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In conversation with Delilah Montagu
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In conversation with Delilah Montagu

Music London based artist Delilah Montagu today releases her empowering brand new single Loud, out now on Columbia Records.      Loud was written in Los Angeles alongside Delilah’s new confidant and acclaimed producer Robin Hannibal (Rhye, Kendrick Lamar, Anderson .Paak) just as the global pandemic we now all find ourselves a part of, was about to hit. It was here and in this moment where Delilah learned how to express herself, shifting from constant uncertainty and loss of self, to truly owning her story for the first time.   LISTEN TO LOUD HERE     Who are you and what is your profession?   My name is Delilah and I’m a singer songwriter.     How do you think Covid-19 will affect the music industry both long-term and short-term? How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of music?    It’s already affected the music industry hugely, especially the live aspect of it!  But on a positive note, I definitely spent a lot of time over lockdown re listening to music that I haven’t listened to in years and discovering new artists.     How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?   I spent it in the countryside with my mum and girlfriend, and I almost wrote a whole album!  I loved being able to write and create music from home - working with robin (Hannibal) via FaceTime wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be! It was a very creative time for me.     Tell us something about yourself that is not on your resume.   I’m an awful baker but still attempt to bake weekly      We love your new single “Version of Me”, can you tell us more about it. What inspired you to make this tune?   Thank you. It was a very honest, vulnerable process of speaking everything that was in my head out loud, while robin wrote down what I was saying - that’s pretty much how the song came to be. I’m very proud of it it feels like my baby.      What do you want to tell with your music, and what themes are you exploring with your music?   Vulnerability, honesty and imperfection. I want to tell the truth.   What do you have in store for us next? Working on anything exciting to come?   Yes!! An album! And lots more singles, I couldn’t be more excited.    How was it working with top producer Robin Hannibal and what did you learn from the experience?   I learn a lot from Robin every day.  He has taught me a lot about empowering myself, having confidence in my own abilities and structure around songwriting. He’s definitely the best mentor I have ever had and I feel grateful to have met him.      What is your story and how does it reflect in your work?   My story is one of change and discovery. I feel like I’m constantly learning new things and now that I’m more accepting of myself and confident in being myself it shows in my work - it’s very direct.     What does music mean to you and what made you start making music in the first place?   Music has saved my life so many times, it’s my way of processing and growing. Music is my home. London based artist Delilah Montagu today releases her empowering brand new single Loud, out now on Columbia Records.      Loud was written in Los Angeles alongside Delilah’s new confidant and acclaimed producer Robin Hannibal (Rhye, Kendrick Lamar, Anderson .Paak) just as the global pandemic we now all find ourselves a part of, was about to hit. It was here and in this moment where Delilah learned how to express herself, shifting from constant uncertainty and loss of self, to truly owning her story for the first time.   LISTEN TO LOUD HERE     Who are you and what is your profession?   My name is Delilah and I’m a singer songwriter.     How do you think Covid-19 will affect the music industry both long-term and short-term? How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of music?    It’s already affected the music industry hugely, especially the live aspect of it!  But on a positive note, I definitely spent a lot of time over lockdown re listening to music that I haven’t listened to in years and discovering new artists.     How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?   I spent it in the countryside with my mum and girlfriend, and I almost wrote a whole album!  I loved being able to write and create music from home - working with robin (Hannibal) via FaceTime wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be! It was a very creative time for me.     Tell us something about yourself that is not on your resume.   I’m an awful baker but still attempt to bake weekly      We love your new single “Version of Me”, can you tell us more about it. What inspired you to make this tune?   Thank you. It was a very honest, vulnerable process of speaking everything that was in my head out loud, while robin wrote down what I was saying - that’s pretty much how the song came to be. I’m very proud of it it feels like my baby.      What do you want to tell with your music, and what themes are you exploring with your music?   Vulnerability, honesty and imperfection. I want to tell the truth.   What do you have in store for us next? Working on anything exciting to come?   Yes!! An album! And lots more singles, I couldn’t be more excited.    How was it working with top producer Robin Hannibal and what did you learn from the experience?   I learn a lot from Robin every day.  He has taught me a lot about empowering myself, having confidence in my own abilities and structure around songwriting. He’s definitely the best mentor I have ever had and I feel grateful to have met him.      What is your story and how does it reflect in your work?   My story is one of change and discovery. I feel like I’m constantly learning new things and now that I’m more accepting of myself and confident in being myself it shows in my work - it’s very direct.     What does music mean to you and what made you start making music in the first place?   Music has saved my life so many times, it’s my way of processing and growing. Music is my home.

Fotomuseum aan het Vrijthof presents 'This is my Church'
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Fotomuseum aan het Vrijthof presents 'This is my Church'

Exhibition Dutch dance photographer Rutger Geerling will be exhibiting from 3 October 2020 to 28 February 2021 at Fotomuseum aan het Vrijthof in Maastricht. The exhibition 'This is my Church' shows a selection of impressive photos of international dance festivals and events in stadiums and large clubs. Dutch DJ heroes such as Afrojack, Armin van Buuren, Hardwell, Nicky Romero and Tiësto play a prominent role.   Rutger Geerling is one of the world's top photographers in Electronic Dance Music (EDM). Starting as a pioneer, he has been photographing the international dance scene for 25 years and enjoys enormous respect from organizers and artists. With his camera he captures the music, freedom, love, togetherness, energy, friendship and magic of this fascinating culture.   With the colourful exhibition, the photography museum pays tribute to Electronic Dance Music. Seventy photos and supporting videos provide a unique insight into the dance world. In addition to impressive landscapes of festivals, scenery and fire and light shows, the monumental museum also presents backstage photos, intimate portraits of concertgoers, action photos of DJs, selfies of (festival) visitors and a DJ booth.   The photographer has made numerous registrations of leading festivals and dance parties such as Sensation in Amsterdam, Tomorrowland in Boom (Belgium), Ultra Music Festival in Miami (USA) and Sunburn in Goa (India). At these events Rutger Geerling has also worked extensively with top foreign DJs as Carl Cox, David Guetta and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike.   Rutger Geerling (1970) lives in Rotterdam where he completed a Public Administration degree. He followed his heart and became a professional photographer in 1995, also by the alias Rudgr. In 2015 his acclaimed book 'This is my Church' was published; an overview of 20 years of Electronic Dance Music. With this inspiring photo book he became the winner of the prestigious Pop Media Prize 2015. Rudgr's iconic photos are published worldwide and for the first time can now be seen in a museum setting.     www.fotomuseumaanhetvrijthof.nl Dutch dance photographer Rutger Geerling will be exhibiting from 3 October 2020 to 28 February 2021 at Fotomuseum aan het Vrijthof in Maastricht. The exhibition 'This is my Church' shows a selection of impressive photos of international dance festivals and events in stadiums and large clubs. Dutch DJ heroes such as Afrojack, Armin van Buuren, Hardwell, Nicky Romero and Tiësto play a prominent role.   Rutger Geerling is one of the world's top photographers in Electronic Dance Music (EDM). Starting as a pioneer, he has been photographing the international dance scene for 25 years and enjoys enormous respect from organizers and artists. With his camera he captures the music, freedom, love, togetherness, energy, friendship and magic of this fascinating culture.   With the colourful exhibition, the photography museum pays tribute to Electronic Dance Music. Seventy photos and supporting videos provide a unique insight into the dance world. In addition to impressive landscapes of festivals, scenery and fire and light shows, the monumental museum also presents backstage photos, intimate portraits of concertgoers, action photos of DJs, selfies of (festival) visitors and a DJ booth.   The photographer has made numerous registrations of leading festivals and dance parties such as Sensation in Amsterdam, Tomorrowland in Boom (Belgium), Ultra Music Festival in Miami (USA) and Sunburn in Goa (India). At these events Rutger Geerling has also worked extensively with top foreign DJs as Carl Cox, David Guetta and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike.   Rutger Geerling (1970) lives in Rotterdam where he completed a Public Administration degree. He followed his heart and became a professional photographer in 1995, also by the alias Rudgr. In 2015 his acclaimed book 'This is my Church' was published; an overview of 20 years of Electronic Dance Music. With this inspiring photo book he became the winner of the prestigious Pop Media Prize 2015. Rudgr's iconic photos are published worldwide and for the first time can now be seen in a museum setting.     www.fotomuseumaanhetvrijthof.nl

In conversation with GLIA
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In conversation with GLIA

Music "GLIA is a creative and very talented female music producer, dj and many other things. She used to be my roommate back in Ljubljana when we were students. So I am very happy interviewing her now, with the release of her  two new tracks." - Timotej Letonja     Who are you and what is your profession?   I am an audio content creator, music producer, sound designer, dj, educator and an artist. I have been working in the music industry for the last seven years. I got indulged into the field through the love for music and got familiar with sound and audio creation, which made me even more immersed into the field that I adore. I am heavily into product design and hardware design but also into sound design through synthesis. What I am primarily focused on at the moment is the production of my own music, which is contemporary and electronic, however I have collaborated as well with other artists and singers in non-electronic genres, especially with mixing and recording.      Growing up in the late 90s she was influenced by the new electronic spirit in Europe. She has performed with some of the key persons in today’s techno music as well as played in various European clubs and festivals. The most significant ones were opening a dark techno set for Coyu, playing alongside Claptone, Fernanda Martins, Reiner Zonneveld, Clara Cuvé, Uto Karem, Insolate, Umek as well as playing her set on Ibiza Sonica Radio, Spain. After 2017 she accomplished a break-through into Berlin techno scene and played in a popular clubbing destination Urban Spree at Warschauer Straße as wellas in Loftus Hall and in of the most popular Berlin clubs Griessmuehle. Influenced by multicultural environment her dark evolving musical style is always changing by her.    Impressions of her surrounding. For her it is about the freedom of complete self-expression and experiencing music on all levels possible. Her main focus has always been music production and not long ago she singed her newest record deal with Suara. Suara is one of techno’s biggest record label established by Coyu. They are based in Spain and have had releases from artists like Moby, DJ Rush, Jay Clarke, Charlotte de Witte, Green Velvet, Slam, Oxia, Anna and more.   Glia singed her two tracks to the label in June with the release date on the 7th of September. The release consists VVAAA (Various Artist) release compilation that is solely female based.     You have recently signed your first two tracks with Suara label, can you tell us more about that? How did the story start, and when are you releasing the tracks? Tell us about your new tracks, what are they about and what inspired you create them?    After seven years of intense learning about sound design, music, arrangements and mixing, playing around Europe and connecting with people the hard work finally started to pay off.  I created a few songs, which I sent to Suara's demo pool and got a message back that they are interested in singing two of the tracks to the new VVAA Power compilation, which came out yesterday on the 7th of September!    The two tracks that are in compilation were synthesized almost solely with analog synthesizers and other acoustic components. The track 2x Gola has a Slovenian lyrics, which I believe is quite different than what we are used to in techno so far. I wanted to create something in my mother tongue to try to play with the melodies of our language rather than making it is English. The lyrics are written in the poetry form Pantoum, which is an Indonesian verse form. The second track Laws of Physics and Karma is much more melodic and has a driving arpeggiator throughout the entire track supported by layers and layers of synths and driven by a hard kick drum.    When I got the message back from the label owner Coyu, I was so thrilled and happy. Getting singed to Suara has been a dream for the last seven years! Before that I have released music on smaller labels, with some of which I still collaborate one of them worth mentioning is Deepnd Records.     You can listen to the songs bellow: Soundcloud: GLIA - 2x Gola(Hard Edit)  https://soundcloud.com/suara/scom043-glia-2x-gola-hard-edit?in=suara/set...   GLIA - Laws of Physics and Karma https://soundcloud.com/suara/scom043-glia-laws-of-phyisics?in=suara/sets...     You Tube: GLIA - 2x Gola (Hard Edit) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFQp5UWMRGs   GLIA - Laws of Physics and Karma https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wh4JSJ_rAF4     How do you think Covid-19 will affect the music industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of music?    What we all really miss is live performances. Unfortunately the music business has not been the kindest in the sense of being able to get monetary comfort through only your own productions, therefore many artists depend on live performances, which are almost non existent at the moment. Besides the artists you have event organizers, club owners, promoters, audio engineers, technicians, all the staff that are heavily depended on events and it is an alarming number of how many are feeling the consequences of COVID-19 crisis. Even those who will have enough security to somewhat survive the situation, may not be able to further operate after COVID-19 crisis, therefore the governments will have to offer additional aid for the event/music/culture businesses just like they have aid for tourism and other sectors of economy. I believe there are two scenarios of how this shall end. The optimistic one and the pessimistic one, however neither of those will exist in the world before corona crisis and the music scene will change forever. Still I believe creativity manages to find its way from our unexplained minds back to the external world. Human creativity is eternal and humans will always find new ways to socialize and express themselves, even when obstacles are on the horizon.      How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?   The biggest difference nowadays is that there are almost no gigs, which I something that I really miss and something that we will have to wait until it comes back. I have been really productive in these times as I don't have many gigs. I make music every day for a few hours and then I take breaks in between, when I run out of my creativity and gain energy from the external world I go back and produce some more. I believe that I have befriended many more local artists in these times, which makes me feel more connected and not alone. Still I believe I am far more creative than before, I do not travel as much as I used to and there are no parties so less distractions and more energy to be channeled in a creative way!     How is it like performing during this times, because you performed in Barcelona, Berlin, Zrće and other venues around Europe?   I was doing some live streams and online festivals during quarantine, however performing in front of a crowd is nothing compared to performing in front of a camera! The energy you get on the stage from people is indescribable and you can't really compare it to anything else! You are surrounded by so much love, smiles and energy! I believe a lot of artists suffer from lacking this energy they are used to having around them weakly. It is kind of like a drug from which you have to abstain from - and it hurts when you don't get it. Not only because so many aritsts financially depend from it but also because you are just used to such large amounts of adrenaline, dopamine, endorphins, which you now don't get.  A few weeks back I finally had my first gig after March and it was amazing! There were people dancing next to me on the stage and the energy and connection we had was powerful!     Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume.   I am lactose intolerant :)     What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it?   Patience. I think I was always just rushing around wanting to have everything as soon as possible. I had a plan of how this year I will finally be able to play outside of Europe in Buenos Aires and in Japan but of course that did not come to place. Things will eventually happen if we work for them in one way or another.       What is your favorite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?    I think there are two paintings that I could call ''my favorite''. The first one I'd like to mention is from Wassily Kandinsky  - Compostition VII and I ''met'' this painting when I was travelling in Moscow last year. I love the colors, I love the ''chaos'' of abstract art, I love the expression of pure imagination hidden behind ''geometrical'' forms. Similarly The Black Square from Malevich represents how our imagination is the art itself. I love how with modern art our perception of what we see changes based on our internal world. It is just a black square but it is also everything we think about what it represents to each individual that is looking at it!     What do you have planned next?   Being good to people around me and - producing, producing, producing, producing and again producing.    "GLIA is a creative and very talented female music producer, dj and many other things. She used to be my roommate back in Ljubljana when we were students. So I am very happy interviewing her now, with the release of her  two new tracks." - Timotej Letonja     Who are you and what is your profession?   I am an audio content creator, music producer, sound designer, dj, educator and an artist. I have been working in the music industry for the last seven years. I got indulged into the field through the love for music and got familiar with sound and audio creation, which made me even more immersed into the field that I adore. I am heavily into product design and hardware design but also into sound design through synthesis. What I am primarily focused on at the moment is the production of my own music, which is contemporary and electronic, however I have collaborated as well with other artists and singers in non-electronic genres, especially with mixing and recording.      Growing up in the late 90s she was influenced by the new electronic spirit in Europe. She has performed with some of the key persons in today’s techno music as well as played in various European clubs and festivals. The most significant ones were opening a dark techno set for Coyu, playing alongside Claptone, Fernanda Martins, Reiner Zonneveld, Clara Cuvé, Uto Karem, Insolate, Umek as well as playing her set on Ibiza Sonica Radio, Spain. After 2017 she accomplished a break-through into Berlin techno scene and played in a popular clubbing destination Urban Spree at Warschauer Straße as wellas in Loftus Hall and in of the most popular Berlin clubs Griessmuehle. Influenced by multicultural environment her dark evolving musical style is always changing by her.    Impressions of her surrounding. For her it is about the freedom of complete self-expression and experiencing music on all levels possible. Her main focus has always been music production and not long ago she singed her newest record deal with Suara. Suara is one of techno’s biggest record label established by Coyu. They are based in Spain and have had releases from artists like Moby, DJ Rush, Jay Clarke, Charlotte de Witte, Green Velvet, Slam, Oxia, Anna and more.   Glia singed her two tracks to the label in June with the release date on the 7th of September. The release consists VVAAA (Various Artist) release compilation that is solely female based.     You have recently signed your first two tracks with Suara label, can you tell us more about that? How did the story start, and when are you releasing the tracks? Tell us about your new tracks, what are they about and what inspired you create them?    After seven years of intense learning about sound design, music, arrangements and mixing, playing around Europe and connecting with people the hard work finally started to pay off.  I created a few songs, which I sent to Suara's demo pool and got a message back that they are interested in singing two of the tracks to the new VVAA Power compilation, which came out yesterday on the 7th of September!    The two tracks that are in compilation were synthesized almost solely with analog synthesizers and other acoustic components. The track 2x Gola has a Slovenian lyrics, which I believe is quite different than what we are used to in techno so far. I wanted to create something in my mother tongue to try to play with the melodies of our language rather than making it is English. The lyrics are written in the poetry form Pantoum, which is an Indonesian verse form. The second track Laws of Physics and Karma is much more melodic and has a driving arpeggiator throughout the entire track supported by layers and layers of synths and driven by a hard kick drum.    When I got the message back from the label owner Coyu, I was so thrilled and happy. Getting singed to Suara has been a dream for the last seven years! Before that I have released music on smaller labels, with some of which I still collaborate one of them worth mentioning is Deepnd Records.     You can listen to the songs bellow: Soundcloud: GLIA - 2x Gola(Hard Edit)  https://soundcloud.com/suara/scom043-glia-2x-gola-hard-edit?in=suara/set...   GLIA - Laws of Physics and Karma https://soundcloud.com/suara/scom043-glia-laws-of-phyisics?in=suara/sets...     You Tube: GLIA - 2x Gola (Hard Edit) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFQp5UWMRGs   GLIA - Laws of Physics and Karma https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wh4JSJ_rAF4     How do you think Covid-19 will affect the music industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of music?    What we all really miss is live performances. Unfortunately the music business has not been the kindest in the sense of being able to get monetary comfort through only your own productions, therefore many artists depend on live performances, which are almost non existent at the moment. Besides the artists you have event organizers, club owners, promoters, audio engineers, technicians, all the staff that are heavily depended on events and it is an alarming number of how many are feeling the consequences of COVID-19 crisis. Even those who will have enough security to somewhat survive the situation, may not be able to further operate after COVID-19 crisis, therefore the governments will have to offer additional aid for the event/music/culture businesses just like they have aid for tourism and other sectors of economy. I believe there are two scenarios of how this shall end. The optimistic one and the pessimistic one, however neither of those will exist in the world before corona crisis and the music scene will change forever. Still I believe creativity manages to find its way from our unexplained minds back to the external world. Human creativity is eternal and humans will always find new ways to socialize and express themselves, even when obstacles are on the horizon.      How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?   The biggest difference nowadays is that there are almost no gigs, which I something that I really miss and something that we will have to wait until it comes back. I have been really productive in these times as I don't have many gigs. I make music every day for a few hours and then I take breaks in between, when I run out of my creativity and gain energy from the external world I go back and produce some more. I believe that I have befriended many more local artists in these times, which makes me feel more connected and not alone. Still I believe I am far more creative than before, I do not travel as much as I used to and there are no parties so less distractions and more energy to be channeled in a creative way!     How is it like performing during this times, because you performed in Barcelona, Berlin, Zrće and other venues around Europe?   I was doing some live streams and online festivals during quarantine, however performing in front of a crowd is nothing compared to performing in front of a camera! The energy you get on the stage from people is indescribable and you can't really compare it to anything else! You are surrounded by so much love, smiles and energy! I believe a lot of artists suffer from lacking this energy they are used to having around them weakly. It is kind of like a drug from which you have to abstain from - and it hurts when you don't get it. Not only because so many aritsts financially depend from it but also because you are just used to such large amounts of adrenaline, dopamine, endorphins, which you now don't get.  A few weeks back I finally had my first gig after March and it was amazing! There were people dancing next to me on the stage and the energy and connection we had was powerful!     Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume.   I am lactose intolerant :)     What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it?   Patience. I think I was always just rushing around wanting to have everything as soon as possible. I had a plan of how this year I will finally be able to play outside of Europe in Buenos Aires and in Japan but of course that did not come to place. Things will eventually happen if we work for them in one way or another.       What is your favorite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?    I think there are two paintings that I could call ''my favorite''. The first one I'd like to mention is from Wassily Kandinsky  - Compostition VII and I ''met'' this painting when I was travelling in Moscow last year. I love the colors, I love the ''chaos'' of abstract art, I love the expression of pure imagination hidden behind ''geometrical'' forms. Similarly The Black Square from Malevich represents how our imagination is the art itself. I love how with modern art our perception of what we see changes based on our internal world. It is just a black square but it is also everything we think about what it represents to each individual that is looking at it!     What do you have planned next?   Being good to people around me and - producing, producing, producing, producing and again producing.   

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Memphis Depay teases debut EP  with hot new single ‘2 Corinthians 5:7’
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Memphis Depay teases debut EP with hot new single ‘2 Corinthians 5:7’

Music After releasing his debut single ‘No Love’ in 2018, and with singles like ‘5 Milli Freestyle’, ‘Fall Back’, ‘Dubai Freestyle’, and over 31 million plays on Spotify and YouTube alone, Memphis Depay proved that music is a serious passion and commitment for him. The 26-year-old Olympique Lyonnais football player’s new single ‘2 Corinthians 5:7’ keeps his impressive catalogue rolling and is the first taste of a debut EP which he is currently working on, to his fans’ delight.     It’s a dark hip hop tune with plucked tones and a sparsely placed distorted bass that fits his smooth voice perfectly. The menacing and deep trap beat adds catchy energy to the track’s sleek vocals. The lyrics tell of his glamorous lifestyle and of his career as a football player. It’s a unique angle for a rapper to also be able to talk about excelling at a world-class level in another field, making for some distinctive bars.     The video stays true to Memphis’ ideology, believing that for the world to change, we have to be the change, and this can only be achieved by lifting each other up. The video features some fine outfits, a gloomy dinner scene, and Depay’s tattoo-covered body. He slips into French for the outro, showing he can bring the heat in either language.    2 Corinthians 5:7 is out now: https://youtu.be/xjtNp-RStOs         Widely considered as one of the best football players in the world, Memphis Depay’s talent is much more extensive than that. Not only does the 26-year old serve the French club Olympique Lyonnais and The Netherlands’ national football team, he has also successfully been trying his hand at music.    Memphis Depay made his official debut for PSV Eindhoven in 2011 and for the Dutch national team in 2013. His football style is often compared to Cristiano Ronaldo’s, resulting in being praised as “one of the best young players in the world”.     His debut single ‘No Love’ was released in 2018, announcing a great musical career ahead. Followed by ‘Fall Back’ and with tracks like ‘5 Milli Freestyle’ and ‘Dubai Freestyle’, Memphis has amassed over 31 million plays on Spotify and YouTube alone.      In 2019, Memphis Depay also published his inspiring biography ‘Heart of a Lion’, written with Dutch sports reporter Simon Zwartkruis. The book tells his story from his childhood full of aggression and fear, with the ball as sole lifebuoy, to being the star of the Dutch national team and Lyon. In this vulnerable, yet powerful and inspiring biography, Memphis also reveals his musical ambitions.  After releasing his debut single ‘No Love’ in 2018, and with singles like ‘5 Milli Freestyle’, ‘Fall Back’, ‘Dubai Freestyle’, and over 31 million plays on Spotify and YouTube alone, Memphis Depay proved that music is a serious passion and commitment for him. The 26-year-old Olympique Lyonnais football player’s new single ‘2 Corinthians 5:7’ keeps his impressive catalogue rolling and is the first taste of a debut EP which he is currently working on, to his fans’ delight.     It’s a dark hip hop tune with plucked tones and a sparsely placed distorted bass that fits his smooth voice perfectly. The menacing and deep trap beat adds catchy energy to the track’s sleek vocals. The lyrics tell of his glamorous lifestyle and of his career as a football player. It’s a unique angle for a rapper to also be able to talk about excelling at a world-class level in another field, making for some distinctive bars.     The video stays true to Memphis’ ideology, believing that for the world to change, we have to be the change, and this can only be achieved by lifting each other up. The video features some fine outfits, a gloomy dinner scene, and Depay’s tattoo-covered body. He slips into French for the outro, showing he can bring the heat in either language.    2 Corinthians 5:7 is out now: https://youtu.be/xjtNp-RStOs         Widely considered as one of the best football players in the world, Memphis Depay’s talent is much more extensive than that. Not only does the 26-year old serve the French club Olympique Lyonnais and The Netherlands’ national football team, he has also successfully been trying his hand at music.    Memphis Depay made his official debut for PSV Eindhoven in 2011 and for the Dutch national team in 2013. His football style is often compared to Cristiano Ronaldo’s, resulting in being praised as “one of the best young players in the world”.     His debut single ‘No Love’ was released in 2018, announcing a great musical career ahead. Followed by ‘Fall Back’ and with tracks like ‘5 Milli Freestyle’ and ‘Dubai Freestyle’, Memphis has amassed over 31 million plays on Spotify and YouTube alone.      In 2019, Memphis Depay also published his inspiring biography ‘Heart of a Lion’, written with Dutch sports reporter Simon Zwartkruis. The book tells his story from his childhood full of aggression and fear, with the ball as sole lifebuoy, to being the star of the Dutch national team and Lyon. In this vulnerable, yet powerful and inspiring biography, Memphis also reveals his musical ambitions. 

A.G.COOK releases a new single and video
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A.G.COOK releases a new single and video

Music PC Music is proud to announce ‘Apple’ a new album from A. G. Cook set for release on September 18th. A first track from the album, ‘Oh Yeah’, is released today, accompanied by a self-directed video. The track was premiered last night (August 16th) with a BBC Radio 1 First Play from Annie Mac and follows last week’s release of A. G. Cook’s critically acclaimed 49-track opus 7G.     Watch ‘Oh Yeah’ here: https://youtu.be/koI7IRSjfxc     The notion of pure, classic songwriting is one of the core aspects of ‘Apple’ and 'Oh Yeah' is Cook’s most direct attempt. The track begins with his untreated vocals placed atop a strummed acoustic guitar singing the entrancing main hook. The video is just as open: Cook is front-and-centre performing the song directly to camera. Cook says “the song itself - like most pop music - is really about confidence & escapism, and how bittersweet those things can feel.”     Cook further states: “‘Apple’ is my own take on Personal Computer Music. I've always been interested in the blurred line between bedroom and professional studio production, and at what point a personality either gets created or accidentally takes shape. For me there's a great sense of freedom in combining something slick with something naive - a reality where anything could happen. In calling the album ‘Apple’, I wanted to draw attention to one of the simplest, most everyday objects, which somehowcontains references to almost everything imaginable - from computers to The Beatles, New York to Snow White, and an entire world of history and mythology. A little free advertising doesn't hurt”     7G’s seven instruments (Drums, Guitar, Supersaw, Piano, Nord, Spoken Word, Extreme Vocals) form the sound palette of ‘Apple’. Described by Cook as “threatening to be an instrumental producer album, then becoming a songwriter album”, the album features some of his most ambitious and emotional songwriting, as well as his most vivid sonic ideas as a producer. Together, 7G and Apple showcase Cook’s sheer breadth of ideas, and illustrate why he’s one of the most vital artists working today.     Pre-Save & Pre-Order: apple.net.ag     Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/agcook404 Twitter: https://twitter.com/agcook404 PC Music is proud to announce ‘Apple’ a new album from A. G. Cook set for release on September 18th. A first track from the album, ‘Oh Yeah’, is released today, accompanied by a self-directed video. The track was premiered last night (August 16th) with a BBC Radio 1 First Play from Annie Mac and follows last week’s release of A. G. Cook’s critically acclaimed 49-track opus 7G.     Watch ‘Oh Yeah’ here: https://youtu.be/koI7IRSjfxc     The notion of pure, classic songwriting is one of the core aspects of ‘Apple’ and 'Oh Yeah' is Cook’s most direct attempt. The track begins with his untreated vocals placed atop a strummed acoustic guitar singing the entrancing main hook. The video is just as open: Cook is front-and-centre performing the song directly to camera. Cook says “the song itself - like most pop music - is really about confidence & escapism, and how bittersweet those things can feel.”     Cook further states: “‘Apple’ is my own take on Personal Computer Music. I've always been interested in the blurred line between bedroom and professional studio production, and at what point a personality either gets created or accidentally takes shape. For me there's a great sense of freedom in combining something slick with something naive - a reality where anything could happen. In calling the album ‘Apple’, I wanted to draw attention to one of the simplest, most everyday objects, which somehowcontains references to almost everything imaginable - from computers to The Beatles, New York to Snow White, and an entire world of history and mythology. A little free advertising doesn't hurt”     7G’s seven instruments (Drums, Guitar, Supersaw, Piano, Nord, Spoken Word, Extreme Vocals) form the sound palette of ‘Apple’. Described by Cook as “threatening to be an instrumental producer album, then becoming a songwriter album”, the album features some of his most ambitious and emotional songwriting, as well as his most vivid sonic ideas as a producer. Together, 7G and Apple showcase Cook’s sheer breadth of ideas, and illustrate why he’s one of the most vital artists working today.     Pre-Save & Pre-Order: apple.net.ag     Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/agcook404 Twitter: https://twitter.com/agcook404

LONDON GRAMMAR RETURN WITH BRAND NEW SINGLE BABY IT’S YOU OUT TODAY ON MINISTRY OF SOUND
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LONDON GRAMMAR RETURN WITH BRAND NEW SINGLE BABY IT’S YOU OUT TODAY ON MINISTRY OF SOUND

Music London Grammar today return with their incredible brand new single Baby It’s You, out now on Ministry Of Sound. Following its premiere as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record last night on Radio 1, Baby It’s You arrives as the first piece of music the band have released since their 2017 #1 selling album Truth Is A Beautiful Thing. The new single marks a certain new beginning for the British trio, as dynamics are transformed and power within is reclaimed gloriously.   Listen to Baby It’s You here.   Drawn from the redemptive energy of love, Baby It’s You embodies a newly embellished confidence at the forefront of London Grammar, cushioned by the familiarity of their sound, but enriched by a colourful new clarity of purpose. The pulsing new single was co-produced by the band themselves alongside lauded electronic pioneer George FitzGerald, with Hannah’s immaculately identifiable vocals soaring high and immediate.   London Grammar are Hannah Reid, Dan Rothman and Dot Major. They released their #2 double platinum selling debut album If You Wait in 2013, followed by their #1 album Truth Is A Beautiful Thing in 2017. They’ve garnered numerous BRIT nominations and have been awarded a prestigious Ivor Novello. The band have worked with an array of contemporary talent and brands including Paul Epworth, Flume, Dior and Disclosure, played an envious list of sold out tours and headlined festivals across the globe. Most recently their track Hey Now (Arty Remix) was featured on the hit show Normal People.    www.londongrammar.com   London Grammar today return with their incredible brand new single Baby It’s You, out now on Ministry Of Sound. Following its premiere as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record last night on Radio 1, Baby It’s You arrives as the first piece of music the band have released since their 2017 #1 selling album Truth Is A Beautiful Thing. The new single marks a certain new beginning for the British trio, as dynamics are transformed and power within is reclaimed gloriously.   Listen to Baby It’s You here.   Drawn from the redemptive energy of love, Baby It’s You embodies a newly embellished confidence at the forefront of London Grammar, cushioned by the familiarity of their sound, but enriched by a colourful new clarity of purpose. The pulsing new single was co-produced by the band themselves alongside lauded electronic pioneer George FitzGerald, with Hannah’s immaculately identifiable vocals soaring high and immediate.   London Grammar are Hannah Reid, Dan Rothman and Dot Major. They released their #2 double platinum selling debut album If You Wait in 2013, followed by their #1 album Truth Is A Beautiful Thing in 2017. They’ve garnered numerous BRIT nominations and have been awarded a prestigious Ivor Novello. The band have worked with an array of contemporary talent and brands including Paul Epworth, Flume, Dior and Disclosure, played an envious list of sold out tours and headlined festivals across the globe. Most recently their track Hey Now (Arty Remix) was featured on the hit show Normal People.    www.londongrammar.com  

In conversation with Aamadou (Amma) Raastoff x Samsøe Samsøe
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In conversation with Aamadou (Amma) Raastoff x Samsøe Samsøe

Music “Samsøe Samsøe as a brand has this year chosen to go with a hybrid showcasing of the SS21 collection. A smaller gathering in our courtyard, for selected press and media’s for a showcasing of the video when going live – has been added to the schedule to ensure exposure in the Nordics, plus relevant international media, attending the Copenhagen Fashion Week this season. We’ve chosen to go digital, as we found this solution cool and in line with both the worldly view, as people are not traveling – but also our theme; ‘Local Love’, as it showcases glimpses of real people, doing real things – and uplifting the people who live in our neighborhood that we really draw a lot of inspiration from. On top of that, we find it irrelevant and outdated to chose to go with a classical show venue, as it’s neither sustainable, nor new thinking. Raw, honest, inclusive. That’s our path going forward.”, Armin Semovic – PR Manager. ​     AHAMADOU (AMMA) RAASTOFF is a 20y/o, producer & studio engineer.   What made you interested in producing Music?   Music has always been around me. Since I can remember, music has been a major factor in my life. I’ve also always been a nerd. I loved breaking and repairing computers, speakers, amps and so on. So it was only natural I became a producer.   You’re producing a solo album, but you’re also in a collective with friends who believe and strive for the same things. Please tell us a bit more about that?   I am currently working on solo producer album, but I’m also in a small “collective”. We are a small group of friends who all have a very big passion and drive for music with the goal of making a living from it one day. We take music very seriously but we’re actually very goffy people, so we try to find a balance of not being too serious on how we portray ourselves. We want do break through in our own way, not hiding who we are. Outside of our collective we also collaborate with other artists. Singers , producers, rappers & instrumentalists. We try to be as diverse as we can so we always stay inspired. As for my current project I’m working on a solo producer album with the simple purpose of making music because I/we love it and again, have a very big passion for it. This is going to be the second album I’ll be producing, with the first being an Rnb album for a very talent singer called 23HUNDRED in 2019. For this project I’ve gotten a handful of very talented singers and rappers. Some from the “collective” others from around Copenhagen. I will not allow myself to stress over getting it finished. If it’s done in 2 months it’s that. If it’s done in 2 years it’s that. Quality over quantity.     You also skate. Do you draw inspirations from different subcultures to your music as well?   I try to take inspiration from everywhere. I listen to a lot of different music to try and find new ways of creating and improving my music.     “For the Spring Summer 2021 collection, we decided to go back to our roots, and dig deep within ourselves - and to find inspiration in our beautiful surroundings. The Samsøe Samsøe HQ has had its base in Nørrebro – one of the most multicultural neighborhoods of Denmark – for more than 25 years. Therefore, we decided to honor this by making a new concept based on the ’real Nørrebro’. ’Local Love’ tells a story of real people, doing real things. And the movie and imagery showcases just that; their stories and connection to Nørrebro – which shows us just how multifaceted and diverse this neighborhood really is. Raw. Honest. Inclusive. These are the values Samsøe Samsøe is ensuring to nourish, through ’Local Love’, and going forward.” Gitte Witter – head of Menswear (and overall design and synergy between Women’s and Men’s collection for this season, as we’re looking for a new head of Womenswear to join our team.)  “Samsøe Samsøe as a brand has this year chosen to go with a hybrid showcasing of the SS21 collection. A smaller gathering in our courtyard, for selected press and media’s for a showcasing of the video when going live – has been added to the schedule to ensure exposure in the Nordics, plus relevant international media, attending the Copenhagen Fashion Week this season. We’ve chosen to go digital, as we found this solution cool and in line with both the worldly view, as people are not traveling – but also our theme; ‘Local Love’, as it showcases glimpses of real people, doing real things – and uplifting the people who live in our neighborhood that we really draw a lot of inspiration from. On top of that, we find it irrelevant and outdated to chose to go with a classical show venue, as it’s neither sustainable, nor new thinking. Raw, honest, inclusive. That’s our path going forward.”, Armin Semovic – PR Manager. ​     AHAMADOU (AMMA) RAASTOFF is a 20y/o, producer & studio engineer.   What made you interested in producing Music?   Music has always been around me. Since I can remember, music has been a major factor in my life. I’ve also always been a nerd. I loved breaking and repairing computers, speakers, amps and so on. So it was only natural I became a producer.   You’re producing a solo album, but you’re also in a collective with friends who believe and strive for the same things. Please tell us a bit more about that?   I am currently working on solo producer album, but I’m also in a small “collective”. We are a small group of friends who all have a very big passion and drive for music with the goal of making a living from it one day. We take music very seriously but we’re actually very goffy people, so we try to find a balance of not being too serious on how we portray ourselves. We want do break through in our own way, not hiding who we are. Outside of our collective we also collaborate with other artists. Singers , producers, rappers & instrumentalists. We try to be as diverse as we can so we always stay inspired. As for my current project I’m working on a solo producer album with the simple purpose of making music because I/we love it and again, have a very big passion for it. This is going to be the second album I’ll be producing, with the first being an Rnb album for a very talent singer called 23HUNDRED in 2019. For this project I’ve gotten a handful of very talented singers and rappers. Some from the “collective” others from around Copenhagen. I will not allow myself to stress over getting it finished. If it’s done in 2 months it’s that. If it’s done in 2 years it’s that. Quality over quantity.     You also skate. Do you draw inspirations from different subcultures to your music as well?   I try to take inspiration from everywhere. I listen to a lot of different music to try and find new ways of creating and improving my music.     “For the Spring Summer 2021 collection, we decided to go back to our roots, and dig deep within ourselves - and to find inspiration in our beautiful surroundings. The Samsøe Samsøe HQ has had its base in Nørrebro – one of the most multicultural neighborhoods of Denmark – for more than 25 years. Therefore, we decided to honor this by making a new concept based on the ’real Nørrebro’. ’Local Love’ tells a story of real people, doing real things. And the movie and imagery showcases just that; their stories and connection to Nørrebro – which shows us just how multifaceted and diverse this neighborhood really is. Raw. Honest. Inclusive. These are the values Samsøe Samsøe is ensuring to nourish, through ’Local Love’, and going forward.” Gitte Witter – head of Menswear (and overall design and synergy between Women’s and Men’s collection for this season, as we’re looking for a new head of Womenswear to join our team.) 

Tomorrowland Around the World goes live for a Virtual Festival this weekend
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Tomorrowland Around the World goes live for a Virtual Festival this weekend

Music Tomorrowland Around the World, the digital festival,  unveils star-studded line-up with Adam Beyer, Amelie Lens, Armin van Buuren, Charlotte de Witte, David Guetta, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Kölsch, Lost Frequencies, Martin Garrix, Paul Kalkbrenner, Steve Aoki, Tale of Us, Tiësto, Timmy Trumpet and many more. Tomorrowland is giving a first exclusive sneak preview into the new magical world of its spectacular two-day digital music festival experience that will bring together more than 60 of the planet’s biggest names in electronic dance music  on 8 different stages.    On Saturday July 25 and Sunday July 26, Tomorrowland is organising Tomorrowland Around the World, the digital festival: a spectacular entertainment experience open to people of all ages and places, unfazed by borders or boundaries – a world premiere and a major step in the future of digital music festivals. Bringing together more than 60 of the world’s most prominent artists in dance music with spectacular special effects and astonishing 3D-technology, Tomorrowland now announces its stellar line-up for the two-day festival weekend, including unique performances by the likes of Adam Beyer, Amelie Lens, Armin van Buuren, Charlotte de Witte, David Guetta, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Kölsch, Lost Frequencies, Martin Garrix, Paul Kalkbrenner, Steve Aoki, Tale of Us, Tiësto, Timmy Trumpet and many more. On top of releasing its full line-up, Tomorrowland is giving a first exclusive sneak preview into the dazzling new Tomorrowland location it has been crafting over the past few months. The full line-up per stage can be found on tomorrowland.com – more very special guests and friends of Tomorrowland will be announced later; ticket sales start on Thursday June 18 via tomorrowland.com.     Catering to all genres with an eclectic line-up, from trance to hardstyle, to house to dubstep and future bass, there is definitely something for everyone during the unprecedented two-day festival experience. Tomorrowland Around the World will offer a packed schedule and is using the world’s best technology in 3D design, video production, gaming and special effects to bring together 8 different stages, including the iconic Mainstage that gives a first introduction into the magical world of ‘The Reflection of Love – Chapter 1’, plenty of signature Tomorrowland stages such as Atmosphere, Core and Freedom Stage, joined by 3 new stages, which have been specially created and designed by the creative team and 3D artists behind Tomorrowland. In an exclusive sneak preview, Tomorrowland is giving a very first look into the magical and newly created Tomorrowland location it has been building over the past few months, giving people across the globe a first taste of the dazzling world they will be able to navigate through during Tomorrowland Around the World, the digital festival.      Each stage will premiere brand new music and video content from the world’s best artists and a large portion of the fireworks and laser shows characteristic of Tomorrowland. The Mainstage– embodying the theme of 2020 ‘The Reflection of Love – Chapter 1’ – will be graced by the biggest industry heavyweights as Afrojack, Alan Walker, Armin van Buuren, David Guetta, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Don Diablo, Kölsch, Lost Frequencies, Martin Garrix, NERVO, Oliver Heldens Paul Kalkbrenner, Steve Aoki, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Tiësto, Timmy Trumpet and Vintage Culture. The wonderful Atmosphere stage will be headlined by the likes of techno legends Amelie Lens, Dixon, Joyhauser, Reinier Zonneveld, Stephan Bodzin and Tale of Us. Several other house & techno music tastemakers including Adriatique, ANNA, Adam Beyer, Cellini, Charlotte de Witte, Joris Voorn and Patrice Baumel will deliver the most mesmerizing and atmospheric sounds at the mythical Corestage – a crowd favourite and definitely one of the most unique stages at Tomorrowland. Tomorrowland’s iconic Freedom Stage will see Claptone, Jack Back and Solardo return, with hardstyle acts like Coone, Da Tweekaz and Wildstylez on the Q-Dance stage. Some of the world’s best artists in future bass, dubstep and trap music – Carnage, Eptic, Gryffin, Netsky, NGHTMRE, San Holo and Yellow Claw – will gather at one of the brand new stages.      Dimitri Vegas:“We’ve deliberately been holding out on doing livestreams as we wanted this to be really special. We had the opportunity to see the stage designs of the digital festival and it will be nothing like the world has ever seen. It’s truly an immersive and unique experience and surpasses any expectations someone can have when they hear the term ‘virtual festival’. People are just not ready for what they are about to see. We can’t wait!”     Armin van Buuren: “Tomorrowland Around the World is a great opportunity for me to connect with my fans during these lockdown times and I hope that this will help everyone to hold on for a bit longer until we can party together on actual festival grounds again! Very delighted to be part of this ground-breaking event.”     Steve Aoki:“Tomorrowland is always a special festival for me so I'm very honoured to be a part of Tomorrowland’s digital festival that will be uniting so many people from around the world in a way that hasn't been done before. The connection between amazing music, breath-taking 3D design and the latest filming techniques from Hollywood get me extremely excited!”     Paul Kalkbrenner:"I’m very honoured to be part of this exciting new project and I’m thrilled to see the outcome, once it airs. Tomorrowland and its crew have always played an integral role throughout the last years and it has become more of a friendship than a pure work relation. Thanks for having me again on the Mainstage."     Amelie Lens:“I am very excited to be playing at the biggest digital festival ever. I’ve heard that hundreds of people are currently working day and night to create a never before seen experience, so I honestly cannot wait for the last weekend of July.”     Festival visitors will be able to navigate easily through a magical and newly created Tomorrowland location with a PC, laptop, smartphone or tablet – you don’t need special VR goggles – and explore the entire festival site in an interactive way together with friends. Besides the performances there will be all kinds of interactive experiences to choose from, including inspirational webinars, games and workshops related to lifestyle, food, fashion and the Tomorrowland Foundation. Together with the performances, Tomorrowland Around the World will be a full day/weekend experience between 15h00–01h00 CEST. There will be a ‘time-zone-friendly’ option for visitors from Asia and North or South America. The People of Tomorrow are invited to experience this unique event together with friends: dressing up with your best festival outfit, putting up tents in your back garden to create your own DreamVille, setting up a big screen, inviting your beloved ones for a nice barbecue with music and an amazing festival experience, decorating your balcony or throwing a party in your living room – this weekend is all about uniting through the power of music in a responsible and safe way.   Tomorrowland Around the World, the digital festival – the line-up:  Adam Beyer Adriatique Afrojack Alan Walker Amelie Lens Andrew Rayel ANNA Armin van Buuren Bassjackers B Jones Carnage Cat Dealers Cellini Charlotte de Witte Claptone Coone Da Tweekaz David Guetta D-Block & S-te-fan Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike Dixon Don Diablo EDX Eptic Fedde Legrand Gryffin Jack Back Joris Voorn Joyhauser Klingande Kölsch Laidback Luke DJ Licious Lost Frequencies Marlo Martin Garrix Modestep Mr Pig NERVO Netsky NGHTMRE NWYR Oliver Heldens Patrice Baumel Paul Kalkbrenner Ran – D  Regard Reinier Zonneveld Robin Schulz San Holo Solardo Stephan Bodzin Steve Aoki Sub Zero Project Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano Tale of Us Tiësto Timmy Trumpet Vini Vici Vintage Culture Wildstylez Yellow Claw Yves Deruyter Yves V The full line-up per stage can be found on tomorrowland.com. Some special performances as well.   Tomorrowland Around the World, the digital festival Saturday July 25 and Sunday July 26,2020. Between 16h00–01h00 CEST. ‘Time-zone-friendly’ for visitors from Asia and North and South America. Open for people of all ages and places. Accessible exclusively on tomorrowland.com. Ticket sales start on Thursday June 18 via tomorrowland.com. Day ticket costs €12.50. Weekend ticket costs €20.00 and includes a week of video-on-demand content to relive the entire experience. Special People of Tomorrow packages and Home Party packages will be available. Info and updates: tomorrowland.com Tomorrowland Around the World, the digital festival,  unveils star-studded line-up with Adam Beyer, Amelie Lens, Armin van Buuren, Charlotte de Witte, David Guetta, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Kölsch, Lost Frequencies, Martin Garrix, Paul Kalkbrenner, Steve Aoki, Tale of Us, Tiësto, Timmy Trumpet and many more. Tomorrowland is giving a first exclusive sneak preview into the new magical world of its spectacular two-day digital music festival experience that will bring together more than 60 of the planet’s biggest names in electronic dance music  on 8 different stages.    On Saturday July 25 and Sunday July 26, Tomorrowland is organising Tomorrowland Around the World, the digital festival: a spectacular entertainment experience open to people of all ages and places, unfazed by borders or boundaries – a world premiere and a major step in the future of digital music festivals. Bringing together more than 60 of the world’s most prominent artists in dance music with spectacular special effects and astonishing 3D-technology, Tomorrowland now announces its stellar line-up for the two-day festival weekend, including unique performances by the likes of Adam Beyer, Amelie Lens, Armin van Buuren, Charlotte de Witte, David Guetta, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Kölsch, Lost Frequencies, Martin Garrix, Paul Kalkbrenner, Steve Aoki, Tale of Us, Tiësto, Timmy Trumpet and many more. On top of releasing its full line-up, Tomorrowland is giving a first exclusive sneak preview into the dazzling new Tomorrowland location it has been crafting over the past few months. The full line-up per stage can be found on tomorrowland.com – more very special guests and friends of Tomorrowland will be announced later; ticket sales start on Thursday June 18 via tomorrowland.com.     Catering to all genres with an eclectic line-up, from trance to hardstyle, to house to dubstep and future bass, there is definitely something for everyone during the unprecedented two-day festival experience. Tomorrowland Around the World will offer a packed schedule and is using the world’s best technology in 3D design, video production, gaming and special effects to bring together 8 different stages, including the iconic Mainstage that gives a first introduction into the magical world of ‘The Reflection of Love – Chapter 1’, plenty of signature Tomorrowland stages such as Atmosphere, Core and Freedom Stage, joined by 3 new stages, which have been specially created and designed by the creative team and 3D artists behind Tomorrowland. In an exclusive sneak preview, Tomorrowland is giving a very first look into the magical and newly created Tomorrowland location it has been building over the past few months, giving people across the globe a first taste of the dazzling world they will be able to navigate through during Tomorrowland Around the World, the digital festival.      Each stage will premiere brand new music and video content from the world’s best artists and a large portion of the fireworks and laser shows characteristic of Tomorrowland. The Mainstage– embodying the theme of 2020 ‘The Reflection of Love – Chapter 1’ – will be graced by the biggest industry heavyweights as Afrojack, Alan Walker, Armin van Buuren, David Guetta, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Don Diablo, Kölsch, Lost Frequencies, Martin Garrix, NERVO, Oliver Heldens Paul Kalkbrenner, Steve Aoki, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Tiësto, Timmy Trumpet and Vintage Culture. The wonderful Atmosphere stage will be headlined by the likes of techno legends Amelie Lens, Dixon, Joyhauser, Reinier Zonneveld, Stephan Bodzin and Tale of Us. Several other house & techno music tastemakers including Adriatique, ANNA, Adam Beyer, Cellini, Charlotte de Witte, Joris Voorn and Patrice Baumel will deliver the most mesmerizing and atmospheric sounds at the mythical Corestage – a crowd favourite and definitely one of the most unique stages at Tomorrowland. Tomorrowland’s iconic Freedom Stage will see Claptone, Jack Back and Solardo return, with hardstyle acts like Coone, Da Tweekaz and Wildstylez on the Q-Dance stage. Some of the world’s best artists in future bass, dubstep and trap music – Carnage, Eptic, Gryffin, Netsky, NGHTMRE, San Holo and Yellow Claw – will gather at one of the brand new stages.      Dimitri Vegas:“We’ve deliberately been holding out on doing livestreams as we wanted this to be really special. We had the opportunity to see the stage designs of the digital festival and it will be nothing like the world has ever seen. It’s truly an immersive and unique experience and surpasses any expectations someone can have when they hear the term ‘virtual festival’. People are just not ready for what they are about to see. We can’t wait!”     Armin van Buuren: “Tomorrowland Around the World is a great opportunity for me to connect with my fans during these lockdown times and I hope that this will help everyone to hold on for a bit longer until we can party together on actual festival grounds again! Very delighted to be part of this ground-breaking event.”     Steve Aoki:“Tomorrowland is always a special festival for me so I'm very honoured to be a part of Tomorrowland’s digital festival that will be uniting so many people from around the world in a way that hasn't been done before. The connection between amazing music, breath-taking 3D design and the latest filming techniques from Hollywood get me extremely excited!”     Paul Kalkbrenner:"I’m very honoured to be part of this exciting new project and I’m thrilled to see the outcome, once it airs. Tomorrowland and its crew have always played an integral role throughout the last years and it has become more of a friendship than a pure work relation. Thanks for having me again on the Mainstage."     Amelie Lens:“I am very excited to be playing at the biggest digital festival ever. I’ve heard that hundreds of people are currently working day and night to create a never before seen experience, so I honestly cannot wait for the last weekend of July.”     Festival visitors will be able to navigate easily through a magical and newly created Tomorrowland location with a PC, laptop, smartphone or tablet – you don’t need special VR goggles – and explore the entire festival site in an interactive way together with friends. Besides the performances there will be all kinds of interactive experiences to choose from, including inspirational webinars, games and workshops related to lifestyle, food, fashion and the Tomorrowland Foundation. Together with the performances, Tomorrowland Around the World will be a full day/weekend experience between 15h00–01h00 CEST. There will be a ‘time-zone-friendly’ option for visitors from Asia and North or South America. The People of Tomorrow are invited to experience this unique event together with friends: dressing up with your best festival outfit, putting up tents in your back garden to create your own DreamVille, setting up a big screen, inviting your beloved ones for a nice barbecue with music and an amazing festival experience, decorating your balcony or throwing a party in your living room – this weekend is all about uniting through the power of music in a responsible and safe way.   Tomorrowland Around the World, the digital festival – the line-up:  Adam Beyer Adriatique Afrojack Alan Walker Amelie Lens Andrew Rayel ANNA Armin van Buuren Bassjackers B Jones Carnage Cat Dealers Cellini Charlotte de Witte Claptone Coone Da Tweekaz David Guetta D-Block & S-te-fan Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike Dixon Don Diablo EDX Eptic Fedde Legrand Gryffin Jack Back Joris Voorn Joyhauser Klingande Kölsch Laidback Luke DJ Licious Lost Frequencies Marlo Martin Garrix Modestep Mr Pig NERVO Netsky NGHTMRE NWYR Oliver Heldens Patrice Baumel Paul Kalkbrenner Ran – D  Regard Reinier Zonneveld Robin Schulz San Holo Solardo Stephan Bodzin Steve Aoki Sub Zero Project Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano Tale of Us Tiësto Timmy Trumpet Vini Vici Vintage Culture Wildstylez Yellow Claw Yves Deruyter Yves V The full line-up per stage can be found on tomorrowland.com. Some special performances as well.   Tomorrowland Around the World, the digital festival Saturday July 25 and Sunday July 26,2020. Between 16h00–01h00 CEST. ‘Time-zone-friendly’ for visitors from Asia and North and South America. Open for people of all ages and places. Accessible exclusively on tomorrowland.com. Ticket sales start on Thursday June 18 via tomorrowland.com. Day ticket costs €12.50. Weekend ticket costs €20.00 and includes a week of video-on-demand content to relive the entire experience. Special People of Tomorrow packages and Home Party packages will be available. Info and updates: tomorrowland.com

Dutch Ghanaian rapper Frenna receives award during extraordinary corona proof concert recognizing 1 billion worldwide streams
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Dutch Ghanaian rapper Frenna receives award during extraordinary corona proof concert recognizing 1 billion worldwide streams

Music Dutch Ghanaian rapper Frenna, known for international hits like ‘Ghetto Youth’, ‘Abloh’ and ‘Money Deh Yah’, received a unique award during his sold out show for the Larger Than Live concert series in Amsterdam.     After opening the show with some of his legendary Dutch hits, close friend and Dutch soccer player Quincy Promes got on stage to hand out this unique award to Frenna. An award that recognizes the 1 billion worldwide streams Frenna received on his own tracks and projects he was featured in.   Frenna, who was born in The Hague in The Netherlands and has Ghanaian roots, says partly growing up in Ghana changed him as a person and plays a huge role in his creative process. From numerous #1 hitsto two platinum albums, to being crowned most-streamed Dutch Spotify Artist in 2019, and breaking the until then established Spotify record for most streams in twenty-four hours, Frenna has had quite the journey. A journey that is still only starting,   His sold out Larger Than Live ‘Frenna Deluxe’show was his first show in four months as all his performances got cancelled due to the corona measures. ‘Frenna Deluxe’, was the first time Frenna was able to perform tracks from his platinum album ‘‘t Album Onderweg Naar Het Album’’. He also performed his big hits like ‘My Love’, ‘Wat Is Je Naam’ and ‘Verleden Tijd’. Furthermore, the show featured special guest appearances from Dutch A-listers like SFB and Akwasi.     Frenna on his award: "I am so grateful for my fans. Because of my fans I am able to realize my dream, each and every day. I want to thank everyone who listens to my music and has contributed to these billion streams from the bottom of my heart”.   photos by Jorden Hendriks. Dutch Ghanaian rapper Frenna, known for international hits like ‘Ghetto Youth’, ‘Abloh’ and ‘Money Deh Yah’, received a unique award during his sold out show for the Larger Than Live concert series in Amsterdam.     After opening the show with some of his legendary Dutch hits, close friend and Dutch soccer player Quincy Promes got on stage to hand out this unique award to Frenna. An award that recognizes the 1 billion worldwide streams Frenna received on his own tracks and projects he was featured in.   Frenna, who was born in The Hague in The Netherlands and has Ghanaian roots, says partly growing up in Ghana changed him as a person and plays a huge role in his creative process. From numerous #1 hitsto two platinum albums, to being crowned most-streamed Dutch Spotify Artist in 2019, and breaking the until then established Spotify record for most streams in twenty-four hours, Frenna has had quite the journey. A journey that is still only starting,   His sold out Larger Than Live ‘Frenna Deluxe’show was his first show in four months as all his performances got cancelled due to the corona measures. ‘Frenna Deluxe’, was the first time Frenna was able to perform tracks from his platinum album ‘‘t Album Onderweg Naar Het Album’’. He also performed his big hits like ‘My Love’, ‘Wat Is Je Naam’ and ‘Verleden Tijd’. Furthermore, the show featured special guest appearances from Dutch A-listers like SFB and Akwasi.     Frenna on his award: "I am so grateful for my fans. Because of my fans I am able to realize my dream, each and every day. I want to thank everyone who listens to my music and has contributed to these billion streams from the bottom of my heart”.   photos by Jorden Hendriks.

At home with Allie X
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At home with Allie X

Music During these times, we had a moment to chat with Allie X about her time during lockdown. Captured by Antonio Eugenio.     Who are you  and what is your profession?   I am someone always striving to find out who I am.  I am a creative. Meaning I like to make things.  I love beauty.  I love honesty.      How do you think Covid-19 will affect the music industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of music?    I can't see it not impacting the live industry and how close people stand at concerts.  I think we will see people leaving  major cities with the realization that so much can be done remotely. For me personally, this has really made me pause for thought and made me examine how I fit into the music industry.  It's given me perspective and made me want to change in some key ways. Perhaps it's affected other musicians in the same way.      How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?   I started quarantine by trying a whole bunch of new things. Learning how to edit in premiere, making different kinds of at home content, Tik Tok haha.  I've stopped doing all that though and now am fully obsessed with renovating my hallway by myself. I've learned A LOT about home improvement.  I love the creativity, the empowerment, and the manual labour aspects.  It seems to be the perfect thing for me right now.         What is your daily beauty routine like? And what beauty products you cannot go without?   It really varies depending on if I need to show my face publicly or not.  I've been "au naturel" for most of the quarantine especially since I put all my energy into DIY, because I just get covered in sawdust anyway haha. However, I am still very focused on skin and my skin has been really good lately.  Probably because I am so much less stressed and not on a plane every 2 weeks.  My current skin routine includes Yay For Earth skin balm, Retrouve Intensive Moisturizer and priming pads, Noto Facewash and Honey Girls Organic Regenerating Face Serum.       What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it?   How to build stuff like I mentioned before.         Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume.   Hmm I don't even have a resume... but something  a lot of people don't know is I LOVE getting a massage.       What's the first place you'd want to go when it's safe again to travel and go out of our homes and why there?   Italy, Amalfi Coast.  Dreaming about that.        What is your favorite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?    My phone wallpaper is John Singer Sargent's Madame X... for obvious reasons I think haha.        Are you working on any new music and do you have any new releases coming up?   Some remixes!       Check out Allie on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alliex/?hl=en   During these times, we had a moment to chat with Allie X about her time during lockdown. Captured by Antonio Eugenio.     Who are you  and what is your profession?   I am someone always striving to find out who I am.  I am a creative. Meaning I like to make things.  I love beauty.  I love honesty.      How do you think Covid-19 will affect the music industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of music?    I can't see it not impacting the live industry and how close people stand at concerts.  I think we will see people leaving  major cities with the realization that so much can be done remotely. For me personally, this has really made me pause for thought and made me examine how I fit into the music industry.  It's given me perspective and made me want to change in some key ways. Perhaps it's affected other musicians in the same way.      How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?   I started quarantine by trying a whole bunch of new things. Learning how to edit in premiere, making different kinds of at home content, Tik Tok haha.  I've stopped doing all that though and now am fully obsessed with renovating my hallway by myself. I've learned A LOT about home improvement.  I love the creativity, the empowerment, and the manual labour aspects.  It seems to be the perfect thing for me right now.         What is your daily beauty routine like? And what beauty products you cannot go without?   It really varies depending on if I need to show my face publicly or not.  I've been "au naturel" for most of the quarantine especially since I put all my energy into DIY, because I just get covered in sawdust anyway haha. However, I am still very focused on skin and my skin has been really good lately.  Probably because I am so much less stressed and not on a plane every 2 weeks.  My current skin routine includes Yay For Earth skin balm, Retrouve Intensive Moisturizer and priming pads, Noto Facewash and Honey Girls Organic Regenerating Face Serum.       What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it?   How to build stuff like I mentioned before.         Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume.   Hmm I don't even have a resume... but something  a lot of people don't know is I LOVE getting a massage.       What's the first place you'd want to go when it's safe again to travel and go out of our homes and why there?   Italy, Amalfi Coast.  Dreaming about that.        What is your favorite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?    My phone wallpaper is John Singer Sargent's Madame X... for obvious reasons I think haha.        Are you working on any new music and do you have any new releases coming up?   Some remixes!       Check out Allie on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alliex/?hl=en  

Tomorrowland introduces a digital festival: ‘Tomorrowland  Around The World’
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Tomorrowland introduces a digital festival: ‘Tomorrowland Around The World’

Music A spectacular two-day digital music festival experience, bringing together the planet’s biggest names in electronic dance music and the world’s best technology in 3D design, video production and special effects.   Trailer here.     Just imagine... a dazzling new Tomorrowland location has been crafted over the past few months, in a place far away from anyone, a place that you would normally never visit... but one that is set to open its doors, welcoming everyone from all corners of the world, for one weekend only…     On Saturday, July 25thand Sunday, July 26th, Tomorrowland will host their first 3D digital festivaledition, titled ‘Tomorrowland Around The World’. People of all ages and places are invited to join the spectacular festival experience. Without limitations of borders or boundaries, the two-day event is a world premiere and a major step in the future of music festivals.      Over recent months, Tomorrowland has received many requests from its worldwide community to do something special during the two sold-out weekends of Tomorrowland Belgium. This global connection has inspired Tomorrowland to introduce and create a brand new platform through which visitors can participate in an unprecedented two-day festival experience with the world’s first interactive 3D festival experience. Festival visitors will be able to navigate easily through a magical and newly created Tomorrowland location with a PC, laptop, smartphone or tablet – you don’t need special VR goggles – and explore the entire festival site in an interactive way together with friends. The two-day festival weekend will offer its guests a packed schedule with plenty of things to do, see and experience.  As with the other editions of Tomorrowland, music and spectacular shows will be central to this event. The world’s best technologies in gaming, 3D design, video productionandspecial effects will bring together 8 different stagesincluding Atmosphere, Core, Freedom Stage and Elixir, joined by 3 new stages, which have been specially created and designed by the creative team and 3D artists behind Tomorrowland. Each stage will feature music from the world’s best artists in dance and electronic music – from all genres – and a large portion of the fireworks and laser shows characteristic of Tomorrowland. As icing on the cake this year’s iconic Mainstage, embodying the theme of 2020 ‘The Reflection of Love – Chapter 1’, will be unveiled to the world during Tomorrowland Around The World.  Besides the performances, there will be all kinds of interactive experiences to choose from, including inspirational webinars, games and workshops related to lifestyle, food, fashion and the Tomorrowland Foundation. Together with the performances, Tomorrowland Around The World will be a full day/weekend experience between 15h00–01h00 CEST. There will be a ‘time-zone-friendly’ option for visitors from Asia and North or South America.     Michiel Beers, co-founder of Tomorrowland: “Tomorrowland Around The World is the result of a gigantic team effort of hundreds of people who are working around the clock to create a never-before-seen interactive entertainment experience. Since we started this project and all ideas came together, we immediately felt an enormous energy and lots of positivity from everybody involved. For us it’s a bit re-inventing the festival experience, but we truly believe that we can bring the spirit of Tomorrowland and entertainment at the highest level to people and homes around the globe. We hope that hundreds of thousands of people will unite in a responsible way and that small Tomorrowland gatherings at people’s homes – from Canada to Australia, from Japan to Brazil and everywhere in between – will be organised. Especially during the weekend where normally Tomorrowland Belgium would take place, we really have the power to unite the world.”     The People of Tomorrow are invited to experience this unique event together with friends: dressing up with your best festival outfit, putting up tents in your back gardento create your own DreamVille, setting up a big screen, inviting your beloved ones for a nice barbecue with music and an amazing festival experience, decorating your balcony or throwing a partyin your living room– this weekend is all about uniting through the power of music in a responsible and safe way.     More about this all-new Tomorrowland location will be revealed in the coming weeks.     Tomorrowland Around The World, the digital festival: ●     Saturday July 25 and Sunday July 26,2020. ●     Between 15h00–01h00 CEST. ●     ‘Time-zone-friendly’ for visitors from Asia and North and South America. ●     Open for people of all ages and places. ●     Accessible exclusively on tomorrowland.com. ●     Line-up will be announced on Monday June 15. ●     Ticket sales start on Thursday June 18 via tomorrowland.com. ●     Day ticket costs €12.50. ●     Weekend ticket costs €20.00 and includes a week of video-on-demand content to relive the entire experience. ●     Special People of Tomorrow packages and Home Party packages will be available. ●     Info and updates: tomorrowland.com A spectacular two-day digital music festival experience, bringing together the planet’s biggest names in electronic dance music and the world’s best technology in 3D design, video production and special effects.   Trailer here.     Just imagine... a dazzling new Tomorrowland location has been crafted over the past few months, in a place far away from anyone, a place that you would normally never visit... but one that is set to open its doors, welcoming everyone from all corners of the world, for one weekend only…     On Saturday, July 25thand Sunday, July 26th, Tomorrowland will host their first 3D digital festivaledition, titled ‘Tomorrowland Around The World’. People of all ages and places are invited to join the spectacular festival experience. Without limitations of borders or boundaries, the two-day event is a world premiere and a major step in the future of music festivals.      Over recent months, Tomorrowland has received many requests from its worldwide community to do something special during the two sold-out weekends of Tomorrowland Belgium. This global connection has inspired Tomorrowland to introduce and create a brand new platform through which visitors can participate in an unprecedented two-day festival experience with the world’s first interactive 3D festival experience. Festival visitors will be able to navigate easily through a magical and newly created Tomorrowland location with a PC, laptop, smartphone or tablet – you don’t need special VR goggles – and explore the entire festival site in an interactive way together with friends. The two-day festival weekend will offer its guests a packed schedule with plenty of things to do, see and experience.  As with the other editions of Tomorrowland, music and spectacular shows will be central to this event. The world’s best technologies in gaming, 3D design, video productionandspecial effects will bring together 8 different stagesincluding Atmosphere, Core, Freedom Stage and Elixir, joined by 3 new stages, which have been specially created and designed by the creative team and 3D artists behind Tomorrowland. Each stage will feature music from the world’s best artists in dance and electronic music – from all genres – and a large portion of the fireworks and laser shows characteristic of Tomorrowland. As icing on the cake this year’s iconic Mainstage, embodying the theme of 2020 ‘The Reflection of Love – Chapter 1’, will be unveiled to the world during Tomorrowland Around The World.  Besides the performances, there will be all kinds of interactive experiences to choose from, including inspirational webinars, games and workshops related to lifestyle, food, fashion and the Tomorrowland Foundation. Together with the performances, Tomorrowland Around The World will be a full day/weekend experience between 15h00–01h00 CEST. There will be a ‘time-zone-friendly’ option for visitors from Asia and North or South America.     Michiel Beers, co-founder of Tomorrowland: “Tomorrowland Around The World is the result of a gigantic team effort of hundreds of people who are working around the clock to create a never-before-seen interactive entertainment experience. Since we started this project and all ideas came together, we immediately felt an enormous energy and lots of positivity from everybody involved. For us it’s a bit re-inventing the festival experience, but we truly believe that we can bring the spirit of Tomorrowland and entertainment at the highest level to people and homes around the globe. We hope that hundreds of thousands of people will unite in a responsible way and that small Tomorrowland gatherings at people’s homes – from Canada to Australia, from Japan to Brazil and everywhere in between – will be organised. Especially during the weekend where normally Tomorrowland Belgium would take place, we really have the power to unite the world.”     The People of Tomorrow are invited to experience this unique event together with friends: dressing up with your best festival outfit, putting up tents in your back gardento create your own DreamVille, setting up a big screen, inviting your beloved ones for a nice barbecue with music and an amazing festival experience, decorating your balcony or throwing a partyin your living room– this weekend is all about uniting through the power of music in a responsible and safe way.     More about this all-new Tomorrowland location will be revealed in the coming weeks.     Tomorrowland Around The World, the digital festival: ●     Saturday July 25 and Sunday July 26,2020. ●     Between 15h00–01h00 CEST. ●     ‘Time-zone-friendly’ for visitors from Asia and North and South America. ●     Open for people of all ages and places. ●     Accessible exclusively on tomorrowland.com. ●     Line-up will be announced on Monday June 15. ●     Ticket sales start on Thursday June 18 via tomorrowland.com. ●     Day ticket costs €12.50. ●     Weekend ticket costs €20.00 and includes a week of video-on-demand content to relive the entire experience. ●     Special People of Tomorrow packages and Home Party packages will be available. ●     Info and updates: tomorrowland.com

At home with Alexander DiPersia
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At home with Alexander DiPersia

Men In New York City with Alexander DiPersia, captured by Kat Irlin.   Who are you  and what is your profession?   It likely says this above somewhere but for the record, I am Alexander DiPersia, called Alexander by some, Alex by others, and AJ since I was a kid and my brother couldn’t pronounce Alexander. I am, according to google, an actor but I am also a writer and in fact most of my time is taken up but what was once my side-gig, art dealing and curation. I collect art passionately (addictively) and fund that by placing art in both private and public collections across the world. It allows me to have an element of control and input that simply sitting back and waiting for meetings and auditions to work out doesn’t. Plus I constantly get to see beautiful things, which is an absolute must to keep me happy and engaged.       How do you think Covid-19 will affect the fashion industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion?    I think short term we’ve already seen less spending by consumers across all brand price points and obviously a lot less parties and hulabaloo around fashion week’s and shows and who gets to go where and why. I think parts of this will last long term and maybe that’s for the better. Less buying of things we don’t need but think we do because other’s have them, and less FOMO from an exclusive and exclusionary world that everyone gets a peek into via social media. In regards to the general perception of fashion I don’t think too much will change, what’s cool will be cool, as long as we can wear it comfortably while at home binge-ing our favorite tv show ;)     How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?   Like most everyone I’ve been doing a lot of cooking, that’s not new, but I certainly have been doing it more now than ever before. I love thai food and have never tried cooking it, so that has been a fun and very spicey experiment. I also have picked up a love for the bow and arrow. I now spend my afternoons in the backyard pretending I’m a much less talented Robin Hood. From a work perspective, I am working more than ever as we are expected to have our phones on us at all times. I really don’t mind it. It’s nice to keep things moving.      What is in your planning or was in your planning for this year and how will Covid -19 effect that?   Right now I don’t have any plans. I’m not one for plans ever but I am usually on a plane 2/3 times a month nomad style. I most likely would be somewhere else right now if not for Covid, but it’s been quite a relief just staying in one place and being content with that. The first thing I will do when I am allowed to and am comfortable doing so is to go and visit my 7 moth old niece in London. I miss her every second of every day.   What is your daily beauty routine like? And what beauty products you cannot go without?   I truly never thought I’d be asked this question. I’m honored. It has certainly changed a bit during covid as I’m likely not showering as much as I should be. But that will change (I think.) When I shower in the morning (again that has changed) I wash my face with la roche posay facewash and then moisturize with embryollise moisturizer. I found out about both of these during my time on film sets not by trial and error, they were entirely someone else’s idea and the face wash smells nice. At night I wipe my face down with witch hazel which my dad used to use. Simple and clean.     What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it?   The coolest thing I’ve learned, as I said above, is the bow and arrow. I learned it by watching countless youtube videos, practice, and reading Herrigel’s ‘Zen in the art of Archery,’ which is the book credited with introducing Zen to Western audiences. It’s both fun and peaceful and makes me feel a lot cooler than I am. Though it’s not new I’ve really learned to appreciate sunsets and flowers and animals and all that comes with long walks and being upstate. I’m slowly turning into my mother.     Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume.   I paint my toe nails. They are currently purple.       What's the first place you'd want to go when it's safe again to travel and go out of our homes and why there?   As I said above I can’t wait to see my niece in London and give her a big squeeze. Second to that it’s seeing my parents and family members and friends I’ve been so distant from. I really just want some hugs. I’d go anywhere and do anything for a nice big hug right now. I really hope those come back soon. I’ll pay. A lot.     What is your favorite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?   At the moment my songs and playlists are very classical. Bach’s Goldberg Variations as played by Glenn Gould and the Phantom Thread soundtrack by Jonny Greenwood from Radiohead keep me calm and collected though feeling slightly melancholic. I’m listening to nothing too new or exciting, just things that make me feel comforted and ok with being alone.       What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed?   When I wake up, I go straight to the coffee machine, make a pot, then go sit outside and listen to the birds while I read the news and have way too many cups of coffee. It has been tough lately with what’s been going on in my country and across the world. For months the day’s were met by grim covid numbers and now the morning’s are greeted by sad but important images of the anger spreading throughout my country due to the racial inequalities that have existed for far far too long. Those stick with me throughout the day so before bed, I read the news one more time and then I plug my phone in across the room and set my alarm. I put water and a little snack next to my bed as I inevitably wake up at some point in the night needing something sweet. That’s probably an unhelathy habit.     What is your go-to work-out for staying in shape? What does working out mean to you?   This is a tough one. I worked out every single day my entire teenage and adult life; boxing, running, swimming, yoga, everything under the sun. As I’ve gotten older I’ve developed some very bad back problems so my ‘workouts,’ if you can call them that, resemble a form of pilates now. Lots of rubber bands and stretches and very light isometric movements. It’s brutal not really being able to really break a sweat, but life is all about adapting. Working out has always been a means of escape for me, so now I just have to face a lot of things head on. TERRIBLE.     What is your favorite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?   My favorite painting, since I was a kid, is Jean-Michel Basquiat’s (untitled) 1981. It is in the collection of Eli and Edith Broad and is in their museum on display in Los Angeles. It’s the painting that first got me interested in art in general, and I had a poster of it on my wall as a child. It shows his focus on anatomy (he was in a car accident as a young guy and became obsessed with the book ‘Gray’s Anatomy’ and mortality), his love for showing both the inside and outside of somene (possibly himself), and it shows both life and death which I think had to do with his fear of dying young which indeed happened at 27 from a heroin overdose. He made so many paintings I love like ‘Defacement’ and that are so important right now, showing that 40 years later the police in America are still brutalizing the Black population. I can’t say either work has directly inspired my work but it has driven me to work hard and keep my head up despite how grim some things may look at times. Basquiat made this painting at 21 and died at 28. A masterpiece as a child and an ending that came way too early. My hope that stems from this is to live a long life and one day create something, anything, that inspires someone else as much as these painthing have inspired me.           INSTAGRAM: @alexanderdipersia In New York City with Alexander DiPersia, captured by Kat Irlin.   Who are you  and what is your profession?   It likely says this above somewhere but for the record, I am Alexander DiPersia, called Alexander by some, Alex by others, and AJ since I was a kid and my brother couldn’t pronounce Alexander. I am, according to google, an actor but I am also a writer and in fact most of my time is taken up but what was once my side-gig, art dealing and curation. I collect art passionately (addictively) and fund that by placing art in both private and public collections across the world. It allows me to have an element of control and input that simply sitting back and waiting for meetings and auditions to work out doesn’t. Plus I constantly get to see beautiful things, which is an absolute must to keep me happy and engaged.       How do you think Covid-19 will affect the fashion industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion?    I think short term we’ve already seen less spending by consumers across all brand price points and obviously a lot less parties and hulabaloo around fashion week’s and shows and who gets to go where and why. I think parts of this will last long term and maybe that’s for the better. Less buying of things we don’t need but think we do because other’s have them, and less FOMO from an exclusive and exclusionary world that everyone gets a peek into via social media. In regards to the general perception of fashion I don’t think too much will change, what’s cool will be cool, as long as we can wear it comfortably while at home binge-ing our favorite tv show ;)     How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?   Like most everyone I’ve been doing a lot of cooking, that’s not new, but I certainly have been doing it more now than ever before. I love thai food and have never tried cooking it, so that has been a fun and very spicey experiment. I also have picked up a love for the bow and arrow. I now spend my afternoons in the backyard pretending I’m a much less talented Robin Hood. From a work perspective, I am working more than ever as we are expected to have our phones on us at all times. I really don’t mind it. It’s nice to keep things moving.      What is in your planning or was in your planning for this year and how will Covid -19 effect that?   Right now I don’t have any plans. I’m not one for plans ever but I am usually on a plane 2/3 times a month nomad style. I most likely would be somewhere else right now if not for Covid, but it’s been quite a relief just staying in one place and being content with that. The first thing I will do when I am allowed to and am comfortable doing so is to go and visit my 7 moth old niece in London. I miss her every second of every day.   What is your daily beauty routine like? And what beauty products you cannot go without?   I truly never thought I’d be asked this question. I’m honored. It has certainly changed a bit during covid as I’m likely not showering as much as I should be. But that will change (I think.) When I shower in the morning (again that has changed) I wash my face with la roche posay facewash and then moisturize with embryollise moisturizer. I found out about both of these during my time on film sets not by trial and error, they were entirely someone else’s idea and the face wash smells nice. At night I wipe my face down with witch hazel which my dad used to use. Simple and clean.     What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it?   The coolest thing I’ve learned, as I said above, is the bow and arrow. I learned it by watching countless youtube videos, practice, and reading Herrigel’s ‘Zen in the art of Archery,’ which is the book credited with introducing Zen to Western audiences. It’s both fun and peaceful and makes me feel a lot cooler than I am. Though it’s not new I’ve really learned to appreciate sunsets and flowers and animals and all that comes with long walks and being upstate. I’m slowly turning into my mother.     Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume.   I paint my toe nails. They are currently purple.       What's the first place you'd want to go when it's safe again to travel and go out of our homes and why there?   As I said above I can’t wait to see my niece in London and give her a big squeeze. Second to that it’s seeing my parents and family members and friends I’ve been so distant from. I really just want some hugs. I’d go anywhere and do anything for a nice big hug right now. I really hope those come back soon. I’ll pay. A lot.     What is your favorite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?   At the moment my songs and playlists are very classical. Bach’s Goldberg Variations as played by Glenn Gould and the Phantom Thread soundtrack by Jonny Greenwood from Radiohead keep me calm and collected though feeling slightly melancholic. I’m listening to nothing too new or exciting, just things that make me feel comforted and ok with being alone.       What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed?   When I wake up, I go straight to the coffee machine, make a pot, then go sit outside and listen to the birds while I read the news and have way too many cups of coffee. It has been tough lately with what’s been going on in my country and across the world. For months the day’s were met by grim covid numbers and now the morning’s are greeted by sad but important images of the anger spreading throughout my country due to the racial inequalities that have existed for far far too long. Those stick with me throughout the day so before bed, I read the news one more time and then I plug my phone in across the room and set my alarm. I put water and a little snack next to my bed as I inevitably wake up at some point in the night needing something sweet. That’s probably an unhelathy habit.     What is your go-to work-out for staying in shape? What does working out mean to you?   This is a tough one. I worked out every single day my entire teenage and adult life; boxing, running, swimming, yoga, everything under the sun. As I’ve gotten older I’ve developed some very bad back problems so my ‘workouts,’ if you can call them that, resemble a form of pilates now. Lots of rubber bands and stretches and very light isometric movements. It’s brutal not really being able to really break a sweat, but life is all about adapting. Working out has always been a means of escape for me, so now I just have to face a lot of things head on. TERRIBLE.     What is your favorite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?   My favorite painting, since I was a kid, is Jean-Michel Basquiat’s (untitled) 1981. It is in the collection of Eli and Edith Broad and is in their museum on display in Los Angeles. It’s the painting that first got me interested in art in general, and I had a poster of it on my wall as a child. It shows his focus on anatomy (he was in a car accident as a young guy and became obsessed with the book ‘Gray’s Anatomy’ and mortality), his love for showing both the inside and outside of somene (possibly himself), and it shows both life and death which I think had to do with his fear of dying young which indeed happened at 27 from a heroin overdose. He made so many paintings I love like ‘Defacement’ and that are so important right now, showing that 40 years later the police in America are still brutalizing the Black population. I can’t say either work has directly inspired my work but it has driven me to work hard and keep my head up despite how grim some things may look at times. Basquiat made this painting at 21 and died at 28. A masterpiece as a child and an ending that came way too early. My hope that stems from this is to live a long life and one day create something, anything, that inspires someone else as much as these painthing have inspired me.           INSTAGRAM: @alexanderdipersia

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