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Generations Of Culture

August 8th, 2016

On this episode, Jey Perie returns to the studio to share his story of the almost mythological streetwear designer Barnzley Armitage, who Jey had the pleasure of interviewing earlier this year for a special Culture Crush story. They discussed the '80's London club scene and how streetwear was organically grown out of a back and forth between kids trying to outdo each other in terms of being in the know. It wasn't fashion, it wasn't even a business, yet. With excerpts from the original interview, we talk about the way style evolved in the scene before there was the hyper communication we live with now. In fact, according to Barnzley, at the time, clubs were the internet.

All of this talk of generations reminds both Jey and me that we are from this generation in between, the one no-one really pays attention to, the "x generation." That allows us to speak to both as we try to make sense of the world and how so much has changed, in terms of relationships between music, fashion, media, and the world this new generation was left to make their mark in. 


Bantu Wax: Nowhere To Go But Grow

July 22nd, 2016

The Culture Crush’ Debra Scherer sat down with Yodit Eklund, founder of the African surf brand Bantu Wax to talk about her evolving company and African youth culture. Yodit, an Ethiopian native, eloquently shares her goal to create positive images of Africa through Bantu's own ethos and sense of community. She shows us that, contrary to popular belief, Africa is more than just a poverty-stricken continent filled with expensive safari opportunities; it is actually a dense hub of remix culture. Though many industry behemoths talk the talk of Made in Africa, Yodit's guiding force is basically, "if it can't be made in Africa, we don't make it."


Open Casting

June 1st, 2016

Join the Culture Crush for a discussion about photography and street casting with documentary photographer André D. Wagner and casting director David Milosevich just after they had finished a collaboration for issue six of our print magazine. Though they both hit the streets looking for that special someone, it would normally be something they did solo. For this special story, they went out as a duo all over New York City to see who they could find and shoot them on the spot. Now that's what we call real street style.



May 2nd, 2016

On this month’s episode we sat down with Michael Faso out in Los Angeles just as he was about to go and shoot his first Culture Crush feature story. Michael, a.k.a. @deconstrct grew up in the valley around ‘zines and early visual internet culture. We discuss his evolving interests in photography, graphics and media, the making of his own 'zine, and the way he and his friends respond to these industries from their unique point of view.


Britta Phillips: Luck or Magic?

February 25th, 2016

Britta Phillips is a vocalist, songwriter, and actress, best known for her role as the singing voice of Jem, the title character of the ‘80’s animated TV series Jem and the Holograms. She also starred in the girl band movie Satisfaction alongside Julia Roberts and Justine Bateman and is the bass player in ‘90’s indie pop band Luna. In 2007, she married Luna and Galaxie 500 frontman Dean Wareham.  They have performed together as the duo Dean & Britta since 2003, and have jointly composed film scores for Mistress America and The Squid and the Whale.  In addition, they wrote 13 Most Beautiful...Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests, a series of scores that correspond to a selection of Warhol’s screen tests. In tis episode, we talk to Britta about making her upcoming solo album, how she rescued her waning passion for music, and what makes for a good cover song.  She also shares her thoughts on the joys of performing live, and dispels the current societal panic about a supposed dearth of exciting new music.


It’s Totally Tierney

February 12th, 2016

Tierney Finster is a writer, editor, and actor who prefers to unify her variety of creative talents and projects under the title ‘storyteller.’ We spoke to Tierney about growing up in Los Angeles, her obsession with video girls, and her undying love for Britney Spears.  

She muses on the importance of mixing analog journalism and social media, and touches on the underrated power of niche followings.  Her insights into today’s corporate-driven media culture ultimately reveal how the relationship between popular musicians and fashion has undergone a dramatic evolution.

New York, Just Like I Pictured It.

October 3rd, 2015

On this week's episode, documentary photographer Andre D. Wagner pays a visit to The Culture Crush studio just as we are finishing the Gotham City issue of the magazine. For this special issue, we focused on New York City, and Andre took to the streets during the summer months to create a portfolio of images just for us. 

We discuss his arrival in the city and first experiences with the overwhelming qualities of scale and diversity inherent in taking your Leica and pointing it just about anywhere here. Bringing up the inevitable juxtapositions of race, class and all of the other subjects not meant for polite conversation, we go deep into the process of photographing the comic book of society we are experiencing every surreal day here in Gotham.


Too Big Not To Fail? Talking All Things Retail With Robin Lewis

September 8th, 2015

Robin Lewis is the co-author of The New Rules of Retail and editor-in-chief of The Robin Report. He stops by our Flatiron studio in New York City to talk about everything that's wrong with the direction of the very complicated and broken system that serves as the middle man between the fashion industry and the consumer.

With his 40 plus years on the business side of fashion, unique insight and scathing humor, we discuss much more than just how the industry has evolved, but more importantly, how the consumer has evolved, the blind spot in many retail strategies faltering today. In other words, growth, which has always been the retail endgame, is now sinking a lot of ships.


The World of How and Nosm

June 18th, 2015

While working on the Creative Class issue of The Culture Crush magazine, we sit down with artists How and Nosm out at their Long Island City studio to talk about their careers. From their beginnings as graffiti artists in Europe, to their arrival in New York City, and eventual breakout into the world of fine art, their work touches so many communities.

Listen in as we talk about our work in progress documenting different aspects of their world, as well as some of their upcoming projects and the characters we encounter along the way. Just don't call it street art.


Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips Talk Luna Reunion

April 9th, 2015

On this week's episode, Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips invite Debra to their Hollywood bungalow just as they are getting ready to kick off a special, limited engagement Luna reunion tour. Debra has worked with Dean and Britta many times, documenting their rehearsals and live performances over the past couple of years, and the videos are fun sort of patchworks that capture the vibe in that Culture Crush way.

It's been ten years since the members of Luna parted ways, and a good twenty years since they recorded their first record. Its incredible how they always manage to somehow sit high above the trap that is nostalgia with their ageless sound. Listen in while Dean and Britta discuss all things Luna and how it feels to have the band back together.