“Is it possible to beatbox perfectly, without a single mistake? YES! There’s a beat that’s SO DAMN HARD that i thought it would be literally impossible to get every sound clean, the rhythm in the pocket, the pitches on point, etc. I’ve been working on it since May, and today, with repetitions after repetitions, I FINALLY got it PERFECTLY for the first time!!”

Beyond exciting news! Our very own Beat Rhino, this amazing vocal percussionist from California, just won

The AMERICAN BEATBOX CHAMPIONSHIP 2013!
After charging into the finals and battling the best beatboxers in NY from all around the U.S, he has been crowned the King of Beatboxing.

CHECK OUT HIS AWESOME SEMIFINAL ROUND HERE!

 FOR FINALS ROUND STAY TUNED!

And to find out a little bit about the man behind the beats check out this Q&A

May I Present.. BEAT RHINO!!!

If you want to hear him live here are some upcoming events:

8/9~8/13 jamming with frisco in socal
8/17 house battle in LA
9/7 midwest battle qualifier ventrilo battle
9/24 UCLA SCA showcase

CONGRATULATIONS BEAT RHINO!

To the perseverent goes the crown!  Here’s to you and to your cup, may it always runneth over!

Behind every great wo/man is the motto:

THE BEST IS YET TO COME BEAT RHINO!

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May I Present…Beat Rhino

February 9, 2013

The boom, bass and beat behind music exists in the soul of Beat Rhino.

Ladies and gentlemen, may, I present one of the best beatboxers in the country, born in South Korea, and raised in the United States from age ten and on, Moonsoo Jo, has established himself in the world of beatboxing as a genius sound engineer.  In 2007, after hearing a friend, Airickq beatbox, Beat Rhino was hooked. He created a music crew with whom he performs alongside, called Lafia Crew in 2008. With the most malleable vocal cords, Beat Rhino is able to mimic and create symphonic beats that sound like they’re coming straight out of the instrument themselves.

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A sophomore at UCLA, Beat Rhino is a Mechanical Engineer, who spends his time outside the classroom, if not on stage performing, then perfecting and practicing to create spellbinding beats throughout the campus. Matter of fact, when I met him, he was near the UCLA track bleachers engineering the most wicked vocal beats.

This past January, he won the Wildcard Contest for the Grand Beatbox Battle  2013 which will be held in Basel, Switzerland. He will be the first  to represent the USA in the event’s history.

 

 (BScene Grand Beatbox Battle Badges)

So, without further ado may I present,

the U.S representative and

one of the best vocal percussionist in the business

Beat Rhino

(2013 with a performance at Beacher’s Madhouse, Los Angeles)
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Name and  where were you born?

Moonsoo Jo aka Beat Rhino. Daegu, South Korea

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College and major?

UCLA, mechanical engineering

What do you want to do for a living for the rest of your life?

music / creative field

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Describe your personality in five words.

watery, vast, optimistic, fun loving, hungry

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Fan made Beat Rhino Cake:

Photo: Greetings, Beat Rhino!

When you were a little what did you want to be?

the most average person in the world

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What are your 3 favorite virtues?

wisdom, kindness and time keeping (i don’t necessarily own these)

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What qualities do you look for in a friend?

i don’t like to think about finding qualities in a friend. there must have been a connection of some sort

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For what fault do you have most toleration?

i don’t see things as faults, but just characteristics (at least in my mind). I try to see it as what it is, leaving it at a neutral level, not classifying it as a fault or advantage.

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What is the inspiration behind your beat boxing?

The fact that it has no limits, and my being able to do it anywhere at any given time

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When did you begin beat boxing and why?

In freshman year of high school, 2007 because my friends did it.

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What do you find empowering or moving behind beat boxing?

it can literally move me. “if you can genuinely move yourself with your own beatboxing, you can move other people.” – reeps one. you can make other people dance without any equipment.
its sounds are inevitably more human compared to electronic music, even for a super clean beatboxer. beatboxing feels alive.

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Entry  audition for the Grand Beatbox Battle 2013,

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What is your most and least favorite  food?

kimchi / polenta

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What is your most treasured possession?

metronome

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What are your favorite places to rehearse?

the stadium, gyms

What is your idea of happiness?

your legs and feet: it’s a mode of transportation, and you already own it (unless your legs are disabled; then your hands)

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What is your idea of misery?

a ferrari TR: also a mode of transportation, but (should be) driven by few people. it looks awesome, and appeals to other people, but does the car really have any meaning?

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If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be?

that i try harder in life

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What is your artistic process to learning how to imitate certain sounds?

try to get the exact mechanisms of how that sound works, like do i need to use more tongue or lips?

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What’s was one of the top two most enjoyable moments as a beat boxer so far?

when professional beatboxers commented on my video

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What is your next event / what is your schedule of performances and where?

Kenya Sing @ UCI, Feb. 27th
Break LA @ UCLA, Apr. 26th

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What is your ultimate goal with beat boxing, on a material level (awards and shows ) and on a personal fulfillment level?

1. collaborate with artists that i respect, and gain respect as a musician from both those artists and general public
2. make people smile 🙂

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What has been your most recent muse?

clams casino / living a healthy life

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My favorite past times are

1. youtube videos 2. korean tv programs 3. dreaming

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Favorite Sound:

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Favorite thing in nature:

sloth

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One of your favorite movies:

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One of your favorite artist/ photographers?

mark landis

One of your favorite musicians:

kendrick lamar

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Favorite place or music that inspires you:

the space in front of Coach John Wooden’s statue at UCLA

Favorite smell:

  fresh air

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What would you advice to others about pursuing their dreams  and learning to get good at something they are may be weak in?

spend time with concentration

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Whose your role model?

eminem

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Favorite Motto?

“if you can genuinely move yourself with your own beatboxing, you can move other people.” – reeps one

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Can’t get enough: Beat Rhino’s Sound Cloud, Beat Rhino Facebook, Youtube Beat Rhino , Swis Beat Competion 

Thank you Beat Rhino for the Interview & good luck in Switzerland beatboxing your way to number one.

May I Present…King Charles

January 30, 2013

“NEVER RUN AWAY FROM YOUR CHILDHOOD IMAGINATION. JUST BECOME MORE EDUCATED WITH IT. IF YOU FIND YOUR GIFT, DON’T BE SCARED TO PURSUE THE POSSIBILITIES. THIS WORLD IS NOT ABOUT TREND & ISOLATION. ITS ABOUT CREATIVITY AND DISCOVERY.”

– King Charles

Ladies and gentlemen, may I present one of the most passionate and revered dancers/ choreographers today.  He has toured as one of Madonnas dancers on her “Sticky & Sweet” World Tour 2008-2009 and his extraordinary musicianship has made him a highly sought out and top choreographer and performer in the world of dance. He is also the founder and leader of local battle clique, Creation (since 2001), All Star Champions of BET’s “Wildin’ Out Wednesdays.” He is also the Artistic Director to The FootworKINGz (FWK), an all-star ensemble featuring Chicago’s top foot-workers.

Foot-working is all about the lower half of your body being stimulated into electrifying movements that work in catching every beat of music.

Founded by Leida “Lady Sol” Villegas in 2007, the professional dance ensemble out of Chicago, FWK has helped in making foot-working famous. Described by the Chicago Tribune as “part tap, African tribal, and breaking,” King Charles explains FWK saying, “This style has been around for over twenty years and we want it to be exposed in the mainstream and all over the world.”

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 Just as music flowed through the veins of Mozart, it beats in the heart of King Charles, a consummate master of movement and a     galvanizing interpreter of rhythm.

So, without further ado may I present,  a man who no beat escapes the cadence of his feet, Dancer & Choreographer,

King Charles

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When you were a little what did you want to be?

A RAPPER. THEN, THAT EVOLVED TO A MUSICAL ENTERTAINER.

Do you have a song or musician that moves you to dance the most?

NOT REALLY. I HAVE A LOVE FOR SO MUCH MUSIC THAT ITS HARD TO CHOOSE JUST ONE.

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What spice does FWK offer to the world of Dance?

FWK OFFERS A NEW UNDERSTANDING OF LOWER BODY COMBINATIONS (RHYTHMICALLY), A NEW UNDERSTANDING OF CULTURE, AND A NEW OPEN DOOR OF FRESH AIR FOR THOSE DANCERS THAT FEEL BORED AND TRAPPED IN A BOX OF REPETITION.

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What was your driving force behind you founding Battle Clique Creation?

BEFORE I HAD MY OWN CREW, I WAS A MEMBER OF SEVERAL OTHER GROUPS. I LEARNED THE ROPES VERY FAST WITH A HUMBLE ATTITUDE AND AT A YOUNG AGE, I ALREADY HAD THIS FEELING THAT I WOULD DO MORE JUSTICE TO MY COMMUNITY IF I WAS LEADING MY OWN CLIQUE. SO I DID. IT WAS HARD FOR A WHILE IN EVERY WAY BUT, I WAS BLESSED WITH AN ABUNDANCE OF WILL POWER TO KEEP MOVING FORWARD.

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The video “happy feet’is phenomenal! What inspired the dance moves?

 

Did you put the music on and dance first yourself, do you sit and visualize it first, what’s your process?  WELL, THE MUSIC VIDEO “HAPPY” BY C2C WAS A MAJOR SUCCESS FOR THE WHOLE TEAM. ESPECIALLY THE DIRECTOR “WENDY MORGAN” & PRODUCER “JANNIE MCINNES”. THE MOVES CAME NATURALLY WHEN I WAS ON SET BECAUSE OF THE ENERGY AND PEOPLE WATCHING. THAT’S USUALLY WHAT GUIDES ME TO A PARTICULAR CHOICE OF MOVES FOR THAT MOMENT.

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What’s was one of the top two most enjoyable times you’ve had in your life as  a dancer?

WOW! “TIME” IS A BIG WORD. UM………… ENTERING ONE OF EUROPE’S BIGGEST STREET DANCE BATTLES IN FRANCE CALLED “JUSTE DEBOUT” 4 YEARS STRAIGHT WITH MY PARTNER “PRINCE JARON”. ITS A 20,000 SEATER PACKED OUT ARENA WITH NOTHING BUT DANCE LOVERS WATCHING ONE PERSON AT A TIME GET DOWN ON THE DANCE FLOOR. (i was the poster child for 2010 Juste Debout and we almost won the whole house dance category part of Juste Debout in 2011) THE OTHER BIG MOMENT HAS TO BE TOURING WITH “MADONNA” FOR ALMOST 2 YEARS WITH PRINCE JARON. IT CHANGED MY LIFE.

 What’s the latest project you are working on?

WELL, I JUST FINISHED A PROJECT WITH “PUMA” THAT WILL BE OUT SOON. BUT, I GUESS YOU CAN SAY THAT IM ALWAYS ON THE MOVE, STICKING MY FOOT IN THE DOORS OF MANY OPPORTUNITIES. LOL

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 What do you think of the state of music and dance today vs  the past ? ( Is it more appreciated or unappreciated. more or less innovative?)

ITS SAD TO SAY BUT, THERE’S LESS GOOD MUSIC IN THIS GENERATION & AND LESS PEOPLE THAT CARE ABOUT THE DETAILS. I WAS BORN IN 86 SO, I GREW UP APPRECIATING THE 90’s MUSIC. PLUS, MY FATHER (Charles Parks the 3rd) IS A JAZZ/FUNK MUSICIAN. SO, I WAS FORCED TO HAVE A GOOD EAR FOR WHATS GOING ON IN A TRACK AND A KNOWLEDGE FOR THE HISTORY. A LOT OF ARTIST ARE TREND FOLLOWERS, NOT TREND SETTERS, & SINCE THE TREND NOW-A-DAYS IS SIMPLE & SOULLESS, 90% OF THE AMERICAN MUSIC INDUSTRY FOLLOWS THAT. BUT I CAN GO ON AND ON ABOUT THAT TOPIC……NEXT QUESTION.

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Do you enjoy choreographing as much as dancing or one more than the other?

I ENJOY EVERYTHING THAT DANCE HAS TO OFFER. FROM LEARNING NEW THINGS TO FREESTYLES TO TEACHING, PERFORMING & CHOREOGRAPHING. ITS ALL A PIECE OF THE DANCE PUZZLE. I BELIEVE THAT EVERY DANCER SHOULD TRY IT ALL. TO FEEL THE FULL BLESSING OF DANCE. (But, in a orderly fashion.)

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When did you realize/feel, “you made it”?

WITH MADONNA….. THE FIRST OVERSEAS COUNTRY I WENT TO WAS, PARIS. I CRIED LIKE A BABY! HAHA! I WALKED AROUND OLD DOWNTOWN PARIS LISTENING TO LENNY KRAVITZ “FLY AWAY” ON REPEAT. THEN THE NEXT NIGHT, MADONNA  MADE US GO OUT TO ONE OF HER FRIENDS HOUSES AND IT ENDED UP BEING LENNY KRAVITZ HOME!!!! I DONT BELIEVE IN COINCIDENCE SO, THAT’S WHEN I KNEW I MADE IT TO HIGHER STAGE IN MY LIFE.

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What has been your most recent muse?

HMMM….. LOOKING BACK AT 11 YRS OF HARD WORK & KNOWING THAT I HAVE   A LOT MORE WORK TO DO. BUT, IM ALWAYS UP FOR THE ADVENTURE.

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Could you describe what it was like touring w/ Madonna? Did it hit you as surreal once you hit the stage and saw the crowd?

IT WAS ALWAYS A RUSH! 100,000 FANS SCREAMING, CRYING, WAVING. SOME FANS WERE SO FAR AWAY THAT, WHEN THEY CLAPPED HANDS, IT WAS ALWAYS OFF BEAT BECAUSE IT TOOK A EXTRA SECOND FOR THE SOUND TO GET TO THEM. IT WAS REAL EMOTIONAL ROLLER COASTER.

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My favorite past times are :

1.GOING TO JERUSALEM  2. LEARNING DIFFERENT LANGUAGES-  3.SHOWING MY FELLOW DANCER ON THE TOUR, THAT IF THEY NEEDED ME, I WAS THERE.

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Favorite word:

CRAZY

Favorite thing in nature:

ANIMALS

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One of your favorite movies:

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THE MATRIX 1,2 & 3 & SOUL POWER

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One of your favorite Modern Dance films:

TAKE FLIGHT (by the FootworKINGz) Old dance films BREAKIN’

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One of your favorite dancers Modern and old?

PAUSE EDDIE (FWKZ) & BRIAN FOOTWORK GREEN (LEGEND)

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One of your favorite musicians:

MY FATHER

Favorite smell:

SWEET PERFUME

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Favorite quote:

THE SKY IS “NOT” THE LIMIT. THE LIMIT IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT.

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Favorite sound:

MUSIC

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Was there a time you felt like you were not going to be able to make a living off of being a dancer?

NO, BECAUSE ONCE CREATION WON THE ALL STAR COMPETITION ON “BET” 2006, MY PURPOSE BECAME CLEAR.

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What would you advice to others about pursuing their dreams based upon how you were able to manifest yours.

GOD 1ST………NEVER RUN AWAY FROM YOUR CHILDHOOD IMAGINATION. JUST BECOME MORE EDUCATED WITH IT. IF YOU FIND YOUR GIFT, DON’T BE SCARED TO PURSUE THE POSSIBILITIES. THIS WORLD IS NOT ABOUT TREND & ISOLATION. ITS ABOUT CREATIVITY AND DISCOVERY.

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What are three values you hold dear to you?

MY LORD AND SAVIOR, MY MUSICALITY AND MY FAMILY.

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You’ll never catch me :

SMOKIN’

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Who/What inspires or moves you?

MY ROUGH PAST.

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Works – Past & Present:

Here’s another video (only freestyle) that i put together. The purpose of this video was self expression from different styles. Very simple.

 

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One (out of the many) ways I’m going to change the world is:

LEAVING PEOPLE WITH POSITIVE THOUGHTS. NOT NEGATIVE

Can’t Get Enough>Web Links: ENJOY FWK MAIN WEBSITE – ‘LIKE’  FWK Facebook  -Twit FWK – READ  BLOG

Come rain or come shine, wherever King goes he leaves his dance print.

Thank you King Charles, for the interview and for dancing on our hearts.

                       

Ladies and gentlemen, may I present one of the most innovative and prestigious designers in the fashion industry today. Born on September 27th in Solo, Indonesia, Sapto studied fashion design & pattern making at L’Ecole Superieure des Art et Technique de la Mode, the first fashion school established in France. He also attended the International Fashion University in Indonesia, Esmond Jakarta.  His fashion designs boldly fuse surrealism and his cultural influences, creating sophisticated yet fiercely imaginative pieces. The beauty in Sapto’s fashion design brand, launched in 2007, is rooted in his artistic eye and passion to create illustrious designs that stand the test of time.

In 2009 Sapto, launched his highly acclaimed Ready-to-Wear Couture Fashion collection and in 2011 the Elle Style Award named him “Fashion Designer of the Year.” This past 2012 was a prequel of all the great things that are to come for Sapto this year  starting with an exclusive fashion spread of Sang Randeng Girah collection in dewi’s January issue; celebrities red carpet & event appearances in the designer’s dresses as well as a spread in Elle Indonesia December 2012 and an article in Marie Claire Indonesia October 2012. His latest Spring/ Summer 2013 designs are inspired by the Vatsu Vidya and were presented  at the Dewi Fashion Knights 2012 in Indonesia. His collections encompass ready-to-wear, haute couture, and bridal wear.

So, without further ado may I present, a look into the mind of fashion’s surrealistically bold designer, Sapto Djojokartiko

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When you were  little what did you want to be?

A Lawyer

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What’s your favorite piece you’ve made?

A Dress

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What motivated you to fuse art and fashion to create some textured and creative designs?

To elabore the inspiration

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What is the longest you’ve spent on a project?

A year, when I create a flysioner collection on 2010 

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What art piece was the most fun to work on?

The shoe collection for the 2011-2012 couture collection

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What’s the latest project you are working on?

Ready to wear collection spring/summer 2013 

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What inspires you or initiates the inspiration that drives you?

Heritage 

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Do you have a process?   

Yes, example, watching traditional performing arts

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What has been your most recent muse?

Cate Blanchett

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My favorite accomplishments:

1. When i realized that i want to a designer 2. When i started the study in fashion 3. When i had my own brand

Favorite word:

 Twist

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Favorite thing in nature:

Cloudy sky

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One of your favorite fashion designers:

Cristobal Balenciaga

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One of your favorite books:

Bible

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One of your favorite artist:

Gustav Klimit

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One of  your movies:

The Prestige

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One of your favorite musicians:

 Chris Martin

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Favorite place to design:

Bedroom

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Favorite smell:

 Wood and Leather

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Favorite sound:

Violin

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Was there a time you felt like you were not going to be able to make a living off of being an designer?

No 

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What would you advice to others about pursuing their dreams based upon how you were able to manifest yours.

Consistency on what you doing

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 Favorite thing in nature:

Cloudy sky and antler

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Who/What inspires or moves you?

My culture,my heritage

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What’s one of your favorite quotes?

 Life is about choices

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“Spring/Summer 2013  collection inspired by Vastu Vidya, an architectural foundation and outline with the philospohy that architecture is not just any architecture but it is created to give linear alignment to all aspects of life. The collection were detailed with beading and cut out details that are influenced by the relief, texture and sculpture commonly found on dwelling created with the Vastu Vidya belief.”

Courtesy of Sapto Djojokartiko

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For More: Spring/Summer 2013  collection inspired by Vastu Vidya

Spring/Summer 2013 collection on Dewi Magazine January 2013.

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Photographer: Davy Linggar.
Stylist: Aldi Indrajaya
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Sapto Djojokartiko Ready to Wear 2012-2013 gold beads and sequins necklaces and belts.

Can’t Get Enough>Web Links: ENJOY SD MAIN WEBSITE – ‘LIKE’  SD Facebook – JOIN SD TWITTER – READ  SD BLOG

Thank you Sapto for the interview & for adding a VA Va Voomm to the Fashion World.

May I Present…Kenny Wood

December 21, 2012

 “If you know deep in your heart that you have what it takes to go far as a musician, then don’t let anything stop you.  With patience, determination, and a little bit of a business sense, you will get there.  Above all, you just got to be yourself and be the best at whatever it is that represents you.  When people see that, they’ll flock to you because you inspire them by simply believing in yourself.”- Kenny Wood

Ladies and gentlemen, may I present one of the finest composers to watch for in 2013.  He was the conductor for the  2009 Academy Award nominated animated short Oktapodi  and has been lauded for his virtuoso musicianship.  His compositions create an atmospheric cloud where musical notes galvanize the emotions and act as a vital counterpart to any moving picture.

Mr. Wood’s compositions in film, TV, Web and Video Games have been premiered around the world at many renown film festivals. With a bewildering  work ethic and commitment to making a difference through music, it is clear that when we look back at the history books, Mr. Wood’s name will surely be in line with the highest acclaimed composers  in film like Thomas Newman, Alexandre Desplat, Mychael Danna, Dario Marianelli, John Williams,  Rachel Portman , Philip Glass, and Danny Elfman.

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So, without further ado may I present,  an emotional defibrillator to  Film, TV, Web & Video Games, Composer,

Kenny Wood

MUSICAL COMPOSITIONS:

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Where are you from?
Los Angeles, CA

When you were  little what did you want to be?
A pro athlete, though when I realized that may not pan out, I knew I could not be happy being anything else, but a musician.

Do you have a score that moves you the most? 
Danny Elfman’s score to “Batman” (1989)

What score was the most fun to work on?
One of my earliest projects, “Jungle Gym” (2006)

What’s the latest project you are working on?
A hilarious web series comedy, “Research.” that is destined to become a hit TV series

What are three words you think of in conjunction with music:
1: harmony 2: sophistication 3: joy

What inspires you or initiates the inspiration that drives you? Do you have a process? 
When I’m collaborating on a song or film score, the main thing that inspires me is seeing a high level of passion, dedication, and quality from my collaborators.  When I see a film that just looks amazing, the musical ideas come flowing in instantly.  Same for songs, if the lyric or initial inspiration is great, my instincts take over from there.  On the other hand, when I write music for myself, the inspiration comes from my life experiences, the people I know, the world as I’ve seen it, both in good times and in bad.

What has been your most recent muse? 
For the last couple weeks, I’ve been listening to the score from Dreamworks’ “How to Train Your Dragon,” by John Powell.  I love the work of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, but I felt the Oscar for best score that year should have gone to John for his tremendous work on that score.

My favorite three past times are:
1: exploring culinary delights with my girlfriend of 6 years 2: jamming to music with friends 3: Watching Lakers basketball

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Favorite word:
“Yes”

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Favorite thing in nature:
Spiderwebs

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One of  your favorite movies: 
“Monsters Inc.”

One of your favorite musicians:
Oingo Boingo guitarist Steve Bartek, whom I’ve had the pleasure of jamming with on a few occasions.

Favorite place to create music:
Wherever I am when an idea pops into my head.

Favorite smell: 
Southern BBQ

Favorite sound: 
Stadium crowd cheering (for your team)

Was there a time you felt like you were not going to be able to make a living off of being a musician?  What would you advice to others about pursuing their dreams based upon how you were able to manifest yours.
To this day, I have spats where I feel I may not make it as a musician… it goes with the territory.  The best advice I have to up-and-comers is to know that you guys are not alone when the feeling of failure comes along.  If you know deep in your heart that you have what it takes to go far as a musician, then don’t let anything stop you.  With patience, determination, and a little bit of a business sense, you will get there.  Above all, you just got to be yourself and be the best at whatever it is that represents you.  When people see that, they’ll flock to you because you inspire them by simply believing in yourself.

Who/What inspires or moves you? 
I’m inspired most by art, film, or anything in the world that’s done well.  The great masters like Da Vinci, Beethoven, Thomas Edison, etc. devoted their entire lives to making their contributions to society second to none as well as make them something the entire world can appreciate for generations to come.

What’s one of your favorite quotes? 
“No matter what, you just got to strut.” from “The Nutty Professor”

KENNY WOOD’s compositions:

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Sudden Death!

Go For It!

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The Case of the Missing Garden Gnome

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Do Whatever

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The Good River

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Ladies and Gentlemen meet Bulgarian photographer Aneta Ivanova, creator of a series of double exposure photographs that superimposes the gentile silhouette of a woman’s form over bustling cities and affecting landscapes. A juxtaposition that poetically shows the percolation  of thoughts, ideas and places all confined to the human form. Her work has been featured in Magazines such as ‘Better Photography,’ as well as been lauded for its meticulous beauty online on some of the most popular blogs.

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Her photographs capture the sweet bends and candid folds of a woman’s moods and shape.  When I look at her art, like steam rising from the photo and onto my mind, I think of;  spunk, raw, grace, loud, soft, curve, car horns, cricket chirps, faucet drips, taciturn, sounds of friction from scattered leaves, contemplative, power, poise, rocks beneath your feet, clarity, sensitive skin, dull rose thorns, spine, twigs and elegance. What do you feel/ think of?

Well, without further ado may I present,  the EmOtive EyE of

ANETA IVANOVA

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Q & A

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When you were little what did you want to be?
A doctor or a firefighter.

Do you have a favorite photograph you’ve taken?
Almost every new photograph I take appears to be my favorite for some time. Then I take a new one. 

What motivates you to take photos?
Some inspiration, some temporary need to express something, something I saw, heard, felt…

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What is the longest you’ve spent on a project?
6 months and still going.

What art piece was the most fun to work on?
Definitely “Mama is a superhero” – piece I did a few years ago. I was hanging, then running to the camera, then hanging again – all this for half an hour to shoot this.

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What’s the latest project you are working on?
The “Scar” series – double exposure silhouette photos.

What inspires you or initiates the inspiration that drives you? Do you have a process?
There isn’t something specific that inspires me. I’m not sure I can even explain it. Sometimes even the smallest thing makes me pick up the camera. 

Favorite word:
Curiosity… 

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Favorite thing in nature:
How little we know about it.

One of your favorite artist:
Gustav Klimt

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One of your movies:
Into the wild

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One of your favorite musicians:
Ben Harper

Favorite place to create art:
My home

Favorite smell:
Coffee

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Favorite sound:
Some good song

Was there a time you felt like you were not going to be able to make a living off of being an artist? What would you advice to others about pursuing their dreams based upon how you were able to manifest yours.
Actually I’m not making a living off being a photographer. I don’t want to call myself a professional photographer either. I’m 20 years old, I’m studying computer science in Germany and working as a system administrator right now. This doesn’t mean I’m not going to keep doing what I love. This doesn’t also mean that I don’t like what I’m doing. For now I’m just not sure which one should I choose and most of all, maybe my dreams are to have both. I feel it’s not an easy thing to do, but when it gets too heavy, I’ll just make my choice. But if art is the only thing you want to do and you’re good in it, I think that you should work hard for it and not give up.

Who/What inspires or moves you?
Strong, active, intelligent, wise and knowing people inspire and move me.

What’s one of your favorite quotes?
“Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We long to return. And we can. Because the cosmos is also within us. We’re made of star-stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself. ” from Carl Sagan

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Thank you ANETA IVANOVA for your precious eye & interview!

Can’t get enough?  Here’s more:

http://www.facebook.com/AnetaIvanovaPhotography

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/anetaivanovaphotography/

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Ladies and Gentlemen meet Zosienka, a successful artists residing in London whose artistic passion has led her to create paper goods, textiles, ceramics, stationary and beautiful, poignant designs for everyday objects, making her one of London’s finest Illustrators along with her Illustration partner Rosie. Their work in animation, marionettes & intricate biscuit-icing have attracted the attention of clients such as Bat- for- Lashes, Kele, Asbury and End of the World. The amusing energy of dark children’s stories, spirited creatures and natures spiraling shapes and patterns are intricately inked into every piece of work.

So, without further ado may I present, from London,one of the two precious gems,

ZOSIENKA of

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Q & A

Favorite word: Porcupine

Favorite thing in nature: It’s impossible to have a favourite thing, I just enjoy the mystery of it all.

One of  your movies: Arizona Dream

Favorite place to do art: A place that’s quiet and still, I have a studio.

Favorite music to inspire creativity: Miles Davis

Favorite smell: Rain on pavements

Favorite sound: Trees swaying

Where were you born: Johannesburg, South Africa

When you were a little  what did you want to be?An acrobat. I had a trapeze in my bedroom and I’dswing on it every evening whilst listening to Jackson 5.

Was there a time you felt like you were not going to be able to make a living off of being an artist?  If yes, what would you advice to others about pursuing their dreams based upon how you were able to manifest yours.

It is unfortunately a feeling that constantly comes and goes. I keep at it and the most important thing is to be adaptable. If you are trying to make your art a business, you have to apply it to the things people need, or think they need.

Who/What inspires or moves you? I’m very impressionable. Films often dictate my mood for days after I’ve seen them. That can be a good experience, as I’ll imagineI’m living on the shoes of those characters and might just look at the world in a different way for a while.

What is the message or story behind your art? There are no messages that I’m aware of as I have no intent of saying anything particular. What might be subconsciously communicated is another matter and one that won’t occur to me till much later.

What would you say is a strong key to being happy w/ oneself? That is a vital question. Maybe the key is not to have high expectations, rather to take things as they come and to live in the moment rather than keep waiting for things to change.

What are a few of your favorite things? Trees, I keep them in my home. Foxes, I’d love to keep them in my home but watch them from my window for now. Patchwork fabrics, I’mmaking a quilt. The little hats on  acorns. And Cote D’Or Bouchee chocolate pralines.

Websites:

www.zosienkarosie.com
http://www.etsy.com/people/ZosienkaRosie
www.stupidpotato.com
 Twitter:
 http://twitter.com/#!/zosienkarosie
Facebook:
 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zosienka-Rosie/151828381548598

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