Jazz Shapers: The Live Session
Jazz Shapers: The Live Session with "mistress of monochrome" and renowned interior designer Kelly Hoppen in conversation with Elliot Moss.
With music from Snarky Puppy's Bill Laurance and an energetic audience packed into Everyman's iconic Screen on the Green, we are very proud of our first live programme and look forward to many more!
The radio programme will be broadcast on Jazz FM on Christmas Eve, Saturday 24 December from 9am-10am. Listen online, on Sky Channel 0202, Freesat 729 or on DAB Digital Radio.
Elliot Moss, Jazz FM
Good evening and welcome to Jazz Shapers, the Live Session. I am Elliot Moss and you’re listening to this very special edition here from the beautiful Everyman Cinema in the heart of Islington and we are live on stage with Kelly Hopper, my Business Shaper, 40 years at the top of the interior design business and Bill Laurance, a Grammy award winning artist, composer, extraordinary musician.
Kelly, 40 years, it’s a long time to be good at what you do. Tell me about where you think your ambition is derived from?
I think I was born into a family of people that were very driven, very creative. My mother is you know nearly 80 and still has a gallery and still works and travels. My father was very creative, my brother is creative and I was always surrounded by people in our home, artists and people in theatre. So I was constantly around incredibly inspiring people and my father sadly died when I was sixteen and I think that moment I decided it was the most horrific thing that ever happened to me so I just wanted to succeed on my own and never rely on anybody else. But I’d always had this real driven passion to be an interior designer and I guess, I don’t know at sixteen and a half I started a business and literally for 40 years I have been doing it.
Where did creativity become commercial? When did you suddenly go ‘do you know what, I can make a living out of this’?
Both my parents worked and they were real grafters, you know my mother still is, but in a way I was so respectful of the way my parents were and I loved their life and I think I was very driven by that and I like the feeling of being successful in something that I do. And it wasn’t driven by making money, it was driven purely by the passion of the feeling that I got when I designed something and I handed it over and that moment when you kind of give birth to something and you see the expression on someone else’s face, that fed me with something that I needed and it became more like a drug in a way that I just kept wanting to do it.
You’re the creative force, but you’re also running a business. How involved are you in the numbers? How involved are you in the big strategic decisions about property and other things that you might have to get involved with.
I was self-taught as a business woman and I am dyslexic and I control everything. I am the biggest control freak.
As you are saying it, I’m not actually that surprised. You are looking at me and I am going she probably does control everything.
I know everything. I know every number in my studio, I read every email, nothing passes me. I watch from afar but I am involved. I have had the same financial guy in my company for 23 years, we are the complete opposites. I like to spend money, he likes to save it. We you know are in the middle somewhere but no, I like to control everything that I do and that in a way it’s been to my detriment sometimes because I think I could have let go of a few things, but that’s the way I am and I am not going to change now.
Okay, now it’s time for the question and answer session. It’s your chance to ask anything you like.
Thank you, hello. I have worked in fashion all of my life and as a green pioneer. I would be interested to know how you feel that the interior world could drive itself forward in that way and do you have any vision for the future you would like to share.
Well I think you know sustainability in build and creating paints and paper and all the things that we put into our home, more and more people are doing it, more and more clients have asked for it, more and more commercial buildings that we are doing are doing it and I think that it’s probably somewhat behind than it is in fashion, but it’s definitely happening and it’s definitely needed.
The reason why we’ve created this programme of Jazz Shapers is that musicians and entrepreneurs, especially Jazz musicians, have a lot more in common than they realise.
Certainly something that Kelly said earlier about it feeling like a drug, you know I remember the first time I looped myself. I was actually on a four track and it was just vocals and I was just doing a beatbox and then like humming a baseline and then singing a melody and it was this kind of revelation moment and I remember just thinking the potential possibilities were so suddenly so exciting. I kind of never really stopped searching and that the first album that I officially released I just remember like recording it in the studio and it was this thing that I’d never experienced before and something I am going to be addicted to for the rest of my life.
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Jazz Shapers: The Live Session
On Jazz FM this Christmas Eve
Saturday, 24 December, 9.00am – 10.00am