Years & Years
Pip & Pop
Earlham Street, Covent Garden
Amanda M. Jansson
Emma E.K. Jones
Fashion Woman Editor
Fashion Uk Editor
“Do you ever wonder why this music gets you high?
It takes you on a ride, feel it when your body starts to rock
Baby, you can’t stop and the music’s all you got
Baby c’mon, this must be pop, pop“
Photo by Sebastian Pollin
Michelle Hèlena Janssen
Proof reading and editing by Nicola Phillips and
Sebastien Pollin, Suzanna Holtgrave, Tom Wawnik
Candy Ken, Photography by Tom Wawnik
Welcome to our new issue with the theme: POP
Pop music and pop art are part of our culture. We see and hear it
every day. Pop culture artists are the biggest influences nowadays. So
it was about time that we did an issue around POP. I really hope you
like our selection of young musicians, artists and fashion editorials.
Let´s start with CANDY KEN. He is our cover model and I am
a big fan of his music for a few years now. Because of that I am
very happy that we had the chance to produce an editorial with
him. Another outstanding artist in our new issue is Mykki Blanco
who presents C-ORE. Our music editor Nicola Phillips had the
chance to meet the gender-bending queer icon, along with C-ORE
members Yves Tumor and V I O L E N C E, for an interview and
some exclusive photos. Love it or die!
But pop is not only a way to express music, it is also playing a big
part in the fashion world. KALTBLUT´s very first fashion award
winner Patrick de Pádua is using touches of pop colours in his
designs. Read our interview with the upcoming fashion star from
I also wanna say thanks to our team. Without you guys there would
be no KALTBLUT. You guys are my Pop-Stars.
KALTBLUT Magazine is published by KALTBLUT Media UG,
Nicolas Simoneau & Marcel Schlutt
“Sick and tired of hearin’ all these people talk about
What’s the deal with this pop life and when is it gonna fade out?
The thing you got to realize, what we doin’ is not a trend
We got the gift of melody, we gonna bring it ‘til the end.“ NSync -
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C o n t e n t
Oh! You Pretty Things
Sympathy For The
The Cocktail Of
Things that makes
you go mmmmmmm
A Song About A
Chick Named Maria
Patrick de Pádua
Meet me at the
C a t w a l k
Don’t Go Breaking
Years & Years
Denim For Life
Than a Plumber‘s Got Pliers
Interview by Nicola Phillips
Photography by Oliver Blohm on Impossible instant film
Uniting the two worlds of hypermale hip-hop and the gender-bending
queer scene of NYC, Mykki Blanco has been creating swag since his debut
in 2012 with “Mykki Blanco and the Mutant Angels EP”. The multi-talented
art-activist declared in early 2015 that he would be stepping away from
his solo project to focus on something new. After a short panic amongst
his fans and as always, the media, it was announced that Blanco had
teamed up with !K7 to launch Dogfood Music Group. In an era where “the
next big thing” appears every time we hit refresh, Dogfood was finally the
answer we were looking for. A label that gives a voice to underground
artists and shares Blanco’s vision in transcending conventional cultural
boundaries and constructs. A platform that doesn’t exist just to create
zeroes and ones to fill up yet more space on the internet. A project that is
anything but the norm. The very beginning, the C-ORE.
V I O L E N C E
The C-ORE compilation is the first of its
kind to be released on the newly founded
Dogfood Music Group label, could you
tell us how you put all of your influences
together and how the process worked
Sean: The record was proposed by
Mykki and !K7. They wanted to do some
things with Mykki and kind of offered a
platform. We’ve all been close with him
for different amounts of time, but the
album basically consists of older and
newer music, like Yves Tumor which is
one of my side projects, V I O L E N C
E [Palmtrees] and PsychoEgyptian is a
New York based artist. All the songs they
just happened to fit really well together, it
was kind of weird.
So did you take pieces from different
Sean: Not exactly, there’s different pieces
of unreleased music from all of us. Some
of it has already been out but we took
it offline and then we went over a few
songs, mastered it and everything.
Palmtrees: I made all my songs pretty
much that week, only one of them I’d
Sean: Yeah same actually, I made mine a
week or two prior. When you made “This
Is Unholy”, that was for the project?
Palmtrees: That is the only one that
You were all working in different places
at the time in your own individual ways
and then put it together?
Palmtrees: Well Sean organised it.
It’s very fragmented in the sense that
it has all these different energies and
tracks, but still has one really fluid thing
that ties it all together
Mykki: I toured with each other them, but
not at the same time. So in 2013 I toured
with PsychoEgyptian. Sean and I had
toured together the longest, basically
almost a year from like the end of 2013
until all of 2014 basically. Then V I O L
E N C E and I did kind of a West coast
tour in March and well, I thought of the
project during that time because first of
all I was going to do this Asia tour and
then when I got the deal with !K7 Sean
said one of the options they gave me
was that I could start working on my
own solo album or I could start my own
label which would be a part of !K7. So I
thought that was a cool idea and now
we’re doing it!
Also you have more of a freedom to
really curate something and build
another movement, rather than just
doing your own album where you focus
solely on yourself
Mykki: I personally thought that I needed
a break from Mykki Blanco.
But it’s great, because you get a lot more
creative input from these guys and then
when it’s out there it inspires a new
thread of conversation amongst your
fans, I mean how have they perceived
this collective approach?
Mykki: I actually think it’s interesting, I feel like I have
these two groups of fans. I have people who are hyped for
Dogfood Music Group, who are hyped for the album and then
I feel like I have Mykki Blanco fans who think it’s a really cool
thing, but kind of like what dance songs and dance music.
It’s a bit a darker, industrial and more inspired by the
electronic. It’s not quite as accessible, maybe not to a
Mykki: But it’s not like a pop-dance song. So like, I
acknowledge that, but I have my own idea of what is a
celebrity and what is important. I’ve seen what it’s like to be
rich and not famous. [Laughs] And I feel like once you see
that, once you realise what that is, you know you can do your
own thing and not have to be part of this particular group.
I mean, I would consider even the indie community to be
similar. It’s okay to do your own thing and flex a little bit. I
mean, I am still working on Mykki Blanco stuff but this is my
focus right now.
Your mission statement was to disrupt things a little bit in
the music industry, do you have examples of how you’re
planning to do that or is it all very organic?
Sean: I’ve thought about it, I think it’s going to be very
organic yeah. We’re not very like contrived. We do a lot of
plotting and scheming creatively but nothing like contrived.
Palmtrees: We’re more about being ourselves. The things
that we stand for and the things we already believe in are
put into whatever we make.
Mykki: You know, when you make a press release you have
to try to encapsulate in words what really is the feeling
and I think that already what’s going to happen is that you
know, the album comes out, you have this visual idea of
something we’re trying to communicate but still that kind
of moment that I’ve been waiting for is the tour. Seeing the
show live is going to translate everything, you know what I
mean? It’s going to be the link between what you’ve heard
on SoundCloud, Spotify, iTunes, however you got the album,
what you’ve seen on YouTube vs real life. I had to write a
press release to describe my vision, but what it is that we
embody I think people will really understand with this tour.
Is that part of the reason why you decided to make that
short film? To give people more of a feeling of what things
were about, unlike the written text that just declares what
Mykki: When you have three artists, the idea of picking and
choosing who is single is going to go out okay, and who gets
the video. That’s not how I wanted to approach the project.
Let me put it like this, if I had $50K that I could have put
behind the project I actually would’ve had separate videos
for each individual artist, you know what I mean? But I don’t
exist in that world, so I had to think of an idea that would
incorporate everyone. To be honest, I think we might do
a second part to the C-ORE video of some kind, which is
shorter [laughs] but I think that 11 minute video is kind of
It’s so intense! No one really has the energy anymore to
make those types of videos, especially due to people’s short
Sean: We all knew that too! I can barely sit down for a 2
minute video, I always skip. Our director was really good at
what he does.
Mykki: Yeah, Jude MC. He was able to string a narrative that
worked. I mean, it’s an 11 minute video! But I also think at
the same time the people that are going to latch onto it, will.
I think really it’s a bit of a statement that fits with your
collective. If there’s 11 minutes of video that you should
watch, you’ll sit the fuck down and watch it!
Palmtrees: It’s also kind of like, because we’ve been in the
mire of everything since May, actually April, the project feels
like it’s existed longer for us because it technically has, but
I always have to remind myself this tour is actually for most
people, the beginning of everything.
People just see the tip of the iceberg really. So
you’re playing at Prince Charles here in Berlin,
have you played there before?
Mykki: I’ve played Prince Charles, Berghain and
What did you think of playing at Berghain?
Mykki: I opened for Tricky and that’s the reason
why I’m now with !K7, so I liked it! [Laughs]
Would you get anyone else involved in your
Mykki: Well a lot of new artists that I’ve heard
have kind of gone through Sean.
So we should follow you on SoundCloud then?
Sean: I actually purposely don’t like things on
Mykki: It’s kind of like, I’m becoming more and
more aware of people in a certain way but it’s
interesting because it’s really hard to find good
people. And I’ve tried to do that search through
Facebook thing, SoundCloud, even following
people randomly and it’s just not the right
thing. Even all my friends, I think especially with
C-ORE I think they’re all amazing musicians
and they have this star quality. I don’t mean in a
superficial way, I mean in a magnetism way, like
you want to watch them. Finding that online is
difficult, you have to see it. I really want to find a
female producer or a female artist who has that
quality and sound that hasn’t been latched onto
yet. My hope is that through Dogfood people will
realise, “Oh wait, who is that?”. I’d just be super
happy with that. You know, because booking
agents I really don’t get them. Some of the new
acts that their booking don’t make sense. I don’t
get it because they’re not special! [Laughs]
That’s honest though. With so many similar
acts being pushed onto you it’s rare you’ll find
something different, something that really
excites you. It’s a problem though. I don’t know
if it’s something you agree on, maybe because
you’ve mentioned this “punk” upbringing that
you see this different energy or having different
Mykki: I think it’s more open than that. I guess
when I say punk I refer to the way of handling
business than an ideology. What do you think?
What do you feel?
Palmtrees: When you say you come from a punk
background, I don’t think of like the actual punk
scene, I think of the mindset, the attitude. You
know, kind of exploring more. We all come from
that type of background. I come from liking
death metal but being in a gospel choir [laughs]
so that’s what I carry into everything, this idea of
just interacting with things and understanding
them rather than limiting myself. I think we’re all
I think that’s refreshing especially since now
the internet culture dominates so much. We’re
always influenced by other people just because
it’s forced down your throat every day, it’s
actually quite narrowing. It’s good to think about
what’s going on outside of your immediate
screen, but how would you advise people to
Sean: Delete your Instagram. [Laughs] Just like,
delete all your friends online.
Mykki: I’ve always wanted to unplug. I have the
“We’re more about being
ourselves. The things
that we stand for and the
things we already
believe in are put into
whatever we make.”
chance soon to just be far away in these mountains. I’ve always wanted to do
it and I never have the time to do it. Once the hussle starts, it never stops. With
Dogfood I’ve been on the outskirts of Mykki Blanco world, but once this tour is
over I have to brace myself to get back in. I don’t even know if I can deliver to the
rate that the internet requires you to, you know?
Palmtrees: I think the internet is just another library. There are just so many
different kinds of archives. Like, he’s [points to Sean] super private, but I’m
reclusive. I have like a real tendency to disappear and not talk to anyone. You can
see that even on V I O L E N C E, you can’t find it on Google search immediately.
I just think that the internet you can interact with one of many ideas. It’s just
It’s fine if you can just dip in and out of the internet, but not so much if you have
an addictive personality
Mykki: People are addicted to the Likes!
Sean: We were just talking about a rapper who asks for Likes all of the 9time.
[Laughs] It’s kind of funny though.
Mykki: This is what I learned, it took me a little time to, rather than try to feel like
you’re relevant, you literally have to keep that tunnel vision of working. Because if
you start that second guessing that means you’re not being creative. What’s funny
is that when you’re writing high on a creative wave, all of a sudden these people
come out of nowhere because you forget that people can see you’re swagging.
[Laughs] You can tell a desperate post, when you’re out travelling and making
music. It took me a while to realise it’s okay to be quiet and if you don’t feel like
answering emails. Once you know the mechanics, it’s okay. You’re entitled to be
Dig deeper at www.soundcloud.com/dogfood-musicgroup
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Photography & styling Suzana Holtgrave
Hair Björn Hartung
Make up Yvonne Wangler using M.A.C. Cosmetics
Model Folke @Seedsmanagement
All fashion Lena Quist
PIP & POP
Interview by Nicolas Simoneau, Images copyright Pip & Pop
Pip & Pop is the world vision Of Australian artist Tanya Schultz. With sugar as her primary material, she creates an original territory
full of psychedelic colors. On a miniature size or at human scale, Pip & Pop’s installations make you want to to be in it, to be a part of
it. It’s like a fairy tale, a hidden forgotten place somewhere in our childhood where everything is made of candy. Tanya’s creations are
ephemeral just like a dream.
Hi, I really think that the word
POP has never been so accurate to
describe an artist looking at your
I guess you could say my work follows
the legacy of the Pop artists - the vivid
colours, drawing on the everyday
and popular culture references. But
perhaps more so in the sense of Pop
as a verb..? I think the abundance of
colours, sweetness of the materials and
intensity of the details can sometimes
have a physical effect on the viewer.
Where do all of these colours came
I love fluorescent and pastel colours,
and glitter. These are the colours of
the commercial world, of things that
are created purely to entice us into
consuming them. Candy, toys, useless
plastic objects and advertising signs.
And there is always a lot of pink in
my work. For me, the kind of pink
I use is the colour of sweets and
I colour all of the sugar for each
installation on site, with the help of
assistants. We usually use 500 or 600
kilograms of sugar and make about
150 unique colours. Some of the
installations become a bit psychedelic
with this overload of highly saturated
You work with quite interesting
materials, including candy and
everyday objects. Why do you
choose to work with such things?
Sugar is the main ingredient of
many of the works. I think it elicits
a physical response in the audience,
a desire to taste the sweetness. It’s
connected to childhood memories of
eating or wanting to eat candies. But
it also holds an empty promise – the
promise of something pleasurable
but fleeting. Sugar isn’t good for you,
but we still crave it. As for the found
objects, I’m always scouring markets,
flea markets, craft stores, and toy
shops wherever I go. I love finding
unexpected materials and objects.
This is such a fun part of my work!
Each work is unique and site specific.
Including local objects adds to the
conversation I’m having with that
Your work seems like some sort of
paradise or fairy tale, would you
consider your work to be a get-away
from everyday life?
I think that when people encounter
my work they are often absorbed in
the tiny details and feel as though
they are transported to another time
or place. Perhaps to a childhood
memory, or a world they can only
imagine. This is a kind of escape
from the everyday, but perhaps it also
provides the impetus to imagine a
On your website you say that you
are fascinated with mythologies
and folk tales, do you take any
particular ones as inspiration for
Yes, there are so many! I’m fascinated
by stories about utopia, paradise,
and wish-fulfilment, especially
lands made entirely of food. Some
of my favourites are the French
mythological Land of Cockaigne,
a place where sugar rains from the
sky and the streets are paved with
pastries; the Dutch Luilekkerland,
a land of plenty that you enter by
eating through a mountain made
of rice pudding, or the American
Big Rock Candy mountain, a hobos
idea of paradise. Most of my works
begin with research into local folk
tales, mythologies and cosmogonies
(creation stories). They are a rich
source of inspiration, and endlessly
How would you describe your work
Before the installation begins it’s a
mix of research, sourcing materials,
experimenting and making thousands
of tiny things in my studio.
Creating the installation is quite a
labour intensive process. I work with
my husband and local assistants. We
usually work 12 hour days for two or
three weeks to create a work. I don’t
start with a formal plan, the work just
grows organically and in response to
my research, the physical space, and
the things I’ve encountered in the
local environment and culture.
One thing leads to another then
another, until we have these crazy
interwoven landscapes. This is the fun
part for me, the bit I really love. The
process is quite meditative, but there
is always an underlying sense of time
We love the “Romance Was Born”
collaboration, what was it like to
work on this piece?
It was a joy to collaborate with the
two designers (Luke & Anna) behind
Romance Was Born. They took
images of my work and transformed
them into fabrics and an amazing
collection of kooky outfits. I built a
set for the runway show, and created
objects for jewellery worn by the
models. It was a fantastic opportunity
to delve into another world and
collaborate with inspiring people.
Is there a particular piece of your
work that you like the most?
Each work is really connected to
a place for me. So my favourite
works are the ones that gave me the
most memorable experiences and
encounters, or stretched my work in
new directions. I’m especially fond
of the exhibitions that allowed me
to work with, and become friends
with some amazing people. I have made some great friends all over the
world, which I am truly grateful for.
For your piece “Love grows a flower” you came to create a whole
new world with his own vegetation, colours, animals… Where is
this place? How do we get there?
Haha, you can’t get there. It’s gone now! All of the worlds I create
are temporary, you have to see them before they disappear. The show
was in Tokyo and the works were made on a series of round tables, of
various heights. Each table held a different miniature landscape that
drew on a specific Japanese folk tale.
The atmosphere of your work, to me, is very happy and joyful, do
you translate your feelings to your work?
Thanks, I do try to create optimistic work. It’s great if the work brings
a sense of joy or happiness to viewers. But I’m also interested in the
idea of abundance. How much sweetness is too much? Where is the
point that there is too many saturated colours, or too many pretty
I hope that the work teeters on this edge sometimes. When people have
reactions like ‘oh, it’s too much, it makes me feel a bit sick’, I love this
You have exhibited your work throughout the whole world,
Australia, Japan, Germany… Are there any differences in the
reactions of the public?
Yes, I think there are some differences in the reactions. It’s especially
noticeable in the way people spend time with the work, and the
questions they ask me about it. In Japan I’ve noticed that audiences
have a quiet but intense response. They often spend a very long time
looking closely at the work, leaning right in, sometimes even sitting on
the ground as if meditating with it. In Mexico the audience were more
vocal and expressive. They seemed to absorb the work more quickly,
but wanted to ask me many questions, especially about my feelings
when creating the work. In Germany I had many interesting and
in-depth conversations about the ideas underpinning the work. But
I’m constantly surprised at the lovely and positive responses I’ve had
wherever I’ve been.
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There is no real need to present Years & Years. They’ve been all over the world
last year, and if by accident you’ve never heard their anthem “King”, I highly
recommend you run over to your computer and listen to it right now. Their first
album “Communion” is already a classic in pop history and even though it was
out just a couple of months ago, I can’t wait to listen to new sounds from them.
I always stress out before an interview, it’s just like that and I can’t do anything
about it. Sometimes magic happens, like you get all of your questions ready and
something totally different takes place. That’s exactly what occurred with the boys.
I arrived and we ended up chatting about everything and anything for an hour.
We crash a conversation about the best music
Gwen Stefani’s “What You Waiting For?”
Olly: Oh my God, I love that video!
Olly: Wait, is that the one on the plane?
Olly: Also, “I’m A Slave 4 U” is a great video.
“Gimme More” was my favourite though. Even
“Talk Dirty” was good.
Emre: Oh come on, that was only good because she
was wearing a thong!
Insert a confused discussion about the differences
between David LaChapelle and Jean Paul
Olly: What’s the Madonna video where she’s
looking kind of country?
[Olly sings a clip from “Don’t Tell Me”]
So let’s go back to the start, you all met in
London through an advert, is that right?
Emre: Yeah, it was like a band website.
Olly: Grindr [Laughs]. Is Grindr called Grindr in
Emre: No, it’s called Le Grindr. Yeah so, Olly met
Mikey in London at this house party. And that’s the
story really. It’s not very glamourous. But he did
hear him singing in the shower so, well, shouting.
Why isn’t that very glamourous? I mean, Spice
Girls did the something similar right?
Emre: Pretty sure the Spice Girls didn’t meet like
that, I think they were put together!
Olly: Yeah, they all went to an audition.
But isn’t that kind of similar?
Emre: Yeah but, that’s not really an organic
situation! [Laughs] I mean, we are the new Spice
Girls I think.
Who is who?
Emre: I’ll be Posh, Olly can be Baby.
Olly: Well, Yeah.
I can be Mel B
Emre: Actually, I used to fancy Mel B the most.
Emre: Yeah! She was the hottest.
Olly: It’s a shame her career didn’t do so well… Mel
C definitely did the best.
Mikey: Did she?
Olly: Yeah! She had a great album. Lisa Left Eye
rapped on one of her songs.
Emre: She did that great song, “Baby When You’re
Gone”. That song is a fucking classic. I’m not
Emma’s first solo album was really good
[Olly sings “What Took You So Long”]
Yeah! Exactly! That was pretty good
Emre: She’s a better radio DJ than a singer.
Olly: Geri was not so good. Although I enjoyed her
solo album. “Looooook at me”. Oh! And “Mi Chico
That was the worst. Remember the video for “It’s
Olly: Oh yeah, where she’s dancing in it.
Emre: Oh dear, yeah. I forgot about the carnage
Olly: I know, it was a mess.
Emre: What a disaster!
Interview by Nicolas Simoneau & Photography by Universal Music and Mike Massaro
Well there is that comeback on the way
Emre: Wait, they’re coming back?
Emre: I didn’t realise. I thought they already did
Olly: Yeaaah, but without Posh.
Emre: Can it even be a comeback the second
Olly: Yeah, it’s the re-comeback.
Emre: The comeback comeback.
Olly: We should probably stop talking about the
Spice Girls now.
Well, has music always been your chosen path?
Mikey: Errm, yeah. It’s just that we do it and
don’t sort of have to do other jobs now which
is great. Because before, music was the most
important thing but it wasn’t paying the bills.
And now you can
Mikey: And now we can! We’ll see how long that
[Olly breaks out into Destiny’s Child’s “Bills Bills
What do you think about pop music currently,
do you think..
Emre: That it was better when the Spice Girls
Olly: Everyone says yes.
Emre: I think I’m falling into the trap of being
nostalgic about it, but I do think that pop music
was better then. I also understand that I
don’t listen to the charts as much
as I used to, but at the same
time I think the charts
have changed a lot
since the 90s. There
was a lot of different
stuff happening. There
wouldn’t just be pop,
there was rock and
things. Whereas now it’s
all very similar, not to
say it’s not great but..
Olly: I don’t know,
maybe. I definitely have
my preferred era of music
which is late 90s early 00s.
People like Timbaland,
Destiny’s Child, but
actually I think pop music
now, some of it, is just
so genreless it’s actually
kind of exciting and cool.
But at the same time it
only feels like five or
six people are writing
pop music, which
is kind of cool too.
Like Diplo, Calvin
whatever you think
of them they have
pioneered a new
trend of popular
music. And that
would have never been allowed to happen.
Mikey: That’s not true I think there’s pop writers.
Olly: Well I mean for someone like Diplo who
came from the underground scene, for him to
be making tracks for Beyoncé and Justin Bieber
kind of showers how trends have moved forward.
I remember this era with Timbaland where he
was producing every track
Olly: Yeah, like Missy, N.E.R.D and Neptunes.
Emre: That’s true, you’re right.
But still, it was better
Olly: It’s the internet!
Emre: I think it might not be the internet, this
might be controversial, but I think it’s things like
Pop Idol and X Factor that labels pop badly. Of
course there are still writers out there, I mean
even Madonna we love her, but she didn’t sit
there and write her own music. she worked with
Nile Rodgers and really cool producers. But I
think that maybe the whole reality TV thing, it’s
entertainment, but does it make good music?
Olly: No, but they haven’t produced any
influential artists apart from maybe One
“Thing is I don’t think you can fool
people to make good pop music.”
And Little Mix
Olly: Yeah, like that’s it. That’s changed the way I
think we treat celebrities and fame. I don’t know,
I still that all the big pop acts don’t come from
Mikey: Thing is I don’t think you can fool people
to make good pop music.
Olly: You know, when I was at school we listened
to tribal, or people would be like indie, or be
listening to punk and ska, which all defined who
you were, but now the internet allows this to open
up more. You can go online and listen to Drake,
Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Fleet Foxes, you know,
whoever you want to because it doesn’t matter.
Emre: Yeah I think it’s very recently this playlist
stuff makes a huge difference, where now genres
are obsolete. Olly’s right, people don’t have the
same level of snobbery when it comes to music.
Now there’s so much music available, almost
like too much. You don’t have the time to
appreciate every single track. There’s always
a new album to listen to, and then it’s old
news by the time you hear it. New tracks from
an album get dropped every week, in my
generation you had to wait months!
Mikey: It is true, like I recently started limiting
myself. I don’t just hoard albums, I don’t just
buy them or download them and never listen
to them. I tried to downsize it all. When I was
a child I used to like listening to an album, but
I wouldn’t listen to it all in one go. Like some
songs you wouldn’t really notice at first but weeks
later they would be your favourite ones. So if you
don’t give yourself time, you don’t realise how
good something can be. So I’ve told myself to
start doing that again.
Olly: I’ve been doing that again actually.
How do you even do it? I go online and see new
tracks so often and never have time to listen to
Mikey: Well I guess it’s your job to be aware
of that, but sometimes it helps to step back at
your own free will. Slow life down a little bit.
With touring so much do you have time
to record new music on the road?
Olly: Sometimes I write down ideas for
songs and stuff, but other than that I
can’t really do it. I can’t really use a
Emre: I’ve started recently in hotel
rooms been doing some stuff and
like messing around. But it’s only
very recently because we’ve been
really busy. We haven’t had much
time to live! So I don’t really
know what you’d write about
right now, but it would be
So it’s more kind of at
the end of a tour you
have a chance to get
Olly: Jam. [Laughs] I
mean, the album came
out in July so it’s not been
Mikey: See what I mean?
It’s too quick!
Yeah, I had the feeling
it was a lot longer! Have
you been keeping your
eyes on any artists this
Emre: Justin Bieber.
Emre: That’s it. [Laughs]
Olly: I like Grimes
because of her new album
and Le1f who just released
his new album too that’s
Mikey: Kurt Vile.
Do you all have the time to really look?
(for new music)
Mikey: Not really, I’ve been listening to a lot of
old stuff. Like classic stuff, 90s rock.
Do you have time to go to concerts?
Olly: No. I can’t even remember the last one I
Emre: Sometimes we have time to watch other
acts at festivals. Like Caribou was amazing.
Olly: I saw Lauryn Hill.
Emre: Flying Lotus.
Mikey: I saw Limp Bizkit. [Laughs]
Olly: I saw FKA twigs in the summer.
Mikey: God, I can’t even remember. Who did
you see last?
I saw The Dø recently and next is Madonna
Emre: I’ve never seen Madge.
Olly: Now’s the time to see her!
Emre: I saw her at the Brit awards where she fell.
Olly: Ohh yeah! I still watch that clip.
Emre: I was actually filming her when she was
singing and I thought oh fuck, I couldn’t believe
it! That was pretty terrible. So, that’s the only
time I’ve seen her perform live.
[Olly grabs the sheet of questions]
Olly: Have you even asked any of these? I like
this one asking about us being as big as the
Backstreet Boys. Actually, did you know that one
of the fastest selling albums of the decade, or
maybe ever, in its first week was NSYNC’s “No
Strings Attached”? They were insanely massive.
Emre: But they were never that big in England!
Olly: They were still pretty big. Like bigger than
Adele. The Backstreet Boys were in an episode of
Sabrina The Teenage Witch so, I don’t think we’re
quite at that level.
Mikey: Oh and one episode of The Simpsons,
when it was good.
Emre: Everyone’s been on The Simpsons. You
know you’re famous when you’re on there.
Do you have one city where you could imagine
yourself relocating to?
Emre: Berlin is one. San Fran maybe.
Olly: Maybe New York for a bit.
Mikey: London has lots of nice spaces, like
suburbs where you can get away to. You can get
away from the masses of people.
Emre: I was really taken by Australia.
Olly: Berlin feels like it’s owned by the people.
Whereas somewhere like London, the city really
dominates lives. It’s crazy busy, expensive. But I
still love it.
Emre: Berliners are cool. I always feel a bit like a
loser when I visit. [Laughs]
Emre: Yeah, like everyone’s really tall and dressed
well and I’m not so much.
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We need to talk about
German film again.
There’s a bunch of youngsters who have a
lot of stories to tell that don’t contain Nazis
or Stasi-spies. For sure, that’s fascinating
and important stuff, but the world goes on
and gets weird and so talented directors
like Axel Ranisch (“Ich fühl mich Disco“)
and Sebastian Schipper (“Victoria“) put
their visions on screen.
The Hamburg Media School has a new
talent to show off: Benjamin Teske. He has
created many award winning short movies
and just released his first feature film
this autumn, “Strawberry Bubblegums“.
The story follows Lucy, a teenager who
doesn’t know her father. Her mother Paula
confesses that she was once a porn star and
Lucy was fathered during a porn shoot,
which prompts our main protagonist
to find her roots. Lucy jumps headfirst
into the porn scene where she meets Udo
Ochsenschwanz, a former Porn superstar,
who knows the scene by heart and is willing
to help her. A unique road trip through the
north of Germany starts where they meet
a lot of droll people, resulting in the special
bond between them growing stronger and
stronger. It’s a classical coming-of-age
story about losing and finding identity in
a rough surrounding.
For the cast Benjamin Teske found
a bunch of extraordinary actors and
actresses, most notably Gloria Endres de
Oliveira and André M. Hennicke builds
the comedic dream team, but there are a
few well-known supporting actors: Jasmin
Tabatabai, Lars Rudolph and Sabin
Tambrea. It’s a lovely quality of Teske that
he’s a loyal director who puts his actors and
actresses of former movies into recent ones.
Gloria and Sabin were main actors of his
former shorts, but also Janna Horstmann.
I was able to do a little shoot with
Benjamin, Gloria and André and we
chatted a bit about the work on such
an ambitious project. We will be able to
watch this great debut in February on the
German channel NDR and we’re going to
First I’m going to ask Gloria a few questions. Gloria, is this your first
leading part in a movie?
Gloria: No, it’s not my first leading part in a movie, but I never had a
big part like this. I had to be there every single day of shooting, the most
complex one with the longest journey I ever had.
Needed Ben to persuade you?
Gloria: No way! When I read the script, I immediately felt a connection
You’ve known each other for a long time now because you’ve
previously worked together, is that right?
Gloria: Yes, we have. We worked on “Nachtbus“ together and since
then we waited to work together again. When we did this short film
we recognised that special bond between us. There’s not much talking
needed, just one glimpse of him I know exactly what he wants me to do.
It’s like telepathy.
Ben: We had three days for the “Nachtbus“ shooting and on the first day
I gave Gloria nearly no instructions and in the evening I thought, “I hope
it doesn’t feel strange for her!“. So we had a chat about it and I told her
that she’s doing fine if I don’t tell her what to do.
Gloria: I trusted you from the beginning. I worked with directors where
I cried in my hotel room at night, because I had no idea whether they
liked my performance or not, but I always trusted you, Ben, because I
saw how you worked with other actors and actresses. So I lay myself into
your hands and knew that if you didn’t say anything then you were going
to like it.
But Gloria, you’re studying direction as well?
Gloria: Yes, I just started it.
Does this change your opinion about Ben’s work and the whole
concept, because now you know way more about this stuff than “just
Gloria: For sure, but I always loved movies as it’s own art form. It’s kind
of the reason why I started acting, because movies always excited me. I
also performed at the theater but movies always were my big love. On the
side I always recognise if the director’s also a good actor or actress! Ben
is a great actor, but no one knows it, it’s a well kept secret. And I always
see it if a director is able to empathise. I guess it’s a big value being able
to switch sides.
Ben, where and when did you create the idea for this movie? Was it
Ben: Cherokee Agnew and I had the idea when we studied at the
Hamburg Media School, Cherokee Scripting and I Directing. When we
shot “Fliehkraft“ we created the idea of “Strawberry Bubblegums“, but
we thought more about the character than the story. And the character
we thought about was an male ex porn star and the second one was a
young girl searching for her Dad. We thought about this theme another
time so we threw both ideas into a pot and created this.
Was it a hard movie to shoot?
Ben: Just a short reminder that we needed a few more days of shooting
as 22 days were not long enough and there could have been a little more
budget, but anyone would tell you this about their movie. But this was a
road trip, we had a lot more locations than in regular movies and we had
a lots of actors. Changes to these factors would have altered the movie
There are many incredible locations!
Gloria: For me it’s important to mention that I’ve never had so much
fun at making a movie! And it’s mainly due to all of the scenes simply
working out. So many good actors and every single one enjoyed playing
their parts that I always felt like I was living the actual scene at that
moment in time. Although we had an overall lack of time during the
making, I had such a great time. When Ben said “Action!“, actually he
always just said “Bitte!“, everyone was
in his part. The whole crew was so
excited about the decor and the costumes, Ben created a concrete world
that I could walk through. Yes, it was stressful, but it worked out so well.
Ben: Yeah, sometimes we were able to keep the stress away from the
actors and actresses, sometimes not.
Gloria: No, I recognised that, because I wanted to. We’re friends! But the
scenes worked out that well that you shouldn’t think about it anymore.
Ben: It just would have been way more relaxed if there would have been
three more days. If you want to make a movie in Germany on a more
international level, a bigger budget would help, but we all know that
there are movies out there with a bigger budget and a lower level. If it’s a
bad movie, it’s a bad movie!
Gloria: I had parts in productions that had fourfold bigger budgets than
this one and in the end I sat in my room feeling so desperate because I
knew it’s simply shit what we’re doing there and I have to try to turn it
into gold as an actress - and I hated it. It would be great to combine good
stuff with a big budget, but where in the world can you find it?
Gloria: Let’s go to Bollywood!
That’s also a part of the problem, it’s your beginning as a director. It was
your debut and you simply need to earn your acclaim. Did you like the
investigating part of it?
Ben: The reason I thought about porn in an investigative way was down to
a book called “Porn in Germany - A journey through an unknown country“
by Philip Siegel. Frauke (the Creative Producer) and I also visited a lecture
about him and everything we learned was so interesting. I then found a lot
of documentaries about it and read a lot of stuff, we visited the “Venus“ in
Berlin and went to the Porn Film Festival.
Gloria: I heard it’s pretty good?
Ben: It is. Very interesting and cool people. And there we met Sadie Lune
who also plays in our movie. Sadie is a dominatrix, sex worker and a porn
actress. She attended us on two very exhausting days of the shoot.
It got difficult with one of the supernumeraries, didn’t it?
Gloria: Sadie protected me. It was important to have her, because porn’s not
porn. I think mainstream porn is criticisable, but Sadie’s different. Her work
is feministic art, that’s not inhuman.
Ben: We were asked a lot about our attitude to porn. You need one if you’re
shooting a movie about it, but I really didn’t understand why everyone asked
about it! I always thought that anyone who wants to do porn should do porn
and who doesn’t want to shouldn’t. And there are people who are forced to do
it and that’s prostitution, it’s not okay. But on the other hand there are a lot
of people forced to do other jobs they don’t like. My conclusion is if someone
wants to do porn he or she should do porn and if not not, it’s like every job.
I guess a world without porn wouldn’t be good
Ben: Yes, but the porn is just the background for our story, in the end it’s
still just a story about a girl searching her father. She finds out that she was
fathered on a porn shooting and that her mother lied to her for 17 years.
It’s more about her roots, about Lucy questioning, “Will I become like my
parents? Am I like my parents? Am I like this because it was put into my
cradle? Am I kind of dirty now?” And on the other hand there’s Udo, the old
ex porn star, who completely lost his identity. They meet and that’s exciting,
well, it wouldn’t be that interesting if the mother would’ve been a baker and
Lucy needs to search numerous bakeries!
Gloria: The porn story makes it higher stakes.
Ben: It’s catchy for the people because it’s associated with anxiety for them.
Yes, I guess in the end it doesn’t matter if she’s a porn actress. Maybe it
would be worse if she’s just promiscuous
Gloria: Yeah, that’s how Lucy sees it. She’s not judging about her mother that
she did porn, except the day she’s at the gang bang shot and gets traumatised,
she’s angry that her mother lied about her origin. Everyone wants to know
where they come from. It’s a human need.
Was it easy for you to do the gang bang shoot?
Gloria: No, it was pretty hard for me. Ben called me if everything’s fine and
I didn’t sleep that night. It was a moment where I was completely congruent
with Lucy. There wasn’t any real sex or penetration, but the face with the
smeary mascara and the sperm everywhere… it’s kind of a symbol that we
know from porn that despises women! I felt so sick and hyperventilated. I
will never forget this image.
Ben: We have a lot of different porn and sex scenes in this movies, but this
one was extreme.
Gloria: It’s been the only one that shocked me. All the others were like “Hihi!
We’re doing porn!“, but I really wanted to escape this one! It’s been too close
to the industry. But it was good for my part.
Was it a real porn set?
Ben: No, but we imitated it really good. It’s no fake, it’s based on investigation.
I saw a short documentary about this kind of porn and I was so surprised on
set of how similar we were able to create the atmosphere of a real porn set. It’s
a really intense atmosphere.
Gloria: Yes, I saw that short documentary afterwards because Ben didn’t want
me to watch it before. He had already sent all the documentaries and films
to the other members of the team but I didn’t want to deal with it myself. I
don’t have any reference to this world and I wanted to conquer it with Lucy.
In the end it worked. I just thought, “Ooh my God, is this real with all the
golden showers and fuckers?“ It really kind of traumatised me, because all
those naked guys with these balaclavas… They’ve entered my comfort zone
and I saw all those dicks! Yes, I was acting, but in the end I saw so many real
dicks, more than I ever saw or will and that was wow…
Ben: We had a special handling with it because we had a lot of nude extras
and Lo Rivera, the actress that played Stella the porn star, also had never done
something like this. So we treated everyone, no matter if extra, actor or porn
star, the same, so that we could handle everything in a very respectful way.
I heard stories about sets where all these people were treated different or as
second class and I don’t want that in my work. It’s terrible!
I guess it’s a steamy atmosphere with all those nude people and the mood
would have been bad if you don’t respect everyone
Ben: They’re all people and there’s no need in despising. An extra showing his
blank ass shows as much as a porn actor.
Gloria: It’s also been important for Lo and Jasmin Tabatabai to not see them
as a pack of nudes. In the end they all were pretty nice guys.
Ben: Let’s call it, we didn’t have that many fails especially if we talk about
Gloria: Yeah, except the one. [Ben’s laughing out loud.] One was special.
Ben: Yes, he was, but I want to keep this story for chatting at parties.
Thank you, guys. It was a pleasure!
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2009: Try a little tenderness (script, director)
2010: Rummel (script, director)
2011: Nachtbus (director)
2012: Stillstand (AT: Die goldene Stunde) (director)
2012: Die Essenz des Guten (actor)
2013: Fliehkraft (director)
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Jakob Kasimir Hellrigl alias Candy Ken is THE IT-
Boy of the European Pop and Fashion world. 2 years
ago I saw the Austrian artist for the first time on
Facebook and I ‘ve been a big fan ever since. If you
follow us at our social media channels you know his
videos and music. I had a chat with candy Ken about
his life, his music and how he met Terry Richardson
and Nicolas Formichetti. We spoke about Hello
Kitty and Miley Cyrus. Lovers show some love to the
hottest daddy on the planet: Candy Ken.
Hey Candy Ken welcome to our POP ISSUE! Let´s start with a
simple question: What is POP for you?
A very successful type of music.
You know, I am a big fan of your you and your work since the
very beginning. And I follow all your activities in the social
media world. But who is Candy Ken?
A pink superhero who will save your grey and boring world. He is a
product of todays society and icon to everyone thinking and being
You are from Austria. A country not very well known for its pop
culture. Can you tell us how you grown up in Austria?
Raised as a basic bitch slaved to society’s rules. Had a difficult
time in school and took me forever to get back to myself and be
brave enough for Candy Ken. They make you feel like you cant do
anything and that you are not good enough - But you are!!! And
you can accomplish everything!!!
As a young guy you did also photography. You also won a local
photography contest. Are you still into photography? Or is
music your main focus now? And can you tell us what happened
that you transformed yourself into a pop star from being a
I’m doing the same thing since day 1: creating art – I just got no
appreciation what so ever as a photographer. I put myself in front of
the lens to get everything next level - in the end I’m doing the same
thing as before creating ideas, living out dreams and phantasies
that I’m not allowed to in real life, reflecting society, playing with
sexism, gender roles, stereotypes, etc …
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Having experience with photography, is it helping you to
produce your music videos? They are very good produced and
they look like if you have a big team. How many people are
working with you on your career? Or is it all made by yourself?
I got a very strong and daily growing CANDY CREW that help me
out a lot which I’m very thankful for. My early works are sometimes
only with a couple people but always very passionate and full of
Talking about your videos and music. My favorite track of you
is: Riff Raff Is Ma Daddy. Can you name your favorite track?
And tell us how you start to make a new track? Who is writing
the lyrics and who is making the sound?
My favorite track is definitely CANDY CREW of my new album
which is coming soon. I always got a million ideas in my head
and try to get as much done as possible! The lyrics + concepts of
my songs are all written by me and get finalized with different
producers for different sounds like Lets Go Radio and Smokera.
I am a 90s Bitch. And your sound reminds me so much of the
old good 1990s. How would you explain your kind of music? Is
it HipHop or Rave?
It’s a very new and yummy kind of music which can help you 2 be
and love yourself. I rap about all my thoughts and dreams and want
people to open up and think more. Stop being so judgmental and
basic! I’m all about the love !!! If you are a fan of Candy Ken you
are a fan of yourself!
For some people - Basic Bitches - your sound and lyrics are just
stupid stuff. I have been asked: Why do you support him that
much? My answer is: „His music is so forward and if you listen
to his lyrics there is always a critic against our human behavior
in it. There is a message in his sound and he knows how to sell
himself.“ Am I wrong when I say you have voice and message in
I always work with very strong concepts and I think a lot about
what I do and say threw my art. I am a role model and have very
strong things I stand for.
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At the end of 2015 you released your
first EP. What are your plans for
2016? Is there an album on the way?
There is an album I’m working on right
now and a bunch of new music videos
already shot!!! Can´t wait to show you
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2015 was in general a very good year
for you. Concerts in Berlin, New
York, Milan, London and Tokyo.
What was the best experience for you
during your concerts?
Tokyo 4 sure! Best time of my life – I
got so so much love there !!!
A gig with Candy Ken is not like an
ordinary concert. Do you see yourself
more as a performance artist?
Definitely! It’s a real life music video
and hopefully takes you away from
your problems and all the basic bitches
in your life!
Can you explain: Why are you so
obsessed with Hello Kitty? And do
you get a sponsoring from them? If
not you should get it! You are like the
European ambassador of Hello Kitty.
Me and Hello Kitty just go so well
together and I love her more than
anything TBH! They really should
I only know one other pop music
artist playing in your league ..
Miley Cyrus. You both know how
to use social media like Instagram,
Facebook etc.. Is she an inspiration
for you? She is like the female Candy
Ken. You both should make a duet.
I love her so so much! She also has a
bigger picture and is here 2 make the
world a better place! Her music and
videos are art and very inspiring !!!
How important is social media for
an artist nowadays? And how much
time a day you spend doing all the
For me – very important ! I need to
check it daily 2 know whats going on
and what is Zeitgeist!
Talking about Instagram. The one
and only Nicola Formichetti found
you there, and you both worked
together. Right? Tell us more about
He was the first person ever who really
supported me! Nicola understands me
truly and pushes me to the next level! I
love him so much!!!
You also worked with Terry
Richardson and you guys did one
of his studio sessions. How was
that working with one of the most
famous pop culture artists of our
time? Are you a proud man now?
Life goals! As a photographer he was
my biggest role model – and now I
shot with him – this really was one of
the biggest compliments ever for me!
How important is fashion for Candy
Ken? Moschino, Jeremy Scott,
Versace .. all names connected to
Very important – self expression is
everything for me and those designers
help me with that.
Ok, let´s do a silly POP Game.
Can you name your 3 favorite pop stars?
1. Miley Cyrus
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Medusa head on me like illuminati
Is there any artist, from the music to the
art to fashion world you would kill to work
with? And what.. or how would be that
collaboration would look like?
Miley – would be the most controversial music
Are you ready for some privat questions?
Do you have a girl or boyfriend? Or are you
How important is your hot trained body for
your career? Do you work out that much for
yourself or for the market?
In the beginning very important for my career
I guess – sex sells 69 I honestly really love
working out and how my body feels all day
after the gym - I’m addicted to it – but I also
obviously use it all the time for photo shootings
and videos ! If I wouldn’t be Candy Ken I
would definitely bulk a lot more hahah but
staying ripped all year is also fine with me as
long as I can go to the gym everyday.
Being full naked in front of Terry
Richardson´s camera. Was it easy for you to
show it all?
Loved it! Wanted to do this for a long time – I
What is your family saying about your
music, your lifestyle? Are they proud and
My family loves me and supports everything I
do – I am very lucky
Candy Ken.. thank you very much for your
time. Good luck for 2016. We can not wait
to see what the future will bring for you.
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Introducing feature - CRYSTAL
Interview by Nicola Phillips Photography by Repeat Pattern and video stills from “Rendez-Vous”
CRYSTAL are Tokyo’s answer
to contemporary synth-pop.
Having just released their debut
full-length album Crystal
Station 64 after their move
over to Japanese label flau,
the colourful threesome have
been making a huge impact
since being discovered by
Justice and Surkin during the
MySpace reign of the early
00s. After debuting a stream
of EPs on the legendary label
Institubes, Ryota, Keita and
Sunao were thrown head
first into the French electro
movement together with Ed
Banger. Performing live with
Boys Noize and Para One,
just to name a few, CRYSTAL
manage to create a uniquely
twisted homage to old-school
electro and techno pop, most
impressively with a tonguein-cheek
Teki Latex (honcho of Sound
Pellegrino) of the French alternative
hip-hop group TTC.
Speaking to one third of the
energetic trio, Ryota Miyake,
we gain a greater insight in
the Nippon naive pop and
that are CRYSTAL.
Tell us a little about yourself, who are you and how
did you become CRYSTAL?
Keita Onishi, Sunao Maruyama and Ryota Miyake
(me) are Crystal. We are from the same art school
in Tokyo. We have released 3 EPs on French labels,
Institubes and Sound Pellegrino. And in October, we
released our debut album “Crystal Station 64” via
Japanese label, flau.
Your music often sounds like an intense video
game, is this where some of your ideas come from?
Or maybe fast-paced gaming-hubs like Akihabara,
I rarely go to Akihabara. It is way too exciting for me
and is a bit too much. I prefer to go to more quiet
places or stay home and play video games. I guess
since we grew up with a lot of them, I can’t deny
video games may have influenced the sounds on
some tracks. For example “Jungli-la” is influenced
by “Donkey Kong”, and the first half of “Away and
Beyond” is the result of my effort to represent a
melancholic feeling from the BGM of the first stage
of “Transformer”. But further more, we are influenced
by the music which influenced the videogame music.
That is the main reason for why our music might recall
the sounds of video games.
Who are some of your main influences for your
debut album, Crystal Station 64?
In the case of this record, the main influences are the
first two albums of Art Of Noise, and “Zoolook” by
I saw that you guys were discovered on MySpace by
Justice and Surkin, what was it like when you were
contacted by them?
One day we got a mail which wrote “Would you join
us?” from the boss of Institubes. Then we answered
“Yes” immediately. But to be honest that mail had
been in our spam mail folder for one week since the
mail had been sent (we learned that you should always
check the spam mail folder too if you don’t want
to miss the chance!). Later, he told us that Surkin
found us from “Top Friends” area on MySpace page
of Gaspard from Justice. There was an error on
that feature so we were one of his Top Friends
Social media has helped to push many
artists into the spotlight, how do you think
you’ve benefited from it?
Because of the existence of social media, we
could release EPs and this album. So for us it is
a nice thing, isn’t it?
Where have you found your music to be best
In France, according to the Facebook insight!
You have this insane animated cat video for
Rendez-Vous directed by Shinya Sato, have
you worked with him before?
That is my favorite video. Shinya is one
of our best friends and also the original
member of Crystal. He left the band
because he wanted to concentrate
on making videos as a job. All
of our music
videos are by him. He has a great skill to turn
the impression of sounds into unique moving
visuals. And further more we all love his sense of
humour. Now we are making a new music video
for a track from the album and preparing visuals
for our forthcoming live shows together.
Looking at your last EP Get It, cats seem to
be a reoccurring theme, is there reason behind
Ah I think it was just a coincidence! I don’t
know why it seems that they stand very well
with our music, I love those cats very much
though. If everyone associates cats with our
tracks, I think it’s cool. Everyone is loving cats
nowadays. Well the logo of flau is also a cat! I
love it so much too… But I love small birds
What’s it like being included in the flau
records family? Do you have a chance to work
with other artists on the label?
I have released my album as Sparrows 2 years
ago on flau, and my brother Ryuto is doing a
lot of art works for flau. So for me it is a kind
of the musical home in Japan. They have wide
range of artists and they has different,
unique styles each other. And
the boss is a gentle guy
and respectable artist.
I am hoping some
How did you
Recently I have been making more floororiented
tracks like our last EP from Sound
Pellegrino and the ones in their compilation
albums. But we wanted our first album to be
a mix of the band’s first concept that appeared
notably on our first 2 Eps, “Initiative!” and “Neo
Age”. There were a lot of tracks left undone so
we sorted out developing them. I tried to let the
album have depth and many expressions more
than the existing EPs.
Your single Jungli-la takes samples from Siri
and plays homage to Donkey Kong, do your
other tracks follow a similar pattern?
On “Get It”, you can hear the conversation of
Teki and Siri!
The bonus track Dream Incubation features
electronic artist IKONIKA, how did you
approach her for the collaboration?
When you do tracks with the other people, the
results are always beyond your imagination.
So it is very exciting and interesting thing for
me. But I am too shy to tell someone “let’s do
it together!” ahah. In the case of this track,
Sound Pellegrino introduced me Ikonika to
do a collaboration for their compilation
album. And the result was far amazing
than I expect!
Where are you excited to take your music
What is the ultimate games console?
Retro Freak absolutely.
“We learned that
you should always
check the spam
mail folder too if
you don’t want
to miss the chance!”
Enter the CRYSTAL universe here: www.crystal.jpn.org
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Photography and styling Suzana Holtgrave
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Model Maria B. @Iconic Management
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M A I S I E
You know Maisie Cousins because you surely have come across her work, and once you do you can’t
get it out of your head. The London born photographer describes her approach to art as hedonistic
and performative. In her work she explores themes of power, femininity, nature, technology, colour
and indulgence. In her work she keeps reinventing herself always staying true to her original vision.
What is behind her glistening close ups of girls body and glistening flowers or her mad collages? We
talked to her about her inspiration, her larger models, pop culture, taboo themes and the future.
Interview by Emma E K Jones & Amanda M Jansson
What made you choose
photography over other forms
I started an interest in art young
so it was what I had access to.
I shared a bedroom in a small
flat growing up so painting
big things wasn’t an option.
Photography gave me a way
of creating but not taking up
much space. It also helped with
being a shy teenager, I got to
make lots of friends through it
and using the internet.
Does pop culture influence
your work? To which extent
If it does it must be a
subconscious thing. I don’t have
too much of an interest in pop
culture but I also think it can
be quite snobby to think you’re
above it. I like that current art
is very in tune with popular
You often look for bigger
models, or models with
stretch marks etc? What is
your idea of female beauty?
For me it’s more about the
person and how we work
together. What I find attractive
in a model is someone who
just gets it and is up for trying
new things. To be honest I get
tired of being expected to be a
spokesperson for body positivity
as if I have all the answers and
good morals. For example I
don’t like certain tattoo styles
and I often avoid shooting
people with them, I do let my
aesthetic get in the way of body
acceptance sometimes, so I’m
not perfect. I just want people
to be able to relate and feel
something other than self hate
when they look at my pictures
of bodies. My teenage years
were spent looking at fashion
images that made me loathe my
body, I want something more
for my younger sister.
How can art affect pop culture
into changing their views of
what should be considered
Pop culture takes from art
constantly, so hopefully it’s
just a matter of time before a
more positive way of looking
at bodies starts to happen on a
wider scale. I hope.
What is something you would
like to talk about but never
get the chance to?
Currently I’ve been thinking
a lot about the stigma of
motherhood and how having
children young is seen as
basically selling out and not
being career driven. If society
has progressed it should be
possible to have children, a
career and your own life. It’s a
problem for women, to always
have the worry whether they’re
doing the right thing - having
children young or old or not
and first hand experiences
rather than found imagery
online. I like to have a personal
connection with whatever
inspires me I guess. I find the
internet so overwhelmingly
full of good visuals, it’s not fun
finding treasures anymore.
Women, colour and colour
clash are important element
in your work, at least visually
speaking. What other
elements do you think make a
Maisie Cousins photograph?
Something wet, some flowers,
maybe something smelly.
What is your biggest fear as
Where do you see yourself in
30 years from now?
The dream is to find a landlord
who will let me paint my walls.
What is your ultimate dream
project you would like to
I would love to work with more
powerful female musicians, like
Bjork, Grimes and FKA Twigs.
Stalk Maisie on
Where do you get inspiration
It’s hard to tell, I’m so spoiled
for inspiration really so I try to
get it more from reading books
Photography by Anna Peftieva
Makeup : Violet Zeng using CameraReadyCosmetics.com
Hair Styling : Wig by Tomoyo Sakai
Model : Natasha Ramachandran @ Next Model Management
Produced @ Moon Man Studios
Patrick de Pádua
K A L T B L U T ´ S 1 s t F a s h i o n A w a r d W i n n e r
Interview by Marcel Schlutt, Photography & Retouching: Trend me too, Makeup: Ani Toledo, João
Models: Djedi (Karacter Models) Ézio Sá, Francisco Passarinho, João Ventosa (Just Models), Pedro Fernandes (BLAST), Pierre Pereira
(Just Models), Marco Fernandes (Face Models), Rafael Cavaco (Face Models), Tiago Pereira (Just Models), Tomás Alves (Karacter Models)
Special Thanks: Da Vinci Pincéis, Hari Amado, NOT YET Shoes, Pedro Alves, Roberto Coelho, Vera Moreira Rato
During the last edition of Fashionclash Festival Maastricht 2015, for the very first
time, KALTBLUT hosted the KALTBLUT Magazine Fashion Award 2015. We are
proud to introduce you to the winner: Patrick De Pádua. The Portugal based designer
is one of the biggest talents in the fashion world at the moment. His designs are
outstanding and incredibly well made. I had a little chat with Patrick about his work,
Portugal and why he loves to design for boys. Special thanks to the team of Trend me
too and the models for the amazing editorial.
Hello Patrick. During the last Fashionclash in
Maastricht you won the very first KALTBLUT
fashion Award. Congratulations again. Do you still
remember that day and how you felt when you won?
Hello Marcel. Oh yes, I remember every second
from that day. From 6am in the morning till 9pm we
rehearsed the show, fittings and some sleep in between.
It was a really long day. I was so nervous. It was my first
time in Maastricht and first time I presented an AW
Collection in the Netherlands. The award show was
next day. And when the host called my name I could
not believe it and my friends told me: Patrick, you are
the winner. I was soo happy but all was over so quickly.
Your collections are very modern and fresh. One of
the reasons why you won in Maastricht is that we
can take the collection straight from the runway and
hang it in the shops. And the people will buy it. How
would you describe your brand?
Urban, young, athletic, fashionable fashion and finally
brave, you have to be brave and self-assured. To wear
my designs you need to be strong. I sell a lifestyle.
Your fashion is more for the boys but I also see some
strong girls into your collection. Why the focus on
I cannot really explain why I am so focused on
menswear. In general, it is easier to represent men. And
here in Portugal 70% of the fashion labels are designing
for the girls. During my time at fashion school I
designed for girls first but during the years I felt my
designs are stronger for men.
Could you tell us a little about your background?
I know you are not a native of Portugal. How did
Patrick De Pádua grow up?
I was born in Liechtenstein and lived there for 12 years
before I returned to Portugal. The first couple of years
were a bit difficult for me because I could not speak
Portuguese but I would never go back now.
Have you always wanted to do fashion? And can you
still remember your first self-designed piece? What
was it, and for whom?
No, I always wanted to be a cook. In fact, I studied
for 2 years in Faro (Algarve) as a cook but I found it
a bit boring and then I trained for 3 years as a fashion
designer in Lisboa at school (MODATEX).
In your designs I see London, New York and Berlin.
I see guys in big cities wearing your collections.. But
how much of Portugal´s history can I find in your
I am not traditional. As you know I am not 100% from
Portugal. We have so many designers here working with
the history that we do not need another one.
During the last ModaLisboa edition you unveiled
the SS16 collection. I love this one. What was your
inspiration for that one?
The pursuit of peace and tranquility are the theme
for this collection dominated by white and neon
green. Silence is a reflection, born in a prison. There
is a reference to a peaceful valley, a moment of
introspection, to a retreat. As always, a sportswear
/ streetwear collection inspired in the 90s baseball
equipment is emphasizing on a sporty silhouette with a
feeling of lightness, freedom and comfort.
I love the color theme. It is just perfect for the
upcoming spring/summer season. Tell us more about
the materials you have used.
It is my first spring/summer collection ever. In the
beginning it was not easy for me to design it. So I
thought .... let´s do it a little bit fresher with many
layers and lightweight fabric and that was my starting
point for my research for the materials. Polyester, cotton
and light-colored leather, those are never missing in my
collection. I wanted to do something I had never done
before and not only a collection of “white”.
Where do you find your materials in Portugal? Do
you buy it in Lisbon or do you have to travel for it?
Yes all my materials are from Portugal. Most of the time
I buy it in the North of Portugal.
The new SS16 collection got a lot of attention at
ModaLisboa. I guess it was a successful event for
Patrick: Oh yes! I just sold the entire collection. And I
am very proud of being part of ModaLisboa.
How important is an event like ModaLisboa or
Fashionclash Maastricht for a young fashion brand?
I think it is very very important to be part of it. For us
here in Portugal ModaLisboa is THE event each fashion
season. We can present our designs to the international
press, bloggers and buyers. And without ModaLisboa I
would not be invited to other fashion weeks or I would
not teach fashion at two different fashion schools.
How important is social media nowadays for a young
label like yours?
It is a big part of the fashion world but I think the most
important part are the buyers. All the social media
clicks are not paying the bills. For sure it is great to see
my brand going around in the social media world. But
it is not my main focus.
You are not only a gifted fashion
designer. You know also how
important branding is nowadays.
Did you know from the beginning in
which direction your brand should
Nope. It is not easy to decide in the
beginning where to go. To be honest it
just happened. Today, for sure, I know
where I want my brand to be. It is a
Let´s go back to Portugal as a fashion
capital. How would you describe the
typical look for men from Portugal?
The typical Portuguese man is
romantic, traditional and less risky. The
Portuguese fashion man likes it classic,
a relaxed and discreet style.
In your fashion clips you use music
from Portugal. Correct? Why these
Portugal is a creative country ! Why
should I take artists from somewhere
else? Why not show what we have in
our own country? I think the little
things make big things.
How important is the right choice of
songs in order to bear your message
as an artist?
All my creative processes start with the
music, for me it is important, i must
find the right music before I draw the
whole collection. The music is for me
simply the alpha and omega, it’s my
starting point for work.
While we sit here and talk, you’re
probably already working on the new
AW collection. Can you already tell
us a little?
The new collection .... Yeah I can say
something. “On the hunt“ is the name.
It is both: a reference to the world of
hunting and the desire of people for
something to complete them. The idea
is that clothing serves as protective
shield and it is also important that
the trench coat is the centerpiece.
The collection is actually streetwear,
even though it references to hunting
Your biggest dream as a designer is?
PATRICK DE PADUA .... my biggest
biggest dream is to bring this name
to such levels, make it that big that it
actually exceeds my dream.
By Michelle Hèlena Janssen
KALTBLUT gets intimate! Introducing Bedroom Stories for the first time. KALTBLUT meets people on the street that captivate
us and wants to get a little more personal, invading their personal space. We think your bedroom is your most vulnerable place,
and that’s what makes it that much more interesting. Get to know young pioneers from different cities, starting in Amsterdam
and Berlin. We’ll be documenting and exposing their secret bedroom stories for you.
Name Alexandra Koutsaftis
Zodiac sign Scorpio
Lives in Berlin Prenzlauerberg
Zodiac sign traits
Passionate, observant, unyielding
What inspires you?
There’s not really just one thing that inspires me. There’re
so many things happening around me, especially in Berlin,
that almost every little thing can inspire me. I’m someone
who captures a lot, sometimes to much.
What’s the strangest thing that happened in your bedroom?
Eat. Sleep. Sex. Nothing strange I think.
Who would like to be if you could choose anyone else?
I think that would be Lianne la Havas. The voice of this woman is amazing, and I just can’t sing. So would be amazing to sing day in day out.
What’s your favorite spot in Berlin?
Admiralsbrucke in Kreuzberg. I love that spot and the Area around in, near the spree in the sun with a beer, yes baby.
Zodiac sign: Taurus
Lives in: Rotterdam
Zodiac sign traits
I never actually looked at it but I can find myself in the following : Determined, practical, generous, kind, affectionate, sensual, artistic, patient, stubborn,
creative, lazy, emotional, love life
What inspires you?
I can find inspiration in everything. It’s mostly happy colors, plants, sex, a lot of retro stuff and positive people.
Who would you like to be if you could choose anyone else?
Oi, I don’t have to be another person per se. Maybe myself with less drama. You can be another person because you’d think you would have a more fun
life, but they also have their own misery and drama. Just be satisfied with yourself.
What’s the strangest thing that happened in your bedroom?
Haha I don’t think it would be fair to talk about that, I also don’t know if it’s fair to my boyfriend, but in any case it’s enough to keep it exciting.
What’s your favorite spot in Rotterdam?
My favorite spot in the summer is Biergarten, the atmosphere is amazing and HELLO... BEER. Next there’s Café de Bel which is super nice. Tiki bar
for the tasty cocktails and my house is really a top spot.
Styling by Marcel Schlutt
Hair and make up by
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Models are Thomas Kochanek
@Modelfabrik Berlin &
Frida Mel @Iconic Talent
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inhale pop as if our lives depended on it. The
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