As the year comes to a close, we thought we’d highlight some of our favorite music features of 2017. It was a big one for Highsnobiety Music – we were fortunate enough to meet with some of the greatest minds in music today – from rap gods like A$AP Ferg and Junglepussy to pop maestros like Charlotte Gainsbourg and Anna of the North.
We’re still in shock we got T-Pain to show us how to correctly use Animoji, or that Björk remixer serpentwithfeet agreed to go on a date with us to the Berlin Natural History Museum, but we’ll take it.
Dig into our favorite music features of 2017, and let us know what your personal favorite was in the comments below.
Charlotte Gainsbourg on Bringing Her Dark, Disco Epic ‘Rest’ to Life
“I don’t believe I’m an author,” she begins after a period of reflection, “But for this moment, it’s the first time. I don’t really know what I sound like, what the lyrics sound like especially. I wasn’t scared about being personal. It’s an open dialogue to myself, to my sister, to my father. It’s really very personal in the way that I did it very selfishly. I did it because I wanted to express these things at the time, and I didn’t think of how people would respond or what they would get from that. It’s only now that I’m thinking what would people perceive.”
Check out the rest of the feature here.
Phoenix Talk ‘Ti Amo,’ a Party Record for Dark Times
“There was no statement to the album, there was no intention like that. We weren’t in denial or rebellious but we were trying to write and make music the same we always did, but in a more hedonistic kind of way than before.”
Read the full interview here.
Our First Date With serpentwithfeet, R&B’s Avant-Garde Sorcerer
Where does one take an artist like this on a first date? The only thing we saw fit was to take serpentwithfeet as literally as possible. So we took him to see some real life serpents with feet at Berlin’s Natural History Museum.
Just Hold On: Louis Tomlinson Is Flying Solo
“I’m constantly learning as a songwriter, so naturally that makes you grow as an artist. But I also think the more time I spend in music the more time I feel I understand it; or at least I understand where I stand amongst the industry and my identity within it all.”
See the full interview and exclusive editorial here.
Ukrainian DJ Nastia Is All About Harmonious Juxtapositions
“I never follow any particular genre. I can mix anything, from dubstep, drum and bass to techno, minimal, experimental, electronica, it it doesn’t matter. If I like the track, I find a way to mix it. If I play in one genre I get bored so quickly,” she explains, “Every time you come to listen to me, it will be different music.”
Check out the full street style feature with the rising DJ here.
Kari Faux Is the Rapper You’ll Regret Sleeping on This Year
“I feel like music in general is now becoming more reflective and people are now wanting honest interpretations of experiences from artists instead of everything being a sugarcoated “I’m at the club, I’m popping bottles and I’m having fun.” Everybody is depressed. So everybody can feel you if you’re making a song about being sad.”
Revisit the full interview with exclusive backstage photos here.
Still Striving: A$AP Ferg Reflects on Life, Art & His New Album
“At the end of the day, as an artist you are the art you put out, so it’s best to be authentic. But all in all, I’m learning as I go.”
Revisit our exclusive editorial and interview with the A$AP Mob member here.
Still ‘Pregnant With Success:’ Junglepussy Comes Into Her Own
“I had just found this popping sweater [while] thrifting. It was mad furry and covered in patches and leopard print. And I had this furry leopard hat, too. I think I had a blond Mohawk at the time. And I just did this video, and was like, ‘I’m Junglepussy. I feel like Junglepussy.’ It just came out of nowhere, literally. And then I decided to keep it.”
Peep the Junglepussy editorial and interview where she flexes OFF-WHITE and more here.
Watch T-Pain Demonstrate How to Use Animoji Correctly
The King of Autotune, who believes we “underestimate the power of Animojis,” takes us through how to break up with someone, quit your job, send condolences, request nudes, apologize, and send a drunk text in his helpful guide to Animojis.
Between Happiness and ‘Paranoia:’ Dave East Has Made It
“I didn’t grab this out of the sky, you know. Down to all of my tats there’s a story behind everything I do, and it’s unraveling in my music. You start to grow with me, you know what I mean? The music is a way for me to vent and really tell people my life without me sitting down and having a conversation with them.”
Revisit our exclusive editorial shot at Highsnobiety NYC HQ with accompanying interview here.
L-Vis 1990 & Mista Silva Are Bringing the UK Underground to Pop
“Us working together has really helped me find my pop sensibility, but in an interesting way,” L-Vis explains. They both see pop not as a genre or set of sounds, but as a freer way of working on music.
Revisit the interview with the two UK fixtures here.
A$AP Twelvyy Is Super-Charged and Ready to Go
“I’m into all types of music, but indie rock and pop music definitely stick out to me. I love the alternative genres. I enjoy any and everything with feeling. I feel like music is in my blood.”
Revisit our interview with A$AP Mob’s most underrated member here.
Anna of the North Talk ‘Lovers,’ Turtlenecks & Tyler, The Creator Collabs
“When we started we didn’t really know what we were doing. We had to figure out who we were, how it all worked. Now I think we both feel like we’re more in control of what’s happening. Personally for me it’s been a journey of both good and bad experiences. I’ve learnt so much and I’m so much more self-confident now than when we started.”
Check out the interview with the emerging electro pop powerhouse here.
Manu Crooks Is Set for Global Domination, Whether He Likes It or Not
“I’m just doing me. I’m not trying to be the next superstar out of Australia. I’m doing things my own way – I’m fairly limited when it comes to doing interviews, you don’t really see me out much, I drop music when I want. There’s certain moves that I do that are different to other people. That’s the formula: just do you.”
Revisit our interview with the rising rap star here.
Lil Peep: Emo-Rap’s Goth Angel Sinner Talks His Rapid Rise
Does he regret doing that kind of thing? “I don’t regret anything ever. No regrets.” What about the people that don’t get what he’s about? “Keep trying.”
Revisit our exclusive editorial and interview with the late, great rapper here.
Joji Talks YouTube Fame, Porn, and Being Taken Seriously
“In the production world, you can review your mistakes and keep editing it until it’s perfect, whereas in a live performance, you can’t,” he says. “The only way you can do it is trial and error. And that’s how I’m rolling. Just the same way I started on the Internet.”
Revisit our editorial and interview with the Internet comedian turned musician here.
How Jessy Lanza Turned Her Rage Into the Best Dance Track of the Year
“My inner dialogue is pretty mean sometimes, but I don’t want to be that person who’s in my head. Music is definitely an outlet in that way. I realize that I need to spend time by myself, that way I don’t take out my own aggression or stress on the people that I love. To go to my studio and be alone for three hours and emerge a nicer person… that’s important.”
Watch the full interview with the Canadian experimental pop maestro here.
- Cover Image: A$AP Ferg by Juan Veloz