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YCE: Deano Jo

His collective Real Gold has been putting out records, holding parties and now has a magazine called FUN.

Twenty-three year old Deano Jo is the unspoken ruler of growing art empire, Real Gold. A collective of young and intelligent artists, photographers, writers, musicians and promoters, Real Gold are renown for putting on some of the best parties London has to offer. In its three years as a collective, Real gold has also launched the satirical cult publication, FUN Magazine, and released a record by blues band, Train Chronicles. “What I really want to do is create something permanent. Our ambition with Real Gold is to spotlight things we love through print, releases, and parties, while maintaining a strong sense of community.”

Name a person or organisation that shares your DIY ethos, and explain why.
Leon Battista Alberti and the Polymath crew.

Send us a picture/video that summarises your view of modern life, and explain why.
This logo symbolises everything my collective feels towards modern life

Do you think the recession has helped or hindered your creativity? Why?
I'm not sure. Many fund their creativity through days jobs, which are obviously vanishing more and more. On the other hand, hard times always instigate more creativity.

Music for a revolution - what song sums up your attitude?
Anal Cunt - You Live On A Houseboat

What other period inspires you the most, and why?
‘79-86 New York. So many different new and accidental styles of music, art and fashion.

Read more of the YCE feature here.
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