Fashion Citizen Spotlight – Born Infinite Music
Today's interview is with musician Born I aka Born Infinite. Born Infinite is not an artist you can peg and say this is his style or this is how he's going to come at us with this track. He jumps from genre to genre and infuses classic african drums to booming house beats in his many great hits. Check out our interview with Born Infinite.
Who is Born I Music?
Born I is a DMV based artist, rapper, musician, songwriter, producer and fashionisto...I was in a group for a few years and about a year ago I decided to forge my own path and showcase my vision. I wanted to make music that expressed all of the facets of my personality, both material and spiritual. I learned to balance the spiritual and material in my life as I matured and grew as a man. I want that to reflect in my music.
What are your influences when making a song?
I always want every song to be a moment in and of itself. I like my music to be cohesive when on an album but at the same time have the abilitiy to stand alone. I like for the beat and the lyrics to evoke a strong emotion; positive, negative, sexual, whatever. I want to push the listeners buttons and have them trust me to take them to a different place and just a little out of their comfort zone.
When do you feel your most creative?
I always feel most creative when I'm driving. That's the only time that I'm completely by myself in my own little world. It's just me and the music and I'm able to absorb the music and vibe with it. Also, being under pressure inspires me to be creative.
Where do you feel the marriage of fashion and music come about in your work?
I want to create expressions and performance art. I don't want the experience to begin and end with the song. Fashion is important because it helps tell the full story of my music. It helps to illustrate the image of what the song is conveying. The outfits that I wear in my videos have a lot to do with the songs and what the song is saying, it's important that the clothes (fashion) play a part in the visual image of the song.
Can you tell us about working with our friends over at Heyday Footwear?
One of the models that I work with regularly, Jules Renee, was in a video I did for a song called Time. We became friends and she linked me up with Darrin of Heyday Footwear via Twitter. When I got a chance to view the shoes on my computer, I was sold. They are everything that I'm about as far as futuristic footwear. Darin and I talked and after a while I became a Heyday brand ambassador.
Heyday and I have similar philosophies, in that we both are about the evolution of the genre that we're in. Heyday does new and unique things with sneakers and I do the same with music. Heyday goes from simple to outrageous and they do so very well.
Born I wanted me to mention this lil' tidbit from our interview...
I was listening to Kool G Rap's new EP and it's real gutter, like rough hip hop and right after that was La Roux. Story of my life as far as musical taste goes, I can do the gutter rap and then switch to alternative music in the same breath. My tastes are varied and so are the styles of music that I put out.
All pictures by Paola Angelino, except album cover that was designed by Graham Jackson.