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Over the past twelve months, our magazine and website have been brimming with super-talented, creative souls. We’ve asked a few of them to tell us about their 2020 and offer a few tips about great stuff they’ve seen, watched and read.

Here, North Yorkshire’s masked alt. hip-hop musicians Ceiling Demons tell us about their 2020…

Sum up 2020 in three words 

Love over fear 

What skills did you learn in lockdown? 

We have been learning about nature and plant medicines, studying the skies and cosmic cycles and understanding the fragilities of a fiat-currency backed system. 

Your favourite band/artist of the year? 

This is a though one for us! One of our favourite artists, Serengeti released a number of amazing and interesting projects this year including Ajai with producer Kenny Segal, an acoustic record called The Gentle Fall and an album with Greg From Deerhoof among a load more material, he really is prolific! Tricky blessed us with Fall To Pieces, which is a harrowingly beautiful body of work from such a pioneering artist. Toots & The Maytals released Got To Be Tough a few weeks before Toots’ untimely passing – a record full of positivity and hope, themes that our friends WACO tap into on their second album Hope Rituals too which is another favourite! Also, UK hip-hop spearhead Fliptrix dropped some mighty conscious magic with this years Light Work LP. Locally we were absolutely stunned by Nel Unlit’s Wake For The Dreaming, released via Butterfly Effect in February, the guys also covered our song, The Rose later in the year which left us speechless. Other shout outs include Duck who released their second album There Are No Normal Conversations Anymore, Twist Helix put out the awesome Machinery and Me Lost Me released The Good Noise, an incredible album that we can’t wait to own on vinyl!

Your favourite song of the year? 

Stebee – Strangers (Apes of the State cover). Stebee put this out on a limited edition, lathe cut vinyl through Butterfly Effect’s singles club and it’s absolutely beautiful! We first heard this rendition when we played a show together supporting Ceschi last year and it is a remarkable slice of heartfelt folk punk! We’ve fallen in love with Apes of The State due to this too and can’t thank Ste enough for the introduction! 

Favourite TV show of the year? 

It seems quite long ago now, but the final season of Bojack Horseman was ridiculously entertaining yet tragic. 

Your favourite film? 

David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet is an incredibly moving documentary film about this Earth and our impact upon it as human beings. Enlightening in nature, it is an essential watch. Another film sure to be a favourite which we’ll be watching shortly is Julien Temple’s latest documentary film about Irish folk-punk legend and one of our heroes: Crock of Gold – A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan.  

Best book you read? 

Tales of Power by Carlos Castaneda.

Venue you are looking forward to performing at next year? 

After 2019’s phenomenal performance, we’re excited to be bringing Ceschi back to The Green Room in Stockton-on-Tees sometime next year! When this happens, Ceiling Demons will be supporting the indie-rap raconteur. Big love to the Tees Music Alliance for their continued support with this!

What was your favourite gig/live stream event? 

Prior to lockdown we caught a handful of wicked in-store show! We saw Nel Unlit launch their LP at Sound It Out in Stockton which was cool, went along to see John Stainthorp at Richmond’s best kept secret – Blues Night and saw Zarahruth, Eve Conway & Girl From With Jargon representing Noisy Daughters in Darlo’s HMV! We had a lot of fun performing for NARC. TV and Last Train At Home festival too where we got chance to watch Shakk perform in the Head of Steam Museum! Shout out to Salsola too who supported us at our only show of the year, at The Georgian Theatre, Stockton in October.

Predictions for 2021? 

This next year will be one of transition, healing and awareness but we predict growing pains for many along the way. Finding peace in nature and supporting independent people with their arts and businesses will continue and become more important in 2021 – as will the way that we take care of our mental well-being. People will take a step back from social and mainstream media and will be more likely to use new technologies to reclaim their own privacy, independence and power. A new era of creativity will emerge as we rise into a new renaissance era.

And finally, have you got anything in the pipeline for next year?  

Our next record will be coming out in June 2021! There will be several single campaigns on the run up to the release which we can’t wait to share with you all!  


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