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n basketball, every second counts! Thank God for Mobile TV. Now you can actually watch the game instead of having all your friends rave about that last- second half- court shot the next day. That’s pretty awesome for the basketball lover. But it’s even better if you love your television. Picture this: comedy on JACK TV, sports SOLAR SPORTS, ETC, news on CNN and CNBC, documentaries on NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, kid’s cartoons on CARTOON NETWORK, in-depth knowledge on the HISTORY CHANNEL, and even music vids from MTV.

WHO WILL EMERGE AS 2009 NBA CHAMPS

30 Teams 30 Stories

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Seriously dude. It’s 2009. This is the best thing that has happened since the Internet invaded our homes. So anyway, it’s 30 Teams and 30 stories during the NBA Playoffs. Players and fans will all laugh, cry, and bite their fingernails during every game. Will it be another classic Boston vs LA battle?? Well, now you’ll know for sure thanks to Smart MYTV.

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EVERYDAY WE HUSTLIN’ W

e’ve always liked to do our own thing. Some would color that stubborn, but it’s only ‘cause we believe we can accomplish anything—and that plural pronoun includes you, dear reader. But lately, our days have been darkened by an undercurrent of fear. Instead of the bright dreams and bold actions that should be defining our youth, this whole economic fiasco is forcing many of us to the safer side of the river, to the suit-and-tie jobs. But when the moment passes and we fail to make our wildest dreams come true, cold sweat is, unfortunately, a lame excuse. Luckily, some fellas from the future have made their way beyond the rough waters. Like A-trak who, after getting his first turntable at 13, has since toured with the omnipresent Kanye West. He’s also opened the door for many more independent artists and pushed ever-new aural heights through his record label, Fool’s Gold. It’s characters like A-Trak, who’ve turned their artistic visions into brands that stand up but never sell out, that have inspired the issue you hold in your hands—the indie-preneur. In this here issue, marking our first year, we say to you: you create your own STATUS, and you’re not at all too young for it. Take Matt Colon of Deckstar who commands probably the most epic lineup of DJs at the moment—Steve Aoki and DJ AM among them. Or feel a burst of inspiration from I Love You Store’s Sharon Atillo who’s created her own world in a quaint corner in Cubao X. Or perhaps Animal Collective, who’ve gotten the Internet phenomenon to dance to their own beat, is more up your sonic alley. ‘Course, knowing that Jeff Staple’s design empire started the day he pilfered a couple silkscreens from art class, should help you finally scratch that creative itch. Then again, much of what pops today was born out of yesterday’s recessions. There’s your New Wave, whose synths have found their way into today’s New Rave. There’s the Polaroid, which now immortalizes the antics of dolled-up, effed-up partyphiles, thanks to Rony’s Photobooth. There’s the FM radio you still tune into for an earful of bands like Cambio. So don’t worry, baby. You’ve got all the inspiration you need, right here. Now go out and draw your own lines. - Status Team


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STATUSPHERE x REVIEWS.........................18 GO-SEES.......................................26 SWAG SNEAKERS......................................30 SHIRTS........................................32 BOARDSHORTS...................................34 SHADES........................................35 HEELS.........................................36 BAGS..........................................37 ICE CREAM.....................................38 CHAIRS........................................39 STATUS INVADES................................40 MAESTRO JUNIOR SANCHEZ................................43 CAMBIO........................................44 DOES IT OFFEND YOU, YEAH?.....................45 CAZALS........................................46 THIEVES LIKE US...............................47 ANIMAL COLLECTIVE.............................48 THEOPHILUS LONDON.............................49 THE DEATH SET.................................50 THE TWELVES...................................51 MASTERMIND RONY’S PHOTOBOOTH.............................52 ERIC PERLAS...................................54 JULES KIM.....................................55 SHARON ATILLO.................................56 MIKALA JONES..................................57 ZACH... CORDNER...............................58 ADAM BRYCE....................................60 KEITH HUFNAGEL................................61 FRANCOIS GIRBAUD..............................62 MATT COLON....................................64 HEAVY HITTER A-TRAK........................................68 MARVIN SCOTT JARRETT..........................72 JEFF STAPLE...................................74 WORKING GIRL MEG CUNA......................................78 LEAH MCSWEENEY................................82 MIND JOB......................................84 NIGHT VISION..................................86 TRANS ACTION..................................90 RIGHT RIDER x KRYSTLE DIZON...................98 SOUTH BEACH DIET FOR KIDS....................101

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ike what snapshooter Angela Boatwright saw (who’s shot for the New York Times and the Rolling Stones), it’s no gray matter that our cover boy A-track is The Man. Meet the persona behind this solid logo— he’s a DJ Champion, Kanye West’s tour DJ and founder of Fool’s Gold Records. In this first anniversary issue, we present to you a perfect example of the indie-preneur, gifted not only with chance but sheer whiz.

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contributors

ASIAN DAN

If you’re looking for that daily dose update on the illest music, then Asian Dan’s your man. He’s got the lock down on everything music. From music makers, to the movers and shakers of today, Asian Dan’s blogged it all. He’s conducted interviews with some of the dopest producers and music artists such as: David Rubato, Emil and friends, Gingy, Nighty Max, Housse de Racket, Cyndi Seui, and the list goes on. His mission: “To bring you new music and make you dance.” And to this we could only say, “mission accomplished!” Check out Asian Dan’s feature on the Cazals.

RALPH MENDOZA

Ralph Mendoza was once a reliable Forward-Center for the Lakers in a past life. Today, he has retired to Facebook-noting, writing mostly about the glory of his former team and the airy convenience of having to wear short shorts back in the 70s. He also works in the foreign and local hotel business. In his spare time, he eats a lot (faster than you) and supplies the beats for funk-soul band Pascalene. In this issue, Ralph brings to you the Thieves Like Us.

LUCY ARTHUR

Lucy Arthur is an anecdote-collecting, wonderlust-struck nomad who oscillates between the divine and the disgraceful. She currently lives in Hong Kong, where she divides her time between keeping her nose to the grindstone and dancing the revolution out loud. When she grows up she would like to be a polyglot. For this issue, Lucy presents two of STATUS’ heavy hitters, A-Trak and Jeff Staple.

SARAH JESRI

Sarah Jesri is a girl of many things. But to cut the list short, she is a chronic smoker, a Nomad on a mission, and a firm believer in The Force. That’s about all she wants us to know for now. But check out her article on Does It Offend You, Yeah? and perhaps in the future, she can remove the veil and reveal her mystery.

ART DIRECTOR Revo Naval SENIOR EDITOR Paolo Lorenzana ASSOCIATE EDITOR Victoria Herrera Nicola Sebastian ASSISTANT EDITOR Nante Santamaria FASHION EDITOR Rosario Herrera FASHION ASSISTANTS Jessa Lopez Josephine Reyes MARKETING DIRECTOR Jon Herrera ASSOCIATE MARKETING DIRECTOR Mesh Villanueva DESIGNERS Nicole Bianca Po Patrick Jamora

INTERNS Mikko Abello Tracy Collantes Raphael Sta. Cruz Carmela Garcia Christine Braganza Erika Hoffman CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Sarah Meier-Albano Lucy Arthur Vanessa Balao Enzo Belen Marla Cabanban Anna Canlas Daniel De Lara Sarah Jesri Peter Imbong Ralph Mendoza Trish Tabia Toff De Venecia

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Angela Boatwright Merlin Bronques Paolo Caranceja The Cobrasnake Felipe Fontecilla Yasmine Ganley Takahiro Imamura Maciej Landsberg Ana Leiva Gabe Morford Richy Nishiura David “Shadi” Perez Chrissy Piper Revolution Drew Reynolds Lelel Saveri Todd Selby Alessandro Zuek Simonetti Daniel Warrington FINANCE Eva Ventura PUBLISHER Whiz Kids Publishing

What’s your STATUS? We love to hear from you! Email us! whatsyourstatus@statusmagonline.com It’s also available digitally at WWW.STATUSMAGONLINE.COM/DELIVERY For advertising opportunities, please email STATUSMAGAZINE1@GMAIL.COM or MAGAZINESTATUS@GMAIL.COM Or call (02)8901708 / (02) 8956833 Status Magazine / Unit 3 / Ecoville / Metropolitan Avenue / Makati


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TURNING LEFT H ow many ways can you actually wear a sneaker? Once you’ve traded your uninspired white laces with neon green ones, laced them up all ways, and desperately tried to channel your inner Picasso with permanent markers, there isn’t much left to do. Proudly calling itself the first true sneaker store in Singapore, LEFTFOOT provides a suitable alternative. LEFTFOOT is sneaker Mecca. If not, it’ll still qualify as a pilgrimage site for wandering seekers of style, lugging exceptional taste for footwear with personality. One can’t help but lovingly gaze at the store’s well-lit shelves and wall displays neatly lined with rows of kicks, canvas shoes, track shoes, tennis shoes, and walking shoes among others. The only bad thing that can happen here is if you walk out with nothing. Since they opened their first outlet in Far East Plaza, Singapore in 2002, LEFTFOOT has now branched out to three other outlets in the area and another one in Taipei.

It’s easy to get lost in reckless abandon for LEFTFOOT’s buffet of footwear from Adidas Originals, Nike, New Balance, Puma Black Station, Converse, and Vans. When you step out of their doors, you might be surprised to notice that the shoes you have on are different from the ones you had when you walked in. And who can argue with a spanking new pair of sneaks, anyway?

www.leftfoot.com.sg -Peter Imbong

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rom sleepwear to streetwear this multi-brand store is packed with great goodies like Frisbees, skateboards, and every bag imaginable. We’re talking about anything from hiking bags and suitcases to laptop bags and purses—and a smattering of crazy skate labels like DC & Sector 9, Sanuk for the beachin’ masses, and Skull Candy for beatheads (just to name a few). The interior has touches of quirk-ridden design around the store, like that little blue fridge or that

blast-from-the-past jukebox, all adding a great indie art vibe to the scene. And that’s no wonder considering Team Manila’s behind the play and display ‘round the area; a collaboration that befits the ease the store permits to mix and match threads and gear for a hardy urban lifestyle.

(Bratpack, Level 2, Greenbelt 5) -Christine Braganza

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eave it to Hollywood to impose an extreme and unforgiving dogma of all things hip. One brand, however, steps into the scene with a stomp distinctly it’s own. Boys and girls, let’s welcome Naked and Famous. These guys would rather go naked than replicate Jessica Simpson’s wardrobe. The brand fuses old school techniques with what’s hot right now to create the most fantastic fabric concoctions, from a selvedge jean—jeans with a clean bottom finish that resists fraying—to silk denim, all of which are made from materials imported from Japan. Silky jeans? With 30% silk, you can now treat that fine derrière to only the smoothest and most velvety denim. Now to get even farther from Hollywood, you’ll be glad to know these babies are made in Canada, not to mention they sell for a fraction of what Miss Simpson shells out for her fashion victim staples. This is almost beats being naked, don’t you think?

www.nakedandfamousdenim.com -Erika Hoffmann

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STAYING MAINLY ON THE PLANE B

loggers everywhere, take flight. Wejetset is an online concept store that keeps the jet-setter right on track. It’s a site that combines your travel necessities with form and style. Wejetset.com, despite being only a year in the business, does a favorable job of supplying first time and avid travelers alike with cool and distinctive travel items- from limited edition carry-on’s to your very own Holga starter kit.

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ryant Park Hotel may look stately, but if it had a short cameo in Sex and the City movie, you just know there’s some wildness bubbling within its walls. Especially since its rooms are decked out with stereos, iPod docks, and Plasma screens—talk about modern amusement. Don’t worry, if it’s old-school glamour you’re looking for, they’ve still got the traditional fresh flowers, Egyptian linens, Tibetan rugs and down pillows for you in each room. But all of those frills helps you recharge before you head down to the hotel’s cryptic Cellar Bar, a favorite haunt for the celebrities like SamRo and LiLo. It’s even got its own 70-seat private viewing room, where you might just spot Halle Berry making herself comfortable with a

bowl of popcorn. The hotel is also the New York outpost of LA hotspot restaurant Koi, which serves some of the best sushi in the city. And if you want to get out of your ultra-comfort zone and get a little shoping done, Bryant Park Hotel is minues away from the city’s fashion mecca, home to Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys, and Saks Fifth Avenue. So whether it’s a place to stash your swag during Fashion Week, put your feet up after a day of ice skating, or just a plush room to live the high life at, The Bryant Park Hotel’s definitely a place to check off of your list of big apple bites and to check into while you’re in the city that never sleeps.

The site, with its chic, streamlined layout provides the visitor with an uncluttered gamut of travel information with a simple point and click. In its editorial section, which is in a blog format, guests can load up on the different places and adventures the many writers have experienced. As for the music on the site, it is a mix of smooth and easy tunes that in itself make you want to travel. So whether you book that trip to Barcelona or just stop to listen to music that inspires you to do so—this is a site that can prove helpful, even if it’s just in conceptualizing your transit.

www.wejetset.com -Enzo B

(Bryant Park Hotel; 40 West 40th Street New York, NY 10018; 212.869.0100;  www.bryantparkhotel.com) -Christine Braganza

ART WITHOUT BORDERS

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ooster St. in New York has certainly been the perfect poster for Soho’s shabby chic eclectic. Now, Wooster Collective (founded in 2001) is a website dedicated to showcasing the contemporary yet fleeting art of the streets-- not only from Soho, for the eyes of Soho-- but from across the world, for the world over. Wooster Collective brings the universality of art and culture to life. In an easy white on black format, it gives full emphasis on the art showcased on it. No longer will you be

bombarded with an array of color, which struggles for power, with the actual piece you’re viewing. It’s all about the talent here, no pretense. With Wooster Collective, people can immerse themselves into an art world without borders. In a world where street art is transitory and sometimes unappreciated, Wooster Collective makes sure that it is there to stay.

www.woostercollective.com -Enzo B

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MUSIC REVIEWS

dj ROXY COTTONTAIL

Asian Dan (music blogger)

Toti Dalmacion (Terno Records)

Photographed By Andrew

DJ Class – I’m the Ish “I’m the Shit (Lil Jon Remix)” Roxy says: “This song is pure Bmore Club + Crunk coming together on an international level and playing on FM radio. I have been a DJ Class + Bmore club fan since high school. It’s awesome to finally see Baltimore on the map and getting mainstream air time.” Lasgo – Alone

Asian Dan says: “An amazing songwriter from Boston that channels the smooth sounds of Steely Dan and the soul of Prince with a modern, electronic touch.” Nighty Max – Proyecto Batidora The Remix Project by Buffetlibre DJs “Iglou”

“Alone”

Roxy says: “I first heard this song on 103.5 KTU radio here in NYC. It is epic on a guido, euro house, massive, epic buildup, crazy lyrics and corniness that I think will make anyone dance. I don’t think it’s that new but I love playing it. KTU fans recognize real.” Ryan Leslie – Ryan Leslie “Quicksand” Roxy says: “My favorite R&B artist to come out with his self-titled album. You may know his work with Cassie. Quicksand makes me think of my summer love. I had the song way before the album came out! I’ve been pumping it for a minute. It never gets old.” Snowden – Snowden: Anti-Anti “Black Eyes (Le Castle Vania Remix)” Roxy says: “This song is on a Scion/LA Riots sampler that was going around last year. If you ever DJ a hipster party in Cleveland, Ohio, this song is known as #4 and you will have instant fans and you can thank me one day.”

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Emil & Friends – Downgraded Economy “Short Order Cooks”

Asian Dan says: “Barcelona based DJ/ producer that crafted a feel-good dance track that reminds me of the old-school French Touch sound.” Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix “1901” Asian Dan says: “Epic dense pop, you can’t expect less from Phoenix. I can’t wait for the album out in May, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix” Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest “Two Weeks”

remixing it.”

Asian Dan says: “Pop perfection. Amazing vocals and that piano is so catchy, plus Fred Falke is Krazy Baldhead – Sweet Night “Sweet Night (Vicarious Bliss Psychebabble Rework)”

Asian Dan says: “Krazy Baldhead & Vicarious Bliss are the hidden gems of Ed Banger Records; they showcase that the label is more than just bloghouse club bangers, as seen in this track, which sounds like Sigur Ros meets Boards of Canada and Air.”

The Whitest Boy Alive – Rules “Rules” Toti says: “Erlend Oye is just one of those artists who can’t seem to do no wrong. He effortlessly can go from Kings of Convenience-type material to a more indie/dance feel, more noticeable on this second TWBA album. It’s not in the irritating, overly-trendy manner too.” Psapp –Tiger, My Friend “Tiger, My Friend” Toti says: “It’s quite a charmer and a good primer for their brand of indiepop/ electronic music, which some refer to as “toytronica” ‘cause of the usage of toy instruments. Galia Durant’s vocals are the cool-to-the-ears type, but the strength lies within the arrangements and technical wizardry from the combined efforts of Durant and partner Carim Clasmann.” Up dharma Down – Bipolar “Bipolar” Toti says: “I can definitely say you can’t get any better than this. On this sophomore release they certainly continue to raise the bar of OPM and made it truly global and current. The best representation of the modern Filipino band. Accessible and cerebral at the same time.” The Blue Nile – toss up between A Walk Across the Rooftops and Hats Toti says: “Sad, depressing, and a production that’s highly polished with lots of class – just the way I like it. Nothing beats “Easter Parade” (from AWATR) at 3AMand “Saturday Night”(from HATS) as the sun sets on the horizon.”


MOVIE REVIEWS

Show Grill:

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United States of Tara

dollhouse

Pitting their pilots against each other, Dollhouse and United States of Tara, two shows that take the idea of multiple personalities to a whole new ballpark, go head to head. STATUS referees the showdown, employing a sophisticated, highly qualitative point system.

OVERVIEW Slayer-maker Joss Whedon traipses from fantasy over to sci-fi, with a high-adrenaline show about rent-a-people. A company known only as the Dollhouse offers its cashed-up clients the services of their “dolls”, who can be anything you want most—from a wild weekend fling or a cold assassin perfect for a messy job. But the real cost of the product are the dolls or “actives” themselves, whose original personalities are wiped clean so that new, customized ones can be imprinted on them as assignments come along., As the doll masters struggle to neutralize a dogged detective and a rogue active, one particular Barbie, Echo (Eliza Dushku), starts to remember things. Perhaps there really is no such thing as a clean slate.

Meet T, the wild and rebellious 16-year old. Meet Buck, a crass and macho ‘nam veteran. And meet Alice, the impeccable, ever-graceful ‘50s housewife who acts like she just stepped out of Stepford. And meet Tara (Toni Collette), the loving, artistic mother and wife who has to share her body with T, Buck, and Alice—her three alter egos. When Tara decides to stop taking medication to figure out what’s really causing her dissociative identity disorder, the Gregson household gets a little more crowded. And as her sweet and steady husband Max (John Corbett), Hot-Topiclovin’ rebel daughter Kate (Brie Larson), and patient, happilygay son Marshall (Keir Gilchrist) try to keep up with all the character switches, Tara—with the help of her unwelcome house guests—starts to reveal not only the complex layers of her personality, but also the heights of her love for her family.

WINNING POINTS - The uncanny dark magic of Joss Whedon: if he could bring vampires to teen-obsessed, cult-worthy life, maybe he could do it with a doll instead of a Slayer (+3) - Eliza is back and she’s still pretty hot (+2) - Convincing sci-whiz talk (+1) - Wealth of cliff-hanging action that is perfect for distracting the trouble urban mind (+3) - All the fun costume changes (+2) -The Dollhouse’s pretty awesome set design (+2) - Harry J. Lennix as the tough handler dude with a soft Daddyshaped spot for Echo (+3)

- The guarantee of good writing stamped by Diablo Cody, the writer of Juno, herself (+4) - Lots of lovely psychosis (+2) - A not-too-queer queer for a son that actually doesn’t feel like a token character, who will likely become the show’s favorite character (+3) - The realization that your own mom ain’t as crazy as you thought (+1) - Yep there are lots of entertaining costume changes here too (+2) - But there are also really entertaining and convincing character changes (+3) - The impeccably-done parallel scenes showing Tara and her daughter dress up, one going from sweet mom to coarse, vulgar Buck lighting up a red, the other readying for her ballet recital (+4) - Watching mum’s alter-ego “Buck” beat up her daughter’s sleazy, emo (??) boyfriend (+2) - Watching her son Marshall leap on the scumbag and kick him senseless (priceless)

PENALTIES

- All that sci-whiz talk kinda gets annoying (-1) - A noticeably high ratio of fairly stereotypical, 2-dimensional characters (-3) - Not-quite convincing, almost cheesy pseudo-military outfit (-2) - High probability that the lone wolf detective will start to seriously bug as the show progresses (-3)

- Seeing a mature woman prance around with a hot pink thong sticking out of her daughter’s skinnies (-2…but it’s still funny) - What life must be like for Tara’s mortified daughter (-2) - Annoying sister who thinks Tara’s pretending to have a disorder (-1) - Self-centered daughter that you wouldn’t want your little sister to idolize (-1)

Final Verdict: 8-15 Nothing does a one-man act like a good ol’ personality disorder.

Director’s Cut: Marie Jamora -- Happy Together

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ne of my most prized titles in my DVD collection is the Happy Together 10th Anniversary Limited Edition Box Set. There are only 2046 boxes made (yes, a reference to the film), and I have one of them! It includes a replica of the Iguazu lamp in the film, Happy Together boxer shorts, postcards, soundtrack, and making-of. My favorite part is unquestionably the long helicopter shot of the Iguazu waterfalls along with Caetano Veloso’s “Cucurrucucu Paloma.” From a black and white beginning of the film, it suddenly cuts to this almost-Technicolor shot of the waterfalls. Another fave part is the scene of Chang’s (Chang Chen) despedida at a bar. He tells Lai (Tony Leung) that he’s leaving Argentina to go to the end

of the Earth and offers Lai his tape recorder, telling him to leave a message (because there’s a saying that you can leave your sadness at the end of the world). Later on in the movie, Chang stands in a lighthouse at the end of the Earth and all he can hear is silence and sobbing. This is just good scriptwriting and great acting at work here. Wong Kar-Wai influenced a lot of my older stuff –obviously my “Truth” video for Bamboo, “Call Center” video for Cambio, and my short film, “Quezon City.” I love the gritty colors, rich locations, and the raw camera movements, along with his use of slow motion and slow shutter speed. He also has an overall mood that I love: a mix of unrequited love and depression that is always accompanied by a good soundtrack. I think my Wong Kar-Wai phase is over. But if I can ever achieve the mood and feel that he has in his films to one of my works, I would be ecstatic.

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The Urban Cookbook: Recipes for Graffiti Artists by King Adz

BOOK REVIEWS

Blek Le Rat: Getting Through the Walls by Sybille Prou and King Adz

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aris, France. The year is 1981. A quiet, ordinary-looking man by the name of Xavier Prou uses a stencil to spray a black lifesized rat onto the grimy wall of a subway station. Pretty soon the rebel rodents are scampering all over Parisian cement-ways, haunting street corners, peeking out from under bridges. Today, an army of stenciled rodents—now joined by various figures from different walks of life like pop icons, spacemen, and even Madonna (the original one) and her famous

Child—infiltrate the nooks and alleyways of the world, disseminating the art of Blek Le Rat to the urban populace. “Banksy is the stencil king,” you might say—you hipster brat you. And to that Banksy replies, “Every time I think I’ve painted something original, I find out that Blek le Rat has done it as well, only 20 years earlier.” The crowned prince hands the sceptre over to the true street sovereign. To continue your reeducation, consider Blek Le Rat: Getting Through the Walls your textbook to some concrete history. With hundreds of color photos of the Rat’s works for diagrams, comprehensive analysis of the method and message of his art for lesson plans, and a thorough timeline of the evolution of street art for additional reading, this book by Sybille Prou (Blek’s wife) is sure to give you a Master’s course on the godfather of stencil art. -Nicola M. Sebastian

We Are Experienced

by Danielle Levitt

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blond boy straight out of Gus Van Sant’s Elephant sits beside a blackboard and gazes toward the camera, looking hesitant in his sleeveless undershirt and high-waisted pants. A limped marimba lies on its side in the whitewashed room’s corner while a milktoned electric guitar leans away from the subject. This is just one of the ways star photographer Danielle Levitt presents her subjects in this youth culture expedition of a project called We Are Experienced. Having shot the likes of Rihanna, Tina Fey, and the Apatow boys, Levitt forays outside the studio and across America to find teenagers with their ambivalent signs of becoming and the hard-hitting insistence of “I am this.” At the same time, it is a

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collective manifesto about having met the world. In their own circles, the creative variations of the jocks, cheerleaders, stoners, goths, and Wiccans become the new individual. In a youth culture intensely coded by the photographic medium in MySpace and Facebook, Levitt takes a second look both as a sort of anthropologist and a young viewer herself. It is not only the gaze of fascination at the most ardent kids trying to find themselves but a perspective of becoming with her subjects. The book was launched with some of the kids last February and is available at Amazon – a 76pager hardcover beauty gripping at every frame. -Nante Santamaria

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ho would’ve thunk that strudels and spray paint could ever go well together? After checking out this quirky cookbook, written from the asphalt up, you’ll find out how they do. Author King Adz takes you on a serious food trip around the neighborhoods that buzz. We’re talking about the most amazing cities, like New York, Amsterdam, Paris, Berlin, and London, and the chow to be had on their streets. He’ll tell you the craziest stories from his journeys: getting around like a local, eating the most authentic cuisines, and not to mention meeting the most talented street artists/DJs/ skaters/photographers in the world (do Rodney Smith and Wooster Collective ring any urban bells?). He manages to infuse everything street into every page—and not that tossed-around platitude that’s become the lackey to corporate marketing schemes. The style, food, and art that can actually be found on the sidewalks of the world. From hotdogs and fashion to graffiti and Jamaican jerk chicken, Adz has a knack for finding the greatest and even strangest curbside eats, recreating ‘em so we can all get a lil’ taste of Berlin. With road-trip rules like use public transportation, stay in small, local-run hotels, and eat food off the street, this book’s got all the urban cred it needs. -Christy Braganza


A*FEST ALA STATUS We were so stoked on Manila having its first Asian Music Festival last month, stalking each night and blogging like hyped music maniacs, that it got us fantasizing about our own dream line-up. The Analog Girl (Singapore) If you’re yawning at yet another indie girl, maybe her performance art (almost!) will wake you up some. Sharing her stage with only a laptop, her voice and raw, audio think-pieces make it all too easy to draw the Björk comparison. And with the mixer dude of Sigur Rós and Feist working on her sci-fi, electropop demos, it shouldn’t be too hard for kwek-kwek-eaters to like her either. Sounds like: Yoko Ono meets a Tenori-On. www.analog-girl.net Poubelle International (Hong Kong) This all-white, bearded trio plays LSS-inducing songs about their three obsessions—“true lust, broken trust, and plain wishful thinking.” All combined with handclaps, stirring beats, and witty lines—they sound nothing like a trash can—what poubelle means in French. Basura would mean Metro Gwapo. Sounds like: Think Franz Ferdinand. Only in your garage or a vacant parking lot. www.poubelleinternational.com Shaa’ir + Func (India) Slumdog jokes don’t suit this danceworld duo from the New India. With Func crossing over from The Big Apple, Shaa’ir’s Mumbai is no Darjeeling Limited trip. Yet unique Indian flourishes remain audible in the cosmo-electro they simply call lovebeat. Consider 5-6 without the motorcycle, where you expect to hear 5 and you groove to 6. Sounds like: Kama Sutra score swirling in a kaleidoscope.www.shaairandfunc.com Overload Romance (Indonesia) Nominated as Best Pop Act and for rockin’ the Feel-good Song of the Year in the Asia Voice Independent Music Awards, they’re perfect company on a bright summer day. They love their new wave synths but can’t quite let go of analog instruments. And when their back-up harmonies fade out, they stay in your head. Like the buzz of EDSA traffic. Sounds like: Chipper Daft Punk without the robots. www.myspace.com/overloadromance

ACT UP: The Camerawalls Photo by Angelo Maniquis

SUBCULTURE:

The Best & The Worst of Trilogies

THE BEST The Matrix You’ll never look at limbo rock the same way ever again. Mind and back-bending at its finest. The Godfather Like an encyclopedia, almost everything Mafia in pop culture comes from this Copolla classic. Back to the Future Probably the most critically successful family film, you’re most likely to have this time-warped Oedipus-crazed adventure on your movie shelf.

THE WORST High School Musical We just don’t get these singing cardboard kids. You could blame it on a generation gap—but we think not. We’ll take a zombie movie any time over this Disney assembly-line product. I Know What You Did Last Summer Given a standard slasher premise, they should have learned and just stopped, ‘cause We Knew then, We Still Know now, and We’ll Always Know it’s the same bloody thing. Street Fighter Completely preemptive, but with The Legend of Chun-Li being worse than Van Damme’s attempt at Guile (though the ever-hot Kreuk was surprisingly decent), this here is a plea to spare us from yet another video game-to-movie KO. At least the new game is kicking some real ass.

No, The Camerawalls is not a Britpop coverband. Yes, that’s a British inflection you hear though. No, the vocalist used to be from that band but it didn’t work out so this is his band now. The indie-pop trio hasn’t been around very long but they’ve managed to make enough of an impression on the more discerning spectators of the local music scene. Vocalist Clementine “Clem” Castro, having come from the now defunct Orange and Lemons, appreciates that The Camerawalls is not surrounded by the kind of puffery his former band had been. He finds great value in playing gigs that, as he puts it, are “more intimate where people can really connect to the music.” Clem, along with bassist Law Santiago (also formerly of Orange and Lemons) and Ian Sarabia on drums (who’d only really learned to play because of Clem’s cajoling)

have fashioned a sound that can be lovingly described as a by-product of the Britpop era. There’s an appreciation of its being derivative, in a way. Every song is an apparent homage to perennially revered greats such as The Beatles or The Smiths. Their debut album entitled Pocket Guide To The Otherworld (released under Clem Castro’s independent record label Lilystars Records) is a string of tracks that, albeit rather melodically uniformed all through out, are charming, lyrical, and really quite catchy. The tracks “Clinically Dead For 16 Hours” and “Changing Horses Midstream” are worth a preliminary listen.

If you’ve come down with the Brit fever yourself, pay a visit to http://thecamerawalls. com. – Vanessa Balao

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HEADPHONE

MASTER These days, it’s pretty easy to latch onto the DJ designation, but for a remix master who’s hit up enough dance floors to become a club connoisseur, JUNIOR SANCHEZ has got supreme sound seniority. By Marla Cabanban Photographed by Merlin Bronques

ONLY THOSE WHO RISK GOING FAR, KNOW HOW FAR 2 GO!” states the MySpace page of one the most go-getter DJs the world has seen right now. With a list of music collaborations—starting with Daft Punk and coasting towards the likes of the Gorillaz—that can rival a rosary litany, Junior Sanchez may well be on his way to being recognized as a sort of holy figure spreading the gospel across dance floors. Progressive and philanthropic, this proud Obama hope-monger is a supporter for needy children by way of his affiliation with the Richie-Madden Foundation (star-crossed couple Joel Madden and Nicole Richie to us), among others. The guy can pump up the volume on a good cause just like he pumps up the overall audience adrenaline in the clubs. ‘Course, without any time to waste, Sanchez has his eyes on the prize—accomplishing as much as he can, whenever he can, however he can. So what’s in the mix for a DJ in-demand who’s got his fingers fastened on a lot of things? Well, currently I’m working on the sophomore release of a band called Morningwood, they’re on Capitol—it’s been a great process workin’ with them. I’m also workin’ on my debut album entitled Welcome to Jnr High. It’s a collective record that features a lot of different artists, the more established ones being the seniors and the newcomers being the freshmen. Most of the freshmen are artists on my label Brobot. Well I’ve been doing electronic music

for years. I’ve produced rock bands, solo artists...wow, I mean I’m doing all I want to do right now. (Laughs). We all know the principal of Jnr High came quite a long way. What’s the story behind your rise as a music dynamo?


Wow, so many different places, each one special in their own right. I love Spain for the simple fact that I love the country! The people, the food, the scene—it’s always fresh and exciting... Top 5 remixes you’ve made?


Well, it’s a pretty long one, but in a nutshell it was through a family friend. I was 10 when I saw my first studio. I was amazed—was super inspired and then released my first 12-inch when I was a sophomore in high school... that’s the condensed version. I can also recall seeing Depeche Mode at Madison Square Garden. A friend took me there and I was blown away. Seeing thousands of people singing along to Martin, David, and Fletch was incredible and I knew then that I couldn’t turn back! Music was life! 

Hard to pick five but I’ll do my best. Gorrilaz (“Dare”), Madonna (“Jump”), Les Rhythm Digitales (“Sometimes), Daft Punk (“Revolution 909”). Again, just off the top of my head.

Would you say your Brazilian roots added some beef to your music? 


You know, nothing surprises me. I remember playing a gig at the Olympic Village in Sydney during the 2000 games and there were these lil’ gymnasts who were about, I don’t know, let’s say 14-ish. Man, they ask for some of the most bizarre things ‘cause they meant it, they weren’t being ironic (laughs). Best gig was my 1st gig ever overseas, which was in ’97—Tribal Gathering with Kraftwerk, ‘nuff said!! 

My mom is from Bahia. My upbringing has definitely had a huge influence on me growing up, but I guess mostly being around so many different races of people and just kickin’ it with so many different types of friends impacted me as well... And having done the global club rounds, what city would you say takes the cake in the culture?

And there’s got to be a tune or two out there that makes you want to tune out... Yeah, Bachata and Reggaeton. Oh, man! Wackness (laughs). Strangest request ever? Craziest or best night out on the decks?

Is there something you wished someone told you when you first started the whole DJ thing?

Yes, eat right and go to the gym ‘cause flying can kill you!! (Laughs).   We were discussing the idea of the “universal band”, which is basically a band that can unite people of any gender, class, race, etc. What are some universal bands for you? And what bands are you into right now? 
 I think U2 are a universal band since they bring people together. Bono is very active in politics—I dig that. Acts I dig right now are Santogold, M.I.A., The Faint, Kaiser Chiefs, Retro Kids, the Brobot Empire, Cool Kids, Hollywood Holt, He Say She Say, Mano, Arctic Monkeys...I don’t know a lot of good bands right now. Well that was a mouthful. Any songs that surprisingly keep people on the dance floor?
 My whole set consists of unlikely songs that work for me. It’s all about how you program it into your set. Trust me, I can make people not hate on the “Macarena” if I wanted to, but I won’t! (Laughs). Well then we give you the title of martyr. How do you think this whole omitting of vowels from words came about? Graph, street, gully... realness...laziness... ebonics!!! (Laughs).

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GREATNESS

One girl, five legends. CAMBIO gets trigger-happy, someone gets shot. By Anna Canlas Photographed by Revolution

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irst date with Cambio, and I’m stressed to impress: all around me, under the Saguijo ‘ellas, is the all-star, rockstar lineup—Kris Gorra-Dancel on lead vocals (Fatal Posporos), Ebe Dancel (Sugarfree) and Diego Mapa (Pedicab) on guitars, Buddy Zabala (The Dawn) on bass, and Raimund Marasigan (Sandwich) on percussions. My sweat glows in the dark, and I ask jokingly: So. aside from being in all these bands, how else are you schizo? “Schizo?” tests Raimund. “We’re not.” He stands up and leaves for a bit. The rest look on, eyes blank, all awkwardly silent like They’re Just Not That Into Me. Or, fingers crossed, all still abuzz from another great, unrehearsed set: songs from their last album Matic, a pseudo-striptease, (i.e. a jacket twirled in the air, care of Kris), and the cherry-on-top, death-by-drum-solo—where Kris appeared to be hit and badly wounded by Raimund’s intense, drumbeat bullets. BANGGG. But that’s about where the act ends, as everything about Cambio is super natural. Case in point: Their own brand of made-you-think rock, riffing on everything from call centers (on the song “Call Center”, no really) to shopping centers (“Shopaholica”) to centers of attention (“Rumarampa”). On their MySpace page, Cambio counts among its musical influences groups like—wait for it—Fatal Posporos, the Eraserheads, Sugarfree, The Dawn, Pedicab, Monsterbot, Duster, Squid9, Egg Boy, The Vince Noir Project...in other words, their other bands or musical projects. What makes their music one-off, though,

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would be the unique dynamic between its members. Says Raimund, “Iba kami magisip individually. Hindi kami consciously ‘a... kailangan may persona.’ [We each think differently, it’s not a conscious effort to have a distinct persona.] You’re the same person. Pag ibang kasama mong barkada, iba lang lumalabas. [It’s just that when you’re with a different group, something else comes out.]” Their performances come just as organically, with the band admitting that they quit practicing two years ago. “So it’s never boring,” defends Kris. Genius is automatic for the band, as the members draw inspiration from firsthand experiences. “As a general rule, we write for ourselves,” says Buddy. “We’re writing a new album right now.” Which we can expect “as soon as the album’s finished.” Right. And how long does it take you to finish a song? “As soon as we get enough people to sit down for a writing session,” Buddy says. Thanks a lot, uh, Buddy. “No, I kid you not,” he says, all serious. As the band members have been busy with the album releases of their affiliated acts, Cambio’s deep bench of musicians is finding it harder these days to overcome the limits of time and...space? “Next week. Sa bahay ko [My house].” offers Ebe. “Monday or Tuesday. Pili ka... [You choose].” “Tuesday!” “Tuesday?” “Tuesday.” The decision is shotgun. BAAAANG! The speed’s spontaneous, though—

not hasty. Written in the stars, even. Like, Dude. Cambio’s cosmic. The possibility feels just about right, especially in memory of year two-uh-oh-two, when fans all over the Philippines cried their eyes out (no guyliner then, thank God) when Ely Buendia left the Eraserheads. Luckily, Buddy, Raimund, and their other former bandmate Marcus Adoro continued as Eheads, adding the then-single Kris Gorra to the mix, with her distinctively clear, achingly sincere vocals. Eventually, Marcus left to pursue surfing, Ebe and Diego signed on, bringing in a penchant for introverted writing, plus, electronica. The group changed their name to Cambio and has been churning out a sonic stew ever since, filling in the gaps in the local scene for a sound that straddles classifications, and for indie music that’s never contrived. So fill me in, then. Music is all about the... ? “Music is all about...the music!” Go, Diego. (He later reveals his Diddy-smarts by shouting “the benjamins.”) Then comes Ebe. “It’s aaaall ‘bout the money...” he syrup-sings. “It’s all ‘bout the dumdumdududumdum… I don’t think it’s funnyyy...” To see you in a Swede pop flashback. “No,” goes Kris. Before turn ing to me—before anyone else’s cover gets blown. “You’re right,” she says. “Music is all about the blank...just fill the space with music. Yun yon. [That’s it].”

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ON THE

OFFENSE

Putting the “new” in New Wave, DOES IT OFFEND YOU, YEAH? will drive you into a lull of electric dreams. They’re explicitly infectious—just don’t get offended. By Sarah Jesri Photographed by Chrissy Piper

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hit the GMT (0) time-space continuum and, in no more than five minutes, induct Dan Coop into my friendly neighborhood Facebook. Whether you like it or not, we live in a digital era where barriers of space and time are progressively being torn down, redefining modern lifestyles and, instantaneously, the soundtracks that represent it. From the new wave punks and d&b ravers of the ‘80s to 20-oh-8’s “new rave” scenesters of electronic-dance post-punk concoctions, the Brits (handsdown) have been at the forefront of electronic-based musical evolution and its subsequent I-don’t-give-a-damn-about-you sort of individuality. Of this genetically amplified crop comes critically acclaimed band Does It Offend You, Yeah? After a whirlwind of tours in ‘08—breaking ankles, instruments, and gear, and rubbing shoulders with no less than The Prodigy, Bloc Party, The Ting Tings, and Hadouken!—Dan (synths) takes some time out of his holidays to answer a few questions that are almost as peculiar as their lyrical masterpieces “Let’s Make Out” and “Attack of the 60 ft Lesbian Octopus.”

So tell us the story of how you guys got together, if you would be so kind? Three suns aligned over the planet of Endor and it caused a space-time rupture, creating the band in a flash of lightning. Either that or we’ve known each other a while and decided to write dance music we could play live. Funny thing was me and James started writing music together after I made a mixtape for a girl I fancied. I’ve forgotten what was on it, but it was mainly the electro music I was excited about two years ago. I’m sure it’d be a lot different now. Do you dabble in other art forms apart from music? Being in this band is pretty much a full-time job. When we get time off, it’s normally spent recuperating. We were on tour for most of 2008 and are now back in the studio over the wintertime. Favorite decade of music? Anyone there in particular? We’ve all got a wide range of musical tastes. We obviously have a lot of ‘80s influences in our music, but I wouldn’t want to tie ourselves down to any set time period. What would you rather be doing instead of sitting here answering us? I’d actually rather be watching that new film about the Israeli soldiers called Waltz With Bashir. Been hearing good things about it. Favorite music festival and why? A close call between Summer Sonic in Japan and Coachella in the States. Summer Sonic is really well organized and you are looked after really well as a band. It’s just a shame it’s mostly indoors. Coachella is great but is too hot during the day, so it’s best to turn up when the sun is going down. They have amazing catering too! Have you guys been over here— or heard any Filipino acts, at least?

Unfortunately we’ve never been to the Philippines, we’ve been to Japan and Singapore as a band, and personally I’ve been to Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia and China…but never the Philippines. I met a bar man from the Philippines when I was in Dubai over Christmas and was also reading about a band called Kamikazae whose guitarist got arrested for pot, I think his name was Led Zepellin or something... It’s a shame as Dubai is really strict and he’ll probably get four years in the slammer if he’s guilty. What alternative forms of medication do you enjoy the most? Provigil sounds like an interesting drug. It apparently lets you stay awake and concentrate without needing as much sleep. They give it to fighter pilots, and students are using it loads, apparently. We’ll probably need a bucketload to get this album done on time. What piece of advice would you give an eight-year old? Try and learn as many musical instruments now while you’re young and it’s easy. Stick with it and you won’t be having the trouble I’m having learning traditional piano now! What fictional character would pass as your alter ego? Kindly elaborate. I would say Bill Murray’s character in Lost In Translation. I think my view of the world changed in the last few years. I’m finding it harder to get excited about things these days. Maybe it’s because we’ve done so much so quickly and I feel like I’m running out of things to do. What’s the most frequently asked question in these sorts of interview? Where does the name come from, or what offends you. I think I’m going to get the answers tape-recorded or kept on a USB stick somewhere.

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BACKS.TO.THE.FUTURE

Infusing a whole lot of the rock past’s good into your musical present, THE CAZALS are turning up a hella good future for the listening public. Asian Dan gives us the lowdown on the band and their latest album What of Our Future. By Daniel De Lara Photographed by Lelel Saveri

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he Cazals are your quintessential British band. They are five dapper young gentlemen that know how to party and run in some of the most exclusive social cricles in London and Paris. They grew up with Pete Doherty, opened for Daft Punk in Japan for their Alive 2007 tour, are the first non-electronic group signed to the Parisian label Kitsuné, and had André the famous French graffiti artist direct their music video for “Somebody, Somewhere” featuring the famous French socialite Lou Doilllon. This all may seem like a superficial resume for your typical UK hipster band, but behind all this are five guys who love music and have crafted a rocking pop album, What of Our Future. What of Our Future is a musically dense yet concise album that clocks in just under 40 minutes. Each member brings a wealth of musical knowledge to the band, which is a big reason why it’s hard to describe their take on rock and roll. Daniel Gallagher is lead guitarist and manager of the band. His uncle was famous ‘70s guitarist Rory Gallagher. Daniel is a big fan of Beck, Weezer, The Strokes, John Frusciante, and Toto. Phil Bush, frontman and vocalist, is an actor and model (modeled for Hedi Slimane) who sings with a voice that Elvis Costello would be proud of. Luca C., rhythm guitarist, is a ‘70s Italo Disco aficionado and runs a disco night in London called Spangles. He usually DJs Cazals’ after-show parties and spins everything from the staple “bloghouse bangers” to Rick James. He also toured and played keys for Babyshambles. (FYI, Phil and Luca both appear in New Order’s music video for their 2001 single “Crystal” as part of the fictional band “The Killers” that the real Killers are named after.) Warren on drums is a quiet fellow that loves his Mod culture, but once behind the kit is the most bombastically badass drummer around. Of course, behind the fury of synthesizers, slick basslines, programmed Gameboys, booming drums, gang vocals, tight guitar riffs, and everything else that assaults your ears is Martin Dubka, bassist and producer of the band. When he is not producing bands he is remixing the likes of Late of the Pier, Pin Me Down, and Heartsrevolution under his moniker,

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Dubka. Martin feels that Madonna’s “Lucky Star”, Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring”, Dire Straits’ “Money for Nothing”, and Daft Punk’s “Verdis Quo” all had a big influence on the sound of What of Our Future. With that mishmash of influences, the Cazals itself is a mash-up of a band. They are musical encyclopedias that reference elements of the music they love, creating their versions of punk-dance-electro-guitar-rock-pop. They are definitely a refreshing, and at the same time, nostalgic band. Five standout tracks of What of Our Future: “Somebody, Somewhere” is a triumphant declaration exclaiming that we are not alone and that “somebody loves me, somebody somewhere”. It is an anthem of a pop song. Apparently this track was going to be cut from the album. “Comfortable Silence” is the odd track on the album but in a good way, it showcases the bands experimental side. It is a tune full of creeping guitars and synths, vocoders, glockenspiels, and about a minute of silence at the end. John Cage would be proud. “Life is Boring” is one of the more straight-ahead punk-rock songs on the album. You just want to pump your fists and yell. “We’re Just The Same” - The ballad of the album where the band shows off their sensitive side. “Time of Our Lives” - An epic closer for an album. Production wise, the first half of the song is actually a low quality mp3, which goes to show that it is the songwriting and not the quality of the recording that evokes such emotion.

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Our interrogation lamps flash on THIEVES LIKE US, the most criminally minimal Swedish-American elec-trio there ever was.

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t was back in 2002 when American tourist Andy met Swedish buddies Bjorn Berglund (keyboards) and Pontus Berghe (drums) at Berlin’s Mauer Park. At the outset, new hiphop and old kraut-rock were among their weapons of choice as they assailed the capital’s nightclubs—much to everybody’s dismay. “Our crossover DJ sets really seemed to bother the Berliners,” relates Andy. “I remember somebody in Berlin getting really angry. Grabbing me by the head and telling me not to play ‘nigger music.’ Fuck. I used to say we were trying to wipe out fascism by playing all those Snoop songs.” Before finally relocating to Paris, the trio first sought asylum in New York City, where French filter house and minimal electronica soon found their way into the band’s repertoire. In time, broodingly upbeat tracks like “Drugs In My Body” and “Fass” were conceived—now much to our delight. In the following correspondence with STATUS, the group’s sole American ponders aloud on the autobiographical aesthetic of their debut album Play Music. 



selfish there. They would never loan you an amp or keyboard.  People in Berlin were more generous. 

 Various EPs and one LP in close to seven years together as a band. What seemed to be the difficulties before finally releasing your album last year? 

 (Laughs) Well, our first seven-inch actually came out in 2005. So it hasn’t been that long.  We got caught up with Kitsuné Records. They are slow. Disorganized.  In the end, they didn’t want to release our album after waiting one year. So this explains a bit of the delay.  Also we have to work regular jobs, which somehow interrupts things. I am American, and Bjorn and Pontus are Swedish. Having only a three-month tourist visa doesn’t allow you to work or get an apartment. The illegal alien status kind of makes everything very difficult. 


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 It confuses me at times.  We were trying to make something more artistic for the dance floor.  Something like “Enjoy the Silence”.  It is really easy to produce dance music now.  The means of production is so cheap.  There is so much bad stuff out there, so much thoughtless music. I guess this is what we were seeing in Berlin. Maybe it started there. With techno and Peaches.  Now everyone is copying this style. We write our songs before we record them. You could cover them all acoustically. I don’t think you could have a Kitsune unplugged record. 



Like many others, “Drugs In My Body” is my all-time favorite song. What inspires you to write songs like this? 

 I had a job delivering food for a restaurant on my bicycle in NYC. The melody came to my head when I was pedaling across Avenue B.  Then I wrote the lyrics for Lady Tigra (http://www.myspace. com/theladytigra).  She was my manager at a club I was working for in NYC. She had been in this band L’Trimm. We could never get organized enough [for her to] record the vox. So I sang it.
 How exactly do you keep your music fresh and enticing amidst everybody trying to sound different these days? In all honesty, we listen to very little new music.  It is all sounding the same to me.  We are older, all over 30, so I think this helps us stand out some.  So we were influenced by another age of music than most younger bands now.  We had MTV’s 120 Minutes.  And college radio. There was no internet yet. I used to go to Tower Records at midnight to get the new cassette releases of The Cure. You wouldn’t do that today. 


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So what kind of music did you originally want to attack Berlin with when you guys started out? I think we wanted some kind of vocal electro song, like “Fass”.  All the other bands had these electro songs with poor arrangements and bad lyrics.  I thought, we could do better. Which is quite funny ‘cause we are kind of going away from hard songs like that. 

 Tell us about the music scene in Berlin as opposed to New York City’s. 
 I think people are less ambitious in Berlin. They don’t really wanna conquer the world. In New York, it is so competitive. Everybody wants to be famous.  And people are

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MAKING ANIMAL NOISES Sonic-space sages ANIMAL COLLECTIVE have created a universe of their own through their weird and wonderful breed of music. Brian Weitz aka Geologist navigates us through this alien territory. By Nicola M. Sebastian Photographed by Takahiro Imamura

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here’s a quiet yet slightly manic undercurrent sweeping through the online music community. A tide of hype that manifests itself through bootleg live recordings, ecstatic and slightly fanatic blog posts, and over-clicked forums that exhaust every point—significant or otherwise—of their subject matter. And the name echoed endlessly is Animal Collective. But Animal Collective is late bloomer, if anything. “I think for some people it seems like we came out of nowhere, but we’ve been doing this a long time now,” explains Geologist, who in less Animal-like situations is known as Brian Weitz. Geologist and the rest of the gang, Avey Tare (David Portner), Panda Bear (Noah Lennox), and Deakin (Josh Dibb), have been coloring outside the conventional music lines since their Baltimore youth. Geologist continues: “We never really had a grand vision of success, just to put out music that excited us and make it as available as possible to reach other people who might like it. We never even wanted a band name.” ‘Course, with all the Animal lovin’ going on, it would’ve been pretty hard to remain nameless, or even faceless, despite the party masks the band used to perform in. AnCo constructs strange and beautiful symphonies from a surprising aural palette—anything from the usual guitar and keyboards to outdoor noises, homemade effects, and obscure samples— that’s gotten indie geeks joining the Collective and staying there for the nine or so albums AnCo’s put out. And with the release of their latest psychic concoction, Merriweather Post Pavilion, the boys have stumbled onto the center stage of the oh-so-awesome and unbearably highfalutin’ hipster world—eyes blinking in the sudden spotlight. Like any quality band that’s passed the decade mark, Animal Collective is growing up—but not old. “Lyrically, [this last album] was a bit more contemplative. We’re all around 30-years old and are married, getting married, have kids or thinking about kids, etc. We’re still trying to figure it all out,” relates Weitz. Perhaps these new nesting urges are responsible for Merriweather’s more melodic, less noisy (read: easier to enjoy) sound. Some have shaken their heads sadly at what they see as a mellow turn for the worse, bitter at their little music secret being

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devoured by the trend beasts, but stagnancy has never been a good friend of true musical genius. “Our lives have changed. They aren’t as abrasive and noisy as they were in the past, so we don’t feel the need to portray those feelings in our music [anymore]. Around 2003, we all knew things had to stop being so difficult and crazy,” says Geologist. “We kind of stopped making music and took time to grow by ourselves. When we started playing together again we were all in better places, and what came out was a bit calmer. The pop stuff has always been there though, we just keep it above water now.” If you’re wondering what it is about this oddball record that warrants all the hot fuss, just pirate an AnCo sample or two and you’ll immediately understand the World Wide Web fixation. Listening to anything by Animal Collective will leave you dumbfounded from any of the following: complete ecstasy at the wonderful new world opening up before your very ears; shocked dismay at the noisy mess that passes for cool music these days; or the huge question mark hanging above your confused eyebrows. It. Is. Weird. Shit. But more than experimental music run amok on technology, Animal Collective is a band with an Idea, in the most unadulterated sense of the word. Geologist tries to map it out for us: “We like our music to be visual. When we produce songs, we think of it as building a home or an environment for the melody to live inside. The point is to produce imagery in the listener’s mind, and not really express anything specific about that imagery.” Maybe that didn’t help? No big deal. ‘Cause as convoluted as the critics can get, a good song doesn’t need any explaining. “We aren’t trying to make our music difficult, really,” shrugs Weitz. “For us it sounds good immediately. I still can’t say what makes something click one day and not on others. Sometimes it’s the weather; sometimes it’s the mood I’m in. Sometimes it’s what I’m looking at.” And with their consistent track record for dreaming up ever-fresh aural experiences and an upcoming experimental film with director Daniel Perez (who describes it as a “fever dream”), it doesn’t matter what you decide, really.

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hen you have the tastemakers of the world pointing to one guy to watch out for, you know it’s about time you take a look. That’s how we found Brooklyn MC Theophilus London. As the hot topic of many blogs, all unanimously agreeing that he was to usher in hip-hop’s new sound. But then again, what is his sound? He keeps it simple and calls it “Soul.” His mixtapes contain a blend of electro, hip-hop, pop, and drum-and-base beats, while his lyrics are versed with masterful bursts of selfexpression. It’s a balanced quality of melody and rhyme, neither one overshadowing the other. His latest release, This Charming Mixtape, can have you clicking your mouse from the other side of the world, waiting for his “Soul” to touch yours.

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As the next generation ushers in new forms of sound, we witness the past, rigid categories of music fall apart and merge into unlimited possibilities. Theophilus London shows STATUS how easy it is to cross the lines.

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I can’t place my finger on your “sound” as it defies being boxed up in a specific genre. Yet you still manage to rap over all these different sounds so effortlessly. How are you such a chameleon? It’s just genre-breaking music. It comes every now and then in our culture’s research. It’s innovative, forward-thinking pop music. With hip-hop flavor, danceinspired, groovy lyrics, etc. It makes you feel good, it makes you think, it’s more of an art project to me. You’ve often described your sound as “Soul”. So tell us, what is “Soul” to you? Soul is everything. It’s what makes you dance, its colors, it’s expression, it’s moods, it’s passion, and most of all, it’s infinite. It’s believing in your self and being true.  Rapping, singing, writing, producing music...which was your first love?  My first love was writing. I used to study different forms of writing. I would practice rhymes on the way to school, in school, and after school. Then I added the melody and image.  Who are your influences in music?   Water; something that simple yet so powerful.Michael Jackson,Stevie Wonder, The Smiths.

We must always find ways to improve our craft. How do you seek to improve yours? How do you keep on innovating? I get up and start moving. My moves and dreams inspire my look and atmosphere. I create the reality in my head and immediately put it to work. I research, and I always try to gain self-knowledge. And that inspires me to be me. It starts with you. There is so much value and quality in your work. But we all know it’s not easy to do this by yourself. Any shoutouts to the people who have helped you along the way? I would definitely have to start with Machine Drum. He understands my vision and my soul. He knows music like I know how to count from 1 to 10. Jesse Boykins is also a great addition to my sound. He has a very soulful voice. Also, all my good friends inspire my music. It could be from something they said, or the expressions they make, or the colors they represent.  You seem to be very aware of your- self and your purpose here on earth. When did your period of enlightenment begin?   I went to Guam to perform at an event called Hip-hop Saves Lives. It was their first hip-hop show in the land’s history. I went to schools, homes, jails, jungles, and other places that needed help. I performed and listened to people speak about their struggles...I met a young girl who was 13 at the time. In her years, she was forced by her dad to sleep with his friends for money and drugs. She already smoked weed and is addicted to meth. She was the cutest thing ever but very shy. She never said a word to me the whole trip, which was seven days. I gave her a JAM! CD and didn’t see her again till I had to leave. She spoke to me about my music and I cried. We are now MySpace buddies. What’s in store for Theophilus London in the future? To tour the world. Meet and connect with people from all cultures. Inspire tomorrow’s youth.  

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THE RAGING DEAD If you’re Aussie, drunk, and original enough, THE DEATH SET’s Johnny Sierra teaches us that you don’t need a stage to drive the crowd wild. Introduction by Trisha Tabia Photographed by Drey Reynolds

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riginally natives of the Land Down Under, lead singer/guitarist Johnny Sierra and drummer Beau Velasco started the Death Set out of their shared penchant for frenetic, egg-rolling, tubthumping music, in “a povertystricken warehouse, where I slept on a homeless-style, ripped mattress we sub-letted from a bondage practitioner,” describes Sierra. Finding a more outrageous settlement in Baltimore, the band amassed a cult of the cool-enough-toknow to bounce to their punkelectronic fusion of blended vocals and ecstatic beats. What captured their jaded hearts? Death Set’s spastic, crowd-surfing gigs: moshpitting right smack in the middle of the sweat-covered public are the band members— with no sign of a stage whatsoever. Extreme, ey? But the Death Set aren’t just some foolish kids making senseless noise and calling it art. They’ve dished out 21 albums in three years, for one. They’ve toured all the countries you can think of at the count of ten, for another. And then they’ve been tagged “the #1 biggest hope of the future” by NME magazine. Fresh from a tour in their homeland Australia, shaking things up with funky-femme Santogold and “escaping the winter like the Endless Summer duuude,” as Sierra puts it, the Death Set throws some of that crazy energy our way.

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The Death Set—where did that name come from? Kind of wanted a scarytype gang-style name, yet in reality the shows and energy are not that at all. I like the juxtaposition of opposites. Yeah, your gigs are far from death-like. We hear you guys like to play on the floor. What gave you that idea and what’s the view like down there? Within reason, say up to 150 kids, playing on the floor is much more fun. Having people in your face and being able to connect right there is very important for this band. Obviously, with bigger shows, it’s not really feasible and we’re not militant about it, but it’s much easier to grab someone and kind of force them to be involved, which 99% of the time people get stoked on. The view is the best, especially when crowd-surfing on top of them all. Then again, performing live takes a lot of energy, and you guys really have that amazing ability to transfer that energy to your fans. How do you get into that state of mind while performing? Ha! Well usually lots of vodka helps. But the whole thing is I want to put on a show that I would like to see. And I get bored seeing a band simply standing there playing their

instruments. If I want to hear the songs played perfectly I’ll buy the record and listen to it at home. I want energy and chaos and spirit and hopefully that’s what I can give. Best gig you’ve ever played? Worst? Weirdest? Ummm I always love playing on the floor for hometown shows in B-more and Brooklyn. They are always loose. But we did play the Fuji Rock festival in Japan on this massive stage and the crowd was going bananas! Energy is a funny and infectious thing. Once a crowd decides that they’re not into something—especially if we are on a big stage—it’s hard. Support shows, where the main act is a big, hyped band, are sometimes harder, usually the punters have less of an open mind, just waiting for the headliner. As for weird, we once played with Suicide, one of our heroes, in [Baltimore’s] financial district. There were like families surrounding us and we were playing a Spank Rock

track and got warned cause of the “ass” and “titties” being blared over their system. The vocals were bouncing around the skyscrapers and I still, to this day, don’t know how I felt about the whole experience. Definitely weird... So, what is it about Baltimore, anyways? Well, Baltimore was rad. It can be a formula applied to almost anywhere and that is... cheap rent, active artists, art school nearby, warehouses where illegal all-ages shows can take place. We used to live in the Copy Cat building, where most of weird B-more artists have lived at one point or another, and it was just rad to have such a concentration of creativity. That’s what was special. This is what the Future looks like to the Death Set: Baller status!

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Sharing birthday on The Twelfth with primo-partner Luciano Oliveira, João Miguel of The Twelves knocks us out after a dozen rounds of dancy trivia.

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n Rio or not in Rio, it doesn’t really matter for the Brazilian remix masters The Twelves as long as you have the cytoplasmic funk in your bones. The duo started a major buzz when their mix of M.I.A.’s “Boyz” made it to the top of the influential Hype Machine ranking two years ago, but they’ve now performed along other biggies like Justice, LCD Soundsystem, and Groove Armada. João Miguel lounges with STATUS and tells us about his guitar lessons with Smashing Pumpkins, the future of music according to his ESP, and wanting to be a “Material Boy”.  1. The Twelves cheated on their former band. We played on this band for like 3 years but it wasn’t really going anywhere. We started our own music project because we both were always on the same music direction than the rest of the band. Then when we found a name “The Twelves” and made that M.I.A. remix, everything was starting to get interesting so we quit the rock band. 2. The Twelves got famous because of the Internet. Luciano did that remix

[M.I.A.’s “Boyz] alone and showed [it] to me. I liked it and then we decided to send to some blogs to see what happens. Then all of the sudden we saw that the remix was #1 on Hype Machine and the guy who runs Modular was emailing us asking if we did that remix.  3. João has chronic LSS. I kinda have a song in my head all the freaking time! I grew up listening to music because my father is simply a walkingmusic-encyclopedia. I remember digging through his shelves of hundreds of cassettes and finding things like Leonard Cohen, Pink Floyd. 4. The Twelves can see the future. I think the future is actually happening in the present and it’s called “mp3”. I barely see people buying music CDs nowadays, just downloads. I see iTunes getting bigger each day and music stores like Virgin Megastore closing. 5. Their first official remix had 15 versions. [New Young Pony Club’s “Get Lucky”] was our first official remix and we were pretty

nervous to deliver something great that we must have done like 15 remixes totally different from each other of that same song. Still, all had those powerful snares and kicks and a lot of synth chords. I guess that’s our mark... 6. The Twelves are not very Brazilian. I think our influences come from outside Brazil, so Rio just happens to be the place we live in. We have no funk, bossa-nova, samba influences whatsoever. 7. The Twelves have a lovehate relationship with technology. My main concern is when the computer starts to act weird. It often happens and there was a show in Rio...[where] the computer froze! It was the longest 2 minutes computer boot I’ve ever experienced... 8. João is a Radiohead-head. I am one of those annoying fans who buy t-shirts and listen to the most obscure b-side track, you know. 9. Billy Corgan taught João how to play the guitar.

He used to be my hero and I owe to him practically all of my guitar skills. I think I can play every Smashing Pumpkins song on the guitar and there are like 400 of them. Hahaha. In a way, he was a teacher to me. 10. The Twelves want to work for Madonna. Having the “dream home studio” and making songs for Madonna (like Stuart Price) would be awesome. 11. João is a quitter. The biggest challenge was deciding to quit my job and college to focus on music. It was like more than a year and a half before we could make any money with music. I had to face a poor bank account and challenge my parents regarding the fact that I wasn’t studying. 12. The Twelves love imperfection. The main idea was just to have fun. We love the on-the-fly improvisations and having not to worry if we didn’t play that chord perfectly. Sometimes the imperfection is part of the beauty.

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1MINUTEPHOTO Rony Alwin’s Photobooth was made for the nightlife. But the photographer himself was made to take shots that capture the rawness of everything from landscapes to our strung-out 3 A.M. selves. By Vicky Herrera Visuals by Rony Alwin

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ike most kids, we blink when the flash goes off. Then again, at that premature age, we had no concept of timing, no understanding of the word “pose”, and we smiled with a confused expression in our eyes. What can you expect when you take a sevenyear old to get his picture taken. We can only imagine the multiple awkward experiences that follow later on in life. From the traditional passport pictures to the pic strips of kissing lovers, the photo booth always manages to capture the rawness in us, whether we like it or not. But that was then, and this is now. Say hello to Rony Alwin, who, three years ago, brought the classic photo booth concept to the club, snapping away at both usual scenesters and mega-famous entertainment entities. Check out his site and spot Cory Kennedy, Steve Aoki, Chad Muska, DJ AM, and just about everyone who’s anyone in Hollywood on it. “The photo booth is basically a mini studio at events and nightclubs,” says Rony. This generation has witnessed a new era of photography whose subjects, oftentimes found in the lights-flashing nocturnal setting, are its main focus. To simply say that these photographers take party photos does not give justice to their work. They do more than that—they document the scene, capturing moments in time otherwise forgotten. Truth is, the undercurrents of our society really do affect

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the mainstream and these photographers witness and record the beginnings of the youth’s next movement—party or otherwise. Linking the idea of a photo booth inside a club was the novel idea that Rony conceptualized. “The Photobooth just kinda happened. I was going to school for photography and just saved up enough money to

buy a light kit. My friends would come over and I had my lights always set up and we would mess around and take polaroids and I would learn lighting,” he explains. “I thought it would be cool to do it at a club and try to make a little money selling polaroids. We went out all the time anyways. So I asked my friend Keith if I could

do it in his club Wednesdays in Hollywood. The first night went really well and I haven’t stopped since.” To limit Rony’s talent to his photo booth gives us a shallow glimpse of his talent. He shoots everything from still life, to fashion, to portraiture, to even landscapes. “I really love all of them. I would be bored and tired of shooting the same type of stuff over and over. They’re all so different that it keeps me entertained and keeps me busy,” he says of his appetite for diversity that’s led him to shoot fashion and editorial for magazines like Nylon, Blender, Complex, Swindle, and BPM, apart from recently finishing his first solo show at the Royal Elastics showroom in Santa Monica. At an age when most still battle their love-hate relationship with the camera, Rony was already getting behind its lens. He first started taking pictures on family vacations, “just being tourist with my Dad’s camera. That was around 13. Then I got more serious around 16 and then took my first photo class senior year in high school. I changed college plans and went to a community college where I started taking only photography classes. A year after I started, I was a teacher’s assistant and had to help teach other students photography.” Aside from the Photo Booth and photo jobs, Rony has developed other side projects as well, many of which seem to kind of “just happen.” Take


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Today, a lot of young, aspiring photographers can’t just whip out an SLR and click away. Rony knows that it’s not just about copying what you see on the net or that spread in a magazine. “I think the biggest thing in photography is just staying true to yourself. Shooting pictures that just come naturally to you instead of trying to copy an image or photographer you like,” he says of the individuality every photographer should exhibit in their work. “A lot of people make a big deal about style. You’re never going to find your style unless you just focus on taking pictures you want instead of copying a photographer. After a while of taking your own pictures, your style will become apparent and people will start to recognize and identify your pictures.”

Rony also adds, “Another thing is to keep it simple. I used to shoot using all types of cameras for effect and for certain things and it was just a waste. Find the camera that suits you and stick with it.” These kinds of photos are definitely signs of our times but despite that fact, we will always be looking for something timeless. If you ever happen to have your picture taken at Rony’s Photobooth, “get a Polaroid from the Photobooth and put it on your fridge. With everything digital nowadays, printed photos becoming fewer and fewer, it’s nice to have pictures of yourself and friends and look back a couple years ago and reminisce about good times. Time goes by fast so pictures help you save it for a later day.”

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These days, doing something yourself—and with a whole lot less cash—can get people to listen up. Like what Tower’s recording studio runner ERIC PERLAS did, getting people ear-privy with his once-underground acts and rising up in the music realm. By Marla Cabanban Photographed by Revolution

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ower of Doom is a music studio. Tower of Doom is a label. Tower of Doom pioneered the first cross-country rock tour a.k.a. The Siege Tour. Tower of Doom is a family, and the closest thing it would have to a mission statement is how it has elevated the already-art of “winging it” into a life philosophy. To tell the story of Tower of Doom, we’d have to begin with Eric Jesus Perlas, owner-slash-producer-slash-sound engineer...slash Captain Awesome (as it says on his business card). To tell the story of Tower of Doom in relation to Eric Perlas, we’d have to begin with his metal band Cog. Formed in 1999, Cog has grown into a recognizable band within the local music scene. It has one acclaimed album (Conflagration, 2006) under its belt, yet before that, the creation of its fledgling EP was what drove Eric to dabble in home recording. While Eric was a Communications major at Ateneo during the early ‘00s, recording studios were still restricted to people who had the means to pay for it. That would mean a target market of pop acts and divas. Cog enlisted the services of Tracks Studios, and they were able to record the staggering track sum of two songs. While the band was pleased with Tracks’ services, it was no joke finding a way (and the money) to record the rest of that EP.

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Eric then took it upon himself to learn the hocus pocus of DIY recording. With no formal education or training, he armed himself with Cool Edit Pro (now obsolete PC software) and his dad’s old 4-track recorder. The closest Eric got to recording indoctrination was an Introduction to Recording class in Ateneo, taught by production legend Kedy Sanchez (whose credits range from Jolina Magdangal to Wolfgang). Much is owed to Sanchez, Eric says. He still remembers his teacher parting with, “So I guess I’ll be seeing you in the industry.” Tower of Doom was originally the name of the 8th floor apartment Eric had along Xavierville Avenue. Contrary to popular belief, Tower of Doom didn’t refer to drunken revelry or manic mayhem. Rather, the name came about because everyone’s things would mysteriously disappear, as if there was a force in the walls that kept stealing them. The first Tower of Doom bands started flocking in when Eric said he needed guinea pigs for his newly acquired equipment. More bands joined the roster when Eric would run into them at Cog gigs; fellow metal bands like Imbuenokudos, SIN, and Valley of Chrome all being early patrons. The ominous name and the dark logo seem to be the perfect tandem for typecast issues with the label. Eric says that has never been the case. While he

cites his label’s R&B/Hip-hop band Out of Body Special as an outfit encountering some difficulty getting booked with the heavier bands, meshing everyone and any sort of genre hasn’t been a problem. This is where the philosophy of winging it comes into play. Trial and error is just part of this line of business, yet somehow along the way, Tower of Doom managed to create their own culture and vision. Eric believes in hard work and nurturing the dream, and he’s willing to take in anyone who believes in that as well. Granted that a band possesses potential and spark, they will be brought into a rambunctious family of mad men (and women) who are clearly in it for the love of rock and roll. Ominous or not, Eric isn’t out to conform to industry expectations. He does what he believes in and hey, if it doesn’t work out today, tomorrow will bring another chance to give it a crack. Interestingly enough, in 2002, Eric Perlas wrote his senior thesis on the merits of home recording versus the professional studios. Back then, the paper was able to prove that the professional studios still win. Seven years later, it’s a totally different story.

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By Sarah Meier-Albano Photographed by Alessandro Zuek Simonetti

f you had an ad on TV, what track would you use as the soundtrack?” I ask. “’Decades’ by Joy Division”, she answers. And so I put it on as I scan through images, blog entries, articles, seeing if there’s something about Jules Kim’s otherworldly world I can latch onto with the scrolling and clicking of my mouse. Truth is, halfway through the research, I’ve lost focus. I’m beginning to realize that my accessory genius awareness is being painfully devirginized, and that I can’t get enough of what this girl’s got. Look her up and chances are you’ll find yourself creaming over her creations on the one end, and hard tripping on how hot her image model is, on the other. And then slowly, it’ll hit you. First, that you’ve underestimated the potential of accessorizing half your life. Second, this girl is a genius. And third—that model isn’t some chick she booked off a comp card. That’s Jules effin’ Kim, herself.

I don think the street thing has anything to do with it. I think that the Bijules look can transform someone into their potential, but only if they already had it. Grace Jones would rock it. Leona Lewis would fit.

So let’s say some dude is about to propose to you. Obviously there’s mad pressure on him in terms of the ring. If you could give him clues on things you’d appreciate, what would they be?

The Bijules Bar Ring and Bijules Nail Rings!

I would want [a] 14K yellow gold ring, but I don’t need it to be what anyone would expect or suggest. My man Alessandro (www. zuekphotography.com) knows me and knows what I like! Conceptual but meaningful to us and no one else.

Rupaul: Gold eyelash headband (watch for it soon!) Imelda Marcos: Imelda the Tyrant? A gold, genuine gemstone-encrusted shoe rack. Obama: Not sure how I can make a piece of jewelry for someone who gives so much. Basic gold tie clip, maybe. Miley Cyrus: Nothing, here is a prime example of no intrinsic style. The Pope: This hurts... ouch...one of those incense holders that he blesses the worshippers with. Gold, duh. Flava Flav: Gold tweezers to wind his watch with! George Jetson: Spy camera’d collar Bill Gates: He doesn’t need jewelry...

What’s material do you love to mess with and why? What does each type of material symbolize? My favorite material changes almost every season, but truth be told, I am partial to 14K gold because of its warm color and ease of control. Each fabric in my jewelry reflects a statement, whether it be an “anti-war” symbol or “lesbian chic” piece of lingerie...collectively, irony and beauty play the most stagefront role. Who would you love to see wear your pieces that, well, haven’t already? Anyone who would like to and who are drawn to the pieces. My work is personal because I create it but I appreciate even more the fact that other people create themselves by wearing my work. What cities have the most inspiring vibes for you? Berlin and Paris. Berlin has colors and sounds and vibrations that I have never lived through. “Not knowing” is the most inspirational—Paris a living, breathing museum of soft beauty and wealth. There is nothing more calming then witnessing the sun setting on wet cobblestones in the Paris Center. Is there any mainstream artist you’d love to restyle and give a “Bijules” edge to?

What’s your take on using accessories to make a statement versus blatant graphic tees? I don’t like the tee shirt and the over-worn, overaccessorized look. It means not one item is given much thought and the wearer doesn’t appreciate the statement a few chosen pieces can make. Taste should be measured by the quality and not the quantity. Not necessarily in terms of jewels, but what’s one accessory that’s timeless—one for females, one for guys?

I’m going to name hypothetical Clients. Tell us what you’d make for them.

What do you think our generation needs to give more of a shit about? Everything. There is a certain sense of entitlement that is pervading the younger people of today that is unfortunate to witness. I’m not old. I’m not trying to change the world, only make a difference and this is only possible with other people’s help. Nothing can be accomplished alone and nothing can be attained without hard work and diligence. We stick you on a deserted tropical island with a Swiss Army Knife and one other tool of your choice. What’s the tool, and what crazy creation do you see yourself coming up with? Jeweler’s saw. I bet I could cut some cool shit out of bark and use the knife just to chop coconuts.

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ATILLO THE HUN She’s a warrior, all right, but SHARON ATILLO fights for Love. And those three special words— they’re equivalent to one fine store for garb and grog with a lot of charm. By Anna Canlas Photographed by Revolution

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haron Atillo’s no Stone. She’s soft, never static, and keeps her legs crossed. I know this because we’re on the couch inside her very own eightlettered, three-syllabic, two-level I Love You Store, mecca of all things warm and fuzzy. Silk-screened, soft-as-atenth-laundry-cycle t-shirts share locker space with finger-painted mini-dresses. Safety pins, shoelaces, and rosettes pile on, for a Home-Ec chic best paired with mussed-up hair. P.S., even the events are crafty affairs. There’s open turntable night, where vinyl is queen, and patrons can mingle at first-floor bar Future, ponder the cleverly named bar chow, and taste the morecheese-than-meat Nacho Dancers. Or should it be the other way around? It’s goofy existentialism like this, plus contagious hiccups of poetry, that Sharon’s prone to. Of Long Live, her exhibit of reworked factory chairs sponsored by Volcom (who incidentally took on Sharon as one of their featured artists), the interior design graduate digresses: “The concept was to turn it around...because the chairs they were sitting on...they designed it themselves, so... it’s a designer piece! But because they’re not designers, they were carpenters! They’re considered chairs. To sit on. The concept was more sociological because of the fact that a factory worker

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designed it, sitting on that for 18 years. To make. Designer. Chairs.” Yeah, just about everything snowballs for Sharon. Sometime after moving to Manila, the Cebuana joined a workshop called Act Now, where she discovered what she really wanted to do through acting exercises. Safety was shelved for Love, when a friend of Mimi Samson’s (one of the three I Love You girls, along with Corinne Ching) offered the trio the space above Saguijo. (These rhymes are contaaagious.) This gave them a base for their styling projects and custom clothing. After a while, they moved to Makati Avenue, before settling down in the art row of Cubao X. “I did silkscreen designs and random stitching. Then, it evolved into operations, doing some math...until later on, when we moved [to Cubao], suddenly there was...furniture!” Flowing from Sharon’s “practical, industrial” aesthetic—inspired by Andy Warhol and Asian Punk Boy Tobias Wong—are reupholstered and reconstructed seats and tables. Light bulb moments get the process running, while scrap material, GI sheets, and carpenters found on street corners seal the one-off deal. In fact, one of the products is the couch we’re on—a lived-in, loved-on piece of furniture, with pillows having stitchedon letters that used to spell “Everybody Loves Everybody”. Now, they just say “Bye”.

It’s a curious throwback to the ‘rents, who ran a rattan furniture operation right in their house. Growing up, Sharon and her cousins would run magnets over the floor to gather stray nails. But Sharon’s not out to please. “Outside influences...dilute what you want in life,” the rebel says, recalling how Fine Arts was her first choice, and how her parents allowed her to do a mural— before the wallpaper was up. Now, though, she’s basking in the joy of a non-cash stash: “people who enjoy hanging out here, who like our clothes, who understand what we’re here for,” and of course the success of their very own “kids” i.e. designer-aspirant interns. “You want a drink?” Sharon offers, before popping a pill. I make nice and refuse. “I got ulcers,” she explains. “Maybe because we have a bar. I forget to eat. The stress...” “What do you always down?” I ask. “Rum coke,” she says, breaking into her child-woman smile. “My favorite drink.” My heart sinks. I wish I hadn’t been polite. “Uh, waiter...I’ll have whatever she’s having.”

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Hunting Surf-ari

If life’s a beach, shooting the shi*t with surfing’s nomad superstar, MIKALA JONES, is all you’ll need to survive the waves. STATUS gets an earful on what Cloud 9 really feels like, the true spirit of surf, and the essentials everyone should have for summer. By Nicola M. Sebastian

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ut of the thousands that call themselves surfers— waxed-up board, perfect tan, coolest pair of boardshorts, and all—there is only a handful worthy of the name. At least, in terms of the stereotypes the rest of the world associates the title with: extreme warriors taking on liquid behemoths with easy power and grace, or bronzed creatures shooting the tube in postcard-perfect crystal blue waters, a lush, white-sand island in the background. Most that claim the name look more like disoriented sea lions, catching the puny dregs of the ocean with only blaring traffic and drab skyscrapers to set the vibe. Mikala Jones, however, is of the more stereotypical breed. Growing up in Oahu, Hawaii, Mikala’s backyard was the North Shore, Holy Land to the surfing world, and his playmates were the beautiful but fearsome waves that can only be found there. Like most surf brats he took the path well-stomped, entering the world of pro-surfing. It all changed when Mikala decided to step out into the wilderness, leaving competitive surfing behind to travel the globe in search of virgin waves and untested waters. MJ was riding on Cloud 9, a world-class, barrelling wave in our very own Siargao, before anyone had clued in on the Philippines’ potential for sick surf. ‘Course, with a string of mega surf-brands like Split, Town & Country, Dragon, and Matuse trailing after him, snapping photos and shooting vids of his unending quest for the perfect wave, seems like the trade-off has paid off, not only in all the green waves he’s scored, but in compensation of a similar shade. How’s it hanging? I’ve been in Hawaii for the last couple of months, surfing the North Shore. One of the first couple features about our waves in surf magazines had you in the photos. From all your trips here, how do you feel about the Philippines? My first trip to PI was at least 12 years ago. I came back the year after; then I recently started coming every year. I have family that lives in PI on my mom’s side as well as my step mom. I feel at home in the Philippines. It looks a lot like Indo or the outer islands of Hawaii. People are always friendly and I made some really good friends in the last two years. As for the surfing here, it’s only a matter of time before one of the groms [young surfers]

breaks into the international scene. It’ll take a lot of hard work and backing from his sponsors. You joined the Billabong Invitational in Siargao this year. Do you think Cloud 9 is all it’s cracked up to be? Cloud 9 is an amazing wave and the locals are always happy to see you come back. Being from Hawaii makes it a no-brainer, but what got you into surfing in the first place? My dad and mom surfed, so we grew up at the beach. Like most kids that swim I started boogie boarding then surfing. What made you decide to leave the glory of competitive surfing behind and focus on your free surfing? I enjoy surfing perfect waves and finding new places. The WQS [World Qualifying Series, the pro-surfing world circuit] is a hard tour and you always surf small waves. The WCT [the competition for the surfing world champion] is cool. But I decided to do my own thing and it has been paying off. Having experienced both sides of surfing, what can you say about being a pro-surfer as compared to doing your own thing? I think competing helps your surfing to improve. Surfing good waves helps too. I guess surfing is what you make it. You decide if you’re going to focus on big waves or the WQS or just surf in front of your house. What is style to you? Style is everything. That’s what sets you apart from everyone else. After having surfed too many waves to count, what is your all-time favorite break? A lot of times you score a spot somewhere. And to score it again is a slim chance. Those are usually the best spots. But I like Pipe and Backdoor [North Shore] for sure...I usually have a couple surfs a year when I say to myself that this is as good as it gets. Those surf [sessions] you dream about, that keep the froth going. Where is home for you? Hawaii and Bali are home to me. What are your five essentials when summer hits? Trunks, surfboard, passport, money, waves. What’s the next wave going to be for Mikala Jones? Just keeping the dream alive. Working on a movie project with the guys at Matuse. Check it out: matuse.com.

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Call him Zip, Zakk, Zip Cord, or ProZac, Los Angeles-based photographer Zachary Cordner can sure sling that shutter. Just don’t make him do the math. By Toff de Venecia Photographs by Zach Cordner

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n a style that integrates both reportage and environmental portraiture, Zach Cordner has had the privilege of shooting some of the Hollywood circuit’s major bigwigs. At age 30, his photographs of visionaries Jimmy Kimmel, Tenacious D, Snoop Dogg, and 50 Cent have graced, among others, the pages of Newsweek, Antenna, Playboy, Forbes, and Rolling Stone. Some would say he’s on a photographic roll. But right before Zach goes on overload, he clocks in some down time at his home in Oceanside, California, talking us up over anything and everything under the sun. “My goal is to hang out with an orangutan,” muses the photographer when asked about his steely ambitions. Apart from playing pedal-steel guitar in a honky-tonk band and trading options with a monkey, he parries, “It’s the primate that dared to be orange, which is kind of punk rock.” Growing up in Southern California, “Zip” took photography classes during his freshman year at Riverside Poly, outsourcing to classes at nearby colleges in the absence of in-house electives. “My school didn’t have any photography,” he recalls, citing what would later lead him to California State University in Long Beach to take up photojournalism. During his scholastic years, he became his school paper’s chief photographer, shooting everything from sports events to necromantic autopsies. While the extent of his collegiate misadventures may have served him well in an immediate photo editorship with Transworld’s Warp Magazine, and later on, Stance, a gutsy glossy for the action sports world, the longtime fan of Christopher Walken remembers his college days as being a generally fun and exciting time. Zip spent most of his life in traffic, commuting between LA and San Diego, where most of his current work transpires. Growing up in Riverside, a suburb about an hour east of Los Angeles, in a place more commonly known as the Inland Empire, he quips, “If photography doesn’t work out, I could be a limo driver because I know all the shortcuts.” Catching Jack Black in his underwear however, apart from Vancouver-hopping with Elvis Costello and going on tour with the Vans Skateboarding team was definitely no shortcut. Like

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most names in the industry, Zach had to wrestle his way to the top. “I used to always have a camera in my car during my photojournalism days. I even had a police scanner to shoot on the spot news,” he recalls. To this, scenes of detective stakeouts and wannabe superheroes at the onset of their popularity—or probable notoriety—come to mind. While he no longer covers the hard, breaking news, his current involvement with the Vans skate team keeps him steadily on his toes. “[They] always throw me into bizarre moments—from being chased down the street by a hundred kids to an illegal cockfight in the middle of a Mexican jungle,” the lensman says, adding, “I’ve seen it all!” For over a decade, Zach’s crafted his fair share of well-lit, nicely composed images and has fortunately circumvented all vacuums of artistic rut. In doing so, he’s rubbed elbows with athletes, musicians, celebrities, and a none-toohefty assortment of models. Dealing with big shots, however, things don’t always go as planned. “Working with celebs and musicians, you meet a lot of douchebags,” he reveals. “But skaters like Dustin (Dollin) and Tony (Trujillo) are genuine and I’ve got a lot of respect for them.” The man has also gone as far as finding locations

in the sketchier parts of town with no more than a day’s notice—and setting up for an outdoor shoot with no celebrity in tow. “Every photo shoot consists of different challenges,” he adds. “I think of myself as a good problem solver rather than a gifted photographer. I’ve learned to just go with the flow.” That, and the fact that his subjects and assignments are constantly changing and mixing things up: “It’s like starting with a new blank canvas every time.” As the only photographer in the Spear Collective, a handpicked group of cutting edge artists who jumpstart opportunities for collaboration, his occupational heroes are definitely top of the line. “My major influence [is] Dogtown photographer Gien E. Friedman. He shot what I shot in my youth– skating, punk, hardcore, and hip-hop.” Cordner also holds much admiration for photojournalists Callie Shell, Don Bartletti, James Nachtwey, Eddie Adams, and the godfather of photojournalism himself, Henri Cartier-Bresson. When asked where

he’ll be a few weeks from now, he says, “Who knows? With my line of work, I could be anywhere in the world, or here in Oceanside skateboarding and eating burritos. That’s what makes my job fun!” In the long run, Zach wants to see his work published in photo books, highlighting his nineyear stint with the Coachella Music Fest and his world tour with the Vans skate team. He is also working on his new mag Aprovado, which should come out later this year. And the nickname ProZac? “People waste too much of their time and energy on stupid bullshit,” he laments, adding, “I just keep it mellow, so much that they call me ProZac. ” Oh, and did we mention that apart from Argentine girls and good music, clowns turn him on? “They can get away with murder, to quote that John Wayne Gacy film. No, they actually really creep me out!” Lights, camera, action! Now we’ve definitely heard everything.

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I’LL BE SLAMMED ADAM BRYCE pushes some sense, culture, and insight with his website SlamXHype. By Vicky Herrera Photographed by Yasmine Ganley

It was meant in an almost ironic way,” says founder and creative director Adam Bryce of his popular website about all things cool and underground, SlamXHype. “The name was merely something funny I came up with...I think if I had known that [it would be this dominant] I would have thought of something better.” It’s funny how things happen when we expect it the least. Today, SlamXHype is one of the leading sites that give a deeper look into street culture. Adam started the website with his brother James, not knowing how influential it would later become despite their grand vision for it. “We hope that with SlamXHype, we are more selective and we dictate trends and hype rather than follow it.” Adam not only holds down the site but also started another one called The Wire (www.thewire.co.nz) that peeks into the minds of New Zealand’s creative innovators, as well as a clothing line called Nevermind. The newest addition to his projects include The New Order, a quarterly magazine that contains in-depth and exclusive interviews with art and fashion icons like Richard Prince, Jose Parla, Shawn Mortensen, Hiroshi Fujiwara, Eric Elms, and many others. STATUS talks to Adam about his work, our times, and the changes coming in 2009 for all cultural enthusiasts. Hi Adam! How are you? Tell us what you’ve been up to lately? I’m good! Busy, but good. We’ve just wrapped up the newest version of SlamXHype and also launch The New Order. I’ve also just opened a new gallery here in New Zealand. What made you decide to start your website, SlamXHype? I started it about 5-6 years ago now; I wanted to create something that pulled together all that was happening into one place and share my opinion. It’s obviously grown a lot since then, but hopefully will become more like its original mission statement again soon. A culture revolves around more than just fashion. It includes music, art, people, and life philosophies—which SlamXHype definitely covers. What is your biggest challenge when it comes to educating people? I think the biggest challenge is making people understand, especially the broader reader, that street culture is not all about hip-hop or Kanye, but stems from the likes of Malcolm Maclaren, Vivienne Westwood, Hiroshi Fujiwara, and others. Street culture encompasses fine art, street art, high fashion and street fashion, punk and hip-hop. I think people get caught up in recent stereotypes. You are about to launch a new quarterly magazine called The New Order. Why did you pick this title? What is it you’d like to say about our current times?

The New Order is as the title reads, but it stems from us having a new and different approach to what we are doing... we are trying to create something super heavy in content, exclusivity, and depth, unlike a lot of other magazines today. It’s not full of ads, or syndicated info, and looks behind the scenes. I also feel, as I said above, that it’s time for change, educating the consume...is important and hopefully The New Order can have a part in this. At the end of the day, we have to go back to the source of all these wonderful ideas—the people who think of them. Who would you give props to when it comes to people who are incredibly successful in doin’ their thang? There are truly so many people I admire and look up to, I can only list a few, but there are so many more. Neville Wakefield, Shawn Mortensen, Fraser Cooke, Hiroshi Fujiwara, Malcom Maclaren, Glen O’Brien, Aaron Rose, Tet, Hiroki Nakamura, Ian Astbury, Rei Kawakubo, Jun Takahashi, Richard Prince...the list goes on and on. Your site influences a lot of go to it for information and But where do you go for your tion? Tell us, who influences encer?

Everything and anything. I constantly research art and fashion, constantly shop, I read every magazine imaginable, every site out there...I surround myself with it all, and merely make judgment calls. Most of all it’s people, that list above is my influence. You also have a clothing line called Nevermind. What messages do you want to send through this line? Why choose tees as your medium? Nevermind is something myself and Fergadelic started to give us another creative output, with no limitations. It’s definitely not supposed to just be tees; it just worked out that way so far! We’re planning all sorts of products over the coming months. The concept is that we just put things out whenever we feel like it…in a quick strike fashion, but that also means, I have no idea what’s coming next, and won’t do ‘til about 2 weeks out from its launch. What other projects can we look forward to? I mentioned I just opened my new gallery, Plaything, here in New Zealand. Expect to see some large international shows there. Issue 2 of The New Order is already underway. Plaything and The New Order and SLAMXHYPE are more than enough for me right now!

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Pro-skater, designer, shop keeper, and trend-setter, KEITH HUFNAGEL is a modern-day renaissance man. By Peter Imbong Photographed by Gabe Morford

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t’s hard enough to make a living standing on a ten-and-a-half-by-seven-inch piece of wood supported by four small wheels defying gravity at neck-breaking speeds. But pro-skater Keith “Huf” Hufnagel decided to take his love for the street to another level—and another medium—by launching his own sneaker store called “HUF” in San Francisco in 2002. Fast-forward to seven years later, this New York native has managed to expand his line from limited footwear from companies such as Nike, Adidas, and DVS, to an amazing streetwear industry by opening an equally successful clothing line. He designs his own products, manages the store’s day-to-day activities, collaborates with other popular brands, and—did we mention—still tears it up on his board. Huf gets down to businessskating and design-with STATUS in this quick chat. You were once just a kid with an attitude who wanted to skate. How in the world did you get into this whole clothing brand gig? They don’t offer classes like that in school, or on the streets, so how’d it begin? It was not planned at all. I really just opened the shop in 2002 to have a place where people could get their sneakers and their clothing. Since I came from skating I felt you had to make your own shop tees. So we started making them and they always did well. So with natural progression we made more and more pieces. 7 years later we have a full cut ‘n sew line. Pretty crazy. You’ve been on a board since you were old enough to find your center of gravity. How

much does your passion in skating affect your designs for HUF? I think everything I do comes from skating. It sucks to have once skated everyday and have nothing else to do and now being stuck in an office thinking about skating, but I try to channel that energy into the brand I’m creating. Are there lessons you learned from skating that you applied to your brand, and vice-versa? I can not say enough about hard work and dedication and where that can bring you. I never had a dream just “come true”. It’s all about dedication, patience, and actually making things happen. I have never looked for any hand-outs in skating or business.

lustrator, and businessman. What other talents do you have that you could make money out of? I am a really good dog-owner. If I had to, I could make money walking dogs. Hidden talents? Tell us something about yourself that we can’t find on Google. I rip at bowling and can bowl strikes all day. As a designer, do you ever wake up in the morning, open your closet, and think, “I’m tired of wearing my stuff”? What other brands do find pretty damn amazing to wear?

What are the top 3 things you think about when you sit down and begin designing?

Lately my closet has started to become more and more HUF. I think we are making way better stuff than we have in the past. In my closet you will find Stussy, Supreme, Visvim, and DQM

I like bouncing ideas off of other peoples minds. I think someone may come up with an idea and you put one little extra idea in their head and a better idea comes about because of it, also alcohol helps out.

Okay, so I heard a bunch of your employees, who are Filipino, introduced you to a local delicacy callled balut (duck embryo), but you refused to eat them. What could someone do to convince you to gulp one down?)

And with skating, what do you think about when you skate?

I am down to eat one. I think I will like balut a lot. Just get me drunk enough and I am down.

I really like to think about nothing. I just want to concentrate on what I am skating at that time. If anything business comes in my brain it really sucks and makes me lose concentration.

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Once upon A DENIM When it comes to the denim story, FRANçOIS GIRBAUD shares how living the denim life was more than just a fairy tale. By Ana Canlas

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’d like to die in my jeans, but New York Times said the jean is dead. But imagine! Falling asleep. Forever. In the single, most-sexy piece of clothing. Being immortalized as some sort of tough-assed, urban warrior. Decomposing before your denim does. Waking up again, sexy. The waking up again part recalls the resilience of Marithé+François Girbaud. Descending to Earth in 1969, the French-based, luxe streetwear brand was founded by married-to-fashion-and-each-other duo, François and Marithé Girbaud. The minds met at Western House, an Americana shop in Paris, which imported the first saddles and jeans into the country. François was working the sales floor; Marithé was proposing a poncho design. But, “the meeting between both of us was around a product which made our life different: the jean,” shares François. Talking to each other, they found that they wanted to make jeans softer and more wearable. This led them to develop the industry-adopted stonewash technique (i.e. fading indigo denim by rubbing it with stones). The cowboy connection ends there, as the two have since been bringing denim away from its Western roots. Out of their tough-love working relationship (“I can guarantee that I’ll hate whatever she loves, and vice versa...a game with just one player would be much too dangerous and

downright stupid”) came their signature X pocket in the ‘70s, a baggy, hip-hop aesthetic crossed with a Jennifer Bealsplugged moment in the ‘80s, plus the resurrection of denim in the early ‘90s. François recalls, “We refused to work with and develop acid and snow washes, because it ruined the material and brought more pollution. We didn’t believe any more in the jean as fabric and started to work on the construction, sculpting it to move the stitches.” This attitude shift led to the Metamorphojean, the first-ever engineered jean, or pants cut from one piece of cloth. In recent years, Eastern influences have led to the label’s “oceanic jean,” inspired by images of totem poles. For Spring 2009, M+FG has also launched two new denim lines, namely Le Jean-a collection of tailored pieces for both men and women, with an ad campaign shot by lensman Ryan McGinley (who says: The Kids Are Alright, his first ever photo book featuring skate, music, and graffiti culture)–and Legend. According to US-based partner Bob Seccs, the latter is a “beyond premium denim” with surprise accents like a metal skull “that is just slightly visible from a pocket.” Still, the new pieces bear the brand’s utilitarian details, like ultra deep pockets you can sink your hands into, pants that turn into shorts with a peel of the Velcro, and an elongated fly for, um, whatever use you might find for more length down there. In any case, it’s all about adaptation, from the brand’s designs (yesterday’s baggy is today’s carrot pant),


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to choice of home base (Italy, where “workers are more open to innovation”), to marketing strategies (designer in Europe, street wear in the US), plans for production (global sourcing, for cheaper duds) and finally, its own version of Captain Planeteering. “It’s a revolution and an evolution. Instead of using 200 liters of water, we use five liters with the laser treatment we’ve called ‘wattwash’. Now we can say we treat the jean with light.” As water threatens to run dry, the next frontier for the brand is a completely waterless treatment, for what Francois dubs “a jean you can build in your garage!” The plan is in sync with M+FG’s overall vision for a brand that meets the street, adding luxury to casual wear without being caught up in trends.“I have a deep respect for products and a little time for fashion,” declares François. Indeed, the brand aims for durability and function, in line with the jean’s workwear beginnings and today’s dog-eat-robodog lifestyle. “Today, even if the jean is a part of our daily outfit, it’s not anymore a working garment, and in that we helped a lot. It’s not anymore what the Americans evangelized. We brought an urban jean, leaving the corral to reach the street and the stadium–an action jean. It answers to live moments and it is accepted nearly anywhere. At the early beginning, it had a revolt status and became the uniform of a generation who refused uniforms...Whatever there

is to be said, it has become a new uniform anyway.” To keep the urban uniform from being too uniform, though, the couple likes to explore new shapes, using clay to test out forms. “I work on bodies more than on a sheet of paper. We can stay a few days on a new construction until we’ve found the essence and we surprise ourselves.” Other sources of inspiration include the rock ‘n roll culture–which the brand pioneered with its early use of distressed leather–and the world of Japanese design. Always, there’s an effort to keep the core values of creativity, emotion, comfort, and truth. These are the same values behind M+FG’s ad campaigns, which center around citizen consciousness, social responsibility, and...an all-female guest list at the Last Supper? “We understand the need to reinforce the image of the Woman and to give her more space,” says François of the banned posters. “The post-puberty girl who seeks to be affirmed as a woman expresses a retreat and certain decency, compared to a femininity that imposes sexuality. [This is] a response to the macho world. The message: if all the apostles were women, the world would not be where it is today.” And where is that? Nowhere near dead, that’s for sure.

“At the early beginning, it had a revolt status and became the uniform of a generation who refused uniforms...”

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OF THE COLONY Deckstar chief MATT COLON talks serious biz, rocking New Kids on the Block tees, and his scheme to go Jackass on Vegas. By Nante Santamaria Photographed by The Cobrasnake

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ust at 31, Deckstar officer Matt Colon is at the frontlines of the spinner management biz. Handling today’s most brusque DJ army, he is club brothers with the controversial DJ AM and the legendary Steve Aoki. Back that troop up with a marketing and events command in BPM and Vapors magazine, and you know which indiepreneur to salute.   You’ve practically got all of today’s dopest DJs. How did you get these guys into Deckstar?

he mentioned that he never had a manager. I had a lot of experience working with clubs around the country, so it was a natural fit. Within a couple years, he went from a cool LA DJ to one of the hottest DJs in the US, and now, an international star. During that time, Steve and I also became friends with DJ AM and his manager who approached us with the idea of starting a DJ management firm for only the best of the best. Two years later, we’ve gone from two DJs to twenty of the best and brightest.

Well, it all started with DJ AM and Steve Aoki, but at the end of the day, everyone on the roster is connected to everyone else. It’s important that all of these guys are friends in real life.   Did you see yourself managing this bunch early on? When and how did you start Deckstar?

The best parties seem to be wherever you are, but what’s your favorite city, and how’s it different from the rest?

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They’ve got amazing parties in Orlando (US), Edmonton (Canada), Jakarta (Indonesia). That being said, I think the center of nightlife right now is Los Angeles. The indie/electro scene has turned into a phenomenon where small parties turn into punk rock concerts with crowd surfing and stage diving.  

What goes on behind the scene that’s quite a challenge for you? Good promoters are busy promoting a party next week while planning the party next year. Then there’s flyer design, flights, hotels, drivers, ticket sales, and a ton of other jobs. The biggest challenge for us is finding the right promoters in every city.
 If you were to be in just one last dream party marathon in Vegas, who’d you want to hang out with? Living or dead, past or present. Johnny Knoxville, Larry from Three’s Company, Alf and Buddy Lembeck. What does it take to be the next Matt Colon? Learn to communicate. Most people work together because they genuinely like each other. Oh, and keep your voicemails under 20 seconds. “Uh, hey Matt. Not sure if you remember, but, uh, well, I got your number from Bob, and I’ve been working for a few months on...” Delete.

What’d be typical Matt Colon getup for a weekend party? I’m usually rocking dunks with WeSC jeans, a Dim Mak tee, and a Supreme jacket. Me and AM usually try and outdo each other with the cheesy vintage tees as well. I’ve got more New Kids on the Block tees than I’d like to admit. What should we be looking out for with Deckstar this year? We see Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong on your sched. Any plans for the Philippines? This year, we’re really focusing on the festivals. AM and Steve are both playing Coachella in the US. There are a ton of European and Asian festivals throughout the summer and Australia around the New Year. But yeah, we’ll be back in Manila for sure!

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SPUN GOLD From spinning in his nappies (well, almost) to touring the world before he could legally drink, DJ A-Trak has scratched his way to success one record at a time. With his genre-defying music label, Fool’s Gold, the stage is set for a new breed of sonic acts to take over. STATUS talks to A-Trak about his growing up DJ—cowbells and all.

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When I was 13, I took my bar mitzvah money and bought myself some turntables and a mixer. I practiced for about 18 hours a day. Then I came out of my basement, packed my lunch, and won a bunch of world championships.”

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h, okay, so it happened just like that then. Alain Macklovitch, better known as A-Trak, tells his story succinctly, as if going from basement boy-wonder to center-stage wunderkind overnight is part and parcel of being a DJ. But then again, for A-Trak, things do seem to just happen. Okay, so overnight is a bit of a stretch—surely there were a lot of lost childhood memories sacrificed for those long hours of frenzied scratching and mixing in the basement. Then again, what did baby A-Trak really miss out on? While his peers were milling about at their parties he was probably spinning at some far cooler, adult ones. In his case, normal childhood memories are overrated: bollicks to ‘em. A-Trak was breaking battle records before his voice had even broken. At 15, he was crowned DMC World Champion and made an honorary member of Invisible Skratch Piklz, the celebrated Bay Area crew led by DJ Q-Bert and Mixmaster Mike, tearing the shit out of decks and dominating in battles before being tucked up in bed by 10 (okay he wasn’t five, but still, must’ve been a talented, little tike). In the years that followed his first victory, he was stocking up on titles like they were giveaways, and setting a few records in the process: aside from being the youngest world champion, he also managed to be the first to win all three major titles plus five world championships. After casually turning the scene on its head, A-Trak decided at the ripe old age of 18 to retire from battling. Barely out of high school and already lining his shelf with more than just trophies from football club (or chess club, even), A-Trak felt ready for the electric, sleepless world of touring, and plunged right in. “I always played a wide variety of gigs. I would jump from hip-hop clubs, to indie-hipster parties, to eclectic festivals, and lectures at schools.” Between gallivanting around the world like a highclass hooker (a very talented, musically-inclined one) and collaborating with some very cool musos (Montreal rap outfit Obscure Disorder, New York underground icons Non Phixion, as well as indie, hip- hop tastemaker Peanut Butter Wolf, to—you know—name a few), he played a seemingly runof-the-mill gig at a record store that laid the foundations of what was to be a not-so-average period of this young DJ’s life. During this gig, a guy took notice of ATrack and liked what he saw. His name was Kanye West. They chatted some and, a short while later, A-Trak was a permanent fixture on Kanye’s tour bus (or tour plane, rather—somehow Kanye on a bus just isn’t an image that readily springs to mind). The wonder kid had spent enough time in the limelight, but playing to sold-out, 20,000-seat

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stadiums? He recalls the experience saying, “the kind of cheers we got at Kanye gigs was unlike anything I ever knew. I remember calling my brother after my first Kanye show and telling him ‘this is what I should be doing with my career!’” At the end of the day, however, this step-up in visibility was always and only about pushing A-Trak’s agenda as an artist, and A-Trak made sure of that. “I wouldn’t go from being this world champion DJ, who could stand on his own two feet as an artist, to suddenly just being Kanye’s guy”. While some DJs would be happy to be Kanye’s anything, A-Trak never stopped moving forward with his own thing. He’s reluctant to leave Kanye-land entirely though (and honest enough to admit it): “Working with him changed a lot of things for me! On a career level it gave me a huge boost of exposure and also inspired me a lot… (he) is very stimulating to work with” In the turntablist scene, A-Trak established himself as “the DJ’s DJ” very early on. His performances got the mix-masters taking notes and stopped the most ADD-inclined club kid in his tracks. Stylistically, A-Trak has evolved over the years from serving up all things hip-hop to introducing a decent dose of electro house into the mix. While he acknowledges that this fusion isn’t what you’d call revolutionary, he spins one-of-a-kind sets with almost robotic efficiency: absolutely no DJ-vu here. “Every set I do, I try some different stuff and go towards different directions…I use records to tell a story. A story with lions and tigers and dragonflies.” He also doesn’t shy away from throwing some randomness into the mix –“ I did a few shows with a cowbell and found it very liberating!” Aside from releasing his first mixtape “Infinity plus 1,” that features a mix of your favorite indie-electro-danceworthy artists (think Kid Sister, MSTRKRFT, Little Boots, and DJ Mehdi, from the French music label EdBanger records), the sunnies-lovin’ Canuck’s also had the chance to flex his muscles as a producer of late. He’s worked with the whole gamut of artists, underground and mainstream alike, but says that much of it is a figure-it-out-as-you-go kind of deal: “If I do anything different than other people, it’s in part because I don’t always know what I’m doing! I think the fact that I’ve had a pretty rich, complex path in my career makes me approach production with a different ear...I hope! My main thing


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is giving lots of character to my tracks.” And what else has Sir Trizzle been up to these days? Oh, you know, nothing too extravagant: just launchin’ a new record label. Their site tells us: “Fool’s Gold is your new favorite record label.” Pray tell. In every circle of talented, prolific artists comes the quintessential ‘we should totally launch a record label/open a club/start a fashion line/make a film/convert to Buddhism (?)’ moment. Well, Fool’s Gold started out a bit like that, except A-Trak and his boys actually got past the pipe-dream stage of the operation into fullspeed-ahead. Born two years ago, Fool’s Gold was a natural extension of months of brainstorming between A-Trak and his friend Nick Catchdubs. In a classic case of prodigy becomes the protégée, A-Trak decided that there was room in the market for a label that transcends different genres, and he wanted to help provide a platform for all the raw talent he was seeing: “This DJ scene that we’re a part of in North America has influenced music

scenes across the world, but ironically there aren’t enough labels that represent it,” says A-Trak. “That’s where Fool’s Gold comes in. A label where we can release Jokers Of The Scene and Kid Sister side-to-side without it being a stretch—and what’s great with Fool’s Gold is that it’s not forced, since we’re all just friends putting out each other’s music.” Cronyism in a record label? Doesn’t sound like anything too groundbreaking. Only difference is, this group of friends happen to all be exceptionally talented, know and love good music, and know exactly how it feels to be elbowed with the rest of them in the nosebleed section. Can you smell the freshness? The icing on the cake comes in the form of Brooklyn-based graphic artist Dust La Rock, whose art direction provides an everevolving and innovative visual aesthetic for the label. Here’s a record label that isn’t headed by some corporate fat cat, whose bulging waistline is matched only by his equally unattractive ego, and whose only contact with musicians is

limited to when he wines, dines, and signs them. Fat cats who know nothing about the music itself; who are, let’s face it, far too old to know what sounds good anyway. Sorry Mister: at Fool’s Gold, there’s a weight limit. Music so fresh it crackles, wicked gigs, art that’s actually original, and an overall awesomeness to tie it all together with a neon-colored bow? Fool’s Gold just might be my new favorite record label. You might even say I’m a gold digger. No doubt A-Trak is no stranger to the line “Dude, I’m a massive fan. If you could just have a listen to my tracks and tell me what you think that’d be awesome”. But with this DJ, you get the sense that he actually will have a listen, not just because he’s a nice guy, but because if music is his lady, he is one proverbially whipped young gentleman. He’s touring Asia in May. Get your samples ready.

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MARVIN SCOTT JARRETT’S print vision has always been a little Martian—out-of-this-world design marked with a new-frontier sense of anything youth. STATUS blasts off with the space cowboy who’d wrangled Nylon magazine into urban ubiquity.

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hen a media-man-o’-war like Marvin Scott Jarrett declares “there will always be print magazines” and that the “tactile aspect of print is not replaceable,” it’s like having one of those reassuringly spiritual moments where you hear the voice of God—or Jim Morrison—waxing philosophical (Wayne’s World, classic that it is); or Bruce Springsteen (High Fidelity) humming a tune for your thoughts. Basically, we can breathe a sigh of relief, especially since those words are coming from someone who’s made the whole stick-it-to-the-now, in-with-the-new magazine jumpstart possible. From a late-‘80s endeavor to raise the roof of America’s rock-defining mag Creem to his tour de force through several generation-pushing flip-servers like Ray Gun, Bikini, and, well, Nylon, It’s always been about the nexts rather than trends for Jarrett.

Lately, he’s been busy marking mag territory on the web with Nylon TV, where you can imbibe the whole New York-LondonLA vibe as soon as you click ‘n’ stream. And then there’s the formidable groundwork Marvin’s laid out in the audio-visual realm—photography and musicvideo directing (from an Avril cover to a Kill Hannah vid) all part of the fresh cultural produce Nylon peddles to its already-inthe-know market, as well. ‘Course, for Marvin, it’s always been about magazines, anyway. And hell, we couldn’t agree more.

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are a publishing deity now, let’s go way back to when realized you had a magic for magazines...

I grew up in Florida a skater and a surfer, played guitar in bands, and was a magazine fanatic from the time I was 13. I initially bought surf and skate magazines, then music magazines, I started buying Andy Warhol’s Interview and The Face, and i-D magazines from England. I loved Bowie, the New York Dolls, KISS, Mott the Hoople, and pretty much everything from London. Of course, all of this affects whatever I create—including Nylon. Nylon has become an adjective describing anything that’s raw— in the freshest sense of the word, what with all the casualcool visuals and features. Does that sit well with you? To have a magazine being used as an adjective is a very powerful and flattering thing. I think I have achieved this twice—the first time with Ray Gun and now with Nylon. The only other magazine that I think people used as an adjective was Wallpaper. Actually the initial influence [for the aesthetic] was my magazine, Bikini. It was a cool magazine for young guys that I launched after Ray Gun. I was sick of music and wanted to reinvent things, so I sold that company that published Ray Gun and Bikini and had the idea to do an indie girls magazine— the opposite of Bikini. I launched it in the spring of 1999... For all that you’ve created, what spirit unifies them, if any—the Gen-Now-ness of Nylon versus the Gen-X alterna-rock hardiness of Ray Gun? The unifying thing of all these magazines is that they are—were—all indie DIY-minded creations. Nylon has turned into something bigger than that and has taken on a life all of its own. I think sometimes I am looking for ways to throw gasoline on the fire. The brand has gotten huge and I just want to make it bigger. I rarely reminisce about the past. I have about three issues of Ray Gun somewhere and no other copies of other magazines that I have done. I always figure that one

day, I will buy somebody’s collection on eBay. I’m just always thinking about the next issue, the next Nylon TV, the next film, or the next video…I really don’t want to rest on any past achievements. I can only imagine the creative energy at the Nylon offices. How crazy do these get? There are editorial meetings at least once a month with me. I get inspired for ideas for the magazine while I am traveling and communicate with the office a lot by phone and email. ‘Course, the mag’s always had a fascination with Cory Kennedy, its somewhat muse. Anyone else ring Nylon’s bell? Peaches Geldof. Though the name Nylon represents the coalesced New York and London scenes, the mag’s been highlighting a lot of LA action—features, stores, the 90210 girls on a cover, and all. Why not just call it Nyla? Maybe most people don’t know this, but I consider myself more of an LA person than a New Yorker, even though I have homes in both places. The magazine is based out of New York by design, but before 1999, I lived full-time in Los Angeles…that’s where I created all of my other magazines. I moved to New York full-time in 1999 but kept my house in LA and the past five years I’ve been splitting my time pretty much evenly in both cities, liking the solitude of going back to my own house in LA or apartment in New York. But I love the weather in LA; I love to drive and listen to music while I’m driving. Having raked a lot of respect from a variety of trades— photography, directing music videos, the mags, of course— is there ever a sense of satisfaction? It’s no secret that I’ve been dabbling in directing for the past six or seven years and I think ultimately will be spending more time doing that. I rarely feel that sense of satisfaction, though. I am always thinking about what can I do next. It can be kind of a problem sometimes...

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NATION Shirt, pair of Nikes, gaming console—if eye-forwhat’s-eyed, JEFF STAPLE designs it, the ME-Generation will yearn for it. Makes sense, considering his simple, no-bull design ethos: “I design for me.” By Lucy Arthur

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espite being behind a cult clothing label, spearheading a communication and design agency and having the likes of Nike, Apple, and the people at Sony on his speed-dial, Jeff Staple has never written a business plan. If he had, though, it might read something like this: Design things that you would actually want to be seen wearing (Check). Place subtlety and quality at the forefront of your design aesthetic (Check). Leave any semblance of wankiness and ego out of the picture (Check). Bamboozle the corporate world with honest consultancy and a glaring lack of pretension (Check). Understand that timing and chemistry have more gravity than any business plan (Check). Live the dream and make a living (Check). The Staple ‘empire’ (by indie standards anyway) would have to be the most successful accident that ever happened. And it all began in the Silkscreen Lab at Parsons School of Design, where Jeff

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and his homies would sneak in and print t-shirts. Demand grew for their creations, and the whole operation snowballed into what it is today, a business within a business (Staple no longer needs to sneak into Parsons, but they do still print all of their shirts by hand). Jeff is quick to insist, however, there was nothing anarchic about the motivation there. “It wasn’t a decision to say, ‘Ohhh, let’s be underground and covert and guerilla’,” he shares. “Nah, man, I was in school and broke. I think this organic approach shapes what the brand is now, for better or for worse.” Resourcefulness over subversion is very much in line with the Staple ethos: keep things down to earth, throw good stuff out into the ether and watch it boomerang back.There is something charmingly old school about a movement that has its beginnings in humility, just a couple of kids chancing at something that pushes their

buttons; something that grows organically without the genetic engineering of MTV and the internet. And remember, this was back in ‘97, when people still used—the horror— dial-up internet. Jeff Staple truly channels an almost manic diligence. At any given time, he has half a dozen projects on the go, which are as varied as they are challenging, a designer’s wet dream of a portfolio. Of course, this crazy work ethic boils down to passion: “It was just things I’m into and then I dive deep into it. That’s the thing with me. I don’t do anything lightly. If I get into something, I get really into it. It’s probably the reason why I don’t drink or do drugs,” he says, alluding to the art of keeping his fingers down pat on his multi-faceted business, which includes Staple Apparel, Staple Design, and Reed Space (named after Jeff’s high school teacher), which doubles as an art gallery and retail store.

And even with all these pies on its plate, Staple is a label that doesn’t fall back on the attention-seeking gimmicks of the bigger, flashier brands. Besides, who needs a marketing team when the stuff—minimalist yet substantial, ever so slightly tongue in cheek, but always aesthetically pleasing—sells itself? Jeff has observed this tendency to be somewhat ahead of the game: “I often find that things I am into, other people aren’t into in at the same time. Then, two years later, everyone’s into it. This then trickles down into our designs. A lot of our t-shirts get heavy requests two seasons after they’ve been out. Like I said, I just really design for myself. And I’ve been fortunate that the things I put out, other people all over the world are receptive to.” So is Staple for the masses or the niches? “I design for me. And about me, I find I’m not


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too crazy-edgy like some nutty artiste, nor am I mass like the Jonas Brothers,” he explains, exemplifying his treading the fine line between opportunism and sacrificing one’s values on the altar of bling, with ease—no care for how many people wear his wares. “As long as I feel good about the product and message I am putting out, it can be two people or two billion people.” This all begs the question—does the credibility of a brand really diminish because it becomes mainstream? “I think the key is constant innovation. It’s important that I continue to change and push forward. For example, remember Evisu Jeans? They used to be the shit, but then everyone and their baby’s mama rocked Evisu jeans and I started to not like it. But it wasn’t just because of that. It was because Evisu didn’t innovate the brand.” Then again, Mr. Staple has no hesitations in admitting that he is far from being too cool for school.

On the contrary, he declares proudly, “I’m a teacher—both metaphorically and literally. And in some ways, I feel doing Staple is teaching...maybe even more effective than doing so in a classroom.” He also teaches, the actual kind, at New York University, Parsons School of Design, and Columbia Business School. All his choices for higher education prove that Jeff is a New Yorker at heart, and in true Staple fashion, allows a little bit of that heart to trickle into every pursuit he takes on, labor-oflove projects and high-profile collaborations alike. When Nike asked him to design a Big Apple-inspired shoe, Jeff couldn’t have been more stoked and got straight to it. We’re not just talking footwear here; in some circles they are an urban legend. “I’m very proud of these,” he says of the sneakerhead-hunted Pigeon Dunks. “In fact, I feel they have spawned a whole genre of city-inspired designs like the Lobster Dunk (Boston), The Quake Dunk (SF), etc.”

Speaking of Nike, it has been said that Just Do It in fact originated in Zen Buddhism as a meditational mantra. Jeff ponders on what could double as his company’s slogan and personal mantra, and settles on “a positive social contagion”. Could Jeff Staple be the new poster child for urban subculture—the herald of a quieter, albeit far more substantial one? We can only hope. So while we may not see the Jonas Brothers rocking Staple fashions anytime soon, we are likely to see a subtle shift in the urban landscape, thanks to smarter, smaller, subtler brands like Staple. “At the end of the day,” he says, “I am a consumer. I like to shop and I think buying something is like casting a vote for the continuation of dope things.” In the spirit of this, I would like to cast my vote for all things Staple, and the continuation of a dope philosophy. And some pretty awesome clothes as well.

“That’s the thing with me. I don’t do anything lightly. If I get into something, I get really into it. It’s probably the reason why I don’t drink or do drugs,”

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When your climate is fashion, talking about the weather is never boring. Fashion’s very own meteorologist, MEG CUNA from Stylecaster.com, gives her report on the future of fashion, the job requirements of a blogista, and style-don’ts for all seasons. Today’s style-cast: bright and fun, with little to no chance of rain. By Vicky Herrera

Meet me at the Tribeca Grand Hotel.” Meg Cuna hits me up via Blackberry Messenger. New York Fashion Week has just started, and we’re waiting for Meg to finish wrapping up her shows. She’s covering Fashion Week for her website StyleCaster, which despite its tender age promises to redefine fashion as we know it. It’s a mix of online community, shopping, and fashion news—basically the home for any girl caught in a love affair with all the beautiful things you can wrap the human form with. If its intelligently put-together content and design aren’t enough, the fact that Stylecaster.com is customizable to fit your tastes should pretty much seal the deal for any fashion lover who can tell real style from frivolous fad. Little do I know, her day is far from over. I tag along to three more fashion presentations around the city. As soon as we set foot in each venue, before we’ve even wrapped our fingers around the welcome drink, Meg whips out her video camera, recording commentaries for her video blog. Almost simultaneously, she’s sending out status tweets on Twitter—and I inwardly wonder if she’s grown another pair of hands somewhere, because this just ain’t human. But despite endless meetings, constant communication, and the permanent need to be in-theknow with the latest fashion developments, Meg breezes through the stress and makes her job appear completely effortless. Any observer would want to pack up their bags and work for her. Starting tomorrow. After all that, Meg suggests we find a place to eat. We end up in a place called Spitzers, a packed resto/bar on the Lower East Side. In between each well-earned mouthful I drink in everything Meg says about how she made her amazing climb from stylist to StyleCaster’s creator, who’s cool nowadays, and basically all the girl-talk on fashion you’d love to hear. STATUS presents the life and love of Meg Cuna. So how exactly did you make your start in the world of fashion? I don’t have a resume. I was thinking about making one once but decided there were too many rules. I simply stumbled into fashion. I started off working for a photographer in LA then moved to NY and became a fashion assistant for a Condé Nast title. I did everything from assisting, to styling, to marketing and writing. I left Condé Nast and joined Bauer publishing to incubate and launch a super-famous, weekly magazine during the

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Yeah we agree, it’s all how you give each trend own twist. Still there to be some rules right? doesn’t matter what the is, what’s your biggest fashion DON’T?

about your has It season

DON’T LEAVE YOUR PANTS AT HOME. There’s only room for ONE Lady Ga-Ga. (Laughs) That’s probably true. Going back to “personal style”, it’s like the streets are the new runways! What have been the best streets to walk upon in terms of seeing outfits that inspire? The most amazing thing about New York is the street style. I’m a downtown girl, so my favorite neighborhoods to shoot street style are the Lower East Side, Soho, Noho, NoLita, Tribeca, West Village, East Village, and every neighborhood in Brooklyn. Speaking of New York, you’re an LA girl who moved to NYC. How was the move like? What is it about this city that give people unlimited energy?

celebrity/stalkarazzi phase. Realizing I cared little about celebrity gossip, I ventured back over to Condé Nast and joined the Lucky magazine crew. This is when StyleCaster came into fruition. So where did the idea for Stylecaster come from? Every morning when you wake up, no matter who or where you are, people ask themselves the same two questions: “What’s the weather?” and “What do I wear?” StyleCaster.com inspires you to get dressed every morning by giving you three looks personalized just for you. These looks are styled by top fashion-industry influencers. Everything has a link to purchase so if you see it, you can link to buy it. Beyond that, we also have a coop of talent, writing fashion, beauty, and lifestyle news daily. Everything on the site is personalized just for you. StyleCaster is the first influencer network. Our community is filled with stylists, publicists, makeup artists, hair stylists, models, designers, and a roster of cool kids. We are launching to the public in the spring…probably when this hits.

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How do you decide what to feature on your site?

What inspires you to keep doing what you’re doing?

It’s likely that every time you hit your refresh button, there is a new article on StyleCaster. This means that we are always writing about the most culturally relevant fashion, beauty and lifestyle news for the day. If it’s cool, we feature it.

You. No… I’m serious. I’m inspired by people who create opportunities and whose #1 goal is to change things up. I loathe glass ceilings.

Your days may be crazy busy, but your job still looks is fun and glamorous to us. What’s the toughest thing you’ve ever had to encounter and how did you get through it? The hardest thing about fashion is that it’s very old school. You have to start out at the bottom and work your way up the ranks. The magazine world is an industry filled with high-powered women who have seen it all, so it’s a pretty tough crowd to impress. How did I get through it? Well, it’s kind of simple. The only person I try to impress is myself. I wake up every day and work harder than I did the day before. I don’t set any limits for myself and I just go for it. Someone once told me that winners win. I want to win so bad.

Anyone can wear a trendy piece of clothing, but what do you think gives people that extracool factor in their outfit? I think more than ever, it’s all about personal style. Not too long ago, I remember stepping off the plane in some obscure part of the country and looking around, thinking to myself, “Everyone looks like Nicole Ritchie.” Fast forward to last week, when I was in a random city in middle America, and I remember feeling completely refreshed by the crop of new style brewing. Here I was in the middle of suburbia and these kids were putting their own twist on major fashion trends. Personal style is all about taking a trend and interpreting it in your own voice. I’m currently doing a punk/preppy/true-to-myroots surfer girl style…mad confusing but it’s working out for me.

Amazing. Wow…how long has it been? 7 years? I feel pretty bi-coastal between LA and NY so it’s hard to put a solid number down. It has def been about 7 of the best years ever. I get the luxury of both worlds – the laid back vibe of LA and the fast paced world of NY. The thing about New York is that people move here to do something with their lives. It’s the epicenter of all things cool and there really is no other city like it… except of course, The City of Lights. Next stop? Paris. From all the people you’ve met in fashion- who is the most intriguing/interesting... Any stories? I’m a huge fan of the greats: Donna Karan and Diane Von Furstenberg will always be my idols. They paved the way for American sportswear and have built huge empires. That is beyond admirable. Then there are the young, emerging designers that inspire me daily – Alex Wang, Phillip Lim, the Rodarte sisters and the duo behind Proenza Schouler to name a few. One of my fav stories is when Alex Wang jumped into an elevator on the way up to the Erin Wasson x RVCA event and excitedly asked how StyleCaster was doing. The reaction? “He knows us?!? We are just a little start-up with big dreams!” It was epic. You know a lot of talented people in this industry!


WORKING GIRL Crazy days 8AM - I start my morning meetings over breakfast at Balthazar. Left corner booth. That’s where you will find me meeting with publicists, designers, stylists, bloggers, artists, editors, photographers, cool kids – you name it. 9AM Monday, Wednesday & Friday - I’m shooting. photographers, hair stylists, make-up artists, and models are already in the studio prepping. 9:30AM - It’s a quick ride on the subway to the StyleCaster Studio for a meeting with my team. My days are packed with meeting after meeting. If I told you the line-up I have in today, you might not believe me. Every night ends with events, drinks, and dinner. Then I do it all over again. Crazy right? My weekends in the winter are reserved for snowboarding and in the summer you can find me at the beach surfing. I never turn off my BlackBerry so any time is a good time to do business.

“The only person I try to impress is myself. I wake up every day and work harder than I did the day before. I don’t set any limits for myself and I just go for it.”

Photographers, editors, stylists, bloggers, etc, what skills and traits do you think people should have to make it on top? I always say passion is the right road to follow. If you love something enough, it will show. Being on top is not so much the goal for me. It’s about waking up every single day and being so excited to do what I do. Take a look at all the truly successful people in this world. They have one thing in common - they fuckin love what they do.

Sites of inspiration: I read so many blogs that it’s insane! Here is a daily list: GaranceDore.com, Refinery29. com, Fashionista.com, NYTimes.com, SeaofShoes.com, Jak&Jil.com, TheSartorialist.com, Style.com, Elle.com, DazedDigital.com, ChildhoodFlames.com, AShadedViewonFashion.com…oh my, should I go on? Favorite shopping spots: Barneys, Opening Ceremony, Resurrection, Steven Alan, Jill Stuart, Kirna Zabete, Kiki De Montparnasse, Greyone, Pas de Deux, Doyle & Doyle, Ten Thousand Things, Levi’s, Oak NYC, Aloha Rag, What Comes Around Goes Around, New York Pipe Dreams, every vintage spot on the Lower East Side...

For future indie-preneurs who want to know how you do it: what business skills do you think are a must-have for your kind of job? I think all entrepreneurs need to be problem solvers. Put your ego aside. It’s not about who is right, it’s about what is right. I will do whatever it takes to make sure that everything we do, we do well. It all comes down to problem solving. True that! Solve problems, don’t whine about ‘em. But still, there’s gotta be more that you want to do...

The internet is playing a huge part in the role of fashion. From pushing trends to selling items to building designers, everything is moving at such a faster pace. What is the future of fashion going to look like?

When I grow up, I want to be cool. For now, I’ll stick to being a nerd.

I think the future of the internet is going to be much more intelligent. If you see something, you should be able to buy it, see other things like it and connect with other people who like it. The future of the web is def StyleCaster. com.

STATUS, you are my family. I heart you to pieces.

(Laughs) I’m pretty sure you’ve scratched that one off the list. Thanks Meg! Love and more power to StyleCaster.

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Girl'So'Bad, Shes'Good MOB (Most Official Bitches) queen Leah McSweeney rules the streetwear realm so smoothly it’s almost criminal. By Sarah Meier-Albano

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itch.” And we’re not afraid to say it either. While others deem the word derogatory, Married to the Mob’s Leah McSweeny actually sees its power. There is nothing wrong with standing up for your self in a maledominated world, or in a maledominated game like streetwear to add. Everyone knows that the Married to the MOB crew ain’t afraid to speak their mind. “Men are the New Women,” they proclaim. It’s easy for a lot of guys to raise their eyebrows when they see females joining the so-called boy’s club. But let’s get the record straight, Leah ain’t messin around. She’s leading the way for all women to keep it both street and chic. Collaborations with Nike and graffiti-king Kaws, prove that Married to the MOB is more than worthy to be stocked aside legit male brands like aNYthing and ALIFE. Rising in its ranks has even gotten MOB loads of copycats, from fake tees to Myspace accounts. Yet, in the heart of New York City, Leah runs supreme. This natural rebel, who once tossed her blonde hair back over her shoulder the day she got booted out the 8th grade, knew full well she’d come back one day to do it her way. Lord have mercy, she did, giving females across the globe a chance to emphasize that, sometimes, dudes really don’t got swagger like us. I’m going to generalize a little here, and say that a good chunk of the world still considers America the land of opportunity, with New York being the center of “all things possible”. With MOB, you were living the city life, came up with an idea, and made it work. Sounds like a piece of cake...was it? Coming up with the idea was easy. It was natural. But as

Photographed by David “Shadi” Perez the brand grew it became more intense. The farthest thing from a piece of cake. We were handling all of our internet orders ourselves so we would use my grandmother’s shopping cart and fill it with packages and wheel it to the post office in the snow, rain, whatever. By year 3 MOB was sold in over 100 stores and imagine just me and my girl Lourdes unpacking all the goods...repacking for the stores and shipping it. It might not sound like that much but anyone with a clothing line knows how hard you have to bust your ass. It’s not all parties and internet drama. It actually takes a lot of f*cking work. And if you don’t put that work in your shit will never succeed. “Some people take street wear way too seriously” – true or false? Hell F*cking Yes Very True! Married to the MOB releases a Nike Dunk. Was that a conscious thing on your to-dolist to work with Nike, or did the stars just align? I knew it was going to happen at some point just the way Nike was working with all the guy brands. And then when I saw the X-Girl collab I was like OK they are trying to reach out to the female side of things. And it eventually happened. And it turned out amazing. I love my Dunk! Have you ever seen anybody wearing MOB that made you do a double take, like, you didn’t exactly have them in mind when creating the line? Or are you cool with whoever wearing your stuff? I am totally cool with whoever wearing my stuff from hood rats to J.A.P.’s. I will never forget the time I was at Deitch gallery on a Saturday checking out an exhibit and I saw a woman in her 50s wearing my Supreme Bitch tee! This was very early on so I was extra

excited to see someone wearing my stuff. I went up to her and was like “that’s my shirt!” We ended up talking and it turns out she was a professor at a college (can’t remember which one) and she wears the shirt the first day of class every semester to break the ice with the students. How f*cking amazing?? Any dudes work under the MOB umbrella, or is it straight females? It’s all females but I’m not against a guy coming on board. If he can deal with all of us. I have a lot of mentors and friends that are guys that are indirectly involved with MOB though. Tell us stories of scandal or mischief...(the one about the lawsuit vs. the city would be sweet): I’ve always been antiauthority. I’m not bragging or saying it’s a good way to be. It’s just the way I am. I think I can contribute it to my all-girls Catholic private school for f*cking me up in the head. Having to wear a uniform, having nuns and really wack teachers trying to get you to behave certain ways, and having to curtsy to the head nun every morning. Scary shit! Ok I’ll give you the short version of the City of NY vs. Leah McSweeney. I basically got into a fight with a bunch of asshole cops in Time Square after they started beating up one of my friends for no reason. It resulted in me getting a tooth knocked out and a black eye. I ended up suing and winning a grip of cash. I used that money to live off of while I jumpstarted MOB, bought a computer and shit like that. Trying to pinpoint the character of the brand - if Married to the Mob were a street in New York, which one would it be?

Spring street between Elizabeth and Bowery, that’s where it all started. There’s such a crazy mix of people there, fashion heads, the Spanish kids that always stand outside their project down the block, Chinese workmen that share Bowery with the crack-heads and junkies, and of course the Italians from Little Italy. There’s an L.E.S. spot called Bob’s Lounge off of Houston, where we used to kick it, and were guaranteed to leave crazy inspired from all the creative cats we would meet, insane music, etc. Do you have a default go-to “home” like that? I know Bob’s very well! Let’s see, I don’t have much time to hang out anywhere too regularly between my daughter and the business. But I guess I would have to say Max Fish. When I moved back to the city after a hiatus in the suburbs I was at Max Fish every night. It was definitely the downtown hangout for everyone from skaters, artists, drug dealers, actors, scenesters, just about everyone. It was where I met my daughter’s father who kind of changed the course of my life and helped me go from hood-rat delinquent to mother/business women. I guess if I never met him that night in Max Fish things could possibly be a lot different for me right now. Real talk. What’s one thing you did recently that you, five years ago, would never have believed possible? Honestly I always believe everything is possible. You have to believe that or shit will never happen. But juggling motherhood and MOB seemed almost impossible. I have proved to myself it is possible though. Good shit.

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MIND JOB

Will Pop Kill Itself?

by Nicola M. Sebastian x Illustration by Nikkie Poops

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hen a band like Radiohead releases its album online for whatever price you feel like paying; when a bunch of Ivy-League brats get launched into indie-music space before they even have an album; or when one of a million show-band singers from a certain Southeast Asian country gets a casting call from Journey, you know there’s a lone figure somewhere in the world, the wise fool to today’s tragicomedy, swigging from his whisky or wine as he sings softly to himself a few timely words from Bob Dylan: “times, they are a changin’…” Man, times are a changing. As genres and cultures are leapt over in a single, digital bound, sound itself is being rethought. New York spin-stress DJ Roxy Cottontail predicts that “music is headed for a cross-pollination we have never seen before,” which explains how words like ‘mash up’, ‘collab’, and even ‘bastard pop’ (basically, the amateur-made, and thus, illegitimate lovechild of two or more songs) have shimmied their way into hipster diction. That’s all fine and dandy, but with music simultaneously becoming more sophisticated and idiot/user-friendly, and with the rising trend for all things Mashed Up, a concern for quality rises up in any audiophile’s mind. As the aural universe continues to expand at T3 speeds, one has to wonder, expanding to what? A golden age of musical enlightenment? Or pop oblivion? The thing is, the mashup, like most stuff considered hip, is nothing new. “Collaborations have existed for quite some time, dating back to as early as the ‘50s,” explains Toti Dalmacion, founder of Terno Records, citing Run DMC and Aerosmith’s team-up back in the ‘80s. “But mashup to me is more of a novelty born of technology, where you mix songs of different styles together and come up with a hybrid version, which got quite big as far back as five, six years ago with electroclash. But if you’re talking about mashup in the ‘oh let’s put a Beyonce song on top of a New Order track’ bastard pop vein, then that gets kinda uninteresting fast.” Whatever you call it, people have been mixing up sounds and styles ever since the first clan of primitive man met the other from down the river. It’s just now happening on wildly multiplied scale thanks to that tireless and insatiable creature, technology. If not the main culprit, technology is undoubtedly the indispensable sidekick in all of this. It’s given us the power(macs) and the (pro)tools to make magic of another sort in our bedrooms. At the least, it’s allowed us to download and enjoy the magic others make—for free, of course. This can be a good thing. ‘Course, not in the “piracy’s cool!” sorta way. But in that the power to create—and, more importantly, sell—music has been stolen from the big-time recording studios, only to be handed to any regular Juan who can get his hands on a decent computer. “It is easier now for someone with musical

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talent but no formal education to just play around, create something, and spread it,” shares local DJ Christina Badkiss. And what’s coming out of this current free-for-all is a sound and style just as liberated. As Roxy Cottontail puts it, “Say goodbye to big records labels and hello to the most creative artists with the widest appeal.” With the internet playing Great Music Equaliser, the mind of the listener has also opened up, as boundaries between sounds, styles, and labels, are instantaneously crossed, re-crossed, and dismissed altogether in a single song. It’s allowed people to appreciate revolutionary works like Danger Mouse’s Grey Album— which

marries Kanye West’s Black Album with the Beatles’ White Album. Yeah, the net’s raw quantity doesn’t guarantee quality, “but [it] does mean more to choose from,” shrugs Badkiss. “There’s more great stuff to find, but also more trash you have to look through.” One could argue that we’re seeing the evolution of music that is truly universal; one critic dude I read in Wikipedia somewhere even calls the mashup “culture jamming in its purest form”. Welcome to the real democracy, baby, where the Idea reigns supreme. But still, when you hear stuff like “United States of Pop 2008” by DJ Earworm—who somehow thinks putting together the entire top 20 billboard hits in one song is an awesome idea—it brings you right back smack to the crap floating around these days. Clearly, mastering Pro Tools isn’t enough to churn out a hit, says Toti. An obvious risk arises in the very programs that empower: overkill. Though mashups and remixes have the potential to “give a song new life or perspective, allowing it to crossover and connect with a different audience as much as the existing one,” says Toti, they can also turn the original music into a meaningless mess through over-production. Instead of a fresh audio experience, you end up with “a good soundtrack to some

college dorm/frat party,” where a clueless, passive audience need the familiarity and novelty appeal of a recycled hit. But a possibly greater threat requires a little farsightedness. See, when something that is “underground”— exclusive on the basis of talent, taste, or the right company—becomes available to anyone who knows how to Google, it ceases to be such. Not because of the loss of exclusivity, but because the underground becomes a marketing tool, a lackey to corporations trying to break into an increasingly sophisticated market. It also means that hype can turn a poorly done bedroom remix (most likely Stumbled Upon in a random blog by some hipster fiend) into the hottest, “underground” track. And the reason this culture of hype is even possible is that though our exposure has multiplied hundredfold, our ability and willingness to discern is not keeping up. The information is all there, but Miss Badkiss believes “the net can only expose you to things that you choose to be exposed to.” With most people happy to play follow the leader, the meaning of a song gets drowned out by a hot, catchy beat. And when we lose the ability to think, judge, and like for ourselves, we become hipsters. ‘Course, there’s nothing wrong with a hot, catchy beat. Despite all the rubbish that’s come in with the tide, one thing hasn’t changed—what makes a Good Pop Song. You can tweak, sample, and autotune all you want, but Miss Badkiss keeps it simple: “a good pop song is a good pop song is a good pop song”—and you’ll know it the moment those opening notes flood your senses. At the end of the day, things haven’t really changed. Most people are happy being spoon-fed the same old. There will always be those who make music to their own beat. And even the bad music, Toti admits, starts to sound better when it gets old enough to reminisce about. Okay, what now? Perhaps in all of this there is a challenge to those who care enough to look. A challenge to raise the bar on originality, as things get increasingly effed up. It’s easy to be radical when you’re the first man on Earth—it’s freaking genius when you manage to be original after Mozart, Marley, and Michael Jackson. Don’t worry though, ‘cause all you need to survive and thrive in this new world is at your very fingertips, insists Toti Dalmacion. “Research. Get some history. Be an individual. Learn to discern.” So yeah, originality hasn’t gone extinct. Miss Badkiss believes in a sort of collective creative stream of consciousness, where two people worlds apart can come up with similar ideas because of a shared connection to this consciousness. But even then, the two ideas remain essentially individual through execution and perspective. So plug in, music man.


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NIGHT VISION

Rockouture

@Warehouse 135 Photos by Nante Santamaria

Save our Surf! @San Juan La Union

Photos by Kage Gozun Abe Tolentino Elaine Abonal

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Adidas House Party

@ Embassy

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NIGHT VISION

Crash Course @ Manor Photos by Revolution

Eraserheads Final Set @SMX

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TRANS ACTION Kaws Exhibit @Honore Frasier Photos by Mel Andy

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Le Royale Photos by Paolo Caranceja

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VOLCOM Available at J&S Surf, 2285 Solid House Bldg., Don Chino Roces Ave., Pasong Tamo Ext. Makati City and at Fiveforty Surf Co., 227 Katipunan Ave. Extension, Q.C. ZARA Available at Power Plant Mall, Makati City ZOO YORK Available at Shoe Salon, Stoked and Rustan’s ARTISTS REVOLUTION (Photographer) see twitter.com/revolutionn RIA GAMBOA (makeup artist) Mobile: 09176242354 STATUS MAGAZINE www.twitter.com/StatusMagazine


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KRYSTLE CLEAR “

You know when you’re young, you catch little frogs, go down steep hills, and see if you can jump those ten steps? Yeah those were the fearless days...now I’m scared of everything,” laughs 21-year old Krystle Dizon. She’s pondering about what she does in her past time. Her deepset eyes are looking around as she searches her brain for quick answers. “Well, there’s school... I watch some TV, go to dinner sometimes...but school is taking over my life...Oh, and I party on the weekends, that’s kind of a must.” Krystle Dizon may be studying Nursing right now, but that’s not how she made it onto our shores. The story actually started with a pageant. “I won a teen Filipina pageant in San Francisco, and someone asked me to join Miss Philippines Earth in 2007. If you made the top five you had to stay for a year.” Well, Krystle nabbed the runnerup spot, and ended up staying a year, touring schools and educating kids about the environment. When her time was up, she loved Manila so much she decided to stay. Leaving her family back home was a tough thing to do, but they aren’t far from her thoughts. In the end “I just want to be overall successful...to be able to do what I want in life that makes me and my whole family happy. I want to take care of my whole family.” FIVE DEMANDS 5 “A buttload of money…coz I wanna be able to provide for myself.” 4 “A mind-reader boyfriend coz I wish my boyfriend would know what I was thinking without having to explain myself all the time.” 3 “A house near, if not in San Francisco...somewhere near the beach. Being by the water relaxes me...” 2 “A fat closet...with ridiculous brands like ‘A Sex in the City’ closet...that has random high fashion stuff” 1 “A Chef...Coz I’m a real shitty cook! I don’t know if I’m [really] a bad cook, but whenever I attempt to, it’s just not that great.”

FIVE ESSENTIALS 5 “Mexican food... I don’t know, I’m just completely obsessed with tacos and chimichangas from Filling Station.” 4 “Starbucks coffee, especially Chai Tea Latte non-fat.” 3 “Skyflakes! Coz whenever I’m hungry... Well, that’s what’s around in school.” 2 “My Makeup Kit...I just never know when I’m gonna need it. Even though I don’t really care if I have makeup on or not. I just like having it with me.” 1 “Bobby Pins...coz I don’t like to brush my hair. So I just pin it up or tie it up. I brush my hair like once every two weeks.”

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Photographed by Revolution Make up by Ria Gamboa Heels by Nine West [P4,450] Top by Daily Grind [P500] Skirt by Zara [P995] Necklace by Missology [P2,149.95]


It’s the Pacman baby! This coming May, Manny Pacquiao is gunning for his 5th World Title against a very tough opponent in Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton, and you know this is gonna be a good one. If you can’t afford the flight and ticket to see the show (which uhm, alot of us can’t) at least you have your handy Mobile TV with you.

Just switch on MYTV’s Solar All Access channel, and its pretty much a done deal. We even heard there are no commercial breaks. Now try to top that! See, you can still support the Pacman- from your homeland and without the jetlag- thanks to Smart MyTV.



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