1. Your designs are so fresh and very fun. Who are your biggest inspirations when it comes to fashion?
To be honest I don’t think I am inspired by a person so much as colors and patterns themselves. I love wandering the streets and people watching. I gain inspiration from thrift shops and drag shows. When I see a textile design that I vibe with and I have this sensation of wanting to be surrounded by it, consumed by it: I turn that desire into reality by making it clothing! I think I romanticize very feminine 60s and 70s fashion a lot too though, I am definitely trying to bring that back.
2. It seems like you've found your stride in the indie fashion & clothing market. When did you realize that you wanted to start your own business?
I think [it was] when I realized that I could sew and turn my visions into reality. I taught myself to sew and while it was a bit of a frustrating process, it became rewarding quickly as I stuck with it and saw myself getting better and better. I have a background with sculpture and I think that helped me a lot to understand how to construct something just by looking at it. As I started to wear more of my own garments I would get lots of great feedback and it definitely encouraged me to start making things for other people. I do lots of markets around Melbourne now and it is so rewarding getting to present my work and chat with people about it. It is still so thrilling every time I make a sale!
3. It seems like Melbourne has always been a mecca for modern and international arts. What's the fashion scene there like these days?
Oh, Melbourne is such a wonderful place for fashion in the fact that it absorbs inspiration from all over. Australians have a bit of a crush on American pop culture and I love the way they interpret it into their own style. Melbourne is filled with so many cultures from all over as well and the beautiful clash of it coming together is very inspiring. It is the kind of city you can be confident in whatever way you want to present yourself, and that is so encouraging to creative individuals here. Like most cities trends spread really quickly and it’s quite funny to observe- I loved watching the growth of Kim Kardashian eyebrows being worn by the masses! So to sum it up it is a very accessible place for art and fashion, and it welcomes your input!
4. If you could time-travel to produce wardrobes for any of your favorite tv show characters from the 1980s or 90s, who would you style?
FRAN DRESCHER in the Nanny, no question. Or Kath and Kim from the early 2000’s would be a dream as well. The Australian one- I’ve heard the American re-make isn’t as good. I am thinking of being one or the other for Halloween this year (already been Fran haha).
5. What's next for PRINTS?
I am really focusing on custom orders right now. I really love the experience of bringing something together with an individual. The satisfaction we both receive from it is so rewarding and it is such a unique relationship- even if that is all we spend together. I want that to become more of a norm people can incorporate into their lives. My next big thing will be SUITS. I have been dreaming about it lots and the time is on the horizon. I have recently started a job in the corporate world and it might be surprising but it has inspired me lots. I am so fortunate to have found a place that still allows me to put my spin on “office couture” and I want to run with it. I think it’s a market not yet tapped into, and I’m bringing it on!
Thursday, January 03, 2019
Greetings, mes amies. Merci por la fun, feasts, freak-outs, considerations, compassions, and curiosities throughout the 2018 journey. I hope that more good things than crappy things happened to you and yours. I also hope that 2019 is full of more good things than crappy things overall. I am most excited about new projects involving: CASSETTES COLLABORATIONS and CAFFEINE Over the holydaze, there was much movie and tv watching, so I hope that over the next few months, my brain will be inspired to work out any abstract symbolism that may have been cross-wired. Thanks again for your support and optimism.
Wednesday, August 08, 2018
"Did you ever? Did you want to?" –– That Dog, 'Retreat From The Sun' (1997)
Sunday, April 08, 2018
REFLEXIONS is out today! It's been a blast to work on this album with such talented people and I look frwrd to many more collaborations in the future. \/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/ featuring sonic magic by: Felicia Douglass – vocals Loni Lewis aka DJ Lanatron – synthesizer Khari Lucas aka Contour – ambient synth / bass guitar loops Anjali Naik aka Diaspoura – vocals Camille Rhoden – synthesizer Donovan Taylor aka Don Crescendo – vocals Mel Willis aka DJ Mummbls – drum machine and album cover photography by Steffi Brink
Thursday, April 05, 2018
This photo was taken on the road with Grace Joyner (SXSW Tour, 2018), which was a blast.
Friday, December 08, 2017
Dear Experimental Music Supporter / Performance Art Patron,
THANK YOU for a great season of sharing your spaces, curious faces, engaging dialogue, and well wishes. The Fall season of the experimental music series that was Dojo Nowhere (2017) was a blast and a great learning experience as a whole. On behalf of the artists and new collaboration opportunities: thanks.
We look forward to sharing more sound discoveries with you as community members / contributors of culture. In one form or another there will be more. Until then – be well. Thanks for sharing, caring, and listening.
Tuesday, August 08, 2017
DOJO NOWHERE is happening.
We're kicking off a 6 week experimental music series in Charleston, SC on August 16th through October 25th. Each of the events will feature an interview with the artists, a performance of some kind, and an interactive element in the form of a workshop or group improvisation. Genres of influence and expertise include electroacoustic music, jazz, electronica, sound collage & design, musique concrete, sound healing and music for meditation. Not only am I excited to see and share what so many of the artists have to offer, I'm also really curious to experience the variety of sonic characteristics each of the spaces these concerts will be taking place. In case that information has been hard to find, those spaces are: Charleston City Gallery August 16th / 6-8p with sound works by: Marge Marshall, Sam Sfirri, and Michael Vick (with Geoffrey Cormier) Redux Contemporary Art Center August 23rd / 6-8p with sound works by: Marcus Amaker, Peter Coish, and Caroline Marcantoni St. Julian Devine Community Center September 13th / 7-9p with sound works by: Ben Jacobs, Donovan Taylor, and Levin Osterpeck September 27th / 7-9p with sound works by: Muhiyyidin D'baha, Loni Lewis, and Leah Suarez Redux Contemporary Art Center October 11th / 6-8p with sound works by: Celie Dailey, Brett Nash, and Dan Voss October 25th / 6-8p with sound works by: Lee Barbour, Khari Lucas, and Nic Jenkins Each of these events will be free and open to the public, but there will be a suggested donation to help appreciate/validate/compensate/congratulate the artists involved. We THANK YOU SO MUCH in advance for your generosity! Your ears will be pleased. If you are interested in volunteering or contributing at all to help make this a rad experience for all, email me at: paperjenkins at gmail dot com.
Thursday, June 01, 2017
Happy Spring, dear person.
We're currently in Fall programming mode with our gears set to assemble an experimental music series called "Dojo Nowhere". It will be the 3rd installment of the ongoing project, but the longest and most interactive of any of them. We're collaborating with a few special spaces around the Charleston peninsula, with a great guest list of performers who will be generous enough to share their new works, processes, as well as opportunities for sound art workshops. Stay tuned & thanks !
Thanks to Adam Parker for humoring me on some pop trivia and inside scoops. If you see him out and about, chat him up about the music scene, local or abroad. Keep up with his very relevant writer-ings over at the P and C. ... 1. What got you into writing about arts and culture? The retirement of a colleague; the burden of qualifying degrees; an infernal, inextinguishable interest in both arts and culture. I was already writing a lot about “culture” when I was responsible for the Faith & Values section over the course of five years or so. I wrote about everything and anything: religion, of course, but also, poverty and race relations, Borat and Harry Potter, fascinating people, hot-button issues and more. I also write a bunch of reviews and covered the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. I grew up playing music, then in high school started singing music, then decided I would major in music, then got a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in music. I also looked at a lot of art in museums and, in my 20s, began to dip my pen in the ink well. So when Thompson left The Post and Courier, I was the obvious go-to guy. 2. Are you more of a Jim Jarmusch fan or a Wes Anderson fan? Well. I’ve seen Jarmusch’s “Dead Man,” “Coffee and Cigarettes” and, I think, “Year of the Horse.” All good. On the Wes Anderson side of the equation, I’ve seen all seven of the features (and none of the shorts), so I guess that indicates a preference for Anderson’s brand of loopiness over Jarmusch’s. “Moonrise Kingdom” probably is my favorite. “Grand Budapest Hotel” and “The Fantastic Mr. Fox” come close. And “Rushmore.” “The Life Aquatic” was a bit of a mess, but how can you not love it? Both of these fellas seem to grapple with some big questions in quirky ways. Both have an explicit and appealing – if quite different – visual aesthetic. Both are auteurs in the true sense of the word. 3. Who are five writers (living or dead) that you'd enjoy having tea on a rooftop with? My answer might vary from day to day, of course. Depends on what I’m reading at any given moment, and on what I’m thinking and feeling and seeing and hearing. Gabriel Garcia Marquez comes quickly to mind. He’s dead, so he’d have to be propped up in his rooftop chair, but at least I’d get the last word in. His opening sentence of “One Hundred Years of Solitude” is my favorite opening sentence of all time: “Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.” Ta-Nehisi Coates is a current favorite. A true intellectual with a flexible mind and a determination to listen and learn and grow. Andy Partridge of the band XTC is a living writer – of music and lyrics. Does that count? Probably it’d be beer, not tea, that we’d sip on the rooftop. Conversation would broach such topics as songwriting, politics and religion (of course), Brexit, his song “Human Alchemy” in particular (and several other songs in particular), and whether or not he’d be willing to design a tattoo for me based on one of his nautical ditties. I doubt I’d get a word in edgewise. I have read none of Zadie Smith’s novels, not even “White Teeth” (though I do have “NW” on my book shelf, beckoning), but I have read her several first-person essays that have appeared in the New York Review of Books, and they are so fine, thoughtful, beautifully rendered, that I’ve decided I want to know more about her. Lastly, Dante. That he’s dead shouldn’t matter much, given his reputation. But I wouldn’t want to be confined to a rooftop. I’d want to stroll. 4. Assuming you had your wits and health about you, where/how would you like to spend your 80th birthday? Sailing. Anywhere pleasant and beautiful. Charleston Harbor would work. So would the Amalfi Coast. 5. What are three records that you could never ever live without? Here are three records I could never live without. Three of a thousand. XTC’s “Black Sea.” The fantastic songwriting and exuberant performances get the blood flowing. John Eliot Gardiner conducting Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (or the Mass in B Minor). Bach never sounded so good. “Parker’s Mood” by Roy Hargrove, Christian McBride and Stephen Scott – an album of Charlie Parker covers. A masterpiece of tight ensemble playing. Who needs drums?
[begin transmission] probably like the equivalent of eating a lot of cotton candy. you're really exciting and you tear into it and then later it eats you up inside. in a good way? [insert shruggie] like if your whole body was filling to the brim with [transmission interrupted] you know what I mean? just here for a good time.
2. Who is the character on the cover of the latest release’s album art?
[loading stock reply] it's you. or me? or. maybe it's [loading random name]. yeah! that damn [loading random name]. or probably it's anyone who anxiously looks over their shoulder at the shadow of a terrifying cat god waiting to know their fate. [insert emoji]
3. If you were on staff at NASA which office party would Autocorrect play?
we would probably play the gig where like, they are letting diane go but didn't tell her that until she showed up to the party. so everyone is dancing except diane who is just in the middle of the room glowering. that's our kind of party.
4. When is the best time to write rhymes?
rhyme time is like, the best time is right when you aren't gonna try at all. when you're at the edge of giving up forever and becoming full trash ~*a e s t h e t i c*~ but then ye olde brain box decided ok it's tricky to rock a rhyme that's right on time so just do it. what? [insert gif here]
5. If Charlie Rose were your tour manager, how _________ would he get on the road?
what is a charlie rose? is that like, a gender swap of charlie brown? [loading laugh track] charlie sounds cool. needs a constant supply of nickels though. [loading groan track] we have literally no idea what is going on right now and our pizza is finally here. [end transmission]
Wednesday, January 06, 2016
5 Questions for Michael Milam of Secret Guest
If you like fun music and witty lads, go and get an ear load of Charleston’s own Secret Guest: here. I personally think 'Joker City' is bananas. Treat yourself to a nice listen. Also: I suggest making a point to catch them if you can on their first northeast tour – this January. Thanks to Sir Milam for humoring me about his time-keeping role within the band among other things.
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Of all the modern drummers in the world, which would you trust the most to give you a haircut?
Honestly, and a few of my more high-falutin' drummer friends would take issue with this, but Travis. His own physical appearance and the band that made him famous notwithstanding, there's just something professionally perfect about him. He started playing with Blink-182 as an impromptu fill-in while they were touring with Aquabats and he was so on the ball that he just happened to turn them into one of the biggest bands on the planet for a minute there. When I was first playing the drums in the 10th grade, playing along to the CDs I owned was the bulk of my self-education, and I'd be lying if said there wasn't copious Blink in the mix. Those records don't have much to offer me past the age of 14, but just based on the drums I could probably still listen to them. Every stroke is impeccably selected for maximum impact. He was always done recording in a day or two, and those songs would be nothing without him. Honestly, I'll probably never understand how someone could be a drummer and not at least secretly love Travis Barker. In any case, if he could turn a pair of broey ding-dongs like Tom and Mark into rock superstars, I'm sure he could turn my noggin into something presentable.
Runner-up if I can't afford Travis: Matt Barrick from the Walkmen. Under-appreciated band with a seriously underrated drummer. And they always look sharp.
And since we're here and usually no one cares, my favorite drums are on 'Rid of Me' by PJ Harvey, 'Mare Vitalis' by Appleseed Cast, and everything Jeremiah Green ever played on.
During the recording process of Secret Guest’s ‘Joker City’, did Brett Nash (a fine drummer / frontman of Secret Guest) ever tell you that you weren’t allowed to play certain kinds of beats?
Actually, Brett seemed to like everything I came up with for the 'Joker City' songs and I don't remember him having to coach me too much. Those six songs were all fleshed out in the practice space from the basic progressions Brett brought in, and at the risk of sounding cliche, they came together pretty organically. Now that we've started learning song from the companion album, 'Goodnight Nothing' (which Brett performed mostly by himself), it's a different story. There's already a precedent for what those songs sound like, so I have more constraints. There's one song, for example (Drancy) where Brett said the drums and bass shouldn't change dynamics during the song. That's pretty much the polar opposite of everything else about Secret Guest, but it works for that one.
Also, I don't think I'm ever gonna be in a band where nobody tells me to relax and tone it down a little at some point. I'm a spaz. Which band could be a better opener for Secret Guest: Devo or Ween?
I mentioned this question to the band and everyone immediately said Devo, but I have mixed feelings. Partially it's a weird personal hang-up, because I've always felt like I'm supposed to be more into Devo than I am. (I just realized that this interview has already turned me into a pretty uncool dude: likes Travis, doesn't like Devo. But bear with me.) I picked up 'Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!' because I thought it was rad that they named their album after a part from one of my favorite books of all time, The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells. I fell asleep re-reading that book on a train through the jungle in Peru and had dreams about being pursued by strange beasts of prehistory and woke up with weird scratch marks. It's amazing. Devo, unfortunately, was not Moreau-y at all. More like The Island of Dr. Ramones. The rigidity of it, the canned drumming; it's more half-Xerox machine than half-hyena. I respect it, but it never struck a chord with me. Ween is comparable to Secret Guest in a really roundabout way, because we tend to have a lot of twists and turns in our set and you never really know exactly what you're gonna get when you come see us. Also, we get (half-jokingly) called a "jam band" a lot, and I always laugh but it's kind of true. We stretch a lot of our songs out, although I'd like to think it's more Built to Spill than The String-Cheese Incident. Brett and I used to sing that messed-up spinal meningitis song to each other a lot, too. You know, "It really hurts, mommy. Am I gonna die?" Under penalty of perjury, I'm going with Ween.
Are there any other extracurricular activities that help you make more sense of your current musical path?
I don't think I could relate drumming to any of my other artistic pursuits without making a pretty pretentious stretch. I'm working on a book as well, but if anything, drumming is a welcome break from having to put things into words and being in my head all the time. I don't think they have anything to do with each other. Sentences have a rhythm, too, though, maaan... no. Kill me. Really, having a steady drumming gig has inspired me more in general health and self-care ways. It can be a pretty arduous physical task, so I've started running more and trying to eat healthier and not drink so much booze. It's nice to have reasons for self-improvement that go beyond just doing it for its own sake. If I hit the gym and don't smoke cigarettes, I play better. So really, exercise, diet, and temperance are my extra-curricular activities with regard to Secret Guest.
What’s on the horizon for Secret Guest?
Whatever Brett wants! He's spent a lot of time as a role-player in bands where other people were the band leaders. He's great at that and we'd never want him to stop, but from the get-go we decided this project was going to be his baby. We make an active effort to let him make all the decisions, and it's worked out so far. We're going on our first tour at the end of this month (January), which is really exciting for me because it's something I've never had the chance to do. That said, we're touring the northeast in late January, so we will probably all die of frostbite. So yeah, whatever Brett wants and frostbite. Also, we're making a music video and maybe a live album? All the Guestheads will just have to wait and see.