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STEVE AOKI × THEOS

STEVE AOKI Joins Forces with THEOS To Create New TV Show THE GATHERING Celebrating the World’s Greatest Festivals

Steve Aoki uncovers the most significant cultural celebrations in THE GATHERING. The project is a personal journey which takes Aoki from offstage and into the crowd in a way we’ve never seen before.

Executive Producer David Lingwood brings us to significant cultural festivals worldwide through the eyes of one of today’s most renowned global DJs.

A man of the people, Steve Aoki, tends to meet the locals and discovers their stories whenever he travels around the globe. It’s a desire he has to dive deeper into the social fabric of our times. This passion for telling personal stories was most famously captured when he interviewed cab drivers of Middle Eastern descent right after 9/11. With THE GATHERING, travel further to find engaging interactions and encounters with communities and why they come together to celebrate the human condition the way they do. Through Aoki’s unique storytelling, watch as he goes to England for “The Appleby Horsefair” to learn about England’s deep gypsy roots. Or “The Boryeong Mud Festival” in Korea to learn about another side of their culture. Steve fearlessly shares his contagious passion for culture and adventure and carries you to places and events that you’ve never heard of. A master at his craft, his goal is to find commonality through expression and community while highlighting music, authentic food, culture, people, and travel. Viewers will see some genuinely surprising answers. 

DAVE LINGWOOD

David has 10+ years of experience producing award-winning television for numerous networks, including MTV, FOX, Freeform, and HGTV, to name a few. With an instinctual knack for sniffing out contemporary talent and formats, he has an unparalleled eye for recognizing trending IP. As one of the co-founders of THEOS, David has developed and sold dozens of pilots and series to networks and platforms throughout his career. In addition to producing, David shares duality as talent too, which began as one of the millennial-defining MTV series The Buried Life stars. He also wrote New York Times #1 bestseller “What Do You Want To Do Before You Die.”

David Lingwood inside 360 magazine (photo provided by workhouse pr).

THEOS is a new media entertainment company of curious storytellers. We focus on creating the most innovative and stylized media for all new domestic and global platforms. Our mission is to create demographic-specific content targeting Gen-Z and Millennials. Our goal is simple: create content that destroys molds. To learn more, visit www.theos.co

Steve Aoki × End of the World

Steve Aoki

2x-Grammy-nominated artist Steve Aoki and Multi-Platinum Tokyo-based group End of the World released the brand new self-titled End of the World today Beautifully synchronizing the individual styles of both artists, the single sees End of the World lead singer Fukase’s whispery falsetto smoothly glide over Aoki’s signature electronic groove. The track pulses with positive energy from start to finish, leading with a universal message about tapping into the present. Listen here.

The End of the World’s origin story began with Aoki as a fan of the band, who are known for performing in Japan to stadium-sized audiences upwards of 140K fans. Sooner than later, Aoki reached out, and End of the World was excited to join forces. This intense exchange of energy and emotion between Aoki and Fukase inspired them to hit the studio to work on an original collaboration, which would ultimately become End of the World. During the process, the two finally met this summer in July, when Fukase appeared on stage at one of Aoki’s Las Vegas performances. The song’s refrain “Don’t tell me it’s the end of the world tonight” suggests a longing for the night to keep going and to feel hopeful again, energized by the return to live music and their shared experience being back on stage.

Aoki, who was recently announced as an Asian Hall of Fame inductee for the class of 2021, says of the project, “I’ve been a big fan of End of the World’s music for a while now, so when the opportunity came up to work with them, I was honored. It’s always fun for me to collaborate with Japanese artists given my heritage, and to bring that to the rest of the world. The song we made is special not only in its lyrical content, but in its uplifting melody, and I am so excited for it to be out for everyone to dance and sing along to.

End of the World’s Fukase adds, “As our first ever self-titled work, this song brings me back to the time in my life when I had lost everything that it literally felt like it was the end of the world. Thats how the band’s name came about, to remind all of us that it is never too late to start anything, even from the very end. Lyric-wise, this song sounds a lot like a normal love song, but I also feel like every word is meant for my old self in the past.”

About Steve Aoki

Steve Aoki, the two-time Grammy-nominated producer/DJ is one of today’s most successful American cross-genre artists, collectively counting 2.8 billion music streams on Spotify. As the founder of the trendsetting record label, events/lifestyle company, and apparel line Dim Mak Records, which he founded in 1996, Aoki has helped launch the careers of global acts like The Chainsmokers, Bloc Party, The Bloody Beetroots, The Gossip, and The Kills, among many others. Dim Mak today counts more than 1,000 official releases from the biggest acts and most buzzing newcomers across EDM, indie rock, hip-hop and beyond over its two-decades-plus discography. As a solo artist, Aoki boasts a lauded discography that includes: Wonderland (2012), his debut solo album, which garnered him his first-ever Grammy nomination for Best Dance/Electronica Album; hip-hop centric Kolony (2017), and the Neon Future series, which includes Neon Future I (2014, certified gold by the RIAA), Neon Future II (2015), Neon Future III (2018) and the recently released Neon Future IV (April 2020); which has rocketed in streaming to date and received praise from singles such as Maldad; ft. Maluma and Let It Be Me, ft. Backstreet Boys. Recognized by Forbes as one of the top 5 world’s highest paid DJ’s and the world’s hardest working DJ, Aoki is “one of the most in-demand entertainers in the world” (Billboard), counting more than 250 tour dates per year. In 2012, Aoki founded The Aoki Foundation, which primarily supports organizations in the brain science and research areas with a specific focus on regenerative medicine and brain preservation, more information HERE. Most recently, Steve Aoki released his critically acclaimed memoir entitled, “Blue: The Color of Noise” published by St. Martin’s Press.

About End of the World

Since their debut in Japan, End of the World composed of 4 childhood friends Fukase, Nakajin, Saori and D.J. Love have swept the Japanese music scene as Sekai No Owari quickly gained momentum, touring sold-out arenas and stadiums all over Asia. In keeping with the ambition and desire to share music with a global audience, End of the World is completely reinvented as the band’s new moniker to take an innovative approach with their music. Their single Lost featuring Clean Bandit was play-listed on BBC Radio2 gaining 30M+ streams worldwide. After many years of making, End of the World released a debut album Chameleon reflecting the journey as End of the Word.

Steve Aoki Wikipedia HERE

360 Magazine Golden Cat Issue HERE.

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Lights Announces “Baby I’m Back” Tour

Alt-pop artist Lights has just announced the “Baby I’m Back” North American headline tour. The tour kicks off in Portland, OR on April 3, 2022, making stops in Los Angeles and NYC before closing in Toronto, Ontario on May 7. Presale tickets will be available for purchase on Wednesday, November 17 at 10 am local time. General on sale tickets are available on November 19 at 10 am local time. For tickets and more information on the tour visit www.iamlights.com.

Lights just returned with her new single and official video for Prodigal Daughter, which is the first track in her upcoming album which is expected to release in 2022. Lights’ unapologetic and honest nature pushes the boundaries of alt-pop music. Her alternative culture and music have been continuously rising with streams in the hundreds of millions. Throughout her career, Lights has collected multiple awards, sold out tours and has collaborated with artists like Travis Baker and Steve Aoki. With the release of her new single Prodigal Daughter, Lights has jumpstarted a new era.

 

 

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AREA15 Announces June Entertainment + Events

AREA15, the art and entertainment district located minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, announces new and ongoing events and entertainment taking place this month.

AREA15 is open to the public at 12 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Mondays, 12 p.m. to 12 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 12 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Fridays, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturdays and 10 a.m. to midnight on Sundays. Admission to AREA15 is free and will be limited to guests ages 21 and older after 10 p.m. every day.

“Vaccines After Dark” Vaccination Site

Date: Monday, June 14

Time: 7 to 10 p.m.

Cost: Free. All visitors who receive a shot will be given complimentary ice cream from Emack & Bolio’s.

Description: In partnership with Clark County Commissioner Justin Jones and Touro University, AREA15 will host “Vaccines After Dark” – a COVID-19 vaccination site for Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson. The event is offered for first and second dose vaccinations and will take place outdoors in the shade, located in AREA15’s outdoor venue, A-Lot. Guests are also encouraged to stay late for Industry Night and enjoy 25 percent off experiences and activations after 10 p.m. Those who plan to stay after receiving their vaccines can enjoy Industry Night entertainment at Oddwood featuring DJs GRECO, GMBT and 530 beginning at 10 p.m. Must present a valid Nevada I.D. to receive the discount. After 10 p.m. AREA15 is 21 years or older only.

Summer DJ Series: 4B + Disco Fries

Date: Saturday, June 19

Time: Doors at 9 p.m. Show starts at 10 pm.

Cost: General admission for ages 21+ are $15; General admission for ages 18-20 are $20. Click here to purchase tickets.

Description: Part of AREA15’s “A Series”, 4B and Disco Fries will perform live in the 32,000-square-foot, outdoor A-Lot. All shows are 18 years or older, with an outdoor beer garden open for guests ages 21 years and older.

About 4B: At 24 years old, DJ and producer Bobby McKeon, known as “4B”, has already spent 11 years relentlessly pursuing his sound and vision. During this period, he’s garnered significant support from industry heavyweights such as Skrillex, Diplo, Tiesto and DJ Snake.

About Disco Fries: Disco Fries, comprising Nick Ditri and Danny Boselovic, have become a staple in modern dance music by walking the sonic tightrope between mainstream and club-stream. Their music has been championed by some of the biggest names in dance: from artists such as Kaskade, Diplo, Steve Aoki and Hardwell to popular media outlets such as Billboard, MTV, Rolling Stone and Dancing Astronaut.

Father’s Day Whiskey Crawl

Date: Sunday, June 20

Time: 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Cost: $32

Description: Treat Dad to a drink – or three – throughout AREA15. Guests can enjoy Toki Japanese Whisky at Oddwood, Jim Beam at The Beast by Todd English and Makers Mark outside in AREA15’s new Art Garden. For more information and tickets visit here.

Summer DJ Series: Morgan Page

Date: Saturday, June 26

Time: Doors at 9 p.m. Show starts at 10 pm.

Cost: General admission for ages 21+ is $20; General admission for ages 18-20 is $25. Click here to purchase tickets.

Description: Part of AREA15’s “A Series”, Morgan Page will perform live in the 32,000-square-foot, outdoor A-Lot. All shows are 18 years or older, with an outdoor beer garden open for guests ages 21 years and older.

About Morgan Page: Morgan Wolf Page is an American DJ and music producer. Page has received two Grammy Award nominations: a personal nomination for best remix with Nadia Ali and best remix for “The Longest Road” (deadmau5 Remix) in 2009.

Draganza: A FIERCE VARIETY SHOW

Date: Every Friday night

Time: Shows at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Doors open an hour before the show begins.

Cost: General admission tickets are $20; V.I.P. Queen Meet and Greet tickets are available $45 which include general admission seating and one photo with one of the Queens performing in the show; VIP table packages are available and require $300 beverage minimum. Click here to purchase tickets.

Description: Draganza is Las Vegas’ newest and fiercest drag variety show featuring the city’s most fabulous queens: Alexis Mateo, Coco Montrese, Kahanna Montrese and special guest Elliott with 2 T’s. Guests can join the queens every Friday in The PORTAL, AREA15’s 360-degree projection-mapped entertainment space, for a night of epic lip syncs, celebrity impersonations, surprise performances, friendly audience competition, drink specials and more. Must be 21 years of age or older. Valid ID required upon check-in.

AREA15 Industry Night

Dates: Every Monday

Time: 10 p.m. to closing

Description: Feel the beats from a variety of DJs on the decks and underneath the glow of Oddwood. Industry locals will enjoy a 25 percent discount on activations, experiences and libations inside AREA15 with a local I.D. every Monday night. Discounts during Industry Night include Wink World: Portals Into The Infinite, Museum Fiasco, Five Iron Golf, Dueling Axes as well as off food and drinks at The Beast by Todd English and Oddwood Bar. More information here. After 10 p.m. AREA15 is 21 years or older only.

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience

Date: Throughout the month of June (dark on Fridays and after 6 p.m. on Saturdays)

Time: 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.; ticket times are every half hour.
Cost: Click here to purchase tickets.

  • General admission adult tickets are $35; seniors 65 years and older and military are $28; children 12 years and under are $19.
  • VIP adult tickets are $45; seniors 65 years and older and military are $38; children 12 years and under are $29.
  • Discounts are available for Nevada residents with valid I.D.

Description: On view through July 30, Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience is a timed experience encompassing 35 minutes and mapped specifically to fit the nearly 7,000-square-foot PORTAL. Guests take an awe-inspiring journey into the incomparable universe of Van Gogh, one of the greatest artistic geniuses of the 19th century. Explore his life, his work, and his secrets as never before through cutting-edge 360-degree digital projections, a one-of-a-kind VR experience, and a uniquely atmospheric light and sound show. The exhibition is brought to you by the organizers of a collection of widely successful exhibitions present in cities across Europe, Asia and the Americas. General admission tickets include lounge seating where guests are enveloped in sensational artistry, while VIP tickets will include VR goggles to experience “A Day in the Life of the Artist in Arles, France,” a virtual stroll alongside Van Gogh himself to explore the countryside settings that inspired his artwork.

Starry Light Package: An Immersive Art Ticket Package

Date: Monday through Wednesday in June

Time: 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Cost: $50 per person (equaling $20 off the full retail price). To book this package, click here.

Description: Enjoy all the art AREA15 has to offer with a bundled ticket package. Guests can experience Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience, Wink World: Portals Into The Infinite and Museum Fiasco for one price.

Van Gogh Family Ticket Package:

Cost: $21.25 per person

Description: Includes tickets for two adults and two children ages 12 and under. Family Ticket Packs will be validated upon entry. No substitutions may be made.

Van Gogh Nevada Resident Family Ticket Package:

Cost: $15 per person

Description: Includes tickets for two adults and two children ages 12 and under. Must present a valid Nevada I.D. to receive entry. Family Ticket Packs will be validated upon entry. No substitutions may be made.

Kappa Toys Pop-Up:

Description: New to AREA15 is Kappa Toys. Kappa Toys is a design-minded toy store, with a wide selection of never-before-seen oddities combined with a carefully curated selection of nostalgic classics. This special edition Kappa Toys Glow location is dedicated to illuminated playthings for youngsters and the young at heart, from lava lamps to glow in the dark stars – if it is awesome and glows in the dark you’ll find it here! Visit Kappatoys for additional details.

About AREA15

AREA15, located minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, is the world’s first purpose-built experiential entertainment district offering live events, immersive activations, monumental art installations, extraordinary design elements, unique retail, ground-breaking technology, bars and eateries and much more. With a growing collection of dynamic destinations including Dueling AxesEmporium Arcade BarLost Spirits DistilleryOddwood Bar, “Wink World: Portals Into The Infinite,” Museum FiascoRocket FizzFive Iron GolfThe Beast by Todd EnglishOZ Experience and anchor experience, Meow Wolf’s Omega Mart, AREA15 is an ever-changing art, retail and entertainment attracting locals and tourists of all ages.

AREA15 represents a collaborative venture between real estate development firm Fisher Brothers and creative agency Beneville Studios, both of New York.

Public Health Notice

AREA15 and all its experiences follow the latest recommendations of leading health experts and government authorities, including the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. AREA15 will no longer require face masks to be worn by guests who are fully vaccinated. For guests that are not fully vaccinated, AREA15 strongly encourages that masks continue to be worn. AREA15 employees will still be required to wear masks until further notice.

Social Media Links:

Facebook: @AREA15LasVegas

Instagram: @AREA15Official

Twitter: @AREA15Official

YouTube: AREA15

Hashtag:

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ALAN WALKER × IMANBEK - SWEET DREAMS from Amanda Zimmerman, RCA Records, Erlend Kinn Olsen, Jens Bengtsson, Sarah Weinstein Dennison for use by 360 Magazine

ALAN WALKER × IMANBEK – SWEET DREAMS

In the joining of two then-bedroom producers turned hugely successful DJs and producers, multi-platinum hitmaker Alan Walker and Grammy winner Imanbek release their track “Sweet Dreams,” which includes an infectious sample of Scatman John´sScatman (Ski-Ba-Bop-Ba-Dop-Bop)”. The track is filled to the brim with high energy and intensity and is the perfect way to kick off the summer.

The music video premieres on Alan Walker’s YouTube channel simultaneously, broadcasted to over 39 million subscribers. Shot in Dubai, the “Sweet Dreams” music is heavily influenced by Roman gladiatorial matches, elaborate visual effects and iconic movies set and filmed in the desert.

Watch the video here.

Walker talks about the song and accompanying music video:

“Eurotrance and techno were popular when I was a kid, so it really reminds me of my earliest musical inspirations. We had a blast incorporating the iconic “Scatman” chorus into “Sweet Dreams”, and we’re really happy with how the track turned out.”

Imanbek also weighs in on the exciting collaboration:

“I’m extremely excited to team up with a very talented and cool music head from Norway. Alan Walker is not only a colleague – he’s the originator of his own genre, so it is a real collab of two cultures and genres!”

ALAN WALKER AND IMANBEK’S “SWEET DREAMS” IS OUT NOW!

ABOUT ALAN WALKER

Billboard Music Awards nominee and diamond selling DJ/producer Alan Walker’s new single “Sweet Dreams” out June 11th follows  the release of his live concert film “The Aviation Movie” released June 5th on YouTube. The unique five part series, which took almost two years to create, combines footage from the Oslo Spektrum stop on Walker’s Aviation Tour and a narrative arc from the Walker cinematic universe. Woven in between the tracks and concert footage is a dynamic storyline from the World of Walker — after an apocalyptic event, a young woman, armed only with the AW logo, is on a journey to save the world. Along the way, she learns new skills and ultimately rebuilds society with the help of the like-minded Walker community. The film also features appearances by Walker’s collaborators Steve Aoki, Au/Ra, Isak, Iselin Solheim, Juliander, Julie Bergan, Omar Noir, Sophia Somajo, Tomine Harket, and Torine.

Walker latest singles include “Believers” featuring Conor Maynard, “Fake A Smile” featuring salem ilese, and “Space Melody (Edward Artemyev)” with VIZE and Leony. Previous collaborations include “Time,” a remix of his personal idol Hans Zimmer’s track. In 2019, he released a string of successful singles like “On My Way” with Sabrina Carpenter and Farruko and “Live Fast” with A$AP Rocky, in collaboration with the massive multiplayer online game PUBG, all while touring the world with his sold-out arena show “The Aviation Tour.” Since releasing his debut album “Different World” in late 2018, containing global sensation singles like the diamond selling “Faded,” “Alone,” and “All Falls Down,” Walker has played over 600 headline festival and arena shows, and picked up two Norwegian Grammy wins and a Billboard Music Award nomination, among others. Walker is the 9th most followed artist on YouTube, and the 20th most followed artist on Spotify, displaying the strength of his fanbase.

Walker to date holds over 130 million followers and 50 billion audio and video streams to his name, previously teaming up with massive hitmakers such as Ava Max, Noah Cyrus and A$AP Rocky, while producing remixes for internationally renowned artists like Sia, Coldplay, Kygo, Bruno Mars and Julia Michaels.

ABOUT IMANBEK

Coming onto the scene with the billion-streaming “Roses” Remix, Kazakh DJ Imanbek peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and won the 2020 Grammy Award for ‘Best Remixed Record’, all at the age of 20.

Having entered the official top 20 most Shazamed songs all time, Imanbek held the position as the #1 most shazamed song globally for 13 consecutive weeks and peaked at #1 on the official UK charts.

Imanbek’s following releases has consisted of industry juggernauts like J Balvin, Usher, Tory Lanez, Zara Larsson, Sean Paul, Marshmello, Rita OraDon Diablo, Afrojack, Martin Jansen, VIZE, Trevor Daniel, Goodboys, Fetty Wap and many more.

Connect With Alan Walker

Website – YouTube – Spotify – Facebook – Instagram – TikTok – VK – Twitter

Connect With Imanbek

Website – YouTube – Spotify – Facebook – Instagram ­– VK – Twitter

AJ Mitchell "Stop" press image by Vol 1./Epic Records for use by 360 Magazine

AJ Mitchell – Stop

AJ MITCHELL CONTINUES TO CEMENT HIS RISE WITH ELECTRIC NEW SINGLE “STOP.”

LYRIC VIDEO OUT TODAY, OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO COMING SOON.

“STOP” CONTINUES TO IGNITE MAJOR BUZZ FOR DEBUT ALBUM “SKYVIEW,” OUT THIS YEAR.

“’Stop’ promises to be the sultry, effervescent, unforgettable anthem of this summer.” ­– 360 Magazine

Mitchell’s forthcoming debut, “Skyview,” seems likely to cement his stardom.– Variety Magazine

Further building out an immersive sonic world, gold-certified pop phenom AJ Mitchell shares a new single entitled “STOP” today. Get it HERE via Vol 1./Epic RecordsThe creative official lyric video is available at 12 pm EST today HERE. The song is the next chapter to be unveiled from his anxiously awaited full-length debut album, “Skyview,” due out this year and executive produced by Mike Dean

The track pairs a thumping bass line and flurry of funk guitar with a showstopping vocal performance. He delivers charismatic verses before igniting the instantly unshakable hook, “I don’t wanna stop, baby it’s our time.

“STOP” continues the journey that was set in CAMERAS ON,” released late last month. The conceptual lyric video shared today picks up where “CAMERAS ON” left off. While “CAMERAS ON depicts the story of AJ dealing with the darker sides of fame and his previous experiences with the content collective Team 10, the new lyric video finds him walking away from the cameras to the stage, depicting his passion and dedication to the music and what truly matters.  Stay tuned for the official music video, set to premiere soon.

With all of the songs releases from Skyview” thus far, we’ve seen AJ Mitchell truly coming into his own, showcasing his knack for great storytelling.

“When you listen to the album, I want you to feel nostalgic,” AJ says. “It really takes me home. At the same time, I want you to know more about who I am. Talking to the camera is unnatural for me. The best way for everybody to understand me is through my songs. I’m still just a kid who lives his life through music. There’s not a single day I don’t think about it or don’t want to run to my guitar, my piano, or my notepad and start writing.”

Since emerging in 2018, AJ Mitchell has consistently asserted himself as pop’s most dynamic new leading man. Averaging over 7 million monthly listeners on Spotify, he impressively leaped past the 1-billion stream mark within three years. In addition to being named a Vevo LIFT artist and MTV Push artist, Variety championed him on its “Young Hollywood” 2020 list. Beyond acclaim from BillboardIdolatorHighsnobiety, and Seventeen, he delivered show-stopping performances at the MTV VMAs and on The Today Show and Good Day New York. In 2019, his Slow Dance” EP yielded the gold-selling title track “Slow Dance” [feat. Ava Max]. Including the latter, he has logged four songs on the Top 40 at Pop Radio thus far. He’s also become  a trusted collaborator, recently joining forces with Cheat Codes for “Hate You + Love You.” Throughout 2020 he also collaborated with names like Elle Henderson, Steve Aoki, Captain Cuts, and more. Over the past year, he assembled his full-length debut Skyview” with the legendary Mike Dean as Executive Producer. Now, the cameras are on, and AJ Mitchell is ready to shine in 2021.

Gabrielle Archuleta illustrates Black History Month for 360 MAGAZINE

Black Content Creators To Follow

By: Emily Bunn

Here at 360 Magazine, we are always looking to shine a spotlight on the voices of up and coming change makers, movers, and shakers. We are shining a light on Black content creators who are standing up and making a change in the communities and world around them. Though many of these discussions are taking place in the virtual sphere currently, these conversations have the power to translate into change via education met with action. While this list is far from complete, here are some talented, ambitious Black content creators, authors, educators and activists on Instagram that deserve more recognition:

Jerris Madison

Self-described as a “digital nomad”, best dressed amputee, social media strategist and photographer, followers are sure to be asking themselves: “What can’t Jerris do?” To further his life of accomplishments, Jerris is also the Editor-In-Chief and Founder of OBVIOUS Magazine. OBVIOUS describes their magazine as “visionaries dedicated to bringing a different philosophy to Fashion, Beauty, Culture, Activism, Travel, Global Politics, and Design”, “We are the voice for those that do not yet realize they have a voice.” OBVIOUS looks to recognize talent and allow them the space to grow, consistently bringing light to queer and BIPOC models and public figures. Jerris’ Instagram displays his recent endeavors with OBVIOUS, travel adventures, outfit pics, and other uplifting lifestyle content.

Aja Barber

Aja is a content creator who discusses fast fashion, sustainability, and environmentalism topics in conjunction with racial capitalism. She highlights the importance of accountability in social justice, emphasizing the importance of taking these online discussions into the social spaces around you, both on and off-screen. She encourages her followers to normalize the discomfort these conversations may ensure, and ways to dismantle the prioritization of white comfort that often dominates these discourses. Her infographics on sustainability and fast fashion are educational while maintaining a conversational tone.

Michael Letterlough, Jr.

Instagrammers are sure to be awed by Michael’s stunning, surreal, immersive photography feed. While many online users venture to Instagram to post selfies, Michael uses his platform as a creative, photographer, and director to share the stories of others. His recent photo exhibition project, “Legacy: Through the Eyes of a Child”, looks to pay tribute to African American icons throughout history.

Additionally, Michael is the CEO of Suavv Magazine– a Black Men’s lifestyle publication. The magazine focuses on creating lifestyle content geared towards the active, urban, sophisticated young male, and creates an open space for discussions among Black men to open up about topics that aren’t often discussed otherwise. By prodding these conversations thorough thoughtful articles surrounding relationships, politics, sex, sports, and religion in the magazine’s “The Barbershop” category, Letterlough creates the potential for real social change. These topics are furthered in the Suavv TV video discussions, each of which features a visionary who aids in humanizing and deepening these conversations.

Ibram X. Kendi 

Dr. Kendi is National Book Award winning author, NYT Bestselling author, and Boston University Professor and Director of the Center for Antiracist Research. Luckily, you don’t have to be a student of Dr. Kendi to learn from him– his Instagram page is full of insight. He frequently shares his opinions on U.S. politics and Black American history, and his involvement with literary projects. Recently, Dr. Kendi has been promoting his newest book, “Four Hundred Souls,” and his work with BU.

Dominique Drakeford 

Dominique is self-described as “A Black Indigenous Vanguard of Sustainability.” She is also an environmental educator, community advocate, writer, creative director, and the founder of the magazine MelaninASS, which covers topics such as sustainable and decolonized fashion, wellness, and the environment. Her discussion of these topics is furthered in her involvement with Sustainable Brooklyn, of which she is a co-creator. Heralding holistic wellness and health, Domonique inspired her followers to live more natural, intentional, liberated lives. Dominique describes her mission on her website: “As a pillar of visibility – I help create an accessible framework for how Black & Brown Indigenous communities absorb information, gain clarity & become more sustainably liberated while simultaneously working to dismantle toxic systems of white “supremacy” across environmentalism, climate change, eco fashion and zero waste movements.”

Munroe Bergdorf 

Munroe Bergdorf is an English activist and model who has amassed an impressive 551k on Instagram. She had been Loreal’s first transgender model, until a racial row ensued, but continued to pioneer LGBT+ representation and rights when she was appointed as an LGBT advisor to the UK’s labour party. While her involvement wasn’t long-lasting, her continued efforts have been, as she continues to fight for systemic change. In 2018, Munroe won the award for “Changemaker of the Year” at the Cosmopolitan Awards. More recently, Munroe has been supporting the #DrawALine campaign in the fight against female genital mutilation, transgender rights, and other social justice causes.

Vaughn Lowery

Vaughn Lowery is the President of 360 Magazine. Lowery constantly looks to uplift the voices racially and sexually diverse public figures in his magazine–recently featuring LaJune, Jonte’ Moaning and Don Benjamin, to name only a few. Some of the most notable stars to grace the cover of the magazine include Demi Lovato, Bella Thorne, David Guetta, Steve Aoki, and Sabrina Carpenter, among many others. While he has previous experience in modeling, acting, and producing screenplays, Lowery is finally telling his own story in his upcoming, debut  memoir: “Move like Water × Be Fluid.” This novel will be released as an exclusive multi-volume installation within 360 MAGAZINE, and stands as the inception of the brand’s foray into publishing. Lowery is also is in the process of establishing 360 Fest–a film festival created to showcase the most provocative, enthralling new films from across the globe. Lowery continues to give back to others, not only by uplifting their voices, but also through giving back to charities and foundations to support marginalized, underserved communities.

On his Instagram, Lowery is often seen fashionably sporting and utilizing products from the brands 360 Magazine provides innovative coverage of. His page feels personal and intimate, often sharing videos of himself with his son, which lends a personal lens into Lowery’s life and proves his authentic passion for the companies with which he chooses to collaborate. His Instagram boasts the glitz and glam of his endeavors and stylish wardrobe in an authentic, inviting way that inspires followers to want to get to know Vaughn on a deeper level.

Ts Madison

Ts Madison is an author, television host, producer, artist, motivational speaker, and media personality. Madison is a transwoman, and uses her online platform to bring advocacy and awareness to the LGBTQIA+ community. In 2016, Madison won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2016 Transgender Erotica Awards. In 2019, Madison was honored as one of the top 100 LGBT people in Out Magazine. She continues to champion LGBT rights as she is the first Black trans woman to star in and exclusively produce her own reality series, The TS Madison Experience, premiering March 4 on WeTV. For more of Madison, fans can also check out her weekly gossip show, “The Queens Supreme Court.”

Wendy Williams

Wendy Williams, most notably known as the host of The Wendy Williams Show, is an American broadcaster, businesswoman, author, and media personality. Wendy’s talk show has been on air for over a decade, since 2008, and her fanbase remains dedicated to hearing her opinionated views, entertainment coverage, and the personal advice she gives to audience members. Wendy looks to help those in need further through her involvement with the Lymphatic Education & Research Network, of which she is a celebrity ambassador. On her Instagram, Wendy often posts “Hot Questions” to have her audience weigh-in on hot button issues, as well as sharing personal snapshots of her life, clips of The Wendy Williams Show, and short form celebrity interviews.

Brittany Packnett Cunningham

Brittany is an activist, educator, writer, and contributor to MSNBC, among other titles. Her content highlights issues such BIPOC hate crimes and violence, prison reform, systemic racism and white supremacy in America, and the death penalty, among other political topics. She also has a podcast called UNDISTRACTED, which discussions surrounding intersectional feminism, black and trans power, and timely conversations on the current U.S. political climate. Her page is highly opinionated in the best way, Brittany’s content is sure to make viewers reflect on their operations within the systems that govern the societies around themselves.

Ayana Gabrielle Lage 

Ayana is a blogger from Tampa, Florida who posts about U.S. politics, Black grief, interracial relationships and raising biracial children, online virtue signaling via social media, facing micro-aggressions, and other lifestyle, motherhood and self-care topics. While Ayana recognizes that it is not her job to educate her audience on these topics, her page is very informative, and not to mention, aesthetically pleasing.

Rachel Elizabeth Cargle

Rachel is a self-described public academic, philanthropic innovator, and social entrepreneur. Her Instagram page sparks conversation surrounding topics such as under-recognized Black history, the Indigenous Land Back movement, decolonization, Black feminist thought and womanhood, and anti-racism–all of which are topics that she hosts workshops on, as well. Her page is flooded with her own words of wisdom and personal experiences, which are further outlined her monthly syllabi, The Great Unlearn. Additionally, Rachel is the founder of The Loveland Foundation, which looks to grant better access to mental health care for Black women.

Austin Channing Brown

Austin is a writer, speaker, and producer who has amassed an impressive 406k followers on Instagram. She often posts about her writings on justice, fighting white supremacy and saviorism, and speaking up about the current political climate, which are also spoken about in her new book she is promoting, “I’m Still Here: Black Dignity In A World Made For Whiteness.” She also hosts a video web series titled The Next Question, in which she further broaches all of these topics.

Jason Lee

Jason is the founder, CEO, and editor-in-chief of Hollywood Unlocked (HU), the online entertainment magazine and multimedia platform. Hollywood Unlocked has expanded into other media genres, including a YouTube podcast and a book detailing Lee’s rise to fame as a respected entertainment journalist. Lee is also known for his appearance on Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood. While Lee has been open about his struggles as an openly gay, biracial man, Lee now uses his position as face of the publication to create conversations with his dedicated audience of about the stories that Hollywood Unlocked covers.

Bevy Smith

Bodacious, brilliant and beloved, Bevy Smith is an entertainment personality, motivational speaker, author, brand ambassador, and businesswoman. Known for being the host of Sirius XM’s “Bevelations” on Radio Andy and former co-host of Bravo’s Fashion Queens, Smith possesses her audience with charm, wit, and humor. Smith also has recently released a memoir under the same title of her radio program, “Bevelations”, which details her rise to fame, and how others can also manifest their dreams. Bevy is uplifting, inspiring, and ebullient.

Layla F. Saad

The New York Times bestselling author of “Me and White Supremacy,” Layla F. Saad uses her Instagram to speak about the monthly book club she hosts, @goodancestorbookclub, which features BIPOC authors. Layla also runs the Good Ancestor podcast, in which she tackles discussions surrounding anti-racism, intergenerational trauma, environmental justice, class, storytelling, and more.

Liv Little

Founder of gal-dem magazine, Liv Little is a storyteller at heart, but happens to also be an Instagram aficionado. gal-dem is an independent magazine produced by women of color and nonbinary people of color. In 2019, the magazine released the book “’I Will Not Be Erased’: Our Stories About Growing Up As People of Colour,” bringing to light some of the experiences of the magazine’s own staff. In 2021, Little was named as one of Forbes’ 30 under 30. Recently, Little has been utilizing her Instagram to advertise her bi-weekly newsletter, post stylish shoots and candid selfies, share her favorite Black women authors, and share her writing projects.

DéVon Christopher Johnson

DéVon is the founder and CEO of BleuLife Media Group. He has built his own personal brand from his publication, Bleu Magazine, though the media company has expanded to an online digital sister magazine, Bleu TV,  a podcast network, a geo-targeting mobile ad platform, and an agency that represents digital influencers. Bleu Magazine is an aspirational lifestyle publication for multicultural men which looks to serve diverse audiences globally. The magazine is even in the process of developing a wellness subscription box for Black men. DéVon is an advocate for breathing life back into print media, especially within communities of color. On his Instagram, DéVon often posts travel flicks, snaps selfies, and advocates for Black-owned media.

Sfera Ebbasta releases film to Amazon Prime – FAMOSO with new single – Bottiglie Prive

Italy’s most-streamed artist, Sfera Ebbasta, releases his Amazon Prime movie, FAMOSO, and new single “Bottiglie Prive” via Republic Records.

WATCH FILM HERE

STREAM SINGLE HERE

In support of Sfera Ebbasta’s upcoming FAMOSO album releasing on November 20th, this week the 5x Platinum artist unveiled his movie on Amazon Prime which showcases his larger-than-life rap career. The movie is available globally with subtitles in English, Spanish, French, and German.

Bottiglie Prive” which translates to Bottles and VIP Rooms rides in on an alluring wave of anticipation. The lyrics profess Sfera’s sincere intentions while contrasting with his famous lifestyle. Fans are eagerly awaiting Sfera’s upcoming album, FAMOSO which features his international peers J Balvin, Future, Offset, Lil Mosey, and has production by London On Da Track, Steve Aoki, and Diplo amongst others.

About Sfera Ebbasta:

Italian rapper Gionata Boschetti (aka Sfera Ebbasta) was born and raised in Cinisello Balsamo, Italy in 1992, a fact that he often referenced in his music. At the young of 13, his father passed away, leaving Sfera responsible for his mother and sister — a responsibility he coped with by writing rhymes. Together with his friend and producer Charlie Charles, they founded their own brand, Billionheadz, through which they released merchandise and music; their first release was a mixtape titled XDVR Reloaded. Cinisello Balsamo — or Ciny as they referred to it — was located just outside of Milan, and in order to further pursue their dreams, both Sfera and Charlie moved to the bigger city, giving them access to a wider variety of media opportunities.

By 2016, Sfera released his debut self-titled album; this time through publication deals with Universal and Def Jam. Sfera Ebbasta featured two collaborative tracks with French rapper SCH, “Balenciaga” and “CartineCartier.” In 2018, his album Rockstar launched him into the most Italian streamed artist ever, with over 700 million streams, 5 Platinum plaques, and collabs like Quavo, Tinie Tempah, Rich The Kid, Lary Over, and Miami Yacine. Additionally, for the first time ever, he had seven tracks on the 200 Global Spotify Chart. Since then he hasn’t stopped, collaborating with massive Italian and international artists.

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ABOUT REPUBLIC RECORDS
A division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, Republic Records is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Drake, Florence + the Machine, Greta Van Fleet, Hailee Steinfeld, Jack Johnson, James Blake, James Bay, Jessie J, John Mellencamp, Jonas Brothers, Julia Michaels, Kid Cudi, Liam Payne, Lil Wayne, Lorde, Metro Boomin, NAV, Nicki Minaj, Of Monsters and Men, Pearl Jam, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, Zendaya and more. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures, including American Recordings, Boominati Worldwide, Brushfire, Casablanca Records, Cash Money, Lava Records, Monkeywrench, XO, Young Money, among others. Republic also maintains long-standing strategic alliances with Universal Music Latin Entertainment (J Balvin and Karol G) and Hollywood Records. In addition, Republic has expanded to release high-profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (Fifty Shades of Grey), Sony Pictures (Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse) and NBC TV (The Voice), as well as other notable film and television franchises. Extending further into the worlds of film, television, and content, Republic launched Federal Films in order to produce movies and series powered by the label’s catalog and artists. Its first production was the Jonas Brothers documentary Chasing Happiness for Amazon Prime Video.

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Dim Mak and Meta Threads Enter the Neon Future

Groundbreaking fashion brand DIM MAK announced the October 19th debut of an exclusive cross-over apparel collaboration with Meta Threads, a leading e-sports lifestyle brand, that will feature original artwork from “Neon Future,” the critically acclaimed sci-fi WEBTOON & comic book series created by 2x Grammy nominated DJ/Producer Steve Aoki and Impact Theory Studios. In addition, the collaboration is the first of its kind crossing over with elements from music, fashion, e-sports and futuristic sci-fi comic art.

Steve Aoki, Dim Mak’s founder and creative director, was the driving force in bringing this visionary collaborative collection to life. “My obsession with mixing sci-fi into fashion and music all started when I was a kid reading comic books,” stated Aoki. “I’m thrilled to have Dim Mak collaborate with Meta Threads to showcase the mind-blowing artwork from my ‘Neon Future’ comic series.”  

So, to celebrate the launch, Meta Threads and Steve Aoki will host an invitational “Call of Duty Warzone” Tournament spotlighting some of the most electrifying streamers from e-sports, music and pro sports world. Steve Aoki alongside his Rogue Esports teammates and others will be live streaming their vantage points throughout the 16-squad tournament. Therefore, the event will be live streamed from Meta Thread’s Twitch Channel on October 19, 2020 at 4pm PST.  Winners will receive cash and apparel prizes. Also, spectators will have the opportunity to win apparel and other goodies via “in-chat,” giveaways. Prizing to include peripherals from ASUS Republic of Gamers, A-40 headsets from ASTRO Gaming, premium chairs by AKRacing, digital gift cards from KontrolFreak, and Neon Future Comics.  

About the Collaboration:

The apparel collaboration features 14 unique designs spanning graphic t-shirts, sports jerseys, hoodies, windbreakers, and basketball shorts ($45-$120); which were co-designed by the Dim Mak and Meta Threads studios featuring original artwork from the critically acclaimed sci-fi series “Neon Future” created by Steve Aoki, Tom Bilyeu (Impact Theory CEO) and Eisner winner Jim Krueger. Additionally, the collection features series artwork of the “Neon Future” main characters “Kita Sovee (modeled after Steve Aoki),” “Clay Campbell” and “Dee” as well as covers and panel art from actual episodes from the series.  

“Neon Future” is set roughly 30 years in the future in a dystopian version of America that has outlawed advanced technology. A civil war is brewing between the Augmented, an oppressed class of people who have chosen to integrate technology into their bodies, and the Authentic, who have not.  The resistance movement “Neon Future” is led by the mysterious Kita Sovee (a character modeled after Aoki), who strives to bring peace, by showing the world a brighter future in harmony with technology. 

The series is available to read for free at the WEBTOON site and app.

The apparel collaboration will be exclusively available for purchase at www.dimmakcollection.com and www.metathreads.com starting from October 19, 2020.

About Dim Mak:

Founded by DJ and music executive Steve Aoki, Dim Mak is a fashion streetwear brand for the uninhibited adrenaline junkies and lovers of the same punk skate LA-subcultures Aoki thrived on during his youth. Aoki named his record label and subsequent fashion brand “Dim Mak” as anod to Bruce Lee’s signature fight move: the touch of death. The name itself acts as a constant reminder to stay focused and to forge his own path. “Do it yourself…by any means necessary.”

About Meta Threads:

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Meta Threads is a leading, forward-facing, apparel brand within the gaming and esports industries. Founded by Steve Nabi and Nicholas Pineda, the company specializes in fusing streetwear aesthetic with gaming culture. The brand is dedicated to inspiring the community through a well curated mix of men’s & women’s apparel, accessories and gaming specific luggage. Also, Meta works exclusively with select clients and offers services that include custom product development, design, manufacturing, and fulfillment. For more information, visit Meta Threads at www.metathreads.com.

About Neon Future / Impact Theory:

Impact Theory is a first-of-its-kind company designed to facilitate global change by creating, cultivating and monetizing culturally-relevant content focused on human empowerment. The company’s mission is to end poverty or poor mindset by enriching our society with ideas and objectives that positively impact the world. Impact Theory is committed to bringing together some of the most talented creators, writers, and artists in the industry to tell stories of human potential.

The studio produces unscripted and scripted entertainment programming distributed through multiple digital platforms including YouTube, Facebook Watch, iTunes and Stitcher. In 2018, the scripted division released “Neon Future,” its first comic book series created in partnership with two-time Grammy nominated DJ & Producer Steve Aoki. “Neon Future” is set roughly 30 years in the future in an America that has outlawed advanced technology.  The series explores relevant themes of culture, technology and where the human species is headed on a much deeper level.   “Neon Future” is available to read on WEBTOON and available at retailers nationwide.

Headquartered in Bel Air, CA, Impact Theory is led by founders Tom and Lisa Bilyeu who previously co-founded Quest Nutrition, the billion-dollar company that rose to #2 on the Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing private companies. The two have built Impact Theory’s revolutionary in-house media team, producing content that has been viewed more than 100,000,000 times.

About Steve Aoki: 

Steve Aoki, the two-time Grammy-nominated producer/DJ is one of today’s most successful American cross-genre artists, collectively counting 2.8 billion music streams on Spotify. As the founder of the trendsetting record label, events/lifestyle company, and apparel line Dim Mak Records, which he founded in 1996, Aoki has helped launch the careers of global acts like The Chainsmokers, Bloc Party, The Bloody Beetroots, The Gossip, and The Kills, among many others. Dim Mak today counts more than 1,000 official releases from the biggest acts and most buzzing newcomers across EDM, indie rock, hip-hop and beyond over its two-decades-plus discography.

As a solo artist, Aoki boasts a lauded discography that includes: Wonderland (2012), his debut solo album, which garnered him his first-ever Grammy nomination for Best Dance/Electronica Album; hip-hop centric Kolony (2017), and the Neon Future series, which includes Neon Future I (2014, certified gold by the RIAA), Neon Future II (2015), Neon Future III (2018) and the recently released Neon Future IV (April 2020); which has rocketed in streaming to date and received praise from singles such as “Maldad” ft. Maluma and “Let It Be Me” ft. Backstreet Boys. Recognized by Forbes as one of the top 5 world’s highest paid DJ’s and the world’s hardest working DJ, Aoki is “one of the most in-demand entertainers in the world” (Billboard), counting more than 250 tour dates per year.

In 2012, Aoki founded THE AOKI FOUNDATION, which primarily supports organizations in the brain science and research areas with a specific focus on regenerative medicine and brain preservation. Most recently, Steve Aoki released his critically acclaimed memoir entitled BLUE: The Color of Noise published by St. Martin’s Press. 

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Icona Pop – Feels In My Body

Global chart-topping duo Icona Pop are back following their 2020 smash collaborations with heavyweights Steve Aoki and Hayden James, this time with another banger called “Feels In My Body,” which is out now via RECORD COMPANY TEN/ULTRA Music. The song also comes paired with a music video, shot by director Gustav Stegfors and acclaimed Director of Photography, Crille Forsberg (David Bowie, Adele, ZAYN). Watch HERE

Speaking about their new feel good-summer jam, Icona Pop’s Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo reveal, “Feels In My Body is all about hitting your peak, being so full of energy that you want to burst and share it with everyone around you.”

Listen to “Feels In My Body” HERE. 

“Feels In The Body” follows two massive collaborations this year for Icona Pop, including “Right Time,” with Australian producer and songwriter Hayden James, which Rolling Stone said “captures the feeling of the dance floor during this time of isolation,” and “I Love My Friends,” the lead single off Steve Aoki’s recent album, Neon Future IV.

Swedish chart-topping duo Icona Pop continue to slay since their 2013 full-length debut, This Is… Icona Pop, which garnered critical acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork and Rolling Stone as the duo performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Today Show, Good Morning America, and America’s Got Talent in addition to featuring on the iconic HBO series Girls and a popular Saturday Night Live sketch. They canvased the globe on sold out tours with Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, and One Direction and joined Tiësto for the banger “Let’s Go” in 2014. Along the way, the duo has performed alongside everyone from Avicii to The Chainsmokers as well as gracing the stages of Ultra, Tomorrowland, Mark Ronson’s Club Heartbreak, and more. Since then, they have consistently filled the gap in music when it comes to upbeat, carefree, quality dance-pop.

Last year, the girls DJ’d across Europe, Asia and North America as well as released a string of bangers including their Yves V and Afrojack collaboration for “We Got That Cool.” In addition, IconaPop continued their message of inclusivity, self-acceptance and positivity on the road for their WorldPride tour, culminating with a show-stopping performance at Stockholm Pride that included a special appearance from Sporty Spice herself, Melanie C.

Stay tuned for more news and music from Icona Pop.

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