Taken this week, some of my favorites I’ve edited for Depop.
First Outdoor Shoot
To test my new camera, a Nikon D5300, I went to Ramapo Res with my good friend again, Jasmine! So Jasmine goes to FIT and is my most stylish friend y’all, like she serves LEWKS! We set up by the lake and got some really nice photos. I am feeling more confident in Lightroom now and these didn’t take long to edit at all because I shot everything clean and crisp, leaving more room for being creative in post.
Interview: The Haunt
Hailing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, alt-rockers The Haunt just wrapped their European tour. Teenage siblings Anastasia Grace and Maxamillion Haunt merge together for an eclectic sound, combining alternative, indie, rock and roll, garage, and blues. As a victim of bullying, Anastasia had a vision for their music video “All Went Black” which went viral with over 100,000 views. The group partnered with the Stop Bullying Now Foundation to help contribute to putting an end to the epidemic of bullying among today’s youth, empowering them through counseling, life skills training, open communication, and creative outlets. Next up, The Haunt will release “Why Are You So Cold?,” a powerful song that summons the band’s notorious haunting eeriness that burrows into your soul. To learn more about this captivating group, read what I asked them below:
You recently toured Europe. What was your favorite destination and why?
The Haunt: I think collectively our favorite destination was Milan, Italy. We have Italian heritage, so we were already very interested in the country, but when we got there it exceeded our imaginations. It’s a truly beautiful place with lively, wonderful culture and warm-hearted people. Anyone who gets the chance to visit Italy should definitely take up the opportunity.
Where do you plan on touring next?
The Haunt: We’re open! Right now, we’re working on a bunch of different things, such as recording music and videos, writing, and all that jazz, but we’d love to tour anywhere that would have us. We’re dying to visit Asia – Japan specifically.
What’s it like being so young and touring other countries?
The Haunt: It’s not all that different from touring in the U.S., honestly. The biggest difference, aside from the slightly increased energy in some European crowds, is the fact that we lost weight on the European tour, whereas we gained weight in the U.S. LOL. I can’t tell you what the reason is for that, but it’s a thing.
What’s like being a young musician?
The Haunt: I’d say that people automatically want to look down on you just because you’re young. Some other bands think they know more about this business than we do just because we’re young, but the truth is we’ve been doing this for four years, which is much longer than most other bands can say for themselves. It’s really fun winning people over, proving to them that we’re genuine musicians and not some gimmick. I think over the recent years, the climate has changed on young musicians, and it seems like now is one of the most accepting times in the general public for younger acts, and we’re really excited to be coming up in this time period.
What’s it like working together with family?
The Haunt: Exactly as you’d expect it to be. Lots of arguing and fighting but just as much love. It’s not always easy working on something as personal as art with your sibling, but the process has led us to become best friends, which we definitely were not before the band started.
Do you guys play any instruments?
The Haunt: Anastasia plays piano, ukulele, and, of course, sings. I (Max) play piano, guitar, bass, ukulele, synth, and also sing. We’ve been taking music lessons since we were really young, about five years old.
Your self-titled EP was released last year and is spectacular! What can we expect from your upcoming music?
The Haunt: Thank you! The EP was a blast to make, and we were really excited at the response it got. We have a new album on the way. It’s currently titled AREA51, and we’re really excited to share the first single “Why Are You So Cold?” in the next few months. It’s something new and different, so look out for it! 🙂
What do you like to do when you’re not making music?
The Haunt: I (Max) draw a lot, and write short stories. It’s my second passion. Anastasia loves musical theater and has been in a few school musicals, including being Wednesday Addams last year.
Who are your favorite artists to listen to?
The Haunt: We have a really diverse music taste. I’ve always loved more modern rock stuff, like Catfish and the Bottlemen, Royal Blood, K. Flay, Arctic Monkeys. Anastasia’s always loved older classic voices, such as Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Amy Winehouse, and others. Our favorites mix in bands like The White Stripes, The Kills, Cage The Elephant, The Dead Weather. Bands that make modern versions of blues rock. We love that stuff.
What’s the music scene like in Fort Lauderdale?
The Haunt: The music scene in Fort Lauderdale is better than you’d expect. Collectively, the music community here was really good to us. There’s a lot of talent here; the sounds that come out of South Florida are very diverse, and that definitely helped us shape who we are as musicians.
The masks for your “All Went Black” video were terrifying and unique! Where did you get the inspiration for that?
The Haunt: Terrifying and unique is a good assessment. The masks are symbolic of an adolescent society that has been less than kind to each other through recent years, leaving young people feeling insecure, judged, ridiculed, and fearful to be themselves during a time where it’s most important for them to find their value. We wanted to shine a light on that aspect of adolescence and hope to do whatever we can to improve that reality.
To listen to more of The Haunt’s music, click here.
Article on Stars & Scars mag: Stars & Scars
I sat with pop-alternative band, Crimson Apple on the first of November at Big Picture Media Studios. It was unseasonably warm, so we took advantage of the sunny day to take the interview on the rooftop. The four-piece band is comprised of four beautiful sisters, each with their own unique style. Their message is strong: to inspire and stay true to themselves. Originating from Hawaii, the Big Apple is a long ways away from home.
What was the move like from Hawaii to Los Angeles?
Shelby: It was really hectic and it happened really fast. Hawaii is a very different lifestyle and a lot more laid back. Moving to LA, it’s a lot more fast-paced and more to do.
Colby: New York is surprisingly more faster-paced than Los Angeles. It definitely is an overload of the senses. It’s actually really cool and unique here. Lots of walking, which is really good for our health.
Since being signed with Amuse Group how have things changed?
Colby: Things have changed quite a bit. When we were doing things DIY, everything was very in-house. A lot of things we were doing stayed within our family, we were doing things on our own. When we signed with Amuse, we had so many more resources, more help, we were able to be connected with amazing producers and songwriters. We really feel like our sound has grown to the next level. Our vision that we couldn’t always complete on our own, we can finally acquire what we’ve envisioned our whole lives for our sound to be.
The music video for your new single, “Can’t Get Out Of Bed” recently released. How do you feel it turned out?
Colby: We are so proud of this music video. It’s kind of crazy because when we were writing the song, we were visualizing what the video would be like. We thought of the four of us all in red, which represents our blood and our family, and how we were trying to break out of this house, which symbolized our careers and going to the next level. When we gave our vision to our director, she totally understood it. We filmed in a day, with everything moving so smoothly and perfectly. The final product was better than we even envisioned.
So you’re all sisters and you’re in a band together. You must like each other. How do you maintain professionalism and your personal lives?
Carthi: It’s really hard because we’re always working and sometimes when we want to have family time, we end up talking about our work. It’s just natural for us. So sometimes we have to say, “Okay no talking about any band business, we’re just gonna have a normal time and relax.” But it’s also kind of cool because we’re always on it, we’re always working. So it’s important to have that balance.
Colby: It’s a good and bad thing because it’s within our family, we are able to be so open with our ideas and it’s always flowing for us. At the same time we get tired out, say we’re sitting watching a movie and someone will say, “Hey you know what we should do for this song?” like no, we should really just watch the movie and hang out as sisters.
Faith and Carthi: You only had a few months to learn your instruments before your first live performance. How did you make that happen?
Faith: Lots of practice?
Carthi: The first few shows were rough. I couldn’t move on stage, I had stage fright pretty bad, but just practiced a lot.
Colby: I think because Shelby and I were already experienced, we were able to be with them as they learned their instruments. They say when you’re trying to learn something new you should be with someone who’s already experienced at it because it makes you learn and grow that much faster.
What would be your dream tour?
Faith: Personally for me I would want to go to Europe.
Shelby: Japan, and to see the rest of the U.S. This is our first year touring the U.S. and so far every state kind of has its own unique vibe. It’s been cool to experience our country!
Who would you tour with if you could choose?
Faith: Taylor Swift
Colby: Halsey, oo Twenty One Pilots! We just saw them at Madison Square Garden! They were amazing. Mind blown. It was our first time seeing them, we were so lucky we got tickets to see them.
What do you miss most about Hawaii?
Crimson Apple: the food, the people.
Colby: We have a lot of friends and one thing I think is really unique about Hawaii is that there is this fusion of cultures and it’s really family oriented. You can meet a stranger, and the fact that you’re from Hawaii and be like “Hi aunty, hi uncle”.
Shelby: Meat jun. It’s basically really thin beef marinated in like a teriyaki sauce but it’s better than that, then you fry it in egg.
Colby: We found out it’s a fusion dish. It’s from a mixture cultures that created that michan. We also miss Hawaiian poke.
Shelby: We have friends in California that always go to the poke places and we try to explain to them, “This is good, but Hawaiian poke is better”.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Colby: I think one of our biggest inspirations as a group is that we’re doing it together as a family. We’re always pushing each other and relying on each other so we’re feeling that responsibility to do well for each other. We’re in it together. Our parents is one of our inspirations because they are so massively supportive of us, we are so blessed to have them. They put so much into us so it’s important for us to succeed for them.
Who do you make your music for?
Colby: People our age, we’re going through a lot of things our peers are going through. We write about our real life experiences, and we feel like there are a lot of people like us that are going through the same things and that’s really who we’re writing for. The four of us all collaborate to write the music together.
What’s your favorite part about being a musician?
Crimson Apple: All of it!
Shelby: It’s so much fun. Me personally, I think I like performing live. I love being on stage and performing for people.
Colby: For me, I think I’ve always loved songwriting the most. I think it’s because I’m a really introverted person and I’m kind of reserved. From a young age, music was the only way I knew how to express how I was feeling. I like challenging myself to come up with a cool metaphor or create something that is relatable to people.
Carthi: I really do like all of it. It would be easier for me to say I don’t like the business side of it. Everything else is amazing.
Faith: I really like all of it too. Whatever I’m doing in the moment. Right now we’re on tour so I like playing live and meeting people. Inspiring people, because not a lot of people can do what we do.
How do you guys get pumped before going on stage?
Shelby: We have a strange ritual. It basically involves us crossing hands and holding hands with some yelling involved.
Faith: A lot of “LEHH”
Colby: It kind of originated in this moment where we were kind of going through something really rough during practice one day, feeling this weight on our shoulders, and all of a sudden Carthi just started yelling, and we were all like “that’s what we need to do right now”. So we all just let it out and that moment was special for us so we included it in our performance ritual.
You all have amazing style. Who are your style icons and where do you get your inspiration from?
Faith: Aw man! I love Korean fashion, I love Gigi Hadid, she is my fashion icon.
Colby: I love Dua Lipa. She is so fly all the time, I love her fashion sense.
Crimson Apple is finishing up their EP, and will be finishing up the remainder of their tour in Florida and Texas. Check them out here!
These Boots Were Made For Walking On Leaves
Fall is in full swing and by the feel of the weather, it’s time to swap out those flip flops and sandals and bring out the boots! Not sure what kind of boot is right for you? Fear not, for there is a type of boot for whatever your style may be!
Not for the faint of heart, combat boots are for the ultimate badass. Stomp out your haters with these tough boots made chic by design. Leather and buckles and zippers set combat boots apart from your average boot. Dress them up with a dainty dress, or dress them down with leggings and an oversized tee. However you choose to wear them, no one is sure to mess with you with these no-nonsense boots!
Need a little lift? Or a lot? Heeled boots are a comfortable alternative to strappy heels that leave calluses and cuts on your poor feet. With boots, socks are there to protect your feet from discomfort and the cold. Look slammin’ and feel toasty inside! Heeled boots are effortlessly sexy and can be worn for any occasion. The grips on the bottom are slip-free, so even when the weather gets colder and icy in the winter months, you will stay grounded.
Knee-high boots have been made popular recently, donned by celebs like Kylie Jenner, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Ciara, Rihanna and more. For those of us who do not live in cool-weathered Cali, fall is our emergence of the knee-high boot. Worn with a short skirt or dress, or on top of tights, knee-high boots provide full coverage to keep your legs warm. These boots are usually strappy or lace-up, oozing sexiness and confidence. You’ll turn heads every time you step out in these boots. Get to struttin’!