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FEATURES MAESTRO OF DUTY
Serving the nation with unapologetic urban poetry, Manila-based hiphop supergroup Assembly Generals march with one foot in old school rhymes and another in new school beat designs. By Pola Beronilla
GIRLS (+ BOY)
While it’s sometimes true that girls just wanna have fun, Seattle-based quartet Tacocat is here to prove that they’re more than just that. Get ready to bite into their sonic angst in Lost Time.
PACK: HIT RECORD
A video is worth a million words.
BEAUTY 22 FACE
PAINT: GOLDEN HOUR
By Pola Beronilla
Gold habits die hard.
VANITIES: DIVINE AND CONQUER
Your future is sealed with a kiss.
BEAUTY BITE: FRENCH TIPS NAIL PARLOUR
By Jill de Leon
VISION BOARD HARBOR
See things in black and white with a velvety and modish ensemble. By Nicolas Le Forestier
Let your inner chic free in loose silhouettes and sophisticated cuts.
By Pola Beronilla
By Louis Trinh
Stay golden this summer.
Polarized Sunglasses Drawstring Shorts
Metallic Sandals Ponchos
Gradually building a futuristic neon palace keen to experimentation, 22-year old producer/DJ Getter rips and dips with graphic slimes and turbulent grimes in his latest EP Radical Dude.
Harnessing a full day + 60 minutes more in her debut EP The 25th Hour, Norwegian-Algerian neo-soul artist Farida empowers her music with retro beats, raw sounds, and a soulful vibe.
Running into the DC Universe as the smart speedster Jesse Quick is actress Violett Beane. She picks up the pace on the fast lane and makes it just in the nick of time in The CW’s The Flash. By Ida Aldana
THE BIG HIT
As Ryan Guzman makes his way into a portal to the ‘80s with Richard Linklater’s latest flick Everybody Wants Some, the American actor leaves no room for doubt that he’s sticking to cinema. By Janroe Cabiles
Press play, fast forward, and rewind with digital show producer Jako de Leon as he paves the way towards the new wave of viewing, modifying the way we consume media with his digital shorts.
By Denise Mallabo
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PRETTY HATE MACHINE
Ramsay Bolton might probably be the most terrible person on the small screen as of the moment, but his real life self Iwan Rheon is far from his villainous character in Game of Thrones. We caught up with the Welsh actor to talk about how he thinks his GoT character should die and more.
STATUS INVADES 86 DOLL FACE
In a flurry of monochromatic squares, model and Instagram ItGirl Steffi Ziebert packs a punch of her own take on minimalism, with pink and spunk.
By Denise Mallabo
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REAL TALK, BABY TALK
Melanie Martinez was barely a grown-up when she first wowed the crowd with an alternative take on Britney Spears’ “Toxic.” Jumping from NBC’s The Voice and onto a bigger stage with her full-length album Cry Baby tucked under her belt, she isn’t afraid to talk about adult stuff. By Isa Almazan
From way down under, Daniel Webber is dressed to the nines and ready to make his mark on the small screen. Stepping into the twilight zone of Hulu’s TV adaptation of Stephen King’s 11/22/63, the young actor brings to life one of the most notorious assassins in history, Lee Harvey Oswald.
By Janroe Cabiles
about the cover Shot by London-based lensman Will Bremridge and styled by industry veteran Mark Haddon within the parameters of Studio 141, we get a hold of Game of Thrones’ most hated villain, the ex-Misfit and former Bastard Iwan Rheon.
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Photo Diary confessional for lensmen
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c ontributors Cecilie Lindegaard
Paris-based stylist Cecilie has a knack for creating dreamy editorials with an air of mystery. It may be true that not everything should be seen as black and white, but for one of this month’s fashion editorials Safe Harbor (26), the lack of color is something we have no problem getting used to.
Switching sides of the camera, photographer Marc Cartwright’s love for film comes full circle. From his early exposure to the illusion of Hollywood, he coincidentally found a passion for photography while taking up Mass Media and Human Behavior at NYU. The fusion of his background and his cinematic aesthetic, together with his short modeling career, opened his eyes beyond the scenes, just like with actor Ryan Guzman (60).
From a career in music in Sony Records to Def Jam Records, English stylist Mark Haddon found a new challenge with his fashion PR Company, HaddonPR Ltd. Living the style he creates for brands, companies, and celebrities alike, he embodies passion and precision onset worthy of bespoke. Styling our cover boy from the north, Iwan Rheon, he makes him into a Pretty Hate Machine (64).
Jen Rachid Constantly finding inspiration in a world made up of people, Jen Rachid a.k.a. Jinni J captures the light and steals some for her own in her photos. The Austin-based photographer uses the energy around her and channels a raw sense of allure from the nature her hometown keeps, as she shoots lookbooks and portraits alike, showing us what’s On Fleet with fellow native Violett Beane (58).
Will Bremridge Getting his start from shooting snowboarding in the US, Londonbased photographer Will Bremridge now captures frames around Europe and Australia as well. His love for portraits and lifestyle photography soon got him working with the likes of Universal Music, Google, Oakley, and Quicksilver. Now he sets his sights on conquering the north with Game of Thrones’ Iwan Rheon for this month’s cover story (64).
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Some people are lucky enough to have one talent, but Katrina Guevara, on the other hand, is a one-woman show. Aside from extending her fashion expertise through wardrobe styling for music videos, short films, and webseries, she is also a regular contributing writer for LA Record and SPIN Earth TV. This time, she shows off her prowess in fashion editorials as she takes us to Sun City (34).
STATU S MESSAG E
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elevision has had a complete transformation since the days of Beverly Hills, 90210. Back then, that show was at the forefront by tackling real-life issues. Now, our screens are filled with sci-fi, fantasy, timetravel, zombies, and reality drama. The shows we watch have become our personal portals to escape our own reality. In this TV Issue, we’re covering everything from the most terrifying character on TV and a misunderstood assassin to a real winner on the biggest music competition show. If you’re addicted to Game of Thrones like us, you’re probably counting down the days ‘til the premier of the latest season. It’s shows like GoT that can give you the shakes and jitters before the release of a new episode, and it’s actors like Iwan Rheon that can bring a character to life like no other. This Welsh leading man has broken new grounds by portraying one of TV’s most disturbing characters. Yes, we know he’s not like that in real life, and he shows us his softer side during our shoot in London. Australian actor Daniel Webber is a star-in-the-making as he shows off his acting chops on Hulu’s 11.22.63. From his homemade audition tape, he was able to nab the role of the famous assassin Lee Harvey Oswold and work alongside James Franco and J.J. Abrams. Though he doesn’t have any dream projects in mind as of the moment, he does share with us the actors and roles that inspire him and keep him motivated. And we can’t talk about TV without talking about the underbelly of it–reality TV. In this case, we’re talking about reality competition. Singer Melanie Martinez first got the world’s attention as a member of Team Adam on the third season of The Voice, but it’s her voice that kept the fans by her side. In our interview, she tells us where the darkness in her music comes from and her complicated relationship with her fans. We love the world of film and television. It fills our creative cravings, inspires us to dream, and helps us navigate our own reality.
jeans by 883 Police, jacket by Weekend Offender, shoes by Novesta
Iwan Rheon (64)
L2 R2 Wing Greenbelt 5, Makati City
THREADS / setting / BRICK AND MORTAR / BEATS / SCREEN april 2016
ake your move on that manic pixie dream ensemble with GIRL IN TRANSIT. A new installation from Boy in Transit, this freshman brand might just be your perfect match. Make all the Lovers in the Parking Lot turn their heads with vintageinspired parkas, sweaters, and graphic tees. boyintransit.com
et the look of love with LUNETTES × JULIAN ZIGERLI’s newest eyewear collaboration. With heart-shaped clip-ons that give off a functional yet playful feel in vivid tones of pink, red, gold, and blue lenses, these spectacles will get you drunk in love. lunettes-kollektion.com
f you’re looking for style and comfort’s lovechild, then you’re in luck, ‘cause there’s a whole JUNKYARD of it just waiting to be found. The Scandinavian brand gives you a taste of their Sweet Denim paired with sweaters, oversized tees, button-downs, and joggers designed to reinvent your everyday essentials. junkyard.se
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BRANDS TO KNOW
tepping out of the shadows right in the nick of time, HERO’S HEROINE’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection is here to save the day. From bucket hats and sweaters to button-down tops, the streetwear brand goes all out with quirky prints and fun colors for their pieces. herosheroine.com
urify your wardrobe choices with PHILOMENA ZANETTI’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection. Comprised of wide-legged trousers, shift dresses, oversized button-downs, tailored shorts, and sharply-cut kimonos, this Berlin-based brand uses a mix of muted down colors and neutrals to exude simplicity and femininity. philomenazanetti.com
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Words by Jill de Leon and Joy Bernardo
urning up the flair while remaining in the comfort zone, VERANO shows you how to cut it clean and dainty with their latest collection, offering delicate dresses, billowy tops, and flowy bottoms in nudes and pastel colors that’s ready to catch the breeze this summer. instagram.com/verano.ph
eing an outsider isn’t always a bad thing and French brand OLOW is one of the reasons. Inspired by biking and the great outdoors, the Roues Libres, is a breath of fresh air with light jackets, bike shorts, button-downs, tank tops, and caps that are definitely enough to keep your style rolling. olow.fr
WHAT THE FACT
here’s no better way to wake up from your sartorial dreams than with REALITY STUDIO. For their Summer 2016 collection, the German brand is all about the now, featuring the anti-fit theme with oversized slip dresses, light and airy playsuits, as well as printed co-ords. realitystudio.de
o bananas over these kicks from MR. MONKIES. The French brand draws the line on your sneaker needs by providing a clean white pair of sneakers along with specialty waterproof markers and an eraser for you to literally scribble whatever you want. Now, you can mark your territory with each step. mrmonkies.com
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PLACES TO GO
B Hotel, Quezon City R
ight in the heart of North Metro, let loose or get down to business at B HOTEL. Structured to stand out with a different look from the other Bellevue branches, its concrete-based style of design recalls the monolithic style of architecture, keeping its aesthetic straightforward with monochrome interiors, modern furniture, wooden and glass themes, and soft lights, with striking red highlights here and there. Make the most out of your stay and kick back with their fully-equipped gym or al fresco pool overlooking the northern lights, or a bite in any of their three dining areas: The Lobby Café, The Pastry Corner, or the Mezzanine Bar.
14 Scout Rallos, Laging Handa, Quezon City thebellevue.com/b-hotel-qc
isguised as a hole-in-the-wall at the base Eastwood Excelsior hides the unassuming entrance to CAFÉ ENYE. Showcasing favorite dishes from Spanish cuisine, their menu hints of Filipino, Argentinian, Mexican, and Moroccan twists in their classics. A cafe, restaurant, and bar all in one, the doors are left open from seven to one o’clock in the morning with an extensive menu, serving breakfast and full meals for the day to cocktails at night. The small enclosure of an entry leads to a well-lit, chic interior, offering a nice and welcoming ambience with orange and brown hues, brickwork and dark, wooden furniture, stained glass designs, and nostalgic decors that create a style of dining close to home. G/F Excelsior Bldg., Eastwood Ave., Libis, Quezon City facebook.com/2015enye
Spanish Intuition No need for an inquisition with CAFÉ ENYE’s rendition of Spanish cuisine, modernizing favorites like tapas, paella, and callos, with hypedup fusion beverages and cocktails.
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ENYE CALLOS BUNS Freshly made soft buns filled with savoury, slowcooked ox tripe stew, served with potato strings
CALAMARES SALAD Perfectly fried, crispy calamari mixed with green and red leaf lettuce, topped with their secret onion dressing
LECHON CARBONARA Classic, creamy pasta carbonara topped with a parsley and their homemade mojo chicharrones
GRILLED PORK CHOP Tender, grilled marinated pork loin, served with roasted root crop mash, salsa, and grilled tomato
Words by Janroe Cabiles, SUITE photos courtesy of The Bellevue, GRUB photos by Wryck Ret
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BRICK AND MORTAR
STORES TO SHOP
LNFA, BERLIN 1 Budapester Str. 44, 10787 Berlin, Germany lnfa-shop.de Dime to Drop: EUR 89-EUR 870 (P4,550.81-P44,485.46) Don’t leave the store without: a hand-crafted piece from Mio Animo
ead over to Berlin ‘cause LNFA has their art in the right place. The agency and retail shop selects Germany’s finest from fashion and art to music, cinema, and publications. The rustic 900-square meter space of concrete walls, steel pipes, and high ceilings furnished with antique surfaces, shelves, and seating showcases racks upon racks of garments, records, and paintings in different shapes and sizes. Aside from giving us the chance to discover potential favorite European designers and brands like Abury, Argir Kovatliev, Frisur, Isabell de Hillerin Komana, Marcel Ostertag, Mio Animo, and Vanessa Morin, they also serve as an inspired platform for upcoming creatives through fashion shows, events, and pop-up galleries. There’s no better way to get your artistic juices flowing than this public display of perfection.
24TH OF AUGUST
Words by Jill de Leon
treet dreams are made of these, and 24TH OF AUGUST has them all. The Japan-based retail store gives life to monochromatic palettes through interesting silhouettes, fabric treatments, and a gender fluid aesthetic. With a new wave of cool brands like Distortion3, Horisaki, LL72, nude: masahiko maruyama, and Kuboraum under their roster, who are we to disagree?
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SCENES TO SEE
RE M OTE CONTRO L TICKET
THE RANCH (NETFLIX) That ‘70s Show alumni Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson reunite, together with Ed Harris and Elisha Cuthbert in line for Netflix’s original comedy centering on a family business on a Colorado ranch when Colt, an ex-professional football player, moves back in to help out after a brief career on the field.
THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE (STARZ) Joining Sundance’s official selection of 2016, Starz takes queues from the 2009 experimental film of the same name with Riley Keough playing Christine Reade, a law student who moonlights as a high-end escort part of the services known as the girlfriend experiences, but eventually finds herself drawn to the glamorous life.
CRIMINAL When CIA agent Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) dies on a mission, Quaker Wells (Gary Oldman) stores his memories into convict Jericho Stewart’s (Kevin Costner) mind to retrieve information.
EVERYBODY WANTS SOME Richard Linklater creates the unofficial sequel to Dazed and Confused set in the ‘80s, following the lives of freshmen on the baseball team as they navigate their way through college life.
GREEN ROOM Starring Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, and Patrick Stewart, the indie thriller follows the escape of a punk rock band from a gig venue after witnessing a murder by white supremacists.
COLONIA Separated during the Chilean military coup in the ‘70s, Lena (Emma Watson) sets out to find her kidnapped husband in a village called Colonia Dignidad, a cult and torture house for Germans.
THE ADDERALL DIARIES James Franco plays a best-selling author taking an interest in the ongoing Hans Reiser murder case, while confronting something in his past involving his estranged father that he can’t remember.
TALE OF TALES Adapted from poet Giambattista Basile’s early versions of Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella, Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, and John C. Reilly tell the gory stories in this fantasy horror.
P L A Y BACK IT FELT LIKE LOVE (2013) Such little dialogue but such powerful emotion through visuals and silence.
LITTLE BIRDS (2012) Reed Morano’s beautiful cinematography inspired me to get more interested in becoming a director of photography.
MATILDA (1996) Simple, sweet, slightly magical. I love how surreal yet believable it is.
RICH HILL (2014) It’s a heartbreaking, authentic documentary that feels so cinematic that you wish these tragedies weren’t real.
JACQUELINE HARRIET (Photographer) ALMOST FAMOUS (2000) Every teenage girl secretly wished they had the carefree ease of Penny Lane and owned that wonderful shearling coat.
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Words by Janroe Cabiles
BEATS P L A Y L IST
MUSIC TO HEAR
Releases Including a band from our homeland, these are the best indie band songs of all time we think:
THE FIN. Yuto Uchino (Vocals/ Synthesizer) thefin.jp
“Fluorescent Adolescent” Arctic Monkeys
“There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” The Smiths
“Hard to Explain” The Strokes
“Apocalypse Dream” Tame Impala
Here are a few tunes that truly make me cry:
“You Belong To Me” Patsy Cline
“God Knows I Tried” Lana Del Rey
“Time Flies” Lykke Li
“Life in The Vivid Dream” Grimes
I don’t listen to music much when I’m sad, but here are songs that I think are sad but overall really good:
SLOW HOLLOWS Austin Feinstein (Vocals/Guitar)
“Pissing Against the Moon” Iceage
“Blue Bucket of Gold” Sufjan Stevens
“Old to Begin” Pavement
“The Mother Lode” Thom Yorke
Get ready to bite into TACOCAT’s third release as the Seattle-based surf punk quartet makes up for Lost Time this April Fool’s day—it ain’t a joke. Following up 2011’s NVM, the four best friends return to sing about hating on the weekend, the Internet, and plan A and plan B on their latest record.
After figuring out where the door led to last 2013, retro-soul revivalist MAYER HAWTHORNE goes back to his old ways to prove that he’s the Man About Town. With previously released tracks “Cosmic Love” and “Love Like That,” his latest album will take you back to the good ol’ days of R&B and soul.
Words by Swarley Stinson
M USIC NE W S
Festival season ain’t over just yet! Set to make history on April 9 in Aseana City, gear up as Manila’s freshest talents play alongside headliners Austin Mahone, Rudimental, Afrojack, and Yeezy himself for the first ever Paradise International Music Festival.
Taking place on the third of April, make sure to tune into this year’s iHeart Music Awards as pop music’s finest acts pump themselves up for a memorable night with promised performances by Meghan Trainor, Fetty Wap, and Justin Bieber, among others.
They say that third time’s the charm, but things are bound to get bigger as Satchmi’s Vinyl Day returns for its fourth year this April 30. Finding a new home in UP Town Center at Katipunan, brace yourselves for whole day of good tunes and some crate diggin’ action.
THE LAST SHADOW PUPPETS are making a huge comeback album—and it’s Everything You’ve Come to Expect. After several years of rumors and speculations, Miles Kane, Alex Turner, James Ford, and Zach Dawes reassemble to create a followup to their 2008 debut LP, The Age of Understatement.
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T EC H PACK
D O W N L OA D S
Shoot to thrill.
LUNA CAMERA • The world’s smallest 360˚ camera at only 6cm in diameter and weighing just over 180g • Seamlessly combines images to full panoramic photos and videos supported by advanced auto stitching • Made waterproof, with gyro-stabilization, and a host of accessories SRP: PHP 14,028.93
KODAK SUPER 8 CAMERA • A digitally designed re-work of the original 1965 Super 8 film camera model • Has an integrated microphone, digital viewfinder, and USB cable and SD slots for maximum connect • Creates digital copies and can view 8mm film through a projector using Kodak film cartridges
MOJI KEYBOARD By Appmoji, Inc. When you’re simply lost for words, let emojis do the talking and express yourself through a variety of comical avatars and memes.
GIROPTIC 360CAM • The first 360˚ VR camera to record both video and spherical photos without the need for post-processing • Integrated with built-in Wi-Fi to easily capture, share, and view videos and photos in an instant • Records with a wide selection of settings that include time-lapse and live mode SRP: PHP 23,400.85
RED SCARLET-W CAMERA
HOODRIP SKATEBOARDING By Arcticplay Studios With a chance to win real merchandise from leading lifestyle brands, ride with pride and rip it with this virtual skateboarding game.
• Equipped with a RED DRAGON ® sensor that produces cinema-quality images rich with natural color • Includes integrated mounting points, interchangeable lens mounts, and in-camera 3D LUT outputs • Maintains visual integrity throughout post-production with the REDCODE® RAW recording format SRP: PHP 46,895.50
NIKON KEYMISSION 360 CAMERA • Consists of dual lenses and image sensors that produce single immersive, ultra HD videos and still images IN4K • Features electronic vibration reduction for super sharp quality • Built shockproof to nearly seven feet and waterproof up to 100-feet SRP: PHP 46,895.50
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FOODIE By Line Corporation As if unfiltered food posts aren’t torture enough, Foodie makes your #foodstagram look more enticing with lots of filters on hand.
FAC E PA IN T BURBERRY BEAUTY Eye Color Contour Smoke & Sculpt Pen in Pale Copper P1,480.49
CHANTECAILLE Full Brow Perfecting Gel P1,423
DOLCE & GABBANA Sheer Shine Gloss in Gold P1,633.64
STILA “HUGE” Extreme Lash Mascara P1,174.18
NARS Velvet Lip Liner in Waimea P1,225.23
GOLDEN HOUR Make heads turn with a pout of gold.
ZAC POSEN FOR MAC “Prep + Prime” Transparent Finishing Powder P1,117.67
DIOR Rouge Contour Classic Lip Liner in Nude P1,531.54
ESTéE LAUDER “Double Wear” Waterproof All Day Extreme Wear Concealer P1,276.28
MAC Lipstick in Bronze Shimmer P1,000
Tom Ford “Lips & Boys” Lip Color in David P1,786.80 LAURA GELLER “Blush-n-Brighten” Baked Blush in Honey Suckle P1,429.44
Giorgio armani “Crema Nuda” Tinted Cream P9,449.90
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Runway photo from Prada Spring/Summer 2016
JANE IREDALE 24-Karat Gold Dust in Cold P714.72
VAN I T IES primers
Say it, don’t spray it—unless it’s with CAUDALÍE GRAPE WATER HARVEST. Extracted from vitis vinifera fruit water, this calming spray is specially formulated for sensitive and dehydrated skin.
DIVINE AND CONQUER Show off your otherworldly luster with a little help from ESTÉE LAUDER “BRONZE GODDESS” SUMMER GLOW MULTI-PALETTE. The limitededition palette features a subtle highlight, bronzer, and blush destined to get you that golden apple. These rare shades have the perfect amount of warmth, intensity, and elegance that can make any mere mortal fall in love.
Make your skin routine easier with ARCONA “TRIAD” TONER PADS. Infused with Vitamin E, rice milk, and antimicrobial cranberry, now you can hydrate and tone wherever you go.
Beauty Bite photos by Joy Bernardo. Words by Jill de Leon
Steer your skin to the right direction with CLINIQUE “TURNAROUND” REVITALIZING LOTION. Its simple oil and alcoholfree formula instantly restores radiance, hydration, and moisture for that effortless glow.
Blend your highlight in with your foundation to prevent harsh lines.
FRENCH TIPS NAIL PARLOUR
f you can’t wait for that Parisian getaway you’ve been dreaming of, heading over to FRENCH TIPS NAIL PARLOUR might be the next best thing. With wooden panel floors, wall mountings, and a façade painted with a view similar to the gardens of Versailles, it’s hard not to feel like royalty while you revel in their mani-pedis, waxing, threading, and massage services. Set an appointment and be a glass of champagne away from your dream destination. 5/F Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City facebook.com/FrenchTipsNailParlour (02) 941 7263
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G O S EE
Jumpstart spring season with layers of light neutrals. Photos courtesy of lookbook.nu
Advertising agent CLAUDIA VILLANUEVA thinks big with layering oversized pieces. @trendencies
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Hereâ€™s a refreshing way to wear monochromatic ensemble courtesy of blogger MIKKEL WEISS @mikkelweiss
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SA FE HAR BOR Photographed by Nicolas Le Forestier Styled by Cecille Lindegaard
jacket by 91ppm
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jacket by 91ppm
blouse by House of Base
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sweater by House of Base pants by 91ppm
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jacket by 91ppm
top and skirt, Stylistâ€™s own
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jacket, Stylistâ€™s own
model Ilona Svechkorenko
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Photographed by Louis Trinh Styled by Katrina Guevara
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dress by ASOS pants by Neon Rose
C jacket by Maison Scotch
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top by Meu
Hair and Makeup Jamie Keller model Kloey from LA Models
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SWAG A P R IL
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BRANCH OUt Stay golden this summer with polarized sunglasses, drawstring shorts, moccasins, graphic tanks, metallic sandals, ponchos, culottes, and maillots. Product photography by Mike Chua
cuff by Forever 21 [P280] headband by Sfera [P269] necklace by Forever 21 [P450] pendant by Call It Spring [P550] earrings by Forever 21 [P280] rings by Sfera [P225]
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MIRROR IMAGE Here’s something to reflect on.
From top to bottom: Zalora [TBA] Penshoppe [P799] Vans [P698] Vans [P898] Spy from Bratpack [P6,490] 21 Men [P450]
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D R AWS T R I N G S H O R T S
STRING THEORY Pull out all the stops.
From top to bottom: Vans [P2,498] Topman [P1,995] 21 Men [P1,015] Topman [P1,395]
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Trace your steps.
Clockwise: Zalora [P1,499] 24:01 [P1,149] Zalora [P1,249]
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G R A P H I C TA N K S
GUNS OUT Tricks with noÂ sleeves.
From top to bottom: Obey from Greyone Social [P2,195] 21 Men [P505] LRG from Bratpack [P1,990] Penshoppe [P449] Vans [P1,298]
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M E TA L L I C S A N DA L S
FOOLâ€™S GOLD Pimp your stride.
Counterclockwise: Charles & Keith [P2,199] Charles & Keith [P2,199] Something Borrowed [P1,049] Charles & Keith [P2,199] Forever 21 [P735]
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Layers gonna play.
Clockwise: Topshop [P2,695] Swimsuit by Cesa PH Sfera [P2,199] Swimsuit by River Island Miss Selfridge [P2,795] Swimsuit by Cesa PH
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C U L O TT E S
MEDIUM FLARE Crop it like itâ€™s hot.
Clockwise: Penshoppe [P799] Zalora [P1,399] Penshoppe [P799]
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SUIT UP One-piece wonder.
From top to bottom: Topshop [P2,695] Forever 21 [P1,135] River Island [TBA] Cesa PH [P2,880]
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M A E S T R O
c a ll o f d u ty Enlisting themselves to the fight for the future of hip-hop, Manilabased supergroup ASSEMBLY GENERALS are here to serve the nation with unapologetic urban poetry. By Pola Beronilla Photographed by JD Valdez
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amouflaging as an electronic hip-hop supergroup are Paolo “Switch” Toledo (The Mighty Miscellaneous), Raimund Marasigan (Sandwich, etc.), Mon Punzalan (Team Manila), and Deng Garcia (Flying Ipis), who first gathered barely two years ago to form the Assembly Generals. “There was never a conscious decision to start a new band. It just evolved naturally because the music happened, the sound was complete, so we said, ‘Let’s try it live,’” explains Switch. Despite coming from different territories, they march along the same beat and stay in closed ranks. “Our chemistry is mixed by mad scientists who work on bio-nuclear weapons—it’s pretty
strong.” With one foot in old school rhyme structures and another in new school beat designs, it was the start of a new movement for the four-piece urban collective. Armed with a snarky wit and layered aural tapestry, the quartet entered the studio with an organic aesthetic in mind. “Raims and Mon had a huge folder of beats. They sent it to me and I picked out a few and came back with an album’s worth of lyrics,” recalls Switch. “We all decided that Deng would be the last piece to make the tracks come alive–she added her own touch to the style and the lyrics. Everything just flowed after that.” With a debut album tucked under their belts, the Assembly Generals aren’t rushing towards their next step but continue to push with a future-forward musicianship. “There was no grand plan or higher purpose before all of this. The only vision was–and still is–to make fresh music and to rock it live no matter what venue or crowd,” says Switch. “Our only expectation was that we’d all have dorky smiles plastered on our mugs after every show.” Considering that each member comes from different backgrounds and bands, how does this factor influence your sound as Assembly Generals? Switch: It doesn’t. And it shouldn’t. Because it’s a totally new sound. You guys said in a previous interview that your music is constantly evolving. What makes it different every time you make it? S: The music SHOULD evolve, because it’s a living, breathing organism. The stuff we started in the studio sometimes end up on totally different beats with totally
different arrangements on the album, and it’s the same live. No two gigs are the same. The familiarity is mixed with uncertainty because we switch up flows, samples, and drum patterns–even to the smallest detail that only we can notice. It’s fun to have those and talk about it after. You guys present a much different take on hip-hop. What makes Assembly Generals different from the current hiphop scene? S: We’re different in sound, in set-up, and in the backgrounds we represent. Thing is, everyone does their own thing now; the lines between “different” and “same” are smudged–and that’s good. We need different. Different styles make for a richer representation of hip-hop. But in the end, it all uplifts local music. Everyone is doing their own thing and making sure the quality is at a high. Speaking of it, what can you say about the state of local hip-hop? S: Hip-hop is alive and well. It’s stronger and more diverse–more liberated: sick rhymes, fresh beats, richer stories, and a deeper understanding of music and message. You just need to know where to look. You need to recognize. Go to the shows, watch the videos, listen to the tracks. It’s all there. It’s always been there. You’ve just been tuned out. Now that you’ve released a full-length album, what’s the next step for Assembly Generals? S: We don’t know; we’re down for whatever. We’ll make more music, make more experiments, and just surprise ourselves. Right now, we’ll keep rocking shows for sure. Maybe we’ll fly to space one day and do a gig from the moon.
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POWERPUNK GIRLS (+ BOY) Unlike your favorite Mexican snack, TACOCAT doesn’t fall apart whenever sexism takes a bite. Wrapping their shrewd feminist prose with a punk pop riot-fizz, this Seattle-based quartet has that crunch you’ve been craving for. By Pola Beronilla Photographed by Michael Lavine
f you like Mexican food, feminist prose, and angry girl music of the indie rock persuasion, get ready to bite into Tacocat’s sonic angst. Hailing from the hometown of grunge and the best coffee, best friends Emily Nokes (vocals/ tambourines), Eric Randall (guitar), Bree McKenna (bass), and Lelah Maupin (drums) have been taking a sardonic approach to girl power since their debut in 2010. Apart from making menstrual cycle sound fun with “Crimson Wave,” the palindromic quartet bleeds off pastel-colored sarcasm dipped in surf pop undertones and sprightly melodies with their LPs. “Pop’s a great vehicle—it lends itself to humor, as well as really powerful feelings. And it’s fun,” adds Emily.
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Now coming into their third release, the feminist punks follow up 2014’s NVM with new topics in Lost Time. “We have a song about Dana Scully from The X-Files and a song about the Plan B pill. Other topics include night swimming, awful tech bros that ruin the weekend, how much we love Seattle, and talking all night in the living room with your friends,” details the vocalist. Describing their latest record with the words “blood, sugar, sex, magic, outer-space, and glitter,” their music is no joke—even though they chose to release on April Fool’s Day. “The music is a little moodier, but in a good way that still maintains our pop sensibilities,” shares Emily. While it’s true that girls just wanna have fun, Tacocat is here to prove that they’re more than just that.
maestro You’ve always found a way to put a fun feminist twist in your songs. How do you think has feminism evolved in our society? Emily: It’s evolved so much! We came up in a pretty male-dominant dude rock scene and weren’t really respected as “real” musicians. Now, it’s very different. Things have really come around and there’s so much more awareness for women, queer folks, and other marginalized people. We still have a long way to go, but at least feminism is gaining more positive popularity and young women are having an easier time making art. I’m really happy to have perhaps paved the way for young women making music. That makes everything worth it. What has your experience been with sexism in the industry? Em: We’ve run into pretty much everything you would expect, from cat-calling and mansplaining how to use a microphone, to rude comments, music writers that only talk about what we look like, and band dudes that only want to talk to Eric about music. These days, sexism is a little more ingrained and subtle, like men explaining riot grrrl bands to me after our shows, or not being able to mask their surprise that we’re “actually good,” which is so not what you’d say to a band of male musicians—not intending to be an asshole, but a bit unaware [laughs].
“The patriarchy hates when you laugh in their face or just shrug and roll your eyes.”
Do you guys think that having a sense of humor helps send the message to the audience? Eric: There are lots of ways to convey a message—and they are all valid in their own ways—but for us, humor is the most natural method. I think that humor and satire tend to come later in a social movement like feminism, and we acknowledge that the riot grrrl bands of the ‘90s really paved the way for us to joke about these issues in our music. Em: Anger is powerful, but satire is the most powerful and natural tool for me. The patriarchy hates when you laugh in their face or just shrug and roll your eyes. What has been your ultimate goal with your music? Er: I think it has always been to make this our jobs; it’s something that’s harder to do now than it was even when we started as a band. It’s hard to make real money as a musician in a small- to mediumsized band these days. Em: Also, to make feminist conversations so common that they become just regular conversations. Oh, and to make tampons as plentiful as toilet paper and to give folks that have periods at least two days off work a month without taking it out of sick leave or vacation—you know that if cis men menstruated, this would already be the case. What’s the best part about what you guys do? Er: Inspiring young women to play music for sure. It makes us all feel like “this has all been worth it” more than anything else. Em: That and being able to hop in a van/on a plane with my very best friends to play our music to friends and folks all over. It’s a constant adventure and really, really rewarding.
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BODY and Harnessing a pure sound, empowering words, and the public’s approval with her latest EP The 25th Hour, it’s easy to see why anyone would want to spend a day + an hour in FARIDA’s shoes. By Jill de Leon Photographed by Sara Abraham
hrough retro beats, raw sounds, and a soulful voice, Norwegian-Algerian singer Farida effortlessly catches your attention. The 25-year old singersongwriter has only released two tracks so far, yet she’s already been deemed as someone to watch out for. Discovered by her now-manager James Sibio on SoundCloud, her singles “Three Weeks” and “Solo Ride” have received nothing but praise from the likes of Billboard, Nylon, The Fader, MTV UK, and Hypetrak, but she keeps her feet firmly on the ground. “I’m really grateful, but I always remember to stay true to myself and keep myself grounded, because a lot can happen. You can get a lot of success very fast, but you can also lose it just as quick. I know the realities of this business, so I just try to work towards what I feel is right for me.” Sparking a passion for music at the early age of 13 after her first big performance, Farida started building up her talent and began recording songs at 18. “I always loved to sing. I think every child likes to sing and perform, but it takes passion to actually want to pursue it.” As she grew in the small town of Gjøvik, she takes her Norwegian culture as an advantage in creating a unique sound. “I think Scandinavia has a typical sound. They have this melancholy in their music, and I try to fuse that with my neo-soul R&B vibe,” she shares. Molding her love for soul, rhythm, and blues through icons like Ray Charles, B.B. King, and Elmore James, as well as Whitney Houston and Craig David, the young artist acknowledges how much her parents sent her wide knowledge of music off to a good start. “I feel like the music just goes through my veins, so I want to make something that makes me feel good and upholds my roots at the same time,” she quips. Fast-forward to a few years later, and she’s already being compared to bigger names like FKA twigs and Banks.
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“I feel like the music just goes through my veins, so I want to make something that makes me feel good and upholds my roots at the same time.”
maestro Making it in the music industry with today’s technology as well as the Internet is very different from the success stories of the past, and Farida is definitely no stranger to this fact. Aside from getting a lot of recognition online, she also shares how she created her songs while going back and forth through Skype with producer and fellow Norwegian Mogilla. Now with the release of her EP The 25th Hour, she admits to feeling a lot of pressure being in the cyber spotlight, but she says that she’s mentally prepared for what comes next. “People are expecting a lot of things, but people always expect, you know? If I continue to focus on that, I’m going to lose sight of what I really should be focusing on. People have a lot of opinions, and opinions can destroy a weak character. So if you’re really talented but can’t take the comments and the hate, that’s going to test you.” Farida isn’t afraid to show her inner strength, and it’s very apparent in her tracks. Singing about selfempowerment, self-love, and living life to the fullest, she describes her EP as a mixtape that relates to every situation, just like in her upcoming song “Riding Out,” which tackles on feeling free and letting go of your doubts. “We’re so focused on living life that we don’t live it. We always say, ‘We should do this’ and ‘We should do that,’ but we never do it; we just keep waiting,” she says about the track. “So it’s about just living in the moment.” As she releases The 25th Hour on Spotify, iTunes, and on the airwaves as well as putting a music video in the works, the steadfast rising star’s biggest goal in her career remains to be a noble one. Her dream of going on tour to meet people and tell her stories around the world starts this fall with Norway’s biggest music festival, by:Larm. “Music is a universal language, and it’s something that can bring us all together. When you’re at a concert, you suddenly forget about your worries. We live in a crazy world, so I want to be part of a community that can make someone forget their worries for a day.”
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When GETTER first took a trip to Grim Jim’s World Famous Burgers in 2015, the 22-year old producer/DJ was just gearing up for a bigger bite into the grime scene. Now ripping and dipping with a tasteful amount of bass in his latest EP Radical Dude, the future ain’t only bright for this dude, it’s well-lit af. By Pola Beronilla
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n the middle of his game of Call of Duty: Black Ops, Tanner Petulla, better known as Getter, hits pause to talk about his life on the road as a music producer and DJ. “Oh god, I just updated it,” he laughs, trying to recall what he recently added on his tour rider. “I think it’s pretty standard. I got underwear and socks, so I never run out, Smash Brothers with a GameCube or Wii, Super Mario Sunshine, blow-up toys, and all kinds of weird stuff like that.” Jumping stage to stage across America, Getter has come a long way since his first bass drop in 2010. An unsung hero of the underground bass culture, the then-16-year old Getter was a huge metalhead before he started dabbling in sound design. “I really like the technicality of metal songs. I felt the lines were getting blurred ‘cause it was a similar vibe, so all the patterns and stuff really got me inspired to mess around with head bobbing patterns,” he explains. Often spotted tucking his neon-dipped
locks underneath a cap, all-clad in one of his shirts from his merch line Trippy Burger, Getter is building a futuristic neon palace keen to experimentation. “I’ve always been a fan of trippy stuff and cool colors, especially when I moved to LA ‘cause for some reason, everyone thinks it’s cool to wear only black clothes,” he jokes. “It wasn’t anything new for me to put the weirdness into my music and brand; it came very naturally,” Outside his face-melting sonic blueprint, Getter has also gone viral along with Vine comedian Nick Colletti, all because of the two-word phrase: Suh Dude. “It was never planned or anything. I think I was on the toilet for a few of them,” he quips. “My best friend Nick Colletti, who I met on Twitter, moved in with me, and we’ve actually been saying it for about a year now. For some reason, Suh Dude stuck. It got over ten million views [on Facebook].” When asked whether he minds that people only found out about his music after scrolling through this, he says, “I can’t say I hate it; I guess what I hate is when people know me for that instead of my music, but I try to give them the benefit of the doubt.” He goes on, “The way I see it, if they like that dumb humor and shit that Nick and I do and find out I do music and DJ, then they’ll be ever more down to be a fan. As long as they know the name Getter, I’m down.” His recent Radical Dude EP is released under Skrillex’s imprint OWSLA, and he’s stoked on how much creative control he has over his music. “It hasn’t really shaped my music at all, and that’s what I love about it. OWSLA is always down to do what you believe in,” he shares. “With any idea or song I have, they’re automatically on board ‘cause they believe in me and my vision. That’s why I’m
very close with them and love releasing with them.” Aside from working within his close-knit fam, Flume and Flying Lotus are his current inspiration—but he’s looking into exploring a new scene soon. “I’m really trying to get into hip-hop a little more. So right now, I’m really looking into collaborating with $uicideboy$ and Denzel Curry.” Though he pushes to pull the crowd with his music alone, Getter urges putting your own personality in your aesthetic. “I definitely think it’s more important than ever right now because there are so many artists doing exactly the same thing. I’ve figured out you can really make whatever kind of music you want as long as there’s something interesting to pay attention to,” shares the young producer. “If you establish your own sound, take what interests you have in life, and put it into your work, you’ll be fine. Any art, movie, music, anything that really defines you, if you can work that into your brand and music, people will notice.” Whether he’s dripping his graphic slimes and turbulent grimes at small clubs, massive festivals, or even in just your room with your headphones on, Getter is greater than the suh of his parts.
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ON FLEET With the remarkable stops she’s already made along the way, actress VIOLETT BEANE goes from 0 to 100 real quick as The Flash’s smart speedster, Jesse Quick. By Ida Aldana Photographed by Jen Rachid
aving a life of her own on the fast lane, Violett Beane has been expressing her artistry through different methods since she was young. “I always knew I was supposed to perform in some way,” she recalls. “I’m a creative person, and from a young age, I’ve been making art, writing songs, and performing scenes.” From TV drama The Leftovers to critically-acclaimed comedy film Slash, she’s got herself a head start whizzing through the industry, powered by her creative versatility and enthusiasm. When we caught up with her, she had just gotten back from the SXSW Film Festival where the feature in which she played the lead role in, Tower, was awarded as the Best Documentary. These days, she channels her creativity through her role as Jesse Wells a.k.a. Jesse Quick, one of the newest speedsters in The CW’s fan-favorite DC series, The Flash. “I had seen a few episodes of the show before I auditioned, but once I got the role, I went to a comic book shop back in Austin and asked them for Jesse Quick books,” the Texas native recounts. “The people at the counter were super sweet! They just kind of looked at me and said, ‘She just got casted.’ They ended up getting the picture.” Mixing right into the rapport of the cast, she’s gotten the hang of Central City. “It’s been interesting getting to know a new city, but aside from that, I couldn’t ask for a better crew. Everyone isn’t only amazingly talented, but also really fun to work with, and when you spend so much time with the same people every week, it helps when they’re cool.” As Violett gears up to charge Jesse Quick into the speed force, she says that her first big role in TV has been a learning curve. “I learned a lot just about the industry. Also being in this comic world, I’ve learned
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a lot about the fans and their loyalty.” She continues, “It’s amazing how much you find out about yourself and life in general when you go out on your own and try things you haven’t before!” After reading up on and playing the role of Jesse, she’s also been connecting the dots between herself and her onscreen persona; she sees a part of herself in her character, but only up to a certain point. “We’re both pretty strong-willed and maybe a little overconfident sometimes, but she’s way smarter than me. I mean, some of the words she saysW…” she trails off and laughs. “But I love getting to play Jesse. She has a lot of character and a sense of humor, and I think that’s important, especially for all the girls out there who watch the show.” The actress sees Jesse as someone that people can set as an example. “I hope they can see that they’re allowed to be who they are and talk back and crack jokes.” This is something she believes resonates throughout the whole show. “I think it’s amazing how well our show, and all
The CW shows for that matter, allow women to be women. It’s extremely important that writers and creators of film and television allow real women characters,” she exclaims. “Plus we can all kick some butt when the time comes!” With her seemingly more than ready to show off a bit of her own butt-kicking, it looks like there’s no quitting for Violett. “[My advice to aspiring actors] is just to keep at it! Get into a class, study your craft. It’s amazing what the right teacher could do for you. And have fun. If you forget that part, you’ll just be stressed about things that don’t matter.” Branching out as not only an actress, but also as someone behind the camera, she’s got a music video for the band Eyelid Kid ready for releasing, having directing, editing, and starring in. Until then, it’s best to keep an eye out for where she dashes off to next.
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Unfazed and yet crazed for art on screen, actor RYAN GUZMAN is en route to being the lead of every scene. As he steps up to the plate and away from his boy-next-door charms, he casts away a mix of genres and is ready for whatever everybody wants. By Janroe Cabiles Photographed by Marc Cartwright
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imlessly traipsing around with a baseball bat in hand and a bravado only belonging to the misspent youth is barely the surface of what Ryan Guzman brings to the table in Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some, a somewhat spiritual sequel to Dazed and Confused. Aside from playing in the ‘80s All-American college experience, the actor has been in Step Up Revolution and Step Up: All In, Indian indie drama Beyond Paradise, The Boy Next Door alongside Jennifer Lopez, Pretty Little Liars, and Heroes Reborn. “It’s your job as an actor to empathize with each character you portray, to live behind the eyes of another for a short period of time,” he shares of the versatile roster he has for a relatively young career. “The less you acutely think about what you are
doing in a scene, the more you get to live in the moment and let these newly-formed habits take over.” Showing an affinity for all art forms that come with no end, he practiced his work ethic at an early age, taking up martial arts at the age of seven while competing in soccer and baseball. “I always drew closer to the things I was passionate about and tried to make them work for me,” he recalls. Shortly after getting injured and retiring from baseball, he pursued Mixed Martial Arts while also modeling in San Francisco. Looking for a change, he moved to Los Angeles, signed on to a modeling and commercial agency, and booked gigs in his first six months. “That itself drove me to dive deeper into acting, Since then, I’ve always looked forward with an appreciation for growth.” In the same stroke, he’s found a platform in acting wherein he’s consistently learning and growing in his art. “The biggest thing I’ve learned throughout my short career, and I don’t know if others would agree, is that the lines mean nothing as an actor. It’s the intention given to the lines that give life to a character.” With an already diverse array of roles in comedy, drama, dance, thriller, and action, there’s no trace of him being stuck in one genre, but his path towards the big screens is clear. “The creative process between film and television vary, but both have the same initial game plan. TV has a limit for each show, which means lines must be delivered at a more rapid pace. Movies offer the opportunity to live in the spaces between the dialogue. I really enjoy making movies. I love to tell stories that either provoke the understanding of a perspective the general public is not aware of, or purely to entertain.”
mastermind Can you tell us about how you got involved with Everybody Wants Some, and what it was like working with Richard Linklater? There were three types of auditioning for EWS. The first was a simple interview of who you were back in college. The second involved picking three characters out of the six that were given to you and acting out those roles. The third was a skills video of us playing baseball. Each experience was incredible. Working with Rick is more than a dream; he’s a true master of trusting in his talent and the talent of the people he chooses to surround himself with. I am forever grateful to him for allowing me to be apart of this lifechanging journey. After watching the trailer and a few interviews, it’s apparent that one of the unique aspects of the film is how well you all work together and how it’s very relatable. How did you create this? We built the relationship with everyone offset. We created a family with Rick at the epicenter.
Your roster of projects shows so much versatility. So far, which of your roles was the most challenging? Step Up was definitely the most physically demanding. For The Boy Next Door, it was challenging to live in the mind of a sociopath and not let it bleed into reality. But Everybody Wants Some was the most challenging of everything thus far, purely due to the amount of talent I was surrounded by on a daily basis. Everyone pushed each other to reach higher than we ever have before. It was a challenge I would love to do over and over again.
like a really humble, fun-loving guy. Can you tell us how you deal with fame and what lessons you’ve learned from it? Fame is just a tool to be used wisely. Those that consider it as a classification of oneself are hollow inside. I’ve learned that the only thing worth putting your full attention into is love. Find out who you love being around and incorporate them into your life. Find what you love doing and make a career out of it. Love is the key to a healthy life, you just have to find out what you love.
A lot like what you and the cast brought to your characters, you seem
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In this fast-paced world, learning to adapt and riding with the changes is inevitable. And that’s exactly what Filipino digital show producer JAKO DE LEON has been doing. By Denise Mallabo Photographed by Meetkeso
ith both the amount and quality of talent rising in this day and age, having multiple slashes in one’s bio is completely normal. But Jako de Leon takes it to a whole new level. “I guess I’m a producer, writer, director, content creator, and occasional personal assistant,” he laughs. “Being sort of a jack-of-all-trades is very important now, because you have to do everything.” In addition to producing and writing for comedic shows like Front Act and Hecklines, he also creates videos such as the famous Bogart the Explorer for online consumption together with his production team Paperbug, airing on TV5’s online programming channel Digital 5. But becoming the screen king wasn’t always his plan, having taken up pre-medicine at Fordham University in New York. Even with one elective in photography, it was quite a jump to make, but he did it without qualms nor experience. “I took the pre-med route and worked at hospitals for a while before I moved back to the Philippines. I met a guy who wanted to produce a TV show, and he asked me, ‘Do you know
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how to produce?’ and I said yes, even though I didn’t. I figured that if I was going to do something, I might as well do something I enjoy.” Quipping his natural and deep-seated understanding of the content he creates, especially from getting a first-hand education from his father, comedian and host Joey de Leon, Jako has an equally strong sense of what direction to take. While he nods to his TV roots, he recognizes both the potential of globalization that lies in the online world as well as accessibility the growing audience will get. “Right now, people online are getting smarter; they’re starting to realize that they can choose what they want, and for Internet shows, there are so many markets to cater to, so many platforms to air your videos on. You don’t have to conform; your market isn’t just the Philippines. It could be Asia, the U.S., or Europe. By widening your audience, your audience is going to find you.”
MASTERMIND Your segment Bogart the Explorer is the first project you put out online. How did it all start, and what set it apart for you? We had a radio show back then with the same guys from Front Act, and we were so happy when we got a caller from Australia. So we kept talking to him, and at the end of the show, he asked if he could greet his friends and family on air. Then he started speaking in Bisaya and we all laughed our asses off. I told him I wanted to meet him for a segment that we had in mind, kind of like a Steve Irwin skit. When I met him, it turned out to be Marco Ho, our production assistant for Front Act at the time, and he was laughing because he meant it as a prank. I have a personal affinity with Bogart because that was something we really created from scratch–it was our humor. We knew we had something there, we just needed more people to see it. Now, it’s on its fifth year, and The Bogart Case Files on CNN Philippines is on its third season. Another show of yours is Tanods on D5 Studio, which is your creative take on a sitcom. Can you tell us more about it? Tanods is a ten to 12-minute sitcom involving a group of tanods in their daily lives. We made it interesting enough that each character is part of the main cast to make a good ensemble. Every episode, the characters would take turns at the forefront, from Internet personalities, dramatic actors, and comedians; it’s a good mix of people. There was a time when comedy was the main art form on television in our country, so instead of dramas on primetime, there would be sitcoms. So this show, which has a lot of Easter eggs alluding to the sitcoms from before, is our way of paying respect to that era.
“Being online gives you a chance to create a world of collaborations and eventually create something so new that it renders the old concept of competition obsolete.” Where do you see the future of online shows? Online is a good place to not go with the shotgun approach and just get closer to as many people as you can. You can go as direct with your programming as you want. I think there are going to be more and more programs, and we want to be at the forefront when that happens. Being online gives you a chance to create a world of collaborations and eventually create something so new that it renders the old concept of competition obsolete.
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Though he’s probably the most hated villain in Game of Thrones as of the moment, actor and musician IWAN RHEON is nothing but nice and less mad than usual. By Denise Mallabo Photographed by Will Bremridge Styled by Mark Haddon Location James Vaulkhard’s Studio 141 Special thanks to Victoria Raeburn–Wales from Prosper PR
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I was just sitting outside. It was lovely,” says 30-year old actor Iwan Rheon. It’s definitely a welldeserved break, since they probably just wrapped up their shoot for HBO Original series Game of Thrones, which is now running on its sixth season. Playing the sadistic and mentally troubled bastard Ramsay Bolton, some might say he replaced Jeoffrey Lannister in the number one spot of the most reviled character in the show. When asked whether he thinks he has anything in common with his merciless character, he hopes that it’s the contrary. “The only thing that I could think of is that, I guess everyone is looking for acceptance from their father. I’m very lucky though, I’m very loved by my father, but Ramsay wasn’t, and that’s a huge part on why he turned out to be such a monster. But yeah, there’s very little that we have in common,” says Iwan. The Welsh lad got into acting at age 17, then trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. He was casted as Moritz Stiefel in the London production of the notable musical Spring Awakening, a role that got him an Olivier Award under Best Supporting Actor in a Musical category. Iwan misses theater; he said that he would love to do some more, and hopefully, he will be able to soon. “At the moment, it’s been a lot of television and film, but I’m really hoping to get back on stage,” says Iwan. Music is also a huge part of Iwan’s life. He just released his first album Dinard last year after a few EPs years back. As he takes a quick break from his villainous character, Iwan talked to STATUS Magazine more about his music, his not-so-favorite scene that he did in Game of Thrones, and how his character Ramsay Bolton should be killed.
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You’re theatrically trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, what are some important techniques that you’ve learned from LAMDA? In theater, we did a lot of voice work and movement to free up your body so that when you do go on stage, you can use your voice correctly and without damaging it. You just pick up little things that work for you in terms of characterization, which I don’t even think about so much anymore, but at that time, I just learned little things from different people that help you find your character. It’s an amazing thing to have and stage work makes all the difference in the world.
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What’s the most satisfying part of doing theater that you can’t get from playing a role on TV or movies? What’s great about theater is the collaborative rehearsal process where you all get together and work on the piece for weeks. You show it to the world and get to see how that changes when there’s an audience. There’s something really exciting about that. I enjoy the kind of rush when you get put in front of an audience and get tested. Before Game of Thrones, there was Misfits. How was it playing Simon Bellamy? I really loved playing Simon; I thought he was fascinating. He’s a very introverted character, which is basically the total opposite of Ramsay. It’s funny how playing a character like Simon is tiring because you’re holding on to this weight inside you, unlike Ramsay who just releases it all, so it’s a very different kind of challenge for me. It was written very well, and I was really lucky that they decided to go with that direction in the series that I got to play the present Simon and the future Simon, who’s totally different and more confident. It was
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a wonderful experience, and I’m so glad that I got to be involved in it. I think it was a special show, actually. You were almost cast as Jon Snow. If you had the chance to trade roles, would you have traded playing Ramsay to playing Jon? No, not in retrospect. I do think that they made the right choice, Kit has been doing a great job, but I think Jon Snow’s life might get a little bit boring sometimes [laughs]. So I’m happy with playing Ramsay, he’s such an interesting character and he’s just a bit more fun to play that Jon. What’s the best part of playing Ramsay Bolton? He’s not your typical villain; he’s got loads of different layers. He’s manipulative, very intelligent, quick-witted, and can adapt to any scenario. Even though he’s a bit sick and dark, Ramsay is a very happy guy. He’s definitely a psychopath.
Which Game of Thrones scenes are you most proud of doing and were difficult for you to grasp? I really enjoyed doing the shaving scene in season four. It was a very well-written scene. It was nice to get to work with Michael McElhatton, who plays my father Roose Bolton. But I guess the scene that I found most difficult from what I’ve done would be the rape scene from the last season with Sophie Turner’s character, Sansa Stark. It was such a tricky scene. It’s such a horrible thing to do as an actor, but you just have to get on with it, be professional, and just do it. How do you think Ramsay Bolton should be killed? Really horribly somehow! I think a dragon should eat him or burn him alive. That would be right [laughs]. Last year, you released your first album Dinard. What would be the inspiration of the album as a whole? Dinard is kind of a symbolic and euphoric feeling of how I met my girlfriend, how we had an amazing night, and how you want to stay in that moment forever. The rest of the songs are written separately from
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HEAVY HITTER each other. There’s no connection, no certain narrative in the record. I’ve always wanted to make an album; it’s nice to be given an opportunity to do it. I just got together with a couple of mates and recorded a lot of songs. It was really cool. I really enjoyed it. I’ve always been massively into music, so it’s nice to actually be able to make a full album. It has always been an ambition of mine, and I’m really glad that I got to fulfill it. Can you still remember the first album that you’ve ever purchased? The first good album that I bought was Parklife by Blur on tape. I was listening to them when I was nine or probably younger. Then I started listening to Oasis, then Radiohead, which was probably what really started changing how I viewed and approached music. They all influenced me in slightly different ways, but that inspired me to learn how to play the guitar. I wanted to be in a rock band and be a rockstar. Don’t we all? At what point in your life did you realize that amidst the stress in acting, you still want to pursue a musical career? It’s not really much of pursuing a career in music. What’s great is that I have a career as an actor now, and the music is what I love. Obviously, what’s the point in writing and making music if you don’t want to share it? But I’m not hoping to be number one, and it’s not something that I really want to push, because I like how it is as of the moment. I really don’t want to change that with having money influenced it or all that stuff, so it is nice to actually have something that’s mine and I get to control it. It’s good to do something creative to stop you from going mad, I suppose. What are you looking forward to this year? Game of Thrones is about to be on, so that’s exciting. It’s always a really busy time for all of us when we promote the show. I’m really looking forward to seeing the new episodes. There are couple of other things coming up as well. I’m off to America to do a movie. It’s all cool. It’s exciting to move forward and see what happens.
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REAL T BABY
Jumping from NBCâ€™s The Voice and onto a her music with dizzying colors and a carica to talk about
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TALK Y TALK
bigger stage, MELANIE MARTINEZ conceals ature baby persona–but she isn’t scared adult stuff.
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“Music is like therapy for me; when I write when I’m upset, it helps me get over it—at least a little bit.” Melanie Martinez was only 16 years old when she first wowed the crowd with an alternative take on Britney Spears’ “Toxic” while matching it with a tambourine in between her feet. Her haunting voice carried her throughout the third season of The Voice and also led to her success outside the world of singing contests. Four years later, the New York native has a four-track EP Dollhouse and a full-length album Cry Baby tucked under her belt. Melanie not only writes music; she also writes stories. The imagery and wordplay in her songs are throwbacks to days of dolls, toy trucks, and pretend-play dates with stuffed animals, all cleverly juxtaposed with topics of drug use, family problems, divorce, self-esteem, and self-depression. The vividness of her stories walk the line between fascinating and jarring that it comes to no surprise that her song “Carousel” ended up fronting the widely successful and acclaimed American Horror Story: Freak Show. There’s a dichotomy in her music seen in the contrast between light and dark. “Light was the childhood theme and the dark was the adult situation,” she explains of the polarity. Listening to the narrative unfold with every track is both alluring and frightening. As Melanie begins her tour, we slowly witness the life and times of Crybaby play out.
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There’s darkness in your music. Where does this come from? There’s a rollercoaster of emotion happening in my life on a dayto-day basis, and I‘m an emotional person. Whenever I’m sad, I definitely try to use that to drive my writing. When I sit there and write about something that I’ve gone through, it’s me really digging in and letting all of my emotions out, so it’s a much more personal experience. Music is like therapy for me; when I write when I’m upset, it helps me get over it—at least a little bit.
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Tell us what it’s like writing about other people and situations. I think there’s always a time and place for writing about other things and writing about personal things. When I write about things I haven’t been through, it can be easier, but it also involves me sitting there thinking about the best way to tell a story. Sometimes, I kind of just make up stories. Like for “Tag You’re It” and “Milk and Cookies,” I’ve definitely not experienced being kidnapped or poisoning anyone with milk and cookies; I wrote those two imagining what it may be like to go through something like that [laughs]. You have a very complicated relationship with fans. How do you deal with this? Sometimes, all I want to do is tweet about how I’m hanging out in my tour bus, or upset and pissed off about something, but I know a lot of people won’t agree with what I’m upset about. I know they’re going to judge me or say something in a comment, and when I read it, it will hurt me because I’m human; there’s blood in my veins, and I have a heart and a brain. I wish that people treated artists like human beings rather than some sculpture they expect to be perfect.
You managed to be successful at a very young age. What has been the highlight so far? I’m not searching for anything specific to happen. A lot of people focus on or look for one thing to signify that they made it, but for me, I love even the shitty parts of my life because they make me into a better person and let me grow. It means a lot to me that I get to experience and write and share my stories with people who are relating to the emotion in my music. I get to be honest and connect with people who feel the same way or are going through something similar. It’s such a rare and weird thing, but it’s so cool to me, and that’s the highlight. From that 16-year-old who auditioned in The Voice to the artist you are right now, how have you evolved? I’ve definitely learned a lot more. I’ve been able to control my emotions and learned how to express them in cool ways, whether it’s writing a video treatment, writing music, etc. Being productive and capitalizing on those emotions has definitely helped, instead of just being,I don’t know, a brat [laughs]. What’s next for you? The next album is going to be connected to the first album; Cry Baby is definitely going to be a remaining character. The first album was sort of focused more on Cry Baby’s family life, who she is, and how she feels. The next album will be more about this one place in the town that Cry Baby lives in and her stepping outside of her house, and also introducing other characters involved in the story.
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Dressed to the nines like a â€˜60s gentleman, Australian actor DANIEL WEBBER brings to life one of the most notorious assassins in history in Huluâ€™s 11.22.63. By Janroe Cabiles Photographed by Jessica Castro
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Daniel Webber shoots a sharp look into the camera in a tailored suit and hat, telling the story of the most infamous sniper in American History–that of Lee Harvey Oswald, the man who assassinated John F. Kennedy. Before taking on this role in Hulu’s 11.22.63, the actor starred in Sleeping Beauty (2011), short films Reason to Smile, Eric, and Skin, and longrunning Australian series Home and Away. But what started his passion was being cast in his high school play A Pirate’s Heart as an ailing manservant to a pirate lord. Despite starting with this cinch of comedy, it sparked an interest in more diverse, meaningful roles down the line. “So many things inspire me,” he says. “Philip Seymour Hoffman in Capote, De Niro in Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, and The Godfather, Daniel Day Lewis in My Left Foot and Gangs of New York, Javier Bardem in Biutiful and No Country for Old Men. I could go on and on; I love cinema.” Stepping into the twilight zone of Hulu’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novel 11/22/63, the actor’s previous repertoire helps him switch gears to play the assassin. Initially set in the present day, the plot revolves around Jake Epping, who time travels through a diner closet to the ‘60s to stop the assassination of JFK. After seeing a project attached to James Franco as the lead, with both J.J. Abrams and the author as executive producers, he took a shot in. “I auditioned for it back in Australia. I prepared for two days on his physicality, his voice, and the scenes, and then I just let loose,” he laughs. Attracted to such a compelling persona, one much argued about and conspired against, there wasn’t much room for him
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“What I found very early on was the deep loneliness [Lee] must have felt; the desire to make a connection but being unable to do so, that was the root of everything for me." to be paralyzed by pressure. “I was just excited–I’m sure I had moments of doubt and fear, but predominantly, I was just really thrilled to work on such a complex man.” Getting down to business right after winning the part, he went straight to researching on the social and political context of the ‘60s and Lee Harvey Oswald himself, without even seeing the script. “I read the book, studied news reels, researched on Lee, his wife, his mother, and his what his aspirations were. There was just a huge amount of work to uncover and integrate into a performance.” Mirroring the man he built in his mind, combined with the physicality of the character he adjusted to, he developed a keen sense of understanding Oswald’s background. “Something about Lee’s mind reminded me of fast movements– the sudden spurts and stops of an ant, so I let that influence my work. But there was also a powerful force to him, this bull-like quality attaching with his full weight behind it, no matter what the cost. So in some ways, I thought of him as a fighting bull, trailed to fight and die in an arena.” As if the unique and paranoid body language wasn’t complex enough to adapt, he’s been praised for the voice pattern and accent he taught himself for the role. “I spent numerous
hours everyday working on his voice, his nuances, and quirks two months leading up to the shoot.” Separating all preconceived notions surrounding the man, he came down to a simple, relatable fact about the antagonized killer. “What I found very early on was Lee’s isolation from others and the deep loneliness he must have felt; the desire to make a connection but being unable to do so, that was the root of everything for me.” With a roster of roles simulated to psycho-seriousness, such as playing a stalker, onto an assassin, he tells us of his creative process and how not to overact. “I think you have to get big and not be afraid of being wrong so you can find those moments of truth. It teaches you a lot, then you scale it back for the screen, but I think overacting and being bad at it is part of the process.” Keeping mum on most of his next projects after the series, he shares his new project with Craig Boreham. “I do have a film coming out called Teenage Kicks, which I’m proud of and excited for! [I don’t have any dream project in mind]; I’m letting it all just come to me.”
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I love collecting them! The best way to cover up a bad hair day is to wear a cute hat.
JAPANESE FASHION MAGAZINES
This is where I get most of my style inspiration. They’re never afraid to be different.
Before any kind of makeup, my skin always comes first. I wear face masks before going to sleep to keep my skin fresh and moisturized.
Since I like to dress up, it’s only fair that my phone gets to change outfits, too. My current fave is the one with Leonardo DiCaprio. He’s my ultimate crush.
They’re very easy to use. They’re simple and the designs are usually so cute.
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She’s my favorite; I relate to the teenage heroine so much.
Statement earrings like these are a must if I want to one-up my outfit. These two are my favorites because they kinda remind me of Sailor Moon.
SALAD DAY PANTS
What better way to be cute and unique than with furry pink pants? These are definitely one of the cutest pieces from Salad Day.
ETUDE HOUSE CUSHION BB CREAM I use Cushion BB Cream because it’s the easiest to apply and it feels very light on my skin.