These days, the lines are blurred between the industries that make up pop culture. The two forms of art, music and fashion considered often go hand in hand, as many musical artists embrace fashion as part of their image and brand. An up-and-coming Italian musical artist called Defiant Army has always been known for his larger-than-life stage performances […]
These days, the lines are blurred between the industries that make up pop culture. The two forms of art, music and fashion considered often go hand in hand, as many musical artists embrace fashion as part of their image and brand. An up-and-coming Italian musical artist called Defiant Army has always been known for his larger-than-life stage presence and rock and rap-inspired pop music.
While it’s no secret that the pandemic hit Italy particularly hard at the start of 2020, for Defiant Army the pandemic has been an opportunity to explore new artistic avenues. With a new time to work on his music, the artist also branched out into fashion, starting with the designs he would wear for his shows. Known for his bold leather jackets adorned with punk rock art and his own sketches, the artist’s fashion designs have turned heads in the music community so much that they have become in high demand. We recently caught up with Defiant Army to chat about her music career and how her newfound love and passion for fashion has filtered into her music.
Q: How do you think fashion is related to music?
A: In recent years, fashion has embraced music very well. I believe that a singer who is a rapper, trapper, pop, rock today identifies himself in the way he sings but also in the way he dresses and looks. We all want to be original, we all want to stand out from others and I believe that creating your own identity also by expressing yourself through your own outfit is important.
Q: Before you started designing your jackets, did you ever see yourself entering the fashion industry?
A: At first no, I’m an outsider! I did some private lessons to learn to read, but basically I already knew how to draw. Initially, I drew my ideas and left them locked in a drawer for years. I needed confinement, I took out my sketches and started creating designs for my first clothes that I will wear for my shows. Later, many artists liked them and I started to design my jackets and clothes for everyone.
Q: What do you expect from your career in music and fashion?
A: With music, I hope to express my emotions in my songs. Now that I’m finally gaining more fan traction and engagement, my music is getting more listens thanks to my success today. I hope to get my music known to as many people as possible and get back to big canning woods. Through fashion, I hope to dress great artists with my creations. I’m trying to move more and more in the US market I have various contacts but I don’t want to give spoilers yet
Q: What do you think sets you apart from other artists?
A: I think I’m a good communicator and a stage animal. I give the best of myself on stage! I get the audience to sing, I get my fans up on stage. I think it’s important to connect with the fans! For 2022 I have some powerful hits ready. I collaborated with Italian producers and electronic music producers. I think mixing rap and electro is the right decision.
Q: You started with music and expanded into fashion. Do you see yourself branching out into other industries in the future?
A: Yes, I’m working on my first NFT project, it will be a little angel, which is my mascot! The world of crypto and NFT is new to me, but I think I could fit in very well in this universe.
Q: Where do you find inspiration?
A: When I make music, I’m very inspired by my idols from when I was little. I really like Eminem and Dr. Dre in the rap world. Besides them, I love Sum 41 and Blink-182. I have followed them since I was little. I am very inspired by my personal tastes. I believe that my strength is simply not having any benchmarks. I’m not adapted to the fashion world, I tend to look around a bit and try to draw whatever comes into my head. I’m very attached to the rock/metal culture, but I also like to use colors.
Q: What pieces of content do you want your fans and audience to recognize you for?
A: Fans often find themselves connected to the lyrics of my songs. I write about real life, with a pinch of irony and sometimes I tackle very difficult themes but I try to sing with a smile and not make the songs too sad. I want those who come to my shows to have fun and participate. I want and I love equality between people, in my songs. I often say this.