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Q&A with rising stars Mia Lailani, Devan Ibiza, father Maximino Perez:
“I think it brought us a lot closer”

Q&A with rising stars Mia Lailani, Devan Ibiza, father Maximino Perez:
“I think it brought us a lot closer”

The music industry is tough, but family proves to be tougher. NYC Tastemakers had the pleasure of talking with up-and-coming musicians Mia Lailani and Devan Ibiza and their music producing father and manager Maximino Perez to discuss their debut album Blink of an Eye, the meaning of music, and their bond as a family unit.

Q&A with Robert Clivillés: “I wanted to express ‘Latinism’”

Q&A with Robert Clivillés: “I wanted to express ‘Latinism’”

In celebration of Latinx pride and culture, one half of C&C Music Factory Robert Clivillés recently produced and released upbeat, evocative vibe song “Yo Soy Latino (Vamos a Bailar)” by Latinos Del Mundo, accompanied by an equally nostalgic music video. NYC Tastemakers sat down with Clivillés to talk about the release of this soon-to-be Latinx anthem, “Latinism,” and his life and legacy in the music industry.

Bridging the Gap: Gilbert Vazquez

Bridging the Gap: Gilbert Vazquez

In 1989, Keith Haring asked his dear friend if he wanted to become involved in his foundation. Although Gilbert Vazquez didn’t know what this meant at the time, he knew that he wanted to help his friend carry out his wishes. Haring had been diagnosed with AIDS, and knew that after his passing he wanted to continue his legacy and make positive change.

Svet: One in Two Million

Svet: One in Two Million

Svetlin Radoslavof, a native of Bulgaria, is a well-known musician with an inspirational story. In 2016, Svetlin, also known as “Svet,” began experiencing unbearable headaches. That August, he went to the hospital, not knowing what to expect. There, he was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor. The tumor, which is most commonly found in children, appears in just one in two million adults.

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