Bitchslap Number Twenty Two
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I grew up with the classic poster of Tom Penny skating the Christiania Wonderland ramp hanging in my room at my Dad's house. It represented the mystique and potential of skateboarding and the desire to travel to far away places and share what I had to offer. When I was in Copenhagen recently and Albert from Alis asked me to paint the very same DIY quarter at Wonderland I was thrilled, but when Tom showed up to skate it I felt like I kickflipped into the rabbit hole. Mange tak to wonderful Copenhagen where lifelong dreams can so fluidly come true. Mike Kershnar, artist and skateboarder. TO M PEN N Y, K I CK FLI P BY EM I LI A N O M EU CCI
Lucas B eaufor t LUCAS BEAUFORT IS THE GENT BEHIND THE TRAVELLING ART AND SKATEBOARD SHOW, THE LB PROJECT. CURATING 54 SKATEBOARDS OVER 12 MONTHS IN 6 CITIES, THE LB PROJECT STRIVES TO BRING BRANDS, ARTISTS, MEDIA AND SKATEBOARDERS TOGETHER THROUGH RETAIL SPACES. WE HUNG WITH LUCAS AND HIS POSSE OF FRENCHIES FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS DURING THE COPENHAGEN LEG OF THE TOUR WHICH WAS HOSTED BY STREETMACHINE. N I CK B RI D G E
So Lucas, what brings you to Copenhagen ?
First of all I love Copenhagen! People are nice and the city is really interesting. When I thought about doing a European art project, it seemed obvious to do something here. To me there are 6 big cities in Europe with a strong connection to skateboarding and Copenhagen is one of them. The project seems like a no-brainer, it's pretty cool combining art, skateboarding and travel. Did you find it easy to get support?
I wanted to create something new, but I especially wanted to make it accessible to all. I really believed it was a good idea to bring artists, skate shop, media and brands together. It was a huge amount of work but I think that sometimes people need to get together to make things happen. I'm stoked with the support from I've got from people! And what about reaching out to the artists?
Man, it was really hard to coordinate all the artists together. Sometimes you really want someone but it's big pain in the ass. You have to be so motivated ! The box I sent to Jeremyville got lost in New York. All the boards were inside and we had to wait 3 weeks to find it somewhere in the city. Another artist was broke and couldn't pay to send me the boards back to France. I sent him cash by post. It would not be funny if everything was so easy. Did you get to involve any personal heroes?
Of course I'm a huge fan of most of the artists involved into this project. Jeremy Fish is my hero and Michael Sieben too. I can't wait to meet them all. So what did you do last night? 10 | BS 22
When I arrive in a city that I don't really know, I always wanna meet the dirty side. Copenhagen is not dirty but if you dig a little bit you will find some good places where you can have fun. By chance my hotel was located in the dirty side of the city so my friends and I spent the night at the raddest place in town! I can't tell you more. And you have some international artists in town. It seems like a big deal man.
Indeed, the idea is to invite one artist for each art show. French came to Berlin, Mike Kershnar came to Copenhagen with Chad Eaton. It's always better to meet them personally! Jeremy Fish will come in Amsterdam with BB Bastidas and Fos will join us in London. What made you decide to choose Skateistan as the recipient for the charity boards?
I really like what Skateistan is doing for kids in Afghanistan and Cambodia. It's not only skateboarding, it's bringing people together to make them happy! I'm proud to support Skateistan by donating half of the boards at the end of the project in May 2015. So even if I really really want to buy a board, I have to sign up and maaaaaybe win one. Can you put some of them for sale dude?
Yes, if you wanna win a unique skateboard you have to subscribe on the site. Otherwise you can buy it via Skateistan when they will do an auction in June or July 2015. Anything I missed?
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So, who are you? Call me snake. I am Jonas Daater from Herning and I have been skating for around 11 years. Sponsors? Lakai, Girl, Ray's Skateshop, Independent trucks, Official headwear. You're from the mainland of Denmark right? What's going on over there? It's going down! Herning 4 Life ! Dan Ray is killing the game. Dan Ray? Sounds like the sheriff of Jylland. Dan Ray Is O.G. Herning born n' raised! He recently opened Ray's Skateshop in Herning and is supplying the local skate scene with all the gear they need and an indoor miniramp! He is just too Brian to handle!
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So there's pretty much farmland in Jylland. What's you opinion of it being legal in Denmark to have sex with animals? As long as there is no rosebud I think. What the fuck is up with this question? Dude you need to take a stand on these type of things in case someone asks you at a dinner party. What do you tell people you do if you meet them at a dinner party? It is a stupid law, they should change it right away. I just tell them 'your eyes are beautiful'. Do you get a lifetime season pass to Legoland when you're a kid growing up in those parts? Fuck no! But I wish we did. Why did it take you so long to migrate to Copenhagen? When I moved here I kind of got fed up by all the
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people everywhere. After 3-4 days I wanted to go back to Herning and recover. And then all of a sudden I got over it and things fell in place, and I'm still here. But is there still a magnate for you in Herning? Herning is the place I wanna go back to when I get settled. It is home for me for sure! My entire family still lives around there. Are people from Copenhagen smart-asses? Yes. What's the biggest difference for you living here? I get to skate a lot more different street spots and fælledparken's flatbar! And I get to eat McDonalds four times a week with Bengtsson! Got any favourite spots here there or anywhere? Smyrna. Fælledparken. Flat.
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Isn't Smyrna for rollerskating and bowling? You are thinking of the old roller rink and bowling center just across from the train station in Herning. But Smyrna was the best indoor park ever but it was run by The Pinse Church and suddenly they wouldn't let us use it anymore because we are not Christians. But there is a new indoor park in Herning which is sweet. Favourite trick that's not a backside 180? 360 flip flat gives me a boner. Tell me about your recent trip to LA? It was super awesome! I got to skate a lot of street and skateparks in the best weather you could ask for and listen to KDay and Dr.Pepper Cherry 12 packs! KDay is an all '80s and '90s hip hop radio station. And it is as legit as can be. Fuck I wanna go back so bad! Was there anything gnarly you did that they left out of that Skate Sauce clip that just dropped? Tell me about that nollie bigspin? I have some other good footy that Amrit (Skate Sauce Owner) filmed with his VX2000, which he is saving for the Skate Sauce video ! The nollie bigspin, we were just driving around looking at spots before it got dark, and then i just wanted to try it! I was so hyped skating a spot I've seen in videos as a kid. How did the girls in LA like the Danish crew? What girls?
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So you're telling me you were in LA skating and you didn't meet any girls? I hooked up with this waiter chick that gave me her number at a restaurant in SF. Twice. And then I kind of lost it at Spearmint Rhino this one night, and got mad hyped on this french stripper! I tell you man, she was pure tenderloin! 0% fat! So I blew about three weeks of food money on lap dances. But they gave me a nice flexfit cap, so I was stoked.
Can make you rosebud by looking mean at you. Nice hair. Unlimited tribals. Psycho crusher. Can change the colour of his Shox by desire! Has a Golf wIth 24" rims.
You've got an addiction to manga cartoons. Are we talking hook ups here or what's the story? We are talking Pokemon and Dragon ball. When I was 10 I bought the first Dragonball book, and I have been hooked ever since! I just like things that are drawn or animated. I'd rather watch cartoons than movies for sure.
What's it going to take to bring it to the next level? I just really love to skate! Keep pushing it! I don't know, just keep being hungry!
Longest manga marathon? Manga is the drawn form, animé is the cartoon version. But I watched all Trigun episodes in one day. I'm learning something. Who's the master of Animé? Hayao Miyazaki is the king! He created some mind blowing films that 'grown ups' can see without necessarily being into cartoons or Japanese shit. Describe yourself as a manga character. Super powers allowed. Super Brian: Fly. Hadou-ken. SHOOORYUKEN.
Do you just skate for whoever offers you gear or do you have some guidelines when picking sponsors? I have to be stoked otherwise I cannot feel comfortable when I wear or skate it! I have to feel good.
Dying meal? My grandmothers tarteletter for sure! Everyone should try those! And cola! What do you want to be when you grow up? Grow up? What's the first thing you would change if they made you Prime Minister of Denmark? Fire the entire Government and hire people who had job experience, and then a big party where we blew up kødbyen and everyone was happy. And free water everywhere! Best homes to skate with? Brian Life's. Team Nice. And a lot og other gangsters
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NIKI BERNARD EMERGED FROM THE SHADOWS TO RECENTLY RELEASE HIS DEBUT EP, DOXY UNDER THE WING OF PROMINENT DANISH RAPPER L.O.C.. WITH HIS PERFECTIONIST'S GENE, WE CAUGHT UP WITH NIKI IN A JITTERY STATE 15 MINUTES BEFORE DOXY'S DIGITAL RELEASE FOR A CHAT ABOUT BRINGING HIS FINELY CRAFTED BABY INTO THE WORLD.
This may be the slowest EP ever to be produced. What's taking so long? Blame it on Es. He kept giving away all the good beats! Truthfully I have always been very reserved when it comes to my music. I just never really thought it was good enough to put out there. Not saying that this EP is perfect, but I had to let go at some point. I always think big, and it’s been hard defining a sound and expression that I wanted to roll with. I always wanted to make a debut that I could look back on in years from now and still be proud of. I think I came pretty close with this one. But you've already cameoed at Roskilde Festival with Felix and you were spitting about Bald Headed Bitches like two years ago. You didn't want to roll of those successes or are you a critical perfectionist? That’s right. I have done a few features the last couple of years at Roskilde Festival. Last year I joined Felix De Luca for his show at Apollo Countdown, and the year before that I rushed the stage for DJ Static’s closure at Arena. Good times indeed..Hopefully I’ll get my own show there someday! Baldheaded Bitch was a classic indeed haha. Amber Rose never called though. I just heard she divorced Wiz, so maybe I’ll get another shot. I might even re-record the song and put it on the next project! Why the name change? I've had my share of aliases throughout my time with music, but it never really felt right. People always call me by my government anyway, so I figured I’d just roll with it. Besides, French is so hot right now. Tell me about rapping in English rather than Danish. A lot of people have told me they'd be really into hearing you in Danish. Danish rap music just never really appealed to me. I’ve always been very fond of the English language, even before rap, so for me it just 16 | BS 22
seemed natural to go that route. Also, I’ve always been heavily influenced by American rap music, and Danish rap never really caught my attention the same way. Besides, I don’t really feel like I can express myself with the same authenticity in Danish as I can in English, strange as it may sound. You told me once that when you're writing lyrics you just make up gibberish words and sounds to get a flow and rhythm and then apply real words. How does it work? Correct. Once I get the beat, I usually go into a little zone where I start mumbling and make up words, sounds and sentences to catch the vibe of the track. Then I start writing. I might try to fit actual words into those phrases, even though it usually takes another route once I start writing. But it’s always a good starting point for me. I got to feel the track before I can add lyrics to it. Flow and delivery are super important elements when creating a song. I would go as far as to say that it’s actually more important than the actual lyrics. Because, let’s be honest, you won’t even pay attention to the lyrics if the person can’t rap or sing for shit!
Which pair would you have the hardest time setting alight? Hard to say. I don’t really get attached to shoes like that. I just like having new shit. All the time! What's L.O.C.'s involvement and how significant is it for you to have such a prominent name back you? It’s game changing! Starting from scratch, L.O.C. / SGMD provides a platform for me in Denmark that’s bigger than anything I could have ever imagined. I’m just happy theta guy has great taste in music haha. I’m blessed to have a team of incredibly talented people behind me, who believe in the project and see the potential. So you're going to tour with L.O.C. as support. What's the worst thing that can happen? Yes sir! It’s going to be crazy! 17 destinations from mid-October to end-November! I’m very excited about this tour. Everything that can go wrong will go wrong! Word to Murphy. What's on the rider? Money, money and more money. Nah, no demands here, I'm just happy to be there.
So the songs come out of a melody and the message comes after? Exactly. It’s music. Imagine your favourite piece of poetry or whatever written material you might be into being preformed by IceJJFish. Nuff said.
How are you going to juggle everything with all the coffee and cigarette breaks you take? Haha! I can’t believe you noticed! That’s the key. How do you think I find time to write all these lyrics?
How's your sneaker collection coming along? Haha. Just fine I guess! Bought myself three pairs last week. I got problems.
I heard you don't ride bikes. What's even up with that? Man, Copenhagen must be the capital of bike thefts! I can’t even be bothered anymore. I gave up last summer, so now I’m just subway surfing all day!
Would you rather burn all your sneakers or lose your voice for a year? Oooooh man! You’re putting me on the spot here. A year ago I would probably have hit the mute button for 12 months straight, but I guess I’d be just fine in some Visvim or Hender Scheme for a minute nowadays!
What would you wear if black didn't exist? I’d probably wrap myself into some deep deep Charcoal.
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We recently interrupted illustrator Sine Jensen amid a new project for Soulland to have a chat about pencils, freakouts and lolcats.
What would you do if you lost your pencil sharpener?
I only use my 0.3 mechanical pencil, so I'm pretty much invincible in the pencil department. Well, I sometimes run out of lead. Those days are the worst. There's quite a big wave of lead drawings right now. Are you leading, following or just on the same path?
It's all I can do really. It's pretty much what I've been doing since I figured out as a teenager that I liked making naturalistic drawings. If you do something long enough it's bound to get popular at some point. When the wave has passed, I will probably still be hunched over my light box with my pencil and eraser getting more and more nearsighted as the years pass. I have had brief affairs with other methods such as acrylic painting and collage over the years, but I always seem to find my way back to the lead drawings. It's been many years since I last strayed. Tell us about lol cats.
As early as the 1870s, British portrait photographer Harry Pointer created a carte de visite series featuring cats posed in various situations. To these he usually added amusing text intended to further enhance their appeal. Continuing this fine tradition I have made a selection of the best Lolcats the internet has to offer together with the talented guys from Ironflag and made them into detailed handmade drawings now available as postcards. We are taking the internet phenomenon to a whole new level – away from the screen and in to the real world! Right now we are also making t-shirts and cups. 28 | BS 22
Can't you get sued for that stuff ?
The beautiful thing about lolcats is that no one can really claim ownership. There are a few trademarked cats such as the infamous 'Grumpy Cat', where the cat has a manager and is making tv appearances, but most of the time you have some crazy cat lady somewhere in the world putting up pictures of her cats that some college kid happens to stumble upon. The kid then applies a funny text and shares what is now a meme on 4chan or some other internet community where it can get picked up and altered by anyone. So already at this point you can question who has the rights to the meme. Then somewhere along the line we come along and pick it out from the millions of funny cat pictures and turn it into a drawing. Basically we don't really know who could even sue us in this case, but if we by chance should happen to use one of the trademarked cats, I guess we could get in trouble. What's the weirdest brief you've ever got from a client?
I'm often called into meetings with potential clients who have seen my drawings and really like my style, but then ask me to do something completely different. It always takes me by surprise whenever someone asks me to do sketch like drawings or caricatures or whatever after having seen what I usually do. Most of the stuff I google myself to is illustration. What's going on with your graphic design?
I spent almost five years at the Design School doing graphic design, but as it turns out I'm not very good at it. I'm alright, but I just don't care enough
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about spacing and kerning to ever become really good. All the attention I pay to detail in my drawings, I could never muster when it came to graphic design. I was much more concerned with the artwork than with the layout. I have been sharing an office with the graphic design studio Ironflag for the past three years and they really convinced me to go back to drawing. I'm much happier drawing than I ever was doing graphic design, I was just never satisfied with the result, which luckily is not the case with my illustrations. Do some clients still think illustrations should be free?
I'd say it's about half. But I mean, I think it's fun to draw, so who needs to get paid, right? What's the most difficult part in the process of drawing something substantial and detailed?
I couldn't draw a stick figure if someone put a gun to my head. What's your weakness?
To me it's not really doing the drawing that's the problem, it's picking the subject matter. I can easily do a drawing that looks nice, but that doesn't really cut it for me anymore. There has to be something more, it has to be funny. I figured out some time ago that it's essential for me to do work with a humorous and often ironic angle to it. I usually pick subjects that revolve around popular culture since it has been such an ingrained part of growing up for me, and I like to work with characters and images that have somehow played a part in shaping my own humour which is so very important to me and the way I work. That is essentially what my Prank Call drawings are trying to encapsulate.
Well, I couldn't draw a stick figure if someone put a gun to my head either. I guess my weakness is that I can't really make myself deviate to much from the way I've chosen to work. Like I said, I don't sketch. I just can't make myself do it. Stick figures are just so ugly. But this means, of course, that I need at least an hour or so to do anything because it has to look good. I guess I will never make it big in the advertising business or anywhere else that depends on fast storyboarding. I guess I'm just going to have to learn to live with that.
If you were to freak out, art-wise - what would the result look like?
When I attended the design school one of the teachers was always very insistent that we use ink and matches to draw with, so that we couldn't really control the outcome. She really loved everything coincidental and random, and I almost got a panic attack from that exercise. I think that was a fine example of me trying to freak out art-wise and the results were terrible to say the least. I hate to admit it, but I'm a terrible control freak when it comes to my work. I don't sketch. I don't doodle. I only do finished pieces. Some might consider that to be a tiny bit anal.
What do you spend your procrastination time on?
Clever thing really, turning lolcats into work. That means I've reduced my procrastination time by at least eighty percent. The remaining twenty percent is used on loldogs. Does listening to music influence the outcome of a your work? If so, how?
It can definitely make my workflow a lot better. If I'm not listening to music I have a tendency to linger to long at every detail, prolonging the process without it having any real effect on the outcome. Listening to music often makes me forget what I'm doing, and all of a sudden I'll have finished the drawing leaving me with the sensation of not really having done it myself. This always seems to surprise me.
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Apeiron APEIRON CREW IS A DJ COLLECTIVE COMPRISED OF FOUR TALENTED SUPER-FEMALES. WITH THEIR BASE IN COPENHAGEN, SIMONE ØSTER, EMMA BLAKE, NAJAARAQ VESTBIRK AND SARA SVANHOLM ARE A NEW FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH ON THE LOCAL ELECTRONIC CIRCUIT. I CAN'T HELP PICTURING POWER RANGERS OR A LADY-VOLTRON. APEIRON CAN BE SEEN SAVING DANCE FLOORS FROM PERIL LOCALLY AND ACROSS EUROPE, OR HEARD ON THEIR FORTNIGHTLY RADIO SHOW DUNKEL RADIO. WE RECENTLY MET FOR A RAMBLE ABOUT THEM AND THEIR SOUND. B EN M ERV IS
Hey girls! Can you introduce yourself and tell us how you all met?
Najaaraq: I contacted the girls individually to begin with. Friends of mine had been asking me ‘Hey, don’t you know Sara/ Emma/Simone? She’s a pretty cool girl who you’d like’ I hit them up on Facebook asked if we should hang out. And that’s what we did last summer. Like everyone said, they are amazing girls with brilliant taste in music and we quickly became really close, agreed on making parties together, and became a DJ crew. Sara: It’s quite funny how we met in a sort of professional way, then quickly became really good friends, but still kept the no bullshit approach to what we do. It’s important for all of us to be able to say exactly what we feel about whatever we get ourselves mixed up in, to always be able to say if we’re not into an idea or whatever. Who came up with 'Apeiron'? That’s quite a reference.
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settle on something so essential to our identity when we're four people. We eventually went for Apeiron Crew because the concept of apeiron is pretty beautiful, this ancient idea of the infinite. At the same time we are totally aware it is obviously a lot of nonsense cosmology that means very little in real terms. We agreed that even though the electronic music, spacey bullshit thing has been done a lot, it's because the two fit together really well aesthetically speaking, and that was something we wanted to play with. So really, it was part throwaway reference, part in-road to the kind of imagery we wanted to have associated with our first event. I get it. You're a super hero crew of infinity techno babes. What sort of outfits do you wear when you're fighting crime and can you tell us a bit about your special powers?
Simone: The Workout. Battles opponents with her sheer muscle mass and advantageous low resting heart rate. Wears anything from Sporty Spice’s wardrobe circa 1996. Special move: The Squat. Najaaraq: The Practical Planner. Equipped with her bike
helmet, waterproofs and her trusty Google Calendar, she smashes disorganised fiends in an orderly manner. But under the cover of darkness she morphs into The Party Beast. Werewolf rules apply, so stay back on a full moon or she’ll take you down with her. Sara: The Doctor. She dishes out crime-fighting medicine and performs corrective surgery on enemies to a 4/4 beat. Costume: White coat, Dr. Martens, and a bag of confiscated criminal kidneys. Emma: Public Humiliation Girl. Embarrasses villains into submission with her skills in Inappropriate Conversation, then knocks them out with her special move, the Dance of Mortification. Unfortunately, these powers are so potent, she often ends up being struck by her own Cringe Shrapnel, thereby eternally suﬀering her own wrath. Costume: Grimace of Shame and something obviously last-season. To what extent was Apeiron Crew a natural progression from Dunkel Radio & what’s the relationship between the two?
Sara: Dunkel Radio and Apeiron Crew are actually two separate things. Najaaraq formed Dunkel Radio with Daniel aka Dee Brown (from C.U.P.) a few years ago and then Emma joined the team later as the editor. When the four of us joined forces to make parties and play together, Simone and I joined the team as hosts on the show. Apeiron Crew is primarily about throwing parties and playing gigs, where as Dunkel Radio is a more broad platform for electronic music with features, interviews and the fortnightly radio show. Emma, you’re from Glasgow which has a famously great electronic scene— how does the Copenhagen scene compare?
Emma: Glasgow will, of course, always have a very special place in my heart, and I find myself talking a lot to friends who have never been there about what it's like, making comparisons and telling mad stories about some of the stuﬀ I saw and did. I learned a lot, and was lucky to go to some amazing nights when I was way too young to be at them, but I try to be conscious of not sounding like I think it's better. I mean, I moved to Copenhagen to study, but I’m staying because I love it here. I don't believe we could have done what we're doing now if we started it in Glasgow, at least, I’m not sure it would have had the same reaction. The scene is really saturated, there’s so much stuﬀ happening it can be hard to keep track of it all. In Copenhagen it felt like people were really receptive and supportive of what we wanted to do, which is such a nice and welcoming feeling. How would you describe your musical tastes and how much do they vary between the four of you?
Emma: We often answer this question with really distinct genres that each of us feels we personally identify with, but I’m not sure that’s as relevant any more. We’re all picking up favourites from each others’ record collections these days. Sara: Yeah, there’s no doubt that we are constantly inspired by each other. Why wouldn’t we? We have great taste in music! I guess I am the 'deepest' of us since I really have a passion for dub, techno and the more trippy and atmospheric kind of techno, but also I do fucking love the hard-hitting and acidic techno that we tend to play when the four of us DJ together. I must admit that I get a certain high when one of the girls put on a new track that they’ve just discovered and I get the ‘What
the fuck is this!? This is GREAT!’ feeling, which happens quite a lot! Emma: I obnoxiously assigned myself the role as enforcer of the classic electro revival within the crew, but I’m losing my touch now; every time we meet one of the girls has some amazing electro record I haven’t heard before, which is brilliant. Najaaraq: I’m definitely into all sorts of techno at the moment, plus classic electro of course, and I am sucker for some acidy vocal house as well. I really love playing stuﬀ at +8 these days. Sara: I hear you on that +8 thing! It’s not that I don’t like house music, I really do, but honestly it’s just so much more fun playing techno for me. Simone: Besides Emma, music-wise I think I’m definitely the UK sidekick to the crew. I basically like anything inspired by old school UK rave and garage, heavy rolling basslines and pounding techno percussion. Emma & Najaaraq, you’re both producers as well. What sort of tunes are you working on right now?
Emma: We’re producing stuﬀ together as Courtesy and Blake, and we’ve finished a demo pack that we hope to turn into an EP at some point soon, but we’re keeping it all fairly secretive right now until Najaaraq gets back from RBMA in November. Other than when we occasionally drop one of our tunes when we’re playing out to see how it sounds in a club environment and gauge the reaction of the crowd. Sara: Sorry I know you’re not asking me, but they are making BADASS BANGERS! People should be as excited as I am! What have been your favourite venues to play? Does it make a diﬀerence?
Sara: I think we all agree that playing in Berlin this summer at a small club called Farbfernseher was great. The crowd was so nice, and we had the privilege of playing all night long - I love that. Najaaraq: Yeah I agree, Farbfernseher is a beautiful little venue and it was lovely to have our Apeiron Crew Berlin debut in such a special place. Emma: I’ve always really enjoyed the vibe when we’ve played downstairs in Red Box at Culture Box, although a big part of that might be to do with the fact that the booth is big enough for all of us to be in there comfortably at the same time, which is pretty rare for us, especially when we collectively end up in party mode after a couple of drinks. Simone: Agreed on spacious booths: We need a lot of room for dancing and being overly aﬀectionate with one another while we play. But I tend to think more about future gigs - I am seriously looking forward to what we’ve got coming up soon: We’ve been booked to play this club called Golem in Hamburg for Halloween, and we’ve heard that it’s great there. Then we’ll be playing upstairs in Culture Box for the first time, with Martyn on November 21st. And it goes without saying that we’re all ridiculously excited for our big 9-hour marathon set in Panorama Bar, which hasn’t actually been booked yet, but we’re not letting that discourage us. It’s our dream to play there at some point, so we will make it happen. Even though this crew is built on having as much fun as possible, we are getting more ambitious with this thing every day, and that feels great.
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Work in Progress The sketchbook is every artist's tool to capture deep thoughts, impulsive visual stimulation or other brain farts. In the case of Dutch artist Raymond Lemstra it is a private sanctuary which he carries around everywhere he goes. Raymond discusses his sketchbooks with us to and gives us a small peep inside, without giving away too much, and a look at some finished works. Step into the world of Raymond Lemstra. Jeroen Smeets
How would you introduce yourself and explain what you do to a distant relative at an awkward birthday party for your aunt?
Where do your inﬂuences come from and how do they resonate in your work?
To a distant relative I would introduce myself as just being Raymond Lemstra. I think that would do the job. If she asks for more I would tell her that I have been living in Amsterdam for the past ten years and that I mostly make small sized drawings with pencil on paper, but I also work in other materials like paint, ink or wood.
I am inﬂuenced by many things my time on this planet has to oﬀer, but in my work I am mostly interested in facial recognition. It is fascinating that all we basically need are two parallel dots and a line underneath to identify it as a face. Continuing on this idea, geometrical shapes are a prominent feature in my work. Shapes that are otherwise impersonal start to express emotions when placed in the right context, like for example how the front of a car can be grumpy or goofy. Another aspect that amazes me is closely connected to this; selective emphasis, like you would see in pre-colonial sculptures or children’s drawings for example. Children’s drawings will never let me down.
And in a completely diﬀerent scenario; how would you describe your art and your visual aesthetic if you were to meet the director of the MOMA?
My drawings are evidence of me enjoying drawing. This is what makes them relevant to myself. And naturally it will make me happy if they resonate with someone somewhere sometime. It’s important to me that there is a strong sense of dedication to the basic materials I use to make them, considering we’re living in a time where so much has become unreal. Although I have themes and interests, I work very intuitively. A well thought through plan just kills the joy of executing it.
A few years ago you made a choice to start working more manually instead of digitally. What sparked you to make this choice?
When it comes to creating things I don’t connect well with computers, mentally or physically. To click ‘save’ after a long day of work and end up with an invisible digital file feels very
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disappointing. I prefer to have a physical, real drawing or painting at the end of the day. And in the past, when I did work with computers for a while, I really missed the tactility of real tools. Nowadays my absolute favourite tool is pencil. The process of working with graphite feels really intimate and personal. When I finish a drawing it also reﬂects this feeling. A while ago I started painting big canvasses which brings a totally diﬀerent feeling and process. It demands the attention of the viewer in a much more confrontational manner just by the sheer size alone. It's very refreshing and addictive to me to work in this new way. What does the sketchbook symbolize to you? And how do you utilize your sketchbook?
My sketchbook is very private, so there is absolutely no pressure whilst working in it. It’s a book in which I collect ideas, both written and drawn. I don’t use it to practice my drawing anymore, but I do make visual notes of things that I encounter or come to mind. I write down titles of interesting books or music, names of old artists that demand a closer look or whatever catches my interest. For example Radio Jiro and Haruki Murakami. I listen to Radio Jiro a lot now, this guy has my taste in music, but invests a lot more time in finding interesting new stuﬀ. I am also reading and re-reading everything by Haruki Murakami. And I really enjoy entering the worlds of Moebius and Otomo Katsuhiro. Do you take your sketchbook everywhere you go?
I carry it with me every day, but it really varies how much I use it. Sometimes I don’t draw in it for weeks, sometimes I’ll add to it non-stop. I really enjoy taking my sketchbook to the public
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library and just sit there, watch people, take out some old art books and draw. Valuable moments! After a day like that some new ideas will always rise to the surface. What about traveling, is the sketchbook an indispensably travel companion for you?
I really never leave home without it, especially when I am going on a trip. On my next trip I'm going to be ﬂying to South Korea to explore the wonderful city of Seoul for the art project The Jaunt. I will be meeting up with local artists and galleries and then just take it away from there. Even though I plan to do some sightseeing, I will hopefully end up somewhere with a home cooked meal in front of me. I always enjoy my travels best when I get to experience how people live their lives in a city that's new to me. I can’t wait to find out what the city feels and smells like How many sketches make it out of your sketchbook and into a painting, drawing or illustration?
In my sketchbook I really enjoy drawing in a clear line, so actually much of its content stands pretty far apart from my work outside of it. My sketchbook is purely for myself, just fooling around. It allows me to take a break from the other stuﬀ I do. Every now and then a drawing in it results in an idea for a bigger drawing, but usually I immediately start on the actual thing. Do you often look back into your previous sketchbooks to revisit what you've made at that moment in time, or is it more like an archive that you close behind you once you start a new sketchbook?
I rarely look at old sketchbooks. I am quickly bored, or even annoyed, with my older drawings. But it is funny to look back and find out that the drawings you used to be proud of don’t connect to your interests anymore. Like an old agenda with previous appointments they have lost their value, but they also remind you of good times.
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I remember producer Ronni Vindahl posting a video on facebook about 24 months ago, and being a fan of 99% of his work, I figured I'd give this track three minutes of my time. The tune was Pilgrim, by an otherwise unknown talent going by the name Mø. I put it on repeat, posted it on the site and then more or less forgot about it. Fast forward a week or two and Pilgrim is on around half a million plays and Mø is the word on everyone's lips. Karen Marie Ørsted, Mø, skyrocketed into a record contract, back to back global sell out tours, the Crown Prince Couple's prize and an almost cult following of fans. One of her outstanding characteristics is her ability to just be herself—and it's a charming, hyperactive, curious and lovely self. We caught up with Karen and her band in Boston and hung out while she was cutting tanktops from her own merchandise. We had a short time to chat about her favourite American snack food and living up to her growing image as a rolemodel. We also did a little boxing.
Come Dance With Me S A M ER K H U DA I RI
FRY D FRY D EN DA H L
Your new music video with Elliphant released recently, and it seemed like you guys had a kick ass time. Did a more hip hop style remind you when you turned your old band Mor into Bror?
Ya ya, that’s right. It was so cool to collaborate with Elliphant because we don’t even know each other that well but I feel like she’s some kind of soul mate to me. We just ﬂow. We want the same thing. When I look at her, there is something so familiar about her, I can’t explain what it is. I feel connected. I am so happy with this new collaboration. How about ‘We All Came to Kill’?
I am so busy these days, so I don’t get to talk so much to Adam the producer of the trip-hop band. He’s been such a close friend to me and helped me so much. When everything took oﬀ with MØ, I got so busy. You are so strong and confident, how do you uphold that image without crossing over into being a mean girl?
What helps me relax is to know that I am not supposed to try to be anyone but myself. It gives me confidence that I don’t have to play a role. That I can truly be myself in everything that I do. That’s what people expect now, but that is something that I have always done. I don’t feel like I have to play a certain character. I think I’m lucky. You see certain artists that have this image that has been
created around them, and they are striving to hold onto that image. I can’t do that, I would fall. So you braid your own hair?
I do! I do a lot of my social media too. You can see when it’s my team, and when it’s more personal, it’s me. Do you have a favourite American snack food?
This is kind of boring, but I love Coconut Water. I just saw you chug a box of that!
It’s kind of my ritual in America, I drink it everyday. When you tour, your body get so exhausted. What do you miss about home when you’re on tour?
I miss my boyfriend. And my friends and family. But I really like being on tour because at some point, even though it is stressful, there are times when it's less stressful than being at home. At home there are so many things you need to do and feel like you should do and it's like ‘ARRGGH’. On tour, it's just being focused on the tour, and being with the band. It’s quite simple actually. You go into a ‘Mø-mode’, which is nice and you don’t worry about bills and stuﬀ like that. Has touring become addictive now?
Yea, at some point it is. Since we’ve been touring so much for so long, it feels kind of like being at home when being on the road. But I feel like
If you’re always yourself, you will never be afraid to fall out of character.
at some point soon I need to be focused on making new music. Be home and be in the studio everyday, and focus on that. The reason I’m so lucky to go to all these places is because of the music, so you need to maintain that balance. I’ve been touring for two years. Constantly doing something, it is kind of tearing me a bit. So I need to really focus on that writing back home. Not that I don’t love touring, it’s just you know, you need to think of what’s good for yourself. Is there an American city that compares to Copenhagen?
Mmmm, well, nah. I don’t really know actually. Every city these days is trying to be like New York, like Berlin or Stockholm. I don’t think Copenhagen reminds me of New York though. Maybe Seattle. Portland maybe? What is the last thing that made you say ‘Wow’?
When I heard the new stuﬀ from Danish band Ice Age. I was like fuck me man this is so good. Like ‘Shit!’ I used to be a big fan of punk and Elias, the frontman, just brings it. (Mø starts grunting and screaming like a punk singer) I get like ‘WOAAAH!’. I can’t describe it. It’s just about letting go and not caring. Are American audiences more willing to let it go?
They are so open-minded. When they are at your concert, they want to let it go, they want to have a good time, be happy. And they want to cheer you on! I like the vibe at American concerts.
Sandwich question time.
Shit. What sandwich best describes you?
It would definitely be something with mustard in it. I don’t think it would be vegetarian, but it would be on multigrain. Rugbrød?
Ya, maybe whole grain. And carrots. Leverpostej is nice too. It smells bad and it’s liver, but it tastes so good! What is the weirdest gift a fan has given to you?
I got a pair of men’s boxers, like underwear but it wasn’t that weird. I haven’t gotten that weird stuﬀ. Not yet (laughs). What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
The best advice I have gotten was from my mom. She said something along the lines of if you’re always yourself, you will never be afraid to fall out of character. If you’re yourself, that can’t happen. You’re just yourself. You can’t be fake. You can’t fuck up your character because there is nothing to fuck up. You always think you can do a better job of course. I am so happy to do these things. It has been my dream since I was 7 years old so I got nothing to complain about. I feel good.
Things MARK SNOR ARNESEN
CONVERSE_CTAS PRO POLAR OX
MONCOLE_GUIDE TO GOOD BUSINESS
ELAINE HERSBY_FANNY PACK
MEDOWLARK - FANG NECK-
BYREDO - GYPSY WATER
THOMSEN - KNIT CAP
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BRIXTON - TILLER
THE BOY SCOUTS - COSMIC RING SHIELD
COMMON PROJECTS_SLIP ONS
CARHARTT X POLAR_SKATE DECK
POLER - CAMERA COOLER BAG
BIMBA Y LOLA - ANIMAL PRINT GLOVES
POST DETAILS_CLASSIC KNITTED BEANIE
SATTA - WAVEFORM CAP
GROWN ALCHEMIST_LIP BALM
NIKE SB - DUNK HIGH ACAPULCO GOLD COLAB
CARHARTT_PRINTED CAR LUX VEST
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OFFICIAL_RODRIGO TX ENTRADA BUCKIT
NEVER ODD OR EVEN
KAIBOSH_SHUT UP & KEEP TALKING SUNGLASSES
DRINK WATER_INSULATED BOTTLE BRAND 47_LA KINGS MINE SHAFT HAT
VANS - AV CLASSIC
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BACK IN 2011 PRO SNOWBOARDERS BRYAN FOX AND AUSTIN SMITH STARTED WRITING DRINK WATER ON THEIR BOARDS AS A RESPONSE TO THE GROWING ENERGY BRAND INVOLVEMENT IN THE SPORT. THE BLINDINGLY OBVIOUS MESSAGE WAS SOON PICKED UP AND SUPPORTED BY PROMINENT NAMES IN SNOWBOARDING AND SKATEBOARDING, INCLUDING OUTSPOKEN LEGEND TERJE HAAKONSEN, AND BECAME A CAMPAIGN WITH MERCHANDISE AVAILABLE. HERE'S THEIR STORY.
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K N U T ELI A S S EN
So for those who don't know your story can you lay it out for us. How did it get started? Energy drinks are not new to action sports, they have been kicking around for years and years, just like Paul Mitchell and all the other random companies. However energy drinks' involvement over the last five years has certainly increased. Most contests and a lot of riders are all branded by energy drinks. Almost none of them actually drink the stuff, they slap a sticker on their snowboard and get paid. As their popularity grew Bryan and I became more and more uncomfortable with this product being peddled to kids. We just wanted to give people an alternative to what was being sold out there. Doesn't it seem crazy to you sometimes the support and attention you're getting from campaigning a message that is so obvious? Yes, our initial thoughts didn’t go too far beyond writing the words on our snowboards and making some stickers. So I understand the message is a resistance towards energy brands who are involved with our culture. The thing is that they're also supporting the sports by pumping money into riders and events. What's the ideal scenario for you?
It's obviously a tricky situation in some aspects. "Don't bite the hand that feeds you" right? But that logic falls off pretty quick. A lot of the things that energy drinks pump money into are the aboveand-beyond spectacles. Without them, maybe snowboarding and skateboarding would be a lot closer to the size and events we know and love. And now Drink Water has its commercial aspect as well. Let's say, hypothetically, that you sold a million sweatshirts. Would you attempt to battle for event real estate, or how would you spend the profits? We would not be trying to outbid red bull for their X-Games sponsorship. We would make some movies, do the Rat Race in Europe and Japan and focus on creating content and events that benefitted people already committed to snowboarding not necessarily trying to grow and reach people with no interest in it. There is too much focus on growing snowboarding to new people and pumping more money in and out of it but the reality is there are only so many mountains and it only snows in so many places. You want all the freshies for yourself? Doesn’t everyone? But I just want Oregon, Washington and BC. I don’t think there are any shortage of snowboarders or skiers, when I go to any
resort the parking lot is full, the lodge is packed with little kids and I wait in lift lines. The snowboard industry is healthy but some people have unrealistic expectations. A lot of brands are teaming up with energy brands as well - like Nike and Monster for Street League. Where do you stand on this being a Nike rider? Or how does the brand react? I have my opinions but everyone is entitled to their own. Nike has been very supportive with our events like the Rat Race and they brought us along to give out water during their event in NYC for Go Skateboarding Day. But their main focus is to sell shoes and thats that. It's almost as if, due to their size, people feel the need to tread lightly, but in a sense it's just plain competition right? But competition to get your message across. There are hundreds of hardware brands all fighting for the same attention and dollar. What's different here? Without them and their size there wouldn’t be Drink Water. Making an obvious statement like "Drink Water" only makes sense when the noise to do something else is exponentially louder. We exist to offer an alternative to them but we aren’t necessarily selling a product. And certainly not fighting for the shelf space at 7-11 that they are battling for, we are suggesting you
question the marketing directed towards you and what you buy because of it. You probably don’t need any of it, lets all consume less stuff together. Is the message exclusively tied up with an alternative to energy brands, or would you be ok with it taking another angle if, let's say, schools started using the message for their kids - like outside snow and skate? And from that, do you have copyright on the image brand because it would seem like an easy one to rip off ? We have some grand aspirations to take the message and brand to a much broader group. It's always going to be relevant, even if it's just a funny little reminder rather than a sweeping statement against energy drinks. As far as entering into schools, we've been careful not to come off as some weird public health initiative designed to bum kids out with whacky posters at school. It's not a scold, we're not telling anyone what they can and can't do, more like we're telling them what we're doing. If you're down, you're down. We do have a registered trademark on the logo and the words themselves. We actually had some people at another company giving us a hard time about it over the past year. We sorted it out with lawyers, the whole works. In the end, it'd be pretty easy to rip off what we're doing, but that's so far from the point that I'm not sure any one ripping us off would be holding something of value. Any hiccups along the way? Yes. All kinds. General misunderstanding is a big one. We had bottle water companies reaching out and wanting to co-opt our message with their product. It's never been about selling water, and given our logo is a tap, we're not backing plastic one-timeuse bottled water either. So those are awkward conversations. In the same way, everyone has their own interpretation of what we are and a zany idea for an activation out in the world. It's tough to say no to projects that are well-intentioned, but don't fit with what we're trying to do.
WE JUST WANTED TO GIVE PEOPLE AN ALTERNATIVE TO WHAT WAS BEING SOLD OUT THERE.
Can I get a hoody? For sure! Second to stickers, this might be the most common question coming through the webstore. How does the time spent on this weigh up with your obligations for your sponsors, and just plain on shredding for fun? It all fits in together. We've been fortunate enough to have sponsors that fully support what we're doing and understand that this is as much of a valuable obligation as other stuff we're doing. We also have plenty of help on the details from fellow Drink Water partners: Bryan's older brother Stephen Fox and Aidan Payson. Where are you guys now, what's going on and what's next? It's the Fall. Winter plans are firming up for another season. Summer projects should be done but aren't quite yet. We're working to premier the Pathology Project movie we made last winter. We have some big projects coming up. Hopefully some more stuff in skateboarding and maybe surfing as well. There's good people backing the message and certainly plenty of energy noise in those industries as well. Is Drink Water in it for the long game, did you make a plan or are you just riding it out? In it for the long haul, for sure. We have a very loose plan, it changes with time but there's still plenty to be done. So long as the message is relevant we'll keep going. And there's always more to be done with events, fundraisers and awareness. Also, the cause we support through a percentage of ours sales (water. org) continues to do great things around the world. It's great to keep directing money toward their pursuits and generate awareness around the global water crisis. WEDRINKWATER.COM WATER.ORG
CLASSROOM (ABOVE) Every class starts in the classroom with some sort of discussion, exercise or project for the day Sometimes we watch a new skatevideo or learn about taking care of injuries. About 70 % of the time is pure skating.
B r i g h t 20th Edition January 19 â€“ 21, 2015 Berlin, Mitte www.bright tradeshow.com
My introduction to the world of Henrik Edelbo was not through his images. Coming in at a close second behind photography in reasons why Henrik is well known is his regular nakedness while partying. With his untouchable free-spirit, Henrik stands tall despite his stature: resolute of mind and sharp of tongue (helicopter of penis). His skateboard photography struck me early on after moving to Copenhagen in the late nineties, and now, 15 years on, itâ€™s a pleasure to present his take on our Frame Of Reference series.
COPEN The Frame of Reference series exposes skateboardersâ€™ unique perception of urban spaces from the viewpoint of internationally recognised skateboard photographers on their local turf. We highlight city spots for their aesthetic, community and architectural value.
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HAG EN by H E N R I K
Saint Johannes Church
The lawn in front of Saint Johannes Church is a popular hang out in the short and sweet Danish summertime, where the younguns check each other out. Laurent Gehin hasn't got time for that. He is too busy scavenging the city's cracks and corners for new skateable terrain. Behind the church he explores what few would call a skate spot and 5-0 grind-bonks the bin.
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Den Røde Plads
Den Røde Plads (The Red Square) is situated in Nørrebro, the most culturally diverse part of the city. Among other things the plaza's Brazilian benches, English trash bins, Iraqi swings and Russian neon signs represent the cultures of the 50 nationalities represented in Nørrebro. Magnus Kreiberg represents Denmark kickflipping the Brazilian bench.
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Copenhagen Central Station
Because of the constant swarming of busy commuters, the rail at Copenhagen Central Station is one of the less frequently skated spots in the city. Only surpassed by Amsterdam, Copenhagen has the second most bicycle traffic in the world. Villads Larsen defies the two wheelers with a crooked grind transfer onto the bicycle lane.
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HOW TO I M PR E S S YOU R L O C A L B A R I S TA By Emil Asmussen Illustrations: Mark Arnesen
Espresso, latte, drip, cappuccino – different strokes for different folks. But here’s the thing, it’s not just a cup of coffee you’re ordering. It’s a hot cup of personality, and barista's are a judgmental bunch. So if you plan on earning some kudos with your barista here’s a quick guide on what to order. And what not to.
ced coffee. My short answer is no. But if you really need an iced coffee go with the cold brew, it’s the least embarrassing option.
lack cof fee. Black cof fee is a joker, it can mean either one of two things: A – you cherish the flavour of cof fee and don’t want to disrupt it by adding milk or sugar, or B – you don’t care about the taste and just want caf feine in its purest form. But regardless, no barista will ever think you’re a cheese ball for ordering a black cof fee.
our over, Chemex and AeroPress. These three terms may not make any sense to you, but don’t worry, they are just dif ferent ways of preparing a drip cof fee. All of these options are highly barista approved, but be aware that they’re all somewhat time consuming to prepare and it’s considered sinful to add milk or sugar.
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atte. A non-thinker’s choice for many customers. It’s sort of like the station wagon of cof fee. Except station wagons can be cool. It’s big, it’s cozy and some people like it, but mostly it suits some purpose. To be honest, its taste resembles dirty milk more than cof fee. So if you’re not wandering from cafe to cafe on maternity leave or looking to gain some quick pounds stay away from lattes. Shit tastes horrible anyway. And flavoured options are just plain wrong.
he double espresso. Espresso drinkers are a small and of ten picky crowd. It’s the drink that most of ten makes a barista’s hands shake. Without any milk to cover up potential flaws, it really shows if you’re pulling the espresso shots right. Espresso drinkers are always valued customers because they of ten actually care about good cof fee, or else they’re Italian, and just add a bulk of sugar and drink it in a second.
appuccino. The capp, as it’s named in cof fee lingo, is a classic drink, and is always a safe bet. It shows a certain appreciation for a classic preparation of the steamed milk and espresso combination. But don’t expect a huge island of foam floating around. Those are only done in Italy, in the 90’s, or by shoddy baristas.
he Cortardo. Blue Bottle Cof fee in San Francisco coined this the Gibraltar early in its days of fame. The cortado is the new kid on the block as far as espresso drinks go. It’s a double espresso topped with steamed milk in a whisky-sized tumbler or smaller. Of ten seen accompanying creatives in short meetings, the cortado is the bearded sneaker-head of cof fees. This is what you want to order if you want to get your cof fee f ix stylishly. Only downside is that it's almost got too much of a hipster stigma. Don’t panic the next time you step into a coffee shop full of tiny rolled up beanies and ironic mustachios. You got this on lock, just don’t order that vanilla latte.
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F U C K E D UP
GL A SS BOYS
M ATADOR RECORDS
Anyone familiar with Fucked Up? No? Here’s the lowdown, the last time I saw Fucked Up, the rather hefty bearded ginger beast of a singer climbed a ladder (which he had brought along himself incidentally) in the middle of the roaring crowd, and then threw himself face-first into the ground from the top. Emerging bloody and battered, he ascended the ladder once more to below at the top of his lungs ‘HAD ENOUGH, YOU CUUUUUUUNTS?’ That’s how shit gets done in Canada, son. There is something hypnotically beautiful about Fucked Up and Glass Boys. Soaring guitar melodies combined with the roar of singer Damian Abraham achieve a glorious symmetry that will keep you grinning from ear to ear. PETER PELL E JENSEN
F IR S T H AT E EP
FIRST H ATE
TEE PEE RECORDS
Two guys, one bass and one set of drums. This album came out this year on a small label, it’s just ten tracks, and barely makes it to 20 minutes play time on your turntable. Yet it’s full of speed, massive energy, big riﬀ s, elegance, and most importantly a whole lot of melody. Anyone from metal heads, to punks to indie folks will totally fall for these 10 tracks and their two creators, who, if rumors told are true, will also leave you static from their intense and wild live rendition of their compositions. Converge, Health, Iceage fans, do line up.
The first thing that hits me when I look at First Hate is ’they can’t be brothers’. Still, they look alike somehow. But in the sense of not looking like anyone else. These guys are special. Almost hostile. Then you put on their EP. And you get the sound of Ace Of Base if they were an indieband. Synthbeats, perfect melodies and the overwhelming feeling of being a teenager. When I listened to the song In My Dreams, my stomach hurt right away. But in a good way. I was touched, simply. Listening to First Hate is like re-experiencing your first love. Sweet and hardcore.
Grow your hair long, loosen your trucks, cut the arms oﬀ your denim jacket, put the beer on ice and do some stretches. You are going to need all these things and certainly don’t want to be stiﬀ in the legs when you hit Mach 10 in the deep end of the bowl with Hot Lunch blasting in your ears. The magical cross between psych, garage, punk and 80’s metal, Hot Lunch is high-energy skate rock mayhem, straight outa Oakland motherfucker. When you need to get the session started and the homies in the zone, look no further.
C A RO L I N A E C H E V E R R I
PETER PELL E JENSEN
Y U M Y U M S T. H A M I LT O N
F O S SIL S
INDISCIPLINARI AN RECORDS
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HO T L UNCH
K E AT ON HE NS ON
ROMANTIC WORKS OAK TEN RECORDS
G A Z E L L E T W IN UNFLESH
AN TI- GHOST MOON R AY
'Unﬂesh' is the second album from Elisabeth Bernholz, who draws on inspirations such as Iggy Pop, Sonic Youth and judging from the nature of her vocal intonations, Anne Clark as well. All namedropping aside, Bernholz definitely manage to express her own personal vision with a disturbing and ghostly mixture of modern electronics and 80’s drugcrazed ambience. Usually I’m not very fond of this specific kind of artsy identity but there’s just a certain quality to Gazelle Twin’s conceptual world and her capabilities of describing inner thoughts in a concise manner. Strap that arm of yours, get the veins going and shoot up some heroin right now!
Ok, it’s the second instrumental album I’m reviewing in this issue. I guess it’s that time of the year when we all become more introverted and there is a certain dismissal for the need of language, and emotion is more in demand. This is just what this album will do for you. It’s the soundtrack for time alone, time in the dark, time to put aside the outside chaos and have one on one with your good ol’ self. Keaton is known for his visual art, his poems, and though he has a few records on his back. It took an instrumental one, recorded in his bedroom, to communicate to me what his drawings, words and folk tunes coudn’t. I am now, forever and always, a fan. C A RO L I N A E C H E V E R R I
K L AU S B O S S
BIG T ONE
SAV IT OUT VOL . 5 SELF-RELEASED
SI VA S
Bay Area veteran Big Tone teams up with an all-star roster of like-minds from the Yay for the fifth volume of 'Sav It Out'. Stylistically we're talking old school West Coast Mob style, as stated in full on 'Mobb Shit' by the always reliable B-Legit. To file this album under 'forwardthinking' would be overstatement of the year, but the raps and productions are bang on, so who really cares? Check 'The B.A.Y.', 'Sell This Game' and 'Waist Deep' for a brief glimpse into the past of San Francisco Hip Hop.
Is the sequel as good as the debut? I don’t think so. But when that debut is one of the greatest and most important Danish rap releases ever, it doesn’t matter. Is the sequel any good? Indeed! Even though the first DAUDA was dark and heavy, it still had some club bangers on it. DAUDA II isn’t for the clubs. Its for the revolutionaries. Sivas has some things to say, but isn't preaching. And even though you could call this release a political record, it would make even more sense to call it high quality music. Let's see a hattrick!
K L AU S B O S S
PETER PELL E JENSEN
S C A RL E T T PL E A S URE MIR AGE
COPENH AGEN RECORDS
Since the coming of The Floor Is Made Of Lava, Turboweekend and Spleen United around 2006, Denmark hasn’t had as powerful a new generation of bands in 2014. Meet (Mount) Oliver, Julia(s Moon) and Scarlett (Pleasure). Besides all having random names in their band name, the new batch of rising stars also share a special gift - the ability to make edgy pop with huge potential. In the case of Scarlett Pleasure, they might have more pop than edge in the mix. Horny smooth pop. Like Vinnie Who if he listened to hiphop. Like Chris Brown if he listened to Vinnie Who. Nice. PETER PELL E JENSEN
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VA RIOU S A R T IS T S WEME10ANS
LU LL A BY RE N D ITI O N S O F THE FL AMING LIPS ROCK ABYE BABY! RECORDS
I’m on an “Instrumental” roll: This is by far the most listened to album on my Spotify. And it’s true, it is meant to be a record for babies, but while putting it to its original use (my one year old’s daily listen) I got totally hooked on it. I am a Flaming Lips fan, but sometimes when stripping things down from its way-toomany layers (plus make up, balloons and confetti) you find a refreshing newfound love for the core collection of notes that moved you in the first place. This album reinstates, with xylophones and triangles, what brilliant and out of this world genius Wayne Coyne and Co. are.
The small, independent and idealistic WeMe label from Belgium celebrates its 10th year in existence with a highly recommendable compilation with entries from aﬃliated artists on the label. It’s a properly mixed bag of assorted sonic treats from the likes of DJ Stingray, Der Zyklus aka Gerald Donald, Leyland Kirby, DMX Crew, the late French multiinstrumentalist François de Roubaix and others. From razor sharp Electro, chirping and acidic Techno over ﬂuttering ambient to squashed and distorted break beats, the compilation oﬀers the best in pretty much anything you could possibly desire. Available as a double vinyl album and 'name your price' on Bandcamp. K L AU S B O S S
C A RO L I N A E C H E V E R R I
L ORD S OF A LTA MON T
LORDS TAKE ALTAMONT FARGO RECORDS
A P. 9
Damn, the kids sound bummed out theses days. I consider iceage ‘the kids’- sorry fellas, but you’re all younger than me. Plowing into the Field lacks the brutal frenzy of previous iceage oﬀerings and looks beyond Stooges-esque saturated fuzz and instead sets a mean eye on the art rock of the Birthday Party and the surreal sounds of mid 80’s proto punk. The sound is melancholy at times, raucous, anarchistic and boozy at others. To really appreciate the many layers of this record requires multiple listens and a similarly stiﬀ drink. Introspective music for dark nights to come.
More Mob/Bay Area Gangsta vibes to be found on the new outing from AP.9, who is also known for being a part of The Mob Figaz alongside The Jacka, Husalah, Rydah J. Klyde and Fed-X. What we have here is a more contemporary take on Bay Hip Hop and clearly Juicy J. has inspired the ﬂow of AP.9 on a couple of tracks here. Given his strong ties to Mob Figaz, Joe Blow naturally drops a hard-hitting verse on the aptly titled 'Dope' which also happens to be one of my favourite cuts from 'Bitch Killa'.
There is much to be said for a proper Wall of Sound – the unrelenting power of a sonic sledgehammer to the brain that makes you simultaneously want to dig a hole and party like a wild lunatic fresh from the asylum. The Lords of Altamont will do that to a man. This is the rock and roll your mother was warned about. It makes dogs howl and virgins no longer. Lords Take Altamont is the latest blast from the Lords and a brutal trip through biker sweat-soaked glory it is. Good times don’t always come on a stick but if they did, you can be sure that the Lords impaled them there at the barrel of a gun and a ﬂaming guitar. Whatever that means.
Y U M Y U M S T. H A M I LT O N
K L AU S B O S S
Y U M Y U M S T. H A M I LT O N
BITCH KILL A
ICE A GE
PLOWING INTO THE FIELD OF LOVE M ATADOR RECORDS
88 | BS 22
Z IG Z A G S
IN THE RED RECORDS
RUDOL F E B . E R BR AINNECTAR
SCHIMPFLUCH ASSOCI ATES
If you look up Mr. Eb.er on Discogs, the first lines of the biography read "Rudolf Eb.er, aka RUNZELSTIRN & GURGELSTØCK, expert in psychographics, psychodynamic acoustics and founder of the audio-artists and actionist collective SCHIMPFLUCH in 1987". This pompous introduction should give you a vague idea of Rudolf Eb.er’s artistic identity, which lies within noise, musique concrete and field recordings. For this double CD album Eb.er muses over the possibilities of brain-induced nectar by angry bees and the further, possible advancements of the human mind thereof. The vision is stringently orchestrated and oﬀers a mind-boggling mix of birds, bees, camp fires and the emitted screams of people in despair. Want to try something diﬀerent? Then go for this one!
I had a mate back in the day that had a panel van. He couldn’t drive it because he lost his license heading to the shops to buy ice cream stoned, so it basically sat in his driveway where he would sit in it and disappear in a cloud of smoke. Whenever he opened the door, aside from the gasping bellow of weed, Zig Zags was the kind of shit that hit you. Fast paced, psychedelic, heavy and stoner in the extreme, Zig Zags is some heavy tunes for hasher good times. Produced by the legendary Ty Segall, this shit comes straight out of the LA badlands. At times it sounds like early Metallica, at others like the Misfits playing live circa 1985. What’s not to like? Y U M Y U M S T. H A M I LT O N
K L AU S B O S S
DE E R S
H A M DE R H A S S E
STIL & FACON
DEN DER EP
A two track release from two young girls from the Spanish capital. They have only released a few songs, yet they are already touring the world as a quartet, and opening for folks like The Libertines. The reason? Even though they just grabbed their guitars for the first time last year, to cover Bob Dylan while on holiday with their chicos, they have made a few lo fi, garage pop gems that will put half the bands sharing their genre to shame. It’s messy, but the beautiful and careless kind of messy that makes you wish the summer wasn’t over. Catch them on tour in northern Europe this fall.
2011 was a big year for Danish digital dancehall. Raske Penge, TopGunn and Klumben pretty much conquered the radio, charts and festivals and have continued to do so ever since. Ham Der Hasse is also a student of the Digital Dancehall class of 2011. But while his peers have moved to everything from roots reggae to club rap, he stayed faithful to the simple and melodic pattern of the digital dancehall. Den Der EP consists of four brilliant songs about life in the city of Aalborg and in general. If you miss the sound of tunes like "Bor Her", "Rundt" and "Døgnﬂue" - Ham Der Hasse has it!
C A RO L I N A E C H E V E R R I
PETER PELL E JENSEN
NIK I BE RN A RD DOX Y SGMD
Check your bitch when he's near, cos Niki Bernard, with his creepy and dark debut Ep, DOXY looks set to not only drop panties but perhaps more importantly, make a real impact on the national rap scene if the blips and waves seen already are any indication of what's to come. Created over several years in between countless coﬀee and cigarette breaks, DOXY is the first release from L.O.C.'s SGMD label. Maybe the slowest EP in history? With Es handling the heavy production, head snapping beats and eerie melodies, Bernard brings a lyrical ﬂow tight like virgins, with vicious delivery. Not for children. DIC K
BS 22 | 89
THAT GUY ADRIAN
You're a bit of a gypsy, I never know where you live. What's the story, Adrian?
I think a lot of people don't know where I live actually, even some of my friends. I move around a lot. I have lived in a lot of diďŹ€erent countries and cities I guess and met a lot of rad people. I don't know what it is that makes me move around so much, I'm just so interested in seeing and experiencing new things and meeting new people I guess. I have been sticking it out with Spain as my base since April though and I am loving it so maybe my gypsy days are dying down who knows? But I will never stop travelling and exploring that's for sure.
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You keep telling me you're Australian, but I don't believe you. You're totally an English crossbreed with something exotic. Prove your dingo blood.
Ha ha yeah I don't know what that is, maybe being around so many people that speak diﬀerent languages and have diﬀerent accents that aren't Australian all the time has messed my mind up a little bit. But I still eat vegemite on toast when I can, that's pretty Australian right? You've got a strong artistic ﬂair across several mediums; photography, illustration and graphic design which I'd perceive as quite diﬀerent tools in your kit. Tell us a bit about the journey which bought you to where you are today.
I've always been interested in making things and drawing since I was young. When I was in my last year of school I got suspended for most of the year and just started working in a print factory and that kind of got me interested in graphic design which I studied a bit when I finished school. I worked in design studios for a few years until I thought 'fuck this I want to do my own shit and explore the world', this is when I became interested in photography and started doing more illustration. I got this old Pentax ME Super which I starting taking with me to document my travels and things that I experienced and everything just picked up from there really. My illustration is just something I did for fun and never really took seriously but I just started getting illustration and photography work and I was so surprised. Now I work for various magazines, brands, studios and companies doing graphic design, photography, illustration and even painting walls sometimes which is rad and I definitely feel really lucky and super stoked to be doing it. Your photography still possesses a real-time authentic feel to it. It often make me want to buy plane tickets. Are you aware you do that to me?
I'm happy that it makes you feel that way. I don’t know man, I am just happy if I can make someone feel just a tiny glimpse of how I felt at the moment I took the photo and what the atmosphere was like so it has to be really true and real to that time and place. I just want to share how I see the world and if that makes someone want to travel then that is perfect. So you really are living that free spirited life right? Go where the wind takes you.
I definitely try to, I mean it is hard sometimes you know, having 10 Euros in your bank account and not knowing when your next job is going to come through but I'm happy with how things are and I wouldn't have it any other way. Everything always seems to work out in the end. You just have to do what you love and stick through the rough times until they become the good times! BS 22 | 91
92 | BS 22
So, no job in a coﬀee shop right now?
For now I'm hangin’ in there, no coﬀee shop job just yet but like I said before times can get pretty tough and it's a lot of hard work trying to hustle and make sure no one forgets about you. The freelance world is so competitive and every second person wants to be a photographer or designer these days so it's definitely not easy but I'm trying to make it work. The best thing is not to compare yourself to anyone and just do your own shit and make sure you are constantly being productive. I notice there are a lot of people that sit around dissing on other people or comparing themselves to others rather than actually doing something themselves and they are the ones that get left behind. Since you've got raggedy long hair, do you always get rubber-gloved in customs?
I am always targeted in airports man. I don't even understand it, I mean I'm a pretty chilled looking dude and yeah I have long raggedy hair but I dont think I look like a drug smuggler or a terrorist? Or maybe I do, who knows? I was actually on a ﬂight from Mexico to L.A. this year and after being pulled to the side and man handled at the security gates my name was called while we were already sitting on the plane and I had to get oﬀ with all my bags to get checked again. When I arrived in L.A. I got pulled straight into a small room where they asked me a lot of questions about whether I was involved with the army when I was in Turkey and whether I was stoned? What a crazy fucking world. The other day you wrote to me that your internet had been cut oﬀ, almost crippling your work ability. How important are internet-likes to you?
Oh man my life is a constant battle with wi-fi connections. My phone doesn't pick up wifi because it's broken and my internet at home doesn't work very well at the moment so it really messes up my work. Everything I do is through the internet, that's how I have managed to travel and work at the same time, most people I work for are in other countries. So it is definitely an important thing for me to have. In terms of internet likes, I am still trying to figure that out, I try to get my stuﬀ out there in the social media world for people to see but I still don't really understand how it works. I mean there are people on instagram that take pictures of their food everyday and have like 25k people loving their shit, how does that work? Is that what I need to do? I don’t know man, the world has gone mental. BS 22 | 93
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You've done some guest designing for us, most recently that article about the skateboard high school last issue. How useless are we at briefing you as a designer compared to other magazines you work for?Â
Dude you guys are the best at giving a brief! Basically like 'here is the text, here are the images, this is the vibe, this is how many pages, make something rad.' BOOM! Thank you and yes I will try to do something rad. Sometimes other people even editors think they are designers and try to tell me how to do my job before I have even started. 'I think you should put this image here, with this colour, using this font and make sure you make that logo and text here it looks better trust me, and here is an example of what we like actually can you just copy that?' So basically what is my job again? Anyway yeah I mean you get good briefs and bad briefs, that's just how it works. Never leave home with out:
Phone, wallet, keys and occasionally, but not always, a camera. Although I have actually lost all those things numerous times. Best just to leave home with a positive attitude. And if you can hang on to your possessions then you are winning at life. Ultimate travel kit includes:
Depends where I am travelling to but usually my main essentials are: cameras, film, sketchbook, passport, wallet. You don't need much else I don't think. A few clothes and a skateboard usually makes travelling around a new place a lot more exciting unless you are travelling to a mountain. Skateboards aren't good on mountains. Can you lay out your own interview for us? How quickly? Take us through the steps of laying out this article?
Is this you subtly asking me to design my own interview in your magazine? I don't want that responsibility haha I think it would take me a lot longer than it should actually because it is a story about me so I think it's best I sit on the sidelines for this one unfortunately. Ok this is over now. thisismowgli.com BS 22 | 95
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