Gareth Pugh Archive Fur Coat by Elise Toide
Daft Punk by Mathieu César Fashion Editor Michaela Dosamantes for Carine Roitfeld Fashion Book
— Thomas Bangalter
01. Give Life Back To Music
02. The Game Of Love
03. Giorgio By Moroder feat. Giorgio Moroder
05. Instant Crush feat. Julian Casablancas
06. Lose Yourself To Dance feat. Pharrell Williams
07. Touch feat. Paul Williams
08. Get Lucky feat. Pharrell Williams
11. Fragments Of Time feat. Todd Edwards
12. Doin’ It Right feat. Panda Bear
13. Contact feat. DJ Falco
Man darf von Glück reden, dass sich Thomas Bangalter und Guy-Manuel de Homem Christo 1993 zusammen getan haben um Daft Punk ins Leben zu rufen. Damals waren sie mit ihrer Vision, wie sie elektronische Musik machen und wie sie auftraten avantgardistisch. Mit ihrem 4 Album “Random Access Memories” orientieren sie sich an den Begründern der elektronischen Popmusik, wie Kraftwerk oder Giorgo Moroder, der auch auf dem Album vertreten ist.
Jetzt wo alles elektronisch Klingt und Pop ein Schimpfwort ist, zeigt Daft Punkt eine neue Richtung auf. Das Album ist musikalisch ein Schwergewicht, auch wenn es ganz leicht daherkommt…
Pusha T - Numbers On The Boards
Directed by $o Me
What were you doing before Ed Banger, and how did you and Pedro Winter meet and start working together!?
I had been studying graphic design and had just graduated in 2001. I met Pedro at a party where a friend was DJing. I had brought my first professional work, the cover for a recently published book, to show my friend DJ Pone from Birdy Nam Nam, who I’ve known since I was 12. Pedro saw that, liked it and asked to meet the next day at his office on rue Ramey because he was looking for someone to design his website. He had in mind a 100% hand-drawn site. Usually the late-night promises end up nowhere, but the next day we met, and from then on we have never stopped working together. My work developed through the drawings Pedro selected for our earliest collaborations. I would think: “Oh, he likes this better, so I ought to go in this direction.”
What kinds of cameras do you use!?
I use various small ones, from Contax to Ricoh to Fuji and others. Disposable works, too. The idea is to use only the smallest ones so I can have them with me 24/7 without looking like a paparazzo, or having to carry heavy stuff. In any case, I can’t be bothered carrying a heavy camera. If I had to choose, I’d rather photograph with my iPhone.
The video for Major Lazer’s “Get Free” is almost like a book in itself. Describe the making of it.
I spent six days in Jamaica, with my DP, his assistant and a producer. We would wake up at six to get the morning light and go to bed at three after going to these crazy parties. A guy there knew everyone and took us under his wing, so we basically were able to go and shoot everywhere, and we did it almost non-stop. Now when you think of how insane some places were, the weather, and most of all, the fact we were shooting 16-mm film, which requires a lot of logistics, you can imagine how intense the shooting was. But it’s hands-down one of the most interesting experiences of my life. Jamaica is crazy—and I also mean visually.
How did you develop the story and find the dancing kid for SebastiAn’s “Embody”!?
This song has no proper singer; it’s SebastiAn’s voice, distorted and pitched. I wanted to impersonate the artist that could be the voice, but I started to think of that idea as cliché and overplayed, so I turned it into a dancer. There was still something strange about that voice, so I imagined this kid embodying the music everywhere someone would be listening to it. The kid is the song. Young label A&Rs take care of him, teach him how to dance, and midway through the video change his style, perhaps to improve the packaging of the song, to apply to a wider audience. All the kids I auditioned—this was a low-budget video, so casting was an issue—were technical and hip-hop dancers, but I was looking for a more retro kind of dancer, some sort of young MJ. Then I met Shamary, and that was it. I was very lucky to have him on board. I wasn’t actually allowed to shoot him in a bathtub with a half-naked woman, but he was always game. He was such a smart and fun kid. His dad was here the whole time, and he’s a stand-up comedian I think. Here’s a picture of them together on set. He was very charming and funny as well. I have good memories of this shoot, mostly because of this kid.
Would you like directing a film!?
Yes, I would love to, but with only with a good story, and the great ones are like pure gold. But I’ve never felt the need to rush anything anyway. Good things have always come to me naturally when the time was right, so hopefully I will direct a good story one day.
How would you describe your art direction!?
To me, directing a music video, or drawing a T-shirt, or putting pictures in a book, are pretty much the same thing. It’s art direction, it’s about knowing what you like and what you don’t and keeping a straight visual direction to achieve something. I do graphic design through illustration, not really using existing fonts or computer tricks. It’s a pre-computer era type of graphic design, like in the ’70s. Back then, illustration and drawings were really a key part of mainstream visual communication, or at least much more so than now. I can’t say if this shows in my photos or videos, but most directors and designers I like had their peak in the 1970s.
Why does this book include so many pictures taken in the US!?
Well, I think the US is very photogenic, particularly back in the day. Part of it has to do with the fact that my whole childhood was rocked by US pop culture, cinema and TV. When I walk the streets in New York City, I still feel like I’m in a movie. The American TV series Starsky and Hutch was shot on a small budget in the streets of LA, because that’s where they were. I like the fact that there weren’t any sets on low-budget series like that, so you can see what average cars and houses look like.
How much of your videos and artwork is based on collaboration? Or do the artists just say, “Make something beautiful for my song”?
As far as collaboration with artists goes, it’s never the same! Ideas come when you don’t expect them. When artists don’t have their own idea, it will either be cool because they trust me as a collaborator to translate their music into images, or it can be someone who doesn’t like much, is rarely satisfied and isn’t able to articulate how to improve things.
More music videos, perhaps, and more graphics for sure. My clothing line, Club 75, will be out soon. But to be honest, I never know what I will do next. I’ve always been going with the flow, and trying not to do the same things twice. The other day, a friend of mine was looking at the book and said, “Here’s another string to your bow, but it’s actually a harp by now.” I think the fun is in diversity, and so I like to take my experience from one field and put it into something I’ve never done before…
Theophilu$ London feat. Menahan $treet Band - Rio
— Olaf Tavares Vieira
Ryan Pickard “G-Star by Marc Newson” for i-D Magazine
Tuniol Barry, Chelsea 1982 by Derek Ridgers Derek Skinhead Fotos sind alle zwischen dem Sommer 1979 und Summer 1984 entstanden, mehrheitlich am Anfang dieser Zeitperiode. Damals war er noch kein Professioneller Fotograf und wie er sagt, hatte er auch nicht die Intention einer zu werden. Er fing an die Skinheads zu fotografieren, als sie ihn eine Gruppe Skins unterbracht, bei der Dokumentation einer subkulturellen Strömung namens New Romantics, und sie ihn fragten sie zu fotografieren. So wurden sie 5 Jahre lang zu einem seiner meist geblitzten Objekte…