Beyond The Art – Johnnie Floss

Why did you decide to go by Johnnie Floss?
My producer gave me my name. He said it represents me because I’m flashy and charismatic. Plus he felt my previous name (Teflon John) didn’t fit me.
How do you feel about the current state of music in our city?
I think it’s in a pretty good space. Being a MC from Brooklyn I feel like their are a lot of us that’s relevant right now because of the quality of music and the consistency. Once you’re in you have to stay in so I think most of the artists are doing that at the moment.
How important would you say it is to make connections with other artist when it comes to doing music?
Very important. Networking is key and creating with other artists helps you become a better artists because each song and idea is different. You never know what someone else can bring out of you and us as artists should always want to elevate.

What is the biggest mistake you’ve made while pursuing your career and how did you learn from it?
I would say putting my career on hold for someone else. I was in a relationship a few years back and it took away from me a little because she really didn’t believe in my vision. So I focused on her thinking she was the one and now we’re not even together anymore.
If you could compare yourself to any established artist, who would it be and why?
I get either compared to early Jay-Z or Fabolous. I don’t know if it’s because I’m lyrical and from Brooklyn but I usually get compared to them.
What inspired your most recent single “Shut It Down”?
So I got a chance to meet Maino in Toronto and I always wanted to see what a record wit him would sound like because we’re both from Brooklyn yet we still represent two different worlds that’s in the same city.

What is your overall goal for your music?
My ultimate goal is to win a Grammy. When I do that, I’ll come up with another goal.
If you had to make a hit collab record for your favorite record label to sign you, who would you do it with and why? Can be indie or mainstream.
I like G.O.O.D. music over everybody else right now so I would have to say I would collab with Pusha T. Not only because he’s one of my favorites but because I don’t like the typical collabs and the fact that we represent two different styles I still think it would be dope because we’re both lyrical.
What do you think is the one thing you’re missing to get your big break?
A major backing. It’s hard doing this on your own without major help. Someone less talented than you can get heard quicker because of their help so I would say that’s what I’m missing. Either a major backing and/or a strong team.
Where can our readers find your music?
Type in Johnnie Floss on all social media sites and get exclusive material on my website

Beyond The Art – Joobi

Where did you come up with the name Joobi?
JOOBI : This is my name. That means like I am surrounded by people and helping people. Actually, I want to make people happy with my garments.
How do you collaborate with your client to achieve their particular vision?
When I see and talk with my client, I can know what style they prefer to have very quickly. I think that is the most important thing for being designer.
Have you ever had to disagree with the client’s vision and recreate it yourself?
I am pretty flexible designer. I negotiated with my client to mix what they want and my design aesthetic.
What is the weirdest thing that has ever inspired something you created?
Blood vessel collection which is knit collection. I thought blood vessel’s connection in human being inside is similar to the structure of knitting. People thought that is scary and odd but I liked it a lot and actually people cannot forget this collection because that was weird!!!
How was your experience participating for CelebsInFashion2?
That was just amazing ! I’d never had fashion show on the boat. The view was really cool and I really enjoyed how organized and fun the fashion show is.
Who are some of your design heroes?
Maison Martin Margiela and Sacai.
What is the biggest goal you have for your line?
I want to advertise my collection around the world. I want to see people around the world are happy with my garment pieces.
Do you feel your style is something others can recreate or is it one of a kind?
I don’t think nobody can recreate my work exactly same. Haha. Because every single piece has unique details and hand-made work.
If you can style any living celebrity in your clothing, who would it be and why?
Lady gaga and Rihanna! They are my muse ! Also, mostly my designs are costume for special occasion!!! Hope ,someday, they wear my garments and sing a song!
What is something you would say to a young designer looking to break into the business?
Sometimes, I can see some designers who don’t know garment well try to start their own business easily. I think experimenting and studying garments well first and doing their own business should be good order if the designers are looking for long path success.
What do you have coming up next for your brand?
I am still working on the collection ” The process of recovery” which is from depressed darkness in my small room in garment district when I just moved to NewYork. The collection shows the movement from darkness to light happiness. Through collection, I find who I am exactly and I can be recovered. I will show the collection soon.
If you won $1,000,000 (after taxes lol) what would you do with the money?
Wow. I am happy of imagining this !! I might buy apartment in NewYork so I can have rent from my tenants every single month and I will invest that money on my collection.
Where can our readers find out more about your line and place orders?
I have my web-site and Instagram. Just DM me and let me know what you like! Looking forward to seeing this happens soon !!

Beyond the Art – Saay Park

How do you feel about the current state of music in our city?
I think music in my city has come a long way. NYC birthed hip-hop and also birthed some great r&b as well. I think right now the music scene is at an all time high. Everyone’s being so inventive and creative and really grinding.
How important would you say it is to make connections with other artist when it comes to doing music?
 I think it’s a 50/50 kind of situation. It’s important in the aspect that these other artists may become your new fans and that’s how you’ll grow a fanbase and also too it’s good to connect because you never know who can take you to higher places but I also feel as though sometimes in certain situations it’s also okay to not connect because everyone has a brand to adhere to.
What is the biggest mistake you’ve made while pursuing your career and how did you learn from it?
My biggest mistake was thinking that friends would support me right off the bat. I took a lot of grinding and just growing as a person and an artist that made them come around. I learned to honestly just leave everything in God’s hands and create the art that I want to create and not necessarily what others want me to make.

What do you like to do outside of music that contributes to you as an artist?
I love to dance and choreograph. I train and practice a lot especially because it’s apart of my sets so I always have to make sure I’m on point with everything. Every mistake performance wise just needs more fine tuning.
Who is your music hero and why?
My music hero is Prince. That man can do no wrong in my eyes. He was so out of the box but true to his craft. Not only was he a great singer, but he was a song writer, musician and businessman. Definitely someone to learn from and look up to as far as that and being yourself in the industry.
What do you think your supporters get out of your music that draws them to continuously listen?
I think my supporters love the vibe I bring with my music. I never create music to just say I want to create. I create music to fill a void or create a vibe. I feel like my supporters just enjoy the vibe, and also I’m a bit of a low toned singer so it’s also sometimes a bit hypnotizing.

What inspired your most recent single (name of song)?
My most recent single “NFS” was inspired by the bashment movement back in the 80s-90s. I love reggae music since it’s apart of my culture and I wanted to give a bit of a throwback to that era while still maintaining my original sound and still bring it to the new generation of 2017.
If you could record with any popular music producer, who would you choose and why?
I would record with Teddy Park. He’s a South Korean based music artist and producer. I would love to record with him because his music is always insanely amazing. Synths and everything in between are always refined and just amazing to vibe and listen to.
What is some advise you’d give to the 18 year old you?
I would tell myself to never give up and no matter how hard it may seem right now, that it’ll get better and you actually have a purpose in life and can do better for yourself.
Who are some of the people I’d find in your playlist that you listen to on the regular?
The-Dream, TONS OF K-Pop, Bob Marley, Rihanna, Prince, Usher, Buju Benton, Beenie Man.
Where can our readers find your music?
Search Saay Park on all streaming sites and you can for sure find me but if it’s easier then