Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Did Emily Weiss Just Snag Marvin Gaye's Look?

Marvin Gaye Photographed By Richard Young & Emily Weiss For Violet Grey 

Who wore it better?

It's a tie.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Music


Sunday, August 13, 2017

Yiigaa, The Vintage Loving Singer From South London

Photo Courtesy Of Yiigaa

Yiigaa was born in south London. She lives in south, and is south London until she dies. This is said in jest, of course, but she loves the boroughs of Bexley, Bromley, Croydon, Greenwich, Kingston, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Richmond, Southwark, Sutton and Wandsworth. The best thing about her hometown are the mix of ethnicities, backgrounds and religions, “It’s such a good place to grow up as you have so many influences around you,” she says. Growing up, Yiigaa’s aspirations was the rockstar image. She wanted to be in a band, used to wear all black, and loads of eyeliner and black lipstick until she was around seven or eight. A recent show she did reaffirmed her childhood ambition and made her realize that music is really what she wants to be doing. She couldn’t stop making music even if she tried. Instead, she works harder at it.

Classifying her sound is something Yiigaa finds hard to do, “I’d say hip hop, jazz inspired beats with hifi influences, mixed with folk/R&B lyrics. I honestly don’t know,” she explains. However, if there’s a song or musical passage that never fails to move the south London based singer emotionally, it’s the second verse of “Warm Water”, and “Haze”.

When it comes to Yiigaa’s own lyrics, she wants to relate to nature, to people and take them to a different place. She writes everywhere and is constantly trying to be creative, “I can’t stop,” she says and cites her parents, Rihanna, Katus Young and Amy Winehouse as her biggest influences.

As far as as her to personal style goes, the Brit chanteuse takes a great interest and pleasure in vintage garments, old school American sportswear and bohemian clothes from abroad. It makes one wonder how this singer with the eclectic taste gets stage ready and if there are any beauty rituals she swears by, “Oh God, I get so nervous. Lip gloss never fails!” she ousts.

In her leisure time Yiigaa loves travelling and is obsessed with sunsets and water, and nature - so she hangs out a lot in the park. More concretely, a day off is spent watching documentaries, drinking smoothies and eating pineapple upside down cake from Refill in Brixton. And to return to center, she goes away from London, gets some breathing space and lets the mist in her head clear.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Nikki Black

Photo Courtesy Of Nikki Black

WHERE ARE YOUR RIGHT NOW AND HAVE YOU ALWAYS LIVED THERE?
Right now I live in Los Angeles, where I've been for about two and a half years.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND RAISED?
I was born and raised in New Jersey.

WHAT'S THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR CITY OR HOMETOWN?
My hometown is pretty boring. I guess in a way that was the best and worst part of it. There is nothing quite like the slings and arrows of being a teenager in suburbia, where your main escape is your friends and your media, but with very little to do in terms of going out. Now though, I find myself missing the quiet from time to time.

WHAT WERE YOUR INFANT ASPIRATIONS?
I've always wanted to be a writer in some capacity. I've been keeping a journal since I was a child.

 WHAT HAS BEEN A SEMINAL EXPERIENCE?
When I was 23 I was diagnosed with breast cancer, and that experience and the experience of overcoming that have definitely shaped me as a person. It was sort of the beginning of a lot of struggles for me in the way I relate to my body and the world around me, and opened my eyes to the way sick women can be treated by society.
  
WHY  COMEDIENNE?
I started doing stand-up comedy in college, where a few friends had suggested I try out for the stand-up club on campus. Immediately, I felt a connection with the form. Comedy allows you to be very vulnerable and very strong at the same time, and I love telling my story and relating to audiences, and making people laugh, of course.

HOW DID YOU FIRST GET STARTED?
As I mentioned, I started comedy at college, but I really got into the swing of things when I moved to Philadelphia after school. There are many open mics and shows in the city to cut your teeth and hone your craft.

HOW DO YOU SOURCE MATERIAL?
My comedy is largely anecdotal - I rely very heavily on my personal life and my experiences. Dogs have also been a very big inspiration for me in terms of writing material - I never seem to run out of dog jokes.

ON BEING FUNNY: MAYBE SHE'S BORN WITH IT?
Being funny definitely requires a natural talent, but there is always room for improvement. I think learning some of the simple rules, like the "Rule of 3's" for example, can help a young performer figure out their beats and craft punchlines. Consuming funny content it important as well. Many performers starting out will sound basically like a knock-off of a famous comedian everyone knows, but eventually they will branch out and have their own voice. The most important thing is to not be afraid of failure.

WHAT OR WHO HAS HAD THE GREATEST INFLUENCE ON YOU?
I'm a really big fan of Maria Bamford. I love her comedy and I love that she tackles issues such as mental health in her material. I would say comedically, she has probably had the biggest influence on me. I am also influenced by some of my interests, like gothic literature and anime.

WHAT DO YOU GET UP TO WHEN YOU'RE NOT WORKING?
When I'm not working, I like to read. Mainly I read books about feminism, or told with a feminist eye, and I also really love comics. I'm a big fan of "Snotgirl" and "Teen Dog".

HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?
My personal style is mainly fun and cartoony by day and edgier at night. I have a lot of fun accessories - Sailor Moon earrings, ghost earrings, that sort of thing - that give me a quirky vibe, and my hair is usually some kind of vibrant color. Right now it's pink, but I change it up a lot. I also am very into neon chokers right now.

WHAT BEAUTY ROUTINE DO YOU SWEAR BY?
I always wash my face and use toner. I know that is simple, but I can't do anything else until I do. I also love a good cat eye.

HOW DO YOU RETURN TO CENTER?
Something that has been really helpful for me is expressive writing. I sit down in the morning and write out anything that I am feeling, good or bad, and try not to judge my own emotions. Then I rip it up and throw it out, able to go about my day much lighter.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Shades

Photographed By Ellinor Forje

Monday, August 7, 2017

Anyee Wright, Philly's Phinest Rapper

Photo Courtesy Of Anyee Wright 

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND RAISED AND WHERE DO YOU PRESENTLY LIVE?
I was bornand raised in Philadelphia, PA. I still reside in Philly as well.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR BEST CHILDHOOD MEMORIES AND WHAT WERE YOUR INFANT ASPIRATIONS?
I could always remember being a free spirit. Music was something I've always been involved in. Some of my best memories were in elementary/middle school where I've played the trumpet. I was also in a musical called, "Fiddler on the Roof". My acting skills were a bit horrible but I loved the musical scores I had to sing.

WHAT'S GOOD IN YOUR PRESENT TOWN?
Philly is cool. I love the music scene. There's a huge amount of artist here and everyone is building a name for themselves through the love of their art. In the city, our events are always fun. It makes it easier for artist to meet new faces and make new friends.

WHAT HAS BEEN A SEMINAL EXPERIENCE?
One for me was seeing myself in the Philadelphia Inquirer. I've always walked past corner stores and seen newspapers stocked up for people to purchase. I've dreamed about seeing myself in magazines/newspapers. I never would of imagined it would be for a project that I self-produced, so soon.

WHY MUSIC?
Music is a magical force. It has always been, and it always will. I want to leave behind incredible music that'll last a lifetime, to leave behind inspiration for new generations to come is a dream I'd like to manifest into reality.

FIRST SONG EVER SUNG OR BAR LAID TO A BEAT?
I have a memory of myself making my own lyrics to Wu-Tang Clan's "C.R.E.A.M." I love the, Wu. Hearing that production when I was younger was an incredicle experience.

HOW WOULD YOU CLASSIFY YOUR SOUND?
I woud classify my sound as "Anyee Wright." I have a hard time putting my music in a box because I try to avoid them. I want my music to feel liberating, sensual, spontanious, exciting, and brand new. As long as it sounds like nothing you've ever heard before, I'm happy.

WHO OR WHAT HAS INFLUENCED YOU THE MOST ARTISTICALLY?
I've been artistically influenced by Wiz Khalifa, The Neptunes, Odd Future and A$AP Mob. These artist made it easier for me to be myself. It made it easier to stand out by doing what it was I wanted to do; by creating what brought me joy as and artist.

WHO ARE THE HIP HOP PIONEERS IN YOUR OPINION?
There is a long list for this question. Off the top, a few would have to include Doug E. Fresh, Run DMC, Africa Bambaataa, Public Ememy, Ra Kim, I can go on and on.

IS THERE A SET OF MUSIC OR A MELODY THAT NEVER FAILS TO MOVE YOU?
Anything that truely feels good will always move me. I don't have a set sound preference as I try to be open to everything. However, if it feels good to hear, I'll want to hear it again.

WHAT IS YOUR PROCESS FROM CONCEPT TO CREATION?
It starts with me reflecting on my life. My everyday experience gives me something to write about. With production, I create whatever makes me move first.

HOW DO YOU GET STAGE READY?
Before I get on stage, I'll ususally dress however I'm feeling at the moment. Sometimes I feel like I want to wear a dress and heels or bedazzled/sequin to glisten in the crowd while I perform,"Replay." Sometimes I want to wear a hoodie and sweats with sneakers while I perform "Street Smart" so I can jump around with the crowd.

HOW DOES YOUT AESTHETIC TRANSLATE IN OTHER AREAS OF YOUR LIFE?
I'm very talented aside of music. I could have gone  to school for hair, art, graphic design, composing instruments, fashion, etc. The way I translate through each talent aesthetically is by applying my vision to the source. Whatever I create in my mind will always flourish in my work.

WHAT DO YOU GET UP TO WHEN YOU’RE NOT IN THE STUDIO?
When I'm not in a studio to record, I wake up to produce. If I'm not producing I'm defintely writing or brainstorming on the next move.

HOW DO YOU STAY FOCUSED AND MINDFUL?
I stay focused and mindful by understanding my work will never be finished.

Music

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Marine Hérisset


Photo Courtesy Of Marine Hérisset

WHERE ARE YOUR RIGHT NOW AND HAVE YOU ALWAYS LIVED THERE?
I'm in Paris for the summer and I'm moving to Vienna, Austria in September. I'm orginally from Brittany, France. I have always travelled and always lived abroad. I just returned from a four years expatriation in Vietnam (two years in Hanoi and two years in Saigon). I returned to France in 2017 to deliver my first child and will leave in a months time.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND RAISED?
I was born in Brittany and grew up in Rennes, Brittany.

WHAT'S THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR CITY OR HOME TIME?
It's nice to be by the sea. The coast is wild and beautiful, although it's not beautiful in Brittany, the character of the region is fresh and pleasant. Boats, cliffs, seafood...The people are great fun and you can easily go on weekends to wander around and recharge, rent an Airbnb for 15 buddies and have barbecues.

WHAT WERE YOUR ASPIRATIONS GROWING UP?
Like a sailor on his boat, I've always had the call of the sea, the desire to leave, to travel, to disvover the world. The stories of adventure, Corto Maltese, the pirates and privateers have always facsinated me. I like to go on an adventure.

WHY MEDIA?
A series of circumstances in Vietnam led me to purchase an online magazine. A French news site for expats. I had my first experience as an entrepreneur and journalist. I loved it. Thanks to this experience, I developed my communication skills and met many people with varied profiles. It made me want to continue once out of Vietnam, but in my own way. And above all, I wanted to create a media that I would like to read myslf: a light media that presents unusual things about countries in a serious manner, without falling into stupid infotainment.

WHEN DID YOU START THE SITE "LE FIL ROUGE"? 
I started on February 1, 2017.

WHAT TOPICS DO YOU COVER?
Arts and culture, travell, science, people the blogosphere...It's tagline is “Eclectic media for awake and curious people”.

WHAT'S YOUR EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND?
I studied law for five years and obtained a masters degree in Environment and Urbanization. After that I took a new direction as it wasn't what I wanted to do.

WHAT DO YOU GET UP TO WHEN YOU'RE NOT WORKING?
I take care of my baby who is two months old. I walk a lot with him in a stroller. I also loveeeing my friends for a drink and I like to read and watch movies when I have time.

HOW DO YOU UNDWIND?
I love to go on weekends with friends or family, or to go abroad for four to five days: a European capital, a cultural city, a mini seaside stay or in the mountains, I disconnect completely and forget about the site and the notifications I receive on my phone. I'm completely disconnected mentally. It feels good.