52 FEA­TURE: GROOVE TO THE BEAT

THE CROSS­OVER BE­TWEEN FASH­ION AND MU­SIC IS ONE THAT RES­ONATES WITH AMALINA ANUAR ON A PER­SONAL LEVEL. HERE, SHE TALKS TO TWO DJ ACTS ON THEIR PER­SONAL STYLE AND THE BEATS THEY SPIN.

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In­tro­duc­ing the ris­ing stars in the EDM scene: Malaysian duo, Twinkies and Ja­panese It girl, Yuka Mizuhara.

As a Fash­ion Writer and Stylist, you’d nat­u­rally as­sume that I live and breathe the lat­est clothes and trends. Sure, I do. But more than that, I live for mu­sic. It’s my first love and the genre that I first got hooked on (which was R&B) has even in­spired my sense of style.

Grow­ing up in the ’90s when MTV was all the rage, I used to watch a lot of mu­sic videos and was very much in­spired by how the styling of the clothes con­nected to the songs. In fact, the first mu­sic video that kick-started my love for fash­ion was Missy El­liot’s Lose Con­trol, when hip-hop cul­ture was on the rise and ath­leisure style was su­per hot!

Fast for­ward to to­day, street style is slowly tak­ing over the fash­ion world. The Creative Di­rec­tor of Off-White, Vir­gil Abloh is a prime ex­am­ple of that. He was the Creative Di­rec­tor of Yeezus, a fash­ion brand founded by Kanye West, and is now head­ing the men’s line at Louis Vuit­ton, bring­ing a youth­ful el­e­ment to the brand and com­pletely prov­ing that streetwear and high-end can in­deed work to­gether.

The fash­ion and mu­sic con­nec­tion runs way beyond the ob­vi­ous. They in­spire each other even in the small­est de­tail and you can see it from how dif­fer­ent mu­sic eras are in­cor­po­rated into mod­ern fash­ion; there’s ’20s jazz, ’50s rock and roll, disco from the ’70s, and more. To­day, fash­ion brands are reach­ing out to DJs to play on their run­ways and af­ter-par­ties. How could you for­get the eight-track mix of the iconic and fu­tur­is­tic French duo, Daft Punk at the Louis Vuit­ton SS’08 show, which per­fectly matched the brand’s au­da­cious col­lec­tion? So­cial me­dia in­flu­encers who dab­ble in the art of DJ-ing are also mak­ing it big in fash­ion, with the likes of Peggy Gou play­ing for Mul­berry and Saman­tha Due­nas aka @so­su­per­sam at Adi­das par­ties.

With that in mind, I talk to two hot DJ acts that are slowly but surely mak­ing a name for them­selves in the mu­sic and fash­ion scenes.

FE­MALE: Tell us about your first pub­lic per­for­mance. Do you have any fond mem­o­ries you’d like to share?

Arabyrd: “Our first gig as Twinkies was at Bar­sonic in Jalan Am­pang along­side LapSap (one of the first lo­cal elec­tro DJs in Malaysia) at the My Kinky Valen­tine Party event in 2009. This is some­thing we won’t for­get as we changed into a few dif­fer­ent cos­tumes through­out the set that made the en­tire ex­pe­ri­ence ex­tremely fun! We also had loads of ‘toys’ as props to play with when we per­formed.”

F: Do you share the same fash­ion style when you’re be­hind the decks? Na­dia: “The beauty about us is that we don’t share the same style. Ara is very un­pre­dictable, street-in­spired and pol­ished, and I, on the other hand, pre­fer com­fort­able, min­i­mal styles and high-street trends. To me, the Creative Di­rec­tor of Ba­len­ci­aga and Fash­ion De­signer of Vete­ments, Demna Gvasalia is my idol in fash­ion and it’s also the rea­son why the over­sized trend is my favourite.”

A: “I lead a very sim­ple life in track suits, sports bras, a pair of Jor­dans, white tees and jeans. We usu­ally text each other to com­pare what’s in our wardrobes and pick what we have in com­mon so that we’re on the same page be­fore a gig!”

F: Have you be­come closer ever since Twinkies was formed? How does it feel like to be recog­nised as a top Malaysian DJ duo?

A: “Yes, def­i­nitely. Our skills have grown, our chem­istry has def­i­nitely be­come stronger and we un­der­stand what it takes to make the peo­ple on the dance floor happy. And danc­ing a lot has also helped us come up with creative ideas be­fore we go on stage.”

N: “If you have the chance, be sure to catch us play as we’re work­ing on ex­pand­ing to book in­ter­na­tional gigs and fes­ti­vals. Too many Malaysian fe­males are al­ready ‘killing it’ in the com­mer­cial scene in­ter­na­tion­ally and it’s time for us to catch up!”

F: What’s the one mes­sage you’d like to pass on to young girls out there?

N: “Only do things that make you happy! If they don’t, then they’re not worth do­ing.”

THE BEAUTY ABOUT US IS THAT WE DON’T SHARE THE SAME STYLE.

SAMAN­THA DUE­NAS

PEGGY GOU

ARABYRD (LEFT) AND NA­DIA

ARABYRD LOVES STREETINSPIRED OUT­FITS

NA­DIA LOVES GO­ING MIN­I­MAL WITH HER STYLE

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