Posts Tagged ‘Mykki Blanco’

five minutes with Stefan Fähler

Dalston Superstore and ArtHole London are thrilled to present Gegen Identity, a retrospective of freelance art director and illustrator Stefan Fähler‘s poster work for Gegen Berlin. Fähler has designed gig posters for the likes of Ariel Pink, Baths, Death Grips, Mykki Blanco and Mogwai, and shown work in publications, exhibitions and festivals around the globe. Gegen is a complex word in German – it has two opposite meanings. Historically speaking it means “against” – signifying all the counter cultural movements since the very beginning of youth cultures, but if you apply the word to time, it means “around”. One meaning is closed, defined in terms of space. The other is open and undefined in terms of time. We sat down for a quick chat ahead of his latest show at Dalston Superstore.

 

Who are you and what medium do you work in?

Hi I’m Stefan and I make posters.

Who was the first artist who mesmerised you as a young person, and what specifically caught your eye?

I was obsessed with the Alien by HR Giger when I was a kid.

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What training have you received in your chosen medium, if any?

Learning by doing, I am all self taught.

What’s your fave piece of your work on exhibition with ArtHole?

All equal

 In an ideal world, what would you change about the current art world?

Throw out all elitists.

What do you aspire to?

Woah, my aspiration in life … would be … to be happy!

gegen identity at dalston superstore

Tell us a secret about yourself.

I am secretly 80% water.

What music do you make your art to?

The bands I work for, anything that moves me.

Describe your working process for us.

I work intuitively, fast and make sure I enjoy what I am creating.

What was the last thing that moved you to tears?

A stupid eye infection.


 Catch Stefan Fähler’s Gegen Identity at Dalston Superstore from 31 March-21 May. 

Top of The Unapologetic Pops

By Sorry Not Sorry Sundays

Maybe it’s the warm weather or the Caitlyn Jenner effect but pop’s unapologetic queens have been on a huge ‘Do You’ tip this month. Werq!
Here’s our Top 5 for June…

1. Miley Cyrus

Crashing in at the top spot is Queen Miley- fresh from establishing her Happy Hippie foundation rallying young people to fight injustices faced by homeless youth, LGBTQ youth & other vulnerable populations, she’s just launched #InstaPride a series of portraits celebrating transgender and gender expansive individuals exploring and embracing the power of acceptance, self-expression and freedom. Oh and every penny from sales of her MAC collaboration goes to help those affected by HIV. No child-star Bieber egos here. Chapeau!

2. Grace Jones

A permanent non-mover at the top of the unapologetic pop charts, at Parklife festival earlier this month (and Common People at the end of last) Jones took to the stage in Keith Harring-esque white body paint and, well, not much else. Of course looked the only way she knows how: INCREDIBLE. 67 loves you Ms Jones! And so do we. 

3. Mykki Blanco

Technically probably not a ‘pop’ star, but a rapper and artist whose tracks have been known to make a cameo in the SNS record bag nonetheless (and hell who wants a pigeon-hole anyway?), La Blanco earns the no. 3 spot revealing HIV diagnosis via social media last week, giving stigma the well-deserved middle finger: “I’ve been HIV Positive since 2011, my entire career. fuck stigma and hiding in the dark, this is my real life. I’m healthy I’ve toured the world 3 times but ive been living in the dark, its time to actually be as punk as i say I am (sic)“. AMEN to that.

4. Lady Gaga

Calling out her interviewer for casual sexism and explaining precisely why the LGBTQ attraction has always been a mutual one and all in a deft flick of her purple weave. She’s been away for a while but sometimes we all need a reminder of why Gaga is so great.

5. Ariana Grande

New entry for the fledgling pop-princess who casually busted out a mini-feminist manifesto on Twitter earlier this month. Slamming double standards and misogyny and dropping in a Gloria Steinem quote for good measure. Preach girl!

Join Sorry Not Sorry this Sunday 21st June at Dalston Superstore from 8pm – late.

Dope Boy

Tonight sees a very special live performance from young up-and-coming gay rapper Dope Boy at the freshest party in town, Dirty Diana. Ahead of the festivities we caught out with him to find out more about his roots, influences and style…

Who is Dope Boy and where does he hail from?

Dopeboy is a London Based Gay rapper from Nottingham. But I’ve been in London for about four years now.

What are you earliest musical memories?

This is so bait but when I was a kid at about 3-5 years old I loved Take That and I  knew every song and every dance. I swear my auntie has a video of me singing into a fork with my tux on. 

Why is a visible LGBT presence in rap important?

I think now it is very important with everything changing within the gay rights movement and equality. Like how gay marriage is being accepted in many countries and that’s still growing. The reason it would be important in hip hop is because it’s currently the most influential within the music industry at this precise moment. People relate to music and I think it grabs people’s attention. I think it’s something that should of happened along time ago but I’m happy it’s happening now because I get to be apart of it.

Who are your hip hop heroes?

Missy Elliot, Busta Rhymes, The Fugees, Lauryn Hill, Eve, Lil Kim, 2Pac, Biggie, A$AP Rocky, Lil Wayne  and that just a few. I’d say for right now…. it would have to be Mykki Blanco, Le1f, Brooke Candy, Junglepussy, Chance The Rapper, Childish Gambino are among many people repping the gay community. I like what they’re doing and I think it’s different within the industry right now…. they’re like the next big thing.  

If you could only listen to one record on repeat for the rest of your life, what would it be?

En Vogue – Don’t Let Go. THEE MOST EMPOWERING SONG!!! GIVES ME LIFE.

Describe your look.

Futuristic, punk, grunge, MOD, Chav, ghetto space cadet.

Dope Boy perfomance

What will a live Dope Boy performance here at Dalston Superstore entail?

Sexy girls, naked boys, fabulous outfits, good music, sunglasses, platform shoes, booty shaking, split dropping, turnt up realness.

As a self-proclaimed East London gay rights preacher, what would you change about the queer scene here?

I don’t think there is anything wrong with the gay scene. We turn up, we have fun, and we do us. I don’t think its the gay scene that is the focus. We all just here to have fun.

We have a time machine and we can go visit any dancefloor from anywhere/anywhen…. where are we going?

’90s America. New York City.  Danceteria. Specifically Michael Alig’s Club Kids scene.

Out of your own tracks, which are you most proud of and if you could explain in one sentence why that particular track is so awesome…

That tough. I would probably say Find Yourself because not only was it my first track but it was very personal and I’ve had many comments, especially after performing at Pride that it can really effect the younger gay generation. Help them through school and all the tough bits when growing up as a gay or trans* individual.

Join Dope Boy tonight Friday 25th July at Dirty Diana with Boris (Ostgut Ton) at Dalston Superstore from 9pm – 5am.

Photo credit: Dope Boy

Rowdy Superstar

This Friday sees future pop icon Rowdy Superstar grace the top bar for Truth Or Dare with Miguel Dare. Currently a member of legendary digital hardcore band Atari Teenage Riot, and having made his debut album, Battery, with the equally legendary Matthew Herbert, it should come as no surprise that he’s hanging out in Mykki Blanco videos and getting great write-ups in The Guardian proclaiming him the next Big Thing. We caught up with him for the lowdown and a quick game of musical Truth Or Dare…

Who are your style icons?

Kurt Cobain, Grace Jones, Yoko Ono, Outkast.

They don’t really reflect my style. It’s more about an attitude that I feel their style gives off. And the approach to style that they have/had.

How did you come to work with Matthew Herbert on your debut album and what was it like to work with him?

We had a mutual friend in Eska who introduced him to my Myspace page, and he asked to meet me and hear more. I sent him 50 tracks haha. He said he wanted to make an album.

In your opinion, what’s the best track on Battery and why?

It changes all the time. At the moment it’s Never Let Go. 

What is playing on your stereo right now?

BC Kingdom, Mykki Blanco, Trudie Dawn Smith, Modern Girls, Death Grips, Hello Skinny, Roses Gabor and Clout.

You’re a Londoner- what are your favourite hidden hotspots in the capital?

Quiet As It’s Kept do pop-up exhibitions and nights in random places all over London that are always good, if you find out about them. 

Not so secret but I love seeing bands at the Boiler Room… dark, sweaty and intimate. 

My favourite eat spot is major Italian food at Bellatoni’s in Brixton Village. 

You call yourself “the dreamer of dreams” but do you have vivid dreams or lucid dreams?

Vivid.

What’s the best part of being in Atari Teenage Riot?

The best part of being in my band Atari Teenage Riot is that it’s a collective energy focused on a common goal. There’s a natural synergy between us.

You were recently in the video for Mykki Blanco’s track Haze.Boogie.Life. Can we expect more from you two together next year?

Maybe???

You have so many strings to your bow- what *don’t* we know about that you’re up to?

I’m currently working on pieces for my first art exhibition next year.

And finally give us a track that sums up “truth” and a track that sums up “dare” for you please!

Truth – Redemption Song by Bob Marley

Dare – Look Into The Light… by me!

Join Rowdy Superstar for Truth Or Dare this Friday 23rd November from 9pm – 3am in the top bar.

Candy Darling

Miss Hannah Holland has kindly shared with us her brand new single, Candy Darling, for her label Batty Bass…. AND in the spirit of Halloween generosity is also giving away for free a copy of her recent Mykki Blanco bootleg! We got the lowdown on both tracks from the lady herself…

What is it about Mykki Blanco’s sound that attracted you to make the bootleg?

He’s one of the most exciting emerging artists around, when Sinden sent me through the beats I was blown away with the downright filthy bass hiphop snarl and had to create it into a 4/4 situation so I could work his attitude into my sets.

What’s the inspiration behind your latest track Candy Darling?

Candy Darling was one of Andy Warhol’s factory superstars, she’s had records made about her, by both Lou Reed and Blondie! An utterly fabulous character; I found some snippets of her speaking and decided to work a sleazy number around it.

And who are Clouded Vision, the remixers?

Clouded Vision are Matt Walsh (Turbo / Bugged Out) and Steve Cook. I’m a huge fan of their music and was honored they made this incredible remix, I LOVE it, it blows the dancefloor apart.

Can we expect to hear either track at Paris’ Acid Ball next weekend?

BOTH! 

And any other gems upcoming on your label Batty Bass that we should know about?

Next year we’ll be doing a special New York series from some amazing artists making ferocious beats that are rocking the floors of New York’s underbelly… plus a brand new Ride Commitee ft. Roxy track, which we are completely gagging about! Myself and Dan Beaumont are working on a remix, as well as Batty Bass and PAB favs The Carry Nation.

Catch Hannah Holland at Paris’ Acid Ball next Saturday 3rd November with special guests Farley & Heller and residents Dan Beaumont and DJ Squeaky from 9pm – 3am.