HIGHSNOBIETY MAGAZINE on the increasingly blurring lines between scenes and what that means for counterculture overall. From punks and hip-hop heads to goths, ravers, indie kids and even skinheads, every group has their own codes and styles rooted in sound. With this in mind, the magazine turns the spotlight on four distinct personalities within music for its cover stories.
Detroit rapper BIG SEAN, who just released his fourth studio album, I Decided. HIGHSNOBIETY caught up with him in NY and learned how his “hunger steady grows.” The transformation of what once seemed a lifelong underdog into truly coming into his own, understanding what he wants and where he belongs.
Other covers and articles? Korean indie frontman OH HYUK, of Hyukoh, a certified star in his homeland South Korea, and ready to go global. This under-the-radar artist on the world music charts is a certified star in his home market of South Korea, while at the same time stands on his own, away from the bubble gum shackles of “K-pop”.
The “pretty but loco,” gritty NY rapper YOUNG M.A, openly lesbian and masculine-presenting woman, who doesn’t let her sexuality define her or her music. She is heralded as a return to the type of raw NY rap that’s been missing, and at the same time is showing the world that being yourself is all that matters. YOUNG M.A., still fresh on the scene, is showing the world that being yourself is all that matters.
Legendary UK funk/acid jazz band JAMIROQUAI’s lead singer JAY KAY. The band with the likes of Chance the Rapper, Tyler, the Creator and Pharrell. Back after a seven-year silence, with Automaton, Jamiroquai’s mad hatter Jay Kay himself is featured exclusively in this issue. Having first risen to prominence over 20 years ago, Jairoquai is now back after a seven-year silence, with Automaton and Jamiroquai’s mad hatter Jay Kay himself is featured exclusively in this issue.
Issue 14 of HIGHSNOBIETY also looks back at the origins of several contemporary subcultures. Photographer Gavin Watson weighs in on the controversial “skins” culture of the ’80s, while legendary death metal illustrator Mark Riddick shares his view on metal’s adoption by mainstream fashion and the double-standards of “selling out” (and also created an exclusive sticker sheet for the issue.) It also highlights a number of designers and creative nomads who are shining examples of today?s blended “remix” culture, including Matthew Williams of fashion label ALYX Studio; 19-year- old internet songstress GIRLI; NYC party crew GHE20G0TH1K; and Arizona-based tattoo artist and rapper Toothtaker. HIGHSNOBIETY even traveled to Cape Town, South Africa to go inside the young, post-apartheid creative scene and their unique take on niche culture today. To make things even better, the issue also includes a special PAM x Arkitip zine insert.