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Interview with creator of clothing line “Local Tourist” – Eric Fobair

How did you get into fashion?

I graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in fine arts. To start a clothing company was a dream of mine since I was a teenager. In the last year of college, I just had to do it.

Tell us about your collections.

This new collection is based around our new mantra GUARD YOUR HEART FEED YOUR MIND. That was an organic personal statement that worked itself into the brand. Its something I truly believe in and am trying to live by. We’re trying to put out a positive message without being overt, ie PMA (positive mental attitude).

How would you describe your design
Aesthetic?

I’ve always been a simplified in my design aesthetic. The new wave recently has been about stripping down to black and white but that as always been the Local Tourist style, maybe moving forward to go left of the curve we’ll start doing color. The brand started as simplified line drawings of female faces, moved into repetition of the Local Tourist logo, collaborations and now we’re motivated to put out our own message of positivity.

Where do you go for inspiration?

I’d like to think I get my inspiration from my personal life, as I’ve undergone a discipline of personal growth recently and started reading a lot of books, hence FEED YOUR MIND. I’m also influenced in what I see, what I listen to, sometimes its to add to those influences and sometimes it is in reaction to those as to do something different because I’m seeing a lot of the same thing. One of our newest tees coming out very soon simply says ORIGINAL CONTENT

How much does travel influence your designs?

Local Tourist isn’t necessarily about physical travel in that respect. More so, to travel in your mind, thoughts and notions. As to not become localized so much in your thinking or way of being. To not be afraid to become a tourist in your thoughts, explore new influences and ways to approach situations.

How does that inspiration turn into reality?

One just can’t sit and think, it is really about doing. That’s what I encourage my peers to do, more doing than thinking. What we do this week, sets up next weeks results. If you want a bigger bank account, deeper relationships, or weight loss; one just can’t think about it, read about it…after the research one has to put that plan into action and in that the process may be unfamiliar (Tourist) but soon it will become a Local way to do your new program and you’ll start getting positive results.

What’s your connection to Minneapolis today?

Geographically I’m closer to the capital and sister city St. Paul. I was born in the suburbs, moved to North Dallas as a teenager; graduated high school there and went to OU. Lived 7 years in Los Angeles, had a pop up store in DTLA for almost 2 years, I like to say I’m a Local Tourist. Minneapolis is a great city, lots of culture and influence; one of my favorite places to go is the Walker Art Center.

Is there any place in the world you haven’t been to yet but would like to visit from a professional perspective?

I’ve never been over seas; I definitely need to see the world, something overdue.

Who do you think is the ideal “Local Tourist” women?

I’d say a woman that holds the same core values as the brand does. One that is mindful of their heart and one that feeds her mind with knowledge.

How would you describe your personal fashion style?

My personal style is definitely simple, lol. Nike Air max 90s all day, Levi’s 501, polo and other Nike tops. There was a time in my life where all the tops I wore was Local Tourist but then it got to feel like a uniform, it’s freeing to support others who I admire.

Can you tell us about your Spring 2014 collection.
What’s next for you professionally?

One thing we’re really excited about is these next three months (March-May) are mixes with Spintelect, League of Starz, and Fat Tony. I’ve had personal relationships with all and to finally do a project together is a win win situation. I’ve been getting a little more involved in music and its exciting. We’re also developing a high-end accessory line for Local Tourist. The future is bright!

We were graced with the opportunity to have Eric Fobair share his thoughts with us and would like to share with you all some other links to continue to follow the entrepreneurial mind behind “Local Tourist.”

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Local Tourist has released a number of promotional mixtapes, most recently The French Kiss Playlist Pt. 1 by Aei (click to stream on Soundcloud). Click here for a promo video of the spring line. Keep up with Local Tourist on their Karmaloop Kazbah page.

CEASROCK, “ALL MY $”

video: CEASROCK, “ALL MY $”
directed by ilovenewyork.us | beat produced by 514IndoRecordz

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video at youtube.com/watch?v=F88Xafq2bZo&feature=youtu.be
download the Zero Gravity EP on Bandcamp
Ceasrock.com | Twitter [@ceasrock] | Facebook | Soundcloud

Montreal rapper CeasRock presents the ilovenewyork.usMedia-directed video for “All My $”, the new 514IndoRecordz-produced single from his Zero Gravity EP which features Uness, Loe Pesci, I.Blast and Boy 6lue as well as production from Vincent Pryce and DeeJay IZ. Born Sam Karimi, Ceas is a spokesman for Montreal urban site Mook-Life.com, as well as founder of his own movement, REAL LIFE. Videos have already been released for “Faceless” (click to watch), “10.5” (click to watch), “Mook Life Pt. 1” (click to watch) and “M.O.E.” (click to watch). “While I was writing for this EP, money was definitely on my mind,” says Ceas. “From how I was to earn it, to how much of it I needed to spend, it was looming over my thoughts heavy. I wrote All My $ from this perspective. I was hungry and I didn’t know how I was supposed to eat. The verses depict that hunger from a young desperate man’s view, and an older, equally hungry, man’s perspective. I didn’t feel like performing the verses in the video because the verses weren’t necessarily about me. So I focused on the feeling instead of a literal depiction of the lyrics. I recently graduated from university, but I have no intentions of using my degree to get a job. So, with that in mind, one day I was cleaning out my garage of about ten years worth of school papers, textbooks, old bills, etc… I thought to myself, I didn’t want to just toss it out, I wanted more closure. So I had the idea of burning them in a ceremonial bonfire. I’m burning the old me..I’m burning All My $.” Zero Gravity is available now on Ceasrock’s Bandcamp page.
Written By: James Dunn

 

PHZ-SICKS – THE MOMENT

album: PHZ-SICKS, THE MOMENT
featuring Scolla, Alison Carney, Lyriciss and Seanny Greggs

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Woodbridge, VA rap artist PHZ-Sicks (pronounced ‘physics’) presents The Moment, his new album featuring Detroit rapper/singer Scolla, singer Alison Carney, DMV rapper Lyriciss and fellow Triple S crew member Seanny Greggs as well as production from Stompboxx Music, Best Kept Secret, Epik the Dawn, Kriss Liss and Kajmir Royale. The album’s release comes on the heels of the John Ledbetter-directed music video for “Coming Down” (click to watch) as well as the single releases of “The Love Scene III” (click to listen) and “Black Women” (click to listen). PHZ was a 2011 DMV Best VA Male Rap Artist nominee and has opened for Wale, J. Cole and more. “This project was two years in the making, starting from the writing process, beat selection, constant musical changes and hours inside the studio to get where we are today,” says PHZ-Sicks. “The album is called The Moment because I feel with everything I put into it, this is the moment where my life changes. Where I get to pursue this passion like there is no tomorrow and finally reaping the rewards of the sacrifices I made to get to this point. The Moment is the embodiment of me and it’s all I can give to the world.” Click here to watch a video documenting the making of The Moment, and visit PHZ-Sick’s Bandcamp page to purchase a personally signed and messaged CD copy.

PHZ-SICKS, “THE LOVE SCENE III”

single: PHZ-SICKS, “THE LOVE SCENE III”
produced by Stompboxx Music | f. Scolla, Alison Carney | The Moment drops 12/3

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Woodbridge, VA rap artist PHZ-Sicks (pronounced ‘physics’) presents “The Love Scene II”, the new single from his forthcoming album The Moment. The third installment in a three-part series spread throughout three albums starting with 2009’s Less Than Zero to 2011’s The Laws of PHZ-Sicks, “The Love Scene III” features Triple S Crew/RLES member Scolla and DC electric soul singer Alison Carney. “The Love Scene III” comes on the heels of two singles from The Moment, “Black Women” (click to listen) and “Coming Down” (click to listen). PHZ was a 2011 DMV Best VA Male Rap Artist nominee and has opened for Wale, J. Cole and more. “I feel ‘The Love Scene III’ is the best of the series and Scolla and Alison took the song to another level,” says PHZ. “The craziness of the beat is a good idea of what is expected off of The Moment and this is version of The Love Scene III is just a sample. It gets even more amazing on the album.” The Moment drops December 3. Click here to watch a video documenting the making of The Moment.

Written By: James Dunn

CEASROCK – “FACELESS”

video: CEASROCK, “FACELESS”

directed by 5Pound Media | beat produced by 514IndoRecordz

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video at youtube.com/watch?v=PUcqeukVer4&feature=youtu.be

download the Zero Gravity EP on Bandcamp

Ceasrock.com | Twitter [@ceasrock] | Facebook | Soundcloud

Montreal rapper CeasRock presents the 5Pound Media-directed video for “Faceless”, the new 514IndoRecordz-produced single from his Zero Gravity EP which features Uness, Loe Pesci, I.Blast and Boy 6lue as well as production from Vincent Pryce and DeeJay IZ. Born Sam Karimi, Ceas is a spokesman for Montreal urban site Mook-Life.com, as well as founder of his own movement, REAL LIFE. Ceas believes that every single object, person, place or theme can be rapped about in an interesting way. “It’s all about the context” he says. Ceas has done R&B-flavored collaborations with the Uness and Crime In The City collective (click to listen) as well as live interpretations of soulful cuts on his Coolest Cats tape (click to listen). Videos have already been released for “10.5” (click to watch), “Mook Life Pt. 1” (click to watch) and “M.O.E.” (click to watch). “Faceless is my way of saying we’re all just numbers,” says Ceasrock. “It’s that feeling you get when you watch everybody go to work on the train in the morning. All these people have a story, but who cares? In the first verse I speak on my own story as an emcee, and how being relatively unknown is shaping me and the decisions I make. The second verse addresses the female population that is faced with a double standard of expectations on the daily. Both verses end with words of encouragement to keep it moving in this rat race we call life. The video is meant to symbolize this feeling of censorship through different depictions of facelessness.” Zero Gravity is available now on Ceasrock’s Bandcamp page.

Written by: James Dunn

EP: CEASROCK, ZERO GRAVITY

EP: CEASROCK, ZERO GRAVITY
f. Uness, Loe Pesci, Boy 6lue, I.Blast
produced by 514IndoRecordz, Vincent Pryce, DeeJay IZ
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download the Zero Gravity EP on Bandcamp
Ceasrock.com | Twitter [@ceasrock] | Facebook | Soundcloud

Montreal rapper CeasRock presents Zero Gravity, his new EP featuring Uness, Loe Pesci, I.Blast and Boy 6lue as well as production from 514IndoRecords, Vincent Pryce and DeeJay IZ. Born Sam Karimi, Ceas is a spokesman for Montreal urban site Mook-Life.com, as well as founder of his own movement, REAL LIFE. Ceas believes that every single object, person, place or theme can be rapped about in an interesting way. “It’s all about the context” he says. Ceas has done R&B-flavored collaborations with the Uness and Crime In The City collective (click to listen) as well as live interpretations of soulful cuts on his Coolest Cats tape (click to listen). Videos have already been released for “10.5” (click to watch), “Mook Life Pt. 1” (click to watch) and “M.O.E.” (click to watch). “Zero Gravity represents the continuous ascension process that I go through as an artist,” says Ceas. “Beyond the music, 0G represents ‘no limitations’;  gravity is the one thing 99% of us believe we can’t defy, but with this project i wanted to show people that impossible is a matter of perception. Anything can seem impossible until we see someone do it.”

Written By : James Dunn

album: PREZ P, THE AMBIANCE

album: PREZ P, THE AMBIANCE
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The Ambiance on Soundcloud | DatPiff
watch the video trailers for “Nine Eleven” & “Neva Love Em
Twitter [@prezp_becampin] | DaCampSite.tumblr.com |

North Miami rapper Prez P presents The Ambiance, his new album featuring Glocky Davis, Ransom Note, J Nics and Rell Burgandy as well as production from Nuez, The Pyrvmids, The Ear Drummerz, Mr. Maneuvers, DT Spacely, Ronny J, RAH, MVSIC, Sir Flywalker, Kenneth Cartel, Green City, Eccentric Music, Squareboogie and Danny Dee. Prez first emerged onto the underground rap scene in Miami with his group Da Camp in 2011 with their mixtape 7 Day Weekend: Campin Out In Da RV. That record was followed by 7 Day Weekend: Bumpin olDCool Da Campilation and VII Day Vacay, which was voted 2012 Mixtape Of The Year by the Miami blog the305.com. “This album embodies my life’s lessons,” says Prez. “I took glimpses into different friendships and relationships and picked certain situations and tried to display them through music in a way I haven’t done before. It’s titled The Ambiance because of the feeling I had during those moments. I tried to capture The Ambiance. Sonically it’s mostly a laidback album because that’s the role I play daily.”

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Tree Ave – S.U.O (Something Unheard Of) (Official Video) HD

Tree Ave just released his new video for “SUO (Something Unheard Of).” Follow him on a road-trip from Las Vegas to his hometown of Detroit. The track was featured on his Don Juan Demarco EP, which was released back in April. Ave also dropped the “Foxy x Ave” EP in June and has plans to release his new project “Ricky James” in late October.

Follow Tree Ave from Las Vegas to his hometown of Detroit in this brand new visual shot by Balbe.

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