Twenty-year-old R&B singer Phlo Finister is determined to bring the ’60s Youthquake movement back to the forefront of our consciousness. The Oakland-born, LA-based artist might be just the person to do it. After leaving home at age fifteen, the past five years have seen her working as a model, a fashion stylist for Def Jam artists, and a singer. Her new EP, Crown Gold, features covers of ’60s favorites “Bang Bang” (originally Cher, covered more famously by Nancy Sinatra) and “Riders on the Storm” (The Doors), along with several other original tracks, including one that samples Tupac (“Hail Mary”). We bring you our exclusive interview with Phlo, and the new EP below:
Diana Vreeland. Complete icon – fashion, print, business, woman.
No not really, but I got over any fear I might have had of preforming in front of people. And found enjoyment in it.
Classic influences, songs, the way they are are sung and why they are sung. I didnt know it then, but it stays with you.
LA really shaped my sound, I was young in Oakland, but I think the realities of a city like that stay with you… LA a real place too doe. Just a mix of everything west coast I guess.
I was blessed to have such a great best friend.
I’m really particular about the things I like. I’m more of a visual person when it comes to sound. I like it like my fashion – mod.
It’s something going on with the youth. Being who you want to be. It’s powerful when you use your creativity. It’s a movement, not like Youthquaker is a movement, but just all these kids not afraid to be themselves, that’s a Youthquaker.
It’s important to maintain the mystery. It’s like hiding behind my shades. Why isn’t that beautiful anymore?
I started out doing modeling with friends. I always had a strong opinion on fashion so I used my personal style to create my music. I always look to designers for inspiration like Betsey Johnson and Pam Hogg or Prada – they’re my favorite. They inspire all my art – to me, to work in the “fashion industry” is my music…
My favorite songs I’ve written have yet to be released so you’ll have to wait til poster girl comes out .
Missy Elliot… She’s dope.
It’s all a challenge. The creating process is strange, like you definitely have to have an a abstract mind to make the music that a billion people relate to and feel as if they know you… But if they relate to it, it can’t be that abstract right?
Do everything yourself. That way when things do start to move YOU have the power to shape your career, not let someone else own it…
- Phlo Finister “Poster Girl” EP & Hotel Miami Video
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