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CURIOUSman

FANG FANG JOE GOODE NICHOLAS KOMOR MICHELLE QUICK ROSIE ALIA

ISSUE 1 MAY 2011


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A CREATIVE. A DISCOVERY. A DAY DREAMER. AN INQUISITIVE MIND. A VIVID IMAGINATION. THIS IS CURIOUSman.


CURIOUSman would like to say a massive thank you to the following people for their incredible help and support through the early stages of development. Without them, the CURIOUSman concept would never have fully flourished to where it is now. Julie Bentley Gary Thompson Susan Bishop Alkin Emirali Yuki Sawada-Lynch Nick Sinton Adrienne Rosen Sue Hall Rachel Peng at I.M Studio Holly at M and P models Merlin Jones at Radar Maker Ines Socaras at Kenneth Green Associates Louise Hitchings at SB Management

CONTACT all enquiries: editorinchief@curiousman.co.uk website: www.curiousman.co.uk


EDITOR

So when it comes to writing an editors letter, what the hell do you write about?! You’d think this was the easy bit, oh no, well not to make it interesting anyway. I wanted to avoid that thing of “it’s been a rocky road, full of ups and downs...” YAWN! Who wants to read about that? Instead, I thought about all of the questions i’ve been throwing so eagerly at artists and waiting in anticipation for a response. Why don’t I turn them on myself: A sort of 60 seconds with me. Maybe I’l regret this later?

When I was younger...

I wanted to be a policeman. It’s left me with an addiction to those Cops With Cameras programs and the like. I think that’s as close as i’m getting though to be honest.

I like to listen to...

A right mixture really. I went through a phase when I couldn’t get enough dubstep, played loud enough to make my ears bleed accompanied, of course, with the obligatory head ‘bopping’. Now though I prefer the sound of those featured in my magazine. I think there’s hints of my dubstep past in that?

The way I dress...

Combines a right mash up of different styles. Favourite designers include those such as Gareth Pugh and Raun Larose so maybe that gives you more of an idea.

I love it when...

I wake up with my arms in the air. Seriously. I love it so much that I looked into it. Apparently it means you’ve had a really relaxed night sleep and you’re totally comfortable. I have to say I always feel a lot more refreshed. Next issue we’ll tackle dreams!

I really hate it when...

People stand in the doorway of a shop talking. Why oh why would you mistake a shop doorway with one of those stupid heaters that blows you and your carefully structured hair to death for a Starbucks? Why am I now negotiating around you? These people should be barred entry.

This year...

I hope to take a nice long holiday over summer creating and maintaing some sort of perma-tan and to focus on CURIOUSman to make it even bigger and better.

In the future...

I will be an Anna Wintour impersonator / the actual Anna Wintour (either will suffice) and people will bow down to me... Im being sarcastic... Of course. Well I hope you found that interesting! I wanted to make CURIOUSman magazine something that people could get involved with: A book full of contribution. It’s not about me, though there is a lot that I absolutely love in this first issue and I hope you’ll love it too. We’ve got a whole host of new menswear designers, some amazing grooming brands and an insight into the best offerings of music for 2011. I really want to know what you think of the concept so please do pop me an email over if you’ve got any comments or questions. And of course if you want to contribute something for the next issue or for the latest news section, do let me know. This is a magazine for you, by you. Enjoy!

JASON PYE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF editorinchief@curiousman.co.uk


CONTENTS

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PAGES 12 - 17

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A SELECTION OF THINGS WE LOVE.

GET FRESH, GET GROOMING.

*NEW DESIGNER* NICHOLAS KOMOR.

AN INTERVIEW WITH THE GOOD NATURED.

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PAGES 36 - 45

PAGES 46 - 47

PAGES 48 - 53

AN INTERVIEW WITH THE IRREPRESSIBLES.

A FLOWER CANNOT BLOSSOM.

PHILIP DENNIS ILLUSTRATION.

SPOTLIGHT ON ILLUSTRATION.


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PAGES 62 - 65

PAGES 66 - 69

PAGES 70 - 77

*NEW DESIGNER* FANG FANG.

AN INTERVIEW WITH CRYSTAL FIGHTERS.

‘WEAR WITH THIS’ ACCESSORIES.

*NEW DESIGNER* MICHELE QUICK.

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PAGES 80 - 81

PAGES 82 - 83

PAGES 84 - 89

STYLE PICKS FROM RICHARD HAINES.

FIVE MINUTES WITH DIONNE BROMFIELD.

AN INTERVIEW WITH SCOUTING FOR GIRLS.

*NEW DESIGNER* ROSIE ALIA.

PAGES 90 - 95

PAGES 96 - 111

*NEW DESIGNER* JOE GOODE.

THE BUMPER ETHICAL SECTION.


TAKE A LOOK AT SIX THINGS WE LOVE

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COR SINE LABE DOLI Conceived in January 2010, Cor Sine Labe Doli put an original spin on tradiational mens pieces. Ever seen a ceramic bow tie? Well now you have! All these incredible creations are made with exquisite attention to detail and fired up to three times. Traditional bow ties are a way of really expressing the wearers personality through their choice of colour and pattern. Something which could be lost in the process of creating an accessory from a non-traditional material however this collection certainly delivers with a wide range of different finishes. My personal favourite is the cracked silver. What’s yours?

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JEWEL HERITAGE ‘Designed for the individual, not the masses,’ the dark and mysterious creations of Jewel Heritage are certainly not your run of the mill jewelry. Created in limited numbers, the two sisters behind the brand inspired by mythology, death and classical civilizations form the perfect outcome, certainly not for the faint hearted. If you want some statement jewelry, beautifully crafted and finished down to the last detail then Jewel Heritage is for you.

For more information and sales: www.jewelheritage.com

WHITE SEA: THE FRONTIER The latest EP from the Californian White Sea, The Frontier, is nothing short of a melodic masterpiece.

The 5 tracks work seamlessly to take the listener on a beautiful journey composed of drum, vocal and string layers. Moody yet angelic, anthemic yet dancey, it is difficult to categorize the unique sound which slaps genres round the face and shouts wake up to the music industry. Try something new, you just might like it.

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THIS CHARMING MAN Brainchild of Edward Janssen, the English-born, Australianraised, New York-based self titled ‘maker of iconic things’ delivers fine jewelry reflecting both the positive and negative experiences in life.

From necklaces, to rings, to brooches, it is the quirky detaling and hidden surprise that I find fascinating about this collection. Rings, for instance, which double as wax seals and necklaces concealing hidden masked faces. Just wonderful.

For more information and sales: www.thischarmingman.com.au

RAUN LAROSE: A/W11 Think Raf Simons meets a touch of Vintage Yves Saint Laurent to stumble upon Raun LaRose’s beautiful A/W 11 collection.

His streetwear roots derived from a life in New York combine with the influence of his seamstress mother to create a really quite spectacular design aesthetic. Strong shapes and masculine designs meet feminine touches to form the end result of a supremely elegant assembly of pieces.

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For more information: www.raunlarose.com


6 LOV RIESE FARBAUTE The latest offering from young film production company Riese Farbaute is a trilogy of fashion shorts entitled, ‘Deriveshes in Space’. Sci-fi meets fashion and the result is mid blowing. Full of special effects with impressive sound and original film, they definitely don’t dissapoint.

My personal favourite is part one which mixes such exciting speed with tranquility to produce, what I believe is the most exciting fashion film in a long time. Go watch.

To watch the videos: www.riese-farbaute.de

DO YOU LOVE THEM TOO?

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JOCK SOAP FROM THE MAN WHO INTRODUCED SKIRTS FOR MEN, JEAN PAUL GAULTIER PROVIDES THE MODERN MAN WITH HIS MONSIEUR SKINCARE COLLECTION. RANGING FROM SHAVING PRODUCTS, TO AFTERSHAVE, TO ‘SKIN STYLING’ OPTIONS, THE RANGE IS COMPREHENSIVE AND PROVIDES EVERYTHING YOU MAY POSSIBLY REQUIRE TO GET READY FOR YOUR DAY. AS A PERSONAL FAVOURITE, I HAVE TO SAY THE POWDER BRONZER IS AMAZING. SIMPLY BRUSHING IT ON AFTER MOISTURISING, I WAS LEFT WITH A NATURAL, HEALTHY GLOW.

HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION - AGE FIGHTING FACIAL COMPLEX. Perfect for fine lines and wrinkles, this nutrient rich moisturiser feels so light it sinks beautifully into the skin leaving you shine free. 12

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BUCK UP AGE FIGHTING FACIAL FLUID. If you want an instant boost for your skin, this is what you need! If used on a daily basis before moisturising, it boosts collagen and elastin for a permanent lift.

SHORE LEAVE SHAVING CREAM. This shaving cream, perfect for sensitive skin has a great texture to leave your skin feeling super soft and supple. What’s more, it doesn’t have an overpowering scent, just a light background hint of sandalwood.

POW RIGHT IN THE KISSER SPF 15 LIP BALM ZINGER FLAVOURED. This great little lip balm tastes amazingly ‘zingy’ and doesn’t stick your lips together either! With the sun protection, it’ll be an essential this summer. Available in other flavours too.


DON’T WORRY, YOU DON’T NEED TO BE A JOCK TO USE THESE PRODUCTS! THIS AMERICAN BRAND PROVIDES MASCULINE GROOMING PRODUCTS WITH FRESH SCENTS WHICH JUST MAKE GETTING READY FOR THE DAY AHEAD THAT LITTLE BIT EASIER. CURIOUSMAN WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO TRY SOME OF THEIR INCREDIBLE PRODUCTS OUT AND I HAVE TO SAY THAT UNLIKE SOME COMPANIES WITH EMPTY CLAIMS OF BETTER LOOKING SKIN WHERE YOU NOTICE NO DIFFERENCE AT ALL, YOU CAN ACTUALLY FEEL SOMETHING HAPPEN AND THE DIFFERENCE IS REMARKABLY VISIBLE! TO START, TRY THE BLOODY ORANGE BODY BAR WHICH LEAVES YOUR SKIN FEELING BEAUTIFULLY HYDRATED AND WITH A CITRUSSY FRESH SCENT. THE PERFECT START TO YOUR SUMMER MORNING.

REVIVIFY-C REVITALIZING FACIAL COMPOUND. This is the secret step between shaving and moisturising. It adds a protective barrier between your face and the elements while also helping to repair your skin from prior damage. Leaves skin fresh.

SLIPPERY PRE SHAVE LUBRICANT. Do you suffer from razor burn? Now you don’t need to! This lubricant penetrates the skin quickly (you only need a small amount) and reduces irritation. Makes shaving so much easier and more comfortable.

NIGHT SWIM BODY BAR NIGHT SWIM. Packed with natural oils this body bar is huge! It has special cleansers to soften your skin and a delicate scent that’s a bit musky and a bit citrusy. Try one, it’s amazing and available in other scents as well.

TEQUILA 100% AGAVE FIBRE WASH CLOTH. When your skin’s looking dull, it’s often hard to find something that really works well to wipe away those dead skin cells. This cloth is the most amazing exfoliator, working to brighten your skin. CURIOUSman 13


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JEAN PAUL FROM THE MAN WHO INTRODUCED SKIRTS FOR MEN, JEAN PAUL GAULTIER PROVIDES THE MODERN MAN WITH HIS MONSIEUR SKINCARE COLLECTION. RANGING FROM SHAVING PRODUCTS, TO AFTERSHAVE, TO ‘SKIN STYLING’ OPTIONS, THE RANGE IS COMPREHENSIVE AND PROVIDES EVERYTHING YOU MAY POSSIBLY REQUIRE TO GET READY FOR YOUR DAY. AS A PERSONAL FAVOURITE, I HAVE TO SAY THE POWDER BRONZER IS AMAZING. SIMPLY BRUSHING IT ON AFTER MOISTURISING, I WAS LEFT WITH A NATURAL, HEALTHY GLOW.

Moisturizing Face Balm. As soon as this product touches the skin, you can feel it immediately soothing. It doesn’t feel at al oily but leaves your skin feeling smooth and supple. Suitable for all skin types.

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POWDER BRONZER. I don’t know about you but my skin’s looking paler than ever after the harsh winter we’ve had. Applying just a small amount of this powder bronzer gives your skin a natural healthy look. It comes with two brushes and is designed in this great case for easy travel.


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LIP BALM. Unlike other lip balms, this one is available in three different shades for fair skin, tawny skin and a colourless option. It’s so easy to sweep over your lips and the different hues enhance the lips’ natural colour.

CONCEALER. This concealer is a lightly tinted cream which helps to brighten the appearance of skin around the eyes and eliminate imperfections. If you don’t use too much, it’s impossible to tell you’re wearing it. Just be ready for the compliments of how healthy your skin looks!

FLUID BRONZER. Just like the powder bronzer, if your skin is looking a bit dull and tired, this fluid will help to give you a natural glow. The non oily formulation is transparent and contains no self tanning ingredient so leaves you looking healthy, not orange. CURIOUSman 15


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FROM THE MAN WHO INTRODUCED SKIRTS FOR MEN, JEAN PAUL GAULTIER PROVIDES THE MODERN MAN WITH HIS MONSIEUR SKINCARE COLLECTION. RANGING FROM SHAVING PRODUCTS, TO AFTERSHAVE, TO ‘SKIN STYLING’ OPTIONS, THE RANGE IS COMPREHENSIVE AND PROVIDES EVERYTHING YOU MAY POSSIBLY REQUIRE TO GET READY FOR YOUR DAY. AS A PERSONAL FAVOURITE, I HAVE TO SAY THE POWDER BRONZER IS AMAZING. SIMPLY BRUSHING IT ON AFTER MOISTURISING, I WAS LEFT WITH A NATURAL, HEALTHY GLOW.

DEEP CLEANSING MASQUE. Too much of the skins natural oils coupled with dirt and debris entering your pores is bad news for skin! If you use this masque once or twice a week it will help to lift it all back out to leave the skin feeling soft, firm & ready to fight the elements. 16

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911 EYE GEL. As soon as you put this on, you can feel some sort of effect! It’s incredibly cooling and just a really nice sensation! What’s more it’s completely natural so you can ensure that it is doing good things for your skin. All in all, it helps to reduce puffiness and dark circles under the eyes.


IF IT’S GOOD ENOUGH FOR BARACK OBAMA, IT’S GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME! MENAJI WAS BORN WHEN CELEBRITY MAKEUP ARTIST, MICHELE PROBST NOTICED A NEED FOR SKIN SOLUTIONS SPECIALLY FORMULATED FOR MENS SKIN. NAMING BARACK OBAMA AS ONE OF HER CLIENTS (AMONG COUNTLESS OTHER CELEBS) THE PRODUCTS SHE HAS CREATED ARE PERFECT TO HELP YOU LOOK YOUTHFUL AND NATURAL WITHOUT BEING MADE UP. I LOVE THE 911 EYE GEL WHICH INSTANTLY GIVES YOU A HELPING HAND TO LOOK LESS TIRED! A NECESSITY IN OUR BUSY DAY TO DAY LIVES!

CAMO CONCEALER. The worlds first undetectable Jojoba based concealer for men is suitable for every skin type and for every situation. Perfect to hide under eye circles, razor burn, spots and scars among other imperfections. Available in three shades, you’re guaranteed a natural looking flawless finish.

HIGH DEF POWDER VISION - ANTI SHINE. This really is something quite special. Used by many a celebrity, it helps to eliminate shine while providing a healthy glow to the skin. The super light coverage sits nicely on the skin so it’s impossible to tell you’ve been given a helping hand. CURIOUSman 17


NICHOLAS KOMOR USES A VARIETY OF TECHNIQUES TO CREATE THIS OUTSTANDING MENSWEAR COLLECTION, FINELY CRAFTED FROM BEAUTIFUL FABRICS BUT WITH A UNIQUE TWIST. THIS COLLECTION IS COMPLETELY INTERCHANGABLE! EVERYTHING IS ATTACHED BY ZIPS SO THE USER IS ABLE TO MIX AND MATCH, FOR INSTANCE, WHICH SLEEVES THEY WANT WITH A PARTICULAR JACKET STYLE. THE DECISION IS YOURS: CHOOSE WISELY!

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the GOOD NATURED

Rescuing her grandmothers 1980’s Yamaha keyboard really was the best thing Sarah of The Good Natured could possibly have done! Working and recording from her bedroom, she produced her first self released EP ‘Warriors’. She swiftly put the track on Myspace where it was picked up by Radio 1 DJ’s and played on the new music shows. Having been signed to a record label and with another EP on the horizon, CURIOUSman wanted to speak to Sarah to find out some more about her amazing journey to success!

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CM: Hi Sarah, can you introduce us to The Good Natured? TGN: The Good Natured are myself, Hamish and George. Hamish plays bass and George plays drums. I write all the music for the band. CM: How would you describe your sound to somebody who hasn’t heard your music? TGN: I always write when I feel emotional, so most of the songs have dark lyrics, but also I have a love for pop music! Saying that, I would probably describe The Good Natured as pop... but with a dark twist! CM: You were described by The Guardian as ‘A techno Dido, A Lily Allen who’s given into depression, or a Kate Nash who wants to prove herself with serious clubbers!’ Do you think this description is fitting? TGN: Ha! To be honest with you I don’t find it fitting at all. This was written around the time Lily Allen and Kate Nash were dominating the charts, and as an emerging female fronted artist, I found the comparisons narrow minded. It probably had something to do with my accent when I sing, but there’s more to The Good Natured than that. CM: Was there a defining moment that really sparked your interest in music and following music as a career? TGN: I wrote my first ever demos for The Good Natured at Christmas 2007. When I listen to them now, they make me cringe! Anyhow, I was determined to get them heard. I literally sent them everywhere, including Radio 1. I wasn’t really expecting anything, but when Huw Stephens played one of them, it felt amazing! At that point I realised I could make something of my music. I have never really wanted to do anything else for a career, but being played on Radio 1 gave me confidence in myself and my writing. CM: Who would you say are your biggest musical influences and why? TGN: Siouxsie and The Banshees, Tears For Fears, The Cure, Fever Ray, Nick Drake, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Arcade Fire... I could go on! These are all bands I love and have grown up listening to, so in that sense they are all musical influences to me. CM: Where do you draw inspiration for your lyrics for songs such as ‘Your Body is a Machine’? TGN: Your Body Is A Machine is about self indulgence and hedonism. The song explores the suffering in a relationship when one partner abuses their body with excessive amounts of drugs and alcohol. CM: From the music you have written, do you have a favourite song or one you feel you can most relate to? TGN: Your Body Is A Machine as I wrote this about my own relationship. I can relate to them all though, I always write from experience or from someone else’s experience, all my songs have emotional value to me. CURIOUSman 29


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CM: What do you think of the remixes of your music? Do you have a favourite? TGN: I love hearing remixes of my own songs. I find it fascinating to see how different people interpret them. I couldn’t pick a favourite, I love them all in different ways. CM: Of late there has been a surge in the amount of female solo artists launching a successful career within music however your sound definitely stands out. Having already received airplay on Radio 1 and BBC 6 music, how do you feel when you hear your music playing out to such a large global audience? TGN: It feels amazing, there’s no other way to describe it. It’s been brilliant to have that support, its invaluable. CM: Considering all the work you have put in to getting where you are today, launching your first EP Warriors on Myspace for instance, how do you feel when you see the huge success of those who appear on reality shows like X Factor? TGN: I think it’s far better to start from nowhere and build your career up in an organic way! Playing gigs to 3 people and feeling disheartened is all part of it- it’s character building and it means when you do play a huge gig or get played on Radio 1 it feels 10x better because you’ve earned it and you never take it for granted! I often think with these shows success comes so fast that the contestants don’t realise what has hit them, and often they don’t appreciate it. Having said that, Matt Cardle seems to have worked hard to launch his music, and the X Factor seemed like the final option for him, and JLS obviously work hard and have had a lot of success. I think it depends where the person has come from, often the success depends on the individual not the show. CM: So I guess you wouldn’t have ever considered one of these talent shows if your music hadn’t taken off the way it has so far? TGN: No, in a word! It’s not for me. CM: Talent shows are famed for providing aspiring artists with assistance in all aspects of launching a musical career such as having a style set in a way attractive to the audience. You have a beautifully androgynous appearance but how would you describe your style? TGN: Thankyou! I don’t really think about it. I like wearing vintage 30 CURIOUSman

shirts, my grandma gave me loads of hers from when she was youngI love them! I also have a cape which I enjoy wearing on stage! CM: Do you follow trends in fashion or have an inspirational figure who inspires your styling decisions? TGN: Not really. CM: Any favourite designers or places to shop? TGN: There’s this shop in Newbury (where I live) which is basically full of old vintage clothes, people drop sacks off there when someone old has died- there are some amazing things in there. I once found an old train ticket from the 80’s in one of the pockets of a jacket I bought! I love places like that. CM: What are your plans for 2011? TGN: We are doing a tour of UK Libraries in March, then heading out to SXSW in Texas to play. We can’t wait. Then we are releasing an EP in April, and the album in Autumn. CM: 2011 is set to be the year for The Good Natured, with your EP release planned for April. For this reason, what are your views on fame? TGN: Well the EP consists of 3 brand new tracks. I am really excited about it. I think fame would be a lot of fun but you’d have to be careful with it. CM: Do you have any musical or fashionable recommendations for 2011? TGN: Kanye West’s new album, I love that at the moment. CM: Where should we go to find your music right now? TGN: iTunes. Both previous singles, Your Body Is A Machine and Be My Animal are on there, as well as remixes! CM: Any last words? TGN: Buy the EP when it comes out in April! Ah I can’t wait for you to hear it! CM: Thanks Sarah! TGN: Thanks!


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the IRREPRESSIBLES

I first discovered The Irrepressibles when I stumbled across an amazing short film on Youtube called ‘The Lady is Dead’. The film was beautiful but the incredibly atmospheric music just took it to the next level. I found out the song was called ‘In This Shirt’ by The Irrepressibles so I went exploring to find some more of their music, to my delight, uncovering a whole selection of equally appealing sounds. Having just written their next album and in the midst of recording it, I caught up with main man Jamie McDermott to have a chat about the concept.

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CM: Hi Jamie, how are you? JM: I am good. I’ve been on a bit of a roller coaster in and out of the darkness with making music for an opera about war. CM: Can you introduce us to The Irrepressibles? JM: The Irrepressibles are Jordan Hunt on Violin, Sarah Kershaw on Piano/Pipe Organ/Harpsichord, Nicole Robson on cello, Charlie Stock on Viola, Sophie Lion on Double Bass, Craig White on Oboe/Cor Anglais, and Anna Westlake on Clarinet. CM: What are you all up to at the moment? JM: We’ve been working on our next album which is now written and we await the dates to record. I’ve been writing music for an opera for a company called Hotel Pro Forma collaborating with artist Kirsten Delholm and working with the Latvian Radio choir. The opera is called WAR SUM UP and will be premiered at the Riga National Opera in September and will then tour internationally. The last opera that Hotel Pro Forma did was called Tomorrow in a Year and was created with The Knife. CM: For someone that hadn’t heard your music, what do you sound like? JM: ART POP. CM: Was there something that initially sparked your interest in music? JM: I’ve always heard music in my head and I just decided to bring it out of there and into the world. I really needed to get it out of my head. CM: What is the best thing about being the lead to such an interesting musical concept? JM: There are too many wonderful things about it. I get my own room in hotels sometimes and get taken for coffee to be interviewed. I also get to perform my music on stage with my wonderfully talented band and team of artists and professionals around me. I’m very lucky that they all believe so passionately in my crazy concepts. CM: Who are your biggest influences both in music and life and why? JM: Kate Bush. Kate Bush and Kate Bush. Because she is an incredible imagination and force in music. Other than this Alexander McQueen because he was a true visionary - It makes me very sad to think of his loss. Grace Jones because she is so so strong and incredibly talented, David Bowie because he changed constantly and didn’t succumb to the pressure to keep creating the same, and my partner Jacob Stevens because he is my hero and my boy and knows more about music than anyone I know even though he’s not a musician and he encourages me when I’m trying to climb another mountain. CURIOUSman 33


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“I push my musicians to their limits. They dance, perform in crazy places and perform notes they should never play. Training for NASA is probably easier!”

CM: The Irrepressibles have gone through quite a change in lineup since the start, can you explain a little about this? JM: I push musicians to their limit. They dance, perform in crazy places from 10 meters in the air to on water and in forests and in strange sets with little light to loads of light. They perform notes they should never play on their instruments. It’s like an endurance test. Training for NASA is probably easier. But each and every one of the band that’s been with me at different times are exceptional people and we are all still friends, they have just gone on to the right things. The band I have now I’ve worked with for 6 years and they are diamonds of people.

JM: We work with various designers to realise the worlds of my dreams. Performance objects I call them as my choreography, music, lighting designs and set designs all coordinate to become one object in collaboration with costume designs and William Turner Duffins sound designs. I am very lucky to have such a team around me.

CM: Film company PAG made an incredible short film called ‘The Lady is Dead’ and used your song ‘In This Shirt’ for the soundtrack. What did you think of it? JM: It’s fantastic! I always wanted a real homoerotic video to what is a real homosexual love song.

CM: Do you follow trends? JM: Never intentionally. I just wear what I feel sexy / ridiculous in - I like to laugh at myself. I love coarse fabrics and boots: Sometimes I wear a colour, often lots of red for passion and because I’m an Aries.

CM: It really is such a beautifully atmospheric piece of music - Do you feel the director interpreted the lyrics in the way you intended them? JM: I always allow the directors free reign to create as they wish. The song means different things to different people. I created it from my reality and loss and it communicated to others. This blows my mind and I cannot take this in. It is not mine anymore, it exists in the world and I come back to it each time I perform it. CM: As a band, you create a broad selection of live performances, is this an aspect you enjoy? JM: Oh yes, indeed. Performance is a therapy for me. It is a little seance with the past. CM: Your performances are highly creative and visual. Do you think you adopt a different persona? JM: Yes, onstage I am my dream self. CM: When live, the clothing you wear is always beautifully avant garde. How do you choose what to wear? 34 CURIOUSman

CM: Who designs your performance outfits? JM: Rachel Freire. Andrew Yates. Philip Traecy... Many more. CM: When not performing, how do you like to dress? JM: In as little as possible.

CM: Any favourite places to shop? JM: Oxfam. My local corner shop. CM: What are your plans for 2011? JM: To make music and create live experiences. To collaborate with other artists and dance. CM: Do you have any musical or fashionable recommendations? JM: Create, create and become your creations. Clothes are a necessary thing in this climate why not express through them. Listen to Simon Bookish. Peaches. The Knife... CM: Where should we go to find your music right now? JM: www.theirrepressibles.com CM: Any last words? JM: Not yet I’ve a lot more to do first before I die! CM: Haha, thanks Jamie!


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“A FLOWER CANNOT BLOSSOM WITHOUT SUNSHINE AND MAN CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT LOVE”... APPARENTLY. WE TOOK ONE MAN AND SOME FLOWERS UP A HILL TO SEE IF TOGETHER THE MAN WOULD FIND LOVE AND THE FLOWERS WOULD BLOSSOM. THE BEAUTIFUL FLORAL HEADPIECES FEATURED IN THIS SHOOT WERE CREATED BY STUDENTS AT NORTHBROOK COLLEGE SUSSEX.

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Hailing from London, Philip Dennis started his career at the University of Brighton, completing his degree before returning back to the capital to work as an illustrator. After two years he upped sticks and moved over to Japan, where for three years he worked as, of all things, an English teacher! This spell over in Japan is definitely reflected in his work, from the colours used to the style of illustration developed. Now back in the capital where he is solely focused on illustration, we caught up with him to see how his varied lifestyle has put him in good stead for his current career.

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He uses mixed media to create some truly unique masterpieces.

CM: So Philip, how are you today? PD: I'm great, thanks. I recently rediscovered an old set of Rainbow Brite pillow cases I had growing up. I'm really pleased about that. CM: Where does your love of illustration originate from? PD: I was absorbed in comic books and cartoons as a child, anything in which my mind could wander off. I would hide away in my room for hours before proudly presenting something to my mum. As a freelance illustrator, you essentially do the same thing, except clients aren't under any obligation to humour you. CM: How would you describe your illustration style? PD: I've always enjoyed drawing, it's when I feel most comfortable, so all my work has some basis in drawing, even if I've chopped it up and messed it around. I like to experiment with mark making, different ways to apply texture, and to play around with parallel lines, which will eventually make my eyes explode. CM: What made you want to move over to Japan? PD: After university, I wanted to travel to another part of the world and experience living in a different culture. A lot of people choose to save up and go backpacking, but I really wanted to live in one place, build relationships and make roots. Japan is such unique country with a rich culture and welcoming people. Of course, Japan has been on all our minds recently, with such a terrible disaster as the recent earthquake and tsunami. It's times like this that the artistic community can really pull together and use the

resources it has available to help. I've seen a lot of auctions and other fund raising events being organised, which are great ways to help those who have had their entire lives washed away. I hope everyone can get involved. CM: What does the rest of 2011 bring for you? PD: It's been a while since I've spent a long period of time immersed in my personal work, so I'm going to start one of the projects on a long list of dusty Post-It notes on my wall. I go through phases of obsessive creativity and I can feel myself retreating inwards again. I'll hibernate with my pencil soon and emerge with a whole load of new work. CM: Where do you see yourself in 10 years time? PD: I'm always being surprised by opportunities that I never saw coming, so I'm learning that there's only so much planning you can do in this industry, you have to just see where it takes you. Of course, there are things that I'd like to do if I get the chance. Writing and illustrating a children's book has always been a long-term goal. Also, I should be living on a space station by then, and will attend all meetings by holotext only. I'll also have all my hair.

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ILLUSTRATION SPOTLIGHT

JAN FEINDT

Ethereal images with a beautifully delicate quality.

CM: Where does your love of illustration originate from? JF: My mother was a painter in her free time and encouraged us at all times to create things by ourselves. Also we had several french comicbooks lying around at home which my father used to bring home from his travels in france. Comicbooks by Herge as well as Disney stories by Carl Barks had the biggest influence on my wish of becoming an illustrator myself. CM: How would you describe your illustration style? JF: Just a couple of years ago I used to answer this question with the quote that I simply did modern illustration. But what is fresh in the illustration world changes so quickly sometimes even within the course of one year that I meanwhile can´t keep this claim for myself anymore. I think in a way I see myself in the tradition of franco-

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belgian comic artists like Herge or Moebius who were a big influence on me as a young reader as well as a maturing artist. CM: What does the rest of 2011 bring for you? JF: I just started to illustrate a new edition of ‘A Little History Of The World’ by Ernst H. Gombrich which will be rereleased later this year. After this job is finished, probably some time around summer I will start with the work on my very first graphic novel which I will make together with the israeli author Shelly Duvilanski. CM: Where do you see yourself in 10 years time? JF: Hopefully in a not much different situation than the one I am in right now... Being able to do the things I love the most and even getting paid for it.


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ILLUSTRATION SPOTLIGHT

LUIS TOLEDO

The ultra fine detail and choice of colour make these incredible!

CM: Where does your love of illustration originate from? LT: From a very young age I like to draw a lot. When I was 14, I started making some posters for a tattoo studio and 15 years later I’m still creating images.

CM: What does the rest of 2011 bring for you? LT: I hope 2011 is a year full of hard work, and that I can finish creating my own studio. New website, new projects, my first book, new research...

CM: How would you describe your style of illustration? LT: More is more, intimate illustrations, created from the inside in a less rational way, with a level of extreme detail.

CM: Where do you see yourself in ten years? LT: I see myself with a solid work base and hope that my work will be shown around the world.

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ANTHONY CUDAHY Ethereal images with a beautifully delicate quality.

CM: Where does your love of illustration originate from? LT: Theres always been an attraction in me to stories and the images that correspond. Lately maybe my images have become more subtle, but I still think there is a narrative quality to them. CM: How would you describe your style of illustration? LT: Images that border on the familiar, but have an un-settling element to them.

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CM: What does the rest of 2011 bring for you? LT: In a month I graduate college and then I’ll be out of education for the first time in my life, which is both terrifying and liberating. Hopefully I’ll have a steady job as I attend to freelance. Mostly I’m looking forward to being able to have time to read books and make music. Maybe I’ll get a puppy. CM: Where do you see yourself in ten years? LT: I’ve had to stop looking that far ahead to avoid anxiety attacks.


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“WHAT WE CALLED THE BEGINNING IS ALSO THE END, AND TO MAKE THE END IS TO MAKE A BEGINNING. THE END IS WHERE WE START FROM.” CREATING WONDERFULLY TAILORED ITEMS, FANG FANG EMPHASISES SUBTLE AND MINIMALIST DETAILING BY USE OF SOME INGENIOUS PATTERN CUTTING TECHNIQUES. TOTALLY WEARABLE AND FUNCTIONAL YET COMPLETELY LUXURIOUS TOO.

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the CRYSTAL FIGHTERS

I first heard the Crystal Fighters on one of the BBC Radio 1 shows and immediately was wowed by their incredibly unique sound. Mixing traditional sounds with modern production methods, resulting in haunting music by a mysterious band that really is second to none. With their incredible latest single ‘At Home’ out now, we wanted to talk to them to try and find out a little more about the band and discover something of their style.

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CM: Can you introduce CURIOUSman to Crystal Fighters? CF: We are Crystal Fighters, we make fast dance music with traditional Basque instruments, synthesisers, and our voices, mixing the new with the old. CM: Where did your name come from? CF: It all started with laure, one of the original members of the band. Her Grandfather passed away, and when she went to gather his belongings in the Basque land she came across an old leather bound book that was full of writings from his last days. One of the passages roughly translates to Crystal Fighters, and it is where we got our name from and inspiration. CM: What are Crystal Fighters up to at the moment? CF: Currently on tour in the UK, and going to Mexico next for some dates. Our latest single AT HOME from our album Star of Love is out now so we are playing that song a lot. Come listen to the acoustic version and some remixes at our www.soundcloud. com/crystalfighters. Looking forward to getting back out to Europe, playing in the Basque country and going to the festivals.

CM: Do you have a special place that you go to write? CF: The first album was written in our warehouse which is located in Hackney, London. We are actually planning to go write the second album in the Basque country. We learned a lot writing the first one, so we are looking forward to heading to the heart of our inspiration to create the new one in a such a rich environment. CM: How does it feel when you hear your music on the radio? CF: Great. It is obviously nice to know that enough other people like our music enough to play it on the radio. But none of us have actually heard any of our music live on the radio accidentally... yet. CM: Your live performances have been described as ‘alive and energetic’, but how would you describe what it’s like to see you play for an audience? CF: Our live show is a lot heavier than the album and there is a lot of energy, drama and passion. We really feed off of the crowd. I like to think its less about seeing us live but more about experiencing it.

CM: How would you describe your unique sound? Where do you draw your influences from? CF: It is a mixture of numerous genres of modern music fused with traditional Basque folk music. We use loads of Basque instruments that we are pretty sure have not been incorporated into popular music these days, so I guess that makes our sound unique. We are influenced not only by the older tradition of music but also by the music that we have grown up with and the music that surrounds us today. Our influences are constantly changing.

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“Crystal Fighters Style: A blend of timeless styles of no particular type. It’s all about what makes you feel good.”

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CM: Do you think your whole look plays a part in this? CF: Mmm. Probably. We do it because we like it, and if other people catch onto, we appreciate that. CM: How would you describe your style? CF: Erm...I think thats a question for you guys to answer... A good answer might be “Crystal Fighters Style, def. A blend of timeless styles, of no particular type.” CM: What is your view on fashion and do you follow any trends? CF: I reckon its all about wearing what makes you feel good whether its “trendy” or not. I guess we are interested in the development of certain music genres often highlighted by trends.

CM: Any secret haunts we should know about? CF: Unfortunately they are all a secret. CM: What’s ahead for Crystal Fighters for 2011? CF: Heading to Mexico next followed by a European tour before summer. Then writing for a month or so in the Basque country before heading off to play a lot of festivals...watch this space! CM: Where should we go to hear your music? CF: You can catch us on youtube.com/crystalfighters and soundcloud.com/crystalfighters or even better come listen with us at a Live show.

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SO ACCESSORIES: THOSE LITTLE DETAILS TO MAKE OR BREAK YOUR OUTFIT. IF YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU’RE CHOOSING THE BEST, TAKE A LOOK AT THESE NEXT PAGES. GUARANTEED OUTFIT SUCCESS AWAITS.

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The Apollo Headphones

NIXON

The Genie Watch

The Chronicle Watch

When looking for a watch, look no further than Nixon. They really do have a watch for every wrist, to suit every persoanlity. This Californian brand was created twelve years ago in a market saturated with poor quality watches and now has a loyal client base. In their words, they ‘make the little shit better. The stuff you have that isn’t noticed first, but can’t be ignored.’ Interesting way of looking at it. From starting off small, they’re now producing a range of other complimentary items such as headphones, wallets, bags and belts, each with a sporty twist. TO PURCHASE AND FOR MORE INFO: WWW.NIXONNOW.COM

EDITORS CHOICE This beautiful white watch, The Kensington, is the perfect choice for those occassions when you want something a little bit special. So simple yet elegant in design, it is the subtle gold deatiling which really stands out as a prominent design feature. It will work throughout summer and take you all the way into winter to team with your more delicate layered looks when it’s icy outside so it really is an item worth the investment. What’s more, it comes in other colours too and is available with Swarovski crystals if you are after a real statement!

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CHAO EERO

How about this for some fun jewellery! From Finnish design duo Chao and Eero, these beautifully designed rings are typical of the punctuation and ‘emoticons’ you may use when texting. “People use different signs to communicate their moods. Since the internet and mobile phones have become a part of our daily life, these signs also become our mutual international language.” Each piece is hand crafted and brushed to create a really soft texture with a unique sheen. This collection is a personal highlight but you should definitely also check out the ‘talk’ and ‘ring ring’ collection. TO PURCHASE AND FOR MORE INFO: WWW.CHAOANDEEROJEWEL.COM

Quotation earrings Smiling face ring

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MR LIPOP

Having recently shown as part of the Ones to watch MEN at Vauxhall Fashion Scout during London Fashion Week February 2011, Mr Lipop creates beautiful, contemporary and forward thinking garments. This goes for the accessories too. Though the line has a ‘less is more’ aesthetic, the beetle hybrid backpack which has formed part of the line for both Spring Summer and Autumn Winter 2011, with a few alterations, is classic in design with quirky statement features, such as a detachable hood and waist clip. Currently, two colours are available from Wolf and Badger. FOR MORE INFO: WWW.MRLIPOP.COM

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CRAFTED ENTIRELY BY HAND, MICHELLE QUICK CREATES MEN’S BESPOKE FOOTWEAR WITH A NUMBER OF INHERENTLY FEMININE CRAFTS. UTILIZING THE FINEST OF MATERIALS, COW HORN AND METROPOLITAN LEATHER ARE HAND STITCHED TOGETHER TO CREATE A WONDERFUL END RESULT.

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AN INTERNATIONAL VIEW BY:

RICHARD HAINES

I keep it pretty simple when it come to clothes. At this stage in my life, I much prefer to see wonderful clothes presented on a runway, in a store, or on someone walking down the street. All the designers I worked for - Calvin Klein, Bill Blass, Perry Ellis - All had their wardrobe down to a uniform. Now I understand why, after looking at clothes all day, the last thing one wants to do is think about what to wear for themselves. So I get it. But if any of these pieces appeared in my closet, I wouldn't turn them down. When Jason asked me to put together a few key looks that I loved (and would wear) I knew immediately where to turn. This past season I was fortunate enough to cover the mens' fall collections for the New York Times T Blog. Watching a show is heaven - To catch the details and see how a garment moves in person for me is what it must be like for others watching a royal wedding - It's spectacular theatre. Here are some of my favourite pieces from four of my favourite shows: Two New York, Two Europe.

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JIL SANDER

I loved this collection - The vibe was 80’s arena and Malcolm McLaren - And the execution on point. The jacket’s the kind of thing I’d wear every day once it got cold enough. It’s the kind of dress up/dress down piece that doesn’t quit.

When Tilda Swindon wore the blue shirt and red/orange pants in 'I Am Love' I completely lost my breath. It's such a stunningly simple outfit, worn with such ease by her - It was perfection. And it shows excellent cut and color can transform a shirt and

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N. HOOLYWOOD

I'm a sucker for a chesterfield coat - This cut is super flattering and sexy. Do there need to be more reasons why I love this?

I had no idea what to expect from this collection, and when I walked into the park avenue armory and saw the first outfit on the mountain climber via williamsburg model, I knew this was something special. I love this jacket - The slight

military, yet more refined feel to it. I'd wear it with jeans and a denim shirt and tie, but that's the beauty of it - There's nothing that wouldn't go with it.

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five minutes with DIONNE BROMFIELD Dionne Bromfield first caught peoples attention when she became the first signing to the new record label of family friend Amy Winehouse aged just thirteen. Now at fifteen and having just released her beautiful song ‘Foolin’ out soon, we caught up with her to find out a little more about the young talent, sure to cause a positive stir in the music industry this year.

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“I love mens fashion. I think ties are uber-cool! So there’s my CURIOUSman exclusive, Dionne Bromfield loves ties!”

AS A MUSICAL ARTIST I... love the thrill of performing for my fans. I write most of my own songs too so it’s nice to be able to show my fans my life through my songs. I SOUND LIKE... a 24 year old apparently. Or Amy Winehouse when I sing. My style has a very Motown 60s sound but with a contemporary edge to it. I LIKE TO LISTEN TO... Jessie J at the moment but I also love the legends... Aretha franklin and Marvin Gaye are favourites of mine. WHEN I WAS YOUNGER I USED TO... love pretending I was one of the Sugababes with my cousins. Haha. I always thought their sound was really unique, not cheesy. THE WAY I DRESS... is very classic but I’m young so like to try new things and bring my own flavour to my look. For example at the moment I’m really into funky tights so I try to incorporate them into my outfits. I also love this season’s neon brights, I especially love a pair of cute neon heels. And quirky jewellery can really bring an outfit to life – I’m like a kid in a sweet shop when I’m in the Topshop jewellery department! I LOVE IT WHEN... I get time to relax, put some music on and just chill. I also love the adrenalin of performing live, there’s really nothing like it. I REALLY HATE IT WHEN... people bite their finger nails. Gross! THERE ARE ALL THESE ARTISTS... out there today trying to make a career doing what they love. I feel so lucky to have been given this great opportunity. IF I HAD A SUPER POWER I... would like to be able to read peoples minds, just to know what they were really thinking! I’d love to know what’s going through Kate Middleton’s mind when she’s walking down the aisle! THIS YEAR... I hope to achieve a number 1 single and album and just to carry on loving what I do. I also can’t wait to get stuck into a few festivals. So far I’ve been lined up for this year’s V Festival... It’s going to be so sick! IN THE FUTURE... I want to sell out Wembley Stadium! MY CURIOUSman EXCLUSIVE IS... they always say girls have it better when it comes to fashion because there’s so much more choice. But I love men’s fashion. I think ties are uber-cool! So there’s my exclusive, Dionne Bromfield loves ties! CURIOUSman 81


meet SCOUTING FOR GIRLS.

Four top 10 singles. Four Brit nominations. Over a million record sales. Nomination for the Ivor Novello award. The band that formed at school have come a long way since being signed in 2007! With their infectious pop sound Scouting For Girls know how to write a catchy tune! Having just released their latest album and new single ‘Love How It Hurts’ out soon, we caught up with Bass Player Greg to have a chat. You can check out the album here: http://bit.ly/lv7dqz

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“We are all great lovers of shopping online, no where in particular but there is something great about shopping from the comfort of your living room!”

CM: For anyone that doesn't know Scouting For Girls, tell us who you are and what you sound like? SFG: We are a three piece from London, Roy sings and plays piano/ guitar, Pete plays drums and I (Greg) play bass. We met at school, got signed in 2007 and have an upbeat, melody driven sound. CM: Where do you draw inspiration from? SFG: Musically, we first discovered music during Britpop, and developed a love of music from there, lyrically, Roy gets inspiration from experiences, the world around him and a little hint of storytelling. CM: Do you enjoy performing live in front of an audience? SFG: I think it’s possibly the most amazing thing you could experience, performing in front of a live audience, be it big or small. CM: How was your recent tour? SFG: Amazing. It was our first European tour, finishing off with a few dates in the UK, including Wembley Arena and the MEN. We couldn't have asked for more! CM: Did you perform your new single 'Love How It Hurts'? SFG: We did. It's always a a bit nerve racking playing new material, but from the response we got, it should go down pretty well. CM: What's 'Love How It Hurts' all about? SFG: It’s a bitter sweet tail of letting love go and the subsequent pain and anguish that goes with it! CM: You've got some more live stuff coming up, anything you're particularly looking forward to? SFG: Obviously the festivals (and praying for a bit of sun!) but I'm really looking forward to getting back in the studio for the third album. We've started writing it, which has been amazing fun; it’s going to be great to get back to being creative in the recording studio.

write the second, which isn't too far from the truth! CM: You're releasing a bonus edition of the album in July, can you tell us what extras are on there? SFG: There will be a load of brand new songs, coupled with some classic live versions. The new single will be on there too, along with the the Club Number 1 remix of ‘Famous’! CM: Why did you want to release some bonus tracks rather than hold back and put them on a third album? SFG: I think these new tracks are well suited to the second album and we couldn’t wait to get them recorded and out to everyone rather than wait until the third album! CM: You literally rocketed to fame back in 2007, how has life changed since then? SFG: The main change was giving us the opportunity to work on music full time, which had always been our plan. Outside of music, we've all pretty much stayed the same! CM: What have been some of the highlights of your musical journey so far? SFG: I think there are almost too many to choose from: Playing Wembley; shows in Australia and Japan; recording in amazing studios; meeting some of our musical icons; the list is endless! CM: Being a menswear magazine, we have to mention fashion, of course! You have quite a relaxed style, how do you decide on what to wear? SFG: I think we all have a similar approach to clothes, nothing too smart, always got to be comfortable, and to a point, practical! CM: Is there anywhere you particularly like to shop? SFG: We are all great lovers of shopping online, no where in particular but there is something great about shopping from the comfort of your living room!

CM: Have you got a favourite summer festival that you like to regularly go to? SFG: I know Roy has a special place in his heart for Glastonbury, but for me I love the V Festival. This will be our forth year, and the crowds have always been amazing to us!

CM: When you're not making your music, what do you like to get up to? SFG: Not that much really, making music takes up most of our time (just the way we like it) outside of that, we all like to spend time with our friends and families.

CM: So you've recently released your second album, 'Everybody Wants To Be On TV', how would you say it differs from the first? SFG: I think we really tried to work on the songwriting and production for the second album. From the outset, I think it’s a lot more diverse than the first, with ‘This Ain't a Love Song’ and ‘Famous’, but also keeps that upbeatness that dominated the first record for us.

CM: Where should we go to get your music right now? SFG: Roy would say a record store (who are having a hard time of it at the moment) he loves having a proper CD! Where as I'm rather a fan of iTunes; most convenient!

CM: How did you find writing it? SFG: The writing process was a lot quicker than the first. They say you have 10 years to write your first album then a few months to

CM: Anything else to add? SFG: Just a very big thank you to everyone who has helped us over the last few years. We are blessed with the most amazing fans who are the ones who give us this amazing opportunity! CM: Thanks Greg! CURIOUSman 83


BASING HER WORK ON ANATOMICAL ELEMENTS WITHIN MEDICAL HISTORY AND THE ANIMATED TIM BURTON FILM “9”, THE WORK OF ROSIE ALIA IS DISTINGUISHABLE BY THE EXQUISITE USE OF PLEATING TECHNIQUES CREATING SHAPES UNIQUE IN DESIGN YET HIGHLY WEARABLE. HER FABRIC CHOICES PERFECTLY CONVEY THE DESIRED THEMES FROM THE SOFT LOOK OF BLOOD CELLS TO MORE HEAVILY CONSTRUCTED MUSCULAR PANELS.

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INSPIRED BY BODY MODIFICATION IN TRIBAL COLONIES, DESIGNER JOE GOODE OF NORTHBROOK SUSSEX HAS DEVELOPED A BOND BETWEEN SCARIFICATION AND YOUNG STREET WEAR TO FORM A BEAUTIFULLY ALTERED APPEARANCE. CHECK OUT THE INCREDIBLE BEAD WORK ON THE NEXT PAGE TO SEE THE DETAIL THAT HAS REALLY GONE INTO CREATING A STAND OUT COLLECTION.

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Still in the prototype stage, these are so simple and so unique... How come nobody came up with them sooner? Forget carrying speakers which either need mains power or drain your mp3, these two pieces of rubber simply amplify the sound from your headphones up to an incredible 80db. The creators are sourcing funding from members of www. kickstarter.com and they’ve already reached their goal of $10,000, in fact when we last checked, they were over $21,000. The people have spoken and this is what they want! (OH, this is the eco section of the magazine so why are they here? They’re made of 100% oil free silicone rubber, no damaging glues and metals like ordinary speakers. We’re definitely getting some, you should too!)


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As the world reels from the shocking effects of earthquakes and tsunamis, talk is growing of how we can all do our bit to stave off natural disasters. And there are things we can do to make a difference - even a small one. We’ve got some great ethical and environmental products, fashion and artwork over the next pages so take a look and do your bit.

SANSERIF CREATIUS

Set up by designer Ana Yago and journalist Jose Antonio Gimenez, spanish design studio SANSERIF CREATIUS make eco friendly furniture finely crafted from 100 percent biodegradable corrugated cardboard. These delightful chairs are my personal favourite pieces, beautiful to the eye and hard wearing so they don’t break easily. Supremely modern in design, is sustainability the future of furniture design? Although the style of these chairs won’t be everyones cup of tea, I certainly think furniture will become more focused on how the production process can be enhanced to be more friendly to the environment. Goodbye Ikea?

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PANTS TO POVERTY

Although not all that long ago, back in 2005, the world was a different place. Financially, the global meltdown had not really kicked in while climate change was a topic not massively breached. Then it all changed. Standing in Trafalgar Square, Nelson Mandela called to a generation to rise up and make poverty history. Five years down the line and a lot has changed. The fashion industry is locking down on retailers using sweat shops in an unprecedented way, climate change is the hot topic on everyones lips and with London hosting the Olympics in 2012, major changes are underway. Think you can’t do your bit? Haven’t got time? Think again. Pants to poverty are a British company with big ideas. They produce pants for men, women and children from beautiful soft cotton and all you’ve got to do is buy a pair to help change lives! At half the price of designer underwear, completely fair trade and organic, why not try a pair of these for a change? There’s simple one’s, bright ones, patterned ones and all sorts so there’s something for everyone. Go on, give ‘em a go!

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WIND POWERED KNITTING FACTORY

Silently working away in the background, powered only by the wind, this incredible machine harnesses one of the earths natural resources to create knitted products. Located on the facade of a building in London, the machine knits from the outside in with the end product entering through an open window! The process is simple, when there’s lots of wind, it knits quickly, when there’s not so much, it knits more slowly. What is unique about the end result, however, is that each final scarf has a label attached with how long it took for the knitting factory to make the product and on which date. We think that’s a lovely personal touch. Find out more at: www.merelkarhof.nl

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Using photography and glass, Julie Brookman explores the nature in which plastic bags are so easily acquired with how difficult it is to discard of them. From Julie’s travels to Borneo, she noticed how the people had been discarding waste into the harbour for many generations, however, what once easily decomposed, was now plastic creating a blot on the landscape. This image is a personal favourite, so bright and beautfiul yet illustrates the point that these bags don’t just go away when we discard of them. It encourgaes the viewer to think of their own habits. It’s so easy to carry a reusable bag yet not enough people are using them. Hopefully images like these will persuade people just to change one simple thing. It’s easy.

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COMBINING SALVAGED, VINTAGE AND ORGANIC FABRICS WITH TRADITIONAL TECHNIQUES OF KNITTING, PLEATING AND PATCHWORK, LONDON BASED DESIGNER, LU FLUX, PRESENTS AN ANTITHESIS TO THE MODERN TREND OF EXPENDABLE FASHION.

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