ACCLAIM Issue 31
The LOUD Issue
This December ACCLAIM magazine issue 31 will hit shelves across the world, and to mark the start of summer we’re turning up the volume. This edition is all about being loud – be it in your practice, your actions, or your personality. All of our stories are inspired by those who have had the passion and courage to set their own course, despite being advised to the contrary. It’s a celebration of those personalities that have shown unwavering conviction in pursuing what they love.
This issue of ACCLAIM magazine features three unique covers. The general release features a ‘90s inspired shoot by photographer Hunter Ryan. Additionally, there are the two boutique options – one featuring the formidable Erik Brunetti (founder of FUCT) as shot by Natalia Mantini, or Detroit’s rising crossover rap star Danny Brown who was photographed by Clément Pascal just before the release of his latest album Old.
With his aggressive cadence and a penchant for dance-music style production Danny Brown’s popularity is exploding exponentially. Due to his music’s relentless energy his music has managed to unite fans from the worlds of both hip-hop and electronica. This issue saw us catch up with Danny at Fools Gold Day Off in New York to reflect on the journey that has taken him from selling crack in his hometown of Detroit to musical success.
Esteemed streetwear writer Gary Warnett shared an illuminating conversation with FUCT founder Erik Brunetti. After more than 20 years in the streetwear business, Brunetti has managed to stay abreast of the times and maintain relevancy in an industry that’s notoriously unpredictable. Brunetti explained to us exactly why he thinks that is, and what he sees as the problems facing the culture right now.
Katsu is one of New York City’s most prolific graffiti writers, responsible for an unprecedented amount of unsanctioned vandalism. For this issue we caught some time to talk about what compels the writer to do what he does, and the possibilities for graffiti’s technological future.
Often described as a mixture of Aaliyah and The Weeknd, Nylo is an unlikely candidate for R&B stardom. The Chicagoan songstress grew up on gospel music, and her soulful recordings are garnering massive attention throughout the industry after the release of Indigo Summer EP. Dwayne Yates spoke with Nylo about the challenges of making it in the music industry, and what it took to get her where she is today.
With co-signs from Prince, Erykah Badu, Questlove, and a plethora of others – Hiatus Kaiyote are shaping up to be Australia’s next biggest stars, not that you’d know it. The group are incredibly humble, and despite there’s rapidly growing profile – they’re perfectly happy to hang out in a suburban backyard and joke around. With a clarity of artistic vision that’s both complex and uncompromising, they’re a name that we’ll certainly be hearing more of in the future.