AJ BUCKLEY

Manintown exclusively interviewed CBS’ hit military drama “SEAM Team” Actor, who has also launched  Paperclip, an innovative line of high-end diaper bags designed for modern parenthood.

IF YOU SHOULD DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY WITH THREE ADJECTIVES, WHICH WOULD YOU CHOOSE AND WHY?
Dreamer – I’ve lived my life by following my dreams no matter how big they’ve been or what obstacles have stood in the way.
Resilient – In this business I have heard “No” way more than “Yes,” but I never give up and it does nothing but fuel my work ethic.
Family Man –  there is nothing more important in life.

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST GIFT AND LESSON ABOUT BEING A PARENT?
I think the biggest gift is being able to see the world again through your child’s eyes and the biggest lesson learned is you have to have patience. Also Santa Claus is real.

COULD YOU TELL US MORE ABOUT PAPERCLIP PROJECT, DESIGNED FOR PARENTHOOD?
My business partner and I were frustrated with the lack of changing tables in men’s bathrooms. I once had to take off my t-shirt and lay my daughter on it to change her diaper on a bathroom floor. So we designed a bag with a fold out changing mat, allowing you to change your kid anywhere, anytime. We wanted to design a bag that parents would buy and make it unisex so everyone would feel cool carrying it. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be selling diaper bags that I can’t keep on the shelf.

IF YOU COULD LIVE IN A BOOK, WHICH ONE WOULD YOU CHOOSE AND WHY?
The Never Ending Story because it never ends.

YOU ARE A TRULY SUCCESSFUL PERSON BUT IS THERE STILL ANYTHING YOU WOULD LIKE TO ACHIEVE IN THE NEAR FUTURE?
I’m never complacent and I feel like I’m just beginning. I would love to take on a role behind the camera and direct one day.

WHAT ARE YOUR MAIN THOUGHTS DURING THE DAY?
Family.
Train.
Work.
Sleep.
Repeat.

WHAT YOUR IRISH ROOTS THAUGHT YOU?
To never take yourself too seriously.

IS THERE A THOUGHT YOU WOULD LOVE TO SHARE WITH MANINTOWN’S READERS THAT IS CURRENTLY NOURISHING YOUR SOUL?
Be fearless.

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Manintown ha intervistato in esclusiva la star della serie di successo “SEAM Team”, che ha anche lanciato Paperclip, una linea innovativa di borse per pannolini di fascia alta pensata per i papà dei giorni d’oggi.

 
SE POTESSI DESCRIVERE LA TUA PERSONALITÀ CON TRE AGGETTIVI, QUALI SCEGLIERESTI E PERCHÉ?
Sognatore – Ho vissuto la mia vita seguendo i miei sogni, non importa quanto siano stati grandi o quali ostacoli io abbia incontrato.
Resiliente – In questo business ho sentito “No” molto più di “Sì”, ma non mi arrendo mai e non fa altro che alimentare la mia etica del lavoro.
Family Man – non c’è niente di più importante nella vita.

QUAL È IL REGALO PIÙ GRANDE E LA LEZIONE DI ESSERE UN GENITORE?
Penso che il regalo più grande sia riuscire a vedere il mondo attraverso gli occhi di tuo figlio e la più grande lezione imparata è che devi avere pazienza. Anche Babbo Natale è reale.

POTREBBE RACCONTARCI DI PIÙ SUL PROGETTO PAPERCLIP, PROGETTATO PER I GENITORI?
Il mio socio in affari ed io eravamo frustrati per la mancanza di attrezzatura per il cambio dei bambini nei bagni degli uomini. Una volta dovevo togliermi la maglietta e posare mia figlia per cambiare il pannolino sul pavimento del bagno. Così abbiamo progettato una borsa con un tappetino pieghevole, che consente di cambiare il tuo bambino ovunque, in qualsiasi momento. Volevamo disegnare una borsa che i genitori avrebbero comprato e renderla unisex, così tutti si sarebbero sentiti a proprio agio nel trasportarlo. Mai avrei pensato di vendere borse per pannolini, e invece.

SE POTESSI VIVERE IN UN LIBRO, QUALE SCEGLIERESTI E PERCHÉ?
La storia infinita perché non finisce mai.

SEI UNA PERSONA DAVVERO DI SUCCESSO, MA C’È ANCORA QUALCHE COSA CHE VORRESTI RAGGIUNGERE NEL PROSSIMO FUTURO?
Non sono mai compiacente e sento che sto solo iniziando. Mi piacerebbe avere un ruolo dietro la macchina da presa e dirigere un giorno.

QUALI SONO I TUOI PENSIERI PRINCIPALI DURANTE IL GIORNO?
Famiglia.
Allenamento.
Lavoro.
Dormire.
Ripetere.

COSA TI HANNO INSEGNATO LE TUE RADICI IRLANDESI?
Non prenderti mai troppo sul serio.

C’È UN PENSIERO CHE VORRESTI CONDIVIDERE CON I LETTORI DI MANINTOWN CHE STA NUTRENDO ATTUALMENTE LA TUA ANIMA?
Non aver paura.

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Power to Imagination: Lenny Kravitz for Dom Pérignon

 

IF YOU THINK THIS IS JUST A PARTY, THEN YOU ARE MISTAKEN. IF YOU THINK THIS IS JUST A PLACE, THEN YOU ARE MISINFORMED. BECAUSE THIS ISN’T JUST A PLACE.  IT’S THE PLACE WHERE IT HAPPENS.

LENNY KRAVITZ

 

The words are true to their message about the “Assemblage” opening party in Chelsea, New York City, last week where Manintown was there to witness the vibrant happening. Dom Perignon sponsored and hosted the event rich in milestones for the creative division of the heritage maison. With Lenny Kravitz as its new creative director there is indeed much to celebrate! The 54 years old multi-talent not only is planning to design a special edition for the illustrious champagne maison in 2019, he has also launched his new album Raise Vibrations.  The collaboration with Dom Perignon stems out of Kravitz’s friendship with Chef de Cave Richard Geoffroy and it is a liaison promising outstanding and unique high creativity and inspiration. It cannot be otherwise when you name as creative director a talent of multi-disciplinary nature as Kravitz. Not only a solid world renown legendary rock icon, Lenny Kravitz is an artist at 360 degrees who transcends the barriers between creative disciplines, mastering them all from music to art, design, photography as well as art direction. We have had the opportunity to meet him and his wonderful entourage of inspiring friends, including timeless beauty, Academy Award winner and woman entrepreneur Susan Sarandon. The atmosphere and the attendance could not have been more vibrant.

At the center of this memorable event is the celebration of friendship, creativity and human interactions immortalized by the camera of Lenny Kravitz. Not many probably know that Kravitz is a talented, avid photographer since the age of 21 when his father (a correspondent for CNBC News) gifted him with his very first camera.

 

“Assemblage” the exhibition of Macro Photographs depicts a single evening dinner starring various different unique personalities in the field of creativity and across the board of age range from the young talented Alexander Wang to a more mature star as Harvey Keitel. (Zoe Kravitz, Susan Sarandon, Benjamin Millepied, Hidetoshi Nakata, Abbey Lee). The photographs in black and white are penetrating the walls almost coming out of them to touch the souls of the audience with the intensity of their group and single portraits. A powerful interpretation of the souls of these characters through the lenses of a wonderfully precise talented photographer and his Leica. It is a symphony of smiles, glares, natural poses and penetrating beautiful personalities where the interaction acts as catalyst to the creation of a new powerful creative source. The exhibition will be open to the public until October 6th in New York and to the delight of us all will also tour the World in 2019.

“I am fascinated by the process of making things” says Lenny Kravitz and we cannot wish him and us all to be delighted by his creations more and more in the years to come.

 

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BE READY FOR FASHION WEEK

Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana and the Milanese Creativity Factory The Blink Fish have partnered once again for their latest fashion film: Be Ready. Celebrating the chaos, excitement and shenanigans taking place during fashion week, we follow model Nastya Timos determined to be in top shape for the upcoming Milanese fashion season.

“You  are not  walking. You  are catwalking. Walk  like everybody is envying  you.”

Frantically trying on outfits, rehearsing for selfies and relentlessly working out, the result is humorous and light-hearted interpretation of the excitement taking place during fashion week and the preparation involved.

“You  are the  new black.”

The Blink Fish and the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana have been collaborating since 2016, developing an increasingly strong online presence while supporting local design. For instance in Be Ready stylist Georgia Tal has worked with ten brands based in Italy, from emerging to more established, namely Arthur Arbesser, Gabriele Colangelo, GCDS, Giannico, Lucio Vanotti, Marco de Vincenzo, Paula Cademartori, Sara Battaglia, Stella Jean and Vivetta.

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BRAND TO WATCH: VICTOR LI DEBUTS NEW YORK

Born in United States and raised in China, Victor Li graduated Parson School of Design to then launch together with Claudia Li his own brand that had its debut recently during New York Fashion Week.
It is a project that sees eastern and western influences come to harmonious fusion, inspired by the world of the arts and cultures the designer has come in contact with throughout his several trips around the world, from Ny to Asia passing by and touching in considerable ways Italy as well. The collection presents a mix of clothes from the most formal to casual looks, suitable for leisure and perfect for traveling. The lines are simple and the details become the focal point on which attention is focused, such as the bow that is applied on jackets, trenches and shirts, in a next generation revisitation of a gentleman’s pocket pochette. Simple lines and comfortable wearability for a total look that ranges from white to beige and brown through pink and gray. Great attention is given to the choice of the finest fabrics, selected through careful research in Italy, France and Japan.

ritratto VICTOR LI

On the occasion of his presentation, we met him in New York to learn more about his journey.

Tell me more about your background.How did your love for mens fashion start?
I was born in U.S. but grew up in China. I was very into the arts, and started taking drawing classes when I was a child. I knew I would do something art-related in my future career but wasn’t sure if it would be as an artist or a designer. I came back to the U.S. in my junior year of high school and started to narrow my focus. I attended the pre-college fashion design program at Parsons and an art program at Cooper Union which confirmed my love for design. I later received my Bachelor of Fine Arts from Parsons.

Who is your favorite/ inspirational designer?
Miuccia Prada. For me, Prada is wearable art.

3 adjectives to describe your fashion
Next-generation menswear, sophisticated, unique 

Where do you see yourself on 5 years?
Business and design are equally important for me. I hope to create a culture of men who will appreciate and enjoy my work and my hope is to continue to build on that with each collection. In five years, we are hoping to have a loyal customer base around the world who is shopping with us season after season.

How do you see the menswear is evolving?
I design for myself, and those who can appreciate feeling comfortable in high quality clothing –men who appreciate a garment, and the details within it like our carefully sourced Italian and Japanese fabrics. I want to give a fresh perspective on what some of the young generation wants to wear aside from their everyday streetwear. 

You have jetsetted the world, where is home? Your favorite city?
Home is where my family is, but my life is in New York. My favorite city is Tokyo.

Let’s talk about the collection: what inspired it and how do you choose the fabrics?
Since this was my first collection, it was very personal to me, and I was designing for my own closet. I travel quite a bit and I wanted this first collection to be filled with key pieces that work well for that lifestyle –pieces I would pack and wear on a summer trip. Practical pieces but a little more dreamy than traditional.

 Why did you launch it in NY?
Because I am an American and we are a New York brand, located in New York.

We spoke about your favorite collection piece: the trench coat. Where did you draw the inspiration to design it from?
For this season we played with the knotting detail and layering. For me, a lot of trench coats feel a bit mature for the younger generation. I am trying to make the trench coat more fun and younger.

Something fun: if you could choose to dress a celebrity of today…
Timothée Chalamet

Fashion is ?
Fashion is Lifestyle. Fashion is what you choose to wear, what you choose to put in your suitcase when you are travelling.

 

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ROBERTO DE ROSA NEAPOLITAN SOUL, INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS

 

Roberto De Rosa (@robertoderosa), stayed true to his Neapolitan soul during his journey on the Orient Express that brought him to Hong Kong, and allowed him to become a ( ) ‘yǐngxiǎng zhě’ that is, a person capable of influencing tastes and dictating trends. Having also achieved success in Italy, Roberto dreams of breaking into film and proves what they say: that Neapolitans are a cut above the rest.in no time.

Your journey started in Asia, in China- in Hong Kong, precisely. What fascinated you about the Orient so much that you became a heavily followed influencer?
My success as an influencer was born in Asia, in China to be exact. It was a different time- we’re talking about four years ago- and I reflected the images of the classic Western boy next door in the aesthetic imagination of Asians.

Without your success in China, do you think you would be where you are now?
My luck happened in Hong Kong. Before arriving there, I was already present online in Italy and had had great experiences here too: I wasn’t coming from a completely unknown place. Surely the East gave me the push that would have been difficult to get here, and allowed me to return to Italy stronger than before and with skills that others didn’t have. I believe that anyone who looking to enter this sector now will not find the same opportunities: it is much more difficult now.

How do you think the figure of the influencer will evolve?
It changes from day to day, if not from hour to hour- it’s a super fast world. Just think that less than seven months ago I received a proposal from the Fox Network for a television program, I still don’t believe it!

What will be the social media of the future?
It doesn’t exist yet; I don’t think it will be any of the current ones. Instagram will be over soon, as has already happened for MSN and MySpace.

Of your posts on Instagram, how many are sponsored by brands and how many are spontaneous?
My Instagram is certainly not a shopping centre. I try to inspire the people who follow me, also addressing different topics, like gluten-free foods and lifestyle. On my page, apart from sponsorship, you can see my real life- that of the boy next door.

Photo Ryan Simo
Styling Stefano Guerrini
Grooming Susanna Mazzola
Photo assistant Alessandro Chiorri
Stylist assistants: Cristina Florence Galati, Paula Anuskha, Verena Kohl

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The brilliant hues of Corentin Fila

Mr. Corentin Fila is a young Parisian actor on the verge of greatness. His work with André Techiné brought him a succès d’estime that focused the gaze of the Parisian cinema world on his considerable talent and promise. French cinema insiders are already buzzing about how his upcoming role in the bigger-budget French army flick “Volontaire” (opening 6th June in France) will cement his status as a valuable new star of the French big screen. He sat down to talk with us about, among other things, television, typecasting, and Téchiné.

 

You have worked on television and in movies with considerable critical success. What advice would you give to a young actor about the differences and benefits of working in these two artistic fields?
I guess it depends on the projects but in general the difficulty with television is that there is a time-consuming search for results. Whereas with “auteur” cinema it’s to do fifteen or twenty takes to get a scene right, with television the same scene will be afforded a maximum of five takes. So it’s better to be good right off the bat. In the cinema you can sometimes allow yourself to experiment, to fumble on several shots, and to feel your way along by trying different things: in the cinema you are a bit more of a “researcher.”

Every actor fears the possibility of being typecast. In your own career, have you ever felt this pressure to conform to a certain kind of role? How do you avoid this possibility?
As a young mixed-race actor I could have been afraid of being limited to playing inner-city youth-type roles. But in my first film—the one that first brought me recognition on a larger scale–(“Quand on a 17 ans”) I play an adopted farmer, living in the mountains and a homosexual. This is far from the cliché of the young drug dealer. That the film was also directed by André Téchiné, who is one of the greatest film directors,  has—I think—prevented from being typecast.

The trailer for “Volontaire” gives one the impression that the actors’ preparation had to be extremely grueling. How did you prepare for this role? How did you do your research?
Diane Rouxel, who is the lead actress in the film, and I did an internship with the marine commandos at their base at Forfusco in (the French department of—ed.) Lorient. It was incredible. Being “engagé” and very left-wing, politically speaking, I had a lot of prejudices about the military world, and I met great people, of great humanity. This experience will remain as a very strong memory. Physically it was pretty tough too. I box three to four times a week so I was already in good physical condition but Diane did a crazily impressive job. It’s really amazing: she barely uses any stunt doubles.

In “Mes Provinciales” you play the role of Mathias: a seductive and idealistic student who lives exclusively on high art. In your own life, in other interviews, you compared Netflix to McDonald’s food, indicating that you used the streaming site as a sleeping pill. “My Provincials” is already collecting extremely positive reviews for its austere cinematography and naturalistic play. Like Mathias, do you limit your image consumption to the highest register of intellectual culture? Or do you have guilty pleasures? What depresses you in mainstream cinema? What do you find promising or interesting in contemporary cinema?
I’m certainly not as uncompromising as my character in “Mes Provinciales.” I even think Mathias would be horrified by half of what I watch. I don’t even consider myself a true film buff, but it’s true that what touches me in “auteur” cinema is the sensitive point of view. The idea of sharing with the director a certain perspective of the world that might not be pleasant but that needs to be expressed. But I think that people should watch whatever they want and I think it’s gross to be too elitist. Fortunately, mainstream cinema exists. The last great film I saw is a Japanese film by Ryusuke Hamaguchi: “Senses 1 & 2.” It’s the kind of film that seems to educate your perception of others and of the world.

André Téchiné is known for his emotionally charged films that explore the complexities of love and desire. He is a “serious” filmmaker and yet his films have a lightness and realism that makes them extremely close. What surprised you when working with Téchiné and what did you learn about the acting profession and the world of cinema?
It is an exceptional gift to have had the chance to work with him and to become his friend, André is a great gentleman of French cinema who, at seventy-five years old, has something childish and touching about him that makes him extremely accessible, in addition to being humble and modest. He often spoke to me on the set of “Organized Chaos,” which was the perfect way of shooting scenes for him: “Organized” because one repeated the dialogue several times and “chaotic” because the little bit of extra soul that escapes an actor on, say, the tenth take will absolutely make the scene exceptional.

From morning to night, would you describe for us an ideal Saturday in Paris?
In the morning I go to my boxing session in the 10th Arrondissement, then I walk along the Canal St Martin before ending up drinking with my friends Rue du Faubourg St Denis (unless I have boxing the following morning).

What classic movie role would you like to reinterpret? Why? And how would you update it?
 That’s either a very difficult question or I’m lacking imagination but, sincerely, I can’t think of one. I love all of Jim Jarmush’s films. Perhaps I would consider the first ones—such as “Permanent Vacation” or “Stranger than Paradise” as classics—but then they’re flawless and shouldn’t be changed. So I guess that’s not really an answer…
Fashion and cinema are related but very different universes. What did you learn from your years working in the fashion industry as a model?
I don’t think working in fashion has helped me as an actor. To pose and to act are very different things: modeling is mostly a question of attitude as opposed to acting, for which you really need to feel something. Above all, you shouldn’t try to be handsome when you’re acting. You really shouldn’t care.

Your mother was a teacher and your father was an artist. What did you learn from them that helped you as an artist?
My father was a Congolese director with a lot of African artist friends who came to the house, even though I was never close to him, I thank that hearing them analyse the world so many times planted a little seed in me. As a child, I was often on set, though I have only very vague memories of that. To tell the truth I think that my sensitibility comes to me from my mother, with whom I have exchanged quite a lot throughout my life.
If a fashion editor described your personal style, what words would he use?
No idea. Half dandy, half austere, or half nothing. I don’t know. Laid-back, I guess.

Which song always makes you feel better?
“Origin of Man” by The Budos Band.

When you look at a newspaper or a magazine, what makes you pessimistic about the world? What do you think is totally fucked up for the next generation?
Aside from the environment—as concerns human relations—nothing is permanently fucked up. I am not at all pessimistic. The reception given to migrants is an issue that worries me a lot. I worked a month and a half in a refugee camp and it gave me incredible hope. With the English association “Good Chance” we put together theater workshops with migrants every day and on Saturday we had improvised shows that were open to Parisians. It’s a little naive to say it but that place of intercultural exchange gave me hope and made me think that the human soul is not so bad. Even the nazis and the reactionaries who don’t even question themselves are not fatally fucked. I believe enormously in the virtues of ENCOUNTERS. One should never become embittered. Remain emphatic and live your life open to first times and new encounters.

 

 


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Talent: Corentin Fila
Interview: Matthew Hicks
Photographer Francesco Brigida
Stylist: Nicholas Galletti
Groomer: Richard Blandel @ B Agency

ELEGANCE IN THE POOL: FABIO SCOZZOLI

 

Photographer Alisson Marks
Stylist Stefano Guerrini
Stylist assistant Cristina Florence Galati and Emanuela Cinti
Grooming Gianluca Casu

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GUARDIANI: ONESOUL, MANY PERSONALITIES

The sneaker project turns digital

In the last issue we talked about the new project about the Onesoul sneakers by Guardiani, a design trainer that mixes an active spirit with a more formal attitude, that distinguishes itself for its tapered shape, the strap and the contrasting spoiler. An unisex shoe that can be declined in a multitude of ways, it can have different uses and suitable for divers looks. Just like the MANINTOWN man, the essence of this sneaker has many sides: it winks to the new trends, the high-top version with the sock is the perfect example, it maintains a sleek and elegant attitude, making it possible to pair it with a business look or a nightout suit.
The project working on this particular item is developing thanks to the interpretation of it with the video-manifesto (called Onesoul, many personalities , of which we talked about in our site) curated by Senio Zapruder, in which all the different personalities and archetypes of subcultures and Instagram are explained, the very ones who inspired the design of this sneaker, exploring the diversity of characters that create or are the final target of the Onesoul sneaker. The shoes becomes even more viral and a cult object of the web.

Exclusively,  we present the new ONESOUL KNITTED high top ( a preview on the fw18 collection is already available on the Guardiani online store), an design athleisure bootie, unisex following the trend, that is the protagonist of the video that you can watch online on manintown.com.

GUARDIANI PITTI SS19_ PrepFuturism_ONESOUL knitted hightop

The Onesoul knitted high-top, is a sock sneaker, evolution of the iconic  model of the brand, and it is made for the sneaker addicted, entirely made in stretch knitted tubular fabric, this shoes has the same details of the basic one: the strap in rubberized fabric, metal buckle with the logo and the contrasting spoiler.

The socksneaker Onesoul  is available in two unisex versions: black with red spoiler and green with wooden print spoiler.In the video is really important the genderless topic, that is shown in a more minimalistic way. Two identical figures interchange, at the beginning they look like only one and just after they separate and interact. The alternation of black and white of the Onesoul knitted high-top stole the attention on the scene and catches your eye, thanks to the visual power of its design.

This model, with the preview for the next spring summer 2019 collection, will be exposed at Pitti 94, in the Alberto Guardini stand (Pad. Centrale K18) and in the milanese showroom of the brand, in Palazzo Serbelloni, Corso Venezia 16.

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Sananda Matreya

A chat with Sananda Matreya about life, fashion and music

You chose your new name by yourself. What does it mean for you this change?
The name change meant a new opportunity to get some new karma!
I had gone as far as I could’ve with the previous identity & it became quite clear that for all intents & purposes, he didn’t own who he was. And it has always been of most paramount importance for me to be a free man. I am a dreamer, not a slave. And I knew that I would need to be free, in order to fulfill what I felt was Heaven’s Will for my work on this planet that God loves. Sananda Maitreya works for God, period. And I have never been too fond of taking orders from those who could not see my vision as clearly as I.  The industry owned my old soul, so with prayers & many meditations, It was determined that we would create a new identity & put our trust & faith in the full powers of my dream.

You were a professional boxer and then a soul music superstar known as Terence Trent D’Arby. What are you carrying around from these past experiences?
My Boxing Experience confirmed my warriors instict. Although I was never a Professional fighter, I was a Golden Gloves Champion in my youth. It taught me that I wasn’t a weak. It also taught me the value of discipline, dedication, passion. All qualities that would help me survive those crazy ‘Superstar’ years, while I was growing up to be a man willing to take responsibility for my own life.

How would you describe your sound with three words?
3 Words ? ‘D’, ‘LISH’, ‘US’ !

How do you develop your creative process? What are your sources of inspiration?
My creative process is simple, I follow the tides. When the ideas come, I use my experience, imagination & talents to explore where the idea wants to go. I never dictate to the idea, I let the idea take me where it might want to go. It is all but a meditation.
You get up, you smoke, you pray, you work. All the while grateful to even have work to contemplate. And another simple trick to working is to always be working.
I am a workaholic & quite proud to be so.

What artists helped you to shape your music?
Wow, that is a loaded question because there were so many ! Mainly the great songwriters & producers. I was most influenced by those who were in charge of their music, since most of those in charge of their music deserved to be as it were evidence that they were in command of their gifts. Rod Stewart, James Brown, The Beatles, The Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Sam Cooke, Frank Sinatra, Hank Williams, Nat King Cole, Ray Charles, Led Zeppelin, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder, Prince,Abba, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Elvis,  Cream, The Who, Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Steely Dan Aretha Franklin, Patsy Cline & a slew of quite a few others.

How has your music changed with the advent of Internet?
The Internet was a future I foresaw already in the early 90’s as my salvation and path to freedom’s road. But make no mistake, we pay a heavy toll to travel freedom’s road. But it was a price I was willing to invest because I saw the Internet as the vehicle that I had been dreaming of for years before, a place whereby I might be free to be at my most creative best & no longer have to worry about any other consideration but what Best Suited The ART.
How is your relationship with social media? Do they play an important role in your career?
Yes, Social Media plays an immense role in my relationship to those like minded souls like me. My music was supported from the very first day by a generation of fans excited to be engaged in my evolution and progress in my journey through space/time as an artist. It was awesome from the very beginning. It was what I was looking for. I love the flexibility it gives. And the direct contact. It is more intimate.

How is your relationship with fashion?
My relationship with fashion is improving !

You play and perform with different instruments…how do u manage to merge all these to create new sounds?
I manage to create new sounds by trusting what I am doing while doing it. If I heart it, then I trust what I hear and then simply follow the process. It is instructive to remember that one doesn’t have to know what one is doing,  as long as you enjoy doing it. Whatever one is doing will always figure itself out soon enough, if not now.

What are your future projects?
My future are to continue to promote ‘PROMETHEUS & PANDORA’ with some concerts in the upcoming Summer. And to enjoy the time I have being married to a wonderful woman & our 2 fabulous sons. Most of my closest friends in music are now deceased.
I can often hear their ghosts reminding me to appreciate all of this more, while it is there to be appreciated.

So this Summer I will commence upon a celebration of having survived over 30 years of the various stages of notoriety I’ve encountered. I will be pleased to be accompanied by the most talented and lovely Luisa Corna.

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Photographer: Manuel Scrima
Stylist: Veronica Bergamini
Grooming: Stefania Pellizzaro
Photographer Assistant: Lorenzo Novelli
Styling Assistant: Chiara Piovan
Label Manager: Francesca Francine Maitreya

Budding star, Jules Houplain

Young French actor Jules Houplain started out in 2014, having acted on stage since he was just 12 and going on to work on series and films, including the award-winning Hidden Kisses, about the struggles of a gay teenager in the era of social media. He stars as the son of Juliette Binoche in the upcoming film Celle que vous Croyez and already has another film lined up for 2019 – all this and he’s not even 20 years old yet. We caught up with Jules between takes to find out what inspires him.

You studied acting at drama school: how did that change your approach?
I grew, my acting got stronger and my preparation technique improved. People probably do have some kind of natural tendency for acting but being an actor also takes a lot of work.

What inspires you?
French cinema.

Who is your mentor?
My uncle Ludo.

Who would be your dream directors to work with?
Nicole Garcia, Francois Ozon and Xavier Dolan.

Who are your favourite actors/actresses? 
Al Pacino and De Niro for their always perfect performances and Juliette Binoche with whom I’m working on a film right now.

What’s the key to your acting technique?
I need to know my fellow actors a bit and to have some kind of relationship with them in order to feel sincere.

As an actor, is it important that your roles deal with societal issues?
Yes. We need to open up ways of thinking and debate societal subjects. The world is changing. An actor should be representative and give a voice to those who don’t have one.

How do you approach a new role?
I look for similarities with people that I know.

What are your criteria for choosing a new project?
The character, the story and the director.

How do you nurture your creativity?
I need to exercise, I read and I watch films – sometimes even several times in order to be able to really analyse them.

Did you expect for your career to start out the way it has?
I would never have thought I would be able to make a living from this profession.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Still in the same profession, I hope! And international projects, why not? That must be very rewarding.  

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Talent: Jules Houplain
Interview by Kim Laidlaw
Photographer: Edoardo de Ruggiero
Styling: Nicholas Galletti
Grooming: Sebastien LeCorroller @ Airport agency for Bumble&Bumble