Whats good Ole P? Can you tell us exactly what you do? Like, if someone came up to you on the street and asked “What do you do”? What would you say?What’s good! Life is great bro. I’m a hip hop artist from Milwaukee, WI. I write all my own material and have started writing songs for other artists.
I produce as well, but not many people know that yet. I’ve made music videos for myself and other artists. I’ll never limit myself to one craft, but making music is my favorite.
You are a young artist, with a deep, wise feel to your music/vibe. What inspires you to create music?
“Take what you learn and apply it”
I try to learn from every experience and apply what I learned in the future. Ever since I became better in-tune with myself by eating healthy, meditating and enjoying the good and bad in life, I get inspired from everything. A good experience can put me in the mood to write and search for a positive uplifting beat and make a song about enjoying life in every way. A bad experience can do the same thing except I’ll probably look for a soulful/deep vibe and write about whatever I’m going through. I hear a lotta people saying “these bad things only happen to me, nobody understands me, everybody’s a hater” etc. So I hope to connect with people n show them everybody has obstacles.
“We all get distracted, the question is would you bounce back or bounce backwards / would you not know how to act or take action” – Kendrick Lamar on “Growing Apart (To Get Closer)”
As of now Kendrick’s my favorite rapper alive.
Some other artists that have inspired me to create include 2Pac, Thievery Corporation, Tech N9ne, The Beatles, Lil Boosie, everybody from Pro Era, J Cole, Jay Z & The Weeknd.
What are your thoughts on marijuana legalization?
Lmao. Legalization would be incredible. More realistically I’m hoping for it to be regulated like tobacco or alcohol.
Cannabis is such an amazing plant, with so many uses and benefits it shouldn’t be illegal. A lot of people have distorted views about it and don’t know anything about it except “it’s illegal”.
Personally it helps me with anxiety / stress, creative uses, sleeping, upset stomach or helping to get an appetite etc. Some people say it makes them lazy or paranoid, which I’d suggest not using it then.
It all comes down to being a responsible indivudual and making good choices.
I also know you are big into Organic living, sustainability, can you tell us more about that aspect of your life? You know, drop some knowledge?
When I was younger, I used to eat whatever whenever, and had a lot of health issues. Once I started eating healthier I saw my life change within weeks.
Now I buy organic whenever available and foods with natural non GMO ingredients. Everything we put into our bodies affect the way we live. The way we feel, how we think, many diseases/problems are preventable and start with what we put into our bodies.
People are surprised that I don’t drink alcohol at all. Never started.
You can’t make it to the top if you’re not taking care of yourself. Again it comes down to being responsible and making good choices.
I recycle & reuse every time i can. We gotta take care of this planet, it’s where we LIVE. Lol
I love learning about healthy living and I enjoy promoting a healthy lifestyle.
Can you tell us more about the video that you just dropped? How did that happen?
Man. So much herb that night lol. I just dropped a new music video with one of my favorite artists Mad Static, the song is called CRASH THE PARTY, the record was produced by Rustik & Luke Marlowe did the visuals for me. And killed it. Those are the nights I live for! Making memories with friends and family involving music is a wonderful thing.
That record is from my most recent mixtape called “Intro 2 #ViBEMusic”
I’m glad we finally got a visual for it and I love the final product.
We have a motto, a way of life, called “Do What You Desire” or simply #DWYD. Can you tell us how that relates to you and your life and pursuing your passion?
So many people in my life told me what I couldn’t do, and that’s always been one of the biggest motivators.
For a while when I was younger, I felt like I needed other peoples approval to feel happy.
Once I stopped caring what anybody else thought I started to excel.
I encourage everyone everywhere to find what you love, find what you’re passionate about and include that in your life as much as possible!!
The world will never get tired of creative people with original ideas.
“The world is watching”
DO WHAT YOU DESIRE !! I desire college girls. & great food. Sour Diesel. & #ViBEMusic Lol
Where can we find out more about you and your music?
Find Ole P (ViBE Music) @
Thanks for reaching out ! I appreciate the support and look forward to working with ya’ll again in the future.
Peace to everybody n thank you for rockin with us! #ViBEMusic #DWYD
Feb. 9th Show w/Tory Lanez
Interview with Llewellyn
￼If someone came up to you on the street and asked, what do you do? What would you say to them?
My response has been I’m menswear designer.
Some may know, I am a lover of fashion and style. What inspired you to pursue fashion?
I’m a historian and lover of art. When I was a child I wrote and illustrated a lot of stories. The wardrobe of these characters played a vital role in the story telling. The wardrobe of people in history for some reason always stuck with me. I knew being a designer was what I was meant to do in 8th grade. A classmate brought his successful uncle ,who was a designer, fashion illustrations in class. As cheesy as it sounds the light bulb clicked and everything made sense.
Are you trained? Or is this all raw talent?
I do have formal training from design school. However my best training came from being in the industry, on the job training.
You have some very intriguing designs, what goes on in your mind to turn them into reality?
When designing I’m thinking of 3 things. They are, my consumer’s needs, my artistic expression and construction. They all need to work harmoniously for a garment to be successful in my eyes. My goal to make wearable, bold yet classic pieces. The Llewellyn man is not just noticed, he’s remembered for his style.
Whats is Llewellyn? Where did the name come from?
This is a question I get asked often. I feel bad there’s no illustrious philosophical answer. Llewellyn is my father and mine middle name. Ours is pronounced “El low when”. The brand Llewellyn is pronounced “Lou Ellen”. I picked this name for its androgynous nature that marries to my design aesthetic. Llewellyn is welsh for two distinct things that describe the brand. Lion like and Shiney one.
Whats your take on today’s fashion/style? Your honest take.
The historian in me loves that new consumers are discovering old fashion houses. That younger designers are being taken seriously as brands. I love that people are taking risks. Dressing is a fun experience and should be thought of that way. While still being respectful of the multi billion dollar industry that it is.
What’s disheartening is the struggle the industry is for black designers. As well as the too easily thrown around label of designer and stylist.
We have a mantra, “Do What You Desire” or #DWYD. What does that mean to you and your passion?
For me it’s an affirmation to be present in the moment with a goal in mind. Live your experiences while learning from them to reach that goal.
￼Where can we find more of your work?
Llewellyn can be found in our online store:
Amerikas Addiction/#DWYD gives back with Children’s Hospital!
THANK YOU AGAIN TO EVERYONE THAT WAS APART OF the Amerikas Addiction & Do What You Desire 3RD ANNUAL TOY & BOOK DRIVE with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin benefitting The Child Protection Center!
We COLLECTED OVER 400 TOYS & 100 BOOKS! I appreciate EVERYONE who donated! There are still more donations coming in! If you still want to contribute, please send me a message on here or contact me @ 414-745-6233 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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- Trans International LLC
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Interview with poet, model, and aesthetician Ely Miche
Ely Miche – If someone random stranger came up to you in the street and asked, what do you do? What would you say to them?
Amerikas Addiction + K.E. + $killz + DJ Omni @ UW-Milwaukee CAB + Sponsored by RockStar Energy Drink!
Recap of Amerikas Addiction + #DOWHATYOUDESIRE + #DWYD performance at UW-Milwaukee Fireside Lounge. Sponsored by ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK. Featuring $killz + K.E. + DJ OMNI
Featured songs “No $leep” & “P. Diddy” from the upcoming Amerikas Addiction album “13” coming in 2015…
Special shout out to CAB of UW-MILWAUKEE for Having Us Come & Rock Out With The Students! Shout out to ILLWAUKEE Magazine for taking some dope photos!
Interview with Model, Writer and Radio Host – Natasha Nafrini
Hello, I am feeling fine and focused. Just been doing some contemplating.
You talk about dating…so…what do you desire in a man? Or, what should a woman be looking for in a man?
Dating can be fun as long as people have more of an open mind. I like for anyone I’m dating to be spiritual, ambitious with a great sense of humor. It’s truly cool if he’s romantic and spontaneous. There also has to be a good sexual chemistry as great sex with someone I’m into is amazing to me. Given I’m an artsy intellectual, intelligence is sexy to me, and any guy that can stimulate my mind is a keeper.
What are your thoughts on sexuality? Are we a rigid society? Or are we open? What do you think is the best?
I am ok with what others identify themselves as when it comes to sexuality as long as differences are respected. I believe we are slowly becoming more open but are still very rigid when it comes to this issue. I really, honestly think more people should be less consumed with what the next do and worry about their own sexuality and this wouldn’t be such a huge, touchy subject. I’m all about how you treat people, so as long as you’re nice to me and those I love I will be nice to you.
Many people don’t realize how truly driven one has to be, to do a multitude of things such as you. What drives you? Why are you so passionate?
It’s my appreciation for it. I enjoy all that I do and I have met some really cool people along the way and have discovered things about myself I probably wouldn’t have if I had not taken this journey.
We have a way of life called “Do What You Desire”, what does that mean to you?
For me when I hear this It tells me to live happy! To do what I desire and do what makes me happy!
Do you have any shout outs?
I would like to give a shout out to my TDR (Tonedefradio) family. I love them and we are truly a family who’s established a movement in internet radio that is growing. I would also like to shoutout my supporters as I have some who have literally been following me since I started.Where can we check out some of your work Natasha?
People can visit Tonedefradio.com to hear my work as a fellow podcaster. They can also follow me on IG: @IamNafrini and on Twitter: @NatashaNafrini when I keep people up to date on shows and shoots.
@AmerikasAddict Tonic Room Vlog Feat @YoungMogulChi #DWYD
Amerikas Addiction + #DWYD got a chance to link up with the Chicago homie Young Mogul Chi! He just signed on as a brand ambassador with the new Vodka company Kastell Vodka www.kastellvodka.com. He is also a brand ambassador for Fuck Fame Apparel www.fuckfameapparel.com. He is also the CEO of The Committee Music Group @CommMusicGroup. Check out the recap video of his appearance at the legendary Tonic Room in Chicago, IL! Make sure to check him out at www.twitter.com/youngmogulchi! #DWYD #FUCKFAME #KASTELLVODKA Special Shoutout to Shanique aka The PR KILLA – find her on Twitter twitter.com/PushaG___ !
Interview with model Evie
Whats up all!
Josh from #DWYD here! Today, we have a interview with one of best and hardest working independent models in the game. Here name is Evie and she is a beast. She is more than just a pretty face, she puts emotion into her photos. I didn’t ask her the typical questions, “what do you look for in a guy”, I asked her what inspires her to live the DO WHAT YOU DESIRE life. I asked her what drives her. The negative and the positives. So, sit back and get ready to learn what goes on in the mind of Evie. #DWYD
(Photo credit: Brianna Doby)
So, lets jump right in, if someone came up to you on the street and asked, what do you do? What would you say to them?
If someone came up to me and asked me what I do, I would first and fore mostly tell them that I am independent. I work for myself, I am my own boss. That doesn’t mean I don’t have backup plans, I have two college degree’s for a reason. But I enjoy being able to set my own hours, work with who I want to work with, I really don’t think it gets any better than that. I model, I have been blessed enough to do this job, and when I set my heart on something I like it catch fire and burn bright. It is my passion, my job, my hobby, it keeps me sane. What do I do? I hustle, I work hard, I pay the bills, I take care of my family, but most importantly I am loving every minute of my life, and am blessed to have so many people who support what I do.
How did you get into the modeling industry? Its cliche’, but everyone has their own story. So tell us yours…
I actually never thought about modeling as a career choice, growing up I was kind of awkward and to myself, always had anxiety problems. I was always asked by strangers if they could take my picture, (on subways, and trains, when I was traveling) and never really thought anything of it. I knew I looked different, but never knew that would take me where it has now. The first photo shoot I ever agreed to do was for a friend of mine, and it blew up over night. I decided I loved it, and it just took off from there. I would encourage women that find their passion to chase it whole heatedly. And not just women, but anyone for that matter, if you want it, go get it.
(Photo credit: Derek Ace)
You do some “edgy” shoots/art, what inspires you when you do them? Take us into your mind when you are freezing and half naked. Or in a latex body suit in 100 degree weather?
I have done a LOT of crazy shoots! I have done implied shoots in 0 degree weather, I have done shoots in full latex in 100 degree weather. The important thing to remember is to take breaks! Stay hydrated, know your limits. Passing out on a shoot is never a good thing. The last shoot I had, I was changing in an abandoned hospital that was absolutely freezing cold, I remember thinking to myself “why do I do this stuff”, can’t feel my toes anymore, or my fingers, shaking like I am dancing. But you just do it, you get through it, people around you warm you up, and you bring supplies that keep you alive! And then you see the photos and you know EXACTLY why you did it, they always look amazing. And that is what keeps you going. The passion you have for what you do.
Who are some of your inspirations? Who are some of the models and artists that you have worked with? Desire to work with?
Honestly I am inspired by candid shots, I always have been. There are a lot of people in the industry who are big names, and I try not to watch what they do, I let my inspiration come from people who don’t even know they are being captured. There is nothing more interesting and inspiring than that. Take for instance, the ballerina- so beautiful, is she a model? No, but the way she moves inspires me to move with more grace, or the candid woman smiling- she is having a moment, but it is true, that is what inspires me! I have been privileged enough to work with some very talented people, who have brought out my artistic side, it’s never the same. I love people who push me to my limits, I love feeling like I’ve worked for something, achieving optimal results. If you don’t hurt after the day, you aren’t doing it right, push yourself harder.
(Photo credit: Chris Moehr)
I think of modeling as an art form. Some people truly don’t realize that it is work. Not to just “pretty” but to convey a message, an emotion. Can you tell us your thoughts about this?
A lot of people don’t realize how hard it is to be a model, when I pose for a picture I make absolutely sure my face, and my hands, and the way my body sits are telling a story. I never want to just be standing there staring into the camera. I want you to be able to look at me and feel something deeper than what is on the outside. “You are so pretty” is nice to hear, but when you get those comments like “you look like you are in pain, going through heartbreak”, or “I can really feel you in this capture”, that’s when it really starts coming together. When you can wear your emotions on the outside. Now does that mean I can never be in a JCPenny catalog? Maybe… but I am okay with that. My entire life has been devoted to art, without it I would feel so empty.
You are big into awareness about domestic violence and woman being abused sexually and emotionally and physically. What has drawn you to that cause that you feel more people need to be aware about?
I went through a very abusive relationship myself that lasted about ten years. I hated myself during that time. I always thought I wasn’t good enough or that everything was my fault. What I didn’t realize at that time was that I am worth more than that. Every single person on this earth deserves respect, and to be loved, and to be treated like a human. I have dedicated years of my life to fight domestic abuse as well, it has been a passion of mine to help women escape the violence they experience at home. To help women who are afraid to help themselves, the silent screamers. I know the nightmare, and you can wake up, you can get away. I currently have two college degrees that pertain to helping victims of domestic abuse, and I will always be passionate about the cause, my fight may be over, but I will continue to fight for those who can’t stand up long enough to fight for themselves. Life is beautiful, children are beautiful, it shouldn’t have to be looked at through shattered glass constantly. Please, if you see someone struggling with this, if you know this is happening to someone you love or know, I encourage you to be their voice, help them, they need it more than you know.
(Photo credit: Simon Wolak)
We have a mantra, “Do What You Desire” or #DWYD. What does that mean to you and your daily hustle?
I am ALL ABOUT that #DWYD life, and the boys who made that logo.
(Photo credit: Simon Wolak)
Where can we find out about more of your work? Have you been published?
You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Model Mayhem, Wix, Surreal beauty magazine, Xpressions magazine, Gorgeous girls magazine, gothic beauty magazine,Obscurae Magazine (January issue) , Hopeless Jack Handsome Devil music video (Hopeless love), you can see me in the Reveal the Facade short film (Paradise Lost: Fallen- short film). I am always traveling as well, so maybe you’ll see me in your home state. I have bookings in Hollywood in December and March, so catch me out there as well!
Any special shout outs you’d like to give?
I want to give a huge shout out to the boys in Amerikas Addiction, as they have been a huge support system for me. I want to give a shout out to my little sister Lauren McNeil in Hollywood California chasing her dreams of becoming a recording artist. You can check her out on YouTube and iTunes and also on Soundcloud (Lauren McNeill). Shout out to my family who help me become a better person on the daily and all people I have had the honor of working in my modeling ventures! You all mean the world to me. Rock N’ Roll!
(Photo credit: Brian Huth)
Interview with Designer Nico Perez
Whats up all!
Josh from #DWYD here and today we have an interview with one of my new favorite independent clothing designers Nico Perez (Shout out to RuKo photo for putting me onto him)! He makes dope isn! Period. I mean, look at the pictures! I am going to shut up and let you all get to reading the interview! #DWYD #FASHION
What’s popping Nico? How are you feeling today?Feeling great making my runs through Los Angeles Fashion District today. Sourcing materials & looking for anything new to gain inspiration from.Ok, so the people want to know about you? So, if someone on the street came up to you and asked “What do you do”? What would you say?I would say I design & construct garments, most gearing towards exclusivity.
How did you get into fashion design? Who and what inspired you?I started to sew after working with another brand for some time. Just out of curiosity and wanting to create independently I purchased a household singer sewing machine for starters.What inspired me was a brand called OriginalWork based out of NYC. They had handmade matches applied to they’re garments with these wild prints streaming across the shirt front, sleeves, hoodie you name it. I actually got in contact with one of the owners(JaMeek) & he began giving me pointers and mentoring me for quite some time.How do you feel about style vs. trends? What you think makes something “timeless” vs. a “trend”?I don’t think it should be viewed as style vs. trends because we all know style doesn’t fade the way trends do century to century. Chuck Taylor for instance doesn’t need to release variations of the shoe every month because the people simply love the clean well presented aesthetic for what it is. Trends tend to manifest and you see multiple brands doing anything to give the people what they “think they want”. There is no individuality left in a brand when its always trying to please others. & the consumers lack individuality as well in return.Who are some people that you would love to style?Definitely at the top of my list Young Jeezy & RossWhere do you desire to be in the next 3-5 years? (I know it sounds like a job interview lol…but honestly, tell us)!Within the next 3-5years I plan to still be designing and constructing the garments in-house myself, just with more knowledge of sewing & possibly tapping into painting on my garments like you would a canvas. I plan to branch out of only sewing and stay as experimental as possibleWe have a way of life called “Do What You Desire”, what does that mean to you?Some may see Do What You Desire as a simple self motivating phrase but to me it means the world. Everyday you should question what drives you & stay true to the answer.Do you have any shout outs?Ya shouts to JaMeek for inspiring & mentoring me throughout the past few years. Most people don’t like to share there knowledge and he gave me the boost I needed to get where I am today! SALUTE!Where can we check out some of your clothing and buy some of your clothing?I handle most of my orders via phone. My contact number and most recent works are posted on my IG.IG@NicoMachiavelli