The producer behind BØRNS’ 2015 album, Dopamine, and this year’s Blue Madonna talks the creative balancing act of second albums, and why he doesn’t miss his on-stage days.


“I never had a specific moment of epiphany, like, ‘I’m gonna become a professional musician!’” Kris Pooley shares his unconventional path to becoming a music director and composer.


“What I really love is seeing non-dancers, like actors or musicians, move naturally in a live performance. Live, David Bowie had movements that weren’t necessarily choreographed; he was just so in his element, in his own world. When people like that perform and the music just takes over their bodies . . . it’s a beautiful thing to watch.” Choreographer Matthew Peacock shares his unconventional path from starting dance lessons as a teen to performing with Cirque du Soleil and Madonna.


Meet R.LUM.R, the R&B singer whose serendipitous journey began with guitar lessons in high school and has since led him to over 15 million streams on Spotify. As he puts it, “If you work really hard and if you’re lucky, you can break through.”


Singer songwriter CYN talks failed American Idol auditions, back-up plans, and how the internet has made her dreams come true.


“I always knew I wanted to entertain in some type of way, and rap is what really stuck with me.” For Kodie Shane, she believes her career chose her and in the latest issue of EIGHTY-NINE, the Atlanta Rapper talks fame, style and the importance of being relatable.


We’d like to invite you to experience the issue as if you’re attending an eclectic dinner party hosted by its guest editor, BØRNS. The singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who brought us Blue Madonna this year invites us into his world to get to know his inner circle of creatives—including surrealist artist Tali Lennox, Atlanta-based rapper Kodie Shane, Mozart in the Jungle’s Lola Kirke, among many others. Take a seat and click on through. You’re going to be here for a while.


Before they became one of hip-hop’s most influential collectives, Hieroglyphics was just a crew of kids from the Bay Area with shared passions.


As a kid growing up in Harlem, rapper Marty Baller was already a star in the making—at least at his local block parties. Now he’s one of the youngest members of hip-hop crew A$AP Mob to be striving and prospering…


Garth Carwardine went from being just another teenager hanging around shows to becoming the managing director at Spinning Top Music, a record label and artist-management firm that directs the careers of talent like Pond and Tame Impala.