Monday, November 20, 2017

Music

Friday, November 17, 2017

Kateryna Kulyzhka

Photo Courtesy Of Kateryna Kulyzhka 

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND RAISED AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?
Born and raised in Ukraine, the second year of my country independence from Russia. But I always imagined myself living in Italy though. I moved to Paris in my sweet 16. Then after two weeks I went to Milan, then flew to Tokyo. After that I went to NYC, and it’s where I currently live (something in this order, hope you’re following).

WHAT'S THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR PRESENT CITY OR YOUR HOMETOWN?
The energy, possibilities and the people. New York has its own filter. If someone stays here for more than two years, they're a real fighter.

WHAT WERE YOUR INFANT ASPIRATIONS?
My mom. While I was growing up she kept on changing her life. She still does. Every couple of years she wants to change everything and find herself again in something new. Psychology or dance, yoga or law. My multidisciplinary (ways) is all her fault.

WHAT HAS BEEN A PIVOTAL MOMENT?
When I started to live on my own and wondering what I really wanted from this life.

WHY MODEL AND DO YOU REMEMBER YOUR FIRST EVER SHOOT?
Of course. Paris, "Jalouse". I recently shot with the photographer from that story and we had so much fun remembering the time, especially when she was trying to explain something to me using body language (I didn'tt speak a word of English), and recalling what has changed since then - which is a lot!

WHY ART AND WHAT'S YOUR PREFFERED MEDIUM?
I’m a big art lover, and actually, I have always been. When I finished an art school I was way too young. I couldn’t understand why I had to draw some cubes and skeletons instead of just picking up something from my mind. It came much later when I started to sketch human bodies and fell in love with it.

AND CURATION?
On my bucket list, I got a lot related to art, and it’s one of the things. The beauty of understanding an artist’s mind, the story they are telling us and their background. Giving this message to society. It’s like with words: there are times when you clearly understand what a person is talking about by the words the person is using. And there are times when words don’t exactly mean what you hear. There's a bigger meaning and message behind them.
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WHY MUSIC?
How could you live without music? It’s surrouns us. I knew that if I was able to understand the process of writing, composing and simply playing, I’d be so happy and proud of myself because I’d be able to speak that language. The language of music. I felt it was my missing part, a desire that followed me for a long time.

HOW WOULD YOU CLASSIFY YOUR SOUND?
I would say it’s light, bright and easy listening music. Indie-pop-electro vibes. Feels good vibes!

WHAT THEMES DO YOU PURSUE THROUGH YOUR LYRICS?
The key word is purpose. When your mind is wondering, looking for an answer and understanding feelings, where they are coming from and why. Are you happy with your life? What is missing? How do you feel about someone special? Do you have that person? It’s a little (or not that little) trip into your deepest self.

IS THERE A SONG OR MUSICAL PASSAGE THAT NEVER FAILS TO MOVE YOU EMOTIONALLY?
It changes. Right now, “Two Weeks” by FKA twigs

WHAT OR WHO HAD THE GREATEST INFLUENCE ON YOU?
I have couple friends who are so brilliant in what they do - both in art and music, and I guess in everyday random articles and not so random artists' talks and meetings that make you set higher goals. Some that look completely impossible at first sight. But then it feels amazing when you challenge yourself.

WHAT’S YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS?
Putting my mind in creative mode and go! Stop, look around, continue the journey.

HOW WOULDYOU DEFINE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?
It goes from almost bohemian and classy to your boyfriend jeans and I don’t care style  It’s a mix of pretty much all of that. In New York, you can never go wrong. You can be in any place dressed out in a fab black dress and heels or going in a different direction with boots, lazy jeans and a shirt.

HOW DO YOU GET STAGE READY ANY BEAUTY RITUALS YOU SWEAR BY?
Sleep nine hours a day, drink tons of water, fave music in the headphones, morning or afternoon workout...You feel great.

HOW DO YOU SPEND A DAY OFF?
It’s never a day off. Was just thinking about it. I wish I could live the same exact day over four or five times. I always have to many plans: what to read ,which art show to see, where to paint random people, talk to my mom, go for a run, do yoga, or crazy workouts with my trainer, play piano, start a new course, go to the library - I haven’t been in a while, meditate or write something down, check my stocks situation. And yes, there are so many places and things to get inspired by.

HOW DO YOU RETURN TO CENTER?
Focus on the things that I need to do right now and just do them...­čĺ»percent

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Music


Monday, November 13, 2017

Alina Ceu┼čan And Romanian Rage

 
Photo Courtesy Of Alina Ceu┼čan 

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND RAISED AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?
I was born and raised in Targu Mures, Romania. Now I live in Cluj-Napoca.

WHAT'S THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR PRESENT CITY OR YOUR HOMETOWN?
The best thing about my hometown is the fact that it's a place where I can find my peace. When I want to get out of the office/work for a weekend I just go home, eat something good with my family, talk, and generally be lazy all throughout these days. On the other hand, the best thing about Cluj is the fact that we've got wonderfully talented people gathered in this city. It's a good place to live if you are an artist.

WHAT WERE YOUR INFANT ASPIRATIONS?
I have been drawing girls wearing fully accessorised outfits even since day one at school. I think the younger me would be proud of who I am today and the role I have in the online and offline community.

WHY INFLUENCER?
Because it's a great thing to use your voice to change things. I like telling my story and sharing it with my readers. I consider my blog to be an online journal. I feel like in 2017, building such a strong and devoted community around the social media channels and youtube, and my blog, is just amazing. I feel like I have to give back some of the knowledge I've accumulated in these five years of blogging, and that's what I do now.

WHEN DID YOU GET STARTED?
Back in 2012.

HOW DO YOU STAY ON TOP OF TRENDS?
I wouldn't say I stay on top of trends. Even if I go to fashion weeks and read all kinds of magazines and daily sites about the fashion and beauty industry, I like to bring my own personal touch to everything that I post. You will see me, my personality and my choices, far above trends. Some trends change way faster than we get to try them. After a while, I just think you find your signature style, although for me it's a very chameleonic process.

HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?
Glam rock with a twist.

HOW DOES YOUR AESTHETIC TRANSLATE IN OTHER ASPECTS OF YOUR LIFE? 
You should see my office. Right now I'm writing you from my home office. I'm sitting on this beautiful emerald velvet chair, typing on a black re-painted old wooden desk. My whole office is black in fact. But there's the light and all these color accents on the walls. A lot of colourful abstract paintings, magazine pages framed up for inspiration, all kind of cut-outs, a big poster of NYC's Times Square... I think seeing the beauty in the world just translates into everything I do. I love candles, and all the little details that make a place a home.

Now you would say this office, from what you've just read, is pretty rock and roll. And it is. It has those vibes. I particularly like to sit here at night, when no one is online and work on my videos, photos, articles. And this is just an example of how it translates. If anything else, I drink single malt and red vine, I like Italian cuisine and Depeche Mode, Mustangs and leather, traveling by plane and I think these just already make me a rockstar.

WHAT BEAUTY ROUTINE DO YOU SWEAR BY?
Removing makeup at night and in the morning, and moisturising my skin with the Clinique Dramatically Different cream.

WHAT'S YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE?
Pasta. Pizza. Raul.

HOW DO YOU SPEND A DAY OFF?
Reading, watching Netflix and generally thinking about the videos and photos I have to edit.

HOW DO YOU STAY MINDFUL?
I stop thinking in deadlines and just immerse myself in the hottest, foamiest and most effervescent bath of them all. It's just a ritual, but it works.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Music


Sophie Auster

Photo Courtesy Of Sophie Auster 

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND RAISED AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?
I was born and raised in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and I currently live downtown Manhattan.

WHAT'S THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR PRESENT CITY OR YOUR HOMETOWN?
New York is it’s own little country separate from the rest of America. It’s diverse, eccentric, and the place where people go to “be themselves”. It’s also been a positive atmosphere to be in post election since the whole city was in mourning together and came together in protest.

WHAT WERE YOUR INFANT ASPIRATIONS?
I wanted to be a singer and performer as early as eight years old.

WHAT HAS BEEN A PIVOTAL MOMENT?
A pivotal moment for me was discovering that I had the power to make things happen for myself. It sounds simple, but when I began my music career I had a lot of people telling me what to do and where to go. When the industry changed, I realized that no one had concrete advice for me and everyone was a bit lost. As a young person this can make you feel insecure and ungrounded. A moment came when I knew I had to push forward and trust my instincts. It was a moment of self-discovery and finding confidence.

WHY MUSIC?
A teacher encouraged me to sing and pursue music when I was just a little girl. Her confidence and faith in me helped me discover the thing that makes me happiest in life. I do it because I have to. If I was sensible I’d go into real-estate and make lot’s of money.

HOW WOULD YOU CLASSIFY YOUR SOUND?
My sound is eclectic. It draws from influences I grew up listening to including pop, blues, folk and jazz. I think what’s culminated is some kind of hybrid of those genres.

WHAT THEMES DO YOU PURSUE THROUGH YOUR LYRICS?
Dreams are very influential to me. I have a very vivid subconscious. Relationships, heartbreak, and also poetry and stories I invent. Everything and anything can be inspiring to me.

IS THERE A SONG OR MUSICAL PASSAGE THAT NEVER FAILS TO MOVE YOU EMOTIONALLY?
“Take It with Me” by Tom Waits.

WHAT OR WHO HAD THE GREATEST INFLUENCE ON YOU?
I think my parents have been the greatest influence on me. They taught me how to be a serious artist and a moral compassionate person. I don’t think I’d be the woman I am today without them.

WHAT’S YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS?
It depends. Sometimes it starts with lyrics and other times I’ll pick up my guitar and start with a melody and lyrics will start to come to me. The one thing I can say, for sure, is that I have to be relaxed in order to create.

HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?
Feminine with a boy’s touch.

HOW DOES YOU AESTHETIC TRANSLATE IN OTHER ASPECTS OF YOUR LIFE?
I like things to be beautiful around me. I have lots of books and personal artwork in my home. My instruments are out and I love to have flowers in the house as much as possible. I also like to cook for friends and family and create a warm inviting atmosphere. I’m very sensitive to my surroundings and I think that’s partly because of what I do.

HOW DO YOU GET STAGE READY ANY BEAUTY RITUALS YOU SWEAR BY?
I have a variety of suits I wear onstage. Each one makes me feel like I’m climbing into uniform and ready to take on the performance. It’s like wearing armor. It makes me feel confident. Then, I usually pin my hair in two buns, put red lipstick on, have a drink, and I’m ready to rock and roll.

HOW DO YOU SPEND A DAY OFF?
I like to be with my boyfriend and family. My parents and I are avid movies watchers, we have a tradition of dinner and movies at their home in Brooklyn.

HOW DO YOU RETURN TO CENTER?
I do yoga which helps me regain focus and slow down. I also tend to stay in and avoid alcohol if I’m stressed out. This helps me take on what I have to do without feeling overwhelmed.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Hatters Gonna Hat

Photographed By Spencer Ostrander

And, Sophie Auster wears 'em well.
 

Friday, November 3, 2017

Jessica Lynne

Photo Courtesy Of Jessica Lynne

WHERE ARE YOU RIGHT NOW AND HAVE YOU ALWAYS LIVED THERE?
I am currently in New York City where I've lived since 2007.

WHERE ARE YOU FROM ORGINALLY?
I was born and raised on the Virginia coast in the city of Hampton, Virginia.

WHAT'S THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR CITY OR HOMETOWN?
I love this question because I have a deep love for these two places that have shaped me in meaningful ways. Coastal Virginia is one of the most beautiful places in the world to me. It's the reason I love the water so much, why fall is my favorite season, why I'm such a history nerd, why Missy Elliot will always be one of my favorite rappers. First and foremost, I am a Black Southern Woman so this means that Virginia is the place that holds my roots. I cherish that. At the same time,  New York is where I blossomed which sounds a bit clich├ę, but it's true. This is the city I came to at 17 full of many questions. It's the city in which I have lived my entire adult life. The place where I grew into my radical set of politics, the place where I have met some of my dearest friends in the world. New York has a pulse and spirit that is hard to match. And, what is special is about this city, particularly places like Brooklyn and Harlem, is its long relationships with the (Black) American South. That I am, in some ways, part of an ongoing conversation that predates me and will also outlive me.

WHAT WERE YOUR ASPIRATIONS GROWING UP?
Growing up, I was an overly zealous, overly ambitious child. For a moment, I wanted to be a pro-athlete. Then in high school, I was intent on becoming the Ambassador to Spain. By the time I got to college, I knew I wanted to be a writer of some kind. I had planned to major in Africana studies and Journalism at NYU, but I hated the journalism program. So, I took a minor in creative writing as an alternative and found in that program a place of experimentation and rigor that challenged me immensely. It was through this program that I discovered this thing called art criticism.

WHY WRITER?
I believe in the art of storytelling and I believe in the acts documentation and preservation of stories as a means of building archives. Writing is a tool to achieve that goal.

WHY ART?
I think artists, especially the artists who I often write about, are making some of the best work today. They are asking provocative, urgent questions about history, language, land, intimacy, and politics. In this way, they are not unlike all of us asking these big questions. I think artists just engage in this inquiry process in a uniquely fascinating manner. In writing about art, I find that I am learning about the world.

WHAT IS YOUR EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND?
I earned my B.A in Africana Studies with a minor in Creative Writing from New York University.

HOW DO YOU STAY ON TOP OF CULTURE?
I read a ton and I try to see as much art as possible. I'm using the word art broadly here: music, dance, visual and literary arts. I'm thankful to have a pretty eclectic group of friends and loved ones all over the world so when I travel, I also make it a point to ground my experience culturally. What should I see, hear, do thats arts related in this new city?

WHAT NOISE NEED TO BE NUMBED RIGHT NOW FOR PEOPLE TO REALLY LISTEN?
I don't know that I have the best answer for this so I will point you to a few stanzas from one of my favorite poems by Sonia Sanchez because I think it is relevant always:

"Reflections After the June 12th March for Disarmament"

I am here between the voices of our ancestors and the noise of the planet, between the surprise of death and life;
I am here because I shall not give the earth up to the nondreamers and earth molesters:
I am here to say to you: my body is full of veins like the bombs waiting to burst with blood. we must learn to suckle life not bombs and rhetoric rising up in redwhiteandblue patriotism;
I am here. and my breath/our breaths must thunder across this land arousing new breaths. new life. new people, who will live in peace and honor. 

WHO OR WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BIGGEST INFLUENCE?
I don't know that I have just one influence. Instead, I think I am influenced in small ways by all the people who have made me—known and unknown. The grandmothers who were my  first examples of oral historians, of archivists. The mother who showed me how to take risks. The father who taught me that history is never linear, that our narratives are always unfolding.

HOW DOES YOUR ARTISTIC EXPRESSION TRANSLATE IN DIFFERENT AREAS OF YOUR LIFE?
think critics get a bad reputation for being these stuffy, snobby old hags when in reality, I'm quite the opposite. My style is not necessarily bombastic, but I love taking risks with my hair and personal style. There was a point in time when I aimed to have a uniform à la Janelle Monet, but these days I'm enjoying mixing and matching. My hair is probably what I enjoy playing around with the most though. Some months, for example, I'll have braids. At other times, I'll wear my hair straightened. And, of course, the fro is my go to.

WHAT BEAUTY ROUTINE DO YOU SWEAR BY?
These days I am committed to a simple face wash in the morning and at night followed by a great moisturizer; Glossier's boy brow in brown and black (I mix the two); Fenty Beauty highlighter stick in Rum; and a dark lip. It's the perfect daytime and night time look!

WHAT DO YOU GET UP TO OUTSIDE OF YOUR PROFESSION?
Seeing and experiencing art occupies so much of my world, but a good friend of mine has recently encouraged me to start running again. We're going to participate in a few races in early 2018 and it will be nice to focus my mind on a new and different challenge. Now, I just have to start training.

HOW DO YOU RETURN TO CENTER?
I am trying to be better about this and it has been tough recently. Ideally, my return to center involves a significant amount of solitude for meditation and reflection. The older I get, the more I realize that a return to center doesn't have to involve me doing a thing. It's actually better for me to learn how to sit with my self doing nothing in a space of deep quietude.