Simon Shackleton
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The laying down of Roots

There are many times in my life when I've felt disconnected from the here & now, fully immersed in the moment without somehow feeling it. Until recently I've been quite radically opposed to dwelling on the past, or even revisiting it ... but in the process of putting together new press releases, biographies and suchlike for my forthcoming 'Piece of Me' album, I've taken steps to change that mindset.

My time at Exeter University was a really special one. It bridged the gap between living at home, and the harshness of the 'real world' and gave me the opportunity to be free, creatively, whilst being surrounded by some truly gifted collaborators, such as Felix Buxton (Basement Jaxx), Tim Footman (Writer), Toby Amies (Documentarist), Frank Tope (DJ, Writer), Abi Morgan (Writer) and of course Thom Yorke (Radiohead), with whom I wrote a whole host of music and performed together in our band Headless Chickens. The footage below is taken from our self-penned college anthem ('I Don't Want To Go To Woodstock') as recorded at Exeter's Lemon Grove, and was expertly filmed by Sean Mcrindle (especially bearing in mind this was back in 1989!).

Embracing our past is a big step in discovering who we really are, and this is one piece of the jigsaw I'm very excited to revisit. Perhaps the time will come soon to let go of some of those rare recordings gathering digital dust on the old hard drives ....