Our interview with Noyz Narcos for Havana Club’s “Remember Your Origins” campaign

Our interview with Noyz Narcos for Havana Club’s “Remember Your Origins” campaign

Emanuele D'Angelo · 2 months ago · Music

Havana Club, which has always believed in the power of music and the connection it generates between people, even in such a difficult historical moment for the world of entertainment, once again chooses the language of music for the launch of its new campaign “Remember Your Origins”.

A simple and clear claim, which enhances and celebrates the artistic and craft heritage of the street scene to inspire the public and its community with new content.

The campaign comes to life through the collaboration with three leading names of the Italian rap scene: Noyz Narcos, Ketama126 and Speranza. The three artists, or rather the three friends have found themselves on the bars of “Guardami Adesso”. A street hit in their style, raw and original characterized by a beat influenced by the New York drill.

“Guardami Adesso” is a strong song, where Noyz and Speranza go on the attack on the verses while Ketama bursts in with a corrosive and unforgettable refrain. A single that tastes like revenge for the three artists who started from nothing but got to the top only with the strength of their music.

For the occasion we had a chat with Noyz Narcos, to find out more about “Guardami Adesso” and know his next steps.

We are used to hear you on different sounds, which I would define more old school. “Guardami Adesso” on the other hand is a drill track, nice and hard, how did you find yourself in terms of bars and tempos with this genre?

Actually it’s a genre that I follow, I really like it, as soon as it exploded it immediately hit me. Anyway, even if it’s a very different genre from mine, it’s a mega hardcore genre that could be the modern version of what we have always done on other sounds. But in general this kind of approach, a little bit violent, a little bit street for us is congenial, perfect. I wanted to make a drill piece for a long time and in fact this base of Sine was perfect to do it, then Ketama and Speranza are very good on this stuff here.
A perfect formula, I think it was already written that we had to break this base, we wrote it in two hours almost.

Since you’re friends anyway, I won’t ask you what it was like to collaborate with them. I’ll try to stump you with another question, what do you like most about Ketama and Speranza?

What I like about Ketama is that he has the ability to solve things with simplicity that would take me much longer to do. In rap you have to be direct, Ketama has this peculiarity, he can use a simple language and at the same time reach everyone. Then he is also very skilled in melodies, he stands there with his piece of paper, he writes only there Ketama, and he has an incredible ability to find these rhythms, these melodies and even choruses, he is really strong and I know because we have worked together a lot apart from today. Speranza on the other hand, although he’s from another region, although he has a different style than me, he’s still very similar. He’s a killer on the verses, he has a charge of the madonna and always manages to put it in his music. In fact he was the icing on the cake for this single, we needed a tank like him.

Going back to the single again, what is your favorite verse from “Look at Me Now”?

The whole piece, from the chorus to the verse. We created a perfect alchemy, we recorded it and it was already perfect in the sequence, in the timing, in the exchanges, in everything. It’s one of those pieces that when you listen to it again you think it’s perfect like that, you don’t need to do anything else with it.

We close our interview, asking, what will be the next steps of Noyz Narcos? After hearing you in a drill piece can we expect more surprises?

I don’t know, in terms of music production, I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone for a moment. As far as rap is concerned, while I want to experiment, I don’t want to do things to be a phenomenon. I am appreciated for what I do, I prefer to go along that line there. Not that I don’t like experimenting, but it’s not my field of play, drill is another kind of music, I like something else. In the end in my opinion you have to not force your hand and do what you know how to do and as long as you have fun and you like it you do it. I’m not going to do another genre just to please the fans, I don’t care about that anymore.

Our interview with Noyz Narcos for Havana Club’s “Remember Your Origins” campaign
Our interview with Noyz Narcos for Havana Club’s “Remember Your Origins” campaign
Our interview with Noyz Narcos for Havana Club’s “Remember Your Origins” campaign
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The sensual and analogue photography of Chantal Convertini

The sensual and analogue photography of Chantal Convertini

Giulia Guido · 2 days ago · Photography

We were immediately captivated by the beauty of Chantal Convertini‘s shots. 

Sensual, delicate and intimate. 

Chantal Convertini is a 28-year-old girl who approached photography almost by chance and only later decided to turn this great passion into a job. Like many other photographers, the first approach she had with photography was through digital. Then, later, four years ago, she also approached the world of analog. This led Chantal Convertini to know how to juggle the two techniques very well, preferring analog for her personal projects. 

The protagonists of her shots are two, the light and the bodies of young women. 

The light is almost always natural, which lightens the interiors of houses and bedrooms slightly. Sometimes her photographs are illuminated by just a few rays of sunshine that penetrates between the slits of closed shutters and blinds. These rays rest on the naked bodies and faces of her subjects, often female, as in the series A feminine view on femininity, in which Chantal Convertini gives her personal vision of the female universe. 

Often, however, she puts herself in front of the lens, creating fantastic selfportraits, intimate and personal. 

Below you can find a selection of her shots, to find out more go to her website, her Instagram profile and her Patreon profile, where you can also support her financially.  

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Contemporary photography comes to Bologna with PhMuseum Days

Contemporary photography comes to Bologna with PhMuseum Days

Giulia Guido · 1 day ago · Photography

PhMuseum was founded in 2012 as the first online museum dedicated to contemporary photography with the aim of offering a space accessible to everyone from everywhere that would promote visual culture. Over the years PhMuseum has organised various activities and initiatives, from photography courses to training programmes and high-level masterclasses. This year it wanted to go even bigger, abandoning its digital form for a while and becoming a physical event.

From 23 to 26 September, in fact, the Binario Centrale of Bologna’s DumBo will host the first edition of the international photography festival PhMuseum Days.

The theme chosen for this first edition is A New Beginning and it perfectly fits both the historical moment we are living and the new decade that has just begun and because the event represents a new adventure for PhMuseum.

The 4-day programme includes individual exhibitions, a collective installation, workshops, portfolio reviews, screenings, performances and a space dedicated to independent publishing.

Guests include Argentinean photographer Alejandro Chaskielberg, whose Natur-e reflects on the relationship between man, nature and technology, and Brazilian photographer Angelica Dass, who will be exhibiting Humanae, a project that seeks to demonstrate that what defines the human being is his inescapable uniqueness.

There will also be the Encounter project by Italian photographer Silvia Rosi, who starts from her family album to tell stories of migration and diaspora through self-portraits and performances, and Afterlife by French photographer Vasantha Yogananthan, who tells the eternal challenge between good and evil by reinterpreting a passage from the Indian epic poem Ramayana.

In addition, three works chosen from over 700 projects submitted through the festival’s open call will be on display: Human by Ecuadorian photographer Fabiola Cedillo, focusing on the human need to reproduce, naturally and through technology; Fading Senses by Polish photographer Ligia Poplawska, on the implications of the loss of ecosystems on our mental and emotional health; and finally, C-R92/BY by British photographer Samuel Fordham, a project focusing on thousands of British families separated as a result of Home Office policies.

Visit the PhMuseum website and follow the Instagram profile to keep up with all the updates.

Fading Senses, Ligia Popławska
C-R92_BY, Samuel Fordham
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Luisa Mazzanti, between portraits and artistic nude

Luisa Mazzanti, between portraits and artistic nude

Giulia Guido · 1 day ago · Photography

Photography is much more than an image. It is an experience that starts from the photographer, passes through the subject and reaches the viewer. It is sharing emotions, moods, values and feelings.
If you’re not sure this is the case, Luisa Mazzanti‘s shots will certainly change your mind. 

Born in Lucca and moved to Milan, Luisa Mazzanti is a fine-art photographer of only 23 years old who, despite her young age, already has clear ideas on what messages and what stories to tell with her photos.

There are two genres in which Luisa has specialized, the portrait and the artistic nude.
Through the portraits she manages to capture the attention and curiosity of the viewer: the gazes of the models that point straight at us wrap us and do not let us go.
Instead, through the photographic nude she fights the aesthetic canons imposed by society and shows bodies free to show their forms in all their unique beauty. 

Sometimes it also happens that she becomes the subject of the shots, engaging in self-portraits of impact in which photography becomes the means by which to enhance their bodies and the body, with its natural beauty elevates photography to art. 

Read also: The intimate and analog self-portraits by Celeste Ortiz

Check out below some shots of Luisa Mazzanti and do not miss her future works follow her on Instagram and visit her website

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The taste of summer in Julien Pounchou’s photos

The taste of summer in Julien Pounchou’s photos

Giulia Guido · 1 day ago · Photography

A summer is always exceptional, whether it is hot or cold, dry or wet.” wrote Gustave Flaubert. That summer is always exceptional is an indisputable truth, it is that time of year when everything seems possible, when everything is waiting for a new beginning, when our days are freed from the daily routine, our mind is freed from duties and work to do, our body is freed from all its beauty. Summer is waiting, happiness and nostalgia at the same time. Capturing the essence of summer is almost impossible and when someone succeeds in this task it is always a pleasant rediscovery. One of these is Julien Pounchou, a French photographer who lives and works in Barcelona. 

Julien specializes in portraits and fashion photography, but among his work, there is always a constant that can be found in all his shots: the summer atmosphere

The subjects he photographs, from the colorful costumes, to the faces without make-up, to the tanned skin, are illuminated by the warm light typical of the summer months, the sun’s rays embrace everything and looking at the images we can almost feel its warmth. Julien Pounchou’s photographs are extremely natural and the choice of analog makes them even more particular, immediately giving them a style that recalls that of the 60s and 70s. And perhaps it’s their spontaneity that makes them as exceptional as Flaubert’s summer. 

Below you can find a selection of shots by Julien Pounchou, but to find out more go to his website and follow him on Instagram!

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