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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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New Release: Dee Gomes Ft. Polo G "Forever"

Dee Gomes Forever, ft. Polo G and Directed by Wet Visuals and Jay Pusha

Rapper Dee Gomes released his new song and video titled Forever, featuring Polo G.  The song itself was first recorded at the Music Factory Studio in Florida, then Quad Studios NYC and the video was filmed in Los Angeles, CA. Collaborating on the East and West Coast, Dee shares his love on both coasts. Instead of making fans wait on the video, he released his single and video on the same day, August 23, 2019. With the backing of Dee Gomes immediate Providence fans and Polo G’s fan club the video is nearing 150k views on YouTube, on its’ first week release. Dee Gomes did not disappoint. With his most viewed video being over 1 million, this song is on pace to reach more views and streams.

This is only the tip of the iceberg. Last year Dee’s project, “True Colors” caught a lot of people's attention and he has only been increasing his audience with songs like “Life of The Party” and “Forever”, all singles released this year. The song explains situations that are known to many and the video adds another layer to how the artist feels, behind what is being said.. For example in the song Dee says, “Man, I swear that looks can be deceiving” and in the video looks of girls are not what they seem. Sounds about right!

If you have not heard nor watch the video yet it is worth it. The video is on YouTube, while the single is featured on all streaming platforms like Apple Music, Spotify, and more. When it comes to Dee Gomes this isn’t it, he says “there’s a lot more music to come”.

Also find Dee Gomes latest tracks featured on our Spotify playlist, Click Here.

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