Over the course of one month I travelled through wind, rain and snow to visit 18 members of the all girl choir Gaggle in and around London. Jade Coles, was the 13th member to be visited.
Jade is the Under 27 Membership Manager at Soho House and is a member of Gaggle. London born and bread, she now lives in a flat in the old Victorian dwelling buildings close to Arnold Circus, East London.When and how did you join Gaggle?
I was the girlfriend of someone in the pub that Deborah Coughlin (Gaggle Founder) managed Events in, The George Tavern. She embarked on a somewhat radical conversation with me after several bottles of wine. Being only 20 at the time I was left a little in awe of the whole situation not in the least bit because my friends and I had spent a summer a few years previous stalking Deborah’s previous band, 586. The next day I received a Facebook message from Deborah saying she was going to get some women together to play some beats, do some weird stuff, but mainly hang out. She told me they’d be no singing, so I agreed. She lied. Which proves lying can sometimes be okay in the long run.
What does your bedroom mean to you?
I used to have the smallest room in this five bedroom flat and as other people have moved on I’ve upgraded to the biggest room. I am the king of my castle – it’s the longest I have stayed anywhere since moving out on my 18th Birthday to Peckham. No matter who I lived with, friends, partners, I never seemed to be able to settle until here – a house I moved into with total strangers, some of which have gone on to be my bestest friends. My room’s pure selfish indulgence, I lived with a boy once who probably had as much junk as me, which was an awful combination, we constantly fought for space. Never again will I not have my own room. Life’s all about compromise, FINE! But your bedroom should just be for you, your own private Idaho.
Is there an object in your bedroom that particularly means something to you?
My Tim Noble and Sue Webster poster from ‘Pix’ Magazine. I got the poster when I first started art school at a night called ‘DURRR’ – Tim Noble and Sue Webster had been two of my favourite artists since I got into YBA Art during my GCSEs. Even though it was only a few years ago it wasn’t really a time when affordable art or prints really populated the market, so it was huge for me, that such massive artists had agreed to have their image in a free music paper distributed at my Monday night hang out. Its been on my bedroom wall ever since, wherever I have lived, usually above my bed, BUT due to its risqué subject matter it gave suitors the wrong impression. So, I moved it slightly and replaced it with Margot Bowman’s dreamy Dreamer print which I fell for (the sentiment and because it reminds me of the 90s dance classic) after being introduced to the Artist herself on a rooftop a few streets away. Ironically I have shared a changing room with Sue (Webster) and have been in a lift with Tim (Noble). But, do you think if I told them all this they’d think I was really cool, or just really weird? Maybe they have ‘From the Mouth of the Cave’ on their Spotify? Fear and ego will stop me ever knowing the real answer. Other than the art I have a metal RIZLA tin on my dressing table, one of those ones that they used to use in the 1940/50s to roll cigarettes. I have never really got the hang of it but it was my grandmother (Gladys) pride possession and I am quite sure if there had been a fire at her place growing up – undoubtedly caused by her chain smoking – this is what she would have saved, so I try to look after it.
What makes you happy?
Depending on what mood I’m in it’s either: getting up early, listening to music whist dancing around my room, having a good home cooked breakfast, going to the gym, seeing friends and basically being super productive. Otherwise, it’s never leaving my bed, avoiding the gym, watching Adventure Time and ordering in a Dominoes pizza.
When did you last cry and why?
I’m a typical Cancerian and I cry all the time, which I think would probably come as a surprise to some people. I don’t cry at the most obvious times. If I were to have an argument, I wouldn’t shed a tear. If I fell over in the street and cut my knee on some glass, not even a whimper. Whatever. However, put me in front of a John Lewis advertisement, or an episode of South Park where everyone falls out, or Pokémon the movie, and I’m in floods of tears. The other day I watched Peter Pan on the sofa and there is this bit where everyone gets a family and they are all really happy – and there’s me ballin’.
What song do you always go back to?
Do You Remember That Time By Regina Spector. It’s just that line, I thought I was gonna be sick, it’s a weird song and ultimately maybe not the perkiest of songs but it always gets me bouncing around. I think I just really like witty female vocals and stripped down Lo-Fi guitars. There are a few Kimya Dawson tracks coming in a close second. Other than that, hey! I was a grunge girl in my teens, and in the worst possible way… Papa Roach, Sum 41, CKY all creep in.
What is your favourite word?
‘Cool’ – I over use it ‘You’re Cool’ ‘That’s Cool’ ‘Totally not Cool’ I over use it. I don’t mean to use it in a way to describe things as ‘Cool’ like ‘Hip’ or ‘On Trend’ more that things are chilled, laid back and simply, not a problem.
If you could invite anyone into to your bedroom who would it be and why?
Oh God this question is quite hard. I feel like there’s a long-term goal here and a short-term goal. In the short term I would probably have to go for Michael Pitt, I used to have a poster of him on my bedroom wall as a teen, on the cover of Dazed and Confused that my mum stole from me from outside the newsagents in West Norwood (They now chain up their sandwich boards). Why would I have him over? I think we would have a lot in common, we could play video games, listen to cool music and jam. In the long term I’d probably have my best friend Ness over because she lives in Melbourne now so I don’t see her much, we would paint each other’s nails and watch trashy films and she would give me life-changing advice. It would be fun.
What would you save if your bedroom were on fire and why?
I wear the same necklace and ring everyday and wear the same perfume every day. I like consistency and I’m loyal to my tastes. I often think these two things are what hold me together as a person – an easy peasy way to make anything kind of ‘Jade’ so I’d have to save those so I could keep being me.
What keeps you awake at night?
Money, home and the neighbour’s kids playing basketball on the wooden floor. I can never seem to save money and even when I do, it is never enough. I am going to be 25 this year and as a teen, even at university, I thought I would be thinking about my own place by now, but the options of getting a place alone are now virtually impossible, and even sharing is a huge strain on any relationship in such a delicate climate, especially for those in the creative industries or freelancers, constantly chasing the next cheque. I’ve always wanted to be that person who walks into some run down ex-council property with the vision to make it my own. But, I just don’t see that happening anytime soon.
Naked or bed clothes?
Bed clothes. I know it makes me sound boring but I love getting into my bed gear. I do it as soon as I get home. Nothing matches. It’s certainly not sexy. It’s all leopard print leggings, mis-matched socks and ex boyfriends T-shirts, but I like it.
Follow Jade: twitter @perpetualcrush