Film & documentary
Director & Editor-In-Chief Kofi Boamah email@example.com CO - Director Mehmet Alptekin Managing Assistant: Alice Daniels Intern: Diana Lola Chire A Fashion Noir: Photography: James Loveday Stylists - Kelsey Randall & Mark Rokusek Hair and Make-Up - Canaco Takase Models: Brian @ Major & Chris @ red girls on film photography: diana chire Models: Laura Vickery and Kimi Wylde Hairstylist/Wigmaker : Natalie Danielle Make-up : Michelle Webb Big thanks to: Ghostcat, Artist: Kapi, Artist: Chloe Stock, Chris Dixon AKA Crystal Kid, FR3E and Steve @ Emms Pr.
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CONTENTS : 5 Editor’s letter 6 A fashion noir
26 Ghostcat: Meet the band 30 Kapi 34 Mykita 38 Oi mate you’re on Myspace.....
13 I AM Poetry
14 Artist focus
42 New artist profile
16 Girls on film
EDITOR’S LETTER film & documentary
i am editing
We have decided to remold the magazine for this year and we intend to issue three issues. But, everything else still remains; the minimalist style, the funky website and the focus on new LDN talent. So just keep up to date with what’s going on with us, in the news section. This issue has a different focus and is based on documenting a series of moments; a film noir, girls on film, interviews and pieces of abstract art. There is a really great editorial on Ghostcat, a really cool London band, and an editorial on a young artist by the name of Chloe Stock, who was just enthusiastic about publishing some of her great work (I alway’s love a bit of excitement). I hope you enjoy the issue and keep your emails coming and just keep up to date with us. Peace & Love
A FASHION NOIR
Photography: james loveday Stylists - Kelsey Randall & Mark Rokusek Hair and Make-Up - Canaco Takase Models: Brian @ Major & chris @ red
Jumpsuit: Search & Destroy
T-shirt: Hanes, Vintage Suspenders: Eleven, Jeans: Cheap Monday, Vintage plaid: Stylistâ€™s, Jeans: Trash and Vaudeville
Vintage plaid shirt: No Relation, Suspenders: No Relation, Jeans: Leviâ€™s
Denim Jacket: Lee, Jeans: Levi, White Vest: Yoko Devereaux
Denim jacket-: Levi's Vintage plaid jeans:Trash and Vaudeville
i am poetry
ARTist FOCUS: CHLOE STOCK
girls on film
photography: diana chire Models: Laura Vickery and Kimi Wylde Hairstylist/Wigmaker : Natalie Danielle Make-up : Michelle Webb
i am interviewing
ghostcat: meet the band
Why are you called Ghostcat? Why not? But really, it was a friend’s Myspace nickname and I thought it sounded cool so I....borrowed it. Do you believe in Ghosts? Hells to the yeah! Maybe it’s just I’ve an overactive imagination but I’ve had strange, slightly...paranormal things happen to me since I was a little kid. And it didn’t stop when I reached adulthood either. The most recent one was a disembodied voice hissing “Liar!” in my ear, only last year. I wish I was joking! What’s your music about? All the regular things: love, loss, lust, revenge...and partying. What movie would you say most represents your sound? Hmm well I basically only watch horror films so maybe that’s seeped in there somewhere? What movie character would you be? An ex-boyfriend used to liken my appearance to Mowgli from The Jungle Book, which is a tad unkind to say the least. Maybe that’s why he’s an ex. Lol. What makes you happy when in LDN? I ask myself that a lot, just ‘cause I miss Canada just about every day. But I like it when the sun shines, as rare as that is. And taking the time to notice things like how beautiful the architecture can be. I appreciate how rich London’s history is, coming from such a relatively newborn country myself.
Whats the coolest thing happening at the moment? Us, silly! And I AM LDN, obviously! ;-) What is happiness to you? Being with my family, which doesn’t happen nearly enough. Either I’m gonna have to move back to Toronto or they’re gonna have to relocate to London. Are we too into fame? Well, I believe there’s good fame and bad fame. If you’ve earned it through genuine craft, talent or good deeds, then great. But if you’re just famous for being famous in the vein of so many vacuous, talentless celebs I can think of, then fuck you. Sum up your music in two words? Party. Time. Tell us something interesting to end the interview: Apparently, right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people do. Suddenly glad I’m right-handed :-) www.myspace.com/ghostcatmusic
Kapi I AM Artist Focus
MYKITA Mykita was founded by Harold Gottschling, Daniel Haffmans, Phillip Haffmans and Moritz Krueger. The designs of the glasses are crisp, clear and distinctive. A carefully selected range of nine distinct colours gives this collection a varied but nonetheless homogenous collective look. All forms are hand made at Mykitaâ€™s own production site in Berlin and are available at over 2,500 high end stores across the globe. This new campaign has been shot by Mark Borthwick and definitely gets the I AM LDN seal of approval. www.mykita.com
oI mate youâ€™re on my My-space, no wait, Your not actually.
i am comedic writing I was on Myspace a few weeks back, just browsing and a friend walked in and sarcastically said “...what you doing on there? Is Facebook not working or something?” Funny but, once upon a time Tom had millions of people clamoring to browse his space and be his friend. Now Tom, the founder of Myspace, is rather lonely and perhaps even a bit bitter. The cooler Facebook just seems to have taken over. I bet a million pounds even Tom himself uses Facebook more regularly, probably whilst shaking his fist, shedding a tear and poking friends. But, looking back to 2006 Myspace was the most popular social networking site in America and therefore the entire world. Simply put, Myspace was a social phenomenon with millions of users and cult status. But, now Twitter and Facebook have overshadowed Myspace. The question is why and does it deserve to be treated like a leper? Untouched and rather unloved. “I still use Myspace. It’s really good if you want to get your music out and stuff like that.” (Crystal Kid) Surprisingly, there is still a massive amount of people that still use Myspace and enjoy it. That was the first thing I quickly realized when I started investigating. They that still use it and love the public ness of it and the ease at which you can upload videos, add friends and openly stalk others. So it’s still very popular with upcoming musicians as many artists have blown up from the exposure Myspace has afforded
them; artists such as Lilly Allen, JME and Sean Kingston. “I can’t even remember the last time I used Myspace.” (Dan Gordon) But, for the majority of people it just seems to have simply gone out of fashion, for the moment. I think the cycle of what’s in and what’s out is very much mirroring the way in which our modern society now moves. It’s like a universal Attention deficit disorder (shout out to Wale), just watching people browse the Internet; Facebooking, emailing, wikipeding and googling can give you epilepsy. The young people of today move at breakneck speeds, so trends are quick to start and unfortunately for some trends, quick to end. Today’s news is completely irrelevant tomorrow. So what is actually wrong with Myspace? From the investigation I did, the answer to that question is nothing. It’s perfectly cool, easy to navigate and fun. I think there is a cycle to what is fashionable. Nothing becomes popular and always and forever remains popular. This time next year Myspace could just as easily have reclaimed it’s dominant position. So my message to Tom is don’t worry your friends will be back….. maybe…… one day......or not.
I am fr3e
fr3e FR3E return with ‘I Got My Beads On’ – the follow-up to 2009’s massive club banging debut ‘Tribal Skank,’ which swept the nation, picking up major radio support and wedging itself onto compilations by Ministry of Sound and Warner. ‘I Got My Beads On’ is headed for the dancefloor, powered by a neck-breaking bassline, relentless bongos and rattling percussion. “Our beads are our swagger,” says Shaun White, one half of FR3E. “There was a time when we wouldn’t leave the house without them. There’s no hidden meaning – it’s our look, it’s that simple.” ‘Tribal Skank’ was a force to be reckoned with. It became an instant Youtube hit, bagged ‘Best Video’ at UK Funky Live at Wembley Arena, resulted in support slots for Akon and ATL and appearances across the UK alongside Tinchy Stryder, N-Dubz and Donaeo. Even premiership footballers adopted the skank on the pitch. ‘I Got My Beads On’is released 15 March. Expect more tracks this year ahead of the 2011 debut album release. GET YOUR BEADS ON: Fair trade B3 (THINK IT – BELIEVE IT – LIVE IT) beads designed by Elisha Francis and available now from www.fr3e.co.uk
I AM MUSIC
NEW ARTIST PROFILE: CHRIS DIXON AKA CRYSTAL KID
Do you want the fame or the money? And be honest....
down to life experiences situations I’ve been through.
That is a hard question to answer. But, thinking ahead, five or ten years it would benefit me and family more if I had the money. Reason being at the end of the day fame is something that is short lived; whereas money can be invested in other things to support those around me and also they may need it in the future.
Are you a rapper or do you see yourself as a grime artist?
What makes you an artist we should look out for? Personally, I believe it’s the passion in my lyrics and that makes me who I am and is what encourages most people to listen to my songs. Unlike many other artist’s I would say I have a unique way of expressing myself in my music which is mainly
I’m an all around artist because I posses the ability to either rap or do grime and other genres of music too. Another reason is because I dislike the idea of being put into a box, I feel the different genres of music in the world are similar to languages; you can’t communicate using just one language. Dizee or kano? I originally was a Dizzee Rascal “Boy in the corner” fan but now I feel he caters more to the Pop crowd and Kano.....no disrespect, but where is he?
Chipmunk or yourself? That’s a hard one. Me and my girl are having an argument about that right now. I’ll say him because he’s out there and he’s doing more things but I’m coming soon, so we will have to see really. What you got on Chipmunk? I got more hair on my head, I’m almost certain, plus the majority of the general population don’t know about me yet and that is what makes me dangerous.
All rappers are narcissists? Agree? In there own way I suppose some are but I would say it largely depends on the type of rapper; i.e. rappers like Common and Lupe fiasco aren’t necessarily. I also believe that’s what makes a lot of them who they are. Any message for your fans? Keep an eye out in 2010 you never know what’s going to happen. www.myspace.com/mrchrisdixon www.facebook.com/Mikail Dixon
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i am chloe stock
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