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Rockin’ Rollin’




D.A.M. magazine sat down with the members of Anal06ue to discuss their music and views. D.A.M.: How did the band get its start? BRIAN: Well, we formed out of the remnants of the band ‘il Papas.’ We were moving out of Boston and…here we are. Brooklyn’s best kept secret right? D.A.M.: How would you classify the type of music that they play? OWEN: Rock and Roll. BRIAN: Rock and Roll. D.A.M.: How did the name of the band come about? BRIAN: We were sitting around with our engineer going over name possibilities. Nick (our engineer) really liked “Analogue”, spelled in the ‘King’s English’ and basically he told us that if we didn’t use it he would. OWEN: Yeah, then we found there was a Christian rock band called “analogue,” and a Brazilian “A-HA” Tribute band…so we changed the spelling to include the “O” to a zero and the “G” to a six. D.A.M.: What inspires you to write songs? BRIAN: It could be anything really, ‘Peace & Anarchy’ was inspired by a pair of Chuck Taylor’s…’Glasses’ was inspired by a hung-over walk from Bed-Stuy into Williamsburg (Brooklyn). I mean, most of the songs off our new record “Touche’ God“ tells a story, I draw a lot of inspiration from Tom Waits & Radiohead. D.A.M.: What are some of the goals for the future? OWEN: To bring back Rock and Roll and to keep having fun. D.A.M. Magazine



D.A.M.: Are you seeing any effects from the economy? BRIAN: We can’t afford to answer that question. EVAN: Yeah, maybe in like 2003 we could’ve…

D.A.M.: What do you think about the current state of music? How do you see your band changing the music industry? BRIAN: Now, what most people hear on the radio today is incredibly homogenized. There isn’t a constructive way to get independent, unheard music onto a station with a broad enough audience to impact popular culture. It’s horrendously backwards, and on the cusp of becoming monopolistic. We feel that if you consistently shove quality product into the face of the American consumer, we can personally reverse this cultural depression. We plan on using rock and roll, hopefully “Touche’ God“ can make a dent of some sort. D.A.M.: Who, other than yourself, are you listening to? BRIAN: Ellis Ashbrook, The Black Keys, kid:nap:kin, Led Zeppelin & The Beatles (always), Otis Redding, Phish, and The Nuclears. D.A.M.: Who are some artists that you don’t listen to right now? EVAN: Kanye West, we just don’t get it. We don’t know why…maybe it’s because he’s ‘breaded,’ and ‘fashionable?’ OWEN: Akon, anything with a Vocoder.

D.A.M.: Do you have any shows coming up? In what cities? OWEN: We’re playing at The Saint in Asbury Park (New Jersey) tomorrow. BRIAN: The Underscore in Manhattan on May 8th, & May 23rd at The Opera House in Brooklyn.

D.A.M.: What are some cities you would like to play in? OWEN: Chicago, Burlington, Atlanta. BRIAN: Does Bonnaroo count as its own city? OWEN: Absolutely. BRIAN: Then…Bonnaroo, also, Paris & Austin, TX.

D.A.M.: Where can fans find you and your music? OWEN: In this new technological age most research is done through “the inter-web.” “Touche´ God“ is available on, iTunes, Rhapsody, eMusic, Napster, and our website BRIAN: Google it. Make sure you include the zero and the six, otherwise you’ll be listening to Christian Rock and thinking it‘s us. D.A.M. Magazine



Walk along with Italy’ “Six Red Carpets” by Crysteena Douglas

D.A.M.: I notice your last performance took place on March 13th, which happened to be Friday the 13th. Was that planned or a coincidence? The album “Nightmares & Lullabies also had 13 tracks. Any significance to the number 13? Leaf: Well, no. I mean, numbers are important in our life, but we are not superstitious as our Italian roots should suggest. For example, the number 3 has been very important during the recording of “Nightmares + Lullabies”. I don’t want to reveal all the magic process involved in the creation of our music, but the 13 hasn’t a particular significance for us. I would call it a coincidence. In fact, in Italy Friday the 13th is not an unlucky day; actually, Friday 17th is a bad day. What a coincidence! Our first gig after the release of “Nightmares + Lullabies” took place on Friday October 17th. Both Majlco and Fly were born the 13th, but that is not connected with our music. D.A.M.: The name of your band, ‘Six Red Carpets’ is unique. I’m always curious as to the origin of names, so how did you come up with yours? Sounds like there might be a story behind it. Leaf: Some years ago I spent some days in NYC with Mills, and it has been such a great inspiration to him. One night he came back to our apartment with this poem called “Six Red Carpets”, that is now a sort of manifesto for our band. He spent the whole night writing near the back-door of a lounge which had six little red carpets in front of it; he found something magical there and that magic never left him. I can only remember that it was a cold and rainy night… he was probably been cursed by a witch that night! D.A.M.: Italy is a place I’d love to visit, but you all sound desperate to leave. Is there a place you envision that would better nurture your particular creative brand? Leaf: Italy is a great place to visit! But if you play music, in particular the music we like to play, it is not a great place to live in. I can’t be sure, but New York City would fit in better as place to express our creativity. The problem is that NYC is too far and it is not easy to get a U.S. visa and to take care of the different legal aspects of the matter. I think that also London would be a great place for us to find the right opportunities to play the music we love, even if our creativity would change into a different but interesting sound. D.A.M. Magazine



D.A.M.: Why do you believe that Italy is not especially receptive to your style of music? And what kind of music is more prevalent there? Leaf: It is difficult to be taken into consideration in Italy if you do not sing in Italian. Furthermore, it is a difficult moment to play live music in our country and it is more difficult for a band like ours, as the live performances are a very important part of our creativity. As for the music played in Italy, the Indie/Pop scene is probably the most fashionable at the moment. D.A.M.: I watched the video and I have to give you all a ‘hats off’. It was creatively done while feeling ‘homemade’ which lends to its sound somehow. What other artistic aspect of your work do you have your hands on? How involved are you in the creative process? Leaf: We have plenty of ideas! For example, we would like to realize a couple of short-series with strange heads as main characters. We love to produce ‘homemade’ stories for our audience and I have to admit that, even if sometimes it is hard and it takes much time to realize our ideas. It is funny to explore our subconscious to create something weird. However, we are not involved in the creative process; we ARE the creative process. D.A.M.: You fund your own projects with the hopes of landing a deal and a producer. Hypothetically speaking, if this never becomes a reality, would you still continue making music? Leaf: It is hard to say because you have to live something before you can answer a question like this. I think that it is not easy to always have the same strength to go on, trying to realizing things without something back. However, I am sure we would continue making music because music has completely blown up our minds. D.A.M.: The artwork for your albums is captivating and I love the idea of a graphic booklet included. What’s the premise of the album? Where do you as a band derive your motivation/inspiration? Leaf: Each member of the band has his own motivations/inspirations, but we share the opportunity of being free to express our demons, our dreams and our personal vision of life into our music. We try to blend together our personal experiences to create something great, as the artwork of “Nightmares + Lullabies” can testify. Each song Mills wrote for “Nightmares + Lullabies” is a little part of a story; but the whole concept of the album is expressed by the music we have created, the lyrics written by him, the booklet artwork and the short story I wrote to introduce the work. Actually, the concept of “Nightmares + Lullabies” had been well defined and planned since the very first recording session. It means that writing and creating each sound of the album has been both easy and exciting for us. This album is our creature, and we have decided to share it for free. As written in our “Manifesto”, we don’t know where this is going to take us, but we are ready to live it with any ‘Creature of Wonderful’ that we’ll find on our path. To check out Six Red Carpets’ music you can go to D.A.M. Magazine



ENTER ....the “Sleeper Cell” Crew

by Crysteena Douglas


“It’s the Beastie Boys!” “It’s Eminem!” Many fans have said this but, don’t confuse this group for either. Whether they‘re on stage crew deep or solo, Sleeper Cell is branding their own music, not someone else’s. D.A.M.: Your music is very reminiscent of the Beastie Boys. Do you get a lot of comparisons and if so how do you feel about them (the comparisons)? Keen: When we perform as a group, people tend to compare us to Beastie Boys, but when you put any of us on the stage solo, the Eminem comparisons come out. SoulSizzle: When it comes down to it, it’s just an easy comparison for a group of white emcees. We don’t structure our rhymes like the Beastie Boys, we don’t speak on the same things, and we don’t have the same mentality. Shay: Don’t it get it twisted, we don’t mind the comparison. We just don’t see it. D.A.M.: Who do you tout as musical inspiration past and present? SoulSizzle: Beastie Boys, nah, just playing. For me, I’ve always found inspiration outside of hip-hop. I’ve spent a lot of time diggin the crates for old-school soul and jazz. So I’ve always been influenced by that and the emcees that were on the same tip. Especially, the early 90’s cats. Shay: That’s the great thing about the crew; we all have so many different influences and come from such different backgrounds. When I was younger, I really felt the west-coast style, but now a days I try to get inspiration wherever I can. Keen: AZ, Black Star, Wu-tang, Canibus, Big L, Eminem, Outkast, the list goes on and on.

SoulSizzle: Whatever comes out comes out. Everything we learn along the way just naturally works its way into the equation. D.A.M.: What are your goals as a group? Any short term or long term outlook forecasts? Keen: Really we‘re just going wherever the flow takes us. Definitely keeping it moving, we got a lot of new material on the way and we‘re currently planning future shows. Shay: Trying to blow up like Jessica Simpson. D.A.M.: Is the writing a collaborative project? Who is (are) the main writers and where does inspiration for the songs come from? Shay: We don’t really have a set way to making a track. Whatever happens, happens. We all write our own verses though. Keen: Shout out to Silo for providing us with a vast selection of beats to keep us inspired. You can check his beats out at D.A.M.: Is there anything you want readers of D.A.M. Magazine to know about you? SoulSizzle: Forget what you think and what you know about Sleeper Cell Crew. The new stuff that’s on the way is going to be on a whole other level and plane. Shay: Yeah, for sure. Be sure to look out for my upcoming solo EP, and download the single ‘Sunshine ft. Keen’ from Stay up! Keen: I’d like to use this opportunity to thank everyone that’s given us a listen and all of the publications such as D.A.M. Magazine that give independent artist such as us a chance to be heard.

D.A.M.: What has the reception been for your music so far in your hometown of Indiana? How do people take a bunch of ‘white boys’ rapping? Shay: The reception has been great. A lot of the reviews and local newspapers have welcomed us, and we’re very grateful for that. The only time we ever hear anything about being white is in interviews like this. Other than that, its not a factor. D.A.M.: How long have you all been together as a group and how did it come to be? SoulSizzle: Shay and I have been working on music for at least 8 years, and we’ve been collaborating for as long as I can remember. Sleeper Cell Crew as an actual group and name has only been around for the past year and half or so. D.A.M.: How did you develop your style? What was your creative process like then, and how has it changed today? Shay: We’re just trying to make good music, period!

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Since stepping onto the scene on August 26, 2007, Day 26 has knocked out the competition--no other male group has had a chart-topping debut, as the biggest #1 entry in Sound scan history. Then there’s the hit reality show, which is something-like-a-phenomenon. . . MTV’s Making the Band, which chronicled the star’s journeys from their normal lives to stardom, further solidifying their crowns with millions of fans around the world. In this exclusive interview, Will and Mike talk of the band’s musical progression, and even address the questions everyone’s dying to know—‘what’s up with Que?’ These gentlemen set it straight, and reveal the unshakable legacy of Day 26. ___________________

The Evolution of Day 26 WORDS BY: EBOYNE’ JACKSON


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oney walked up in the club, dress lookin’ like it’s painted on. I can tell that she ain’t got any panties on. . . baby, that’s the way that I like it yeah. . .” Will Taylor belted out his verse, acapella, from Day 26’s club banger, “Imma Put it On Her,” sounding exactly the same as the cut on the album. It’s obvious that this brother’s got talent. Like Will, the very same can be said of Brian Andrews, Robert Curry, Michael McCluney, and Qwanell Mosely, of Day 26. They can sing. They can dance. And have just about every woman locked under their tutelage all by the mere sound of their voices. These men are the new aristocrats of R&B, and if their new album, Forever in a Day, is any indication, they are just getting started. They are gentleman with a swagger so tight that it just might pinch you. Yes, it’s apparent; Day 26’s charm is undeniable. . . A lesson learned from one of the world’s greatest icons, their boss and mentor, Diddy.

Eboyne: Hey, Will! Hey, Mike! How ya’ll doin’? Will: Hey, sweetheart! Mike: What’s up! Eboyne: So I know ya’ll are on tour right now. Tell me, Will, what’s a typical day like on tour for Day 26? Will: No sleep! (Laughs) It depends, because we are on our promo tour; we do mornin’ radio, probably hit up a couple schools, hit a mall, and then hit a record store. Then, we head off to sound check, and then we’ll probably do an evening radio interview. Then we’ll probably rest for like two seconds, literally. (Laughs) And then we’ll head off to the show, and then after the show, we head to the after party, and then back to the hotel. We get to sleep for like two more seconds, literally, and then we head to the air port. And then we head to the next city, and do the same thing all over again. Eboyne: Wow, that’s intense! Are you all happy with the outcome with the album so far? Will: Yeah, we are really, really excited. We are D.A.M. Magazine 12


aiming for the number one spot, and I hope we grab it, basically! (Laughs) Eboyne: I’m sure ya’ll will! (Laughs) The album is hot; it’s definitely a different sound for you all. I am lovin’ Forever in a Day. My favorite song is “Imma Put it On Her,” feat. Young Jock. Speaking of the album, can you please give me a run down of one of your favorite songs off of the album, and please, if you know any of the other guy’s favorite songs, please drop them in as well. Will: Mine changes with the hour so, let me see. . . This hour, I would say, I’ve been playing a lot of So Good. So I’m gonna go with So Good, this hour. I know Mike loves Bipolar. . . Robert’s is Baby Maker. .. Eboyne: (Laughs) Alright! Will: Que’s is Perfectly Blind. . . Eboyne: Awww, that’s the song with him and Dawn, right?

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Will: Yeah. And Brian likes Your Heels.

Eboyne: Wow, that’s extra. . .

Eboyne: Those are great picks. How has the tour been going, Will: Yeah you know, some fans almost tip the entire van over has it been totally bananas? I mean, have ya’ll ran into any almost every time we jump up in it. fans that just did something completely off the wall that it just Eboyne: Oh Lord, Day 26-- scared for their lives! (Laughs) sticks out in your mind? (Laughs) Will: (Laughs) Speaking of that, we went to this high school, last week sometime, and the kids were plotting on jumping on the stage as we exit. So, while we are walking off the stage, they started jumping on the stage--so we ran, but we ran in the wrong direction. So we started running through this high school during passing time—imagine that—Day 26, running Eboyne: (Laughs) Yeah, I know that’s right! through your high school building! (Laughs) We ran into some Will: I’ve seen police officers get pushed down, I’ve seen the other students that weren’t in the auditorium, and they just seen all this rage in the hallway, and then they looked into our faces, tour bus, with phone numbers all over it. . . . Will: Well, everywhere we go, it’s kinda crazy. People are always doing crazy things; like some fans pushed a police officer down. And where I am from, you don’t touch a police officer! (Laughs)

“Well, you know, at the time, I don’t think we were really used to listening to each other. Everybody wanted to do their own thing.” –Will

and look at us with shock, and then they jumped in and started chasing us too. So by now, we got the whole school chasing us, literally, and we have no idea of how to get out. Eboyne: (Laughs) happened?





Will: I thought I saw an exit, but the door was locked, so we all just got stuck in a corner. (Laughs) Eboyne: (Laughs) Oh, that’s a hot mess, Will! Being that much of your lives are always under surveillance-- I mean, much of Day 26’s personal lives have been exposed to the world. . . We all got to see a recent episode in particular, which revealed some tense moments of conflict between Que and the group; which showed the realness of the situation you were all in. What steps are you all taking to keep the unity within Day 26? Will: Well, you know, at the time, I don’t think we were really used to listening to each other. Everybody wanted to do their own thing. I mean, it was the test D.A.M. Magazine 14


of Day 26. I feel like if we never went through anything, then we would never know what we can overcome. Up until that point, we had never been through anything. I mean, up until that point, it had been peaches and crème. So now that we went through that situation, now, it’s more about listening, and learning each other. We really had to sit down, and learn each other, and figure things out. And now we are cool. Everything is cool. We all are still in the group, we all have the same love we had for each other, and we are all still family like we always said we are.

“And it’s different now, because now we get to see a different side to him, as far as the partying, outside of being our boss.” Mike on working with Diddy

Will: It was a scary moment, because we had just become cool. We were like, ‘alright cool.’ And that wasn’t the power of editing, ‘cause that had actually been the same day for real. We had just said, ‘let’s just squash this, and let’s be cool.’ But when Diddy came in, we were trying to explain it to him, and let him know that everything was cool. But you know, he wasn’t trying to hear that. We figured that MTV had told him everything, and that he had probably watched some of the tapes, and had seen all the stuff that was going on. So there wasn’t much we could tell him, ‘cause he had already seen everything. I mean, I was just nervous, because I didn’t know what his next move was gonna be. I mean, I knew what had just happened with Danity Kane, and I didn’t want that to be an issue with us.

Eboyne: You guys are all so handsome--Your style is undeniable, ya’ll always work the red carpet. How do ya’ll keep your swag up? Mike: We all have our own individual styles. But we try to bring it out collectively, as a group. Whatever we are thinking about wearing that day, we just make something up, and try to make it look good. Eboyne: What’s it like working with Diddy?

Eboyne: Alright, so all’s cool?

also love Perfectly Blind and Baby Maker.

Will: We good.

Eboyne: While you are on the line, I have a fan question for you—Patience Linton-Davenport, from Dakota writes, ‘you seemed really laid back when all the drama started within the group. How did you feel watching the drama unfold?’

Will: Yeah, he’s here. . . Eboyne: Hey Mike, what producers did you all work with on the new album?

Mike: It gave me a headache! (Laughs) Eboyne: (Laughs) Yeah, I could tell. . .

Mike: We worked with Jazze Pha, Bryan-Michael Cox, of course, this new producer, named Steve Major, Blaze, Jermaine Dupri, Ne-yo. . . There were a lot of producers, just to let you know that. My favorite song on the album is Bi Polar. But I D.A.M. Magazine 15


Eboyne: Will, being that you have a son, how do you keep a balance with your relationship, your child, and your newfound celebrity? Will: It’s the hardest thing in the world, man. I think the hardest thing for me, is being away from my son. But then again, the thing that keeps me going is my son. So, it’s like, it’s one of those types of things, where I know that I wanna go home, but don’t want to struggle, verses being out here on the road, out here making this money, making sure that his life is better. For me, I have to stay prayed up, because other than that, I will loose my sanity. It’s a crazy game—you out here working, but you got a family back at the crib, who you ain’t seen in forever. And of course, that causes all types of problems. It’s tough out here, and it’s something that I’m still trying to figure out, basically.

Eboyne: I am glad to hear that, and I know all the fans were rooting for ya’ll. We don’t want no Bad Boy, Making the Band curses for ya’ll. You guys are a special group; you all stand out in such a prolific way. What was goin’ on in your mind when Diddy called the infamous meeting with Que to address the issue?

Eboyne: Is Big Mike still there?

Will: Is that right! (Pauses) Yeah, I am.

Mike: I just wanted the drama to be over and done with. It gave me a headache, so that’s why I just sat there, and looked like that.

Mike: Working with Diddy is a pleasure. I mean, he’s a music mogul, and having him as our boss, is definitely a plus. And Eboyne: OK, so I have another fan question—a fan it’s different now, because now we get to see a different side of yours, Natasha Stevenson, from Massachusetts, to him, as far as the partying, outside of being our boss. We writes: ‘Mike, do you have a girlfriend?’ chill, and go over his house for dinner, and all types of stuff. It’s cool. Mike: No, I do not. Eboyne: Tell me, what does the future hold for Day 26? Eboyne: Alright, thank you, Mike. Let me grab Will again. Mike: The world. . . WE TAKIN’ OVER THE WORLD! (Laughs) Will: What’s up, babe. . . Eboyne: And we are going to enjoy it every step of the way. Eboyne: Now you know I have a fan question for you—a fan of yours, Jasmime Allen, from New Hampshire, writes: ‘Will, are you married?’ For More on Day 26 visit: D.A.M. Magazine 16




For those of you who love to shake down and dance anytime you hear a heavy bass with a good beat, there is good news. Dress Code, aka Derek “DJH” Holley, is one of Dayton, Ohio’s booming new DJ’s and his latest album “Dress Code EP” is filled with funky rocktronic dance music that comes with a powerful message: groove. Even the lyrics inspire carefree dancing; Dress Code’ song, “Move” mixes a funky beat, synthesizers, and lyrics which instructs listeners to, “Do whatever you want to do. Let me see you move.“ There are many facets to Dress Code, he also has a rock side, which can be heard in his song “Desire”, which mixes dance music with heavy guitar riffs. D.A.M. Magazine was able to catch up with Dress Code for an interview and this is what he had to say: D.A.M.: How long have you been composing music? DJH: I’ve been playing different instruments since I was a kid, but have been working on “Dress Code” as a writing and recording project since the late 90s D.A.M.: Were you always interested in creating dance music? DJH: I had originally started doing more rock-sounding stuff, but I couldn’t get a band together. I got into doing dance/electronic music because it was something that was new to me at the time, and it had elements of other kinds of music that I like mixed in it. I’ve heard some things that are groove-based with funk and/or hip-hop influences and I’ve heard other things that are heavier and more rock-influenced.

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D.A.M.: How has making music changed your personal music tastes? DJH: I still like the same kinds of music, but I pay more attention to what’s going on with song writing


structure and with the production style than I used to. D.A.M.: What medium are you using now- vinyl, CD’s, computer software, instruments? DJH: I use computer software and live instruments to record. Then I use a set of CD turntables and live instruments for shows. D.A.M.: How would you describe your music? DJH: Funkyrocktronic. Sometimes its “4 on the floor” house-style and other times it’s got guitars and breakbeats. D.A.M.: How would you describe the usual scene where you DJ- clubs, raves, etc? DJH: It’s usually in clubs. I did get booked to play a rave once, but it got raided by cops before I got there to play! D.A.M.: Who are your musical heroes and if you could chose another artist to collaborate with who would it be? DJH: Overall, I’d say Jimi Hendrix and Prince...but for dance music I’d say The Prodigy, Daft Punk, The Crystal Method, and Felix Da Housecat (to name a few). For a collaboration.... (in no particular order) Tom Morello, Trent Reznor, NERD, or Dangermouse. D.A.M.: How did you get your name “Dress Code”? DJH: The name is used in irony and came from the idea of a dress code being a list of rules about style and/or appearance. I want to mix up different influences not always sticking with rules of musical styles. D.A.M.: Have you toured or will you be touring? DJH: No tour plans so far, but I’ve played shows/festivals in and around Dayton and Cincinnati, OH D.A.M.: What influences your music the most? DJH: Influences can come from anywhere! Sometimes I’ll be playing the guitar and then an idea will come, or

it could be a lyrical thing for a verse or chorus of a song, other times it’s a bass line or a beat. D.A.M.: Do you have any stories you would like to share about a great gig moment or great performance? Any disaster moments? DJH: I can give you one of each! A few years ago I was booked to play this release party for a compilation CD that had one of my songs on it. It was at a club that mainly featured hard rock and metal bands, and I was the opener for the night. I did a set of my tracks that had guitar riffs in them or heavy bass, and I won the crowd over! I didn’t know how it would work out at first, but it wound up being a fun night and one of my best shows. I mentioned this a little earlier but I was booked to play an after-party for a 6:30am! The show was a little out of town, so I had drive for about an hour to get to the gig. I get into town and get followed by a police car about a block from the venue (the car eventually turns away). I see people leaving the building as I’m parking my car, then a guy tells me the cops just raided the place and closed the show! I didn’t get to play, and the promoter never wrote me back about it! D.A.M.: What was your first show and how does it compare to your shows now? DJH: My first Dress Code show was at a club in Cincinnati. I was on a showcase with other people who played different kinds of electronic or dance music, and it was my first time to play a DJ set with live instruments. I do a similar kind of show now, but I’m a lot better at the DJ-ing parts of the show and knowing when to mix in and out of songs, drop in samples, scratches, etc... D.A.M.: Dress Code’s first two albums were self produced. His latest album “Dress Code EP” has been released by Phuture Trax Records, an indie dance/house music label from Chicago. D.A.M. Magazine 18


Letter from the Fashion Editor The B O L D and the BEAUTIFUL


ashion has a way of inspiring us to unleash our superpowers to the world, and dispense our magnanimity when needed. That’s why the rulers of creative invention rule the runway. Many visionaries continue to pave the trends that forever make a lasting impression in the world of fashion as we know it—in this moment, I would like to salute all of the super heroes of the world. . . . Dawn Richard, former member of Danity Kane, is with out a doubt, a captivator—she is a true glamazon, and a living testament of courage and strength—and she always looks fabulous in her 5 inch stilettos! I salute her, and am so grateful to have had the opportunity to interview this vivacious fire starter! World. . . watch out! Then there is Elif Akadyin, of Elif NY, timeless, classic, and beautiful. This former stylist to the stars is now a burgeoning handbag designer, who is changing the way we look at handbags. What is usually branded as a mere accessory, painted in all of the brilliant colors of the rainbow, is so much more. . . Heart and soul is the essence of this visionary’s collection, and is a tribute of her “life.” I salute her. How does your latest EP compare to your previous albums? DJH: I tried to make it have a certain “feel” or “vibe”, even though the tracks don’t all sound the same. Some of my earlier stuff would, on purpose, go from one style to the complete opposite from one track to the next D.A.M.: Where can listeners find your album? DJH: It’s on sale now at iTunes:(, Rhapsody:(, Amazon, and other online stores worldwide D.A.M. Magazine 19


D.A.M.: Just one last question, if you could include one super hero in a music video who would it be and why? DJH: Spawn—He makes a great entrance! For those of you who can’t catch Dress Code live in the clubs, check him out online at, or on at Dress Code’s albums are now digital and can be purchased online on iTunes, Amazon and other online stores worldwide.

Oh, yes, Balmain—the coveted looks of fall and spring 2009 ready to wear, just took my breath away, and yours too, (those geometric blazers encrusted in diamonds, the frayed, ripped jeans that continue to “oooh and ahh” the masses. . .) Just trailblazing. May 2009 is a salute to the bold and the beautiful; all of those who fit this category—who live life with out reserve, and conquer the world through love and kind fashion. . . I salute you. Enjoy these pages, as they were created with a dream, hope, and lots of love. Stay fabulous, but above all, stay blessed! Eboyne’ Jackson Fashion Editor D.A.M. Magazine 20



Revolutionary Road, the fashion show featuring designs by Chargrels Couture and U’LaLa Couture was definitely an upward movement from where designer, Charketa Glover first started out. On April 5, eager fashion gurus waited in excited anticipation to gain entrance into Detroit hot spot, KATWALK, to witness the new fabulosity to debut from Chargrels Couture. The show started with an impassioned performance by local powerhouse, Vina Mills. Vina’s single, “Yeah”, amped up the anxious crowd with her strong dance moves reminiscent of a young Tina Turner. Yes, she was that fierce. Then the fashions of U’LaLa Couture graced the runway. Seen were 70’s inspired, wide and short-legged jumpsuits in various cream colors. There was a white romper worn with a straw hat and wedge heels. A two piece wide-legged blue pantsuit with a satin patchwork halter magnified the 70’s trend soon to be seen this summer. However, the hottest look was an orange jumper with a yellow lined hood.

Finally, Chargrels Couture blasted its way onto the runway with a completely different and modern look. True to her word, Charketa Glover’s designs featured the unexpected—The understated “pocket” seen on her blue/white asymmetrical dress, entitled “Dillard,” and other strapless dresses.

was worn with a pair of matching plum fringe boots for a put-together bohemian look. Also seen were cut-off light-wash denim shorts, and light colored short jackets. After the show, Charketa laughed and said that people, especially her friends in the industry, were proud of her. True-to-form, Charketa announced that soon after the show, she would be getting everything into production for her followers to purchase pieces from her new collection. Her online store will be ready for custom orders in May. For Your Chargrels Couture fix, visit:

Other designs featured—“Geometric gold or silver earrings,” (Yes, this was the name of the dress!) This dress featured an unexpected and chic match - gold geometric earrings. Her famous “Revolver top”, which is available all season on her online boutique, was shown as a mini, but can also be worn as a top, of course; (but be sure to wear it with booties and minimal jewelry.) The dress that stole the spotlight was a long, green and purple belted empire-waisted ensemble. This sultry dress caught everyone’s attention. Heads turned. The model flipped up the hood, and people took note. The dress

Adding elements from the other end of the spectrum, the Safari inspired clothing seen by U’LaLa, was well accepted by the crowd as well. The blend of Safari and 70’s inspired clothing was brilliantly accessible, and would definitely compliment women who enjoy being in style, and those who want to stay ahead of any trend while looking chic. D.A.M. Magazine 21


The Finale Dress!

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FASHION CAREERS CLINIC with Stephanie Finnan

“SO, YOU WANT TO WORK IN FASHION?” Hi there, I’m Stephanie Finnan, owner of the Fashion Careers Clinic, which is a specialist careers service, just for people who want to work in fashion.

recruitment agencies, and also powerful independent head hunters who shape the industry, who broker the deals, and are behind the decisions as to who works for each fashion company – you’ve probably seen their adverts in WWD or other trade magazines – the major ones in the U.S are 24 Seven Inc, Solomon Page Group, The Jonas Group, Janou Pakter, and so on. Others are based in London, Paris, Milan, and throughout the rest of Europe.

As this is my first column, it makes sense to start at the very beginning and go right back to basics. But before we do that, I’ll give you the quick low down on why I’m qualified to tell you how you should be going about things. Well, I know what it’s like to be starting out too –10 years ago, I was at fashion college, studying for a diploma in fashion design, and didn’t have a clue what to specialize in. It was only when a forward thinking tutor mentioned that I would be quite good combining marketing and business into my next step, that I realized that fashion isn’t only about design, but a huge network of different career opportunities. I then went on to study for a BA Honours degree in fashion and marketing at university, during which I spent a year as an intern with a major fashion recruitment company called Denza International in London.

These companies cover all areas you can think of in the fashion industry – design, marketing, visual merchandising, buying, PR, pattern cutting, production, styling, fabric development, etc – and work with the biggest names in the business. During my time with Denza International (and later with 24 Seven Inc), I had an inside view into some of the most well known global fashion brands, recruiting designers for the likes of Top Shop (I hear that Top Shop- have finally landed in NY!!), Calvin Klein, Louis Vuitton, and DKNY.

Now, at this point I had NO IDEA as to how people got jobs in the fashion industry – it all seemed so mysterious. I would read from time to time in Elle or Vogue magazine that for instance, Stella McCartney had joined Chloe, or Marc Jacob was designing a line for Louis Vuitton, or that a couple of designers were coming up with a capsule collection for Target – but I had no concept of HOW these high powered moves and jobs actually occurred. The answer is that there are specialist D.A.M. Magazine 23


Well, that depends on what you are looking for from your career in fashion – lots of people LIKE fashion, and THINK they can do it, but believe me, it takes a lot of hard work and stamina, and you have to be extremely focused. First, decide whether it’s design you want to do, or one of the many other roles, such as pattern cutting or finishing work if you’re good at sewing, or production / product development if you’re good on the technical side. Do you want to work for yourself, or do you want to work in house for a company? How are you going to get there? Well, I highly recommend that you get some professional training before you do anything else – it doesn’t have to be college of university (although this is the best route into the industry by far) – it could be doing night classes, an apprenticeship, or an internship – in fact, the best way

to learn is on the job, learning first hand what works and what doesn’t. There’s no substitute for practical training. Over the next couple of issues, we will be covering exactly how you should be planning for your career in fashion, including portfolio advice, interview tips, networking, choosing a fashion college, etc, as well as answering any questions you may have about the industry. If you have a query, simply drop me a line at: See you next time – in the meantime, feast your eyes on this cute example of portfolio work from a UK designer who is now working for Top Shop – her style of presentation is spot on, and something to aspire to. In the next few issues, I’ll be telling how YOU can develop a style that could land you a dream job in design!

I got to know their Creative Directors and Design Directors, their HR teams, and Recruiters, and over time learned what these people are looking for from the talent they recruit. What makes them tick, what they expect at interview, what makes a good portfolio, and so on. Their standards are WAY high; they can afford to be selective with who they take on (or who they DON’T take on). The interview process is TOUGH, and the industry is more competitive than ever before. So if you want to work in this exciting, exhilarating and fast paced industry, you can bet your bottom dollar that above all you need to be prepared, have done your research, and know your market, whichever area you want work in—whether it is —design, styling, buying, or marketing. But where do you start? D.A.M. Magazine 24


Big, Bright, Bohemian: Spring 2009 Trends ~ As Seen Through the Eyes of Alicia DeLeo ~

Who doesn’t love spring fashion season? The shorts, the sandals, the freedom! Spring fashion brings out the best of fun femininity that winter clothes have a tendency to restrict. In Spring and Summer, women everywhere let their inner chic loose with the latest wearable trends from the runway. This season, our favorite designers bring us clothes that make bold statements of womanhood. They remind us to how cool it is to be girly, while still asserting our strength. From Diane von Furstenberg’s bohemian flair to Chloe’s vintage elegance and Michael Kors’ electric geometric splendor, this year’s spring 2009 collections are full of versatile trends for all. Big, bright, bohemian! And it doesn’t stop there.

Rebecca Taylor took the liberty to mix tribal patterns with her hippie-styled collection, adding animal instincts to a classic era.

Doo-Ri Chung pairs a sleek electric blue top with a black mini-skirt for the perfect night-out look.

Diane von Furstenberg’s off-theshoulder neon orange dress meshes comfortable with sexy.

This girly frock, part of BCBG Max Azria’s collection, ebbs and flows in all the right areas.

Trend 1: Bright Colors One trend that pops up frequently in the collections is the use of bright, eye-popping color. Hot pink, electric blue, vivid orange, dazzling purple and more! These colors make bold statements, especially if worn as a solid. Wear a neon orange camisole with a brown suit and purple flats to spice up any seasoned work outfit. Or pair a hot pink dress with metallic heels for a night out with the girls. One consistently popular shade: electric blue. It shows up in the Michael Kors, BCBG Max Azria, and DKNY collections. Fresh and liberating, ahhhh…

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Combing a floor-length peasant dress with a metallic jacket and flats, Diane Von Furstenberg shows the spring’s trendiest façade to its most comfortable form.

Trend 2: Bohemian The “Age of Aquarius” is back! The 1960s-70s was a huge inspiration for some of designer’s this year, giving each and every woman the outlet to channel their inner hippie. Girly patterns, flowing dresses, fitted headbands all included. Diane von Furstenberg’s collection emulated the bohemian era with her floral-inspired tunics; long, voluminous dresses and flower-power hair pieces. Rebecca Taylor’s collection included many loose-fitted dresses and skirts, paired with oversized jackets and peasant tops. One office outfit combo: Mix a loose peasant tunic with slim khaki pants and opentoed pumps. D.A.M. Magazine 26


Nicole Miller accents one her relaxed-fit outfits with a slouchy over-the-shoulder camel-colored bag and lengthy beaded necklace. Vera Wang always knows how to mix a sleek outfit with the most intrepid pieces of flair. A multi-layered and multi-faceted beaded necklace and almost-too-big white clutch makes this black ensemble sharp and sheik.

Trend 3: Oversized Accessories Big and bold is all you need to remember when accessorizing this Spring. Oversized necklaces look perfect with bohemian-inspired tops or oh-so-boring suit jackets. Purses that also fit your Chihuahua LuLu are definitely spot-on, and chunky belts that pinch dresses at the perfect part of the waist make the cut. Not comfortable pulling off all oversized accessories? Start out small, wearing one per outfit. The bolder you get with accessory choices, the easier it is to combine more than one. D.A.M. Magazine 27


Donna Karan makes sporty look sexy for her DKNY collection by combining lightshaded color blocks with a comfy miniskirt. The sneakers bring the entire look together.

Michael Kors uses the same color combinations to mix stripes with polka dots; geometrics at its finest.

Trend 4: Geometric Patterns The math of fashion: one block of yellow + one block of orange = one cool fashion trend. Color block patterns reflect fashion in the 1980s, a time where “cool� radiated from its fashion icons like Madonna, Pat Benetar and Molly Ringwald. The art of matching by mismatching is what this trend embodies. Combine polka dots with stripes, pink with green, a striped shirt with plaid shorts. To avoid tackiness, stick with similar color palettes and avoid using with work outfits. If you are feeling the color block trend for work, pair it with a solid. Match the mismatched pieces for casual days shopping with friends or for a family gathering.

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Doo-Ri Chung pairs shiny grey Harem pants with a drapey tank and loose silver jacket for a stylish work look. Adding high-powered heels to the mix doesn’t hurt your entrance into a staff meeting.

If allowed at your company, take advantage of the newest suit: the shorts suit. Match a high-waisted pair of shorts with long tailored jacket (and those high-powered heels again), like in this Daughters collection piece.

Michael Kors’ black and white polka dot ensemble mirrors 1950s fashion icon Audrey Hepburn. The A-line dress that nips at the waist is the essence of class. This olive-colored jumper, coupled with an over-sized navy jacket, by Derek Lam, couldn’t be more appropriate for a comfortable yet sophisticated look.

Trend 5: Comfy Career Chic Who says you can’t be comfortable and fashionable when dressing for work? Designers make it even easier for us this year, allowing (dare I say) a slouchy approach to dressing for a day at the office. Although there’s a fine line to draw when attempting to dress comfy for work, collections including, Daughters and Doo.Ri, bring back the Harem and relaxed-fit pants, oversized jackets, loose cut shirts and muted-tone suits. Other pieces in the mix include trench coats, vests and even shorts. When done the right way, this trend gives women a comfy, yet confident approach to dressing for a client presentation.

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Chloe’ matches a ruffled cap sleeve top with high-waisted capris for a warm, relaxed look, adding the sparkle of a metallic bow belt ties modern chic into this vintage inspiration.

Trend 6: Vintage Elegance Vintage elegance of the 1950s shines through multiple collections this Spring. A surge of high-waisted skirts, pants and shorts embellished with feminine bows and ties is a common thread among Chloe’s runway looks. Other looks the designer’s have highlighted: ruffles, belts, A-line skirts and dresses, and pastel colors. Its June Cleaver’s wardrobe kicked up for the career-bound mom of the 2000s. The high-waisted A-line dress flatter’s almost any woman’s figure. Pick one up for your best friend’s spring wedding and use it as a staple piece all year long.

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Fighter. Survivor. You Bet. Beautiful, Resilient, and Stronger than Ever,


Has the World at Her Feet

A New Dawn S


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he’s unstoppable. Even Hurricane Katrina, one of the deadliest hurricanes in the history of the United States, couldn’t contain triple threat, Dawn Angeliqué Richard. Now, four years later, as she faces yet another tempest in her life—the demise of R&B/Pop phenomenon, Danity Kane, it doesn’t come as a surprise that this tenacious beauty is able to channel the same sacred inner strength she once used to get her through one of the darkest storms of her life—her faith. If a storm couldn’t contain her, then nothing else would. Not even the downfall of her sister hood, Danity Kane. Like Hurricane Katrina, Dawn is like a force of nature herself, having battled and overcome many blows, as she found herself unwillingly thrust into combat mode, as the media attempted to throw dirt on her name. Last October, during season three of MTV’s Making the Band, the world watched in utter horror as industry mogul, Sean “Diddy” Combs, fired Danity Kane members, Aubrey O’Day and Wanita “D. Woods” Woodgett; leaving remaining members, Aundrea Fimbres, Shannon Bex, and Dawn Richard, mortified and speechless. Some one had to play the scapegoat, and that some one was Dawn. The rumor mill swarmed vicariously of Dawn’s “alleged” pursuit of a solo career, as well as a brewing beef between her and former Danity Kane vixen, Aubrey O’Day. The media ate up the dismantlement of the group like fruit cake, and waited in sadistic anticipation to witness a muddy catfight between the two divas. But that brawl never came, and even still, some began to question the integrity of one of Danity Kane’s most humble and gifted stars. For Dawn, the similarities between the metrological disaster that once threatened to overtake her life, and the demise of Danity Kane, seemed all too familiar. “I had to pick up the pieces then,” Dawn says, referring to the torrential storm that consumed her family’s home in New Orleans, “and I have to pick up the pieces now. I am a fighter, I never give up. I keep moving, no matter what people say. I’ve worked hard for this, and this is my dream.” Talking to Dawn via phone, it is apparent that she still has a slight case of jetlag from the night before—as she had recently come out of studio hibernation mode in London, (a creative, intense writing session for her boss, and mentor, “Puff,” as she prefers to call him.) Her usual, bubbly voice is convoluted into this raspy tone, with a hint of Creole, yet is warm, welcoming, and sincere just the same. “With Puff,” she says, whom she also considers a friend, “It’s like, it’s not about what he says, but what he does. He is a cool mentor, and I have learned so much from him.” D.A.M. Magazine 32


“I have been nothing but honest during this entire situation. I love these girls.” Dawn says that she is ready to distill the lies, and address all of the drawn-out he say, she say. “I have always been about Danity Kane since day one,” she says firmly. “It is an unfortunate situation that has occurred within Danity Kane. Like I said on the show, (which I later got a lot of flack for,) there were a lot of trust issues within the group. I was always about Danity Kane’s business—I put in the work, and I never missed a show or a meeting.” “This is how it goes,” Dawn pauses, as if carefully choosing her words. “The media tries to put this one against that one, and honestly, I don’t really blame the media, because people are going to perceive things the way they want to, to benefit them. All I can say is that I have nothin’ but love for Danity Kane, and my intentions for the group would be that all of us would remain as five—together,” she concludes passionately. “I have no beef with any one. I have been nothing but honest during this entire situation. I love these girls. I wish Aubrey and D.Woods well.” No cat fight here. Given Danity Kane’s epic conquest as being the first female group in Billboard history to debut their first two albums at the top of the charts, (which went platinum,) along with three hit singles, the group seemed indispensable. There was no denying that these women were “show stoppers,” (as their hit single put it.) Dawn reflects that some of her greatest memories were shared with these girls, and even described Danity Kane headlining their own show at the legendary Hammerstein Ballroom, in New York City, as one of her most memorable moments. When asked if the powerful chart-topping group would come back together, or remain a thing of the past, Dawn

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confesses, “Due to confidentiality, I can’t reveal the outcome just yet because it will be revealed on the season finale of Making the Band. But I will tell you this; I am content with the journey I am on.” This new voyage that Dawn finds herself on, although filled with some mystics of the unknown, is superseded by determination and hope, and will ultimately lead her to similar, if not greater success. It’s no mystery that this sultry songstress can belt out like a young Brandy, intermixed with a little honey. Her voice is silky, yet powerful enough to catch one’s attention. And her falsetto—crazy. With her undeniable talent, and sunkissed good looks, Dawn Richard appears to have it all. And not to mention, she is a woman on the move. “Right now, I am in the studio, working with Puff and Cassie,” she reveals. “I am a songwriter, and overall lover of music, so it’s a thrill for me to create music organically. I also wrote a song with Que, called Perfectly Blind that will debut on Day 26’s new album, Forever in a Day. The song is open for interruption—it says it’s OK to need someone to lead you, whether it’s God, or a relationship.” And I am also trying to get on board with a few other artists’ new projects as well.” Already, Dawn has released her first comic book, Danity Kane Comics, (which she refers to as a young Sex in the City version,) where a young heroine uses her voice to overcome evil perils, in order to save her record label from damnation. She acted as the visionary behind the entire concept, and was even responsible for all of the illustration. With plans to release a soundtrack compatible to the comic book, which will feature a few artist collaborations, along with two of her newly leaked

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“I am a risk taker, and I love anything that is avant garde.” songs such as “Falls Away,” and “If I Could,” it’s no doubt that Dawn is a mirror image of her comic book super woman. She is that hot chick who has the world at her feet, and is ready to defy all opposition. She’s got her gloves on. A promising career is not all that Dawn has to smile about. Millions watched in awe as she fell in love with Day 26 band member, Qwanell Mosley, better known as “Que,” during Making the Band’s third season. Their innocent, playful union was approached with caution, as Dawn noted the five year age gap between the two. But what soon began as a closely guarded friendship, quickly turned into a blossoming, full fledged relationship with both claiming their undying love, and admiration for each other during the show’s season finale. And soon thereafter, the couple became notorious for their public displays of affection, as they were often seen kissing and canoodling at various night clubs and industry parties. Since then, the media has also attempted to run frivolous reports of a suspected end to the couple’s seemingly fairy tale relationship. Dawn is thrilled to set the record straight. “Yes, Que and I are still together,” she says coyly. “I am in a beautiful relationship, and it’s too beautiful to hide. I am in love with a man who I can honestly say that there isn’t just one thing that I love about him.” She purrs, “Why? Because I love all of him. I understand him, and he understands me. He is a man who can admit when he is wrong. I love his mistakes because he’s always willing to grow.” Those mistakes could have easily cost Que his career, perhaps if it had not been for the strong woman beside him. During Making the Band season four, tensions rose high as Que went to combat with his band members, Will Taylor, Robert Curry, Brian Andrews, and Michael McCluney. Immediately, Dawn tried to act as the voice of reason, admonishing the popular boy band not to make the same mistakes Danity Kane had made, which could inevitably tarnish their careers. “You know what,” Dawn muses, “I don’t like that some people looked at my intervening within the Day 26 situation as me trying to be this “mamma-do-mamma-don’t figure,” she laughs. “Now I got people hatin’ on me for trying to save them all from

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looking crazy! It was a sacrifice for me to get in there and step in. I mean, I am like their little sister. All I was trying to do was break it down,” she adds. “And yes, I even told Que not to act out. He doesn’t act that way, so it was a crazy situation. But you live and you learn, and what’s important is that they learned.” It is rare when an artist has the ability to master their larger than-life sexiness in a way that it doesn’t come off raunchy or store bought. Dawn is one of the few in the industry that has mastered this. She’s real, and she always looks fabulous on the red carpet, as she struts her stuff confidently in her flawless maghony skin. She attends only the hottest industry parties and clubs, decked out in her British designer of choice, Preen. And lately, Diddy’s angel has been captivating the fashion scene with her unique, brazen sense of style. “It’s so flattering that people see me as this fashionista,” she laughs humbly. “I don’t put style in a box, and I like to rock clothes that fit my personality. I am a risk taker, and I love anything that is avant garde.” Dawn admits that while she loves to scour away in search of eclectic pieces in quaint, vintage shops, she also enjoys shopping for definitive pieces at online boutiques such as Pixie Market; and one day, she even hopes to launch her own clothing line. When asked what coveted fashion must have’s she can never travel with out, Dawn rambles all at once, with out faltering, “My Gucci shoes from the Hysteria collection, my YSL cage boots, my Armani leather jacket, and my Alexander Wang sweater. . . .” One thing is for certain—the possibilies are endless for Dawn Richard. She is an untamed force to be reckoned with. Yet one thing is clear, whatever the outcome, this powerhouse is ready to set the untamed musical genius free. It’s a new Dawn, and it’s a new day. “I am happy knowing that I am doing what I was sent here to do,” Dawn says simply, “and that’s sharing my gift of song through music. I know that God has a plan for me, and I don’t second guess. He has set this path before me, and with humility I will walk this road.”

For more on Dawn Richard visit: Danity Kane Comics:

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Eboyne’ Jackson - T H E H O T N E S S : B ALMAIN AT I T ' S F INEST :





almain. Balmain. Balmain! That’s the sacred name on every one’s lips. Scratch that, that’s the name on every buyer, and die-hard fashion lover’s lips. . . Perhaps it was that daring, elaborately sequined Michael Jackson-inspired applique coat; (that was to die for!) that paraded down Balmain’s spring 2009 show in Paris, or maybe it was those lovely fringed boots that made the world go absolutely insane. (Sigh) What fashionista wouldn’t want to covet a pair of Balmain’s ripped stone washed jeans or a dazzling diamond encrusted gown with frayed, distressed edges? One thing is certain; Balmain keeps the girls in line! Many celebrity “It” girls have been seen wearing many of Bailmain’s extravagant ready-to-wear pieces—such as the one and only Diva, Beyonce, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Moss, and Penelope Cruz. . . .It is mere truth; Balmain keeps the girls coming in line! The man behind Balmain’s new signature collections is Christophe Decarnin. In 2005, Decarnin became the head of the house, and since then, every collection he has touched, sales have doubled. Despite lavish prices, (a pair of jeans goes for $1,400 and up,) there is no denying the appeal of these sultry, French inspired garments. Balmain is with out a doubt, every woman’s desire! D.A.M. Magazine 37


Beyonce dazzles in Balmain at the Obsessed Movie Premier in New York City

Kate Moss is radiant in Balmain sequined mini dress (Fall 2009 RTW Collection)

Victoria Beckham shines in vintage Balmain Motorcycle jacket

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As Handbag Pioneer, Elif Akaydin, prepares for her trip abroad, Hunt Ethridge whisks her away for an intimate chat, and reveals the inspiration behind the timeless accessory brand that keeps us coming back for more Elif Akaydin is an industrious handbag designer, whose company, “Delight in Creation� jumped onto the scene in 2004 and has been growing steadily since then. Her bags are modern and classic at the same time, while also spanning the gulf between corporate and casual. Based in New York City, her bags are designed for the dynamic city woman. With carefree names such as “Barboletta� (butterfly in Portuguese), Burchu and Sera, these Italian handbags leather bags will stand out from the crowd. Elif was heading out to Turkey (her native country) on a corporate trip, but I managed to catch up with her in some of her few down-time moments to find out what makes this vibrant vixen tick. . . . ____________ Hunt: Hello Elif, and thanks again, for taking the time to sit down with me. So let’s start at the beginning. You were born in Istanbul, Turkey and went to high school there. What’s the biggest difference between Turkish high school and here?

(from left to right) DJ Tanco , Yvonne and DJ Izzy Rock NiteLine Radio based in the NYC Tri State is an authorized Internet radio station. The station has established a worldwide listening audience within a short period of time. We offer VIP Chatroom, built in social network, full photo gallery, a retroarcade section, and streams audio utilizing ustream network and shoutcast servers IRUKLJKGH¿QLWLRQDXGLRWR\RXUFRPSXWHU%HVWRIDOO1LWH/LQHVWUHDPVKRXUVD day 7 days a week broadcasting the hottest mixes from DJs all over the country. Our motto is to bring you the best music of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. We have no boundaries. This radio station is for both the casual music listener and the nightlife/club goer. Our programming includes a variety of music with top notch DJs as well as our talk/web shows that offer full interaction with the listener via our state of the art chatrooms. We also utilize skype as a communication tool to allow the audience to call the radio station directly via cell or LAN line. Israel Esquilin who is known as DJ Izzy Rock founded NiteLine Radio. A promiQHQWPXVLFLDQLQWKHPXVLFLQGXVWU\IRURYHU\HDUVFXUUHQWO\ZRUNLQJRQPXVLF production and remixing various projects. The co-founder his wife Yvonne is the site manager. Izzy’s long time best friend Demuel Tanco handles the promotional and music programming department. NiteLine Radio brings its members great music, great webshows, and welcoming caring atmosphere. We hope to please our listeners by providing outstanding service. We’re not just your average Internet radio station – we actually have a community of great people that just want to come online and have fun. So what are you waiting for? Log on now!

Elif: Well in Turkey, at the school I went to, we had to really study everything. We didn’t really have an ability to choose what we studied. At the moment, of course, it sucked. But now I’m realizing it was great that we had all of those classes and experiences. Later on when I started college here, I saw the benefits of it. I was ahead! And we had a lot more discipline. We had so many rules we had to follow! And again, at that moment it sucked but now I’m realizing I’m glad we had that discipline, because in real life, you have to put that discipline into action. With your work, with your daily things, if you have that disciplined background you are more organized. Hunt: Did you know at that point in high school that you wanted to do design or at least be in fashion? Elif: In high school, yeah. When I was getting to graduate, I was going in that direction. My family is in the fabric business, so I actually grew up in this. So I was in the family industry at a very young age. So yeah, in high school, I knew at that age that’s what I wanted to do. “It’s not a materialistic world, it’s from your heart, your pure heart. Every one should get on the phone to check in on their friend to say, ‘hey, how are you.’ But when you say “how are youâ€? you really mean it. “How are you?â€? Please just help other people because true happiness only comes when you help people, not from other materialistic things.â€? Hunt: And then you went to South East Missouri State University as a fashion merchandising major? Elif: Yes, I went there for that and for retail management also. Hunt: Now out of all the colleges in all of America‌ Elif: Ha ha, I know, right?!? D.A.M. Magazine 40


Hunt: How did you choose SEMSU? Elif: That department was good in that college, and it was cheaper too compared to New York. I knew I was going to move to New York, but for a college degree I just thought I’d save with the college money and then build up savings and make it happen in New York.

times a year buying for the boutique, and that was a great job for me. And after that was September 11th and there were some hard times in New York City. I worked freelance for a home textile designer Judy Ross Textiles, and I was her assistant. And then I became a buyer for a handbag store called Delfino’s. Hunt: Yup, that’s with Harun, right?

Hunt: At South East Missouri I talked to one of your teachers, Dr. King, who says “hi” by the way... Elif: Yes, did you talk to him too? Ha ha! Elif: Oh, ha ha, tell her thank you! Hunt: I did! Hunt: I will! And she told me about some of the courses (history of costume, textiles, psychology of clothing, fashion merchandising, etc…) What was your favorite course and why?

Elif: Hahaha Hunt: (laughing) I like to do my research.

Elif: I think my favorite was textiles because you got to work with the real textiles. Everything else was from the books and reading but the textiles; you had to work with every kind of textile, working with them, examining them. It was fun! And also, I had a design and color class I had with someone else. That was actually one of my favorites because we got to design things and work with the real colors.

(I spoke with her teacher Dr. King, the owners of Delfino’s, and also of Judy Ross Textiles. All of them had wonderful things to say about Elif. Dr. King commented on what a great student she was, Harun from Delfino’s couldn’t speak enough of her and at Judy Ross, they spoke of how wonderful she was as a person and talented as a designer. After speaking with her myself, I can very easily understand their sentiments. She is an absolute delight to talk to!) Elif: What did he say?

Hunt: Did you do your internship in St. Louis or Chicago or NYC?

Hunt: Well he said that, among other things, you have a good eye. What does “having a good eye” mean to you? When someone says that to you, what do you imagine it means?

Elif: No, my internship, I did it in Turkey. I designed in a menswear company for 3 months.

Elif: A good eye? Well, I’m not buying for my personal taste. When people say I have a “good eye”, [it means] I know what customers come to that store and I know what they like and I buy merchandise for them. I have an eye for that customer who walks in. In buying, it’s not what you like; it’s what the customer likes.

Hunt: Wow that must have been great! What was one thing you would say you really learned from your time in college?

Hunt: You started your own business in 2004 right? Elif: I think, that was my first experience of living alone, so I had to pay my bills, I had to pay my rent, and I worked also. It was my first real life experience and I learned a lot. It’s life you’re learning there. You learn how to survive in life. College is getting you ready for real life. Not the classes, you can go online and read books and finish. They treat you like adults, you’re not a child anymore, and you’re not a teenager anymore.

Elif: Yes, I started when I was working at Delfino’s. Hunt: Why handbags? Is it because you were used to being around them and buying them? Elif: Yes, I knew this person who had a factory in New York City and he was making bags for other designers. At first I just became really good friends with him and he said, ‘Why don’t you come up with your own ideas and put them together?’ Then I just started to sketch and then one after another, you know, and that’s how I got started!

Hunt: So where did you go after college? Hunt: How did you come up with the name “Delight in Creation?” Elif: After college I just moved to New York. And then I got my first job after only 3 weeks. I know it was quick but I was very determined. I was sending out my resumes EVERYWHERE. I got my first job as a belt designer for Calvin Klein/St. Johns. And then I got a job as a buyer for a boutique in SOHO, and with that job I had to travel a lot to Europe for fashion shows. I was there probably 5-6 D.A.M. Magazine 41


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Elif: I was talking with some friends, ‘What should I do, what should I do?’ And also, I’m a spiritual person. I believe that creation is such a big delight. When I look at plants and flowers and human beings, they are all created perfectly, you know? It just came from that. Hunt: Of all the places you’ve lived, what is it about New York City and its “dynamic rhythms” that has captured D.A.M. Magazine 42


your imagination? Hunt: What is a professional milestone you are looking forward to? Elif: Oh! I just remember the first time I looked up at the sky and I got the chills and I said to myself, “I’m gonna make it here!” If you’re in fashion and a creative person, in New York City, you can just walk down the street and watch people. Hunt: Especially in one day! You could go to the Lower East Side, Upper West Side, and Alphabet City and see completely different fashions. Elif: Yes, and I was going in all the boutiques and creative people were coming up with such beautiful things; and I just took it all in; the colors and designs. I would go to the stores for hours and check out art books, exhibitions, museums, just everything about this city! I just love New York! Hunt: You’ve got 10 designs right now, and they have some interesting names! There’s “Barboletta” which means butterfly in Portuguese, right?

Elif: I want to have everything all in one place. I’ll have my retail spot and in the back is going to be my studio, my design room, and I will control everything from my whole operation from one space in New York City. I really want to be organized in one place. That will be the next step I hope! Hunt: Well I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you! So if you could have one famous person be seen carrying your bag, which would it be? Elif: Um, I think Uma Thurman. She’s very down to earth, and I see her on the streets of New York, and I would love her to wear it! She’s very tall, slim and beautiful. Hunt: Are you working on any new bags?

Elif: Yes. All of my bags are named after my close girlfriends. Barboletta is one of my girlfriend’s nicknames. She is studying capoeira and they called her “barboletta.” And you see, all those girls’ names are all my real friends in real life. For one of my new collections I’m going to name a bag “Eboyne’” after one of my girlfriends. She’s gonna love it, I know! Hunt: I think that’s really cool! They get to be immortal! Any woman would love to have a handbag named after her!

Elif: Well right now I am going to Turkey to see about carrying my production there. I’m going there to search. You know, it’s not money, money, money. I want everyone to be happy in equal conditions. If I find a place where I believe that people are working in good conditions and a factory where people are being paid well, and they have insurance and they make my bags with good quality, then I’m thinking of carrying my production there.

Elif: I know, I would love it! And when you read the description of the bags, all of the descriptions are actually describing that girl.

Hunt: Great, thanks! Now I just have a few “getting to know you” type questions. What type of music do you like?

Hunt: That’s great, so you get to have fun too!

Elif: I like 50’s, 60’s, 70’s music, that era. And you know, I love to dance, so I go to places with house music where you can ONLY dance, it’s not like a party. You go there with your yoga pants, barefoot and dance all night. Also I like classical Turkish music. It’s very relaxing and soothing to me.

Elif: I try to do a little creative writing too. Hunt: What would you say are your primary influences? Elif: I watch women and see what they need and I talk to them. And then I design for the city woman. I design big bags full of compartments. We leave work and come back late or go to after work events… And of course I check magazines, talk to fashion people, check the trends, colors. Of course you have to follow everything.

(One of Elif’s classical Turkish artists she likes is named Orhan Gencebay. He is a recognized master of his art, and if you like world music, I highly recommend him. His songs conjure the images of King Shahryar and Queen Scheherazade spinning tales at night of 40 thieves, magic lamps and fantastical voyages or the artwork of Jean Lecomte du Nouÿ.) Hunt: Where would you most like to go on vacation?

Hunt: What’s been the biggest thrill of your professional career so far?

Elif: The Mediterranean coast! But eventually, hopefully one day I’m going to go and see East Africa. I’ve seen the photos, and it’s amazing.

Elif: I get to meet so many interesting people and become friends with them. I’m a people person so I would say that.

Hunt: What are your favorite things to do in New York City? Elif: Most of the time, walking in the streets of New York. Going to the exhibitions, art exhibitions, museums. And food—eating! In New York you can find anything! And also yoga, which I’ve been doing for 4 years.

Hunt: Anybody in particular? Elif: No, I can’t say any one person is better than another one. Everyone is unique. D.A.M. Magazine 43


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Elif: Any Turkish meal! But maybe a nicely made grilled Turkish sea bass. Hunt: Sounds good to me! If you could donate $1,000,000 to any charity, which charity would it be? Elif: Children, any kind of children’s charity. But I have to know it will get to them. Hunt: Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Elif: I’m hoping to have more than one retail spot, maybe 3 or 5 locations. Not only in New York but other cities in the United States. And I hope to continue doing what I’m doing, which is what I love. And I also want to help as many people as I can. My whole purpose right now, my whole focus in life, other than my career, is helping other people. When I help other people, I help them with their career, I help them with their life and it comes back to me. It’s not a materialistic world; it’s from your heart, your pure heart. Every one should get on the phone to check in on their friend to say, ‘hey, how are you.’ But when you say “how are you” you really mean it. “How are you?” I would love you to put in your review to give this message to people: Please just help other people because true happiness only comes when you help people, not from other materialistic things.



his month, D.A.M. Magazine must salute fashion icon, (yes, you heard right), fashion ICON, Rihanna— “Ri-Ri” dazzled the world with her flawless fashion sense, and charming physique, and took us all on a fashion journey to admire, and never forget. Whether she’s out and about, parading down the streets of New York, or attending a high-profile event or gala, Rihanna continues to leave us in awe. This stunning superstar isn’t afraid to set trends, and inspire the world of fashion with her cool hair and -80’s-goth-revival chic. This vivacious singer is a true fashion visionary—whether she’s decked out in Derek Lam, Louis Vuitton, or Gucci, this “Umbrella ella-eh-eh” songbird is a trailblazer, to say the least. . . Rihanna, we salute you!

Hunt: I will absolutely put that because I believe that too. Elif: And I believe in karma. If you do good, it comes back to you. There is a divine power in the universe that works like that. I would say “help others, help others, help others.” The fashion world can be “me, me, me, $, $, $” so it can be a difficult industry, to have this kind of way of living. That’s why I have to be true to myself all the time and have nice people around me helping each other. Hunt: Well that’s a great message to leave it on! Thanks for taking the time to get together with me today! Elif: Thank you, it was very nice meeting you! Well take this message to heart, dear readers! Here is someone who is making it in the cut-throat world of fashion in NYC, yet still has her moral compass pointed in the right direction. She has not lost the essence of who she is and can still be successful. So aim for the stars, but make sure to always keep yourself grounded. This world is a wonderful and magical place and the best way to experience it is with an open heart, doing what you love, surrounded by people who care about you. Be well, grab life, strive hard and keep “Hunting for Style!” For more of Delight in Creation by Elif NY please visit:

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Self Esteem (Confidence) vs. Conceit (Lack of Self Esteem):

I confess. I have a guilty pleasure – (well….of course there are a number of pleasures that I’m guilty of, but this is the one that I’m willing to admit to). I LOVE “DWTS”. DWTS is “Dancing with the Stars” – of course. I’ve been a fan of the show for quite some time now, but admittedly, I am totally enamored this season as the youngest competitor, Shawn Johnson, “wows” fans with her versatility and her dancing skills. Shawn, as you might remember, captivated the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing as the 17-year old “American Sweetheart” Gold Medalist in gymnastics. As I watched the Olympics, I was struck as Shawn performed, (almost flawlessly), routine after routine. However, it was Ms. Johnson’s humility, rather than her gold medal winning performance that proved unforgettable. Truthfully, humility, (or the lack thereof), is often brought to mind when I think of all of the unfortunately conceited people that I have encountered in my day. I say this because true self-esteem (or true self-confidence as it were) is accompanied by a certain non-pretentious modesty. When we are truly confident about our abilities, our talents, or our accomplishments, we can be so quietly. It is usually the strength and power of the talent itself that acts as a natural mouthpiece. A piano virtuoso does not need to announce all of the symphony performances he has been invited to play for; he has only to sit down at his magnificent instrument and begin to play a piece. An amazing sculptor has no need to brag about the many museums D.A.M. Magazine 51

where her work can be found; she has only to sit down at her potter’s wheel and turn clay into masterpiece. The humility lies in the expression of the skill itself and not in the announcement of “how great I am at this or that.” There’s no need for bragging and no need for boasting when you know that you have something truly wonderful to offer. You feel good about what you bring to the table and you are less compelled to force others to recognize you – you know that recognition, if warranted, will come. The opposite seems true about conceit. Unfortunately, it would seem, when true self-confidence is perverted by a conceited attitude, (“an excessive appreciation of one’s own worth or virtue” - the owner of this “excessive appreciation of self” usually spends a great deal of effort “blowing their own horn.” Conceit usually is not partnered with anything as subtle or quiet as humility at all; on the contrary. The conceited soul can usually be heard, (and often seen and heard), ensuring that everyone in ear shot is WELL AWARE of their ability, their possessions their accomplishments, their …whatever. Here’s the thing — when you’re really capable of something (and I mean you are blessed as a genuine bonified expert, and not just lucky enough to have mediocre aptitude) — you need no pomp, no circumstance, no announcement — no fanfare. You just show up, do your thing and allow what you do well to speak for you. Conceited souls, however, have a need to “say” out loud (and to say loudly I might

add) what they’re good at or why they deserve notice. Moreover, their appreciation of self does seem “excessive” and begs the question if all the loud self-appreciation is even warranted. It’s almost as if the conceit happens because the individual has a need to prove to others (and to themselves), that they have something worthy or worthwhile to offer. The amplification of their prowess then becomes a symptom not of self-confidence; but rather the opposite. The conceit becomes a badge indicating that the conceited soul most probably desires and needs validation to the point of clamoring for attention, approval and applause as they campaign for their own self-importance. “Look at my beautiful hair!” or “listen to my beautiful piano playing!” or “watch how well I do gymnastics or how well I dance!” – all exclamations of one almost desperate for someone to supply them with praise. A Biblical proverb warns, “See a man wise in his own conceit, there is more hope for a fool than for him” (Proverbs 26:12) and the ancient Greek author Aesop offers that “the smaller the mind, the greater the conceit” - - both adages suggesting that there is little wisdom, (or confidence), in conceit. “Dancing with The Stars” may not be the most academic of television programming – I’m self-confident enough to admit. However, without a doubt, I am learning valuable lessons from a very confident 17year old girl who seems to wear humility like a gold medal.

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Israel Esquilin, also known as DJ Izzy Rock, is a DJ/Producer and Remixer. Izzy, along with the help of his wife Yvonne, started a 24-Hour Internet radio venture called NiteLine Radio. This is a huge undertaking and D.A.M. Magazine felt compelled to find out more about NiteLine Radio. Adrienne Farr: What is NiteLine?

DJ Izzy Rock: NiteLine Radio is a 24-Hour Internet radio station providing the best music of yesterday, today and tomorrow. The genre of our music stems from Disco classics right through to the 80’s era of Rock n Roll, Soft Rock, Hip-Hop, Dance, House, Reggae and R & B. ternet radio.

Adrienne Farr: Explain what goes into running 24-Hour In-

DJ Izzy Rock: Running 24-Hour Internet radio takes a lot of hard work, patience and advertising. It requires a dedicated computer, a playlist with great music and programming content for your target audience. Adrienne Farr: How long has NiteLine been around?

DJ Izzy Rock: NiteLine Radio went live January 1, 2009 and has been around for 4 months now. Adrienne Farr: How did you come up with the name?

DJ Izzy Rock: Yvonne and I sat in front of the computer thinking of names that would mean something to our nightlife friends. Adrienne Farr: What made you decide to go 24 hours?

DJ Izzy Rock: It gives people a place to come and log on – listen to great music while surfing the Internet. Adrienne Farr: Who came up with the NiteLine concept and why?

DJ Izzy Rock: The concept was developed by Yvonne and I while we were doing Internet radio for another NJ based station. We decided that with my programming skills we could put up our own Internet radio website and then bring it a notch higher by adding some social networking tools that allow the listeners to actually stay on the web doing things while listening to music. Adrienne Farr: How do you decide what music and content will air on the site on a daily basis?

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leave the party music to our DJs when they work their shows. Our software uses advanced playlist rotation logic and scheduling that makes us sound great even when there is no one manning the system. Adrienne Farr: What is Izzy’s role in NiteLine?

DJ Izzy Rock: My role on NiteLine Radio is to deliver satisfaction to our listeners. As the Founder/CEO, it is my job to schedule talented DJs and book guest appearances and ensure that everyone has fun and enjoys our shows. Adrienne Farr: How long have you (Izzy) been in the DJ business?

DJ Izzy Rock: I have been in the mobile DJ business for 24 years. I can handle all types of parties from weddings to sweet sixteens, etc. I have played in many clubs in my time—Limelight, Palladium, The Copa, Mi Gente Caf , Tropicana, The Gallery, Club Red Lounge/Kokonuts, Club Heaven, Club Flamingos, The Ice Palace and Club Cherries in Fire Island. Adrienne Farr: Briefly tell me about the importance of your staff.

DJ Izzy Rock: VP/Site Manager: Yvonne “Everything Eve” Rock – Handles Public Relations, Bookings and our monthly newsletter. Executive Director: Mr. Demuel Tanco – Music Programming, Internet Marketing and Promotions. Recording Studio Manager and Director of BlackStorm Entertainment: Benjamin Esquilin Jr. (ESCO) - Recording Studio Engineer and Field Marketing. Marketing Promotions Manager: Ms. Brenda Fermin – Handles Telemarketing and Advertising. Events Photographer: Darryl and Marcos – Handles photography of NiteLine sponsored events.

Adrienne Farr: How would someone become a DJ or go about having a show on NiteLine?

DJ Izzy Rock: Becoming a DJ requires you to be somewhat musically inclined. You must be open minded to all kinds of music and not just focus on one genre. When I first started, it was 2 turntables, a mixer, amplifier and a good set of speakers. But your music was what made you stand out. You had to have a great library and even have exclusive music to stand out. The modern age has evolved. The DJ and technology has catapulted the business into the digital age. The introduction of CD players gave DJs a choice between digital clean sound, or analog vinyl warmth. Then software based programs allowed the DJ to use laptop computers to play music. I was one of the first DJs to beta test the first software programs that are in use today. And I was also one of the first DJs in the Bronx to DJ out of a laptop and everyone thought I was crazy. To get a show on NiteLine Radio a DJ has to contact us with a plan of what kind of content they’ll be playing, a 1-hour demo for us to listen to, and they must be able to bring listeners to the radio station. NiteLine provides a flyer if they request it and we’ll promote them in all our NiteLine advertising. All the DJ has to do is provide a good show and bring in the listeners. D.A.M. Magazine 53

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Adrienne Farr: What is Tanizz Productions?

DJ Izzy Rock: Tanizz Productions was originally formed in 1989 as a mobile DJ/production/remixing company. The original founders were actual break-dancers in the 80’s and composed of myself, DJ Tanco and DJ Carlos (C-Los). Tanizz Productions now is a team of DJ Tanco, DJ Chameleon, DJ Uch, DJ Vic, DJ Chris, and myself. Adrienne Farr: I understand you do many events. Tell me about some of your events and where they are held.

DJ Izzy Rock: Currently NiteLine Radio is the first Internet radio station to broadcast a live karaoke contest in the Bronx out of Mi Gente Caf . We showcase live broadcasts for Tanizz Productions whenever they play on location. We also sponsor events for the gay community in the Bronx as we are the main DJs for one of the best gay promotion teams called Rukus Entertainment. NiteLine Radio will sponsor all their events including Aids Walk, Atlantic City getaways, Boat Rides and theme parks. Mi Gente Caf is one of NiteLine Radio’s first actual sponsors and we broadcast live from that location whenever Tanizz Productions is booked or for major venues. Adrienne Farr: How many listeners do you have?

DJ Izzy Rock: NiteLine Radio currently has a loyal listening base of 60-70 members. And of course there is always room for expansion and we welcome more.

Adrienne Farr: Is there a fee to become a NiteLine Radio member. DJ Izzy Rock: No fee. It is free.

Adrienne Farr: Do you have any promotions/giveaways for your listeners?

DJ Izzy Rock: Yes, NiteLine Radio will be kicking off the summer by offering prizes, gift certificates, shirts, CDs and more to all our viewers. Most of it will be held using our built in social network. Adrienne Farr: Tell me about some of the great things your website offers besides music.

DJ Izzy Rock: Aside from our high definition audio stream and our video capable uStream.TV, NiteLine Radio is the only Internet radio station with built in social networking tools. Our social network is private to our members only. They can create profiles, make friends, blog and more. We also have a built in retro-arcade that allows the member to play and listen to great music. We recently added the capability to listen to NiteLine Radio on your iPhone and Blackberry cellular devices. Adrienne Farr: What is your vision for Niteline in the future?

DJ Izzy Rock: The possibility of going FM is being researched and/or partnering up with an already established FM station that is looking for an Internet backbone. Adrienne Farr: Where can people find Niteline Radio?

DJ Izzy Rock: You can find us at, and if your job blocks it with firewall we are listed on You can even listen in from your iPhone, iPod Touch or 3G capable Blackberry cellular phone D.A.M. Magazine 54

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Shenna Vaughn, a perspective like a Kaleidoscope Shenna Vaughn is an artist and owner of Shena Vongo, a unique clothing line that exhibits her beautiful artwork on various types of apparel. She is a graduate of Hunter College, with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Art. Adrienne Farr: When did you first realize you had artistic talent?

Shenna Vaughn: When I used to sit home at 10 years old and copy comics from the newspaper out of boredom. When I saw people’s reaction from what I drew, I begin to realize that I had some sort of talent. Adrienne Farr: Tell me about your childhood.

Shenna Vaughn: I grew up in a big family—6 siblings, 2 biological, 1 half sister, and 3 adoptive children. My parents were very old fashioned. My Mom was a housewife and very strict. I was able to participate on teams, and I was in the art program in high school, but I could not leave my gate. I had to watch my friends play outside in the streets. I could never go play with them. If my friends went to the mall or to the movies, I could not go. Even though the boys were younger, my parents were a lot more lenient on them. My parents were so concerned about teenage pregnancy or us girls getting harmed, that they really sheltered us. It made me very sad and upset because I did not understand why everything I asked to do was, “No.”

I was born in 1982, the only daughter following three brothers, each as different from one another as night and day. My interest in the darker but innocent side of art began in the earliest stages of my teenage years. Working with different artist and styles has stimulated me to create a fantasy world of surreal creatures with enormous eyes. I also draw much inspiration from day to day living and my surroundings. I love children’s books, and have a large collection of them. Not only do I enjoy the illustrations: I also find that the stories fire my creativity. My work is distribute internationally; it can be seen in tattoo shops, galleries, and private collections around the world.

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Adrienne Farr: Was drawing your way of dealing with that pain? Shenna Vaughn: Yes. Looking back, I believe so.

Adrienne Farr: So basically you have been an artist since the age of 10?

ARTIST STATEMENT I create out of joy and this reflects in my work, a fantasy of creatures are born each time I pick up a brush and start painting, I give life to enormous eye characters. The medium employed is acrylic paint with concentrated oil based paint creme. Abril Andrade

Shenna Vaughn: Pretty much. I continued to draw and really thought I had a talent and wanted to pursue it until I started listening to the fears of others. Friends and family would say things like, “Artists are not known until their dead,” or “You need a real career,” those kinds of things. So at the age of 18, I let their fears infiltrate my mind and I stopped. At the age of 22, I began working in the office at Boys and Girls Harbor which is an Afterschool Services center. Here, I was surrounded by wonderful and talented artists and became inspired all over again. I began drawing caricatures of the seasons and holidays on the windows of the office and then one of the parents mentioned they wanted a mural painted in their child’s bedroom. I decided to do it and was surprised by how wonderful it turned out. From then on, I have been going non stop. Adrienne Farr: What does being an artist mean to you?

Shenna Vaughn: Freedom, expression. Its therapy, its self expression, it helps boost my self esteem. Even when I am not in love with one of my paintings, I still find that people are in awe of what I have done. That makes me feel great. D.A.M. Magazine 56


Adrienne Farr: What kind of art do you make?

Shenna Vaughn: I do abstract painting (shapes, colors) and figurative (bodies, people). I have also been called a surrealist like Salvador Dali. Adrienne Farr: What inspires you to create?

Shenna Vaughn: Life events, joyous or sad. Social events, family issues. Adrienne Farr: Usually artists of all kind create their best work when they are hurting. Do you find that to be true?

Shenna Vaughn: I am very in tune with my friends and family so even if I am not going through it myself, I will still create based on someone else’s trials and tribulations. So basically I would say yes, the best work comes from hurt.

Adrienne Farr: What is your favorite piece out of everything you have created?

Adrienne Farr: What would you tell a person that has given up on their creativity?

Shenna Vaughn: I would tell them not to give up but to try and find joy and go back to why they wanted to create in the first place. Adrienne Farr: work?

Where can people purchase your

Shenna Vaughn: There are three ways people can purchase my work. They can contact my colleague Etoie Edlind directly at 347-869-7159. They can go to Supernova Boutique, 741 Fulton Street in Brooklyn between South Portland Avenue and Elliot Place. They can also go to my website,

Shenna Vaughn: I haven’t created it yet.

Adrienne Farr: How often do you create? Shenna Vaughn: Everyday.

Adrienne Farr:

Tell me about Shena Vongo?

Shenna Vaughn: Shena Vongo is my clothing line. I do authentic hand crafted artwork on all types of clothing—t-shirts, jeans, jackets, dresses, accessories, lingerie, etc.

Adrienne Farr: Shena Vongo, what an interesting name. How did you come up with the name?

Shenna Vaughn: Well my name is Shenna (pronounced Sha-nay) but people always mis pronounce it and say Shena (Sheh na). My last name is Vaughn so I wanted to keep that in some way. One of my favorite artists is Vincent van Gogh— we are both artists so I took a play on his name and came up with Shena Vongo. Adrienne Farr: Where would you ultimately like to go with your art?

Shenna Vaughn: I would like to be an established artist and designer. I would like to see my art everywhere, museums, galleries, stores, on people, in their homes— everywhere.

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Buddha Head, Painted Live, Acrylic on Canvas - 24 x 20 $1000


The Masses, Acrylic and Marker on Canvas, 16 x 20 $400

Art Bro, Mixed Media on Canvas, 16 x 20 $420 D.A.M. Magazine 59


For more art and information:

Zombie Boyfriend, Mixed Media on Canvas, 16 x 20 $650 D.A.M. Magazine 60


D.A.M. Magazine May 2009 (Double cover; Dawn Richard & Day26)  

Double cover issue with Dawn Richard & Day26

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