Daryn Alexus is a talented young female singer/songwriter from Washington D.C., who has been making some noise between carefully crafted tracks, well-deserved collaborations and a personality that is absolutely infectious. I last caught up with Alexus earlier this summer, and since then she has been hard at work preparing her next project, due out in early 2014. Today, we get her video for “Party”, check it out below and be on the look out for more coming from Daryn Alexus in the near future.
To celebrate the 110th birthday of deceased British author George Orwell, famous for his dystopian visions of the future, Front404 roamed the streets of Utrecht adding colorful celebratory hats to all kinds of security and surveillance cameras.
Recent news about the National Security Agency has prompted a record-breaking uptick in sales of one of Orwell’s most famous works, Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984), in which state monitoring reached terrifyingly deep into the everyday lives of citizens.
From the activist artists behind the project: “By making these inconspicuous cameras that we ignore in our daily lives catch the eye again we also create awareness of how many cameras really watch us nowadays, and that the surveillance state described by Orwell is getting closer and closer to reality.”
CCTV has long been a subject for street artists, including the infamous Banksy, particularly in places with lax laws regarding the monitoring of public spaces … which makes sense, considering their works are not always legal, but often caught on tape.
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The grime movement in the UK is one serious matter. Taking its roots from UK garage and drum & bass, the reggae sound system culture, grime has been pulsating the beat of the British urban scene for since the early 2000s. Understanding the power of this energetic culture, #adidasunderground partnered with RWD magazine and opened its opened its gates in Shoreditch, London for #takethestage – another unforgettable night full bass-heavy beats and rhythmic actions on the dancefloors. The space, which has already been home to nine nights’ events of a different kind, has been transformed once again and offered a welcoming and energetic environment. Some of the genre’s biggest names, such Maxsta, Devlin, Wretch 32, Ryan Martelo, DJ Target, DJ Chewy, and many more took over the live stage, blessing the scene with their signature, up-tempo sounds until 4 a.m., constantly animating the crowd to show off their dance skills and paying homage to their culture.
#adidasunderground put together a multi-sensual experience for its guests in Shoreditch, London, last night, as internationally renowned DJ, producer, and record label owner François Kevorkian graced the 1s and 2s. Catering the crowd with a fine selection of eclectic sounds that encompassed genres like jazz, soul, blues and more, the New York City resident perfectly laid down the audio foundation for this musical extravaganza that was further enhanced by a multi-channel sound system, a hypnotic light show and three-dimensional projections on the walls. Clearly swaying away from your average dancefloor-frenzy with conventional sound patterns, this special ‘Surround Sound Lounge’ event was something for those that appreciate and understand the essence of music. We had the chance to speak to François K, who is also widely considered as one of the forefathers of house music, about his personal impression on this multi-sensual event and how he evaluates the dialogue between the DJ and his audience.
Regular club music these days usually implies a music selection that contains modern-day up-tempo electronica sounds. Your selection tonight, however, offered a substantial part of slow music from the 60s and 70s, which kept the crowd going till the very end. What was your personal impression?
Honestly, I was basically just going with the flow. However, the music that you heard tonight was delivered in surround format, not stereo. These are not just simple things that you can play on your iPod or simply stream on your computer. These songs are special, becoming real and authentic through a multi-channel use. In order to appreciate this kind of music and to fully grasp its complexity, one has to have a certain level of experience and exposure to multi-channel technique. Your body and ears need to be prepared for that. And what happened tonight was, people heard music they were familiar with for the most part, but they could definitely experience it in some sort of enhanced dimensional manner. Psychologically speaking, presenting music in a three-dimensional format, it really affects people very deeply. For the event organizers tonight, it took major preparation because what you heard was an eight-channel sound system. The sounds came from everywhere, every single corner of the venue.
Was it surprising to you that a system like this was such a great success?
This was not supposed to be club night at all. This was not a DJ set but actually me playing music – as simple as that. Nowadays, people tend to categorize things much too easily, and put everybody in the same bag. There is not much time given to you to explain what you do, and why are you are doing. You are provided with 140 characters for this. But tonight, I do not want to compare to what I usually do professionally as a DJ. I don’t use the same tools and don’t play the same way. Tonight was very organic and the vibe went back to the roots of music, what makes us enjoy certain things. It’s music that speaks to them.
How did you prepare yourself for tonight?
Honestly, there was no planning involved. I’m much of an improviser when it comes to gatherings like this. I never rehearse. Of course, after some time behind the 1s and 2s, you develop a feeling and understanding on what people are most likely to react. I feel preparing too much can also be a bit something contrived. In this particular event tonight, it really worked well. It was a really relaxed atmosphere. There was no high pressure whatsoever. Everyone was just laid back and happy. I’m just vibing off that. I wasn’t prepared to play as much soul music as I ended up doing, like Marvin Gaye, Earth, Wind & Fire. But I could tell people really dug it, so I just went with the flow.
What moment or song that you played tonight was particularly striking to you?
Take Miles Davis’s “Bitches Brew” for instance. Historically speaking, it is a very important song. It marked the transition when jazz music stopped being traditional and became experimental. It is a statement. When he first released the song some 45 years ago, people were upset with it. A lot of people hated Miles Davis for making that record. It is really amazing to see that even some decades later, this song, being so odd and shocking, still moves and affects people. It’s like one of Picasso’s creations. It is something that is so striking, so original that it never looses its essence. So my problem with a lot of records that are being produced nowadays, it is more efficient and purpose-built. It doesn’t waste any time getting the point across. Because of that, it never really goes anywhere. It lacks the element of surprise and demands less from its listener. I think that it is the problem with a lot of facets of culture nowadays, like food, fashion, movies. Blame the consumerist culture for that.
Kidrobot San Francisco will be hosting their second Live MUNNY Designing Session with local talents Mikie Graham, JRAD, Lotan Kritchman, Salamander, Saunders Hildreth and Sam Whalen. The custom adventures continue in our humble Haight Street location on Sunday, May 6 from 12-5pm. Come on down, support the SF custom community and get inspired!
The nation was shocked when superstar Whitney Houston passed away in her hotel room at the Beverly Hilton late Saturday night, just hours before she was supposed to attend a pre-Grammy party. She was 48.
Houston’s known for her stellar singing voice and pop star attitude that brought her to the top of the charts in the 1980’s. Despite recent drug issues, Houston always portrayed herself as a lady of elegance with a keen fashion sense, and what we love, is fashion.
Here is an ultimate 80’s fashion throwback. Whitney pulls out all the great looks — the conservative woman’s suit, the bomber jacket and high-waisted jeans combo, her tight and bright orange single-sleeve dress in her 1987 music video “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.”
Rock that jean jacket, candy colored eyeshadow and big hair like Whitney did. Even if you’re not into her style, there’s no denying that homegirl had some moves.
– Sydney Lindberg, Spring Intern
Check out The Coined Lady Sweater, a perfect match to any legging, skinny, or fun mini! This sweater jingles with each step you take, and is so unbelievably comfortable to wear. Here’s how I styled this piece. This first look would be my party/club look. Pair this charmer with a black mini, a pair of wet look leggings or shiny tights, and a nice pair of sparkly pumps. You can try BB Dakota’s Kiera Skirt, the Sheena Legging from *NYC Boutique, and Jeffrey Campbell’s Lita Shoe in Pewter Glitter.
In this second look I put together an outfit that you can take from day to night! Throw on your best skinnies (acid wash, black, yellow, or otherwise) then add a nice knit hat, a cool belt, and you’re good to go! For a similar look try out the Acid Wash Skinny by Your Eyes Lie or the Second Skin Jean in Very Stretch Onewash by Cheap Monday. For a belt, try the Efficiency Belt by remi and reid and lastly, try the Small Slouch Beanie by BMC.
For my last look I wanted to add a pop of color to make this my fun look. Put together a great pair of bright leggings or jeans such as the Tangerine Ankle Skinny or the Spray-On Denim Pant in Petrol Fuchsia (both by Blank Denim), or the Anarchy Jegging in Purple Blaster by Denimocracy. To top off this look get yourself the Cash Flow Back Pack by Joyrich for a nice twist on this outfit!
Photography: Emily Wilson