Blake Farber interview; Filmmaker, Director, Guitarist of Olde York

Blake Farber is a filmmaker/director from New York City. He does music videos and commercials / short films all over the world. He also plays guitar in New York Hardcore band Olde York. He had a busy few years directing videos and releasing albums with Olde York, so we figured it was time to catch up with him and see what’s what…

– When was the first time you picked up a camera and realised “this is what I wanna do for a living”?
[two_third]Blake Farber: It’s not that I’ve picked up a camera, I was born with a camera in my hand! Both my mom and dad are photographers… So it came natural to follow in their footsteps. Taking a visual thing like photography and add motion to it… On my moms side of the family they’re all musicians, my Uncle who played bass in many surf bands (including Jan and Dean, the reunited Beach Boys tours, and various other classic rock bands). … Read More

Joker Brand Europe; interview with Timo Kraus

In 1995 Estevan Oriol (then known as DJ Scandalous) and B-Real from Cypress Hill sat down with their Soul Assassins brother Mr. Cartoon to discuss a new venture. At the time, Mr. Cartoon was struggling to balance his time between the development of his artistic vision, unique tattooing style and the expansion of his fledgling clothing line, Joker Brand Clothing. It is there that the story of Joker Brand Clothing begins.

Joker Brand is internationally recognized as one of the most authentic and original urban/street wear clothing lines in the world. As a company, Joker Brand resisted the flossy trends of the late nineties, maintaining its connections to the street community.

The European division of Joker Brand has been going strong for years as well, so we thought it was time to do a quick Q & A with Joker Brand Europe head honcho Timo Kraus. Check it out:

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MACHINE HEAD Bassist Opens Up In Revealing New Interview

Holland’s FaceCulture recently conducted an interview with bassist Adam Duce of San Francisco Bay Area metallers MACHINE HEAD. You can now watch the chat in five parts below. A few excerpts follow.

On going to reform school during his teenage years:

Adam: “I didn’t like it. I wasn’t having fun. You know what?! I had some fun, but for the most part, it was people telling you what to do. I don’t like people telling me what to do. I never have. I don’t like it now. [laughs] But sometimes that’s just what you’ve gotta deal with. I found out from the second reform school I was in that they will try and break you, they will try and make you think what they want you to. And you have an inherent truth inside of you — inside of everybody — that’s there. What the truth is for you is up to you — what you accept. I knew my truth and I knew that if I held on to it, I would get through all this shit and come out on the other side. And that’s what I did — I fucking just made sure that I didn’t fucking lose what what was right to me. And I came through it basically untouched — a little bit hardened by the way that you had to live in there, but…”

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Touch The Icon / OG SickFlicks – Artist Profile

Touch The Icon Bio: At a very early age Los Angeles native Touch became the self appointed photographer in his neighborhood. Using only disposable cameras at the time, “It’s the only thing we could afford and they were also easy to steal” says Touch, he photographed every backyard bbq, house party, and even began making his homeboys pose for photographs. The Gang culture was a part of his every day life and this was clearly depicted in all of his photographs.

Seeking to advance his knowledge of photography Touch attended a local junior College where his professor quickly to a liking to his work. Every assignment was saturated with Fellow Gang Members and Street Culture, his work was raw and shocking to the entire class. After learning basic techniques and photography principles on a rental camera Touch dropped out of school and returned to the Streets. With a new understanding of his hobby Touch began setting up photo shoots with his homeboys/homegirls and photographed every car show and local hip hop event.

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