. He has organised the venue and support acts all by himself.

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Talking about his EP, he tells me that a big inspiration for Rough Sketch was Ed Sheeran, and if you listen to Intoxicated, you can definitely hear the resemblance. But he wasn’t just an inspiration lyrically, as he says: “Ed Sheeran was big in actually getting me performing. I saw him live a few years ago, and I just thought it was pretty cool, and so I try to do what he kind of does with a loop pedal and kind of evolve from there.

 “I don’t really like to define myself by genre, I feel like that’s quite limiting. I kind of just make what I want to make.”

However, his more recent songs like Temptationsand Your Sideare a totally different sound. I ask Rubery what genre he would say his music comes under and he looks back shaking his head. “I don’t really know where I put it,” he replies. “I don’t really like to define myself by genre, I feel like that’s quite limiting. I kind of just make what I want to make.”

And making music comes naturally to him. Wherever he is, he could be inspired with a new idea for a song. “I’ll be sat down watching something or just doing something and a little lyric or idea will come into my head.” I ask the all-important question: What comes first, the melody or the lyrics? He says: “I do a lot of production so I kind of make the instrumentals and then try and write something over it.” However, he also adds that “if I’m in the mood to write then I can write without music,” so it all depends.

Rubery and I then scare ourselves as we both realise we have a limited time left of university until we have to go out into the real world. Rubery’s plan after he finishes? He says that “the main goal is to try and get signed to a label. I want to have plans in place so I can keep doing what I’m doing and hopefully get paid for doing it”.

But not everyone is as keen on his career choice as he is. He tells me that the hardest part of being a musician is that “until you become a major star, people don’t really take what you do seriously”. However, he doesn’t let this stop him. And he doesn’t want it to stop anyone else either.

His advice to anyone wanting to pursue the same career: “Don’t listen to what people say. A lot of people who aren’t in any way involved in music gave me a lot of advice and it was kind of like thanks but no thanks. People like to think they know it all because they’re older and wiser than you, but you have to stick to what you want to do and not let people change what you want to do. Because if you’re not doing what you love and what you want to do, you won’t enjoy it.”

Click the links below to download Anthony Rubery’s latest music 

London Fashion Week Men’s with Emulsion London

Last month I assisted Ki Price, co-founder of Emulsion London, to photograph London’s biggest men’s fashion event of the year.

From Oliver Spencer to Alex Mullins, models lined up to present designers’ new portrayal of fashion; this year including lots of colour and body paint.

Emulsion London decided to photograph at a new angle this year. Price’s main goal was to get backstage pictures before the shows, to get a realer take on what LFWM entails. To showcase the attention to detail in models’ makeup and hair, then their final looks before they walked. What was captured was real emotion of enthusiasm mixed with nerves, as well as their professional poses.

Below you can see a video of Liam Hodges’ catwalk as well as a few backstage pictures.

 

 

Ki Price editing 09.06.18

 

Backstage for Berthold 10.06.18

 

Ki Price taking photos backstage for Berthold 10.09.18

 

The catwalk before Berthold 10.06.18

 

Fashion For Relief 2018 with Emulsion London

Emulsion London are at the highlight of Cannes Film Festival: Fashion For Relief 2018. Hosted by Naomi Campbell, she and other models such as Bella Hadid and Winnie Harlow walked the catwalk to raise funds for the Times Up initiative.

The charity catwalk was set up in 2005 and ever since has raised millions for causes such as the Haiti earthquake and fighting Ebola. The theme this year was Race To Equality.

The most iconic moment this year was Campbell in her Corset and Graffiti skirt by Dolce and Gabbana.

Emulsion London have all the pictures and below you can see the glamour.

(Photo by Ki Price / Emulsion London)

 

(Photo by Ki Price / Emulsion London)

 

(Photo by Ki Price / Emulsion London)

 

(Photo by Ki Price / Emulsion London)

 

(Photo by Ki Price / Emulsion London)

 

(Photo by Ki Price / Emulsion London)

 

(Photo by Ki Price / Emulsion London)

 

(Photo by Ki Price / Emulsion London)

 

Emulsion London: Fashion Round Up at Cannes Film Festival

Emulsion London are at the scene of the most prestigious film festival in the world. Celebrities have arrived to preview films of all genres at the 71st Cannes Film Festival and Emulsion London are ready to snap their picture so you can get a glance of what it’s like and who they are wearing.

 

MAY 8:

On the Jury Red Carpet, Penelope Cruz is looking effortlessly elegant as she wears vintage Chanel; the gown’s feather and black lace combination added with the fishtail hem really complements the old-school style. Cruz also wears earrings from her Atelier Swarovski collection.

 

(Photo by Ki Price / Emulsion London)

 

(Photo by Ki Price / Emulsion London)

 

MAY 9:

For the Everybody Knows photocall, Cruz stands with her co-star/husband Javier Bardem as she wears another vintage black lace Chanel dress.

 

(Photo by Ki Price / Emulsion London)

 

(Photo by Ki Price / Emulsion London)

 

(Photo by Ki Price / Emulsion London)

 

MAY 10:

The power team we have all waited for have arrived: Cruz was joined by Fan Bingbing, Marion Cotillard, Jessica Chastain and Lupita Nyong’o for the photocall for new spy thriller 355.

Cruz wears a blue floral print dress by Ralph Lauren, its thin steps and ruffles perfect for Cannes’ warm weather. Lupita Wyong’o also wears a stunning black dress by Miu Miu.

 

(Photo by Ki Price / Emulsion London)

 

Meet Ki Price, the photographer behind Vivienne Westwood’s best shots

(Photo by Emma Fulton Price)

Ki Price talks about his work with celebrities, London Fashion Week and how he met the famous fashion designer.

“She was an incredible artist, she’d bust my balls all the way through the shoot,” says Ki Price about the time he photographed singer Patti Smith. He only had 37 seconds to take her photo, and yet she is one of his favourite celebrities to have ever of photographed.

Specialising in celebrity portraits and fashion, Price has photographed many famous faces including the one and only Vivienne Westwood.

Today, Price and I are in an artsy café filled with high chairs and vibrant décor, and despite all the colour, it’s him that stands out. He opens up about what it is like to have a career in the photography industry and what it’s like to be on the other side of the camera.

Price’s wearing a tall, black A Child Of The Jago hat (a signature piece for Price) with an olive, check Daks suit (which is tailored of course) and Vivienne Westwood shirt (expected), finished with some eye-catching The Great Frog skull necklaces and Underground creepers. I’m very much surprised he isn’t the one getting photographed.

Price takes a lot of photos for media outlets. He had just finished shooting at Studio Lagree, a Pilates studio in London, for the beauty section of the Daily Mail.

As well as this, he co-founded Emulsion London, a disruptive visual content agency, with his wife Emma Fulton. As said on their website, Emulsion London provide professional portrait, celebrity, entertainment and advertising photography for editorial and advertising clients worldwide.

One celebrity in particular Price specialises in is Westwood, who even has her own page filled with portraits on the Emulsion London website. “Vivienne is fantastic to shoot, she doesn’t forget a name,” he says.

He enjoys working with the fashion designer as he believes in what he is shooting. He says: “She’s the queen of punk. It kind of floats every kind of boat for me.”

He was invited to accompany Westwood and her son Joe Corré on the Talk Fracking tour in 2014, a tour that debated the usage of fracking across the country. Ever since, Price has continued to be one of her main photographers.

Price recently photographed Westwood whilst he worked on London Fashion Week. Westwood had put on an anti-fracking pop-up catwalk outside fracking company INEOS’ head office (which you can read about here). This year he describes how much things have changed in the industry, such as the introduction of more ethical fashion, which he’s all for. He then shows me some pictures he took of his favourite shows, including Ashish, which he loved for his use of colour and parachutes.

I ask what the key is to taking a perfect photograph. He says: “I’ve always underestimated it because it’s always been natural for me so I’ve always kind of gone ‘oh this is great’. I always joke with people when I say ‘this beats working for a living’.”

But then Price goes into the specifics about how much effort actually goes into taking a photograph, such as the right kit and assistance. “To take one nice picture I think is not so hard but to be consistently taking nice pictures is a different thing, under all environments.” It takes years of experience, which he definitely has as there are photographs of Price using a camera at just two years old!

Next goal for Price now? He jokingly says: “World domination.” In the meantime, he has Cannes Film Festival as well as opportunities with Sony to look forward to.