What makes artists unique is not only their music style, but also their identity. We all express ourselves through what we wear, so we’ve selected a handful of your favorite artists and asked them what they like to wear while performing.
That’s right, it’s confirmed. FashionIndie is about to take over Chicago electronic music festival North Coast. From August 31st – September 2nd we’re going to be searching for unique street style, bringing you exclusive interviews with artists and DJ’s, and recaps of the three day sweaty sendoff to summer from the heart of the midwest. Here are some examples from last year’s festival to give you a good idea.
Some of our favorite New York DJs, Designer Drugs [Michael Vincent Patrick and Theodore Nelson] chatted it up with Groove Effect to talk their European tour, and everything behind their music:
GROOVE: In a generation with the popularity of electronic music growing what are some artists outside of DJs that have influenced you?
DESIGNER DRUGS: Well I would think we are influenced by a lot of pop music which is pretty much electronic these days. We have been listening to a lot of non electronic music lately to relax. After working on electronic music in the studio it’s nice to take a break. In my current play list I have been listening to The Horrors, The Germs, Slowdive. Washed out is making some really great music right now too.
G: How/when did you and Theodore come together to form Designer Drugs?
DD: We met during high school and went to neighboring high schools. We were both into raves at the time and met through mutual friends. We both djed and wanted to make music so we started banging out tracks with the bad equipment we had but that was short lived because I was about to go to college in Philadelphia and Theo was going to the military which at the time was the only way for us to get out of the small towns we were from. We continued producing music on and off for the following years.
G: Is there a story behind the name Designer Drugs?
DD: Not much, In middle school I read about it in a drug awareness book and thought it sounded cool and it stuck in my head. We didn’t really think about the name much.
G: You guys have so many epic remixes of some great songs. Which one was your favorite to produce? Favorite one to drop live?
DD: I really like playing the remix we did for Fake Shark Real Zombie. I had fun writing it as well. We had a lot of fun writing the Little Boots remix. Fast songs are great. We stayed up all night and wrote it. When it was done we went out for breakfast. I remember I didn’t have an air conditioner that summer and it was REALLY hot.
G: How do you feel about your upcoming tour?
DD: Stoked, Europe is amazing. I just woke up in Barcelona and am about to go shopping in the gothic neighborhood. It’s very beautiful.
G: Can you tell me a bit about your upcoming release?
DD: Yeah we are releasing our second single on Iheartcomix, Riot and Drop Down. You can actually hear an old version of drop down on a youtube video Elle Rex did from when we were in California this summer for the BFD festival.
G: Just curious, if you had the chance to collaborate with any artists of any genre who would it be?
DD: Keri Hilson and Lady Gaga. They are very hot!
Here’s a video photo/video grapher Elle Rex (another Fashion Indie friend!) shot of all the Designer Drugs craziness:
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She’s a photographer, she’s a videographer, she’s a model, she has the best style, she travels the world, she takes the most amazing party photos, she goes everywhere you’d want to go, she knows everyone you’d want to know, and she looks like this:
Fashion Indie’s favorite, and most fashionable nightlife photographer, Elle Rex, had her last night at Ruff Club on Friday. We’re going to miss her fierce style, and everyone all over the internet is going to miss her weekly photos that capture them in all of their ridiculousness. Elle’s heading off to Europe with Designer Drugs, so don’t worry, she won’t disappear completely, but her nights of taking photos of our favorite Ruff kids are over, as the end of Ruff Club is set for next week.
See some of our favorite pics on Cult, and check out Elle’s photos from all of the Ruff Club parties, as well as other parties worldwide on her site. The site also includes party videos, like the one below:
We’ll definitely miss seeing Elle around, and the final Ruff Club won’t be the same without her, but I’m sure we’ll be partying together in the future. Have fun in Europe, Elle!