Two consecutive weekends KLBRATED has put out two different podcasts. Past Saturday we uploaded the tenth episode of Tunde/Märgid podcast. And this Sunday delivered another sound(E)scape episode. Number 51 already.
It must have been the coldest and longest week that I'm glad is over. Can't wait to land in Lisbon in two weeks and spend the Christmas and New Year over there.
Right now sitting next to warm coffee and writing these lines feels good. Since the last email couple of weeks have passed, so I have combined some older and more recent stories. But I'm sure you'll enjoy all of them.Read More
We all try to predict the future from time to time. But to capitalize on what’s going to change in the future, a lot of things have to go right.
Not only do you have to speculate the changing variables correctly, but you have to guess how they will interact.
While predicting the future is sometimes necessary, it’s often not knowable. We’re speculating, but our brains convince themselves otherwise.
Plausible answers about the future tend to cement as reality in our minds. We convince ourselves that we know something that is not knowable.
Predicting what’s going to change is hard. Predicting what’s going to stay the same is relatively easy.Read More
I just bought a one-way ticket to Lisbon. Quite excited about it.
This reminded me that I'm yet to upload here my latest Mikk Selects.
It was recorded a week ago right after I took Kadri to the airport. She went to Lisbon with a one-way ticket. So, I can't wait to get myself there as well in the middle of December.
Anyways, here's the latest Mikk Seletcs. I hope you enjoy it.
Today marks quite a significant milestone for KLBRATED. We have managed to put out 50 episodes of sound(E)scape throughout four years. Pretty crazy to think that this amounts to more than 2.5 days filled with music.
And all that time there hasn’t been a moment when Kaur or I felt that okay, that’s it, I don’t want to do that anymore. During summers we have skipped some months, but all in all every month we have recorded an hour long mix.
Now the question is what has kept us going. Or more asked question why the heck do you do it?
I look at it from two sides.
One, the amount of singles, albums, podcasts and compilations that comes out every single day is enormous. Even to the biggest diggers out there it can be a bit dizzying sometimes. But since we’re so into the music, and we spend too much time looking for new sounds and albums. We figured we’d share some of our favorites with others.
Second is more personal. Friendship. Having a scheduled time for each month that we both are committed to with Kaur is a great place to get away from everyday problems, noise and focus on a thing we love – music. But at the same time talking about life or just shooting the shit about randomness while enjoying the music.
The first Chucker dispatch of November reminds me that time flies. I don’t know if it’s because of Fall and the long darkness out here in Tallinn, but the articles and video from past week are more on the serious side.
Regular visitors probably have noticed that I switched up the mikk.online design a bit. I want to start focussing on my photos, so this design I believe will help me be disciplined enough uploading new photo series more often.
If you have listened any of the podcasts or mixes that I have been part of, you know that enjoy The Blood Orange and Toro y Moi a lot. Three days ago I discovered this Blood Y Moi mix from SoundCloud. It’s a 50 min perfection, must listen. The mix is a reminder of just how dynamic and singular their respective sounds are. And I can’t wait to hear Toro y Moi’s new album.
📍 28th of October
Hey you. Hope You're doing great.
I have some great stuff this week to read and gaze at this week, so if you love to read and look, buckle up.
🖥️ Links that I'm into
A podcast about the origins of The Sartorialist. The importance of a creative voice and how Scott continued to evolve his work outside of Fashion.
Soul Skate is the roller disco that’s central to Detroit’s cultural legacy. This new documentary from Carhartt WIP, NTS and Dazed takes a look inside the world of the iconic bi-annual party.
the Nigerian government dreamed up a radical measure seemingly inspired by reality TV. It created YouWin, the largest business-plan competition the world has ever seen, awarding cash to young entrepreneurs. Contestants had to be under age 40 to apply; judges based their decisions on who had the most viable business plans that were most likely to generate jobs. From 2012 to 2015, the Nigerian government gave away $100 million to over 3,000 entrepreneurs, all of them under age 40.
📝 A New Option for N.B.A. Prospects: The Million-Dollar Intern
Darius Bazley, a top basketball prospect, is skipping college and charting a new path for draft prep: earning $1 million as an intern for New Balance.
The story of how Kit Kats, once a British chocolate export, became a booming business from Hokkaido to Tokyo — and changed expectations about what a candy bar could be.
An excerpt from Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest, a book about the legendary rap group, and his relationship to their music. The first act ever to have two five-mic albums awarded by The Source magazine.
Architects and design experts weigh in on great football stadiums.
One of the realest Players Tribune articles ever.
Even though it started to snow today, KLBRATED boys still keep you warm inside. New episode of Tunde/Märgid.
Loyle Carner - Ottolenghi (feat. Jordan Rakei)
Murkage Dave - See A Man Smile
Falcons - Waterworld (feat. Jazz Cartier & Goldlink)
Tom Misch - Water Baby (feat. Loyle Carner)
Masta Ace & Marco Polo - Breukelen "Brooklyn"
Action Bronson - White Bronco
Anderson .Paak - Tints (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
Brandon Coleman - A Letter to My Buggers
Kelela – Lmk_What’s Really Good Remix_ 100 Bpm (feat. Princess Nokia, Junglepussy, cupcakKe & Ms. Boogie)
Samaria - Shy Girl
📍 22nd of October
Birthday weeks kind of feel like a New Year's eve or around that time. Time of the year when you can assess the present and plan a future. Take some time off and think about life in general. Where you see yourself headed etc.
And every time I find myself contemplating about the future, I read less and watch a bunch of videos, films and short movies. That's why this time the dispatch is all moving picture.
Hope you like it!
🖥️ Links that I'm into
Vuhlandes is a photographer from Detroit, Michigan who displays a strong affinity for his hometown in his work. He recently directed a short documentary about his neighborhood as well as his approach to photography and why shooting the reality around him makes him the happiest.
Jack Sanders was confident he found the perfect remodeling project for his senior architecture thesis. But an outsider’s view on what was needed for a rural Alabama baseball team required a different approach, one that derived from the inside out. In the end, his unorthodox approach led him to discover how a community built on passion and innovation is what legacies are made of. And he followed suit.
We’re All Going To Die takes on the simple task of exploring the meaning of life. Through color, imagination, humor and fart jokes, Director Stefan Hunt asks you to look at the what ifs, the why nots and the oh wells that might flash before your eyes when paid a surprise visit by Death.
A look at the powerful connection between a pair of outdoor ping pong tables in the heart of New York City and the unlikely group of people they’ve brought together, from homeless people to investment bankers to gangbangers.
We're sometimes taught that feeling proud of one's country is always suspect; but actually, it's essential to be able to have and express pride in collective life. The trick is to ensure that we have countries that deserve our pride. In this film, we design the ideal state to be proud of.
It's been a long time since I last posted a Mikk Selects episode. Whole summer has gone by, and so the first song is appropriately Hello, Summer by Pat Van Dyke. Even though it's mid-October, today is uncommonly warm and sunny outside here in Tallinn. Almost like a summer morning.
Hope you have a beautiful Sunday!Read More
Marketing is still something that I'm fascinated by, but growing more and more dissatisfied with over-consumption. That's why news like Marcus Engman starting a consultancy to convince companies to focus on design make me feel hopeful for the future.
From the article:
“I want to show there’s an alternative to marketing, which is actually design,” says Engman. “And if you work with design and communications in the right way, that would be the best kind of marketing, without buying media."
I strongly back up Engman's quote, and this is something that I would love to do in the future as well. Focusing on design and communication as a whole, making sure that the product/service is something that people need and want. Not that I have to market a product so creatively that people wouldn't recognize its pitfalls.
At the same time, I understand that this romantic notion is hard because the reality is that great design doesn't naturally surface as it once did. And Ikea has the luxury of having a built-in audience to help amplify stuff; you can't say the same for smaller entities, unfortunately.
Uncommonly, I send the e-mail out on Sunday morning. And this time most of the links unusually are NBA focused. But not by design. I guess the NBA season is approaching so there's incentive produce interesting NBA related stories.
On a side note, a new sound(E)scape episode was just published later today as well. 49th already. Next one will be something special, we're thinking of doing a double episode just like for the 30th.
Climate change or more so a clean energy transition is a topic that I have become more interested in recent times. Having experienced the hottest month ever recorded in Japan has given me a different perspective to look at this.
I picked up a book called The Wizard and the Prophet by Charles Mann which I started to read in Tokyo. Haven’t finished it yet, but it’s a thorough overview of how two different sides try to solve the same problem. The problem which is getting bigger and bigger.
More so, the last couple of months I have found fascinating reads from the Internet as well. One of my favorites is from the Future Crunch. It’s a very long read, but well worth it.Read More
Another pointless article made me write the following lines.
Jeff Carvalho, managing director of the Highsnobiety, said “Brands and designers have the option to see what’s trending all around the world. We believe that consumers and influencers are driving what’s trending today.”
I think we have a reached a dangerous point in streetwear culture at the moment, where everybody is focussed on the influencer & influencers pushing the trend. But influencers who are just influencers don’t contribute to the culture. And culture is what has brought streetwear here for good. The influencers aren’t pushing the culture; they are pushing the numbers for the brands by becoming another medium for brands to sell their ads.
Don’t tell me I’m old and grumpy. I have nothing against people accepting the streetwear vibes and making it their own, but I don’t like it being misrepresented. Unauthentic. The streetwear will be here for good, either it has mainstream’s attention or not, it will remain.
Explaining your thought process to others while exploring the life-changing decision is quite difficult. In your mind, you have found the right answer and probably have already convinced yourself to make it.
But then the other's start asking awkward questions. Or even undermining your decision. They might not do it in bad faith, but you interpret it as an attack on yourself.Read More
Runners are goal-oriented by nature. In a way, achieving them defines us - our records, weekly mileage and races won.
From childhood, we’re told the importance of goal setting. And it’s true - clear goals provide direction and motivation throughout our lives. I wanted to play in the NBA when I was twelve. I wanted to start my own company when I was twenty. Each of those goals set me down a particular path fueled with ample ambition.
While our goals provide an endpoint, they are ineffective at creating the behaviors required to achieve them. Habits are much more powerful. Once formed, they operate unconsciously and automatically.
There is something empowering about setting a lofty goal – as if you dare to assume you can achieve it. It can be inspiring and motivating. But it can also be daunting.
Personally I’ve found the most meaning in creating simple, repeatable habits that I know will lead to improvement. The process isn’t sexy, and it’s certainly not instantaneous. But it’s the surest path to the goal.Read More
Understanding oneself is one of the hardest things to do. And to be honest, trying to assess oneself or put in perspective is quite hard.
I have come to think that I might be a person who’s at all times thinking about new projects. Dreaming about the making them happen and already envisioning the results.
It’s painful to admit, but deep down I think I’m seeking for gratification. From others. And by coming up with as many projects as possible I increase the change of getting that praise.
It’s something that I started to think about recently when Kanye tweeted that everybody should have an option to turn off their Twitter followers count. To root out the evilness and pointlessness of striving for followers. And the fake confidence boost that we get from it. Or to be exact, how we wrongly assess people based on their followers count.
Writing these lines, I came to realize that maybe I’m not that cynical or in deep shit. Perhaps I don’t want to feel complacent. Maybe having multiple new projects is not a bad thing if you really like them all.
Around this time last year, the sneaker community lost one of its most important voices in Gary Warnett. A man of many hats, Warnett was perhaps best known for its influential Gwarizm blog and behind-the-scenes work with top brands.
Reebok prepped special friends and family make up in his honor. Read more about it from the Basement.
Why I wanted to bring this up is quite simple. Maekan shared in its newsletter the same news together with a tribute e-mail archives interview between Gary and Eugene Kan, which I had missed somehow. It’s a long read, but I recommend to read it.
It’s crazy to see that the conversation took place at the beginning of 2010, but everything that’s being said still holds true .
Here are some of my favorite quotes:
Gary on trends
I’m pleased that trends will come and go, and that we’ll stay constant, doing what we do. Things will move on, but personally, my tastes are a mix of the sensible and slightly stranger. I don’t understand the preoccupation with adopting your new “thing” and then ditching everything else. It’s tunnel-visioned and pretty one-dimensional.
Gary on “cool kids”
If you’re chasing “cool kid” status, you need to fix up, but if you’re thirty or over and chasing that validation, well…you’re beyond help… influencers… opinion formers? What’s all that shit about? I find it depressing. It doesn’t help that those assigning “cool” badges are usually burn-outs on an idea hunt. Maybe I’m quaint in my ways, but my idea of a cool kid is someone with specialist subjects and genuine passion rather than some vapid walking skim-read. We have access to so much information, and motherfuckers are still without a clue? It’s baffling really.
Eugene on recession
No doubt the whole recession brought two divisive forms of thinking, people thought #1: tough times brings out the simplicity and timeless aspect of design or #2: time to go balls out and make something truly memorable and crazy to offer that differentiation. While I saw both sides, #1 seemed the much more legitimate argument.
Go read the rest of the article here.
The beginning of September can feel like the start of a new calendar year. We might be returning from holidays, starting school or even a new job. It kind of works as a back up for all those new year’s resolutions as well.
I spent the last three weeks of August in Japan. It was the first time I went to travel with a 35mm camera. Olympus XA2 to be exact. And I promised myself to enjoy the trip, take some time off and not to travel to share.
After the trip, once the photos were developed, I found myself thinking what to do with those photos.
I made an overview posts for the site, but I hesitated to put the photos to Instagram. How many exactly should I share and what I should write about them etc.
It's me overthinking.
But to be honest, I have genuinely struggled finding an intention for my Instagram. Or any other social media platform. The changes in the platform, how people use it, has made me want to move away from the platform. At the same time, like everybody else, I'm addicted to scrolling the feed at every possible dull moment.
Trying to keep up with everybody's life.
The only thing is, it is not their real life. It's projected for the public. A tool to build a personal brand.
Bobby Hundreds did a great post on the topic recently as well. Remembering the good ol' days. And he made a great point to have more fun with the platform again.
I still haven't figured out how I want to continue using Instagram. But I lean towards having fun and using it to communicate with close ones.
I hope it will never happen to me while daydreaming about hanging out with someone I liked; I find myself imagining how we’d look together if another person were watching footage of us on Instagram Stories.