On this month’s episode we sat down with Michael Faso out in Los Angeles just as he was about to go and shoot his first Culture Crush feature story. Michael, a.k.a. @deconstrct grew up in the valley around ‘zines and early visual internet culture. We discuss his evolving interests in photography, graphics and media, the making of his own 'zine, and the way he and his friends respond to these industries from their unique point of view.
Layers of Culture at Kinfolk
On this episode we talk all things cross culture with Kinfolk's creative director Jey Perie. Having started as a group of friends working on projects in Tokyo, the team has brought their kind of community to New York where they have built a compound of cool in Williamsburg complete with a shop, bar and nightclub. Often confused with the neat and tidy magazine of the same name, Jey assures us the only relationship they have is through their attorneys. Listen as we discuss the idiosyncrasies of translating between cultures, the growth of the brand, the store and the adventures of building a geodesic dome in New York City.
Britta Phillips: Luck or Magic?
In this episode, we talk to Britta Phillips, the songwriter, actress, and the singing voice of Jem from the 1980’s animated TV series Jem and the Holograms. On location in Los Angeles, the Culture Crush's own Debra Scherer talked with Britta about the process of making her upcoming solo album, how she rescued her waning passion for music, and what makes for a good cover song. She also shares her thoughts on the joys of performing live and dispels the current societal panic about a supposed dearth of exciting new music.
It's Totally Tierney
Tierney Finster is a Los Angeles based writer, editor, and actor who prefers to unify her variety of creative talents and projects under the title ‘storyteller.’ We spoke to Tierney about growing up in The Valley, her obsession with video girls, and her undying love for Britney Spears. She muses on the importance of mixing analog journalism and social media, and touches on the underrated power of niche followings. Her insights into today’s corporate-driven media culture ultimately reveal how the relationship between popular musicians and fashion has undergone a dramatic evolution.
New York, Just Like I Pictured It.
October 3, 2015: On this week's episode, documentary photographer Andre D. Wagner pays a visit to The Culture Crush studio just as we are finishing the Gotham City issue of the magazine. For this special issue, we focused on New York City, and Andre took to the streets during the summer months to create a portfolio of images just for us.
We discuss his arrival in the city and first experiences with the overwhelming qualities of scale and diversity inherent in taking your Leica and pointing it just about anywhere here. Bringing up the inevitable juxtapositions of race, class and all of the other subjects not meant for polite conversation, we go deep into the process of photographing the comic book of society we are experiencing every surreal day here in Gotham.
Too Big Not To Fail? Talking All Things Retail With Robin Lewis
September 8, 2015: Robin Lewis is the co-author of The New Rules of Retail and editor-in-chief of The Robin Report. He stops by our Flatiron studio in New York City to talk about everything that's wrong with the direction of the very complicated and broken system that serves as the middle man between the fashion industry and the consumer.
With his 40 plus years on the business side of fashion, unique insight and scathing humor, we discuss much more than just how the industry has evolved, but more importantly, how the consumer has evolved, the blind spot in many retail strategies faltering today. In other words, growth, which has always been the retail endgame, is now sinking a lot of ships.
The World of How and Nosm
June 18, 2015: While working on the Creative Class issue of The Culture Crush magazine, we sit down with artists How and Nosm out at their Long Island City studio to talk about their careers from their beginnings as graffiti artists in Europe, to their arrival in New York City, and eventual breakout into the world of fine art.
Listen in as we talk about our work in progress documenting different aspects of their world, as well as some of their upcoming projects and the characters we encounter along the way. Just don't call it street art.
Bucking the Trends with Buddhistpunk
June 3, 2015: The Culture Crush founder Debra Scherer pays a visit to Zee Polidori and Rupert Meaker high up in the Hollywood Hills to talk all things anti-fashion. With their Buddhistpunk label, they are on a continual search for like-minded creatives, and have many of the coolest up-and-coming artists and designers in their orbit, from Fairfax Queen Sarah Parker to anarchist textile customizer Dr. Noki.
They are featured in the new issue of The Culture Crush magazine, titled The Creative Class Issue, for its exploration of creatives and the communities that form around them. Listen in while they talk about turning away from fashion industry trends just prior to the photo shoot we did together for that issue.
Dean Wareham and Britta Philips Talk Luna Reunion
April 9, 2015: On this week's episode, Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips invite Debra to their Hollywood bungalow just as they are getting ready to kick off a special, limited engagement Luna reunion tour. Debra has worked with Dean and Britta many times, documenting their rehearsals and live performances over the past couple of years, and the videos are fun sort of patchworks that capture the vibe in that Culture Crush way.
It has been ten years since the members of Luna parted ways, and a good twenty years since they recorded their first record. It's incredible how they always manage to somehow sit high above the trap that is nostalgia with their ageless sound. Listen in while Dean and Britta discuss all things Luna and how it feels to have the band back together.
How We Make Our Music with Composer Dan Tepfer
March 26, 2015: This week, Debra heads out to visit musician and composer Dan Tepfer, one of her most frequent collaborators on The Culture Crush's short film work. Some of the most beautiful scores are original improvisations Dan has recorded in his studio, on the road, and even at The Culture Crush studio where, of course, there is a piano.
They discuss the changing music industry, the relationship between music and comedic improvisation, and Dan even plays a few tunes of his own. Just off touring with jazz legend Lee Konitz, Dan took a minute away from working on his latest symphony to sit down with Debra and discuss their working process and some of their favorite projects so far.
Oh Fashion! Endlessly Chasing Trends and the Resulting Cynicism
March 11, 2015: On this week's episode, Debra and Mesh are in Paris for the launch of his new brand during Paris Fashion Week. Is it a reaction to the cynicism that has seeped into the industry due to the throwaway nature of endlessly chasing trends?
Listen in while they compare and contrast the nature of luxury products with the nature of media brands on and offline. Isn't there enough throwaway media too? And how do you deal with the the daunting task of throwing your own hat in the ring when the amount of brands, both in product and media, keeps exponentially growing? Their reaction seems to be a matter of time.
Unintended Consequences For Fashion In the Digital Age
February 25, 2015: In this episode of The Culture Crush podcast, founder Debra Scherer continues the dialogue with fashion industry veteran Mesh Chhibber as they try to address some unintended consequences of the digital age.
From the lost role of fashion journalists, to the new obsession with wearable technology, it seems both industries are stumbling in this new, uncomfortable relationship. While there sometimes can be very little criticism when it comes to show reviews, that gap in the conversation leaves the genre with very little impact on sales. And while the tech world obsesses over wearables, one key player seems to be behaving as the ultimate fashion victim. Irrationality rules the day!
What Do The Gap and Rough Trade Records Have In Common?
February 15, 2015: The conversation continues between The Culture Crush founder Debra Scherer and fashion communications veteran Mesh Chhibber. On this episode we pick up our discussion about recent editorial projects and continue to find connections between things.
What do The Gap and Rough Trade Records have in common? Much more than you might think. Includes an interview with Art Twain, the man who originally branded The Gap, and wrote some of the most memorable ads and jingles for both Levi's and The Gap, as well as a few words from one of the owners of Rough Trade, Nigel House.
The Culture Crush
February 11, 2015: The fashion business has moved from its elitist insider ethos to a more inclusive, broad interest category encompassing every aspect of our lives, so much so that now everything is fashion. Join The Culture Crush founder Debra Scherer as she tells stories from the front lines of the fashion industry, and makes connections between fashionable things through interviews and discussions with the story makers she profiles and collaborates with.
In this first episode, Debra is joined by fashion communications industry veteran Mesh Chhibber, as they recount the story of meeting in Paris in the 1990's, while she was an editor at French Vogue, and he was working with John Galliano. They explore how the business has changed, both for the good and the bad, while making the case for Mr. Galliano's role as new creative director of Maison Margiela.