ISSUE 09 // Andrew Kearns

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Andrew is an extremely talented photographer & vlogger on YouTube and is constantly traveling for his work. We were lucky to take a few minutes of his time while traveling to interview him for issue 09.

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“The thing I love most about YouTube and vlogging is being able to document and share my life experiences and travels with others. I love the fact that I’m able to look back at all these times too and relive those experiences. I’d say the most challenging thing would definitely be documenting and sharing my life because it’s also a lot of hard work once the filming is done.”

– Read more about Andrew and see more photos on page 16 of izzie + sky // issue 09 –

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Maddie Maney – Photography Feature

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“Nature documentaries narrated by David Attenborough and National Geographic’s ‘Photo of the Day’ series are what inspired me to pursue environmental biology early on in high school, and ultimately lead me to photography during college. The ability to capture the absolute wonder of our natural world in a single image has never failed to astound me. I hope to instill that same feeling in others when looking at my pictures. Capturing those unique fleeting moments forever is an amazing thing.”

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Click to read Maddie’s feature and see more of her nature photography in issue 08.

Issue 08 Cover Artist Spotlight

We were beyond stoked when artist Shea Conlan agreed to creating our cover art for issue 08. We allow our cover artists to freely create with only a few guidelines so we were anxious to see the result! We couldn’t be happier with how the final cover came out.

Just like us, Shea is inspired by nature. “I’m entranced by the intricate, repetitive patterns of nature; it’s what attracted me to drawing in the first place,” says Shea. “There’s something so soothing in drawing the lines and grooves of nature’s patterns – something meditative. As I continue to focus on the fine details of nature, I notice more and more small patterns that repeat themselves over and over everywhere I look. It makes me feel a deep connection to the universe, and gives me faith that there is some sort of organization to the chaos.”

Click here to read more of Shea’s article and see more of her illustrations.

#TBT – Warped Tour

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When I got the confirmation email about me shooting warped tour, being excited was an understatement. I couldn’t stop thinking about how much my twelve year old self didn’t think that this would happen in a million years. I had to pinch myself to make sure I was not dreaming. When the actual day came along I was extremely nervous but also super excited. I kept thinking of everything that could go wrong like dead batteries, full memory cards, camera technical difficulties… the list was very long but overall it was awesome. Thankfully the worst thing that happened that day was I filled up my memory cards (but luckily not until the last act). The sun was hot and I was ready to take on the day. I was quite familiar with the White River Amphitheatre here in Auburn, Washington so I got used to the flow of the stages fairly quickly. What I love about Warped Tour is that there are so many different bands and types of people, but we are all there for the same reason whether it was to dance, to sing on top of our lungs, to hang out with friends, family, or significant others, no matter what it was we were all there for the love of music. I had such an amazing time spending it with my Dad and soaking up the sun listening to some of our favourite music together. A month later and I am still in shock that I shot some of the bands that I grew up listening too. I stood nearly 2 feet from people I looked up too. Ten years later and I got to cross something major off my bucket list. ’Twas a wonderful day indeed.

Photos and words by: Amanda Harle

Photos: Slightly Stoopid + SOJA

Slightly Stoopid brought the Star Wars themed Return of the Redeye Tour to Philadelphia’s Festival Pier on August 20th. This came complete with life-sized figurines, amps airbrushed with your favorite Star Wars battle scenes and innocuous clouds of purple smoke that probably weren’t from Jedi starfighters being blasted out of the atmosphere. Opening for the band was SOJA, a reggae group based in Arlington, Virginia, who are a powerhouse group in their own rite. They were nominated at the 2014 Grammys for best reggae album, and have landed multiple records on the Billboard charts.

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Slightly Stoopid just wrapped up their 44 city tour on August 28th at the Fillmore in Detroit. They already have a small fall tour booked from November 4-12th starting in Seattle, Washington and ending in Mexico for Closer to the Sun, a destination festival that will also include The Dirty Heads, Matisyahu, Tribal Seeds and Stick Figure. If you find yourself down in Mexico from December 14-18, this is definitely something you won’t want to miss. Find more information about the festival by clicking here.

Photos and words by: Justin Swan

UPCOMING SHOW: Mac DeMarco

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Photo by: Coley Brown

Picture a dock that goes out to the middle of a big lake, where the water is calm and warm enough to feel like a giant bathtub. The birds are chirping, your friends and family are all around you, and there’s music playing. The perfect set of tracks for this scene? Mac DeMarco’s Another One.

Currently on tour showing off his most recent Mini LP that he completely wrote and produced himself, the Canadian born singer-songwriter is back at it again. Released back in August of 2015, the album debuted at 25 on Billboard’s 200. Additionally, it hit number 1 for three charts in the US: Top Independent, Alternative, and Rock albums. It’s an 8-track collection of songs with that familiar DeMarco sound, a sort of modern take on late 60s, early 70s alternative, sprinkled with synth and full of emotion.

DeMarco will be gracing the Electric Factory in Philly with his presence this coming Thursday, and you can follow along with us to catch a bit of the action.

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Photos: Party Favor + Valentino

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Photos and words by: Justin Swan

After jockeying to find a parking space on Columbus Boulevard I arrived at Soundgarden Hall (SGH), one of Philadelphia’s premiere nightclubs for EDM artists to showcase their talents. I got there ridiculously early at 8PM to scope out the best spots to capture the action. Lasers and strobes were already on as the opener tried to get the twenty early birds to turn up for his set.

I was there to photograph Valentino Khan and Party Favor, two DJs who were wrapping up their tour with one final performance at SGH. Fast forward a few hours to midnight when Valentino replaced up and coming DJ, Subset, at the decks to begin his set while Party Favor waited in the VIP section for his turn. Meanwhile, I was waiting in the wings of the stage for the headliners to start spinning.

The energy during Valentino’s set was unbelievable. As he rocked out in all of his handlebar-mustached glory, he sipped on a bottle of Maker’s Mark to stay hydrated. When Party Favor came up to take over, Valentino stayed on stage while the VIPs slowly funneled in around the DJ booth.

They saved the best part of the night for last. To finish off, Party Favor and Valentino traded songs for the last thirty minutes of the night until 2AM. The two artists exited the stage after thanking the crowd and taking pictures with them, strolling off to either the after party or their flight out of the city. Next stop, Coachella.