19.11.14

JILLIONAIRE INTERVIEW AUSTRALIA | THUMP



Jillionaire is one third of the Major Lazer crew. He's been doing heaps of solo work, touring by himself and working on other projects like launching his own label Feel Up Records

 When he was in Sydney for his Australian tour last month, I sat down with him at his hotel lobby to chat about everything that's been happening and took some snaps as well. He DJ'd at El Topo Bondi Junction and said that it was so intense it was like the World War Z movie and that he wanted to try the truffle cheese pizza at Vacanza in Surry Hills.

The interview is now up on THUMP and can be read HERE. Also, my friend and I decided to film some bits of the video for fun. It's low quality but have a watch if you want! 
 

6.11.14

ALEXANDER WANG X H&M | SYDNEY LAUNCH PARTY AUSTRALIA | CARRAIGEWORKS


When Alexander Wang does something, everyone watches. When H&M releases a new collaboration with a designer, everyone buys. So, when it was announced earlier this year that H&M and Alexander Wang were going to collaborate, people went internet hysterical. The monochromic range is inspired by active sportswear that is meant for comfort and easy wearing yet still fashionable, for both men and women. The collection is extremely wearable, and whilst there are some pieces that don't seem to ring popular because of the huge "Wang" logo and its connotations, there are still a variety of other cool pieces.

This collaboration marks the first partnership with an American designer and to premiere the Alexander Wang x H&M collection, they staged a fashion show on Fort Washington Avenue Armory's track-and-field facility in Washington Heights, with acrobats doing parkour and athletic styled models circulating them. They even had an after party with Missy Elliot as an unexpected live performer. The launch party in Sydney wasn't as extreme, but The Elston Room at Carraigeworks was turned into a boxing ring with break dancers, vending machines and everything from drinks & food were served black and on some sort of sporting equipment. There was also a pop up shop for us to buy the collection ahead of the store drop which lands on November 6. Head online or your closest store to check the range out!

Here are some of my snaps with my friends from the launch party in Sydney!
 

5.11.14

KAREN WALKER EYEWEAR | 10 YEARS OF MAKING FACES | SYDNEY PARTY


Karen Walker is one of most successful designers to come out of New Zealand. Last month, marked Karen Walker's 10th year making eyewear and they had a party in Sydney to launch a limited edition collection titled "Celebrate" which takes one style from each year and recreated in all gold.

The party was filled with lots of glitter, confetti, cake, balloons and of course Karen Walker sunglasses! There was also a fun photobooth set up for us to take photos that replicated the campaign. Here are the results! 
 

25.10.14

ASAHI SUPER DRY EXTRA COLD BAR | POP UP BAR AUSTRALIA

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Summer is just around the corner and there's no better time for Asahi to launch their first pop up bar in Australia - the Asahi Super Dry Extra Cold Bar. For those who drink beer, they know it's best kept cold and served cold. What the Asahi Super Dry Extra Cold Bar is offering, is their beer chilled and poured fresh at sub-zero temperatures. Served at exactly -2 degrees, the beer head maintains its high bubble density for longer with a smoother texture that ultimately makes it more refreshing.

The Asahi Super Dry Extra Cold Bar located at 37 Bligh Street Sydney will be popping up from 24th October - Friday 23rd January 2015. Perfect to check out after a long summer days work and chill out to some tunes and beer!
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10.10.14

ING DIRECT AUSTRALIA | LIVING SUPER FLASHMOB

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Most of us young people don't think about retiring and always associate it with being boring like doing nothing but sitting on an armchair falling asleep. ING DIRECT Australia wants us to rethink that with their Living Super, that aims to give you more money and more fun for your retirement. Their Living Super offers low or no fees and you can view more details and information visit www.ingdirect.com.au/momoneymofun.

DJ Der Guten Laune otherwise now known as DJ Good Mood, is a retiree who picked up DJing and went viral after putting himself up on Youtube, which received over 5 million views. Him and a flashmob of awesome oldies brought some serious dance moves today, down at First Fleet Park in Circular Quay which attracted lots of public attention, who also joined in! It was all fun and laughs with the young and old. ING DIRECT Australia wanted to send us young people a message that we should enjoy and have a care-free retirement and to start looking at our super. I definitely want to have a good time and be active when I retire one day! 

Check out images and video from the funny flashmob today!
 
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27.9.14

HAYDEN COX INTERVIEW | HAYDENSHAPES x ALEXANDER WANG #THECAGE22 | i-D MAGAZINE



No doubt by now, you would've seen the cool marble surfboards Alexander Wang released as an installation in his New York Flagship Store, which is now in his Tokyo Flagship store. Named #TheCage22 Installation, the surfboards were exclusively co-created in collaboration with Australian surfboard brand Haydenshapes. Although the boards are not for sale, you can purchase similar ones on the Haydenshapes website here

I had the chance to interview Hayden Cox, the founder of Haydenshapes to chat about surf culture and how this collaboration came about. My piece is now up on i-D Magazine online (here) and below are some outtakes taken at his home in Venice Beach, LA by my friend Mel Tjoeng and the Jaws inspired video they created, plus the surfboard installation.

14.9.14

GENERAL PANTS CO. SWIMWEAR LAUNCH | WATER SLIDE SHOW


Winter has come to an end and although I do prefer the colder weathers, Spring and Summer brings a ray of sunshine and happiness to everyone's faces. This week, I was invited to General Pants Co.'s launch of their exclusive swimwear ranges arriving in stores. There was wet and wild show where models playfully slid down a giant inflatable water slide and basically it was a reminder that if you haven't already got your summer body ready, its probably time to. But, it also reminded us of the fun adventures and outfits the warmer weather brings, like beach parties, outdoor pools parties or festivals and I can't wait! 

Check out some of the exclusive ranges including Stussy, Insight, Evil Twin, One Teaspoon and more at General Pants Co. Online. Here are some snaps I took from the show!
      

18.8.14

ANDY BULL'S NEW ALBUM SEA OF APPROVAL


Alt-Pop artist Andy Bull has one of those voices that makes you fixated to it's ambiguity. Andy's new album, Sea Of Approval is an exploration of the irony in life and being an artist. When listening to his lyrics there is a relatable feeling. Ideas of uncertainty, identity and approval resonate in his tracks, like "Keep On Running", "Talk Too Much" or "Baby I Am Nobody Now" and the obsession to be 'liked' in our world of social media is depicted in "Loved Like You." 

Admitting that he's not entirely the most comfortable with self promotion, I had a chance to chat to Andy about his new album and his involvement in Telstra's Road To Discovery program. Telstra's Road To Discovery is a competition program that help independent and unsigned artists to establish themselves in the music industry with mentoring, advice, recording, touring and much more! You can enter at telstra.com/trtd.

Also, you can read my consolidated interview piece on THUMP (here) where Andy and I talk more about his transition into electronic production, his experience with Kayne, how Sia is an extreme version of himself and his thoughts on the new wave of bedroom beat-makers like Flume and Chet Faker, plus explaining how a tweet from Megan Washington lead her to star in the "Talk Too Much" video clip.
 
Photos taken by me at the Telstra's Road To Discovery 2014 Launch

Hey Andy, how does it feel to finally be releasing a new album with fresh material?
It's a mix of things - relief, excitement and ambivalence, all of it really! It's sort of like interacting publicly again. I've recorded a lot of music over the past year but didn't release it. It's different and nice. I'm not completely comfortable with some of the self promotion aspects of it. For the music, it's kind of like when you finish a project and you want to keep fixing it and working on it to make it better. But a mix of feelings.

You've produced the whole album yourself. What's it like? 
Doing it all yourself gives a kind of freedom and greater responsibility. I found it quite challenging doing it all on my own but the advantage is when you're in a room on your own you are clearly aware of what your bad habits and weaknesses are. It forces you to ask questions like, why I am doing this, since there's no one else making me do it. Also, because there's no one there, all the answers have to come from you and how you want to produce it. Production is partly a practical thing like planning things in and organising time. Then there's the creative as well, like thinking about the creative ideas behind the project. Doing it all myself forces me to face up to myself and didn't allow me the luxury of deferring or blaming someone else. But it was good. I think it should be something everyone should do, just to be alone and be honest with themselves. It's healthy but it's kind of confronting working on your own as well.

You seem quite philosophical and a little sombre in your new album, especially with some of the lyrics. 
Yea, I would say that over the course of working on this particular record, I've tried to honestly engage more with some of those feelings, like feelings in myself that are kind of circumspect or somber or just maybe taking the rose coloured sunglasses off for a bit and being a bit more, what I at least for the moment think, realistic about what life is. Life is, from what I understand, mostly disappointment, failure and everything like that, but that's kind of okay too. Music is a good way of taking events or experiences that you might have otherwise just considered as an outright loss, and turning them into something nice or good. Although, you can see pain in that as well. There's no aspect of life that doesn't have a kind of sombreness to it.

If you could create your own Andy Bull universe, what would it be like? 
Man who knows! I feel like I sort of was in my own Andy Bull universe for the past year (writing the album). Umm…hopefully it would be a very peaceful and gentle place where no one would try to prove any points. It would be a world without extremism of any kind. It would be a world, that would have change a lot. I reckon that's key. A universe that's in constant flux.

You've conducted master classes with Telstra's Road To Discovery. How important do you think programs like this are for young musicians starting out? 
Good question! I didn't do anything like this myself when I was starting out, which I would have benefitted from and I possibly had a comparatively narrow experience. I think if you started performing from the suburbs or a country town, it's really hard to come to the city. A lot of kids I have met moved from more regional areas to places like Sydney or Melbourne and it's quite hard to quickly adjust and understand how things operate, like who is who and how to play shows. There's so much knowledge that you don't just get on arrival. I think any program that provides an environment where people are able to share their experiences without a vested economic interest is good. Like, I'm not their record company, I don't necessarily care what they do stylistically or anything like that. I just want to talk and share experiences. Any environment like that, where people can share experiences without there being an economic interest or commercial imperative to their success, is worth while. You get more genuine shared experience and not guidance that might not be appropriate. The potential for something like this is really good.

For new listeners of your music, how would you describe it in 3 words?
Hmm…let me think about this. There's song on the album called Something I Guess. I feel like I can explain it that way. Something I Guess.

Having signed to US record label Republic Records just last year, will we be expecting tours in US for you soon? 
We will see. I'm just taking it one step at a time and seeing if people are interested. I mean, I'd like to go all over the place but I feel like I'm going to leave it to the people to decide.
 

MONTBLANC | BLACK & WHITE EVENT 2014



Montblanc was founded over a hundred years ago and is known today for their iconic writing instruments. The craftsmanship reflects the highest of quality and made to pass on for generations with a timeless design. Montblanc explains that writing instruments are an extension of one's character and I couldn't agree more. From a young age, many of us learnt to write in print then in cursive and we all uniquely have different styles with individual personality. 

Over the years, Montblanc has also released accessories and leather goods. I was invited to view their new collection launch including the celebration of 90 years of its iconic Meisterstück Collection, which ranks as the world's most famous luxury icons. Here are some snaps from the Sydney showcase!
 

21.6.14

PHFAT | LIGHTS OUT AUSTRALIAN TOUR OUTTAKES | INTERVIEW FEATURED ON THUMP



A few weeks ago I interviewed PHFAT, a two piece electronic rap group from South Africa, who is also their countries biggest independent rap act. They came down to Australia for a self-funded tour, promoting their latest electronic rap fuelled single Lights Out feat. JungFreud. We chatted about them being Puma ambassadors and how it has been a launch pad for their them and also how changes in the group has effected their music making process, plus everything in between. 

My full interview feature piece is up on VICE's new electronic music and culture platform - THUMP. Read it HERE!

Here are some additional snaps I took of them whilst they were in Australia and a video from the interview!