Santi isn’t afraid of his feelings. He’s most comfortable making music from well within his head, in fact. When the Nigeria-based artist writes, he volleys between memories and moments past, readily name checking love, death and teenage heroes as inspiration when we chat about his genre-defying music over the phone. On his debut album Mandy & the Jungle, however, he’s not putting his own emotions front and centre. “I want you to feel,” he insists instead.
As a young American living in Berlin, planning for the future is an exercise in optimism. My first visa was rejected three weeks after my 20th birthday; years later, valid visa in tow, I was rejected a second time while applying to renew it.
Taylor Swift is no stranger to sharing the spotlight – while on her 1989 tour in 2015, she welcomed so many women onto the stage that it became a meme.
The video for her latest single “You Need To Calm Down” is cut from the same cloth. Released yesterday, it features cameos from a star-studded call sheet that includes an impressive list of gay, transgender, and queer celebrities including Laverne Cox, the “fab five” from Queer Eye, actor Billy Porter, Olympic medalist Adam Rippon, a handful o...
At the Venice Biennale, which opened to much fanfare earlier this month, there is a big, bad boat. A boat in Venice is to be expected at the very least—and especially so at the Arsenale, the sprawling complex of former shipyards famously cited for its grandeur and scale in Dante’s Inferno that once armed the Venetian Republic, before the Industrial Revolution normalized mass production.
On Anger Management, Maryland’s Rico Nasty leans into her throaty rasp, riding long-time collaborator Kenny Beats’ productions defiantly. The project brings the promised heat of anger: It opens with the 21-year-old roaring wordless ad libs behind her spitfire flow. But it’s the “management” part of the title that really comes through—Rico Nasty is a powerhouse, of course, but she’s a professional first and foremost.
The year is 2018 and there have never been so many ways to be alone. Some feel that loneliness is like a dense forest: impenetrable. Some feel that loneliness is like a wave, all-consuming as it pulls you under then churns you out. For others, though, loneliness is a hunger with no appetite, or a forgotten phrase in your native language—it’s borne from the knowledge that something is missing, and it’s a dull ache that lingers in the background. It’s a bruise that won’t fade. We cut our hair and change our sheets, but this kind of loneliness is as persistent as it is uninvited.
Just the mention of Berghain bouncer Sven Marquardt's name is enough to make clubbers' palms sweaty, but another famous Berlin doorman, Smiley Baldwin, made his name by leading with love.
“I’ve been busy on Twitter arguing with people because everybody knows that’s what I do. I go out for people disrespecting me,” Brittnee Moore tells me over the phone.
It’s late afternoon in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where the rapper, better known as BbyMutha, has just woken up with a story to tell.
Specifically, the story of how she parted ways with her soon-to-be former manager.
Over the last decade, we’ve seen the pop star grow into herself by refusing to grow up. “Now That I Found You” is the latest stage in the Benjamin Buttoning of Carly Rae Jepsen.
The early-00s were a wild time for reality television, an expansive genre of programming that taught children the flaws of capitalism and tried to make a case for competitive eugenics. For years, American Idol was at the helm of the siege on American television charts, achieving a six-year-long streak at the top of the Nielsen ratings that still remains undefeated. The show combined two of America’s favorite pastimes — music, of course, and elections — and platformed a bevy of soon-to-be star...
A queer club for hedonism unrestrained, Berghain is often described as either a church or a sea.The former is governed by the ritual; the latter is governed by the moon and the anonymity.
In this podcast, Peaches and Lotic meet for a candid conversation about opening for Björk, the different generations of Berlin’s queer scene and how they found a community in the city which is unlike any other. Lotic also discusses the foundations of their long-awaited debut album, Power.
Angel-Ho smells like Chanel No. 5.
“I’ve only gotten into it for the last year – I’d always been an Esteé Lauder bitch,” the young DJ and producer tells me over Skype in her rich, opulent purr. “It makes me feel like I’m smoking a cigarette in a ballroom. Like I’m wearing a glitter gown – with Chanel gloves – and I’m just puffing away on a nice cigarette, and I’m just watching the ball go on. I’m enjoying the classical music.”
Under the Radar is Highsnobiety’s celebration of upcoming talent. Each week, we’re spotlighting a rising artist who is bringing something new to the world of music and is capturing our hearts and minds (and ears). This week, we’re featuring Murkage Dave, an East London R&B musician inspired by UK Garage, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and his feelings.
“I asked you to leave me alone, now I’m lonely,” Murkage Dave croons over gentle synths and shuffling snaps in “You Always Ring Me When I’...