While making coffee at Cafe OTO, Clair served Femi Adeyemi his regular flat white and asked if he'd be interested in voicing a radio piece she was working on, Femi's response ?
Oh you're into radio ?
From this chance encounter she found herself absolutely impassioned by the excitement and adrenaline of helping Femi's idea blossom into what is now the hugely successful online station, NTS Radio, which has live stations in London, Manchester, Los Angeles and Shanghai.
NTS' early days involved hand written posters advertising for hosts, late nights hunched over a laptop with whisky and salty peanuts and most importantly, a growing community of equally impassioned enthusiasts who could all see how good this little online station could be.
Clair worked on NTS for three years as Co-Founder / Programme Director, implementing hardware and software systems for the live stream / podcasting, managing the schedule and getting new shows up and running.
While here she also produced her own show, Camp Universe City which brought together 6 individuals each specialising in a topic (music, art, food, philosophy etc) to speak for 20 minutes about a chosen interest within their field of expertise. The day-long recording session, which took place in the comfort of a spacious lounge in a flat in Dalston, was then cut up into individual shows, which aired on NTS Radio.
UNCOOL JAZZ FESTIVAL
In 2012 Clair traveled to the serene village of Poschiavo is the Swiss Alps to attend and document the UNCOOL Jazz Festival. The week long festival featured the Sun Ra Arkestra under the direction of Marshall Allen performing the live soundtrack to two plays: Akhenaton and Oedipus.
While there Clair interviewed the Arkestra, event organisers and event attendees and produced a four-part radio series.
Founded by Clair Urbahn and James Dunn, Radeq is a pop-up radio station which first appeared in the vast halls of a disused biscuit factory during the V22 Summer Club and arose later in London's only sound-art gallery, SoundFjord. Artists, musicians, music collectors, radio producers, children, teenagers and everyone in between, from all over the world, contributed.
Radeq streamed online over 4 months, providing listeners and contributors a space to explore the sounds of live improvisation, thought provoking debate, sound-art, unique record collections and live ambient broadcasts from the other side of the world.
Wobbly bottom goat farm
Getting up early, living and breathing the smell of the farm, building lasting relationships with your goats, knowing their individual personalities and idiosyncrasies. Then, making your own cheese, from your own goats and (possibly the most desirable element) having goats cheese on tap, always. The life of the goat farmer definitely has it's appeals.
Clair visited a goat farm just north of London to learn more about this lifestyle for Monocle24's Entrepreneurs weekly podcast.
Cafe OTO, a well established music venue in Dalston, London, plays host to a cafe by day and a music venue by night, offering a programme of experimental, improvised and new music. Clair Urbahn produced a weekly radio show for Cafe OTO over a two year period. The show consisted of prerecorded interviews intertwined with recordings, live broadcasts streaming direct from the venue, and musicians taking over the Resonance studio to host the show as they like.
OTO Broadcast aired on ResonanceFM