Tokimonsta A look at the first lady of Brainfeeder
28 Click Breaking down the rule of thirds
ImKing This summer’s freshest fashions are here
38 Rusko In 10 steps, find out how the producer creates his beats
44 Electric Forest Festival What happens at the summer’s lakeside venue
Mai-Mai Monster How a font influenced an entire campaign.
58 Hands Out the Window And other things that we love about summer
What moves you? Find out what style speaks to you the most
Space Neil deGrasse Tyson reinvents Carl Sagan’s “The Cosmos”
78 ALife Why you should buy these sneakers.
The Dynamic Duo speaks out
40. a blend of 50 hip-hop beats will ease your mind
52. Qui-Sommes Nous?
Zim & Zouâ€™s unique style is unforgettable
What we love about summer
The White Temple Thailand
Photography by Mike Gianatto
photo by Highline Photography
Worldwide Inspiration Visit these places that will blow your mind
ABOUT THE COVER Yes:No is where all things underground collide: music, design, apparell, inspiration, and everything in between. The 2012 Summer Volume covers everything we love about these hot and fun months. Y:N Summer 2012
by Sean Ryon
IGGY AZALEA Iggy Azalea (born Amethyst in 1990) is an Australian songwriter and rapper. Azalea started rapping at 14 and moved to the United States of America in 2006. As of November 2011, she is managed by Interscope Records’ George Robertson and Neil Jacobson but still unsigned officially. She is perhaps better known for her promotional songs “Pu$$y” and “My World” whose music videos went viral on YouTube. Her debut studio album “The New Classic” will be released in 2012.
SBTRKT SBTRKT is the stage name and project headed by Aaron Jerome, a musician and producer from London, United Kingdom. SBTRKT began his career as a DJ in the east London club “Plastic People”. SBTRKT has remixed songs by artists such as M.I.A, Radiohead, Modeselektor, Basement Jaxx, Mark Ronson, Underworld and Goldie, and has released singles, EPs, and a self-titled album. SBTRKT’s music is a mixture of two-step, UK funky, dubstep, US RnB and Chicago house.
TWO FRESH The twin brothers of Asheville, North Carolina’s Two Fresh incite laptop-powered dance parties, producing a mix of thumpy hip-hop remixes, synth melodies, and slightly tripped-out soul. As Sherwyn and Kendrick Nicholls dance (usually together in sync) behind their consoles, drummer Colby Buckler adds some extra rhythmic punch to the live set. Two Fresh offers a chill-stylish blend of sounds that acts to holds up as flavor on the dance floor.
Photo by Cinesthetics Portraits
cont. on page 22 >
Y:N Summer 2012
cont. from pg. 21
Describe your sound in your own words. Well, I describe the sound as a newish type of hip-hop style, with a little bit of electronic influence. It is not a genre, really. I don't know -- it swings all over the place, depends on what we are feeling that night, but as far as producing s--- it's mostly hip-hop.
How did your band form? I started messing with programs on the computer in high school with my twin brother, then we went to separate colleges and came back to it. We were making beats and got Colby along. He started playing drums with us and we kept going from there.
What are your musical influences? A lot of instrumental hip-hop: J Dilla, this cat by the name of 14KT. We take from a lot of music, we get a lot of rhythms from old-school rock and straight jazz, and then regular hip-hop and mainstream, too
How did you come up with your band name? We kind of were just sitting around at the house and just naming off s--, and it kind of just came. And we are fraternal twins; we just look a hell of a lot like each other. So Two Fresh seemed right. Written by Summer Ghias
Born and raised in the South Bay area of Los Angeles, TOKiMONSTA (Jennifer Lee) was an unfocused pupil of classical piano. However, she has come to use this background to create vast textural soundscapes through utilizing live instruments, percussion, digital manipulation, and dusty noise. she is able to fuse vintage sounds with progressive styles into something unique.
“Through the creation of beats, she is able to fuse vintage sounds with progressive styles.”
Firstly tell us a little bit about yourself:
Who are your big influences past and present and
My real name is Jennifer Lee. I was born and
who should we all be looking out for in the future?
raised in Torrance, CA in Los Angeles County. I’m
Wow, I’m terrible at listing these things off the top
Korean-American–though I’m very often mistaken
of my head, but I’m just going to avoid being
as Japanese, by Koreans as well. I was formally
overly obscure and list the obvious ones: Marvin
trained in the piano and clarinet,
Gaye, João Gilberto, Sunra, Althea and
and later taught myself the guitar
Donna, traditional Korean music, J Dilla,
and drums. Of course, I was
Wutang, Dj Shadow, Smashing Pump-
never quite spectacular at any of
kins, Kings of Convenience, Junior Boys,
these instruments, but I gained a
Miho Hatori, Deftones, Radiohead. As
good ear and musical sensibility.
far as the future, stay keen on the All
When I was in college, a friend
City Los Angeles 10×10 series. It will
suggested that I try making beats
feature 20 of LA’s best producers on ten.
and it’s all history from there.
What are your feelings on the current So you are very much unofficially
state of hip-hop?
dubbed the ‘first lady of Brain-
Generally, I don’t have any particular
feeder’. How did you hook up with
feelings about the state of hip hop.
Changing times also means chang-
Flying Lotus called me that on the
ing tastes and styles, which means that
BF site and I find it really nuts how
hip hop was never destined to stay the
that title has stuck ever since. As
same as it was in ’93. However, with
far as how I hooked up with them, I guess it was
any genre, growth is important, but so is maintain-
just the course of nature bringing like-minded
ing the integrity of your craft. Perhaps the general
people together. We all knew each other before I
quality of hip hop isn’t as great now, but the direc-
was even a part of the crew–the LA beat scene is
tion it has taken isn’t a bad thing at alll, it’s been a
an intimate community.
As well as clearly being pretty handy
I HAVE ADOPTED A MINDSET THAT STRIVES TO MIX NEW WITH OLD/ OBSCURE WITH CONVENTIONAL/ LIGHT WITH DARK.
with a drum machine and other gadgetry you are classically trained
Darkest Dim Jennifer Lee aka TOKiMONSTA makes some sexy soothing tunes that you cant help but nod your head to.
in the piano and you have started to use traditional Korean instruments on your tunes.
percussion the way I did. I have
I think my former training has given
adopted a mindset that strives to mix
me my sense of musicality, but I
new with old/obscure with conven-
have learned to throw out the struc-
tional/light with dark. I guess that’s
tural rules in order to embrace a bor-
why “toki” (which means rabbit in
derless musical realm. If I thought
Korean) and “monsta” fits me. It’s
like how I was trained, I doubt I would
the idea of yin and yang–opposites
have thought to combine Korean
behaving in complete harmony.
Y:N Summer 2012
Installations can sometimes be impressive, but some involve the spectator in a full way. Japanese artist, Yosuke Goda, creates immersive environment rooms, just using his talent and creative mind. He creates living, breathing rooms that swallow human beings. Thank to the use of a black markers, Goda has no mercy for the surrounding white walls, floor, and ceiling. He creates organisms with a body similar to the roots and vines of trees. This impressive monster appears to constantly grow, with no self-control, like art, unstoppable. â€˜ (via Elitism) continued on pg. 58 >
Photo and article by Jorge Artola
JORGE ARTOL A
h! mai mai!® its a danO gerous and cute typeface created by Jorge Artola.
Inspired by the mai mai monster® it is fully equipped with numerals, accents, punctuation and special characters! It also includes a bonus wallpaper pack! so don’t be afraid... its free!
Y:N Summer 2012
The Washington Post commissioned the dynamic duo to envision a “New Tysons”
> Y:N Summer 2012
QUI-SOMMES NOUS? Lucie Thomas teamed up with Thibault Zimmermann to form Zim&Zou, a french studio based in Nancy that explores different fields including paper sculpture, installation, graphic design, illustration. Rather than composing images on a computer, they prefer creating real objects with paper and taking photos out of them. A number of intricate illustrations actually come from the three-dimensional installations made by Zim&Zou. Zim&Zouâ€™s strength is to be a complementary and polyvalent duo.
New Tysons CLIENT: WASHINGTON POST The story is about an area in the
open out there. This car driven
Hoping to add more pedestrian
Washington DC suburbs, that
area will suddenly have more
walkways, more apartments,
is mainly offices, shopping and
public transit. Right now itâ€™s kind
more grocery stores - more of a
parking lots with tons and tons
of a soulless place, but theyâ€™re
place that people want to live,
of cars. 4 metro stations will
hoping to make it more of a city.
rather than just work.
IMKING CLOTHING Beer Goggles
Straight Edge $25.00
Opportunities are never given to the ordinary;
IMKING’s mission is to discover and inspire, to
they are seized by the extraordinary. Raw, talented
feed our hunger for creativity and evolve with
individuals able to see beyond the struggles of the
experience and determination. Whether you’re a
present, elevate with knowledge of the past, and
scholar or an artist, raw talent breed’s opportunity.
achieve the goals of tomorrow.
Pictures and article by IMKING Clothing
Y:N Summer 2012