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VIC MENSA IS OUR NEXT DIGITAL COVER STAR
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VIC MENSA IS OUR NEXT DIGITAL COVER STAR

Music The African in America is an over the shoulder watcher   a look 4-ways before he cross the street-er   She is a barked command curver   curvy unapologetic hip switcher   He is a long-lost homeland forgetter    amnesiac pain burying law breaker    She is a louisiana gumbo cooker    houseless street walking home maker   The African in America is a stolen jewel, a grave robbed masterwork    beckoning to a past unknown   As we spill our blood in attempts to wash our hands clean of the scars and calluses accumulated from carrying America’s secrets, generation after generation of displaced Africans have radically envisioned Exodus. From Marcus Garvey to Sun Ra to Bob Marley, the innate longing to return has magnetically pulled Black people away from the tainted soil of our Lands of the free, often through the medium of artistic imagination. In our brush strokes, our rhythms and our silhouettes we have retained a cultural identity so intrinsically unbreakable that even we, at times, have been ignorant to its origins. I placed myself in a street scene in Ghana wearing Telfar beneath a sign reading Dignity & Respect as cultural acknowledgement of the synergy between the brand, my identity and the birthplace of my father. Telfar’s impact on the zeitgeist is undeniably African (unsurprising given his Liberian heritage), as well as unapologetically Black, Queer and non-conformist. It is worth noting that a utopian view of Africa eschews reality, and many of the oppressive constructs of American society are also deeply entrenched in the continent; homophobia, misogyny & neocolonialism to name a few. Yet, I believe, visualizing ourselves and our art within the context of our native heritage enables us to inject our ideals and our dreams of freedom into the imperfect present day iteration of the closest thing we know to liberation.    This summer as 47th Street bellowed in flames and Chicago’s Black Belt was once again engulfed in the rage of a caged people, images of Bronzeville’s historic past flashed through my mind like fuzzy white lightning, a beautiful illustration across a tormented sky. Desperation from a world-stopping pandemic, multiplied by traumatizing images of white supremacist terrorism created the conditions of a perfect storm, and widespread looting and rioting ravaged the South Side, where 95% of the population is Black but less than 10% of the business are Black owned. The historical precedent is there, and many of the remnants of the 1968 riots in the wake of Dr. King’s assassination still litter the streets; boarded up, decrepit buildings that look more like a war-torn third world country than America’s third largest city. And yet, things were not always this way. I’ve always marveled over the images of the bustling corners of 47th street, once the epicenter of a community known as the Black Metropolis. One of the most famous images is a black and white photograph of a group of young boys perched on the hood of a 1940’s automobile, dressed impeccably in their Easter best and poised with a regal confidence, if not a haunting dissociation in their eyes, as if they could foresee the troubled times to come. I placed myself at their helm, imagining myself leading a reversed funeral procession to a future where the streets of the Low End clamored not with gunshots and homelessness, but with enterprise and ownership.    Separate but equal; one of America’s many last ditch attempts to maintain her legal stranglehold on the so-called sons of Job in the aftermath of her bitter loss of traditional chattel slavery. Of course we are aware that slavery was never truly abolished, but rather redirected into mass incarceration through the final sentence of the 13th Amendment, however, in the first half of the 20th century the societal chains were far more blatantly visible than they may be now, at least to the naked eye. It is within the very shackles of this social bondage that the predecessors of our current movements learned to thrive, to innovate and to resist. One such figure is Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the lesser known Black musician often credited as the “Godmother of Rock & Roll”, and one of the primary inspirations for my friend Kerby Jean Raymond’s Pyer Moss Collection 3. We imposed an image of me wearing Pyer Moss while drinking from a White Only water fountain to represent both the adversities our forebears overcame to shape the world as we know it, as well as the radical significance of our existence as artists on the highest levels of hierarchies not intended for us.  - VIC MENSA     Team credits: talent: Vic Mensa photography: Ray's Corrupted Mind stylist: Donte Mcguine editor: Timotej Letonja   The African in America is an over the shoulder watcher   a look 4-ways before he cross the street-er   She is a barked command curver   curvy unapologetic hip switcher   He is a long-lost homeland forgetter    amnesiac pain burying law breaker    She is a louisiana gumbo cooker    houseless street walking home maker   The African in America is a stolen jewel, a grave robbed masterwork    beckoning to a past unknown   As we spill our blood in attempts to wash our hands clean of the scars and calluses accumulated from carrying America’s secrets, generation after generation of displaced Africans have radically envisioned Exodus. From Marcus Garvey to Sun Ra to Bob Marley, the innate longing to return has magnetically pulled Black people away from the tainted soil of our Lands of the free, often through the medium of artistic imagination. In our brush strokes, our rhythms and our silhouettes we have retained a cultural identity so intrinsically unbreakable that even we, at times, have been ignorant to its origins. I placed myself in a street scene in Ghana wearing Telfar beneath a sign reading Dignity & Respect as cultural acknowledgement of the synergy between the brand, my identity and the birthplace of my father. Telfar’s impact on the zeitgeist is undeniably African (unsurprising given his Liberian heritage), as well as unapologetically Black, Queer and non-conformist. It is worth noting that a utopian view of Africa eschews reality, and many of the oppressive constructs of American society are also deeply entrenched in the continent; homophobia, misogyny & neocolonialism to name a few. Yet, I believe, visualizing ourselves and our art within the context of our native heritage enables us to inject our ideals and our dreams of freedom into the imperfect present day iteration of the closest thing we know to liberation.    This summer as 47th Street bellowed in flames and Chicago’s Black Belt was once again engulfed in the rage of a caged people, images of Bronzeville’s historic past flashed through my mind like fuzzy white lightning, a beautiful illustration across a tormented sky. Desperation from a world-stopping pandemic, multiplied by traumatizing images of white supremacist terrorism created the conditions of a perfect storm, and widespread looting and rioting ravaged the South Side, where 95% of the population is Black but less than 10% of the business are Black owned. The historical precedent is there, and many of the remnants of the 1968 riots in the wake of Dr. King’s assassination still litter the streets; boarded up, decrepit buildings that look more like a war-torn third world country than America’s third largest city. And yet, things were not always this way. I’ve always marveled over the images of the bustling corners of 47th street, once the epicenter of a community known as the Black Metropolis. One of the most famous images is a black and white photograph of a group of young boys perched on the hood of a 1940’s automobile, dressed impeccably in their Easter best and poised with a regal confidence, if not a haunting dissociation in their eyes, as if they could foresee the troubled times to come. I placed myself at their helm, imagining myself leading a reversed funeral procession to a future where the streets of the Low End clamored not with gunshots and homelessness, but with enterprise and ownership.    Separate but equal; one of America’s many last ditch attempts to maintain her legal stranglehold on the so-called sons of Job in the aftermath of her bitter loss of traditional chattel slavery. Of course we are aware that slavery was never truly abolished, but rather redirected into mass incarceration through the final sentence of the 13th Amendment, however, in the first half of the 20th century the societal chains were far more blatantly visible than they may be now, at least to the naked eye. It is within the very shackles of this social bondage that the predecessors of our current movements learned to thrive, to innovate and to resist. One such figure is Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the lesser known Black musician often credited as the “Godmother of Rock & Roll”, and one of the primary inspirations for my friend Kerby Jean Raymond’s Pyer Moss Collection 3. We imposed an image of me wearing Pyer Moss while drinking from a White Only water fountain to represent both the adversities our forebears overcame to shape the world as we know it, as well as the radical significance of our existence as artists on the highest levels of hierarchies not intended for us.  - VIC MENSA     Team credits: talent: Vic Mensa photography: Ray's Corrupted Mind stylist: Donte Mcguine editor: Timotej Letonja  

Frenna releases huge afrobeat single 'Dragon Roll' and announces new album
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Frenna releases huge afrobeat single 'Dragon Roll' and announces new album

Music As a preview of his brand new upcoming album - of which the release date has yet to be announced - Frenna has released his newest afrobeat single 'Dragon Roll' today. ‘Dragon Roll’follows last week’s release with Dutch wordsmith Lijpe titled ‘Mansory’ which instantly entered the Dutch Spotify charts at #1.     The upcoming album will be the fifth solo album from the Dutch singer and rapper, who won the title for most streamed Dutch artist in 2019. He released his first album ‘Geen Oog Dicht Gedaan’ in 2016 and followed it up with 'We Don't Stop' a collaboration with Diquenza, 'Francis'which has received 4 times platinum certification and has now spent over 100 weeks in the top 100 album charts, and '’t album onderweg naar 'Het Album' which claimed the number 1 spot within 5 days after its release. The title of his new album remains a secret, but with the release of 'Dragon Roll'expectations are running high.     The track is the result of the magical chemistry between Frenna and producers Diquenza and Churchbwoy, a combination which already has several successful collaborations to their name. Frenna and Diquenza previously scored big with their hit 'Cursed' and made the album 'We Don't Stop'which reached platinum status in 2018.     Dragon Roll' is the first of several afrobeat tracks that will be featured on Frenna’s upcoming album. The mix of African pop, R&B, hip-hop and reggae and the use of horns and percussion make for an irresistible sound with great potential.     For the accompanying music video, directed by Caio Silva and Elvira Waterfall, Frenna traveled to the sun-drenched Dubai, a place that perfectly matches the vibe of this release. The single 'Dragon Roll'and its accompanying music video, are available to listen to and watch everywhere starting on Friday, January 15. As a preview of his brand new upcoming album - of which the release date has yet to be announced - Frenna has released his newest afrobeat single 'Dragon Roll' today. ‘Dragon Roll’follows last week’s release with Dutch wordsmith Lijpe titled ‘Mansory’ which instantly entered the Dutch Spotify charts at #1.     The upcoming album will be the fifth solo album from the Dutch singer and rapper, who won the title for most streamed Dutch artist in 2019. He released his first album ‘Geen Oog Dicht Gedaan’ in 2016 and followed it up with 'We Don't Stop' a collaboration with Diquenza, 'Francis'which has received 4 times platinum certification and has now spent over 100 weeks in the top 100 album charts, and '’t album onderweg naar 'Het Album' which claimed the number 1 spot within 5 days after its release. The title of his new album remains a secret, but with the release of 'Dragon Roll'expectations are running high.     The track is the result of the magical chemistry between Frenna and producers Diquenza and Churchbwoy, a combination which already has several successful collaborations to their name. Frenna and Diquenza previously scored big with their hit 'Cursed' and made the album 'We Don't Stop'which reached platinum status in 2018.     Dragon Roll' is the first of several afrobeat tracks that will be featured on Frenna’s upcoming album. The mix of African pop, R&B, hip-hop and reggae and the use of horns and percussion make for an irresistible sound with great potential.     For the accompanying music video, directed by Caio Silva and Elvira Waterfall, Frenna traveled to the sun-drenched Dubai, a place that perfectly matches the vibe of this release. The single 'Dragon Roll'and its accompanying music video, are available to listen to and watch everywhere starting on Friday, January 15.

In conversation with David Puentez
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In conversation with David Puentez

Music Recently we had a pleasure speaking with David Puentez.   How would you describe your work and music across the past, present & future?   I started with electro house went further with future house and lets see what the future brings now.I’m always open to new things and always try to think outside the box and be innovative, that is what i have been doing and will keep on doing!      When making music, what is the first thing you do or process you turn to, when creating a new tune?    Most of the time,lately,I get a vocal topline and from there it’s a bit of trial and error, what fits and what works. I usually start with the groove and basic elements and then top it with a bassline, melodies etc until there is a rough demo. I always try playing and testing the tracks live as well which helps in the finishing process. Of course, right now, there are no shows but as soon as there are, i will continue doing this!     Tell us about your new track ‘Banana’on Warner music, how did that come about and what inspired the single?   I got the vocal before the first lockdown in Germany, around February, and instantly wanted to make a cool tune with timeless sounds. I’m always aiming for something timeless and I like the uniqueness and simplicity of the track. Warner has been following me for a while and I am happy we were able to make this partnership happen!     What has been your favourite release of your career and why?    Definitely ‘Superstar’, this tune went big when the first lockdown in Germany happened, and also on the German and international radios - and it still gets played today. It’s ust crazy to see how some tracks blow up and some not so much;you never know what happens and that is the exciting thing about music.      You also went to #1 on the German Top 100 iTunes charts with ‘Lalalife’ – how did that feel?    Kinda crazy and unreal at the same time when you see your name on top of so many other huge names but also very happy that my community supported LaLaLife so much!     How did you also come to remix Tiesto on his label Musical Freedom? That is an amazing link-up!    I think I have remixed him three times, now. The frst time, it was a remix contest between Splice and Musical Freedom, which I won, and then I remixed ‘Jackie Chan’ with Post Malone and, last but not least, ‘Ritual’ with Rita Ora and Jonas Blue!     Tell us about your studio set up – what is the one piece of equipment (hard wear or software) that you can’t live without?    My own sample library with fancy kicks, snare, fills and more sounds in it, that I am and have been carefully collecting for years.      What can we expect from you in 2021, and how do you plan to make sure it beats 2020?!   A lot of new music for 2021 and some great collabs and featuring other artists. I have so much music here laying around; I always try my best and strive to challenging myself, so lets see if 2021 will start off with a bang!      What is your career highlight so far?    My first gig I had in Hollywood, Los Angeles, on a Thursday night. The main room was completely packed and it was the best night of my life – so intense!But I am working hard every day to make sure I have a lot more highlights in my career.        Recently we had a pleasure speaking with David Puentez.   How would you describe your work and music across the past, present & future?   I started with electro house went further with future house and lets see what the future brings now.I’m always open to new things and always try to think outside the box and be innovative, that is what i have been doing and will keep on doing!      When making music, what is the first thing you do or process you turn to, when creating a new tune?    Most of the time,lately,I get a vocal topline and from there it’s a bit of trial and error, what fits and what works. I usually start with the groove and basic elements and then top it with a bassline, melodies etc until there is a rough demo. I always try playing and testing the tracks live as well which helps in the finishing process. Of course, right now, there are no shows but as soon as there are, i will continue doing this!     Tell us about your new track ‘Banana’on Warner music, how did that come about and what inspired the single?   I got the vocal before the first lockdown in Germany, around February, and instantly wanted to make a cool tune with timeless sounds. I’m always aiming for something timeless and I like the uniqueness and simplicity of the track. Warner has been following me for a while and I am happy we were able to make this partnership happen!     What has been your favourite release of your career and why?    Definitely ‘Superstar’, this tune went big when the first lockdown in Germany happened, and also on the German and international radios - and it still gets played today. It’s ust crazy to see how some tracks blow up and some not so much;you never know what happens and that is the exciting thing about music.      You also went to #1 on the German Top 100 iTunes charts with ‘Lalalife’ – how did that feel?    Kinda crazy and unreal at the same time when you see your name on top of so many other huge names but also very happy that my community supported LaLaLife so much!     How did you also come to remix Tiesto on his label Musical Freedom? That is an amazing link-up!    I think I have remixed him three times, now. The frst time, it was a remix contest between Splice and Musical Freedom, which I won, and then I remixed ‘Jackie Chan’ with Post Malone and, last but not least, ‘Ritual’ with Rita Ora and Jonas Blue!     Tell us about your studio set up – what is the one piece of equipment (hard wear or software) that you can’t live without?    My own sample library with fancy kicks, snare, fills and more sounds in it, that I am and have been carefully collecting for years.      What can we expect from you in 2021, and how do you plan to make sure it beats 2020?!   A lot of new music for 2021 and some great collabs and featuring other artists. I have so much music here laying around; I always try my best and strive to challenging myself, so lets see if 2021 will start off with a bang!      What is your career highlight so far?    My first gig I had in Hollywood, Los Angeles, on a Thursday night. The main room was completely packed and it was the best night of my life – so intense!But I am working hard every day to make sure I have a lot more highlights in my career.       

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In conversation with Lady Gaga
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In conversation with Lady Gaga

Music What were your feelings when you wore the pink feather Valentino dress for the first time?   Even though the press and fans saw me wear the pink feather Valentino dress for the first time at the Venise Film Festival for the A Star is Born’s premiere, the truth is that the first time I wore this dresswas in my home with my mother in California. I was trying on different dresses for the premiere with my mom, listening to Andrea Bocelli. As soon as I was zipped up in the dress by my stylists Tom & Sandra, I turned to my mother and we both burst into tears. With her hands over her face crying, my mother proudly said “that’s the dress.” I’ll never forget this moment with my mother. I was thinkingabout it on the red carpet. This is the magic of Valentino.     Do you feel a special connection with the Italian fashion house as you have yourself Italian roots?   Coming from an Italian-American immigrant family, I represent this Italian fashion house with great pride and deep gratitude.     Inclusivity is a key value of Valentino, how do you advocate this shared value in your everyday life?   I believe kindness is a human right that should be afforded to all people. To experience it, to give it, to share it—but it must be equal to all and especially sensitive to those who’ve been disempoweredby their circumstances. This is how I live my life.     With his dresses Pierpaolo Piccioli invite women to celebrate their individuality, do you feel it when you wear one of his creation?   Why yes! For ‘Voce Viva,’ we made a beautiful film by Harmony Korine with a song from my new album called “Sine From Above.” I felt strong and alive, hearing myself echo through the forest as I was singing in this dress. It reminded me of my freedom and how I get to experience magic, a freedom & magic I wish everyone to have.       What gives you confidence?     I have to give confidence to myself for it to be real. I work on building it all the time. I focus on skillsI have, and work from there. I feel like it's building a house that’s never finished. I also remind myselfthat skills can be simple.     Can you remember the moment you first discovered your voice? Where was it? How old were you?   I believe you discover your voice when you discover yourself.     Who is the one voice that has inspired you the most in your personal life? In your career?   I would have to say my mother. And both my grandmothers. And my sister. In fact, I would have tosay my whole family. The hard working spirit, the “I’ll never give up” attitude, the style and grace while doing so. That’s my family’s voice. That’s me.     Would you say your voice is your strength?   I would say that my ability to love is my strength. I believe having a strong voice is essential to lovingthe world. I love the world so much. That’s why my voice is so loud. I want you to know how muchI love you.     Can you describe your voice?   My voice is learning. My voice is listening. My voice is expressing and sometimes changing. My voice belongs to me.     Do you believe that your voice can have a positive impact?   I believe most voices have the ability to positively impact, but all voices are impactful. This includes hateful voices, which is why hateful speech is so negatively powerful—why we need to fill the negative space with kind speech.       What advice would you give to those still out there looking for their own voices?   I would say looking for our own voices, to me, is an endless lifetime pursuit. We learn who we want to be, while we also unlearn things we realize we no longer believe. Our voice comes and goes. I would say cultivate your voice exactly as you please. Know it can be strong, and know it belongs to you.     Is there any particular scent that reminds you of a special moment of your life?   Fresh gravy on the stove, meatballs and pork sausage in my home growing up. Every Sunday at 2pm, after church. Whole family at the table. My happiest memories of all. Same scent. Every Sunday.     What does the name Voce Viva mean to you?   The voice is alive. It has its own life. It’s a force of nature. Nature is powerful. It’s important how youuse it.     How would you say that your song “Sine from above” match perfectly with the Valentino message: my voicemy strength? Why did you choose this particular song for the film?   My song ‘Sine From Above’ is about the passion I feel, when I manifest the sounds that I hear in myhead. They come in the form of song, messages, ideas, and love. This is my strength. These sounds are the function that form the basis of my voice. I hear them, and then I use them. They are how I live, how I love, how I prosper, and how I survive.       What is your own definition of beauty?     I believe beauty is the process we all go through— it’s how how we see ourselves. This can becomplicated, sometimes not easy, but the challenge of loving yourself is the most beautiful thing of all.     Do you have a beauty routine and secret tips to share?   I believe self-care routines, in and of themselves, are the best beauty tip of all. If you care for your mind, body, skin, heart & healing, you approach beauty holistically. For me, using makeup as well as perfume to transform how I feel at any moment is valuable as well. I believe that even though working on ourselves from the inside is the most crucial, I also cherish the power of visual transformation to affect how we feel inside.     What are your 5 beauty products that you always have with you?   I only carry Haus Laboratories beauty products everyday. 1. Is my trusty black calligraphy Eye-Lie-ner in shade “Punk.” 2. I always have a Le Monster Matte Lip Crayon in a neutral shade called “Power Move.” Itslightweight, bold, never bleeds and fits perfect in my purse. 3. It is right now, my new Valentino ‘Voce Viva’ perfume, to feel fresh throughout the day. 4. I have to make sure I have a Le Riot Lip Gloss because it is lip conditioning and plumping withmega watt shine, comes in many shades so there’s lots to choose from. I love the color “corset.” 5. I love having a highlighter that also doubles as a liquid shimmer eye-shadow powder.     How do you get ready for a red carpet evening?   I make sure to take good care of my skin always — my mother taught me this. I do special skin treatments the night before a red carpet and the day of. Most importantly however, it’s so importantto me that everyone who is doing hair, makeup, styling and design has a beautiful day where they feel loved and we celebrate how grateful we are to do what we love as a team with my family and friends.     When do you feel the most beautiful?   Right after I meditate. It reminds me that beauty is a state of being that's undefinable because it’sfrom within.       You are committed every day in different causes, what are the causes that matter you the most?   My charity Born This Way Foundation, that I co-founded with my mother, shares our ambitiouspassion to make positive change in the face of the world’s Mental Health Crisis. I believe it is moreimportant than ever to motivate an agenda of kindness. Kindness that leads to the healing of the mind, body & soul. Kindness that invigorates programs that are fearless in their effort to help humanity learn the importance of self-care.     What is the most daring thing you did?   Whenever someone told me I wasn’t good enough throughout my career and life, I never let it breakme. I promised myself that every time I heard “no,” it would motivate me to work harder. The mostdaring thing I did was believe in myself.     What is the strongest moment you ever lived on a stage?   I remember singing in Mexico, a song from my album Born This Way called “Americano.” I was in astadium, it was pouring rain, and I sang words about the trials and tribulations of Immigration Law in my country. Myself and the crowd both wept and cheered for freedom, it was a moment I’ll neverforget. The audience and I were aligned —our morals, our values, our politics, our voices.     What is your personal motto?   Be Kind.     Among all your songs, which ones embodies the most your personality?   I would say my song ‘911’ off Chromatica has to be one of the most personal songs I’ve ever written. It’s a dance-pop song but the words are poetry of my deeply personal reality as someone who struggles with mental health. This song is a battle cry and celebration of my radical acceptance that this is who I am.     Tell us something no one could guess about you.   I love to cook!       With your new album, what is the message you want to spread all around the world?   On my new album Chromatica, I want everyone to know that even if life is painful sometimes, youcan still dance through it. You can dance through it because you’re being brave by fighting the painand living life. This is something that should be celebrated. This is a reason to dance.     Any upcoming projects for 2021?   I’m over the moon excited about an upcoming movie I’ll be acting in, directed by new budding friend,the legendary Ridley Scott—alongside the talent of a truly humbling cast. What were your feelings when you wore the pink feather Valentino dress for the first time?   Even though the press and fans saw me wear the pink feather Valentino dress for the first time at the Venise Film Festival for the A Star is Born’s premiere, the truth is that the first time I wore this dresswas in my home with my mother in California. I was trying on different dresses for the premiere with my mom, listening to Andrea Bocelli. As soon as I was zipped up in the dress by my stylists Tom & Sandra, I turned to my mother and we both burst into tears. With her hands over her face crying, my mother proudly said “that’s the dress.” I’ll never forget this moment with my mother. I was thinkingabout it on the red carpet. This is the magic of Valentino.     Do you feel a special connection with the Italian fashion house as you have yourself Italian roots?   Coming from an Italian-American immigrant family, I represent this Italian fashion house with great pride and deep gratitude.     Inclusivity is a key value of Valentino, how do you advocate this shared value in your everyday life?   I believe kindness is a human right that should be afforded to all people. To experience it, to give it, to share it—but it must be equal to all and especially sensitive to those who’ve been disempoweredby their circumstances. This is how I live my life.     With his dresses Pierpaolo Piccioli invite women to celebrate their individuality, do you feel it when you wear one of his creation?   Why yes! For ‘Voce Viva,’ we made a beautiful film by Harmony Korine with a song from my new album called “Sine From Above.” I felt strong and alive, hearing myself echo through the forest as I was singing in this dress. It reminded me of my freedom and how I get to experience magic, a freedom & magic I wish everyone to have.       What gives you confidence?     I have to give confidence to myself for it to be real. I work on building it all the time. I focus on skillsI have, and work from there. I feel like it's building a house that’s never finished. I also remind myselfthat skills can be simple.     Can you remember the moment you first discovered your voice? Where was it? How old were you?   I believe you discover your voice when you discover yourself.     Who is the one voice that has inspired you the most in your personal life? In your career?   I would have to say my mother. And both my grandmothers. And my sister. In fact, I would have tosay my whole family. The hard working spirit, the “I’ll never give up” attitude, the style and grace while doing so. That’s my family’s voice. That’s me.     Would you say your voice is your strength?   I would say that my ability to love is my strength. I believe having a strong voice is essential to lovingthe world. I love the world so much. That’s why my voice is so loud. I want you to know how muchI love you.     Can you describe your voice?   My voice is learning. My voice is listening. My voice is expressing and sometimes changing. My voice belongs to me.     Do you believe that your voice can have a positive impact?   I believe most voices have the ability to positively impact, but all voices are impactful. This includes hateful voices, which is why hateful speech is so negatively powerful—why we need to fill the negative space with kind speech.       What advice would you give to those still out there looking for their own voices?   I would say looking for our own voices, to me, is an endless lifetime pursuit. We learn who we want to be, while we also unlearn things we realize we no longer believe. Our voice comes and goes. I would say cultivate your voice exactly as you please. Know it can be strong, and know it belongs to you.     Is there any particular scent that reminds you of a special moment of your life?   Fresh gravy on the stove, meatballs and pork sausage in my home growing up. Every Sunday at 2pm, after church. Whole family at the table. My happiest memories of all. Same scent. Every Sunday.     What does the name Voce Viva mean to you?   The voice is alive. It has its own life. It’s a force of nature. Nature is powerful. It’s important how youuse it.     How would you say that your song “Sine from above” match perfectly with the Valentino message: my voicemy strength? Why did you choose this particular song for the film?   My song ‘Sine From Above’ is about the passion I feel, when I manifest the sounds that I hear in myhead. They come in the form of song, messages, ideas, and love. This is my strength. These sounds are the function that form the basis of my voice. I hear them, and then I use them. They are how I live, how I love, how I prosper, and how I survive.       What is your own definition of beauty?     I believe beauty is the process we all go through— it’s how how we see ourselves. This can becomplicated, sometimes not easy, but the challenge of loving yourself is the most beautiful thing of all.     Do you have a beauty routine and secret tips to share?   I believe self-care routines, in and of themselves, are the best beauty tip of all. If you care for your mind, body, skin, heart & healing, you approach beauty holistically. For me, using makeup as well as perfume to transform how I feel at any moment is valuable as well. I believe that even though working on ourselves from the inside is the most crucial, I also cherish the power of visual transformation to affect how we feel inside.     What are your 5 beauty products that you always have with you?   I only carry Haus Laboratories beauty products everyday. 1. Is my trusty black calligraphy Eye-Lie-ner in shade “Punk.” 2. I always have a Le Monster Matte Lip Crayon in a neutral shade called “Power Move.” Itslightweight, bold, never bleeds and fits perfect in my purse. 3. It is right now, my new Valentino ‘Voce Viva’ perfume, to feel fresh throughout the day. 4. I have to make sure I have a Le Riot Lip Gloss because it is lip conditioning and plumping withmega watt shine, comes in many shades so there’s lots to choose from. I love the color “corset.” 5. I love having a highlighter that also doubles as a liquid shimmer eye-shadow powder.     How do you get ready for a red carpet evening?   I make sure to take good care of my skin always — my mother taught me this. I do special skin treatments the night before a red carpet and the day of. Most importantly however, it’s so importantto me that everyone who is doing hair, makeup, styling and design has a beautiful day where they feel loved and we celebrate how grateful we are to do what we love as a team with my family and friends.     When do you feel the most beautiful?   Right after I meditate. It reminds me that beauty is a state of being that's undefinable because it’sfrom within.       You are committed every day in different causes, what are the causes that matter you the most?   My charity Born This Way Foundation, that I co-founded with my mother, shares our ambitiouspassion to make positive change in the face of the world’s Mental Health Crisis. I believe it is moreimportant than ever to motivate an agenda of kindness. Kindness that leads to the healing of the mind, body & soul. Kindness that invigorates programs that are fearless in their effort to help humanity learn the importance of self-care.     What is the most daring thing you did?   Whenever someone told me I wasn’t good enough throughout my career and life, I never let it breakme. I promised myself that every time I heard “no,” it would motivate me to work harder. The mostdaring thing I did was believe in myself.     What is the strongest moment you ever lived on a stage?   I remember singing in Mexico, a song from my album Born This Way called “Americano.” I was in astadium, it was pouring rain, and I sang words about the trials and tribulations of Immigration Law in my country. Myself and the crowd both wept and cheered for freedom, it was a moment I’ll neverforget. The audience and I were aligned —our morals, our values, our politics, our voices.     What is your personal motto?   Be Kind.     Among all your songs, which ones embodies the most your personality?   I would say my song ‘911’ off Chromatica has to be one of the most personal songs I’ve ever written. It’s a dance-pop song but the words are poetry of my deeply personal reality as someone who struggles with mental health. This song is a battle cry and celebration of my radical acceptance that this is who I am.     Tell us something no one could guess about you.   I love to cook!       With your new album, what is the message you want to spread all around the world?   On my new album Chromatica, I want everyone to know that even if life is painful sometimes, youcan still dance through it. You can dance through it because you’re being brave by fighting the painand living life. This is something that should be celebrated. This is a reason to dance.     Any upcoming projects for 2021?   I’m over the moon excited about an upcoming movie I’ll be acting in, directed by new budding friend,the legendary Ridley Scott—alongside the talent of a truly humbling cast.

LONDON GRAMMAR RELEASE BRAND NEW SINGLE LOSE YOUR HEAD TODAY ON MINISTRY OF SOUND
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LONDON GRAMMAR RELEASE BRAND NEW SINGLE LOSE YOUR HEAD TODAY ON MINISTRY OF SOUND

Music London Grammar today release their brand new single Lose Your Head, the third to be taken from their forthcoming highly anticipated new studio album Californian Soil, which is set for release on April 9 2021 on Ministry Of Sound.     Lose Your Head premiered last night on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show, arriving as the very first Hottest Record of 2021. The single embodies a new clarity of purpose centred around frontwoman Hannah Reid, who crafts a message of femininity and power on the new material. Co-produced by lauded electronic producer George FitzGerald - who also co-produced the band’s hugely successful return single Baby It’s You, which spent 2 months on the Radio 1 A List- Lose Your Head showcases not only the band’s talent, but also a new found energy at the heart of this new iteration of London Grammar.     Speaking about Lose Your Head Hannah Reid said, “Lose your head is about power and control in relationships. The lyrics are quite dark, but I wanted to show the song in an upbeat way”.       Californian Soil is the irrefutably beautiful third album from London Grammar, whose success and longevity as a band has traced the British pop graph for over a decade. Their debut double platinum selling record If You Wait garnered huge success upon its release in 2013, which was followed by their #1 record Truth Is A Beautiful Thing in 2017. To date the band have sold 3 million records and 1 million tickets globally, whilst their music has been streamed 1 billion times. Having garnered numerous BRIT nominations and awarded a prestigious Ivor Novello, London Grammar remain rooted as one of the most exceptional and successful artists of a generation. London Grammar today release their brand new single Lose Your Head, the third to be taken from their forthcoming highly anticipated new studio album Californian Soil, which is set for release on April 9 2021 on Ministry Of Sound.     Lose Your Head premiered last night on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show, arriving as the very first Hottest Record of 2021. The single embodies a new clarity of purpose centred around frontwoman Hannah Reid, who crafts a message of femininity and power on the new material. Co-produced by lauded electronic producer George FitzGerald - who also co-produced the band’s hugely successful return single Baby It’s You, which spent 2 months on the Radio 1 A List- Lose Your Head showcases not only the band’s talent, but also a new found energy at the heart of this new iteration of London Grammar.     Speaking about Lose Your Head Hannah Reid said, “Lose your head is about power and control in relationships. The lyrics are quite dark, but I wanted to show the song in an upbeat way”.       Californian Soil is the irrefutably beautiful third album from London Grammar, whose success and longevity as a band has traced the British pop graph for over a decade. Their debut double platinum selling record If You Wait garnered huge success upon its release in 2013, which was followed by their #1 record Truth Is A Beautiful Thing in 2017. To date the band have sold 3 million records and 1 million tickets globally, whilst their music has been streamed 1 billion times. Having garnered numerous BRIT nominations and awarded a prestigious Ivor Novello, London Grammar remain rooted as one of the most exceptional and successful artists of a generation.

End of the year virtual party and experience with Tomorrowland
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End of the year virtual party and experience with Tomorrowland

Music On December 31, Tomorrowland is organising Tomorrowland 31.12.2020 – a magical New Year’s Eve celebration at the end of an exceptional year, counting down to the start of 2021. This unique digital festival on the biggest night of the year will start at 20:00 (8pm) local time in all 27 time zones in the world, giving people from all over the globe, from Fiji to Hawaii, from Tokyo to Santiago, an opportunity to end this year with a bang. Tomorrowland 31.12.2020 gathers more than 25 of the planet’s best artists who will perform on 4 mesmerizing digital stages in the brand-new digital entertainment venue NAOZ: Armin van Buuren, Charlotte de Witte, David Guetta, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Diplo, Duck Sauce, Joris Voorn, Kölsch, Lost Frequencies, Major Lazer, Martin Garrix, Meduza, Tchami and many more. Ticket sales start on Tuesday November 17 at 17:00 CET via tomorrowland.com.     With 2020’s New Year’s Eve set to be unlike any before, Tomorrowland wants to give the People of Tomorrow across the world a night to remember, all from the comfort of their homeand accessible on all devices (PC, laptop, smartphone or tablet). A digital New Year’s Eve festival welcoming in 2021, Tomorrowland 31.12.2020 is a magical celebration at the end of an exceptional year, following on from Tomorrowland’s first ever digital festival Tomorrowland Around the World over the summer. Set to become a spectacular and immersive experience in the brand-new revolutionary and future-proof digital entertainment world NAOZ filled with music, magic and friendship, Tomorrowland’s digital New Year’s Eve celebration will be adapted to all 27 time zones in the world – welcoming people of all ages and places, unfazed by borders or boundaries, from 20:00 to 03:00 (8pm to 3am) local time.     Allowing millions of people from all corners of the world to close off 2020 and celebrate New Year’s Eve as never before, the creative team and 3D artists behind Tomorrowland have created an entirely new and dazzling entertainment location consisting of 4 magical worlds, in which some of the festival’s most iconic themes will be used. Tomorrowland has curated an incredible line-up of more than 25 world-class artists who will be taking one of the 4 mesmerizing digital stages as everyone counts down to 2021 on December 31.Armin van Buuren, Charlotte de Witte, David Guetta, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Diplo, Duck Sauce, Joris Voorn, Kölsch, Lost Frequencies, Major Lazer, Martin Garrix, Meduza, Tchamiand many more will give stellar performances at the digital New Year’s Eve celebration.     Continuing with the success of Tomorrowland’s first ever digital festival Tomorrowland Around the World – documented in the behind-the-scenes documentary Never stop the music – The Creation of Tomorrowland 2020 – the festival is again using the world’s best technology in 3D design, video production and special effects to bring together a spectacular experience on the biggest night of the year. The People of Tomorrow are invited to experience this unique event virtually together with friends and family – this night is all about uniting through the power of music in a responsible and safe way. Ticket sales start on Tuesday November 17 at 17:00 CET via tomorrowland.com.     Tomorrowland 31.12.2020 – the line-up:   -  Armin van Buuren -  Artbat -  Boys Noize -  Brennan Heart -  CamelPhat -  Charlotte de Witte -  Coone -  Da Tweekaz -  David Guetta -  Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike -  Diplo -  Duck Sauce -  D-Block & S-te-Fan -  Jack Back -  Kölsch b2b Joris Voorn -  Lost Frequencies -  Maceo Plex -  Major Lazer -  Martin Garrix -  Meduza -  Netsky -  Snoop Dogg aka DJ Snoopadelic -  Sub Zero Project -  Tchami     About Tomorrowland 31.12.2020:   New Year 2021 Thursday December 31, 2020, between 20:00 – 03:00 (8pm – 3am) local time A unique digital festival on the biggest night of the year, starting at 20:00 (8pm) local time in all 27 time zones in the world At NAOZ – the digital venue Open for people of all ages and places Exclusively on tomorrowland.com Ticket sales start on Tuesday November 17 at 17:00 CET via tomorrowland.com Special People of Tomorrow packages will be available. On December 31, Tomorrowland is organising Tomorrowland 31.12.2020 – a magical New Year’s Eve celebration at the end of an exceptional year, counting down to the start of 2021. This unique digital festival on the biggest night of the year will start at 20:00 (8pm) local time in all 27 time zones in the world, giving people from all over the globe, from Fiji to Hawaii, from Tokyo to Santiago, an opportunity to end this year with a bang. Tomorrowland 31.12.2020 gathers more than 25 of the planet’s best artists who will perform on 4 mesmerizing digital stages in the brand-new digital entertainment venue NAOZ: Armin van Buuren, Charlotte de Witte, David Guetta, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Diplo, Duck Sauce, Joris Voorn, Kölsch, Lost Frequencies, Major Lazer, Martin Garrix, Meduza, Tchami and many more. Ticket sales start on Tuesday November 17 at 17:00 CET via tomorrowland.com.     With 2020’s New Year’s Eve set to be unlike any before, Tomorrowland wants to give the People of Tomorrow across the world a night to remember, all from the comfort of their homeand accessible on all devices (PC, laptop, smartphone or tablet). A digital New Year’s Eve festival welcoming in 2021, Tomorrowland 31.12.2020 is a magical celebration at the end of an exceptional year, following on from Tomorrowland’s first ever digital festival Tomorrowland Around the World over the summer. Set to become a spectacular and immersive experience in the brand-new revolutionary and future-proof digital entertainment world NAOZ filled with music, magic and friendship, Tomorrowland’s digital New Year’s Eve celebration will be adapted to all 27 time zones in the world – welcoming people of all ages and places, unfazed by borders or boundaries, from 20:00 to 03:00 (8pm to 3am) local time.     Allowing millions of people from all corners of the world to close off 2020 and celebrate New Year’s Eve as never before, the creative team and 3D artists behind Tomorrowland have created an entirely new and dazzling entertainment location consisting of 4 magical worlds, in which some of the festival’s most iconic themes will be used. Tomorrowland has curated an incredible line-up of more than 25 world-class artists who will be taking one of the 4 mesmerizing digital stages as everyone counts down to 2021 on December 31.Armin van Buuren, Charlotte de Witte, David Guetta, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Diplo, Duck Sauce, Joris Voorn, Kölsch, Lost Frequencies, Major Lazer, Martin Garrix, Meduza, Tchamiand many more will give stellar performances at the digital New Year’s Eve celebration.     Continuing with the success of Tomorrowland’s first ever digital festival Tomorrowland Around the World – documented in the behind-the-scenes documentary Never stop the music – The Creation of Tomorrowland 2020 – the festival is again using the world’s best technology in 3D design, video production and special effects to bring together a spectacular experience on the biggest night of the year. The People of Tomorrow are invited to experience this unique event virtually together with friends and family – this night is all about uniting through the power of music in a responsible and safe way. Ticket sales start on Tuesday November 17 at 17:00 CET via tomorrowland.com.     Tomorrowland 31.12.2020 – the line-up:   -  Armin van Buuren -  Artbat -  Boys Noize -  Brennan Heart -  CamelPhat -  Charlotte de Witte -  Coone -  Da Tweekaz -  David Guetta -  Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike -  Diplo -  Duck Sauce -  D-Block & S-te-Fan -  Jack Back -  Kölsch b2b Joris Voorn -  Lost Frequencies -  Maceo Plex -  Major Lazer -  Martin Garrix -  Meduza -  Netsky -  Snoop Dogg aka DJ Snoopadelic -  Sub Zero Project -  Tchami     About Tomorrowland 31.12.2020:   New Year 2021 Thursday December 31, 2020, between 20:00 – 03:00 (8pm – 3am) local time A unique digital festival on the biggest night of the year, starting at 20:00 (8pm) local time in all 27 time zones in the world At NAOZ – the digital venue Open for people of all ages and places Exclusively on tomorrowland.com Ticket sales start on Tuesday November 17 at 17:00 CET via tomorrowland.com Special People of Tomorrow packages will be available.

In conversation with Mako
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In conversation with Mako

Music We had a delight chatting with artist Mako.     Hi! Thanks for taking the time to speak with us. How have you been keeping during this crazy year?   Hi guys!  Thanks so much for having me :). I’ve been doing alright, thank God.  Feeling super grateful, working along in a dark room from the studio luckily happens to be covid-proof.  I was able to finish the record and keep up on everything else       Has no touring allowed you more time in the studio to create and maybe experiment with different sounds?   Yeah absolutely.  I’m a total studio rat by trade, so staying off the road (as much of a bummer as that is) has been a good chance to keep shedding and keeping things moving for the year ahead.     How have you been staying motivated during the various lockdowns we’ve faced this year? Have you had to look elsewhere for influences and musical inspiration?   Musically, it’s been really great.  There’s been a lot of inspiring records coming out, super creative + dope live-streaming going on.  Life - wise, like everybody else, its super tricky keeping energized and positive and motivated without mixing in a proper social life into the fold.  I didn’t actually realize how important that was to the writing process :). Time off and time to live is so huge.     You’ve just released your new album ‘Fable’, congratulations! Is the album something that you’ll be looking to tour if and when we return to some sort of normality in 2021?   I think it’d be such a shame not to put this music together for people on the road.  Thankfully, we’ve still got a tour with Lindsey Stirling on the books for Summer 2021.  Fingers crossed everything works out and all the dates hold!     Any plans to stream any performances of the album for your fans in the meantime?   I don’t have anything solid-solid yet.  But I think this would be a really great alternative in case a tour doesn’t happen.     What are your plans for the festival period? During these strange times I know a lot of people are planning on spending time with their families and enjoying a well-deserved break.   You know, it’s been a few years for me since ‘festival season’ was an active thing for me.  Since I switched to this live-setup, I don’t think I’ve really jumped onto the festival circuit.  It’d be so fucking cool to check that box in the future :)       Do you have any more plans for the album or new music as we move into 2021?    I’m scoring my first TV show as we speak!! I can’t say a lot about it yet, as we’re still in development.  But its sooooo exciting, and I can’t wait to announce more about this.     Thanks a lot for your time!    We had a delight chatting with artist Mako.     Hi! Thanks for taking the time to speak with us. How have you been keeping during this crazy year?   Hi guys!  Thanks so much for having me :). I’ve been doing alright, thank God.  Feeling super grateful, working along in a dark room from the studio luckily happens to be covid-proof.  I was able to finish the record and keep up on everything else       Has no touring allowed you more time in the studio to create and maybe experiment with different sounds?   Yeah absolutely.  I’m a total studio rat by trade, so staying off the road (as much of a bummer as that is) has been a good chance to keep shedding and keeping things moving for the year ahead.     How have you been staying motivated during the various lockdowns we’ve faced this year? Have you had to look elsewhere for influences and musical inspiration?   Musically, it’s been really great.  There’s been a lot of inspiring records coming out, super creative + dope live-streaming going on.  Life - wise, like everybody else, its super tricky keeping energized and positive and motivated without mixing in a proper social life into the fold.  I didn’t actually realize how important that was to the writing process :). Time off and time to live is so huge.     You’ve just released your new album ‘Fable’, congratulations! Is the album something that you’ll be looking to tour if and when we return to some sort of normality in 2021?   I think it’d be such a shame not to put this music together for people on the road.  Thankfully, we’ve still got a tour with Lindsey Stirling on the books for Summer 2021.  Fingers crossed everything works out and all the dates hold!     Any plans to stream any performances of the album for your fans in the meantime?   I don’t have anything solid-solid yet.  But I think this would be a really great alternative in case a tour doesn’t happen.     What are your plans for the festival period? During these strange times I know a lot of people are planning on spending time with their families and enjoying a well-deserved break.   You know, it’s been a few years for me since ‘festival season’ was an active thing for me.  Since I switched to this live-setup, I don’t think I’ve really jumped onto the festival circuit.  It’d be so fucking cool to check that box in the future :)       Do you have any more plans for the album or new music as we move into 2021?    I’m scoring my first TV show as we speak!! I can’t say a lot about it yet, as we’re still in development.  But its sooooo exciting, and I can’t wait to announce more about this.     Thanks a lot for your time!   

The first international Christmas Drag Show with the cast of ‘Drag Race Holland’
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The first international Christmas Drag Show with the cast of ‘Drag Race Holland’

Culture This Christmas, multiple drag professionals will join forces to create a spectacular online Christmas show. On December 26th 2020, (boxing day) the online event “All You Need is Drag” will take place. It will be one of the most unique, online, Dutch based productions of 2020, with the entire cast of Drag Race Holland season one.     In the past year, drag had an explosive growth due to the airing of Drag Race Holland. But after the show aired, the cast of the show was not able to perform for big groups of fans due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. “That is something that needs to change”, states Danielle Jiskoot, founder of The Drag Agency. “We have to set the spotlight on the drag talents of The Netherlands in as many ways as possible.”      “All You Need is Drag“ is an online event for the whole family. Usually people would go to a Christmas show with the family, but since the pandemic has given events a problematic turn, the show will be brought to people's homes. All the cast members of Drag Race Holland season 1 will give exclusive performances made in collaboration with some of the most prominent producers, designers and choreographers to make this Christmas show a special one to remember.      Boxing Day:   The event will take place on boxing day, the 26th of December 2020, at 9PM CET (worldwide time zones available) the show will be live streamed for everybody that purchased a ticket via www.thedragarmy.com. In the show, the cast of Drag Race Holland will give a series of performances with a Christmas flavour. By giving people all over the world the chance to watch the same show, we give them the opportunity to still enjoy these holidays together even though we are separated physically.     Cast:   The entire line up for the show; Abby OMG, ChelseaBoy, Envy Peru, Janey Jacké, Madame Madness, Ma’MaQueen, Megan Schoonbrood, Patty Pam-Pam, Roem & Sederginne.     The Drag Army:   The Drag Army is the organization behind ‘All You Need is Drag’; a collective consisting of multiple prominent Dutch and Flemish entertainment professionals that all have strong connections with the drag community in The Netherlands and Belgium.        Tickets: Tickets are available via www.thedragarmy.com. Early bird tickets: €10,- Reguliere tickets: €15,- This Christmas, multiple drag professionals will join forces to create a spectacular online Christmas show. On December 26th 2020, (boxing day) the online event “All You Need is Drag” will take place. It will be one of the most unique, online, Dutch based productions of 2020, with the entire cast of Drag Race Holland season one.     In the past year, drag had an explosive growth due to the airing of Drag Race Holland. But after the show aired, the cast of the show was not able to perform for big groups of fans due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. “That is something that needs to change”, states Danielle Jiskoot, founder of The Drag Agency. “We have to set the spotlight on the drag talents of The Netherlands in as many ways as possible.”      “All You Need is Drag“ is an online event for the whole family. Usually people would go to a Christmas show with the family, but since the pandemic has given events a problematic turn, the show will be brought to people's homes. All the cast members of Drag Race Holland season 1 will give exclusive performances made in collaboration with some of the most prominent producers, designers and choreographers to make this Christmas show a special one to remember.      Boxing Day:   The event will take place on boxing day, the 26th of December 2020, at 9PM CET (worldwide time zones available) the show will be live streamed for everybody that purchased a ticket via www.thedragarmy.com. In the show, the cast of Drag Race Holland will give a series of performances with a Christmas flavour. By giving people all over the world the chance to watch the same show, we give them the opportunity to still enjoy these holidays together even though we are separated physically.     Cast:   The entire line up for the show; Abby OMG, ChelseaBoy, Envy Peru, Janey Jacké, Madame Madness, Ma’MaQueen, Megan Schoonbrood, Patty Pam-Pam, Roem & Sederginne.     The Drag Army:   The Drag Army is the organization behind ‘All You Need is Drag’; a collective consisting of multiple prominent Dutch and Flemish entertainment professionals that all have strong connections with the drag community in The Netherlands and Belgium.        Tickets: Tickets are available via www.thedragarmy.com. Early bird tickets: €10,- Reguliere tickets: €15,-

THE MUSIC MUST GO ON: LYNK & DEKMANTEL HOST DEKMANTEL CONNECTS
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THE MUSIC MUST GO ON: LYNK & DEKMANTEL HOST DEKMANTEL CONNECTS

Music Charge your laptop and grab your best headphones because Lynk & Co is teaming up with Dekmantel, one of the biggest independent electronic music festivals in the world, to host Dekmantel Connects. The virtual event aims to not just entertain, but also share knowledge and make connections between artists, music fans, and everyone else missing festival season this year.     “From the start, we didn’t want to be a brand that simply slaps their logo on something and call it ‘sponsorship’ - we truly believe that investing and working close together with communities is the way to go, especially in a time where people, ideas, and creative initiatives are hurting. We’re really happy to be able to work with Dekmantel on this project, and hopefully we can see each other on a festival eld or club again very soon” – Robin van der Kaa, VP Marketing Lynk & Co.     As you might have guessed from the name: Dekmantel Connects is bringing together the music community, even when we can’t be together in person. Lynk & Co and Dekmantel make a natural dream team because of their shared values of uplifting creative communities and supporting artists—two things that are extra important this year as mu- sicians have been deeply affected by the pandemic. The event will celebrate local talent, offer guidance for aspiring musicians, and, of course, it’ll be a lot of fun as well.       In uncertain times, Dekmantel is grateful that they can collaborate with Lynk & Co to make Dekmantel Connects happen. The event is a tting end to a big year for Lynk & Co. The company launched their one-of-a-kind mobility membership in Europe in September 2020 and opened their Amsterdam Club in October 2020. Throughout it all, they’ve com- mitted to working with local partners, supporting sustainable initiatives, and investing in their community.     Dekmantel Connects runs from 14 –23 December and is 100% free for all to access. The event features live DJ sets and a schedule of educational content to help aspiring artists learn about the music industry. The 10-day event has ve workshops, ve panel con- versations, and three in-depth conversations with veteran artists on topics ranging from grant applications to the future of the music industry. Charge your laptop and grab your best headphones because Lynk & Co is teaming up with Dekmantel, one of the biggest independent electronic music festivals in the world, to host Dekmantel Connects. The virtual event aims to not just entertain, but also share knowledge and make connections between artists, music fans, and everyone else missing festival season this year.     “From the start, we didn’t want to be a brand that simply slaps their logo on something and call it ‘sponsorship’ - we truly believe that investing and working close together with communities is the way to go, especially in a time where people, ideas, and creative initiatives are hurting. We’re really happy to be able to work with Dekmantel on this project, and hopefully we can see each other on a festival eld or club again very soon” – Robin van der Kaa, VP Marketing Lynk & Co.     As you might have guessed from the name: Dekmantel Connects is bringing together the music community, even when we can’t be together in person. Lynk & Co and Dekmantel make a natural dream team because of their shared values of uplifting creative communities and supporting artists—two things that are extra important this year as mu- sicians have been deeply affected by the pandemic. The event will celebrate local talent, offer guidance for aspiring musicians, and, of course, it’ll be a lot of fun as well.       In uncertain times, Dekmantel is grateful that they can collaborate with Lynk & Co to make Dekmantel Connects happen. The event is a tting end to a big year for Lynk & Co. The company launched their one-of-a-kind mobility membership in Europe in September 2020 and opened their Amsterdam Club in October 2020. Throughout it all, they’ve com- mitted to working with local partners, supporting sustainable initiatives, and investing in their community.     Dekmantel Connects runs from 14 –23 December and is 100% free for all to access. The event features live DJ sets and a schedule of educational content to help aspiring artists learn about the music industry. The 10-day event has ve workshops, ve panel con- versations, and three in-depth conversations with veteran artists on topics ranging from grant applications to the future of the music industry.

In conversation with Ofenbach
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In conversation with Ofenbach

Music We had a blast speaking with Ofenbach recently about their hit songs & plans for next year amongs other exciting things.     It's been a whirlwind of a year, how are you guys doing?   We try to stay positive, making music and thinking about a better future. We really can't wait to go on stage and see our fans again. Everybody needs to party and have fun, so it will be even better than before when things will go back to normal again.     ‘Head Shoulders Knees & Toes’ has become a worldwide hit, congratulations! It's a different style to your previous releases, what is the inspiration behind the track?   It's different in the production because we think it's important to evolve in our sound but the soul and melody of the track are still close to our signature. For us the skeleton of a track is more important than everything.     ‘Katchii’ was the #1 on the Shazam Dance Worldwide charts for an incredible 14 consecutive weeks. What’s your best memory of working on this track?   Our best memory was to work on a rock ‘n roll track and make a dance track with it. It was a huge challenge but the mix of both genres fits totally and it was magic to see this happening under our eyes.     Let’s talk about one more of your hits, ‘Be Mine’. The track has over 300 million streams worldwide, what do you guys think is key to create a hit like this?   Unfortunately there is no key. It's just a matter of releasing the right track at the right moment but of course if your melody is catchy ("katchi" haha), it gives you more chances to make a hit.     As said, your styles are diverse but remain a recognizable Ofenbach tune. What would you say the key is to evolving as an artist while staying true to your foundational sound fans have come to expect?   As said before in the interview, it's important to put your soul in your melodies but also important to evolve with your production. We are both musicians and singers so it certainly helps us to keep our touch on the tunes.     What’s your resolution for next year?   Our biggest resolution is to be happy for what's happening and grateful. Also to work hard for the future.     When the clubs are open and festivals are happening again, what track will you guys open with?   ‘Head Shoulders Knees & Toes’! ;)   Do you guys have any exciting releases or other projects coming up for 2021?   Of course, our new single will come in January and we are really excited about this one. Also, Robin Schulz just made a remix of ‘Head Shoulders Knees & Toes’. Next to that, we will release a remix for John Legend and Faouzia next week. We had a blast speaking with Ofenbach recently about their hit songs & plans for next year amongs other exciting things.     It's been a whirlwind of a year, how are you guys doing?   We try to stay positive, making music and thinking about a better future. We really can't wait to go on stage and see our fans again. Everybody needs to party and have fun, so it will be even better than before when things will go back to normal again.     ‘Head Shoulders Knees & Toes’ has become a worldwide hit, congratulations! It's a different style to your previous releases, what is the inspiration behind the track?   It's different in the production because we think it's important to evolve in our sound but the soul and melody of the track are still close to our signature. For us the skeleton of a track is more important than everything.     ‘Katchii’ was the #1 on the Shazam Dance Worldwide charts for an incredible 14 consecutive weeks. What’s your best memory of working on this track?   Our best memory was to work on a rock ‘n roll track and make a dance track with it. It was a huge challenge but the mix of both genres fits totally and it was magic to see this happening under our eyes.     Let’s talk about one more of your hits, ‘Be Mine’. The track has over 300 million streams worldwide, what do you guys think is key to create a hit like this?   Unfortunately there is no key. It's just a matter of releasing the right track at the right moment but of course if your melody is catchy ("katchi" haha), it gives you more chances to make a hit.     As said, your styles are diverse but remain a recognizable Ofenbach tune. What would you say the key is to evolving as an artist while staying true to your foundational sound fans have come to expect?   As said before in the interview, it's important to put your soul in your melodies but also important to evolve with your production. We are both musicians and singers so it certainly helps us to keep our touch on the tunes.     What’s your resolution for next year?   Our biggest resolution is to be happy for what's happening and grateful. Also to work hard for the future.     When the clubs are open and festivals are happening again, what track will you guys open with?   ‘Head Shoulders Knees & Toes’! ;)   Do you guys have any exciting releases or other projects coming up for 2021?   Of course, our new single will come in January and we are really excited about this one. Also, Robin Schulz just made a remix of ‘Head Shoulders Knees & Toes’. Next to that, we will release a remix for John Legend and Faouzia next week.

In conversation with Kim Lee
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In conversation with Kim Lee

Music We had a delight chatting with Kim Lee.     Tell our readers who you are and what you do.   I’m Kim Lee born and raised in LA. I’m DJ/Model and the host of Yo! MTV Raps Asia. Basically I do a lil bit of everything.      Tell us more about your up-coming project for 2021, with top producer Jeff Jenkins.   When Crazy Rich Asians movie came out couple years back. It was a big deal for a lot of Asian Americans because it was literally our “ Black Panther” movie. After that many tv networks approached me. So the universe did it’s magic and linked me to Jeff.    Anybody that’s in the tv/film business will know who Jeff Jenkins is. He’s the producer of The Kardashians and such an amazing person all around. I can’t say much but we got some exciting things coming soon      How was it like performing at festivals such as Ultra? Do you miss performing this year and do you plan on doing more of that once festivals are back on track?   It’s an incredible feeling. I totally miss performing. For people like me in the music industry that are used to being on the road all the time it was definitely a huge change. I’ve never taken a weekend off ever before but I’ve got different projects I’m working on and I’ve been focused on that. All my shows has been rescheduled for next year.      What has been the highlight for you so far in 2020, given the year it has been?     Highlight of the year for me is being home more with my family and doing a lot of self care which I never really had time to do and really focus on other important things in my life.      Tell us something that is not on your resume.     I’m a very spiritual person. I love going to spiritual stores and have many different crystals and sage at home. I also love reading.        Have you been able to be creative throughout this year? And what projects have you been working on?   I think for many creatives we always gotta stay creative or we’ll lose our minds! Haha yes I’m always creating content and collaborating with different brands and magazines.  We had a delight chatting with Kim Lee.     Tell our readers who you are and what you do.   I’m Kim Lee born and raised in LA. I’m DJ/Model and the host of Yo! MTV Raps Asia. Basically I do a lil bit of everything.      Tell us more about your up-coming project for 2021, with top producer Jeff Jenkins.   When Crazy Rich Asians movie came out couple years back. It was a big deal for a lot of Asian Americans because it was literally our “ Black Panther” movie. After that many tv networks approached me. So the universe did it’s magic and linked me to Jeff.    Anybody that’s in the tv/film business will know who Jeff Jenkins is. He’s the producer of The Kardashians and such an amazing person all around. I can’t say much but we got some exciting things coming soon      How was it like performing at festivals such as Ultra? Do you miss performing this year and do you plan on doing more of that once festivals are back on track?   It’s an incredible feeling. I totally miss performing. For people like me in the music industry that are used to being on the road all the time it was definitely a huge change. I’ve never taken a weekend off ever before but I’ve got different projects I’m working on and I’ve been focused on that. All my shows has been rescheduled for next year.      What has been the highlight for you so far in 2020, given the year it has been?     Highlight of the year for me is being home more with my family and doing a lot of self care which I never really had time to do and really focus on other important things in my life.      Tell us something that is not on your resume.     I’m a very spiritual person. I love going to spiritual stores and have many different crystals and sage at home. I also love reading.        Have you been able to be creative throughout this year? And what projects have you been working on?   I think for many creatives we always gotta stay creative or we’ll lose our minds! Haha yes I’m always creating content and collaborating with different brands and magazines. 

‘Tales’ van Bosch
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‘Tales’ van Bosch

Music As an earnest, toothy twelve-year-old, Zanna van Vorstenbosch was runner-up in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Twelve years later, working as van Bosch, the Dutch model-turned-sea- siren returns to her founding passion with her forthcoming debut LP, Speed of Wood (2021).     Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xu9fZfu5BQU     Having glided like an unbothered sylph through a New York City most can only imagine, she stayed gold, never forgot herself. “Modeling opened the world to me,” she writes, “but music secures a space in it.” From her vantage at photo shoots she saw something all around her:   “The need to prove that we are successful in a material way,” she writes, was “prioritized without balance (both a balance within ourselves and with the world outside ourselves) and without attention to how to deal with mental health, relationships, stress, or how to dream, or how to love.” The protective barricade of wealth also forbade entrance to beautiful risk and hard truth— while letting slip through the paranoia and bloated self-regard which flourish when too few people are brave enough to tell us the truth.   So she wrote this song about it. “Count your prey, play your games,” she begins, “so much to prove, so little to gain.”     Interesting piano work, excellent drumming, well-wrought song structure, and the haunted wind of Old-World witchery all support a majestic vocal performance. (Wait for it.) And if, as you listen, you begin to think of Nico, Anika, or PJ Harvey, you’re not entirely right, but you’re not entirely wrong.     If “Tales,” as a song, is an indemnification of status without stature, money without meaning, and the loneliness of empty achievement, the video, Zanna says, is a ritual attempt to heal them, to bring them into a shadow-place free of arrogance, free of sight, free of the safe, overdetermined meanings toward which we strive: A Holy Virgin sits forbidding in theatre eyebrows behind an open veil, awaiting the return of her prodigals. Tears spill through a suffocating shroud. What is the difference between protection and imprisonment?     A woman sings directly into (or maybe under) dark water. Her wail ripples through it, elocuting the abyss beneath all she denounces, all she means to save, and she does not drown. What does it mean to sing lyrics against words? “The moment that you have your mind made up, the moment that you think it’s a certain way,” Zanna writes, “you lose that beauty. You can’t put your words on it, you can’t put your fingers on it. The moment that it’s in between, that’s where you can start to understand, that’s where you get fulfilled.”     “If you want to find some meaning to life” she sings, “don’t be too proud to say you know you’re blind.”     - Written by Alan Bajandas As an earnest, toothy twelve-year-old, Zanna van Vorstenbosch was runner-up in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Twelve years later, working as van Bosch, the Dutch model-turned-sea- siren returns to her founding passion with her forthcoming debut LP, Speed of Wood (2021).     Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xu9fZfu5BQU     Having glided like an unbothered sylph through a New York City most can only imagine, she stayed gold, never forgot herself. “Modeling opened the world to me,” she writes, “but music secures a space in it.” From her vantage at photo shoots she saw something all around her:   “The need to prove that we are successful in a material way,” she writes, was “prioritized without balance (both a balance within ourselves and with the world outside ourselves) and without attention to how to deal with mental health, relationships, stress, or how to dream, or how to love.” The protective barricade of wealth also forbade entrance to beautiful risk and hard truth— while letting slip through the paranoia and bloated self-regard which flourish when too few people are brave enough to tell us the truth.   So she wrote this song about it. “Count your prey, play your games,” she begins, “so much to prove, so little to gain.”     Interesting piano work, excellent drumming, well-wrought song structure, and the haunted wind of Old-World witchery all support a majestic vocal performance. (Wait for it.) And if, as you listen, you begin to think of Nico, Anika, or PJ Harvey, you’re not entirely right, but you’re not entirely wrong.     If “Tales,” as a song, is an indemnification of status without stature, money without meaning, and the loneliness of empty achievement, the video, Zanna says, is a ritual attempt to heal them, to bring them into a shadow-place free of arrogance, free of sight, free of the safe, overdetermined meanings toward which we strive: A Holy Virgin sits forbidding in theatre eyebrows behind an open veil, awaiting the return of her prodigals. Tears spill through a suffocating shroud. What is the difference between protection and imprisonment?     A woman sings directly into (or maybe under) dark water. Her wail ripples through it, elocuting the abyss beneath all she denounces, all she means to save, and she does not drown. What does it mean to sing lyrics against words? “The moment that you have your mind made up, the moment that you think it’s a certain way,” Zanna writes, “you lose that beauty. You can’t put your words on it, you can’t put your fingers on it. The moment that it’s in between, that’s where you can start to understand, that’s where you get fulfilled.”     “If you want to find some meaning to life” she sings, “don’t be too proud to say you know you’re blind.”     - Written by Alan Bajandas

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