Game Changers: BANKS, Oyinda, Vérité, and Kacy Hill

Game Changers: BANKS, Oyinda, Vérité, and Kacy Hill

These standout acts of the moment give us an all-access pass to their career ambitions and creative processes.

These standout acts of the moment give us an all-access pass to their career ambitions and creative processes.

Photography: Nathaniel Goldberg

Styling: Michelle Cameron

Text: Ian David Monroe

This article originally appeared in V109, on newsstands now. Order your copy here.

OYINDA

OYINDA WEARS JACKET AND SKIRT ISSEY MIYAKE

“For the video of my song ‘Serpentine,’ I thought it was the greatest opportunity to finally branch out into color from my regular black and white. I started loosely in a reality where you don’t know whose perspective it is—mine or the male model in the video’s. That’s where the rebirth comes from with the CGI in the second part. That’s the break into color. I wanted to take my listeners into my imagination a little bit without having to explain everything, to let them explore that virtual reality that we’d created. So, each remix of the song has its own 3D, 360 environment you can enter.”

VÉRITÉ

VÉRITÉ WEARS BLAZER EMPORIO ARMANI

The last three years have been a slow steady progression of just putting one foot in front of the other. I think maintaining my independence as an artist was something that I’ve always wanted to do, but it’s not necessarily something that I intended to do when I released my first EP. But what I’ve done is just constantly made the next smart strategic decision for the project, which hasn’t involved a major label. I think, especially in the creation of [Somewhere in Between], it gave me a lot of freedom. I executive produced the album, so I was in complete control of my vision and how I was able to translate that out to people..

BANKS

“I was on this walk and these two women came up to me, one of them was deaf. I asked her, through her friend, if she could feel music. She said she could—she could feel the beat and she could feel the bass. I started thinking, Wow, I want to touch people who can’t even hear my music! So, I started learning sign language and I wrote a poem called ‘Rainwater.’ In my show, I do the poem. So, there’s new elements to the show. I fully have embraced that I just absolutely love moving my body, and all of the movements that I do onstage come from this really guttural place—the same place that my music comes from.I feel very inspired right now, very creatively powerful.”

KACY HILL

KACY WEARS GUCCI DRESS

“I think to have [Feel Like a Woman] done is the most insane feeling I’ve ever felt. Surreal is the only word I can think of. From last year to now, I’ve grown a lot as a person. I learned a lot about patience, and I’ve spent a lot of time with myself and tried to figure out what’s important to me, what I feel comfortable with. That’s where the themes in the album came from, as far as exploring female sexuality and what it is to be feminine. To me, being sexy is doing things that make me happy and make me feel good. I think it’s a lot about being vulnerable with myself and with someone else. It’s about being soft and being able to communicate.”

Credits: MAKEUP FRANCELLE (ART + COMMERCE) HAIR SHON (HYUNGSUN JU) (JULIAN WATSON AGENCY) PRODUCTION COORDINATOR SABRINA BANTA DIGITAL TECHNICIAN HEATH MCBRIDE PHOTO ASSISTANTS IAN RUHTER AND CHRISTIAN COLEMAN STYLIST ASSISTANT ERIKA GOLCHER MAKEUP ASSISTANT TAKAHIRO OKADA HAIR ASSISTANTS DALE DELAPORTE AND JUN GOTO (DE FACTO INC.) LOCATION ØUTPOST STUDIO CATERING ABRAHAM (MONTERONE)

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