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Chris Chafin

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Chris Chafin writes about the people and companies behind our culture.
If you want to visit one of the most legit metal places in New York City, stop by Duff’s on Marcy Ave in Williamsburg. It has metal on the jukebox, has hosted Slayer, and always has its famous hearse parked right outside. Jimmy Duff, the owner, is about as real as they come. How and why did you become involved in your line of work? What would you even call what you do? I had spent enough...
Belgian Francois Vaxelaire is the man behind The Lot Radio, an independent online radio station streaming live, every day, from a reclaimed shipping container on an empty lot in Williamsburg. Eternally at war with the city – about if he can add seats, or a coffee shop, or have a container in a vacant lot at all – Vaxelaire is a throwback to an almost completely vanished NYC: people who did creative things that...
Dancer and choreographer Ousmane Wiles already has a decade of experience in New York’s ballroom culture, but still shows up on lists of its exciting young talent. Maybe it’s his energy, his creativity, and (yes) his youthful good looks. Currently working with band/arts collective/ballroom house Shirley House, Wiles has also trained with ballroom legends The House of Mizrahi. It’s at that last place he got his official ballroom name, Omari Mizrahi. Born in Senegal,...
Ami Spishock works along with the people behind Secretly Group, the label collective which includes labels Dead Oceans, Jagjaguwar, The Numero Group and Secretly Canadian. Spishock used to work at Zeitgeist Management, where clients include Best Coast and the Postal Service. At Fort William their clients include The War On Drugs, Grizzly Bear, Fleet Foxes, and Beirut. How and why did you become involved in your line of work? What would you even call what...

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