This week we caught up with Mitch James, a musician who has put social platforms to use to really make waves in the NZ music scene. Here is 5 mins with Mitch:
What inspired you to create and perform music?
I felt disillusioned with the social norm of getting a 9-5 job and slaving away for someone else, coupled with the fact that I was a bit of a loner growing up, it seemed like music was the perfect outlet and avenue to chase. Eventually I grew tired of playing other peoples songs, and started to dabble in writing my own stuff, it sucked at first but creating music is like unclogging dirty pipes, just keep pushing through and eventually clean water will flow.
Are there composers or performers that do a similar thing that have influenced you to get your particular style and content?
I listened to all types of music growing up, from folk, to hip hop, to drum and bass. However the artist I took most inspiration from would have to be Ed Sheeran, not only for his sound musically, but because of his path to success, which was forged through hard graft and perseverance.
Any other idols or role models that have influenced you to make your hobby into a life long career?
Conor McGregor, the Mixed Martial Arts fighter would have to be my number one inspiration. His philosophies, more specifically his focus on the Law of Attraction have been huge for me in finding my path to success. A positive outlook and having a firm belief something will happen are the 2 key points that I have taken from him, that have helped me turn music from a hobby into a career.
Do you have preferences on the type of music or the type of crowd you would perform to?
I truly don’t. Every crowd is a different challenge that by the end of the set, I hope to have conquered.
Have you set any goals for the future?
I have accomplished 2 of my life long goals this year, signing a major record deal and playing the main stage at Rhythm and Vines on New Years Eve. After achieving these in 1 year, I decided on a couple new life goals. To sell 1,000,000 records and to play at Madison Square Garden.
How would you go about portraying your music online?
I want to portray my music online the same way I hope to portray my image and music in person, with messages of positivity, unity and generally promoting a good time.
Have you got any new and exciting projects we can expect to see from you soon?
My first single ‘Wave’ is coming out through Sony Music, closely followed by my debut EP, ‘The Calm’!
This week we caught up with Molawin Evangelista, a man with a stunning array of photos on Instagram and a personal style unlike many others. Here is 5 mins with Mo:
Have you always had an ambition to be a photographer?
Photography has always a big part of my life. I started out at quite a young age and had always done it for fun and concentrated on making things that I enjoy. I’ve always had my mind set on becoming a nurse (which I am currently studying for) but as I grew older, my passion for photography grew and had a bit of a cross roads after high school trying to decide what I wanted to pursue: should I go with my life long dream of becoming a nurse or solely concentrate on my photography? I ended up deciding to do a good balance of both and study as a nurse while continuing to progress as a photographer.
It has been tough studying and doing a lot of photography jobs at the same time but I love doing both so much that I can’t imagine not doing one or the other. Today I am thankful for all the clients who have given me a chance and believed in my work enough to be confident in having me take creative reigns on how I photograph their products.
Even on your DSLR do you shoot with Instagram in mind?
In all honesty, when I’m out shooting I don’t really focus on whether or not it will look good on Instagram or whether people will like it or not. I think that photographers should always focus on creating imagery that is up their own standards and work on things that they are truly passionate about. I believe that your passion for whatever you are shooting really shows in the work that you create.
Are there any brands out there you’re dying to work with?
Definitely would love to expand my horizons and work with some international labels. The dream would definitely be able to do work with large scale companies like Nike or Adidas. Within the local scene, I would definitely love to do some work for I Love Ugly. I have always admired their vision, the work they’ve put in to become as established as they are today and they just seem like a bunch of good lads to do work with!
Where are you next shooting, what’s in the works?!
I have a few things in the works at the moment and a potential shoot coming up with an awesome New Zealand clothing label that I will be working with for the first time but that’s a secret for now haha. I will also be travelling to Japan soon so I am looking forward to be taking some photos over there!
Finally, who within the New Zealand photography and Instagram community has challenged and influenced the style in which you post?
Some of the young guns that have been killing it in the scene lately have been really inspiring me and it is so awesome seeing young people really getting out there and creating dope content.
A few to mention would be Jaycee Mentoor (@jayceementoor) who I have had the pleasure of working with in the past and is an incredible photographer, Jamie Wesley-Brown (@jamiewb) who’s photos continue to always impress me and my good friend Cyrus Chow who has got to be one of the most motivated, talented and inspiring people I’ve met who can do everything from creating amazing videos to running his own clothing label The Norm (@thenormltd).
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