Besides helming the creative director role at CELINE, Hedi Slimane enjoys being behind the camera as a photographer. The art history graduate often turns to cinema, music, photography, and art for inspiration. As one who has a knack on discovering burgeoning creatives, Slimane uses his endeavours to showcase genuine talents. One such platform is CELINE's Portrait of a Performer campaign.
Started in September 2019,'Portrait of a Performer' features Slimane photographing musicians and artists dressed in CELINE. From Alex Evans of Leeds bands Lumer to Junior Cobbinah of London-based indie band Malady and James Bagshaw of psychedelic indie rock band Temples, this curation project introduces their bold artistry to a wider audience.
Danny Nedelko of UK rock band Heavy Lungs is one of six emerging musicians starring in the 'Portrait of a Performer' sophomore campaign. We definitely can see the Bristol quartet's stylistic energetic anthems pairing well with CELINE's polished rock-dandy aesthetics.
We caught up with Nedelko to chat about his fashion influences and getting involved in 'Portrait of a Performer'.
Interview with Danny Nedelko of UK rock band Heavy Lungs
ESQ: Tell us how did Hedi Slimane approach you for this collaboration.
Danny Nedelko: Got a message on Instagram from someone who works with him.
ESQ: What do you think makes a successful performer?
Danny Nedelko: Sincerity.
ESQ: How is it like getting lensed by Slimane for the 'Portrait of a Performer’ campaign?
Danny Nedelko: It was all pretty unique and surreal to be honest with you, getting shot by someone you have admired since college. I was quite nervous first time around so I had a couple of beers before and 'aha'.
ESQ: How do you identify and resonate with Slimane’s aesthetic and CELINE’s designs? Are there any favourites from the collection that you’ve worn?
Danny Nedelko: I relate to his passion for music. Really like the silhouettes of the suits. I have work one outfit during the shoot but really have my eyes on leather biker and a couple of shirts. Perhaps Hedi can help me out with that, 'hehe'.
ESQ: What is essential and a must-have in your wardrobe?
Danny Dedelko: A good pair of trousers. They anchor the outfit.
ESQ: What makes music and fashion complementary to each other?
Danny Dedelko: Both are an artistic extension of an individual so they go in hand.
ESQ: Rock, Punk, or both?
Danny Dedelko: Pop.
ESQ: What is the boldest you’ve done music-wise?
Danny Dedelko: The last tour we did. Definitely most ambitious outing on the road of us.
ESQ: Who is your fashion influence?
Danny Dedelko: Alain Delon. Elegant, timeless, sensual.
ESQ: What’s next for Danny Dedelko?
Danny Dedelko: Keep making music with three of my best friends George, James and Oli as Heavy Lungs and taking over the world.
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2. 'You Get What You Give'—New Radicals
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2. 'New Layer'—Dirt Bike
"One of my favourite releases of the year so far. Artful and elegant. Stop reading this, go listen to it."
3. 'Let Me Know'—Brent Faiyaz
"His voice blows my mind and soothes the soul. You will have this record on repeat."
1. 'Miami'—Baxter Dury
"Best fucking lyrics."
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"A new friend as of recently. I’m jealous of you getting to discover his masterful work for the first time."
3. 'Chain of Being'—Crows
"First time I’ve heard this song, I played it more than twenty times in a row. Have a pleasure calling these four legends my brothers. Can’t wait to hear their new record and after this, neither will you."
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