Zachary Knowles marks his latest chapter in music with debut album, “tendency to be a loner.” The record details the up and down flow of a loner’s thoughts and overall mood, and paints a vivid picture of Knowles’ general disposition amidst quarantine in 2020. To celebrate its launch, Rank Magazine sits down with the singer-songwriter to talk inspiration, production, and the perfect scene for the album to soundtrack.
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From their collaborative graduation showcase together in 2017 to conquering the world stage of fashion, the pair of Abraham Guardian and Mamuro Oki, behind the maximalist/minimalist fusion brand Ha.Mu, has consistently emphasized in their work that they’re committed to take the artistic and norm-challenging route in presenting fashion, or, as they put it, their art. As the Ha.Mu brand was able to make a name for itself in the fashion world for its free-spirited and seemingly anarchical pieces, it ventures all the more freely in the land of nostalgia and memory with its latest, the “Flowers of Youth” series.
Over a year down the line, and the story, success, and overall love for the “Gameboys” franchise and its cast of young actors have only grown further and deeper. With two seasons, a spin-off, and a feature film recently released, the cast looks back on what the past year has meant for their respective characters, their personal careers, and society at large. But more than anything else, here’s a look at how Elijah Canlas, Kokoy De Santos, Adrianna So, and the whole of the “Gameboys” universe rewrote mainstream rules and became the ultimate cultural arbiters of this generation.
With the weather in the Philippines growing more somber and darker as the rainy season then pummel us with new world realizations, the special origin story in Kingdom’s thrilling saga is the perfect accompaniment to a cold evening of hiding under the blankets and scaring ourselves into insomnia. But not only will it give us nightmares to wake from, Kingdom: Ashin of the North also promises hard-hitting emotions that goes deep into the human experience. And we can’t wait to lose sleep over what that entails.
“Problem-solving, world-reflecting, and conversation-starting.” If there’s any one way to describe Leeroy New’s work, it would still bring together several words to encapsulate; same as how the artist’s creations merge the limitations and freedoms of more than one practice at a time across his eccentric portfolio. The one thing that wraps them all together? A persistent push towards action.
People often make the mistake to label this young actor as “just another pretty face,” but his latest ventures prove otherwise. In a year of so much uncertainty for us all, he has impressively forged his own path with nothing but hard work and focus on his back, and a talent for getting what he wants (and works hard for).
Some people grow up to dream of one day making a living out of interpreting numbers, painting words, running industry-shaking businesses, or living a simple life of serenity away from the city’s bustling noise. For Filipino-American singer-songwriter-producer Yeek, the dream was to tell stories tied to his personal truths. Now, in a time of so much uncertainty, there’s at least one thing that’s for sure: this dreamer’s wild fantasies have just gotten even closer to reality.
Standing tall as one of the most recognizable young names in the entertainment industry, close to eleven years after his thrust to public consciousness, James Reid remains an indomitable force. This year, the actor, singer-songwriter, and Careless Music main man, behind some of the Philippines’ most culturally-relevant projects has picked up a few tricks of his own on making the most out of time, and conquering its inevitable passing.
Every so often—every once in the rarest while—a name emerges out of nowhere, like an alienesque, otherworldly entity invading an already overcrowded industry, breaking the monotony of names that make up the mainstream scene. In the case of the online series, Gameboys, two names have sprung up, unexpectedly—in the silence and chaos of a pandemic. These are two steady but relatively new names, who have been making their respective rounds in the independent circuit for years, now thrust in a national and an even global platform. For the Takeover Issue, editor Leo Balante looks deep into the unlikely pair, actors Elijah Canlas and Kokoy De Santos, recalling their leaps of faith that springboarded them from aspirants to independent films regulars, self-capturing actors, to #EliKoy becoming a global phenomenon, and them arguably becoming the most significant breakout stars of the year—bar none.
Five years ago, fashion powerhouse Michael Cinco painted a dystopian–albeit fictional–world told through his collection. Five years later, when our realities appears to be heavily overturned, “normal” now seems to be the work of fiction. For him, “Fiction titillates our senses because consciously in our minds, the actual eventuality for a pandemic to occur is highly improbable and that is why we always assert that fashion and fiction go hand in hand. Just because Fashion is Forward. Fashion is visionary.”