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Battle for the oceans greatest prize

Americas Cup

... the blindness and paralysis remain but the fear has gone ... Im not scared anymore, just keen to continue exploring the boundaries of what is possible.


n July 2010 blind adventure athlete Mark Pollock fell from a second story window. He cracked his skull, his chest and torso filled with blood and his back was broken in three places. He had no feeling from the waist down. For 6 months after the accident Mark lay in hospital. As his mind battled to accept reality and find positivity his body was further hit with recurring infections. In a hell of IV drips, fluids, antibiotics, fevers, blood clots and vomiting, Mark lost three stone and with it he almost lost the will to go on. But he was not beaten. From hospital he blogged his intention to fight: The last 6 months have been truly torturous and until now I have been unable or unwilling to look to the future. I spent 12 years filling my life with experiences that would sweep the blindness to the side. And I know if I dont do the same with this paralysis then it will dominate me. Marks supporters created the Mark Pollock Trust and Run in the Dark to fund his ambition to walk again. Now Mark is using his body for research as he walks in Ekso robotic legs and follows an aggressive physical therapy programme. Mark Pollock Trust and Wings for Life, the global spinal injury research charity, will benefit directly from each Run in the Dark entry.

WEDS 13TH NOV 2013 7.30PM 5k and 10k



The catamarans that will slice through San Francisco Bay in next months Americas Cup are creating a new type of sailor for a new kind of sailing




Waves were on them and under them this month, with world-beaters in both places. The new boats in this years Americas Cup are among the most advanced vessels built for any sport, and the crews that race them put their lives on the line every time they take to the water. Beneath the surface, but no less at risk, is Franco Banfi and his driving passion: to photograph the most dangerous sea creatures in the world. Another hidden world revealed by The Red Bulletin this month is the secret street art by Belgian graffiti genius ROA. His images of animals could not be more different to those of Banfi, yet they are equally stunning. All that and much, much more, including the stuff that makes soccer hotshot Neymar so special. We hope you enjoy the issue.

Sharp practice: Olga Kharlan

In fencing you have to trick your rival to win. Turned out I had a real thirst for it. Its fun


at a glanCE
10 photos of the month 17  news Sport and culture on the quick 21  Me and my body Clemens Doppler 24 Kit bag A bowmans equipment 26 Wheres your head at? Neymar 28 winning formula The science behind indoor weather systems 30 lucky numbers One-hit wonders


Taking the high road to victory with rally legend Sbastien Loeb at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, aka The Race To The Clouds

32 Wet And Wild 44 Girls Names
Underwater photographer Franco Banfi on the dangers of a life aquatic The Belfast post-punk four-piece get to grips with life on the road

46 Thrusting Talent 50  Uphill Struggle

World-class fencer Olga Kharlan gets straight to the point Who will come out on top at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb? Secretive street artist ROA speaks exclusively to The Red Bulletin

In New York City with the talented stars of tomorrow as they breakfast with Blondie and jam with James Murphy

A photographers subjects can be difcult, but the underwater creatures in Franco Bans images can bite back fatally



60 Painting The Town

66 Not Plain Sailing Flying high with the new Americas

Cup catamarans in San Francisco

76 Lost In Music

This years Red Bull Music Academy attendees get into the groove in NYC


How European beach volleyball champ Clemens Doppler plays a numbers game with the tool of his trade: his physique

With champagne showers, fountains and house beats, this club is the hot spot for the wise pleasure seekers of Mexico



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get the gear A bikers back-up party Clubbing in Mexico City travel Dune bashing in Abu Dhabi training Inline skating My City A graffiti artists Dublin Playlist With Empire Of The Sun save the Date Events for your diary time warpED Can it be true?



The Red Bulletin United Kingdom, 2308-5894

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Growing up on Lake Lugano, little did Banfi know that the lakes of his Swiss homeland would soon prove too small for him. Since then he has become one of the worlds leading practitioners of underwater photography. Crocodiles, whales, stingrays: he approaches them all without fear. His most dangerous assignment to date was shooting a cheerful anaconda in Brazil: it was only afterwards that Banfi learnt that the giant snakes will swallow anything that comes near them, with or without a camera.

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The comic book artist and illustrator has had his work published in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, but hes not normally preoccupied with football. Before he drew Neymar for The Red Bulletin, Inzana had never heard of the Brazil and Barcelona hotshot. I thought Neymar was the name of Ernest Hemingways boat. We Americans, he says, with a grin, still see soccer as a fad, like the internet and penicillin.

In 2008, the Frenchman crossed the Pacific in a sailing boat, so when he gets his camera out to take pictures of boats, he knows of what he snaps. To best capture the ferocious beauty of the Oracle teams Americas Cup yacht, Grenier chartered a helicopter and buzzed the boat during its training runs in San Francisco Bay. His photos have appeared in newspapers and magazines around the world, including Paris Match, Yachting World and Le Figaro.

A lifelong passion for music makes the Dublin-based writer perfectly placed to bring the best new music to the magazine. He also spends time with artists with bigger riders. I love great storytellers, he says. Eugene Hutz of Gogol Bordello told me the epic tale of his familys journey from Ukraine to the US. Lee Scratch Perry has yarns about the halcyon days of reggae, involving everyone from Bob Marley to Keith Richards. Sadly, most are unprintable.

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I thought that Neymar was the name of Ernest Hemingways boat RYAN INZANA



Slopestyle is the discipline mountain biking borrowed from snowboarding: big air and intricate tricks on an obstacle-riddled course. Its the one with the most wow factor, so photographer Lorenz Holder knew he had to do more than just point and click to capture it correctly at the Red Bull Berg Line event. The mirror was on a digger; Holder a tight deadline. My window of opportunity was small because I wanted the sun in the shot. When Frenchman Yannick Granieri leapt from ramp to ramp, the stars aligned. Watch video of the event: www.redbull.com Photography: Lorenz Holder





Four years ago, Danny MacAskill was messing about on his bike around the village of Dunvegan on the Isle of Skye. Four years and one day less ago, an internet video of his cycle tricks turned his life around. A series of further films established him as the best street trials cyclist in the world. His latest project is a venue tailor-made for what he does best, inspired by what he knows best: his own mind. Devised by MacAskill to reflect his childhood passions, Imaginate is the obstacle course every kid dreams of, made real. His inner me reached out immediately: the first video got two million hits on its first day of release. See it come alive: www.redbull.com/imaginate Photography: James North



The airpseed indicator reaches 400kph. Aerobatics pilot Matthias Dolderer, in his Zivko Edge 540, makes spectators below in the Italian port city gasp in amazement. (Theyre mainly there to watch the Americas Cup World Series; Dolderer, of the Flying Bulls display team, is providing extra thrills.) Knowing that the German flying ace would be passing over some choice backdrops, including Mount Vesuvius, photographer Olaf Pignataro fixed a camera to tip of the Zivkos left wing. Pilot project: www.matthiasdolderer.com Photography: Olaf Pignataro/Red Bull Content Pool


Sport and culture on the quick

The New Kids

Theyre young, talented and hungry and theyre out to feed your mind. Four new bands to listen out for on Red Bull Records TRON and on: Daniel Simon and, right, one of his radical roadsters

BearTooth The motto of this in-your-face metalcore ensemble from Ohio, USA, is: Let em have it!

Five Knives Not the usual Nashville sound: Anna Worstells mesmerising vocals over dubstep beats.

ROAD AHEAD Drive into the future with

a modern master of concept cars

While working for Bugatti, German designer Daniel Simon began sketching out futuristic cars and spaceships in his spare time. By 2007, he had enough grand designs to publish a book, Cosmic Motors, which earned him a traffic jam of fans, including racing legend Jacky Ickx. Then Hollywood came knocking. Simon, 37, hasnt looked back since, designing the Light Cycle for TRON: Legacy. His new large-format book series, The Timeless Racer, depicts fictional cars from the years 1981 and 2027.

New Beat Fund Loud and edgy California hipsters reminiscent of a 90s Beck. Recommended: Scare Me.



Azores Orlando Duque heads for pastures new on
the Portugal leg of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series. Dean Treml

Have you taken a picture with a Red Bull flavour? Email it to us at: phototicker@redbulletin.com Blitz Kids British emo rockers letting distorted guitars loose on big-time melodies. Every month we print a selection, with our favourite pic awarded a limited-edition Sigg bottle. Tough, functional and well-suited to sport, it features The Red Bulletin logo.



The 2020 Olympics host city will soon be revealed. Heres hoping for a better mascot than

Be lucky

thE hIt MAN

Pop producer and trendsetter Pharrell Williams on collective consciousness and his new passion: music for childrens films
He writes hits like other people write grocery lists and he shops for others as much as for himself. Just this year, Pharrell Williams, 40, has been in the studio with big-name collaborators ranging from Destinys Child to Daft Punk. He helped the latter write the ubiquitous hit, Get Lucky. How does he relax? Writing music for childrens animated films: Williams latest soundtrack is for Despicable Me 2. : You work across multiple genres, but theres one thing your songs have in common a certain sense of cheekiness. : Tragedy after travesty there is so much going on. People are becoming desensitised. I think its a cultural shift among the collective consciousness that people are looking to smile. Is writing for kids films different to writing albums? Its kind of the same, except you have to be harmonious with the intentions of the writer and the director. It doesnt matter how good you think the song is, it may take them to a different place and it needs to be cohesive. What projects have you got coming up? Im producing albums for Jay-Z, Kylie, Miley Cyrus and Jennifer Hudson. They dont have to work with me, but they have. Im pinching myself. Im black and blue all over.

Wheelie good: British mountain bike star Gee Atherton in training for the World Championship

turin 2006 The Italians chose Neve and Gliz a snowball and a block of ice. They received a frosty reception.

King of the hills?

Last season, mountain biker Gee Atherton often found his way onto the podium. This season, hes usually on top of it. I changed my training and I now have the best bike in the field, says the 28-year-old, Salisbury-born rider. For the imminent World Championship in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, there will be even more changes. Theres going to be a lot of pedalling, so were going to look at the weight, introduce a hydraulically adjustable seat post and maybe use bigger wheels, he says. Who can win? Greg Minnaar, Mick Hannah, Aaron Gwin about five, six people. If he had to choose: overall series winner or world champ? The overall winner says more from a sporting perspective, but the World Championship has more prestige. And that winners stripy tricot [jersey] is damn comfy.
Beginning on August 26: www.uci.ch

Beijing 2008 The Fuwas were symbolic of Feng Shui elements, but looked like domesticated Pokemons.

Will.i.ams: Pharrell

atlanta 1996 It still remains a mystery what Izzy, a blue creature in tennis shoes, exactly was.



One Red Bull Street Style entrant finds himself in limbo in Japan. Naoyuki Shibata

Hong Kong A drummer gets proceedings

underway at the Red Bull Dragon Roar boat race. Andy Jones


Stunt rider Aaron Colton takes a novel approach to cornering on the open roads of Bolivia. Patricio Crooker


Germany, Continental production plant, Korbach, bicycle building section. Andreu Lacondeguy; Continental employee, Ulf Gnzel | www.conti-bicycletyres.com


[Andreu Lacondeguy] rides on Handmade in Germany


Race King 2.2

X-King 2.4



Smokin on the water: Loch Lomond

Waking their mark

The cream of British wakeboarders are gearing up for Loch Stock, a weekend of hard-fought competition on Loch Lomond in Scotland. Riders will battle for UK Wakeboard Tour points and allimportant bragging rights, as seasoned campaigners and rookies alike use obstacles to show off their tricks and aerial prowess. After the competition, there will be celebration and commiseration at the evening after-party on the loch shore. www.facebook.com/LochStockScotland

Moleshe (right) and Xee of internet radio show Globalize Yourself Stereo

Radio host Sakhile Moleshe on current global club trends from powerful synths to Portuguese recitativo


Basement Jaxx live

Sounds of the city

Belfasts Belsonic festival isnt your usual field-turnedmusic venue, but a city-based series of big-name, outdoor gigs. Grand Custom House Square will play host to up to 50,000 heady revellers for 12 days, as acts including Basement Jaxx, Ben Howard, Nine Inch Nails and Jake Bugg take their turns on stage. With no tent to be pitched, this is an urban music celebration for those who prefer tarmac to mud, and a daily hot shower to a 30-minute queue for the Portaloo. www.belsonic.co.uk

Globalize Yourself Stereo airs every Tuesday and Saturday 6-7.30pm (GMT): www.redbullmobile.com/globalizeyourselfstereo

Vancouver Swapping pedals for paddles at Red Bull Divide and Conquer in Canada. Bryan Ralph

Zeltweg One way to get a great view of the

action at the Airpower 13 air show in Austria. Red Bull Skydive Team

New York A Treequencer a sound tree

in the recording studio for Red Bull Creation Aaron Rogosin


WOrDs: RUtH MOrgan. pHOtOgrapHy: james bOwler, rex featUres, glObaliZe yOUrself

As an in-demand vocalist famous for working with South African dance duo Goldfish, Sakhile Moleshe travels the world, playing and making music. Twice weekly on internet radio show Globalize Yourself Stereo, Moleshe and partner Xee serve up fresh new electronic tunes from their South African base. Tuesdays are dedicated to smoother tracks, while on Saturdays the tempo rises, getting listeners in the party mood. : Which music trends excite you most right now? : Aggressive dance blended with Portuguese recitativo, where the singer adopts the rhythms of ordinary speech. It comes from Angola, but youre starting to hear it in European clubs and people flip out when it comes on. Apart from that, Shangaan electro is exciting. The beat is incredibly fast, double the tempo of rave music, and the dance steps are crazy! Which world city parties hardest? Berlin. Recently I wanted to check out a club there called ://about blank. I arrived at 11pm, but the place wasnt even open. When I came back at 1.30, there were maybe 10 people on the dancefloor. At 5 in the morning, when I was on my way home, the queue was snaking around the block. Which song do you have on repeat right now? 773 Love by Jeremih. For many years the most exciting house music came from Berlin and London. Now America is striking back with a mix of trap and house beats, powerful synths, a lot of bass and raw rap singing all put to fast rhythms. This track by Jeremih is very much in that mode.





The two-time European beach volley ball champion, 32, plays a numbers game with what goes into and onto his highly honed physique


The most injury-prone parts of a volleyballers body are the shoulders. Ligaments and joints come under enormous pressure from smashes and hard serves, which is why I work intensively with resistance bands to simulate the ball-striking motion.


Im 2m tall and weigh about 85kg, but I can weigh 3kg less at the end of a season. Its important to have strong trunk muscles and the best way to train them is on a Swiss ball, by doing exercises on an unsteady surface. I also have phy sio twice a week.

All my tattoos remind me of great moments in my life. I got my first when I was 17: the design was, of course, a volleybal l player. My volleyball-mad parents wouldnt have let me get anything else. The model was a player from an American volleyball magazine. Maybe Ill soon be adding a third number 13 under the ace of spades on my right arm, by the figures 03 and 07, the years I won the European championships.


Take-off power is vital on deep sand. I train my leg muscles with various types of squats. When youre building up your strength, its heavy weights and not too many reps say four sets of six reps of 130kg. Then, when you want to increase your strength quickly, the same exercise with just 100kg, but done explosively.

Ive suffered my worst injuries while playing. I ruptured my left cruciate ligament a month before the 2004 Olympics, and did it again two years later at the European championships. The screws that were put in my knee the second time were taken out when I had an operation on my meniscus in 2011.









Congratulations to The British & Irish Lions on their successful Tour of Australia.




A bowmans kit might not seem to have changed much, but advances in archery have kept deadeyes open to new technology


In 1968, this projectile was state-of-the-art, because it was made of aluminium. Advantage: its light. Disadvantage: it breaks easily and one bad shot could bend it out of shape.

This wooden bow, from a venerable Austrian maker, now defunct, was the trusty companion of many a top archer in the 1960s. The riser weighs in at 1.8kg, and the Zopf X7 was very stable, but wood had its downsides: it would vibrate for some time after an arrow was shot, and was susceptible to the elements. Less reliable in hot weather, the cold made it brittle, sometimes to breaking point.

A bows handle is known as the riser. Wooden risers live on in junior and hobby sports; 50 years ago, hand-turned in maple, walnut or rosewood, pros swore by them.






The limbs are block-glued maple, planed by hand, reinforced with glass laminate. Recurve bows, with limb tips curling away from the archer, allow faster shots than straight tips.

The X7 was developed with input from seventime world champion Frantisek Hadas (above) www.archery.org


An aluminium core wrapped in carbon fibre makes this arrow more robust and wind-resistant than an aluminium-only predecessor of the same weight.


Top parts: the mountable visor is adjusted for the distance to the target. Beneath: three stabilisers maintain balance before and after loosing the arrow.

This weatherproof bow seamlessly transfers the force generated by the archer to the arrow. Its synthetic limbs absorb vibrations better than wood and the relatively heavy riser (1.3kg) keeps recoil low and the target rate high. At London 2012, South Koreas Im Dong-Hyun (below) notched a world-record 699 points (out of a possible 720) in the mens team contest, using his trusty Win&Win recurve bow.


Modern risers are precision mechanisms, optimally balanced to retain their original position after shooting and made from machine-milled aluminium.



Detachable limbs debuted in 1963, becoming standard soon after. Pro archers today have bows designed to their body shapes using computer software.

In Olympic archery, a 12.2cm target centre ring is targeted from a distance of 70m www.win-archery.com





To-do list: lead Brazil to home World Cup glory; form Champions League-winning partnership with Leo Messi at Barcelona. Fcil. Heres the stuff Brazils wonder boy is made of


Neymar da Silva Santos Junior was born on February 5, 1992 in Mogi das Cruzes, Brazil. As required by law for all Brazilian footballers, he played soccer in the streets as a boy. Youd think theyd have pitches all over the country by now

Hey Neymar!

If Brazil are to win a sixth World Cup as hosts next year, theyll need Neymar at his best. I dont think theres pressure on me, he says, bending the truth like a topcorner free kick.

Country Life

In 2003, Neymar da Silva Santos Senior moved his family south to Santos, on the coast. Later that year, his boy signed for Santos FC. The thing I miss most is playing football on the beach with my friends, said Neymar Jr.

In the XI at 11

As the national anthem played before his 225th and final game for Santos, in April, Neymar cried. It was emotional. The film of my life since I was a kid came to mind.

Kicks And Flicks

Neymar has been nominated for FIFAs prestigious Pusks Award every year since it began in 2009. Actually, no he hasnt: in 2009, it was Nilmar on the list. Hes a top player, said fellow Brazilian Nil, of Ney. The latter won in 2011 and came third last year.

Groundhog Ney

@Njr92 is climbing Twitters top 100. At last count, he had passed seven million followers and nudged the Dalai Lama out of 87th place. Cristiano Ronaldo is soccers top tweeter, with 19 million followers.

Tweet Heart

I have a contract with Santos until 2014, he told Time magazine in February. I intend to honour it. Three months later, he did the dishonourable thing and signed for Barcelona for a transfer fee of 57m. www.neymaroficial.com

Fantasy Strike Force



Known in hairdressing circles as the fauxhawk, Neymars mane has drawn plenty of admirers from mens mags and that of Pel, who says it, and aftershave, matter more to Neymar than football.

Groomed For Success


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Heres the forecast: indoor weather systems and how theyre made
IN THE SKY A photograph at his grandparents home inspired Amsterdam artist Berndnaut Smilde to create an interior cloud, now a source of wonder at Londons Ronchini Gallery. But how on Earth or just above it does this installation work? Clouds are made up of tiny water droplets which float in the air, explains Professor Thomas Schrefl of Austrias St Plten University of Applied Sciences. For these droplets to form, water vapour in the air what we refer to as humidity must condense around small dust particles. The droplets appear when a relative humidity of 100 per cent is reached or, in other words, when the air cannot absorb any more vapour. The total pressure of the air, p, is the sum of the partial pressure of the dry air, pd and the partial pressure of the vapour, pv. Once the partial pressure of the vapour exceeds a certain threshold, we reach the point of oversaturation. This is the turning point when it comes to cloud-making. But temperature also has a role to play. Relative humidity is defined as the relationship of the partial pressure of the vapour to the saturated pressure of the vapour: f=pd/ps100. The latter is dependent on the temperature, T, as the solid line, ps(T ), in the illustration shows. When a humid parcel of air meets cold ground, the air cools, the partial pressure of the vapour exceeds the saturated vapour pressure, and clouds begin to form. This part of the process is represented by the horizontal dotted line in our diagram. The point of intersection with the ps(T ) curve is what we call the dew point. IN THE GALLERY So how does Berndnaut Smilde get a cloud into a museum space? With trickery, says Schrefl. Oversaturation occurs when additional water vapour is introduced to already saturated air. What Smilde does is intensively humidify the air in the gallery with a water spray. Then he introduces vapour from a fog machine into the space and the reaction occurs. Simple. To ensure it floats in the correct space, it cannot rise or fall too quickly. The vertical acceleration of the cloud particles, aC, is dependent on the difference in density between them and the surrounding air. If the density of the cloud particle, C, is the same as the density of the surrounding air A, the acceleration is nil and the cloud floats. As before, temperature is vital too. Dew point and density are dependent on this variable. This means that for a cloud to form, the temperature must be under 20C. Et voil a cloud-filled room.
More on the cloud artist: www.berndnaut.nl


Guaranteed to have a good atmosphere: cloud installation Nimbus Minerva by Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde, Ronchini Gallery, London

Words: THoMas ScHrefl. PHotograpHY: eeftiNcK scHatteNKerK. IllustratioN: MaNdY FiscHer



Every musician hopes to have a hit, but for many, thats where the dream ends. Here are small tales of big flashes in the pan


Harvey Balls Smiley

What do Jimi Hendrix, Iggy Pop, Beck and Norah Jones have in common? Theyre all one-hit wonders. None of them has had more than one Top 40 hit in the US charts. Beck is the most successful of the iniquitous bunch, having made it to number 10 in 1994. The song? Loser.

By the book: Edelweiss

By Harper Lee or Capote?

Spanish flamenco duo Los del Rio formed in 1962, and waited 34 years for their first, and only, hit record. But this one really made it big: Macarena is the most successful song ever by a one-hit wonder. The remix topped the US charts for 14 weeks in 1996, sold 11 million copies worldwide and unleashed a global dance trend.

No no.1: Jimi Hendrix, Norah Jones, Iggy Pop

Harper Lee won the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 with her first novel, To Kill A Mockingbird. The novel has sold over 30 million copies, and was made into a film, starring Gregory Peck, which won three Oscars. The author has never written a follow-up, which has only fuelled rumours that large parts of the novel came from the pen of her good friend Truman Capote.

Historys first one-hit wonder was Johann Pachelbel and his Canon and Gigue in D, which became a worldwide smash 264 years after the German composers death thanks to a 1970 recording by the Paillard Orchestra. It has since gone on to become a staple at weddings. Green Day, U2 and Alicia Keys have all borrowed the catchy chord sequence.


Pachelbels Canon in D

Hey, Macarena

In 1963, commercial artist Harvey Ball was asked to design a life insurance logo. Ten minutes later, so he says, the yellow, round and grinning smiley was born. By 1971, 50 million smiley badges had been sold. The logo may have made Ball world-famous, but it didnt make him rich. He never applied for a trademark or copyright of the logo and earned US$45 for his work.





Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty had seven Top 10 hits in the UK charts as The KLF. In 1988, they imparted their wisdom over 160 pages of a book, The Manual: How To Have A Number One The Easy Way. Viennese jokers Edelweiss followed the advice and enjoyed a number one in four countries with their 1989 yodelling hit Bring Me Edelweiss.










Romina Amato

YOUR MOMENT. beyond the ordinary

YO U R . T N E M O M

Photographing live models can be a vicious business, but Franco Banfis subjects actually bite back. The Swiss snapper on the dangers of a life aquatic
Words: Arek Piatek Photography: Franco Ban


Eye to eye with a blue shark in the mid-Atlantic, off the Azores Islands

Close up

Wet and wild: Franco Banfi takes a portrait of an 8m-long anaconda

uddenly, the leopard seal is aware of the diver. Dropping the wounded penguin it has been chasing, it turns its full attention to the man with the camera. Terrifyingly, the 300kg predator moves at lightning speed to come eye-to-eye with the photographer. If it wanted to, it could kill him with a single bite of its powerful jaw. For Franco Banfi, life and death situations like this are just part of his everyday work. Its made the 55-year-old from Lugano in Switzerland one of the worlds most in-demand underwater photographers. Over a career spanning 30 years, Banfi has seen every dangerous thing the oceans have to offer and photographed them in close quarters: crocodiles, sharks, giant squids, stingrays, the list goes on. His motivation is simple. I prefer species that are difficult to photograph. I risk my life for them, he says. Banfi discovered underwater photography in the early 1980s. Some friends convinced me to dive in Lake Lugano, he explains. The world underneath that surface instantly fascinated me. Underwater photography a means of capturing that world became Banfis passion. He taught

himself the technical aspects, as well as reading up on as many species of marine life as he could. To get noticed as a photographer you have to do what no one else has done before, he says. Which is exactly what he set out to do, swiftly establishing his own modus operandi. I dont dash off for the lucky shot; I try to gain the trust of the animals first, he says. When dangerous or shy ocean-dwellers tolerate your presence, your images take on an entirely new dimension. Aged 25, Banfi sold his first photo to an Italian diving magazine. At 34, he won the underwater photography world championships in Cuba. Since then, his photos have become a staple of respected wildlife magazines like National Geographic, BBC Wildlife and Stern. The art of getting close to an animal, says Banfi, is a mixture of science and experience. Every species reacts differently, but there is one rule for survival that almost always applies: show the animal respect, but never fear. It was this rule which saved Banfis life during the encounter with the leopard seal: I stayed where I was and held the camera out to him. He swam away. There are always exceptions, however. When an anaconda gets aggressive, its better to disappear, he says. Theyre primitive and once they start attacking they dont stop.

Franco Banfi has 30 years experience as an underwater photographer


These giant specimens off the Mexican island of Socorro accepted me after a few days. I laid my hands on them and let them pull me through the water. Their skin is as rough as sandpaper. When I let go, they came back and we set off again.

Dancing with a manta ray

Bite-sized image

Caimans [alligator-like reptiles] grow up to 2m long. To cool off during the day they open their mouths in the water and remain in this menacing-looking position. In Brazil I stalked one of them while swimming. Always from the front, though, because caimans like biting to the side.

Its one of the most fearsome animals in the ocean: unpredictable, and with a bite powerful enough to crack tortoise shells. We lured this specimen off the coast of Africa with fish blood. It came dangerously close: you can see the shadow of my camera on its snout.

Eye of the tiger shark

Ice diving with belugas

This photo won a bunch of awards. It was shot in the White Sea, off the coast of northern Russia. Beluga whales are generally scared of people, but this curious, playful guy was an exception. He got so close that I had to keep pushing him away with the camera, just so I could focus.


No one has managed to photograph the birth of stingrays in the wild. A marine biologist and I accompanied this pregnant female for a week in the Atlantic, while taking care to avoid the deadly sting. Unfortunately it got away from us. What remains are photos of the animal on its incredibly long search for a spawning ground.

Chasing the impossible



The well-fed anaconda

This photograph was taken in the Brazilian wetlands area of Pantanal. Anacondas wait for their prey on the bank they even eat crocodiles. This specimen had already eaten and barely took any notice of us. But then it got annoyed and opened its mouth fully in the direction of the camera. That was our signal to retreat.

Teeth marks in the camera

A saltwater crocodile in a typical lookout position near the shore off Papua New Guinea. I approached from the side, getting closer and closer and then pressed the shutter. Suddenly its head jerked in my direction and it bit into the camera. The marks are still there to this day.


Whales know when youre nervous, and it relaxes them when you radiate calm. This photograph is the result of harmony between man and animal. With this sperm whale I knew beforehand that it was going to submerge. I went down first and took the photo while it glided past and looked at me.

Picking up signals

For shark shots you always need bait that you hold out, so they can smell it, but not reach it. In our case it was pieces of fish in cage-like boxes. You start snapping as soon as the predators approach. This photo shows me off the coast of the Bahamas at 15m depth, surrounded by 25 lemon sharks.

Feeding the predators

Camera-shy monster

Giant squids can grab divers with their tentacles and drag them down into the depths. This colossus accompanied us down to 80m, but was cautious. When the camera flashed it jerked away and slowly snuck up again later.



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Remake, Remodel
Belfasts post-punk standard bearers were once a surf pop two-piece. Now theyre 100 per cent bigger and twice as loud
Words: Eamonn Soeige Photography: Johnny Savage I remember the excitement playing America for the first time, says Cathal Cully, Girls Names founder and creative core. One night we were finishing a European tour in Amsterdam and the next were playing to a packed crowd of New Yorkers in Willamsburg. Even now its kind of surreal. But then you get quite a few pinch-yourself moments when you do what we do. On tour, a few years back, I was standing outside a hotel with our old drummer, Neil, and he started freaking out when he saw Lee Ronaldo from Sonic Youth walk by. He nearly wet himself with excitement. Then again, he had a similar reaction when he saw Jason Donovan. Originally from the idyllic County Armagh village of Camlough, Cully moved to Belfast a decade ago to study at university. Musics magnetic force would soon alter his path through life. Ive worked loads of jobs; gardening, bar work, labourer, jobs that give me flexibility to focus on the band, says Cully. I worked in a clothes shop not so long back and some kids walked in, spotted a turntable and asked Whats that? Music technologys constantly evolving. The format changes, but music lives on. Most bands arent making shedloads of cash, but a little struggle can make for better art. Sipping a few sneaky lunchtime beverages at the Pavillion on Belfasts Ormeau Road; Cully, Philip Quinn, Claire Miskimmin and Gib Cassidy are Girls Names latest incarnation. In 2009, songwriter Cully accepted a slot supporting Californian surf-rock band Wavves and asked novice drummer Neil Brogan to lend a hand. Within months, they were cutting an EP for American


label Captured Tracks and adding bassist Miskimmin to the fold. In April 2011, Girls Names released their morbidly themed debut album, Dead To Me. There was no plan; it was loose and organic, says Cully. With [2013 album] The New Life, we took a big step forward. It was more ambitious; better melodies. We produced it ourselves, experimenting with sounds, new ideas and the result is like a different band. It deals in some serious themes. For me,

On tour: Girls Names give their latest LP a live airing

it was a cathartic process. Whatevers happened in life comes out in the music. Since the records release earlier this year, Girls Names have toured America and Europe, wowing audiences with aural assaults of foreboding art rock. I love touring, says drummer Cassidy, the bands newest addition, who joined last December after Neil Brogan decided on a time-out. The quick-witted, sharpdressed and impressively quiffed Dubliner splits his time between band commitments and business interests in his hometown. We dont have a big fancy van with reclining chairs. Were more 10hour, back-breaking drives and then time to magic up the energy to play. Oh the



glamour: carrying our own gear up venue stairs in Turin. Its great, though; seeing new places, meeting cool people. Cassidy didnt have long to learn the songs. I got the call before Christmas and was blown away when I heard the album. I practised to it at home, did two rehearsals and was off to the Eurosonic festival in Holland before I knew it. To be honest, I totally winged it, he laughs. This August, Girls Names return to the festival trail, their formidable live reputation growing steadily. The next major Irish show is Castlepolooza in August and then Green Man in Wales, says Cassidy. Weve certainly moved on as a band from the days of the first album, says Miskimmin. I feel a lot more comfortable with my playing now, but half-hour sets can be a bit crap. Our favourite first song is 10 minutes long, and we like to finish with one that lasts maybe 12. That doesnt leave much time in the middle. Recapturing the haunting atmospherics of The New Life on stage brings its own challenges. Weve rearranged the songs minus synths and added guitar sections, says Quinn. We really lose ourselves in the music at times, ramp up the sound. Cathal often detunes his guitar at the end of songs, getting these interesting tones. Its a lot different to the record. For now, gigging takes precedence, but plans for the next chapter are emerging. There are a few ideas knocking around, says Quinn. Weve spoken about moving abroad, to somewhere like Utrecht in Holland, even just for a short time. A change of scene mightnt be a bad call. After all, everywhere is just a long van drive away.

The line-up (from left) Philip Quinn guitar and synths Cathal Cully vocals and guitar Claire Miskimmin bass Gib Cassidy drums Discography Girls Names (EP, 2010) Dead To Me (Album, 2011) The New Life (Album, 2013) Stick Mans Store Aside from keeping time, Cassidy is also proprietor of that increasingly rare breed, a record shop: Elastic Witch, on Dublins Middle Abbey Street. Strike A Pose Nikolai Fraiture, The Strokes bassist, is a Girls Names fan. His soundtrack to a 2012 New York fashion show included their track Lawrence.

World-class fencer Olga Kharlan gets straight to the point in the run-up to this months World Championships in Budapest
Words: Ruth Morgan Photography: Sergei Chyrkov


hen she was a little girl, Olga Kharlan dreamed of being a shop assistant or a dancer. Fortunately for Ukrainian sport, both career paths were sliced to tatters the moment she picked up a sword. That epiphany was 12 years ago. Now 22, Kharlan and her sabre have won two Olympic medals the first a gold at Beijing 2008, when she was just 17 years old and numerous world and European titles. This month, the girl from Mykolaiv, near Odessa, is dreaming of yet more glory at the World Championships in Budapest, and counting on dried fish, self-help and Marilyn Manson to get her there.

: How did you get into fencing? : I clearly remember the day I first heard about it. I was an energetic child and used to go dancing a lot. But when I was 10, my mum said, Im sorry, but we cant afford to pay for your dance lessons any more. My godfather was working as a fencing trainer at the time so he suggested I go to his club instead. When did you first realise that fencing was becoming a passion? To begin with it was just a bit of fun, but I discovered my true passion for the sport when I started getting results. I had a real thirst for winning. I love that fencing is an

unusual sport, too you have to trick your rival if you want to win. Thats fun. There are three types of sword in fencing: pe, foil and sabre. Why did you go for the sabre? The pe and foil jab, while the sabre strikes. Its the only weapon where you can score points with the blades edge. Its a very agile weapon, and as a result the discipline is incredibly fast-paced. We fence with greater energy whereas, with the pe and foil, theres a lot of standing around and waiting. What do you say to those who claim fencing is not a hugely physical sport? All sports are physically strenuous, and

Olga Kharlan first took a stab at fencing aged 10. Seven years later she won Olympic gold

sabre fencing is no exception. You need vast amounts of strength and stamina. We move around with our legs half bent, so theres constant pressure on the knees and back which are often injured as a result. Plus were constantly bruised from hits. How mentally taxing is fencing? Psychological fitness is just as important as the physical side. Everything can change in a second. So we dont just train in the fencing hall, we train in the psychologists study, too. He gives me strategies to focus my thoughts. Do you miss dancing, your first love, despite all of your fencing success? Maybe I would have become a great dancer. I loved samba and cha-cha, but Ill never know. I sometimes watch ballroom dancing competitions because its so beautiful, but thats where my interest ends; my heart belongs to fencing. How did it feel winning bronze at London 2012 after gold in 2008? Before London, I thought that if I didnt win a gold like I did in Beijing, Id be very depressed. But I realised that once youre on that Olympic podium, youre a winner. Id have liked to be a little higher up, but Ive got still time to get there. Well see what happens in 2016. How strenuous is your training regime? Im in the gym for about eight hours a day, six days a week. I do general physical training and then fencing training, where we spend a lot of time practising moves and polishing our technique. Can you eat what you like if youre exercising that much? I dont often go on diets. I really love savoury food, especially dried fish. Thats

the thing I cant resist. Oddly, I dont like chocolate, but sometimes and this happens very rarely I can eat a whole bar of milk chocolate in one sitting. After that, I just want dried fish again. Do you ever want to turn off your alarm, forget the gym and hang out with your friends like a regular 22-year-old? I dont have much free time to myself, and thats the hardest part of my profession. When I do get time off, I like to hang out with friends from outside the sport. When we meet, we dont talk about training or competition. We just go to the cinema, catch up and have fun. Is talking shop a problem with your boyfriend, since hes a fencer too? Yes, Im going out with another sabrefencer called Dima, and we often speak about our bouts and give each other advice. My coaches would prefer I was single, but Dima being around has never got in the way. If anything, its helped. What sort of music gets you in the mood to do battle? I love listening to music in my car; when Im at home; when Im training. Sometimes I cant prepare for a match unless Im listening to something. I have all sorts on my iPod, from Metallica to Justin Bieber. When my boyfriend listens to my iPod, hes always surprised by the choice of songs. Hes like, Youve got Marilyn Manson on here?! Youve had a lot of attention for your looks as well as your fencing prowess. Are you happy being labelled a pin-up? Im very flattered that people appreciate my looks, but feel quite embarrassed when they give me compliments. I really

If I get recognised its only because of my car because I have my name and the Olympic rings on the number plates
enjoyed being photographed for a Ukrainian mens magazine but it did have some negative consequences. My parents were fine about it, but my trainers didnt understand why we [Olga and her two teammates] did it. Afterwards I said I wouldnt pose for another magazine like that, but who knows? I might You still live in the Ukranian town where you grew up: Mykolaiv, near Odessa. Are you a local celebrity? Not really, because fencing still isnt very popular there. If I get recognised, its only because of my car because I have my name and the Olympic rings on the number plates. [The car was a gift from the Ukrainian Fencing Federation for winning gold.] Its great when Im recognised as it means people know what fencing is. Do you think youll ever leave your hometown? Ive lived in Mykolaiv all my life and I love it there. All of my relatives live there and I share a house with my parents and my dog. My mum always has something delicious waiting for me when I get back from competing I love her borscht. I plan to live my whole long and happy life there. Do you still get nervous before a bout? I always get nervous! Confidence is a weird thing. You can have it one minute and then two seconds later its gone. I have to distract myself from negative thoughts. My inner voice helps me. I often talk to myself but not out loud. How are you feeling about the upcoming World Championships? My goal is to win individual gold at both the World Championships and the next Olympics. Ill have to work very hard to achieve that, but when I have, Ill be the happiest person in the world.

On the front foot: Kharlan (left) is hoping to win her second consecutive world championship gold



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Regular folk drive up Americas PIKES pEaK in about 45 minutes. In winning The Race To The Clouds, the hill climb up the mountain, French rally legend SBaSTIEN LOEB cut 80 per cent off that time



I want the record, says SBASTiEN LOEB, but I know there is NO ROOM for even the smallest error


Sky rocket: Peugeot Sport built an 875hp 208 all-wheel drive prototype for the worlds best rally driver, Sbastien Loeb, to pilot up Pikes Peak

very year in late June, Eric, his wife, Mary, and her mother, Mary-Jo, leave their home in Kansas and cross the state line for an American road trip. This year, Mary-Jo wanted to see Colorado, first the small city of Pueblo, then Colorado Springs and then on to the highpoint an assault on Americas Mountain: Pikes Peak. It was on this mountain 120 years ago, on July 22, 1893, that the lyrics to the immortal anthem America The Beautiful came to songwriter Katharine Lee Bates, and I probably wont be around for the 130th anniversary, says the elderly Mary-Jo in the backseat of the Volvo, her white ringlets bobbing in the rear-view mirror. The road winds around the famous mountain, a beloved American holiday destination. One curve follows another

with no end in sight, each of them steeper and narrower than anything the three road-trippers were familiar with in their native Kansas. Mary grips the ceiling handle nervously, but Eric has everything under control. There are hardly any guide rails on the side of the mountain road and Eric has to resist the urge to peer over the edge. Tyre marks scar the narrow curves so narrow that Eric has to come to a halt to see around each bend. Soon, the family becomes aware of a number of tyre marks leading straight out, over the edge of the abyss. Mary gasps for breath in the passenger seat. In the back, Mary-Jo grins in apparent delight. Altitude euphoria, mutters Eric as he navigates the next serpentine turn. What have they got me into? An icy wind is blowing when they reach the summit of Pikes Peak; the 12.4-mile ascent has taken them 45 minutes. The three Kansans turn their gaze east, to the Great Plains from where they have come hundreds of miles laid out before them like a vast, crumpled map. In the souvenir shop they buy an ashtray, a sweatshirt and a few fridge magnets. Then its time to start their descent. Some 1,440m below, skilful mechanics are putting the finishing touches to a small fleet of highperformance cars and motorbikes. The following day, these vehicles will tackle 20 of the most legendary kilometres in American road racing, when they take


The wild beast with the HUGE SPOILER zooms, roaring, from one CORNER tO tHE NEXt


Everyones a winner: from souped-up singleseaters to sidecars, all kinds of vehicles compete at Pikes Peak

part in the 91st running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The Unsers, the Andrettis, the Millens, all of them have proved their mettle here in the infamous mountain race to the summit. In the late 1980s, the Europeans left their mark on this race for the first time, pulverising the course record with a succession of rally cars. With four-wheeldrive and upwards of 500hp, they tore through the 11-minute barrier on the gravel road to the summit. The famous road was laid with asphalt in 2012. At this point an ambitious local could manage it in 11 minutes, but that was too slow to break any records. By the end of 2012, the 9 Minute Club comprising those daring drivers whod made the summit in less than 10 minutes was five-strong. New Zealander Rhys Millen held the record with a time of 9:46.164, with French driver Romain Dumas 0.017 seconds behind in second. Making up the five was Japans Nobuhiro Tajima and the two motorbike riders, Carlin Dunne of the USA and his compatriot, Greg Tracy.
phOtOgraphY: Alastair Ritchie (5), werner jessner (4), garth milan/red bull cOntent pOOl (2), FlaVien Duhamel/red bull cOntent POOl (2)

By a 300M AbYSS, Loeb takes a double 60-degree bend at 170KPH

Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak, but by how much. In training, his car 875hp strong, 875kg light burned a few seconds per kilometre from the competition, including the two current record-holders Millen and Dumas. America loves winners and there are huge expectations of Loeb. The 39-year-old is feeling the pressure. A break between two training runs, and the nine-time rally world champion has retreated to his trailer. His blue eyes blaze, thrown into even sharper relief by stubble now turned pepper-and-salt. He sprawls on a bench, relaxed. Although of slender build, his powerful upper arms are testament to the work he has already done, taming both mountain and car. First I had to establish trust in the Peugeot, he says. I had to find out how nervous the car was and what I could do with it. During a test in France we sorted out the major problems transmission too long; suspension too hard; steering too direct and on the first run in America the car did everything I wanted it to. I dont know what the old rally cars felt like on Pikes Peak, but this ones insanely fast. Nevertheless, can he really go at 100 per cent speed here on these miserly roads clinging desperately to the flanks of the infamous mountain? Loeb hesitates: Lets say 99 per cent. Theres another major drawback: unlike the World Rally Championship (WRC) there is no co-driver to dictate the curves to him during the journey. How well does he know the route? Even before I came here, I had memorised the sequence of curves, says Loeb. I studied on-board videos at home, then I came here with my codriver, Daniel Elena. We drove the route and put together a pacenotes book, just as I would in a normal rally special stage. In the WRC we only get to inspect the course twice: the first time you put

he latter pair didnt use petrol or diesel on their way up to the summit in 2013, instead they trusted their fortunes to electric energy. Indeed, this was in many ways a race made for the electric engine: conventional petrol-burning motors have to cope with performance loss at high altitudes. Despite large turbochargers and advanced electronics, there simply isnt enough oxygen to burn. Anyone who makes it to these heights having surrendered a quarter of the horsepower they had in the valley has really done their homework. Electric cars dont have this problem, of course, but their batteries even in a relatively short race like this are heavier than fuel engine units. And even if big name car manufacturers like Mitsubishi are now putting their name to some of the electro-projects, this still remains pioneering work: little more than glorified tinkering. Of course, there wont be a whisper of this when it comes to the overall victory. Not when the challenger is celebrated French rally driver Sbastien Loeb. The main topic of conversation here on the mountain is not whether Loeb can crack the record in his specially developed

together the notes and the second time youre checking them. Here, the third run onwards was all new for me. I was able to tell Daniel 100m before the next curve what was coming, and he checked it. I would say 120 left and he would correct me, like 120 left plus. We drove it together nine times, and the last three times I didnt make a single mistake. Perfection is whats required here and Loeb wouldnt have it any other way. I approached Pikes Peak like I do all of my projects: professionally, with a good team and to the very highest standards. I know there is no room for even the smallest error. But I have no interest in just coming here and driving with the pack. I want the record. There are parts of the course where the road drops 500m into nothingness, with no guide rail. At many of these curves, such as the forebodingly named Devils Playground at 4,000m, the cars in the fastest class reach speeds of well over 200kph. With a car as powerful as the Peugeot, if you steer just a fraction wide, youre history, says Loeb. You have to be precise. It was actually easier before on gravel; you can work much more with the car. Meanwhile, clouds roll in and the weather service forecasts a 30 per cent chance of rain. he following day, as early as 3am, a good two-anda-half hours before sunrise, a 1km-long colonnade is working its way up the mountain, past the herd of campervans, which were already in place the day before. Admittedly, the ban on open fires makes hearty weekend fun difficult. Colorado is suffering from severe forest fires and hoping for rain. Up at the summit, its bitterly cold. Along the road, yesterdays meltwater from late-season snow is still frozen. First up are the motorbikes, the riders exposing themselves to the dangers of the mountain without roll cages or any of the protection afforded to their four-wheeled rivals. Supermotos and vintage racing bikes follow, all conquering the mountain to a great show of reverence from the fans. A few dauntless individuals serve to remind us that sidecars still exist, with hearts bigger than anything humanoid. Johnny Wood almost dislodges his passenger, Giorgina Gottlieb, in the

penultimate curve; at the finish line she clings to him, sobbing. In the heat of the battle, Bruno Marlins passenger, his son Jrmy, leans so far out that the young Frenchman scrapes his helmet visor on the asphalt. American Wade Boyd wins ahead of Japans Masahito Watanabe. Rivals on the track, they all embrace once they get to the summit. Theyre not racing against each other, but against the mountain and the clock. That goes double for Sbastien Loeb, the first starter among the cars. If all goes to plan, he will win, that much is certain. Whats interesting is the time he does it in. Long before you see him, you hear him. Every change of gear is an explosion amplified by the Rocky Mountain cliffs: a staccato of explosions coming nearer and nearer. Between Devils Playground and the summit, the road keeps disappearing and the eyes strain to focus. The silhouette of the Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak should be appearing down there, but its already ahead, at a crag further on. The ear has tricked the eye. Later the telemetry will show a peak speed of more than 240kph, the wild beast with the huge spoiler zooms, roaring, from one corner to the next, disappears, reappears, tears past at easily 170kph on a double 60-degree curve, at the end of which yawns a 300m abyss. At the exit, the inside front wheel is exactly on the white line marking the edge of the asphalt. It is an exact, clinical procedure: one of those moments which very few men on this planet can pull off in a car. The clock at the finish line shows an unbelievable 8:13.878, one-and-a-half minutes under the existing record. Membership of the 9 Minute Club is a bit less special today. In second place is last years victor Rhys Millen, with a respectable 9:02, which might be an eternity better than his old record, but is still in a completely different league. At 4,300m above sea level, Loeb seems happy and relieved: I felt good in the car and I decided on all-out attack, he says. Pikes Peak was my season highlight, and this record means a lot to me. He will drive his last WRC event in his native France this autumn, and in 2014 hell enter the touring car world championship (WTCC) in a Citron, which will manage a mere third of the performance of the Pikes Peak Peugeot. The nine-time rally world champion has enjoyed his mad week in this unbelievably powerful, radical car, built just for him. In the meantime, the mountain has reminded everyone why they call this

On top of the world: Sbastien Loeb celebrates at 4,300m above sea level


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event the Race to the Clouds. It draws together a mighty contingent in white and grey and gives it a vigorous shake: rain, hail, snow, fog, wind it takes the whole afternoon to get the last 24 cars up the hill. Theres no hope of a record or even a respectable time now, and how could there be: now its the turn of the soapbox cars, the home-built, rebuilt, the jerry-built, the family teams; the products of long winter nights tinkering. The spectators greet every last one of them with great respect and genuine enthusiasm, and rightly so. Sbastien Loeb is still up there on the summit, in the middle of a sleet shower and pea-soup fog. Everyone drives down together, whether hobby warrior or record holder. Everyone is equal before the mountain. In the Best Western Hotel in Manitou Springs, where Eric, Mary and Mary-Jo are recovering from their previous days exertions, theres a dozy calm. Mary-Jo snores lightly on the veranda, Mary browses the latest edition of the National Enquirer. With earphones in his iPad, Eric is watching the race online. Bit of a hotshot, this Loeb. Next year, Eric decides, hell send the two girls up to the summit on the cog railway. Hell master the route to the top alone and wont slow for any curve. How hard can it be?


Hes a faceless superstar: a wall-painting nomad, artist and rebel. The Red Bulletin spoke exclusively to ROA in what is his longest interview to date
Words: Jasmin Wolfram and Andreas Rottenschlager Photography: Philipp Greindl


Long spray days: First my shoulders ache, then my back and then the index finger thats from pressing the button of the spray can

ew York; London; Berlin. If you hunt around the worlds great cities, youll find ROAs animal murals on walls in courtyards, sprawled across the side of factories. Inspired in part by the sketches of Charles Darwin, the secretive Belgian street artist paints in simple blacks, whites and reds and has, of late, become hot property. Now, rather than running from the law, he is being offered gallery space by big-name art dealers. Some of his works are the size of several tennis courts, while smaller pieces hang in prestigious venues such as the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Last year, the Stolen Space gallery in London gave him a solo exhibition. Although his art is publicly displayed worldwide, ROA is a very private man. There are no photos of his face in the public domain. His pseudonym, he says, doesnt mean anything. His reasons for privacy are simple: Works are more important than people. When The Red Bulletin meets him, hip-hop is blaring from laptop speakers on the second-floor balcony of the Galerie Hilger NEXT in Vienna. Empty spray cans are strewn across the floor. The sun will be going down any minute and hes running out of light. ROA has to have his latest installation an enormous kingfisher with outstretched wings finished by the following evening. But, as night falls, he finds time to sit down with The Red Bulletin for a rare interview. : You spray huge motifs onto public walls, often under extreme time pressure. Which parts of your body start to hurt first? : I recently worked on a motif in the commercial port in Linz, Austria, for nine days; sometimes 12-hour shifts with no break. First my shoulders hurt, then my back, and then the index finger on my right hand, which is the one I use to press the spray-can nozzle. Of course, a motif on that scale is a mental challenge, too.

How do you go about transferring an A4 sketch onto a multi-storey building? I make my sketch directly on the wall. A wall is like any other work surface, just a little bigger. I find it boring to reproduce something youve already painted, so my sketches are mainly doodles. I want to create something new and fresh each time. Many of your works could be painted over. Does that bother you? Of course I want my works to survive as long as possible. But when I leave a place, thats my job done. The wall doesnt belong to me and the world doesnt belong to us. Its a public place and anyone with a spray can or a tin of paint can change that at any time. Is street art modern art? Its contemporary, not modern. It doesnt matter if street art is defined as intellectual or underground, or how seriously it is taken. The main thing is that it happens. The term street art was created by people who had nothing to do with it, similar to a lot of general terms, it merely connects street and art. But street artists have existed much longer. Its not limited to painting: mime, juggling and music can all be street art, too, so it is a bad term that describes nothing.

Artists should only create things that inspire them

With fines and prison sentences, not everyone accepts this as an art form. It would be better if people worried less about their privacy or property and saw these artworks as a gift, not something which adversely affects their environment. When you were young, you spraypainted the walls of derelict houses. Now you have artworks hanging in galleries. How do you reconcile those two extremes? An artist is an artist. It doesnt matter

Not pictured: ROA in the Galerie Hilger NEXT in Vienna: I am a wall-painting nomad


In June of this year ROA completed two huge murals in Linz for the Austrian citys Bubble Days art festival. He spent nine days working on this sketch of a goat

where or how he works or the context in which he performs. The main thing is feeling that desire to create something. Its not about how great people think you are, or how well you hold your place in the market. Its nice to have bread, cheese and chocolate spread on the kitchen table every morning. How do you define the term artist? An artist can do what he wants. If someone comes in and defecates on the floor of this gallery and calls it art, its art. Whether the public likes it or not is another matter. A true artist should only create things that inspire him, not stuff thats easy to sell. I did all sorts of jobs in the past, just to be able to afford spray paint. Now its the other way around: I make my money with paint to buy paint. Your art is all about taming wild animals. Why? I dont actively tame them. Some people think my animals are sweet, others find them aggressive. When I paint the animals, they appear static, but theyre not necessarily dead. People give them their own meaning thats whats beautiful about art. Your motifs all come from the animal kingdom. What is it that you dont like about people? Animals reveal a great deal about the times we live in, the things that affect us and the way we live our lives as humans.

Vital signs: ROAs work has given the port in Linz a facelift. Below: his intricate sketch of a mountain goats skull

How did the work of Charles Darwin inspire your motifs? Darwin researched different animal species all over the world and was constantly on the move. In that sense, were very similar. Im extremely interested in biology and the vast variety within the animal kingdom. But ultimately, Im an artist, not a biologist. You keep the details of your private life closely guarded. How much time

Street art could raise house prices

do you get to spend at your home in Belgium? Its got to the point where my real home doesnt feel like home any more. Im like a wall-painting nomad. Some of your pencil drawings are reminiscent of the old masters of Belgium and Holland. As somebody raised in the Low Countries, do you see yourself as part of that tradition? Were all influenced by the conditions we grow up in; the things we see as children. The impressions they make inspire us, even if we dont realise it at the time. From that point of view, its possible that the European school influenced my painting style, yes. Your work fills walls 20m high. How do you get the proportions right? I dont use projectors or grids. They wouldnt be any use, because when Im starting out, I dont know how the artwork is going to proceed. I find that out while I am painting. I have photos of the animals I want to paint and I look at their skeletons so I can understand their anatomy and proportions. In 2011, you painted in Gambia. What did the people there make of your work? The people are open to creativity, they are not afraid of change. Is this the biggest difference to Europe? Why do Western graffiti artists paint almost exclusively in rundown or backstreets locations? Because these are the places where nobody is bothered by what we do. But theyre also the places that have the most potential for transformation. Now there are owners of properties speculating that street art could actually help house prices to rise. What gets you more excited? The freedom of a legal location or the thrill of an illegal wall? It doesnt matter if something is legal or illegal. The only thing that matters in the end is that you create something interesting.
ROAs latest exhibition: www.inoperable.at



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Deadly and demanding, the huge catamarans thatwill slice throughSan Francisco Bay in the Americas Cup next month have created anew type of sailor for a new kind of sailing
Words: Andreas Tzortzis


he wind in San Francisco Bay barrels through the Golden Gate Bridge like a gang of brawling longshoremen spilling through the doors of a bar. It whips the placid waters of the morning into frosted whitecaps by early afternoon, buffets the regal hills of Angel Island and whistles through the ghostly windows of Alcatraz, blowing the baseball caps off the heads of Midwestern tourists. On the water, boats heel and the edges of their canvas sails flap sharply in the strong gusts. But on the 72ft catamaran with a 260m2 sail speeding past them, there is little sound. The boat the Americas Cup committee hopes will give sailing a shot in the arm begins heeling as the first fingers of wind hit the wing. The 11 members of the crew tuck themselves into an area dug out of one of the two hulls. Paired up around four grinding handles attached to hightech winches, they hold perfectly still. Its a game of inches as skipper Jimmy Spithill looks up at the sail and wing and then out in the direction he plans to head. The grinders, who operate the sails, move in synchronised motions for a few revolutions, trimming the sail and wing in and out. The only sound is the mechanical crank of the wing as the boats hulls begin to rise out of the water. First the windward hull, then the leeward, as it rises up on a 250kg slice of carbon-fibre daggerboard, a manoeuvre called foiling that enables the boats to hit speeds in excess of 39 knots (72kph). Other boats pound through conditions like this, but the AC72 cuts through everything. Its remarkably stable on top of the water as the speed ticks up and up. Spithill gives the word and the crew spring into action. A tight choreography begins as they bound across the width of the boat, skidding down on the netting

and bracing themselves against the other hull as water whips through. The boat begins a slow tack and more bound across, including Spithill, who joins them on the other side. He steadies the wheel and heads upwind toward Fort Mason. Behind him, three chase boats bearing the Oracle logo swerve in and out of the AC72s wake at top speed like a motorcade, straining to keep up. Spithill is the skipper of Oracle Team USA, current holders of the Americas Cup. The red-haired Australian became the youngest skipper to win the trophy

when he steered Larry Ellisons trimaran to victory in the 2010 competition. Next month he and a top-flight international crew of 11 will take on the winner of a three-team selection series between boats from Sweden, New Zealand and Italy in the 34th contest for a trophy awarded since 1851. I dont think anyone, even pro sailors a few years ago, could ever predict or think this is where we would end up today, says Spithill, 34. From where weve come from to where we are is a vertical quantum leap. Its not a slow


I dont think anyone, even pro sailors a few years ago, could ever predict or think this is where we would end up today. From where weve come to where we are is a vertical quantum leap


Were working so hard were on the edge, and when you get to the end of it, you look around and think if you could bottle that up, youd do well



breaking apart. It took more than seven hours to recover the boat from the water. The dangers are set against a backdrop of the sports far-reaching potential. These boats are unmatched in their demands on sailors and their design innovation, and theyre set to generate the sort of buzz and TV audiences the Americas Cup, and the sport of sailing, desperately need to justify the hundreds of millions spent in investment each year. To no one is this more apparent than Spithill, who swears he remembers the jubilation that greeted Australia IIs victory in 1983, the first time a nonAmerican boat had won the competition since the first race in 1851. He was three years old. Seven years later, he won his first race on a wooden dinghy that he, his sister and his dad found on a scrap heap. Hes now behind the wheel of a boat costing an estimated US$10 million. His crew hail from eight countries. The fitness levels required of the team are Olympian in this category. And the rush he gets from sailing is unparalleled.


It was intimidating the first time I stepped on, says Spithill of the AC72. We spent countless hours going through the design with the engineers, the predictions, the CAD drawings. But when you step on that and it starts moving, its like youre going from a pony to a thoroughbred. As soon as that boat hits the water, it is alive and it just wants to go. All it takes is as little as 5 knots [10kph] of wind. Its really demanding because it takes so much energy and concentration. One little slip and this boat will bite you. You hear the foils start to hum when you go over 40 knots [74kph], and the wind is like being in a hurricane. The guys are working so hard and youre on the edge, and when you get to the end of it, you look around and just... Yeah, if you could bottle that up, youd do well. progression. Weve just gone Bang! Its like weve broken a brick wall down. The AC72s increased power also led to tragedy, however. In May of this year the Swedish Artemis Racing catamaran broke apart during a downwind Americas Cup training session. British Olympic gold medal winner Andrew Simpson died in the incident after becoming trapped under the water. His death led to a number of proposed changes in race rules, including a maximum wind speed reduction to 23 knots (43kph), down

from 33 knots (61kph).Crewmembers must also wear life vests with oxygen canisters tucked on the outside, which can give one minute of air if they go under. In October of last year, Spithill and his crew were fortunate to survive their own brush with disaster. On the eighth day of training on the boats, Spithills AC72 nosedived in rough conditions as he navigated through its most dangerous manoeuvre the sharp turn from upwind to downwind sending the 11-man crew into the cold water of the bay before


You never ever underestimate the boat. You give it a lot of respect and dont ever relax. Youre 100 per cent focused. With other boats, a lot of the time, its like, Hey guys were gonna take a break and sit down and relax. It doesnt happen. Thats when an accident can happen. Its not like you take the wing down and have lunch. A lot of the time you dont have the time to say, Hey heres whats coming up. Or, Get ready for this. You need to make


Theres a lot of risk. Make a wrong decision in this boat and it could be catastrophic. Thats rare insport: theres not thatmany of them where youput everyone involved in danger

with an amazing sort of acceleration from about 10 knots up to 40 knots [19-74kph]. Its an amazing feeling.

Theres a lot of risk. You make a wrong decision in this boat and it could be catastrophic. The time you have to make a decision a lot of times is split-second. Youre always trying to think a step or two ahead. No question, there is a greater sense of responsibility than in the past. Thats rare if you look at team sports. You look at MotoGP and Formula One: if the driver makes a mistake, hes going to hurt himself. Theres not that many sports where you put everyone in danger. I actually dont know if there is a sport like that. It demands a lot of your attention, for sure.

each and every decision in a calm way while youre red-lining the boat. And the guys on board have to make decisions when theyre completely exhausted. Its split-second and you need incredibly smart guys. You can have the fittest guy in the world on the boat, but if he doesnt have a strategic mind or is not a good enough sailor to anticipate whats coming up, hes not going to make it. You could have the greatest tactician, and if hes not a great athlete hell stick out like a sore thumb. Weve had some football players, rugby players and race car drivers on board, and theyre just like, I had no idea. Now were getting real credibility.


If youre a sailor and youve sailed in the water around San Francisco, youll be ready to roll. Youre going to have a lot of confidence after being pushed hard, dealing with the fog, the ferries, Alcatraz and the currents. The Bays personality changes every single day. Its challenging. Then you throw this boat in and sail it around this course. When you come into the dock, its like youve really accomplished something, youve pushed hard. Its asked you for a lot, but what an awesome, rewarding experience.


If you get on a 72ft carbon-fibre multihull with a 131ft wing and you dont think theres going to be some risk associated with it, there is something wrong with you. We always knew there was a chance of capsizing. But at the end of the day, the sailors are on the boat because they want to be on there. They understand that its not risk-free. Nothing is. But they do it because theyre people who like to go out of their comfort zone, they like to be pushed and ultimately learn something about themselves. The most dangerous manoeuvre is the point where you bear away and turn the boat from going upwind to a downwind direction with the wing out. If you didnt do anything the boat just wants to nosedive. It requires very good co-ordination if you get it right and if its done well, youre rewarded



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Finally, sailing is up there with other kinds of sport. Before it bothered me. Dont get me wrong, I love the fact that our sport is so diverse. People are saying that this is Formula One on the water, and its true in terms of engineering and construction, but before we didnt have that level of athlete to pull it off now we do. Honestly, when I go home at night I cant wait to get up the next day and come here. It is the coolest thing in the world. Its a big sacrifice on time and your family, but I cannot wait to get in. Whats crazy is whats going to happen in another five to 10 years. I used to do a bit of motocross, and you see Travis Pastrana doing the first backflips, and then the first double backflip. It makes you wonder how far your sport can go.




San Francisco Bay is the most intimate and reliable Americas Cup venue to date. In September the winds howling through the Golden Gate Bridge hit average speeds of 20 knots (37kph), picking up in the early afternoon of each day. The size of the boats and the course taking them close to the San Francisco peninsula guarantees fans on shore will have plenty to look at.


With its consistent wind and renowned beauty, San Francisco Bay is the perfectlocation for Americas Cup sailors, spectators and TV cameras



The four teams have decades of Americas Cup experience between them. American sailing expert Kimball Livingston has watched every race since 1980: heres his run-down of this years favourites

Celebrity sailing enthusiasts make their best guess as to who will win


LUC AlPHaND (FRaNCE) The former World Cup alpine ski racer and Dakar Rally winner now spends his time trying to break sailing records

O R aC l E T E am U S A Golden Gate Yacht Club, San Francisco CEO: Russell Coutts (New Zealand) Skipper: Jimmy Spithill (Australia) Crashing boat number one last October cost Oracle Team USA time on the water, but you cant count the defender out. Theyre a strong organisation, with a deep bench, and they were consistent winners on the 45 circuit [last summers preliminary racing on 45ft versions of the current boats]. Theyre the only team training with two boats and two crews. Theyll be tough when the time comes and no matter who is on the course, there has never been an Americas Cup so vulnerable to the fortunes of war.

Em I R aT E s T E am N E W Z E ala N D Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron CEO: Grant Dalton (New Zealand) Skipper: Dean Barker (New Zealand) Right now the Kiwis have the strongest boat, the most practised team, the most time on the water, and they havent had to deal with the hometown political distractions that surround Oracle. Theyre focused, theyre having fun, and theyre of the mindset they have to win in order to stay alive. If Team New Zealand doesnt win this time around, the government wont refinance them. Theyre the only team with government backing, and without that first $30 million guaranteed, itll be a steep slope.

The Oracle Team is the favourite for me. They still have a lead in the technology and tactics. Among the challengers, I see Emirates Team New Zealand imposing its culture on the Cup. This new form of modern sailing is good, but it has moved away from its tradition. Sailing becomes more professional in these kinds of projects, which can cost a lot of money and energy. With innovative technology, every detail counts in racing. As I come from sports that are timed skiing and rally cars this kind of sailing speaks to me.
M I C K E Y Ha R T ( U S A ) The Grateful Dead drummer is head of the events entertainment committee and composed the music for this years Americas Cup Im into the rhythm of the whole thing. Its like a dance, a ballet on the water between man, ship and the ocean. These guys are at the edge, and theyre rhythm masters. Who wins? Its a couple of guys racing across the water the most important thing is that theyve created this dance. My interest is in what it sounds like sonically. What does the boat and the water sound like? I try to use that when Im making the music for the Cup.

L U N a R O ssa C H all E N G E Circolo della Vela Sicilia CEO: Patrizio Bertelli (Italy) Skipper: Max Sirena (Italy) Max Sirena is a veteran who was in charge of the wing for Oracle Team USA when they won in 2010. The team looks good on paper, but their boat is essentially a copy of Team New Zealands first boat, and the Kiwis have moved on and up. The Italians and Kiwis have been training as partners, but if Luna Rossa has the stuff to beat New Zealand, its been hard to detect.

A R T E m I s RaC I N G Royal Swedish Yacht Club CEO: Paul Cayard (USA) Skipper: Iain Percy (UK) There have been a number of quiet departures since Andrew Bart Simpson was killed in a training crash, and until they launched their second boat they had no idea what they have. Theyve had less time on the water than anybody else and no time at all in a foiling AC72 until their second boat was launched this summer. Itll be uphill all the way for them this year.

E D D I E J O R Da N ( UK ) Former Formula One team owner. Superyacht owner I know the Americans will probably try to cancel the race if the wind is too strong, but I think if its windy and the wind is good and they are allowed to race in it, the Kiwis will win.

N E V I ll E C R I C H T O N ( N E W Z E ala N D ) Yachting enthusiast and winner of the 2009 Sydney-Hobart race, an annual event over the 1,170km between Australia and Tasmania If the Americas Cup comes down to a race between Oracle Team USA and Team New Zealand, Oracle has a slight edge upwind, but Team New Zealand is way quicker downwind and reaching. Also, Team New Zealands crew and boat handling skills are far superior to all the other teams. Watch exclusive footage of Oracle Team USA on the water in The Red Bulletin tablet edition. Download the app and issues now for free

A sailor on the San Francisco Bay for much of his adult life, Kimball Livingston is a journalist, author and a three-decade veteran of covering the Americas Cup for various publications. He currently lectures on the race series at UC Berkeley.



Night shift in the studio: among those jamming the late shift is Louis Baker (top)

Breakfast with BLONDIE , jamming with JAMES MURPHY , composing with PHILIP GLASS and then singing a church into awestruck silence. All in a days work at Red Bull Music Academy in New York City
Words: Florian Obkircher Photography: Dan Wilton and Christelle de Castro





he mixing desk is the size of a car. Its controls, dials and lights reminiscent of a space shuttle. Nearby sit an assortment of speakers, microphone stands and drums, circling the desk like planets around a sun. A man with dishevelled hair and a greying beard is sitting with his back to this musical cockpit. So you want to know how we get such a dry drum sound, eh? he asks the crowd with a broad grin. The recording studio is packed to the rafters with listeners. OK, he says. We use a little modern technology: mouse pads taped to the drums. Cue reverent nods and mutters of amazement from the audience. The man in question is James Murphy, the New Yorker whose DFA label is infamous for setting new dancefloor

trends. As the creative mind behind LCD Soundsystem, he sold millions of records during a stellar career, receiving three Grammy nominations in the process. The 43-year-old producer is currently cutting a new album with Canadian indie rock gods Arcade Fire, but hes engaged in an entirely different project here this evening. The audience is made up of 31 young, ambitious musicians. The venue is one of the new recording studios at the Red Bull Music Academy in Manhattan. The Red Bull Music Academy has been travelling the globe since 1998. Every year it makes a four-week stop in a musical hub such as Cape Town, Berlin, So Paulo and, as of this May, New York City. The concept is always the same: reboot an old building in the city centre and fit it out with recording studios and an auditorium, then invite 62 young musicians, producers, singers and DJs from all over the world to attend. This group is then split into two, with each half attending for a fortnight. Within this two weeks, they can fully give themselves over to their passion: making music, exchanging ideas and learning from each other. On hand to help participants in each city are big names from the industry. In New York that means people like sound visionary Brian Eno, techno mogul Richie Hawtin, composer Philip Glass and the aforementioned Murphy. For me, the Red Bull Music Academy is a place of opportunities, says 23-year-

Red Bull Music Academy celebrates the 12th birthday of the DFA label, run by James Murphy (right), with a wild party in New York City

Speakers in 2013 included (below, from left) Debbie Harry, Giorgio Moroder, and Red Bull Music Academy co-founder Torsten Schmidt

The Red Bull Music Academy is a place of opportunities LOUIS BAKER



old New Zealander Louis Baker. Making music with like-minded people from 29 different countries? Forging international contacts within the industry? Getting feedback from established professionals? None of that is easy to do back home. But here, its all possible. As a young musician, its easy to feel a little off the beaten track in New Zealand, he continues. Its a great place, but you can feel alone as a creator of art. Here, you soon realise youre not the only crazy person passionately pursuing your dream. Its an excellent vindication of what you believe in and what youre doing. Baker has now been in New York for a week and a half, but there hasnt been any time for sightseeing yet, thanks to the packed timetable at Red Bull Music Academy headquarters. Its pure stress, he says. The best stress you can possibly imagine. You get up at 10. You discuss last nights party over breakfast. Over the course of the day, there are two lectures given by professionals. Between these, you work on songs or give interviews to the on-site radio station. At night, you record music in the studio or head out to the citys clubs where music legends and other participants share the stage and the decks with us. Its amazing. Baker is playing tonight. After his final lecture is finished, he packs up his guitar and heads with a gaggle of other students towards the grandiose West Park Church on 86th Street. Baker will be the support act for German avant-garde house artist Pantha Du Prince, who gave his guest lecture at the Red Bull Music Academy the day before.

Full marks at the Academy (from top): house producer Bok Bok from London, kissed by musician Nick Hook; Nigerias Kraftmatiks; Scottish dubstep DJ Rudi Zygadlo and Italian producer Jolly Mare

House DJs Pleasure Cruiser (left) and Carrot Green fine-tune a track in one of the nine recording studios

House beatmaster Sinjin Hawke

On the way there, Baker admits he is nervous: this is his first ever gig outside New Zealand. An hour later, hes standing in the wings. He takes a deep breath and then hes on. Within two minutes he has silenced all the chatter in the pews with a voice as gentle and powerful as Jeff Buckleys, creating goosebumps throughout the audience with his perfectly crafted folk songs. The crowd hangs devoutly on the young musicians every word. It is a surreal scene: a man and his guitar putting a flock of hundreds into a group trance. That guy was incredible, says Just Blaze after the concert. Were going to be hearing a lot more from him. Blaze has produced Jay-Z, Eminem and Kanye West, and is one of four Red Bull Music Academy studio tutors here in New York available for every student around the

Music non-stop (clockwise, from above left): electro pioneer Brian Eno; revellers at the DFA party; the Red Bull Music Academy newspaper, The Daily Note; New York participant Shadowbox; a masked partygoer earns his stripes

clock. The 35-year-old first took part in the project as a lecturer in Melbourne in 2006 and was so taken with the atmosphere that this time he wanted to make a bigger contribution and spend more time there. In the past, a lot of DJs used to cover the labels on their records so nobody could see what music they were playing. You didnt want anybody to know which record it was, he says. But now, through programmes like The Red Bull Music Academy, sharing knowledge has become a much bigger part of culture. Blaze, whose primary job as a tutor is to help these young musicians in the studio with his technical expertise and experience, says he gets something from his exchange of ideas with the youngsters, too. I get very inspired when I see a group of young musicians collaborating together, or when I work in the studio with talented kids like Louis, he says, pointing to the young New Zealander. Are you coming to Le Baron? someone asks, holding a taxi door open for him. Its tempting. Four other students are performing at the venue tonight. But Baker waves them on. Hes had enough for one day. And an important guest is scheduled for the Red Bull Music Academys lecture couch the next morning. Not long after breakfast, a woman wearing a black Ramones T-shirt and sunglasses enters the auditorium, a man with grey hair by her side. Its Debbie Harry and Chris Stein. Blondie. The New York punk icons. Cool personified. The two of them talk for over an hour about what it

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Top: dubstep DJ Skream brings the British bass sound to New York at a Red Bull Music Academy party. Above: British electro DJ Richie Hawtin, a 2013 lecturer. Right: DMFunK shows off his 21st-century funk at an intimate show


British participant T Williams (above) has remixed Jesse Ware and Disclosure

I made a pact with myself to try anything LOUIS BAKER

Hip-hop producer Just Blaze (above) is part of the Red Bull Music Academy studio team. How late into the night does he work with the participants? Usually till 5am, he says. But thats fine. It doesnt feel like work

was like on the Lower East Side back in the 70s, how Harry originally sold candles to be able to survive in New York. How she and Stein pulled all-nighters with Andy Warhol and the Ramones at Maxs Kansas City nightclub. And how they recorded the Blondie hit Call Me with electronic pioneer Giorgio Moroder, who had sat on the Red Bull Music Academy couch himself a week earlier. Harry grimaces when someone refers to the song Denis. She says she cant bear it. Youve got to understand that shes constantly singing the lyrics woobiedoo in that song, Stein explains. Thats really difficult for anybody. The auditorium erupts into laughter. The final lecture, by Lee Scratch Perry, also provides plenty of chuckles. Hes a dub music pioneer, the producer of several Bob Marley albums and a wizard on the decks. A Jamaican who makes reggae sound like it comes from Mars. His outfit helps too: a baseball cap with mirrors attached, and his beard dyed a pinkish red. The 77-year-old paints a charmingly bonkers picture of his world: why reggae is like sex; why all life is reflected in the bass drum. The effect of his cosmic lecture is that, for an hour at least, you think youve understood how the universe is interconnected. And all without illegal substances. Later, over dinner, some are still discussing Perrys wisdom. Others have already holed themselves up in the recording studios. The Red Bull Music Academy is transformed into a musical playground during these evening hours. Young producers dash excitedly from one small studio space to another with drum machines and headphones under their arms. Hip-hop lovers check whether the records theyve

just purchased at the local flea market will be good for sampling or not. Just Blaze is sitting in one of the recording studios, studying his computer screen. Hes working on a new track with Barcelona-based participant Sinjin Hawke. The two of them put a soul vocal track into the softwares arrangement window and crank up the pitch until it sounds like Mickey Mouse. Blaze says, It needs a harp. Hawke nods in agreement. They import the file and press play. A bass music monster comes crashing out of the studio computers. Were talking about something that would blow the roof off any club. It isnt ready yet, Hawke explains. But its getting there slowly. In the studio next door, Canadian techno connoisseur Mathew Jonson is taking an audio workshop. The questions everyone wants answers to are: how do Jonsons tracks get that ultra-rich sound? What does his live set-up look like? And how does he control the huge, sideboardsized synthesiser on his right? The young musicians sit around the studio and follow Jonsons comments in reverent silence. Then he takes them over to the controls: Dont be shy. Play to your hearts content! It becomes a wild house-music session within a matter of minutes. New students join in like lions around a fallen antelope. They nab a synthesiser and jam along. Layers of sound cloud overlap, regulated only by a thumping beat. One participant likens it to a hypnotic experience: It was like climbing into a time capsule. Its now 4am, and it feels like rush hour in the studio corridors. Louis Baker is still up, too. Hes just recorded the guitar on an R&B track for Nigerian participant Kraftmatiks. Its the fifth track hes worked on with fellow participants since hes been here. I made a pact with myself, he says. To just try anything, and take on the challenge. And that really is enough for him right now. Baker flings his jacket over his shoulder. Hes already on his way out the door when someone calls his name. Its Anna Love, another participant from the US. Baker still owes her a vocal track. Come on Louis. You promised me wed record it today! Anna pleads. Baker gives a quick sigh, thinks for a moment and then trudges back into the studio with a smile on his face. He knows that he can make up for that lost sleep later. But he wont be able to say the same thing for this experience.





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Best foot forward: Baena hones her skating technique with biomechanical exercises Cecilia Baena, 26, from Columbia, is a six-time inline skating world champion

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If you cover over 4,000km a year on your skates and your racing bike, just as Cecilia Baena does as part of her training, then the other elements of your athletic life must support that. In her case, she complements the wheeled activity with three weekly weight-training sessions, which include squats with 100kg, deadlifts of 80kg and 100 crunches. She also regulates her nutrition, never eating when she feels like it and sticking to a schedule. You have to load up on carbs before long sessions, she says, otherwise youll lose weight. During competition I mostly eat chicken or fish. Red meat gives me cramps. The current world champion also has one crucial piece of advice for those who inline. Never break a fall with your hands, or you risk serious wrist and finger injuries. Land on your knees and elbows, which should be padded for protection.

These two simple exercises, for just a couple of minutes every day, will improve your technique and develop the explosive strength and stamina your legs need for inline, says Baena.


Bend your leg about 100 degrees, with your upper body leaning forward.

Slowly bend your left knee.

Keep your right foot off the floor, swinging your arms for momentum.

Repeat the exercise five times, then do the same with the other leg.


Wheel Good Ways To Skate Great I recommend that you clean the wheel bearings on your skates with petrol at least once every two weeks, says Baena. If the metals too dry, grease up the bearings with a bit of oil. Its also vital you choose the right set-up: that depends on the surface youre skating on. Beginners tend to need slower wheels and bearings, but ask for advice in a specialist shop.

Start in the same position as for the exercise above.

Sidestep explosively to the right, with your left hand in front of you.

Using the momentum from your arms, take a big jump to the right.

Land on one foot; repeat in the opposite direction, for a total of five each.





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Phone, camera, action




Snappgrip (Android, iPhone 4/4S/5) This Kickstarterfunded creation gets your phone as close as can be to classic camera-chassis shape. Once the controller snaps into its protective case, a half-press of the shutter button focuses and a full press takes pictures. There are portrait, landscape, flash and video modes to choose from, and an easy wheel-zoom function. 69/81 www.snappgrip.com 1 Optrix XD5 (iPhone 5) Lovers of action and adventure can record their various expeditions for posterity with this slimline device. It makes a phone waterproof to a depth of 10m, comes with a wide-angle lens for better footage, is mountable on a wide range of harnesses and fixings and your phone remains usable throughout. Its monocoque design is like that used in Formula One cars to protect drivers, so your phone can survive drops of up to 9m. 119/139 www.optrix.com 2 ADDITIONAL LENSES (all iPhones) The Olloclip (4) adds three lenses: a fisheye, wide-angle and a macro, to your existing camera. Just flip the clip to go from fisheye to wide-angle, and unscrew the wide-angle to reveal the macro easy. The iZZi Orbit (3) shifts things up a gear. It has three lenses, this time fisheye, wide-angle and telephoto, but has a rugged aluminium case, a grippable side to reduce shake, a lens-spin dial for smooth switching, and three tripod mounts. Olloclip 59.95/69.95 iZZi Orbit 199.50/233 www.olloclip.com premiumlifestyle.co.uk 3 4 Veho Muvi X Lapse (all smartphones) This egg-timer-style gadget helps capture great timelapse footage. Simply twist the bottom to set to 15 minutes for 90-degree shots, up to an hour to 5


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achieve the full 360 effect, and it steadily moves your phone for a professional sweeping shot. Youll need an app such as Time Lapse Pro to process the footage. 24.95/29 www.veho-uk.com MCamlite (iPhone 4/4S/5, Android) Perfect for citizen journalists and amateur filmmakers, this tough aluminium add-on enhances your phones video capabilities, with a choice of wide-angle and macro lenses plus a 180-degree external microphone for better sound quality. Theres also space to add an external flash or light. The added bonus of the extra weight and grip is reduced handshake, though there are also multiple tripod mounts for seriously stable shooting. 85.10/99 www.actionlifemedia.com 6 Bubblepix Bubblescope (iPhone, Android, Windows) Most apps or gadgets require multi-photo stitching or a sweep of the camera to capture panoramic images and footage, but the Bubblescope does it all in a second thanks 7

to its 360 vision. The resulting images are processed through its Bubblescope app, and its small size makes it perfectly portable. 49.99/58 www.bubblepix.com Hitcase Pro (iPhone) A slightly more affordable version of the Optrix XD5 (see 2), the Hitcase offers most of the same benefits in terms of lenses, waterproofing and mounting options. But this also comes with a GoPro attachment, meaning your phone can become a rugged remote, as well as a second camera for multiple angles. Though the case can absorb significant shock, it doesnt match the Optrix XD5 claim to be droppable from 9m. So if youre planning on dangling your phone over a cliff edge, the Optrix is the better option. From 85.20/99 www.hitcase.com 8

Grip Tight GorillaPod (iPhone, Android, Windows) This alien-looking, multi-jointed tripod helps get the shots a shaky hand cant manage. Far lighter than a traditional tripod, unlike its rigid forefathers, its bendy, too. It can hang off pretty much anything, from tree branches to bike frames. 19.95/23 www.joby.com 9 Steadicam Smoothee (all iPhones) The invention that revolutionised filmmaking is doing the same for iPhone videos. Pre-balanced for your phone, the device offers smooth, shake-free footage without the hefty price tag of the larger pro models. It takes a while to master the two-hand controls (one on the handle, the other on the angle-adjusting gimbal), but the results are worth it. 160/187 www.tiffen.com 10

The quality editing tools available in the Big Lens app take all the pressure out of pressing the button. Now, if the lights not right, or the focus is out, you can fix it with a flick of a finger. It isnt the newest photography app on the market, but its popularity is proof that its still one of the best. It gives you the power of a DSLR camera, allowing you to add the effect of depth of field, play with different apertures and contrasts with detailed tools and easy-to-use functions, which can turn quick snaps into keepers. 0.69/0.80 Itunes.apple.com


Lovers of action and adventure can now record their expeditions with a phone fit for the task


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Graffiti artist Maser, who keeps his real name and age secret, is Dublin born and bred
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sense of community. I paint here a lot and people chat to me, theres good banter. My art isnt just about the finished piece, its the experience, too.

Fringe Festival
For 16 days in September, this festival turns Dublin into a stage for international comedians, musicians and dancers, with 500 events at over 30 venues.

Thanks to his occupational camera shyness, you wont know if you brush past Maser on a Dublin street. Yet hes a constant in the city. I was born and raised in south Dublin, he says. Its where my studio is now. It has a great sense of community even tourists are greeted like family. Through graffiti Ive travelled a lot, and the more I am away from Dublin, the more I realise what a great place it is. Its been a huge influence on my work, which is all based on what I encounter in my day-to-day life. In a way, my work is Dublin.

Inchicore Road This 18th-century prison inspires me anew every time. The film In the Name of the Father was shot here and 300 years ago, Irish national hero Anne Devlin was imprisoned inside. I painted a portrait of her in Dublin 8.

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Temple Bar This is where I get all my supplies. Its a great hangout: a record shop that sells graffiti paraphernalia. You can also get a great cup of coffee or your hair cut. Theres a street art gallery there, too. Area around Kevin Street This is old Dublin. Theres a real

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Vico Road This swimming spot is just next to Bonos house. Its an oldschool bathing area: you jump off rocks into the sea. Its 20 minutes from the city centre and when the days are long its lovely. Ive never seen Bono diving in, though.

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Held on a huge estate just outside Dublin, The Irish Glastonbury has top acts like Fatboy Slim, Bjrk, Arctic Monkeys. The Knife and Eels lined up for the last weekend in August.




Tourists here are greeted like family

South Richmond Street This old pub was taken over by music promoters and turned into a crazy place. My first studio was here. It hosts great art exhibitions, and you can get pizza from a blue double-decker bus in the garden.

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Nick Littlemore: one half of Australian band Empire Of The Sun
DJ of The Year* Seth Troxlers golden rules for music biz survival

An empire state of mind


Empire Of The Sun were hard to miss when their space-age debut album Walking On A Dream landed in 2008, particularly the catchy single We Are The People. Now frontman Luke Steele and producer Nick Littlemore have released Ice On The Dune, a highenergy symphony of Disney disco. Their influences are as colourful as they are diverse: Littlemore recently reworked Elton Johns back catalogue at his request, and became musical director for Cirque de Soleils Zarkana show. These are the songs that get him through those long studio nights.

If youre serious about making music, you have to give up everything else. No side jobs, no distractions.

Always be friendly. If youre an arsehole, everyone in the industry will know about it in no time at all.

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I Walk On Gilded Splinters

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By This River
This is a beautiful, still, quiet song from Enos Before And After Science. What I love about him is that he makes things that are so simple and delicate. Its a style I respond to a lot: things that are very quiet. I always find that the simplest songs are the hardest to write, so have so much respect when theyre done perfectly like this.

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When you send out a demo, put it together as a package yourself. You need more than a link to your SoundCloud page.

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Everybodys Got To Learn

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Sea Creatures

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Dont put out more than four singles a year; thats when press interest starts to disappear. *Seth Troxler was named DJ of the Year 2012 by electronic music magazine Resident Advisor
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Everybodys Got To Learn Sometime has been covered a lot, but nobody has matched the beauty of the original. There was a remix Id hear when I was sneaking out to raves in the 90s, and it wasnt until years later that I heard the 1980 original. Its so simple, but thats all it needs to be. You should put less in the way of the song when its this strong.

Soak is a wonderfully talented young artist from Derry Ive been listening to a lot. Sea Creatures is a mature work, but she wrote it when she was just 13 years old. This is her coming-of-age song. You get the sense that its written from a childs perspective, but its amazingly insightful the things shes discovered things about herself and other people.

Finis Neptune
Perfect for the music-loving diver: a waterproof MP3 player with headphones that attach directly to the cheek rather than the ear. This transmits vibrations into the inner ear. Deep house just got a whole lot deeper




This is a wonderful song from Dr Johns 1968 debut LP, Gris-Gris. I first heard it when I was 21. Theres one incredible section where he and five vocalists each sing the same phrase into a mic positioned between them. The voices keep resonating and create a human echo. Ive tried to replicate this many times, but never manage it so well.

Paris has the coolest heartbeat of any city in the world. I grew up in Australia, but there was always an overt French connection in our house. Ruth are a little-known electronic group from Paris, and this track has the coolest vibe. The way the vocal is delivered is amazing. I dont know what hes saying and I dont care; Im always grooving to this.

Meet a lot of people and make contacts. Most record labels choose to only work with artists they know personally.



ink these dates in your diary


on sea
The worlds most high-octane sailing series comes to the Welsh capital, as The Extreme 40 fleet sails into Cardiff Harbour for four days of intense offshore racing. www.extreme sailingseries.com


Taking the plunge: Ukranian Anatoliy Shabotenko dives into the Blue Lagoon in 2012

on land
Scotlands Tough Mudder event promises 12 filthy miles of obstacle-laden challenges just outside Edinburgh. But its not all hard work: finishers will be greeted with free beer and a live band. toughmudder. co.uk

September 14

Diving force

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It seems the English arent bad at diving from big heights, and do it with enough grace to have become the most represented nation in the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series. Reigning champion Gary Hunt, from Southampton, along with fellow Brits Blake Aldridge and newcomer Mat Cowen, will be joining the rest of the worlds best in home waters next month as the competition comes to Pembrokeshires Blue Lagoon in Wales.
For tickets visit www.redbullcliffdiving.com August 25-26 until August 26

Face the audience

With 250 venues, the Edinburgh Fringe is the biggest (and funniest) arts festival in the world. This year there are 2,500 shows with many like Theatre Ad Infinitums Translunar Paradise (right) going on to become big hits. You saw it here first. www.edfringe.com

Dancing in the streets

The Notting Hill Carnival might not be bathed in sunshine, but the sights, sounds and smells are all authentically Caribbean. Expect steel bands, the most excellent jerk chicken stalls and sound systems playing everything from reggae to funk. For the sixth year, the Red Bull Music Academy Soundsystem will be there, bringing a host of performing alumni and special guests. www.redbullmusicacademy.com


on track
The MotoGP series heads to Silverstone for four days of two-wheel action. Spains Dani Pedrosa will be determined to deny British riders, including Cal Crutchlow, a home win. www.redbull.com/ motorsports

August 17-18

Get on board
Irelands best kiteboarders take on international pro guests on Duncannon Beach, County Wexford, at the Hooked Kite Fest. hookedkitesurfing.ie




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It was the day the world (of competitive hair growing) stood still. On July 31, 1968, above an unseasonably grey Stockholm, Sigrid Wiggy Siggy Andersson, home favourite in the world championships, reached down to her left ankle, removed a concealed pair of binoculars and looked down at the judges below. By making some say mocking the same pose as the judges looking up at her, she was first disqualified and later reinstated, with a set of perfect 10 scores that won her the title. Shock socks binox rock locks finals ran the headline in Svenska Dagbladet.

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