Artwork by: FULALEO

Q:When you were first interested in art what was your favorite medium? What is it currently?

A:The cartoons, animated series and drawings has been my childhood and whole life inspiration, however my first real interest in art came some months after I finished my university Career. I started to get to know visual artists who had in their artwork similar influences or inspirations like mine, the difference was that at that time they worked on it and I was as spectator. Their techniques were digital art, illustration, muralism, oil on canvas, I was a little bit obsessed with their proposals that I started to practice and develop concepts and techniques based on my likes. In that transition I was lucky enough to attend a workshop dictated by one of those artists and it was like the exact moment I could find myself artistically speaking.

Q: Where did your inspiration come from for your latest collection the 2080s?

A: The retro world has always been one of my biggest inspirations. I am literally absorbed by the colors, clothing, hairstyle, music and movies of the past. I think you can see the vintage style in all my artwork not only The 2080s. In 2017, I decided to do the 2080s as tribute of these likes, but first I had planned to do it in relation to  Electronic DJ’s, in the course of the year my mind lit up, and I asked myself, “Why don’t you try with the popular singers” that way the project would be bigger than only focusing on the electronic music world. I then changed my artists name list and started to do the project until now.

Q: How did you feel when people in the music industry got in contact with you for your work to be featured?

A: I felt very grateful, it makes you think that you are doing things right. It  is also so exciting when a company or celebrity that you are a fan of contacts you. It is a short but good feeling.

Q: What is your favorite piece from your latest collection?

My favorite illustration is “Migos from 2080s”  I love how the colors looked and how Offset was composed.

Q: Have you ever used your art to comment on any political or economical issues?

A: No really, but when I was finishing my career I worked for a local magazine which I used to make political and social caricatures. I made many drawings about it and I enjoyed because actually I am very interested in the bad political situation within  my country (Colombia). Currently, I do not have the interest or the inspiration to combine my pop art with politics. The closest has been the Trump pieces but it is just funny concepts. Something that I plan on doing is some projects related to the situation of endangered animals on the planet. You can search the orangutan piece that I have made. That is what I’m talking about.

Q: What other collections would you be interested in doing? (I.e Marvel, DC, Cartoons,

Sports, or more on music)

A: With a company we did something related DC comics when the Batman vs Superman released. I definitely want to do more projects in each of the areas that you have mentioned. The good part of this is that pop culture is a huge inspiration which you can find and take from infinite paths.

Q: If somebody would want to buy one of your art pieces how would they go about it?

A: Now people can contact me via email or DM from my Instagram account. I’m currently working on a website so it will be easier to everybody interested in my art as well.

Q: What is something you would want the public to know about your art?

A: I just want to share with them our same interests. I know people that follow me are people that love the same things that I love, like music, movies, nostalgia, retro, pop culture essentially. The difference is I express that inspirations and they are like spectators but we belong to the same club.  I want to entertain them, for instance, they came out from their reality for a while and contemplated my artworks because each of my pieces has details that communicate something. My thinking is that the concept must be more important than my art techniques. I think that’s why it has that impact.

Q: What is one goal that you have set for yourself?

A: I want to continue growing professionally and manage to do work for great companies or artists that I follow. Besides that I want to do clothing, it is something that I have always had in mind.

Q: What do you like most about your career? What do you like least?

A: The thing I like most about my job is the feeling that this is not a job. I like being able to do the things that I love and people pay you or value you is a blessing. It is more gratifying when you know that you have been working hard to achieve it. On the other hand, what I dislike is that I would like to do a lot of artwork or projects all the time but my process in general is pretty long, mainly the research after I got the inspiration. Another one depends so much of social media, social media opens curiosity,  in fact I got this recognition due to social media but one day the social media might disappear and what would happen to me or any other artists? That’s why I am working on other channels apart this one to grow as an artist. You can see that the famous artists in the past did not live with this technology and they became the greatest artists in history. But,  we are in this time and we have to take these opportunities, the point is to try to do not depend 100% of it.

Catching up with Young Riot

Q: If you could describe you, Young Riot, in one sentence what would that be?

A: To go against the status quo , break barriers and always be yourself. 

Q: When you were younger what did you want to do when you grow up?

A: When I was young, for a very short period I wanted to be in the NFL, but I always wanted to rap.

Q: How old were you when you made your first song? What is something that you developed with making that first song?

A: I was 15 when I made my first song. The thing I developed after that song was how to actually structure a song.

Q: What is a goal that you have set for yourself for the end of the year?

A:  By the end of the year I would like to be in a situation where my imprint, which is the Cabinet, has a distribution or venture deal.

Q: What do you know about A.L.I.E.N Entertainment? What do you like most about the company?

A: I was introduced to the brand by my homies Ben and Lito. I remember when the dad hats first dropped. I liked the fact that the brand has expanded to a multimedia entertainment company. Salute to what yall doing over there with the interviews, for artists,  etc. 

Q: What is one piece of advice you would like to give up and coming artists like yourself? 

A:  If I had to give any advice for  up and coming artists, it would be to learn the business and handle yours. Do not forget that is exactly what it is, a business. 

Q: What made you decide on the genre of music you work on? Have you tried working on any other types of music?

A: Well I grew up working on hip hop/rap music, then I was signed at 18 to an indie label and started to experiment more into pop music. Lots of my earlier projects have a totally different sound.

Q: What streaming service do you prefer the most? Why?

A:  The streaming service I prefer the most is Apple Music. I feel it is the most user friendly one, and I like Beats 1 radio.

Q: What producer would you like to work with, if any? Why?

A:  I would like to work DJ Mustard. He is very good at actual production like creating songs not just making beats, and he is about his business. Shout out to my producers I already work with tho, they all wavy. 

Q: When are you dropping your next project?

A: I have a couple projects I am working on right now at once, at least one of them will be out either by the end of the summer or right before winter.

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The Man Behind the 1's and 2's DJ ForTunes

Q: Where did the name DJ ForTunes comes from? What is the story of you as an artist?

A: My pops actually gave me the name DJ ForTunes. Being a DJ himself, his old stage name was DJ ForPlay so he wanted me to have a similar name to show we had relations with each other. In middle school and high school I played a lot of instruments. During that time my pops started DJ’ing and practicing on his turntables.  I made it my mission to learn this new instrument, to make a career of my own. I do not know why but when I first learned how to use the equipment, I fell in love with it immediately. I practiced almost everyday and I did research on how I can become better. My pops saw how much of a passion I had, so he advised me to learn more on how to produce, because if you’re good at DJ’ing you’re probably good at producing too. Eight years later, I’m a resident DJ at 4 venues in NY, I’ve produced 2 EP’s (ForTune Cookies Vol. 2 is out now!), I’ve DJ’d all over the world and produced tracks for international artist. It’s been a long journey but I can’t and will not stop. I have big dreams that I’m going to make come true. This is only the beginning.

Q: Where did you learn the skills when becoming a DJ?

A:  When I was younger my pops and his friend who introduced him into DJ’ing (DJ Mister Klean) taught me the basics but when I got to college I met some DJ’s who sharpened my skills.. DJ Z-Rex, DJ Krypto, DJ Taayy, and DJ Tre Fiyah  are all the amazing DJ’s that taught me new and important information that made me the great DJ/producer I am today. I appreciate all of them.

Q: If you could perform at any club or venue around the world where would it be and why?

A: I do not have a specific venue or club I want to DJ at but I do want to DJ in Brazil. I have heard the energy and the music is on another level out there and I want to experience it first hand. I actually want to DJ all over the world to be honest so I could not choose just one spot. My goal is to have at least one residency in every country by the time I’m 26.

Q: What can you tell the public about your newest released project?

A: ForTune Cookies Vol. 2 is a reminder that you need to know your worth. If you feel your frequency or your energy is getting lower while you are dealing with someone, stop giving them attention. It is up to you to realize that you deserve to be happy. I learned a lot about myself while making this project and I biggest thing I learned is that some people don’t deserve my time or energy and I want people to understand that too.

Q: Would you ever want to produce, if you don't already, why or why not?

A: Yes, I produced this whole project.

Q: What would you like the public to know about the music you create? Is there a specific inspiration?

A: All the music I create is honest. My job as a DJ/producer is to move the listener and I feel the best way to do that is with honesty.

Q: What is one thing that you see yourself struggle with as an artist and DJ?

A: The biggest thing I struggle with as an artist, is comparing myself to other artists. It is so easy to look at an artist who is more successful or experienced and ask yourself “Why don’t I have that?” Then you try your hardest to become that artist and you can’t because you are not them. Before it made me unmotivated because I wanted everything another artist had right now but I realized that it takes time to become the best and be successful. It’s a struggle but I am learning to be patient with myself, I am starting to practice more frequently, and I have been putting my all into my craft.

Q: What do you like most about A.L.I.E.N Entertainment?

A:  A.L.I.E.N Entertainment gives all of the underdog artist a platform to broadcast their talents. You could be a painter, a producer, a singer, a writer etc. If you are serious about your craft A.L.I.E.N Entertainment will help you reach more people. I respect that, not a lot of groups are doing that.

Q: Who do you look up to in the music world? What is it about them that inspires you?

A: Pharell Williams is my biggest inspiration. He was able to create his own sound, his own clothing brand and he was respected by everyone. For you to do all of that in the early 2000’s and still be relevant and highly respected in 2019 is astounding to me. He inspires me to be better and work harder.

Q: Where can the public access your music?

A: You can find me all music streaming platforms, just look up DJ ForTunes. My instagram is @dj.fortunes and my twitter is @dj_fortunes

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