Published on April 20th, 2010 | by David
VBS.TV & Palladium Boots launch new series ‘Uneven Terrain’
Uneven Terrain, is devoted to urban exploration and uncovering the hidden, underground and forgotten corners of the world’s leading metropolises.
The series has been inspired by iconic footwear brand Palladium Boots; initially a tire manufacturer, Palladium Boots combined their rubber expertise with canvas and crafted an iconic and durable boot that was worn by the French Foreign Legion. Sixty years later, the brand continues to symbolise adventure, and is now traveling the globe, investigating the cities we live in and places around us.
London Pirate Frequencies the first film of this series explores the world of Pirate Radio, a phenomenon born out of British sea forts in the ’60s. This episode follows the team as they sail to the mouth of the Thames to find the forts to see where it all began, meeting the pioneers of pirate radio who defined an era by playing the music London wanted to hear.
When the authorities shut them down, pirate sounds went underground. Pirate stations are now an established scene in London, broadcasting music and the sounds of youth culture, from secret tower block studios. In constant contact with listeners via text messaging and chat forums, today’s pirates are the essence of mobile. Today you can find it in urban centers around the UK, pushing youth culture forward one neighborhood at a time.
During the making of Uneven Terrain, VBS.TV climbed to the tops of urban tower blocks to find homemade pirate antennas and were blindfolded and driven to the secret London studios where pirate culture thrives today. Host of the show Matt Mason, a former pirate radio broadcaster and author of best selling book The Pirate’s Dilemma, meet with DJs and station managers, rappers and MCs, and interviewed DJ Scratcha from RINSE FM, MC Flirt from old-school KOOL FM, J2K, Jammer and KISS FM’s Logan Sama.