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STREET STYLE UNDER COVER
No need to hide under that turtleneck.
Travel to wonders of the world, donning soft hues, warm garments, and breezy boho chic-ness. By Caroline Zenker
Printed Bucket Hats
Ink-stained interruptions mark the walls inside of Kris Kidd. With musings on paper and amusement on his cheekbones, the dangers and highs of his story translate to the lenses. By Janroe Cabiles
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Strike gold and paint it black.
The faster it approaches, the weirder it gets.
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Cosmic virtuality in form of dreams screams the punk secrets of singersongwriter SoKo. From being an alien out of this world to dictating surreality, she’s here on this planet to stay. By Janroe Cabiles
Shimmying to the sounds of the Timby, some Red Chili, Slim Shady, and one Foxy ass Lady, SoCal foursome New Beat Fund drenches you in their first full-length LP, Sponge Fingerz. By Pola Beronilla
Combining basic geometry with metallic elements, find the perfect symmetry with this brass act. By Miguel Alomajan
STATE OF SOUND
Moving past The Virgins’ reputation, cool-kid Donald Cumming takes in the New York rhymes and pops his cherry as he produces a much-awaited solo debut with Out Calls Only. By Isabella Argosino
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BIRDS, ONE STONE
Putting together their lyrical genius and unique musical taste to make a pure record, folk-pop duo Angus & Julia Stone show us that having a heart of stone isn’t so bad after all.
the 16-year old aspiring model spends no time kidding around.
By Ida Aldana
MAN FOR THE JOB
Whether it’s on screen or onstage, on a smaller or larger display, British actor O-T Fagbenle flexes his acting chops as seen on BBC One’s crime-thriller series, The Interceptor.
From fueling his passion at a workshop to assisting one of the most celebrated film directors in the country, Borgy Torre’s experiences gear him up to be the next big picture. By Denise Mallabo
Capturing the magic of nostalgia and youth, Portland-grown photographer Olivia Bee shines through a kaleidoscope vision with a distinct grainy and dreamlike aesthetic. By Denise Fernandez
NEW KID ON THE BLOCK
Fresh from a crazy adventure shoot in Guatemala and the Czech Republic, Canadian filmmaker Jonathan Desbiens a.k.a. Jodeb reels in the audience of the Internet with his knack of exotic onlocation shoots and heady VFX, giving a full-length cinematic experience in a span of four minutes. By Pola Beronilla
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ARMED AND READY
You might have seen him battling it out for your entertainment in Game of Thrones as Grey Worm, leader of the Unsullied, but Jacob Anderson has more under his sleeves. Recording under the name a Raleigh Ritchie, the British musician boasts his own mix of pop, hip-hop, and R&B. By Denise Mallabo
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Encompassing the very meaning of his shop EASY Skate-Surf, Gerard Cancio rides the tides and concrete during his downtime, no matter which coast he’s closest to.
With a new crop of cool kids stepping out of the shadow of their well-known families, Sofia Richie is sewn to be the future of fashion. From landing magazine covers and editorials to making a scene at New York Fashion Week,
ABOUT THE COVER Photographed by Shanna Fisher in the City of Angels, Sofia Richie takes her turn in to the spotlight with an expression that validates her fast-rising modeling career. Poised beyond her years with a tribute to retro style, youthful bliss, and a fashion-forward attitude, this It Girl is adamant to further prove that she ain’t kidding around.
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C O N T R I BU T O R S SHANNA FISHER Just like our multifaceted cover girl, Shanna has had her fair share of the all-around spotlight as her portfolio boasts of artists you’ve heard on the radio to actors you’ve seen on screen, such as The Killers and Eddie Redmayne among others. For this issue, she once again lends her skills to us, capturing a different edge of Sofia Richie (70).
Say cheese and meetkeso. With a well-developed knack for capturing the recognizable faces seen around the metro, the photographer once again turns the camera on—and this time, filmmaker Borgy Torre (66) is in the frame. Putting the “trait” in portrait, he brings out the attitude and exposes a side of his subjects that you rarely get to see.
With much experience in the fashion industry from visual merchandising, marketing, and creative direction, it’s safe to say that Wilford is a fashion expert. Helping out our LAbased photographer for this month’s cover, he does his magic once again and puts his own flair into the style of today’s youth by dressing our 16-year old cover girl.
JELLY EUGENIO For makeup artist Jelly Eugenio, beauty is art, and skin is his canvas. From natural to couture to avant-garde, he’s mastered it all, becoming a favorite of celebrities and photographers alike. Knowing high-fashion beauty like the back of his hand, he combines geometry and classic metallics with ease in our in-house fashion editorial, Lone Wolf (36).
KARA CHUNG Apart from being part feathered creature, part musician for Birdforms, Kara Chung is also part graphic designer, part photographer. She was already on our radar at the beginning of the year as one of the shutterbugs we had our eye on. Now, she offers us her eye in photography, shooting Gerard Cancio for this month’s Invades (92).
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BEN COPE From urban graffiti walls to the middle of a desert and all the way to the cover of Harper’s Bazaar, Ben’s creative perspective knows no boundaries as his photographs grace this month’s Muse (52). With his adaptability to take angsty portraits to poignant black and white stills, his impressive clientele is a testament to his impressive work.
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rom instant fame to celebrity status, it seems that everyone is under the spotlight. But it takes more that just a couple of snaps on the feed to get our attention. We have a new batch of names we’re putting under the spotlight that’ll not only keep things fresh and original, but worth focusing on for a while. Born into a high-profile family, Sofia Richie manages to stay unfazed with fame. What attracted us is the way she handles fame and family and mixes the world of fashion and music seamlessly. Now, this 16-year-old wants to delve into the fashion industry and make a name for herself. In our shoot with her in LA, she gives us the ultimate Cali Girl vibe and gives us the lowdown on her fashion aspirations and inspirations, as well as her favorite red carpet moment. If you’re a huge Game of Thrones fan (which practically everyone is), you’ll easily identify Raleigh Ritchie as Grey Worm. Though his character captures our attention—like how he manages to learn the special dialect for the show—he’s not all swords and dragons. Raleigh is actually a musician at heart and can carry a tune. He shares with us what it was like to tour with Kendrick Lamar and his favorite songs to sing in the shower. Filmmaker Jonathan Desbiens a.k.a. Jodeb keeps things surreal as he exposes his fantasies in his four-minute clips. Ten years in the game, he has already worked with A$AP Rocky, Tinashe, Imagine Dragons, Zedd, and Foxes. As we have a quick chat, he tells us why he’s not interested in plots and why he considers his music videos as feature films. For our roster in this issue, it’s not about the game of fame for them, it’s about being yourself, following your instinct, and making your own path.
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THREADS / setting / BRICK AND MORTAR / BEATS / SCREEN / INK JULY 2015
GOLDEN GIRL S
tay golden with NIKAO, a luxury jewelry brand made of only top-of-the-line materials. Featuring an array of stand-outgold necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings, and anklets, make a statement with their ninepiece collection and feel like a modern-day Cleopatra. nikaojewels.com
ROCK BOTTOM L
ook like an off-duty rock star in HAZE AND GLORY’s new collection. Whether you’re smashing guitars in cut-off shorts and vintage-washed tees, crowd-surfing in distressed denim, or playing it cool in leather and metal shades, you’ll surely go out in a haze of glory. hazeandglory.com
BILL POWER T
ime to step out of your comfort zone, take risks, and make MONEY. Fueled by streetwear and the British lifestyle, the brand’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection cashes out on dip dyes, vivid graphic prints, and bursts of red, teal, and blue on sweaters, shirts, bomber jackets, hoodies, hats, and even footwear. Now that’s a collection you ought to invest in. moneyclothing.com
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BRANDS TO KNOW
VALLEY OF THE DOLLS W
ith crooked smiles and melancholic daydreams, the PITCHOUGUINA latest collection will leave you in a tizzy. The London-based label takes inspiration from emotions and the little things in life that go unnoticed, depicting simple silhouettes and soft hues with a Lolita-esque playfulness and innocence. pitchouguina.com
PARENTAL GUIDANCE G
ut it out, walk into that SLEAZY CORNER and sneak in their Please Don’t Tell My Mom, I’m Home collection. Their parcel of T-shirts, muscle tees, button-downs, jersey shorts, and baseball caps are characterized with monochromatic hues, easy fabrics, and bold statements that mutes people in awe. We promise we won’t tell your parents about it. sleazycorner.com
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et yourself dancing to disco beats while walking on those hippie trails as TERMITE EYEWEAR throws a ’60s throwback party with pop art shades made with recycled wood. With neon tints, wood panels, lasercut details, and bold retro shapes, their OurHouse collection is bound to make eyes pop and brows rise. termiteeyewear.com
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FANCY FOOTWORK R
edefining your shoe game since 2011, Jakarta-based brand BNV puts their best foot forward in their latest collection with comfortable high-quality kicks and their vision to blur the line between streetwear and luxury fashion, featuring a variety of smart casual sneakers and oxfords for you to choose from. bnv.co.id
STROKE OF GENIUS B
ring out your brushes and paint the town in full spectrum with Malaysian menswear brand 221BC as The Voyeurism of an Expressionist, turns tees, button-downs, zip-up shirts, blazers, shorts, joggers, and pinstripe pants into canvases for paint splatters, doodles, color blocking, and geometrical art. 221bc.co
HIGH TUNE T
urn up the volume and mix it up with ROCKSMITH as the Brooklyn-based brand gives you a High Def version of the style you know and love. With bucket hats, shorts, graphic tees, caps, and tank tops adorned with pops of color and a 3D glass effect, you’ll get a well-blended mix of futuristic and retro you’ll always play on repeat. rocksmithnyc.com
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BRANDS TO KNOW
BLOCK PARTY W
ho says legos are just for child’s play? Inspired by the versatility, vibrancy, and geometric shapes of the building blocks we all grew up with, LES PETITS JOUEURS redefines your go-to bag. Characterized by quirky color combinations, lively patterns, and darling details such as faux fur accents, the Italian brand is sure to breathe new life into your neutral wardrobes. lespetitsjoueurs.com
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ootwear brand SAZ will bring all the sass, sizzle, and spunk with shoes that give valley girls something to think about. Their latest deliveries like “Wildthing Marilyns,” “Rouge Daggers,” and “Mercury Cougars” are made to be walked in on greater heights with zigzag heels, striking prints, and fringe details inspired by architectural Latvian sights. saz.lv
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ead into this future-ready parcel by PHYSICAL NOVEL. Founded in 2010, the brand brings you to post-apocalyptic scenarios with oversized shirts, long tees, hooded capes, muscle hoodies, drop-crotch shorts, shriveled joggers, and tights in monochromatic shades, camouflage prints, and torn-down details. physicalnovel.clothing
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et YTINIFNINFINITY take you beyond the corners of your imagination with contemporary fashion, androgynous silhouettes, and a structured aesthetic. Inspired by Van Gogh and â€˜90s shapes, Mexican designer Victor Barragan designs wearable artwork for his RTW15 collection of graphic tees, cut-out pants, paneled jackets, crop tops, neoprene bomber jackets, distorted tanks, and sets. ytinifninfinity.com
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raphic design heavyweights Joe King and Jonathan Garciaâ€™s collaborative brand ROOK is ready to take over the world this season with hand-drawn designs often mistaken for photographs. From caps to graphic tees of car chases, skeleton hands loading a pistol, and naked babes, the collection has everything a hood rat needs. rookbrand.com
LOW PROFILE W
e just found out the SCRT behind a kickass wardrobe. The UK-based brand keeps a low profile and proves that simple is never overrated. Coming in a range of colors, their new line of button-downs boasts of shapes and cuts fit for anyone and any lifestyle. scrt.onl
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PLACES TO GO
LA CHEVRERIE RESORT & SPA, BATANGAS A
nother reason to go to Anilao, Batangas for a quick getaway, LA CHEVRERIE will make your travel well-spent with its picturesque view and superb amenities. Surrounded by a vast body of pristine ocean, it’s the perfect haven for divers and snorkelers. Spend a night or two in one of their rooms that boast of soft country touches, grooved walls, and contemporary design. Pamper yourself at the resort’s spa, La Brise, allowing professionally trained massage therapists to soothe your body with quality spa products around or enjoy healthy grub and the freshest seafood dishes at their restaurant, L’Ateiler. Aside from the underwater activities that the boutique hotel offers, complete your weekend itinerary with a bit of trekking and island-hopping. 052 Barangay Ligaya, Anilao Mabini, Batangas City lachevrerie-resorts.com
HOLE IN THE WALL, MAKATI T
his swanky and Instagram-genic food court is the first of its kind here in the Metro. Currently one of the best places to eat and gather, HOLE IN THE WALL has something for everyone with its array of food concessionaires from your daily dose of sweets to Mexican food, from high-stacked sandwiches to healthy juices. Other than a good selection of food, they offer a homey setting with a combination of different chairs and tables, perfect for lengthy catchups with friends, lunch and dinner dates, or just killing time. The place was conceptualized by Charlie Paw and Dwight Co. and had its soft opening late last year, and from then, they kept getting much love from food trippers.
FOOD FAIR HOLE IN THE WALL fills in with an array of food stalls to choose from that are perfect for sharing with friends…or not.
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SCOUT’S HONOR Offers craft cookies, flavored milk, coffee, and ice cream as well as a Make Your Own Cookie station.
POSPORO A Filipino-Mexican taqueria that serves burritos and tacos with your choice of meat like sisig, tocino, chicken inasal, and soyganisa.
BAD BIRD Offers fried chicken bombed with umami, bordering on Japanese and Korean fare without actually representing any ethnic cuisine.
TINY DUCHESS A French dessert concept that serves sweet and savory éclairs, co-owned by Chef Patrice Freulson and Kerwin Yu.
Words by Denise Mallabo GRUB and PLATE photographed by Nyael David and Carlo Nuñez
4/F Century City Mall, Kalayaan Ave. cor. Salamanca St., Makati City facebook.com/holeinthewallPH
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STORES TO SHOP
HOMME ET FEMME, Makati
hommeetfemme.ph Gamboa St., Legazpi Village, Makati Dime to Drop: $85-$443 (P3,799-20,000) Don’t leave the store without: one of their Jil Sander socks or Comme des Garçons wallets
f you’re into attainable luxury, ARCHIVES D’HOMME ET FEMME is the perfect place for you. Compared from its other outlet Univers, the items sold at the store are marked down from their original prices. With a glass wall facing the busy streets of Legazpi Village, inside you’ll find a space comprised of wood and metal handsomely fused into the expansive boutique matched with fair white walls and marbled gray floors that give a modern yet minimalist vibe. Greeting you in the first floor is the women’s section as well as back issues of international fashion magazines like Arena, Homme +, and Men’s Non-no, while the second floor is reserved for the men’s section. Both floors are filled with piled and racked items in every corner, carrying labels like Givenchy, Dries Van Noten, Lanvin, Acne, Comme des Garçons, and Fred Perry. Now you can indulge in great fashion minus those guilty postshopping feels.
DOPE FACTORY Words by JP Talapian
treet is on fleek with DOPE FACTORY. Founded by Davide Bortolazzi, this urban wear and contemporary clothing shop offers you a blend of your own personal taste and the most talked about trends. Bearing brands like Nike, Hood By Air, and Damir Doma in different choices of shoes, shirts, and jackets, it’s definitely a fashion choice you have to factor in.
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SCENES TO SEE
REMOTE CONTROL TICKET
WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER: FIRST DAY OF CAMP (NETFLIX) A prequel to the 2001 film of the same name, Netflix resurrects the teen cult classic and delivers it to our small screens. Featuring the original cast of Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, and Bradley Cooper, the satirical comedy follows the many misadventures of campers and counselors at Camp Firewood.
UNCOMMON SENSE WITH CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD (MTV2) Joining the MTV family is an eightepisode, half-hour topical comedy talk show presented by radio host and MTV2 favorite, Charlamagne Tha God himself. Joined weekly by a panel of comedians, the all-new series curates the hottest and loudest social media news with their own fresh spin and added humor.
TERMINATOR GENISYS Packing more heartstopping action and adventure, the muchawaited remake of the cult classic finally graces our screens as the crew attempts to salvage the future and stop Judgment Day–one explosion at a time.
ANT-MAN The newest addition to the comic-turnedmovie roster, the action film follows the story of conman Scott Lang, who must pull off a heist to save the world and help his mentor Dr. Hank Pym, complete with his shrinking supersuit.
SELF/LESS To save himself from cancer, Damian Hale (Ben Kingsley) undergoes a procedure to transfer his consciousness into the body of Edward (Ryan Reynolds) who is later plagued by disturbing images that hint his body’s mysterious origin.
MAGIC MIKE XXL Three years after bowing out of the stripper life, the Kings of Tampa haven’t retired just yet as the boys pack their bags and hit the road to Myrtle Beach for one final performance headed by lead stripper, Mike (Channing Tatum).
AMY Well-loved for her powerhouse vocals and eclectic personality, this documentary presents the singer’s tragic tale as it shows us a side of Amy Winehouse beyond the tabloids and scandals while featuring neverbefore-seen footage.
TRAINWRECK With appearances by John Cena and Lebron James, writer Amy (Amy Schumer) enjoys a life free of commitment but soon finds herself falling in love when she’s assigned to do a story on sports doctor Aaron Conners (Bill Hader).
TITANIC (1997) It came out when I was ten. I first saw it with my entire family at the cinemas, so it sort of has this nostalgia for me.
MEAN GIRLS (2004) It’s so insane! It’s such a mirror to society and how young people can be so mean to each other. But it’s also really fun.
WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT? (1993) It’s one of the most amazing films I’ve ever seen. For me, Angela Bassett was the Holy Grail.
THE SANDLOT (1993) It’s about kids playing baseball. It’s not necessarily a favorite, but it’s something that I could watch over and over again.
SAMIRA WILEY (Actress) @samirawiley
THE INCREDIBLES (2004) Watching this movie makes me feel like I can be a superhero. Or maybe one day, I could play the voice of a superhero.
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Words by Isabella Argosino Samira Wiley photo by Jared Thomas Kocka
BOOKS TO READ
HOT OFF THE PRESS FIGHT CLUB 2 By Chuck Palahniuk Ten years after the events of Fight Club, the Narrator—now identified as Sebastian—continues to struggle with his relationship with Marla. Even with a seemingly normal life in the suburbs, Tyler Durden still resurfaces every now and then to cause chaos in this graphic novel sequel released as a tenissue maxiseries.
MODERN ROMANCE By Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg Breaking the comedic biography trend followed by his former co-stars Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, Aziz Ansari brings his comedy to an academic level as his work with NYU sociologist Eric Klinenberg sheds light on how modern technology has affected relationships today based on their worldwide research.
Words by Ida Aldana
PLAYGROUND: LONDON By Meryll Soriano The first volume in the Playground series released by 5 Ports Publishing, the limited edition hardbound accordion book features Meryll Soriano’s photographs taken during her three-year stay in the British Capital. With only 700 copies available worldwide, Playground: London is comprised of 50 collage artworks.
HOPE FOR FILM
By Ted Hope with Anthony Kaufman
hronicling the rollercoaster rise and fall of the indie film business, producer Ted Hope offers a look behind the scenes of low-budget films that struggle against mainstream movies and corporations but are gaining ground again through today’s technology and marketable social media. No success comes without failure, and it remains true for the business of independent cinema–but Hope argues that there is, well, hope, as seen in these lines from his book: “It was January 1991 and bitter cold. Why in the hell were we out in the streets of New York City shooting a movie?” “I was raised to think we could change the world. And I received a last name, Hope, that helps keep me out of the depths of despair, even when it becomes clear how arduous that task really is.” “As you sit alone in a big room with towering images, films sear into your mind in a way that today’s young viewers, watching in the comfort of their own homes, will never have.” “My ‘I’ll show them’ attitude simply yielded dozens and dozens of movies. Even today, I can feel that rage, to tear it down, to show the motherfuckers, to yell, and lash out.”
FOOTNOTES While researching for his book, Aziz Ansari asked members of the audience from his stand-up shows if he could read their messages with their partners or hook-ups, which they willingly allowed.
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MUSIC TO HEAR
NEW BEAT FUND
ANGUS & JULIA STONE
“Multi-Love” Unknown Mortal Orchestra This track’s got a galactic grooviness that makes you feel like you’re swimming in Saturn’s rings.
“Something Good” Dead Sara It fits the endless vibe of Laurel Canyon. The recording is so simple and refreshing, and the singer fuckin’ rips.
“Laputa” Hiatus Kaiyote We’ve been jamming lately and it’s dope as fuck. Really amazing elements and production. Vibe for dazzzzze.
“In My Eyes” Best Coast It reminds us of teenage youth, the innocence of love and heartbreak, and experiencing them for the first time.
“Cool Drinks Of Water Blues” Tommy Johnson He has a falsetto that’s just frightening, it’s so eerie. His vocals sent a chill down my spine.
“Some Other Time” Bill Evans & Tony Bennett It puts me in a reflective mood and helps me to appreciate how fast life really moves.
“It Hurts Me Too” Karen Dalton She conveys so much pain with such an understated delivery, I could listen to her perform anything.
“The French Inhaler (Solo Piano Demo)” Warren Zevon His piano playing is so intricate. You can really hear this heartbreaking story that he’s singing.
“Waiting ‘Round to Die” Townes Van Zandt Someone sent it to us and it’s just really heartbreaking and beautiful–the lyrics are amazing.
“Dead Flowers” Townes Van Zandt A cover of The Rolling Stones, it’s from one of my favorite movies, The Big Lebowski.
“Rising Down” The Roots feat. Mos Def & Styles P It’s cool. Well, there isn’t anything not cool from The Roots.
“Do You Remember” Jarryd James We did a tour with him recently, and it’s his big song at the moment–so beautiful. He’s such a legend.
TAME IMPALA goes against the Currents. Renowned for their psychedelic-revivalist sound, frontman Kevin Parker hopes that their new LP is more “dance-friendly,” but singles such as “’Cause I’m A Man” and “Let It Happen” prove that they’ve still got that signature slow-burn.
Following a four-year hiatus, electronic twosome RATATAT is going back to their core guitar-driven sound to remind us how Magnifique they are. After debuting “Cream on Chrome” at this year’s Coachella, Evan Mast and Mike Stroud has us bobbing our heads for more.
There’s no competition here, just friendly fun at The Music Run Manila. In partnership with Spotify, runners can pump their way to finish line to the beat of their favorite songs on July 4 at the Philippine Arena in Ciudad de Victoria.
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Proving to be the festival of the future, Tomorrowland 2015 brings the heat again in Belgium on July 24-26. With a line-up including Hardwell, Armin Van Buuren, and Martin Garrix, it’s the biggest gathering of DJs and producers.
Grammy-nominated and Billboard-topping R&B favorite Chris Brown returns to Manila to promote his sixth album, entitled X. He’ll certainly “Turn Up the Music” from “Wall To Wall” on July 21 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
They say Boys Don’t Cry, but for FRANK OCEAN’s new album, they might. While quietly releasing new music, one surprise track at a time–from the eerie Aaliyah tribute “At Your Best” to the atmospheric “Memrise”–the R&B crooner has sure kept everyone anticipating his next move.
Words by Isabella Argosino New Beat Fund photo by Lindsey Byrnes
T ECH PACK
The past and present might be tense, but the future is here to chill.
FORMLABS FORM 1+ SLA 3D PRINTER • Has a simple print setup that makes designs through a USB connection with only the press of a button • Creates more detailed prints with the use of laser technology • Allows the rotation, scaling, and duplication of designs SRP: PHP 147,753.96
HOPSCOTCH By Hopscotch Technologies Make programming fun by creating your own games and characters while also playing and viewing the work made by other users.
SONY PROJECT MORPHEUS • Built with a 5.7-inch OLED display that improves motion blur and gives a 100 degree field of vision • Made easier to put on and take off, with a single-band design and quick button release • Fully compatible with the PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4 SRP: TBA
LILY CAMERA • The world’s first throw-and-shoot camera, without having to be set up • Follows your movement via GPS tied to a bracelet, communicating distance, position, and speed • Has a built-in Lithium-Ion battery that supports 20 minutes of flight time after a full charge
SRP: PHP 22,455
• Developed by Google and Mattel, it’s a reimagined version of the classic toy fused with virtual reality • Uses augmented reality and simple animations to create an immersive experience tagged as “360° photospheres” • Includes a slot to slip in a smartphone, paired with the View-Master companion app
PAPER BY FIFTYTHREE By FiftyThree, Inc. Turn your iPad into a digital notebook and jot down notes, draw sketches, or outline your next big idea with the flick of a wrist.
SRP: PHP 19,029.86
THE EYE TRIBE • Makes the hands-free navigation of applications and games possible by tracking your eye movement • No need for software installation and external power supply as it runs with most of today’s latest devices • Functional even when wearing contact lenses or glasses
IFLIX By iflix Have an unlimited access to thousands of TV shows and movies in your smartphones without the disturbance of popping ads.
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F A CE PA I N T LA PRAIRIE Cellular Radiance Cream Blush in Rose Glow P3359.29
LINE OF DUTY Wing that eyeliner. LAURA MERCIER ‘Faux Lash’ Mascara P1125.99
BENEFIT ‘They’re Real’ Push-up Liner P1080.95
YVES SAINT LAURENT ‘Touche Éclat’ Foundation SPF 19 P2567.25
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer P1391.70
DIOR ‘Addict It-Line’ Liquid Eyeliner P1535.67
PHILOSOPHY Lip Shine in Pink Frosted Animal P480.00
LANCÔME ‘Liner Design’ Long Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Fishnets P1199.74
CLINIQUE Superfine Liner for Brows P767.84
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MAYBELLINE Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Liner P449.00
Runway photo from Prada Spring/Summer 2015
MAC 267 Curved Angle Eyeliner Brush P1151.76
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By Janroe Cabiles Photographed by Ben Cope OF 7 ARTIST MANAGEMENT
Intoxicating glances and anything-but-timid confessions bleed out of KRIS KIDD. Holding the stare and glare of the lens, he pours out a silent monologue with every captured photograph.
ulnerability equipped with a sharp stare and an even sharper tongue make the perfect ink-stained muse; in comes model and writer Kris Kidd. Christened as the poster boy for millenials, his biography on Instagram reads, “Young, hot, and hating it,” capturing the dry, ironically self-entitled voice of this generation. He has worked with Converse, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and Cast of Vices, and has had both his modeling and literary works featured on C-Heads, Juxtapoz, Dazed Digital, Théorie Magazine, i-D Online, Purple Fashion Magazine, WeTheUrban, LA Canvas, Fault Magazine, and Vogue Netherlands. “I was sort of ‘scouted’ when I was 14, but not in any traditional sense–I didn’t even sign with my first agency until I was 16,” he recalls of his beginnings. “I just kept getting offers for paid gigs through my social network accounts. A lot of the photos in Loose Tooth//Lost Youth are actually from that period of my life.”
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Loose Tooth//Lost Youth is a collection of writing revolving around his relationship with his alcoholic father as well as his own struggles, which he released from his blog via Blurb in 2011–the first of his published works. He was then approached in 2014 by The Altar Collective to do his book I Can’t Feel My Face, following the same themes of loss, drug abuse, bulimia, and self-destruction, quipped with his deadpan humor. His flesh on bone, adorned with invisible scars and visible freckles, translates his alluring, distorted youth onto photographs. “I’ve been very fortunate to have worked with some really incredible people who respect me as an artist and include me in the creative process.” A muse venturing out to create rather than to remain a subject, he says, “True collaboration doesn’t require you to surrender, it requires you to participate.” The intelligent look in his eyes, which explains the perfectly orchestrated wit and sarcasm that bleed into his pragmatic self-deprecation, lets the lens absorb his fractured beauty with the same vulnerable, hollow connection as his pen.
“TRUE COLLABORATION DOESN’T REQUIRE YOU TO SURRENDER, IT REQUIRES YOU TO PARTICIPATE.” With his hair shorn and small lips unsuccessfully kept shut, he tells us of his upcoming projects. “My next book Down For Whatever is currently in edits. It’s set for release sometime this fall, and I’m really excited about that. I also sold my first screenplay last year for a feature-length film. It will be my first time working on the other side of the camera, so it’s definitely going to be a learning experience.” With his pale appearance, not far from his pale demeanor, he will morph himself again and again into a beautiful, poisonous wallflower at will. “Other than that, I’ll spend the rest of my time in my therapist’s office while complaining about something. It’s what I do best.”
I’m not going to lie to you. I wear the same thing every day. I have a drawer full of wife-beaters, a couple pairs of jeans, and a staple pair of Doc Martens. I just throw them into a rotation throughout the week. I also own a ton of jackets, but it’s never cold enough in Los Angeles to wear them. My personal style screams “butch lesbian in the nineties.”
Writing will forever be my number one therapy. It started out as therapy and will end as therapy. I publish a ton of shit, but I still have dozens of notebooks in my bedroom and hundreds of word documents on my computer that will probably never see the light of day. I’ve yet to find anything as cathartic as writing.
[My favorite word is] fuck. It’s a multipurpose word. I can do anything I want with it.
[My favorite emoji is] that swirly shooting star one! It’s kind of bitchy, but it’s subtle if used in the right way. Subtle and bitchy. That resonates with me.
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AUDIO DREAMSCAPE A mercurial set of pipes locks you into a never-ending reverie as SOKO unapologetically distorts the silence. With post-punk touches to an ‘80s new wave, lo-fi filter, the otherworldly singer, songwriter, and sometimes-actress morphs her dreams into reality. By Janroe Cabiles
“It always hurts somehow to perform my songs, though. Sometimes, I get to have a little distance, but if I really sing the words, it destroys me.”
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always write in dreams,” says Stéphanie Sokolinski, going by the name SoKo ever since she can remember. “I wake up from this very light sleep with songs fully written. Then it takes me three minutes to write them down and record the arrangements on my phone, and that’s it.” That’s how it’s always been for SoKo, taking deep breaths and letting out enigmatic fragments of herself in hypnotic melodies. At the age of 20, she started recording song ideas in voice memos, but quickly got frustrated and resorted to teaching herself how to play instruments. Before pursuing music, she starred in a slew of arthouse films. “I like stories and directors that want to take me to
other places–to be something different and show myself things I never thought I’d see.” From working with Spike Jonze in films Mourir Auprès de Toi and Her to being nominated for a César Award for Most Promising Actress in Xavier Giannoli’s In the Beginning and winning Best Actress in the Mar del Plata International Film Festival for her titular role in Alice Winocour’s Augustine, SoKo transforms her gritty, rough-around-the-edges spunk into any character, but screen isn’t the scene she wants to stick to. “Acting is definitely more lucrative than doing music, but I’m an absolute slave to my music,” she says. “I’m constantly broke when I do just that, but I’m in for the ride.” After releasing her EP Not Sokute in 2007 and her debut album I Thought I Was An Alien in 2012, SoKo came out with her sophomore album My Dreams Dictate My Reality last March, lamenting lo-fi beats influenced by ‘80s pop and post-punk. Initially seeking Robert Smith to produce her record, the godfather of nu metal Ross Robinson, who produced The Cure’s selftitled album, stepped in. “Ross came in as an absolute angel sent from heaven.
He watched me unfold all of my ideas and pushed me to play all the instruments I could. Its energy is so high–punk, goth, and dreamy, all at once. I felt free to have a mix of all these emotions with Ross.” Arrows in words deflected to herself, she lulls images and memories of her own and encases them in touching, untouchable hymns about her life. “I used to only write songs for people, like musical love letters, mostly for my lovers. But lately, life has been my muse,” she says. “My father died when I was five, and I was suffering from depression, but I just decided to change my perspective and make my reality as good as I can dream it. I didn’t want to be the victim of my emotions anymore. I wanted to own my flaws, embrace them, not fear them, and make them my strength. I used to be so afraid of my story, but it was finally time to honor my past and be more at peace with the present.” Wearing and baring her heart on her sleeve and her story to the microphone, she bleeds the past into intoxicating beats with the perfect mix of delicate melancholy and uninhibited angst. “It’s almost like putting a mirror in front of my soul,” she says of her newest release. “It’s hard to look at, but it feels so good to capture this exact time, space, and state of mind into tiny capsules of songs.” With a razorsharp edge to her sheer vulnerability and a je ne sais quoi to her vintage platform shoes, there is never a dull moment with SoKo live. “When I’m on stage, I like being in the moment, so I don’t work with a setlist. I feel the freest and strongest but also the most vulnerable when I’m on stage–I get into a total trance.” Crooning her punk secrets softly to the world, SoKo creates an atmosphere untameable by any nightmare. “It always hurts somehow to perform my songs, though. Sometimes, I get to have a little distance, but if I really sing the words, it destroys me.”
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F I D E L I T Y HIGH Collecting a jar full of sunny dispositions, high expectations, and good vibrations, G-Punk collective NEW BEAT FUND soaks up some unadulterated fun in their full-length debut, Sponge Fingerz. Prepare to lift yourselves to a higher ground. By Pola Beronilla Photographed by Lindsey Byrnes
n 2013, a relatively unknown group under the name New Beat Fund introduced us to the concept of “G-Punk, Beach Funk.” From a newfound paranoia due to an extraterrestrial encounter to a hippo going down on a mermaid, a quick type in the search bar will give you several offbeat versions of what led Jeff “Burnie Baker” Laliberte (guitar/ vocals), Paul “Fat Snapz Lalib” Laliberte (bass), Shelby “Buttonwill McKill” Archer (guitar), and Michael “Silky” Johnson (drums) to the creation of their fundamentals. “There are plenty of crazy experiences that we’ve been through both as friends and as band members,” the group collectively explains. “Whether it’s unexplainable experiences up on mountain tops, grinding through shitty day jobs,
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helping each other deal with the gnarly world of the music biz, or getting weird all over the SoCal scene, all has given us the freedom and confidence to form this band and focus on what is most important to us as individuals and as a band.” Taking a groovy mix of Southern Cali punk and a little garage rock blended with a fun vocal delivery and electronic taps, their debut EP ($) CoiNz gave us every cent’s worth, which eventually landed them a spot on festivals such as the Vans Warped Tour and a tour across the country with artists like blink-182, 3OH!3, and Aer. Delivering a fresh take on nostalgia, the SoCal natives effortlessly fuse a modish throwback aesthetic. “We all spent our ‘most impressionable’ years in the ‘90s making out with chicks to the pop/alt jams of that time, letting out our anger towards our teachers and puberty to the grunge movement, acting hard as fuck with our friends to West Coast hip-hop, and covering the bands in the SoCal punk scene at punk rock shows
“Individuality is far more important than conforming to others. Not always the easiest path, but far more rewarding.” we used to throw in our friends’ garages. All of it has a huge influence over everything we are.” Currently under Red Bull Records, they recently released a full-length album entitled Sponge Fingerz, which was recorded at the legendary Sound City Studios with the help of Matt Wallace and Tony Hoffer. “A lot of the ideas started in our bedrooms and continued through the beaches of Venice in a van driving around the country, our cabins in Topanga Canyon, and our love for margaritas at Cabo Cantina,” the band recalls. “The ($) CoiNz EP was done completely on our own before we had ever toured. The things you go through as a new band on the road over a few years changes you and forces you to grow. We really found ourselves while on the road, grinding it out in front of our fans.” While it may have stretched maturity in the NBF spectrum, the LP still absorbs their weird, colorful mashup of rock that fans are well familiar of. “We definitely dug a bit deeper, emotionally and musically, but it’s pretty tough for us to take ourselves too seriously. Always gotta add our tasty twist to the cocktail,” quips the band. Turning a mess of youthful innocence into catchy teenage anthems, these high rollers hit the right spots with their friends in high places with tracks like “It’s Cool,” “Sikka Takin’ the Hard Way,” and “Bako Dozo.” “Much like we did with our favorite artists growing up, we want our audience
to be able to escape from their ‘norm’ through our music and content,” shares the group. “We realize that we don’t fit into any specific genre, and we hope our fans understand that you don’t always have to fit in to whatever else is going on around you. Individuality is far more important than conforming to others. Not always the easiest path, but far more rewarding.” Seeing themselves more as a culture as opposed to just musicians, New Beat Fund is incredibly protective over their identity and branding–from their music video production to the use of sticky caps up until the way they present themselves. “It’s something that can get lost so easily, but we try to create a world that has many extensions of ourselves that our fans can grab on to. When you hear a song of ours, see a graphic, photo, or video, you know it’s New Beat Fund–we’re very proud of that.”
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The former vocalist of New York-based band The Virgins has decided to be virgin no more and has gone solo. Releasing his highly anticipated album entitled Out Calls Only, DONALD CUMMING is popping his cherry. By Isabella Argosino Photographed by Kat Villacorta
ot to be mistaken for just another bunch of privileged rich kids with guitars, The Virgins were the sound of city cool that perfectly encapsulated what it meant to live in The Big Apple. With their dirty garage rock, they created a sound reminiscent of a new wave era. However, since forming in 2005, the band recently called it quits— but frontman Donald Cumming still got a lot of plans up his sleeves. After making his solo debut at 2013’s Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Donald made it clear that he’s definitely one to keep on our radars this year. With his debut record Out Calls Only, the NYC native is going fully independent, faster than a New York minute. Having released two singles–from channeling a classic Tom Petty in “Game Of The Heart” to the more jangly and upbeat vibe of “Workin’ It Out”–Donald fuses raw and rough melodies with slick production and non-cerebral pop-rock penchants. Even the most jaded listener wouldn’t be able to get it out of their heads for quite some time. Coming from a New York background, how have your surroundings prepared you for where you are now? How do you think the New York sound makes you stand out? I don’t know what the New York sound is exactly. Bernard Herrmann’s score for Taxi Driver comes to mind. Louis Armstrong comes to mind. Bill Evans. If New York has a sound, it’s jazz, isn’t it? Obviously, I don’t sound like that, but if my music stands out as my own, it won’t be because it comes from New York but because it comes through me. The Virgins was a big part of your music career. How has being in a band shaped you as an artist? With The Virgins, I learned how important collaboration is and the impact of playing with different musicians can have on your sound. I started out writing everything myself, and by the last record, I preferred everyone to make their own parts. I think whether you’re a solo act or in a band, if you’re playing with other musicians, there has to be a kind of psychic connection if you want get to anywhere good. You can’t fake it with hired guns or backing tracks.
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“If New York has a sound, it’s jazz, isn’t it? I don’t sound like that, but if my music stands out as my own, it won’t be because of New York but because it comes through me.”
Will your solo projects echo your sound with a band or do you want to make it different? I haven’t thought about it too much, to be honest. There are some acoustic songs and a song where it’s just me playing piano and singing—I hadn’t done that on an album before. But The Virgins started with me alone with a recorder in my room, and most of my songs still start that way. I just have the freedom to mix things up now, which is nice. Every song can determine who plays on it and why, in it’s own mysterious way. How will Out Calls Only introduce you as a solo artist? It’s an album about my life, which I made in a small basement studio with my friends. I’ve found that to make recordings, I prefer to play with musicians who can fall in together on the fly. All of these songs were recorded on the same day that everyone first played them. Aside from the release of your solo debut, what are you most looking forward to in the next coming months? Playing shows and festivals over the summer. I’m working with a great band right now, and the last couple of shows have been really fun. They’re all friends of mine, and they’ve also played together in other projects, so it’s really easy to leave a lot unsaid. I feel there’s a lot of potential for us to take it somewhere interesting.
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TWO BIRDS, ONE STONE
Birds of a feather definitely flock together, and they have never sounded this good. Having flown around the world, Australian folk-pop duo ANGUS & JULIA STONE make their way into our playlists and show no signs of stopping. By Ida Aldana Photographed by Jennifer Stenglein
rowing up in Sydney with parents who performed as a folk duo before they were born, siblings Angus and Julia Stone were destined to have their own place in the spotlight. From Angus playing the trombone and Julia on the trumpet at family gatherings, they’ve each made solo releases and three albums as a pair since then. At the 2010 ARIA Music Awards, they won three awards, including “Album of the Year” for Down the Way. For their latest self-titled album released last year, they teamed with producer Rick Rubin, who has worked with the likes of Metallica, Mick Jagger, Kanye West, Shakira, and Ed Sheeran, to name a few. Along with the super-producer’s magical touch, the brother-sister act takes a major leap from their earlier efforts, producing much deeper, lightweight acoustic jangles that speak of bittersweet juxtapositions. With how far they’ve come and how far they can go, it doesn’t come as a surprise that success follows when they work as a team. “I think I’ve always leaned on Angus a little bit for support, so it’s good,” says Julia. Taking a quick breather from touring, we talk to the duo right before their CloseUp Forever Summer 2015 set to chat about their synergy and how their music turned solid as a rock. Both of you were doing different things in different places before making music together. Is there something you learned during that time that you can still hear in your music? Julia: Yeah, I think there’s always been a sort of simplicity into the writing. I don’t mean that in a bad way. I just think it carries through. Growing up on classic rock and artists like Neil Young, Bob Dylan, and Joni Mitchell, there’s a certain style of writing–even though genres or styles are changing a little bit as we
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“The biggest thing for us was writing together for the first time. There was little more togetherness than there had been in the past, so that’s a healthy change.”
in terms of being on stage, what you say, and how you are in the studio. I felt like I grew up a lot in that time personally and musically because you just have to. You’ve already played in a lot of music festivals around the world. What’s it like performing with other artists from other genres? J: It’s really fun because different festivals have different feelings about them. You get to see bands you normally wouldn’t go and check out like Metallica, and then other times, it’s festivals of all your favorite artists like James Blake and Metronomy. You get to go to one stage to the next, seeing all of these great musicians that you’re familiar with.
evolve and grow–it feels like there’s a familiarity in the structure of a song you know; the verse, chorus, verse, chorus, bridge, however you see it. You’ve also made music as solo artists. How has this influenced your sound as a duo? J: We had a good year and a half apart, and I think that there were important lessons in that time working as [solo artists]. It’s funny because when you’re both the leaders of the band, it’s a strange situation in a way because you sort of defer to one person always for the final decision. So I guess when it’s Angus’ song, it’s Angus’ decision and when it’s my song, it’s my decision. Maybe in different situations, we’re better at certain things, but when you’re by yourself, all the decisions come back to you. I think you really have to step into that role and be confident with your choices, and that’s
With your third album together already out, what specific transitions did you go through since your first release? Angus: We’ve never really worked with a producer before. In that way, we’ve never worked with someone who chooses the musicians for the sessions, which is a big change for us. Usually, we’re quite hands-on with who we want in the studio and with the whole process–and it still was, but there was a little bit of letting go in the process. That was different with the other records. But I think the biggest thing for us was writing together for the first time. There was little more togetherness than there had been in the past, so that’s a healthy change.
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MAN for the JOB Whether it’s theater, the big screen, or the boob tube, British actor O-T FAGBENLE gives his all, and then some. By Denise Mallabo Photographed by Isaac Sterling
veryone’s American. Just joking,” quips actor O-T Fagbenle when asked whether there’s a difference working on American and British TV series. “I don’t think there is anymore, I think once a upon a time, there was a big difference, but nowadays, I don’t think so, especially on shows like The Interceptor where the production values were so high.” O-T, which is short for Olatunde, is half-Nigerian who grew up both in Spain and London. He was last
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seen portraying a gay musician from Ohio named Frank in the recently concluded HBO original series Looking. And speaking of music, he’s an accomplished alto saxophone player and was part of a band called South Coast Jazz Band when he was still living in Spain. “When you play a saxophone, your whole body vibrates, and there’s something really beautiful about that. When you play with people, you’re sharing this moment in the ether, this moment in space and time, the music created isn’t in any particular individual, but it’s somewhere in the center. There’s something really magical about being in tune and literally being in harmony with other people,” shares O-T. He pursued theater when he was
14 and was professionally trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. Eventually, he transitioned to doing TV sitcoms (Grownups, Material Girl, Little Miss Jocelyn) and series (Doctor Who, Maple, Thorne). With his latest crime thriller project on BBC One, The Interceptor, he plays the titular role of Ash, who joins an elite covert operation, listening to the phone calls, and getting enough information to help take down the biggest criminals in Britain. “Episode to episode, we watch Ash coming into conflicts with his boss, society, and secrets from his family as he tries to make his way up the criminal ladder and fight for justice. I don’t know how much power you have in making something good. That’s for other people to judge, but what I try and focus on is just giving my best at every moment and hoping for the result,” shares O-T. By this time, he probably wrapped up filming his next project, a ten-part drama for Sky in the UK. At this point, no matter what O-T brings to
think there’s a lot more flexibility in drama. Although, I always have a rule that I try to find the comedy in the drama and the drama in the comedy. So, maybe it’s the same.
“I think there’s a lot more flexibility in drama. Although, I always have a rule that I try to find the comedy in the drama and the drama in the comedy.”
the table, he’ll make sure that it will be memorable and never halfbaked. The man will always be up for a good challenge. You’re a talented man, an actor, musician, director, and writer. What is there as a performer that you still haven’t done but would want to dabble on in this lifetime? Thank you very much for the compliment, first of all. I kind of feel like there’s so much work I have to do as a writer and director, and indeed as an actor ahead of me that I think I have already got enough on my plate to keep me challenged, entertained, and inspired for the rest of my life so no, no more inspirations for me. Although, I’m learning how to box at the moment, which I’m finding very exciting.
What do you like doing the most, theater, TV, or movie acting? I don’t know if I could choose. It’s like choosing between your children, I couldn’t do it! But, it depends on the project. It’s more about the project and the people I’m working with. I love doing work that challenges people’s perceptions, and makes them think about things in a different way. So, I would say that’s what I like doing the most rather than a specific genre. What made you decide that you wanted to pursue a career in acting? It’s kind of like the chicken and the egg. I don’t know what happened first, but I guess love happened first. I realized I loved acting, so I knew that I had to pursue it, because I believe that people should always pursue love. When in doubt, pursue love, and I think being good at something is often a product of love rather than the other way around.
What for you is more difficult to do, playing a comedic scene or dramatic scene? Definitely drama, though comedy is so hard too. It’s so subjective, and I
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Having done a number of TV commercials and a full-length movie, director BORGY TORRE’s steady stride to his form of storytelling looks very promising. By Denise Mallabo Photographed by Meetkeso Location Revolver Office
f Borgy Torre’s last name sounds familiar, it’s because he is indeed related to Joel Torre, one of Philippine cinema’s finest actors. “Yes, it’s okay to be forever known as Joel Torre’s nephew because it’s the truth. I’m not really complaining, it helps me in more ways than one; it’s a good ice breaker to start conversations with during awkward moments at work,” shares the filmmaker. Borgy’s passion for filmmaking began when he enrolled at an extensive apprentice workshop with celebrated movie director Peque Gallaga. “I’m lucky enough that one of my classmates at that workshop was Vito Cajili, a film editor, who introduced me to Erik Matti,” tells Borgy. He worked closely with Erik for three years, assisting
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him with anything, but mostly, with his advertising related projects. When asked what he likes most about working on TV commercials, he says it’s the challenge and discipline—meeting the deadline and the precision of things. “Working on TV ads helps you practice good discipline when you have to be specific about your vision—explaining the colors, the wardrobe, the set, the level of acting that you want,” he relays. “Expectation of agency from the expectation of client is very different, and then you have your own expectation. You have to marry those three to have a successful commercial.” Two years ago, he directed and cowrote his first full-length movie, Kabisera, a story about a fisherman father, who would do anything to keep his rule in his household. This was his entry to Cinema One Originals Digital Film Festival wherein he won best director. “Actually, Kabisera was a smooth shoot. We stayed in Zambales for two weeks and we shot for 14 calendar days. The challenge was the budget were in tranches, so what I did was empty my bank account and get a loan, so when we finished shooting, everybody would get paid.” According to him, the best parts of
“Working on TV ads helps you practice good discipline when you have to be specific about your vision–explaining the colors, the wardrobe, the set, the level of acting that you want.” shooting the movie were the friendships between him and the entire production and being able to find the perfect the location for the shoot. “Finding the location was a bit tough because it had to be specific; it had to be a house with a fish pen that’s adjacent to the beach on a remote area but can be accessed by a car, and I’m glad that we were able to find it. Also, when you open the door of our hotel room, you’d be facing the beach already.” Another reason would also be the fact that he had a good ensemble of actors, which includes his uncle Joel, who won Best Actor in the said festival. He admits that he was nervous at directing him, but before the entire production even began, his uncle ran down the script with him and voiced out his concerns. “He said ‘I dont do normally do this, I don’t meddle with the script but since it’s you, I’m going to give you my ten cents worth of advice,’” recalls Borgy. “Another thing that he said was he won’t charge me for his talent fee, but I insisted.” When asked on what he wants to see in local cinemas, he says that it’s not really a question of what he would like to see, because there’s a lot, but it’s how people will embrace the diversity. “If you look at international and mainstream films right now, there’s still a monopoly of romantic comedies, horror, and fantasy movies. Although in film festivals, it’s likely getting more diverse. I’d really like to see conspiracy movies, like those movies done by Peque Gallaga, Mike de Leon, and Lino Brocka. I hope we can do more of those again. If I were to do three dream projects, those would be a tragic, disaster film, probably a fictional account of a sinking ship, a World War 2 movie because my grandfather is a war veteran and he has so many stories to tell, and a “booky” movie with a twist of comedy and conspiracy,” shares Borgy. For now, he’s busy finishing his second full-length and first mainstream movie; a horror flick scheduled to come out this year. From attending film workshops to writing and directing his full-length film, Borgy has indeed come a long way. He still remains optimistic that our local cinema will regain its glory.
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prac t i c a l magi c Portland-grown photographer Olivia Bolles, better known as OLIVIA BEE, effortlessly captures the magic of nostalgia and youth through lenses she has probably laced with her own personal brand of pixie dust. By Denise Fernandez
t the tender age of 14, Olivia was already able to prove that her age was but a number once she was tapped by Converse to shoot an advertising campaign for streetwear. Seven years later, she’s garnered a portfolio as impressive as the next professional photographer, with commissions from Hermes, Nike, adidas, Levi Strauss & Co., and a handful of others, in addition to being published by The New York Times and Le Monde. One could only spectate just how colorful her youth was to achieve that much at an early age, and Olivia shares having taken inspiration from her parents’ talent for art and music. “My parents were very encouraging of my imagination and my love of dusk and magic,” she reminisces of her childhood. “Growing up in Oregon, I was exposed to nature like crazy. These things inform my work more than most things.” Spending her youthful years surrounded by art and equipped with a camera as young as 11, Olivia remains stunned by the craft of photography, allowing her to see through people better and appreciate a fleeting moment. Now thriving in the digital age of social media, technological advancement, and excessive photo sharing via Instagram, Olivia feels that people should focus on the craft itself—on how to take a proper picture rather than how to handle a camera. “‘Every shot that works is a marvel to its own creator’–I read that in a book and I don’t remember which one, but it’s so true,” she enlightens. “When I get a picture that works, I’m like ‘Wait, that actually worked?!’ Sometimes you can have all the ingredients for an amazing photo, but nothing works. And then there are the times when chances are slim, and you get the shot of a lifetime.”
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Armed with a distinct grainy and dream-like style, Olivia describes her work as fresh and youthful—aspects that clients keep coming back for. The rising photographer is as bold as she is unapologetically experimental as she plays around with faded colors and distorted, overlapping images. “I just go with what feels right. There’s been a lot of experimentation with different cameras, films, how to use digital and when to not, and what colors work well together. I work on a photo with color until it feels like its true representation,” she shares further of her aesthetic. A nomad at heart, Olivia takes comfort in constant movement and an insatiable wanderlust, whether it be running along with the talent for her shoots or moving from east coast to west. “I was tied to New York last year and was feeling really, really sad. It made me remember that I don’t like having a home,” Olivia explains, “I need to be on the move. I’m really lucky that I’m able to nurture that lifestyle. New York is great; when I have an amazing day or night in New York and I’m at a place that’s buzzing, you feel like nothing else is happening in the world right now, besides what we are doing here. But when I get the Brooklyn blues, I get
“Sometimes you can have all the ingredients for an amazing photo, but nothing works. And then there are the times when chances are slim, and you get the shot of a lifetime.” them really hard—lately, I’ve been running away from all my problems to California. I like wide-open spaces right now.” No matter how many successful commissions she has under her belt, she remains grounded and simple, preferring to shoot in a T-shirt, shorts, and Chucks. Like any practitioner of her craft, Olivia still struggles with insecurity. “I’m an artist; I’m constantly faced with selfdoubt,” she says. “When it’s really intense, I just know I have to make something. I feel like a human afterwards.”As whimsical as her work, describing herself as “pretty ridiculous,” Olivia shines through the kaleidoscope vision of her photos. And at the end of the day, whether she’s experimenting narrative pieces she’d like to try out or chasing the sunset for her photoshoots, she’ll surely be under our radar wherever she chooses to wander next.
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NEW KID ON THE BLOCK Her last name might have a ring to it, but don’t take her as just another next-gen It Girl. Storming in the fashion industry with a sophisticated style at 16 years young, the fast-rising model has no time to kid around. Well, there’s no need to make the call ‘cause SOFIA RICHIE’s who we’re looking for. By Pola Beronilla Interview by Ida Aldana Photographed by Shanna Fisher Styled by Wilford Lenov Makeup Joyce Platon Hair Mishelle Parry
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you’d think she has it easy. With a new crop of cool kids stepping out of the shadow of their well-known families such as Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Gigi and Bella Hadid, and Hailey Baldwin, Sofia refuses to be at the back of the line. However, life as a Richie certainly has its perks. Having her father Lionel Richie and her sister Nicole by her side definitely shaped her upbringing. And when you’re laden with a music legend’s charm and a fashion mogul’s sartorial penchants, you’re bound to steal the spotlight. You might have caught a first glimpse of her on Nicole’s web series, Candidly Nicole, but in 2012, the then 14-year old Sofia made her fashion industry debut in a feature for Teen Vogue. Fast-forward to a year later, she splashes into her first modeling gig, rocking bikinis with her mermaid curls in a lookbook for LA-based swimwear line, Mary Grace Swim. In October of last year, she instantly became a mane attraction as she strutted the streets with her platinum locks, which she says was heavily inspired by Khaleesi. “I’m obsessed with Game of Thrones. I decided that two months before Halloween, I’d dye my hair white to make sure I liked it so that on Halloween, I could officially be Khaleesi and have her exact hair color,“ she reveals to Elle on an online exclusive. Although she admits of eventually pursuing a career in music, she plans to put her best foot fashion-forward for now. At barely five foot six, the aspiring model aims to overcome a tall order. “Modeling is my thing right now. Vogue is a massive goal for me. I hope my character will make people
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see past the fact I’m not 6 ft. 5,” she reveals in her cover story for ASOS. And by the looks of it, she definitely won’t fall short as the teenager recently landed a contract last December with Select Model Management, a London-based agency that houses catwalk regulars such as Agyness Deyn, Irina Shayk, Jessica Hart, and Pixie Geldof. Come April 2015, she scores the first ever cover of POPULAR, flaunting a punk passion for the teen magazine founded by Nylon’s former Editor-in-Chief Marvin Scott Jarrett. She also dropped a braided truth with her fashion-forward looks during New York Fashion Week, attending several shows including Tommy Hilfiger and Alice + Olivia. From whipping out on the style scene with hundreds of thousand followers on social media, red carpet
appearances, and editorials on Who What Wear and Elle.com, Sofia is flawlessly sewn to be the future of fashion. As the young LA native poses for our pages, we have a quick chat with Sofia to talk about her life as a Richie and fashion aspirations such as her dream clothing line collaboration and favorite gowns she has worn so far. Welcome to her not-so-simple life. Coming from a high-profile circle, are you used to always having the camera following you around? How do you balance living in the spotlight and being a normal teenager? Yes, because that’s how my family is. I was born into a family with people in front of the spotlight, but I’ve always been really grounded, and I have my friends to help ground me as well.
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“I’VE GOT A LOT OF PEOPLE’S ATTENTION WITH MY OWN FASHION, SO I THINK IF IT STANDS OUT NOW, IT WILL STAND OUT IN THE FUTURE.” kimono by Ottdubai jeans by One Teaspoon
As part of a well-known and successful family, do you feel any pressure to live up to your name? I did, in the beginning, but my dad explained to me not to feel pressured. It’ll either come or won’t, and whatever is meant to happen will happen. You handle your own blog that revolves around fashion. What have you learned so far about fashion from running it? I’ve really gotten [better] at understanding of the different seasons, what’s [suitable] to wear, and what season blends with different outfits. In addition to your blog, you also always use your Instagram account. Do you think social media affects your personal style? I think Tumblr has had a little impact on my style because it shows me different areas in fashion. You’ve also started a modeling career at such a young age. What inspired you to become a model? [During] my very first photo shoot, I was most intrigued with the clothes. I think modeling is an entry to fashion by being involved with clothes and different designers. You’ve already attended a lot of red carpet events. So far, what has been your favorite gown that you’ve worn? My Stella McCartney 2015 Met Gala Dress.
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“BE YOURSELF AND DO WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY. DON’T LET OTHER PEOPLE STEER YOU IN DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS.” In a previous interview, you mentioned of wanting to start your own clothing line. What inspired you to have this goal? I have a lot of ideas in my head, and when I see clothes on certain people, I think of how I can improve them. What do you imagine the pieces of your line will be like? My pieces would probably be my own personal style; I love putting my own ideas out there. I’ve also created a couple of my own pieces and people seem to really like them so far. Do you have any dream designers you’d want to collaborate with? I don’t think Céline has ever done a collaboration, so that would just be a dream! With a lot of people trying to make it into the fashion scene, how do you think one could stand out? Just by being yourself. I’ve got a lot of people’s attention with my own fashion, so I think if it stands out now, it will stand out in the future. How do you want the world to know you as? Where do you see yourself in the future? In the future, I see myself doing a lot of fashion. Hopefully, continuing to do more modeling and [getting] involved in fragrance lines. What advice do you have for those who want to pursue a career in fashion? Be yourself and do what makes you happy. Don’t let other people steer you in different directions.
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Canadian filmmaker Jonathan Desbiens a.k.a. JODEB journeys across the universe to tell four-minute stories of surreality through his music videos. Whether it’s reloading dragons and Game of Thrones-esque action sequences with Sebastian Ingrosso and Tommy Trash or creating worlds grounded neither in fantasy nor reality with Dane DeHaan and Imagine Dragons, people might call his videos too ambitious–but maybe he’s just a zealous guy. By Pola Beronilla Photographed by Nicholas Kramer
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“I AIM FOR THE HEART, NOT THE MIND, OR I TRY TO CAPTIVATE YOUR MIND SO YOU OPEN YOUR HEART TO WHAT I HAVE TO OFFER. THAT’S MY MINDSET–THE REST DOESN’T MATTER.”
got turned down by the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University in Montreal, but I decided to keep on working on my craft while studying fine arts instead. I was a filmmaker without really believing it or understanding it,” recalls Jonathan Desbiens, who also shoots under the name Jodeb. “Paradoxically, now that I’m acknowledged as a filmmaker, I try to find that same spirit I had back then when I was doing it for naive reasons.” Hailing from Shawinigan Falls, Quebec, the film director got his break at 19 years young, shooting a music video for Closedown, an electro-hardcore band from his hometown. Though he didn’t make the director’s cut at university, his first serious attempt at filmmaking got on heavy rotation at MuchMusic in Canada, which eventually reeled in a nomination at Much Music Video Awards. Since first hitting that record button, he has been on an honorable roll, filling his portfolio with giants from every other genre. Collecting music videos from the likes of hip-hop veterans Cypress Hill, alt-metalheads Deftones, R&B songstress Tinashe, and Harelem-bred rapper A$AP Rocky, Jodeb has come a long way since his first reel experience. “I just turned 29 last month, and that video actually
happened when I was 19, so it’s already been ten years,” he recalls. “I think the technical aspect of my work evolved a lot, but there’s this strange feeling I get growing up that the more I learn, the less I know. The older I get, the younger I feel.” Finding the harmony between exotic on-location shoots and heady VFX, he masters a distinctive style of storytelling. “First of all, I’m not so interested in plots. All I’m interested in is the emotional ride. Personally, I love when these things happen on a more subversive
or subconscious level, so I never go for the very precise story. I go for scenes that suggest multiple possibilities to the viewers. ‘Cause to me, a music video isn’t a short film or a feature film, it’s still a music video–but it doesn’t mean it can’t use the cinema medium,” explains the video director. “On a side note, I find it interesting and hilarious how different people interpret my work on the Internet,” he adds. “Sometimes, people have entirely opposite interpretations of the video, and I don’t think it means I did a bad job.
“I Bet My Life” featuring Imagine Dragons
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“Roll It, Like It” featuring Cypress Hill and Rusko
“Pretend” featuring Tinashe and A$AP Rocky
“Clarity” featuring Zedd and Foxes
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“Pretend” featuring Tinashe and A$AP Rocky
“Reload” featuring Sebastian Ingrosso, Tommy Trash, and John Martin
“Beautiful Now” featuring Zedd
I think it just shows human nature, and I love it.” When asked what makes his film captures different from those with a hundred million hits on the Internet, he finds himself puzzled as well. “I really can’t answer that question since it changes all the time. Sometimes it’s because a video is weird, sometimes it’s because it speaks about the present time, sometimes it’s just because it’s hip, or often it’s because there’s a gimmick or a strong concept,” he explains. “But I think that my work is different because I don’t really care fitting in any of those categories. I aim for the heart, not the mind, or I try to captivate your mind so you open your heart to what I have to offer. That’s my mindset– the rest doesn’t matter. I try to make my work as timeless as possible, and that’s already one contradiction with the music video format and I love contradictions.” In the span of four minutes, Jodeb has the ability to give the audience a full-length cinematic experience that most movies these days could not. Recently wrapping up a project with Zedd called ”Beautiful Now,” it got the filmmaker hungry for more. “It was quite a crazy adventure shot in Guatemala and the Czech Republic. We shot for six days in each country,” he relays. “I go for projects that will allow me to try new things, but more importantly, will allow me to go on an adventure. I feel like these projects always end up being very passionate. They force you to learn and adapt yourself to new things you’ve never seen before.”
“Clarity” featuring Zedd and Foxes
From shooting skateboard videos of his friends at a young age to dealing with an early film school rejection to creating imaginary epic worlds, each experience led him to the right path. “Be stubborn, but do everything in your power to inspire other people. This is key to have people help you out—and truly, this is still a big challenge for me.” He gives his two cents, “Learn as much as you can all the time, in any way possible. Don’t watch too many music videos if you want to make music videos. Read, play music, paint, dance, etc. Do everything in your power to be the most intelligent, strong, proud, and creative individual you can be. That’s quite an ideal, but that can only lead to greatness. This will give you the tools to be inspirational, tasteful, and precise with the people you work with.” With his current pace, a feature film is within reach for the music video director. “I’m looking at a couple of options at the moment, but nothing set in stone for now. I do know that we’re looking to shoot other videos with Zedd, but this isn’t confirmed yet either. I love being in that position, full of unknown,” says Jodeb. “Also, making movies is my ultimate dream, so I’m slowly, but surely, trying to go towards a first short film.” He is certainly in the right frame of mind.
“DO EVERYTHING IN YOUR POWER TO BE THE MOST INTELLIGENT, STRONG, PROUD, AND CREATIVE INDIVIDUAL YOU CAN BE. THAT’S QUITE AN IDEAL, BUT THAT CAN ONLY LEAD TO GREATNESS.”
“Beautiful Now” featuring Zedd
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Call him what you want, but Jacob Anderson a.k.a. RALEIGH RITCHIE likes to be loud and will battle it out for your entertainment. By Denise Mallabo
claims British musician Raleigh Ritchie when asked how he is. By the looks of it, there’s a lot to be happy about when it comes to his career, both in music and acting. Raleigh might look familiar, because yes, he is that guy! For the fandom of the HBO hit series Game of Thrones, Raleigh plays Grey Worm, leader of the Unsullied—the group of soldiers that Daenerys Targaryen released from slavery. When asked whether he thinks if there are some similarities between him and his GOT character, he says that he doesn’t think that they have a lot, explaining, “I guess I’m quite an observant person. Grey Worm seems like an observer. I’m also pretty shy and quiet around people that I don’t know.” Raleigh, whose real name is Jacob Anderson, fell in love with music first and has been working on it since he was 14 years old. “People will see me however they see me. There’s not a lot I can do about that. I have to work that extra bit harder, I guess, but I’ve always made music, so for me, I’ve always been a musician,” shares Raleigh. Why have another name though? Why not? Jacob got his stage name from one of his favorite movies, Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums; it’s a combination of the names of Luke Wilson and Bill Murray’s characters. “There was never a need to, but I wanted to,” he explains of his choice to have a stage name. “I don’t think Jacob Anderson is a great artist’s name. Raleigh Ritchie is basically just a band name. I’ve always had names that I went under for music and I’ve had a few since I was a kid. It’s more fun that way and it kind of works as a barrier of protection when you’re actually writing things. You feel safe to say whatever you need to say without there being personal consequences.”
His music, a mix of pop, R&B, hip-hop, and a bit of alternative, is pleasing to the ears even though Raleigh enjoys being loud and jumps around on stage when he performs. He sings beautifully—very stern, inviting, and telling. He sees making music as something he can do for the long haul, and his passion for it even helped him out personally at some point when he found himself in a dark place and professional help couldn’t help him out. “The thing that’s kind of kept me going this whole time is being able to talk about who I was or what I went through my music. It’s like good therapy,” shares Raleigh. With three EPs out, he’s now getting ready to drop his first full-length album any time soon. There’s no stopping this soldier, not even an entire army can sit him down. Growing up, what kind of music were you listening to? How were they able to develop the kind of music that you’re doing now? I listened to all sorts of things. My parents both had very eclectic tastes and I just kind of soaked it up. I listened to a lot of Neo-Soul when I was a teenager. That was the music that I was listening to when I was discovering myself. D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, Musiq Soulchild—but then at the same time, I started to discover Bowie, The Smiths, and Alan Parsons Project. It’s kind of a hard thing to recall. It feels abstract to me because it feels like those things were always there. Do you sing your own songs when taking a shower? No. I sing bad ‘80s music in the shower. I don’t really sing my own songs unless I’m on stage. I don’t know why.
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''THE THING THAT'S KIND OF KEPT ME GOING THIS WHOLE TIME IS BEING ABLE TO TALK ABOUT WHO I WAS OR WHAT I WENT THROUGH IN MY MUSIC. IT'S LIKE GOOD THERAPY.''
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"WHAT I GET OUT OF MAKING MUSIC IS LARGELY SELFEXPRESSION. IT'S A GOOD WAY TO VENT AND GET MY FEELINGS OUT OF MY HEAD AND INTO SOMETHING ELSE."
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daydream. I guess if I learned anything from him, it’s just to work hard and stay focused. He was at the end of a 60-date tour and still giving it his all on stage and then recording. That’s a lot! I want to have that kind of work ethic.
After releasing three EPs, what took you this long to finally decide on releasing a full-length album? I’ve always been working on the album, but I wanted to do a trial on myself first, experiment a little bit, and test the waters. The EPs have helped me decide what I want my album to be, so I’m glad I did that first. How do you know which songs to include in your EPs? I tend to theme them, so if you listen back to all of them apart from Black and Blue Part 2, the EPs have a couple themes running through them. Like on “Black and Blue,” “Free Fall,” and “Stronger Than Ever;” they are about the same thing but with a different perspective, and “Bloodsport” and “Overdose” are about the same thing with a different perspective, so it made sense for them to be together, and the common theme is that they were all experiences that left me feeling bruised, which is why the EP is called Black and Blue. The album will be slightly different in that way because it’s bigger and there’s more ground to cover. Do you have a certain goal every time you write a song? Just to be honest, otherwise it’s not helpful. Writing a song is just as much a way for me to work through my feelings than it is about creating a song for other people to hear. Whatever I write, I do it for myself in terms of lyrics and also in terms of music and the producers I work with. I think you’ve got to make music you would listen to yourself. You don’t have to “make product.”
How do you make sure that people watching you perform live will have a good time? That’s really important to me. Doing shows is about the crowd; it’s about communication and connection. People have come to see you tell your stories, and often they’re stories they relate to; it becomes their story too. I think it’s important to give them that and then it feeds back to my band and me and then we’re all just together in a room sharing something. I mainly just want people to have fun and go home feeling like their night was special in some way. What is it about making music that makes you want to create more of it? What I get out of making music is largely self-expression. It’s a good way to vent and get my feelings out of my head and into something else. Music career-wise, what are you looking forward the most this year? I love festivals. British festival season is beautiful. It’s just a lot of people in a field together dancing. I guess the thing I’m most looking forward to is getting the album out though. If you can tell your past self what’s the greatest thing about your present self, what would it be? I wouldn’t tell myself anything specific. I’d say, “You don’t need to know, just work hard, don’t worry so much and smile more. It’s going to be alright.”
How was it like to go on tour and open for Kendrick Lamar? Yeah, it was good. It was a while ago now, so I almost forget how it was and it just feels like a surreal
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ast June 5, 2015 The Palace Pool Club, a concept that is truly the ﬁrst of its kind in the country, celebrated its grand launch with superstar electronic DJ and producer, Porter Robinson.
The Palace Pool Club together with H&M as well as Hennessy Artistry gave the public a night to remember. Guests were treated to a night of overﬂowing food, drinks & unforgettable collaboration performances by Marc Naval, Abdel Aziz, Yolanda Moon, Up Dharma Down & Martin Pulgar. More than 3800 partygoers danced the night away to Porter Robinson as he performed his hit tracks such as “Lion hearted” and “ Language.” Manila was deﬁnitely treated to an electrifying night ﬁlled with great music and a stunning ﬁreworks display. The celebration continued until daybreak with The Palace’s very own Ace Ramos & Mars Miranda. The Palace Pool Club Grand Launch, featuring Porter Robinson, was presented by H&M Artistry.
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WEEKEND WARRIOR As easy-going as the breeze through the palm trees, GERARD CANCIO cruises down the streets with his board or his bike, living the lifestyle of his store EASY Skate-Surf.
@GerardCancio Portrait by Kara Chung Product photography by Carlo Nu単ez Location EASY Skate-Surf
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Football is a huge part of my life. I played for Ateneo for 17 years and won the championship during the 2005-2006 season of UAAP. I still play for fun every now and then.
RETRO MOTORCROSS JERSEY
My favorite pair of sunglasses to date–the blue polarized lenses are perfect for driving.
My motorcycle addiction started with a couple of vintage bikes that I’ve been working on for the past year or so. I got one of my jerseys from Deus Ex Machina, which I am a big fan of.
SHOP MAGAZINES GO-TO SKATEBOARD
I’ve been a bit busy with work lately, so I haven’t had much time to skate. For city riding, this Rayne Catalyst skateboard is my weapon of choice.
My current favorite sneakers are the navy suede + leather Achilles by Common Projects and the adidas Originals × Nigo collaboration.
RAYNE HORROR SERIES SKATEBOARDS I ride professionally for
Rayne, a skateboard company based in Vancouver. They send me skateboards once in a while and I decided to hold on to these to display in my future home.
I’m completely guilty of “setting” my hair with the use of caps. This is one of my favorite caps from New York.
For short city rides, I purchased these off a random leather goods stall in Florence over the summer.
We try to leave a bunch of good magazines lying around our new store for visual inspiration. Blunt Magazine and Saturdays Magazine are perfect examples.
STATUS is in focus with Sofia Richie Plus: Jodeb Raleigh Ritchie Kris Kidd New Beat Fund Soko Angus & Julia Stone Olivia Bee Donald Cumming...
Published on Jul 6, 2015
STATUS is in focus with Sofia Richie Plus: Jodeb Raleigh Ritchie Kris Kidd New Beat Fund Soko Angus & Julia Stone Olivia Bee Donald Cumming...