2018 was another busy year for London-born producer and DJ Spencer Parker. He is ending this year on a high note with the release of his second album “Dance Music” on Work Them Records. Founded back in 2012, the label has become the one stop shop for high energy house, techno and disco tracks – all you need in your record bag for a fueled dance floor. Supporting new talents such as P.Leone & Valya Kan as well as friends like DJ Deep, Rødhäd, ItaloJohnson and long-time partner in all crimes Radio Slave – whose label Rekids he very much considers home away from home – shows his wide network and talent for bringing people together to collaborate.
For the photoshoot, we met Parker at his apartment in Berlin. Whenever we meet an artist at his / her home, we come to realize that a selection of essentials is merely a snapshot of the creative individual and not enough to paint the full picture. Parker’s home was filled with colors and fun rare items – mostly “best worst” souvenirs from every city he visits (which is well documented via his Instagram) and treasures which reveal his keen interest in fashion, photography and, needless to say, records!
1. SNEAKERS (COMME DES GARCONS X NIKE ACG, CHECK HERE): As you can see from this little 5election, I am very much of the opinion that, if it’s worth getting one – why not get two …?!? I was after this shoe from the second I saw an image of it from the Commes des Garçons mens show in Paris earlier in the year- and waited patiently until they finally popped out a couple months ago. They are both made of suede, so, hardly the most “disco friendly” sneaker in the world but – I just loved them so much that I didn’t care- carpe the fucking diem !!! (in black aaaaaaand white – and in a 42.5 please…)
I’m a fan of the Nike ACG stuff and these are every bit as comfortable as I thought they’d be – so my investment has definitely paid off as I’ll be wearing these for a while yet. At the moment both pairs are fairly pristine and, although I know they are gonna be appearing a little beaten up in the coming months, I’m sure they’ll look even better, once they have weathered a few of life’s inevitable storms -much like myself… 😉
2. PASSPORTS AND PASSPORT HOLDER (SMYTHSON , CHECK HERE): The passport holder was a lovely birthday gift from some lovely friends a good many years ago, and not only have I managed to hold on to it, I’ve also managed to keep what goes in it – my passport !
A friend of mine that was in a heavily touring band told me about the sneaky (but perfectly legal) trick where you can, with a little paperwork, apply to have not one, but two UK passports in your own name. This is meant for business people, musicians, athletes, or anyone that travels so much for their job that its quite possible they need one document to travel with, while the other is away, sitting in an embassy somewhere, being fitted with a visa for a country that necessitates one (such as America, China, Russia, etc). I’ve been to Russia 13 times so far, China a couple times and many trips to the US, so, having a couple of passports has been extremely useful.
3. COMME DES GARCONS AND MOCA STORE BAG (CHECK HERE & HERE ): I loooooooooove a good, correct size, well made, great looking, up to the task, tough as nails carry on bag, and these bags both be that ! The CDG one was a gift from my beloved mother bought as we perused Dover Street Market one afternoon (yes- my mum is just THAT cool) and means all the more because it came from and reminds me of her (shout out to Mama Parker). It’s actually a paper bag encased in plastic and through a bit of abuse and trying to fit too many records/duty free champagne bottles/cheese and wine from any Italian airport you care to name, the paper has ripped and handle broken slightly. But I love these perfect imperfections and it’s one of my most favourite / useful bags to travel with.
The MOCA bag I managed to shrink in the wash like a fucking idiot but is still a great bag and reminds me of the day I took myself off to see the amazing “Axis Mundo : Queer Networks in Chicano LA” exhibition at the MOCA in Los Angeles, last year. The exhibition, I absolutely loved and I learnt so much about Mundo Meza and his work by attending and seeing the pictures, outfits and video that was on display. But, what really touched me was a talk that the legendary Simon Doonan gave in another part of the museum (to only about 50 people) about his time in Los Angeles in the 80’s and of working with Mundo Meza. Several people in attendance knew both Simon and Mundo personally and to hear some of them speak about that time in their lives, and of people that are no longer with us, was really something quite touching.
4. FANTASTIC MAN / THE GENTLEWOMAN (CHECK HERE & HERE): I am a huge fan of actual, real life printed magazines and whilst I buy many, these are undoubtedly my two favourites. As you would assume, Fantastic Man is aimed at men with The Gentlewoman being its companion title aimed at women, but I buy and read both as they are just that good. Each magazine looks amazing and, more than anything, I love the tone of them both. They are both serious about the subjects they cover but also extremely fun in their approach.
I have read so many articles in both titles that have then lead me on to to read further books, magazines or pieces on various subjects or people, or had me reaching for my Spotify playlist to listen to a new artist i was hitherto completely unaware of. In a world where so much media, both printed and online, is such utter, utter bullshit, these two magazines shine brightly as the complete opposite and I can’t wait for each new issue when they drop, twice yearly.
5. BIG SNOOPY / LITTLE SNOOPY (KAWS X UNIQLO, CHECK HERE): It’s a big plush toy Snoopy. And a little plush toy Snoopy.