I first met Kelli Ali when we were both new – I was writing for an MTV mag – BLAH BLAH BLAH (it was actually called that) – I was commissioned to interview the Sneaker Pimps down in Greenwich, for some reason. It was a day out from Old Street, f’shiz.
As a good journalist, I did my research, listened to their music – got into it enough to write further pieces in MIXMAG, and go on a US tour when I was editing on the fashion mag, SCENE which I edited on (prior to getting sacked for crashing out in the fashion cupboard). The diary for that US tour is good.
Kelli and I have collaborated a heap over the years. I did a film for her last album:
We had a party at the W Hotel with Sink The Pink. It was fun.
Now Kelli’s making an amazing film, Ghostdriver, which sounds all Suicide, but takes from everything hip on celluloid ever: Jubilee, to Warhol, to noir. It’s done with a cast of all our fave people, and is half-funded. It’s interesting the way the music and film are phoenixing together. Neither is yet quite finished, but bouncing between mediums – you can be part of her journey by Pledging. The cameras are rolling. The piano is playing – it’s kinda trip-hoppy, deep jazz. And is dark as life. I play Grace Rider, Hollywood actress.
Kelli continues to be a great influence and inspiration. Someone who never stops learning.