Sharing some Mo Wax
The other day I went to the Saatchi & Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea, London, where they have Post Pop: East Meets West.
You can see all my prior posts on this exhibition under my Arty Farty link here – Arty Farty
However at the bottom of the gallery in the basement they seemed to have a second exhibition going on, this was based on the Mo Wax record label.
As soon as I saw the ‘creatures’ below I thought of Sheena from Not a Punk Rocker, not because she looks like one of them or anything but because I know she seems to love miniature figurines and well I thought these ones’ rocked.
If time, go and pop by and say hello to Sheena, she has a rocking sense of humour and does ace cartoony things with her figurines in a matter of seconds, beware though she has a dark side which was evident when she brought a rather sweet innocent gingerbread cartoon man to one of my Tea Parties. Dare I say he didn’t stay long to enjoy it!
I love the expressions on these ‘creatures’.
Mo’ Wax was a UK based record label, originally owned by James Lavelle, who started it up at the grand age of just 18 in 1992.
He then joined up with Tim Goldsworthy and Steve Finan.
The label came to be well known for being a the forefront of Trip Hop, turntablism and alternative hip hop mid 90’s. Partial Ownership of Mo Wax was signed over to A&M Records, now part of Universal Music Group in 1996. Part of the Mo’Wax catalogue is part of the Beggars Group however the are rumours that the label itself has folded and no longer putting out new releases.
James Lavelle used to run Saturday nights at the Fridge in Brixton which was well known, the name Mo Wax is shortened from Mo Wax Please which is the title of a column James Lavelle wrote in the magazine Straight No Chaser. The logo was designed by ‘Swifty’ but they became known for featuring artwork contributions such as from Futura, Robert Del Naja, She One Req 1. Ben Drury was the main deisgner however.
In 2005 Lavelle started a clothing line called Surrender and launched Mo Wax Arts, the latter he managed with his brother Henry Lavelle, who turned Futura’s talent in to toys and fashion.
There was meant to be some kind of art exhibition for the label’s 21st birthday supposedly in 2014, already being a year late, so watch this space, it was funded by a Kickstarter campaign.
Going back to the music label, culturally the label’s cocktail of influence ranged from Star Wars and Def Jam to Japanese Manga Art.
Personally I am super impressed at Lavelle’s ingenuity, entrepreneurialism and determination at such a young age, to achieve so much.
Had you hear of the label or him before?
© Justine Nagaur