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Ghosts and Witches

ISSUE8


Editor in Chief

Mariel Bennett

Creative Director

Jordan Romanoff

Contributing Editors

Holly Alymore Shaniqua King Federica Manca Fydez Tan Alex Vickers Cindy Voong

Photographers

Jordan Romanoff Marielle Sales

Special thanks to: Sophie Diagle Bird Peterson Ritualz Jordan Wolk Cover Look: dress: vinage; necklace: vintage;

Lukasz Wierzbowski Cindy Voong


Contents

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Beauty

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Fydez

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Cindy

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Ladylike

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Jordan Wolk

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Tea with no Sweater

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Shrunk by a Witch

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Ghosts and Witches

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Reading List

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One Week/One Roll

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Ritualz

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Playlist

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Bird Peterson

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Vickers


Letter from the Editor Ghosts and witches, the theme for this issue, came from the noticeable divide between the dark and the light in fashion, music, and art. Witches represent the dark and magical side and ghosts represent the light and ethereal side. Neither ghosts nor witches are concrete, like our motives and inspirations within our artistic endevours or just our moods, although they are representative of the contrasting sides. There is a greyness, an undeniable sense of optimism, which is where creativity thrives. We kept this in mind during the creation of this issue, which paralleled a time in our lives where we were and have been forced to embrace change. More importantly, this period of inevitable change has taught us to approach the things we do, our everyday tasks, the people we know, and the people we meet with kindness and a sense of empathy. We escape our everyday by traveling to London Fashion Week with Cindy Voong’s picks of the most witch like looks in her piece’. We then find ourselves in Poland with Polish photographer Lukasz Wierzbowski, or as he is known on Flickr: Neon Tambourine, in his dark and surreal pictorial ‘One Week, One Roll’. With Sophie we travel to California where we cover the importance of the classic t-shirt in the collaged pictorial ‘I Like My Tees Without Sweaters’. Our last stop on our metaphorical journey

is in Canada with Fydez Tan in her blog post turned fashion piece ‘Black in Spring’. In New York City, we literally travel uptown to a beautiful apartment with some of the most beautifully minimalist feminine piecies from the southern duo Aimee Mars and Tara Germino; designers and co-founders of their luxury brand Jordan Wolk. We interview the dark, dance musician Ritualz, who is a true citizen of the Internet. We also got the chance to talk about The Simpsons, Bill Cosby, and the evolution of the ‘Drankenstein’ series in an interview with one of our personal all time favorites, a musician who I often refer to as the Sergei Eisenstein of Music: Bird Peterson. We are extremely thankful to all who were involved in the creation of this issue. Without them it would not be nearly as witchy and ghostly as it is, which is more than we could have expected. We love you all! Best, Mariel Eve Bennett


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fydezflightoffancy.blogspot.com fydez tan

I know it’s a sin to wear black in spring. Forgive me. X dress: forever 21; necklace and ring: ♼ boots: h&m; bag: forever 21; bracelets: american eagle;


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Fashion Week Through a Lens cindy voong

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Fashion Week is seen as all glitz and glam, but what we don’t see is the blood and sweat that goes into getting that one great picture. A lot of twisting and bending to fit in tiny spaces is involved. I never knew the human body could contort and bend to such extreme lengths, well, my body at least. Strong arms are a basic requirement, and a good reason why the majority of photographers are men. Then again, anyone would have strong arms after a week of carrying heavy equipment.

Anybody at a fashion show will tell you that the photographer’s pit just looks like a mountain of lenses. Now spare a thought for that squashed photographer “inside that mountain”. Producing a clean image isn’t as straight forward as ‘point and shoot’. Fashion photographers, in fact all photographers, are capturing the moment to produce art. If you get in the way, be prepared to get a beating (metaphorically speaking of course). It’s almost certain that if it’s not a pretty sight at the end of the runway, it must be a pretty sight through the lens for the photographer. Whether you’re sitting on an invisible chair, leaning on an invisible bed,

or entwined with a fellow photographer you still keep shooting. No matter what circumstance you’re under, you have to produce that great picture. That’s photography. Salute! A note for the people lucky enough to sit on front row; DO NOT get in the way of a photographer!


ashley isham: the rehersal

the show


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backstage


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bernard chandran: the rehersal

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the show


francesca marotta: the show


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Ladylike

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Always in the back of our minds, the ladylike aesthetic resurfaces every few seasons with a new modern interpretation of a past era. Its old-school associations of white gloves and pillbox hats walk hand in hand with the more recent full skirted, capped shoed looks of the catwalks and it seems once again, we’re witnessing the return of the lady. Much like the lady herself, it’s always complicated: a trend that transcends through decade after decade picking up a wide variety of influences along the way. Conveying an effortless style of voluminous clothing and perfectly coiffed hair is the antithesis of the real effortless aka jeans and a plain tee with a more than healthy dash of not-so-Kate-Moss bed hair. Complicated may be... well, complicated, but at least it has turned its back to sexed-up glam. Think feminine. Ultra feminine. Tailored bustiers and silk dresses, ample pleated skirts to enhance a silhouette that skims elegantly over the knee, revealing just enough. Add a retro nostalgic mood: threequarter length sleeves with perfect, pristine white gloves, a cloche hat to frame minimal make-up, and a floral patterned pleated dress with a classic braided jacket. And for a modern take, try the minimal top and cropped trousers combination from Celine, or the blouse and demure pencil skirt from Yves Saint Laurent. Whether it be any combination of lace, clasp bags, hats, netted veils, pencil skirts, nipped-in waists or brocade: it’s the art of looking perfectly put together.


In the 20s... After a war, with the debut of pret-a-porter collections hanging in the air, the flappers were born. The 1920s version of a lady, art deco prints and abstract liner prints were the look of choice. Seen in the fall and spring 2012 collections at Gucci, Ralph Lauren and Etro, edwardian style jackets, fringes, feathers, strings of pearls and pointed shoes with ribbon straps look to a lasting trend, no doubt aided by films such as Atonement, The Artist, and the upcoming The Great Gatsby. In the 40s... After another war, a more austere look was called for. Wide pleated skirts with pinched in waists reigned in 1947, the advent of Dior’s New Look and Downtown Abbey -esque tweeds made utilitarian jackets. Seen this season at Miu Miu and Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti, best championed by Louis Vuitton for the whole of 2012. In the 50s... High waisted skirts, white gloves, perfectly coiffed locks. For the ultimate late 50s early 60s inspiration, take a look at Mad Men. The Grace Kelly like, golden age of hollywood was celebrated at Prada and Louis Vuitton.


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Jordan Wolk

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Aimee Mars and Tara Germino, designers and two of the cofounders of the luxury brand Jordan Wolk met in college. Although they are originally from the south, they have since moved to New York city and have been here some time. Indeed, they’ve been working as Jordan Wolk for over a year now, having completed two full collections. While they went to college for fashion, they found themselves in office jobs


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upon their arrival in the city. This became an inspiration for them to draw on for Jordan Wolk. The brand seeks to create a line of pieces that are comfortable to wear in the office, are elegant and special. As an extension of this, they design for the successful woman, paying special attention to the ways that clothing changes how you feel. We were lucky enough to spend an afternoon with the three founders, shooting a couple pieces and learning more about the brand through a pleasantly surprising intimate conversation with the founders.


When Jordan and I went to their showroom, held at cofounder Sara Brosius’s apartment, we were formall greated some of the most minimal and formally elegant pieces that I had seen in a while. From their founding concept to their finished products, one can tell that they are heavily invested in each item. In fact, they are numbered similar to art prints, giving the wearer of each a feeling that they own a truly crafted piece. This preciousness is aided by a countdown clock on their website which measures the time until pieces become a part of their “vault”, a boutique accessable only through invitation a few times a year. To see behind the scenes footage of their shoots and updates on their work, check JordanWolk.tumblr.com


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I’ll Take My Tee with No Sweater photography: jordan romanoff styling: mariel bennett model: sophie daigle

This spring may be flooded with trends of all sorts, whether it be tailored feminine, crop tops, streamlined athletic, sugar sweet, or decorative, but don’t get caught up in all the frills (or flares). Before you start baring your midriff, remember the basics. Think the perfect tee. Whether vintage or new, the t-shirt is an essential item for any wardrobe. To get ourselves inspired to dress for t-shirt weather, we deccided to look over some images of one of the hottest places we know: Southern California.


above: shirt: vintage university of colorado; jeans: james jeans ($120); across: t-shirt: acne ($90); dress: urban outfitters; (tip: layer a tee over a tank top dress for added coverage and to add dimension to your look.)


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above: t-shirt: vintage kodak; skirt: american apparel ($36); head phones: urban ears;) across: t-Shirt: james perse ($50); skirt: american apparel ($36); (Tip: Wear a man’s tee with a pencil style skirt for a casual femininity.)


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sheer pants: cheap monday ($75); t-shirt: bella freud (tate modern); (tip: check museum gift shops for t-shirts from exhibitions that you saw, you might find something cool. think rodarte’s van gogh-inspired “starry night” dress or mary katrantzou’s pieces featuring the work of photographer erik madigan heck) jeans: james jeans ($120); t-shirt: baby shambles band tee; jacket: jack bb dakota ($54); (tip: still have a band tee from a couple of years ago? you may not be into the band anymore but the shirt may still be worth reviving. think of it as a note on who you used to be…)


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Shrunk by a Witch The person who does not wish for a more organized life is rare in my experience. I crave order within my personal space, and I am always searching for new ways to do it. I’ve decided to get involved with a witch. She can make evreything just its right size, miniturize my life. Now I’m finding a new order to everything.


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Ghosts and Witches It’s hard to show your dark side in the sunlight, but you can still cast spells in pastels. Soft hues and delicae fabrics charm you. They linger in he air, but don’t be scared. They might alarm you. They will get in your wardrobe so watch what you wear.


shirt: joie; dress: theory; shoes: salvatore ferragamo;


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across: pants: zara; shirt: equipment; knit: bcbgmaxazria; jacket: h&m; vest: juicy couture; shoes: marc by marc Jacobs;

above: dress: lf; leggings: bcbg maxazria; cardigan: prada; shoes: marc by marc jacobs; look photographed by marielle sales


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dress: bcbgmaxazria;


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shirt: joie; shirt: lush;


shirt: lush; skirt: gap; shoes: doc martens;


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opposite dress: think closet; jacket: vintage;

adjacent dress: arc & co look photographed by marielle sales


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Reading List pages 39/40

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Holly Alymore lists some of her most fashionable favorite reads.

Luella’s Guide To English Style Luella Bartley

An essential guide to all the little eccentricities of English style that attempts to get to the bottom of that nonchalant cool. Highlight: Luella’s slightly sarcastic analysis of different style tribes, from mods to punks.

Nineteen Eighty Four George Orwell

A look into an imaginary dystopian future ruled over by the infamous Big Brother and his thought police. Highlight: your own internal argument to decide who is the thought police and who isn’t.

Parisian Chic

Ines de la Fressange The ultimate explanation of that seemingly unattainable, chic, Parisian look. Highlight: Ines’ take on the basics of every wardrobe and her new, yet classic, ways to wear them.

The Great Fashion Designers Brenda Polan & Roger Tredre

When it comes to analysing and giving historical background on designers, there is nothing better than this designer bible with essays on the 50 most influential designers from Charles Frederick Worth to Nicolas Ghesquiere. Highlight: the ‘extra reading’ list at the end of each essay which always includes rarely talked about, beautiful photo books and articles that aren’t often recommended reads.

High Fidelity Nick Hornby

If you’re a music lover, this is a must have. An incredible read that looks at all of the life lessons (and relationships) we learn from our favourite songs. Highlight: Hornby’s straight-up, honest tone of writing and realising just how much of an influence music has on life.


D.V.

Diana Vreeland Diana Vreeland, the legendary Vogue editor-inchief ’s autobiography. Sells itself really. Highlight: the parts of Vreeland’s personality that slip in every now and then.

A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess

It may be written in what seems like another language when you begin reading, but it’s worth it and integral to the overall meaning: is it better to choose to be bad or be forced to be good? Highlight: the aftermath of the Ludvico treatment.

Girl, Interrupted Susanna Kaysen

If you love psychology, as I do, Kaysen’s memoir of her time in an institution is enlightening, but is there really anything wrong with her? Highlight: her take on the brain vs. the mind.

The Little Prince

Antoine de Saint-Exupery What seems like a simple children’s story, but is so so much more. If you want something to really think about, this is the book. Highlight: The Little Prince’s views on grownups and his drawing of a boa constrictor eating an elephant.

Quirkology

Richard Wiseman The psychology book that doesn’t require an interest into psychology. All about the interesting little quirks of life, from how to tell if someone’s lying to what is the world’s funniest joke. Highlight: the simple trick that gets waitresses more tips.


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One Week / One Roll Wroclaw, Poland Lukasz Wierzbowski lukaszwierzbowski.com


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Our interview with the internet raised, dark experimental dance music creator RITUALZ DM: How did you get your name?

DM: How did you get started making music?

R: After telling a friend about a certain thing I did every first day of school he called me a “ritualistic motherfucker”. It came from that mostly.

R: I bought a bass so I could start a band with friends when I was in middle school. After that I was in a couple of bands while I experimented with production software and then that became my focus, producing electronic music.

DM: Do you go by RITUALZ or †‡† more? Has that changed with time at all? R: RITUALZ, and yes. I only released music as †‡† for a couple of months, up until my first ep came out. Using symbols as a name became really played out really fast and I didn’t want to remain obscure forever and it was always ritualz anyways so I dropped the “alternate spelling” a long time ago. I only use the crosses as a logo in merch and artwork.

DM: How would you describe your sound? R: Dark experimental dance music. DM: Do you see there being a fine distinction between dance music, and, for lack of a better term, personal listening stuff? The music that you make has clear roots in dance music, but seems to differ in terms of energy. R: Nah, I don’t think my music works only in clubs/ parties or at home on headphones. it’s made for both and I think that’s the same for all dance music. cooking dinner to Above & Beyond can be as enjoyable as dancing to them in a rave. DM: How does live performance fit into your style? R: I don’t know. I guess that’s something to ask people who’ve seen me perform. DM: Do you have any major influences, both within and outside of music?


R: My musical influences are way too many to list them and just mentioning a couple would be misleading I guess. outside of music just films mostly... oh and the donkey kong country series for SNES but that’s kind of musical too. I guess everything i’ve liked at some point has influenced me in some way.

DM: Do you make the visuals for your music?

DM: Do you have a favorite artist/etc.?

DM: I’ve seen Lindsay Lohan as a recurring icon on album covers, can you shed any light on how that trend came about?

R: No, that’s impossible. maybe Poison Heart by Ramones, I could listen to that song forever but still i’m not sure if that’s my favorite song. I don’t have a favorite artist or album. DM: Where are you from, and has it had any influence on your style?

R: You mean like the artwork for releases and merch? Yes, so far. I’m working with some talented artists now though on designs for new shirts and stuff like that. I’m trying new things. We’ll see how that goes.

R: I’d loved Lindsay for years before I started this project (shoutout Mean Girls) but the art for Ghetto Ass Witch was a collage I made months prior to the release of the EP. I only used that collage as the art for the release but it wasn’t made for it. The art for the Ghetto Ass Witch

I relate far more to the internet than Mexico so I don’t feel there’s something here that’s influenced me in a big way, artistically. R: Mexico City. Not at all. I relate far more to the internet than Mexico so I don’t feel there’s something here that’s influenced me in a big way, artistically. DM: How important is your visual style to your music? R: I love having a very visual side to this project. I think it’s very boring when bands have nothing to offer visually. I wouldn’t say it’s important as the music ever but I definitely care about it and work to offer something to go with it.

remixes was just following the idea of using her on the cover. It’s silly really. I guess she’s just a pop icon of our time. DM: You seem very interested in a high/low culture combination. Would you say that its part of any larger statement, or more to do with your tastes? R: my tastes i think. i like pop culture a lot. and that can include anything from fashion and art to reality television, everything in between and more. that just happens when you grow up online.


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I like pop culture a lot. and that can include anything from fashion and art to reality television, everything in between and more. that just happens when you grow up online. DM: I’ve seen Lindsay Lohan as a recurring icon on album covers, can you shed any light on how that trend came about? R: I’d loved Lindsay for years before I started this project (shoutout Mean Girls) but the art for Ghetto Ass Witch was a collage I made months prior to the release of the EP. I only used that collage as the art for the release but it wasn’t made for it. The art for the Ghetto Ass Witch remixes was just following the idea of using her on the cover. It’s silly really. I guess she’s just a pop icon of our time.

DM: If you could play any venue, what would it be? R: Oh boy. I guess Rhinoceropolis? That’d be rad. A show with men in burka there would be awesome. DM: If you could steal any animal from the zoo, which one would you steal? R: All the birds then I’d set them free. DM: If you could resurrect anyone to have a conversation, who would it be?

DM: You seem very interested in a high/low culture combination. Would you say that its part of any larger statement, or more to do with your tastes?

R: Joey or Dee Dee Ramone.

R: my tastes I think. I like pop culture a lot. and that can include anything from fashion and art to reality television, everything in between and more. that just happens when you grow up online.

R: lol yes, I wear the same black pants almost every day and this studded belt and a black hoodie.

DM: Do you have a uniform (any kinds of clothes that you wear daily)?

http://ritualz.bandcamp.com/

http://www.facebook.com/rrritualzzz


Playlist Scuba

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The Hope

Actress

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The Lord’s Graffiti

Justin Martin

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Hood Rich

T.A.T.U.

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All the Things she Said (Monolith Remix)

Phaseone

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Cadence + Athena

Purity Ring

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Odedear

Lapalux

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Gone

Pixelord

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Imaginary Friends (Groundislava Remix)

Alex Winston

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Choice Notes (J£ZUS MILLION Remix)

Blockhead

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Meet You at Tower Records


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It’s Their Hair Stupid! alex vickers soundcloud.com/iamvickers

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Readers, I have an interesting theory I’d like to share with you, and seeing how this is a fashion oriented publication this is an opportune time to do so. There’s one thing I’ve found that every successful EDM DJ seems to have in common... What’s this unifying factor you ask? Is it some new DJ software that opens up creative possibilities? No. Has Skrillex been teaching production classes on how to make his signature bleep blorps? No. Is there a godly “Ari Gold”-like booking agent? Is everyone friends with Pasquale Rotella (cough cough Kaskade) or Gary Richards? No. What could it possibly be then? Hair. That’s right. Hair. Every successful DJ has their own unique hairstyle. In a genre of music that prides itself on repetition, DJs often employ various ways to make themselves stand out from the crowd. Steeze is an extremely important aspect to a DJ’s allure, it’s almost as important as being able to beat-match. Since all the crowd can see is the DJ’s upper torso, a DJ’s hairstyle is one of the only tools a DJ has to stand out. While you may think I’m going out on a limb, allow me to show you a few examples to prove my point.


DILLON FRANCIS Dillon Francis is a great starting point. This moombahtonista came into his own in 2011 with the 108 banger “Que Que” and has had success after success ever since. He’s touring with Nero this Spring, and has been getting a ton of high profile remixes as of late. The secret to his success you ask? Look at that head of hair! His slicked back poof almost makes me forget that widows peak. The carefully combed quaffe is as majestic as Mt. Fuji, I heard he was Conan Obrien’s protege before he got big. Dillon, if you’re reading this email me, I need to know what product you’re using!

GASLAMP KILLER This one is almost too easy. When you go to see a Gaslamp Killer set, you’re not paying to see a normal DJ set. You’re paying to see this guy go absolutely insane on stage, and his hair is a crucial part of that effect. This guy’s mop is truly unique, and when he DJs it has a life of its own. Literally, it looks like a spaghetti monster. Gaspard from Justice should take note, he could rock a similar steeze if he wasn’t so busy smoking cigarettes on stage.

RICHIE HAWTIN Richie Hawtin, techno-god or really good hair stylist? I mean look at this hair?! When he shaved his head for his Plastikman side project in the 90s he made waves, and although his 2012 head of hair is slightly more tame I think this transitional hairstyle takes the cake. He beat Skrillex to the punch with the side-shave, and his extended bangs make the villain from the Fifth Element look like an ork. Who cares if he pioneered minimal techno when he has hair like this!


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BENGA

SKRILLEX

Legendary Dubstep producer Benga is also known for his hairstyle: the afro. So much so that his second album was entitled “Diary of an Afro-Warrior.” Although he’s slightly more clean cut in 2012, his rise to success was no doubt fueled by his huge afro. Wish I had thought to ask him about his ‘fro-care techniques when we interviewed him last issue. Drats!

A discussion about DJs and hair wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Skrillex. The man just won three Grammies, and is far and away one of EDMs biggest stars if not its biggest. How did Skrilly get so big? He’s not the worlds best DJ. He’s a great producer but there are plenty of great producers who’re still trapped in their bedrooms. The real reason why Skrillex’s music is so pervasive: his hair. It’s the perfect embodiment of his metal-core infused brand of electronic music. Semi-ridiculous, with his yin/yang scalp boasting a bald crescent within his long locks. It’s jet black, matching his steeze of wearing all black all the time. And when he’s on stage, he can head-bang back and forth to his overpowered productions. It’s a match made in hair heaven.


Runners Up BASSNECTAR Sorry Mr. Nectar, you didn’t make the cut because 1) your hair’s a little gross and 2) I already had three Dubstep producers.

LA ROUX This one was really hard, I was between Benga and La Roux and ended up choosing Benga because I have something against gingers. Sue me.

BOYS NOIZE I couldn’t award Boys Noize a top spot because he’s wearing a cap 90% of the time. However, Mr. Ridha has consistently rocked the uni-brow throughout his entire career to the point there it’s become a trademark. And for that I applaud you!


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Last month, we got a chance to talk to one of our favorite producers, Bird Peterson. Read his anwers to us as we questioned him about influence, creativity, The Cosby Show, and more. DM: How long have you been making music and how did you get started? BP: I had this busted up Compaq computer in high school that had this audio editing program. I used it to loop things and make beats, and soon after realized there were probably waaaay better ways to do this. About the same time we all got access to turntables and it just all went to hell from there.

DM: Your music seems to draw from a lot of places, do you have any major influences that you could single out? BP: Danny The Wildchild, Fatboy Slim, DJ Shadow (early Unkle), Basement Jaxx, a lot of late 90s electronica. It was actually thanks to a lot of jungle (Aphrodite, DJ Hype, Mulder, Conquering Lion, etc).


DM: It seems like I’m hearing about new mixtapes, originals, and remixes coming from you all the time, but they always seem polished. Is there anything in particular that keeps you motivated? BP: I just really want to do this forever. And if i keep working my ass off, it can get there. And if it doesn’t, then I’ll just get all fat like Brando. Not Godfather Brando, Island Of Dr Moreau Brando. But hopefully it won’t get there.

“..the Live series has been about getting as buck as humanly possible.”

volume one were big listens in most car trips. Plus growing up in a place like Houston, it completely changes what rap is to you. So for us, this has come full circle. It’s like reinventing the past, showing homage to that time. DM: There seem to be clear distinctions between each volume of the Drankenstein series. Is there an overall arc that you’re going for, or are you trying to change the feel for each? BP: Well, the first one was to get the idea out there an comfortable, and the second was about going as big as possible. The third one was about being kinda laid back, like some future Atlanta shit. The next one is going back to just blowing up speakers. And the Live series has been about getting as buck as humanly possible. DM: Has your work on that series informed anything you’ve done since? BP: Yes. And No. And Maybe.

DM: Do you have an ideal workspace? BP: My studio in Austin! It’s superbly precious. DM: Your music always has a great energy to it. How important is the performance aspect of making music to you? BP: Oh it’s suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuper important. DM: How would you say the Drankenstein project fits into your work as a whole? BP: Well, when we (Go Go Garcia and I) came up with the idea, it really was a nod to a place we were in back in like 99. Tranceport volume one, Paul Van Dyk’s 45 RPM, and Micro Tech Mix

DM: How do you feel about the direction that some hip-hop is headed at the moment, particularly stuff like the Raider Klan, A$AP Mob, etc.? BP: I’m into it. Hip hop really had a tough run in the mid 2000s as far as new stuff. But it’s safe to say that everyone is really excited to try new things now, even the older cats are branching out. Juicy J’s new stuff is amazing! DM: Do you play a role in the visuals that go along with your releases? How important is it to you?


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“One of the best quotes ever came from that episode: ‘Your mother and I are rich; you have nothing.’” pages 55/56

BP: I do all my own graphics and always have. It’s always been really important to me, and I also do all the art for Teenage Riot records. It’s something i’m suuuuper proud of. DM: We’ve noticed a trend of cats in your pictures. Is there a story behind this? Is it your cat and does it have a name? BP: They are all other peoples cats for the most part. I just really like cats. They are like monkeys! DM: We read in your interview with Austining that you wish someone would ask you more questions about the Cosby Show. I’m not going to lie though, I don’t really know much about the Cosby Show, and saw a Simpsons reference a little further down. Who is your favorite non-Simpson Simpsons character? This is a topic that we’ve spent a lot of time discussing, (my vote is split between Hank Scorpio and Dr. Hibbert). BP: It will forever Phil Hartman :(

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Hutz.

RIP

DM: I wrote that question and then Mariel corrected me and told me that she had a Cosby Show related query. First, she asked if you had any wisdom to drop on why one of the daughters got so offended and ended up in a fight in the episode where she gets called rich. She also wanted to know if you thought that Bill Cosby was better on the Cosby Show or Kids Say the Darnedest Things. BP: That was Vanessa who got in that fight. And no, I don’t. They handled it perfectly. One of the best quotes ever came from that episode: “Your mother and I are rich; you have nothing.” Also, Cliff wins over Kids Cos. DM: If you could steal any animal from the zoo, which would you steal and why? BP: MONKEYS! FOR MY GORILLA ARMY! NEXT! DM: If you could play a show anywhere, where would it be (like seriously, anywhere)? BP: Maybe on a boat under the northern lights. OR at a Chuck E Cheese.


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