PABLO DYLAN / a pre-legendary tribute to trap punk, presents the early sounds of a young artist and scion of the historical BOB DYLAN. With vast inroads in the music industry and a preternatural sense of cultural movements, PABLO DYLAN’s rebellious spirit echoes with the dissidence of radical youth and anthems for a post-internet age. Working in punk trap, he channels the anti- establishment rhetoric within both genres to create something entirely unheard. A type of music that’s as revolutionary as his grandfather’s sound was to folk.
Pablo Dylan, better known as Pablo, is an American artist and producer whose work is fueled with the teenage angst and dissidence of a nineteen year old growing up in LA. Pablo was born with an ear for music and an innate understanding of the industry. Most recently, Pablo has been collaborating and producing with the likes of A$AP Rocky, OG Maco, and Rome Fortune who share similar views on culture and creativity. His personal work is lined with rebellion, experimentation, and radical self expression. There’s a meticulous attention to detail in his production, which he says stems from intention and planning. I caught up with Pablo last week for a studio visit and interview at his home in Laurel Canyon. We spoke about the creative process and collaborations, alongside the art and fashion that inspires him. Although he’s been making music for years, Pablo is at the very beginning of his career and I am excited to see his creative evolution and the many shapes it will take.
Pablo is releasing his solo Darkwood EP this week and hosting a private listening party on Tuesday July 14, 2015 at On the Rox from 9pm-11pm. If you are interested in attending, please reach out to me for password and guest list (firstname.lastname@example.org).
How was your day?
Legendary. They just get a little bit more legendary every day!
Tell me about your upcoming Darkwood EP release and the personal significance it has to you?
This whole project was about making something that took the feeling of being young in America. My generation is very misrepresented. Everybody says, “Oh, we’re so stupid - you’re on our phones all day!” Well what if I feel like that makes me smart; who are you to tell me it doesn’t?… The whole project kind of stemmed from a place of anger - turn on the news a person gets shot by a cop every day. Every time I try and speak my mind, people tell me I can’t because I’m nineteen. This is the way life is and I feel like it’s not being exposed. I felt so strongly about what I was trying to say, so I wanted to take time away and really make something that says exactly what I want to say.
Would you say this can be that be attributed to the final years of teenage angst and the sort of punk rock mentality many of us have grown up with?
Yeah, definitely. At nineteen, I’m lucky enough to know what I want to do for the rest of my life. I see all my friends struggling with this weird point in time where we aren’t kids anymore, and we’re expected to really do stuff.
How long have you been making music?
My whole life. Professionally? I’ll never feel like it’s “professional” even if I had a hundred hits; I’d just feel like some guy trying to represent the way I feel the world should be seen. But I’ve been playing music seriously since I was about fifteen or sixteen.
You’ve been working with some pretty major artists. What’s that process been like and what have been some of the most rewarding experiences with those collaborations?
Working with OG Maco has been the most rewarding experience as a producer. We have a really great relationship. We trust each other so much. He never really has to tell me what he wants and vice-versa. When Maco recorded Vanity, we got to the studio and he started recording the lines, “I got hate in me” - it was crazy. When he finished recording he like passed out on the couch; I literally thought he was going to die it was so crazy.
What is it about hip-hop that draws you to use it as your creative outlet?
I don’t really feel like I’m “hip-hop”. I’m definitely not a rapper, and would never claim to be a rapper, which is a huge misconception. But what is cool about hip-hop is how open it is to possibilities. All the kids coming up right now are making such amazing stuff, and I think it’s because we’re the first generation with the internet. We could listen to whatever we wanted to. We’re no longer just influenced by what’s happening regionally.
What name would you give the genre of music you produce?
What besides music inspires you?
Fashion. For sure. Margiela, Margiela, Margiela.
Growing up in a family where creativity and entrepreneurship seem to go hand in hand, Pablo is inspired by his dad's collection of fashion photography books and the complexities of being a kid. Like the deconstructed, raw designs of Martin Margiela, "I’m not a perfect person or who people consider me to be. I’m very flawed. I’m just trying to create and share my view of the world.” The Darkwood EP presents Pablo’s view of the world through the unexpected sounds that resonates with what Davie Bowie once described as “a voice like sand and glue.”
Natology is proud to present the newest members of fam! Blending the rhythms of Chicago and Detroit house music with soulful melodies of the 80s and 90s, PROST is the sound of next-wave fashion and art. Produced by the prestigious Jean-Marc Virard (JMV) founder of Le Branché Records, PROST effortlessly infuses hints of New Wave, Soul, House and Techno with an elegant rawness and hypnotic performance.
The duo JMV and DVN met while working on a collective music effort called Co-OP. While writing and recording together they discovered they had similar industry experience and shared a musical vision for the future.
DVN signed and worked with the legendary Trackmaster and lent her voice to studio and live performances for artist such as Beyonce and Robin Thicke. JMV is also the founder and creative director of French record label Le Branché and the high-end eyewear brand Rigards. He has collaborated with avant-garde fashion house Thamanyah and designed for the prominent Rick Owens. He’s performed and DJ’d worldwide for fashion houses like Dior Homme, Comme des Garçons, and Julius, and Stussy. His former band DE SIGNER worked with Jamie Jones and his iconic label Hot Creations. JMV also produced Lady Gaga’s “Fame” eau de parfum soundtrack campaign.
PROST is a Los Angeles-based band set to make their debut in Miami the weekend of March 21st, 2015. The band is available for performance and DJ bookings March 22nd- 24th. This is the first time their sound will be available to the public in lieu of releasing their much anticipated first EP on March 31, 2015.
Serbian-born and LA-grown Masha is a mover of underground sound. From producing some of the city’s most recognized electronic music events with MFG Productions to music curating, Masha has stepped into her own and is bringing her touch to the turntables. An electronic digger of disco and house music, Masha recently created a mix for Natology called Never Grow Old.
Never Grow Old captures the carefree feeling of a hot summer night. The mix spans through time journeying from disco to house. It begins with Goody Goody’s 1978 It Looks Like Love, and ends with Tom Trago’s contemporary sampling of the classic tune. In between, the disco ball’s glow fades behind the bright lights of the laser beams. The pace intensifies, the volume increases and the plot thickens. We find ourselves in a 90s soulful house paradise.
Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles’ prominent art neighborhoods is Michelle Papillion’s new contemporary art space in Leimert Park. Located in East Crenshaw, Papillion is the first on a block that vibes in a similar frequency to the precursors of the Harlem Renaissance. Michelle Papillion is not shy of referencing it and it is her intuition that has made her a pioneer. Amongst her artists is Lakwena Maciver, a London-based emerging painter who makes graphic work with colorful expressions.
Currently on solo exhibition at Papillion is Lakwena’s I Remember Paradise. An evolutionary body of work developed from the artist's piece in Women on the Walls, curated by Jeffrey Deitch for the Wynwood Walls in December 2013. The new work presents a survey on ephemeral nostalgia and the artifacts we leave behind. Amongst the works are poetic phrases such as “Built to Last” and “Just Passing Through.” Behind each painting is the echo of collaboration between Lakwena and her sister, a classically trained composer and poet who helped shape the lyrics to each piece. The paintings feel like songs, each made from bright colors and graphic designs that mirror a dreamer’s optimism juxtapose the melancholic undertone of insecurities within the subconscious mind.
Natology muse Ryan Heffington has been crowned Tour Director for FKA Twigs. Heffington said it best in this beautiful post. Congratulations darling and here's to a lifetime of successes and brilliance. Thank you for sharing your magic with the world, you're a true source of inspiration that makes this a more charming place.
Natology is proud to share Jos McKain's latest work for White Arrows' Nobody Really Cares. As the main character in the video, McKain presents a chilling performance and choreographed piece that exemplifies an outsider perspective within the social world. Acting and performance are one in the same, as an artist McKain brings stories into reality and this particular video shares just that. Congratulations to White Arrows and Jos McKain for this beautiful collaboration. It's stirred some discomfort amongst critics and praise amongst the avant-garde. Click here to read Noisey's full review. Thanks for the love!
Jacques Smith is an international curator of happenings and fabricator of wearable art, facilitating unique fashion experiences in major cities all around the world.
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The Jacquette is both fashion object, manifested in the form of a jacket, as well as the muse that inspires it.
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On Tuesday December 16th, he will debut his 20-Piece avant-garde collection of custom embroidered, one-of-a-kind Jacquettes exclusive to HLNR just in time for the holiday season.
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Each unique piece is accompanied by a written story, which comes signed in a sealed envelope.
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Future Eyes presents 100 Futures with the beautiful Mecca Vazie Andrews.
Produced by Brent Paul Pearson, directed by John Michael Maroney with music by Tyler Thacker (featuring John Michael Maroney) and words by Mecca Vazie Andrews.