Ghetts on Instax

Ghetts: The Rebel with a Cause

taken from Issue Zero, a compilation by Lost in Talent

In the background, Kare Anderson is discussing ‘opportunity makers’ and as she speaks it becomes more and more obvious that Justin Clarke fits the bill (almost).

Over the last decade, Clarke better known by his pseudonym Ghetts (formerly Ghetto) has been honing his top strengths and getting involved with different worlds (worlds outside of British rap). In March 2014, after five mixtapes and nine years, he released independently what we (the public) would call his debut album, Rebel with a Cause. To Clarke, it’s his second –a follow up to 2007’s Ghetto Gospel. “That’s my benchmark. I could never beat it,” he says of Ghetto Gospel. “Rebel with a Cause is sick but I can’t do that again. I was scared to say [Ghetto Gospel] is my album because I never had what we deemed as a major label back then. I was scared. I made Rebel with a Cause in the same format, not trying to be it, but in the same format.” Continue reading

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The New Faces of Bookings

an outtake from our upcoming print premiere.

With London Fashion week looming large, it feels the right time to introduce some new faces to you. In December, as part of our debut print issue (I swear it’s coming soon-ish), we held a casting (of sorts) at the Bookings Models office.

Taking note from Sam Alexander’s interview, we made the casting more fun than face. Playing with irony, we invited 4 models to show us who they are, while holding a snap dragon -a flower that symbolises deceit and graciousness. Below find polaroids and their answers to six random questions. Continue reading

Quick 6 with Johanna Glaza

Johanna by Agne Monti.jpg low.jpg webQuick 6 features the answers to six craft focused questions. Next in the series is singer/songwriter, Johanna Glaza discussing her new music and winter.

TDS: It’s 2015, so of course, we have to play into the new year, new me theme… What were some of the lessons you learnt last year, that you want to bring into this one? More specifically any lessons in music?
Johanna Glaza: To panic less, even when I see everything collapsing. Sometimes it feels like things fall apart but it takes only a day or even a few hours to rebuild them. Same thing applies to my music. Almost every song is followed by panic or sense of unavoidable failure, and then in the end everyone –including the song-survives.

TDS: You’ve described much of your music as ambient, how does your surrounding play into the making of it?
JG: I described it that way probably because I didn’t know how else to describe it.  Someone has called it baroque –pagan- ambient –neoclassical- folk-something and that is even more confusing.  I guess ambience is the inner state of my mind. It’s like I try to catch some inner sounds that I hear inside rather than outside. Or give imaginative sounds to things that don’t have them really. Continue reading

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I’m Serving…

An essay on beauty by Brooke DeVard Smith.

Andre Leon Talley proclaims, “It’s a Famine of Beauty, Honey!” in the behind-the-scenes Vogue documentary September Issue (2011). It’s a declaration I find myself repeating inside of my head as I flip through fashion magazines or scroll through my Instagram feed. Something peculiar is going on with beauty these days: everyone looks the same.

Maybe we have YouTube to blame. Everyone can become a master of blended foundation, a contouring queen, or highlighting guru in the comfort of their own bedroom after watching a handful of tutorials. Normal girls are becoming make-up artists, and more power to them, but I see little that moves me in terms of beauty inspiration from these vloggers. Where’s the Pat McGrath of YouTube? Diana Vreeland explained it best when she said ‘Too much good taste can be boring’. What’s the point in looking perfectly polished if you look like everyone else?

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The Lost Voices: Max Cartoux


Nowadays every press release highlights the new “one to watch” or the “next big thing” and attempts to convince us (the media, especially…I can call this site that right?) that we should care. So how does one choose whom to pay attention to? Usually, it’s down to gut or convenience.

On the 9th of October, I sat with ‘EDM Prodigy’, Max Cartoux in his parent’s living room. It’s his first press day and even though he has been talking for two hours (two other interviewers have come before me), as he sits on a grey sofa, he is very enthusiastic with his answers. It’s the enthusiasm of a new comer. Or maybe it’s the enthusiasm of a “crazy” French “kid”.
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