Charlie is an art director, DJ, creative producer, graphic designer, and the magisterial head of IXCHEL. An insatiable maker-happener of things, Charlie’s infectious energy and passion have seen him launch and grow the careers of some of today’s most exciting and critically acclaimed artists.
As a many-limbed puller of multiple strings, Charlie’s creative direction informs many if not all veins of IXCHEL’s output – from tenacious campaign work to visuals and concept design. Above all, he is the ultimate gas man, grinding to establish platforms for artists then bringing out their very, very best. Charlie has worked on releases with a combined 7 Mercury-Prize nominations, multiple Jazz FM Artists & Albums of the Year wins, the Ivor Novello Award for Innovation and a UNESCO Crossing Borders ‘Album of the Decade’.
Charlie operates in the shadows between Mexico and Berlin.
Seb is an internationally published portrait, music and fine art photographer based between London, Bristol and Cambridge. His images have been used by top brands, record labels, on magazine covers, and featured in photo essays and editorials. With a special gift for capturing the inward expanse of any moment, Seb’s work is known for the dreamlike, immersive quality he extracts from whatever he’s shooting.
Working exclusively with Fujifilm and Leica equipment, Seb’s instinctive practice utilises analogue controls, environmental light, vintage lenses and dynamic settings. He has photographed many of today’s jazz pioneers including Yazz Ahmed, Joe Armon Jones, Michael Kiwanuka, Sampa the Great and Ezra Collective, and has worked with world-leading brands like lingerie designers Edge O’ Beyond and Fleur of England.
Seb JJ Peters
Mastering engineer and live music logistical wunderkind, Ariel is as comfortable climbing soundsystems in the bush as he is doing precision vibe enhancement behind a mastering desk. Growing up embedded in underground doof culture in Australia before moving to London, and then Bristol, to build festivals, parties and every kind of get down you can think of.
Ash Walker is a London-based DJ, producer, curator, bandleader, and intergalactic sound-dealer. A world-renowned crate-digger of soul, jazz, R&B, latin, dub and roots, Ash has spun around the world. He’s played with The Specials in Brixton, at the infamous Royal Mail squat party, on the canals of Venice and Stateside in LA and San Francisco.
Ash records using a range of analogue equipment, from moogs and theramins to Hammond organs and Wurlitzer pianos. A connoisseur of texture, distortion and overdrive, Ash’s production recalls the synergy between organic and synthesised sounds that defined the music technology of the 1970s. Internationally recognised as a fiercely underground artist and performer, Ash’s production and curatorial work provide much of the backbone of IXCHEL.
Nolly is a makeup and concept artist based in Bristol. Painting and designing for art and fashion shoots, portraiture, magazine covers, zines, TV and film, Nolly has been practising for 2 years. Her transgressive, evocative work explores the space between the abject and the erotic; gore, bondage, BDSM, horror and submission.
At IXCHEL Nolly paints artists for various shoots, including Yazz Ahmed for the cover of Jazzwise magazine. She is also a central creative force in concept design for all IXCHEL film and video work, and champions exclusively cruelty-free, vegan products.
The high priestess of psychedelic arabic jjazz and the first IXCHEL artist. Charlie began his work with Yazz Ahmed in 2016 ahead of her first label release 'La Saboteuse'. The album was released to huge critical acclaim, appearing on multiple annual 'best of lists' as well as being recognised as a UNESCO Crossing Borders 'Album of the Decade'. The release also saw the first art direction collaboration between Charlie Jungle & Sophie Bass, earning comparisons to the late Blue Note titan Reid Milles.
Yazz now sits as one of the worlds most recognised Jazz musicians, in 2020 she was awarded the Jazz FM Artist & Album of the year, the first artist to do so, and the Ivor Novello Award for Innovation.
Classically trained on keys, Madeleine made a name for herself on the London jazz and neo-soul scenes pre-pandemic, playing with acclaimed and up-and-coming artists like Arlo Parks, Chloe Bodur and Poppy Adjudah. Her deubt single 'Can I Feel Enough' droped with IXCHEL this spring recieiving praise from the likes of BBC 1 Xtra, Ministry of Sound, Dummy Mag, Triple J, Worldplay & KCRW.
Chris Gray is a multi-award-winning oil painter, print-maker, master draughtsman and teacher based in London. A master craftsman, Chris has cultivated a deep connection to the materials and physicality of his art. Chris’s work visits modern subjects through the processes of the 19th century ateliers. As he puts it: I paint what I see. Fuck the chaff.
Through a process of “visual abstraction”, Chris breaks down his subjects visually into abstract, fundamental shapes, which then develop into representational images. His portraits, landscapes, still lifes and prints have won him a ‘One To Watch’ mention at the Federation of British Artists show for outstanding British art graduates, the John Purcell paper award and the Young artist of the year at the Pastel society. He has exhibited and led workshops with the Dulwich Picture Gallery, King's College, and others.
Ella is Collective Director at IXCHEL. She is based in Bristol. Supporting all facets of the operation with creativity, coordination and cultivation, Ella has been a central part of IXCHEL from day one. Her passion, tenacity and interpersonal skills are essential in keeping the collective driving forward together into new and exciting territory.
Raised on the fields of festivals, always in the company of musicians and artists, Ella was inducted into the creative industry early. She is the life of any party and a weapons dealer in the dance. After meeting Charlie on such a dance floor, she helped to build IXCHEL from the ground up. Her work for the collective includes art direction, artist coordination, management and communications.
Angela is IXCHEL's marketing assassin. With extensive work across the audio and technology sectors, Angela has lead partnerships with global brands unlocking their content development, social media strategy and brand design.
With an eye on results and the belief that communications and relationships drive success - Angela brings extensive experience to all of IXCHEL's output.
Rahel is a German actress. Starring in acclaimed, progressive theatre productions in Austria, France, England and across Germany, she has been based in Berlin for two years. From children’s theatre to immersive, in-yer-face and grotesque plays, Rahel is fascinated by the physical, conventional and formal boundaries of theatre. Recently expanding her range, Rahel has also appeared in short film and TV productions.
Concerned firstly with the physicality of a performance, Rahel approaches her roles via observed behaviors, postures and tics, inhabiting first the body, then the psychology of her characters. She has acted with the acclaimed Danish group SIGNA.
Sophie is a Trinidadian-English illustrator based in London. One of the most exciting names on the scene currently, Sophie’s hand-drawn works capture the vibrancy of movement, dance, vitality and communion like few others working today. Working with various high-profile commercial, political and musical clients, her extensive sleeve designs for jazz artists Soweto Kinch, Yazz Ahmed and Ash Walker have already sparked comparisons with Blue Note legend Reid Miles.
Using just felt-tips, pencils and paints, Sophie’s illustrations weave natural and folkloric symbols and patterns into modern scenes of liberation, nature, mythology, festivity and dance culture. Music, politics, nature and community are central inspirations for much of Sophie's work as is her dual cultural heritage. She has worked with many world-leading clients including Dr Martens, Adidas, Gal-Dem and The Green Party.
Bandleader, producer, multi-instrumentalist and all around certified vibesmith, VVillhelm’s spans everything from eclectic nu-jazz to soulful pop anthems, all shot through with deep, addictive grooves and honey-slick hooks. Probably best known for slinging horns with Ebi Soda, he’s also worked prolifically with emerging neo-soul artists like Chloe Bodur, Bubba Janko, Matilda Bond, Madeleine & more.
Camilla is a set designer and interior stylist based in Berlin. Working on sets and stages in Berlin, Copenhagen and Hamburg, Camilla’s evocative designs subvert notions of normality and perfection in familiar spaces. Juxtaposing idealised environments with abject materials, she uses uncanny furnishings like hair and scissors to reflect the naturally occurring ‘imperfection’ in normal spaces.
Drawing inspiration from her surrounding environment, people and found objects, Camilla has been designing and acting with the acclaimed Danish theatre group SIGNA for 7 years. She has recently branched out into set design for film.
Staunch anti traditionalists Ebi Soda now sit poised at the sharpest edge of the UK Jazz explosion. With the ink having just dried on a multi album recording & publishing deal with 20 year rhythm ambasadors Tru Thoughts Recordings. 2021 will see the release of the bands debut album 'Honk If You're Sad'.
Recording engineer and musician running Start Small Studios in London, Max’s touch can be heard in music far and wide in the UK. As a studio engineer his practice is focused on cultivating a relaxed, open and creatively flowing environment to help artists create recordings dripping in handcrafted vibe.
Kenny is Strategy Director at IXCHEL. He is based in London. A tireless champion for progressive and just artist representation, Kenny has worked for years at the very top of licensing and rights in the music industry. With an eagle eye cast over any top level decision, he ensures that every step guarantees suitable commercial viability, without compromising the art.
At all stages of the publishing process Kenny makes sure that everyone is in-the-loop and fairly treated, and that everyone gets their paycheck (or there's high hell to pay in lieu). He ensures all negotiations entail maximum flexibility, freedom and room for growth for the artist, and helps to jimmy them out of any previous restrictive arrangements. At IXCHEL, Kenny has designed a pioneering contracting system for the collective that has already won the plaudits of various industry heads.
April is Events Manager at IXCHEL. A gifted and versatile storyteller, April has worked right across the creative industries; as editor, marketer, designer, community manager, organiser and publicist. With fearless ambition, self-made connections and a creative eye for any medium, April has curated and broadcast the work of some of the world’s best-known artists. Including exciting collaborations with Riz Ahmed, FKA twigs, Solange, IDLES, Tyler Mitchell, Renell Medrano, Grimes, Michel Gondry and Bon Iver.
Liam is a sound designer, video editor and mixing engineer based in Bristol, UK. His work is characterised by an energy that is both playful and pleasantly uncomfortable. With over a decade of musical experience, his process is all about bringing a musicality to technical processes. Always opting to work practically wherever possible, Liam utilises bespoke recordings and practical creations in his practice creating a unique sound and look from project to project.
Leo writes copy at IXCHEL. He also writes essays, short fiction and screenplays for short films.
When writing about artists’ work, Leo likes to wear long trousers made from sporty material!
Chisara Agor is a Peckham hailing singer, songwriter, actor, director and visual artist, although to classify her art is a disservice to her holistic creative practice. Her sound beams a fusion of hope, awareness and serious intent. Having already been endorsed with funding from PRS Women Make Music, Sound UK & Help Musicians, Chisara's label debut 'Shadows & Searchlights will land on IXCHEL this summer.
Noel Langely embodies IXCHEL's modus operandi of 'operating in the shadows', with his trumpet & flugework in abundance across so many of the UK's most internationally successful albums. Names including Adele, Radiohead, Massive Attack, John Legend and Elton John barely strach the surface of Noel's prolific work.
More than this though he is IXCHEL's most trusted set of ears, a titan of production, composition and arrangement and a restless champion of perfection.
Collage artist extraordinaire, Libby’s work explores the beauty of the mundane and the playfulness of the surreal in equal measure, enriched by deep veins of the divine feminine and reinterpretations of classical art. Working practically to create her distinctive distortions and recreations by hand, embracing the unpredictability and tactile nature of an analog process.