A podcast about the creatives who shape the aesthetics of music. We chat to the minds behind the record sleeves, videos, photoshoots and stylings of the freshest new sounds, exploring how contemporary culture, fashion, illustration and design reflect and enhance the musical experience. SYNESTHESIA brings to the foreground the artists behind the artists, acknowledging the essential role they play in defining a musician’s visual identity.
24 – Sophy Hollington
Sophy Hollington is an illustrator, visual artist and guitarist (she plays for the band Novella) based in Brighton. Her relief prints, created using the process of lino-cutting, portray mystic, hazy universes, touching topics such as meteoric folklore and alchemical symbolism. We chat about her career, tarot readings, 60's music and her collaborations with Printed Shrines, Django Django, Khruangbin and The National.
23 – The Rest
Lewis Levi and Alex Motlhabane, aka The Rest, are the creative duo behind 99% of Slowthai’s videos and visual productions. They tell us about their teenage years, when the three of them were experimenting with sounds and visuals in Slowthai's bedroom. They talk about the layers of meaning is Ty's most famous videos and the hidden symbolism in "Tyron"s record sleeve. Expect also conversations over b-movie horrors, the late 00's alternative music scene and the directors who had the biggest impact on their work.
22 – Nejc Prah
Nejc Prah is a graphic designer and art director who’s worked with artists such as Frank Ocean, Gillian Moss, and brands like Boiler room. After graduating from Yale, he spent a few years at Bloomberg Businessweek in New York. In 2019 he moved back to Slovenia where he’s from, and opened a studio in its capital, Ljubljana. We talk about his career and music-related projects along with co-host Eva Tkautz, product designer and creative developer based in London.
21 – Emma Shore
Emma Shore is a graphic designer and art director who has worked for influential institutions and brands in the arts and music field, such as the National Theatre and Boiler Room in London. Since 2018, she's taken over the role of art director at Bandcamp: we talk about how she's been able to leave her visual imprint on Bandcamp's editorial features, her curation style, her way of liaising with artists and the coolest record sleeves she's seen recently.
20 – Marquee Marauders Club
Jacob Adam Alvarez is the creative behind “Marquee Marauders Club”. He is a young angeleno who’s gained reputation among music lovers and artists for his music-related bootleg action figures, featuring some of the biggest acts of our times – and some old school ones too. We chat about his craft, his recent collaboration with Arlo Parks and his plan to turn this side project into a full time job, involving live shows, original merch and exhibitions.
19 – Riley Blakeway
Riley Blakeway is an Australian award-winning filmmaker and photographer. His films have screened at festivals around the world and have been featured in leading international newspapers and magazines. We chat about his collaboration with Genesis Owusu – Australia's 2021 breakthrough act – on the videos of “Gold Chains” and “The Other Black Dog”.