“Boxes don’t exist anymore”

Two rising Dutch talents put their heads (and ears) together.


What role do sound and music play in shaping the thoughts of young makers? And how do they relate to creative collectives? Joining forces with Sonos, we paid a visit to our very own extended family: the many Glamcult contributors that made this issue what it is Documenting their natural habitats to discover where and how they create, we gathered the snippets of sound—and silence—that influence their work. Up today: rising stylist Ferdi Sibbel and photographer Piet Oosterbeek.

Could you introduce yourselves properly to our readers?

Piet: I’m a photographer inspired by various countercultures, anything outside the norm, as well as Romanticism. I love so-called “low culture”. I work with an analogue medium-format camera to slow down the creative process, forcing myself to focus more and look better. Three years ago I picked up the old camera from my art-school days. It was like rediscovering an old love.

Ferdi: I’m a father, a lover, a former musician and now a stylist. But more than anything, a human being who loves to create

What’s your contribution to our “Modern Family” issue?

Piet: We shot the editorial entitled We came to breathe clean air. As the photographer, the nicest thing was that the whole team was working really hard in not so perfect conditions: think, rain and not enough time/daylight. It was beautiful to see that everybody was open to each other’s input and creativity. Working on location in autumn is a difficult gamble but with everybody’s experience, trust and goodwill, we could make a piece I’m very proud of. Synergy all day!

Ferdi: We shot five models/people/characters that we thought looked like the perfect, odd but beautiful and inspiring family. Let’s call them misfits. As it rained the whole day, I’m super happy we were stuck in the woods with the kindest and most hardworking crew and cast—much love.


What’s your definition of a “family”?

Piet: A family is a group of people who’ve always got each other’s back, no matter what. To me, it’s also a group of people who can give each other critical feedback out of love, to grow in life. There’s different kinds of families. I have a family in bloodline, but also my friends, which I value very much. Loyalty is very important to me.

Ferdi: To me, a family is a bunch of people that get along, give each other space to be themselves and grow individually and as a group.

What role do sound and/or music play in your daily environment?

Piet: I play music the whole day, except for when I’m outside. I like to hear everything that’s happening around me. It helps me stay in the here and now. I get inspired by nature or city noises. In the past I collected a lot of hip-hop vinyl records. In that period I was constantly looking for new and old music. Now this focus has shifted to photography, its techniques and aesthetics.

Ferdi: I am a father of a two-and-a-half-year-old so sound and music are everything; I have to listen to the same kiddy songs on repeat 100 times a day. When I’m on the move or working—I guess it’s my age—I listen to the “world music playlist” on Spotify or old hip hop like Gang Starr and Rakim. I guess that’s my type of comfort food.


How does music affect your visuals?

Piet: When I’m working on a project I play a lot of music that I think suits the vibe or mood. Image and music become one.

Ferdi: A lot of my styling references come from musical eras or musicians.

What can society overall learn from listening to our generation?

Piet: I think society in general can be more open and may feel more with other cultures and people who are different than the mass. Things often do not seem like they are. Things cannot be put in boxes any more like in the past. Everybody has his own story. Things are more complicated nowadays. I think a lot people are good people but often they simply don’t know or are just naïve. Especially in small villages. Time is changing really fast. They have to adapt.

Ferdi: Everything is possible; boxes don’t exist any more.

Do you remember the first sound you ever heard?

Ferdi: I’m not sure, but I think it was rain.

What characteristics makes one a good listener?

Piet: I can’t say that. Everyone does this in his/her own way.

Next to music, what should more people be listening to?

Piet: Inner voices and the sounds of nature.

What’s your favourite thing about enjoying music together with others—whether that’s in the club, at home or anywhere else?

Piet: Being all in the same vibe, on the same level. One of the few moments where you can be euphoric together. Collective awareness.

Ferdi: Anything that doesn’t involve talking about music, which I detest. A lot of times it ends up being like talking about politics or religion—especially when there’s alcohol involved.

See Piet and Ferdi’s visual essay in the new Glamcult

Photography: Ramona Deckers

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