Let’s face it, Miguel has blown UP! If you knew of him or had his “Quickie” or “Sure Thing” singles replaying via MySpace or burned on a mixed cd (circa 2007-2008), you know what I’m talking about. He’s honed in on his sound AND his style…for the better. By 2010, All I Want Is You was released and has been on this here, R&B scene ever since – we just can’t get enough.
A few months back we spent a day with Action Bronson while he was down here in Melbourne (watch the video here). We were hunting through the offcuts and noticed we didn’t include the dude talk about his favourite sneakers of all time. Bronsolini fans are well aware of his love for New Balances sneakers, and in this short video he breaks down why they’re on top of his list and which ones are his favourite while we were digging through Sneaker Freaker founder Woody’s collection. – Acclaim Mag
There’s no question about it: Chris Brown is genetically the closest we can get to MJ on stage. The 23 year old, who possesses the ability to rap and knack for incredible dancing/signing, has shown glimpses of his MJ-esq qualities over time and, most importantly at the 2007 MTV VMA’s. But, can he finally put his troubled past to rest; leave the beef for rappers, and ditch the euro-pop sound and concentrate on his [R&B] career? Well, according to songwriter Eric Belligner, who has written two tracks on Chris’ forthcoming X LP (“Fine China,”which debuts tomorrow) tells Rap-Up that we will indeed hear some shades of MJ and Sam Cooke through, of course, Chris Brown himself. Breezy reiterated the same information about his soon-to-come summer album to Ryan Seacrest last week.
As a male when it comes to shopping for clothes we usually fall into one of three different categories. Category one is the “in and out” guy in that he knows exactly what he wants when he leaves his house. He says to himself I need a new pair of khakis so he drives to the mall walks into Macy’s heads to the pants section, grabs the first basic pair of pants he sees and is on his way. Now there is nothing wrong with the “in and out” guy but he just doesn’t really care enough about his clothes to actually look around. He is the kind of guy that every time he goes on a date with his girlfriend some part of his outfit is something that she purchased for him.
The second category and the one that the majority of us fall in is the “this looks good” guy. This is the guy that will actually take the time to go out shopping with his crew every now and then. He is aware what is on trend and takes pride in keeping himself up to date with the styles. You will see him shopping at both boutiques and malls but he knows what he likes and sticks to what he knows. He doesn’t really push the limits too much with his outfits because he is not 100% sure how it will be perceived.
The third category is the “hmmm let me try this” guy. This is the man that we all look at as the real fashionable one in the crew. He is willing to push the limits and try things that we all respect. While most of just us say that’s hot but I don’t know if I could pull it off. He is the shopper that can spend 3-4 hours out shopping by himself because he enjoys the hunt. He enjoys finding unique pieces and building complete outfits while he is shopping. Everything that he buys is purchased with a stylistic purpose.
Each of us individually as consumer regardless of which type of male shopper we belong to are influenced by the marketing strategies of the stores we shop. Whether it is your favorite boutique store in which you kick it with the crew while you shop or its wandering around Nordstrom’s hoping that the fine sales associate you saw a couple weeks ago happens to assist you this time. The end goal of each store is to get you to spend more money than you originally planned. One of the people behind those marketing strategies to make you go broke is Adam Kessler. Adam has worked as the lead marketing manager within the corporate headquarters of three of the nation’s biggest retailers. All the while building his own lifestyle brand, Fresco Goods that has been worn by LeBron, N.E.R.D., Mick Boogie, Diplo, and Asher Roth. It is his job to enhance the aesthetics of your shopping experience and make it enjoyable. Whether you are Mr. In and Out, Mr. This Looks Good, or Mr. Hmmm Let Me Try This. Recently I had a chance to interview Adam and pick his brain on a myriad of topics ranging from influencing the shopping experience to that Midwest swag
Russia has a lot going for it these days – between the comets plummeting over its skies to the numerous DJ’s it produces, one thing is for sure, Russia has something in the water and Swanky Tunes denies it. In an industry where the DJ’s are as plentiful as food in a grocery store, there’s a trio that’s standing out amongst the rest and no, I’m not talking about electronic pop sensation Swedish House Mafia. Let me introduce you to Swanky Tunes.
Born in 1998 straight out of Moscow, Swanky Tunes has dabbled in a little bit of everything from techno to more beat influenced records. Their style is wide and not to be questioned, winning ‘Best Musical Group’ in Russian’s Dance Awards two years in a row. Heavyweight artists like Tiesto and David Guetta drop their sounds in their sets and they’re showing no sign of slowing down.
We caught up with them right before they’re about to head to Miami to deliver their fans an epic set on the Main Stage at the beautiful Bayfront Park. We discuss their thoughts about Ultra, what we can expect from their new record label SHADOWLAND, and what’s in the water in Russia.
UK electro rockers Django Django have made quite a splash since the release of their self-titled debut last year, which finished second for their home country’s coveted Mercury Prize. The quartet hits Chicago’s Metro on Friday March 15th. Get to know the band with our exclusive interview with Django Django’s bassist Jimmy Dixon wherein he discusses bad omens, unorthodox “instruments” used on their album, and the very subtle difference between crowds in the US and the UK. Be sure to grab tickets to the show here.
H∆SHTAG$ is a new series of mini-documentaries from the Red Bull Music Academy, chronicling some of the most fascinating themes emerging from the web in recent times, from #cloudrap to #seapunk, #postdubstep to #advancedpop.
For the third episode of H∆SHTAG$ – our web series chronicling Internet-based music — we turn our attention to the 808 drums and Enya loving, Internet-born micro-culture referred to as “Cloud Rap.” Featured artists include Main Attrakionz, Flatbush Zombies, SpaceGhostPurrp, Robb Banks and London’s Piff Gang. – H∆SHTAG$