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Over the past twelve months, our magazine and website have been brimming with super-talented, creative souls. We asked a few of them to tell us about their 2019. Next up, it’s the one-woman soundscape creator, Jayne Dent aka Me Lost Me.
 
So, how was your 2019?
It’s been so busy, a massive learning curve and a total adventure.
 
What was your best moment?
I had the amazing opportunity to go to CAMP France for a residency/course in electronic music composition with Laurel Halo. I got funding from Help Musicians UK for it and it has completely changed how I approach writing, I’m still buzzing off it! I met so many great people and got to hang out in the French Pyrenees too, so that’s pretty magical.
 
And your worst moment?
Oooh, probably being hungover in a tour van isn’t super fun, that happened once or twice, ha!
 
Your favourite band/artist of the year?
Jenny Hval, FKA Twigs and Cate Le Bon all had amazing releases this year so they remain top for me, absolutely wonderful stuff from all of them. I listened to Yes I Jan by Bas Jan a hell of a lot this year too, (though that’s a 2018 release).
 
Your favourite song of the year?
Impossible to say, but right now I’m keeping Catch by Dana Gavanski, Civil Servant by Richard Dawson and Sad Day by FKA Twigs on loop.
 
Favourite TV show of the year?
I want to say something dead smart, haha, but it was probably that Channel 4 series about a dog adoption centre. I’m so broody for a dog.
 
Your favourite film?
My favourite film I watched this year was probably Okja, it’s a couple of years old but that still counts, right?
 
Best book you read?
A suggestion from the Laurel Halo residency actually that we used to prompt some writing ideas, The Hundreds by Lauren Berlant & Kathleen Stewart. I love short stories and it’s a lush collection.
 
Favourite venue of the year?
Base Camp in Middlesbrough – played there twice this year and both times I felt so welcomed by the venue and crowd and had an absolute BLAST, go check it out if you haven’t been.What was your favourite gig/show of the year?
I absolutely loved Tipping Point Live, Northern Electric and Brave Exhibitions festivals, such mint showcases for the North East and I discovered so much wonderful music there. The whole tour with Blue House was so gorgeous too, every gig is my favourite, really!
 
Any upcoming artists we should keep an eye out for in 2020?
In addition to everyone I’ve already mentioned who you should definitely check out, locally Memphis Gerald and Jasmine Padgett are making ace new stuff, and I’m very excited to see what Faye MacCalman’s (of Archipelago) solo stuff is going to be like! Further afield some musicians I’ve played with or seen that you should get yourselves to see, if they come visit the NE: Burd Ellen, Luki, Pefkin, Quinie, Clementine March, Ichabod Wolf, Super Inuit, Gaze is Ghost, Sarathy Korwar, Yama Warashi, Rozi Plain and the absolutely wonderful Alabaster Deplume.
 
And finally, what has next year got in store for you?
I am SO excited about next year! I’m doing a big tour in April with a very special headline hometown show! There’ll be a listening event at Northern Charter of a piece I’m working on with the Women Artists of the North East library in March, there’ll be a few singles released and potentially my next album (that might sneak into 2021)! Keep nosying at my website and social media stuff for updates!

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