Twin Shadow’s George Lewis, Jr. and I have a history. I was ecstatic when I read on Dossier that he followed my blog and had even tried out one of my DIY projects. George is an amazing, progressive voice in the music industry today and I felt very honored. When a friend from Nylon excitedly told me that George had mentioned me again in a short interview they did, I was floored. Fast forward to our goodbyes after a little luncheon two weeks ago, George tells me that he had once come up to me at a party at the Mondrian, and apparently, I didn’t seem to be in my best mood. “Never meet your heroes,” he said, was going through his mind. Meanwhile, my face started to crumple almost into an ugly cry. He took it back and remarked that he thought I was quite the gentleman after meeting me, and gave me a warm hug as we parted. My meeting with George was delightful: we spoke first as clothing nerds, then as fanatics of each others’ work. Let me share with you a few swatches of our conversation on clothing, cultural convergence, and the rock star’s dress-up-or-don’t-dress-up-on-stage conundrum:
The Dandy Project: Describe your aesthetic.
Twin Shadow: I have this weakness for greaser/rockabilly culture. At the same time I like a lot of different things. I keep it simple; I don’t like being too loud—but loud enough that I’m noticed. I’m constantly evolving. I like to say that we are the “mutts of culture.” We can wear anything now, we can say anything now, we can play anything now. For the first time in history, you don’t have to be defined by one thing anymore. We’re a product of all the genres that came before.
TDP: What was the last thing you bought?
TS: Gold cufflinks. I bought them yesterday. They’re these deco-looking cufflinks. (He shows me a photo on his phone.) I wore them to my friend’s wedding last night.
TDP: Oh, what did you wear to the wedding?
TS: I wore a Dolce and Gabanna jacquard jacket, a white shirt with black trim, Burberry high-rise wool pants, and these beat-up Heutchy shoes that I have on now.
TDP: On Dossier, you mentioned that you had tried out one of my DIY’s, I think it was the copper-leafed shoes?
TS: Haha, it was a disaster. I was too lazy, I started it but it wasn’t working the way I had hoped. I didn’t have the computer on, I was doing it from memory… But if you watch our Jimmy Fallon performance, I did your Alexander McQueen [inspired] hand-print shirt. If you look at the drummer at the back, he’s wearing a nice white button-down with a yellow hand here and a yellow splattered thing down the sleeve. I made that for him.
TDP: That is amazing, I will have to check that out.
TS: I really want to try the chains on the shoes, but I don’t have the perfect pair of oxfords for those yet.
TDP: Mine were free… Try vintage, perhaps. A pair with a substantial sole. Do you read any other blogs?
TS: Not that many actually, which says a lot about yours. I read music blogs when I feel like I need to catch up on what’s happening. I remember looking through a lot of fashion blogs and loving yours the most.
TDP: What is your favorite underrated city to perform in?
TS: Cincinnati. The small group of young people who go to shows are so excited to be there, and there’s an unbelievable amount of energy that you don’t see in New York or LA. It feels like everybody there knows each other.
TDP: I was a part of a small underground techno-electro scene in Boston called Hearthrob. Very similar phenomenon.
TS: Oh yeah? I recognized the 617 on your phone number. I lived in Boston for a while, was supposed to go to Berklee but I didn’t.
TDP: Miss that city… What do you like to wear when you perform?
TS: I have this constant war inside of me whether I should be more formal when I go on stage, or whether I should go on stage as I am, whatever I’m wearing during the day. I’m not in love with the idea of people dressing up when they play. I think they should wake up in the morning, take care of themselves, look good all day, and then get on stage.
Special thanks to Eddie Bezalel and Erin Kapor of Twin Shadow’s management team for making this happen!