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Tuesday, June 29, 2010


As mentioned in Jarek Pietka's previous interview for The Male Model Music Project, he's now featured on the latest cover for Attitude Magazine, with Kylie Minogue, spanish sensation River Viiperi, austrian Philip Jelenski and Ryan Pickard.
The issue is out now !!!
Jarek Pietka, Kylie Minogue & River Viiperi in Attitude's July Issue

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


I arrived in Milano Centrale at 10:45 pm local time.
Exhausted. 2 bags in my hands and one heavy-like-hell backpack killing me.
The taxi. 25 euros. Really expensive but impossible other way to reach the hotel this far from the station, this late and with no perfect knowledge of this foreign streets.
Long ride but gentle and funny lady at the front desk. Dark hair, shiny eyes , well-ironed uniform and a crystal flower in her breast.
Checked in, yawns, dirty face and "fame di lupo"(hungry like a wolf). An old lady came out and offered to help me with my bags- "No, no, grazie" I said as I approached to a 1920's style elevator at the back of the corridor.
After a little fight with my bags, we managed to fit in the old and strange device taken from a vintage horror film.
My room. Nice, spacious, cozy, it was white but yet dark.

I tried to start eating the cotton white curtains, so I decided to call room service and ordered a "Fashion show Panino Speciality with prosciutto" and a glass of red orange juice.
As I opened one of my bags and took out a sheet of paper and my colour pencils, someone knocked at the door; It was the old lady who had brought me my meal."Grazie" , I said. She handed me the silver tray and left with a smile.

After almost 180 gr. of prosciutto and 250 ml. of sicilian red orange juice, I still hadn't figured out how to start this story.
The sheet of paper was still empty and the colour pencils were still snoring and recovering from the jetlag. It had been a long trip.
So I took out my ipod and decided to play some music. Jazz?, reggae?, house? maybe some classic?, maybe a little of everything but nothing at the same time in order to help me to develop some red orange idea, a stracciatella thought or maybe something comparable to the flavour of pesto.

Sounds, beats ,noises and still nothing in that sheet of paper.
The carnation red, crispy orange, and parrot green pencils were already mad at me because of the voice of this performer on my playlist. The black and the ocean blue were totally jetlagged.
The grey was in midlife crisis and the muffin brown was totally sick from the food of the airplane.
The mahogany red suffered with dysthymia and the psychiatrist hadn't been able to help him.
The pink was snoring, the snow white yawning and the dark violet, "breaking wind".
Definitely,no time for work.
How can I start this story in such an odd situation?

Music went on, empty tray, clean sheets, then a thought flooded my mind:

Inspiration can't be found, inspiration finds you,
but how the hell will she find me this time at night,faraway from home, locked in this hotel room, exhausted, and living a stupid joke from destiny!!!!
Suddenly, I heard a louder music outside. I looked in the window and I saw something. Something I never thought I could see, this time at night and under this circumstances ( and no, I'm not in drugs.)
A flash of light, a quick moment before I realized it was true; They say, everything starts with something; Fashion, life, power and love meet their origin in a particular situation, a sign, a clave, a key moment that gives birth to the most amazing ideas and nourishes the mind of the beholder.... then here it comes a spark, it begins with no permission. Yes, it all starts with a vision.... a celestial vision.

Colour pencils, get to work.

To be continued...
"It all starts with a vision.... a celestial vision"

Written by Ivan Guerrero, June 2010
Original drawings by Ivan Guerrero
All rights reserved

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

EXCLUSIVE FROM MILAN; Sounds for the backstage with FRANKY B

Text & interview by Ivan Guerrero

Summer is coming and with Milan Men's Fashion Week around the corner, it becomes necessary to get refreshed with some great music and sounds!!
Of course there aren't any show tickets to show off , backstage passes or invitations of any kind. Access is limited.
Despite this situation, The Male Model Music Project is always willing to work very hard and is glad to bring you an exclusive from the Capital of Men's Fashion.
Meet Franky B aka Cryptic Monkey, DJ,producer and sound designer based in Milan, whose current work in collaboration with Abstract:Groove, an integrated creative agency, has been featured in several poductions for clients such as Diesel, Dolce & Gabbana, D&G, Pirelli, GF Ferré and many more.
As a DJ, you can check him out playing at Magazzini Generale in Milan, and AOL parties in the rest of Italy.
The Male Model Music Project interviewed Franky B , who talked about the art of creating sounds and customized grooves.

How and when did you start mixing music and creating sounds?
Franky B: I’m lucky because my family loved music ( specially my sister), this way I was introduced to the sounds early. The supreme moment was during 1989 when I heard for the first time “Don’t Believe the Hype” by Public Enemy.It was the bomb! I was totally hooked... ever since!
After ten years of practising turntablism and mixing, I started my approach to the machines in 1999!
Franky B's logo; The Cryptic Monkey

Please tell us, How do you describe yourself, a "sound creator", " sound designer" or a" DJ"? What side are you in?
Franky B: First of all I’m a DJ... ALWAYS! For me dj-ing is like Kung Fu, with the same mentality. My purpose is to transport my DJ culture into the musical production, combining them and trying to have a unique sound, something different from the others. Obviously I try to study a lot to shorten my gaps as “canonic musician”. When you are a sound creator , that means to leave creativity fly free.

Which one was the first record or CD you bought?
Franky B: The first vinyl that I bought with my own money was LL Cool J - "I’m Bad” but the most important for my future was M.A.R.S. - "Pump Up The Volume".

Franky B (center) mixing at Freak Bar in Milan.

What artists, sounds, DJ's or people have influence in your work? What music genres you work?
Franky B: Well..so many... but without doubt Luigi Pane(the Abstract:Groove's creative director) for the meaning of music, Dj Simi for the meaning of Dj-ing. Men In Skratch for the meaning of turntablism..and the most important my father for the meaning of life. For the genres..When I work for Abstract:Groove I walk into many different styles trying to obtain the real ABSTRACT GROOVE!!
As a DJ and producer I’m involved in the house scene, publishing in different labels like Big City Beats, Kenpo, Deependence and others...

Abstract:Groove, the integrated & creative studio in charge of creating commercials and the backstage videos for Dolce & Gabbana shows.

How do you work a track, for example, when you do the sounds for the Dolce & Gabbana's backstage videos , what comes first the music or the video? Are there any rules to create the sounds in specific videos according to a specific brand ?
Franky B: In Abstract:Groove audio and video run together, so we develop in the same moment all the work steps. When we work for a brand we try to follow the line guide of the product but we apply to it our own creativity. Every job that we do is a little challenge, we do our best and we try to apply different tecniques for every “adventure”. Our works aren’t really works, every finished work is like a son!!!!!! (we are workaholics maybe!!!).

What is the importance you find in sounds for example, in fashion videos or commercials, in order to project certain qualities according to the brand ?
Franky B: I think that every video needs the right sound, in terms of music , It’s difficult to have a global solution, but with the right sound under the right image you can go to the people’s heart.
What do you think makes a good sound designer or creator?
Franky B: For me the best qualities are the creativity and the groove... There are many super nerd musicians and sound engineers, with incredible skills, but in many cases they are cold as freezers, because they have no groove!!!
I think it's better a simple groovy emotional thing, than a cold super production!!!

What plans or projects do you have? Can we expect more sounds for fashion videos and commercials in the near future?
Franky B: We have a lot of new abstract’s works in the near future, and I have two EP's for Kenpo Recordings and Deependence Records, those will be out soon!!! (hopefully this summer).

How do you see the future of sound creation and its relation with fashion industry and video?
Franky B: I think that the viral age in the marketing plans , the starring role of the net, social forums, the new media, etc will allow to increase higher level productions. I’m really happy about it.

What's your message for the people who's interested in creating and designing sounds ?

Franky B: Express yourself clearly!!!!!Always!!!!

Collaborate with each other!!!!

Use the net to spread your ideas!!!!

Special thanks to Franky B & Abstract:Groove, Welcome to the Project !!!!

For more information on Franky B's new releases. Click here.

Abstract:Groove's official site is here. (Note: their new site is coming soon)

Franky B considers important to recover a lot of analog sounds and the electronic pioneers in the funk scene. For Dolce & Gabbana's latest backstage videos he recovers sounds from Italy and adds them a modern and classy twist.

Videos filmed & edited by Abstract:Groove
Music by Franky B

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Message from the Sound Selector

A musical cake of sounds. Special thanks to "Repostería Camen" (Camen Pastries) for making this amazing cake specially for my birthday !!!

No, no. It's not THE MALE MODEL MUSIC PROJECT's 1st. Anniversary yet!!

It's only been 6 weeks of hard work since this new project started and I'm very happy to have had such amazing artists and great people already featured in it.

Guests from New York City, Barcelona, UK, Poland and Los Angeles who have shared a little of their work. Thank you very much for your valuable contribution.
For the rest, keep in mind the invitation is on. Your'e also welcome to participate with your comments, suggestions and opinions in order to make this project better.

Today, I celebrate my birthday, that's why I offer you a piece of orange cake.
It's a small cake but hopefully in the near future I will need a 5 times bigger one in order to share it with you all.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I do and looking forward to hearing from you soon.
More music, artists and surprises yet to come. Stay tuned.

All the best,



- THE MALE MODEL MUSIC PROJECT's Logo & Sound Selector are designed and drawn by me.
-The cake was baked and decorated by Mrs. Maricarmen Jiménez from "Repostería Camen" (Camen Pastries) Thank you very much!!!
Mexico, June 2010.