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Interview for DMAG – Felipe Rojas Llanos: Futurista & Perdurable

Interview for DMAG – Felipe Rojas Llanos: Futurista & Perdurable

Interview for DMAG – Felipe Rojas Llanos: Futurista & Perdurable

by Liz Pedraza

Felipe by Kirill Kuletski

Felipe by Kirill Kuletski || Image Credit http://www.kuletski.com

1-When did you first become interested in Fashion, do you recall a moment in time when you thought, this is what I want to do for the rest of my life?

I became interested in fashion and started considering it as something I might wanna do after I saw the work of Hussein Chalayan in an exhibition called Radical Fashion that was showcasing the most unique designers at the time in London,I think it was back in 2002? So in a way Mr Chalayan inspired me to this path, but it wasn’t until I created my graduate collection The Little

Prince goes to the Opera in 2008 that I realised that this was what I wanted to dedicate myself to.

2- Do you think the juxtaposition of the Latin American roots and the Swedish upbringing shaped or influenced your aesthetic views, if so how.

I really do, I think growing up in Sweden with a latin background and coming home to a latin house hold made me see things differently and in a way absorb the best of both cultures, I am incredibly proud of my heritage I have native indian blood from my fathers side and spanish and german blood from my mothers side, but I think growing up in Sweden with it’s purity and calmness really shaped my mind and my minimal approach to creating,while my latin side makes me take risks and attract myself to beautiful vibrant colours.
I think like most people I have a crazy and calm side constantly struggling to get out, I think this reflect to my background, but like any latin person I am very close to my family

3- In the extremely competitive business of fashion what challenges you the most?

The business side of it, the designing and the creating process is the reason I do it for so that comes naturally, sponsorship and budgeting and cost pricing is what is a challenge for me to do,mostly because it bores me, but you gotta do the boring part too because the fashion business is a business and hopefully I am getting better at it every season.

4- We read/heard you draw inspiration from many different things, such as graphic novels, ballet, movie or even a phrase on a song. What inspired you in your last collection “Untitled”?

My Untitled 6 collection was made with a different approach in mind, normally I create a collection inspired by a mood from a film or a character or a story, but due to me living in London and we having such awful weather I started creating the collection with the question in mind What should I wear ? while leaving my flat something that will be good in the rain or if the sun comes out? so I started creating garments in mind that would be varsity in the everchanging weather, so it was more about the silhouettes and fabrics that I based on some of my favourite cuts.

5- What part has the duality of hot/cold, Chile/Sweden, ying/yang played in your life as a designer and creator?

Ha ha it’s the base of who I am, it has defined who I am and how I create, my brain is in constant chaos but at the same time I am very calmed about it and it help me create.

6- The film for the latest collection “Untitled” it’s very interesting in the fact that it’s only nature and men, there are no gimmicks no extravaganza or anything else almost like coming back to basics in a very artistic way. Did you have any input on it?

I worked very close with my friend Jo Hudson who is a very talented film-maker to get across the mood of what I am trying to create with my brand, we wanted to create a beautiful melancholic mood, the artistic vision was Jo’s she captured the mood of what I want my collection to be perceived as perfectly, I am very pleased with it.

7- Your designs have been called luxurious yet wearable, are you fine with that or are you gearing towards more couture designs in the future?

I want people to want to wear my clothes mainly due to their aesthetic and comfort,I think it’s important that they feel comfortable otherwise next time you pick your outfit you’ll hesitate the 2nd time and 3rd time around and since in the end we wear only 10 % of our wardrobe I want my garments to fit into that percentage that’s what I aspire to create as well as a garment that is unlike anything out there, that’s where my influence of couture comes in,so yes I am moving toward more couture designs but without losing the comfort factor. That’s one of the challenges but if it isn’t challengeing then what would be the point.

8- How would you like to define your style?

Romantic, flamboyant, melancholic, I keep getting told it has a futuristic touch, I’d like to think it’s timeless.

9- We know you worked through your MA studies, you partied and did the work all at the same time. How did you keep it together and still be on top, any motivation or pure perseverance?

I am a firm believer of work hard and play hard,always have been, I have always been told by my tutors and professors not to forget to have fun as well and that once the degree is over you’d be thrown to reality outside so I think it’s important to keep in mind that it will end, we all put so much effort on the CSM MA it’s really hard not to feel like you lose a buddy once it’s over, you realize it became your second home,I had to work could not afford to live in London otherwise, so it was not an option and even though sometimes it was really hard to balance I found working helped me focus on what I needed to do and edit my work more rapidly so in a way it really helped me to become faster because I didn’t have the luxury of time.

10- What’s your most worthy possession and why?

I would say my Cather In the Rye book or my iPod, just because whenever I feel lost or am down I start re reading it, it comforts me of what’s important and I can’t live without music it inspire me on an every day basis, I recently had to move and got rid of a so much stuff,it really sets you free to get rid of things you hold onto,they are just things,it’s just and Illusions to find attachment not reality.

11-Have you thought about incorporating your drawing into the fabrics and make it like a wearable graphic novel.

I have and have custom made a couple of t-shirts of my characters to a friend who was obsessed with one of them, I am actually thinking of screen printing a couple this upcoming season,but it will be more Illustrative then actual character drawings or comic strips.

12-Anything you want to tell your fans and share with us?

I’ll share my favourite quote, Good clothes like any form of fine art, were always greeted with ridicule when they were brought into the open Rachel West 1925 I think it gives a positive view to anyone insecure of what they are creating.

For Felipe’s Collection, visit: http://rojasllanos.com

Untitled 88 from Felipe Rojas Llanos on Vimeo.
 

 

Between cities | Avicii’s interview

Between cities | Avicii’s interview

We had a chance to catch AVICII for a short interview during Austin City Limits.


1-Who are some people who inspire you?

Plenty of different artists. I grew up with everything from Ray Charles to Kiss, so maybe that’s where my

interest started. In electronic music, I really liked listening to Daft Punk even before I knew to call it House Music, and then went on to a lot of Eric Prydtz, Steve Angelo, Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso, and Laidback Luke. I’ve learnt a lot from them, and they have all influenced me.

2-You travel a lot, how do you survive the tours, any particular routine or how do you relax?

When I’m touring I feel I’m mostly in and out of hotel rooms, venues and restaurants.

I rarely get to experience the cities I go to properly. I also have to make time doing my pre-gig routines and deciding on what tracks I want to bring, making sure I have all my things in order.

3-What is in your playlist, ipod,or music player?

A lot of new music for my sets. Whenever I hear music it feels like I’m working as I listen to music differently today – always looking for inspiration. So when I’m off I usually want to relax and not listen to my iPod.

4-What song are you the most proud of?

Hard to say. All songs are different, and I like them all in different ways. I’m very proud of the collaborations I’ve done, as well as the tracks that obviously have become big and well appreciated by others. I think that for me trying to pick what song I’m proudest of is a little like a dad trying to pick which of his children he’s proudest of.

5-What’s next for AVICII, new release, goals, plans, collaborations, etc?

I’m working on a couple of things, so stay tuned for new releases. I’m hoping I’ll be doing what I’m doing right now for a long time ahead. i love the mix between being on tour and being in the studio. My manager won’t let me say too much, but we’re ending our big world tour in early January, but before then we’re doing gigs in South America, Australia, Asia, North America and Europe! After that it’s vacation and lots of studio time.

For more on Avicii,

http://www.avicii.com/

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AVICII

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW brought to you by Living Fash

From Austin City Limits Festival 2012.

Electro House Music pumped the crowds into the euphoria. Young souls merged in the dark night to experience the mixing of tracks by Tim Berling better known as AVICII.

 

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Space Capone Interview

Space Capone Interview

From the classic R&B to the energetic funk comes a music phenomenom called Space Capone. The 70’s funk/R&B/ soul and more energy than e teenager on 3 cans of Redbull sums up this funky vibes from this music group. One can not help but dance or a least attempt to during the performance of their latest tunes. We were lucky to catch up their performance at ACL (Austin City Limits) Fest in Texas and knowing the guys would be a hit we secured an interview before hand, just to make sure we cover this new breed of young musicians bringing the funk back to the table

Interview:

How did you get into music?

Space Capone– Through the church. I was fortunate enough to play in a traveling church band at a young age.

Where does the name SpaceCapone comes from?

SC– It came to me in a dream. Or what I supposed to have been one. The name was inmy head when I woke up one morning.

What countiy(ies) would you like to tour next?

SC: UK, Germany and Japan.

What inspires you to create?

SC-Others who have done it before me.All of my predecessors who did it better or simpler. Als, the creative process is a very ethereal thing. Almost like a drug. There are moments in writing a song where you feel someone or something else has a hand in it as week. That moment inspires me to search for it over and over.

What album,song puts you in a good mood not matter what?

SC-”On your face off the Spirit album by Earth Wind and Fire.

What is your favorite movie?

SC-”Bottle Rocket.”

What’s next for Space Capone?

Space Capone- We’ve been fortunate enough to perform at Bonaroo,CMJ,Hangout,SXSW, Summerfest and now ACL. I’d like to keep the ball rolling in that direction and hopefull become somewhat of a mainstay in the festival market.

Space Capone Interview 2012 images be ©Akin Abayomi

 

Sonambulo

Sonambulo

Sonambulo means Sleepwalker and we covered the group’s performance on Zilker stage on Saturday the 13th at 2:30.

The audience loved their “psico-tropical” rhtyms, a fusion of traditional African and modern Latin American beats. From the side of the stage to the end of the covered portion of Zilker stage people from all age groups and across all ethnicities were seen enjoying the group’s performance. The crowd was a good mixture of people dancing and just chilling to the tunes. One couldn’t help but enjoy the contagious energy of the vocals and rhytms. Flags and hats were all present but the vibe of the venue could be felt from far away.

For more on Sonambulo visit:

La musica de Sonambulo se puede encontrar en www.sonambulocr.com

O en la pagina de Facebook Sonambulopsicotropicalbanda

www.facebook.com/Sonambulopsicotropicalbanda

1-A donde van de gira despues de aqui?
Sonambulo- A Aguascalientes a un festival que se llama para el dia de los muertos Octubre y Noviembre

2-Que nos puedes decir de tu musica, como empezaron?
S- Nosotros empezamos hace 6 años, eramos 5 y ahora somos 11, la idea es hacer musica para bailar,, basados en ritmos tradicionales y fusionados en ritmos modernos y ahora estamos en proceso de grabar nuestro segundo album.
3-Donde estan basados?
S- En Costa Rica, esta es la primera vez que venimos para Austin y al festival.
4-A que paises han viajado?
S- El año pasado hemos viajado a Belgica, Holanda, Suiza, Francia y España.
5-En España a que parte han visitado?
S-Estuvimos en Galicia
6-Que planes tienen a future, despues de la gira a Mexico, piensan ir Sudamerica?
S-La idea es ver si podemos conseguir mas contactos para seguir viajando, ahora estamos empezando hacer una red de grupos centroamericanos para viajar por centro America, ya hemos ido a Nicaragua y tenemos unas invitaciones para El Salvador, y Panama y Guatemala nosotros vamos alla y vienen grupos a Costa Rica como para generar un Mercado, una red. Ya hemos conocido a personas de Chile que tambien tienen una red y a nosotros nos encantaria ir a Argentina.

7-Que les quieres decir a tus fans.
S-“Que sigan bailando que de eso trata. ”

La musica de Sonambulo se puede encontrar en www.sonambulocr.com
O en la pagina de Facebook Sonambulopsicotropicalbanda

www.facebook.com/Sonambulopsicotropicalbanda

Sonambulo at ACL

Sonambulo | Image courtesy of Akin ©akinabayomi.com

Sonambulo means Sleepwalker and we covered the group’s performance on Zilker stage on Saturday the 13th at 2:30. The audience loved their “psico-tropical” rhtyms, a fusion of traditional African and modern Latin American beats. From the side of the stage to the end of the covered portion of Zilker stage people from all age groups and across all ethnicities were seen enjoying the group’s performance. The crowd was a good mixture of people dancing and just chilling to the tunes.

One couldn’t help but enjoy the contagious energy of the vocals and rhytms. Flags and hats were all present but the vibe of the venue could be felt from far away.

For more on Sonambulo visit:

La musica de Sonambulo se puede encontrar en www.sonambulocr.com

O en la pagina de Facebook Sonambulopsicotropicalbanda

www.facebook.com/Sonambulopsicotropicalbanda

Sunday October 14th 2012

In the Press Lounge we met with Daniel Cuenca vocalist and member of Sonambulo. The group’s show was on Saturday the 13th in Zilker stage at 2:30pm.

Interview:

Where are you touring after ACL?

Sonambulo We’re going to Aguascalientes in Mexico, to attend a festival for Dia de los Muertos.

What can you tell us about your music and how did you guys get started?

Sonambulo-We started 6 years ago, we had five members of the group then, now we are eleven. The idea was to create music to dance based on traditional beats and fused with modern beats. We are now in the process of recording our second album.

Where are you guys based at?Sonambulo-Costa Rica, this is the first time we come to Austin Texas and to this festival.

What countries have you guys travel to?

SonambuloLast year we traveled to Belguim, Holland, Switzerland, France and Spain.

What part of Spain did you guys visit?

Sonambulo-We visited Galicia.

What plans do you have for the future, after the tour in Mexico, do you plan to tour SouthAmerica?

Sonambulo-We hope to keep getting more contracts in order to continue traveling. We have started a networking web of centroamerican music groups. We have already traveled to Nicaragua and have just gotten invited to El Salvador, Panama and Guatemala. The idea is for our group to go there and other centroamerican groups to come to Costa Rica, it’s a way to create an exchange and creative network. We have met some people from Chole and they are also working on a similar networking project. We would truly love to travel to Argentina also.

What would you like to tell your fans?

Keep dancing, that’s what’s about.

 

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