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S IX W AY S T O B O O S T Y O U R IM M U N E S Y S T E M By: Fresh 'n' Lean, the nation's #1 organic meal delivery service. “We often think of nutrition and how to support the immune system when it comes to the flu season, but our body’s defense systems operate every second of every day, fighting off foreign bacteria, viruses and other invaders, and keeping us healthy. Our goal should be to think of this daily, how best to support our bodies proper metabolic function,” said Randy Evans, MS, RD, LD, a registered dietician consultant with Fresh 'n' Lean.
1 . Ta k e c a r e o f y o u r s e lf .
Getting shuteye and taking the time to destress could help you stay healthy. Lifestyle choices
management are vital to the proper function of your immune system. The non-profit National Sleep Foundation recommends adults receive an average of 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Stress hasn’t been so easy lately. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it anxiety and fear. Stock markets tumbled,
gatherings were canceled, and our way of life
2 . E a t th e r a in b o w .
Focus on the colors in your diet — green kale and cucumber, orange sweet potatoes and carrots, purples and blue hues of plums and blueberries.
began to shift.
“The colors in healthy foods are actually a part
Breathing exercises, meditation or a jog could
rainbow in your diet boosts your phytonutrient
help you shed some stress, helping you maintain positivity and maintain your immune health.
of the plant’s immune system, so eating the intake and boosts nutrients to help support your immune function,” Evans said. Eating whole foods reduces the intake of chemicals, additives and artificial sweeteners often found in processed foods, improving the body’s detox system. Beyond veggies and fruits, healthy fats — those found in extra virgin, organic, and coldpressed coconut or olive oil, avocados, raw nuts and seeds, and range-fed or wild-caught animal products — are also a smart addition for meals and snacks.
3 . Ta k e y o u r m e d ic in e .
Nutraceuticals represent the perfect balance of food and medicine — they provide nourishment as well as medical benefit. The supplements “might aid prevention and control” of viruses like COVID-19, according to a research article published in February by the journal “Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases.” Key nutraceuticals highlighted in the study include:
Spirulina, N-Acetylcysteine, Selenium, Glucosamine, Zinc, Yeast, Beta-Glucan, and Elderberry. The nutrients are often found to be low or very low in unhealthy patients, Evans said, meaning the body is weak and unable to respond to viral threats.
4 . F o llo w y o u r g u t.
The best measure of your immune health can be found in your gut bacteria. All of the bacteria in your body makes up your microbiome. The right types of food — such as leafy greens and lean proteins — can promote the growth of good bacteria, or microflora, in our systems and reduce inflammation. The wrong types of foods, such as too much sugar, can fuel inflammation, making you more susceptible to disease and impacting hormone balance. We often only focus on our gastrointestinal tract when we’re having issues, but most of our immune system cells (70-80%) are located in our gastrointestinal tract.
5 . S o a k u p s o m e s u n .
Make sure to stay on the sunny side. Vitamin D — which is produced when the skin receives sunlight, and is also found in fresh fish and eggs — has many important functions in the body, including bolstering bone and overall health. “It’s actually more of a hormone than a vitamin in function,” Evans said. “Research suggests Vitamin D has both antimicrobial and antiviral potential in the body. The most potent impact is shown when Vitamin D levels are boosted when found low.” The most effective way of measuring the body’s Vitamin D levels is through the amount of the serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D in the blood, and experts recommend a concentration of 50 nanomoles per liter.
6 . S ta y h y d r a te d .
Water is the fuel that triggers the body’s metabolic processes, making H20 especially important for our immune health. The goal: drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water. You may need more water than that if you’re active, and anyone who’s been told they’re fluid-restricted should discuss hydration with their doctor. Dehydration, meanwhile, can invite a wide range of issues, including afternoon fatigue, headaches
important to be mindful of staying hydrated if you drink alcohol. Be sure to trade one glass of water for every alcoholic drink you consume, and be sure to drink water before and after to keep your body in balance. Your boosted immune system and diminished hangover will thank you.
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R e a l S m ile s By Angelina Lewis
People are most beautiful when they smile. Not when they’re smiling for a photo, but really smiling. When they laugh at their kids jumping into a pool. When they cry from tears of happiness. When they find out they landed their dream job. When they find out they’re expecting. Kids are really good at it. Only on rare occasions will you catch a child imitating a smile. We come into this world alive, bold, raw and fearless. It’s life that wears us down. We’re shut down by others. Our feelings are hurt. We get into accidents. We experience loss. Loss in our careers. Our parents. Our partners. Our friends. Each day we experience a whirlwind of emotion we can’t even begin to process. Our subconscious tries to protect us by burying it all. Brushing it aside. We begin hiding our shameful parts. Ashamed of our flaws. Day by day, we discipline ourselves to hide our flaws. To only show the good parts. To be on our best behavior. To always be okay. To be practical. But being practical isn't what brings true happiness. You won’t find the real smiles. Real joy. Real joy comes from pursuing. From working hard towards what you love. From building a company. Owning a flower shop. Tending a garden. Singing on stage. Baking cakes. Surrounding yourself with good people. True happiness is found in the simplest of things. Happiness is found in the trees we climb, sharing secrets with our best friend. It’s in the silent exchange of smiles or sudden bursts of laughter. It’s in the pink afternoon skies painted daily. It’s in the bike rides along the coast. In the photoshoots at sunrise, while the rest of the world is still fast asleep. In the 2 a.m. pillow talks. In the kitchen baking sweet treats, while dancing to good music. In the 6 a.m. gym sessions and 12 oz coffees that come afterwards. Happiness doesn’t have to be this rare, difficult thing to find. It can be the magic in everything. Someone very wise and special once told me, “You may think things aren’t working, but as long as you are clear in your desires, goals and aspirations, the universe will work on it. Every day the universe is orchestrating your life. Don’t try to figure out how or you will get bogged down. You have magic all around you––trust that.” And when you finally trust it––you find the magic. The creativity. The passion. The fulfillment. And when you find all the things––people see the real smiles. Submit your personal essays to be featured in our next issue.
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Interview with Photographer, Emily: NUDE: What’s your creative process when taking photos? EF: I usually have an overall vision that organically and spontaneously leads the way, making me inspired during a shoot. I find I get the best from people and capture moods which tell a deeper story when it's authentic. I also love to play with stylistic elements. NUDE: Top three favorite photographers and why. EF: Helmut Newton - Fashions sexual fantasy! His photos are timeless and iconic. The women in his photographs are sexy, yet sophisticated and portrayed in an empowering way. There is also a playful aspect and distinctive style. AJ Hamilton - “The thought of producing content which already exists pains me. So I find references in other places.” His work oozes sensuality and femininity. He takes inspiration from oil paintings in the 1800-1850’s and recreates them in a modern manner with his incredible retouching skills. Dean Martindale - A dear friend. A remarkable talent for capturing the simplicity of effortless natural beauty. Dean incorporates a lot of natural light and shadows into his portraits. He also manages to represent modern culture at its finest and truest. NUDE: What’s another creative outlet for you beside photography? EF: I model and I am represented by Mavrick Agency. I have modeled for years so I have a rich understanding of the creative dynamics. I am also a creative director and producer. You’d think “jack of all trades, master of none” but having a
multi-dimensional insight definitely seems to work for me. NUDE: Digital or film? EF: Film no question. Film gives so much character and depth that cannot be imitated digitally. I adore not knowing what I have captured until I get the developed photos back. NUDE: You’re one of the founders of the creative powerhouse, Krew Studios. What goes into running that company? How do you balance both business and the creative process? EF: Having a business consumes me. Work and social life merge together as one – I tend to carry it with me wherever I go. This year has been a busy year for us, a lot of exciting projects are due to be released. As our work escalates we have to constantly make sure our brand identity is up to date which can be a catch-22. A lot of the time you are battling with not compromising the vision/production value depending on budgets and limitations. What it’s really about is sourcing the most talented individuals in their particular field/ relationship. I feel that we have developed an identity/style that is now associated with Krew but we also have to show diversity. NUDE: What's the biggest challenge you've faced in your career? EF: Burnt bridges lead the way. This one speaks for itself. Also transitioning from just a model, to a creative in everyone’s eyes. People tend to form attachments of what you are per say, but we are all growing as fluid beings so I have never limited myself. It was difficult moving from London to LA. I try to stay true to my roots and culture which has actually flipped into a positive as a lot of UK clients need visuals and production.
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NUDE: Share with us the moment you knew you wanted to become a singer. Was it a person, event or thing that pushed you to pursue such a career? L: From the age of six, I was obsessed with music, singing constantly, my dad called me the jukebox. He was a musician too, a business man during the day, songwriter at night – he even wrote me a song when I was born and would sing it to me every night. In my heart I just knew that singing was what I wanted to do, it was my dream. There was also a trigger point when my Aunt Patricia suddenly died, she was this free bird whose life purpose was discovering bands and living to the fullest. I realized life is short and dreams should never be left alone to die. NUDE: Walk us through your through process when creating a new song. What inspires you the most? L: Images, photography, or visuals can trigger an idea and reading poems or stories can also have the same effect. I hold back a lot in life and I am a quiet person, so music is the only way I can express what I want to say. I have these bottled up emotions and they come out of me when I write. I’ll see words that’ll make me feel something, I’ll fool around with chords, and then I go back and forth between writing and finding the melodies until I have something that feels like a song in terms of emotion and story. NUDE: Do you feel that being bilingual has affected your songwriting process? L: I grew up in Paris but went to an American school from middle through highschool so my entire reality was in English, all my classes, my conversations with friends. My writing in French is good, but I actually don’t feel very comfortable writing in French; I feel much more freedom writing in English. Which doesn’t mean it’ll never happen, but for now whenever I feel the urge to write, it comes to me in English. I think growing up in a multicultural environment has affected my songwriting as well as my music. I grew up listening to Arabic music, Bossa Nova, Fado, classic American Rock, French songwriters, Soul music, Jazz and Classical (those are also languages). NUDE: Why are some challenges you have faced so far and how have you overcome them? L: The journey to success as an artist is a crazy, wild ride with so many ups and downs constantly. Trying to be heard through the noise is a challenge but, what I’ve tried to do when I start comparing myself to others is simply to focus on me. Creating my next collage, writing new music, collaborating with other talented songwriters and producers, working on my voice, learning new instruments or performing live. I love staying on track with who I am, what my message is and just being focused and aligned with my vision; this is how I overcome doubt and fear.
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" I w a n t p e o p le to fe e l lik e th e y â€™r e n o t a lo n e in th is g a la x y, w e c a n d o it to g e th e r â€“ th ro u g h th e p a in , h e a r tb r e a k s , te a r s , m a d n e s s , jo y a n d la u g h s ."
NUDE: When you aren’t writing, what do you usually do? L: I’m learning to play the guitar. If I’m not practicing music, I’m usually on Pinterest finding insane visuals that I share with my fans, or cutting up photos and words in magazines and making something. I am very introverted but I also love to dance.
on a journey into a different reality, one where dreams are not only acceptable but required – where emotions are okay because they are what defines us. I want people to feel like they’re not alone in this galaxy, we can do it together – through the pain, heartbreaks, tears, madness, joy and laughs.
NUDE: Where do you feel most “at home”? L: Definitely with my small group of friends. We could be anywhere but when we’re together I feel warm inside, like I’m unstoppable. I get to be exactly who I am and that’s powerful – having a sense of belonging, being crazy, funny and wild and just living life. We all need to relax and stop taking everything so fucking seriously and just enjoy the moments with the people we love.
NUDE: What is something about you most people do not know? L: Most people don’t know that I go through very intense mood swings, at times I think I am bat shit crazy. A friend once described it as, "Very dense dark grey clouds" shadowing my usual positive spirit. I sometimes wake up with deep sadness in my chest, unexplainable melancholy, feeling alone and misunderstood, wanting to run away or feeling down and beat up. When that’s my mood, there usually isn’t much I can do. I’ll smoke some weed, scream in a pillow and try to create something, but sometimes I don’t even do that and that’s okay too.
NUDE: Who has played (or plays) an important role in your life? L: Patricia. My aunt, my mom’s sister. She passed away seven years ago, too young too soon. She had an indie music label and discovered talent – she was so strong, determined and powerful. Growing up, I felt so insecure at times and she always pushed me to follow my dreams, to not be afraid, to stand tall even in heels and to not take shit from anyone. She was a badass, she definitely didn’t take shit from anyone. She always fought for what she felt was right and always defended her artists like a mother. If she were still around to see what I’m working on, I know she would fight tooth and nail for me. She taught me that it was okay to be different at a time where all I wanted to do was blend in or disappear. Today, whenever I’m on stage, standing tall and courageous, I always think of her and I know she’s smiling.
NUDE: What do you hope your audience feels when listening to your music? L: I hope it makes people feel lighter, the world is such an uncertain, hard, scary place right now. I want my music to make people dream, I want to take them
NUDE: If you could live in any era, which one would you pick and why? L: The 70s. 1975 more specifically. Fleetwood Mac was killing it and Stevie Nicks is my all time hero. I love the music that was popular then: Aerosmith, Minnie Riperton, Bob Dylan, Bowie, Elton John, Led Zeppelin. Sex, drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll, baby! I would’ve loved to be a musician then. The fashion is also so iconic with bell bottoms, chokers, headbands, flowers – especially late 70s where it became more disco and glam. I love fashion from that era, it is definitely my biggest inspiration in terms of my style.
NUDE: Share with us some upcoming projects. L: I’m currently working on a lot of new music to release, more live shows and my first music video will come out in 2020. I’m creating t-shirts and stuff from all the visuals I love and a lot of other good, sweet stuff happening. Stay tuned.
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NUDE: Your last album ONEPOINTFIVE was a
NUDE: At the young age of 25, you’ve already
huge success. Does the pressure of continuously
achieved so much – what’s the next major goal for
putting out great music affect your creative process
you in your career?
Amine: A lot of things. Specifically expanding outside
Amine: In complete honesty, I believe artists will lie
of music and trying other things. NUDE: Is music the end-all to your creativity or do
and say pressure doesn’t exist and they’re all free spirited while making their music. But, in the back of your head you’re always thinking of that one person who always hates your shit. You're trying to prove that person wrong, and success has a bitter sweetness when that happens. Most importantly, the heaviest pressure is trying to prove things to myself. NUDE: Do you come up with these fun and entertaining music video ideas yourself or do you work with others on concepts? Amine: The main idea usually comes from me so I have always directed my own videos. It has been really effortless but I’m now wanting to expand as the music and ideas get larger. Recently, I started to work with Jack Bergert, who is amazing as well. So far he’s the only person I have trusted to codirect. NUDE: You made a track for Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse titled “Invincible”. Is there more or less pressure behind making music for a movie than for your own project? Amine: No, I honestly have never made music for a film before. Movie studios have reviewed my catalog for songs that I have already made. I made “Invincible” two years ago and it was supposed to be on Good For You but I didn't think it really fit my project and the Spiderman team saw it fit for their movie which worked out perfect.
you plan to explore various creative outlets in the future? Amine: Yes, I really want to see where writing and directing takes me in the film industry. The main goal is to retire early with kids and spend a lot of time in Ethiopia. NUDE: You get to make a joint album with any one artist, dead or alive, who is it and why? Amine: Rico Nasty. She’s a good friend and I feel like that would allow us to get into the studio and make fun music. NUDE: You have a clothing line named Club Banana. What is the significance behind the name? Amine: Yellow. NUDE: You just released a new track titled “Shimmy,” which features a classic Wu Tang Clan sample. Was the notorious rap crew an influential part of your musical upbringing? Amine: ODB and Wu Tang are names that were bigger than music to me growing up. Their style and the inflections they used in their voices influenced me a lot. It’s fun to make tracks like “Shimmy” because niggas my age don’t rap no more. NUDE: With this track just dropping, can we expect a new project in the near future? Amine: Yup, album on the way.
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NUDE: Music these days have blended styles and genres. How would you best describe your musical style? Kyra: Whenever people ask me this question I always dance around the answer. I make music based on whatever my mood was that day or if something significant happened to me that week. So, some of my songs feel very pop, I have songs that are very R&B, and I have two that feel very alternative/R&B. I never wanted to be tied down to one genre because I knew I wanted to make music based on seasons/moods that people go through. A little something for everyone’s taste.
had to try out for a part. At that time, I didn’t even see myself acting on a show, nor was I seriously pursuing acting as a profession yet. Working with the entire cast and crew has been an absolute dream though, and I couldn’t be more grateful. Seth is truly an incredible director and everyone on set is so kind to one another.
NUDE: What has influenced your music career? What artists do you find yourself listening to the most? Kyra: Funny enough, my music career was initially influenced based off of the realization that no one is guaranteed an infinite number of days on this planet. One day, I realized that if I wanted to try something I might as well just try. I always had the itch to produce music, but I was petrified to sing in front of people. I always loved music way more than the average human and I also have a strange natural ability to memorize lyrics from literally hundreds of songs – so I figured, “Why not see what happens?” When people ask what my songs can be compared to, I tell them the vibe is a mix between Jhene Aiko, Tinashe and Khelani. I pull song inspiration from literally EVERYTHING and every genre.
actors I’m dying to work with, but I am very inspired by Jim Carrey and Kristen Wiig. As for directing, I want to work with Ryan Murphy from American Horror Story. It’s been a goal of mine to be on that show for a long time.
NUDE: What came first: acting, modeling, or singing? Kyra: I actually did commercial work at a young age so technically speaking, acting came first. I was just a kid though and didn’t have that passion/drive so I eventually gave it up. Right when I finished high school I went straight into modeling, then I transitioned into acting, next came singing. Singing and songwriting is my newest and youngest love. NUDE: “The Orville” is a surreal piece of TV comedy (We enjoy it a lot). What attracted you to the role/ show? How’s it like working with the great Seth McFarlane? Kyra: I get asked about how I got the role A LOT. The funny thing is, I actually fell into the role by accident. I happened to be in the right place, at the right time, and made the right person laugh. That person ended up being the casting director for the show and she insisted that I
NUDE: You have an entire career ahead of you. Who’s that one artist/actor/director you’d love to work with? Kyra: Okay, so my music dream is to collaborate with Kevin Parker from Tame Impala (my favorite band) Miguel or SG Lewis – I can’t pick just one! They all inspire me in such different ways. I’ve weirdly never thought of any
NUDE: What do you like to do in your free time/ between work? Kyra: I do a lot of pilates, dance, yoga and hiking with my dog for fun and to keep me sane. Other than that, I love spending time with family and my friends. Before I was acting and doing music I was only modeling for about eight years. I was always on a plane and never in town since I had agencies in LA, NY, Miami and London. For years and years I missed out on just spending time with people I love. As boring as it sounds, I really just enjoy quality time with people I care about. NUDE: What advice do you have for young aspiring artists like yourself? Kyra: Keep going! Write down your goals. Work towards the ones that feel most achievable first, then work up to the harder ones. So many people are silently rooting for you so just keep going. NUDE: How are you keeping yourself busy during selfisolation? What are you watching/listening to? Kyra: I’ve been practicing piano, reading, watching old movies that make me laugh, doing yoga, hiking with my dog and hanging out with Jez. By the end of this quarantine I want to be pretty decent at piano, I want to learn how to fully use these music programs to track my own vocals and produce simple beats myself. I'll probably start making weekly quarantine playlists too because people on IG are asking me for it (hahaha).
NUDE: What was it like releasing a full length album last year after years of releasing singles and EPs? Jez: It was a huge milestone for me, a lifelong dream. I felt like it was the opportunity for me to share the story of the first 27 years of my life and I couldn't be happier with the final product. NUDE: Your father is a musician, what ways has he helped you in your career? Jez: To be completely honest, I started writing music to cope with my dad leaving when I was around 11 or 12. So, in that sense, he was the main inspiration around me starting with music in the first place. Since then, I have found a new relationship with him and his experience helps me a lot. Music can be a tough industry to navigate so it definitely helps having someone so close to me who can relate and has been around the block a few times. NUDE: Which song that youâ€™ve released have you been the most proud of and why? Jez: Probably "Cocaine". It was the first song that I ever released where I didn't rap at all and only sang. It opened a lot of doors for me and gave me the confidence to explore with my musical aspirations. NUDE: At what point in life have you felt the most challenged, and what did you do to get through it? Jez: I've lost a lot of people in my family who were very close to me throughout my life and music has always been my saving grace. Every time I feel like I can't get through a troubling period, I've always had music and writing songs to get me through. NUDE: With streaming apps and now new social media apps like Tik Tok that use music, what direction do you think the music industry is headed in? Jez: The music industry hasn't stopped changing since it started. Every year there is a new fad, a new app, a new streaming platform, or a new way to make your song blow up. It's important to stay relevant and keep up with the times but personally I'm more interested in creating a personal relationship with my fans and listeners. Which will allow me to continue making music for the rest of my life. NUDE: What do you picture your future to be? Jez: Hopefully anything but wearing a mask, going to Vons and searching for toilet paper every day â€“ it really do be corona time. NUDE: Which arena would be a dream for you to play a show at and why? Jez: Staples. It's the dream for anybody raised out here.
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NUDE: Can you give us a little bit of background on B-boying and how you got into that form of dancing specifically? KD: I grew up surrounded by art. My mom was a ballet dancer, oil painter and played multiple instruments. My dad was a pantomime and trumpet player. I was constantly around it, my living room was full of every instrument and most importantly a shiny wood floor. I would sit as an infant watching my mom choreograph for hours. Even my brother went on to be an amazing drummer. I dabbled in guitar, drums and there may even be early footage of me rapping. The root of it all is a love for music which then turned into dance. I would always see B-boys in music videos as well as movies like Breakin and Beat Street so I knew what it was and thought it was rad. I was about 10 years old when I decided to learn because a girl I had a crush on liked a guy that could do windmills. Three weeks later, I could do windmills but I never got the girl.
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NUDE: What has your creative and
Making a point to dance to very different styles
professional journey been since you
of music that one might not typically see my
type of movement to. Also, collaborating with
KD: In the beginning, I made most of my
different artists, whether it’s a ballet dancer or
money within the B-boy scene. This meant
drummer. I like to be uncomfortable and I think
traveling a lot, competing, judging and
it’s so important to evolve as an artist. NUDE: Alongside dancing, you DJ, have a
teaching. I also did random gigs like dancing halftime shows for the Golden State Warriors – granted I was still living at home so bills were not that bad. After highschool, I reluctantly moved to Hollywood where friends of mine were already in the “biz.” Luckily, I started working fast doing movies, tv, award shows, commercials, tours, music videos and more while still maintaining my clout in the Bboy Scene. This transition is often hard because I had to continue to battle and stay relevant while doing what some might call “selling out.” I don’t like the words “selling out” and have always been one to say “Yes.”
clothing brand, and have experience in films. Is there anything else you would like to try? KD: I have a couple speaking opportunities coming up and want to get more into public speaking. Being able to talk about all I have learned – from creative process to sports psychology, I have learned so much through dance and living as an artist. Maybe I’ll even write a book, I don’t know (haha). I dream of starting a creative space, but also I’ve had dreams of owning a coffee shop or restaurant.
Today I make money all types of ways. To answer the creative journey part, one of the reasons I fell in love with this dance is because of the endless possibilities. The ability to create movement no one has ever done, or take an idea that starts in your head and is brought to reality is one of the best feelings in the world. I live for it. I continue to create to this day, just not as much as I used to. NUDE: You have been dancing for so long, how do you keep it interesting for yourself and how do you continue to evolve with the form? KD: I think one of the best things about dance are all the different mediums it can live in. I keep it interesting by stepping outside the box. I love shooting dance videos with a narrative that is more theatrical.
NUDE: There’s so much on your plate!
it.” This has helped me through so much.
What do you do to wind down?
No matter what it is, how you do it is
KD: I literally think I don’t know how to wind
everything. It’s not the music you play, it’s
down. I guess I like it better that way. It’s hard
how you play it. It’s not the move you do,
being in entertainment because you're always
it’s how you do it. If you can make nothing
waiting on something which is why I always
look amazing, imagine what you can do with
have so many projects going at once. I need
something, ya know? I also love “FAIL
to be busy and creative. I guess, I wind down
FAST.” Just try shit and if you mess up, try
when I'm sleeping.
something else. What’s the worst thing that
NUDE: You have so many different creative outlets: dance, music, design, etc. What is your favorite way to express yourself and what sets it apart from others? KD: Ah, they are all so different so I can’t really say I have a favorite. Dance is special because of the physicality of it. Through dance you explore your body in so many ways. To connect to music and to become it in physical form is something special. You forget time and space. The way B-boying mixes art and sport is one of a kind. In djing, you look and feel
will happen? NUDE: What was the inspiration behind your brand llluv and the designs? KD: llluv is a true lifestyle brand. I have so many talented friends that live a life of passion, from dancers, to mc’s, to surfers, to actors, to skaters. All of us have one thing in common – we do it for the llluv. It’s so easy to give up and get a “normal” job, so this brand is about the people that don’t. Struggling or not, we llluv what we do and
rather than yourself. To take this journey over
wouldn’t trade anything for it. As far as the garments, the inspiration
a couple hours with a crowd is incredible and
comes from all that I do: skate, surf, dance,
once they’re with you, the feeling is priceless.
and music. I grew up around street wear
In fashion, the feeling of watching someone try
and always had so many friends that made
on some pants you spent six months
good clothing. I want to make clothing you
perfecting and say “These are the most
can chill at the beach in, jump on a
comfortable things I have ever worn,” is why
skateboard and hit the after party without
you do it. Also spitballing ideas from wash, to
music in a different way. You move others
patterns to graphic tees is the best. At the end of the day though, it's all about the process.
NUDE: If you could dance with anybody,
The process of making new movements, the
dead or alive, who would it be and why?
process of experimenting with a garment, the
KD: A slow dance with Hilary Clinton would
process of really listening to music – you have
to LOVE the process. NUDE: Are you working on any new
NUDE: What’s your personal motto and
projects right now?
KD: I’m always thinking and working on new
KD: “It’s not WHAT you do, but HOW you do
things. It’s never ending.
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NUDE: Tell us a little bit about your new album â€œColour Vision.â€? M: It's a rebirth in a lot of ways. The theme is to find the colours, energy and light you may have never seen before while shedding the negativity and darkness that follows you. I took a lot of risks musically and visually that I'm super proud of. It's a world based in the color yellow with every other color dipping in and out to represent different phases of emotion and story. NUDE: What is your creative process when writing music? M: The strongest songs for me when I'm writing come from very potent experiences. Whether it's like with "Lights Down Low" where I had just started dating my girlfriend at the time but knew she was the one and then asked her to marry me with the song. Or it's like "Love Me Less" where an ex of mine threatened to try to get my British wife deported and I hoped it wouldn't ruin our relationship. NUDE: You have acted in the past, do you plan on going back to it? Share with us your favorite thing about acting. M: I love utilizing the acting within my own projects and music videos. Maybe I'll do acting again. I hate auditioning so that's definitely my least favorite part. My favorite part of it is being able to really tell a story truthfully in a way you couldn't in just an interview or documentary, etc. 82
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NUDE: Are there any other creative
For shows, so many places you wouldn't
outlets you would like to explore outside
think are always awesome like Johnson
of music, acting and dancing?
City, Salt Lake City, Denver. The energy
M: For me, it's mainly being able to create
in some of the smaller cities for shows is
the entire world around it all. Documentary
sometimes the most hype and special.
work, producing movies or tv shows I could
also be a part of, helping other artists find
NUDE: Where do you pull inspiration
their voices and amplify them with a record
from when making new music?
label. I love thinking big, focusing in, and
M: I'm super transparent so it's always
achieving something with a group of people I
just a raw feeling or experience. That's
love and respect so much.
why I just utilize whatever I'm going
through in that moment. The most
NUDE: You have a tour coming up. What
current feeling or if that’s not strong
is your favorite part of being on tour?
enough, I'll dig into the well and write
What do you hope to get out of this tour?
something about an experience I never
M: There's no energy like getting to connect
explored like a heartbreak from an ex, or
with the fans in person. I give every ounce of
someone cheating on me, me breaking
myself to each show so when the audience
someone’s heart, or losing someone I
does the same and we all fall into the
euphoric state, it's magic. I hope to just
create that feeling for fans around the world
NUDE: You have done collaborations
on this tour each night. Memories we can all
with many different artists in the past.
hold on to through our darkest times.
Who would your dream collaboration
be with, dead or alive?
NUDE: What do you do to relax when on
M: Always such a tough question. Stevie
Wonder would be a dream to collaborate
M: I have these amazing compression legs.
with. I am OBSESSED with K-pop and
They blow up and look like snow pants. I
Korean music. May have a little
love just wearing those, chilling with my dog
something up my sleeve for that on this
and my wife, and watching our favorite
shows and movies while eating snacks.
Definitely the best vibe after a physically
NUDE: What are you listening to right
M: Alabama Shakes, Phony Ppl, BTS,
NUDE: Where’s your favorite spot to
Zico, BENEE, Ali Gatie, Ashe, Quinn
XCII, Hayley Kiyoko, Abhi The Nomad
M: I LOVE Amsterdam, Seoul, and Tokyo.
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