HANDSOME, Sydney artist Caitlin McGregor, Photography by Bert Spangemacher

SPOTLIGHT ON ‘HANDSOME’
Unafraid of unapologetic vulnerability, HANDSOME boldly owns her queer and musical identity, and in 10 years she might just soundtrack a ballet.

Photography BERT SPANGEMACHER
Text MADELEINE ARCHER

Sydney artist Caitlin McGregor is no stranger to Australia’s independent music scene. Previously recording under the moniker Caitlin Park, HANDSOME has featured on Sydney songwriter/wrapper Urthboy’s 2016 album (The Past Beats Inside Me Like A Second Heartbeat) and collaborated with BANFF to produce the honest, brooding, and unapologetically groovy single ‘My Love My Lover’. With more experimental, melancholy-folk influences on early work, HANDSOME is a reclamation of direction and identity, both personal and creative. HANDSOME is straightforward, pop-influenced ‘tomboy pop’ with an electronica flavour; casual yet crafted, catchy hooks with lyrics that speak of relationships and regrets but also for seeing and accepting things for what they are.

4SEE caught up with HANDSOME to talk about her forthcoming EP (SOPHOMORE, 2020), her musical influences, and future ambitions.

HANDSOME, Sydney artist Caitlin McGregor, Photography by Bert Spangemacher
HANDSOME by Bert Spangemacher

Band / Artist Name  HANDSOME
Genre(s) Tomboy Pop
Member(s) and Instrument(s) HANDSOME (writing / producer)
Based in  Sydney, Australia
Playing together since 2 years
First album released I dropped my debut EP last year (2018).
Freshest album Sophomore EP is coming next year (2020)
Listen to us on Spotify/Apple Music/SoundCloud

Describe your band / music / style in three words.
Powerful, Meaningful, Fun.

What did you listen to when growing up?
I listened to heaps of music growing up; I walked around my parents house and sung to Lauryn Hill, I learnt to be gritty from the Eels, I loved Ella Fitzgerald’s ‘Miss Otis Regrets’, my heart broke when I heard my first Cat Power song, and I feel buzzy every time Patti Smith’s ‘Free Money’ chimes in. My body turned on when I heard Robyn at a gay party in Sydney. The Books and Joni Mitchell have always been my biggest inspirations, but there are many.

Music icon(s) and the reason why.
Cat Power – she is vulnerable and honest. Robyn – she is anthemic, she writes sad bangers like no other. Christine and the Queens, she is truly herself, being herself is her gift and that is power.

HANDSOME, Sydney artist Caitlin McGregor, Photography by Bert Spangemacher
HANDSOME by Bert Spangemacher
Eyewear by Grey Ant

Who are you listening to right now?
June Jones, Arlo Parks, Sui Zhen, Wafia, Kid Heron, Dominic Fike.

What is the craziest / funniest thing that’s happened on tour?
Touring is made up of weird and intimate moments when you’re off stage. I remember touring in Brisbane (north-east coast of Australia) with my bandmate Shan, and we got caught in a food fight at the local Charlie’s (late night cake shop), icing in all the right places…

Favorite performance venues or music festivals? And why?
The Red Rattler in Sydney, because it feels like home.

HANDSOME, Sydney artist Caitlin McGregor, Photography by Bert Spangemacher
HANDSOME by Bert Spangemacher
HANDSOME, Sydney artist Caitlin McGregor, Photography by Bert Spangemacher
HANDSOME by Bert Spangemacher
Eyewear by Grey Ant

Three words to describe your fans.
Resilient, Graceful, Fierce.

Favorite eyewear brand?
Right now, I wear a Jon Lee pair – but I like to switch it up.

What is next for you, an immediately upcoming tour or EP/Album?
A new EP next year! And hopefully more touring overseas next year also.

Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time, where would you like to see your band / music and at what scale?
Albums under the belt, touring the world, soundtracking contemporary ballet, writing film scores and composing for theatre. I basically want to be Jamie xx.

Amber Run - Tom Sperring (bass), Joshua Keogh (vocals, guitar), Henry Wyeth (keyboard)

SPOTLIGHT ON ‘AMBER RUN’
Amber Run go straight to red with third album Philophobia, soaring through anthemic rock, taking on the topic of Love – in all its conflicting evocations.

Photography BERT SPANGEMACHER
Text MADELEINE ARCHER

Philophobia is an overwhelming and unreasonable fear of falling in love. Through their third studio release, Nottingham 3-piece Amber Run explore the fear and elation of the universal emotion, from piano-driven instrumental opener ‘Leader Countdown’ into power-driven anthem ‘Neon Circus’, Muse-like guitars take the band through soaring rock and sober contemplation. Forming in 2012 whilst at the university of Nottingham, Joe Keogh (vocals & guitar), Tom Sperring (bass) and Henry Wyeth (keyboard) released their first album within the first year of playing together as a band, debuting with an album produced by Mike Crossey of Arctic Monkeys and Foals production fame. The influence remains, and album number three envelops the listener like a wave as the band asks, What Could Be as Lonely as Love?

4SEE met the boys from the midlands to find out more.

Amber Run - Henry Wyeth (keyboard), Tom Sperring (bass), Joshua Keogh (vocals, guitar)
4SEE Spotlight on Amber Run – Henry Wyeth (keyboard), Tom Sperring (bass), Joshua Keogh (vocals, guitar)
Eyewear Credits – Grey Ant, Coblens, Koberg

Band / Artist Name  Amber Run
Genre(s) Indie Rock
Member(s) and Instrument(s) Joshua Keogh (vocals & guitar), Tom Sperring (bass), Henry Wyeth (keys)
Based in  Nottingham, UK
Playing together since 2012
First album released “5am” in 2015
Freshest album “Philophobia” in 2019
Listen to us on iTunes/Spotfiy/YouTube

Amber Run - Joshua Keogh (vocals, guitar)
4SEE Spotlight on Amber Run – Joshua Keogh (vocals, guitar)

Describe your band / music / style in three words.
Dark Anthemic Post-pop.

What did you listen to when growing up?
All sorts – from Bowie and Queen to Led Zeppelin to Sonic Youth.

Music icon(s) and the reason why.
Radiohead and The National – they are timeless acts who have stuck around in the industry for a while and still making some of their best music to this day.

Amber Run - Henry Wyeth (keyboard), Joshua Keogh (vocals, guitar), Tom Sperring (bass)
Amber Run – Henry Wyeth (keyboard), Joshua Keogh (vocals, guitar), Tom Sperring (bass)
Eyewear Credits – Grey Ant, Koberg, Coblens,

Who are you listening to right now?
Lots of podcasts. Noah Gundersen and Djo.

What is the craziest / funniest thing that’s happened on tour?
Henry tells constant jokes – he’s really funny.

Favorite performance venues or music festivals? And why?
Colours of Ostrava is probably the coolest festival we’ve been to – really beautiful setting. Rock City in Nottingham, it’s a hometown thing and an iconic venue, the shows are always phenomenal.

Amber Run - Henry Wyeth (keyboard), Tom Sperring (bass), Joshua Keogh (vocals, guitar)
Amber Run – Henry Wyeth (keyboard), Tom Sperring (bass), Joshua Keogh (vocals, guitar)

Three words to describe your fans.
Owe them everything.

Favorite eyewear brand?
Persol.

What is next for you, an immediately upcoming tour or EP/Album?
We’ve just released our third record and are currently on tour in the UK, then heading out to the states in a few weeks. Hopefully more music soon!

Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time, where would you like to see your band / music and at what scale?
We’d love to still be making music and touring. Hopefully we continue to evolve as we have so far.

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.

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