What role do sound and music play in shaping the thoughts and environments of young makers? And how do they relate to the formation of creative collectives? Inspired by Sonos, Glamcult embarked on a journey that delves into these questions. For the first chapter of our joint quest, we paid a visit to our own extended family: six of the many contributors that make Glamcult what it is.
From journalists and fashion photographers to a modelling agent breaking industry rules, we documented their natural habitats to discover where and how they create. But more than that, we gathered the many snippets of sound (and silence) that influence their daily work. First up: Laura Bonne, the music journalist who met the brilliant King Krule for the new Glamcult.
To us you’re a familiar face. But can you introduce yourself to our new or unfamiliar readers?
Born in Antwerp, based in Ghent, I’m an art historian who fell in love with writing years ago. Trying to combine these two, I found my place at the Subbacultcha office, first in Ghent and soon after in Amsterdam. It’s during my time in Amsterdam that I got in touch with the people from Glamcult, and fell in love with their magazine as well. Now, more than a year later, I’m a freelance journalist, living in Belgium again, but still contributing to Glamcult with much love and gratitude for the opportunities they give me.
What task did you take on for our “Modern Family” issue?
I interviewed King Krule about his new album, The OOZ. I was invited to the Amsterdam base of his label, XL Recordings, next to the EYE Filmmuseum. He was waiting for me in this tiny room with pastel-coloured walls, drinking tea and smoking cigarettes. I remember him wearing sunglasses with one broken lens. The atmosphere was relaxed and although I was the last journalist of King’s press week, he was eager to share his thoughts with me. I think we connected, which made this interview one of the most pleasant ones I’ve done in my career till now. I believe the most important thing I took away from this experience is that I’m able to appreciate his new album even more now that I’ve met him: being able to connect his highly poetic songs to the real life person added value for me.
How would you define a “family”?
Being an only child, my parents are the two persons I have the strongest connection with through bloodline. Without their help and support I would never be where I am today. But at the same time, you don’t choose your family. In my case, I’m like my parents, but very much unlike them at the same time. They’re people from a completely different world than what became mine. That makes my friends and my boyfriend like another kind of family to me. These are the people I’ve chosen to be with, so yes, I think I can call them my family.
What role do sound and/or music play in your home?
I remember the first thing that I asked my boyfriend to do on our first date was to choose a record to play. He chose A Real Mother by Johnny “Guitar” Watson, a complete guilty pleasure record, but I liked it a lot. I’m also writing about music a lot, so it’s part of my job too. Music for me is connected to emotions, it recalls memories and it’s always there when I’m home. Although I can appreciate silence as well, my boyfriend always needs music because of his tinnitus. So, you can take the fact that it’s always there when I’m home quite literally.
Do you remember the first sound you ever heard?
Yes, the sound of crisping snow when you walk on it. It’s one of the first memories I have: me lying in a stroller during a winter walk with my parents.
How does music affect your writing? Is there a relation between the two?
I think music affects everything. Depending on what music you listen to, your mood changes—or the other way around. But when I write, I like to work in silence, because music is very present to me. It can distract me from words. I need to be taken up by my words as much as I can be taken up by music, to be able to write something good.
What can society overall learn from listening to our generation?
I think they can learn a lot about what equality between people truly means. Or at least I hope they can.
What makes one a good listener?
Empathy. I think that makes one a good creative (writer, photographer…) as well, by the way.
More people should listen to:
Silence. And to the voices from people who come from a different environment than theirs. I think it’s important not to see your own opinion as the standard or indisputably correct.