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Fusing music and style, model, blogger, and rock & roller Jen Humphrey has you wrapped around her finger with a quick glance and strut. By Janroe Cabiles




It’s not all fun and games when it comes to Sheppard’s music, but it gets pretty close. In turns upbeat and electrifying, this band gives off good vibrations. By Carla Hutchinson



Mixing hip-hop, R&B, and Motown with EDM, bow down to King Puentespina as he cuts through genres to assume a sound and a new identity under CRWN.   By Olivia Estrada

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Ever since their debut, Oregonbased trio Greylag has been rewriting the rules of modern folk music. You know what they say, different strokes for different folks. By Pola Beronilla


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The future is a sleek and sexy siren in the guise of George Maple, whose sensual voice melds well with dream-like beats. By Olivia Estrada




28 STYLE ID: ROCK THE COAT Make a splash.


Every single from Panama Wedding’s EP, Parallel Play, breaks mercury and hits sugar high spinning to the tunes of synthpop under the summer sun. By Kitkat Ramos



Lights out. By Koji Arboleda



Hit pause in the real world and put on Slow Magic as he transports you to the sounds of yesteryears while playing pretend with your childhood friend. By Nicole Nequinto

Nowhere furious. By Michele LoBosco


Flick it real good. By Martina Giachi







From the runway to the race track, photographer Kate Owen snaps up both the rare seconds of respite and the moments of pure adrenaline. By Olivia Estrada


Surfer-turned-documentarian Mark Mabanag beguiles audiences in the Philippines’ first surf film—it’s enough to make you miss the ocean. By Carla Hutchinson


Combining photo collages with hand-drawn elements, Paris-based artist Sandrine Pagnoux creates a world of chaos and charm through paint and program. By Olivia Estrada



A hip, stylish and environment-friendly boutique hotel in Alabang. Style meets grace in this refreshing boutique hotel ideal for couples and corporate beings who believe that green is the new black. From the moment you enter its bright and spacious lobby, you know you’re in an amazing place. Each room, a product of the relentless pursuit for the best design solutions delivered in a relevant fashion. Azumi's innovative concept goes beyond aesthetics as it utilizes Japanese technology in the construction of its rooms. It uses Daiken Healthy Ceiling and ECOCARAT, a "breathing tile"

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With grain and stains on film, these analogue photographers shoot darling damsels against autumn leaves and golden deserts and beyond. By Janroe Cabiles

Photographer Haylee Barsky owns a raw sort of glamour, allowing her to capture a crawling, bare beauty. By Janroe Cabiles








Eternalizing moods outside of time, Cass Bird visualises elements of reality and surreality. Capturing the voyeurism of daydreams, the photographer snaps the intrigue and abandon of muses and misfits alike. By Janroe Cabiles




Go-sees, castings, and flashing lights are nothing new for Elle Muliarchyk. Leaving the fashion scene for fitting rooms of highend boutiques, the model-turnedphotographer posed her way to her art, snapping self-portraits illicitly all the way to the top. By Pola Beronilla


Photographer Brayden Olson trades in his video cam for a film camera to follow last night’s squanders of the youngins all the way to the Big Apple, compiling a visionary journey that’s true to the spirit of youth. By Kitkat Ramos




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Interpol comes back, strong and bare as a three-piece band with their latest album El Pintor. Guitarist Daniel Kessler, frontman Paul Banks, and drummer Sam Fogarino strip their sound down to a confident aesthetic. By Denise Mallabo


Framing things wild at heart, Cass Bird shoots from the hip and soul. Pointing her lens on a bare-faced Daria Werbowy, wearing nothing but a wolf on her head, the photographer is about to snap with every roll of film.

This old soul has her eyeliner and lipstick game on point— exactly what you’d expect from a model-slash-creative director for a beauty brand.





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veryday, we experience visual stimulation stirred by moving photos that arouse us to create–from Instagram to Pinterest. In our Photo Issue, we have the new breed of photographers flashing on the world of fashion, art, and celebrities. It’s such a pleasure for me to feature photographer Cass Bird. I met her while I was living in LA years ago when she was an upand-coming photographer. Now, she is a major force in the business, working with the likes of The New York Times, Interview, Rolling Stone, i-D Magazine, American Vogue, and British Vogue. She shares with us the kind of people she likes to photograph and the message she conveys in her book, Rewilding. Elle Muliarchyk has taken selfies to another level. This modelturned-photographer spun her “dressing room photo shoots” into a full-fledged career. With the underlying theme of her work being self-empowerment, it’s only fitting she gets to snap the likes of Beyoncé and Lady Gaga. According to New Yorker Brayden Olsen, shooting celebrities should feel the same as shooting your friends. That may be unnerving if you shoot names like A$AP Rocky, Schoolboy Q, Angel Haze, and Dev Haynes a.k.a. Blood Orange. However, it seems that Brayden’s shooting strategy is working so far. In our fashion pages, Koji Arboleda snaps a streetwear-meetsfashion editorial, Michele LoBosco takes us out for a wicked afternoon, and Martina Giachi mixes menswear with psychedelia. We have also gathered photographers Alexandra Valenti, Jon Stars, Emily Knecht, and Sophie Van Der Perre who take us back in time with analog. This issue is a perfect example that we are born to create. And if you follow your instincts, you will not only survive but also thrive.


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ian castañares Life ain’t so still for shutterbug Ian who shot our SWAG (57) before these holiday delights could fly off the shelves. Clothes, beauty products, and accessories; you name it and Ian can make them come alive and definitely covet-worthy. Of course, a magic man such as him can also capture a pretty portrait or two; documenting life in both its static and explosive manifestations.

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shaira luna Shaira claims to be as reliable as her Canon 5D Mark II. “It’s fast, resilient, delivers in any situation, and looks friendly despite being pro.” And we don’t doubt that as she helps us invade a few of Dane Gonzales’ (110) favorite things. As a constant collaborator, Shaira’s always inbetween shoots. “The free time I have is devoted to researching or going to thrift shops for clothes and props.”

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Koji arboleda Hustling for this issue is Koji Arboleda, who was able to put together our take on today’s trends under his lens (30). “You’re able to develop your ideas because of the people you work with.” With a whole team bugging about what to do, he never forgets that a photographer needs a little bit more than his gear. “I always bring my calling cards, friendliness, and a bit of confidence.”

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ake a walk on the wild side with MIISTA’s Wilderness collection. Any of these drool-worthy pairs would likely get your heart pounding, but the hunt for the perfect catch is on. Choose from brogues, cutout boots, and platform sandals in a variety of designs like iridescent, ombre, and even bamboo wood-patterned. Channel your inner queen of the jungle and run wild.


obody is ever gonna rain on your parade with STUTTERHEIM. Defying the worst weather and the heaviest rains, the Swedish label’s latest offering zones in rainwear that is functional, simple, and timeless in style. With these raincoats, you can find yourself singing in the rain while battling the loudest of thunderstorms.






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arry the legacy and be part of the continuing greatness of TIMEX. In celebration of its 160th anniversary, the standard when it comes to watches offers up fresh pieces of the Timex Original 80s, The Waterbury Collection, and The Timex Expedition Shock Range that are ready for next decades ahead.

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modern classics 2511 Voyage Top . White 2509 Journey Flare Skirt . Celestial

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orget Adam; get with MAURIE & EVE instead. Built around sharply cut dresses, midi skirts, crop tops, culottes, and jeans, the Australian brand’s collection plays around with a neutral palette of gray, black, white, and navy. A few eye-poppers in pale pastels and subtle watercolor prints will make you give in to temptation. - 13

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all into some real shit with 10.DEEP. Established in 1995 by New Yorker Scott Sasso, the brand was born out of love for the culture that brought us hip-hop, punk, skating, and graffiti. With the simple philosophy of individuality, the collection offers bomber jackets, polo shirts, sweaters, and jersey shirts in floral, checkered patterns, stripes, and bold colors with minimalistic prints.

rop the monkey business and get with MOOKEE BY YUSKE. The brainchild of Japanese-born, Long Beach native Yuske Kamiya, the brand’s newest collection serves the same staples of long sleeve tees, sweaters, baseball tees, drop-crotch sweatpants, Steteko pants, T-shirts with badges, bucket hats, and 5-panel caps, but in a uniform, military green and white color palette.

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dd a jolt of attitude to your wardrobe with EMMA MULHOLLAND. The set mixes style elements from different eras like tie-dyes, retro graphics, punk rock accessories, and brightly colored hair. With an assortment of pants, shirts, skirts, jumpers, and dresses, the Risqué Business collection packs a punch with its vivid colors and eccentric prints.

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arrying the spirit of Japanese bike culture into the restless city of New York, CHARI & CO recreates the street scene with casual apparel that is made for the man who is always on the move. Suitable for any weather, these pullovers, jackets, and oxford shirts will make you the city’s next conqueror—with due class and comfort.


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aving their HQ in Fairfax Ave. in LA, DOPE’s clothing boasts of luxury lifestyle and street culture. With a polished street style look gearing towards the direction of high fashion inspired by streetwear, the brand’s latest collection highlights the blacks, grays, and whites with an introduction of a volt yellow color to make things pop.


ake the lead role with CAMEO THE LABEL. Playing around peplum cuts, geometric patterns, and playful prints, Objects offers a fresh and modern take on pantsuits, dresses, and skirts. As the brainchild of designer Siham Elmawey, the label is all about keeping up with the youth-obsessed fashion scene and recreates throwback pieces, proving that the Land Down Under is ahead of the style game.




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ake a ride with JEFFREY ROGADOR’s JPNY and get a glimpse of his colorful hometown. Inscribed with Manila’s famous street names in graffiti form, his latest pieces of oversized tees, pullovers, button-downs, bomber jackets, pencil skirts, and trousers made in neoprene, wool, and heat-pressed treatment are inspired by the city’s most popular mode of transportation. Wear it day or night, this’ll definitely put you on the map. Jeffrey-SS15.indd 7

ufferin’ succotash! Your childhood favorites make a comeback as LAZY OAF collaborates with Loony Tunes for the second time. Comprised of oversized shirts, sweaters, dresses, and accessories in black, white, and gray with sudden pops of denim and pastel, the playful pieces of That’s All Folks are sure to bring you to a trip down memory lane.

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t’s a play on contradictions with PETALS AND PEACOCKS. The California-based label veers away from sweets and takes over the streets with graphic T-shirts, sweaters, and beanies. Pieces like the “Budlife Mesh Tee,” “Just Kidding Sweatshirt,” and the “‘Bout It ‘Bout It Crop Hoodie” inject both fun and a certain disregard for the norm that are sure to make you a daring darling.

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*ck the hype and hit the pavement in statement street couture with BLACK KAVIAR. Mixing high fashion and urban aesthetics, the European-based brand interprets contemporary style on cityscape staples with grunge and glamor. Their new collection offers oversized silhouettes with monochromatic baseball jerseys, sleeveless jackets, patched leather sweatshirts, printed T-shirts, caps, and bonnets.

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ive the side eye with some style. Let CRAP EYEWEAR help you with that. Including quirky names like “The Diamond Brunch,” “The Human Fly,” “The Nudie Mag,” and “The TV Eye,” their designs of oddly shaped frames, subtle metal detailing, and prints with an array of lens colors let you know that Crap Eyewear is anything but.

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evel in a night’s tale with SF-based label SAV NOIR. Born out of the nightly hustle and its hustlers, La Nuit consists of clean and crisp button-downs, pullovers, bomber jackets, hooded cloaks, jogger pants, and trousers in black and white prints of polka dot and zigzag patterns. From dusk ‘til dawn, Sav Noir has everything you need for the savage night.


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ring a sense of wonder into the everyday reality with jewelry from STOCKTON ROW. Carefully crafted necklaces, bracelets, and rings lend an enchanting aura that ensure you won’t be just another person in the ranks. Use them to stand out or to blend into a different story, either way, these pieces will morph to your desire.


K brand NATIVE YOUTH wants you to embrace your eccentricity, but definitely in a good way. Made with a casual style of bold designs, this Manchester-born brand’s latest pieces of acid washed jerseys, worker denim, alcapa knits, and bomber jackets remain refined despite the laidback vibe.


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ounded by skateboarder Jimmy Gorecki, LA-based label JIMMYXSWEATS is every man’s dream underpants, whether they admit it or not. Stylish enough to be worn anywhere and anytime, run, skate, and chill in these sweats as they are built to withstand any athletic workout, but with its non-traditional colors.




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prinkle a dash of THE WHITE PEPPER in your closet and Fry Up your wardrobe. Inspired by the components of a traditional English breakfast, feast your eyes on the brand’s playful collection of pieces like honeycomb-shaped bags, bean-embroidered suits, and egg-printed dresses in orange and mustard hues over a color palette of beige, ivory, and navy. It doesn’t only sound good, it looks good too. - 17





ature meets culture at 25HOURS HOTEL BIKINI BERLIN. Amid the monuments of Germany’s past, the hotel bustles with life and modern aesthetics featuring pops of color through hammocks, pastel tiles, and plants settled in every corner. Touted as an urban oasis, the hotel boasts of delights only available when the urban jungle takes cue from organic aesthetics. Take in the pleasures of nearby hotspots such as the shopping district of Kurfürstendamm, Tiergarten, and the Berlin Zoo while dining in their rooftop bar and restaurant that provides a wide-open design and a 360° view. Meanwhile, the great indoors also invite you stay in with a café and bakery, spa, and reading kiosks, providing a getaway in the middle of the city.




he authority when it comes to authentic ramen, IPPUDO houses the essentials of Japanese cuisine that translates to international acclaim. Savor their famous ramen such as the Shiromaru Motoaji and the Karaka-Men along with different side dishes, all of which are at par with the standard only the restaurant can call its own. As it is located in the heart of busiest centers of the metro and in tribute to it’s global identity, Ippudo merges traditional aesthetics with a clean and modern approach in their large wooden tables, classic Japanese decor, and ambient lighting to create an atmosphere that holds a comfortable dining experience and captures the excitement inherent in Japanese culture.

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JAPANESE EXPRESS IPPUDO’s offerings may be straight to the point, but they’ll take your taste buds on an unforgettable ride.

SHIROMARU MOTOAJI Classic Hakata style ramen, pork broth, bean sprouts, and spring onions

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UNAGI ON RICE Grilled unagi atop shredded egg and unagiflavored rice

IPPUDO PORK BUN Juicy pork belly within a steamed bun and Ippudo’s original sauce

OROSHI PONZU GYOZA Pan-fried dumplings served with white radish, spring onions, and ponzu sauce

KARAKA-MEN Tonkatsu broth, miso paste, garlic oil, noodles, pork belly, kikurage, spring onions, and nori

Words by Olivia Estrada, 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin is a member of Design Hotels™, SUITE photos courtesy of Design Hotels™ Ippudo photos by Olivia Estrada and Rosario Herrera

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happy socks, stockholm Mäster Samuelsgatan 9, 111 44 Stockholm, Sweden Dime to Drop: P380-P20,000 (SEK65-SEK3,250) Don’t leave the store without: Limited edition socks from collaborations with Snoop Dogg and Paris Saint-Germain


ooks like the sock market is booming! Located at the most popular shopping district in Stockholm is the first ever HAPPY SOCKS flagship store. The modern, all-white space perfectly builds a contrast that compliments their vibrant socks in a collection of creative designs; the sunny vibe will definitely make you want to come back for more. It’s no mystery why they’ve begun expanding more branches in different parts of the globe like Tokyo, Melbourne, Paris, Hong Kong, Barcelona, and New York. Not to be fooled by the name, aside from socks, they also produce underwear and other items like mugs, notebooks, laptop bags, and wallets–each as visually exciting as the next. Despite not having garments on their lineup, they keep you hooked with collaborations with popular names like Opening Ceremony, Keds, Mike Snow, Paris Saint-Germain, Minecraft, and even David LaChapelle. They will never cease to amaze, so might as well sock it all in.

the want apothecary, montreal 4960 Sherbrooke St W, Westmount, Quebec, Canada Dime to Drop: P1,200–P65,000 (CAD29–CAD1,600) Don’t leave the store without: Leather pieces in cool gray hues from WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie’s Shades of Grey collection


tep into a time warp with THE WANT APOTHECARY in Montreal. Inspired by the distinctive 19th century pharmacy, the store is surrounded by aged herringbone floors, smoked bulb chandeliers, custom-made dark oak counters, and classic materials like American walnut, Bianco Carrara marble, and brushed copper, which emulates timelessness with a modern interpretation of the past. Adding to its charm is its location in between a row of coffee shops, florists, and local boutiques in Sherbrook Street West. Shoppers are sure to get the full experience as they provide personalized customer service to guide you through their countless products ranging from clothing, beauty essentials, and even home décor. Carrying rare finds from widely desired fashion brands like Acne Studios, Filippa K, Nudie Jeans Co., Arc’teryx Veilance, Maison Kitsuné, and WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie, as well as beauty and body care products from Aesop and Astier de Villatte, we guarantee you’ll get addicted. We know that’s what you want.

solestruck ree your life from ugly shoes with SOLESTRUCK. This retail shoe store scouts new, emerging brands around the world. Featuring unique pieces from powerhouse names like Jeremy Scott, Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs, and Jeffrey Campbell, and collaborations of their own in-house brand with the likes of Lovemade, Thom Solo, and Black Milk Clothing, they’re definitely the anti-drug for the shoe addicted. - 19

Words by Jill de Leon





TIC K ET INTO THE WOODS Stirring up a world from the Brothers Grimm, Rob Marshall directs an all-star cast telling the tale of a baker and his wife as they conquer the witch who cursed them.

ANNIE Reviving the 1977 musical, Quvenzhané Wallis plays the role of Annie, a poor orphan who escapes the orphanage and into the life of mayoral candidate Will Stacks, played by Jamie Foxx.

BREATHLESS (1960) I feel a little corny picking another classic, but I guess they are classics for a reason.


RAGING BULL (1980) This movie is perfect. It’s an obvious choice, but I love it. And I was named after this film’s protagonist, Jake La Motta.

BIG EYES Directed by Tim Burton, the film follows the accounts of famed artist Margaret Keane and her husband Walter as they fight over the rights of her phenomenal bigeyed paintings.

THE GAMBLER A remake of the 1974 film of the same name, professor Jim Bennet (Mark Wahlberg) walks the line of a high-risk job with a gangster and a relationship with his student, Amy (Brie Larson).

BETTY BLUE (1986) It blew me away. Jean-Jeacques Beineix tells a tragic love story with beautiful, bright colors and incredible style.

PARIS, TEXAS (1984) Wim Wendor’s masterpiece has a unique and slow pace, but it never feels boring for a second. It’s both magical and realistic.

SHAMPOO (1975) Hal Ashby is one of my heroes, and probably underrated as well. Plus, Warren Beatty is amazing in the film.


A MOST VIOLENT YEAR Set in New York City in 1981, the drama sees an immigrant (Oscar Isaac) and his wife (Jessica Chastain) protecting their family and business during the city’s peak of crime.

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GIRLFRIENDS’ GUIDE TO DIVORCE (BRAVO) Based on Vicki Iovine’s book series entitled Girlfriends’ Guide, Lisa Edelstein plays Abby, a self-help book author who is secretly dealing with a separation from her husband. While adapting to the single life in her 40s, she turns to divorced friends Lyla (Janeane Garofalo) and Phoebe (Beau Garrett), leading to a lot of changes.

TOY STORY THAT TIME FORGOT (ABC) The original cast from Disney Pixar’s Toy Story series comes back for a Christmasthemed special, including Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, and Wallace Shawn. Centering on another adventure taking place after the Christmas season, the toys meet a set of action figures who turn out to be dangerous and delusional.

MARCO POLO (NETFLIX) Created by John Fusco and produced by The Weinstein Company, this drama series follows Marco Polo (Lorenzo Richelmy) and his adventures to Kublai Khan’s court (Benedict Wong). Set in 13th century China, the famous explorer meets love interest Kokachin (Zhu Zhu) while navigating the world at a time of sexual intrigue and manipulation.

Words by Janroe Cabiles Jake Hoffman photo by Brayden Olson

WILD With a screenplay written by Nick Hornby, Jean-Marc Vallée retells the story of Cheryl Strayed based on her memoir, From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail.




HOT O F F THE P RESS STEPHEN SHORE: SURVEY By Stephen Shore, Marta Dahó, Sandra Phillips, and Horacio Fernandez Stephen Shore has been one of the most influential contemporary photographers to appear on the landscape in recent years. With this catalogue and examination of his work from 1969 to 2013, from Warhol’s Factory to his pioneering color photographs, his impact on modern photography is examined, as are “the complex ideas behind his deceptively simple photographs.”

PHOTOGRAPHERS’ SKETCHBOOKS By Stephen McLaren and Bryan Formhals This visually appealing mix of hero worship and mild voyeurism comes in the form of glimpses into 43 photographers’ sketchbooks, detailing their experiments, work methods, and thought processes. It’s not all just notes and references though–from blogs to Instagram, old-fashioned prints and contact sheets, they’ve also navigated the new terrain of current technology. This is a peek at photography in its newest form.

F*CK Y*U By Rankin Portrait and fashion photographer Rankin proves that he gives a fuck with his latest photobook. Friendly faces flipping the bird include Robert Downey Jr., Heidi Klum, The Rolling Stones, Rihanna, and Keira Knightley looking cheeky. His reasoning behind capturing all the one finger salutes? “It can mean so many different things, yet it still has that feeling you are on the edge.”



n ambitious project that aims to make us reexamine human contact in a diverse society, Richard Renaldi asks complete strangers to touch each other with the intimacy we usually reserve for friends and loved ones. It sounds simple enough, but the portraits that result provide an insight into personal space, comfort levels, and what it exactly means to be close enough to touch someone:

“It brings us a reconsideration of the mystery of touch. Of the five traditional senses, touch is the only one that is reflexive: one can look without being seen and hear without being heard, but to touch is to be touched.”

“A photograph is nothing but a surface, but there are ineffable truths in the way things look; how things seem can be more startling than how they are. As Oscar Wilde wrote, ‘It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances. The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.’”

Words by Carla Hutchinson

F OOT N OTES Give the people what they want: Richard Renaldi’s Touching Strangers raised over nine times its Kickstarter goal. You can also be a part of the project by tagging #TouchingStrangers.

Stephen Shore’s work was accepted into the Museum of Modern Art when he was 14, and he partied with the likes of Andy Warhol, Edie Sedgwick, and Nico. He’s kind of a big deal.

Rankin has photographed The Queen, Michael Jackson, Kate Moss, Jay-Z, and Scarlett Johansson, among many others. His portfolio is basically everyone who don’t need to give a fuck. - 21



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SHEPPARD Jay Bovino (Guitarist)

“Finder” Ninetoes It’s refreshing to hear subtle and melodic deep house like this.

“Deep Inside” Hardrive From its beats, bassline, melody, and catchy lyrics, this song sets itself apart from everything else.

“Baby Baby” Tropkillaz This song is from a vinyl and remixed. way to bring old music!

“Like That” Memphis Bleek I love how they sampled an old school record song intro and made it into an awesome hook.

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“Open” Rhye I’ve listened to it so many times, but it’s hard to get tired of it. It’s a beautiful song.

“Not Strange Winged Snail” Candy Claws It has a really dreamy atmosphere, and their voices are almost like an instrument.

“Palette” Tielsie It’s kind of crazy, it samples a Christmas Justin Bieber song that I remixed once, so that stood out.

“Bo Peep” Shlohmo and Jeremih It’s a cool collaboration. It’s not a guilty pleasure, just a pleasure. It’s so well done, one of the best.

“Guts Over Fear” Eminem feat. Sia I love the journey he’s been on. I think there’s a really powerful message in this song for any kid with a dream.

“True Love” Coldplay A really beautiful song off their latest record. Love the lyrics and emotion that Chris pours into this one.

“Sense” Tom Odell Tom has been my favorite discovery of the last year and I’ve had this song on repeat ever since.

“Habits (Stay High)” Tove Lo This song hooked me from the first listen. Really catchy melody and cool beat!

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BELLE AND SEBASTIAN lets us know that they aren’t feeling sinister because Girls In Peacetime Want to Dance. In their first album in four years, the wistful pop septuplet keep “The Everlasting Muse” going.

Long-lived hip-hop collective WU-TANG CLAN is looking forward to A Better Tomorrow with the release of their longawaited reunion studio album. It’s Wu-Tang Forever so you better “Keep Watch.”

‘90s mainstays THE SMASHING PUMPKINS are building Monuments to an Elegy with a new album featuring Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee on drums in every song. Here’s hoping the new line-up makes sense to “One and All.”


Head out for some fun down under at the annual Southbound Music Festival in Busselton, Western Australia, featuring Cold War Kids, Alt-J, Tycho, and Temper Trap. This music and camping festival brings its good vibes on January 3-4.


If you close your eyes, you might miss indie rock breakouts Bastille live in Manila for their Bad Blood tour. Be an optimist and catch them singing crowd favorites “Pompeii” and “Of the Night” at the World Trade Center on January 5.

It’s almost Grammy season! This year, nominations are being announced with a twist: at the end of a fullon TV Christmas special, A Very GRAMMY Christmas, with performances from Pharell, Ariana Grande, and Maroon 5 on December 5.

AC/DC declares that it’s Rock or Bust in their first album without retired founding member Malcolm Young. While it may be “Hard Times” for the band, we’re sure they’ll “Rock the Blues Away” in their “Baptism by Fire.”

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With an angelic face paired with a razor-edge style, model/blogger JENNIFER HUMPHREY paves her own path in the fashion industry. By Janroe Cabiles

to sing her favorite songs in each of her blog posts. “My five favorite bands are The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Smashing Pumpkins, Fleetwood Mac, and Nine Inch Nails. But then I would have to add a sixth slot and put in Aerosmith!”

MOOD RING I would say my style philosophy is

effortless minimalism. I like to make sure I’m wearing the clothes and they aren’t wearing me. I need to be super comfortable in what I’m wearing. Everyday is different, though. I tend to dress to my mood as well.


ince I can remember, I have always wanted to be a model,” Jen recalls. “I grew up with my older cousin who was a model traveling everywhere. At that time, I wanted to be just like her. She guided me through the whole agency thing, then it just took off.” Since then, her sultry gaze, stunning body, and sweet persona led her to work with brands such as Urban Decay, Reformation, Old Navy, Vans, Tavik Swimwear, and Levi’s. “One of my favorite brands I have worked for is Levi’s. Working with a classic brand that never goes out of style was a big deal because I have always loved their vibe.” What with modeling and hosting for Nylon TV, Jen’s passion for style no longer allowed her to remain a canvas—she soon made fashion her muse. “Fashion became very important to me,” she shares. “I’m not sure how that came about—maybe from reading magazines. I knew I wanted to be in them, so I started to dress the part.” In 2013, she launched her own site AGOGO, acting as a blog as well as a shop straight from her closet. With a platform to show off her chic, edgy, rock & roller style, not only does she get to prance around the world in her leather jacket, but she also gets

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PENNY LANE I started my blog as a creative outlet to share my style. My best friend Christina is the one who showed me how to start one. My blog is heavily influenced by music. Listening to music always inspires me. My mind just drifts off and I start dreaming, which brings a whole other world of all these images going through my mind. And when something really great comes along, I write it down.

CITY SCAPES I absolutely love to travel. So far,

I’ve been to Greece, Sydney, Tokyo, Fiji, Brazil, and Mexico. I absolutely fell in love with Thailand, their way life there where it’s so relaxed, their beautiful beaches, and the warm water that you never want to get out of. In Brazil, I went to Rio and São Paulo, and the energy there is beautiful. But my favorite city of all is Paris! I literally tried to purposefully miss our flight back home, but my friend was on to me.

BRANDED FOR LIFE I have four tattoos. I have a scorpion

and a serpent twisted in the shape of a heart. I got my third and fourth the same day. The inside of my lip reads “Amor Vita.” I was really into the movie Boondock Saints and loved how they had original Latin tattooed on them. My last one is on the inside of my right ring finger. It’s a heart with the letter “S” in it for my Grandma, who was my everything. @Jen_Agogo

UP IN THE AIR Australian band SHEPPARD has been killing it on the airwaves, putting out their feel-good tunes and touring across continents. We got to gab with guitarist and songwriter Jay Bovino, one of the six-member ensemble, to find out where all this is heading. By Carla Hutchinson


rom Haim to Hanson, Kings of Leon to Van Halen, it seems that brother and sister acts have always been a good recipe for musical gold. Following their footsteps in sibling revelry is Brisbane-based indie pop band Sheppard, whose steadily meteoric rise began in the shower–sort of. When lead singer Amy Sheppard needed a vocalist to sing harmonies with for a school assignment, she heard brother George singing in the shower, eventually ending up with Sheppard, the duo. Bringing Jay Bovino into the fold, the band continued to grow, recruiting third Sheppard sibling Emma on bass, Michael Butler on guitars, and Dean Gordon on drums. Spending the last few months on a whirlwind tour to promote their debut album, Bombs Away, the gang has been kept busy performing onstage while their earworm single “Geronimo” has been topping the charts in Australia, New Zealand, and Italy. “Going number one on the Australian ARIA charts and being

the first independent band to ever do that was definitely an I-can’t-believe-that-happened moment,” Jay enthuses. “It’ll be something we’ll never fully comprehend.” When asked what their most memorable show is as of yet, he’s got a ready answer too. “We will never forget a show we played in Portland in December 2012. Portland was the first city in the world to start playing our music,” says Jay. “They invited us over to take part in a festival called A December to Remember. It was the first time we played to a sold-out venue and have people sing our songs back to us!” Describing their sound as “pop music with a twist,” Jay was one of the early members of the band, and is also one of the primary songwriters. He, George, and Amy wrote and recorded a few tracks together and formed the rest of the band after realizing they had something that could work. This approach to songwriting is something they’ve kept up,

“There isn’t much pop music around these days, written and played live by the band’s members. I think that plays a part in [our] appeal.” leading to a very collaborative environment. “A song will generally begin with a chord progression and then the three writers have a ‘melody jam’. When we all get excited by something, we run with it,” he explains. “Then we’ll all contribute lyrics depending on the mood and feel of the chords and melody. From that point, we usually record our own demo of how we want the song to sound. The next step is taking that demo to our producer who helps us finalize and perfect our vision.” The enthusiastic, energetic, and infectious sound has become a trademark of the band, where it is complemented by fun music videos and animated live performances. “There isn’t much pop music around these days, written and played live by the band’s members,” muses Jay. “I think that plays a part in the band’s appeal. It’s something different; it’s fun, catchy, energetic, and upbeat. There’s not a lot of that these days, at least, not being performed by a band.”

Playing their instruments live adds to the sort of do-ityourself sensibility that the band loves—they even created their own record company, Empire of Song, in order to keep as much creative control as they possibly could. “I guess we are indiepop,” laughs Jay. “Because we’re independent and we play pop music. It’s indie in its truest sense. But we like to call it alternative pop.” The lightheartedness and positivity of the band and their music are a welcome addition to the current music landscape, and their fans are definitely letting them know it. Having toured in Thailand, India, South Africa, and Ireland, they’ve proved that they’ve got appeal everywhere. “Amazing places! These were so different to what we know back home,” shares Jay. “It’s great to travel and see how music affects other cultures of the world.” @wearesheppard - 67



watch the throne Self-professed producer and beatmaker CRWN is taking the night scene into a trance as he cuts through his favorite genres to make his own smooth blend. By Olivia Estrada Photographed by Art Alera


o say that something is of the future evokes the idea of speed, hyperactivity, and even alienation. King Puentespina, under his moniker, CRWN, would have to disagree with this, however. Cutting sexy saxophone numbers with electronic dance music, he lifts the slow-burn vocals of sirens Olympia and Jess Connelly to set them onto an old-school R&B flow. Maybe it’s only possible nowadays, but it’s the artist’s ode to the throwback. He cites how his childhood memories in the car, listening to CDs of Nelly and Erykah Badu heavily influence his sound. In the clutter of EDM masters, mixtapes, and superstar hip-hop collaborations, King admits that going back to where it all began is quite refreshing. For him, it’s about remembering the best of the past and enhancing it with the excitement of tomorrow, talking about how different software technologies are available to create his unique blend of EDM, Motown, hip-hop, and R&B. That and, as with every budding musical genius, the ability to master a wide array of influences and styles through discipline. “Keep practicing,” shares the artist to those who want to make it in the scene. “Sometimes, it takes me half a year to

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perfect a track,” showing how he takes his work seriously. He goes on to lay down how a music producer should be in all of this mess. “Someone who has that individuality into whatever he or she is putting out. Tracks should stand out on its own and carry what you want to achieve and send out that message.” As hypnotic as the electronic synths blend with sensual vocal chops, King lets the music take over to find the rare gems that only he can mine. “I zone out and focus on the craft. I like going off the grid and become a hermit when I make something new,” describes King of his musical process. He also crosses over from the audible quality of his works to visual aspirations. “There was a time when I would match my music with a movie and try to translate it into a track,” says King as he cites movies like 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Shining. A departure from his usual gig as a drummer for the indie rock band, She’s Only Sixteen, CRWN serves as a freedom that King doesn’t want to limit just

yet. As music reviews struggle to define this in-between, neither here nor there music, he doesn’t want to stress about it. He explains, “I don’t know where CRWN is going, but it is growing. It’s fun and I’m more liberated with what I want in my head.” Furthermore, his music invites the audience not only to listen but to also trust King that wherever he is going, it’s bound to be somewhere good. “I just want people who listen to me to see where it goes. I don’t want to put labels on it yet as I have a long way to go. I just want people want to go on with a journey with me and celebrate.” And he’s already envisioned the prize that’s waiting for him at the end of his mission saying, “I will have a yacht. I will a have a big party on it and perform there.” @thatsokayking

“I don’t know where CRWN is going, but it is growing. It’s fun and I’m more liberated with what I want in my head.”


portland trailblazers Though Oregon-based trio GREYLAG takes after their feathered moniker, they have been spearheading a fresh brand of folk music. Avoiding the clichés of the genre, they sift through both modern and classic influences of blues and rock & roll. If you still haven’t heard of this band, it’s about time to meet the folkers. By Pola Beronilla Photographed by Chloe Aftel


ike a wild goose on the loose, Greylag has been changing the game in the folk scene. Consisting of vocalist and acoustic guitar player Andrew Stonestreet, lead guitarist Daniel Dixon, and drummer Brady Swan, the Portland natives have finally released a selftitled album–two years after their debut EP, The Only Way To Kill You. “I don’t think there was a specific catalyst that moved things ahead,” recalls Andrew. “We wanted to put out new music for a while, but we divdn’t want to rush it just to release anything. But we were always working on new music—we always are.” Currently signed under Dead Oceans, the trio had to swim against the tide before catching the right wave. “All the pieces [for the record] had to be strong, and we needed to feel collectively satisfied with the songs before moving forward,”

says the guitarist. “Once we felt like we had that, we started planning to record. Soon after that, we met Phil Ek, and things moved pretty quickly.” And it’s no surprise that Phil Ek, the producer extraordinaire who has worked with bands such as Modest Mouse, Band of Horses, Fleet Foxes, and The Shins, played a vital role in the direction of their sound. However, the core of their music still runs in the blood of the three. “This latest record is much more of a collective voicing of the music than our previous release. There were pieces from our EP, but we were new and still figuring out how to interact during that time,” Andrew explains. “This album is much more cohesive for us in a sense that we grew together after the EP and became a band, instead of just musicians playing together.” Dipping their toes in early ‘70s folk rock reminiscent of Crosby, Stills, and Nash & Young,

they create classic guitarpowered blues and harmonic comforts of today’s indie rock scene. But unlike every other music acts who tirelessly avoid the classification, Greylag isn’t afraid to categorize themselves to the popular genre. “We all listen to a lot of different kinds of music, and it all goes into the creative pot as we’re writing and recording. [Our sound is] obviously folk music inspired by some blues and rock & roll—but ultimately, it’s pop.” From the rustic charm of “Another” to the darkly melodic riffs of “Yours To Shake,” their latest offering strays away from your usual dose of the upbeat, hand-clapping, banjo-driven folk music. However, their flair for folk goes beyond the bold instrumentation. “This album has a lot to do with being in your 20s and dealing with the success and failure of things happening to and around you as you try to forge a path

for ourselves,” expands the vocalist. “Sometimes, you try and escape things, sometimes you just can’t.” Moving past the existential crisis, the band is satisfied with the reception of their record and has taken it in as fuel. “There’s more going on now than there ever has been, and that feels really good. It also calls for more focus and work from us, which balances any ‘hype‘ coming through,” says Andrew. “There are some days wherein we take in everything that’s happening and convert it into excitement and momentum. But there are other days when we feel the pressure to stay on top of it all. I think everything coming through flows into one stream for us though—and it’s the same stream it’s always been—to keep making great and better music.” @GreylagMusic

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space and sound Future pop singer-songwriter GEORGE MAPLE combines the ethereal with the visceral to create a sound experience that lifts you out of the present. Catching up with the artist over coffee, she talks to us about her inspirations and “a place to escape from the judgement of my own thoughts.” By Olivia Estrada Photographed by Sylve Colless


morning Americano somewhere in East London is perhaps the only rest Jess Higgs gets nowadays amid playing shows in the US, UK, and Australia, making music with the likes of Disclosure and Flume, and letting her EP, Vacant Space, take her where it will. But you wouldn’t easily find Jess if you look for her, unless it’s under her stage name George Maple—the persona she crafted to become a musician. “I guess when I developed the project and the name, I wanted to have a place I could be completely free creatively,” she explains. More than just an act, George Maple is a collective of influences. “I didn’t have a specific character. It was more of a space I wanted to develop, like a room littered with inspiration. It’s funny to look back on that because I feel like I’m transitioning into a different place now. I’ve been finding inspiration in

more powerful forms: more overt imagery, less fragility—which I think reflects where I’m at creatively.” As George looks back at the past few months that followed the release of her single, “Uphill”, along with a handful of songs, her once abstract concepts become real. The intricacies of George Maple’s world begin with stripped down club beats enough to forgo manic, heart-skipping tendencies, but not too much to discourage sensual dance moves. Next is George’s sexy voice that flows through the rhythm and carries you away to the emotions within the song, from the desire-fueled “Fixed” to the flirty “Talk Talk” that goes “But if you don’t want to hold me / Maybe I could change your mind / ‘Cause I’m waiting, hesitating / And there’s not a waste to leave you/But I only ask for you / As you move your body next to me / There’s so much more to lose.” However, George has yet to set

how she’d like to characterize her music, as Vacant Space is a placeholder for what’s coming next. “I think this body of work and the past singles and features have all been written from a similar place. I was exploring a particular part of my voice and honing my skills as a singer and songwriter. I was traveling a lot, living in London for most of the time and hanging around a lot of producers, so they just kind of ended up that way I guess,” she explains. “I never set out to make a song sound ‘George Maple,’ but there’s definitely a similar energy in the ones that make the cut. I’m excited about expanding the breadth of the GM sound.” George finds more than just a world of exploration with her sound and is certain that there are a lot more territories to be charted. In the course of her musical journey, she has met with people such as Toro Y Moi, Flume, and Flight Facilities and

sees working with these people as something more than just accomplishments. “Collaboration is such a huge part of my life. Those relationships are really special to me. I only work with people I get along with because I literally spend 95% of my life in the studio and on the road or stage.” As George Maple conquers the unknown in the music scene, she offers us the ultimate refuge. “I remember when I was sad or feeling vulnerable as a kid, I would listen to music to find comfort. I used music as an escape, something that was reliable and would never let me down. Now, I try to make music for the listener to escape to.” @georgemaple_x

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After their sugary synthpop jam “All of the People” assembled an expanding audience, PANAMA WEDDING now basks in the breeze of the summer release of their debut EP. Fresh from their November tour with fellow indie bands Smallpools and Magic Man, vocalist Peter Kirk talks to us about the band’s hit singles and candy-coated reviews. By Kitkat Ramos Photographed by Shervin Lainez


s they go from tour to tour with acclaimed indie bands like The Griswolds, HAERTS, and Kodaline, it’s strange to think that it all started in Long Island’s Oyster Bay, where the young pianist Peter Kirk practiced the classics while dabbling and experimenting with other sounds, creating bedroom records with and for his friends. When he moved to Manhattan, he continued to write songs and record them over his own blend of sound–until he was finally discovered by Brooklynbased manager Seth Kallen. As for the story of how the band got together, Peter tells us, “Jared is a friend of mine and we’ve played around NYC in small venues for a few years. Naturally, when I started Panama Wedding, he was my first choice. Brett came through a mutual friend of our producer Andrew Maury. And Kenny came from Ra Ra Riot, who are also friends of ours.” Founded by friendship, the band grew to include Jared McCarthy (guitar and vocals), Brett Spigelman (bass), and

Kenny Bernard (drums), forming a well-rounded sound over the chipper vocals of Peter’s lyrics. As they continue to collaborate and help each other under the direction of Peter and their producer, out comes their first EP, Parallel Play. “I write everyday at the piano. Eventually, when I finish a demo, I’ll work on it with my coproducer Andrew Maury.” While the two master the track, the band contributes great ideas for the EP. “There are a few guitar lines that Jared came up with in ‘Trust’ and ‘Feels Like Summer,’” shares Peter. “I saved a little bit of money / I put it in a vault / hidden behind the face on the red room wall / I took everything I wanted / I took everything I need / All in a day / Or maybe they just want me to leave,” goes the catchy breakthrough single, “All of the People,” garnering more than 900,000 plays on their Soundcloud. “This was definitely inspired by being in a crowded city during the hot summer–and all of the feelings that come with wanting to leave it,” Peter says of the summer anthem, transferring memories of heat in concrete and the desire to escape from it under every line and sound of the pop track.

Carrying on the idea of summer in the city, “Pass the public school in an early evening pick-up run / West Astoria Boulevard / Uma says it’s funny how memories, fade like setting suns / Quietly shaping who we are,” sings Peter in the first track off their latest EP, “Uma.” “[It’s] more mysterious [than ‘All of the People’], but it’s inspired by fictionalized elements of NYC,” says Peter, with the lyrics drawing out excerpts of moments and even mundane existence of people in the ever-changing climes of the stone-hard city. Catching the attention of The Guardian, they were proclaimed “Vampire Weekend coated in candy.” Peter quips, “I thought that was pretty funny. Vampire Weekend is great. I’m not sure if we sound much like them or not. But hey, we could do worse! And I like candy too.” Parallel Play’s tunes harkens to ‘80s pop that’s sweet to the ears, travels down the body to the toes, and stays until it burns out in movement. Whether they’re a match for Vampire Weekend or not, it doesn’t really matter– their catchy tones and riffs are enough to sustain warmth in the season’s dropping temps. @panama_wedding - 71


into the wild With beats that ooze serendipity, the enigmatic-electronic producer SLOW MAGIC ignites the thrill for wanderlust and new beginnings with his follow-up release, How To Run Away. By Nicole Nequinto Interview by Carla Hutchinson


magine a starlit horizon filled with endless possibilities and distant friendships calling out to be made. It’s a voice coming from both the inside and all around you, transmitted by the mysterious zebra-masked music producer Slow Magic. What began as a DIY bedroom project blossomed into material that allows showgoers to bask in the fresh, dance music engineered by the producer. While many have fired shots at electronica producers for flicking knobs and pushing buttons, Slow Magic has found a way to blast back with the bright lights of his psychedelic zebra mask and his fired-up, live drum accompaniment. After his first self-released album, Triangle, Slow Magic teamed up with Downtown Records to drop How to Run Away. “I wanted to make a record that was obviously about running away in a lot of different ways. About going somewhere, escaping something–away from home, something bad, or somewhere to go and follow your dreams.” He goes on, “And it’s a bit of an autobiography about my latest years.” The past few years have been full of touring and musical growth with various electronic acts like Gold Panda and XXYYXX, helping Slow Magic gain quite a number of followers in the process. As his latest US headlining tour with Kodak to Graph and Dactyl comes to a close, Slow Magic is already prepping for his next set of gigs in Europe. “The last show was in Seattle and it was sold

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out. It was really fun. It was a nice venue and everything seemed to work out.” When asked about his favourite tour moment, he says, “It’s hard to pick just one because a lot of times, I feel really lucky to play. The people are really nice and dancing, and that’s cool.” His fans are sure to share the sentiment as they’re treated not only to his cosmic, feel-good rhythms but to a fantastical show pulled off all while in a neon-colored zebra mask made by his good friend, artist Jonas McCluggage. The inspiration for the mask grew out of Slow Magic’s visions of playful imaginary friends saying, “I like the idea that

we all have an imaginary friend who’s showing us his music full of magic and you don’t really know where it’s from or who it is.” “It’s fun to get to use the mask onstage to maybe go a little crazier than I would if I was standing up there with my face. But I think it’s also helpful to take my face out of the project so I can let it be just what it is instead of about me.” Though the mask began as a painted cardboard fury, like its wearer, it has grown into its own being lined with brightly colored lights. We don’t know much about this mysterious producer other than his feel-good, atmospheric tunes and that’s just the way

he intends it to be. And as he hides behind neon colors, he allows his music to stand on its own even with minimal lyrics. “I think that even an instrumental song can have a strong message. It’s more open to interpretation,” he reflects. “Usually, I find that when I’m listening to post-rock or piano music, I think there can be a deep message in there. Even I enjoy a lot of lyrics, but I think it’s fun to try to make music speak for itself.” @slowwwmagic

“I like the idea that we all have an imaginary friend who’s showing us his music that’s full of magic and you don’t really know where it’s from or who it is.”


LICENSE TO SPEED Life’s a race and photographer KATE OWEN is bouncing her way to the finish line. Fueled by the hustle of New York, Los Angeles, and London, from the catwalk to the circuit track, she claims, “I’m not very good at choreography. I’m just shaking what I got.” By Olivia Estrada


hy stop for a moment when monumental minutes are rushing by? If you aren’t clued in yet, events and experiences are passing by faster than a camera snap. It’s a good thing that Kate Owen is looped right in the scene; capturing photos for V Magazine, Nylon, The New York Times, Elle, Vice, Interview, and Paper Magazine, plus making a few stops for brands like Nasty Gal, Opening Ceremony, and adidas. Aside from fashion week madness and music festival fever, she’s also added race cars to her lenses’ view from the Mont Tremblant in Canada to the Le Mans Classic in France. The common denominator among all of them? “Personality, playfulness, energy—pictures with a story.” Kate also explores other realms of actions, admiring the work of street photographer and Kubrick collaborator, Weegee. “I really like crime scene photos too. Weegee’s work for example— sometimes, the fun is trying to figure out what the hell is going on,” she explains. Saturated with color and always in mid-motion, Kate’s photographs imbibe a vibrancy that impart the spontaneity of pure passion and the excitement that continues on long after the flashes have gone out. Since fashion is one of the most photographed subjects in the world, how do you set your photos apart from the usual way it is presented? I think it’s all about sticking to your guns. I want to look at a photograph and feel something. For me, the relationship between the clothes, model, and setting are the most important things. It doesn’t need to make sense, but there should be a story.

How does a fashion photographer also get into the racing scene? It’s funny because fashion and racing photography are actually very similar, at least the way I shoot them. I like to have a lot of energy with whatever I’m working on. When you’re at a race and everyone’s running around for parts and screaming for you to get out of the way, you feel that. I’m less interested in the race than I am in that energy. What kind of music do you listen to while shooting? Any artists or particular genre you’re tuned into? My friends make fun of me because I don’t listen to anything before 1999. And it’s pretty true. I like anything that makes me want to dance– remixes, pop, electronic–anything upbeat. I don’t do downtempo too well. You travel to London, LA, and New York often. Which city is your favorite and what is one unlikely thing you’d suggest one must do there? That’s a tough question! I live in New York, and I love it. I can’t imagine ever actually leaving this place. There’s so much creativity here, you can feel it just walking around. My favorite thing to do in any place is to find a spot in a really busy part of town, preferably the beach, and just watch everyone go by. I’m less interested in seeing monuments and all that. The real fun is out in the streets. What’s next for Kate Owen? Who knows? Billboards! Books! Magazines! I’m working on a few new projects at the moment, so hopefully they all work out, but I don’t want to jinx anything. @thekateowen - 73



“At the end of the day, these people are not actors; all they want to do is surf and have fun.”

In the wake of the buzz about his debut surf film, MARK MABANAG proves that the pressure won’t make him wipe out—it’s all about going with the flow. By Carla Hutchinson


ife’s a beach, or at least it is for Mark Mabanag. He means it literally too, since all his work is done by the shore, at least for now. With a lifestyle that is hard to separate from the very definition of surf culture, Mark’s been living the dream as he knows it. It’s not all play though—with his debut film Archipelago already being hailed as the Philippines’ first surf film before its release, he’s just glad that people are paying some attention to the rich surfing community that’s been growing for decades. Wanting to bring awareness to the rich surfing potential of the Philippines’ archipelago, Mark was prompted to spend three years gathering footage for his film, shooting in different surf locations and using this opportunity to showcase local talent. “In my opinion, a surf film should have the elements of showcasing the surfers’ artistry in the water, along with good music and editing,” says Mark. “Of course, travel and lifestyle could be injected [into] the film but in the end, highlighting the surfers’ skills on wave riding is still the priority.” He knows how to mix business with pleasure though, finding time to catch some waves even as he’s hard at work putting the final touches on his film. In the end, the words of wisdom he has to share can be applied to life, not just surfing: take care of the environment, have fun (in and out of the water) and push yourself to be better. What was it like chasing the waves for Archipelago? As cliché as it may sound, this is a dream

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come true for me. Just being behind the lens and seeing the talent that the Philippines has to offer the global surf scene is amazing, it’s like being on stage with your favorite band. I think every moment while working on the film was memorable, from going on random boat trips and finding spots, eating coconuts almost the whole day because we forgot our food, to making lastminute decisions to go on a surf location and surfing with the boys after filming—it was just endless. What are the best surfing spots in the Philippines, not just the well­ known ones but some hidden gems? I can’t expose the secret spots since the locals are the ones who have the authority to do that, but Siargao and Samar have the biggest potential as the best spots here in the country. Every surf spot has friendly and encouraging locals who are more than happy to guide and take you around their place, you just have to be respectful to their communities and surroundings.

What do you think are the important elements into making a documentary or a film concentrated on a certain group of people in real life? I think it’s best to capture everything candidly, no scripts or forced scenes. At the end of the day, these people are not actors; all they want to do is surf and have fun. What’s next for Mark Mabanag? Definitely more surf films—we’re planning on surfing and gathering footage for a month or two next year. I’m also planning to collaborate on a skateboarding video next year. I just want to contribute as much as I can to both communities here, since both surfing and skateboarding have had a huge impact in my life. @watermarky


collision course Blurring the lines between photography, illustration, and graphic design, SANDRINE PAGNOUX reveals the multi-faceted nature of human emotion. Creating artworks that combine the strange with the beautiful, she cracks the madness in serenity and renders a reality from illusion. by Olivia Estrada


n all of Sandrine’s creations that have landed on the pages of Nylon Guys, Marie Claire France, and Glass Magazine, there’s a haunting quality that seeps through and dares you to look a little bit closer. In order to decipher the intricate message within, it would be a challenge to follow the different disciplines she works with. However, the artist digresses, insisting that her work is fueled by a simple yet powerful approach. “I just want to communicate a strong emotion. I think art must be felt, not explained.” As graffiti-like scribbles meet harsh black lines on canvas of a portrait photo, the story behind the subject comes out. She develops a language void of words to convey the different strokes that, when unified, reveal one overwhelming emotion. Sandrine’s works are a study on how we formulate our definitions of happiness, sadness, failure, and success. As darkness collides with color and as real images are drawn into dream sequences, we learn that moods are more complex than we assume. For her, it is then important to fine-tune these varied influences when she begins her creative process. “I need to be fully immersed in emotion and feel it intensely inside me,” shares Sandrine, who turns to walking around Paris with her iPod turned up loudly when she encounters a roadblock in her current project. When asked on her what would most likely be the soundtrack of her life, we got a mix of artists that are

as diverse as her palette, from old school favorites like Patti Smith, and David Bowie, to cult icons Joy Division, Björk, and Portishead, and pop headliners such as Michael Jackson, Madonna, Iggy Pop, and Lana del Rey. And every now and then, she throws in some Chopin into the mix. The purity and sincerity that Sandrine works with is perhaps the only blank canvas that she leaves untouched as her works are busy and almost chaotic but are never overdone. She knows when to hold back without shortchanging her audience. With the limitless possibilities of Photoshop and other art-based software, Sandrine turns to her instinct when deciding when to stop editing. “I don’t really decide when the artwork is done, I just know when it happens.” It’s no surprise that to her, the art world, with its tendency towards pretense at certain moments, needs a little bit of tweaking. “There is a need for more freedom and less marketing. There should be more fun and less explanations to encourage more creativity.” From the depths of her musings, she also discovers that her artwork has given her abilities beyond brush strokes and graphic settings. “I’ve learned that I am able, sometimes, to make my dreams come true.” @sandrinepagnoux

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TWILIGHT ZONE Capturing a quiet wilderness in each of her subjects, photographer HAYLEE BARSKY holds a séance with every click of a shutter. By Janroe Cabiles Interview by Olivia Estrada

“I like creating stories, even with just portraits. I like making people look effortlessly beautiful.”


nstilled in subdued frames are the muses of Haylee Barsky, piercing her lens with intense gazes. Having a wide array of delicate yet intense portraiture, the NYC-based photographer is a breath of fresh air from the usual flashy fashion we see, casting a raw glamour on everything her eye catches. This style of hers has attracted the attention from the likes of Zac Posen, Urban Outfitters, Glamour Magazine,, and Nylon Magazine, where Haylee is also currently working. Evasive of over-processing, Haylee draws out emotion through hazy pastel palettes and monochrome. “I like creating stories, even with just portraits,” she shares. “I like making people look effortlessly beautiful.” Owning a penchant for mood, movement, and an absence of makeup, her talent translates expression straight from film to pages, leaving her muses bare of unnecessary smears. “I prefer the skin to look more raw than completely retouched, because then, the photo won’t feel natural to me.” With an inspiring model, some bacon, and her Canon Mark III, Haylee can turn any backdrop, from trees to streets, into an eerie, romantic landscape. How and at what age did you start photography? I started photographing things

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when I was 14 years old. First, it was the beach I grew up at, and then I quickly moved on to using friends as my models as I realized I was more interested in people. I moved around quite a bit growing up so it was basically my little travel hobby until I started taking it more seriously. My aesthetic just came along gradually over the years; I’m still trying to figure it out. Who do you look up to in your field? Peter Lindbergh was one of the first fashion photographers I have ever learned about, so he’s probably the most influential to my art. What characteristics of yours translate into your work? I weirdly see a little bit of myself in every photo I take. I also shoot in black and white if I’m not feeling so colorful that day. In the realm of portraiture, you have a skill of taking intense photos. Tell us about the collaboration you have with your subjects. There’s really no formula for how the models look in my photos, but I think it’s a bit easier for me to connect with my model because we’re usually about the same age and have similar thoughts and interests. If you could shoot any of the top models today, who would you want to work with and what would the shoot be like? I would take Magdalena Frackowiak to a remote village in Madagascar to pose fiercely au naturel with baby animals everywhere, demonstrating the harmony between us and all the earth’s creations.

fun, whereas I am not. I’d be walking on a trapeze in the middle of a room full of mirrors and a hot pink carpet, looking all moody and stuff…I can’t hide my sarcasm.

If you could ask any photographer to take your photo, who would it be and why? Someone like Guy Bourdin, because his style is loud and

Tell us about your ultimate dream project. I have this crazy idea that one day when I travel the world, I would create a story and have

a shoot in every place I visithair, makeup, styling, model, art direction, the whole thing. There would be a great story or meaning behind each shoot and would eventually make it all into one massive book of personal stories. @hayleebarsky

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UNDER THE SOFT LIGHT A tranquil requiem for candid allure is held at the core of CASS BIRD’s work. With a carefree flair for the raw and bare, she instills her subjects in moments infinitely suspended. By Janroe Cabiles



The grand disillusion of beauty

is the unspoken absence of realness beneath. In search of a perfect photograph, Cass Bird looks for “something believable.” Framing intense eyes at the foreground of old window sills, busy streets, raging seas, and fields of dreams, she unveils any false spark of glamour as she interprets intimate scenes of spontaneous emotion and freedom. This element of immortalized youth instilled in true moments has made the photographer’s work appear in The New York Times, T Magazine, Interview, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, i-D Magazine, American Vogue, and British Vogue. Aside from this, she has worked with the likes of Max Mara, Maiyet, Gap, Urban Outfitters, Wrangler, and Levi’s. Despite her impressive roster of stints, Cass didn’t come across photography as a natural. Not counting her activities in school, her first gig was with her old friend Seth Green. “[I started taking pictures] in my early 20s, when a good friend of mine, who is an actor, asked me to take his publicity photos.” Branching out from then on, she honed an honest aesthetic for portraiture. “I love to photograph people with great imagination, who access a strong masculine and feminine energy.” Though she owns a collection of armor including, but not limited to, her Graflex 4x5, Leica M7, Olympus OM-2, Contax 645, Yashica T4, Contax T2, and Canon 1D Mark III, she doesn’t have a favorite. “I love all cameras. Give me a disposable camera–anything.” With anything on hand, Cass captures an irreverent strength hiding in a trance of a face, void of meticulous posture, with the youthful abandon of the placid and deranged.

Hey Cass! What were you doing before this interview? Making a campfire in the backyard with my two kids. What qualities in your subjects do you look for and focus on? I love to photograph people that are able to harness a strong masculine and feminine space and expression, have a great imagination, and are able to play while not judging themselves in the process. You often talk about your shift in identity after getting pregnant. Tell us about the transition you went through and how it made you more comfortable when shooting women? Being pregnant allowed me to identify with a real strength in femininity that I always identified with masculinity. It illuminated that side of what it is to be a woman because it was so much more predominant than ever before. My shift in perception changed and how I identified something as being masculine and feminine expanded into more of a circle rather than one side or the other. How do the boundaries that society has set for femininity contrast your definition of it? It’s not just femininity. Both masculinity and femininity are portrayed in a limited manner by society in what it means to be one or the other. I find that genderless-ness makes a better story.

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Your take on broadening the definition of femininity is closely tied to your book Rewilding. Tell us about the concept behind it and the message you want to convey to your audience. At the time of shooting Rewilding, I was really interested in my youth and the rituals we go through as an American universal (i.e. prom, homecoming, sweet sixteen, bat mitzvah, quinceañera), all these events where you’re expected to dress up in the gender appropriate. Recently, and thankfully, that is changing. My daughter wore a tuxedo to a funeral a few weeks back. I was excited for a small community of subjects that I brought together to go through these rituals of grooming, getting dressed up, etc. It wasn’t a fixed idea, it evolved throughout the process. For me and my work, it’s more of a discovery of something while I’m doing it. I was curious about femininity, community, and comradery, and seeing what happens with these masculine-identified subjects when we do these things that are stereotypically masculine and feminine. It was a documentation of that; an expression of play. An almost famed factor of your photos is the relaxed atmosphere you build for your subjects. How do you cultivate this fluidity to make sure your subjects open up for the lens? For me, it’s about being really honest with how I feel in the moment. I am always nervous about approaching a subject and I confess that to them. By talking about how I’m feeling, it invites space for others’ feelings. When you call something out, it dissolves and creates a space where people are comfortable. They aren’t pretending to be comfortable when they’re not; typically, photo shoots can be so uncomfortable. Cultivating a space and navigating through it in this manner is when someone processes and can feel more authentic rather than contrived. You’ve talked about relinquishing control. What have you learned of living in the moment when it comes to photography? Nothing, I haven’t learned anything [laughs]. It’s a process of getting more confident and comfortable with asking for something you see in the moment. It has been an amazing but

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slow process, 20 years. I remember starting out and seeing these pictures in my head of a person doing something, but I was afraid to even ask, too insecure. I didn’t have the confidence that would be able to instill in the subject the confidence they would need to perform that moment I saw. It’s a lot to ask from someone to do something for you. You have to believe in it enough to get them to believe that it’s safe, that it’s a good idea. You’re essentially asking subjects to jump through hoops and pretend to do something that feels natural and real, even though it’s not in that moment; they’re not already jumping, skipping, smiling, or laughing. These are some of the things I try to inspire in my subjects, and if I’m confident in it, then it helps them join in. You’ve specified before that you do not see yourself as a fashion photographer. Can you explain the requirements of a fashion photographer and why you don’t identify as one? I think I’m a photographer, a portrait photographer, and sometimes, a fashion photographer. Sometimes, I’m a documentarian, and sometimes, I’m a director. I shoot the person, the interaction, the moment. Clothes definitely help illustrate and fill out the character, and I do think they’re important. The clothes are an element that help make the picture better, but I’m not a still life photographer. I believe it’s more about the subject than the fashion in my work. However, I do believe that fashion can really make or break a picture. I appreciate and love fashion. Having the opportunity to work with great editors and stylists makes a world of difference. I still identify more as a portrait photographer, but that could change tomorrow, we’ll see. Walking onset, what’s on your mind? “I hope I don’t eff this one up.” @cassblackbird


M U S E F L A S H Born in Belarus, raised in Vietnam, Elle Muliarchyk was a discovery waiting to happen. From illicitly taking self-portraits in the dressing rooms of high-end boutiques, this model-turned-photographer now shoots from a different perspective to expose her truest potential. Stepping behind the camera, her guerilla #selfies have taken her far beyond any monkey business. By Pola Beronilla



With a tripod and a camera in her bag,

Elle Muliarchyk found her calling inside a fitting room. Though this longtime New Yorker already posed for Terry Richardson and Oliviero Toscani as a model, it was her series of undercover self-portraits inside posh stores that had her name ringing. “I wanted to create the fashion images I had in my mind. And to own those expensive garments, even if only for ten minutes,” she explains. “Gradually, it became an obsession–I loved the thrill of the creation.” Just like every woman’s dream of wearing luxurious garments from Hermès, Prada, and Jill Stuart, Elle turned that vision into a forbidden reality. But not all her photo shoots went as heavenly as planned; she would sometimes get caught, kicked out, and even banned from stores. “Twice, they called the police. I was taken to the office and fingerprinted. But when the police heard my story, they loved it and let me go,” she recalls. “Later, their wives wrote to me, saying how much they loved my idea.” But when The New York Times exposed her project through an article entitled “Pretty Larceny,” it was

the perfect time for her to pay for her crime. From small dressing rooms to high fashion shoots and Hollywood-production sets with stars like Beyoncé and Lady Gaga, she has found the perfect fit as a photographer and visual artist. Frequently contributing to T Magazine, Love, W, V, and Interview, she locks in cinematic fantasies in the blink of a shutter–pushing the limits of the fashion realm. Inspired by what’s in front of her, she shares, “I always hope [my photos] are beautiful. I look for an emotion–a moment in-between. But then again, it’s about the subject matter, first and foremost.” Growing up as a kid, was there ever a hint that you were gearing towards your current career path? I was a daughter of a diplomat and an investigative journalist. I was always interested in science, never art. However, having seen the world from an angle that most people don’t get to see–the absurdity, the injustice, the self-delusion we all engage in–I wanted to show that side of the coin. And I discovered photography and film to be the medium best for that. It’s like telling the truth through an innocent vehicle–the way fairy tales do it.

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Since you didn’t have any formal background in photography, how did you develop and master your skills? Just by asking other photographers questions. Whenever I’d start on a project that needed a specific look, I’d just ask one of my photo assistants to give me a quick crash course. Where do you find inspiration for your work? Usually, from reading stories about unusual people doing unusual things. It comes from places like Wall Street Journal and Quantum Physics to Instagram and gossip websites–sort of a universal consciousness.

What has been your favorite project so far? Psychics. I love conducting social “experiments” using fashion. I actually have a thesis that our outward appearance can have a direct impact on our future and success. So I decided to test it. What went into the making of it? I transformed supermodel Meghan Collison into various iconic archetypes of New York women: Blogger, Hipster, Socialite, Upper East Side Lady, etc. Then, completely - 89


undercover, I brought her to a dozen psychics for her clairvoyant readings. The result? Each of those psychics gave her drastically different fortunes–from getting a Harvard diploma to going to jail! Directly based on what she was wearing. Could you explain to us the idea behind your GIF Go-Sees? I’m a total tech geek and I love bringing all the newest interactive multimedia methods into my work. Even though I want my films to visually look timeless, I’m obsessed with telling stories in a way that can be appreciated by Generation Z–with their

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short attention spans. So I challenged myself to create moving portraits that tell the story of a person in under three seconds. For example, I created a GIF of Malaika Firth with a frog. She’s the first black model to be featured in the huge fashion campaigns for Prada and Valentino. And incidentally, the first black Disney princess was Frog Princess. So I shot her kissing the frog from which she turns not into a prince but herself. It’s all about pure selfempowerment, which is the main purpose and message of my work. And it’s just so much fun to do them. Fashion is too serious.


“[Using photography and film] is like telling the truth through an innocent vehicle–the way fairy tales do it.”

I want to laugh and make other people’s lives brighter.

ever work with–people are the true capital.

Care to share with us a tip that you have learned over the span of your career? Always try to make time to do projects that make you happy and are very passionate about– even if you have to self-finance it. Those will be the projects that will advance your creative growth and eventually, your career. Commercial clients will always ask you to recreate one of your existing personal projects. So you need to grow your repertoire, otherwise, you’ll be forgotten soon. And also, be nice and respectful with everyone you

What is the best thing about what you do? Occasionally, I do make my dream projects come to reality, even the craziest. And it’s fun! I also get to inspire people with my work. Well, I guess any artist/chef/doctor/ lawyer that loves their job can say the same. I often think photography/film/art is just like any other job. You just need to do your best at it in order for it to reward you back. @ellemuliarchyk - 91

New York-based photographer BRAYDEN OLSON may downplay everything from his style, technique, and even the big brands and names he’s worked with, but the truth of it is, his work is a big deal. By Kitkat Ramos



for big brands or a big celebrity should feel the same as shooting your friends or a small local company. It should feel natural, fun, and not be a big deal!” says Brayden, explaining how his laidback personality carries over to how his shoots go. Celebrities may come with the whole enchilada of attitude, posse, and other nonsense, but at the end of the day, they’re simply people. With this fact in mind, he warns, “Don’t overthink it. Otherwise, things get weird. You start sweating, you have a panic attack, and everyone will think you’re weird, and you have to excuse yourself from the shoot to go cry a little in the bathroom.” This maybe him speaking from experience, except now, he grew out of the nerves and handles himself well what with an impressive portfolio flashing the names of people like A$AP Rocky, Schoolboy Q, Angel Haze, and Dev Haynes a.k.a. Blood Orange, plus brands like RayBan, Levi’s, Vans, and Opening Ceremony.

Getting to the bottom of how this shutterbug started out in the industry, he had no strategy in mind when he left the Emerald City for the Big Apple. “I didn’t plan on anything happening with photography at the time, I just needed to go explore somewhere new,” he says. “I love Seattle and I miss it, but I’m completely sucked into New York at this point.” Previously filming video of friends skating back in his hometown, he shortly moved on to learning how to use a film camera and the ad hoc beginnings turned to a line of work he boasts with no formal training. Believing that his craft is a progressive art that doesn’t need the rigid discipline and system of a school, Brayden prefers the natural over the studied. “I’m self-taught, I couldn’t imagine going to school for taking photos. One, because I don’t do well in a school environment, and two, it’s something you can completely learn by yourself,” he says. “I think it’s sort of good not to be too knowledgeable about how everything works on a camera because it gets in the way of just taking photos and - 93

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seeing what happens.” Brayden’s forays in fashion goes handin-hand with this laidback attitude. “Fashion photography scares me because in my mind, there is no ‘ok’ fashion [photo]. It’s either great or not great, no in-between. It’s a fine line, and I guess you just have to do what you think is great or don’t do it at all. I always side for something genuine because a genuine photo to me is great.” Despite his raw approach to his subjects, his money shot doesn’t come at an easy price. Chemistry with his subject is priority number one for Brayden. “Working for people that are super difficult is pretty heartbreaking. If I’m not into the person or the shoot I’m doing, I won’t do it anymore. It wasn’t always like that, but after so many times of soulcrushing projects, you realize it’s not worth your time,” he confesses. It may be a big brand or a big name, but his main concern, besides the value of his time, is his emotional grip on a project. “Feeling good about what you’re shooting is a big deal,” he says. “If you’re only doing something for the money, it better be a lot of money.” Positioning his photography’s aesthetics best seen in his work for Vice to his chemistry with his subject, the results are nuanced snaps

of faces, movement, and mundane existence that captures the youth’s zeitgeist. “The youth is always changing but always the same,” he says. “The energy you have as a naive adolescent is something you don’t have for very long and to photograph that is really special. It’s just nice to look at, it really never gets old. No pun intended.” Looking at his portrayal of the many subjects he’s transformed into photographs, capturing the essence of their youth is something that he’s definitely accomplished. “It translates into my work for me because I truly miss being a kid and I refuse to ever fully grow up.” What he calls a casual style ranges from portraiture that carries the brunt and humdrum of human emotion to fashion editorials that are frozen in motion where the impact of the subject’s movement is still felt. With his youthful energy still intact, he draws out what the future holds for him and his career. “My goal now, I guess, is to be able to do this forever, or until I don’t love it anymore. But honestly, I don’t care what I do for work or otherwise, as long as I really love it. I daydream about being a professional golfer everyday.” - 95

THE TAKEOVER, THE BREAK’S OVER With their fifth studio album, INTERPOL guitarist Daniel Kessler updates STATUS about El Pintor , being a three-piece band, and what they’ve been doing during their not so long break. By Denise Mallabo

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quips Interpol guitarist and founding member Daniel Kessler when asked about if they have special requirements in their tech rider. On tour, until early next year, NYC locals Interpol are pretty much engaged in promoting their latest studio album El Pintor. “We’re learning how to use the extra space gained with one less person in the room,” jokes Kessler. Since last May 2010, they’ve been down with one member as bassist Carlos Dengler left the band, leaving frontman Paul Banks doing double duties as the singer and bassist. Seeing that it has been four years that they’ve had something new to offer, but busy doing their own individual stints, a lot felt the band’s absence. Banks, for a time, became Julian Plenti and released an EP, while drummer Sam Fogarino debuted his side project Emptymansions with an album called snakes/vulture/ sulfate. It then looked like they went on hiatus, but Kessler says otherwise. “The break

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wasn’t all that long in reality. We toured the previous record, which was released mid 2010, until November of 2011. We only took a break in 2012. Then in early 2013, we started writing El Pintor. By October of the same year we began recording. What has been perceived as a long break was, in actuality, only a year. The rest of that time was spent working on our current release,” explained Kessler. Moreover, the years spent on creating El Pintor brought out a different kind of hustle from the trio. “This was the first time we wrote and recorded as a three-piece, with no technology being utilized to replicate layers of texture and harmony. At times, it was very bare and raw. The songs revealed themselves straight away as good, or in need of more work. Taking this approach gave way to more honesty in what was being said sonically, musically. We felt like a band again—not bound to a sequencer playing back way too many keyboard parts,” confesses Kessler. “We pretty much only listened to the ideas being worked on throughout the writing and recording process of El Pintor, and didn’t really listen to any other artist. However, I referenced some

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“ El Pintor, when given a written or verbal description, only trivializes what can only be said musically. I simply tell people who’ve not heard the band to take a listen for themselves.” [David] Bowie here and there. He always has incredible players on his recordings,” he adds. El Pintor boasts of ten tracks under Matador Records, and was engineered by James Brown, known for his work on Foo Fighters’ album, Wasting Light. The album proves to be well-worth the wait for fans as NME proclaims, “It circles back around to the sonorous, tremulous sounds of Interpol’s glory days,” while Clash Magazine says that, “El Pintor is highly successful.” Amid all the praise, however, Kessler would like to believe that they really haven’t revisited their old sound, at least not consciously. “We were very much in the present as we wrote and recorded this new album.” The carrier single, “All the Rage Back Home,” shows that Interpol is indeed ready to ride the current wave. A strong and uptempo track supported by a music video directed by Sophia Peer, renowned for her work with The National and Paramore, and along with Banks presents a polished and well-suited Interpol, as well as interlocking cuts on surfers riding extremely difficult waves— all captured in glorious black and white.

For now, the band is contented working amongst themselves in generating and perhaps getting used to the new chapter in their career. “None in particular. It always depends on what we’re working on, and how we might want a record to sound,” says Kessler when asked about his dream collaboration. There is a sense of anticipation from Kessler as they go through their tour and festival performances. “I’m excited to play of the new tracks! Out of pure excitement for that of which is new-ish.” It’s difficult to penetrate through all NYC band stereotypes, but it’s pretty evident that Interpol is one of those bands who wouldn’t give a crap on the naysayers. As long as there are people appreciating their music, they’ll always be relevant. And with that, when asked how Kessler describes their new album, here’s what he has to say: “El Pintor, when given a written or verbal description, only trivializes what can only be said musically. I simply tell people who’ve not heard the band to take a listen for themselves.” @interpol - 97



Alexandra Valenti In search for the perfect photo, what do you look for? I look for the imperfect. The off-moment, the real moment. And I don’t really look for it, I wait for it. I wait for the light, the expression on someone’s face. I look for the story. Do you have a set of favorite cameras? What film do like using? I have a few favorites. A Pentax 645, Mamiya RZ67, Contax point and shoot, and for commercial jobs, I use a Nikon D810. I like so many films. Portra 160 is a favorite. But really, I like expired films that I find in drawers in my studio that I forgot about. Those are little treasure troves of beauty. Tell us about your collaborations with your subjects. Sometimes it’s very symbiotic and fluid, where I don’t have to say too much. Sometimes, depending on how comfortable or uncomfortable they are, I have to really direct them. Which is okay, because sometimes I have a very specific idea in my head of a story I am trying to tell. @alexandravalenti

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DESIRE Screaming of muted beauty through stills in silence, these analog photographers capture their muses on the streets and tangled in sheets with a tender essence of freedom. By Janroe Cabiles

Jon Stars How would you describe the beauty of analog to someone who believes the art is dying? I don’t understand people who shun film because it’s “dying” or “dead.” Do you treat your friends or relatives that way? It’s great because it makes you shoot decisively in the moment. I find that it’s easier for me to create honest images when I’m shooting film. How do you create a safe atmosphere for your subjects? I don’t like being viewed as a photographer. I try to make an activity into a shoot, like driving out to the desert, hanging at a friend’s apartment, or spending a day at the beach. I like that when we wrap a shoot, we aren’t sure if we went out to take pictures or to just hang out somewhere awesome. Describe the perfect photo. I’m not sure if I’ve ever wanted a perfect photo, and if I ever shot it, I probably hated it. I think perfection would be a bit boring, if it even exists. I like things that are rough around the edges. I like shooting film because it almost normalizes things and brings them back to life. @xjonstars - 99

Emily Knecht How did photography start for you? At summer camp with a disposable camera. I would bring ten cameras and run out to take pictures of everything. All of the photos were terrible. Luckily, I got better. What inspires you? Mother Earth. Lol jk. I have so many muses that it would be hard to tell you about just one, so I don’t have just one muse. Most of your subjects are women. How is it like, capturing natural beauty through your lens? I like their personalities. I think that's the main feature I choose to focus on. All women have their own story, their own take on the world, and that's what makes them beautiful to me. How do you work with your subjects? Every shoot is a collaboration. I like to see what happens when we are hanging out with a camera and the clothes come off. I want something real and raw, and most of my subjects know that before we start the shoot. Some of them play it up and some of them just exist with me, and both of those experiences are cool. @emilyknecht

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Sophie Van Der Perre What do you look for in a photo? I’m in search for the magic, the connection it brings with the viewer. I want to make photos people will remember in their minds and want to see again. Tell us about your muse. I have not one but three muses. It all started with a shoot we did inspired by The Virgin Suicides, we got to know each other really well and connected. We planned to do a shoot every year together somewhere beautiful in nature, and I also shot them separately a lot. When we shoot together, it’s always very naturally. They are pure and have this charisma, something crazy and delirious. But above all, they have personality, and that is really something I look for in a photo. When shooting your muses, is there a certain feature they have that you focus on? I like it when they have something playful in their eyes and behavior. Something strange, something unpredictable. Something you can’t stop looking at. @sophievanderperre - 101


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by Gerard Estadella


@ Raven

by Regina Echavez

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sublime fridays @ Imperial Ice Bar by Kristine Suanino

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UNWIND @ Raven

by Jon Rey Espinueva


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I HATE MONDAYS by I Hate Flash

N_THINGS M_NDAYS @ Gramercy by JC Gellidon - 107




Ria Casco (Stylist) Ian Castañares (Photographer) Sylve Colless (Photographer) Regina Echavez (Photographer) Gerard Estadella (Photographer) John Rey Espinueva (Photographer) JC Gellidon (Photographer) Martina Giachi (Photographer) I Hate Flash (Photographer) Kirill Was Here (Photographer) Michele LoBosco (Photographer) Shaira Luna (Photographer) Pam Merrera (Makeup) Brayden Olson (Photographer) Hanna Pechon (Makeup) Rony’s Photobooth (Photographer) Steffi Santiago (Photographer) Elisa Sedoni (Stylist) JP Singson (Photographer) We Take Fotos (Photographer) Tammy Yi (Makeup)

S TAT U S IN VA D E S vintage hat

I bought this vintage hat at a flea market in Amsterdam last winter. If I could be a hat, I would be this hat. It’s utter perfection.

Yashika camera

My latest vintage film camera rescue—I purchased it online and painted glitter on the body to replace the tattered original leather.

Henry Holland Le Specs sunglasses

My favorite pair. It was a gift—I guard it with my life.

Wir Kinder Vom Bahnhof Zoo

This German book is a cult classic—this copy is from the first printing in 1981, and they even made a movie out of it, with a David Bowie cameo.


I got this set when I was in Paris a few months ago. They’re covered by the designs of French landscape architect André Le Nôtre, who designed the gardens of Versailles.


Medusa lipstick

Tarte blush and glow

My favorite product to use on days when I am too lazy to put on a full face but don’t want to look washed out—and it’s vegan.

I’m in love with this new brand, and their crazy colors—this lipstick is a staple and I don’t leave home without it.

Black and white clutch Nike shoes

My red Janoski’s are my favorite skate shoes, I’m obsessed with them!

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I call it the tuxedo clutch— it was my final project when I graduated bag making in fashion school in 2009, under the late Paul Herrera’s mentorship.

Tarte Lipstick

This lippie by Tarte in “Desire“ is my fave no-brainer lipstick when I’m in a hurry—it’s budge-proof and stays on all day.

Portrait Photography by Shaira Luna, Product photography by Ian Castañares Styled by Ria Casco, Makeup by Hannah Pechon, Hair by Blo Blow Dry Bar


Model, blogger, and now beauty tastemaker? DANE GONZALEZ is making her mark in yet another industry, and she’s exactly where she wants to be. When she’s not building up new beauty brand Calyxta as its Creative Director, she’s exercising her wanderlust and exploring the world. Take a page from her book and work hard, play hard–definitely words to live by.

Status Magazine feat. Cass Bird  

Status Magazine December 2014-January 2015 Issue Plus: Elle Muliarchyk Brayden Olson Interpol Slow Magic Panama Wedding Haylee Barsky CRWN...

Status Magazine feat. Cass Bird  

Status Magazine December 2014-January 2015 Issue Plus: Elle Muliarchyk Brayden Olson Interpol Slow Magic Panama Wedding Haylee Barsky CRWN...