Hannah T-W & Tyson McVey 26 London
Categories: DJ, Music, Performer

Posted: 16th August 2015

Disco; punk, rave, pirate radio, mix-tapes and the music video. How did this generation end up with cheese nights, Spotify and brostep we’ll never know (caveat: this generation has spawned the very worst and best musical offerings so far, we’re just teasing) but for those for whom the words ‘Taylor Swift’ make you feel like buying a one way ticket to Timbukto, may we introduce to you our next BabyFace ladies Hannah T-W and Tyson Mcvey?

Rewind to 2013. Frustrated by a lack of half decent local nights to shake her stuff at and fed up of all the airtime Peckham was getting post-hipster takeover, Brixton girl Hannah T-W decided to launch her own club night to rival burgeoning East London parties- namely, Local. Keen to offer a more varied evening than those being served up down Brixton high-street, Hannah along with her good mates Zezi Ifore and Dean Bryce have established an intimate night with all round house party vibes in venues that range from restaurants to secret warehouses beneath railway bridges. Local does what it says on the can- it’s become Brixton’s formative get together for friends and family and no evening is the same. For Hannah up and coming musical talent is what it’s all about and until very recently Hannah was head girl at Big Dada Records, Ninja Tune’s little brother label. Responsible for overseeing releases from the likes of Young Fathers, Kate Tempest, and Wiley to boot, she's currently taking some well deserved time off r'n'r which in Hannah-speak means hosting ad hoc gigs in her living room where young talent like r n’ b siren Georgia and Micachu And The Shapes have been playing, sofa-side.

Which brings us neatly on to Tyson Mcvey with whom Hannah recently founded a discussion group for women in music called ‘Ladies Music Pub’. It’s as simple and as genius as it sounds- once a month, Hannah, Tyson and a bunch of other girls working in the industry meet at a very eccentric pub, have a few beers and chat music. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Tyson by name, you may well recognise her voice. Tyson fronts the two-man band Panes alongside her old friend Shaun Savage and if her silken intonations ring familiar bells that’ll be because her mother in none other that Neneh Cherry. If having an EP under your belt at 26 isn’t enough she’s currently working two jobs and finishing an MA in material and visual anthropology at UCL *gulp*. Music is very much Tyson's priority and whilst Panes is temporarily on the back burner while she finishes her degree she’s excited to get straight back to writing and playing gigs.

Besides a love of music bringing these two women together, they’re geographically bound too, both citing a bottomless love for South London. It comes as no surprise then that the best party Tyson’s ever been to was at Hannah’s old Stockwell flat where she was sure the floor would cave in sweat dripped from the ceiling. How do we wrangle an invite?

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF AND WHAT YOU DO:Tyson: I'm finishing an MA in material and visual anthropology at UCL at the moment. I'm also a singer, I’m in a band called PANES with one of my best friends Shaun Savage. We've been pretty quiet this year because of my studies and because I work two jobs. Me and my amazing friend Hannah TW also managed to start an informal group for women working in all areas of the music industry called 'Ladies Music Pub'. It's really growing and it’s so exciting! Hannah: I work in the music business. I run a club night called LOCAL with my friends Zezi Ifore and Dean Bryce. Until very recently I ran Big Dada Records, Ninja Tune’s little brother label, releasing albums by Young Fathers, Kate Tempest, WIley and lots more. I recently founded a discussion group for women in music with the brilliant Tyson Mcvey. Its called ‘Ladies Music Pub’ and we meet up once a month at a very eccentric pub. We’re really proud of it!HOW WOULD YOUR FRIENDS DESCRIBE YOU IN A SENTENCE?Tyson: LATE, disorganised and very sensitive, but hopefully kind and a good friend. Hannah: Lanky and over enthusiastic perhaps?! Something along those lines.WHEN ARE YOU HAPPIEST?Tyson: When I’m in the sun!! When I’m in Stockholm with my friends and family who I don’t see enough. When I’m singing. Out dancing in London with my friends here. Hanging out with my sisters. When I finally give myself time alone. And sleeping, lots of sleep makes me happy. Hannah: At LOCAL when friends play and there’s a big gang of us : )FAVOURITE PLACE TO EAT/SHOP/HANG OUT?Tyson: I have a special place in my heart for South London as I spent most of my adult life in London living there. I like going to Camberwell to eat and drink. Silk Road is one of my favourite restaurants in London. I moved back to east not that long ago and remembered lots of things I love about it and discovered new things too of course. I like wandering around Hackney Marshes and people watching and buying stuff on Ridley Road and in TFC. I love the Narrow Way in Hackney Central. HD Jewellers, the gold shop there is the best, I go in there all the time and chat and hang out. I like going to the Barbican and walking along the South Bank or in Soho because it sort of feels like you’re on holiday. I grew up in West and North West London but only really go there now to see family and eat, usually my mum's food but there's also really good food on the market on Goldborne Road. Me and my sister also go and eat at the Spanish restaurant in the square just off Portobello Road when we're hungover and need to pretend we're on holiday (again). London is little bits of lots of places and I love that. Hannah: I grew up in Brixton so I’m very much a South London girl. The Wibbley Wobbley pub in Rotherhithe is probably my favourite place to cycle to in summer. It’s on a boat. I read the autobiography of the landlord Malcolm Hardee recently, he was a nutter.WHAT’S YOUR BEST ADVICE?Tyson: My mum always said spend money on books, good kitchenware and your bed. When I left home she told me it’s essential you have a good bed so that even if everything else in life is shit at least you have that to keep you safe, warm and cosy. Also don’t let people stay over on unmade beds even if you have been out all night drinking, don’t ever buy chicken breasts over thighs because they’re dry and expensive, oh and always listen to your mother. I live by these rules.WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO?Hannah: Mensch ärgere dich nicht. It’s the name of a German board game I used to play with my brothers when I was a kid (my mum is German). The phrase literally translates to ‘Man, don’t get annoyed’BIGGEST LIE YOU WERE TOLD/THAT YOU TOLD AS A KID?Tyson: My dad convinced me and my sister that everyone in Bristol had a funny walk. I can’t remember why, but we were going there as a family and he said we all had to think of a walk. I couldn’t come up with one that I thought was funny enough and got really upset they wouldn’t let me in! WHAT'S NEXT?Tyson: I have lots of ideas and projects I want to do after my degree. They’re all totally up in the air but I feel excited rather than scared…so far. Music is the number one priority though. PANES has been on the backburner since last year pretty much so I can’t wait to write again and play more gigs. I also want to try some solo stuff and work with different people. We’ll see where Ladies Music Pub goes and what we can do with that. The next step is exciting… Hannah: I’ve booked some shows in a straw auditorium at Bold Tendencies in Peckham. My housemate Mica aka Micachu is playing the first one. I cant wait !! AND FINALLY...WHO IS YOUR NEXT BABYFACE GIRL SUGGESTION?Who: Hannah: Giulia Ferrazi
Why: She’s an Italian megababe, listen to her Radar / NTS radio shows they are rad. She’s a great painter.
Who: Tyson: My little sister Mabel Mcvey
Why: Because she’s a 19 year old beautiful and talented powerhouse. She just put out her first single and I’m so bloody proud of her.
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