When first meeting the young, up and coming music producer, Dansonn, you wouldn’t automatically think, “hip hop producer.” Yet, Dansonn has continued to inspire and create unique, original beats that he pulls from his love of classic hip hop and (twist) classical music. Los Angeles native Dansonn grew up playing classical music and the cello. “I was classically trained in cello from the age of 7 and I stopped when I was 17 and that’s when I transitioned into music production.
Audio engineer, writer, producer, and music company CEO, Josh Stevens has set himself up to be a versatile player in the music industry. However, his dream of pursuing a career in music did not begin right away. “I actually wanted to be a history major, and then a history teacher,” Stevens said. “I had a fascination with how we came to be a civilization today and how we can grow from the past.” Through high school and even into college history remained a passion for him. Howe
TonyDark is a Houston-based hip-hop producer whose recently-released The Strange Sounds of Vincent Stevens Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 have been making waves on the Internet. I don’t casually compare beat-makers to the late J Dilla, but TonyDark’s old school, minimalist style evokes the reigning king of hip-hop production, whom Tony unsurprisingly cites as an influence (along with other masters MF Doom and Madlib). Tony tells me his Vol. 2, on which Dey Bishop raps, constitutes the “cr
It’s 2012 and my friends and I are at San Francisco’s DNA Lounge, amidst a cloud of marijuana smoke and over-privileged delinquent teenagers, hyped to see xxyyxx, whose About You video just hit the Internet by storm. But I hardly remember xxyyxx’s performance. Instead, I remember losing it to NanosauR’s fire remix of Broken Social Scene’s “Anthem’s for a Seventeen-Year-Old Girl,” a track that defined our angsty teenage years, a reference that was likely lost on 90% of the you
You could call Theophilus Martins a rapper, designer, model, producer and an artist, but the best way to describe him would be Renaissance Man. He's all in one and always with style. After photographing him for our most recent editorial spread, we quickly labeled Theo our current muse. We sat down with him recently in Los Angeles after a trip to London, to discuss, among other things, his music, style, and what's next. Labeling Men: During one of our first conversations, you
Friday nights in New York City are always a crapshoot, so when we ended up at a social gathering event at one of our favorite bars, it turned out it actually worked out. We met Harald Austad there, a Norwegian music producer with his own Brooklyn-based record label, Supervillain Records. We got the inside scoop on what it really takes to start a label, upcoming tracks from his current artists, and of course, his biggest fashion blunder. Labeling Men: How did the idea of Super