inspiration a: interview

BTS Musical Influences and who inspires (infires) them

Note, Namjoon is answering and translating for the rest of BTS, they are all agreeing with his choices.

Category: Rappers

Namjoon: Drake. Fake Love current favourite song.

Category: Dance Music

Namjoon: Flume, Never Be Like you. Chainsmokers ft Coldplay, Something Just Like This

Category: Rock Music

Jin: Coldplay

Jhope: *Enthusiastic sings Viva La Vida*  

Rest of BTS: *joins in*

Taehyung: Put your hands in the air!

Category: Female Singers

Namjoon: For me it’s Kehlani

Taehyung: Yeah, yeah! Kehlani!

Jin: Beyoncé

Jhope: *shyly* Rihanna. *starts singing and dancing to Work*

Everyone encouraging him to dance


Jean-Michel Basquiat and Madonna photographed by Stephen Torton, 1982.

Madonna and Basquiat dated for a while, but his heroin addiction ended up pulling them apart. “He was an amazing man and deeply talented. I loved him,” she said. “When I broke up with him, he made me give all [his paintings] back to him. And then he painted over them black.” She regrets giving the art back, but felt pressured to do so since it was something he had created. (The Howard Stern Show, March 2015)

Madonna: “Basquiat was my boyfriend for a while, and I remember getting up in the middle of the night and he wouldn’t be in bed lying next to me; he’d be standing, painting, at four in the morning, this close to the canvas, in a trance. I was blown away by that, that he worked when he felt moved. And they gave jobs to everyone. Keith would meet kids on the street and ask them to come stretch his canvases for him. Basquiat had every B-boy and every graffiti artist in his loft. He was constantly giving everything away. I think they felt guilty that they became successful and were surrounded by people who were penniless, so they shared what they had. They were incredibly generous people, and that rubbed off on me. You stay inspired that way. I could never work in a recording studio where you have this lovely view and a beach and the waves are crashing. For me, it’s all about being in a tiny room with little windows. It’s almost like you have to be in a prison. And you can create beauty when you’re in that sort of deprived environment, which is a re-creation of your formative years.”

“I remember having conversations with Keith [Haring] and with Basquiat about the importance of your art being accessible to people,“ she recalled. “That was their big thing—it should be available to everyone. It was so important for Keith to be able to draw on subways and walls. And Basquiat used to say to me, ‘You’re so lucky that you make music, because music comes out of radios everywhere.’ He thought that what I did was more pop, more connected to pop culture than what he did. Little did he know that his art would become pop culture. But it’s not like we really had discussions about the meaning of art. I remember hearing them talk about those things.”

(Interview Magazine, December 2014)


Since the reveal from Julie Andem’s interview, the part where she shares about how she contacted Tarjei( who plays isak) to ask him if he wants to play a role of a gay boy. He not only said YES, but also questioned the characters progress. He asked her is it will “take this long for him to come out in real” , and that Idk why but makes me see Isak/Tarjei in a new light. I am in love with the character Isak more than ever knowing that the mindset of Tarjei was so genuine when he was playing Isak.

Also the fact that he embraced the role of “Isak” so openly. Tarjei, I hope he knows or he already does, that his Character meant so much to all of us. He was so important ! He represented the community, the generation, stereotypes, struggles as young boy, and he portrayed with such accuracy. That’s art itself.

And kudos to Julie Andem for letting her actors be open and comfortable while filming. Not only putting her ideas out there but trying get everyone’s take on the show. Trying to fit in characters while keeping some of actors personalities. This took some serious thoughts, research and hard work. AND ITS PAYING OFF VERY WELL.

I just love the cast and crew of Skam, they are not big as Hollywood stars, but they are so much higher than them. They are people just like us and that’s the beauty of SKAM 💚

Shoutout to people having respectful conversations with someone of a different background for the first time.

You do, in fact, sound as awkward as you think you do.  More awkward, actually, because while this is your first conversation like this, it is definitely not the first time for the person you’re talking to, and they may be pretty tired of it.  And you’re stumbling around not sure what words it’s okay for you to use, and what’s okay to bring up, and you may not even be making much sense.

But it’s obvious that you see the person you’re talking to as a fellow person, worthy of respect.  It’s obvious that you’re trying to connect and find common ground.  You’re listening to what they’re saying, and when you say something insulting (which you almost certainly will), you apologize and don’t do it again.

You’re nervous, and yes, it’s obvious that you’re nervous, but you’re still trying.  And it’s okay.  You’ll get better at this.  This is only the first of many conversations like this, and as the novelty wears off, you’ll get better and better at paying more attention to the conversation, and less attention to how you come across.  After a while, this will just be a conversation like any other.

But first, you have to have this first conversation.  Which you’re doing!

Go, you.

In our society, it’s easier to sell somebody the idea of not being enough versus ‘You’re enough.’ It’s like we women consciously decide we’re going to be mean to ourselves, but you’re your own hero, not some image you can’t live up to.

“I’m always afraid that the public will scorn songs about happiness out of a disbelief that it is genuine.” — Julien Baker on learning to articulate joy in her music.

Things that are inspiring her right now:

The novel Gilead by Marilyn Robison (a recommendation from the ever-wise Lucy Dacus).

The poetry of Beyza Ozer, a poet recommended by Morgan Martinez, editor of Hooligan Mag (an inspiring person in her own right).

The art of Kazuo Shiraga.

The bands PWR BTTM and Camp Cope; their music, their social commentary, their unapologetic commitment to change through art, honestly just them as people, all of it.

The paintings and zines of Ariel Baldwin, great pal/Memphis-native/Chicago-resident, makes some really provocative and powerful art about healing.

Read more at The Creative Independent.