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Dutch-based independent design duo Pinar & Viola (aka Pinar Demirdag and Viola Renateare) are the creative minds behind Ecstatic Surface Design, a conceptual, hyper-detailed take on visual aesthetics that pushes contemporary imagery to glittering, overloaded extremes. In this exclusive interview, the pair talk political sex scandals, the concept of beauty and why Michael Jackson is the perfect Pinar & Viola pin-up. Read the rest of this entry



We get an exclusive interview with the group who defaced a £50 million painting at the Tate Modern last week. A bold new artistic movement, or simply a publicity-seeking act of vandalism? We find out more.

Marcin Łodyga and Vladimir Umanets are the minds behind the emerging underground philosophy known as ‘Yellowism’. With a manifesto that states that Yellowism is ‘not art or anti-art’, the movement was relatively unknown until last week, when Vladimir was arrested for criminal damage, having defaced artist Mark Rothko’s famous mural Black on Maroon in the Tate Modern (pictured above, with Vladimir’s addition). Having (embarrassingly) hung the abstract expressionists’ work the wrong way round for years, you’d be forgiven for thinking the Tate Modern staff might be feeling somewhat cursed…

At the time of writing, Vladimir is still incarcerated, but we managed to track down co-founder Marcin to give us an exclusive interview on the stunt, as well as more on the pair’s decidedly unique ideas on art, exhibitions and the concept of reality. Read the rest of this entry


With their compelling live presence and irresistible, sun-soaked pop sound, LA’s coolest “three sisters and one mister” act is destined for big things – watch this space.

2012 has been a big year for Haim. Fresh from releasing their debut EP Forever, they’ve since toured to rapturous acclaim, receiving the same fever-pitch enthusiasm whether they’re playing SXSW or The Shacklewell Arms. Formed of sisters Este, Alana, Danielle and friend Dash, the sisters took time out of their recent hectic UK show schedule to talk about familial squabbles, drinking slurpees and meeting the A$AP crew. Read the rest of this entry


Since 2005, North London-based trio Belleruche have been getting toes tapping and hips shaking with their addictive, highly original electronic-soul sound – and now they’re back with their shiny new fourth album, Rollerchain. Guitarist Ricky Fabulous tells us more.

Rollerchain has just been released. What kind of lyrical and musical concepts were behind it?

It’s more experimental in sound than our previous albums. We would write parts then chop them on the computer, replay them through amps and them start chopping again. This fits with the lyrics, as they’re very much about personal feelings and experiences, and the music takes this kind of form – kind of like fragments of thoughts and ideas laid against each other to make sounds and lyrics. Read the rest of this entry