Hi my name is Shaolin Fantastic and I have a pristine pair of red pumas (that’s how I got my recognition) with white accents and a real life samurai sword that I got for a discount and a lot of people tell me I look like Grandmaster Flash (AN: if u don’t know who he is get da hell out of here!). I’m not related to Zeke Figuero but I wish I was because he’s a major fucking hottie. I’m also a DJ, and I apprentice under Grandmaster Flash where I’m in the third year (I’m seventeen). I’m gay (in case you couldn’t tell) and I wear mostly red. For example today I was wearing a red shirt and a matching red hat along with my signature red pumas. I was walking around the Bronx. It was hot and sunny so there was no shade, which I wasn’t very happy about. A lot of Savage Warlords stared at me. I put up my middle finger at them.
Next time you feel like a bit of a moan about how few holidays you get, spare a thought for DJ and producer Steve Aoki who plays 300 plus shows a year and takes less than an average working week off.
Okay, we understand the idea of travelling the globe and playing music to thousands of gibbering clubbers may not seem like work to most punters but the income tax man would beg to differ.
Anyway, we tracked Steve down on his uber-short vacation ahead of the Grammys where a Netflix film about his hectic lifestyle called I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead was nominated in the documentary category.
Steve also recently collaborated with One Directioner Louis Tomlinson on the track Just Hold On.
Steve, we’re speaking to you in Aspen, Colorado, how is it going?
It’s beautiful, I have a view of the mountains and the trees, it’s really nice.
Are you a country person at heart then or are you a city boy?
I’m a city boy that romanticises being away from the city.
300 shows a year and just four days off, is that all it takes to recharge the batteries?
I’ve got to take a break sometime, so I’m spending the days snowboarding and enjoying myself with my friends, I do that once a year and this is my four days off. I try to enjoy doing my hobbies. You get into a cycle and it becomes awkward when I’m not in the studio or touring and playing shows, I get fidgety, I have to get back into the grind. I’m lucky because I love what I do.
Where are you at your most creative?
That’s an interesting thing because before, I would have to find it in a a particular location but I’ve realised that my inspiration is everywhere I go and I need to be able to harness that and sometimes those moments of creativity are fleeting and you have to try and capture it when it comes. Luckily I get to travel the world and meet amazing creative people and you just have to be in the now and soak it in.
You spend most of the year travelling, what are your must-have travel items?
Just so I can survive, because I don’t have a regular sleep pattern, in order to sleep in a car or a plane, I have my eye-mask, my specific eye-mask, I have this obnoxious pillow I travel with and my headphones.
The most important bit about the eye mask is that it doesn’t touch my eyes so it looks like a bra for a doll, it’s bulging, I should paint some eyeballs on it. I put it on and it’s blacked out. I got my hood up, headphones on, if I’m travelling through Japan or China, I have a face-mask, you can’t tell who I am.
You’re working with the Migos, who were described by Donald Glover as ‘this generation’s Beatles’, what did he mean and do you agree?
I’ve know these guys for a long time, they played a show in Atlanta, we went into the studio and knocked out a song real quick. These guys are amazing, without writing anything down they get an idea and start vibing it out and just nail it in one go.
The thing about music is that you look at The Beatles and throughout history there are very few groups that define a sound and generation. That song Bad and Boujee is definitive of this time in America, of American culture, so I agree with Donald that they represent culture in a really massive way.
You had a new punk-influenced fashion collection showcased during New York fashion week, is this about scaling up 'Steve Aoki’ the brand?
I’ve been involved in fashion in one form or another for a long time, when I was 15 I was screen-printing shirts in my mum’s house for my first band and selling them on the road. So I knew it was something I wanted to do but it took a crazy long time for the Dim Mak collection to be ready.
We wanted to showcase it in the right way and so we turned the runway into a skate ramp so the energy of the [clothing] line was matched visually by what people were seeing as the skaters modelled the clothes.
You didn’t bother training models to skate then?
That would have been a disaster, we got some of New York’s best skaters that really knew how to rep the brand.
Lots of articles claimed New York fashion week was notable for how political some of the shows were. What is it like being a creative person working in Donald Trump’s America? Especially as a second-generation immigrant.
This is probably the worst period of time that I have lived in America, under this dictator-style, fascist president who is pushing his regime and clearing the rights of minorities, immigrants, women, the LGBT community, across the board - there are major steps backwards.
But one thing is for certain - the world is noticing that America itself is coming together and uniting as a voice. That’s why punk happened in the early 70s because it was the voice of protest and rebellion post-Vietnam and now its happening again. We’re having a renaissance. I’m excited about the voices and the people that are going to be speaking out.
There’s a lot of creative spirit, especially in music and the arts and fashion, it’s all part of a larger thing. The Rage Against The Machines of the world, they’re going to come back and inspire more people.
Can we expect some politically-charged material from you?
I can’t help it, it’s in my DNA and I’m not one to sit on the fence especially when something like this has shown its face. When I post something political or anti-Trump on my Facebook, some of the comments I get, you can’t believe how much ignorance is out there.
I might lose some fans by not staying neutral but I don’t have a choice, I have to use my voice.
Step 1! Get everyone’s attention. A powerful, majestic start. Maybe a battle horn of some kind?
2! Drums! There has to be drums! It doesn’t hurt if the drums are
played by gorgeous topless men. It’s proven very efficient throughout
But, please feel free to try other alternatives. It’s proven
very helpful to go the exact opposite way. Use a grandmother!
Step 3! Show the viewers your country’s ethnic background by using an
old traditional folklore instrument that no-one’s heard of before No, no - in this case, it’s proven much more efficient to not use a young model. Go with an old man instead. A beard helps!
This instrument is called a Swedish kvinnaböske - a small roundish
piece from the horn family, inherited from the Vikings. Just make
something up. No-one will know!
Step 4! In Eurovision, nothing says winner like a violin. Trust us - bring a violin
5! The violin, the drums and the kvinnaböske might make it all feel a
little bit old fashioned, but this can easily be fixed by adding a DJ
who pretends to scratch.
In real life of course, this is thirty years
old but in Eurovision, it will give your number a contemporary feel
Step 6 - costumes! You need to look memorable, something that the viewers will notice.
7! The song. Everything else might be important, but the song is
essential. Let it be about something everyone can connect to. Love works. Peace is also a popular way to go Yes,
peace is good. ABBA actually won the competition with a song about war
with Waterloo, but this is not something we recommend Now when you have everything you need and the pieces are gathered - go for it and don’t look back!
Let the song begin with passion Let the wind begin to blow You can break the rules of fashion And your chance to win shall grow Look into the TV camera So the audience can see That you’re lovable - not desperate Smile and they will vote for me
Fill the stage with light As dancers will join us The expectations grow It’s time for the chorus
Love love peace peace Old women baking bread
Peace peace love love And a man in a hamster wheel
Love peace peace love Make it unforgettable You will be the best And win the Eurovision Song Contest
Now we’ll go down a notch Our hands will touch Pretending we’re in love
It’s you and me and when we change the key We’ll give the world a show It begins to snow
Love love peace peace And a burning fake piano
Peace peace love love And a Russian man on skates
Love peace peace love It’ll be incredible You will be the best
Love love peace peace Party for everybody!
Peace peace love love More tricks in a hamster wheel
Love peace peace love And we can guarantee That you will be the best
And win the Eurovision Song Contest And win the Eurovision Song Contest
[soompi] shinee’s jonghyun talks about life after his radio show and girls’ generation’s taeyeon being his muse
source: soompi / note: “muse” is soompi’s choice of wording, not jonghyun’s.
shinee’s jonghyun made a guest appearance on mbc fm4u’s kim shin young’s noon song of hope on april 26 and opened up about being back on a mbc radio station for the first time in three weeks.
on april 2, jonghyun said farewell to his show, blue night, after being the dj for three years and four months. regarding this, the idol said, “this is my first time back at the mbc radio center in three weeks. the first thing i did was check to see if my entrance pass still worked. i wondered if they had cut my access off as soon as i had left my show. but it still works. i got a little emotional when i saw the light turn green.”
he also added that since leaving his show, he has never left his house after midnight. jonghyun stated, “i heard that sleeping before midnight is good for your health. now that i sleep earlier, i also wake up earlier. today, i woke up at 7:30 a.m.. i’ve been meeting a specialist to better my sleeping habits.”
jonghyun also talked about his new solo title track, “lonely,” which features girls’ generation’s taeyeon. he stated, “it was a song that was perfect for her. i wanted to take the aura that she has, where she’s a bright and happy person with a sensitive and lonely side as well, and put that in the lyrics. i thought of her while i was writing the lyrics and melody.”
he also thanked taeyeon for agreeing to feature in the song and said, “i felt bad about asking her for this big favor. her part is quite big, and it could have been a bit too much to ask for, but i’m grateful that she was more than happy to work with me.”
Ahhh yes time to do some hcs of everybody’s favourite Daddy
Otabek’s bike wasn’t his own that he bought with his own money or anything. It was actually a hand-me-down from his uncle, who rarely used or and figured it would be better for his nephew.
He’s not just the master of braiding and working with hair (thanks to his little sister), he also becomes quite skilled with makeup as she gets older. Once he decided to do makeup on Yuri; and the end result was so stunning he nearly went blind.
His favourite band of all time is the Arctic Monkeys. They match his aesthetic and bad boy persona all while being deep and beautiful and so poetic it’s as if he had been cloned into a band.
Otabek’s iconic undercut actually came from winning a bet with his little sister. She bet that he wouldn’t last a week without telling someone the story about some boy he met at a skating program once with really intense eyes. He won, so he was finally able to get the haircut that she hated to see.
Otabek is rather conscientious of the sounds he makes in the bedroom. He’s actually pretty insecure about them; however, he becomes more confident with them once he lays with Yuri for the first time.
Beka rather enjoys singing. He doesn’t do it much outside of the club, but one of his favourite things to do while comforting his kitten is to just sing to him and watch him melt within his arms.
He learned to skate from his mom. He was really young when she first took him to an ice rink just for fun, but he fell in love with it. Sometimes, he and his mom will skate together for old times sake, and he’d thank her endlessly for letting such a blessing happen in his life.
Otabek is the type of person in a group chat that doesn’t say anything. He just observes, waits for the right moment, and then drops the best roast of the year on someone and his DJ friends go absolutely berserk at how savage it is.
He had a poster of Yuri Plisetsky in his room for the longest time. He took it down when they became friends and gave it to his sister, because he had the real thing.
Since they started, Otabek wrote Yuri something every single day. A poem, song, letter, you name it. Sometimes multiple things a day. At their one year anniversary of their marriage, he gave him the box of everything he wrote. Needless to say, many tears were shed.
The day of their senior prom, Cassian Andor freaked out and disappeared from his life in Grosse Point, Michigan. He disappeared, leaving his high school sweetheart, Jyn Erso, abandoned in a prom dress waiting for a date who would never come.
During the ten years he’s been gone, he joined the military before becoming a hitman for hire. It’s not all roses, though. He is in therapy with psychiatrist, Dr. Îmwe to deal with his anxiety about his job and his long-lost love.
Then maybe it’s fate or something: there’s a job offer for a hit job back in his hometown where Jyn still lives and works as a radio DJ. It just happens that this job also coincides with his 10-year high school reunion. His friend and assistant, Bodhi, convinces him to go.
He seeks out Jyn. But is she happy to see him? Angry to see him? Maybe both. Either way, the sparks are still there.
There is a just one problem, though. The hit job? Well, the target just happens to by Jyn’s father, Galen. Whoops.
Words: 1799 Pairing: Avengers x Reader Featuring: Steve, Pietro, Wanda, Tony, Clint, Sam, Natasha, Bucky Warnings: swearing Summary: On National Superhero Day, the city of New York parties the hardest to thank the heroes that are home to their state and city. You decide you need to do a party hop to helo celebrate with all these festivites going on that involve you helping save the world…but at the third party, there is a karaoke battle. Requested by anon mixed with my own ideas “ I think tumblr ate my request, so if you get this twice pls ignore this. :P Avengers karaoke night! Nat, Sam, and Reader are in an intense battle for first place. 🎤 thanks!“ Authors Note: Happy national superhero day! Technically, where I am, it isn’t anymore, but i know other places it still is. I had a lot of fun with this one, I’ve missed writing random, funny things xD Songs mentioned: Life of the Party - All Time Low Bad Blood - Taylor Swift Superhero - 5 Seconds Of Summer (but in here let’s pretend there is a studio version) Bang Bang - Jessie J (w/ Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj)
"Steve! Tony! Pietro! Wanda!” You yelled when you ran into the common room to find the four sitting and watching TV.
“What’s up, (Y/N)?” Steve asked.
You had too much energy to sit down, which happened a lot. Your abilities to control electricity helped with your energy, meaning you always had a surplus of energy, and barely ever slept. “Do you know what today is?” You jumped up and down, electricity practically coming out of your fingers from excitement.
“The twenty-eighth of April?” Pietro asked.
“Yes!” You pointed to him with a smile. “Anyone know why it’s so special?” You bounced on the balls of your feet.
Tony raised an eyebrow. “You look like you’re going to explode…this hasn’t happened since you saw a dog on the street two weeks ago. Why is today so special?”
“It’s national superhero day!” You squealed and put your hand up in the air, a bolt of electricity escaping your hand and caused a light to fall. “Oops…”
The four chuckled a bit. “I got it,” Wanda said and moved her hands around to put the light back on the ceiling.