We are so proud to be launching a collection with Jamcee (aka Jonny Martin). He's designed countless iconic flyers and is probably the biggest known name when it comes to rave artists. Jamcee, to us, represents everything that is great about rave culture. Passion, love for the music and incredible talent and motivation to share his skills for the good of the community. We asked Jamcee to tell us a little bit about where he came from and what inspires him, as well as a bit of what he's up to today.
Read on below:
I was born in 1972 and grew up in the 80s I was a massive fan of comics and cartoons during this era and started drawing and copying the characters I loved In the mid 80s Hiphop was the latest thing and I just loved the art and music.
My work started to evolve during this time and I started to develop my own style. After I left school in 1988 I discovered Acid House and started going to parties in and around London and was blown away by the energy music and fashion I used to come back from raves and would still be wide awake, so to get back to sleep I would sit and draw until I was!
It was during this time my work really started changing and was heavily influenced by my passion for the freedom and expression of the parties I was going to. In the early 90s raves started happening happening all over the country on a massive scale and I realised this was a massive explosion of youth culture like this country had never seen before.
e started travelling all over the country to attend but one of our favourite venues was the eclipse in Coventry This was when after a great night there I got back and drew the Now Iconic Eclipse Flyer in one take and still pretty 'awake' I sent it of on the Monday and the owner called me up and said they wanted to use it!!
I was elated and it spurred me on to keep going with my art Consequently I ended up working with numerous promoters and venues creating flyers, t shirts, backdrops ect Moving forward 30 years! I realised there was still massive interest in the era and movement and it reagnited my passion - I decided to get the pens out again and get back on it I have been amazed with the response and that I am now classed as a leader in this field Rave Art.
My work really resonates with people as its so authentic and I have been quite successful The last year it has really blown up and has enabled me to become a full time artist designing t shirts and paintings I even got invited back to Coventry by Coventry City Of Culture to put up a mural! It's been pretty hectic but I've loved every minute In true Raver spirit never give up on your dreams and passions it will happen! What a ride!
Check out the collection here