AlunaGeorge's Aluna Francis Glows Under RSVP Gallery's Editorial
With looks by OFF-WHITE, BAPE, RSVP Gallery, 3.1 Phillip Lim, and more.
AlunaGeorge’s one-half, Aluna Francis, stopped by RSVP Gallery to get up-close and personal. The group’s most recent release “Mean What I Mean” alongside Drizzy and Leikeli47 is 2016’s girl power anthem, and their upcoming second album means the charts needs to make some room.
For the Artists Series, the Anthony Treviño-editorial sees Aluna styled in popular brands: OFF-WHITE, BAPE, Haider Ackermann, RSVP Gallery, 3.1 Phillip Lim, and Readymade. Swathed against a neon projection, Francis glows under the sunset. Enjoy the editorial above and catch an excerpt below, with the entire interview available here.
You’ve been into music and performing from a very young age, who were your earliest influencers?
Have I? I don’t know if it was any good, though. I didn’t really consider that to be anything to do with my career. I remember when I was like, 7, I would come up with wonderful performance ideas with my best friend. But, when it came to performing [the routines] to the adults, she’d be like “Hell no, that’s a terrible idea,” and I’d be like “This is the best bit! This is where the people clap and say ‘You’re not rubbish’!” and she would back out, so I would take one for the team.
You and George met via Myspace, how has your relationship evolved since then?
It’s evolved but it has also stayed the same. When we first met, we went to George’s bedroom studio and made a song in a day over cups of tea. There was barely any chit chat, we just got down to the exciting elements of making music together. We have always had that bond in the studio. It’s very symbiotic and doesn’t need a ton of explanation. We just bring a lot of ‘our’ form of comedy to it. A lot of the song would start with noises that made laugh or ideas that made us giggle and then we would build on those. What has really grown is our skill set. What we are bringing to the table is, maybe not as rubbish as it was, more consistently something we can move forward with, slightly more ambitious, and obviously we’ve gotten to know each other.
From the beginning to now, have you changed your approach to making music at all?
You can’t really get into a particular method because it would get boring as hell. But there are some parameters that we tend to always try and achieve. A certain structure around an idea that is fully formed. So at the end of a song, we always have to be able to play it on a guitar or piano, that’s a must. It has to have the foundations of a song that moves from the verse to the chorus to the verse in a way that is fulfilling and fully meaningful. If it’s a story you’ve got to tell the whole story.
Do you have any pre-performance rituals?
If you go out on those stages dry you just stand out there, so yeah, I have to do tons of warm-up.
What are the must-haves on your rider?
My rider is very straightforward: I need to eat something. I need something to hydrate me, that’s it.
So you’re not like Jay-Z, asking for $400 candles?
It’s funny, I feel like Jay-z, but nobody else thinks I’m at the level, I don’t know why.
Do you have any favorite brands, places to shop?
My favorite thing to do is get in boys’ way in the menswear shops. Like Shoreditch has some sick menswear shops, that’s where I bought this. But for me to shop there they have to be trying to do something different, pushing it a little bit.
I’ve read that you enjoy doing a lot of vintage shopping, is that true?
Yea vintage shopping is great, who doesn’t love it? My favorite thing to do when I go to Paris is going to any of the vintage shops and get a trench coat. They’ll have like 100 and it’s like ‘Ahh!’
- Anthony Treviño
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