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THE UNLIMITED Magazine is a theme-based iPad quarterly that examines contemporary culture through a techie lens. Designed with features that encourage readers to swipe, push, tilt, listen, watch, and participate in,The UNLIMITED is a complete interactive media source. We bring forward the latest revolutionary inventions from across the globe, as well as the brilliant people behind them. We provide the platform for you to create your own individualized reading/viewing experience. 

Each issue of THE UNLIMITED comes with a carefully chosen topic, which we make sure to dissect to pieces. From wearable tech and cutting-edge artists, to unusual cultural events, and novelties in the music field, THE UNLIMITED is an internationally available format that is innovative in nature and timeless in essence.

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Playful Dan Croll

The Unlimited Magazine

From rugby player to music player, British artist Dan Croll couldn’t be more grateful for the adventurous life that he now lives. When his sports aspirations came crumbling down after a rough injury, he recruited his competitive sports background and drive and invested them in his natural musical inclination. Little did he know, that he would soon be touring the world with his best friends, all the while having a blast. THE UNLIMITED had a blast hearing all about it.

 

How did you make the transition from athlete to musician?

When I couldn’t play sports anymore I was driven to succeed in something, and music has always been a big thing for me and it has given me a lot of purpose. I’ve always been musical, though I was focused on rugby and sports. I’ve taught myself how to play piano, guitar, drums and a bit of trumpet, but I didn’t realize I would have a career in that. That only occurred to me later in life. When I ended my career in sports, I glanced over at all the musicians I was listening and thought, “They have these amazing lives. This is their job. They’re paid to play music and tour the world and connect with fans.” It was at that point that I thought, “oh. I’ll give it a go.” 

How would you describe your musical style?

It’s a tough one. It’s one big melting pot. I’ve had a very folky upbringing, and over the passed five years or so I’ve been exposed to so much music from all over the world. But if I had to simplify, I would say folk-pop, which is kind of acoustic at times but also layered with synth over the top of it. But I suppose there’s also an African twist in there as well, which I think that all started when my mom played me Paul Simon’s Graceland, and introduced me to different African choirs, at a young age. Later on I started listening to to Fela Kuti, Seun Kuti and the likes, which were all great influences on me.

 

You don’t seem to take yourself too seriously, but your lyrics are exceptionally sincere and intimate. Do you write anything other than lyrics?

No, I don’t write. I come from a family of great storytellers, really animated characters, and we love having family gatherings where we all catch up. My Nan on my mom’s side is amazing. She’s eighty-six and she’ll jump about to demonstrate and bring her stories into life. She also happens to have the funniest stories. The funniest things happen to her. I feel like that was passed onto me. I like to talk a lot, tell stories, and listen to other people’s stories. Lyrics are just spoken words, so I have to bring the animation into the lyrics, which is what makes them playful and sincere, I suppose.

 

Your music also has a sort of wink to it. Would you say you were a funny dude?

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I’m alone right now so I should say I am, because no one is here to disagree with me. 

Maybe I am. I tour with nine people who I’ve known for six or seven years and we’re the best of mates. I’m constantly around fun things and funny people and I suppose that some of it rubs off on me. My family is funny as well. I’m obviously serious about making music, but it’s not worth anything if it’s not fun. It’s very important for me, with everything I do, to have a good time. Some things come out of being in a bad place, but for me, it’s mostly about having fun.

 

What do you currently listen to?

I try to listen to music that isn’t close to the music I make. I listen to a lot of a lot of hip-hop and R&B. I really love Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul, and old stuff like Madlib. On the other side of the spectrum, I listen to a lot of metal, I really love this Swedish band named Meshuggah, they’re really fantastic, and another one named Kvelertak. My guilty pleasure is definitely metal. It weirdly relaxes me. 

 

Tell us about performing.

I’ve had a clear idea of the kind of performer I wanted to become ever since I started making music, and what I wanted people to take away from it. When I went to watch performances as a teenager, I always found myself slightly frustrated when a band played the song identically to the recording. It was almost robotic. I set myself out to add a little special something during performances. I spent a lot of time working on that. Ultimately, that’s what makes people want to come out and see live shows, because they don’t really know what to expect. 

Interview by Elian Zach

https://soundcloud.com/dancrollmusic

 

I Kill The Pop

The Unlimited Magazine

I don’t care. I love it. 

A proclamation that has rallied the X chromosome to tell boyfriends, parents, bosses, and whoever else sucks to politely bite off. All the while shaking their ass cheeks to the punk-pop melodies of Swedish duo, Icona Pop. With their no f***'s given attitude and enduring guise, Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo have earned the household-name fame status.

Effortless cool is a term I would use to characterize the electrifying combination. Each are driven by their own distinct alter egos; Hjelt takes on avant-garde persona of David Bowie which can be seen through her vibrant make up, while Jawo takes on the naughty yet always chic Prince shown with her shaggy layered hairdo. When in tune with their iconic personalities they transform into what they feel are ‘rock stars’, and to us the bad bitches we love to rage to.

"From music to style to just about anything, it's about expressing yourself," says Hjelt. Which basically is the motto for every aspect of their life.

Individuality is key for the twosome. Much like their style, Icona Pop exudes a mixture of punk rock and pop in their music. What stands out most in their music is the volume that keeps us stomping and waving our arms to the beat. Volume is everything for the combo.

“Volume is always the make or break party”

says Hjelt. “It can be a fantastic up tempo song but when you listen to it too low it ruins the song.” 

With their recent rise to fame, the twosome still emits a humble feel. The only difference now being the 20,000 fans screaming along with them to every lyric of their songs. The two formed Icona Pop in 2009 and have since been a force in the music sphere, with their hit song “I Love It” reaching #7 on the Billboard Top 100.

“We are always just living in our Icona Pop World. We hardly notice.”

- Celeste Beckman