PLANET - Tom Peppitt (Lead guitar), Matty Took (Lead vocals, Rhythm Guitar), Harry Stewart-Weeks (Drums), James Weaver (Bass)

SPOTLIGHT ON ‘PLANET’
4-piece Sydney-siders PLANET are bringing Brit-pop vibes and a solid body of talent to the forefront of Australia’s independent music scene.

Photography BERT SPANGEMACHER
Text MADELEINE ARCHER

Despite their celestial namesake, PLANET are undeniably down to earth. An emerging 4-piece recording independently from lead singer Matty’s home studio in Redfern, inner-city Sydney, PLANET are circulating both locally and internationally, bringing Australian alternative rock influences together with instantly-appeasing and familiar elements of Brit-pop. Comparisons with the vocal stylings of UK indie legends Oasis as well as fellow Sydney-based wave-makers DMA’S further compliment the band’s musical merits. Theirs is the music of a modern nostalgia; sweeping melodies and chords rooted in the fabric of earnest musical dues that take their cues from icons from Johnny Marr to The Lemonheads to Ringo Starr and Chrissie Hynde. PLANET are sure to continue drawing in a solid following.

4SEE caught up with the band with the ‘loyal, passionate, loud’ fan-base and found out about some of their greatest escapades and lessons learned along the way – why Sydney to Adelaide and back again by car is a bad idea – and not one they’ll be repeating any time soon.

PLANET - Tom Peppitt (Lead guitar), James Weaver (Bass), Harry Stewart-Weeks (Drums), Matty Took (Lead vocals, Rhythm Guitar)
PLANET – Tom Peppitt (Lead guitar), James Weaver (Bass), Harry Stewart-Weeks (Drums), Matty Took (Lead vocals, Rhythm Guitar)
Eyewear by Grey Ant

Band / Artist Name PLANET
Genre(s) Alternative Rock/Gaze-pop
Member(s) and Instrument(s) Matty Took (Lead vocals, Rhythm Guitar), Tom Peppitt (Lead guitar), James Weaver (Bass), Harry Stewart-Weeks (Drums)
Based in Sydney, Australia
Playing together since 2015
First album released in 2018
Forthcoming album release TBA
Listen to us on iTunes/Spotfiy/YouTube

PLANET - Matty Took (Lead vocals, Rhythm Guitar)
PLANET – Matty Took (Lead vocals, Rhythm Guitar)

Describe your band / music / style in three words.
Energetic, Honest & Dreamy

What did you listen to when growing up?
We each grew up listening to different music, but I’d say we all definitely listened to our fair share of Australian ‘80s & ‘90s bands.

Music icon(s) and the reason why.
Tom: Hans Zimmer – I’ve always wanted to compose for movies like he does, the way he can turn an emotional or physical feeling into a complete sonic experience blows my mind.
Matty: Chrissie Hynde. Great vocals and always super raw.
Harry: Ringo Starr. ‘Cause he’s Ringo Starr, man.
Jimmy: Johnny Marr…his ability to adapt and change whilst still remaining quintessentially “Johnny Marr”. A statement not only true musically, but in terms of personality – rockstar to producer to true professional. Also (he is) the essence of cool.

PLANET - Tom Peppitt (Lead guitar)
PLANET – Tom Peppitt (Lead guitar)

Who are you listening to right now?
We’re listening to quite a lot of local Australian acts because the quality of music and songwriting has just been so on point over the past couple of years. To name a few Sydney bands: The Buoys, Sunscreen, Clews, Egoism & 100. (We have) also been drawing inspiration from Smashing Pumpkins, Ride & Dinosaur Jr. recently.

What is the craziest / funniest thing that’s happened on tour?
We were driving from Adelaide to Sydney after a show supporting The Charlatans. Matty was behind the wheel, making good time, but pushing the hire car harder than any Kia Carnival should reasonably be pushed. We were getting close to the SA/Vic border when the noise started. Nothing too hectic, but we figured we’d stop in the next town and check there. All of a sudden there was a huge bang and we all felt something drop out of the engine and rattle down along the undercarriage.

The engine cut and we cruised with hazards on and smoke coming from the hood over to the side of this highway. The tow truck driver, upon inspecting the engine, simply remarked “it’s fucked.” So we get a lift into a charming country town called Ouyen. The local mechanic confirmed the car was, indeed, fucked.

With a 7-hour wait for a replacement car from Melbourne, we headed to the local pub. All in all, it ended up being a really nice day, drinking middies and playing pool, but when it got to knock off time, the vibe of the pub shifted from charming country establishment to bundy cola cans. Feeling we’d overstayed our welcome, we were grateful to see a brand new Kia Carnival on the back of a flatbed truck rolling into town. Making the switch to continue our drive to Wagga, where we would stay the night before continuing to Sydney, the particular stretch of highway was notorious for kangaroos. We lost count on how much roadkill we’d seen. When we finally made it to Wagga, it was perhaps the coldest room we’ve ever slept in.

Safe to say that’ll probably be the last time we do Sydney to Adelaide and back again by car.

Favorite performance venues or music festivals? And why?
We really like playing at The Lansdowne in our hometown. It’s an awesome venue that’s semi-recently had a complete facelift. It’s got an awesome PA, and every show we’ve played there has been pretty crazy. Talking about dream venues, I think we’d all love to play the Enmore Theatre in Sydney one day.

PLANET - Tom Peppitt (Lead guitar), Matty Took (Lead vocals, Rhythm Guitar), Harry Stewart-Weeks (Drums), James Weaver (Bass)
PLANET – Tom Peppitt (Lead guitar), Matty Took (Lead vocals, Rhythm Guitar), Harry Stewart-Weeks (Drums), James Weaver (Bass)
Eyewear by Grey Ant

Three words to describe your fans.
Loyal. Passionate. Loud

Favorite eyewear brand?
Oliver Peoples

What is next for you, an immediately upcoming tour or EP/Album?
We’ve got a new single coming out in October. It’s the second single off our forthcoming EP.

Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time, where would you like to see your band / music and at what scale?
To be honest, we just want to be touring as much as possible, and writing/releasing as much music as we possibly can.

CHARISSA CHIOCCARELLI, Founder and CEO of ISLA Berlin, Photography by Devon Kaylor, Eyewear by Etnia Barcelona

4SEE’S FOREMOST.

Impact and innovation are the driving forces behind revolutionary ideas in fashion. And when style meets substance, a reaction occurs—creating powerful forces for change and trends that can be seen and felt all around the world. 4SEE talks with the foremost innovators from fashion’s ever-evolving world, questioning the sources of style and culture and drawing out answers about their inspiration and impact in 4SEE’s FOREMOST.

Fierce nails and female empowerment through streetwear, style and beauty. ISLA Berlin Founder Charissa Chioccarelli shares her world in 4SEE’s latest foremost. Q&A.

Name Charissa Chioccarelli
Age 29
Nationality Dutch
Based in Berlin
Website www.islaberlin.com
Instagram@islaberlin

CHARISSA CHIOCCARELLI, Founder and CEO of ISLA Berlin, Photography by Devon Kaylor, Eyewear by Etnia Barcelona
CHARISSA CHIOCCARELLI
Founder and CEO of ISLA Berlin
Photography by Devon Kaylor
Eyewear by ETNIA Barcelona

Founder and CEO of Streetwear concept store ISLA Berlin and cultural marketing agency ISLA Creative, Charissa Chioccarelli leads by example when it comes to ‘making it happen’. Initially moving to Berlin from Amsterdam to take up a job in Social Media Marketing with Zalando, she quickly grew frustrated with the limitations of Berlin’s nail art scene, leading Charissa to carve out her own path, creating in the process a dynamic concept store run by women, for women. Neither exclusively nail salon nor shop, ISLA also offers women the opportunity to try out DJ’ing in an inclusive and supportive environment, hosts pop-up beauty events, and shares the shop rooms with iconic sports luxe brand OBEY. 4SEE met with Charissa to talk style philosophy, upcoming projects, and of course – her go-to eyewear.

Describe yourself in three words.
Hands-on, independent, stubborn.

Style Icon(s) and the reason why.
I don’t really have a fashion icon, but if I have to choose someone I say my husband @deadhypeberns, his creativity always inspires me.

What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment so far?
My biggest accomplishment I would say is setting up ISLA and turning it into a healthy business.

What is next for you, an immediately upcoming project?
Our next project is the Bam Brow (Brow Bar) pop-up at ISLA. We love to collaborate with businesses and creatives from all over the world.

Favorite eyewear brand?
The last pair I bought are from Kuboraum and I love them! It was a funny story, I bought them in the US not knowing the brand is from Berlin and literally situated on the same street as ISLA.

Your fashion philosophy / Styling tips.
Although I own a shop, I’m not the biggest shopper. I’d rather invest in a couple of good, timeless pieces.

Three words to describe your customer at ISLA Berlin.
Really fucking loyal!

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

We are all captivated by people that think outside the box, and places, ideas and products that make our imagination run wild. Totally individual, unique, and sometimes even eccentric, these are the people that we admire because they aren’t afraid to explore, reinvent, and go on an adventure to discover that truly great inspiration takes courage to turn into success.

Wild Precision: Claudia Brotons

CLAUDIA BROTONS
Creative Director at KALEOS
Barcelona, Spain
Founded in 2013
www.kaleoscollection.com

“Fashion is a form of expression, all our customers can be reflected in the spirit of KALEOS.”

4SEE Profile Claudia Brotons
CLAUDIA BROTONS
Creative Director at KALEOS

Claudia Brotons is the Creative Director of Spanish Eyewear Brand KALEOS. Meeting co-founder Joan Gassó while studying a Bachelor of Business Administration, Brotons’ experience in fashion has been shaped by time working for high street fashion brand Zara at the Inditex Headquarters in Spain, and a Master’s Degree in Fashion from the Istituto Marangoni in Milan. A new mother, Brotons balances her family life with her irrepressible passion for classic style through modern design innovation. She joined 4SEE for the following special interview.

Describe yourself in three words

Contemporary fashion house.

You have made a big splash in the already very competitive eyewear industry, thanks in part to your abundant experience in fashion. We’re curious to find out your mission for Kaleos and exactly what kind of fashion experience you are bringing to your customers?

Fashion is a form of expression and this is what I bring from my previous experience to KALEOS. A wide collection in which everyone can find an accessory, to extol your personality.

I understand the brand as a place to find that something that helps you to be more you in your day to day. That’s why the collection is so wide and often different from each other, all our customers can be reflected in the spirit of KALEOS.

Your tasteful and contemporary yet unique style has led to an immediate success. Did it catch you by surprise?

We started the brand as a separate project while Juan [Gassó, CEO] and I maintained our respective jobs. We wanted it to become our main project, but didn’t know what it would be so soon. That is to say that it was a success, maybe in such a short time was the surprising thing.

You have recently launched a clothing collection. How has it been coming along?

A very long process. Since KALEOS started, we have always felt like a fashion brand; I have never stopped having ideas for complete looks and campaigns. I design them and I think about the themes. So once the brand was settled, we thought it was the right time to simply expand what I think has always been the brand.

Where do you draw your inspirations? Who is your favorite style icon? What trends are you intrigued by now and for the next collection?

I work mainly in the KALEOS office, my office is on the third floor and there is a lot of light, it is an incredible place to work. I especially like the afternoons when part of the team has left and I can be 100% designing. If you look at my Pinterest I have a lot of style icons, but lately Julie Pelipas has me quite in love, her casual simplicity and elegance I love. We’re working on much more rectangular and hard shapes than exaggerated ones, giving the glasses a lot of personality.

Wild thing – What were your wildest experiences along the way? Any words of wisdom you have received?

At the first [eyewear] fair we did, we sold all the stock, which was really impressive! And advice… I think that not losing our essence is really important.

Ethical, Sustainability – What do you think we can do to build a more sustainable future?

Our plan is to have the best qualities so that our product lasts, with this constant: to create to last, we promote responsible, lasting and conscious consumption. Little by little all industries will suffer irreversible changes in this sense.

Technology – Any interest in applying technology to your eyewear?

At the moment we are not exploring this path, but who knows!

In ten years where do you want to be?

The same but better! With a bigger team and working to improve and extend KALEOS to spaces and places we don’t even imagine now.

You have recently given birth. You are a mother, designer, founder, and the list goes on. How do you keep the balance between work and life? Any special message for women out there?

I’m lucky I have an office close to home. But I think in the end the message is that with good organization and a good team, anything is possible. Sometimes it takes longer and you have to be patient, but that’s what gives women a certain super power, a different tactical vision and implementation is invincible.

4SEE Profile Robert Stanjek, Photography by Bert Spangemacher

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

We are all captivated by people that think outside the box, and places, ideas and products that make our imagination run wild. Totally individual, unique, and sometimes even eccentric, these are the people that we admire because they aren’t afraid to explore, reinvent, and go on an adventure to discover that truly great inspiration takes courage to turn into success.

Windward or Leeward, always looking forward: Professional Sailor Robert Stanjek

ROBERT STANJEK (38)
Professional Sailor
Berlin, Germany
www.stanjek-sailing.de
Instagram

“It gets harder the higher the pressure gets. That’s where the absolute top athletes differ.”

4SEE Profile Robert Stanjek, Photography by Bert Spangemacher
ROBERT STANJEK
Professional Sailor
Photography by Bert Spangemacher

Concentration, intuition, and a spirit for adventure are three qualities perhaps essential to those who pursue the sport of Sailing. With ever-changing conditions, competitive success relies upon a fierce determination in a game of speed and tactics, navigating natural forces and pushing the limits of human (and boat) performance. A growing sport in Germany, sailing master Robert Stanjek’s ‘Stanjek Sailing Cup’ is fast becoming a regional highlight for young sailors, with more than 130 children and adolescents attending a two-day series on the Müggelsee in Berlin every year. Robert joined 4SEE to share a glimpse of his exhilarating world.

Describe yourself in three words

Enduring, optimistic, forward

How many regattas have you participated in? Which was your most memorable regatta and why?

I estimate a little over 1000. Becoming World Champion is very special. That’s a title you’ve got all your life, like a PhD. To beat everyone on the planet once is a very rewarding feeling.

How do you prepare yourself mentally and physically for regattas?

During Olympic times I worked continuously with a sports psychologist. To use your maximum capacity of concentration you must be able to put yourself intellectually completely in the present. It gets harder the higher the pressure gets. That’s where the absolute top athletes differ. Offshore sailing is about long, non-stop distances for days and weeks. The mental focus is a bit different. Here you have to be prepared for enduring time, strains and inconveniences. And of course physical training is the absolute basis for both disciplines.

Please describe a typical day on the ship during a regatta.

A day at sea during a competition is very simple. It’s all about keeping the ship at its maximum speed all the time. This is usually very exhausting and a job that you shouldn’t interrupt too long, because otherwise you lose distance. In total you sleep very, very little and always in small phases—sometimes 15 minutes, sometimes 2 hours. Food is very important to not burn out.

What is it like to race in the ocean, seeing nothing but water around you? There must be times when you don’t get enough sleep, you’re constantly wet, enduring many unpleasant situations. How do you cope with pressure or stress?

This has a lot to do with experience. Usually you know in advance where the competition demands everything and where it will be really hard. We talk about it and plan the energy management. If you shoot yourself blue once, then someone else on the team has to back you up or replace you.

4SEE Profile Robert Stanjek, Photography by Bert Spangemacher
4SEE Profile Robert Stanjek, Photography by Bert Spangemacher

Have you been in danger? Please describe your wildest moment.

Wind and water can be pretty violent. Out on the ocean you definitely notice how small you are. Storms with high waves and the speeds of the modern boats are very special. All this goes on at night in total darkness. You must never lose your respect! I think to someone who doesn’t sail offshore, it sometimes looks very, very risky and suicidal. I never talk too much about it at home.

Lately you have been concentrating on the world-class offshore races by initiating the German offshore team with a massive 60-foot racing boat. Is it a challenge to look for sponsor(s)?

It’s almost 20 years since a German racing team concentrated on Transatlantic and Round the World Races. A global campaign of this size requires a budget of a few million euros. There are German companies that are successfully and consecutively sponsoring projects like this, but often abroad. I am optimistic because we offer a very innovative product: global, clean, renewable energies, high tech, intelligent, teamwork, adventure… it is a fascinating sport with great stories.

You’re constantly on the road and you have a newly born baby, Albrecht. How often are you away from home in a year and how do you keep the balance between work and life?

I’m pretty much half the year on the road. This has become much harder since I became a father. But if you are disciplined to put in the quality time at home, then you are also a good father and husband for 50% of the days.

Sports sunglasses—what brand do you wear, what do you like about them, and what improvements would you like to see? Are you interested in using smart glasses or augmented reality when it becomes available? If yes, what kind of AI glasses are you yearning to own and how could they be helpful to you?

My sunglasses are polarized. This gives me more contrasts in the sky and on the water surface. Reading the wind on the water is a skill that takes decades. It is like reading the putting green in golf. You can’t support much around here. And I like to keep things simple.

In ten years where do you want to be?

My next goal is to race around the world, the longest and biggest offshore competition. Maybe I do 2 or 3. For this chapter I need about 8 to 10 years. After that I will slow down a bit and spend more time at home.

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

We are all captivated by people that think outside the box, and places, ideas and products that make our imagination run wild. Totally individual, unique, and sometimes even eccentric, these are the people that we admire because they aren’t afraid to explore, reinvent, and go on an adventure to discover that truly great inspiration takes courage to turn into success.

Wild Rider: Steffi Marth

STEFFI MARTH (33)
Professional Mountain Biker
Dresden, Germany
Instagram @steffimarth

“I feel like I truly am ‘riding the dream. I found my passion for it and for racing bikes and ever since this BMX track is my paradise.”

4SEE Profile Steffi Marth
STEFFI MARTH
Professional Mountain Biker

It was the speed and the feeling of freedom that got Steffi Marth hooked on the sport of BMX Biking. Racing BMX bikes since the age of 12, Professional Mountain Bike Athlete Marth is a five-time National BMX and 4X Champion and winner of the bronze medal in the 4X World Championships in 2014 and 2015. Passionate about nature, Marth’s life brings together the best of both worlds as she moves away from more competitive racing towards exploration, adventure and freeriding. A much-publicised face in the world of mountainbike media, Marth’s competitive nature has also seen her complete a Master of Science in Architecture and a Degree in Public Relations.

Describe yourself in three words

Active, outgoing, life-loving

When did you first start BMX racing? Did you have any role models when you started BMX?

I started at the age of 12 and loved it from day 1. I didn’t really have a lot of role models back then but now it’s for sure all the women that were successful in both, BMX and MTB such as Caroline Buchanan, Anne-Caroline Chausson…

What triggered you to get into a wild sport like Mountain biking / BMX in the first place? We are sure there were other options.

I played handball at the time I got into BMX. I was super into it and liked all the games when I had to be fully concentrated and put it all out on the field for myself and the team. I like to give everything and always loves competition. I come from a small village called Plessa, 50 km north of Dresden, it’s in the south of Brandenburg. We didn’t have a lot of options of things to do in our village. One day the mayor decided to close down the public swimming pool because renovation was too expensive and so they looked for other options for the youth. We finally got a BMX track in our village and all the kids rode at that time. I found my passion for it and for racing bikes, and ever since then the BMX track is my paradise.

How is it being a female athlete in extreme sports? Do you feel like things are becoming more equal in terms of opportunities, coverage, and sponsorship, for example?

I mean, this is a tough question… I believe female athletes have the advantage of still being quite rare and so there are many possibilities for a smaller group of people. It’s fairly easy to get sponsoring while there are so many men trying to get supported. But on the other hand, of course we have disadvantages in body shape and mental state. A female mountain biker just looks different to watch on a bike than men and I think this won’t change. Women are racing the same courses as men and sometimes get equal prize money (like at the Crankworx World Tour) but still… there is way more money going into male athlete sponsoring.

What is your favorite training to stay in shape, stay fit?

I love training… all kinds of it. I love to ride all my bikes (on the bmx track, in the woods, on the mountain or also my road bike). But other than that, I also love bodyweight training – like with the app Freeletics.

Have you been in danger? Please describe your wildest moment.

I think I have been in danger a lot when I ride really small paths at a high altitude, but honestly? I don’t feel in danger. If I feel scared or unsafe I won’t ride anymore. I try to be in my comfort zone all the time. My wildest moments were for sure back when I participated in the DH World Cup. There were some tracks that really scared me and we only had a few hours of practice so I mostly had to go for huge jumps and steep lines in my second run of the day.

Social media plays a big part of promoting yourself in this social media driven world. How do you view social media, which one is your favorite? Pros and cons? What do you think of the term, “influencer”?

Social Media is a blessing and a curse really. It gives us athletes a lot of possibilities to share our daily life; competition preparations, behind the scenes of a pro athlete’s life, like biking adventures. And also it gives all the riders who don’t have those top results a chance to share their lives and to make some money from being riders. There is so much more to it than just race results. On the other side, I really don’t like the term “influencer” because I know there are people who have not accomplished anything in the sport and get paid to “just present products”… we (humans) just like to see something beautiful (sunsets, kittens, beautiful humans) and it doesn’t always have a deeper meaning.

You have a Masters’ degree in Architecture and you have studied PR. Interesting combination. How have these two experiences helped to shape who you are now?

Studying for about 10 years besides racing bikes was tough but I am very happy that I finished it. With my 2 degrees I’m always ready to make a change in my work life if I want to… The architecture study helped me to be better at graphic design but also to plan big projects and execute them. PR studies were obviously super important for my job now. Besides the activities and sports it’s a lot about communication and media work, so those lessons I’ve learned were super important for my job now.

Sports sunglasses—what brand do you wear, what do you like about them, and what improvements would you like to see? Are you interested in using smart glasses or augmented reality when it becomes available? If yes, what kind of AI glasses are you yearning to own and how could they be helpful to you?

I am wearing RedBull Spect Eyewear glasses in all situations. I love my prescription glasses for traveling and working… and looking smart of course 😉 For biking I have a huge range of different styles of RedBull Spect Eyewear glasses. What I really like about them is the comfort… I don’t even notice I wear sunglasses. Another special feature of the RB Spect Sunglasses is the Dual Temple System which makes sure the glasses are not moving from their place while being in action. Polarized lenses are also super helpful when having to find your right line on a technical trail.

AI glasses… pheewww it’s a new topic. I haven’t really thought about it. But what comes to my mind first is the opportunity to use them while driving, for example to be able to keep your eyes on the road. Or even when biking to navigate or something like that.

In ten years where do you want to be?

I guess in 10 years I still want to work in the mountain bike industry… not sure if I’ll still be the pro rider in front of the camera or more in the background organizing something. I already have my hands in a couple of projects and it’s so exciting to think what will be in 10 years.

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