Puzzlebeats presents a collaboration between artist Eleanor Wemyss, and furniture designer Nick Wemyss. Working in response to the process’ used by music producer and DJ Johnny Fever.
Johnny Fever produces tracks taken from 1970’s and 80s RnB and Hiphop, cutting and manipulating then piecing back together samples from iconic tunes of the time. He describes the process as having ‘unlimited possibilities.’
The aspect of this particular process used by Johnny Fever that sets him aside is his love for the music himself. The Collaboration started off with a play list sent over titled ‘Untouchables’ These were a series of tunes he believed were perfect as they are and had no need to be manipulated.
Nick Wemyss a talented musician in his own right came in to bridge the gap between the visual and the sound. He immerses himself in this world sometimes contributing to Johnny Fever’s tracks when needed. Both Nick and Johnny Fever have an unlimited amount of admiration for this period of music, encompassing the style and graphics that go with the music.
Eleanor Wemyss’ practice is cross industry collaboration, using the medium of illustration and mark making to illustrate what is generally perceived as unreachable, opening this methodology up to a wider audience and exposing them to the secrete intricacies behind the process.
Puzzlebeats presents a series of grid panels, representing the equipment used by Johnny Fever MPC2500, intervening samples from the album covers of the used tracks with corresponding illustrations in response to the elements cut and manipulated back into a new tune. The work responds to a series of beats produced by Johnny Fever during his brief period of residence in New York in 2016.