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      culture i-D Staff 25 November 2015

      a leader's summit of music, hair and food fights

      Here's what happens when a group of Melbourne's leading musicians come together with the city's most thought provoking and affable hairdresser from FUR for cuts, cake and crucial conversations.

      a leader's summit of music, hair and food fights a leader's summit of music, hair and food fights a leader's summit of music, hair and food fights

      The local hair salon cannot be underestimated as an important cultural hub; as a meeting place where ideas are shared, gossip is spread and trends are born. Good hair salons are central to our communities, not only because they are responsible for shaping our hair and the sense of self-confidence linked to it, but also because they are inclusive arbiters of style. Anyone who can give us a killer cut and colour and make us laugh in the process is hopefully a friend for life.

      For the past 20 years Frank Valvo and Nat Clutterbuck have run FUR, a series of hair salons whose "stylists reject tenuous trends of the time, looking instead to the past and the future for their inspiration." Frank tells us he started FUR because of his "love of music...basically I wanted to play my own music and to also educate others into thinking outside the box." It takes focus, talent and a lot of hard work to maintain a creatively elevated business which attracts a dedicated client base consisting of some of the city's most inspiring creatives. From their 'pubic hair' window, which was removed by the Police, to the collectable nude tote bags, FUR continue to challenge the mainstream and keep the conversation moving forward. 

      Recently, a fine selection of FUR regulars, who also happen to be some of Melbourne's most prominent, gifted and creative musicians got together for a day of haircuts, cakes and conversations at Frank's mother's house in the suburbs. Ideas were shared, plans were made and tresses were tended during a day involving the meeting of great minds. Here we bring you the results from a day spent with a group of creatives at the top of their game looking for the perfect haircut and universal enlightenment. 

      Name: Ecca Vandal

      What do you do / what is the name of your band?
      I'm a musician and I go by Ecca Vandal.

      How would you describe your day at Frank's mum's house?
      It was a killer day meeting likeminded lady musos where we got to eat tasty Italian sweet treats all day.

      What was the greatest lesson you took away from the day?
      I walked away thinking ladies need to talk more man! For some of us it was the first time meeting each other but there was an instant connection through music and our experiences in the industry. We had big chats around that... Sharing is caring after all!

      What's a cause you're very passionate about?
      One thats at the forefront of my mind at the moment is Aardvark - it's a music therapy group for chronically ill teenagers and young adults in Melbourne. They have monthly sessions where artists/musicians from the Melbourne community run workshops with the kids, I'll be joining the team at the end of this month which I'm real excited about.

      What did they do with your hair?
      I thought Frank was going for a Charlie's Angels vibe, but instead he coined the look "Egypsy". It involved some big hair flicks

      What are you most excited about with summer coming?
      Sri Lankan style christmas lunch. There are no roasts or turkeys around our Chrissy lunch table, just hot curries on what's usually a pretty hot christmas day. Besides that, playing some shows and going for swims.....the life really.

      Name: Jonnine Standish

      What do you do / what is the name of your band?
      Musician/art director. My band is HTRK.

      How would you describe your day at Frank's mum's house?
      The day was like an Alice in Wonderland tea party, if it was set in Brunswick in the late 80s. I left the house on a crazy high from hanging with all the girls and all the sugar.

      What was the greatest lesson you took away from the day?
      Probably wasn't a good idea to destroy an Italian cake in front of Nonna. In her words: "It was so moist...so fresh… a shame"

      What's a cause you're very passionate about?
      Mental health, and treating Asylum seekers in Australia with dignity and respect.

      What did they do with your hair?
      We were going for a relaxed 70s feel. The sides were curled in large rollers and then brushed out and finally set with hairspray for a subtle kink. They gave the back a slight tease for a little height.

      What are you most excited about with summer coming?
      All I'm really thinking about is a drive out to the desert, staying in motels with swimming pools and making some more music. 

      Name: Martha Brown

      What do you do / what is the name of your band?
      Musician / Banoffee.

      How would you describe your day at Frank's mum's house?
      This day was such a good time. It's very rare that I get to meet women from all different genres of music and it very quickly turned into a forum about how to survive this difficult industry. We shared stories, advice and had a lot of group hugs. As always, Frank embraced each of us as individuals and let us style ourselves in what we felt comfortable. Fur hairdressing is such a fantastic support to me and the other women, they share ideas with us, encourage us and support our individuality. This day was all about that....Plus the food fight was out of this world.

      What was the greatest lesson you took away from the day?
      That pretty things are made to be messed with. Also that genre is a thin barrier that shouldn't separate musicians.

      What's a cause you're very passionate about? 
      I'm extremely passionate about land rights for First Nation people and the need to acknowledge them and the horrific things we've enforced upon them since our first step on their land.

      I'm disgusted by the white Australian footprint and I hope that I can continue to learn more from those around me. Bookings for Australia Day are upon us and I want to say to all: boycott Australia Day - it's disgusting.  

      What did they do with your hair?
      Made it into a Smiths crinkle cut chippies.

      What are you most excited about with summer coming?
      Laneway festival and supporting Kelela! Oh and of course my collaborative line coming out with Pageant! 

      Name: Karina Utomo

      What do you do / what is the name of your band?
      I am the vocalist in High Tension, a hardcore/punk/metal band. For fans of skramz/brudal shit and grind influenced vocals (i.e. not for everyone).

      How would you describe your day at Frank's mum's house?
      Bloody terrific. Meeting nonna and being in her house made my heart feel very warm (unrelated, but I was introduced to two very tasty Italian liqueurs that day). Add properly meeting and spending the afternoon with all of FUR's 'children' and it was a fairly spectacular convergence of 'the best of the best' and solidified my love/gratitude for Frank and Nat. They have contributed so much to fostering talent and creativity in Melbourne - FUR is pretty much a magnet for good people and good shit. Imagine a slumber party with all your sisters from different parents.

      What was the greatest lesson you took away from the day?
      The quality of people and talent affiliated with FUR is a real testament to the true value of goodwill. Also, I was not alone in leaving with smashed cake in a glad bag, frugality is not something to be ashamed of because I saved the cake for 'ron (later on, and really enjoyed it). I am looking at you Jonnine Standish.

      What's a cause you're very passionate about?
      Tough question, because where to start with the current state of affairs: gender equity, Australia's policies on asylum seekers, Islamophobia... Also contributing to the unravelling of fear and stigma surrounding the 1965 - 1966 anti-communist purge in Indonesia; there is a real sense of urgency to tell this story now so it's not lost with the passing of first-hand victims. There is still a nation-wide silence, 50 years after the purge. An estimated 600,000 people were brutally killed and one million innocent victims were detained, some for more than a decade. Dialogue needs to happen in order for the nation to progress.

      What did they do with your hair?
      My hair was treated to a fancy blow-dry and Frank's magic touch with some velvet ribbon I purchased from my trip home to Jakarta.

      What are you most excited about with summer coming?
      I am genuinely excited that my mini esky fits perfectly into a fancy new tote bag; it houses exactly three stubbies or four tins with the ice brick. Ease of access to a cold bevo is very important to me. Also, I am pretty excited about High Tension playing at Laneway In February.

      Name: Ali Barter

      What do you do?
      I'm a singer/songwriter/guitarist
.

      How would you describe your day at Frank's mum's house?
      Loud and fun - we were all pepped up on coffee, cannoli and hairspray
.

      What was the greatest lesson you took away from the day?
      'Only tarts wear red bras'.

      What's a cause you're very passionate about?
      12 step programs for drug and alcohol rehabilitation for women in India.

      What did they do with your hair?
      Dyed it a delicious chocolate brown and left it straight and shaggy
.

      What are you most excited about with summer coming?
      Playing Laneway festival and getting married. I will be getting Frank and co to do my hair for both naturally.

      Name: Chela

      What do you do?
      I am an artist, musician and producer.

      How would you describe your day at Frank's mum's house?
      A frilly thrill, a greasy tease, a creamy dream, a dairy disaster, a femme fantasy.

      What was the greatest lesson you took away from the day?
      I'm stronger than I thought - I am able to have a cake fight and not eat any of the cake.

      What's a cause you're very passionate about?
      Saving the environment through conscious consumption - making the connection between what you consume, where it came from beforehand, and where it is going afterward.

      What did they do with your hair?
      Jess dyed my hair a darker shade of copper and Frank cut me a jagged little fringe, as well as braided extensions through my sideburns. Inspired by the movie Girl Interrupted.

      What are you most excited about with summer coming?
      Playing cards with my grandparents in Perth, eating fresh mangoes, swimming in the ocean, making new music, and counting down the new year with my best friends at Camp Nong.

      Frank and his beautiful mum 'nonna' at the dining table. 

      Salute!

      The cake before the fight.

      The fight. 

      The aftermath.

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      Credits

      Text Briony Wright

      Photography Michelle Tran

      Hair Fur Hairdressing

      Make Up Victoria Martin Makeup Artist

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      Topics:fur, banoffee, ecca vandal, jonnine standish, karina utomo, ali barter, chela, frank valvo, culture

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