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.
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.
ARABYRD (LEFT) AND NADIA
ARABYRD LOVES STREETINSPIRED OUTFITS
NADIA LOVES GOING MINIMAL WITH HER STYLE