Welcome to my new website. It was hard giving up the old iWeb thing but as Apple had abandoned support for it for several years, I thought it was time to make an attempt at entering the modern era. Things are certainly happening, socially, artistically and politically..and what I'm working on at the moment is a way of joining the dots between these fundamental areas of everyday life. My new project is called Campfire Convention and our web community is due for launch this spring, with our first weekend event Campfire Convention 001.UK scheduled for the UK in August.
Please sign up to my newsletter and help spread the word. Campfire will be looking for flagbearers as we set out of what is expected to be an exciting journey.
As we head into the uncertain waters ahead in 2016, we are only just beginning to grasp how different the playing field has become since last summer, how much more advanced we are in terms of new levels of involvement which can make a difference, in terms of new agendas, fresh ways of doing things, new perspectives in thought and deed.
In practical terms, creating new media, new events and new opportunities that continue the process of societal change should surely be high on the agenda. In social terms, about discussing and exchange of ideas, about initiatives for mutual empowerment that leads towards change for the good of all. The future will be shaped by those with the big ideas and the means of broadcasting them in a way that engages and enraptures. It will being to those who feel inspired and motivated by being part of a movement built on hope, a movement built on a blueprint for a fairer, more equitable world in which we all have a stake.
What is already in motion is an evolution or a process rather than the revolution that Russell Brand predicted, but equally far reaching in its potential to renew and inspire in a way that politics has not had an opportunity to do in a lifetime. I’m pretty excited to be on that journey and I hope you are too.
In terms of my own background, here's the unofficial edited biog "
Pete is best known as the co-founder of The Big Chill, and originator of the 'boutique' festival experience. The event quickly attracted a large number of very loyal followers, building to a peak in 2005 of 35, 000. Pete gave early exposure to such names as Lily Allen, Goldfrapp, Amy Winehouse, Gotan Project, Mr Scruff, Röyksopp, Zero 7 and Lemon Jelly. After establishing itself as one of the top half dozen UK festivals, Pete was included in Time Out’s Top 100 ‘movers and shakers’ alongside the likes of Ricky Gervais, Gordon Ramsay, Madonna, Phillip Green, Brian Paddick, Ken Livingstone and Tony Blair.
In the mid 80s Lawrence was recognised as a respected tastemaker with an unconventional flair when he discovered and spontaneously recorded US folk singer Michelle Shocked on a walkman around a Texas campfire for his fledgling Cooking Vinyl label. The resulting album ‘The Texas Campfire Tapes’, with its £1 ‘field recording’ budget, went on to top the independent album charts in 1987 and establish the label at the forefront of the world and roots music scenes.
Subsequently, Pete also became a writer, radio DJ and journalist. Through the 90s he had regular columns in Top, Update and Jockey Slut as well as founding, editing and publishing his own On magazine. Pete has arguably been one of the most influential and respected tastemakers on the electronic and downtempo scenes, and made his BBC Radio 2 debut on August Bank Holiday 2006 with a two hour chill out show. As an artist, he records under the name of Chilled By Nature, and in 2006 released his first album ‘Under One Sun’ on Big Chill Recordings, featuring a number of live guests, including The Swingle Singers, and Mozez of Zero 7 fame, who collaborated with Pete on ‘State Of Grace’.
Pete resigned as a shareholder and director of The Big Chill in early 2008, moving to the village of Braunston in Northamptonshire to renovate a house and write a book, soon to be published. He has principally spent his time developing a blueprint for social network, an evolutionary platform for creative thinkers, funded and shaped by its own members, which would also stage events locally with community focus.