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Photography Shaniqwa Jarvis Fashion Editor Cristina Aranda

Matthew Dear & his Bulldog Arthur RusseLl Location: at home in Williamsburg, NYC

DJ, producer, experimental pop artist and band leader, Mathew Dear straddles multiple musical worlds and belongs to none. He has four aliases : Audion, False, Jabberjaw and of course Matthew Dear, each with its own style and distinct visual identity. After over a decade of exploring pop’s outer limits, his fourth LP, the dark and playful ‘Black City’, was released last year on Ghostly International. Respected by his peers and blessed with a bottomless well of creative energy, he continues to push the limits of both dance music and pop.

Describe NYC in three words: “Labour of love” Who is your favourite designer? “Carol Christian Poell” How would you describe your style? “Black” Which track best represents NYC? “‘Perfect Day’ by Lou Reed” Matthew wears Classic blazer, £870, and Multi-zip trousers, £325, both Viridi-Anne (; classic T-shirt, £205, Rick Owens (

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Andy Butler

Roxy CottonTail

The central figure of Hercules & Love affair, a band who reinvented classic house and disco sounds for the modern club scene, Andy Butler has been writing tunes and DJing since his teenage years. The band’s debut album was released on James Murphy’s extremely cool DFA label, while their new album, ‘Blue Lines’, came out on Moshi Moshi and was our Feburary album of the month. Incorporating elements of ambient electronica, sleazy disco and beautiful songwriting, it’s proof that dance music can be emotive too.

Roxy Cottontail is one of the most notorious ‘bunnies’ of the NYC club scene. She hops from DJing alonside Afrika Bambaataa to presenting her radio show with DJ Melo X. She bounces from throwing parties with Slick Rick to providing vocals for Armand Van Helden. And over the last decade she’s helped bring together the fashion world and the club scene thanks to her tireless will to party and the relentless energy she brings.

Location: Bleecker Bob’s Record Store, Manhattan NYC

Describe NYC in three words: “Fast. Money. Luxury” Who’s your favourite designer? “Rodarte and Lanvin; to wear, Hanes” How would you describe your style? “Um, totally whatever, whenever – with some death metal thrown in” Which track best represents NYC? “‘Weekend’ by Phreek” Andy wears Vintage shirt and leather cap, both artist’s own.

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Location: her bathroom at The Bunny Hole, Manhattan NYC

Describe NYC in three words: “Bounce lil’ kitty!” Who’s your favourite designer? “Hey Girl Hey” [] How would you describe your style? “Roxy in Wonderland” Which track best represents NYC? “Partysquad ‘My Bad’” Roxy wears Pink dress, £POA, The Blonds (

Jasmine Solano

Location: Turntable Lab record store, Manhattan NYC Jasmine Solano is a Brooklyn-based rapper and DJ who has opened for hip hop stars such as Ghostface and Rakim. She’s also gone on tour with Chuck Inglish of The Cool Kids and is the host of her own radio show on Frank Radio ( To top it off, she was Wiz Khalifa’s official DJ on his Deal Or No Deal tour, and has just finished performing to sold-out crowds in 60 cities across the USA. Describe NYC in three words: “Never. Ever. Stops” Who is your favourite designer? “Coco Chanel and Cristóbal Balenciaga” How would you describe your style? “Vintage retro hippie meets hip hop streetwear” Which track best represent NYC? “‘New York, New York’ by Frank Sinatra” Jasmine wears: Dress, £POA, Sally LaPointe (

Eli Escobar

Location: East Village Radio, Manhattan NYC Eli Escobar grew up on the NYC party scene and now travels internationally rocking parties with his nu-disco and jacking sets. Having recently released an epic disco ‘Foolcast’ for A-Trak’s Fool’s Gold records, he is fast getting recognition for his skills behind the ones and twos. A party DJ in the same vein as A-Trak, his release ‘Love Thing’ on Plant Music and his remix of Nacho Lovers’ ‘Acid Life’ show he has an ear for production too. Describe NYC in three words: “My home town” Who’s your favourite designer? “APC” How would you describe your style? “I’ve dressed pretty much the same since high school; simple stuff like old T-shirts and black jeans. Very exciting, I know.” Which track best represents NYC? “Kid Creole and the Coconuts, ‘Going Places’” Eli wears Vintage wash shirt, £30, ASOS (, T-shirt, artist’s own

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David Morales

Location: David’s studio, Long Island, and Da Sil Vano restaurant, Manhattan NYC

Along with his peers Frankie Knuckles, DJ Sneak and Roger Sanchez, David Morales helped take house music worldwide through his big-room sets and massive productions. Hailing from Brooklyn, he is most widely known for his track ‘Needin’ You’ with its classic disco samples from Rare Pleasure and The Chi-Lites. Co-owner of Def Mix Productions, Morales remains a hugely influential figure in dance music to this day. Describe NYC in three words: “Multicultural, fascinating, vast” Who’s your favourite designer? “Adidas” How would you describe your style? “Fun and adventurous” Which track best represents NYC? “‘Empire State of Mind” by Jay-Z’ David wears Logo T-shirt, £20, Glamsta by David Morales (; long-sleeved crew neck top, artist’s own

Photographer Shaniqwa Jarvis Fashion editor Cristina Aranda Hair & make-up Rebecca Wordingham using Giorgio Armani and Bumble & Bumble Words Digby Shot on location in New York City

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