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By Danielle Cabahug


By Pola Beronilla


The odds of looking good are in your favor.



Not one to shy away from creating music that resonates through one’s soul, Ages and Ages continues to strike a balance between the familiar and mysterious.


Get a look that’s out of this world.


By Bea del Rio



After years of working behind the music scene, Polly A steps out into the spotlight for the very first time, making that “ghetto gold” dreams of hers into reality.





Ready to take the main stage one country at a time, garage pop quartet Hinds are more than willing to give the middle finger to those who say otherwise.



The journey to success might be rough but alternative rock legends Dinosaur Jr. is far from going extinct as we dig a little deeper into the band’s story.


By Ida Aldana





Paint the city streets in red and make and get ready ‘cause athleisurewear’s prepare to dominate. By Miguel Alomajan



Dress your tresses in statement headpieces and adornments that don’t go unnoticed with this one. By Nicolas Le Forestier


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Give your outfit a little pizzazz like your life depended on it.








Neck Ties


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Breaking down Taiwaneseborn artist John Yuyi’s creative style can be quite a tricky feat, but one thing’s for sure: “ordinary” doesn’t seem to belong in her vocabulary. By Janroe Cabiles



Just like her femme fatale character in Power, Lela Loren is not someone to mess around with ‘cause her acting chops alone could easily throw someone off their game. By Janroe Cabiles

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Wistfully coloring with the chaos of trouble, local artist Tyang Karyel is all sorts of peculiar like her art that’s drenched in a palette of vibrant hues– it’s every bit nostalgic.

By Pola Beronilla



With his green hair that can be spotted within a mile radius, Manila native Miguel Alomajan straddles fun and function that can easily be reflected through his photographs. By Janroe Cabiles

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Global powerhouse duo The Chainsmokers brought a whole new meaning to EDM in the past years with charttopping hits and sounds that became a mainstay across dance floors. The party doesn’t stop for these two as their game continues to get stronger and better than ever.


More than just a pretty face, model Ally Munda refuses to keep mum about social issues prevalent in today’s society.

By Pola Beronilla



From the same Irish lads that brought you “What You Know,” “Undercover Martyn,” and “Something Good Can Work,” indie rock band Two Door Cinema Club is back after taking a threeyear sabbatical, shaking things off again with their latest and third studio album, Gameshow. By Denise Mallabo



It’s not that he’s unbelievably young, but Jonathan Ng, a.k.a. EDEN, broke into the EDM scene with such finesse like he’s right where he’s meant to be. Represented by the same guy who’s in charge of Justin Beiber’s careter, this budding producer-musician is definitely going places.


By Bea del Rio

ABOUT THE COVER Ready to take Manila by storm in their first headlining show, The Chainsmokers lands the cover for this month’s Electric Issue. To further encapsulate the theme, STATUS sought the help of local digital artist and our former intern Pau Tiu, creating a collage backdrop consisting of black and white images with splashes of colors here and there.


the pulse of hip at your fingertips


we’re all models off duty. smize!


there’s more to what’s in print


who’s spotted partying where

PHOTO DIARY confessional for lensmen


free mixtapes and wallpapers

is stealing the thunder August 2016 editor-in-chief

Rosario Herrera @RosarioHerrera

managing editor

Denise Mallabo @denisemallabo

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

contributing writer

contributing artists


Ida Aldana Nacho Alegre, Miguel Alomajan, Metrixelle Arjaalguer, Takisha Drew, Anne-Catherine Frey, Pooneh Ghana, Jordan Green, Jonzu Jones, Diane Jong, Nicolas Le Forestier, Nick Matsas, Deanna Melluso, Miguel Miranda, Laura Palmer, Matt Panes, Alicia J. Rose, Daniel Santillan, Pau Tiu, Levi Walton, Iya Yujuico

Honey Bautista, Danielle Cabahug, Bea del Rio, Samantha Evidor, Kate Feliciano, Annika Hernandez, Bernard Jose

What’s your STATUS? tell us. editorial advertising marketing general inquiries follow us instagram: statusmagazine STATUS is published by STATUS Media Group. Reproduction without permission is prohibited.


Anne-Catherine Frey A girl who needs no introduction to the blogging community, Anne-Catherine Frey is the ultimate girl boss. Her enviable gamine style has truly made an intriguing subject for street style blogs as well as several publications including Vogue, Elle, and Harper’s Bazaar, among others. As if this isn’t enough for you to take her seriously, she’s also a designer for French clothing chain The Kooples and does styling on the side. Check out how she boasts her Crowning Glory (36) in one of this month’s editorials.

Jonzu jones When New York-based photographer Jonzu Jones isn’t too busy building wardrobes for some of the city’s best dressed, he can be found working behind the scenes as a stylist for various publications such as Flawless, Creem, and The Driven Magazine. Taking inspiration from horror and sci-fi films, this style guru is all about the bold and badass, making him a perfect match for Power’s Lela Loren (64).

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Consistent in producing otherworldly content, Pau Tiu sits between vibrant colors and eclectic visuals fuelled by her knack for the arts. Aside from engaging in collaborations with fellow creative souls like musician Reese Lansangan and artist Soleil Ignacio, contributing murals to local restaurants, and co-managing online store Polly Patch, this young digital artist, who recently had her first solo exhibit, demonstrates her talent and cuts through this month’s cover stars: The Chainsmokers.

matt panes It goes without saying that any good stylist must be passionate above anything else, and this in particular is what makes us root for our former intern. His portfolio alone makes up for his age as he already got down and dirty by assisting in ad campaigns, fashion shows, and styling local celebrities. Slowly creating a name for himself, check out how Matt translates his creative vision in Two Way Street (26).





n a world of Kanyes, Taylors, and Beyoncés, we have to give credit to the lesser known voices that was born in independence that can hold their own without a marketing machine behind them. With the access to new technology and distribution, new talent is born and discovered every second of everyday. Dare we say they could actually be stealing the thunder from the big name artists? Our answer is yes. Our Electric Issue highlights the artists in the world of digital beats, making a name for themselves on a worldwide platform. The Chainsmokers are electrifying the EDM world as they release hit after hit. At first, the DJ duo exploded all over the Internet with their tongue-in-cheek song “#selfie,” then they followed it up with more chart-toppers like “Don’t Let Me Down” featuring Daya and “Roses” featuring ROZES. Though they seem like they don’t take themselves too seriously, their body of work shows their depth and talent. In our interview, its nice to discover that their love for Blink 182 is real and their ultimate reward for their hard work is beer. Taking a step back from the stage and the world of social media to focus on their music, Two Door Cinema Club’s posting schedule came to a halt after running out of stuff to post about. That’s okay; these lads actually have a life after social media. Between getting hitched, writing, and recording, they were able to fill up their time quickly and came out with their third album, Gameshow. Performing at Lollapalooza, Park Life Festival, Glastonbury, and Hurricane straight out of the gate is not bad for a comeback. Don’t let his age fool you. Dublin-based singer and producer Joseph Ng, a.k.a. EDEN, has been at the music game for years. He’s been mixing beats and genres in his bedroom since his he was 16. With his latest release, i think you think too much of me, he poetically explains it to be a representation of expectations and the meaning we give things. He also shares with us his insights on the pluses and minuses of working in an industry that’s constantly evolving. If you have the vision and way of making it come to fruition, it’s your duty to electrify the world with your gift. With the mix of technology and talent, artists can share their talent on a global stage.









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ld is definitely not out for NEUW. The brainchild of Steve Little, Par Lundqvist, and Rich Bell, this Australian brand revolves around the concept of “vintage revision,” revamping old jeans and giving them a modern touch. Inspired by punk rock music, these fits range from denim coats and overalls to ripped skinny jeans and flare bottoms.

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iscover understated and sophisticated masculinity in MATIERE’s new Spring collection, featuring tie-dye and button-up shirts, weathered linen pants, as well as Japanese raw terry silk and crepe fabrics. Derived from the French word for “material,” the menswear label’s core focus is offering quality fabrics in line with innovative designs and elegant tailoring.

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wo heads are better than one as Mischa Hollenbach and wife Shauna Toohey, better known as PERKS AND MINI (P.A.M.), is out to slay again with their Spring/Summer 2016 womenswear collection, featuring tailored trousers, graphic sweatshirts, and hats that’ll put Pharell to shame. Consistent with their distinct aesthetic, serious style will soon again flood the streets of Melbourne courtesy of this powerhouse duo.




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ark your calendars and brace yourselves for SHARK WEEK. The streetwear label from the Land Down Under showcases a line of tees, hoodies, caps, and hats with unapologetically cheeky graphic prints in unexpected colors, turning up the notch of the entire streetwear game globally.

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f you have what it takes to walk the walk, then this collection might just be your FNSHR move. Founded by Team Manila’s visionaries, including photographer-triathlete Xander Angeles and veteran musician Raimund Marasigan, the line of basic tees champion the active lifestyle and goal-oriented individuals who goes after what they want—with style.


Words by Honey Bautista and Bea del Rio

subtler take on modern menswear, Nat Taubman of Australian label LAPSE continues to rise above conventional standards with his latest offering. Epitomizing the luxury of streetwear, Collection 002 features basic T-shirts, tank tops, lush sweaters, and stylish outerwear, all done with beautiful fabrication and impressive attention to detail in a monochromatic palette. Simplicity has never looked this attractive.


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inding the perfect balance between high-end and streetwear, KYE always delivers. Known for its unisex silhouettes, abstract patterns, vibrant colors, and bold experiments with faux fur, the Seoul-based label is a testament that it’s high time we put the spotlight on Korean fashion for once.

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anadian singer Kiesza collaborates with BAD BUNCH NYC for the latter’s latest collection, Select Surrealism. With the contemporary clothing brand’s claim of owning the world, this specific realm offers a line of hip and flamboyant athleticinspired pieces with bold, funky prints, reflecting both the singer’s and label’s cool and edgy look.

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ack with more than just the stunning leather jackets they’re famous for, VEDA presents more ready-to-wear pieces comprising of ‘90s-reminiscent slip dresses as well as trousers in innovative shapes, silhouettes, and textures like silk, velvet, and of course, leather. With an equestrian motif and Etel Adnan’s work in mind, founder Lyndsey Butler brings women’s street style to a whole other level.






ituated in the Dreta de l’Eixample district between the cosmopolitan El Poblenou neighborhood and the best beaches in Barcelona, CASA BONAY opens its friendly doors to the best of both worlds the city has to offer. Holding on to its roots as a restoration of the 19th-century mansion it was, the 67-room hotel unabashedly accents the Mediterranean with archways of banana trees into a vaulted lobby mixed and matched with majestic mosaic floors and a marbled staircase, contrasted with vintage sofas and bistro tables. With the help of local designers, it offers rooms and corridors accenting minimalism with pops of green and blue with windows, balconies, and terraces. Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes 700, 08010 Barcelona, Spain


he search for the perfect beer is over. Head on to THE PERFECT PINT to get a taste of distinct beer flavors crafted especially to suit individual tastes and moods. Inspired by the lack of choices for beer here in the Philippines, owner Alec Tempongko, along with his brothers, pursued the idea of introducing draft beers, all brewed locally, from trusted suppliers as well as their own brewery. Along with excellent choices for beverage, the gastropub showcases a superb Filipino menu, meticulously designed for craft beer pairing, in triumphant execution of their vision to take the whole gastronomic experience a notch higher. G/F Molito Commercial Complex, Alabang, Muntinlupa City


PAIRING THE POISON THE PERFECT PINT is even better with different Asian persuasion guaranteed to make your tongue dance in pure, unadulterated delight.


OYSTER SEA-SIG Fresh oyster deep-fried to a perfect crisp, tossed in special mayonnaise and gastrique dressing

CRISPY PORK KNUCKLES Braised and deep-fried pork knuckles served with mango salad and tom yum dip

HEAP OF FRESH BACON A huge pile of homemade crisp fresh bacon, served with our house pickles

DUSK 2 DAWN Home-brewed combination of wheat beer and India pale ale (IPA)

Words by Janroe Cabiles and Bea del Rio, SUITE photos by Nacho Alegre and Metrixelle Arjaalguer, GRUB photos by Nadine Layon





5 Rue Rifle Roundup 13100 Aix-en-Provence, France Dime to drop: 15€–495€ (PHP 783–PHP 25,841) Don’t leave the store without: a pair of Old Skool OG Vans


estled along the windy cobblestone streets and narrow alleyways of Aixen-Provence is where you’ll find MOTTO, one of the three concept stores established by brothers Greg, JC, and Oliver Siary. A mix of minimalism and urban-chic with its white canvas-like walls, printed tiles, and gray accents, this retailer is a lot more special than its siblings. Built from a former 45-year-old workwear store, most of the original building’s furniture and previous elements such as wooden countertops and steel tables were kept intact and adorned as it captures the rich and ancient soul of the city. In partnership with Carhatt WIP, the store also features labels like Stussy, Brixton Beach, Patta, and Converse, reflecting the owners’ penchant for travel, music, urban culture, and skateboarding.


Words by Honey Bautista


tyle sure has no expiration date with END CLOTHING’s diverse selection of high quality apparel. The menswear retailer prides itself for bringing in some of the world’s most sought-after international and streetwear brands like Acne Studios, Maison Kitsuné, adidas, and Stussy, perfect for those who want to achieve the cool and collected look without having to sacrifice comfort. Update your wardrobe, pronto, and prepare to make a statement. STATUSMAGONLINE.COM - 17




THE GET DOWN (NETFLIX) Director Baz Luhrmann brings back the ‘70s New York scene in all its glory–Bronx tenements, the SoHo art scene, and a newly-built World Trade Center–in this musical drama series starring Shameik Moore and Jaden Smith, following the lives of South Bronx teenagers discovering hip-hop, punk, and disco at the peak of the city’s bankruptcy.

2016 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS (MTV) The Moonman is back with another night of music and epic entertainment at the Madison Square Garden for the first time on August 28, for the one and only awards show that has given us some of the craziest moments in the industry: a scantily-clad twerking Miley Cyrus, the start of Yeezy vs. T. Swift saga, and Lady Gaga in a meat dress.

SUICIDE SQUAD A-listers Jared Leto, Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and Cara Delevigne take the spotlight for DC’s long-awaited antihero movie, playing the most dangerous criminals to execute covert operations.

WHITE GIRL Elizabeth Wood makes her directorial debut at Sundance, painting a gritty portrait of the wild youth following a college girl in New York who finds herself in a dilemma after her drug dealer gets arrested.

SAUSAGE PARTY Clearly unintended for children, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, and Edward Norton lend their voices to this animation as grocery products who eventually discover the truth about their existence.

SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU Before becoming the most powerful couple, Barack and Michelle Obama were just like any regular pair of lovers, as seen in this romantic dramedy starring Parker Sawyers and Tika Sumpter that chronicles their first date in Chicago back in 1989.

I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER Premiering at SXSW, we see troubled teen John Cleaver hunts down a mysterious serial killer in his hometown, using his own dark, homicidal tendencies while simultaneously keeping himself in check.

IMPERIUM Based on true events, Daniel Radcliffe steps in the shoes of an undercover FBI agent taking the identity of a white supremacy fanatic in a radical terrorist group while holding on to his own principles.

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (1951) Harrowing, heartbreaking, and such mega performances.

THE GODFATHER PART II (1974) Such a huge development and investment in these characters, who are faced with such high stakes life choices.

DEER HUNTER (1978) Stick with the slow beginning; you’ll be drawn into an unforgettable story with some unforgettable scenes. 

LA HAINE (1995) Hit a nerve. Hit the moment. There’s a rhythm to this film. It’s also dangerous and sexy.


AMARA KARAN (Actress) APOCALYPSE NOW (1979) Ugly, and dangerous, and treacherous.


Words by Bea del Rio


BEATS PLAYLIST At the top of my head, I’d like to recommend these songs for you to check out. Some of them are our friends, but these are really fucking good.

DILLY DALLY Katie Monks (Vocals/Guitar)

“Tick” Weaves

“Consent” Vallens

“Stars” Bad Channels

“Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage?” Girl Band

Each of these are songs we constantly play in the van when we’re together–even when we’re sleeping, talking, or just listening; just songs that the four of us love!


“Sleep Talk” Shannon and the Clams

“Naked Kids” The Growlers

“Making Breakfast” Twin Peaks

“Salad Days” Mac DeMarco

Here are some songs that perfectly explain our band’s chemistry. They got great melodies and really catchy guitar riffs­ –pretty much what we’re all about.

VARSITY Stephanie Smith (Vocals/Synths)

“Some Are Lakes” Land of Talk

“Masterpiece” Big Thief

“Soma” The Strokes

“La La La” Hoops



The alternative rock giants aren’t extinct just yet. Four years since their LP I Bet on Sky, it’s “Good to Know” DINOSAUR JR. members J Mascis, Lou Barlow, and Murph have got it “Goin’ Down” in their latest album Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not out this August via Jagjaguwar.

English folk twosome SLOW CLUB’s latest album One Day All Of This Won’t Matter Anymore is the “Sweetest Grape on the Vine.” Released via Moshi Moshi Records, their fifth record is filled with introspective themes of wistfulness, grounded in the duo’s humble beginnings.

Words by Danielle Cabahug Varsity Photo by Nick Matsa


Are you ready to mix things up? ‘Cause Ovation Productions and MMI Live have got us hyped for August with alt-rock music fest In The Mix, bringing The 1975, James Bay, Panic! at the Disco, Third Eye Blind, Elle King, and Twin Pines to the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

Get your #Selfie game on as Electro house duo The Chainsmokers head down to the heart of Pasay City in Mall of Asia Arena to spin wicked beats and party live in their first ever arena show in the Philippines on August 19. Join the fun ‘cause they surely won’t let you down.

Celebrating the rising local hip-hop scene this August 27 at the Bridgetown Open Grounds is Urban Jam: Philippine Hip-Hop Music Festival, the first annual hip-hop music festival, featuring emcees Mobb Deep and Bambu as well as local acts like Loonie, BLKD, and Curtismith.

DE LA SOUL’s eighth studio album And The Anonymous Nobody seems almost “Lord Intended,” with 11 years since their last release. The Long Island hip-hop trio’s long-awaited “Genesis” of an album is jam-packed, featuring artists like Snoop Dogg, Jill Scott, Usher, and 2 Chainz.


tech pack




Shut up and take our money.

TWELFTH DOCTOR’S SONIC SCREWDRIVER UNIVERSAL REMOTE • A gesture-based programmable infrared universal remote control • Compatible with almost all home entertainment equipment, including iPod docks, TVs, and Bluray players • Made up of hand-polished, copper-plated, die-cast metal construction SRP: PHP 5,638.99

SMARTBOY DEVELOPMENT KIT • An add-on compatible with Android smartphones to revive traditional Game Boy-experience • Features classic handheld-style tactile button set and D-pad • Includes pockets at the back for hard cartridges

TAGGROO By Taggroo Ltd Discover all the cool street art around you and around the world while allowing yourself to create your own virtual graffiti and tags.

SRP: PHP 2,819.26


• Fully-functioning Pip-Boy Model 3000 Mk IV replica that pairs up with a phone or tablet via Bluetooth • Can take calls, view messages, access contacts, display various screens, act as alarm clock, and play music • Comes with RobCo Industries stand that doubles as a charging base and speaker and Ships in a Capsule Case-inspired tin SRP: PHP 16,448.42


LEMON By Learn Money, Inc. Save up and be in control of your dough by monitoring all your accounts, being alerted on new transactions, and getting the best deals.

• Compatible with any device that charges via USB and can charge two devices simultaneously • Features the famous light pattern as it charges your devices as well as On/Off switch for Flux lighting effect • Has two USB ports and integrated 12V vehicle power adapter (cigarette lighter) SRP: PHP 1,174.42

STAR TREK TOS BLUETOOTH COMMUNICATOR • The first fully-functional wireless communicator and officially-licensed as a Star Trek merchandise • Pairs with Bluetooth-enabled phones with up to 32-ft wireless range with high-quality speakers • Comes with a magnetic stand, molded foam–lined transit case, and leatherette carrying pouch SRP: PHP 7,048.86


BITCAM By The Iconfactory The Iconfactory celebrates its 20th mark with a retro camera app that makes your photos look as if it were taken two decades before.


F A CE PA I N T MILK MAKEUP Eye Vinyl in Bridge P940.19

MARC JACOBS Perfection Powder P2,256.46

ESTÉE LAUDER “The Estée Edit” Metallishadow Crème + Powder in Scarlet Eclipse P1,175.24

CLÉ DE PEAU “La Beauté Enigmatique” Eyebrow Pencil in 202 P1,265.06 MAKE UP FOR EVER Aquarelle in Bright Red P987.20

STILA “Smudge Stick” Waterproof Eyeliner in Deep Burgundy P1,113.25

catching fire Get drawn in like a moth to a flame.

DIOR “Flash Luminizer” Radiance Booster Pen P2,024.09

BECCA Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation P2,068.42

HOURGLASS Illume Sheer Color Trio P2,914.59

BAREMINERALS “Prime Time” Original Foundation Primer P1,214.46 MAC Eyeshadow in Red Brick P809.64


TARTE Lippie Lingerie Matte Lip Tint in Envy P1,128.23

Runway photo from Givenchy Fall/Winter 2016

URBAN DECAY “Pro” Smoky Crease Brush P1,315.66


With the help of its antimicrobial bristles, CLINIQUE SONIC SYSTEM ACNE SOLUTIONS DEEP CLEANSING BRUSH doesn’t disappoint when it comes to removing spots and blemishes–leaving your skin clean and clear.

Waterproof and travel-friendly, CLARISONIC MIA 2 LAVENDER SONIC SKIN CLEANSING SYSTEM has a twospeed feature that addresses specific skincare needs whether you’re at home or on-the-go.

Be more radiant than ever with SILK’N SONIC CLEAN PLUS FACE AND BODY DAILY CLEANSING BRUSH SYSTEM’s sonic vibration technology, which minimizes imperfections, stimulates blood circulation and improves your skin’s elasticity.

LUNAR ECLIPSE Capture the beauty of space with URBAN DECAY’S MOONDUST EYESHADOW PALETTE. Taking a break from the brand’s signature neutrals, this palette has eight out-of-this-world colors ranging from light to deep and subtle to intense. Made from a more refined formula and laced with micro fine bits of glitter, swipe this over your peepers and shine bright like a diamond.

EXPERT ADVICE Blend metallic eyeshadow with a matte neutral shade to your crease to accentuate the shine.



Words by Honey Bautista


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Go under cover this rainy season with statement jackets and coats. Photos courtesy of






PAUL CONRAD SCHNEIDER‘s Helmut Lang trousers complement his black pieces in a sleek way. @paulconradschneider





Blogger DASHA GOLD amps up her jeans with a cool gray coat and matching tote. @thetrendspotter






TWO WAY STREET Photographed by Miguel Alomajan Styled by Matt Panes


choker by Forever 21 shirt by Uniqlo button-down by Castle Berry parka by Haute Route pants by Bayo


On Wanda (left): eyewear by Oxygen sweater by Puma pants by Esprit shoes by adidas On Kornelia (right): turtleneck by Uniqlo shirt by Dauson Bermtay pants by Divina socks by Penshoppe shoes by Antony Morato



turtleneck by Polo Sport pants by adidas shoes by Antony Morato

hat by Forever 21 shirt by adidas button-down, stylist’s own pants by Patrizia Pepe Firenze


On Kornelia (left): hat, stylist’s own shirt by Forever 21 halter top by Abercrombie & Fitch pants by adidas On Wanda (right): choker by Forever 21 sweater by Puma jumper by H&M



jacket by Giordano shorts by Dauson Bermtay socks by Penshoppe sandals by Tera


hat by DC top by Topshop jumper by Initial jacket by Dauson Bermtay shoes by adidas

Models Wanda Chen and Kornelia KoĂązewska of Chamelon Models

dress by Ellery top by Les Animaux


CROWNING GLORY Photographed by Nicolas Le Forestier Styled by Anne-Catherine Frey

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crown, sytlist’s own jacket and pants by Les Animaux


sweater dress by Les Animaux ring by Maison Antonym


dress by Léa Peckre


top by Ellery


sweater dress by Les Animaux shoes by Balenciaga

Model Myrtille Revemont of Mademoiselle Agency Paris



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BLING ME TO LIFE Make a statement through details with rings, neckties, necklaces, caps, bangles, handkerchiefs, earrings, and wallets. Product photography by Daniel Santillan

leather cuffs by Mango [P795], ring by SM Accessories [P179.75], bangles by Forever 21 [P385], sandals by Topshop [P1,695], earrings by Mango [P695], necklace by Mango [P1,295] STATUSMAGONLINE.COM - 45


UPPER HAND Put a ring on it.

From left to right: Forever 21 [P385/set of 12] Sfera [P225] Forever 21 [P565/set of 5] Mango [P695] Forever 21 [P330] SM Accessories [P199.75]




In the loop.

From left to right: Sfera Man [P899] MNG Man [P1,099] Topman [P 695]




Follow the collar code.

From top to bottom: Mango [P995] SM Accessories [P229.75] Forever 21 [P295] SM Accessories [P229.75] Sfera [P459]



HEAD SPACE System of a crown.

From top to bottom: 21 Men [P735] Penshoppe [P269] Penshoppe [P269] Topman [P995]



ARM PARTY Steel the show.

From top to bottom: SM Accessories [P249.75] Mango [P795] Sfera [P315] Forever 21 [P450] SM Accessories [P429.75]



WIPE OUT Above the fold.

Counterclockwise: Call It Spring [P199] SM Accessories [P39.75] MSENSE [P39.75] Penshoppe [P99] Topman [P245.75] Penshoppe [P99]



PERFECT MATCH Music to your ears.

Clockwise: H&M [P229.75] Forever 21 [P225] SM Accessories [P149.75] Forever 21 [P225] Mango [P795]



CASH LANDING A run for your money.

From left to right: Mango [P395] SM Accessories [P149.75] Penshoppe [P299] Call It Spring [P599.75] SM Accessories [P249.75]


M A E S T R O It’s been 30 years since DINOSAUR JR.’s inception, but the American alternative rock band still proves to be roaring as drummer Murph walks us through the journey of their musical era. By Danielle Cabahug Photographed by Levi Walton


you’ve been a fan since the band’s heyday in the ‘90s, making waves in the alternative rock scene, then you know it hasn’t all been smooth sailing for Dinosaur Jr., with J Mascis kicking bassist/ vocalist Lou Barlow out in ‘89, drummer Murph quitting in ’03, and the band getting back together in ’05. Having been in the industry for more than three decades, they’re as veteran as any band could get. With a passion for grunge and a musicality that stands the test of time, the band has now come together once again for Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not, their fourth studio album since the ’05 reunion. Hitting the sweet spot and taking us back to the glory days of our high school garage bands, their trademark jangly alt-rock sound and Mascis’ unfading falsetto-incorporated laid-back vocals have carried over from their first album Dinosaur in 1985, down to their latest LP. “We just wanted to tour and play


more music, and we needed a record, you know? So we just came up with some ideas to make another record,” tells Murph of the general atmosphere behind their recording session. Producing album after album is a feat that has proven easier for the band over time. “It was easier because we were getting better at working as we got older; it just seems easier to work together,” shares the drummer. Watching the movers and shakers of the industry since the ‘90s has given them better perspective of the music movement, as well as how the players shape the industry, with J Mascis stating that music doesn’t really affect listeners the way it used to. Purist as it seems, to Murph, the problem lies in the commercialization of music, mass producing what used to be art born out of passion into mere commodity, and making it more difficult to impact listeners the way it used to. Moving forward as a band means more to Dinosaur Jr. than improving acoustics and sound quality, drawing influences from various bands and idols over the years and learning to communicate better with each other in terms of direction and creative differences. At the height of the transition between analog and digital, the band shares in a special preference


for analog sound, but like with anything else, there’s always a tradeoff. “We prefer the analog sound; I think we always have. But you know it’s strange, because we prefer the old sound, but it’s easier with the technology,” adds Murph. “I mean, it’s good things are more accessible; it’s much easier for us to record. You could fix mistakes much easier in the studio when you’re recording. But sometimes, I feel you lose sound quality; we still like the old sound quality.” With the number of years under their belt, it’s only natural to wonder how much more room there is to experiment, mature, and improve for their music. To this, we’re assured that they’re not going anywhere anytime soon–the learning process is never over. “You always learn. With anything in life, it’s that way. The more you know, you realize there’s more to learn,” muses Murph. Jumping from the past and into the future as a huge influence in the world of alternative rock, we ask if they still hope to have an impact in today’s music scene the way you did before. “Well, we never really tried to influence anybody, so that’s just fine. We just put music out and if people are influenced, that’s great. We don’t try.”

“You always learn. With anything in life, it’s that way. The more you know, you realize there’s more to learn.” @dinosaurjr



Infused with the reckless spirit of rock & roll, Spanish slacker rock quartet HINDS work their asses off to get their name out there. Stepping into unfamiliar territories one continent after another, the fourpiece outfit finds a new home on a global stage. By Pola Beronilla Photographed by Pooneh Ghana, Jordan Green, and Laura Palmer


ailing from the town of Madrid, Hinds is the kind of band you’d want to be friends with. Often spotted in oversized tees and denim cutoffs, these slacker rockers roll out beer-soaked jams and a bag of charms. Ana Perrote (vocals/guitar) and Carlotta Cosials (vocals/guitar) originally formed as a duo after a lovely beach trip in their hometown. As the two friends started gaining momentum playing under the name Deers with two EPs under their belts, they were forced to switch names due to a legal threat by a Canadian band who were apparently already using it. Shrugging it off and moving on, they recruited Ade Martin (bass) and Amber Grimbergen (drums) to stack up on some more girl power and reinvent themselves as Hinds. Reminiscent of Mac DeMarco’s chill and laidback demeanor, Hinds stepped into the jangle pop world in full gear, armed with a fuzzy glow and a rush of girlgang energy. With their long locks tousled and plumpish lips dipped in red, Ana and Carlotta innately flirt with a classic girl group vocal interplay that slithers in a surprising dose of swooning sensitivity. Though they savor the fresh sound of artists like Black Lips, Twin Peaks, Shannon and the Clams, and Glass Animals, their major influences hit close to home. “Our main influences are bands from Madrid like Los Nastys and The Parrots,” relays the band. “They were playing shows every weekend in Madrid and taught us the way to do things and ended up being our big brothers.” Earlier in the year, the band released their debut album, Leave Me Alone. Contrary to the name of their record, critics and music junkies alike started giving the attention the band deserved; even publications like NME, Pitchfork, and SPIN couldn’t leave them alone. With every verse muddled in words of love and loss, their fuzzy pop jams strike a chord with the cynical crowd.



“We tell personal experiences, feelings, or situations in our songs, and it’s pretty awesome seeing people singing that or relating to our songs.” With a schedule chock full of music festival gigs ‘til the end of 2016, Hinds is loaded with a boisterous, lo-fi clatter, and they’re ready to be heard by a bigger audience.


You guys have mentioned before that you “love the music that comes from America,” but how has being from Madrid helped shape your music? I think the Spanish lifestyle has a lot to do with it and is reflected in our music, so yeah, it could basically be the perfect mix between American inspiration and Spanish beer–and tapas! There aren’t a lot of Madrid-based bands to gain traction abroad, how does it feel to have penetrated a somewhat mainstream audience in America? It feels awesome! For a Spanish band, you don’t even dream about playing shows out of Spain. Fortunately, that’s changing little by little. Every time more little bands come out, that’s a good sign. This year has got you guys touring rigorously around the world. Any memorable tour memories you can recall? Yeah, when we were about to finish our first ever tour as a band during the summer of 2014, we were playing two shows in Paris and Brussels with The Libertines, and I don’t know if it’s related to them, but all of us ended up having lice! It was horrible because we share everything all the time! We share beds, showers, and hairbrushes, so the propagation is completely inevitable [laughs]. How do you guys manage to keep sane? What keeps you from getting sick of each other during long tour dates? We’re not sane! We have too many inside jokes and crazy things between us that make us not sane at all. We spend the biggest amount of time with the same five people in every tour; we just have little coexistence fights like sisters or something, but we haven’t hit each other…yet. @hindsband




n hindsight, there’s nothing unusual about this Portland band. No epic how-it-all-started story or a sudden epiphany by one of them to start a band, nor a dream where the name “Ages and Ages” appear out of nowhere. Just a group of similarminded friends who came together and decided to form a band. But hey, epic story be damned, the music they make warrants attention—and that’s all there really is to it. An eight-act band where everyone sings, there’s clapping involved, and an altogether upbeat and catchy melody borne out of their instruments, one might say they’re generally a happy bunch—and though that statement isn’t entirely false, peel off the layers and you’ll discover this secular band is more than just your average run-of-themill chorale singing cheerful church or campfire songs. Harmonizing isn’t the only thing Ages and Ages has got going for its name. Masked in


Delivering songs that are more than what they seem, secular band AGES AND AGES undertake the challenge of changing the world, one song at a time. By Bea del Rio Photographed by Alicia J. Rose

bright, uplifting melodies, their songs tackle serious existential issues such as the feeling of imprisonment within the status quo, this generation’s cynicism, and the challenges that come with change and loss, as heard on their first two albums, and now again on their third. Graduating from the completely organic sound dependent solely on their raw voices, Rob Oberdorfer’s bass, Tim Perry and John McDonald’s guitars, Levi Cecil’s drums, Becca Shultz’s keyboards, and Annie Bethancourt and Sarah Riddle’s percussions, the band has moved on to using synthetic noises mixed in with the organic, which in a way mirrors the underlying theme in their latest record. Inspired by members Tim and Rob’s recent exploration of Central and South America, which led to their exploits through ancient local ruins,

Something to Ruin is an insight to how nature and culture are stained by man’s unceasing interference. “The album’s name means a lot of things. I’ve been thinking a lot about the state of the world lately and some of the problems we’re facing, socially, and environmentally–wondering just how long we can make it,” Tim says. “I’ve been reading some books about what would happen to Earth if humans suddenly disappeared, which have all been strangely comforting. As much as I’m rooting for people, it’s good to know that if we destroy each other, the world will persevere with time on its side. Slow and steady wins the race, I suppose.” Citing the current situation in Portland, where man-made structures continuously and increasingly dominate the area, affecting not


“As much as I’m rooting for people, it’s good to know that if we destroy each other, the world will persevere with time on its side. Slow and steady wins the race, I suppose.” only the landscape but the culture itself, Tim reflects on the irony of this supposed progress juxtaposed with the remains of the ancient cities similarly regarded as great and progressive in the past, yet now buried under the vast strength of nature. He reflects, “Amidst it all, it’s hard not to picture it all as ruins; man’s symbol of growth and progress is nature’s bitch in the long run.”

Just as its songs are inspired by Tim and Rob’s travels, the album is suitable for road trips with friends, with the band’s trademark infectious tune still intact and very much visible in the album, evident through their released single, “They Want More.” Long journeys, after all, are more satisfying when they not only bring fun and relaxation, but more so, enlightenment and selfactualization. The catchy melodies

may be enough for some, but they go the extra mile by unapologetically delving deep into the philosophical, social, and spiritual. Firm in their belief that music can change the world—and not afraid to lead the revolution—Ages and Ages proves they’re anything but usual. @AgesandAges

With her lyrical finesse brought to life by a soulful voice and the right beat, POLLY A is about to strike gold. By Ida Aldana Interview by Honey Bautista


escribing her sound as hybrid R&B consisting of reggae, soul, and rock, Meleni Smith a.k.a. Polly A is showing her musical prowess in her debut album, Ghetto Gold Dream. Taking inspiration from fake gold jewelry being called “ghetto gold,” her album’s title holds a special meaning for her, especially amidst difficulties. “It spiraled from the concept of still identifying yourself as royalty even if it’s only ‘ghetto gold’ that you can afford at the moment.” She continues, “I’ve had a lot of ups-and-downs in life, as most of us have, so to me, it’s about overcoming the struggles life throws your way and still realizing your highest potential despite where you may have come from. It’s about alchemizing that ghetto gold into the shiniest treasure you’ve everseen.” Having written songs for the likes of Alicia Keys and J. Cole, she has always wanted to write and perform her own music. She recently signed with Adam Levine’s 222 record label and tells us, “It’s very cool because I remember when Maroon 5 first came out, I discovered his crazy unique voice and fell in love with their first album. So to see the amount of love and support from someone who’s seen and done so much in this industry is just surreal!” With her Jamaican roots and Milwaukee upbringing,


she now finds herself in the concrete jungle of New York, singing about the rays dawning on the city in Ghetto Gold Dream’s titular track, “Brooklyn Sun.” She shares, “It has those tribal drums that are so infectious, and I wanted the first cut to be up-tempo and full of energy, something that we can all relate to.” Though she has already independently released an EP and an entire album, she still feels the pressure that comes along with releasing new material. “It’s mainly the pressure you put on yourself. Of course you want to be well-received, but I think when you believe in what you’ve created and can stand by the fact that it was honest and your best effort, some of the pressure is relieved.” As far as we can tell, this pressure has only made her a diamond that’s no longer in the rough. As for what’s next for her, she’s looking forward to releasing and promoting her new album all over the world, while also developing a music app we should keep an eye out for. By the looks of it, her “ghetto gold” dream looks as real as ever.

MAESTRO Can you tell us about your creative process? ‘Cause not everyone is gifted with writing songs. Well, thank you! My process is never really the same twice. Sometimes, it starts with a set of chords or a melody or a lyric that I thought of prior. It does involve a lot of “channeling” where I will literally ask the powers within and in the ether to give me inspiration. I know it sounds a bit crazy to some people, but I think it’s something most creatives do as part of their process if they are in-tune with that sort of thing. What do you mostly write about and for whom? I write about whatever is most pressing on my mind in that moment. I write for my muse, my ex-lovers, my friends and what they’re going through that I can relate to, and my people of color suffering worldwide. I write about the human

condition and what we all have in common, words that can unite us as well. You’re not one to shy away from voicing out your opinions on social media, especially with all the horrific acts people of color had to endure recently. Have these issues affected your music? Most definitely. We’re in a time now where everyone, especially artists, need to reflect on what’s happening through our art. We’re the storytellers of our time, and I think we have so much influence over how people process a lot of information that it’s so important for us to speak the truth and reflect what it is our hearts are telling us to say. For Polly A, what is the ghetto gold dream? My ghetto gold dream is making my Jamaican-born mama proud to say she raised a young woman in America, all by herself, got her in the best schools, and set her up to have the best opportunities. Hopefully, I will turn all the blessings right back around her way and set her up in a big house and an adventurous retirement. @akaPollyA

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Slicing up dices of our everyday life and pasting them on our waists as suits and body art, Taiwanese designer, stylist, model, and photographer JOHN YUYI takes her art to the real world. By Janroe Cabiles




aking the argument of “life imitates art” and “art imitates life” to another level, John Yuyi breaks the boundaries of both in her own fashion. With every inch and curve of skin as her inspiration, she marks the body with anything equipped: be it plastic, tape, posts, or clothes. “I majored in Fashion Design, but when I went to school, I found that I only loved fashion: designing and making clothes, but not all the other things combined, like pattern-making and production. It wasn’t that easy,” she recalls. Picking up from Taipei and going to New York for a three-month internship with Jason Wu, she fell in love with the city and vowed to return. “I went back and started working as a styling assistant at Vogue Taiwan while continuing my art projects. With all the work I’ve done, I’m more in-tune with the art world than fashion.” Finding the art of something new, she dreamt up mundane objects in technicolor, starting a series of pastel clay in shapes of salami and steel pipes, marbled CDs, and bacon in the sky with diamonds. “My clay project started as a coping mechanism for anxiety attacks, so I would play around with clay, and then it turned into both an art installation and photography


project. But then I thought, ‘Wait, it would be nice on a swimsuit!’ And then I just went for it.” After launching her first JOHN YUYI SWIMWEAR collection, she moved back to NYC and went on with her other projects, both solo and with friends Tom Galle and Moises Sanabria, casting a shadow in the limelight and getting featured in Vogue China, Superhero Magazine, Metal Magazine, Marie Claire, Paper, and Lady Gunn, as well as working on the Pop Art Collection Lookbook from JumpFromPaper × The Rodnik. With her lenses’ gentle gaze on everything, from ice cubes as secret notes and phone chargers as shoelaces, to faces and bodies plastered with social media icons, everything is fair game. “Every idea comes from daily life’s detail; I observe everyone and everything in the street. I also have the tits T-shirts. The idea simply came to us when my best friend Jacqueline came over to my place and we tried to scan our boobs. We thought it would be fun to be on a tee, so we just did it.” Bold, colorful, and oddly surreal while being almost too real, John Yuyi provokes the question of medium in art like we’ve never seen before. How would you describe your own style? I’d say skin and body-related, immature, curious, unexpected. All with an Asian flair [laughs].

How about your aesthetic? Conceptual and visually strong. What do you like taking pictures of? People. Majority are girls, body, and skin. A lot of my photos are of myself, just ‘cause it’s more convenient when you suddenly get an idea. I feel like girls with a special personality, as well as daily life’s details, are my muses. Complete this sentence: My body is… My canvas! What inspired you to print online icons and statuses on bodies for your FACE POST series, and what message are you delivering, if there is one? We always tend to post pictures of our face. So like what I did, if you post your status on your body or face, it’s literally posting a “face post”; it becomes a cycle. You post a post on your face and then you also post it on social media which we can see the post on your face!

FACE POST 3 Ceilidh’s Instagram

FACE POST 4 Julia’s Twitter

Could you tell us more about the anxiety you feel when you’re not creating? Well, like today I just feel so depressed and anxious. And then I cried out loud due to the mental discomfort, ‘cause I just got back from an amazing trip in Tokyo last night. The sudden emptiness always kills me. I’ll just keep fighting it by working productively, I guess? What’s next for you? Same mode, like how I did projects in Tokyo. I’ll visit different cities and work there, maybe Sydney or Beijing. Or London! @johnyuyi DREAM SMALL



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Reeling into a world where push always comes to shove, actress LELA LOREN comes into her strong character as Angela Valdez and flirts with danger in Starz’s third season of hit series, Power. By Janroe Cabiles Interview by Ida Aldana Photographed by Miguel Miranda Styled by Jonzu Jones Hair Takisha Drew Makeup Deanna Melluso


reaking free from what’s already been done never fails to mark one’s artistry, which is something Lela Loren knows all too well. The NoCal actress’ roles include a queer Navy lifer in short drama Flotsam, a police officer in The Hangover Part III, as well as parts in series CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, Ghost Whisperer, Chuck, Lost, The Mentalist, and as the conflicted Silvia in Fox’s Gang Related. “You need a different level of endurance working in television,” she says of the difference between a film and TV set. “You don’t have much time with the new material, so you have to really trust your instincts. That said, you get to explore a character much more deeply overtime. I’m still learning who Angela [Valdez] really is; every episode brings something new.” With The Good Wife’s Courtney Kemp Agboh as the creator and 50 Cent as executive producer, Starz’s first modern original series Power weaves an intricate world of nightlife and drugs where all lines are blurred: all characters are intrinsically neither good or bad. Such is the case for her character, an ambitious and intelligent government attorney who falls for her childhood sweetheart, successful nightclub owner and drug lord James “Ghost” St. Patrick, played by Omari Hardwick. “Angela’s strength, for better or for worse, is that quality wherein she’ll step in to her fear rather than run from it,” she shares. “She’ll do


what needs to be done, no matter how much it costs her. When she falls flat on her face, she gets up, over and over again.” Now entering its third season after receiving critical praise and high ratings for its second season, the stakes are at their highest, but the pressure just churns out a more twisted storyline than ever. Crossing the lines between the femme fatale, the rebel, and the lover, she gives her character the power to defy all archetypes given to mistresses on TV–never playing the victim card. But beyond Power, she sees herself continuing her roster of complicated characters. “I’ll hopefully be working on another exciting, complex role. Fingers crossed.”

MASTERMIND Power has been renewed for a third season. What do you think made it do so well? It all starts with the writing and trickles down from there. I think first and foremost, Courtney Kemp has created a compelling story with dynamic, complex characters. From there, everyone both in front of and behind the camera cares deeply about the job they are doing and aims for excellence. What serves as your inspiration in your portrayal of Angela? I pull from a lot of things, but mainly, what inspires me is the idea of a hard shell and a soft center. At the core of who Angela is lies hugely fragile heart. Every action she takes is motivated by either protecting her soft heart or risking it all to reveal it. How has Angela evolved as a character throughout the show? What will we learn about her in the upcoming season? When I look at Angela, her evolution is driven at the intersection of love, lies, and truth. Jamie awakens a girlishness in her, a vulnerability and sexuality that as a woman, she hasn’t found again since their adolescent romance. It’s like oxygen to her. But Jamie hooks her first without being honest about who he really is. As the truth seeps out, first about his marriage and kids, then about his identity as Ghost, Angela’s evolution is defined by the questions: how far will she

“[MY CHARACTER] ANGELA HAS TAUGHT ME HOW TO BE MORE OF AN ASSHOLE, BUT IN A GOOD WAY. SHE’S NOT A PEOPLE PLEASER, AND I CAN FALL INTO THAT TRAP.” go for Jamie? How much of this can she take? Where’s the line between loyalty to your beloved, and loyalty to your own values? We’ll see her grapple with all of this in the upcoming season. Some of the characters in the show have a tense relationship with each other. But how is the cast like off camera? We all really like and support each other. Crazy, huh? Sometimes, marketing our characters against each other is jarring for us because as a cast, we’re incredibly unified. What have you personally learned from playing Angela’s character? Angela has taught me how to be more of an asshole, but in a good way. She’s not a people pleaser, and I can fall into that trap.




POP GOES THE EASEL Falling into the black hole of imagination, local artist Tyang Karyel colors with the chaos of trouble. Dripping tranquil pastel hues onto a cartoonish sense of absurdity, she transforms her subjects into a TYANGAZNIZE work of art with the flick of the wrist. By Pola Beronilla


t’s a blessing to do something you love for a living, and Tyang Karyel is one of the fortunate ones who were showered with luck. But just like what we’ve learned from that one superhero movie, the local artist has a responsibility to the power that she was blessed with–and it’s safe to say that she took care of it well. A part of the CavityCcollective, she extracts colorful absurdities straight out of her mind’s fantasy and chews out pop art pieces that remind you of the odd and graphic charm of cult cartoon series Happy Tree Friends. Constantly influenced by the things she likes, she says, “I collect kaiju toys, artwork from my friends, books, and weird junk, so I think whenever I make art, the spirit of my surroundings just helps me do stuff.” Whether on social media, city walls, vinyl toys, or wood, which is her most popular racket to date, it won’t be hard to spot a #tyanganized artwork when you see one. Originally a Mass Communications graduate, her career was drawn towards the arts early on. Growing up with a mother who spoiled her with every kind of art material, her amusement for working on plywood



“Being an art practitioner is 80% work and 20% rest, so I’m always at the studio making art, and that’s the highlight of my career.” comes from the nostalgia of making woodcraft during Christmas as a child. “Part of working on wood is working with power tools, and my grandpa and dad loved collecting and using them,” she recalls. “I guess I picked up their hobby. Until now, whenever we get together, we make wooden things in my studio.” Combining this sense of nostalgia with her love for pastel colors, she hatched a distinct pop art aesthetic fixated on a vivid palette with raw energy. “I just wanted to make things that are interesting to see, and this is the only thing I can offer to the world.” Earlier in the year, we had a taste of her first solo show at Vinyl on Vinyl entitled, Artificial Flavors. She also provided some eye candy as one of the live artists during this

year’s Wanderland Music and Arts Festival. Among the slew of exhibits and ventures she has worked on, which includes a T-shirt collab with fellow artist Quatro and local brand Team Manila as well as commissioned artworks for Southern Living and Soul BGC, she recalls her favorite project to date. “I made a furniture series in my group show MELT LAB,” she shares. “It was the first time that I made a table and magazine rack with my own hands. The process was painstakingly hard because at that time, I only had few power tools to do the artwork. But overall, the experience and hard work was worth it.” It was definitely worth the paint. Cranking out pieces like a welloiled machine, Tyang doesn’t regret pursuing art full-time. “My favorite

part is making art and seeing the finished product for the first time; it’s the best feeling ever,” she shares of her craft. “Being an art practitioner is 80% work and 20% rest, so I’m always at the studio making art and listening to podcasts, and that’s the highlight of my career.” Currently working on some artworks for the anniversary exhibit of Vinyl on Vinyl Gallery this August, she’s also eyeing the city of Manila as her next gigantic canvass. “I’d love to paint the walls of Manila Zoo, repaint the MMDA urinals with hot pink again and some anime eyes, and sprinkle the city with Tyanganized colors, and bam! We’re good.”




With a current running through his system as he tells stories of denim dreams and silky scenes of fur and leather, fashion photographer MIGUEL ALOMAJAN electrifies with every frame. By Janroe Cabiles


olor us captivated by the freedom in Miguel Alomajan’s body of work, blending bends of light, style, and technicolor. Keeping his passion for style at high voltage, the green-haired fashion photographer moonlights at a day job as the visual director of ZALORA Philippines. Come the weekend, he loads up on his projects, whether for fun or for clients, from brands like SM, Bossini, and Jag Jeans to publications Preview Magazine, Megastyle, Metro, and Inquirer. But this circuit of flashes was once a hobby, as he was on the track to becoming a lawyer. “My course in college was as far as can be from anything creative; I took up Legal Philosophy,” he recalls, explaining his hashtag “Fashion Ate The Lawyer.” “But it soon became apparent that photography was my true calling.” All it took was joining a photography club at school and holding a borrowed DLSR camera, and it was all set in stone. “I remember the moment I decided to pursue it. I saw a cover of a fashion magazine at a coffee shop, and I remember thinking that was what I wanted to capture. I ended up stealing the magazine, and a few days after, we had a collaboration with the modeling club, I enjoyed every second of the shoot, and told myself, ‘I want this. This is what I’m going to do.’ And the rest was history; I still have that magazine with me.”



“ I think the per fect photo is when you understand what it’s trying to tell you without saying anything.”

Discovering his own style and symmetry of storytelling, he describes his aesthetic as minimal and postmodern while staying grounded with what he’s there to do. “I love experimenting with geometry, light maximalism, and colors, but the styling also depends on the market. The first rule I keep in mind when onset is to make the client happy.” Understanding both sides to the job adds to his advantage, as he keeps true to the discipline of a project without compromising his creative freedom. “I think the perfect photo is when you understand what it’s trying to tell you without saying anything. But most of all, if it isn’t sellable, it’s not a good photo.” The fiber of Miguel’s magnetic charm, both on and off set, lies in the many ways he lives through art throughout his days. “I get inspired by everything, and I mean everything. Words, music, colors, shapes, texture, people, and stories. Casting also brings that out, because I’m very picky when I choose models for a fashion story. When I see a model, I can easily tell what story would be good for them.” Going beyond his territory to satiate his thirst for learning, he quips tips and tricks that are part of the job as he goes along his way. “I style and dabble

a little in hair and makeup. It’s not that I want the credit, but when you’re in fashion, you opt to know a little of everything, because photographers are the directors of the shoot; we see how it comes together, so we should be able to point out if one piece isn’t cohesive. Even though I have no background, I have my own styling kit which also includes basic grooming materials; I just read a lot, watch videos, and then let myself be inspired.” With his conviction to his craft, and his love of learning from every campaign, editorial, or experience, there’s no doubt as to how far his electrifying talent will bring him.



By Pola Beronilla

Cutting through the noise pollution, THE CHAINSMOKERS charge their electronic framework with luscious mixes and intoxicating intimacies. As they continue to climb up the charts and prove that they’re no one-hit wonder, these two certainly won’t let you down.



Initially pairing up

after a man-date set by their manager, Alex Pall recalls meeting Andrew Taggart as a swipe right waiting to happen. “I thought he was pretty good looking,” Alex quips. “And we like to drink beer, so I thought we would get along very well.” Following harmonious sessions of getting to know each other, the DJ duo first took a shot at the game by experimenting with an ubiquitous idea centered around pop culture footnote: the #selfie. “We were just messing around with an idea for a song and thought it was funny, and it was,” explains Alex. Perfectly capturing people’s obsession with unabashed narcissism and fist-pumping beats, the two catapulted to fame with a viral hit under their belts. Out to prove that they’re more than a novelty act, The Chainsmokers have been collecting fire emojis thanks to their downtempo originals “Roses” and “Don’t Let Me Down.” Though they’ve successfully dipped their toes in the mainstream, the boys have always found themselves gearing towards the indie side. Working with the likes of ROZES and Daya, their knack for picking out great talent is truly the backbone of their feat. “Sometimes, we have a singer in mind when we’re writing a song that we think would be great for them, and sometimes, we write a song and try to think who would be a cool fit for the song,” shares Alex. “There are so many great but unknown

artists out there that you know just make awesome music but don’t really have a lot of notoriety.” The explosion of electronic dance music over the last few years has given us an electric feel–one can say that it’s quite a shock. Though we’ve seen a few DJs come and go, there are some who swim across the waves of the new electronic movement. As the real challenge lies in relativity, The Chainsmokers hold on to that fast-paced current and dares to amplify the scene with anthemic builds and blasts of authenticity. “We just feel like we’re making music that feels real. You know, we’re better musicians now that have a better confidence, and we’re just really excited about that as well,” admits Alex. “And the best part is when you get to release it. We’re really most excited about the next collaboration.” You guys seem to have always expressed your fondness of collaborating with Blink-182. Is this just a running joke or is this actually true? Alex: No, we love Blink-182! They’re sick. I mean, they’re such a cool band; they have such a huge influence on our lives growing up. But I just don’t know if that song would be a good song; you never really know. You never really want to meet your idols [laughs].



Have you guys tried reaching out to them? A: Yeah. Actually, our agent is really good friends with their agent. We told them we’re fans, and apparently, they like us too. We were gonna try to get in the studio at one point, but I think the timing wasn’t just right. At the top of your head, what would the song be about if you were to collaborate? A: That’s hard to say. We hope it’d be something stupid and meaningless but very relevant, you know what I mean? Like if you were to go out or like after a fight with your girlfriend or something like that; like one of those trivial moments. They do such a good job in taking the mundane activities in life and making a really interesting, fun song about it. Aside from them, who else have you been dreaming of collaborating with? A: We’re really huge Kanye West fans, Imogen Heap, Jónsi from Sigur Rós, Sia would be amazing, Bieber would be huge. There are so many talented people out there. You just have to hope for the best and maybe one of these people will want to work with us. Going into your live shows, what elements do you think go into a good DJ set? A: Just the crowd interaction. You can always tell when the crowd is involved with you and excited to see you, so that’s really important to us. Having a crazy lights, effects, and everything is super important and help the story of the show, but to us, it just really comes down to having a group of fans that are excited about good music, and we’re equally excited to see them. What do you like rewarding yourself with after a good show? A: That’s a good question. Uh, beer [laughs].






“Have confidence in what you do and take risks. Push yourself as an artist to become really good at what it is you want to do.”





“We write about things that are real to us and our lives, and no one else could replicate that.” Do you think that the EDM market is saturated right now? A: I don’t know if saturated is the best word to describe it, but I do think that there are a lot of bad dance music and a lot of people that are copying other people who have found success, and I don’t think that’s good for the genre. There are some guys who do a really good job of challenging themselves and exploring great music, and then there are guys who can make music and just have no real interest in doing that. They just want to capitalize in what other people do. But at the end of the day, there are a lot of great creative people out there and there are more fans than ever; the shows are bigger and better. Where do you think EDM is heading? A: I don’t know. I mean, we’re big fans of EDM, but I don’t think it’s going down. Whenever you see something negative about dance music, it’s just an isolated incident for the most part. Yeah, there’s a business side in it too, and that can appear like a negative thing. But it doesn’t reflect the interest in dance music; it’s very technical. As long as there are producers that keep pushing the genre forward, there’ll always be dance music and there’ll be exciting things happening.

What advice can you give to young artists out there? A: They should work on creating their own identity, that’s the most important thing. Have confidence in what you do and take risks. Push yourself as an artist to become really good at what it is you want to do. Also, it takes time, so have patience. With all these new artists popping out of nowhere, how do you keep yourself original and different from the others? A: We’re always working in the studio; we find new instruments and listen to tons of other artists that we admire and find inspiration in that. We also write and produce everything on our tracks; that’s pretty unique to us. We write about things that are real to us and our lives, and no one else could replicate that. @TheChainsmokers



Taking time off was absolutely a good thing for Irish band TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB. Returning from their absence, the boys are game to present new music. Are y’all ready for Gameshow? By Denise Mallabo



with the usual media rounds to start promoting their third studio album Gameshow, which bassist Kevin Baird described as a really varied record. “The songs in this album are a lot happier and more upbeat than Beacon. I think that there’s going to be a lot of singles in it,” shares Kevin. The band took time off from recording and touring, as well as from each other, to shift the focus to their personal lives. Kevin admits that for the most part, they didn’t work on TDCC music, but rather their own personal projects. From time to time, he would hang out with guitarist Sam Halliday to DJ and write songs together, while vocalist Alex Trimble chose to stay in America. “Sam and I did write a lot for other purposes, but it’s not quite ready to be revealed as of the moment. He just got married; he’s spending time with his wife. I’ve been doing some gardening, and been decorating my house. We all just chilled out and did normal things, spent time with our girlfriends, wives, and families,” shares Kevin. Alex, who always had a knack for photography, had an exhibit called Mustang Margaritas with his best friend Jamie William. “Alex’s photos are really good. He took most of the pictures on a road trip. He just jumped in a car, drove around, and took photos. The exhibit was great and it was very successful.” It took a while before they released new music following 2013’s Changing of the Season EP. Admittedly, when they decided to take a sabbatical, they weren’t sure how long it was going to last. All social media posts stopped, although Kevin said that in the beginning, there was a plan to keep their fans engaged. “The idea was to post a photo at least once a week, but we quickly ran out of posts, so we thought that it would be better to go away for a bit and come back when we’re really ready,” admits Kevin. Recently, they came out with the song “Are We Ready? (Wreck),” their first single and music video from Gameshow, directed by New Zealandbased directors Thunderlips. When asked to describe the song, Kevin claims that it doesn’t talk about commercialism; instead, it’s more about being controlled by someone else. “It’s our observation on things and in the music video, we want to do it in a very tonguein-cheek manner and try not to have everything too serious,” says Kevin. Their approach in producing Gameshow was writing their songs individually




versus doing it collectively. “I think Gameshow is a mixture of what we all liked listening to during that time. A lot of it is quite rooted from whoever made that song in their kind of style,” explains Kevin. The band has written songs that speak volumes, some songs in the album being a bit heavy and dark, but the rest are fun and upbeat with lyrics of their own perspective. “We just want our fans to enjoy Gameshow. For us, it’s not really the most important thing in the world for people to necessarily understand our songs in its entirety. Our songs are a bit more personal, and it’s more of our thing. But we enjoy that people can relate to them,” says Kevin. Alex, Sam, and Kevin are now back at the festival game, having just finished Lollapalooza, Park Life Festival, Glastonbury, and Hurricane. A while has passed since they last commanded huge crowds, so for Two Door Cinema Club, it was definitely a nice way to make a comeback, giving their new tunes a venue for a test run. “It’s nice to come back and get to play in some good festivals again and perform with some other really cool bands that I haven’t seen in a while. It’s nice to see that people still want to see us play.” Touring can also be a totally different kind of monster, and it’s a good thing that the boys already know how to make sure that they don’t get into each other’s nerves. “We just kind of know when we should give each other that alone time. That’s why it’s better when we spend time apart when we’re not touring because spending time with each other–may it be driving, recording, living together, or being on tour together is just too much,” Kevin shares. It’s back on the road for them but having a common goal of making sure to give their audience a great time and anticipating the release of their up coming album are sure enough reason that they haven’t lost their stride. @TDCinemaClub




Beautifully welding EDM, pop, and indie together, young Dublin producer and musician EDEN mixes it up with tracks that transcend not only genres but also youth sentimentality and musical ingenuity, amidst a not too permanent industry. By Bea del Rio Portrait by Diane Jong


Not everyone can say that they’ve got it figured out at 16. But Dublin-based singer and producer EDEN, whose real name is Jonathon Ng and formerly known as The Eden Project, isn’t everyone. While the rest of us were likely dealing with social cliques and fumbling awkwardly through puberty, EDEN was tinkering with music production in his very own bedroom, setting up the foundation of what was to be an illustrious music career. Not to say he had it all easy, his dedication and good instinct for his passion is what set the tone for his career. With a background in classical music at a very young age, it’s easy to assume the success was predictable because, after all, it would seem he only took the natural course. But ironically enough, the success he’s enjoying right now stemmed from his decision to go completely renegade from his roots. “I don’t consciously use any of the music theory that I was taught when I write music,” he shares. “I rarely even write music thinking about the actual notes that I’m using.” Clearly, the lad has a penchant for deviating from rules and expectations.


Throughout his musical journey, it’s apparent he’s still young, as the tenacity to experiment stands out distinctly in the evolution of his sound. His charm lies in weaving through the different musical genres seamlessly, fusing organic and synthetic sounds together with a quiet kind of confidence that’s carried in his music. He tells us, “Honestly, I don’t really mind how people label my music, and if they can’t put one name on it, maybe that’s a good thing.” Fast forward to 2016, the now 20-year-old artist has six well-received EPs, including several original songs and phenomenal remixes, and is marking yet another triumphant chapter as he releases his i think you think too much of me EP. Like his songs, EDEN is a curious and wonderful mix of many things, and lucky for us, he was generously willing to help us uncover the layers. Your music is a mix of different genres, so we’re curious, what music did you grow up listening to? Growing up, I actually listened to a really weird spectrum of music. I went through phases of listening to everything, from greats like Michael Jackson and Queen to genres like hip-hop, metal, and EDM. The funny thing is, if I look back to when I was listening to these various genres, the older I got, the less I would care for the boundaries they try to draw. And I definitely think that’s reflected in my music. When you run out of genres to discover, you try to find new things by looking between the lines, I guess.


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HEAVY HITTER We know you like recording your songs in your own room. Care to paint us a picture of your cave? It’s a small rectangle room with low sloping ceilings, almost always a little too warm from being in the attic and all the equipment running. It’s actually the bedroom I grew up in, only now, I’ve pushed the bed away behind the door and a desk takes up most of the free space. My recording setup is still very basic: two speakers, a computer, and a microphone. But because it doubles as my live setup, there are a lot of devices there that aren’t used when I hit record that take up space. There are probably more things in that room than there should be my two guitars, records, and record player completes the list. The music industry is evolving pretty fast, especially for genres such as EDM. Do you think it’s easier for artists of this generation to thrive in the industry? I think the main issue isn’t how fast the industry is evolving, but how difficult it is to create something that will have a lasting impact, and I don’t think that will change no matter how much the industry does. All these new ways to listen to music and shine a light on new artists are amazing on one end of the spectrum, but it also creates their own problems. For example, companies like Spotify have really changed the landscape of the industry and made it so much easier for a great song to find the recognition it deserve, but the inherent problem with that is that now, there are so many more songs and subgenres making it to the consumer, so how do you create something that will still live with people after they find the next “new thing”? Let’s talk about your latest release. What’s the story behind i think you think too much of me? i think you think too much of me is about a lot of things. To oversimplify it, it’s about expectations and how things can only ever mean as much as you allow them to. When I write songs, it’s never about one specific thing that happened, and when I create EPs, it’s not just a collection of songs. This one is no different, and that’s why it literally took about a year from the inception to release date for just four songs. How different would i think you think too much of me different from End Credits and your other albums? This isn’t End Credits v2. i think you think too much of me is very deliberate on how the songs are written and in the choice of sounds, whereas End Credits was really an exploration of both. I feel like the main way my music has evolved is that I discovered that you can say so much more with four songs as an EP rather than four songs as singles, the same goes for albums etc. The biggest change in my music over the last couple years has come from exploring that space I think. For example, if End Credits is definitely a journey, then i think you think too much of me is more a revelation. Aside from the release of your EP, what else are you looking forward to most for the rest of 2016? I’m really excited to get back on the road this autumn. Playing these songs live is so much fun, and I’ll be heading to so many places I’ve never been to before. Also, I’m looking forward to just keep working on things. I’m so lucky to be able to earn money with what I love, and even though sometimes it’s hard, there’s still nothing I’d rather be doing. I’m really just looking forward to tomorrow. @iameden


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RAISE YOUR VOICE Transcending from the camera’s foreground, model, intersectional feminist, and pet lover ALLY MUNDA not only takes a soulful and seductive snap with her statuesque frame, but also candidly speaks up about social issues loud and proud.

@comeonally Portrait by Miguel Alomajan Product photography by Kate Feliciano Hair and Makeup Iya Yujuico for MAC



A gift from the awesome guys of Secret Service when I started my bartending job.


As far as I can go, in terms of braness. And I’m always willing to sacrifice even this.


What more can I ask for? It’s Dior.



It’s interesting because it’s a female perspective written by a man. Also, because there’s murder involved.

A book after my own heart. Spectacular writing and characters just as lost and miserable as I am.



The perfect weird addition to any party outfit, despite it being too small to fit all my crap.

I like arts and crafts, but I like to do it how my granny wouldn’t.

ORIGINS FROTHY FACE WASH AND TONER It’s always important to wash the dirt and puke off your face after a night out.

BURT’S BEES HAND CREME AND LIP REPAIR I don’t drink a lot of water, so I compensate by moisturizing the hell out of myself. I know I’m not dealing with the real issue.


A present from the love of my life.


It can’t get much better than rhinestones on your feet.


STATUS Magazine August 2016 feat. The Chainsmokers  

STATUS Magazine August 2016 feat. The Chainsmokers PLUS Two Door Cinema Club EDEN Dinosaur Jr. Hinds Ages and Ages Polly A John Yuyi Lela Lo...

STATUS Magazine August 2016 feat. The Chainsmokers  

STATUS Magazine August 2016 feat. The Chainsmokers PLUS Two Door Cinema Club EDEN Dinosaur Jr. Hinds Ages and Ages Polly A John Yuyi Lela Lo...