Interview Series: Wilson Chandler

The thing I miss most about living in NY is that everyday can be a new adventure for you, always something to do! And, the two things I miss most about playing in NY are the Garden and the fans hands down.

DO YOU FIND IT HARD TO CONSTANTLY BE UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT AS A KEY PLAYER ON A PLAYOFF TEAM?

Past couple years have been rough on us, not making the playoffs. But before it wasn't too tough, because Denver is a small market compared to NBA cities like LA, NYC or Chicago. So from that standpoint, we're not in the spotlight as much. Although, things can get out of hand once in a blue moon. 

WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST LIFESTYLE CHANGE YOU EXPERIENCED WHEN MOVING FROM NYC TO DENVER?

The biggest adjustment going from NY to Denver for me was the pace of the city and the shopping.

WHICH ONE OF YOUR TATTOOS IS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT TO YOU AND WHY? ARE YOU PLANNING ON ADDING MORE?

My favorite tattoo is my back tattoo of the Juggernaut from X Men, my favorite character from the comic! Just an overall dope job and piece. At some point, I want to cover my entire body or most of it I should say. 

YOU LIVED IN NYC WHILE PLAYING FOR THE NEW YORK KNICKS – WHAT DO YOU MISS THE MOST ABOUT LIVING AND PLAYING IN NYC?

The thing I miss most about living in NY is that everyday can be a new adventure for you, always something to do! And, the two things I miss most about playing in NY are the Garden and the fans hands down. 

YOU OFTEN TRAVEL FOR WORK AND LEISURE – WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR TRAVEL ESSENTIALS?

MacBook Air, iPhone 6, and my black leather "Detroit red wings" Just Don cap. 

YOU LOVE WATCHING 90’S RAP VIDEOS – WHICH ONE IS YOUR FAVORITE AND WHY?

I love 90's rap and R&B, the best era. My favorite rap video from the 90's has to be a tie between Method Man – Bring Da Pain and Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Dogg – Nuthin’ But A G Thang. Two totally different feels. Method Man had that classic east coast feel and Dre/Snoop cruising six fours around the city or at family/friend barbecue is just classic. That’s one of my favorite pass times, barbecuing and hanging with family and friends.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE SONGS IN YOUR GAME DAY PLAYLIST?

The Diplomats - dipset Anthem

Lil Wayne - Hustler Musik

Max B Feat. Stack – Situations

Kanye West - Can't Tell Me Nothing

Nipsey Hussle - Forever On Some Fly Shit

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE? WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FASHION ESSENTIALS?

My style is more street mixed with some high fashion, very simple pieces. A few of my favorite fashion essentials would have to be my Fear Of God black bomber, a pair of Bred AJ1, John Elliot tees, a Just Don hat, and my Takashi Murakami x Louis Vuitton duffle.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BIGGEST FASHION SPLURGE? 

Biggest fashion splurge I would have to say came during the 09-10 season with the Knicks when we had pre-season games in Milan and Paris. I spent a lot of money in those two cities, the shopping was dope!

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION THAT PEOPLE HAVE ABOUT BASKETBALL PLAYERS?

The biggest misconception that people have about basketball players in my opinion is that we are not intelligent. That's not the case, we all are human and we make mistakes but no one is perfect. There are a lot of examples of players doing things outside of basketball and creating great lives for themselves after basketball. 

Interview Series: Hayley Bloomingdale

When I first moved to New York I bought one of those sleeping bag coats that goes to the ankles. I have since abandoned the mummy coat and found ways to keep warm while still looking chic.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A M'ODETTE?

Fashion is supposed to be fun and a M’Odette embodies that to the fullest degree! A M’Odette has fun all the time – even when stressed out or exhausted when traveling or working late, a M’Odette finds the fun in every situation!

WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER TO BE THE PERFECT CARRYALL? A HANDBAG? CLUTCH?

I’ve recently been really into a cross-body situation so that my hands can be free for texting, snapping pictures or carrying the extra bags I accumulate throughout the day. 

WHAT DO YOU CARRY IN YOUR BAG TO WORK EVERYDAY?

Headphones, 2 iPhones, lip balm, and sunglasses.

VIANEL NEW YORK RECENTLY CREATED AN EXCLUSIVE POUCH FOR MODA OPERANDI – WHAT DO YOU ALWAYS KEEP IN A POUCH/CLUTCH?

Headphones and lip balm.

WHAT ARE YOUR WORKPLACE STAPLES?

Jeans (J Brand or Frame), button down (Equipment or Marni) and boots (Isabel Marant or Chloe)!

WEEKEND STAPLES?

See above and substitute a chunky sweater for a button down.

YOU’RE A CALIFORNIA GIRL – HOW HAS YOUR STYLE EVOLVED SINCE LIVING IN NEW YORK CITY?

When I first moved to New York I bought one of those sleeping bag coats that goes to the ankles.  I have since abandoned the mummy coat and found ways to keep warm while still looking chic.

YOU ARE A SOCIAL MEDIA GURU – HOW OFTEN DO YOU CHECK YOUR INSTAGRAM?

I check on the @modaoperandi Instagram more often than my personal, I like to monitor my posts, interact and engage with followers and their comments. 

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO WEARING DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON?

Cashmere beanie from Inverni.

FAVORITE THING TO DO DURING THE HOLIDAYS IN NEW YORK CITY?

Ice skating in Central Park at Wollman Rink and enjoy a cup (or two) of apple cider!

Interview Series: iLoveMakonnen

Illustration by Myrtle Quillamor.

My biggest inspiration so far has been myself, I want to be remembered as making a positive impact on the world and that alone inspires me to do it.

WITH THE ATLANTA RAP SCENE HOTTER THAN EVER, HOW DO YOU THINK YOUR SOUND IS DIFFERENT THAN ALL OF THE OTHERS COMING FROM ATL?

My sound is more experimental in other genres and not just limited to the popular trap sound that runs the scene currently.

YOU WERE BORN IN LA BUT SPENT THE MOST RECENT PART OF YOUR LIFE AND CAREER LIVING IN ATLANTA – HOW HAVE THOSE TWO CITIES IMPACTED YOU CREATIVELY AS AN ARTIST AND MUSICIAN?

They both influenced me by giving me a view of two or more different lifestyles that helped me to blend in all of them. I take it all in from the food, weather, people, etc.

YOU'VE WORKED WITH SOME OF THE MOST IMPRESSIVE PRODUCERS FROM THE SOUTH (METRO BOOMIN, SONNY DIGITAL, ETC.) – HOW HAVE THEY HELPED BRING OUT YOUR SOUND?

They helped bring out my sound by adding drums and properly recording it. I never recorded on the computer until I started meeting these producers

YOU ARE ALWAYS ON THE ROAD – WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR TRAVEL ESSENTIALS?

Keys, wallet, phone. Usually, I don't deal with keys nowadays so it's my wallet and 3 cellphones, if I have those I can make anything happen.
 

HOW WAS IT WORKING WITH DRAKE ON THE "TUESDAY" REMIX? HOW DID IT COME ABOUT? HAVE YOU MADE IT UP TO THE 6 YET WITH OVO?

It was cool, it came about when drake and his friends heard the song and liked it I guess, and put a verse on it by reaching out to one of the producers, I was cool with it, and very excited so it just flowed and went well, haven't made it to the 6 side yet.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE COLLABORATION SO FAR IN YOUR CAREER? WHO ARE SOME ARTIST ON YOUR WISH LIST TO WORK WITH?

They all have been pretty legendary from Drake to Gucci Mane to Snoop Dogg. I wanna work with Lady Gaga, Nick Jonas, Prince and Jay Z. 

DO YOU SEE YOURSELF FOCUSING YOUR CAREER SOLELY ON MUSIC OR ARE THERE OTHER AREAS (CREATIVE AND NON–CREATIVE) THAT YOU WANT TO DABBLE IN?

I wanna focus on music and water. I'm working on my own water company, water is always needed. I also wanna be an actor so hopefully one day I can grace the silver screen.

WHEN IN NEW YORK, WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DO? WHERE DO YOU LIKE TO STAY? EAT?

Ah! This is my favorite! I love New York. I like to stay in Manhattan. Kinda Columbus circle and above. I like to eat at many different places, there's so much to do there. Ah I love it. It's my favorite place to be. I wanna live there forever.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BIGGEST INSPIRATION ON YOUR MUSIC CAREER SO FAR? 

My biggest inspiration so far has been myself, I want to be remembered as making a positive impact on the world and that alone inspires me to do it.

WHEN YOU PUT DOWN THE MIC, HOW DO YOU WANT PEOPLE TO REMEMBER YOU?

As a guy who came from his bedroom and made it happen.

Art Series: Moby

Debuting his first solo exhibition titled, “Innocents” at Emmanuel Fremin Gallery, celebrity artist Moby bases his latest series of photographs on a hypothetical post-apocalyptic world. Moby’s raw, multi-layered images attempt to examine shifts in human perception and changes in the significance of familiar surroundings.

The exhibit is now on view through December 31st, 2014.

Moby at the opening of his exhibit, Innocents

Moby, Receiving (2014)

Moby, A New Spring (2014)