New York, New York. Whether or not we’ve actually set foot there, everybody has an archetypal image of ‘The Big Apple’ – be it a snow-shaker globe of towering skyscrapers and gridlocked yellow taxis, a blood-stained Patrick Bateman shopping in Bergdorf’s, or 40+ women sashaying down ‘sidewalks’ in haute couture. But New New York? What’s that?
‘New New York’ is SUPERSUPER!’s take on the collective spirit defining the most inspiring and creative innovative talent to have come out of the city over the last few years, leaving its star-spangled mark on every artistic field (from fashion to media to music). Names like stylist Jason Farrer, the TELFAR label, and newer entities like DIS magazine are part of an aesthetic community that is slowly but surely starting to grab the attention of the rest of the world, with their collective creative efforts distinguishing NYC’s first steps into the new cultural decade. Read the rest of this entry
NY-based singer/composer Fatima Al Qadiri is the talent behind Ayshay [meaning ‘whatever’ in Arabic], a project that reinterprets traditional Islamic chants to produce hypnotic sounds. Having just released her latest EP WARN-U, what’s next for the 2k11’s most intriguing experimental artist?
SS: Tell us about the inspiration behind your reinterpretations of Islam music culture. What is it about these kinds of sounds that appeals to you?
A: I had two deeply religious grandmothers, one Sunni and one Shi’ite, who both listened to their respective sectarian anthems. It’s very humbling music, as is the main goal of most religious music. But it also inspires fear – I was secretly terrified of those acapellas. The fear factor is what I channelled when I attempted to re-interpret the sound. It was a bad time in my life when I recorded those songs… thankfully, there was a happy ending. Read the rest of this entry