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6 MASTHEAD 8 CONTRIBUTORS 10 STATUS MESSAGE 

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STATUSPHERE 13 THREADS 16 SETTING 17 BRICK & MORTAR 18 SCREEN 19 BEATS 

48 SIMPLE 49 FUNK

FEATURES MAESTRO

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By Pola Beronilla

52 SPARE

PAINT: DEW PROCESS

Achieve that elusive lit-fromwithin glow.

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VANITIES: PAINT THE TOWN

Poppin’ colors never looked this good.

BEAUTY BITE: COCO NAIL STUDIO

By Denise Marcelo

54 AGAINST

STREET STYLE GO SEE

By Pola Beronilla

VISION BOARD

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26 CLEAN

SLATE

White and crispy, play around with loose silhouettes and fancy layering habits to replenish your wardrobe. By Francisgum

34 SELECT

START

Enter the battle royale donning a streetwear fighter aesthetic with straightforward cuts and earthy tones. By Miguel Alomajan

SHOPPING GUIDE

41 SWAG:

DOUBLE FEATURE

Your daily #ootds just got reel.

42 HIP-HOP

HOORAY

Malcolm Adekanbi

43 A

LITTLE TENDERNESS

Andie Walsh

44 FIGHT

Mookie

45 ROLL

THE POWER

WITH THE HOMIES

Cher Horowitz

46 BITTERSWEET

SYMPHONY

Sebastian Valmont

47 LIMEHOUSE Annie Hall

THE CLOCK

Armed with a soulful voice and a shimmering fretwork, Hannah Gill teams up with Brad Hammonds to bear lusty compositions muddled in sophistication as Hannah Gill & The Hours.

FASHION 24

CHANGE

Characterized by a boyish British charm and soulfulness of a New York avenue, indie rock quartet Drowners ascend with a darker sonic identity in their debut album On Desire.

BEAUTY 22 FACE

SPACE ODYSSEY

Cultivating a knack for lo-fi, synthpop melodies reminiscent of nostalgic extraterrestrial encounters on the silver screen, Danielle Johnson’s Computer Magic ain’t no cheap trick.

PACK: UP IN THE AIR

Enter the drone zone.

SOUL SISTER

Laney Boggs

GADGETS 20 TECH

MINDS

John Bender

BLUES

MASTERMIND

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PAGING THROUGH

Taking a page out of her book, actress and screenwriter Amber Coney tells tales of horror, drama, and vampire lovers in James Franco’s remake of Mother May I Sleep With Danger? By Ida Aldana

58 URBAN

KALEIDOSCOPE

With Canon A-1 pointing out to the beauty of every visual narrative her lens can find, NY-based fashion photographer Baohien Ngo lets her beliefs subtly creep into her hazy art. By Janroe Cabiles

60 TEENAGE

DIRTBAG

Saying what we were all thinking is something Celeste Mountjoy a.k.a. Filthyratbag has a penchant for, stripping out crude comics of the mundane and crippling reality of human nature.

By Janroe Cabiles


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83 DIRECTORY

FREEWAY JUVENILE

A misfit with a girl-next-door look, Dope and Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising actress Kiersey Clemons hits the curb of the existing archetypes in Hollywood and breaks away with her versatility and control over her representation of color.

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STATUS INVADES 84 GOOD VIBRATIONS

Always looking for new experiences through her creative eyes and long lashes, videographer and model Janina Manipol cuts it close to the line between good vibes and action.

By Janroe Cabiles

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HEAVY HITTER

AMERICAN MUSE

All golden mile-wide smiles, blonde locks, and a West Coast glow about her, Gigi Hadid steps out of the term “model of the moment” and onto the runway of the new breed of supermodels, with her seraphic face and love for burgers. By Janroe Cabiles

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OUT OF THE SHADOWS

Ditching their sophomore record’s electronic blips and ‘80s-style synths and reverting to a guitaroriented sound reminiscent of their debut album, The Temper Trap’s Thick As Thieves is a testament to their unyielding brotherhood. By Pola Beronilla

84 ABOUT THE COVER Flashing flashes of light and movement into the frame, Los Angeles-based photographer Jared Thomas captures our 22year old breakout star Kiersey Clemons in his studio, styled in playfully chic gear by Katrina Guevara.

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BLOGSPHERE

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GO SEE

we’re all models off duty. smize! 

FEATURES

there’s more to what’s in print

NIGHTVISION 

who’s spotted partying where

PHOTO DIARY confessional for lensmen

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editor-in-chief

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managing editor

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art director

Nyael David @nyaels

features editor

Pola Beronilla @HaveYouMetPola

graphic designer

Nadine Layon @nadinelayon

fashion assistant

Jill de Leon @orangetoenails

editorial assistant

Janroe Cabiles @janroetheboat

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contributing artists

Ida Aldana Sara Abraham, Miguel Alomajan, Jon Bergman, Francisgum, Mo Goodman, Katrina Guevara, Butch Hogan, Diane Lorenzana, Pamm Merrera, Samuel Paul, Christine Dorothy Mamalio, Jared Thomas, Daniel Santillan, Randy Stodghill, Gian Carlo Umahon

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C O NT R I B U T O R S DANIEL SANTILLAN Like his signature skinny jeans, Daniel Santillan’s product photography is tight. A graduate of De La Salle– College of St. Benilde, the 22-yearold has shot photos for events and concerts as well as videos for TV 5 series Style Star and Man Hacks. Now, he aims his lens at the iconic characters of movies past for this month’s SWAG (41).

SAMUEL PAUL Quick to make long-term collaborations only goes to show how much makeup artist Samuel Paul is sought afteras he works with brands YSL, Mac, Victoria’s Secret, models Cara Delevingne, Ashley Graham, Staz Lindes, Ruby Aldridge, Elsa Hosk, Stella Maxwell, Aline Weber, musicians Soko, Tegan and Sara, actresses Olivia Munn, Zendaya, and constantly using Kiersey Clemons face as a blank canvas, just to name a few.

PAMM MERRERA From contouring fit for a chiseled Greek goddess to lashes higher than the heavens, Pamm Merrera masters the glamour game with each brush stroke. A graduate from the Cinema Makeup School in Hollywood, she works her magic on TV shows, commercials, print ads, as well as the runway. Now, she lends her hand to help videographer Janina Manipol slay for this month’s Invades (84).

JARED THOMAS

Gracing our pages once again shooting our Freeway Juvenile Kiersey on the cover (62), LA-based photographer Jared Kocka Thomas comes back after exactly a year since his Fast and Furious work and shooting Orange is the New Black’s Samira Wiley. Pushing pop plushes in flash and flashy photography, he’s also worked for Gap, Triangl, Warner Brothers Records, Sony Records, Nylon, Seventeen, and Galore.

FRANCISGUM With his name appearing in the pages of British Vogue, Livid Magazine, Satellite Magazine, and Tantalum Magazine, and exhibiting his work at the Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture LA, Filipino photographer Francis Gumayagay knocks out art, portrait, and fashion photography in LA as he spreads his lens’ coverage through designer campaigns and art galleries, nowhere near a Clean Slate (26).

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KATRINA GUEVARA

Going under the alias Cubtrina, our LA-based regular contributing stylist Katrina Guevara lets her style speak for herself as a sentimental essentialist in fashion, as seen on our cover girl Kiersey Clemons (62), among her many other talents and interests such as music, art, and writing. Also contributing for Harold Kensington, C-Heads, and Atlas, she’s also written for publications L.A. Record and Paper Magazine


STATU S MESSAG E

AIN’T KIDDING AROUND

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ack in college, I remember commuting to school and you know what I would listen to? My thoughts. Yes, that was a joke, but it’s also true. There was no iPod back then, and if you had a cellphone, you were ballin’. I only used a desktop computer at work or borrowed my roommate’s computer at home. I did have the opportunity to travel, so I knew there was a big world out there– but it’s no competition to the youth of today. Check out the young trailblazers setting the world on fire in our Youth Issue. Our cover girl Kiersey Clemons is only 22 years old and she’s already making her mark in Hollywood, but we first spotted her in the feature film Dope, where she plays the tomboy Diggy. Though she was part of an ensemble cast, her face and presence commands your attention on screen that you can’t seem to take your eyes off of her. During our shoot with her in LA, she displayed a more playful and carefree side, revealing her candid youthful spirit. The next Heavy Hitter is taking over the fashion world on her own terms. Gigi Hadid might be the most visible today; we see the 22-year-old everywhere–from social media feeds, to entertainment sites, to billboards. We had a sit down interview with the blonde beauty for Penshoppe’s campaign shoot, and when I first walked into the studio and saw her, my jaws dropped; all I could think of was how stunning she looked. Where you would expect high demands from high profile people, there was none on set with her. All she wanted to do was play her music and make sure everyone had a good time. Though The Temper Trap are veterans in the game, there’s something about their music that makes us think of being young, wild, and free. Hiding underneath that pompous and bombastic arrangement, they evoke freshness in their tone and lyrics. In our interview, keyboardist/ guitarist Joseph Greer finishes his cup of coffee and talks to us about their latest record Thick As Thieves, their evolution as a band of brothers, and how they feel about playing live shows again. Growing up with the world at their fingertips, the younger generation has absorbed and collected knowledge that no other generation before them has experienced. It’s no wonder they’re leading the way to the future of…well, everything. You can see it in the fields of film, fashion, music, and technology, but the difference with the youth of today is that they know what they want out of life and are backing up their dreams and goals with a lot of guts and gadgets. Writing this Status Message makes me think of my young and amazing team. They’re talented beyond belief and can only get better from here. If there’s one advice that I could give them–and to our readers–it would be this: Live fearlessly and take action on your dreams, because anything you can dream, you can do.

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THREADS / setting / BRICK AND MORTAR / BEATS / SCREEN JUNE 2016

TRAIN SPOTTING B

reak a sweat in style with P.E. NATION, an Aussie activewear label by stylist-turned-designer Pip Edwards. Capitalizes on functionality, fabric, and fit, the energetic collection features a combination of street, edgy, and urban pieces that resonate with the fast-paced modern woman to break away from the average gym aesthetic. pe-nation.com

GREEN MINDED U

K-based label BLOOD BROTHER continues to expand its horizons as the brand’s latest collection goes environmental. Inspired by the Red Planet, the collection incorporates earthy and burnt red tones to its palette mixed with collage-print patterns. Having pieces ranging from suede bombers, cape-like jackets, and T-shirts made from recycled materials, the label puts its own green mark to British menswear. blood-brother.co.uk

BRIGHT TRACK C

lothe yourself in contemporary with emerging Korean menswear label BEYOND CLOSET. Described as a tonguein-cheek approach to preppy, Taeyong Ko’s menswear line features various pieces in pastel pink and baby blue as well as earthy tones, navy blues, and deep greens, all with their own special brand of quirky embellishments. beyondcloset.com

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THREADS

BRANDS TO KNOW

GLOW YOUTHFUL G

et to the heart of youth culture with SYJP. The brand takes concepts of style and comfort to the next level with a modern take on retro pieces such as blouses, jumpers, rompers, culottes, and dresses that feature pops of pastel, denim, and stripes to embody today’s truly trendy. stevejandyonip.com

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ive life on the edge and doll up with FELIX DOLL’s 2016 collection of genderless artifacts in gold, silver, and brass. The Swiss label constructs handcrafted jewelry that invokes uniqueness and luxury, taking geometry and minimalism to a whole new level. felix-doll.myshopify.com

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f you’re looking to up your prints game, then you should definitely subscribe to DAILY PAPER. Based in Amsterdam, the menswear label continues to showcase its Dutch-African heritage with the second drop of their Spring/ Summer 2016 collection, using gray and white tones infused with a vibrant palette of primary colors on printed co-ord sets, T-shirts, and coach jackets; serving you a wardrobe of colorful essentials. dailypaperclothing.com


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BLISS UP A

strong message from PARAISO’s Spring/ Summer 2016 offering: Young Yesterday, Young today, Young tomorrow. A joint project between illustrator David Méndez Alonso and fashion designer Krizia Robustella, the collection boasts of loud and vibrant graphics with a full spectrum of colors to its essential pieces of socks, button-downs, skirts, and caps. paraiso.tictail.com

PURE SYNERGY E

levate your wardrobe staples with Swedish clothing brand ODEUR’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection, Figure/Frame. Designed by Petter Hollstrom and Gorjan Lauseger, the set embodies individualism through a range of unisex apparel that exhibit comfort and style in the form of layered patch prints, crafted blazers, and tailored shorts in shades of white, black, and gray. odeur.se

SHAPE SHIFTER P

ushing the boundaries of fashion with innovative designs, there’s no better way to stand out from the crowd than with German brand SAMPLE-CM’s Fall/Winter 2016 collection .Grand Bassin. Fusing streetwear and sportswear as the core of the collection, the garments come with Velcro straps complete with instructions to experience the collection at its fullest styling capabilities. sample-cm.com

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SETTING

PLACES TO GO

SUITE

SHANGRI-LA AT THE FORT, TAGUIG L ocated at the heart of Bonifacio Global City, SHANGRI-LA AT THE FORT continues to elevate their philosophy of creating dynamic destinations, fusing hospitality and luxury in lifestyle while still remaining accessible. Serving as a hotel and a residential area called Horizon Homes, it pushes the boundaries in the literal sense. Aside from their function rooms and Kerry Sports Manila sports and recreation club, attached to their compound is a two-level retail podium with 30 establishments, adding to the impressive collective of restaurants, bars, and clubs High Street Café, Raging Bull Chophouse & Bar, Canton Road, Samba, and Limitless. Also adding to their posh, ivory and marble designs, they have a number of art pieces by Filipino artists and architects. 30th St. cor. 5th Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig shangri-la.com/manila/shangrilaatthefort

GRUB

etting out to fill the void of anything strange or peculiar, OUTRÉ MANILA takes to its name and introduces an unconventional fast casual dining experience hailing all the way from Melbourne, Australia. Bringing crosscultural comfort food to our streets, Le Cordon Bleu-trained Neslly Bretaña offers the happy combination of an ever-changing nitrogen gelato menu and concept sangers, or sandwiches as we know them. Opening its second shop in Circuit Lane early this year following their flagship store in BF Homes, Parañaque, the shop’s aesthetic stays true to the land down under, with walls that scream of their laidback atmosphere but also feature a mural done by local artists, thus tying up their love for food, art, and culture. Circuit Lane, Circuit Makati, Hipodromo St., Makati City outremanila.com

PLATE

THE FOOD DOWN UNDER Crossing flavors and crossing cultures, OUTRÉ offers comfort food inspired by the coasts of Australia, promoting taste and quality through their savory menu and specialized, hand-crafted liquid nitrogen gelato. 16 - STATUSMAGONLINE.COM

POTATO WEDGES Potato wedges served with their homemade sour cream and sweet chili sauce

BARBECUE BACON BURGER New Zealand beef, cheese, fried bacon, aioli sauce, and Cleopatra sauce

6-HOUR BEEF RAGU FETTUCINE Six-hour braised beef and fettucine in Komodo sauce and red wine

MILO DINOSAUR Milo chocolate mix gelato, with a syringe of chocolate syrup

Words by Janroe Cabiles, SUITE photos courtesy of Shangri-La Manila, GRUB photos by Nadine Layon

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BRICK AND MORTAR

STORES TO SHOP

SWORDS-SMITH _ , BROOKLYN 98 South 4th St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York swords-smith.com Dime to Drop: PHP 1,761.66–PHP 31,292.66 ($38-$675) Don’t leave the store without: a Henrik Vibskov “Rakai” Jumpsuit

Words by Jill de Leon and Denise Marcelo

You’re promised to look sharp once you step into SWORDS-SMITH. Captured inside crisp white walls, the 2,000 square foot space is encircled by natural light and contrasted with black beams and shelves reminiscent of Eastern architecture. Founded in 2013 by couple Briana Swords and R Smith, the Brooklyn store celebrates creativity and design through maintaining the former factory’s original brick and details as a nod to the neighborhood’s reputation for industrial art. With a range of womenswear, menswear, jewelry, and accessories, the store curates pieces from more than 80 designers along with an in-house collection and collaborations with other brands and artists. Aside from the shop, the area also alternates as a creative space for parties, events, pop-up shops, and art installations. Carrying renowned names such as Henrik Vibskov, Retrosuperfuture, Samuji, Wal and Pai, Smoke × Mirrors, Stutterheim, and Soulland, the shop proves that underground is yet to be overrated.

THE NINES

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port baggy silhouettes and surf with the menswear aesthetic with THE NINES, a Manila-based online surrogate warehouse of athletic apparel. Stocking up on athleisure, the online store features brands like Black Scale, Clear Weather, Publish Brand, Rastaclat, Reshoevn8r, Richer Poorer, Tavik, and Vitaly as well as an in-house collection. You’re one click away from a street escape.

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SCREEN

SCENES TO SEE

REMOTE CONTROL TICKET

BRAINDEAD (CBS) From the producers of The Good Wife comes BrainDead, starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Danny Pino, Aaron Tveit, and Tony Shalhoub. Set in Washington D.C., the series follows a young Hill staffer in her startling discovery of the government’s halt in operations and of the alien nature of a growing number of Congressmen and Hill staffers.

AMERICAN GOTHIC (CBS) Created by Corinne Brinkerhoff, this murder mystery drama casts Anthony Starr as Garett, the son of a prominent Boston family, who is recently recuperating from an eerie discovery linking their deceased patriarch to multiple murders over a decade, just as suspicion builds that one of them may have been his partner in crime.

ME BEFORE YOU Quirky small town girl Louisa Clark (Emilia Clarke) takes post as caretaker for wealthy, cynical paralytic Will Traynor (Sam Claflin) and tries to convince him that life is still worth living.

CONJURING 2 Following the events of The Conjuring (2013), paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren travel to London, England to investigate the case puzzling case of the Enfield Poltergeist.

NOW YOU SEE ME 2 Set one year after the original, Lizzy Caplan joins the Four Horsemen (Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco, and Woody Harrelson) as they take the stage again to expose unethical illusionists.

NO STRANGER THAN LOVE Alison Brie stars as a sweet high school teacher who falls in love with the school’s football coach, who subsequently falls into a hole in her bedroom, causing the town to think he’s gone missing.

SWISS ARMY MAN This Sundance Film Festival winner sees Paul Dano playing Hank, a man deserted on an island, when he comes upon a flatulent corpse played by Daniel Radcliffe, who may be his ticket back to the mainland.

THE PHENOM When Major League rookie Hopper (Jonny Simmons) hits a rough patch with pitching, he’s sent to a psychologist, who then traces back to the player’s memories of his abusive father (Ethan Hawke).

PLAYBACK THE GREAT ESCAPE (1963) From the beginning to the end, this is a perfect entertaining WW2 movie. One of the best movies of the ‘60s.

BLADE RUNNER (1982) I like the dark and mysterious aesthetic to this movie and all the lovely details it has to discover.

LOST IN TRANSLATION (2003) Bill Murray. Perfect soundtrack. A timeless movie you can watch over and over again.

NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN (2007) Again I like slow-paced movies with great dialogue and this one in particular they tell the story of the characters amazingly.

DRØMSJEL (Artist) VERTIGO (1958) I’m a big Hitchcock fan and I think this one is his most fascinating film.

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Words by Danielle Cabahug

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BEATS PLAYLIST

These songs really encompass our friendship. Big, bold, and ready to take the world by storm. We’re crazy, hectic, and a touch manic, but that’s what makes it so fun to be around with!

HANNAH GILL & THE HOURS hannahgillandthehours. com

“Loser” Beck

“9 to 5” Dolly Parton

“The Distance” Cake

“Got My Own Thing Now” Squirrel Nut Zippers

Including Aaliyah–she’s really cool and lyrics are really fly–Jhene Aiko, Craig David, and Mary J. Blige ‘cause she’s a queen, these are probably my top R&B songs:

FARIDA soundcloud.com/ musicbyfarida

“Don’t Know What to Tell Ya” Aaliyah

“Be Without You” Mary J. Blige

“Spotless Mind” Jhene Aiko

“Walking Away” Craig David

If we were to give you a playlist that captures the band’s tour life, the following list of songs are, if my memory serves me, the most listened to in our van:

DROWNERS Matthew Hitt (Vocals/Guitar) drownersband.com

“Dancing Queen” Abba

“Young Turks” Rod Stewart

“Disco 2000” Pulp

“I Just Learned To Run” Lee Hazlewood

MUSIC TO HEAR

RELEASES

A year after their self-titled freshman effort, hip-hop bros RAE SREMMURD shows us how to “Start A Party” in their sophomore record Sremmlife 2. Along with a few friends who are “Real Chill”, dope artists like Kodak Black and Juicy J also lend a hand to make the album “Look Alive”.

Exploring their younger years is Danish band YUNG as they sing us to sleep with their 12-track debut A Youthful Dream. Following 2015’s These Thoughts are like Mandatory Chores EP, the Aarhus-based quartet will drape us with a dreamy pop punk “Blanket” in their latest record.

Words by Danielle Cabahug

MUSIC NEWS

Along with some of the finest local acts, catch the progression of pop music at the Mall of Asia Concert Grounds on June 24 as alternative rock quintet OneRepublic returns to the shores of the Philippines to headline MTV Music Evolution Manila 2016.

With a heavy hitting lineup headed by Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Last Shadow Puppets, and PJ Harvey, Primavera Sound 2016 returns to Barcelona at the Parc del Fòrum site from June 2-4 to churn out solid sets by the hottest avant-garde sounds of today.

Get angsty and have the time of your life this June with the epic onstage adaptation of Green Day’s American Idiot as Globe and 9Works Theatrical premiere the two-time Tony Awardwinning musical. There’s no need to wait for September to wake up for this one.

After releasing music under the pseudonyms D. Lissvik and Atelje, Swedish producer DAN LISSVIK lets his name be known and spells it out for us with eight tracks in his first full-length solo album entitled Midnight–a rather straightforward followup to debuting with his Shuvit! EP last year.

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T EC H PACK

UP IN THE AIR

DOWNLOADS

It’s a bird… It’s a plane… No, it’s a drone.

DJI PHANTOM 3 4K • Features an integrated 12-MP camera attached to a 3-axis gimbal • Built with a camera that features a 94° angle-of-view lens EVF that allows for a display speed of 85 fps • Has a 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi extender built into the controller, extending the Wi-Fi range up to 3900’ line-of-sight SRP: PHP 47,222.23

WALKERA FURIOUS 320 • Has ability to rotate, roll, and flip freely, which gives the user unparalleled flight enjoyment • With a top speed of 120km/h, its brand new motors and propellers enable it to fly faster and more agile • Can record the return point and calculate the remaining flight time based on the distance and height

FOCUS! By Focus Gamez, LLC Sure you know your colors from your shapes? This game will challenge your impulse, testing your mind and everything you think you know.

SRP: PHP 23,100.12

AIRDOG

• Can be flown up to 820 feet away, using only a remote control for the operations • Possesses a maximum speed of 67km/h • Designed to carry a GoPro Camera, which is sold separately SRP: PHP 75,583.93

ONAGOfly

VIDEORAMA By Apperto Ltd Get the job done with video editor and moviemaker the app that lets you create prolike movies using your own photos and videos.

• It’s a highly portable palm-sized drone, weight only at 140g • Equipped with one of the highest-resolution cameras available, shooting 15-MP and 1080p, HD, 30 FPS videos • Controlled solely by a mobile device and can track location with a built-in GPS SRP: PHP 14,133.58

YUNEEC TYPHOON H • Can fly longer than the average drone with a flight time of 25 minutes • Travels at a speed of 35km/h and can be flown up to 3,281 feet • Comes with a standalone remote controller with builtin 7-inch touchscreen SRP: PHP 61,449.88

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URBAN DECAY Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer P606.23

SISLEY PARIS “Phyto-Eye Twist” All in One Eyeshadow, Pencil, & Eyeliner in Copper P2,525.95 BURBERRY “Full Kisses” Lipstick in Nude P1,524.81

AESOP Parsley Seed AntiOxidant Serum P3,405.42

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BAREMINERALS “PrimeTime” Eyelid Primer P909.34

JANE IREDALE “Balance” Hydration Spray P1,473.99

TOM FORD Cream & Powder Eye Color in Golden Peach P3,031.14

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Sent on a sonic mission to save mankind, Danielle Johnson fell to Earth to transmit electronic pop space jams as COMPUTER MAGIC. By Pola Beronilla Interview by Danielle Cabahug Photographed by Mo Goodman

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aking her moniker from This Is Spinal Tap, Danielle “Danz” Johnson used to split her downtime between school, graphic designing, and DJ-ing in New York before fully realizing her calling to make music. “Although DJ-ing was fun, it was becoming slightly overwhelming; I would never see any sunlight. I was broke and needed to figure my life out, so I took a break from NYC and moved down to Florida,” she recalls. Making the best out of her spare time at her mom’s house, she started producing music on a whim, soon discovering that she could play by ear and eventually teaching herself about music production via YouTube videos. “I never had any expectations on whether or not people would like it. It was a complete surprise when people started to respond. After I realized I could make music, I never really wanted to do anything else, hence Computer Magic.” Growing up to the music of Belle & Sebastian, Franz Ferdinand, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Strokes, and Brian Jonestown Massacre, Danielle cultivated a knack for lo-fi, synthpop melodies reminiscent of nostalgic extraterrestrial encounters on the silver screen. “I’ve always been a fan of the old ‘70s sci-fi aesthetic, so for me, making music that goes with that is fun,” she shares. As she

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moons over Broadcast, Stereolab, Giorgio Moroder, Gary Numan, Kraftwerk, and Radiohead as well, the artist swims past her pool of influences, creating an identity and finding a sound of her own. “I’ll never purposely try and sound like anybody, but subconsciously, my influences probably combine and come out in the music I write.” Gliding through the fuzz and gauzy pulsations is Danielle’s sugary vocals, duly bolstered by the plinky synths and digital reverb. In 2015, Danielle launched her debut album Davos after testing the waters with eight EPs under her belt. Even though it took her a good five years before releasing a full-blown LP, it served as an introduction to what Computer Magic is capable of. Fresh from a small East Coast tour around DC, Boston, and Chicago, big things await her in the near future. “I hope to release my next record next year; I’ve been working on it the last couple months,” she shares. Though Computer Magic seems to be a synthful gimmick, it’s certainly no cheap trick.


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“I’ll never purposely try and sound like anybody, but subconsciously, my influences probably combine and come out in the music I write.”

We’ve seen you clad in a space suit in a few of your press releases, what’s it like in there? I think I feel comfortable in disguise [laughs]. It’s like my protection or layer against the world Plus, it’s awesome wearing a space helmet! You’re very big in Japan. What do you think it is about you that the Japanese people love? The experience in Japan has been amazing. There are some American bands that are bigger there, although I’m not exactly sure I could pinpoint the reason why. I’ve read that the band Cheap Trick is “The Beatles” of Japan, and The Scorpions are very big there. There’s a whole Wikipedia article about being “Big in Japan”. You’ve released a few Japan exclusives with Tugboat Records and P-Vine Records. What’s your favorite thing about the place? My favorite thing is probably the fans; they’re the sweetest and so kind. The food is also absolutely amazing, and the scenery is stunning, especially in places like Kyoto when the cherry blossoms bloom. You’ve mentioned preferring physical formats for your releases. What are your thoughts on booming vinyl culture among millennials? I think the fact that vinyl is coming back is great. The experience you get from buying a vinyl LP versus streaming it on Spotify is so much better. Instantaneous streaming is an amazing feat of modern technology, but to me, physical, tangible records are a richer experience that you can’t duplicate with MP3s or streams. There’s something about holding a record in your hand!

What do you hope to achieve with your music? I hope I can make someone’s day better.

thecomputermagic.com @zdanz


SPARE CHANGE Multifaceted without compromising their roots, New York-based indie rock quartet DROWNERS leave their progression to the trajectory of inspiration, hauling us into their second skin: self-expression. By Denise Marcelo Interview by Danielle Cabahug Photographed by Butch Hogan

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.S. soil is sprawling with dreamers–some catching a gold mine of luck, some persevering to no avail, and some fertilizing their individual stronghold for every conceivable endeavor. In 2011, eventual frontman Matthew Hitt packed his bags and boarded a flight to New York, prowling on a tightrope into the no-looks no-entry world of modeling. It was here that he met the components to manufacture his yet-to-be realized dream as he met guitarist Jack Ridley, drummer Daniel Jacobs, and bassist Erik Lee Snyder: to make music and to form a band. Drowners is the incarnation of the Arctic Monkeys and The Strokes collaboration that never happened. Characterized by a boyish British charm and soulfulness of a New York avenue, critics may call the sound of their first two releases (selftitled Drowners and Between Us Girls EP) a premature identity crisis, but suppose there’s a liberal way to phrase it: the convergence of two rhythms harmoniously reaching the top of their game. Relative to sold-out shows and heavy demand is vanity, but Matt and co. don’t capitalize on the fame, as swell as it is. “I think growth is only natural. I’m four years older than I was when I wrote the songs on our first EP,” Hitt says, more factually than humbly. They intend to keep the cycle of change continuous, seeing to it that their content gets revolutionized. Conforming to a rigid style isn’t part of Drowners’ long-term plan, and if they don’t want to burn out, every project is a chance to reimagine their sound. “If you’re developing as a band, then a change of sound or approach is a necessity to keep things interesting.”


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“IF YOU DON’T BOTHER TO MAKE THINGS HAPPEN FOR YOURSELF, IT’S EASY TO GET LOST IN THE SLEW OF THE THOUSANDS OF OTHER BANDS HERE.”

We’ve read in an interview that Drowners formed together in 2011 after you moved from the UK to NYC and met Jack. Are there specific ties to places you’ve been that influence your music? Matt: I suppose that New York in general has influenced our music. Perhaps not directly by certainly indirectly as the practical issues of forming a band here–expensive rehearsal room rent, the general high standard of bands here, everyone being busy, etc.–meant that we had to have a strong work ethic from the start. If you don’t bother to make things happen for yourself, it’s easy to get lost in the slew of the thousands of other bands here. You’ve mentioned that On Desire is a more reflective one, almost darker in tone. Why choose a more introspective take on the album? M: The writing for this record was a lot more collaborative, so I think it’s more of a reflection of the four of us as a group, which, I suppose, made it come out a bit darker than the first record. There were a lot of discussions about the types of records we all loved and the areas in which we found common ground, and I think On Desire became a sort of communal thought bubble.

How important is storytelling to your music? M: As a lyricist, I prefer to leave a lot of gaps in the songs, rather than a storytelling kind of narrative. I feel like the music should serve the lyrics and vice versa to give a more impressionistic view of what the song is describing. That sounds a bit pretentious, but it’s sort of a simple puzzle in my head. There’s undeniable growth in your sound. Is there anything from your first EP that will always resonate with each album? M: As a group, I think there’s a punk attitude towards playing and performing that we can’t seem to get rid of, which is a good thing, in my opinion. What’s your favorite part about touring internationally? M: The feeling of being away from home with no obligations but to play a show–which is my favorite thing to do–is pretty liberating. I like meeting people at shows who have waited to see you play. It’s made me appreciate what music means to people, everywhere, and it’s fun to share that excitement. What’s the best part about what you guys do? M: Playing live.

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AGAINST THE CLOCK

Swimming along a new tide of sultry rhythms and contemporary blues in their latest EP The Water, it’s about time HANNAH GILL & THE HOURS make music that’s good for the art and soul. By Pola Beronilla

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lunging to dark, doomy depths, 18-year old Hannah Gill sings 21st-century blues with a big, soulful voice charmed by the sound of decades past. “I think I’ve managed to develop my own individual sound just by listening to so many different musicians. My main influences have always been Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Fiona Apple,” shares the singer/ songwriter. Though she has fostered wisdom and maturity in her music as a solo artist beforehand, it was meeting skilled guitarist and producer Brad Hammonds that put her soul searching to an end. “He has definitely opened up musical windows I never knew were there,” shares Hannah of her musical ally. “When I first

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started recording my solo music, a lot of my songs had no drive, no inner fire. Now as I’m aging, I’m learning how to translate my emotions into music that others can connect to.” Thus, Hannah Gill & The Hours was born. Bearing lusty compositions muddled in sophistication, Brad underlines Hannah’s vocal hues with a shimmering fretwork that combines ‘70s lo-fi pop with contemporary soul and blues. “I think because of our unique styles as individual artists, we really create something one-of-a-kind when we come together,” she says. “His instrumentation is far better than mine, so it’s incredibly helpful to bounce ideas off of each other when we write out new songs.” Their latest release, The Water,


entitled after one of the tracks in the EP, is a testament to the said newfangled tone. “It’s far less poppy [than my solo work], and I think a large portion of that comes from me really growing into my skin and feeling comfortable expressing myself musically in ways I never had before.” Though working with a partner seemed new for the 18-year old crooner, it was an organic process for the two. “In some cases, I would write out lyrics with a basic melody and then take them to Brad to see if he could pair the poem with a chord progression we both liked,” she details. “Other times, I would just wake up at 4 AM and have an entire song in my head. Needless to say, there was really no process, just beautiful chaos.” Slithering songs about embracing life’s adventures and breaking free from society’s mold, Hannah explains that their EP’s theme plays around with the idea of freedom. “The track ‘The Water’ was really based on that feeling you get when you sense a wave of change coming, and whether it’s good or bad, all you can do is just wait for it to hit. It’s the freedom that

“I think because of our unique styles as individual artists, we really create something one-of-a-kind when we come together.”

comes along with a massive change in lifestyle, freedom that turns your world upside down.” Along with their hypnotic recordings, the duo is also keen on penning songs that aren’t limited to their own perception. “Storytelling in the true sense of the word isn’t that important to me, but I do want people to be moved by what they hear. I want people to listen to the lyrics and the musicality and create their own stories, their own theories,” she shares. “No one likes a story that’s cut and dry from beginning to end.” Spending the next few months touring and doing radio interviews, Hannah Gill & The Hours are gearing up to show the world what they got with a newly minted fivetrack EP on hand. “We’ll be working our butts off for the next few months trying to get our EP out there. If all goes well, we will hopefully be at a venue near you,” she quips. They’re also working on the video for their debut EP’s first single, “Change in Blue,” with acclaimed director Alex Decampi. As they fuel themselves with a lot of jokes, puns, and pump up music for a cross-country tour this summer, Hannah shares, “Anyone coming to a show can expect an exciting, high-energy show that will make you want to dance your pants off!”

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PAGING Long story short: actress and screenwriter AMBER CONEY’s story is only just beginning. By Ida Aldana Photos courtesy of MLC PR

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oday in the life of actress Amber Coney entails different sides to production, including collaborations with James Franco, but it all started with storytelling. “Ever since I can remember, I’ve been enamored with stories, with the different kinds of people and places I’d meet when I read a book, saw a play, or watched something onscreen,” she recalls. Though she was a closed book as a child, she was able to express herself through theater. “Expressing myself on the stage was huge for me in terms of discovering the fullness of who I am. The theater community was where I belonged, and it made way for a smooth transition into the array of things I’m doing now.” The California native also explored her interest in stories through searching for videos in her local library when she was younger. She shares, “Not only did I see the incredible way stories could be told through cinema, but I was also astounded by diversity of lives I encountered through the characters on screen.”

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Aside from her natural interest in the arts, Amber also goes by the book. As a graduate of the University of Southern California with a degree in acting, she uses her knowledge as a way to develop herself. “I don’t think having a degree has made a significant impact on my career directly, however, my experiences in school got me to where I am personally and as an artist, and certain things I learned or was exposed to continue to be of use and serve me to this day.” Her interests have reached their peak as she takes on the role of Carolina Diaz a.k.a. Cricket in Freeform’s supernatural period drama Dead of Summer, a new series set in the ‘80s about a Midwestern summer camp where evil lurks in its midst. “Being in this series really challenges me to examine fear, both physical and personal, and how we as humans are constantly looking for some sort of light, even if it doesn’t seem to exist,” she enlightens. As for playing a multi-layered character, she explains, “Playing Cricket brings out the complexities of feeling a certain way on the inside, and dealing with a reality that isn’t necessarily giving you what you truly want.”


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“NOT ONLY DID I SEE THE INCREDIBLE WAY STORIES COULD BE TOLD THROUGH CINEMA, BUT I WAS ALSO ASTOUNDED BY DIVERSITY OF LIVES I ENCOUNTERED THROUGH THE CHARACTERS ON SCREEN.”

Amber’s storytelling goes beyond bringing a character physically into life as she also takes part in their creation by putting pen to paper. She recently co-wrote the script of the remake of the ‘90s cult classic, Mother, May I Sleep With Danger? along with James Franco. She tells us how it worked out, saying, “He described the original plot, and then delved into how he had been given free-reign to completely re-vamp the story in whichever way he saw fit.” She continues, “For him, this meant altering the character dynamics, adding a same-sex story line, and bringing vampires or ‘nightwalkers’ into the mix.” Even though writing the script was a difficult task to accomplish in less than a week, she was able to do it within a shorter time. “I had no idea what I was getting myself into, but I was absolutely up to the task. I put the pedal to the metal and churned out a first draft of the teleplay in five days.” As for collaborating with Franco, she says, “I think we mesh really well creatively, so the main thing I can bring to his vision is a fresh point of view and an active imagination that allows me to build the worlds he envisions and to bring to life the people that inhabit them. While there are only a few chapters to Amber’s story, she’s not running out of pages any time soon. She’s still filming for Dead of the Summer while working on another script with James Franco, but she already has plans about what she’s going to do during her break. “I will most likely be putting my energies into acting and writing for film during the long hiatus, and seeing what manifests,” she discloses. “There is a lot more to come, and honestly, the fact that I get to do what I do for a living makes me have to keep pinching myself as a reminder that it isn’t just a dream.”

amberconey.com @AmberConey

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URBAN KALEIDOSCOPE Snapping faces and places in and out of focus under the soft light, New Yorkbased photographer BAO NGO shoots hazy visions of garment, concrete, and skin of all colors. By Janroe Cabiles

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hipping out her camera at the tender era of high school, Vietnamese artist Baohien Ngo started turning heads with her portraits of kaleidoscope spells, young blood and all. Now based in Brooklyn, NY, the 21-year-old pursued a degree in Communications Design at Pratt Institute before dropping out, while moving along with her lens for fashion. “I learned a lot during my two years in school that changed my life. But I guess that’s what keeps me in pursuit of my art–I always want to keep learning more, whether or not I’m in school. [My course] is all about how images are used to communicate certain ideas, so for the first time, I’m really trying to figure out what I want to say with what I create.” Shooting for a number of brands for catalogs and lookbooks, Glamour and Bullshit, She Loves Dresses, Faelyn, Alexis Walsh, Margarita Mermaid, and for band Lightning Bug, to name a few, she equips her look of scenes

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under a haze, expressing her love for grain, refracted light, and bouncing colors. Trailing back to the start of her art, Bao recalls, “My dad bought me this dinky digital pointand-shoot when I was in third grade. I upgraded to his old DSLR when I was 13 and that’s when I started taking it seriously as like an art form. I like capturing short moments, places, or things that I experience. It’s like if I don’t take this picture, I’m going to forget I was ever there, and I’m pretty scared of that.” Taking this as inspiration, she also expresses her admiration for nostalgia, citing her early memories that illuminated this influence. “I get a lot of inspiration from suburbia– things that I miss when I’m not in the suburbs. Things like fast food drive-throughs or football fields, how quiet the streets were, and real trees and real sunsets. Nostalgia for me is actually more bittersweet, but I’d rather my audience feel like they’ve been reminded of something small from their past.”


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“FOR THE FIRST TIME, I’M REALLY TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT I WANT TO SAY WITH WHAT I CREATE.”

With an anthem of nostalgia in her work, she draws on a certain youth that lives in all ages to breathe life into her photos. Marrying her background of suburbia and her present backdrop of the city, she adds in her own twist of romance while making a point to rally her values, say for example, her belief in radical inclusion and feminism. Hinting on her raw approach of shooting the female form, she calls on artists of all diversities to collaborate, not stopping at her subjects, and placing them into a visual narrative of both emotion and experience. “I think [inclusive feminism] extends to my own art subtly. I’m more interested in the representation of women of color, non-binary or non-gender conforming in art.”

What equipment do you use? I mostly use my Canon A-1. Sometimes my Instax, sometimes my DSLR, which is a Canon 20D, although it actually just completely broke a month ago after too many years. I never upgraded. I need to invest in a new DSLR. My A-1 is my favorite though. Tell us about your collaborations with your subjects. How do you create a space where your subjects can feel as comfortable and raw as possible? Make sure consent is the most important thing. Let people choose how they want to be seen. It’s weird to say as a photographer, but I don’t think other people are merely subjects that are meant to be exposed under someone else’s gaze. I think people are happiest

with how they’re portrayed in art when they’re connected with the artist. When the opposite happens, that’s how we end up with male gaze or white gaze or other forms of objectification.  Many of the subjects in the portraits you take are of your friends. Is there a difference between capturing the natural beauty of a stranger and someone you know so well? There is! Familiarity and friendship are really an advantage sometimes, because if I know somebody better then I know what makes them comfortable based on their personal style. But photographing people who I don’t know as well is also exciting. I don’t get to go out and meet people often, so photographing strangers is how I make new friends. How would you describe the beauty of analog to someone who thinks the art is dying? It’s something tangible. You can hold negatives in your hand.

bhngo.com @baohngo

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TEENAGE DIRTBAG Saving the world from the sometimes mundane, sometimes crippling complexities of human existence is artist CELESTE MOUNTJOY, one sad comic strip at a time. By Janroe Cabiles

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oying with the idea of the collectively shitty parts of human nature, Australian artist Celeste Mountjoy a.k.a. Filthyratbag steals the candid, intimate, and pathetic moments in life and turns them into satirical squares for our sad pleasure. Having her secretly and scarily accurate caricatures featured in Rouse Magazine, Idol Magazine, Sleepover Club Initiative, Polyester Magazine, Fashion Journal, and Dazed Digital, the 16-year old art student puts our social anxiety and discomfort on blast with her lackadaisical sarcasm, but it all once started with darling doodles. “I started drawing when I was about three or four, I think,” she recalls. “My mum started me on it, having red and black pens at the bottom of her bag for me to draw with. My favorite subject was pretty girls: tiny waists and huge boobs, mermaids with curly eyelashes. I liked making stories too.” Ringing in the drastic change from sweet to senile all by herself, she vandalized her own proper sensibility of beauty. “When I got a bit older, I realized I didn’t

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look anything like the beautiful Barbie dolls I idolized so much. As a chubby little 12-year-old, that sort of worried me for awhile and I started feeling uncomfortable in my own skin.” Taking an indefinite hiatus on her formula of beauty she had been used to drawing, she took a turn for better and for worse with exploring different kinds of lines, curves, and looks. “I remember it making me strangely uncomfortable at first; the idea I had was that a drawing of an “ugly” girl or something that wasn’t conventionally beautiful couldn’t look beautiful. But I was wrong, and I sort of fell in love with all the bald lumpy girls I started drawing.” She adds, “Art has definitely shaped a lot of my views on feminism and sexuality.” Taking queues from artists Michael Leunig, Polly Nor, and a dash of David Bowie, she keeps to simple and minimalistic patterns while drawing on funny, blatant dialogue going on around her, translating a wide array of themes like depression, racism, feminism, and politics to personal things like social media, sex, body image, and social anxiety into her blend of empathy and emotion, saying the things we’ve all thought at some point.


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“EVERYONE IS A BIT FUCKED UP AT THE CORE AND I LIKE TO EXPRESS THAT BY MAKING MY CHARACTERS STRIPPEDDOWN, RAW VERSIONS OF THAT.”

humans and I think they all feel fucked up sometimes.

One of the most eye-catching aspects of your work is its relatability to so many different themes. Where did you get the idea to merge your caricatures with text and speech bubbles? I’ve always been interested in pairing my drawings with stories; they compliment each other so well. I like drawing and playing with words. I like making things sound awkward and literal to match my drawings. Instead of “why”, I’d like to write “why are you doing this to me?” I don’t know if that makes sense, but it’s hilarious.

How does the Internet play a part in your material? The Internet motivates me to keep creating, I mean I’d still probably do it without recognition, but receiving validation for what I’m doing really motivates me to keep making. I’m insanely thankful for the following I have. It’s something I never thought would happen. Due to your age, is there any part or aspect of your work that is tailored for specifically the young audiences? I don’t tailor my work for any age group really; I try to tap into emotions or mind sets. Humans are

What’s the funnest part about calling out what’s wrong with people in general? I don’t like to think I’m putting people down; it’s not supposed to be malicious. More so, just recognizing that everyone is a bit fucked up at the core and I like to express that by making my characters strippeddown, raw versions of that. I love my characters because of that. I wish people broke down and fucked up more often and owned it. I saw a tram driver freak out and chase after a car the other day, and it was like, “Yes! Even tram drivers are sad and angry!” Message to the boring people who are offended by nipples and hairy armpits? Ur shit.

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In a field of artists staying on track, KIERSEY CLEMONS takes a deto swerving her away around playing the same old archetypes in the boo

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as Diggy in Rick Famuyiwa’s Sundance knockout film Dope, all decked out in ‘90s menswear on a bicycle, was the moment I recognized a portion of the intrigue Kiersey Clemons would continue to hold for me. As it later unfolded that her character was a young, Black lesbian categorized as a geek in their gang-filled neighborhood, it not only stood out as one of the most demographically specific roles around, but also one that she played with ease; without knowing who this actress was and how much of her part was really part of her, I believed her. Even before moving to Los Angeles, there was no alternate route to a life of performing. “I always wanted to be an actress or a singer,” she recalls. “I enjoyed entertaining people, but being on television seemed far-fetched because I grew up in the South. We moved to LA because my mom got remarried, and she started me out in theater–that really shaped me as an actor when it comes to work ethic and confidence.” From singing songs on a karaoke machine and watching Grease at home, she went on to playing Disney roles before making an appearance in CSI and finally playing a recurring role in Amazon’s award-winning comedy Transparent. As her name slowly made its way to the scene’s subconscious, she quickly set herself apart with her contradictions, her sweetness paired with her liberal mind, her tongue-incheek humor with her outspokenness on social issues, her “I woke up like this” style and tattoos to a fullon glam outfit. “I dress according to my mood, and I say that honestly. Sometimes, when I’m feeling down, I’ll dress up really hot and take myself on a date. It sounds shallow, but it’s pretty relatable. As much appraisal as I’ve gotten, I’ve also gotten hate and comments about my fashion choices, but at the end of the day, I’ve always gotten the most love when I was genuinely happy and people can feel that.”

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With good measure of her dynamic presence on‑ and off-camera, her performance in Dope comes as something diegetic upon watching it again. Stirring up a bidding war in the 2015 Sundance Film Festival with its producers Forest Whitaker, Sean Combs, and Pharrell Williams, the film starred an ensemble cast. “[Dope] was my first movie, so the whole thing was incredibly surreal. We all bonded in a special way, being in different states and countries together.” But despite the overall success of the film and its critical reception, it was definitely a learning curve for the young actress. “It was challenging because I was judging myself the entire time. I wasn’t sure if people would like me, or if I was doing certain young women justice. I was putting a lot of pressure on myself. But after seeing it, I was

very proud. I don’t allow my mind to be clouded by fear and insecurity when filming anymore­‑it ain’t worth it.” There were little quirks about Dope that spoke to me, without really ever being said–like the start of the movie, when Diggy and Tony Revolori’s character joke about stealing Shameik Moore’s character’s bike, which seems like a quick jab to the tickle bone, but unfolds as part of their reality. Or the fact that they’re band is called Awreeoh, a unique spin on the Oreo joke about being “black on the outside, white on the inside.” Much like the projects she chooses, plenty of comical allusions rest in the dialogue and plot, pertaining to something bigger and deeper without ever mentioning it, but bringing it to light with its subtlety: lesbian teenager outcasted, not for being a lesbian, but for being a geek, a

stepdaughter of a white, lesbian couple without ever commenting on her race, and a college freshman breaking free from the sororities’ life sentences to be objectified in fraternity parties.”I choose what is honest,” she says about her choice in roles. “I love to be able to do projects where I can be an advocate without having to verbally say it.” Turning away from the common archetypes offered to actresses, she creates her own mise-en-scène with every role she partakes in. “There’s always a part of me in the roles I play, sometimes it’s just an extension of myself. I’m sure people probably see my acting as me becoming my role, but I become my role’s best friend. With your best friend, you’re always on their side, right or wrong, and you find the best in them, you relate, and


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you empathize. I may disagree with the character’s morals and ethics, so I have to really get into her and find what we have in common.” Aside from film and TV, she’s also starred in music videos, such as Trey Songz’s “Smart Phones” and DJ Snake’s “Middle” alongside Josh Hutcherson, but it was Lady Gaga’s PSA music video “Til it Happens to You” that resonated with Kiersey. Taking the message of the video to heart, she then went on to her newest release, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, wanting to continue to bring awareness to the reality of rape and assault in college campuses. After less than the first ten minutes of the film, the absurd sexism revealed in the Greek system regarding fraternity and sorority rights comes at you, fashioning the actual fact into comedy. Playing one of the ringleading freshmen who break away from the double standards in system, she taps on this in-your-face humor, quipping comedy as a way to feed serious issues into the subconscious of the viewers while laughing the whole time. Another upcoming project of hers is Nick Kreiss’ independent teen comedy-drama Little Bitches. With her laid-back and candid use of curses, the film’s title seemed like a right fit for her, being an automatic threshold to attract the right audience who thought it was funny. Starring Jennette McCurdy and Virgina Gardner, the high school plot is unabashed in its dialogue, forward in thinking, touching on female topics that no one usually dares to tackle, such as periods and masturbation. Once again, through another role she’ll most likely knock out, Kiersey shows us the kind of actress she is. Unapologetic and real, she tells us how she deals with the fame that’s come with the job. “The most successful entertainers

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aren’t entertainers for fame, they’re entertainers because they enjoy whatever it is they’ve always dreamt of doing. The saddest part is that fame is a big part in getting the roles we want. Can we sell a movie? Are our Instagram numbers high enough? So it’s like you need the fame to continue to do what you want, but you also don’t want it because you have so many people sucking all of your energy from you. I’m always calling my energy back. I’ve stopped sacrificing my mental health for other people’s comfort. I’ve learned really early on that I come first and that’s how it should be. No one’s ever gonna take care of me like I can.” Doe-eyed and all smiles, with her middle finger raised at you, she constantly delivers her own junction where the girl-nextdoor meets the misfit, serving as the anti-ingénue of this generation.

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MUSE With every bat of an eyelash revealing her astonishingly blue-green eyes, GIGI HADID rings in the new breed of supermodels. Catching the fashion industry’s eye back in 2013 in former Vogue Paris editor-in-chief Carine Roitfeld’s CR Fashion Book, she’s become a household name while staying true to her carefree allure, as the rest of the world keeps their gaze on her. By Janroe Cabiles


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“ The key to fashion is it should make you happy; you shouldn’t take risks for other people. You should dress in a way that makes you inspired or makes your day better.”

The words “model of the moment” have become something of a fad, getting tossed around as the seasons change. Though it sounds like a desirable title to wrap around your shoulders, it alludes to something great but fleeting, something that supermodel Gigi Hadid surpasses with her seraphic face and West Coast glow, making her rather a model of moments. In an early memory at two years old, the supermodel became a Baby Guess girl at the hands of co-founder Paul Marciano. Taking a leave of absence from the lens, she led a normal life as captain of her volleyball team in high school, only to claim back her spot as she signed on with IMG Models at the age of 17. Returning to the fashion world as the face of Guess in 2012, she went on to make the covers of Galore and Schön!, walk at New York Fashion Week Fall/ Winter 2014 for Desigual, and open and close for Jeremy Scott. But what really pushed her to the forefront was her cover in CR Fashion Book shot by Bruce Weber. Thereafter, Carine Roitfeld paved the path to Gigi’s career. “I

was also in the Sports Illustrated Swimwear Issue for the first time that same month. That was the moment, that was the month.” With her name floating around town, her look left its mark as she captivated everyone as a fresh face paying homage to Anna Wintour’s issue for Vogue as editor-in-chief with Michaela Bercu on the cover in mid-2014, leading her to grace the covers of Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue España, Vogue Italia, British Vogue, Vogue China, Maria Claire Japan, and Numéro, as well as walk for Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors, Moschino, Versace, Elie Saab, Chanel, Miu Miu, Victoria’s Secret PINK, and Fenty × Puma, and work with Balmain, Tom Ford, Topshop, Max Mara, Maybelline, and most recently was announced as the face of Penshoppe. What puts Gigi in our line of sight and keeps her there doesn’t stop at her gaze and statuesque body; it lies in the way she translates her character beyond her exterior. Caught in motion in music videos such as Calvin Harris’ “How Deep is Your Love,” DNCE’s “Cake by the Ocean,” and Zayn Malik’s “Pillowtalk,” she also caught a slot in the 2015 Pirelli Calendar, and won Daily Front Row Fashion LA Awards’ Model of the Year and Victoria’s Secret Best Selfie award. But what crowns her as today’s modern all-American girl is her carefree spirit paired with her effortless cool, heightened by the

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less seriously. Staying true to that, she gravitates towards basic staples with a twist of her own touches that make it timeless. “I’m the kind of person who tries to stay chic, but my first priority is comfort. I just try to make that look good.” With the dichotomy of her laid-back street style and her highfashion look, she belongs to the backdrop of the industry because of her love for fashion. “The key to fashion is it should make you happy; you shouldn’t take risks for other people. You should dress in a way that makes you inspired or makes your day better.” What’s one piece that never fails to elevate any outfit? I think a choker–that would be any outfit. It’s kind of a little detail that makes it seem like you put a little more thought and effort into the outfit when really, it’s so easy to put on, but it just brings everything together. What fashion piece do you feel sexiest in? I’m feeling really sexy in body chains right now, but I think just a good fitting pair of jeans is always the go-to for effortlessly sexy. fact that she’s one of the strongest forces in social media, giving a rather large window into her life, putting a voice behind a face. With her irresistible smile hiding behind her pout and her extraordinary love for burgers, she has an air about her that transcends her authenticity into a strong presence. Armed with that and a spoken-of work ethic, which is clearly seen in the way she repeatedly tried out for Victoria’s Secret before doing the show, it comes as no surprise as to how her name, once heard, is never forgotten. At only 21 years old, Gigi seems to have cemented her status as a supermodel that’s here to stay, but keeps grounded by recalling her growth since starting out. “I guess [I first realized I wanted to model] around seven years ago? Yu Tsai was the first person, the first actual photographer to shoot me when I was 14. If I grew up in front of anyone’s lens, it would be Yu Tsai’s, because he shot me every year of my life since then.” Despite growing up in the fashion scene, her sense of style never wavered due to her philosophy that being cool means taking yourself

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So what’s your favorite way of styling denim? I love denim on denim, but I’ve also been pairing a lot of sportier pieces with denim. Anything that’s a good stretchy fabric or kind that brings in the sporty side, so you have your sporty then your hippie with the jeans. I love denim on denim and really good T-shirts. What’s one piece you’d buy over and over again? I’m on the lookout for a good new T-shirt. I love them; they’re just really cute. The ones with colored necklines with higher necklines, I have to get one of those. Best fashion era? The ‘90s? Wait, that’s not true. I’m really into the fashion right now. It has a little throwback to the ‘90s, but without the bad stuff [laughs].

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O U T O F Putting an end to their extensive break, THE TEMPER TRAP are back to steal the spotlight with a new album on deck. As they dig into the past to pave the way for a brighter future, this band of brothers is out to prove that they’re as Thick As Thieves. By Pola Beronilla Photographed by Jon Bergman Special thanks to 19SIXTYFIVE and Hostess Asia


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Joseph Greer sits down with us to catch up on lost time. It’s been four years since The Temper Trap’s last release, four long years since they last worked their miracle. “I wouldn’t say we were reinventing [our sound]; we were just trying to write the best songs possible, and it just took a long time going back and sort of re-evaluating,” shares the keyboardist/guitarist. “We’re a four-piece again now, which kind of backtracked us a bit.” Though the void left by guitarist Lorenzo Sillitto was rather hard to fill, the Australian alternative rockers found their way out of the shadows as April saw the premiere of their single, “Fall Together.” Raising his voice over the pompous arrangement generated by Joseph, Toby Dundas, and Jonny Aherne, Dougy Mandagi sings, “The time is now or never, and if we have to fall, we’ll fall together.” The boys from down under have finally jumped back in the scene with a third release under their belts. Predisposed by the old English saying, Thick As Thieves mirrors the quartet’s vision. “The title is actually a song in the album, and it was just a name that we thought that sort of worked with the theme of the album, which is brotherhood, unity, and you know, being a band of brothers sticking together,“ shares Joseph. “We’re

obviously older now and have different mentalities. We’re more mature, so I think all of those things come to play.” Ditching their sophomore record’s electronic blips and ‘80s-style synths, the quartet reverts to a guitar-oriented sound reminiscent of their debut album. “It’s kind of a bit more similar to the first album and has simpler arrangements than the second one, so there’s a lot more falsetto vocals and the songs are really up-tempo,” explains Joseph. “It’s an evolution of our sound but still tries to bring what the fans liked about our band, taking the parts we loved the best from the first two albums and trying to make it grow and sounding fresh.” You guys mentioned in an interview that the new album reminds you of the band’s early days. What about it specifically? Joseph:It kinda feels like we’re starting again in some ways; there’s pressure. When we were writing the second album, there was a lot more pressure to try and match the success of the first one. But with this one, we just put that behind and sort of went back to writing music that was a bit more carefree and from the heart.

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“It’s been a really positive experience throughout, allowing ourselves to be open to a bunch of different ways of working and approaching songs in ways we never would’ve before.”

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This is the first time that you collaborated with outside songwriters. How was it like working with different creative influences? J:It’s been a really positive experience throughout, allowing ourselves to be open to a bunch of different ways of working and approaching songs in ways we never would’ve before. I definitely love it when you work with someone and learn something new. I think we learned a lot about songwriting and about how to approach it, and I think it made us all potentially stronger musicians. How were you guys able to compromise without losing the vision of your album? J:Sometimes, it was hard that there were people that we worked with and it didn’t sound like it came from us. We were always conscious of it still sounding like a Temper Trap album, making it sound like it was still part of the DNA of the band and not going too far out from that. But there were just no conflicts because we got to explore songs in different ways that the four of us probably wouldn’t have done if we weren’t working with other people. What’s probably your favorite track off the album and what’s the story behind this song? J:I think our favorite track on the album is “Tombstone.” It’s a track that Jonny wrote

and it’s really an uplifting song. I think the lyrics are really special and just makes you feel really good. “Sweet Disposition” pretty much became an anthem to a lot of people. Is there any pressure to come up with another iconic song like it? J:I’m sure there is, but we’re never gonna write a song like that again. We all appreciate what that song did for us, but we’ll always try to keep writing music that we love and not worry about being tied down by things that happened in the past. You guys have sold out venues way before the release of Thick as Thieves. How does it feel playing live shows again? J:It’s been way too long, and I think that’s our favorite part of the whole thing: the fans and playing shows. It’s nice to get back to that side of things. We just want to play a lot more shows, get out the country as much as possible, and promote the album, and hopefully, people will have a great time.

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It’s the very first vinyl record I bought. I love LDR so much. I’m watching her live at the Outside Lands Music Festival in San Francisco this August.

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I use this camera mainly for when I take videos. Its zoom feature is crazy.

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