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Scott Hirsch_windlessDay cover from Jim Merlis, Big Hassle Media for use by 360 Magazine

Scott Hirsch shares in-studio performance – Dreamer

Acclaimed singer-songwriter-producer-musician Scott Hirsch has announced today’s premiere of an exclusive new live in-studio acoustic performance video of his mesmerizing new single, “Dreamer.” Directed by musician/photographer Brendan Willing James at Hirsch’s Echo Magic in Ojai, CA, “Dreamer (Live In-Studio Acoustic Performance)” is streaming now via YouTube here. The official single version of “Dreamer” is available now at all DSPs and streaming services here.

“Dreamer” heralds the upcoming release of Hirsch’s eagerly awaited new album, WINDLESS DAY, due via Echo Magic Records with Soundly Music on Friday, October 8; pre-saves and exclusive vinyl pre-orders are available now here. A duet of sorts, “Dreamer” sees Hirsch exploring a deep well of emotion and sound joined by singer-songwriter Kelly McFarling, both accompanied on the new performance video by musicians Daniel Wright and Mikael Jorgensen.

WINDLESS DAY also includes the recently released singles, “Much Too Late” and “Spirit True,” both available now at all digital platforms. The latter track was met by praise from such influential outlets as Raven Sings The Blues, which wrote, “’Spirit True’ sees Hirsch return to the JJ Cale cool that he’s wrangled in the past, shuffling into view on dive bar dancefloor drums, an afternoon sunset of sax, and Scott’s smoke ring sigh in the vocals. This one is a perfect after-work comedown that feels as refreshing as a cold drink on a hot day.”

A founding member of such groundbreaking bands as Hiss Golden Messenger and The Court & Spark, Scott Hirsch has spent much of the past half-decade gradually growing an acclaimed solo canon, staking his own visionary, deeply personal approach towards traditional American studio craft and songwriting. Hailed by the Chicago Reader as “an album of kaleidoscopic range and beauty that encompasses his varied interests,” 2016’s BLUE RIDER SONGS prompted Pitchfork to enthuse, “It’s taken a long time for (Hirsch) to let out his voice – a cool, soulful thing filled with deep reverence for his source material, if some cynicism about the myths it’s spun, on BLUE RIDER SONGS, Hirsch debunks the idea that redemption is ever a cakewalk, and finds something more truthful and lasting in the pursuit of accepting responsibility.”

Hirsch followed up two years later with LOST TIME BEHIND THE MOON, praised by Sungenre as “a genre-defying blend of all things Americana, showcasing Hirsch’s innate songwriting ability, a mixture of country, blues, folk-rock and psychedelic which come together to create something wholly different from the separate parts. It is moving and contemplative, bold and adventurous, whilst also delicate and sensitive.” LOST TIME BEHIND THE MOON “answers the question of what we might have gotten if Lou Reed had headed for Tulsa instead of Long Island when he bolted from the Velvet Underground,” declared MAGNET, while Pitchfork wrote, “There’s a new confidence here; These songs suggest that Hirsch has reached a destination, at least with his music: that he has arrived at a place where he is able to harness these sounds and allusions to convey the particulars of his wanderlust.” “LOST TIME INSIDE THE MOON bristles and broods,” raved Raven Sings The Blues, “and in the end is a salve and solace to lost souls – Hirsch’s vision of country elegance and barbiturate boogie hangs heavy on the diaphragm, groovin’ and singin’ in the same breath.”

Hirsch continues to work closely with Hiss Golden Messenger as a multi-instrumentalist, arranger, producer, and most recently, mixer on this year’s acclaimed QUIETLY BLOWING IT. The founder of Ojai, CA-based studio and sound design firm, Echo Magic, Hirsch received a 2015 GRAMMY Award nomination for his work as engineer and mixer on folk music legend Alice Gerrard’s FOLLOW THE MUSIC. Other recent credits include collaborations with like-minded artists including Mikael Jorgensen, Orpheo McCord, Daniel Rossen, and William Tyler, the latter of whom recently wrote of Hirsch’s journey to WINDLESS DAY, “To the wandering soul, the promise of travel, the motion of the road, and necessary transience instills a love of the novel experience and fortifies the restless spirit. But when travel is no longer possible, when ‘the road’ becomes the familiar paths around your town and home, is there the time and space to create a new kind of journey? When else would we go inward, by choice or practice, then when the world shuts down around us and we are left with the thoughts and melodies in our heads?”

Scott Hirsch

WINDLESS DAY

(Echo Magic Records)

Release Date: Friday, October 8

Pre-Order Here

Tracklist

  1. Spirit True
  2. Much Too Late
  3. Dreamer
  4. Big Passenger
  5. Redstone
  6. Night People
  7. The Price of Gold
  8. Wolves
  9. Drummer of Shiloh
  10. Love Is Long
snack pop photographed by World Red Eye for use by 360 Magazine

Candy Pop × Cookie Pop Launches Initiative w/ Jim Beam in Miami

@EatSnackPop and Jim Beam hosted a collaborative Happy Hour event with special libations, snacks and desserts featuring Snack Pop, America’s favorite cookie and candy coated popcorn in signature flavors Oreo Cookie Pop with real OREO pieces and Candy Pop with real M&Ms Minis candy pieces to celebrate their launch into Publix stores across Florida, starting with Miami. .

The event was hosted by @Lifestyle_Miami and featured DJ music by Ryan Kenney. Held in Miami at American Social in Brickell, overlooking the intercoastal waterway, on August 5th, 2021. Guests such as The Snaxpert, Miami food bloggers like Miami Food Porn and Brady Ervin, industry VIPs, and media attended the two-hour fete highlighting the two popular popcorn flavors, with specialty cocktail creations and food items created by American Social in partnership with Jim Beam’s mixology team incorporating the popcorn.

As part of the brand’s ongoing “Snackgiving” initiative, a portion of proceeds from all sales of Snack Pop varieties also benefit the Ryan Seacrest Foundation.

Speciality Menu Items at the happy hour included:

  • Sweet & Spicy Bacon (Thick cut bacon, cayenne Caramel, Topped with Candy Pop M&Ms Minis)
  • Cookies & Cream Bread Pudding (Featuring Oreo Cookie Pop, Vanilla Bean Fondant and Whipped Cream)
  • Plus: Hummus Platters, Chipotle Ribs, Tuna Poke Nachos and Goat Cheese Croquettes

Specialty Cocktail Items at the happy hour included:

  • Cookies & Cream Iced Coffee (Jim Beam White, Kahlua, Espresso, Oreo Cookie Milk, Whipped Cream and Cookie Pop with OREO)
  • M&Ms Popcorn Old Fashioned (Jim Beam Black, Chocolate Butters, Popcon syrup, Candy Pop M&Ms Minis)
  • Frozen Orange Creamsicle (Jim Beam Orange, Coco Lopez, Orange Juice, Pineapple Juice, Whipped Cream)
  • Jim Beam Highball (Jim Beam Orange, Q Soda, JB Black, JB White)

The Publix celebratory launch events with Jim Beam and Snack Pop will continue next in Tampa and then Orlando at American Social in both respective cities on August 12th and 19th.

Snack Pop, the quickly growing popcorn brand, which first launched nationwide in 2018 and is available in retailers across the country, continues to introduce flavor expansions each season, is both low calorie and features Non GMO corn, continues to gain notoriety as the favorite popcorn of Hollywood, with fans such as Ryan Seacrest, Cardi B, Lil Yachty, Jordan Kimbell, Dane Cook, Sean Penn, Ashley Greene, Lance Bass, Joey King, Kate Bosworth, Robert De Niro, Anne Heche, Jerry O’Connell, David Arquette, Peter Facinelli, Alexander Ludwig, Wilson Cruz, and much much more.

World Red Eye Photographed the event.

Divorce and marriage illustration by Kaelen Felix for 360 MAGAZINE

Wedding Must-Haves

Happy wedding season! Let’s look into some marital must-haves to make your special day perfect.

  • DJ/Band

This is an absolute must-have, of course. Music plays such an important role in having a romantic, enjoyable, and memorable celebration. Finding a DJ isn’t super hard, and their services can vary in price. A band, on the other hand, can be a little more difficult. However, bands provide a different atmosphere to add to the day that the guests can look forward to.  Music keeps things lively and energetic, and is sure to get everyone dancing.

  • Barda

Whether guests pay for drinks or you provide an open tab, having a bar is very necessary. Having both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks for guests during the reception is a great party idea.

  • Photographer/Videographer

Photographers have always been a necessity for weddings. They capture beautiful moments to always look back on to remember the wonderful day. Something that this generation has made more popular for weddings is videographers. Personally, looking back at videos is one of the best ways to relive a memory. Videographers not only film, but also put together a romantic short films to re-watch the most precious moments.

  • All You Can Eat Appetizers

Who wants to celebrate when everyone is hangry? Having consistent appetizers is so important to keep guests happy. Sometimes, people don’t love sitting down for a huge meal–especially when drinking and dancing. Having small bites will keep everyone happy.

  • A Playlist

Make sure you have an idea of what songs you do and don’t want to play. Don’t stress about it on the day of!

  • Wedding Direction Signs

Not every wedding needs direction signs, and honestly, sometimes guests don’t even bother looking. However, providing directions to parking, restrooms, reception, food, ceremony and other wedding venue locations could be beneficial for guests.

  • Wedding Menu

If you choose to have a buffet or serve the same meal to every guest, the wedding menu is not needed. However, wedding menus can be beneficial and guests will appreciate having dish options.

  • Sparklers

Sparklers are usually used for the bride and groom’s grand exit. They add a beautiful and spectacular touch to moments, photos and videos.

  • Plan For Inclement Weather

If the wedding is planned for outdoors, it’s always important to think of a plan B, just in case the weather changes. Coming up with a backup plan will save you the stress.

  • Just Relax

Forgetting about materialistic things for a moment. Remember to enjoy every step of the wedding planning journey and your special day. Everything happens for a reason and will fall into place, no matter how stressful it seems at the time.

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GODFORD — “CALIFORNIA, PT. I”

Today, France’s enigmatic tastemaker Godford returns to airwaves with a brand new composition, “California, Pt. I,” on Pack Records. You can listen to the new work HERE.

Taking his expressive ethos to new places, the producer transforms California from a dot on a map to a conceptual place of solace where he is able to process his thoughts. This concept is communicated throughout each layer of “California, Pt. I;” its dewy synth-work and soft vocals envelop listeners in warmth, while progressions in a minor key add a hint of nostalgia to the finished product.

“California for me is an abstract place in my head; more like a mental ‘El Dorado’ where I can manage my emotions, and where I feel safe with myself.” —Godford

Further elevating the single is well known magazine photographer and veteran Montblanc, Nike and Longchamp collaborator Felix Dol Maillot, who forged a bespoke music video that emulates the emotions expressed in “California, Pt. I.”

Godford’s core value of transcending ego in modern artistry stands strong. By remaining anonymous, he allows the listeners to create their own interpretations of his work based on emotions elicited within each production. Writing sessions split between the quaint French countryside and the bustling city life of Paris bolster his ability to draw upon a range of emotions, which are translated into song.

This methodology proved resonant on a global scale; Godford’s debut album, Non Binary Place (2020), earned widespread recognition among pop and electronic aficionados alike and lead to a steadfast fanbase around the project. Forbes, FADER, Complex and more offered their praise upon its release. He now prepares to bring his music to a live setting, with a hallowed slot at Pitchfork Music Festival in Paris this November.

Despite a fractured world and continued unrest, “California, Pt. I” offers its audience a chance to reconnect on the sonic plane—and once again harkens to a time where all could share the embrace of the rave.

GoTrax EBE2 image via Alex Bogdan for use by 360 Magazine

GoTrax EBE2 Electric Bike

By: Emily Bunn x Vaughn Lowery

GoTrax’s EBE2 Electric Bike lets cyclists trek faster and further than ever before. The EBE2 Electric Bike is part of GoTrax’s high series line, which showcases the brand’s e-bikes with the largest motors and longest distance capabilities. The EBE2 is one of GoTrax’s most lightweight and high performance e-bike models.

360 Magazine had the incredible opportunity to test ride GoTrax’s EBE3 on the Ballona Creek Bike Path. We mountain biked over six miles of trails, soaking up sun and the picturesque California landscape. Our exhilarating bike trip with GoTrax led us from Marina Del Rey to Culver City. Reminiscent of canal-side bike trails in Amsterdam, Ballona Creek offered awe-inspiring views during our adventure. We whisked through sandy trails, expeditiously sped alongside Ballona Creek, and enjoyed breathtaking views across LA with GoTrax.

We can’t wait to take the EBE2 out for a spin at other LA cyclist hot-spots, like Elysian Park, Cogswell Dam, Mount Wilson, Marvin Braude/Pacific Coast Bike Path, Griffith Park, and The Rose Bowl Loop Trail.

Save time and money on commuting costs by utilizing the ferocious capability and cost-conscious feasibility of the EBE2. Fashioned for fast paced city cruising, this stealthy e-bike maintains a smooth ride for busy commuters. A super hero of modern microtransit, this agile e-bike makes for superior errand runs, pleasure trips or getaway missions. Channel The Hulk as you take on the world on this tenacious, brawny e-bike.

Without ever compromising speed or style, this reliable e-bike lets cyclists go the distance. The EBE2 lessens one’s ecological impact and carbon footprint, transportation costs, and time spent sitting in morning rush traffic while increasing efficiency, physical activity, and pleasure.

GoTrax provides transportation solutions that are accessible and affordable. The company describes their mission as such: “To change, the future of commuting by making products that are environmentally friendly and an effective alternative to traditional transportation, To create, a smarter, greener, and more unique traveling experience, To inspire riders everywhere to experience and join the electric vehicle revolution.”

Design

The EBE2 boasts ultra-modern curb appeal, so riders are sure to be transported with sophistication and style. This e-bike is available to be outfitted in two attractive, monochromatic colorways- white or black. The super sleek, slim, 68.1” x 24.8” x 42.1” aluminum alloy body can compactly fit on subways, maneuver crowded city streets, and beat congested traffic in the bike line. The narrow frame also improves handling and cornering capabilities.

The EBE2 is designed with stylish rims that give the bike a unique, cosmopolitan appearance. The ergonomic, plush bike seat provides a comfortable, cushioned ride, no matter the distance. This souped-up model also comes with custom aluminum alloy rims.

Weighing in at only 66 lbs. and with a 265lb maximum pay load capacity, this light weight electric bike is transportable yet sturdy. This e-bike is sure to be the crown jewel of the streets, showcasing subtle sophistication with its low noise motor.

Technology 

On the bike’s handlebars, the LED display conveniently shows the five speed settings, speedometer, battery life, odometer and headlight status. Positioned to the right of the display monitor is the Shimano 21 speed shifter. Shimano’s products are known to be durable, and provide riders with rapid shift capabilities.

In close reach is the e-bike’s accelerator, located next to the bike’s speed shifter system. Under the LCD display is a USB port, allowing adventurers to charge mobile USB devices on the go.

Durability 

The thin, 26” air filled, shock absorbing, road pneumatic tires allow for increased adaptability and maneuvering capabilities. With up to 50 miles of pedal assist, or 25 miles using thumb throttle only, the EBE2 is the ultimate companion for venturesome cyclists. The pedal assist settings on this e-bike have five speed settings for personalized rider customization. For bikers with the need for speed, the EBE3 is able to climb up to 20mph.

On both sides of the handlebars rests the EBE2’s hand brakes, allowing bikers to yield at a moment’s notice. The vehicle is also equipped with both front and rear brakes. Alert other cyclists of your presence on the road instantaneously with the bike’s horn, situated on the right side of the handlebars.

Thanks to the sturdy front fork suspension and 26” shock absorbing thin road tires, the EBE2 absorbs impact, lessening strain on bikers. The suspension is able to be locked and unlocked.

The EBE2 is a loyal escort where ever riders go–thanks to the e-bike’s 1P53 waterproof rating and aluminum body. Ready for any outdoor expedition, this bike can travel through most weather and road conditions. The off-road capabilities of the EBE2 makes for endless expedition, whether on rugged mountain terrain or uneven city streets.

Performance 

Reach new speeds with the massive 350 watt brushless motor, which can accelerate to 20 mph. This power-packed motor provides high torque while simultaneously maintaining low power consumption. With the impressive Shimano speed shifter, riders can transition between gears without friction.

Bikers can venture out on lengthy day trips and extended cruises with the EBE2’s 36V 10.4Ah high capacity battery. Compared to the EBE2’s sister model, the Emerge, this newer model packs more power than ever before. The EBE2 lets bikers to reach up to 50 miles under PAS Mode, or up to 25 miles under electric mode. The long range battery, which provides prolonged travel potential, is seamlessly integrated into the bike’s body. Able to recharge in just 6 hours, GoTrax effortlessly keeps up with all of life’s thrilling adventures.

For riders seeking out extra long-lasting battery power, consider Raptic Strong‘s Titan 225 battery. The Titan 225 is a portable, rechargeable battery generator designed to provide long-lasting power for all your devices– able to recharge your phone up to twenty times, laptops up to five times, and tablets up to six times. The battery includes three USB hubs, one USBC hub, a lighter plug, and an AC plug. This portable power cell came in handy while we traversed trails at Ballona Creek all day long. With this extremely durable battery, you don’t have to worry about losing power– no matter where your e-bike adventure takes you! 

Safety

This e-bike is able to keep riders safe even at night, thanks to its illuminating front headlight. For added visibility, attach a valve tire light– like this one from Buzztronics– to your e-bike. USB handlebar lights also can help brighten biker’s paths while riding at night. For bikers looking for rechargeable, long-lasting, illuminating power, look no further than Dash‘s 520 USB light. 

For bikers looking for more security, bike lock kits like UBULLOX’s on Amazon provide tools for proactive protection. Their bike kit includes a heavy duty bike lock, shackle, security cable, mounting bracket, and keys. Similarly, security tech company ABUS offers security solutions with their folding locks.

Another protective security measure bikers can take is attaching a horn to their vehicle. This guide can help find the optimal horn for your bike. Considerations to keep in mind while purchasing a bike horn include sound, type of horn, sound modes, size, ease of use, and price.

The EBE2’s included kick stand allows for bikers to prop up their bike while stopped. 360 Magazine recommends checking that the brake system is properly functioning before use. Furthermore, be sure to review the e-bike’s safety warnings.

Ergonomics × Additional Features

Compared to other similar GoTrax models- including its predecessor model (the EBE1) and proceeding model (the EBE4) – the EBE2 reigns triumphant. The EBE2 is able to travel faster and almost double as far as the EBE1. The EBE2’s 26” inch tires towers over both the EBE1 and EBE4 model’s wheels, providing the utmost stability for riders. These wheels are unlikely to get bent, and provide long lasting wear. As compared to regular bikes with spokes, the EBE2’s mag wheels more lightweight, which licenses this e-bike to accelerate faster.

The EBE2 is affordable compared to other e-bikes in its category, such as the NCN Moscow Plus or the ECOTRIC Fat Tire bike. The GoTrax 26” EBE2 Electric Bike also has a more powerful motor than comparable electric bikes, like the NAKTO 26” Caro Electric Bike. The thumb throttle on the EBE2 is relatively smaller than average, which allows it to comfortable fit into rider’s palms.

The EBE2’s original price was $889.99, but this impressive, intrepid e-bike is currently on sale for just $849.99. Upon purchase, orders are generally processed in 24 hours and shipped out for free in 3-5 business days.

This e-bike is easy to assemble, but mobile bike services may be contacted if need be. Cyclists looking for aid in constructing their e-bike should call Velofix– a mobile bike shop with many locations across the United States. For those on the East Coast, Cycle Haus is another trustworthy option for mobile e-bike repair. On the West Coast, Hoopty Bikes Mobile Bike Repair offers 24/7, mobile bike services. Once their e-bike is put together, riders are to be cruising in style wherever they journey on GoTrax’s EBE2 Electric Bike.

All of GoTrax’s products are certified to UL safety standards. If you’re not satisfied, GoTrax offers a 30-day return and 90-day warranty. Furthermore, for additional purchase, customers can add on a 2-year ($74.99) or 3-year ($849.99) warranty plan.

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GoTrax EBE2 lifestyle image from Emily Dodge at GoTrax for use by 360 Magazine
GoTrax EBE2 lifestyle image from Emily Dodge at GoTrax for use by 360 Magazine
Sunlite LightRing USB Combo Light product image by Armon Hayes for use by 360 Magazine
Buzztronics Sparx Valve Tire Light with Battery image by Armon Hayes for use by 360 Magazine
Raptic Strong Titan 225 battery product image via Vaughn Lowery for use by 360 Magazine
Emily Bunn image via emilyxbunn on Instagram for use by 360 Magazine "Emily" page

Emily

Emily Bunn is a writer and photographer, who has been published by the likes of 360 Magazine, County Lines Magazine, Cambridge Editors, Society19, Milkcrate, WhatsPop and Gauge Magazine, among others. Specializing in lifestyle writing and entertainment journalism, Emily is constantly on the pulse of pop culture.

A bonafide media mogul, Emily currently works at 360 Magazine. While Emily produces stories in a variety of topics, she concentrates on the topics of fashion and beauty, music and entertainment, current affairs coverage, and auto industry writing. The impressive roster of clientele she’s produced writing for via 360 Magazine includes celebrities such as Beyoncé, Markice Moore, and John Oates, and high-end brands like Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini, and TAG Heuer. While Emily began as a digital media intern with 360, she has been able to cement herself as a valuable asset to the magazine as the Executive Assistant.

Emily is arriving on the scene of the publishing industry with spunk and diligence. She recently graduated magna cum laude in May of 2021 from Emerson College. During her time at Emerson, Emily majored in Writing, Literature and Publishing, with a minor in Photography. She was involved with various on-campus publications, including writing for the music blog, Milkcrate, and providing photography for the design-oriented literary magazine, Gauge.

Emily’s photographic responsibilities progressed throughout her collegiate career, due to success in documentary, darkroom, and digital photography courses. Emily’s deep passion for image-making blossomed as she worked as a film and photo tech at Emerson College’s darkroom and photo lab. Able to produce images both through both analog and digital mediums, Emily enjoys documenting street photography and live music events. Her debut photography exhibition, “People Watching” was showcased at the Huret-Spector Gallery in Boston, Massachusetts in November of 2020.

A live music enthusiast, Emily has always been very involved in her local music scene. In Boston, she worked on the Live Events team at Emerson College’s radio station, WECB.fm. Representing the underground sound of Emerson, Emily worked with the team to produce open mic nights, campus events, and sold out concerts. Eventually, Emily’s participation with WECB.fm landed her the position of Live Events Manager. She produced large scale concerts for a variety of notable musicians, including Alex G, Japanese Breakfast, and Diet Cig. Emily also worked to highlight emerging, local artists in her community by photographing album covers and organizing band photoshoots.

Emily’s involvement with the radio station didn’t stop there, as she was also a live broadcast DJ personality on WECB.fm. Throughout her entire collegiate career, Emily performed as the personality for several radio shows, including “The Cry Guys” and “Suppy?” As a DJ, Emily worked to curate weekly radio show playlists and grow her listenership. Both of her shows highlighted recently released alternative music. A weekly album review accompanied each episode, in which Emily researched and reported on musicians and offered her opinion on stand-out album tracks. Both “Suppy?” and “The Cry Guys” premiered weekly on Sunday mornings, and Emily was sure to wake up, electrify, and excite listeners with her punk music curation.

Looking towards the future, Emily is working to continue expanding her music coverage repertoire, honing in her interviewing abilities, and creating engaging, politically conscious, intelligent digital content. Connect with her on LinkedIn or Instagram.

"People Watching" photography exhibit by Emily Bunn, photographed by Emily Bunn, for use by 360 Magazine "Emily" page

Emily Bunn at her “People Watching” photography exhibit at the Huret-Spector Gallery in Boston, MA.

Robert Ector greeting card images via Robert Ector for use by 360 Magazine

Robert Ector Releases Luxury Greeting Cards

Luxury fashion photographer Robert Ector has recently launched his exclusive collection of luxury greeting cards. The selection consists of 25, 5” x 7” custom greeting cards, which feature Ector’s incredible eye for photography and design. Black, offset envelopes are included to encase each salutation. Ornate gold foil stamping encases the stationary, and the meme-worthy verbiage makes for a memorable address. The assortment also comes with laminated art paper. Make your statement with a statement using these high-end greetings.

Last year, Ector released his photo book, “DETAILS: City Streets Are The Real Runways.” The text features over 400 full color photographs of some of the most expensive fashion pieces in the world, luxury street wear, and street photography. Ector, famous for his creative direction for A-list celebrities such as Steve Harvey, Wendy Williams, Lala Anthony and Mary J. Blige, showcases incredible individuals donned in even more fabulous fashion on every page. Readers are sure to become enthralled and won’t be able to stop flipping through mesmerizing 650 pages.

Fashion iconoclast and multi-talented artist Mary J Blige wrote the foreword for the text, as well as attended its NYFW launch. The two have shared an artistic relationship for years. Recently, Ector was also the promotional shoot photographer for Blige’s Netflix docu-series, “My Life.” The documentary series was named after Blige’s earlier album which has the same title. Alongside Ector’s stunning photography, the series features executive production from Puff Daddy (aka, Sean “Puffy” Combs) and executive music production from Quincy Jones. Commentary from Diddy, Taraji P. Henson, and Alicia Keys is also included in “My Life.”

Another of Ector’s previous photo projects includes shooting our magazine’s cover of Tamar Braxton. As Ector continues his artistic endeavors, we look forward to seeing what is next to come from the accomplished artist.

*All photos provided by Robert Ector

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Reese Sherman Spectrum 1 photograph for use by 360 Magazine

Reese Sherman Q×A

Reese Sherman is a talented photographer who creates stunning portraiture. The photographer has been featured by the likes of Town & Country, Essence, Ambassador Digital Magazine, W Magazine, Muze, and more. The vibrant portfolio of Sherman’s evocative, striking, beautiful photographs can be viewed on their website or Instagram. Sherman looks to empower viewers with their photography and highlight gender-neutral inclusivity and LGBT+ acceptance. During this pride month, we sat down with the artist to discuss their latest photography project, which involves self-exploration, unity, and love.

Could you tell us about your photographic approach to this project?

This all came about during the BLM and Trans Lives Matter movement, where I was noticing so many people were standing up and showing up as themselves. Such an array of different people showed off their style and spoke loud and proud about who they are. [It] really inspired me to pick up my camera and shoot my husband wearing masculine clothes mixed with feminine jewelry against bright, bold and colorful backdrops. [These photos] showcase[ed] him being 100% comfortable within the style of art and fashion. I wanted to explore incorporating feminine elements within a masculine framework in a way that transcends sexuality. This is all about style and freedom and identity that goes beyond any pre-conceived category.

“This is all about style, freedom, and identity…” Was your model, Jamarr, a part of the creative process as well? 

Jamarr is a creative individual… I love to collaborate with him and have him give his input into projects, especially this one, where we both styled the wardrobe and jewelry. Also having my husband a part of this, I wanted the story to stay true to his own authentic style, since his normal everyday accessory wear isn’t geared towards feminine pieces. But, styling him with a pink beaded necklace, yellow roses and eyeliner really took him out of his norm—but he was confident in wearing it all.

Did photographing your partner make this project more intimate/personal?  

Absolutely! We just know each other so well to the point when we first started to talk about this project, we spoke about the issues the LGBTQ+ community was going through. The issues that the Black community was dealing with made this personal to us. Seeing Jamarr model and stay grounded in his sexuality was inspiring to me. This made us both proud of what we’re hoping to accomplish, which is gender-neutral inclusivity.  

Some of your images are more detailed and some of them not, could you tell us what this mean/how you would like the viewers to interpret your photos?

I want the viewers to see timeless, intimate and non-conforming pictures. I want viewers to feel confident to do whatever is it that makes them happy. if you want to pile on a bunch of jewelry head-to-toe, do it! If you’re a man and you come across an accessory that is traditionally feminine, wear it and be proud! If you’re a woman, same thing applies, if you want to wear clothing that’s traditionally male. Be proud of how you present yourself. I just want people to feel empowered.

What is the most important component of this collection of work?
Two words: unity and love.

What is the most challenging component of this collection of work? 

The challenge was putting this all together and hoping the result would match what we envisioned in our minds.

Could you comment on the styling of choice and what inspired you to choose these colors in particular? (Apart from the colors of the pride flag!)

The unapologetic energy of the model, the juxtaposition of the traditionally feminine jewelry against his body hair, the structured clothing made of shiny, flowing fabrics—they all promote the idea that masculinity is what you make it. Initially the pink just felt fun and exciting. Yellow felt like sun kissed skin plus it reminded us of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” The orange/red was striking and sexy. And a lot of the jewelry was my grandmother’s, so that added an even more personal aspect to the work.

Reese Sherman Spectrum 1 photograph for use by 360 Magazine

Reese Sherman Spectrum 1 photograph for use by 360 Magazine

Reese Sherman Spectrum 1 photograph for use by 360 Magazine

Reese Sherman Spectrum 1 photograph for use by 360 Magazine

Reese Sherman Spectrum 1 photograph for use by 360 Magazine

Reese Sherman Spectrum 1 photograph for use by 360 Magazine

Reese Sherman Spectrum 1 photograph for use by 360 Magazine

Rolls-Royce illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Making A Legend

ROLLS-ROYCE MARKS WORLD BOOK DAY WITH ‘MAKING A LEGEND’

  • Rolls-Royce celebrates UNESCO World Book Day on 23 April 2021 with Making A Legend
  • The new book explores the unique blend of hand-craftmanship, and world-class technology embodied in the present generation of Rolls-Royce motor cars
  • Authors Simon Van Booy and Harvey Briggs granted exclusive behind-the-scenes access with photographer Mariano Vilarós at Rolls-Royce’s Global Centre of Luxury Manufacturing Excellence at Goodwood
  • Foreword provided by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Chief Executive, Torsten Müller-Ötvös
  • Hardcover, 296 pages, full-colour photographs throughout; now available from all good retailers

“When the authors approached us with their proposal for this book, we welcomed them with open arms. Simon and Harvey are both distinguished writers with great perceptiveness, integrity and enthusiasm. They joined us at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, West Sussex, where we gave them our full support, granting access to whatever and whoever they wanted to see and talk about. Their words, combined with the images captured by Mariano Vilarós, make this a definitive history of the marque, right up to and including, the present day. Its publication represents a worthy addition to the literature of Rolls-Royce, a fine celebration of our unique products and people, and a perfect book with which to acknowledge World Book Day.”Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Rolls-Royce marks the UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day with Making A Legend – a new book exploring how today’s generation of Rolls-Royce motor cars is designed and handcrafted at Rolls-Royce’s Global Centre of Luxury Manufacturing Excellence in Goodwood, England.

An important and worthy addition to the extensive Rolls-Royce literary canon, Making A Legend takes in a broad sweep of the company’s history, featuring cars from the marque’s very earliest days in the 1900s, right up to new Ghost launched in 2020.

The book provides an intimate, highly contemporary account of life at the house of luxury, with the aim of connecting readers with the people who make the best car in the world. The narrative follows the process of transforming a customer’s idea into a finished product, through interviews with individuals from all departments including Bespoke designers, skilled craftspeople and assembly specialists.

Over almost 300 lavishly illustrated pages, every detail of how a Rolls-Royce motor car is designed, engineered and meticulously hand-built, is examined. Chapters include Design and Customization, Paint and Finish, Chassis Assembly, Woodwork, Leather and Testing; there is also an entire section devoted to the Spirit of Ecstasy, the figurine that has graced the bonnet of Rolls-Royce motor cars for over 100 years.

Emmy-winning automotive journalist Harvey Briggs, novelist Simon Van Booy and photographer Mariano Vilarós were granted unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to Rolls-Royce’s facilities and people over several months before the Covid-19 pandemic struck.

Briggs, who grew up in America’s Motor City, Detroit, and has reviewed every new Rolls-Royce model since Wraith in 2013, recalls being surprised at how much work is still performed by hand, even in the assembly process. He was also struck by the level of innovation in today’s Rolls-Royce motor cars, and the marque’s commitment to delivering impeccable quality.

Harvey Briggs commented, “The first time I visited Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, I was in awe of the exceptional creativity and skill of the people who design and build these remarkable cars. I knew I had to tell those stories.”

Simon Van Booy added, “The friendly perfectionism for craft, displayed by everyone we interviewed and Mariona photographed, was inspiring to the point where we knew the book had to be something rare and marvelous and functional – rather like a Rolls-Royce itself.”

Organized by UNESCO, World Book and Copyright Day celebrates the role of books and reading as a link between the past and the future, the bridge across generations and cultures. The date, 23rd April, is symbolic in world literature, marking the deaths of playwright and poet William Shakespeare, the creator of Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes, and the early Peruvian writer, Inca Garcilaso de la Vega.

Making A Legend is published in hardback by ACC Art Books, and is now available from all good retailers including Amazon.

Mare Monstrum/Drown in My Magic, a digital exhibition by David Uzochukwu on Artsy for use via 360 Magazine

David Uzochukwu – Mare Monstrum/Drown in My Magic

Mare Monstrum/Drown in My Magic, a digital exhibition by David Uzochukwu on Artsy

2016 – ongoing.
Italy, Senegal, Germany

Artist statement:

Mare Monstrum / Drown In My Magic channels the power of myth by explicitly visualizing Black merfolk. It envisions water as expanse which the characters can cut through, be safe in. No longer are they subject to whims of the tide, or drift into a void that holds the potential for destruction. Instead, the portrayed are equipped to survive and find freedom in the monstrous.

It almost seems as though Blackness is inevitably linked to a passage through the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, Evros River, whether historic or recent. The potential of self-actualisation lapping at someone’s feet always calls to mind the blood, sweat and tears of those who have come before them. Can new lore shift the entanglement of Black bodies and their environments, making unquestionably clear that they belong?

About the series:

David Uzochukwu’s photographs deliver you into warm and sensitive worlds where humans and nature entwine in search of belonging. Expanses of sand, water or sky embrace Black bodies emanating strength and resilience. Often their limbs morph into fantastical forms against hyper-real landscapes that offer a space for contemplation or escape. It’s this interplay between the natural and supernatural, between the visible and invisible, that imbues the artist’s images with an arresting presence.

Uzochukwu’s ongoing body of work, Mare Monstrum / Drown In My Magic, uses the central idea of Black mermaids to explore both the historical relationship between the African diaspora and the water, and contemporary politics around illegal migration. A great part of the images were made in Senegal in 2018 and show mermen emerging from the seas protecting and healing one another. The most recent images came together in Germany and introduce a whole community of hybrid merfolk in states of solace and rebirth. An incubated baby, a proud centaur and a tender couple, among others, inhabit a boundless realm.

The Austrian-Nigerian artist was born in 1998 in Innsbruck. His photographic practice began as a teenager with intimate self-portraiture that soon gained recognition. He’s enjoyed collaborations with artists including FKA Twigs, Pharrell Williams, Ibeyi and Iris van Herpen. Since joining Galerie Number 8, he’s exhibited at Bozar, Photo Vogue Festival, Unseen Amsterdam, Off Biennale Dakar and LagosPhoto. He was named ‘One to Watch’ by the British Journal of Photography in 2020, and his first co-directed short film, Götterdämmerung, was selected for Max-Ophüls-Preis in 2021. He is currently studying philosophy at HU Humboldt University of Berlin.

“The long history of oppression experienced by people of color in the West makes an unlikely context for art devoted to the fantastical. All the more so when you consider recent developments such as the racist rhetoric and anti-immigration policies of the Trump administration, the chilling roll call of African-Americans killed by US police (Freddie Gray, Eric Garner, Philando Castile) and the bigotries unleashed in Britain by Brexit (monkey chants at football matches and a spike in xenophobic hate crimes). Under such conditions, it’s worth asking if a turn to the fantastic by black artists is driven by a desire to escape from the charged and painful circumstances of daily life. Yet the opposite seems to be true. What characterizes much of the imagery being produced today is an eagerness to grapple with urgent questions of culture, identity and history– albeit through imagery that accentuates the extraordinary rather than the everyday. (…)

Ultimately, the Berlin-based David Uzochukwu – whose recent Drown in my Magic project situates a panoply of mythical water creatures within arid landscapes – may speak for all the artists currently finding inspiration in fantasy. The goal, as Uzochukwu puts it, is to reclaim the narrative of fantasy’ by embracing ‘the alien otherness projected onto black bodies in a way that could be read as pure empowerment.’”
-Extract of the essay “A Fantastic Turn” by Ekow Eshun for Unseen Magazine.

Drown in My Magic will go live starting April 16th 2021 on Artsy HERE.

Mare Monstrum/Drown in My Magic, a digital exhibition by David Uzochukwu on Artsy for use via 360 Magazine

Mare Monstrum/Drown in My Magic, a digital exhibition by David Uzochukwu on Artsy for use via 360 Magazine