RISE OF THE MUSIC SENSATION DRAKE
The profound power of music heightens sensation while ultimately touching the heart. Because of its impact, it is easy to say that musicians have very special gifts as they channel their energy into creating art. Art might be very subjective, but audiences are already under the spell of the up-and-coming music sensation Drake. His popularity is rising because of his many achievements throughout his career, which includes the fact that he currently holds the record for the most American Music Award nominations with 13.
Born in Toronto as Aubrey Drake Graham, Drake had his first major break in Degrassi: The Next Generation as a wheelchair-bound basketball player named Jimmy Brooks. After the success of that television series, Drake had his first mix tape in 2006 entitled, “Room for Improvement.” He released his first official album, “Thank Me Later” a few years later. Drake eventually went on to set a record for the most number of hits in the Billboard Hot 100, a record previously held by both The Beatles and Justin Bieber. Between his days on Degrassi and today, Drake has catapulted himself to international stardom with numerous awards and nominations. In fact, he has been nominated for the People’s Choice Award for “Favorite Hip-Hop Artist” for four consecutive years between 2011 and 2015. He has also won a MTV Video Music Award in 2014 with Majid Jordan for the music Hip-Hop video called, “Hold On We’re Going Home.” His music has also appeared in numerous films ranging from Project X (2012) to The Hangover Part III (2013). Aside from music and television, Drake has also provided the voice of Ethan in Ice Age: Continental Drift in 2012. All of these accomplishments reveal Drake’s versatility as an entertainer.
Currently, Drake has had a great year in 2016. He presented Rihanna the MTV Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, and also has an on/off relationship with her. His album entitled, “Views” has set an Apple Music record with over 1 billion streams. He also tweeted a 23-minute film known as “Please Forgive Me.” Ironically, it does not seem like audiences would need to forgive Drake because he is now one of today’s most beloved music artists. Even though he is merely 30 years old, Drake is definitely a music star that has a long career ahead of him.
Ed Nash took time to talk to us about his main project "Toothless" and told us about the inspiration behind the name, the process of making it and how it was like to work with Orlando Weeks from the Maccabees on the artwork for his new EP Palms.
BARRAS MARKET IN GLASGOW ―The market is reaching the end of its life-cycle, however, there is still a strong sense of community & camaraderie amongst the elderly traders and their customers.
36 HOURS IN MOSCOW ―This photo series is from last weekends trip to Moscow for a festival show. The photos were taken in the 72 hour time period from when I left my girlfriend’s apartment in Sweden on Friday morning and returned on Sunday evening.
STREETS OF SAIGON ―The city is like a Mafioso movie when it comes to money. Everybody is constantly exchanging money with others, going from one hand to another all day.
MEMORIES FROM BUENOS AIRES ―It's been 3 years since Buenos Aires made me feel nostalgic and I don't know why. I loved and enjoyed that city, but I left way sooner than I expected.
SUPERFICIAL TRUTHS ―“Superficial” - appearing to be true or real only until examined more closely. What fascinates me about film photography is that there is always a strong element of truth behind it.
MARCH FOR UNCI MAKA ―The march was an ongoing struggle in the fight against The Dakota Access Pipeline, oil drilling, fracking, strip mining, on native lands. Thousands of people marched in support of our indigenous brothers and sisters for indigenous rights and sovereignty of native nations.
FEBRUARY IN BROOKLYN ―The first installment of a week-long series featuring different remarkable film photographers and their stories through black and white images
Brixtol is back this Autumn/Winter season with a new collection inspired by the real life disappearance of Sir John Franklin and his crew of 134 men - tragically known as the Lost Explorers