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PAUSE PRESS PLAY: ARTIST EDITION II

PAUSE PRESS PLAY: ARTIST EDITION II

Photographer: Sabb Adams // @sabbadams
Videographer: Noah Sapon // @nwuh
Fashion Editors: Rhys Marcus Jay & Jen Eleto // @rhysmarcusjay@jenelectro
Contributing Stylists: Joshua Meredith, Felicia Brown, El-shaddai Nyagodzi & Chioma Chukwu // @joshuameredith@_feliciabrown_@elshhyy@chioma___chukwu
Fashion Assistants: Korede Alabi & Jodie Haworth // @lifeofkors@jodiehaworth
Set Designer: Jade Adeyemi // @adeyumyum
Set Design Assistant: Sofia MPanda // @mustbesofia
Interview: Amal AlTauqi // @altxuqi

Special thanks to @nandosuk & @wrayandnephewuk

Cashh, TAYO, & Rachel Chinouriri Styled by Rhys Marcus Jay
Ghetto Boy, Elheist, Rachel Foxx, & Berna Styled by Jen Eleto
Macca Wiles Styled by Joshua Meredith
Alicai Harley Styled By Felicia Brown
Morgan Munroe, Mega & Jaela Styled by Elshaddai Nyagodzi

Take a look at who tempted us to PAUSE PRESS (&) PLAY their tracks as of late!
Special thanks to Nandos, as well as Wray & Nephew.

See the full editorial here.

RACHEL CHINOURIRI

Jewellery: Mass.TV, Full Look: Filling Pieces

HEY RACHEL, HOW ARE YOU DOING?

I’m great how are you guyssss!

FOR ANYONE WHO MAY NOT KNOW, CARE TO DESCRIBE YOURSELF AND YOUR SOUND?

I’m a singer-songwriter from London who’s been influenced by indie music, African acapella music and folk music. I also have a soft spot for pop

IT’S ALWAYS SO INSPIRING TO SEE INDIVIDUALS LIKE YOURSELF UTILIZE THEIR FOLLOWING AND VOICE TO SPEAK ON IMPERATIVE ISSUES SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES. IS THIS SOMETHING YOU FEEL IS IMPORTANT TO DO AS AN ARTIST? 

I think it’s very important! As much as my world is music, I’m a human being affected by this and feel just like everyone else! It’s our world to take care of and support everyone!

YOU’RE ONLY ALLOWED TO WEAR ONE BRAND OF CLOTHING FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, WHAT’S IT GOING TO BE?

I mean, I’d say Dior and Prada are very level for me… very hard. Because I own something from Prada, I’ll just say Dior so it’s somewhat equal in my head ha-ha!

3 MAIN BEAUTY ESSENTIALS, WHAT ARE THEY?

Mascara, contour, eyebrow pencil

IS THERE ANYTHING WE CAN EXPECT IN THE NEXT COMING MONTHS?

I’ve just started a project with Boots and the hygiene bank and I’m very excited to continue supporting the charity! An EP will be our next year and some shoots and Music videos!!

ALICAI HARLEY

Blazer: UOOYA, Shirt – H&M, Tie: Next, Trousers: Sarah O Robinson, Jewellery: Shedean Jewels, Boots: Dr Martens @ Schuh

HEY ALICAI, SO NICE TO CONNECT. HOW ARE YOU?

Hi, I’m fine thank you!

YOU WERE BORN IN JAMAICA, BRED IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, HAVING SEEN THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS, THIS INESCAPABLY REFLECTS IN YOUR SOUND. HOW HAS THIS SHAPED YOUR ARTISTIC DEVELOPMENT? 

Being born in Jamaica and having the culture deeply rooted within me, but also being able to live in London and be a Londoner, has made me be able to master my sound over the years, when gelling both cultures together. It’s definitely something I’m most proud of in my artistry. 

YOUR STYLE IS IMPECCABLE. WHAT DOES THE WORD ‘FASHION’ MEAN TO YOU?

For me, fashion is my identity, it makes me who I am. it’s the first thing people see when they look at me, and it’s also a way of me expressing myself, and a form of therapy as well.

IT SEEMS LIKE WE’RE DEEP INTO LOCKDOWN 2.0. WHAT’S THE MUSIC-MAKING PROCESS LIKE NOW WE’RE BACK IN?

For me, I can definitely say that this time around I felt much more prepared for what was coming. A lot of the skills I’d learnt prior during the first lockdown, I had time again to implement those and recording and writing more. 

IS THERE A TIMELESS PIECE OF CLOTHING OR SHOE THAT WILL ALWAYS STICK WITH YOU?

I would say for me it would definitely be over the knee boots and an oversized woolly jumper or a woolly dress. I actually look forward to that in wintertime, like to go and buy a few woolly oversized jumpers, and 2 pairs of oversized high knee boots – a grey pair and a black pair. That’s just my thing that I really like, that’s always been my look. From when I was younger until now, every winter I look forward to wearing that look!

WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FOR THE FUTURE OF ALICAI HARLEY?

From future Alicai Harley you can definitely expect more amazing and completely out of the box, but timeless music. The EP that we’ve all been waiting for is going to be dropping! I can’t wait to get everyone’s feedback, to hear everyone’s reaction, and to just really see everyone take in my first body of work. And definitely, some really exciting collaborations that I can’t wait for you guys to hear!

RACHEL FOXX

HEY RACHEL FOXX, IT’S SO NICE TO SPEAK TO YOU? HOW’S LIFE TREATING YOU AT THIS VERY MOMENT?

Hiiii, nice to speak to you too! Life is actually strangely nice. I have a weird balance of having to do everything and nothing at the same time.

HERE WE ARE AGAIN, LOCKDOWN 2.0, WHAT’S A TYPICAL DAY IN THE LIFE OF RACHEL FOXX?

I’ve still got quite a bit to do because I’m mid-campaign and mid releases. Every day is still quite different, if I’m not at home recording then I’m out shooting. There’s no routine to my life which is both great and worrying.

HAS THE PANDEMIC AFFECTED THE WAY YOU USUALLY MAKE MUSIC?

In the beginning, definitely, and it really upset me, however since then it taught me to more be self-sufficient and get my DIY on.

DO YOU LOOK UP TO ANYONE IN THE INDUSTRY BOTH STYLISTICALLY AND MUSICALLY?

I LOVE SADE, HER MUSIC IS CLASSIC AND SHE’S BEAUTIFUL.

Your style gives off heavy Y2K vibes. Love it! What kind of music did you listen to growing up?

Thank you!! I love the 90s and 2000s. I listened to a lot of Usher, Donnell Jones, Floetry and Jon B growing up.

ELHIEST

Full Look: River Island, Boots: ASOS

HEY ELHEIST. WHAT’S UP?

All goody!

FOR THOSE WHO MAY NOT KNOW, MAY YOU BRIEFLY TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF?

Of course! I am an artist – learning, growing, and delivering. I would say I create for those who may feel alienated and can be seen as a “spirit animal” in a sense for all the wholesome goodies out there as well as myself. I love music and I love showcasing my passion. I sing, rap, produce, broadcast and to be honest do much more. There are layers to this.

YOUR STYLE’S QUITE BUBBLY AND FLAMBOYANT TOO. ARE THERE ANY KEY ELEMENTS THAT ARE INEVITABLE WHEN STYLING YOURSELF?

Thank you! It’s an energy – you can’t make it up. I dress according to how I may feel on any particular day. I love colours, textures and I love print. I’m a big girl so I look to fabrics that make me feel comfortable and free, whether they are vintage or the most current incredible designers out today.

WHAT’S THE LAST SONG YOU DOWNLOADED TO A PLAYLIST / YOUR PHONE?

Ah, I have loads of songs on rotation right now. The most recent has to be Giggs ft Emeli Sandé – It’s Hard. The Now or Never mixtape was such a surprise! We are blessed! This song is epic.

WHAT DOES THE WORD ‘FASHION’ MEAN TO YOU?

It 1000 per cent means expression.  My fashion is a conversation with self as well as with the streets. When I step out my thoughts and feelings are seen and felt in my clothing before I even get to speak! Fashion is a statement. It’s culture. Present, past, and future all tied together.

FUTURE PLANS. WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FOR THE FUTURE OF ELHEIST?

More gifts and more shockers aha! Working on more music with some amazing people and some personal projects loading too.

JAELA

Sunglasses: Bonnie Clyde, Blazer: Materiel @ Browns Fashion, Shoes: Linzi

HEY JAELA, HOW’S LIFE IN LOCKDOWN 2.0?

Life in lockdown actually hasn’t been so bad, I’m already a homebody so not much has changed in my life, I’m the most creative when I’m left alone in my own bubble, I like my own company and can focus more like this then go to the studio when I need to record. The biggest downside for me is the gyms being closed I miss working out so much

FOR ANYONE WHO MAY NOT KNOW, CARE TO DESCRIBE YOURSELF AND YOUR SOUND?

I’m the funny light-hearted one who’s super chilled and laid back. I’m all about good vibes and that reflects in my music, I want people to put my songs on when they want to turn up the mood and make themselves feel good that’s why I make sure it’s catchy and appealing to everyone not just a certain demographic. My sound is like a mix of singing and rap at the same time, you can call it melodic rap but It’s definitely unique and got a cool and sexy vibe to it.

IS THERE ANYONE YOU EARN INSPIRATION FROM BOTH STYLISTICALLY AND MUSICALLY?

Yeah definitely, I find a lot of artist doing well right inspiring because that’s eventually where I want to be, especially Artists that show versatility and can switch flows effortlessly my faves to do this right now are lil baby, Doja Cat, Tory Lanez, I feel like these artists have shown that they can dabble in any genre and still make it their own which is what I like to do too. Versatility is my key ingredients when making music i feel like that’s how to really make your mark.

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YOU SEEM LIKE QUITE THE NATURAL WHEN IT COMES TO PHOTOSHOOTS. WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE KINDA THING TO WEAR WHEN IT COMES TO BEING PHOTOGRAPHED?

Usually, you’ll probably see me in the bare minimum lol. I like things that can show my figure. My day-to-day style is more boujee but casual, so you’ll most likely see me in something that looks comfortable but it’s gotta be sexy and well fitted, but for shoots, I like to go a little more all out and have more statement outfits like metallic bras and thigh-high boots.

IF YOUR LIFE SO FAR HAD TO BE EXPRESSED BY ONE SONG, WHAT’S IT GOING BE?

Jhene Aiko – Spotless mind

FINALLY, WHAT’S IN STORE FOR YOU NEXT?

Well, I’m about to take off for real, been doing so much behind the scenes and I can’t wait to start putting out the fire I’ve got in the vault. My first Ep titled “In the mood” will be dropping soon, also dropping the first single “kitty” this month, and once that’s out it’s only up from there.

MEGA

Suit: Sarah O Robinson 3 piece suit, Trousers: H&M trousers, Shoes: Public Desire

MEGA, WHAT’S UP? HOW’S LIFE?

Hey! I well thanks, life is cool but super disappointed to be entering another lockdown!

YOU’VE EXPRESSED THAT YOU CREATE ART FROM THE HEART. AS AN ARTIST, HOW IMPERATIVE IS IT FOR YOU TO EXPRESS EMOTION AND REALITY THROUGHOUT YOUR SOUND?

I don’t think I would be able to create music if I couldn’t express myself in the way that I do, I have no idea what I would write about. A lot of my songs feel like letters I’m writing to myself and I think those letters also resonate with people because they share those experiences. I love that music allows me to connect with people I wouldn’t necessarily connect with otherwise and I can only do that authentically by being completely honest and raw.

CONGRATULATIONS. YOU’RE HITTING MILLIONS ON THE STREAMS RIGHT ABOUT NOW, HOW DOES THAT FEEL?

Surreal. When I released my first single ‘Chariot’ and hit my first 100 streams I was extremely joyful. To be over 5 million streams now is just so encouraging. It’s amazing to know that people are actually connecting to my music, I just can’t wait to give them more!

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR OWN STYLE WHEN IT COMES TO FASHION?

I would say edgy and sophisticated. I’m always open to experimenting and getting a little creative when it comes to fashion.

LOCKDOWN 2.0. WE MEET AGAIN. IS THERE ANYTHING YOU AIM TO DO IN THE SECOND LOCKDOWN, NOW YOU’VE EXPERIENCED IT ONCE BEFORE?

 I feel like the first lockdown was quite overwhelming and it felt like a period of adjustment, whereas now, I’m more focused on myself rather than the world around me. I’m taking more time to do things like painting, reading, working out etc; the things I would only dream of having the time to do before.

IS THERE ANYTHING WE CAN KEEP OUR EYES PEELED ON FOR THE TIME BEING?

YES! You can definitely expect to be hearing more music from me next month. Follow me on Spotify, Instagram and on YouTube for all the updates and releases.

MORGAN MUNROE

Suit: Uyooya, Shirt: H&M, Footwear: Dr Martens

MORGAN, WHAT’S UP? HOW’S LIFE TREATING YOU?

I’m good man life’s treating me alright I can’t complain.

YOU’VE JUST DROPPED YOUR DEBUT EP ‘LAYERS 0.5’. HOW DOES THE MUSIC-MAKING PROCESS WORK FOR YOU?

Well for this EP I had beats sent to me by producers and wrote all the songs at home, I like writing at home because I can take my time and fully be in my zone. I record my demo’s at home while I write and then when I have the full song, harmonies, BV’s and all I’ll go to record final vocals at the studio.

IS THERE ANYONE YOU EARN INSPIRATION FROM BOTH STYLISTICALLY AND MUSICALLY?

Musically Frank Ocean, James Blake and Solange are my main inspirations, stylistically Solange as well and Rihanna.

HAS THERE BEEN A HIGHLIGHT TO YOUR CAREER SO FAR, IF SO, WHAT HAS IT BEEN?

Got my first Radio 1 play the other day!

GROWING UP, WHAT TYPE OF MUSIC WERE YOU EXPOSED TO? DID IT HAVE A DIRECT INFLUENCE ON THE SOUND YOU MAKE TODAY?

I think it has influenced the kind of music I make, I’m a 90’s baby I grew up listening to a lot of RnB and hip-hop from that era, also a lot of UK garage. And I used to be obsessed with Mariah Carey, she deffo influenced the way I sing.

EP? TICK. WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU?

Making more music, working with more people!

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