FH: Hello Cedric (CEE), please tell us about yourself and the art forms you pursue!
Cedric: Hello my name is Cédric, 29 years old and based in France. I am a music lover since my childhood which I think was enlightened by my father who kinda shaped my passion for music. My musical influences are mainly Soul Music, Funk, RnB and Hip Hop. I also like taking Pictures which plays another big role in my life, besides that I like Motion Pictures, Mangas and Video Games like Street Fighter for example.
FH: When did your DJ career and the focus on Photography start?
Cedric: It’s been about 4 years since I started practicing on my Mixing skills. I started to mix in a Group (Beat Mix & Song) which me and my Brother A-strayt founded, the group includes DJ’s and Beatmakers. We are also doing our own events in France.
Now my passion for Photography started while traveling. I always enjoy seeing different places which includes: Japan, Italy, United Kingdom, Belgium, America, Canada, Ibiza. But im a big travel enthusiast who also likes to discover new places around the world. You can see some of my work below in the gallery and on my Instagram or Vsco account.
FH: How do you prepare yourself for DJ gigs?
Cedric: At first I did prepare playlists for events but now I’m depending on the audience, its more about what audience im in front of and how the atmosphere feels. But you can say that I like to take risks and so far it worked pretty good, but I will not lie I always have a playlist in case the scene is complicated.
FH: Please name us your 3 favorite Events where you had the chance to spin your favorite tunes!
Cedric: One of my first events was with my brother A-STRVYT representing the BMS crew. We were two DJ’s for the evening and gladly we had a great chemistry and super receptive audience. At the time Kaytranada started to become known in France and we where one of the first DJ’s to share this sound in our region.
The second stage was in Japan where I was able to play for Japanese Nujabes. They didnt expected it so it was nice to see their reactions.
Another favorite event was in Montreal, it was my first time spinning in the club “take my key”. As always it was nice to see the reactions of the guests.
FH: We have noticed your talent for Photography. Your vsco.co account (http://cee-.vsco.co) shows a variety of destinations that you have had the chance to visit. What has been the most impressive destination for your creativity so far?
Cedric: The most impressive destination to me remains in Japan, during my second trip to the Asian continent I was able to visit Japan. I had a amazing group of people with me which made this trip the best yet. The very welcoming and humble attitude that I was facing helped me to connect to the great culture of the country.
FH: Pick your favorite picture from your vsco account and tells us a little bit about it. Where was it taken and how did it caught your attention or where did the idea come from?
Cedric: If I had to choose I’d take them all! But my favorite picture by far was one that I took in Japan in an unknown forest in Kyoto, not many tourist make it as deep in the forest as I did. So gladly I was able to capture a temple in the middle of the forest surrounded by nature and peace. I was able to ask myself some serious questions while enjoying the stunning scenery. I really enjoy taking pictures that captures nature, a person caught in the act, monuments and buildings.
FH: What are you looking forward to and what are your hopes for the future?
Cedric: I honestly do not know yet, I go where music takes me … Otherwise if I ever should stop with music I will try to devote myself to photography.
FH: It was a pleasure having you on this issue! Thanks for your time it was great doing this interview with you. We are looking forward to follow and update our viewers about you in the future!
Cedric: Thank you for your attention and for your time and I hope you enjoy my music selection.Written by: Chon Lewis
FH: What different types of art do you create? Do you see any similarities between them?
Faatimah: I create works that reveal intricate details. I value drawing the most; however, I express myself in a variety of other media, from textiles, to painting and writing, and in all I aim to incorporate a similar process. My method is to layer with details until I am satisfied with the result. With drawing, you can approach different types of art and feel confident since you’ve tackled the most revealing, detailed, and vulnerable form of art. The rest become easy.
FH: When and how did you get started creating?
Faatimah: At the age of 2. My earliest work was around that age. As I became older, I vividly remember drawing various animals, coloring in coloring books, and sharing drawings to friends and people around me. By the time I was 9, a regular activity for me and my best friend was performing in small productions in our home town. We would also make up mini productions in her mother’s downtown office, which had an attic. There, we had the best times – always creating stories, incorporating costumes, and rearranging the space.
When I reached 12, an artist took me under his wing and became my mentor. He showed me how to use oils for the first time, and sparked a new chapter in my life.
FH: How would you describe your creative process? How has it evolved over time? What do you do when you feel blocked?
Faatimah: A process of complete submission with my imagination. You start a project and dive right in, allowing the creative flow to just happen. The best results come from spontaneity. Planning every little step, over-analyzing, will complicate and confuse things.
As far as feeling blocked, it happens. You can only recover by reading, taking breaks, and listening to music constantly. It heals you. You get inspired again. I also enjoy writing. If you need inspiration, writing can tap into a side of you that will surprise you. I always love my most random moments of writing. Whenever I return to them, it’s actually pretty good.
FH: What have you learned over time about yourself through art?
Faatimah: That I am bound to it forever. And it has its hold on me forever. I want to create throughout my old age. I want to have a body of work that leaves a legacy. I want to teach about art, get inspired and be taught again. It’s a continuous cycle. Once you commit to it, it becomes a part of you, and you want nothing more than to express that part of you. I have learned that my experiences with art have been the most fulfilling in my life. That is why this drive will never die.
FH: Switching subjects back to the Mondésir t-shirts, what is the motivation behind using Warhol, Bjork, Bowie, Lagerfeld, Rubin, Wintour in your collection?
Faatimah: All of the icons in our collection were hand-picked. We selected individuals whose story and life represented something that meant much more than fame, wealth, image. Their stories are beyond inspiring. Their persona has left a unique legacy that will be timeless. Each icon has a life that will never be forgotten. We just wanted to share their story, respect their hustle, and praise their passions.
FH: Are you working on any upcoming collections for the Spring or Fall 2015?
Faatimah: Yes. As a team, we agreed to have 18 icons in the collection. So far, we have released 9. The next release will reveal the rest of the icons Spring 2015 (See included images). The primary goal is to build on the brand in which we can eventually mold in a lifestyle by adding printmaking designs and staple pieces.Written by: Jon Gustafson
FH: Please introduce yourself!
O: Greetings! My name is Celso Zaqueu (musically under the name ORIGIMOZ) and I’m an artist that is exploring his curiosity in a few fields such as music, photography and design. Most of my primary school was done in Maputo, Mozambique while the rest of my education was done in London where I studied Contemporary Media Practice. Currently I’m a freelancer in the photography and design fields and I do intend to stay working on these areas only investing in bigger ideas and visions to grow as an artist and also invest into improving the visual standards we have within Mozambique.
FH: Can you take us back to when you put “Love (For Dilla)” together. What sample/idea got you started on this track, and can you describe how you built this particular gem?
O: I used to have this habit of doing Dilla tributes every year back in the day…this year I had promised that I would make one just for old time’s sake. Normally when I make a tribute I try to tap into a particular era or vibe that Dilla was in and that was naturally a favorite to me and for this track, I was listening to a lot of his ‘Vintage’/Fantastic era – the more minimalistic, R&B sounding era he had in my opinion. It all kicked off from the chords on the Rhodes and this drum loop from this Slum Village song called “Tell Me” then the rest really just started coming together.
The idea was to make it dynamic with drum changes and a bass line that reminded people of him. But most importantly, it was the vibe that I wanted to keep intact so that people could somehow feel an emotion on the record. It was fun.
FH: In every track I notice you incorporate a wide variety of sound and rhythms – almost a audio journey of sorts. How has the “Future Beats” platform/genre freed you up as a producer?
O: The ‘Future Beats’ scene was definitely a game changer for me. I think it opened my eyes to the fact that I could do whatever I wanted to without being compromised by genres or people thinking that it was weird.
I originally came from trying to get people to use my Rap/R&B/Soul records, and I always been unlucky with artists. But Future Beats gave me a platform to not really depend on other artists and formulate a voice with what you hear in the music. Also, it made me very wise in the marriage of sounds – prior to this scene I never imagined hearing a dozen subgenres using trap and electronic aesthetics. So hearing all these forms of expression is exciting.
FH: In a previous interview you discussed using a “moodboard” for visual design – do you do anything similarly for your music?
O: The only moodboard that everyone has in my opinion is the music they collect and listen to. All the stuff you listen to will automatically reflect in what you create. Of course depending on your technical level, this reflection could be strong or weak but at the end of the day it will represent what you hear. Having good taste could make you someone that makes good music too.
FH: Is there anything you’ve found that helps you through the ups and downs of the creative process?
O: Due to the fact that I don’t make as much music as I would love to, the creative process over the time became a love/hate relationship. Recently, one of the only things that has helped me go through the creative process fully is to LOVE what I’m currently doing. By that I mean that if what I’m creating doesn’t connect to me positively, I give up on it instantly but if It’s emotionally talking to me then it’s all good.
FH: I love that focus on positivity and in-the-moment enjoyment. Anything else you’d like to add about how you create or things you’ve learned about your creative process over the years?
I think the one thing that I learned recently is that a great deal needs to be invested in perfecting mixes of tracks. I know this is basic stuff but it makes a huge difference. Another thing is really listening to musicians. Since I stopped sampling, all I do is look at these crazy musicians doing crazy stuff and it’s not that I will learn it just by listening, but it’s the fact that it might shape my ear in how I can compose later on.
FH: Thank you for your time and for sharing the knowledge.
O: Thank you for this opportunity!Written by: Jon Gustafson