Interview with pop singer Derik Fein!

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I must admit-I am addicted to Twitter. Yes. Twitter. I just started actively tweeting a few days ago, and ever since I’ve just been obsessed with talking to Konni Kim Designs(KKD) readers and followers. It literally is a whole new world, and it’s opened new doors of interaction that have allowed me to talk to KKD followers from all over the world, and I LOVE IT. : D

Through Twitter, I’ve also been communicating with other bloggers, brands, YouTubers, artists, musicians etc. It’s super easy to get introduced to wonderful people who are also publishing their work on the internet, since Twitter automatically recommends scores of the most talented, successful new people for me to ‘follow’ every day. So I guess it wasn’t much of a coincidence that Twitter led me to Derik Fein, an amazing American pop singer with a great taste in music and style.

(Check out his official website: http://www.derikfein.com/ -You can also follow/like him on Twitter/Facebook through his website)

Aaand… as you probably noticed from the title, I actually got the chance to interview him one-on-one! (dances internally)

Without further ado, here goes.

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(K: Konni, D: Derik)

K: Hi Derik! It’s great to have you here. Could you tell us a little about yourself and your music, for people reading this interview that don’t yet know you?
D: My name is Derik Fein. I’m a POP singer from Miami. I have an amazing fan base called #Feiners.

K: When and why did you start pursuing music? Was it a lifelong dream or was it a spontaneous urge?
D: Definitely a life long urge. I’ve never had a lesson. Self taught. I began playing guitar when i was 12 years old. I traded my ipod for my friend’s broken guitar. Since then I have not stopped. I later took on singing.

K: Were your family/friends supportive of you making music and becoming a musician?
D: At first no one took me seriously, and it was more of a hobby. Now my family and friends are very supportive of my career. It has been a long musical journey for me.

 

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(from Derik’s music video ‘Times Square’. Click here to watch the video!)
K: I heard that you’re going on a world tour at the end of this year-tell us more about it! (Which countries are you gonna be visiting, what should fans be expecting to see, etc.)
D: No official dates or locations (are) confirmed. Stay tuned!
K: In your opinion, what are the similarities and differences between music and fashion?
D: Music and fashion are similar in the sense of being a form of expression. Both inspire and evoke many emotions in people. Both trends are constantly changing. Music aids our feelings while fashion displays our lifestyle.
K: Are you interested in fashion? Are you fashionable?
D: I love staying up to date with the latest fashion trends. I’ve been told that I am.

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K: What do you think of the modern fashion industry?
D: I think it’s rapidly changing. I could say I’m fond of whats currently trending.
K: Who/what is your ultimate inspiration?
D: Elvis, Steve Jobs and Enzo Ferrari. They were innovators.
K: What are your future prospects, both as a musician and as a person?
D: I have many exciting projects to look forward to in the near future. I would like to form a clothing line.
K: Any last words to your fans(including me : )) before we end the interview?
D: I love all of my #Feiners. Stay tuned for many exciting things to come this year.
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(Derik with #Feiners!)
K: Just one last random question-What’s your favorite movie and why?
D: My favorite movie at the moment is Crazy Stupid Love, Because I can relate 🙂

 

Aaand that’s a wrap!
The interview was pretty short(sorry!) but nevertheless I hope you enjoyed reading it!
To comment or like this post, just click on the title of this post, then scroll down. You’ll see the Like button and Comment box at the bottom of the post. I LOVE reading your comments, whether you agree or disagree with what I say, so go ahead and tell me what you thought of this post. Actually, it doesn’t even have to be about this post. I just love talking to my readers ❤
#Feiners! I might send some comments and send them to Derik Fein directly : )

Interview with YouTube star Motoki Maxted

Hey readers : D

Here I am with another wonderful interview post. This time I got the chance to talk to the YouTube star Motoki Maxted. I’m a huge fan of his channel, and I bet a lot of you guys are too (or will be in the very near future). Motoki is seventeen (the same age as me) but it’s quite hard to believe because he’s so much more mature and self-actualized than I am.
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(Konni: K, Motoki: M)

K: Why did you start making YouTube videos?

M: I watched Ryan Higa’s (nigahiga) videos for a couple of years and thought he was one of the coolest people ever. After finding him, I watched others like Kevin Wu (KevJumba) and Mitchell Davis (livelavalive) and loved everything about what they did. I’ve always been interested in anything TV/Film related so I tried out what they did in hopes that I could put a smile on anyone’s face that watched one.

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(image above: Nigahiga!)

K: When I first started my blog, people were making fun of it and telling me it was useless(Now they’re all super supportive!). Motoki, how did your family/friends react to your videos at first? Was everyone supportive?

M: My friends have always been pretty low-key supportive. Someone will once in awhile tell me they liked the latest video or ask when the new one coming out. My parents on the other side have never been that supportive. They don’t fully understand how it all works and always tell me to do other things instead. It kinda sucks cause it’s hard to explain to them how important it all is and how successful I am at it.

K:  How do you feel about being exposed(in terms of personal information/your face being known) online?

M: It’s pretty awesome, I’m not too much of an attention seeker but when it comes by itself, makes me feel cooler than I probably am haha.

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K:  What’s the weirdest thing a fan has ever told you? : )

M: I don’t really get too many weird comments, some that stick out usually just talk about my eyebrows or lips in detail.

K: Have you ever been to South Korea? What’s your impression of Korea and why?

M: Sadly no. From what I’ve seen of South Korea, it’s hella hip and I would love to visit sometime. I used to watch some Korean shows and listen to Kpop so I already like a lot of things about Korean culture.

K: What do you think of the current fashion industry?

M: I’m really digging the way a lot of stores have started to make the transition into simplistic designs and that kinda resemble older styles.

K: Are you fashionable?

M: I try to be whenever I’m not too lazy to look good. Stores like H&M and Forever 21 are my favorite places to hit up.

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K: If you had to choose between having a job you’re passionate about but being totally broke and having a well-paying job and being a billionaire, what would your choice be?

M: I’d be a billionaire, save up, quit, then I could do the things I’m passionate about.

K: What are you scared of?

M: Rapists

K: What makes you cry?

M: Kim Jung Un.

K: If you weren’t born into the environment you’re in now, and you were born in a random place somewhere on this planet, what do you think you would have grown up to be by now?

M: Probably not, everything in my life led up to where I am now I’m am glad it did.

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Reader-submitted Question: What kind of women are you attracted to?

M: The ones that breath.

Reader-submitted Question: Are you a virgin?

M: Yup, I try to stay away from relationships ’cause they take up time I could be spending online lol.

That’s all for today! If you liked this interview, don’t forget to like, comment, and follow. To like or comment on this post, just click the title of this post, then scroll down. You’ll see the Comment box and Like button at the end of the post.

Here’s a big Thank You to Motoki for doing the interview. : ) Click here to check out his Facebook page.

Have an amazing day filled with happiness.

Interview with Youtube star MaxNoSleeves(Max Weisz)!

Hey readers! : )

Guess what? I got the chance to interview one of my favorite YouTube stars, Max Weisz! A lot of you probably know him as ‘MaxNoSleeves’, which is the name of his widely popular YouTube channel. With more than 500,000 subscribers, his channel is one of the biggest ones out there-and possibly the funniest! Be sure to check it out after reading this interview. (Click here to go to his amazing YouTube channel. Also, his Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook pages are all full of fun). 

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Here goes! (K: Konni, M: Max)

K: Hi Max! Tell us about your YouTube channel and your videos. Why did you start making videos?

M: My YouTube channel is called MaxNoSleeves, because I never wear sleeves, although I started wearing no sleeves long before I started making videos. I make funny silly videos, things that make me laugh.  I started because it’s so much f**king fun.

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(a GIF from Max’s videos! : D )

K: Give us a dose of your daily life as a YouTube star. What’s your everyday routine like? Are you always busy and sleep-deprived, or do you tend to just lay back and take it easy?

M: It’s hard because you’re completely on your own; so if you want something done, it’s on you.  I do have an enormous range of freedom in my daily life and I appreciate that greatly, so I go through spurts of extreme productivity and total freedom. That being said, I post a video EVERY Tuesday, so I have to stay somewhat on track.  In a perfect world, I start thinking about my video Sunday evening, write/film/edit on Monday, make finishing touches Tuesday morning, and post. I have a running list of video ideas I want to do, but I usually go with whatever I’m feeling excited about that week. Aaaand if we’re being honest I’m on schedule probably 20% of the time. The rest of the week I get to do a bunch of cool stuff though, I’m pretty lucky.

 

K: Are you fashionable?

M: Extremely. But I’m going to go with my own definition of fashionable.

 

K: Why do you cut the sleeves off all your shirts? Was it your idea to do so?

M: I started because I was playing a lot of Beer Pong and the sleeve was restricting my shot.  Then I started doing it all the time because I was just more comfortable in my own skin.

(K:   : D  )

 

K: Is fashion an important contributing factor in being a successful YouTube star?

M: I think a person’s personal style is a very cool way for them to distinguish themselves and be an individual.  I used to have an office job, and as funny as it sounds, it was a big moment for me to ditch the business attire (I wore the same thing everyone else wore) and start wearing whatever I wanted.  In my opinion, fashion should be personal; a reflection of self.  Haha I feel like I’m getting way too deep here – I just like wearing sleeveless tshirts.

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K: What’s the nicest thing a fan has ever said to you?

M: I did a video called “Take Moments,” which was about taking a second to center yourself when you felt like your life was spinning a little out of control.  Probably one of my only serious videos, but I was dealing with some family issues and I just had to get the idea out of my head.  I didn’t think it would really go anywhere, but I got an enormously positive reaction to that video from people saying it helped them in ways I couldn’t have imagined.  It was awesome.

(Click HERE to watch Max’s video “Take Moments”- I’ve watched it and I can guarantee that it will make you feel better on a rainy day when things just aren’t going well.)

 

K: In contrast, what’s the worst thing you’ve ever heard?

M: Haha, well it is the Internet, so people can be very mean, but I try not to let those things bother me.  I remember someone once wrote, “I’ve watched every one of your videos, and they all suck,” which at first felt was really mean, but the more I thought about it, I really appreciated that the dude watched all my videos.  There was another dude who would routinely comment the meanest s**t I’ve ever heard on every video I put up. Week after week this guy would top his last comment in terms of venom and malice… and then one week he was gone! And to tell you the truth I was really worried about him.  Was he ok? Was he having health problems?  But he’s back now, so it’s all good.

(K: Wow, that’s the best response to hate comments that I’ve ever seen. Respect.)

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K: What do you think of the current fashion industry?

M: Most of my knowledge of the fashion industry is shaped off of Zoolander.  Is Mugatu still doing the Derelicte campaign?

 

K: What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

M: Oh jeez… I’ve done a lot of crazy stuff. When I was in high school I moved to Kunming, China for 2 months, alone.  I didn’t speak a word of Chinese, but I had some family there and I figured it out.  That was pretty crazy.

 

K: Many of us would LOVE to be YouTube-famous, but tell us, what’s the downside of being a YouTube star?

M: I mean, your life is definitely out there for the Internet to see, but to be honest, it’s pretty much the best job ever. There’s always something to complain about if you’re looking to complain – I just try to appreciate what’s going on.

 

K: I dare you to make a Wrecking Ball parody video.

M: Haha… I dunno I’ll throw it on the list.

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Annnd that’s a wrap!

I had so, so much fun talking to Max and getting to know him, and I hope you guys did too! He’s a really fun guy and an amazing, warmhearted person, too. I’m a huge fan of his videos, so, Max-if you’re reading this, please keep making videos : ) Your hilarious videos make so many people(including me!) smile when they’re feeling down. Thanks for making this world a brighter place.

But WAIT! Yes, I’m talkin to YOU there! Hang on a sec-don’t forget to comment, like, and follow! : ) (To like or comment, just click the title of this post, then scroll down to the end of the post, and you’ll see the Like button and Comment box.

If you liked this post and want me to do more posts like this, leave me a comment and I’ll take your feedback!

Minimalism vs. Maximalism (Say goodbye to minimalism.)

In the fashion industry, there always seems to be a ping-pong match going on, with simplicity-loving, less-is-more minimalists on one side and the neon-orange, color-clashing maximalists on the other. It’s a really interesting game, and it fascinates me every time.

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MINIMALIST FASHION (image above: Yves Saint Laurent, Autumn/Winter 2008)

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MAXIMALIST FASHION (image above: Topshop, current Topshop website.)

The concept itself is pretty straightforward if you think about it. Minimalism manifests the majesty of staying subtle, while maximalism presents the beauty of being bold. (#Alliteration Alert.) Both styles have repeatedly, throughout time, been the best examples of fashion adapting itself to reconcile with the atmosphere of the rest of society(especially the economy).

Minimalism has always showed itself at times of economical struggle. For example, when Lehman Brothers (which was a global financial services firm) declared bankruptcy six years ago(“It’s already been SIX years?!”) in 2008, the fashion industry started to turn its back on the previously in-style trends of bright colors and magnified, striking patterns. The big names like Prada, Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent all turned to a more held-back, austere look.

However, recently the fashion industry has distinctly been shifting towards maximalism.

Right now, it’s less about practicality and form, but more tilted towards sensual, visually rich designs. My theory is that this phenomenon is occurring in the current fashion world because everything about recent times has been fluctuating and changing, top-speed. Some of the most looked up terms on Google last year(2013) were: the Defense of Marriage Act, twerking, Molly etc. The Defense of Marriage Act being ruled unconstitutional(specifically Unit 3) was definitely a milestone in the history of humanity. It was an important event that marked a change in our perception of marriage and love. Twerking was also an issue, with Miley Cyrus performing her provocative stunts and flaunting her never-seen-before, unique theme in her music videos and live performances. And just take a look at music. 2013’s most watched music video online was Psy’s GENTLEMAN M/V. The most viewed trending video on Youtube was ‘The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)’ by Ylvis. ‘Harlem Shake (Original Army Edition)’ was a runner-up. Current trends in music reflect outgoing bursts of upbeat fun and visually overwhelming scenes. We’re in an era of celebrating loud expression and free, wild styles.

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(image above: Phoebe Philo at the British Fashion Awards, 2010.)

Phoebe Philo, the prestigious designer from Céline, made it clear to the world that minimalism is over (for now. As we’ve seen in the past, no trend is ever REALLY over.) and maximalism is newly on the rise this season at Paris Fashion Week (Spring ’14). It was a shock and quite the controversy to the fashion world, since Ms. Philo had built her career and reputation upon her famous minimalist designs. Even just last Autumn, Céline was sporting minimalist, quiet designs. But the vibrant dresses at the recent Fashion Week were like Starbursts and Skittles mixed together compared to the brand’s previous designs which, in contrast, were like dark chocolate(Bear with me. I’m having fun with my analogies.).

Let’s take a look at some of my favorite pieces from the latest maximalist designs introduced on the runway by Céline.

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(images above: Céline, Paris Fashion Week, Spring 2014.)

Wow. Now if THAT up there doesn’t shout out MAXIMALISM then what does? Even the eyebrows of the models are unique and bold. All the designs are exotic and fun, and there’s so much to look at. Every photograph up there is a full, colorful masterpiece. The colors match but collide at the same time. There’s a burst of pattern all over the place and I don’t know which part of the eccentric outfit to focus on. But that’s what makes maximalism so interesting. It’s so unexpected.

Now that you’ve seen Phoebe Philo’s most recent collection, take a look at what her collection for Céline used to look like in 2012. Notice the contrast? It’s almost shocking that all these designs came from the same designer and the same brand label.

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(image above: Céline, Paris Fashion Week, Fall/Winter 2012.)

It’s stunning how the defining, trademark style has changed in a period of about only a year or so. Céline fascinates me because it is a perfect demonstration of the changeability of fashion trends.

As I have showed you, the ‘minimalism and/or maximalism scene’ is always changing and developing, even during short periods of time, and I’m planning on cherishing both sides of the fashion scene-but only to the extent where these trends cannot completely replace my own unique style.

For more good reads on minimalism and maximalism, check out these sites!

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XOXO,

Konni.

Image Credits:

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/fashion/features/less-is-more-the-new-minimalism-2236966.html?action=gallery&ino=2   (slideshow)

http://www.topshop.com/en/tsuk/category/trends-that-count-now-262/home?geoip=noredirect

http://rdujour.com/2010/12/14/style-file-phoebe-philo/

http://www.fabsugar.com/Celine-Spring-2014-Runway-Show-Paris-Fashion-Week-31955782#opening-slide

http://eateveryday.blogspot.kr/2012/03/paris-fashion-week-fw-2012-part-i.html