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THE BEST OF OUR 2014 INTERVIEWS

A Look at Twelve of the Best Interviews of 2014

By PMc Magazine

Winter 2014-2015

This year, as usual, PMc Magazine has conducted conversations with interesting and engaging artists of every stripe. We”ve interviewed musicians and painters, actors and photographers, rappers and designers, comedians and filmmakers. Here are twelve of our best interviews over the last year. We hope you enjoy looking back and rereading some of our favorites and discovering some great pieces you may have missed.

Actress CHLOE SEVIGNY
(Interviewed by Tyler Malone)
“[Fashion is] a way of expressing yourself and identifying with other people, like-minded people, but also expanding your mind by seeing someone who might seem strange to you in how they present themselves. You can become intrigued by them, and so it helps in broadening your scope, which is important in trying to understand our differences. So it’s a form of expression, an art form–for presenting one’s self, cloaking one’s self, adorning one’s self. It’s always interesting the things we choose to put on our bodies. That sounds all serious, but I like to have a sense of humor about it too. I think of it like a puzzle, maybe.”

Musician MATT WHITE
(Interviewed by Meaghan Coffey)
“I really never know how to predict when I feel inspired. It sometimes just happens. For me, it’s usually sitting down and listening to my heroes that will inspire me to write.”

Actress MADCHEN AMICK
(Interviewed by Tyler Malone)
“Without a doubt, Twin Peaks changed the course of television. We broke the mold and I love seeing its influence in great television shows like The Sopranos, Mad Men, True Detective, etc. I believe that the reason Twin Peaks was so successful is that David Lynch and Mark Frost had a clear vision and they never compromised. It’s a hard job to have so many “artistic opinions” of studios and networks, which are always well meant, but I can see the difference when the creators really fight for and are able to communicate their “true voice.”"

Composer NATHAN JOHNSON
(Interviewed by Randall Winston)
“T.S. Eliot said, “You must go by a way which is the way of ignorance in order to possess what you do not possess.” I love that concept because it is a healthy reminder that, if you’re trying to do something new, you don’t know how to do it. So even though it is really terrifying because people are counting on you to come up with something, that concept is really encouraging on a deeper level to me, because it is the concept of, “Ok, of course, you’re doing something new, that means you don’t know how to do it. That’s normal, so don’t worry about it. Just keep going.”"

Photographer CHRISTOPHER MAKOS
(Interviewed by Marie Havens)
“[Andy Warhol] and I both always loved the immediacy of anything that was going on at the moment, so I would say we both had a real impact on each other. I try to remind people that Andy was my friend first, and an important figure of the 20th century art scene second. That said, he, like Man Ray, always reminded me to obey my instincts, and what follows would always be the Truth.”

Comedian DAN FOGLER
(Interviewed by Matthew Leeb)
“It was just what was happening in my own life at that time, right before 2012. I was getting married and all the anxieties I was feeling about that. People talking about the possible end or changing times–and I myself wanted to get the bottom of a lot these questions, find out what was coming. So I thought the best way to finish that journey was to capture it in some kind of documentary or documentary style movie, and that’s what led to Don Peyote.”

Designer KAROLINA ZMARLAK
(Interviewed by Eden Herbstman)
“I place an emphasis on technical details, so the integrity of the fabrics is important to me. I’ve started to work more with double faced leather, which allows for reversibility, and it is a completely different sewing process. That has been a big deal for me, and learning about new products is always intriguing.”

Photographer VICTORIA SAMBUNARIS
(Interviewed by Sarah Heikkinen)
“The country’s physical diversity that is perpetually changing is what interests me most. The trips are an opportunity to engage with the landscape and the culture in order to have a better understanding of the country, its politics, its people and my relationship to it.”

Documentarian MARK LEVINSON
(Interviewed by Tyler Malone)
“We knew we had the elements of a basic good story, but the story was also evolving as we were filming it. If everything had just worked after first beam, it would have been a very different story. I was thinking dramatically, and was wondering if I should make it more about competition between theorists and experimentalists or between the experiments or between the opposing theories. I was thinking about all sorts of things, but you just sort of have to wade in. We knew the characters would be interesting, but whether it would have that great dramatic arc that the story just naturally ended up having, we certainly didn’t know from the get-go.”

Rapper KINETIC 9
(Interviewed by Paul Bruinooge)
“I want to be the artist that’s not looking crazy and over performing. I want my shit to be natural and I think that comes with rehearsing.”

Photographer ROBERTO DUTESCO
(Interviewed by Sarah Heikkinen)
“We humans as a species have invaded the wilderness. We have tried to tame it from the very beginning, for profit, out of curiosity or fear. We have slashed and burned, as we are still doing today in uncivilized ways for reasons and excuses beyond comprehension. By doing so we have created a barrier between wilderness and man, detaching ourselves from nature.”

Designer Areta Szupra (Local Heroes)
(Interviewed by Eden Herbstman)
“Every time I see somebody wearing Local Heroes I can’t stop smiling. The most  surreal moment was when Justin Bieber had a concert in Poland and almost half of the venue was wearing something from our brand. I got so emotional I almost cried.”

Written by PMc Magazine

Photography by Daniel Torok for PatrickMcMullan.com

Design by Mina Darius

Captions:

Chloe Sevigny, Coach Backstage Celebrates Rodeo Drive Store Opening With Private Concert, Brighton Way Parking Structure, Beverly Hills, December 11, 2014, Photography by Daniel Torok for PatrickMcMullan.com

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