As the game changes and traditional reviews become less of a commodity (who wants to read a play-by-play of a concert when it’s being plastered by fans over social media, city-by-city?), I’ve had to find ways to cover shows and qualify my access to all the cool shit I get to go to. It’s a blessing to get a free pair of tix to see huge acts rock.
A decade in the biz and great relationships means that no-strings-attached assists happen all the time. Still, why not mix a little work in with play and get a good story off? So instead of doing a basic review of the Drake and The Three Migos and Jay-Z and Beyonce’s On the Run II tours, I stepped to it from a fashion perspective. What brands assisted these guys in looking like the icons they are? I ended up talking to Migos’ stylist Zoe Costello and designer LaQuan Smith for Vibe Magazine and learning about what goes into draping Jay, Bey’, Drake and the Atlanta amigos for the road.
Last week when Thundercat dropped his incredible third album, Drunk, I was out in Chicago for a quickie fun trip with my fiancee. That Saturday, coincidentally, the bass-playing singer-songwriter was in town for his concert at the Concord Music Hall. I locked in a pair of tickets and also pitched Billboardabout it. TC is not only a great musician but also an interesting guy when it comes to fashion.
I sent the style editor a few images of him. A shot of him wearing a wolf hat. Another of him dressed like some sort of dystopian Power Ranger headed to a nice dinner. She was into it. So I met up with him ahead of the show backstage and we had about as cohesive of a convo as possible for one with many random topics.
A sampler below:
I assumed Thundercat loves Hall & Oates. I was right – “Hall & Oates is everything. Fuck everything else. [Laughs] If it’s not Hall & Oates, it’s nothing.”
“I never tell people, ‘I’m part Comanche!’” I guess that’s why I didn’t know, huh?
“There have been times where I’ll freak my friends out because we’ll go to the store and I’ll go for the weird thing on display and they’ll be like, ‘You’re not going to do it, are you?’” Ah, so the homies think he’s wild with the style, too.
I also learned about how even some of his buddies didn’t believe Thundercat was any good at singing, suggesting that he use Auto-Tune. There’s also some great cartoon talk. Give it a read.
He’s a super thoughtful, intelligent guy that’s not scared to live his best life and dress like choice superheroes. I enjoyed my time with him, as I expect you will, too.