Connan Mockasin, Sophia Karchi, Kirin J Callinan and Nick Harsant for The Editorial Magazine.

"Anyone who has ever had the opportunity to see Connan Mockasin perform live will know that he is not just a musician, but a total creative vision taking form through sound and performance. Originally from New Zealand and presently living in London, Connan and his current band mates, Sophia and Nick, took a break from their North American tour to chat with April Keller-MacLeod about happiness, funeral music and what’s next for “Team Co.”"

Countess Malaise wearing clothing by Darren Mark for SEEN zine. Reykjavik, Iceland.

“There’s this comic book character from the 1960s who I find so sexy and badass. She’s sort of a spy or a superhero, but basically just a chick with a gun. Her name is Modesty Blaise.” The Countess tells me as we sit down next to two gear-clad tourists riffling through city maps. It’s an incongruous environment—Dýrfinna seems more fitted to an underground industrial club than a noisy café. Unfussed, she continues: “Well, one day I was making a song with my friend Lord Pusswhip and he asked me what I wanted to call myself. I immediately said Modesty Blaise and he rhymed back Countess Malaise. I looked up the definition and I was like ‘damn that fits’.” Thus, Countess Malaise was born. 

Kreayshawn, Kitty Pride, Rhi Blossom, Brittney Scott and Chippy Nonstop for DAZED.

"Being a woman is a constant battle. There are still mostly men in high positions, even in a ‘progressive’ industries like art, music, and fashion. If, as women, we take a stand to mostly work with other talented woman artists and stay united, hopefully this will trickle up to other industries, because we need more women in power. And it’s sad that we have to remind men – this isn’t about hating men, this is about taking control and power into our own hands, because we haven’t had similar opportunities for so long, so before it can even become a fair playing field we need to overcompensate for the time we haven’t been able to make the same amount of money or have the same power. That’s why it’s important to have all-girl work teams and all-girl festivals – because before shit can be ‘fair’ for both sexes, women need to prove to the world that they are just as capable as men and it sucks that we have to ‘prove’ it to anyone, when we all know, to be honest, we are the better side of humanity."

Dream Wife published in Teen Vogue.

"Formed in Brighton, Dream Wife was first concocted as an art school project in an attempt to tour Canada over summer. Made up of Icelandic frontwoman Rakel Mjoll, with British guitarist Alice Go and bassist Isabella Podpadec, the band was never intended to break out into the IRL music industry. However a year and a half on and a mockumentary later, Dream Wife have moved beyond pastiche and become a fully fledged girl power project."

Rhi Blossom and Chippy Nonstop for i-d Mexico. Chippy Nonstop forDAZED.

"Refreshingly open, Chippy Nonstop is a woman brimming with barely-contained energy and charisma. Whether it’s through her music or Twitter ­feed – a never-ending monologue in permanent caps – she comes across as fearless and unapologetic; somebody that is aware of the sheer power of her voice, and uses it accordingly."

Tanya Taqag published in Rolling Stone.

"North Canadian vocal gymnast Tanya Tagaq became an unlikely alternative rock star with 2014's Animism, her sui generis blend of Inuit throat singing, PJ Harvey-esque avant-belting and political bloodletting. (It earned her the Polaris Prize and a stage at Bonnaroo.) Her fourth album, Retribution, is her strongest outing yet, shedding practically all of Animism's tethers to pop structure and mirroring her freer, convulsing, lung-busting, throat-flexing live shows."

Omar Souleyman for BAST Magazine.

"Omar Souleyman was a prolific wedding singer with more than 500 live albums to his name before civil war broke out in Syria in 2011. As his country became increasingly unstable, Souleyman fled to Turkey, where performing for couples tying the knot was no longer an option. Yet he continued to write songs of love and positivity as a welcome distraction from the horrors of war, and in the process found himself something of a star in the west."

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