MIC STEW INTERVIEW – VIDEO

OUR INTERVIEW WITH MIC STEW AT THE WC PRESS HQ, WEST CHESTER, PA

VIDEO: INTERVIEW WITH WIGGZ & MIKE WOOTEN

FAR FROM ORDINARY INTERVIEW: CHRIS MORDI

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WE SAT DOWN WITH CHRIS MORDI OF “THE COME UP RADIO” TO CHAT ABOUT WHO HE IS AND WHY WE CARE.  HE ALSO IS AN INTERN FOR XXL MAGAZINE AS WELL AS SLAM MAG. LET’S JUST SAY, HIS DAY IN THE OFFICE IS PROBABLY COOLER THAN MOST OF OURS.

INK: What is your full name, age and where do you hail from?

CM: My name is Christian Mordi, and I am from Montclair, New Jersey.

INK: What inspired you to get into radio and the music industry?

CM: We would be here all day answering this one..lol. Well I remember being a kid that was blessed to have my older cousins teach me early not to take whatever was played on the radio and run with that as the best. With that being said, when I was younger, I could still go and listen to a radioshow, with my tape deck ready and catch heat being broke live on the air. As I got older, that feeling was lost, now you hear the same 8 songs played all day really. I knew there was so much good music not getting exposed, so I decided to take action, do my own thing and start my show.

INK:  Thank you for switching it up for us.  What is the current focus of the your station?  What’s new for 2013?

CM:  Well my show is titled “The Come Up.” It is dedicated to underground rap and r&b artists on the rise. I also venture out sometimes and interview fresh clothing brands, video directors and producers.

I felt like the first year or so, my show I was finding myself on the air. Really experimenting with what I was doing, seeing what works and how to best interact with the listeners. In 2013, I plan on taking a lot that I have learned and take that to another level. That means stepping outside the booth some and hosting shows, mixtapes and doing other events.

INK: Is there a specific upcoming interview or project you’re particularly excited about?

CM: I get excited for every interview. There is no one at this point telling me who I have to interview. I run all facets of my show, I handle booking, choose music, etc. With that being said, all interviews are for a purpose, which is I feel you are onto something with your music. I want to find out what makes your music resonate with the fans so much.

I threw my first show in Philadelphia on April 11th at the Arts Garage. It was exciting to get out there and give the fans a chance to see some of their favorite underground artists perform live, and also host my own event.

INK: What’s your favorite song or album to listen to while driving?

CM: I would’t say I have a favorite song to listen to while driving, but “We Gonna Make It,” by Jadakiss and “I Get Up,” by J.Cole are some of my favorite songs ever. If I had to choose an album to listen to right now while driving and not turn, it would probably be “The Warm Up,” by J.Cole or “Good Kidd Maad City,” for the moment. I also love “The Listening” by Little Brother.

INK: Very cool.  Love me some Jadakiss.  What’s the coolest place you’ve been to? Why is this the coolest?

CM: The XXL Mag and SLAM office (where I work) are some of the coolest places I have ever been to. To walk in and see all of those iconic covers is truly amazing. I read both magazines as a kid and it’s a great feeling to live your dream.

A cool place also to me was going on my college campus the first day of my freshmen year. I didnt know anyone, and I was just walking around soaking it all in. It was a beautiful campus, and I was just so proud to be beginning my journey.

INK: What’s your favorite childhood breakfast cereal?

CM: Damn! Thats a hard one right here. I would probably have to go with Peanut Butter Crunch.. thats some good cereal right there..lol.

INK:  You didn’t see that one coming did you? haha   What’s the most embarrassing moment in the industry? (If none, most embarrassing childhood moment?)

CM: No real embarrassing moments yet in the industry, (thankfully) but as a kid I had a boatload of rough ones. My junior year I was guarding this 6’10 kid all game in the state playoffs. Game was tied and they ran a play to get him the ball, I got beat and I knew I had to foul him. He had two free throws to win the game. Probably one of the most intense and embarrassing moments of my life. Thankfully the kid missed both.

INK: BOTH?!?!?!  Who was it, Shaq? ha.    Are you an Eagles fan?  What’s their future looking like in your eyes?

INK: I am a Colts fan, but if I had to choose a team in the NFC it would probably be the Eagles due to the fact I can’t stand the Giants so much. I think they have a lot of very solid pieces, its all about utilizing them in the proper way.

INK: Well said.  What’s your favorite cartoon character and/or favorite comic strip illustrator/writer? What do you like best about this character and/or this writer?

CM: I loved “Doug” as a kid.  Low-key I think so many kids in my generation could relate to him or an character on that show so much. Doug was a down to earth good guy, who loved his friends, family and Patty Mayo…lol. My favorite part about him was he dreamed big, and I can most relate to Doug in that fashion. We should all dream big, and focus on turning those dreams into an reality. 

INK: Coffee or tea? (If neither, what?)

CM: grew up on coffee, now I bang with tea only.

INK: What is favorite hobby outside of this industry?

CM: Well I love music, but I also love basketball. I played three years varsity at my high-school. I just love watching the game, and would love to branch out into coaching one day also.

INK: What’s next for The Come Up Radio?  Where do you want to take it?

CM: I am focused on building the site up stronger, so I pay a lot of attention to that. Hosting shows is something I am focused on next also and I plan on doing a lot of shows this summer. I dont see any limits with thecomeupradio.com. I can cover rap, r&b, fashion, production, while still hosting my own radioshow.  Maybe even one day I can take the movement to print.

INK: When and where can we hear your show/visit your website?

CM: You can hear my show Monday nights from 9pm to midnight on 88.7fm or gobrave.org. You can also visit my site at thecomeupradio.com. Follow me on twitter @mordi_thecomeup or follow the page for the site/show @thecomeupradio.

 

Far From Ordinary Interview: Duke & Winston

Interview by Kyle Rheiner
Interview with: Seun Olubodun, Owner of Duke & Winston – Men’s Clothing

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INK: What is your full name, age and where do you hail from?
SO: Seun Olubodun. 29. A couple places- Cheltenham, PA. Newcastle, England and Nigeria.

INK: What inspired you to get into the clothing and apparel industry?
SO: I admired the innovative and bold designs of streetwear labels but felt there was a hole in the market for young professionals who desired more subtle street-friendly fashion.

It seems like you’ve correctly identified that demographic. What is the current focus of the D&W brand? What kind of styles and designs does your brand focus on?
SO: My main focus is expanding out of t-shirts into a full clothing brand, so hats, ties, polos and other casual but very sellable items.

INK: Is there a specific piece in your new Winter Collection that you’re particularly excited about?
SO: The Hoodies. They have a lot of little details that have been a big hit so far.

INK: It’s the little things that count. So, what’s your favorite song or album to listen to when designing or printing?
SO: The Kinks on one end and Wu Tang Clan on the complete other end – any of their albums, I just add them all to a playlist and hit play.

INK: What’s your favorite city outside of Philly (can be global)? Why?
SO: New York because it’s a good place to find inspiration. Everything that you could want is at your finger tips. Its also close to Philly so I can get back home quick.

INK: What’s your favorite childhood breakfast cereal?
SO: A british cereal called Coco Pops. The American version are called Cocoa Krispies I think.
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INK: What’s the most embarrassing moment in the industry? (If none, most embarrassing childhood moment?)
SO: Trying to rush into a women’s line of t-shirts last year and after printing up like 300 different styles, every girl/women that saw them thought they were the worst things ever. I had picked the most unflattering colors and styles and barely sold any. I couldn’t even give the things away. I had to admit that I didn’t really know women like I thought which was pretty embarrassing.

INK: How do you feel about the Eagles 2011 season?
SO: Garbage. Next Question.

INK: Ok. Same topic. What do we do with Andy Reid – Fire now, Fire at end of Season, Leave him there?
SO: As long as we get rid of the Defensive Coordinator I think that Andy Reid, no matter what anyone thinks, will get another year to redeem himself, but only one year. The team isn’t bad and I think after the disaster that this year was, Andy has caught a lot of heat and it has to have lit a fire under him. Superbowl or you are out.

INK: I’d agree that Andy needs to make some changes if he wants to keep his job. What’s your favorite cartoon character and/or favorite comic strip illustrator/writer? What do you like best about this character and/or this writer?
SO: I really liked Tin Tin, which is funny because now they’re turning it into an American movie. I liked it because it was a kid and his dog and for some unexplained reason he would just travel around the world and solve crimes in the most exotic places. He was like a kid James Bond and we used to pretend we were like him as kids (we were strange kids).

INK: Coffee or tea? (If neither, what?)
SO: Tea. Earl Grey all the way.

INK: Maybe I should take a break from coffee. What is favorite hobby outside of this industry?
SO: Sleep, when I can get it. Also reading business books on people who have succeeded/failed in their various industries to learn how and why.

INK: Nothing beats sleep man. You had a great 2011, what’s next for D&W in 2012? Where do you want to take it?
SO: I just opened a small show room out of my apartment in Northern Liberties and the plan is to expand over the coming years and maybe have more stores. So focusing on that direction as opposed to wholesale and having to deal with stores and all that politics.

INK: We still need to make a stop to check it out. Where can we find your gear?
SO: 633 North 2nd Street. Philadelphia PA 19123. It’s right by the intersection of 2nd and Fairmount.

You can also buy online: www.duke-winston.com

Interview with Broad Street Bootlegs

Interview by Justin Dahl
Interview with: Christian Cantiello, Owner of Broad Street Bootlegs Apparel Company

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INK: What is your full name, age and where do you hail from?
CC: Christian Cantiello, 29… South Philly

INK: What inspired you to get into the clothing and apparel industry?
CC: Necessity.

INK: Understood… What is the current focus of the BSB brand? What kind of styles and designs does your brand focus on?
CC: I’m trying to put less focus on the pro Philly sports teams and more focus on my own designs.

INK: Is there a specific piece in your new Fall 2011 Collection that you’re particularly excited about?
CC: The one I havent thought of yet.

INK: Well put. What’s your favorite song or album to listen to when designing or printing?
CC: Don’t really have on, whatever I just downloaded.

INK: What’s your favorite city outside of Philly (can be global)? Why?
CC: Haven’t been to that many places but Nashville and Toronto were cool.

INK: What’s your favorite childhood breakfast cereal?
CC: Probably Cookie Crisps.

INK: What’s the most embarrassing moment in the industry? (If none, most embarrassing childhood moment?)
CC: Pissing myself on the floor in 1st grade.

INK: Sorry to hear that!  How do you feel about the Phillies early exit from the 2011 Playoffs?
CC: It Stinks!

Christian Cantiello

INK: What’s your favorite cartoon character and/or favorite comic strip illustrator/writer? What do you like best about this character and/or this writer?
CC: I like Robert Crumb and Toc Fetch a lot mainly because of their raw talent and drawing ability.

INK: Coffee or tea? (If neither, what?)
CC: Probably tea. I don’t really drink that much coffee.

INK: What is favorite hobby outside of this industry?
CC: Cooking food, riding bikes, and getting tattoos.

INK: What’s next for BSB? Where do you want to take it?
CC: Keep pumping out designs and quit my day job.

INK: Right there with you. Where can we find your gear?
CC: BroadStreetBootlegs.com / facebook /

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An Intro to our FAR FROM ORDINARY INTERVIEWS

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BY JUSTIN DAHL

It’s getting cold out there and “Old Man Winter” is on his way. The outdoor festival season is winding down and soon the best place to get your “INK” gear will be from our online shop. Therefore, our best advice for the coming winter months is to stay inside, sit by your artificial On-Demand HD fireplace and check out our BLOG. Along with the highly anticipated Fall/Winter 2011 line, we will be adding a ton of new content to keep you busy while you stay nice and toasty in your Snuggies (are they still cool?).

The first new addition to the Blog will be a series of interviews, featuring owners and designers of local clothing lines. These designers and business owners are the freshest and most creative minds in our area right now, so we decided to bring their stories and inspirations into your living room. Many local apparel designers started out just like us, one t-shirt, a concept and a dream; a dream to start their very own clothing or accessory line and bring their brand to the masses. We believe it to be as important to invest in the person behind the brand as it is to invest in the brand itself.
Thing is, we don’t want to post your boring run-of-the-mill interview. We want it to be educational and informative, as well as fun and casual. We want you to learn the designer’s creative inspirations and their most embarrassing moment. We strive to be “Far From Ordinary” and that is what we want our interviews to be.

These designer interviews will start out as monthly posts, presented in question and answer format. We plan to expand these to video and audio interviews. An exciting bonus to all of our readers and fans, is the opportunity to get exclusive cross- promotional codes and special deals. These undeniably awesome promotions will only be available through reading our exclusive interviews and visiting our website and those of our fellow designers.

So keep your eyes peeled for our first interview running in October, featuring local clothing designer and owner, Christian Cantiello of Broad Street Bootlegs. BSB has created some of your favorite uniquely inspired sports tees. We look forward to our fall/winter line, as well as bringing you closer than you have ever been to Philly’s hottest up and coming creative talent.