J Maizlish Mole
J. Maizlish Mole is an artist, songwriter and bandleader.
His recent map drawings describe landscapes and cityscapes as they have been lived in, journeyed through, remembered or imagined. He has completed commissioned drawings of Edinburgh, the Isle of Skye and the town of Portree, along with several long journeys in the States. He is presently working on two psychogeographical maps of St. Louis for the Gateway Foundation, based on two weeks spent walking and driving there. His ongoing 'Promised Land' project is a giant map of the USA on which all geographical features are represented as they appear in song titles or lyrics (eg. ‘Don’t Forget Winona’, ‘Death Valley ’69’, ‘Oklahoma!’, etc.).
He is presently working on his first solo record, 'Danger Island', a double album begun in 2012 and successfully crowdfunded toward completion in late 2014. Its first dozen tracks are being released as a series of EPs throughout 2015. From 2011–2013 he co-hosted the Jupiter Club, a monthly live music night at the George Tavern (Stepney, London), built around a regular house band and a revolving roster of guest artists. He fronted and led the experimental pop band Marseille Figs from 1999–2011, releasing two records – 'The Dirty Canon' (2007) and 'Jumbo/The Long Goodbye EP' (2009). A booklet of his lyrics, 'Wild Weeds', was published in February 2011.
Mole was born in California in 1973 and spent his late teens in New York, where he attended Parsons School of Design. He received his BA from St. Martins in 1996, and his MA from the Slade in 1999. He has lived in New York, London, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Hamburg and Berlin, and has performed, exhibited and recorded under a variety of names. He has been based in London since 2010.