Archive for January, 2012
MANGUE: Tell me something most people don’t know about you?
KIDSYC: Most people don’t know that I draw very well. Visual art was my first love. I have been drawing for as long I can remember.
MANGUE: In what ways does your personal style compare to your music, especially your lyrics?
KIDSYC: I see my style as an extension of my personality; the same way my music is. You should be able to glean something about who I am based on just seeing me, and even more so, after hearing my words.
MANGUE: I appreciate your intellectual approach to rap. Who inspires you?
KIDSYC: Thinkers of all kinds. I like artists that, on top of being really talented, use their gift to make you think.
MANGUE: I noticed that you wear a lot of red. What’s the relationship between you, what you do and the color red?
KIDSYC: I’m glad you asked this. Red has always been one of my favorite colors. The decision to wear it as often as I do was made about two years ago. Just as KidSyc@Brandywine was formed, I started seeing cardinals a lot. I took it as a sign. I just started paying attention to them and how they behaved. They are notably aggressive with their movements. They’re masters of combining familiarity and mystique. You know one when you see one and you tend to get excited because you don’t see them that often.
I went a step further and began “imitating” them, making my appearances less frequent but short, quick and intense. You may notice I don’t wear any secondary colors. No orange, purple, or green. That’s because classically those colors are worn by villains in comic books.
Yellow, blue, and red are worn mostly by heroes so there’s some subliminal appeal to the inner-child.
MANGUE: I bumped into you one day a while back and you were wearing your Nigerian sandals. What can you tell me about them ?
KIDSYC: My father was doing some work over there and brought them back from Nigeria last summer. They were actually kind of uncomfortable at first, but I liked how different they were. After they were broken in it was all good.
MANGUE: With all of your credentials and interests in education, why did you choose rapping over teaching?
KIDSYC: I taught art for three years. Honestly, it was always my plan to teach for three years and use the steady income to “survive” while I was pursuing music after college. I learned a lot from the experience. It even had an effect on my music. Knowing that these kids would probably go and look my music up…I had to make sure I was saying something I wanted them to hear.
MANGUE: There is a lot of buzz about your new album. Can you tell me how and where it all started?
KIDSYC: In 2011, we won the Georgia Lottery’s All Access Music Search. The grand prize was an 8-hour recording session at Capitol Records tower. We were able to squeeze in five songs. Pat Brooks from Particle Zoo Studios in Atlanta mastered everything. The album is available locally at Civvies and at our shows, and digitally on iTunes.
MANGUE: What advice do you have for younger generations?
KIDSYC: Stay positive. Pursue the things you are passionate about. Surround yourself with the things and people that bring joy into your life. And never give up! If you put enough energy towards something you will see return one day.
MANGUE: Tell me something most people don’t know about you?
DEREK: I’m a Capricorn. I share birthdays with both Elvis and David Bowie. I also like long walks on the beach and candle lit dinners.
MANGUE:After seeing and enjoying your work, I am wondering how you began? How and why did you decide to do what you do?
DEREK: Well I’m currently working on a collection inspired by the Scandinavian whaling industry of the early 1900’s. This project branches from my experience living in Iceland a few years back. I still feel this strong pull to the Arctic Circle after all these years and I really needed to express that.
MANGUE: What inspires you and your work?
DEREK: I like to attach a character or story with my work. Lately, it’s a tale of struggle and perseverance. I think the most beautiful things come from hardship.
MANGUE: How many hours a day do you regularly spend in the studio ?
DEREK: I usually plan on putting in 12hour days if I can, especially on the weekends but factor in all my trips to re-caffeinate and its probably alot less than I give my self credit for.
MANGUE: The work space at Eckburg and the rest of SCAD facility is great. How would you describe your experience?
DEREK: `It is incredible! I feel like my time at Eckberg has flown by but I’ve made such great friends and family here; people who have trained me to execute my vision and keep me going if and when I stumble.
MANGUE: Why did you choose to study at SCAD?
DEREK: For one, the emphasis on career building was essential but I also wanted to be a part of the growing buzz the Savannah College of Art & Design was making in the world of design. It’s been a good fit so far.
MANGUE: Where do you see yourself being five years from now?
DEREK: I’ve learned not to plan out the future- just go with the flow and your path will present itself. I’ve actually been working with a fundraising site called Kickstarter to raise money for my collection and an independant fashion show. It’s been great exposure so far and has been opening some those new paths. I have a good feeling about my direction so far and where ever it takes me I hope to be working on projects that help change the face of men’s fashion.
MANGUE:I like your individual style. How would you define your personal style?
DEREK: Thanks. A lot of the time, I dress in denial of Savannah’s weather conditions. It’s so beautiful, warm and sunny here but I like to pretend I’m in a cold, foggy climate. Dark, oversized, surprising pops of color and a distorted silhouette, that’s more me.
SCAD’s students are a creative bunch. The owner of this vehicle is an architecture student and as I photographed him and his vehicle, he told me about the rarity of his 1974 SAAB. Apparently, there were 1800 to 2000 of this kind of SAAB made and today, only 1000 of them are still on the road. And he happens to own one. Impressive.