Outpost Newsletter [Feature Focus]

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For the first instalment of our new Feature Focus newsletter series we ask Tim Boddy questions about the excellent ‘Pop Pups’ photo feature on The 405…

At Outpost we spend a whole lot of time swimming around the internet fishing out articles and catching the best music the internet has to offer. With this exhaustive knowledge of music coverage rattling around the collective Outpost mind, we’ve decided to impart our wisdom with a new regular feature of our own, focusing on our favourite, most interesting and creative features from across the web. A bi-monthly feature on features, featuring all our favourite features. Welcome to Feature Focus

Screen Shot 2016-08-02 at 13.16.34Over the coming months, we’ll be putting a little spotlight onto those heroes of creative excellence, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes, and we couldn’t think of a better place to start than with The 405.

One of our favourite features of late comes straight from The 405’s hallowed blue topped pages. Photo Editor (and all round good guy) Tim Boddy regularly heads out to meet his musical heroes and take pictures of their dogs for the perfectly PUNny ‘Pop Pups’. We caught up with Tim to find out why and what he’s learned from doing so. We think we’ve succeeded in digging deep into the inner most thoughts and feelings behind the concept and execution of Pop Pups on The 405…

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Outpost: So Tim, if we think back to a pre ‘Pop Pups’ world, dark as it was, we didn’t even know that people in bands had dogs. Now that you’ve made us aware the fact, it’s opened up a whole can of question-based worms on the topic. For example, one common notion is that dogs often resemble their owners – we want to know, from your extensive research so far, if you’ve found there to be any correlation between particular breeds of dogs and the genre of their owner’s music?


Tim
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“Well I’d love to tell you that genre and breed of dog align perfectly so I could use terrible puns such as Post-pug (Pug-step will also do), Shih-shoegaze, Irish Wolf-House, and West Grime-land White Terrier – but the answer is sadly a no. Perhaps more research on this issue is required – musicians please do get in touch so we can arrange a shoot and we can get a broader sample research.”

 

O: Do you think it is fair to say that behind every great band, is a great dog?
T: I’d say it’s more behind every great dog is a great band.

Screen Shot 2016-08-02 at 13.18.46 O: Has meeting any of your favourite artists’ dogs changed your opinion of the artist? People do say you should never meet your hero’s (dogs).

T: This goes back to the first question of dogs resembling their owners, somewhat. For example Will Young had the most lovely dogs, Esme and Nelly, and Will himself was equally as pleasant. So I guess meeting their dog(s) reaffirms what you may think of an act?

O: And I think the really crucial question here is, and I’m sure you have the stats to back it up… Pop Pups, or Acts And Their Cats?
T: Well I thought that working with cats would be a more relaxing experience, and an easier animal to work with (what with dogs generally being more energetic/boisterous); but this has not been the case at all necessarily. 

“It’s very hard to work with a subject that literally runs away from you every time you get within 5 metres of said subject with a camera – like who are you trying to be, Burial?”

To answer your question, Pop Pups has a slightly better, snappier moniker so I’m going to go with that for now.

There you have it, thanks Tim! We’ll leave you with this…

Image Credit (Top to Bottom): Phil Smithies, Phil Smithies, Irma Collin, Tim Boddy