Cruise Through Fashion Week With This AMS Curated Playlist
If you haven’t heard of AMS before, you’re about to. The DJ/producer collective, formerly known as Illuminati AMS, has been steadily making a name for itself in the realms of music, fashion, and film since around 2010. Over the years, they’ve played shows for Fool’s Gold, worked with designers like Philip Lim, and collaborated with musicians like Theophilus London. But with the release of their first single “Places” in January, and an album that’s apparently set to be released sometime in the next couple months, it’s clear that they’re about to blow up very, very soon.
In honor of fashion week, we’re premiering their new “Places” video, and releasing a playlist that AMS curated just for us. We got to speak to the trio about their plans for the upcoming week, and for possible global domination.
Tell us a little about the fashion week playlist you made for us.
Because hip-hop is really prevalent in fashion right now, we wanted to put something together that reflected that. It’s hype enough to keep you awake during the crazy work week and perfect for the after party pre-game.
What are your plans for NYFW? Are you going to any shows?
During fashion weeks, most of the time we are too busy working behind the scenes—curating or composing music for different fashion labels and after parties. For instance, we [did] the 2 Chainz party in the Jam Room [last] night so we’re prepping for that, rather than doing shows during the day.
What can we expect from your upcoming album? Will it be similar to “Places,” or will it cover a wide range of styles?
Growing up in Amsterdam exposed us to a lot of different cultures and music from all around the world, and we wanted to reflect those different sounds and moods in in our upcoming release.
You’ve played massive block parties and small, exclusive events; you’ve collaborated with some amazing musicians and designers; and you’ve even directed. What do you guys hope to do more of in the coming year? Do you have any other collaborations coming up that you can tell us about?
We are very excited to be collaborating with a few artists again, but for the most part, we’re using this year to really focus on our own music. There’s some really dope stuff in the works, but like most things in this industry, it’s pretty hush hush until it’s ready.
What’s been your most challenging gig to date?
We did a Chanel event that ended up being full of drama; there were just a lot of people working on it so of course it was hectic. Our job was to bring some structure in the chaotic situation, and we managed to really pull it off. We were all really happy with the outcome.
You’ve been on the scene for a few years now. Would you say your image is going through a kind of rebirth? If so, what inspired this shift?
To us, it’s important to constantly develop and adapt like any living organism. We’re at the right time in our careers to take what we have worked on for the past few years to a higher level. We can still remain true to ourselves, but ultimately, it’s about finding new ways to create.
You’ve travelled all over the world. What’s the first thing you do when you visit a new city? What’s the first thing you do when you get back home?
We are always searching for the hidden gems that any place has to offer so the first thing we do is find the locals; we like to figure out where they go and what they like to do because authenticity is really important to us.
We’d like to say that when we get home we sleep, but after traveling we’re usually creatively rejuvenated and we get right back to work.
Can you pick a favorite music sub-genre?
When crunk hit back years ago, Atlanta represented most of the dirty South. But a lot of what Atlanta took to the mainstream was already simmering throughout the south in the underground for years. So our favorite sub-genre (today) is probably Memphis bump that never had the attention it deserved, probably because it’s pretty raw and violent. We are big fans of Tommy Wright III.
What were you guys listening to in 2000?
Hip-hop and R&B have always played an important role in our musical education, but we also like a lot of sounds that came from Detroit or Chicago, like Moodyman, Theo Parrish.
If you had a superpower, what would it be?
The ability to stop time..
Photos via Nianga Niang’s tumblr.
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