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19 year old Canadian artist VNCHY has been the talk of the town lately. Locally building his buzz at a steady paste, VNCHY’s music is set to take flight and win the ears of many in North America. After taking in his standout single ‘Broke Dreams’, it is safe to say his creative turn on his carefully composed music very much speaks to young adults directly. Dark yet polished with a hint of lyricism, but sophisticated at the same time. As his fanbase continues to grow and he stays cooking in the studio, he was able to spare few minutes of his time to sit down with us to speak a bit more about his craft and what else can be expected of him musically.
Where are you from?
I was born in Congo but now I live in Canada, which is why I consider it my home. During my time here I’ve moved across the country and through a lot of cities including Montreal, Ottawa and I’m currently living in Mississauga. I’ve always considered myself a piece of the environment since I’ve lived in a lot of different places and it also introduced me to a range of lifestyles. However, It’s easy to lose yourself when you’re constantly on the move so I had to find my own identity opposed to becoming a product of my environments.
What are some of your music influences?
My biggest influences musically would have to be James Blake, Biggie Smalls, Kanye West, and J. Cole. James Blake is probably my favourite of them all as his portraits are the most vivid. Each of these artists has had a major impact on my overall artistry.
What was it like growing up for you?
A constant struggle for progression.
Whats the story behind your stage name, VNCHY?
VNCHY is more than just a pseudonym; it’s a title – a declaration of ascendance in self-understanding and self worth. As an artist I tend to create alternate realities through the experiences of both myself and my team. To put it one way, these realities feel dream like in a sense, from the lingering emotion of my first love, to the drunk eerie nights cruising around Toronto or even waking up in a Los Angeles penthouse with my closest friends. The power of imagination and communication is the ultimate tool of creation but – at the risk of sounding corny – with great power comes great responsibility. Like Leonardo Da Vinci himself, I have come to understand the world in multiple dimensions and perspectives and it is that complexity that has driven my desire for growth.
How long have you been making music for?
I have been writing music for five years.
What does your latest tape ‘Neverland: 001A_0315‘ present?
Neverland represents a time where people cease to age, where the imagination of the youth roams free, where people can’t be judged by the social expectations of others. Neverland exists in every child’s mind, but differs from one to another. It’s a place that has no boundaries. This idea best represents the tape – it represents us trying to capitalize on our youthfulness. The time we have now can never be gained back and this time is the best time for us to take risks and deal with the consequences that come along with them. We will face daily obstacles of us having to conform to social expectations as young adults, especially in regards to success, women, family, and school, all while trying to achieve this dream of ours. On the contrary, us following our dreams means we will inevitably disappoint others in the process, whether they’re our friends or family members. But at the end of the day, this is our life, our struggle and our grind, and we will not let anyone get in the way of this process. The numbers after the tape title actually represent something as well, but that will be unveiled in the near future.
The production of your tape is very polished. How do you pick your beats?
Thank you, I appreciate that! My team and I have a hands-on process with the production, we aim to find sounds that best represent moments we are trying to create for our audience. Shout out to my manager Mute he has a hell of an ear.
Your previous single “Broke Dreams”. It’s a great song, what’s the process that went behind that single?
Funny enough, I was on my way to Toronto to record the tape and I caught a real quick vibe. Finished it by the time we got to the spot. Broke Dreams was actually the last song I wrote on the tape although it’s placement is midway through the EP.
Were you executing a certain vision when “Broke Dreams” was shot? Tell us a bit more about that.
Most definitely, “Broke Dreams” was a switch in mentality, the place where the hunter becomes the hunted, almost a singular in the fabric of time. The video itself contains various elements that encompass the mentality that is Neverland, however, it was never meant to speak upon the full understanding of it, only a portion. With the content to come our audience will begin to better understand the portrait in it’s entirety.
5 goals in 2015:
The year is coming to an end, but there are a few things I would like to accomplish. For starters, I would like to play my first show in the States and step into my comfort zone. Secondly, finish the rest of the projects I’m currently working on to have them out before the year ends. As well, start to meet more like minded individuals out of my local geographical area. The last few things would be to stay focused and have fun throughout this journey.
Stream his new tape NEVERLAND: 001A_0315 below and check out his soundcloud for more.
Supreme reveals a very 360 Fall/Winter 2015 collection.
Supreme‘s Fall/Winter 2015 is an extensive collection with plenty of mix garments paying homage to ’90s New York era with pretentious sportswear pieces and vintage faux fur. To keep the line-up still very reliable, Supreme also adds their branded sweaters, headwear and tees, with the iconic box logo sweater being reissued as a crewneck rather than a hoodie this time around.
That is not all Supreme offered as part of the seasonal collection, the desirable lifestyle accessories also have become a thing of the brand. This season included ski goggles, a Kryptonite bike lock, a crowbar, another crazy iPhone gadget, meditation balls, a pillow, and a pajama set. The brand’s staple pieces with Hanes are back, with boxers, tees and thermals. The accessories also include an air horn and a skate deck with E.T. on it, of course. Look for Supreme’s Fall/Winter 2015 collection to drop on August 22 at the brand’s NY, LA and London locations, while those of us in Japan can look forward to the first drop on August 22. Take a look in our gallery above.
OVO’s Roy Wood$ gives you EXIS.
In the midst of all the drama, OVO does not fail, adding more fuel to the game by dropping Roy Woods‘ debut project EXIS last night. Roy’s buzz has been climbing since he recently started making appearances on OVOSOUND‘s Beats 1 radio show.
Roy Wood$ showcases his strong vocals over modern soul-infused instrumentals as he paints vivid emotional pictures about the things surrounding his life. You get to see his sensitive side over tracks like ‘Go Go Go’ and ‘Drama’ (Featuring Drake) but then you get to see a different side of the 19-year old on songs like ‘Jealousy’ and ‘Unleashed’. The project is certainly promising and is well balanced as it highlights musical concepts Roy is capable of making. Take a listen below.
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Roy Wood$ is OVO’s Newest Member
19-year old Roy Wood$ has been going hard for a minute. After dropping ‘I Got’ last year all the way to the Michael Jackson inspired ‘All Of You’ earlier this year, he’s created a significant amount of buzz in Toronto and online. Recently, he’s had the internet on fire after dropping two songs on OVOSOUND Radio, one with the 6 God himself. Today OVO formally drops the official audio of the two bangers, “Get You Good” and “Drama” (featuring Drake) on their soundcloud leaving little doubt that he is the next OVO signee. Roy is gearing up to drop his debut EXIS on July 31st as confirmed by the OVO blog. For now, stream the official CDQ versions of the songs below.
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Adidas Originals & Pharrell Williams reveal Supershell “Sculpted” Collection.
After just revealing thier collaborated Supershell “Artwork” collection, Pharrell Williams and adidas Originals return for round two with “Sculpted” iterations of the sneakers. The collection consists of commissioned work by Todd James, British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, and Japanese contemporary artist Mr. who lend their respective artworks into specially-molded 3D Shelltoe designs. Pharrell also adds two of his own personal designs to the pack. The artsy kicks are offered in monochromatic black and white colorways. Like the previous Supershell pack, the “Sculpted” collection will be released on August 7. Take a look above.
In the upcoming Hitman: Agent 47 movie, it is all about the assassin with a shadowy past.
Genetically engineered agent with a barcode on his head is part of an international hitman operation called The Agency. Agent 47 is a stylish yet deadly elite agent capable of superhuman strength, speed and intelligence. A bona fide genetically-modified killing machine.
Being blessed with such power makes him a target for an organisation desperate to harness his genetic material. Who can then build an army of hyper-skilled killers. Agent 47 sets about trying to bring down a villainous geneticist at the faceless corporation before his cover is blown.
Starring Zachary Quinto, Ciarán Hinds, Hannah Ware and Thomas Kretschmann, Hitman: Agent 47 is set to hit theaters in the US on August 21 and on August 27 in the UK. Watch the trailer above.
Hit-Boy releases his lyric video for his upbeat summer hit ‘Stay Up’ featuring Cali natives Sage The Gemini and K. Roosevelt. When it comes to Hit Boy; he wears many hats and is known in the industry as one of this generation’s biggest producers. Hit-Boy has worked with music industry legends such as Jay-Z, Kanye West, Beyoncé and many more. CEO of the Hits Since ’87 (HS87) label, Hit Boy plans to go full speed into the artist side of his craft and plans to give his fans a project later this summer. For now, check out the lyric video above.
Supreme x Jordan Brand coming this fall/winter.
There were plenty of rumours going around that the two heavyweight brands will be coming together for an awesome new collection. Well, here it is, Supreme and Jordan Brand have confirmed that they will be releasing their joint Fall/Winter 2015 collection very soon. Everyone was waiting for a Air Jordan 1 SMU but it would seem that this long-awaited collaboration will be of the Air Jordan 5 instead. The details surrounding the collection are still very little. Word around town is that the line up will include 3 colorways. The “desert camo” edition seen above is supposedly one of the three colorways, alongside black and red pairs, all in limited numbers.
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Barneys New York has launched a new “BNY Sole Series” which is a special footwear project that will run throughout the Fall 2015 season. The project is set to feature exclusive styles from Barneys New York designers including adidas, Vans, Timberland, Converse, Filling Pieces, Diadora, Brooks and Common Projects. These various brands will be working closely with the Barneys New York merchant team in order to execute several purchase worthy sneakers. Each brand will be putting a fresh spin on one of their classic silhouettes. First up is an all black leather version of the adidas Stan Smith, mounted on a contrast white midsole and features the Barneys New York logo in gold on the tongue. The kicks are available now through select Barneys locations and online. As for the rest of the collaborative kicks, stay tuned.
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