“These dancehall artists though. Calling names, threatening each other & then……. smh”
Check the video & see more at
Stans Upcoming Sofa Sessions album will soon be available from all reputable Download stores such as the below.
Stand got a unique take on the World coupled with some strong song writing ethics and a diverse voice and delivery.
A Man Well worth checking out.
Lee Turner, recent Ambiel cohort aka Nature Culture took the time recently to answer a few questions and shine a light upon some of the things that make him and his sound tick.
The Mans brimming with creativity out of every orifice, so feel free to get involved and get to know Nature Culture.
So first things first, Nature Culture is the name of your creative outpourings in both an Artistic and Musical sense, how did this name come about and what first brought this into your minds eye?
Well I have been drawing ever since a nipper and this culminated in having my mind expanded @ Art School, music and bands were always a separate entity from my teens onwards… In 2012 I did a local Art Exhibition at a groovy independent hangout with a late friend and local bohemian legend Diki Mols. I called the show NatureCulture because of my lifelong fascination with the natural world and the diverse ancient cultures/arts and all the work repped that in some way… Became part of the styles/symbols if you like… Musically I was known as Mr Lee, although all I create is from my head/soul it troubled me, the form of any kind of ego… I cannot discount either a massive transition of fatherhood and the onset of a nasty illness I got called Bells Palsy, a breakdown of the nervous system and paralysis… I came out of it, shall we say, different, re-programmed… Bona Fide AWAKENING dude! The stresses of the system we’re entrenched in, got my mind out of the hands of the economic and social engineers… You can only push the human body and mind so much y’know? I thought I was invincible and I wasn’t. There’s so much mental health issues in the human race right now… NatureCulture became a representation of the laws of nature, rediscovering how human beings should peacefully co-exist… How creativity, diet, balance to life all contribute to happiness and wellbeing… I am a passionate advocate for the arts, NatureCulture became my cosy psychedelic umbrella on which I house ALL I create…. I encourage others to do the same, community jams, a little live band now forming, art sessions are my social life… Discovered many other disaffected souls… It’s plain and simple good ol fashioned hippie shit! NatureCulture I want to basically be a communal experience… There’s either a loose pool of musicians I can call upon or if no ones available I have jammed on my lonesome with a bass and vox with a communal box of percussion for people to let go and join in! I’ve done hundreds of gigs in my life in previous bands and it’s a transcendent experience when performer and audience merge as one… Anyone can sing, anyone can jam, a few of us vibrate very highly and connection lifts a space, good fucking vibes! The art tends to feed the music and vice versa… Facets of me… Collaborate, leave someone/a group of souls feeling lifted and good… That’s NatureCulture!
A lot of your work is very earthy, engaging and symbolic, where do your inspirations lie and what has fuelled your creative evolution?
The best designer ever was/is Mother Earth… Always inspiration there… Picked up styles/ideas from other talented souls, so many people to connect online with too, the world is so much smaller… Everyone gravitating towards their soul tribes… The visual stuff I am doing constantly evolves, always have to keep it fresh for myself… Any arty type is a part of their circumstance and environment too I believe…. Right now I’m running off a large series of Vinyl Mandalas to promote this musical release (there’s that cross pollination again) due to being donated a shit load of vinyls and being inspired watching my wife perfect her creative outpourings doing circular weaves… Getting good at pulling circumstances and little nudges the universe gives you together you know? Like a highly tuned pitching fork.
Gramophone Cactus is an upcoming release of yours and is heavily fused with Dub vibes, energy and social commentary, how long was this release in the making and what drives your songwriting process?
It’s been a long time coming this release, (approx 7 yrs off and on) there’s been multiple births/deaths/breakdowns… all the while I was moseying down to a tiny recording rehearsal space at me old folkals to record layer after layer after layer, I’m a big rhythm nut but come from a live band scene background, so I part program, work to a click track, then record hand drums, acoustic bits… I was always wanting to balance the earthy organic live part of me with the strict beat lover I also am… I listen to genres from eras gone by yet came of age in the era of hip hop and dance music… As a kid I was obsessed with The Happy Monday’s! There was always music on in me folkals house, me Ma into Sam Cooke, the great Soul Studios, huge doses of reggae, my Dad with his love of Americana, west coast hippie vibes… Then other influential fam members, flawed genius estranged grandad Pete, he played bass in semi pro country rock bands (hence my bass playing and general band enjoyment)… The Gramophone Cactus is not one genre deliberately so… I was never a ‘scene’ person, into one thing… My process is about being rhythmical with a big love of words, developing surreal concepts, social studies around me in everyday life… yet I would never consider myself an MC… I feel most at home when I’ve nailed a strict bass groove and then can bubble lyrics on top of those foundations… It’s me… It’s what people remember and sticks out from the crowd… I want the recordings to sound homegrown, homemade, unpolished, Lo-fi balanced with tidy loops and space… To me the visual art is arranging patterns and shapes in space, the musical output is arranging patterns and shapes in time.
Creativity is something which is integral to and indeed is inherently infused within many ancient cultures and their subsequent expressions on spirituality, love, life and death.
How do you think creativity, expression and the Arts is represented in our present day society?
I tell you something, I wish it was valued more, I’d rather have time more than money, time to create more, yet money is another necessary evil… Happiness is not in numbers and money, I’m low maintenance totally, my phones in an odd sock… But the music made today seems to hold no currency for an artist to survive the social engineering screws that are being tightened on us all in these dark times… The light is in the process of the MAKING, the DOING, the CONNECTING… I’m into tribal life, simple existence with plenty of downtime to sit and be and laugh and love with my kind of people, I’m a father to beautiful girl and boy and I still am shocked by how much some parents work to fund a lavish lifestyle which sacrifices time with those offspring… Some don’t have a choice I suppose, ‘society’ is running out of sync of the natural law, WE are nature, WE are not automated machines, it’s about time we said enoughs enough… It’s happening, raising awareness and consciousness, a massive unveiling going on… Seeing through the propaganda of mass media, figuring things out yourself through hundreds of independent sources… The Indigenous people in small communities appeal to my senses infinitely more than decadent western ways… Hippie nonsense again I suppose haha… These cultures had real life skills, horticulture, knowledge of plants, natural remedies and medicines, hunting, fishing AS WELL AS beautiful craft and artistic, musical and spiritual empathetic skills… astrology the works… Which then sent me in a knowledge quest about ancient alien visitation… That’s a whole ‘nother’ interview!
Musical influences from day dot? Who are the artists that have helped mould your psyche?
Writers? Visual artists? Musical artists? Too large to fit it all in but here goes… Def Lee Scratch Perry, Beastie Boys, Creedence Clearwater Revival, A Tribe Called Quest, The Wailers, Happy Monday’s, Tom Waits, Hunter S Thompson, Bowie, Beck, The Band, Pink Floyd, George Clinton, Curtis Mayfield, Bill Murray, Hundertwasser, Tommy Chong, George Carlin, Ghandi, Burning Spear… I could go on and on and on mate TBH!
If you could materialise and reside in any location in the world, where would it be?
Coromandels NZ, glorious nature, although never been! Did have the massive privelege of going to NZ to get married as there was family there, plans changed though as we ended up taking our unplanned 6 week old daughter too! Def would love to return to the North Island, anywhere in the countryside really with space and time… I feel quite claustrophobic in noisy cities, the legacy of the illness I had is I struggle with over stimulation… Highly attuned senses, my ears are ultra sensitive, so is my sight, hence constantly wearing shades
MR Policeman is a track on your new album and as we know, many Law inspired tracks have emerged in answer to State oppression over the years, KRS-1, The Specials and N.W.A spring to mind.
What was the thinking and or inspiration behind this track?
It is a law inspired track although this version is more tongue in cheek, irreverent… Totally ripped from real life though, my brother Craig who features on some of the albums songs coined that chorus years ago (he is amazing with cheeky hooks)… I ended up fleshing the verses out of a misguided youth I witnessed in Lidl trying to impress his peers with petty shoplifting… The premise is basically ‘come on we’ve all been young and stupid, give the lad another chance’… In reality he was marched off behind closed doors and probably has no idea that situation sparked this song.
If you could have any supernatural power, which would you choose?
The ability to grow fruit and vegetables at rapid speed, feed everyone natures bounty…
The title track of the album, Gramophone Cactus is an intriguing concept, what brought about this fusion other than the mix of Nature and Culture? A community friend Aysh put up a photograph of a real cactus she had grown, this thing was like something out of Little Shop Of Horrors, it was beautiful! With a huge flower snaking out at a 90 degree angle on the side… I looked at it and immediately commented ‘Gramophone Cactus’… This seed in my head grew into an album concept… I assimilated the idea of tending and nurturing these song projects in my regular routine to the practise of daily gardening. Nurturing and watering these sonic saplings… I had been building a flavoursome, almost salsa rhythm and then the poem about this community lady hustling not drugs or knock off goods but peddling Cacti saplings of sound to all and sundry in the vicinity… Fitted like a glove with the social commentary and the songs about Holly (a clever song totally written by Craig, was Holly the spiky plant or a spiky lady?)… It was a case then of making art of the plant itself which I then had fun making a time lapse film of that process.
What future plans do you have for the creative bundle of joy, art bass and thought that is NC?
I’m itching to establish the visual art as much as possible in a blossoming family business, the long term goal is to be making a living from bits of both disciplines with my wife and the kids and all our creative skills and get travelling around more as a unit… And these recordings are old in my brain, I’ve already got more songs, would love to record more and collaborate with different singers and music makers, the live outfit I’m letting organically run its course… My philosophy now is be your authentic self and naturally the right people will gravitate towards one another.
Where can people view or purchase your work?
After Wandering the country of late, Stan Blade recently turned up in the Ambiel home town of Ippo and did himself a quality little set at The Swan.
He was on Top form and Bang on it, went down a storm and all that jazz.
Heres a little slice of the day.