When the idea to launch NUDE came about, the concept was clear.
It would be a publication that shed light on not just one aspect of the industry, but would feature everyone behind the scenes as well.
Creatives such as models, stylists, designers, makeup artists and more would be included. It would showcase an array of people who
strive for what they believe in and do what they love. It is my mission to give you a glimpse into the lives of those individuals, while also
giving them a platform to showcase their work and talent. This is only the beginning.
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Interviews edited by Jan Burton
Photographer | Brian Christopher Talent | Justine Skye Hair | Dimitris Giannetos at Opus Beauty Stylists | Rachel Lyons & Danasia Sutton Makeup | Rebekah Aladdin
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NUDE: Whose opinion do you value in terms of your new music?
Bobby: In terms of my new music I value the opinion of
my peers. If friends that I hang out with regularly think a certain song is special before it even comes out, I get even more confident about the release.
NUDE: Whatâ€™s your vision for your own music?
persona. I try to portray my personal experiences and
Bobby: My vision is to make records that match my rare hopefully they are relatable. I aim to make songs people
are inspired by.
NUDE: Where do you draw your inspiration from for writing music?
Bobby: I draw inspiration for my songs from living life; going out, dating, current events, or events that evoke enhanced feeling.
Photographer | Brian Christopher Stylist | Bobby Brackins Video | Jay Castaneda
NUDE: Who do you idolize in the game?
Bobby: I idolize artists that have used their talent to build empires, artists that have longevity, and those who have made something out of nothing. I also idolize artists
unconventional things they believed in that ended up
being successful. I idolize the rebels and the visionaries.
NUDE: How do you decompress?
Bobby: I like to settle in my room, find new music,
watch music videos, read magazines, and watch porn. I also enjoy hot yoga.
NUDE: What’s your fav piece of work you’ve done so far?
Bobby: I have a lot of work I'm proud of, but the Bobby
Brackins fan favorite (for people that have been following me for years) is my “Pimp Hand Strong” mixtape.
NUDE: What can we expect from you when you sign to Spotify?
Bobby: I'm putting out my next records through a new venture. I'm hella excited about the new songs - they are fire. Also, releasing my next project, “To Kill For” in the near future.
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NUDE: Tell us how Cannons was formed. Michelle: Cannons formed back in 2013. I was looking for some musicians to work with in Los Angeles and came across Paul and Ryan. They grew up on the same block as kids and have been making music together ever since, but wanted to add something new into the mix, which ended up being me! NUDE: Your fans like to describe your music as "nudisco," "future boogie," and "chill-wave/indie pop". Where do your inspirations come from music wise/what era? Michelle: A new one we heard recently was "neon soul." We all kind of liked that one too! Inspiration wise though, definitely some 80's synth, 70's disco and soul anything from STAX or Motown.
NUDE: Your clothing style is pretty unique. Can you describe some key pieces in your wardrobe? Michelle: I'm a self-taught beauty junkie. I've been known to DIY things I probably shouldn't; from cutting and coloring my own hair to turning pieces that eventually bore me into something new or just completely ruining them by accident! I'm really into finding a balance between unique and interesting that's not “professional". I like to mix something new, something old, and something bright or bold!
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NUDE: If you could shoot a music video anywhere in the world, where would it be? And to what song? Michelle: Near Lake Hillier! It's a solid bubblegum pink colored lake, up the Recherché Archipelago, off the coast of western Australia. It just looks pretty magical. Song wise, maybe something really dreamy and romantic to “Kiss Me” near the pink lake! NUDE: Any childhood relics you still keep around? Michelle: When I moved out to Los Angeles from Florida, I didn't take much with me. I still have a bunch of things back home in Florida, but not much out here from my childhood.
Photographer | Easton Schirra at Studio64
Stylists | Daniel Broadway & Jessica Reynoso Muah | Jessica Reynoso at Studio64 Talent | Michelle Lewis
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NUDE: What pushes you the most to write music? Michelle: There has always been this natural inner drive to express myself through various forms of art. Music has been the easiest and most fulfilling medium for me, so I just stuck with it ever since I discovered that about myself. It's more so needing something to make me stop and take a break. It's a nice escape I tend to get lost in easily, which can be good and bad. NUDE: Favorite color of rose? Michelle: Yellow. NUDE: Favorite scent? Michelle: I love â€œDaisyâ€? by Marc Jacobs. NUDE: How is it working with Paul and Ryan? What is the process? Michelle: It's been a pretty magical experience all around. They've inspired and taught me so much along the way. As far as the writing experience, typically Ryan will come up with something on guitar and send it over to Paul and I or Paul will come up with a beat and we all kind of just work around that by adding all of our favorite musical elements. Once we have something solid I'll usually just sit with it and if we haven't already come up with some melodies we like together, I'll play around with the track until I find something that sticks and just feels right, then move on to the lyric portion. We've always been all about the DIY end of this project, so after we have the
demo down, we re-record everything ourselves and Paul will mix, master and finalize each piece. NUDE: Would you say you are woke spiritually? Michelle: I think it's a constant struggle to try and maintain a perfect state of spiritual awakening. I always see room for improvement in every area of my life. I try my best to see things without mental labels, concepts, judgements, etc., but always see room to grow. I have been much better at becoming aware of my thoughts over the past few years, so I am not completely identified with and run by my thinking mind. NUDE: Taking from your latest release 'Night Drive' - if you were to hop in the car tonight and head anywhere, where would that be and who would you take? Michelle: Listening to music alone in the car is one of my favorite things, so I'd probably hop in the car by myself and just head to the beach. NUDE: Do you smoke? If so, where would be your favorite place to smoke in the nude? Michelle: I do! And hmm, definitely in a jacuzzi at night! NUDE: To sum this up, what's coming up with Cannons? Anything new we can be excited for? Michelle: Yes, we're currently working on a new EP. There's no set release date yet, but we are currently wrapping up a bunch of new material for it and I'm super excited!
Interview by Easton Schirra
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Photographer | Max Thompson Stylist | Janna Rae Muah | Bridget O'Donnell Video | Jay Castaneda
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Photographer | Rebecca Slaughter Model | Yves
Clothing | Ruckus Apparel
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Photographer | Max Thompson Makeup | Bridget O'Donnell
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Photographer | Brian Christopher
Stylists | Rachel Lyons & Danasia Sutton Makeup | Rebekah Aladdin
Hair | Dimitris Giannetos at Opus Beauty | Oribe hair care
NUDE: Do you think growing up in Brooklyn has influenced your taste in music? Justine: Growing up in Brooklyn has definitely had a huge influence on my music and my taste in it. There's so much culture in the city, which allows me to hear so many different kinds of music. NUDE: How has the last year been, being signed with Roc Nation? Justine: Being signed with Roc is a big deal for me, especially being from Brooklyn. Seeing where Jay Z has come from and what he's built - it's an honor to be a part of it. One thing I love the most about Roc is it's not your typical label where they're strictly business all the time. We're really a family and we look out for one another. NUDE: How did you end up working with Jeremih? Who else can we expect to see featured on your new album? Justine: I already cut the song and the hook
was always meant for a male vocalist. Jeremih has a dope tone and my team and I felt that our voices would blend well together. As far as features on the album, there's only Wizkid and Jeremih, but I've worked with PartyNextDoor on two of my favorite songs on the album.
NUDE: Do you ever get nervous before performing? What helps you to get in the zone? Justine: I try not to freak myself out before I get on stage, but nerves are a good thing, it lets you know you're still human. I feel like once I stop getting nervous I lose the joy and excitement of it all. What helps me get in the zone is playing pretty chill music and drinking tea.
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NUDE: Who are your style icons? Justine: Some people that I look up to for style inspiration are 90's Naomi Campbell, Foxy Brown, Cher from Clueless, and of course, BadgalRiri.
Clothing: Jeremy Scott
Jacket: ShowPo Heels: Ami Clubwear
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NUDE: We love your purple hair! Do you feel like it helps define who you are as an artist? Justine: I don't think my purple hair defines me, but I definitely think it adds to my character. Honestly, sometimes I forget that I have purple hair because it has become so natural for me. People always ask if I'd ever get rid of it! I can't see myself switching it up for a while. I had to dye my hair black for a movie and it felt SO WEIRD. NUDE: Whatâ€™s in the future for you? Justine: I can't predict the future but I absolutely believe in speaking dreams into existence. Things are going so amazing for me right now. I just filmed my first movie,
which is crazy because I've always wanted to get into acting, so I'm looking forward to seeing what doors that may open for me. My debut album is dropping at the top of the year!! I've worked so hard on it with some of the most amazing songwriters and producers, so I'm extremely anxious and excited about it. I truly feel like I've discovered my sound. I'll be hitting the road, touring nationally - and hopefully internationally when it's released. I've been putting in overtime with my creative director/choreographer, Laurieann Gibson, so I can't wait to put the show together. So many great things are happening and I'm looking forward to experiencing everything God has in store for me.
Photographer | Kevin Roldan Model | Krys Tsankov at Two mgmt
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Photographer | Delaney DelPonti Stylist | Sabine Moestrup
NUDE: What’s the craziest thing that has happened to you while on tour? Bryce: Umm...I have a few. I got chased by security guards at a festival in Switzerland with Hoodie Allen. (Haha!) Another time, my DJ Lvcky Dave dislocated his shoulder mid sold-out set, and my manager Matt ran up and popped that shit right back in during the song! I had no idea. At a karaoke bar in Hamburg, Germany, I sang “Kiss From a Rose” in such shit form that it started a 4 a.m. drunken confrontation between the drummer of the band I was touring with and a local German man. NUDE: What kind of music did you listen to as a kid? Do you feel it helped shape your own music now? Bryce: Oh, definitely! My dad raised me to appreciate jazz, rap (specifically the lyrics of Tupac), and 90’s R&B. My mom raised me to appreciate musicals, theater, and the importance of storytelling and melody. I grew up attributing happiness to music. I'd sing Blink and The Beatles in the car with my mom and TLC and Mase with my dad. But, I discovered most of my favorite bands and artists on my own. I even went through a ska and hardcore phase. NUDE: Is there anyone you want to work with in the future? Bryce: Chance the Rapper, but that's an easy one. I dig his vibe as a human. I really want to work with Frank Ocean, Cage the Elephant, Gorillaz, Twenty One Pilots - anyone who's music goes a little against the grain.
NUDE: What obstacles did you have to overcome to get where you are now? Bryce: Haha, ummm...ADD, depression, massive insecurity, and laziness. Mainly those things. I'm not going to pretend I had it the worst by any means, but being a chubby, over sensitive, and hyperactive kid with a predisposition for depression and self doubt definitely not ideal for an artist mentality. Bad luck early on helped me feel lazy and unproductive. It took a long time and a lot of work to suppress the anxiety of my own brain. NUDE: Aside from your musical endeavours, what do you love to do? Bryce: I like to read and I do it a lot. I bring a book with me almost everywhere I go and because of that, I developed a passion for writing in other forms. Currently, I'm working on a book with my childhood friend about his real life struggle with heroin addiction. The goal is to create a new age cautionary tale that doesn't feel like preachy bullshit. Parts are funny in a dark, depraved sort of way. NUDE: Do you even get any downtime nowadays? Bryce: I have downtime but enjoy being productive more than I used to, so if I'm not at the studio I'm doing Runyon with my agent (who's also my best friend) or spending time with my mom or dad. I have a lot of great friends from all different places and love bringing them all together for special occasions. It's fun introducing good people to each other.
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Photographer | Daren Cornell
Model | Nyamam Adeng at LA Models Makeup | Robert Bryan
Hair | Demetrius Cooper
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Phototographer | Rebecca Slaughter
Model | Huckleberry
Clothing | Ruckus Apparel
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NUDE: How did you get your start with acting? Vale: I’ve been acting since I was young; I went to magnet school for Drama during middle school and really found a love for it. I took a long break through high school, since I was distracted and wanted the typical “high school experience”. Once I graduated, I decided that I wanted to move to LA to really pursue my career in acting and the entertainment industry overall. It’s been over a year now and I attend acting classes and am constantly running around going to auditions, activations and premieres – never giving up! I’ve been pretty lucky with the way things have gone and I’m excited to see what the future holds. NUDE: How did you land the roles on Royal Crush and Guilty Party? Vale: For Royal Crush, I got very lucky. It was one of, if not my first real audition here in LA and I got the role, which was insane and an amazing experience. For Guilty Party, nobody in the cast auditioned. We were all called in for meetings to be a part of the show and they really did their research on us - it turned out to be a great group. We all got along very well and had so much fun on set. NUDE: What are some of your favorite spots in LA? Vale: My favorite restaurant to hit up is definitely Sugar Fish. The sushi is so fresh and tastes delicious. I also love walking through the Farmers Market in the Grove, it’s a great place to spend your afternoon; sit, relax and enjoy some quality people watching. Point Dume in Malibu is my favorite beach for sure. Although it’s a drive from Hollywood, the serene surroundings and calming water definitely make it my go-to place on the weekends.
Photographer | Emilio Sanchez
Stylist | Joel Christian
Muah | Bridget O'Donnell
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NUDE: Could you tell us more about the clothing line you own with your brother? Vale: VGbyGenta was an awesome learning experience. Starting a business with my brother was great, we both work together very well and were able to learn so much about the behind the scenes that goes into running a small business. With that experience behind us we’re now excited to revamp our brand, which will lean more towards beach wear and beach products. The process is definitely time consuming and lots of hard work, but my excitement about the brand’s future keeps me motivated. It’s work that I enjoy and I truly believe in us. NUDE: How do you and your brother brainstorm new ideas for your YouTube channel? Vale: My brother and I both live very busy lives, so we try to think of ideas for YouTube whenever we have the chance. Every once in a while we sit down and brainstorm some ideas off of our daily lives, as in vlogging or challenges that are relatable to our audience. We also try to think of ideas that show off our personalities and brother/ sister relationship.
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NUDE: What big things can we expect from you? Vale: I have a lot of exciting projects in the works. I’m constantly receiving different opportunities and meeting great people living here in Los Angeles. My brand with my brother is getting a complete revamp, and that’s something that I really believe in, a brand that expresses our family relationship and our roots from Miami Beach. I also recently filmed a suspense short film with some friends from the Guilty Party set, which was a blast to film. Lastly, I recently signed with Wilhelmina, which is exciting, since modeling has always been something I leaned towards. Although acting in a television series or a motion picture film is my ultimate goal, I’m excited to dip my toes into the modeling world and see what 2018 brings!
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