Posts from the ‘Introduce Yourself!’ Category

Feb 16 / Vari

KATJA RUGE

Katja Ruge, what a woman! She definitely deserves a BIG post here on the 20.  She is German and so wonderfully represents all of the things that we LOVE.  Art & Music and everything that comes along with this. She does it so well that we are lost for words. She follows her dreams and stays true to her art. She has been doing this for a good while now so this is our homage to Katja. (Also known as the Russian Synth Cleaner!) We are very proud to introduce her and her work to you.


INTRODUCE YOURSELF!


Katja Ruge
(Camera Visionary & DJ Gansta!)


Your first job?

I worked in a photo lab, then in photo agencies. I started to  photograph people in the music industry when I was 19.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up on the country side near Hamburg but moved into town when I was 17. I was still located in Hamburg but in between I stopped by Manchester and Cologne.

What are you doing now and where would you like to be in 5 years?

I still do photography and love it. I also do commercial work and travel documentaries. I couldn’t imagine my life without a camera. Basically I just wanna keep going as a photographer with the opportunity to work on my special projects such as books, exhibitions and collaborations with great people; musicians, visual artists and so on…

How come you’re so creative?

Actually I knew very early that I wanted do something creative. I always lived in my own world, listening to music with headphones while my parents watched tv. I used to do horse riding when I was younger and would always ride with the soundtrack I taped from the radio or from my mum`s old records. Today my favorite is the autobahn between Hamburg and Berlin, perfect route for a creative music ride… !  Music and pictures (no matter what it is) just work very good together. It fascinates me because it creates a unique space. When I take pictures I get inspired a lot from the locations I work in. This can be a nasty wall with a grey sky. But then the light falls into it, the person gets into the picture and I try to get everything together. This is a wonderful process.

How did you first discover house music?

I always liked beat driven music something to dance to, uplifting sounds.  Actually it came a lot from the soul all nighters I’ve been to when I was around 16-17, driving my scooter around  Germany with my gang at the time. Spinning all the classic northern soul stuff but also played tracks like Greg Perry`s – It takes heart, which is very disco. Then I ended up in Miami. Holiday with my parents, I got sick there and while spending time in bed I listened with my Walkman to the radio. The recording function was the key, at night  they played house music and I taped it. I still have the tape… Back in Hamburg I wanted to know where they play this type of music and I ended up at the club The front. It`s a legendary, it was gay, dark, sexy, hot, metal. I can`t  start to explain how many magical music moments I had there. It wasn’t very important to know who did the song, but house music was much more mysterious to me that time. Today we play some of that music at our Lovegang party`s in Hamburg and I still can`t get enough of that!

Play it forward! Please pick a track and tell us why you choose just this.

Of course a difficult one…I have chosen my first love, the Human League song Sound of the Crowd, I had to order the album Dare! and wait for weeks. I was 11  years then and still love the album to death and really hope they make a new great record on Wall of Sound this year.

Human League - Sound of the Crowd

Please tell us about the art work you have chosen and why you have chosen just this.

I decided to give you the photo of Tony Wilson from my book Fotoreportage23-in search of  Ian Curtis. He`s a legend, one of the great people in music history and I still can`t believe he died during the making of the book a few years ago. I still feel so blessed  that I had the opportunity to photograph him twice. This year it`s the 30th anniversary of Ian Curtis death. A little morbid maybe, but we just cant thank him and his band enough. So many people got inspired by them and they still do.

I´m having an exhibition in Hamburg with the book from the 18/5 – 6/6 at Gallery Kulturreich, please people come along! Stay tuned for more information, there will be some great stuff going on during the exhibition.

Check out more of Katjas work and projects here :

Web, Facebook & Myspace

Feb 7 / Vari

MOX MORKA

I met Mox in Germany a few months ago. Not only is he a super nice guy but he is also a very talented artist. He does amazing visual arts and he is a brilliant DJ. What more can we say? He inspires us and we are proud to introduce him to you.


INTRODUCE YOURSELF !


Mox Morka (Video Artist, Composer & Dj Extraordinaire )

Your first job?

My first job was designing some Bio- Climatic Architecture for a research company.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up In Poland and Germany.

What are you doing now and where would you like to be in 5 years?

I am working as Director, Video Artist, Composer.  I just love doing it all! I’m now living in London, but I am often in Germany and Austria.  I would like to be somewhere hot, being creative and happy with my life. The usual stuff:)

How come you’re so creative?

The fact that life is so short and precious. Working with other mad creative people and my vision of new and bigger ideas.

How did you first discover house music?

I will try and keep this short..  It started with Polish Jazz, old jazz films, Hip Hop and Wired 80s electronic music. Stevie Wonder and his tune ´As´ just changed it all for me in general.

Then one day me and my friend got into the whole DJ/VJ thing. Partying, playing and so on. House Rave, DNB and Detroit. Somehow I was more into depth and melody and I remember my mate dropped the track 808 State - Pacific (Groove Rider Remix) this track was so different from the rest of the dark stuff at that time. And not at least Stacey Pullen and Chez Damier - Forever Mix 1 (Serious Grooves records).  I got this In a local record shop. This was it for me. I was over the moon, I loved it!

Play it forward! Please pick a track and tell us why you choose just this .

Carl Craig - Domina . One of my all time favorite tracks . Its one of those tunes that makes you feel like you are in some dark bar drinking your self to death.


PLS.TAKE SOME TIME OUT & CHECK OUT MORE OF HIS AMAZING WORK HERE:

VIMEO (More Mox eye candy!)

++ Download his killer mixes :

Mox – Winter Blabla #1

Mox – Winter Blabla #2

Feb 1 / Vari

AMBER B. DIANDA

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As we are so lucky to have so many creative friends around us, we would like to introduce them to all of you. First one out is Amber B. Dianda. I met this talented girl in Australia back in 2002. She was already  then doing the coolest things with her art. Photography, tailoring and whatever she could put together. She has come along way since then and she just continues to inspire us. We are proud to start of this series of posts on a very special Aussie.


INTRODUCE YOURSELF!


Amber B. Dianda
(Photographer, Tailor & Creative Princess)


Your first job?

I grew up on a dairy farm so my brother and I always had jobs like getting fresh milk for the house and getting up before the sun to bring the cows into the dairy for milking but my first real job away from home was a waitress, which was a disaster… Thank God i’m creative cause i completely suck at everything else!

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in the hinterland of Queensland, Australia. My family were some of the first to colonize the Gold Coast, apparently we were ‘free settlers’ but knowing my family, i am dubiousness about this! Hehe!

What are you doing now and where would you like to be in 5 years?

I currently live in Southern California with myhusband Kirk Dianda. I really love traveling and learning about unfamiliar places and meeting new people. My husband and I love our work and happily submerge our whole lives in it, so i guess we will be where ever our creative work takes us.

How come you’re so creative?

My mum was always very creative with fashion and my dad is an inventor at heart, while both my grandmothers were sewers so growing up I always had that hands on or DIY mentality. I would also have to say, the first time I saw Bjørk in her ‘Venus as a boy’ music video, it blew my mind as a teenager and the wonderment continues till today. Her lyrics and ability to invoke emotion like she does constantly inspires me to reach new levels in my own creativity and also to be unique and follow my own path, no rules…and to always fight for what is in your heart.

Play it forward! Please pick a song and tell us why you choose just this track.

I picked the song ‘Storm’ which was written and directed by Bjørk and Leila Arab. The song is part of a soundtrack from the movie ‘Drawing Restraint 9′ that was created by Bjørk in collaboration with her partner Matthew Barney. I love this song because it gives me goosebumps when you listen to it on headphones.

DOWNLOAD : Bjørk – Storm

Be sure to check out more of Amber´s work here.  Blog & Website

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