exceptional intellectual or creative power or other natural ability.“she was a teacher of genius”
synonyms: brilliance, great intelligence, great intellect, great ability, cleverness, brains, erudition, wisdom, sagacity, fine mind, wit, artistry, flair, creative power, precocity, precociousness
“I have a reputation in some quarters as an aloof recluse but that’s only because I refuse to go to writers’ festivals and talk the fake-intellectual [expletive] that most writers talk. I’m wholly different and original and also affable and friendly when I’m with genuine unpretentious folk such as the old guys I play golf with every week.” – Gerald Murnane
The full interview is full of gems, make sure you read this weekend.
I’m only about 3/4 of the way through ‘Miles: The Autobiography‘ and so far it’s and incredible read. It’s probably one of the best autobiographies I’ve come across and I highly recommend you pick up a copy.
“I hate how white people always try to take credit for something after they discover it. Like it wasn’t happening before they found out about it–which most times is always late, and they didn’t have nothing to do with it happening.” – Miles Davis
By all accounts sneaker culture is pretty big deal nowadays. If you believe what you read it’s $1 billion market but for some reason the end consumer is still required to jump through hoops to buy what they want. Maybe it’s my ego speaking but I find the experience of buying limited edition shoes incredibly demeaning, you’re required to like, retweet and share a post on social media just to have the honour of being entered into a raffle for a chance to purchase something, I find that ridiculous. I’m not an avid sneaker collector sneakers anymore, I hung up my jersey a long time ago but even back then the argument was that brands such Nike & Adidas couldn’t manufacture enough shoes to fulfil the demand, but can you honestly say you believe that in 2018? There’s no shortage of shoes being released every week, so you can throw that excuse right out of the window, but for some reason the most covetable ones are still being manufactured in low quantities and only being made available in select stores. It’s difficult for me to buy what I want and I live in London, lets spare for thought for someone living outside one of the major cities, what do you do then? Spend hundreds on bots which might not work or pay 5x the retail value on reselling platforms such as StockX? I don’t even blame the resellers, get your money playboy, I blame the brands and retailers who work hand-in-hand to drum up hype and not fulfil demand so they can pat themselves on the back for an “activation” well done. There’s no reason why sneaker brands can’t just manufacture more shoes and make the buying process easier, raffles and timed releases just don’t work of the majority of people online. But there’s companies out there who’ve managed to figure it out, why am I able to buy a new iPhone whenever I want but I can’t get a pair of Off-White x Nike Jordan’s without sitting on my laptop for 5+ hours frantically pressing F5 all day? It’s ridiculous and there’s no excuse for it. That’s why I don’t care for marketing gimmicks such as ‘Air Max Day’ if I’m not able to buy what I want. But you have to give Nike props, somehow they managed to convince sneaker heads they’re doing for the culture. I don’t buy it, this gimmick only serves Nike and their retailers and I want no part of it.
He comes across really well in this interview with No Jumper. He’s just a hard working dude who absolutely loves making music no matter the genre or artists and you really get a sense of that hearing him talk about all the amazing projects he has been involved in. It’s so refreshing to hear someone speak so passionately about what they do without the added cynicism. Diplo’s new project ‘California EP‘ out is now and you should check it out!
I’ve been thinking about Postmates a lot lately. It feels like I use a combination of Uber Eats and Deliveroo every weekend, from ordering pizza to burgers it gets the job done without me having to move an inch. But there’s a gap in the market for a UK equivalent of Postmates. Let me set the scene, you get back home from a long day of work only to realise you don’t have rolling papers left, panic! Would you happily pay £1-5 extra to have a packet Raw’s delivered to your door? I know I would. There has to be reason why Postmates haven’t set up in London and a lot of might have to do with what Tony Xu, DoorDash CEO had to say about the perils of the delivery business during an interview with Recode;
“It’s on the fifth floor of Macy’s of a Westfield shopping center. We had to figure out how to get a dedicated parking spot for the [delivery] Dashers. We had to figure out how to take a special access elevator so that the Dashers can quickly get to the right spot. We had to figure out how to collate food from the bakery, the expo’d food center, the kitchen, as well as the drinks center. And we had to do it all just for that one location.
And then after that order, we have to dynamically figure out all the adjustments: If you added avocado to your toast, or whatever it is that you like to do to the order.
To make that one order happen, lots of details have to go right. It’s not just no longer working with fax machines. We have to integrate into all of the systems — the front end, the kitchen, as well as the back end. And once we get that right, we report out on that and we make it better.”
Hmmm…I guess there more to it than I was lead to believe, but I’d love to see someone give it a go, I’d sign up for it instantly!
I’m so happy this song is blowing up, it was one of my faves (alongside ‘Made Men’) when Culture II dropped but it never picked up any traction. It’s weird cool to see that record labels still have some power/influence, they pressed the button and write a big cheque to make this video happen and we should all be thankful. I can’t wait to play this when I DJ in a couple weeks, enjoy!
I’m sure you’ve heard of this guy, he’s everywhere on social media, he’s the real life version of ‘The Most Interesting Man in the World’. On the face of it it seems empty, but when you hear the man the speak about his journey you can’t help but admire him. But lets take a step back, lets imagine the story he tells isn’t 100% true, instead lets believe he was given an amazing head start in life through his family lineage, does that take away from the man he has become now? I think not. And I’ve got a funny feeling if you stripped him of everything right and asked him to do it again, he would with relative ease. There’s an interesting lesson to be learned from Gianluca Vacchi story, he mentions in the interview above that he sacrificed going holiday from 25-35 years old so he could build his businesses which eventually lead him to co-found ToyWatch with his brother. Not many people in his position would sacrifice the “golden age” of their youth to make money and only to reap the benefits in their 50’s, so before you point fingers and utter words “it’s easy for him” you need to understand that there’s no such thing as luck, winners win.