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TRAVEL JOURNALIST THOMAS WILMER INTERVIEWS 360 MAGAZINE PUBLISHER VAUGHN LOWERY

Small to medium sized business often fall short due to high turnover. Vaughn Lowery, Publisher of 360 Magazine, provides listeners with first-hand knowledge on the ever-shifting world of digital publishing and content creation through a youthful lens. Likewise with his innate ability to be accessible, he speaks to working in tandem with emerging generations and how their input could be detrimental to the survival of a brand.

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An Additional Conversation with 360 Magazine’s Publisher Vaughn Lowery

By Tara McDonough

If Vaughn Lowery was asked what his idea of success was 10 years ago, his answer would be very different from what it is today. He may have said that success means doing what he loves to do, being accomplished, or having a certain amount of material things.

“Success to me now is having a purpose in life and feeling passionate and fulfilled by it,” says Lowery.

Lowery got his first taste of the industry while interning for Vibe Magazine while on Summer vacation from Cornell University. His sister drove him into New York City every morning to drop him off and always advised him to be the first one at the office. One morning Lowery found himself alone with the publisher of the magazine at the time, Keith Clinkscales, which gave him the opportunity to speak with him one-on-one. It was due to his sister’s advice that he got the chance to do what no other intern would normally get to do.

After finishing up at Cornell in just three years, Lowery became an executive trainee with Saks Fifth Avenue. He was able to get along with everyone in the office and was doing great when he was called into his boss’s office one afternoon.

“She told me I was in the wrong business; that I was very charismatic and should try acting,” Lowery says, “but, I liked the path I was on at that time.”

It wasn’t until Lowery was asked by someone connected to the talent industry if he was a model that he truly considered breaking into the talent industry. Shortly after taking professional photos and getting them out to agencies, Lowery ended up with Ford Models. From there he did photoshoots, tv commercials, and ad campaigns, all while still working in outside sales at Aetna US Healthcare. Once he began modelling full time his face was in the pages of GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, and Gap. By being around people of all different positions, primarily in the magazine publishing industry, Lowery came to understand how content was produced. It was right before the recession hit while he was living in LA that Lowery made the transition from modelling to the publishing industry.

It was his experience in modelling that inspired Lowery’s creation of the 360 Magazine. While working on any given shoot, Lowery was often one of just three or less black men. Often times he was the only black man on a set which drew his attention to the lack of representation in the media industry. Lowery’s goal for the 360 Magazine was that it would fill this niche and promote diversity across the publishing world, specifically the covers of its magazines.

For those wanting to work in the media industry, specifically in the publishing world, Lowery suggests starting from the ground up.

“Being self taught and learning as you go is something you need to be open to,” says Lowery, “Ask tons of questions, and learn everything you can from every position.”

Lowery warns that it’s important to be open and cordial to everyone, because you don’t know when your paths will cross again. Making connections and using them is how most people gain opportunities. He also adds that just by hanging out with people you’ll always learn something that you can apply to aspects of your work.  

Things in the industry have been changing and becoming more digitally focused since the beginning of 360 Magazine’s launch. The magazine was started during a time of e-zines, so it’s not a surprise that the website came first. Lowery had experience with creating websites from a young age so the move from print to digital was natural for him. It was clear to him where the industry was going.

“Print was getting costly, bookstores were looking dilapidated and even Barnes and Noble was focusing on their version of the tablet, the Nook,” says Lowery, “All the magazines were looking alike anyway.”

Print was still important though. Besides the fact that advertising agencies want to see a physical copy of a magazine before working with them, print is taken more seriously due to its cost. Other companies will be aware that a certain magazine has the funds to support itself if they have a print copy to show for it.

360 Magazine printed their first issue in 2009, but it was costly. Lowery began thinking that there had to be some other way to work with print. It was then that he decided to do print on demand publications. 360 Magazine linked with Blurb, which allowed anyone to order a print copy of the magazine right from our website. They’ve been distributing to them for 9 years now.

The magazine’s estimated circulation, which is based on print, is 110,000 from print on demand. This number doesn’t tend to move much, but most people end up reading 360 Magazine’s online articles through WordPress.

When asked what makes a media contributor most marketable, Lowery says that in this industry you need a social following and the ability to network. Being accessible and having a portfolio of published work is a great place to start as well.

Do it all,” Lowery says, “monetize, write, take photos, be on time, and take initiatives.”

The hardest thing about the industry in Lowery’s opinion is breaking into it and surviving on freelance jobs along the way. Writers should be prepared to sacrifice mentally, physically and financially. While working for a publication, Lowery says that writers need to do what they can to become a valuable asset to them. That way, a publication will be more likely to keep you on board and help you in the future.

As for internship positions at 360 Magazine, Lowery aims to teach interns everything that he didn’t learn. He’s assigns articles for interns to write, pushes them to network, has them do coverage and teaches them how to get published or to self-publish.

“We teach interns how to be resourceful and find themselves in the organization,” says Lowery.

When interns can bring business to the magazine, the magazine will bring business to them. Special assignment opportunities are available for interns who finish their program and are still looking to remain involved. Lowery says that while the magazine is specifically looking to groom editors, that if a publication wants to really pop, then they have to have a revolving door.

When asked what goals he has for the future of 360 Magazine, Lowery responded that he aims to keep it three dimensional with podcasts and web series.

“I want to be able to put the brand out to different countries and places in America,” says Lowery, Local presences would strengthen us.”

He also says that he’s interested in the possibility of a reality spin off or docu-series, as well as introducing more formal programs for educational purposes.

VAUGHN LOWERY:
360 Magazine
LinkedIn
Joe boxer TV Appearance
America’s Next Top Model Appearance
Sundance Film Trailer Appearance

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2 Chainz Interviews Steve Stoute For “Crate Talk”

2 Chainz and Steve Stoute go head-to-head in the first of five episodes of Crate Talk, a new interview show part of YouTube Music’s recently announced short-form video mini-series program.

2 Chainz’s fifth album, RAP OR GO TO THE LEAGUE, out now, challenges the notion that the only way out of the inner city is either to become a rapper or a ball player. In his new short-form series Crate Talk, 2 Chainz invites guests to discuss the power of education and entrepreneurship over a game of SELF (instead of HORSE) on a basketball court in his hometown of Atlanta.

Crate Talk Episode 1 with Steve Stoute is out now on 2 Chantz’s YouTube channel. Future episodes will feature Gary V, Winnie Harlow, Mike Dean, and 2 Chainz’s daughter Heaven Epps.

YouTube Music is partnering with artists to create short-form promotional mini-series for their Official Artist Channels. These partnerships seek to give artists an increased presence on YouTube and help them further express their creativity, engage with fans, and promote new music releases.

Dreezy’s New Mind Massage Video

During Super Bowl LIII, millions of fans watching at home experienced the rising popularity of ASMR – as demonstrated by Zoe Kravitz and Cardi B – in brand-new spots that debuted during the big game.  Today on Fuse.tv, rapper, singer, and songwriter Dreezy joins the community of ASMR enthusiasts, as she speaks about her anthemic “Where Them $ @” track, her newly released project Big Dreez, her experience of being from Southside Chicago and her visit to Dreamville’s ‘Revenge of the Dreamers III’ recording sessions. The all-new episode of Fuse’s popular digital series Mind Massage posted today on Fuse.tv.

Check out his Mind Massage interview below!

URL: https://www.fuse.tv/videos/2019/2/dreezy-asmr-interview

 Fuse’s Mind Massage features ASMR’s (autonomous sensory meridian responses) by some of your favorite hip hop stars as they chow down on their favorite foods and discuss their career, upbringing and more. Fans can check out new episodes from this digital series every week on fuse.tv. Past episodes include appearances by Lloyd, Mya, Dizzy Wright, Vic Mensa, Kodie Shane, Cipha Sounds, Danileigh, Tierra Whack, Diggy Simons, Madame Gandhi, among others.

Phony Ppl Premiere Dizzying Visuals of “Way Too Far”

Phony Ppl recently unleased their new album mō’zā-ik (300 Entertainment), the follow-up to 2015 Yesterday’s Tomorrow. Blending soul, funk, R&B and more, each song on the 11-track set plays as an extended jam between five musicians playing at their peak and garnered attention from the likes of NPR, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, and NYLON, who called the album “ethereal as hell.”

Recently, the Brooklyn-based quintet release the dizzying visuals for their song, “Way Too Far.” Directed by Joe Well who has directed videos for Kendrick Lamar, YG, Puff Daddy, and The Internet, the production company who produced the video–Pyscho Films–recently produced the video for Jay Rock ft. Kendrick Lamar– “Wow Freestyle” as well as Aminé–“Reel It In.” The video follows the band and gives us a window into their world, and features cameos by Briana Shanee Wilson (Influencer/Entrepreneur/Creator of Matte Brand) and Patrick Paige II of The Internet.

The new record was met with rave reviews, with the band making Rolling Stone’s 2018 Hot List, with David Fricke noting how they are “ready for the world with  mō’zā-ik. NPR Music premiered the album via First Listen, calling it a “stepping stone for the Brooklyn Band as a subconcious vacation for the listener while moving through the world…or maybe even a retreat from it.” The collection was also featured on NPR’s ‘New Music Friday– 8 Albums You Should Hear Now.’ Pitchfork added mō’zā-ik to their ‘5 Best New Rap Songs’ list, raging about how “the group mashes so well” and “every element of their sound complements the other.” The band also appeared on MTV’s TRL, were interviewed on Sway In The Morning, are currently the face of Spotify’s Newness Playlist, and were featured as Artist of the Week by both TIDAL and Soundcloud.

The band are currently supporting Pusha T on the second leg of his Daytona Tour wrapping up with two shows in their home town at Irving Plaza in New York, and will also be playing a headlining show at Mercury Lounge December 28, with tickets on sale Nov. 20th. See below for full tour routing.

Tour Dates:

*with Pusha T

‘MŌ’ZĀ-IK’ TRACK LIST

  1. Way Too Far
  2. Once You Say Hello
  3. somethinG about your love
  4. Cookie Crumble
  5. the Colours
  6. One Man Band
  7. Think You’re Mine
  8. Move Her Mind
  9. Before You Get a Boyfriend
  10. Either Way
  11. on everythinG iii love

Bibi Bourelly “Writer’s Song”

Def Jam Recordings artist Bibi Bourelly, who reigns as one of today’s most talked-about performers and in-demand songwriters, returns to the front line with a new track and video released today, “Writer’s Song.” The track will be included on Bibi’s upcoming project, details to be announced in the weeks ahead.

Writer’s Song” is the first new music from Bibi Bourelly since Boy (In Studio) (August 2017), a 4-song EP of live studio recordings that delved into boy/relationships through the prism of Bibi’s life, in and out of the spotlight.  With each track, she shared anecdotes and insights.  Fans were treated to a preview of the live EP format during Bibi’s summer festival dates at Lollapalooza, Bumbershoot, Osheaga, Austin City Limits, Voodoo, Music Midtown, and other markets.

Bibi, whose career-defining single “Ego” reached Top 5 on the Spotify Viral 50, and on 12 independent country charts including the U.S. (at #3), Canada (#7), and the UK (#9), was the subject of a memorable page 1 Arts profile in the New York Times in May 2016. She continued to dominate the conversation with her song “Ballin” which charted at #12 in urban radio followed by TV appearances on NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, CBS’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Late Late Show with James Corden, the BET Awards, as well as features in major magazines such asInterview, Elle, Glamour, Billboard, Essence, The Fader, and many more. The video for “Ego,” filmed in Berlin, has surpassed over 2 millionYouTube views to date and “Ballin” video has surpassed over 2.4 millionYouTube views to date.

Q&A With Todd Schireson, Abell Auction Co.

Vice President of Abell Auction Company, Todd Schireson, gives a one-on-one personal interview regarding his business as well as his family’s legacy.

Q: How does one become a curator for an auction?

A: Although I have a BA Degree in Business/Economics, I grew up surrounded by antiques and fine art through the family business. I started taking an interest in design, and knew that I wanted to work in the art world.

Q: When did you realize that you wanted to continue your family’s legacy?

A: I was working in high-end residential management and was fortunate enough to work closely with some of the most important interior designers of the day. I became increasingly passionate about art and design, and started taking more of an interest in the auction business. My grandfather and father were both co-owners of the family auction house and it was a natural step to take in my mid-twenties.

Q: What type of research have you conducted in order to keep your pulse on the millennial consumer?

A: My research comes from years of experience as an auctioneer watching what different age groups are buying. We have changed our business format to encompass more millennial buyers. We hold specialty auctions, especially featuring more mid-century and luxury goods to accommodate that market.

Q: Do you consider yourself a philanthropist? Does any of your proceeds at your auction go towards any humanitarian efforts?

A: All of the auctioneers at Abell including myself donate our time to doing charitable auction events. I recently served as an auctioneer for the Jane Goodall foundation charity auction, and have done cancer foundation auctions as well.

Q: Describe your most eclectic find for this youthful market segment?

A: Every so often we come across really fun estates in Southern California. One estate that a youthful market responded well to was a single-owner men’s sneaker collection. We sold more than 200 pairs of collectible, new, in-box sneakers.

Q: How do you select a location for your pop-up engagements?

A: We selected a location based off of a diverse, younger, affluent market. We typically use the Venice area for its walkable neighborhood and the educated art community present.

Q: What advice would you give to someone aspiring to be an auctioneer?

A: The main facets of being an auctioneer are obtaining merchandise and selling merchandise. For both you have to know your customer base, know what look is selling, and be educated about any piece that could come across an auction house.

Q: Is there anything you wish us to know about your next endeavors?

A: We are taking a 102-year-old business and bring it into the 21st century by becoming more accessible online, to reach an audience that can’t necessarily be here in person.

Q: Are you tackling other markets besides LA? National? International?

A: We have a solid base in Southern California, but have expanded into Palm Springs, Northern California and Las Vegas. We are an internationally and nationally recognized auction house; our expansion into the international markets has been a result of expanding online.

Black Panther + 4 Things You Missed This Week

BOBI ANDONOV UNVEILS ACOUSTIC VIDEO OF FAITHFUL, FROM THE STRIPPED SERIES

Australian alt-pop artist BOBI ANDONOV returns today with the first video from his upcoming Stripped series of acoustic live performances. Premiering on Ladygunn Magazine, the the Andy Madeleine-directed clip sees BOBI deliver a captivating, intensely passionate performance of his latest single, Faithful, which is out now.

Speaking about the new video, BOBI explains, “we wanted to create something dreamy and sensual that would complement the song instead of doing something crazy. Andy Madeleine, the director, had the vision of creating more of a performance video than just a live video in a venue or studio.”

Watch this very special acoustic version of “Faithful” HERE.

“FAITHFUL” (STRIPPED) | DOWNLOAD | STREAM

Sabrina Carpenter’s “Almost Love” Music Video surpasses 20M views

PERFORMING AT THE BILLBOARD HOT 100 FESTIVAL AUGUST 19TH AND ON GOOD MORNING AMERICA AUGUST 20TH

Watch the video HERE

“ALMOST LOVE” | DOWNLOAD | STREAM

MARVEL MUSIC AND HOLLYWOOD RECORDS PRESENT MARVEL STUDIOS’ BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA REMIXED EP

AVAILABLE DIGITALLY ON AUGUST 17

Available today from Marvel Music/Hollywood Records is the Black Panther: Wakanda Remixed digital EP, featuring 5 remixes of tracks from the original motion picture soundtrack composed by Grammy nominated composer and songwriter Ludwig Gransson. Gransson produced and remixed two of the five tracks, Waterfalls and Black Panther. The Black Panther score soundtrack debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s World Music chart in its first week of release. Read more HERE.

Wakanda Remixed is now available for download and at streaming services.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

MADDIE POPPE PERFORMS “GOING GOING GONE” ON GMA

American Idol winner Maddie Poppe performed her single, “Going Going Gone” on Good Morning America this week. She was also joined by Idol runner-up and boyfriend, Caleb Lee Hutchinson to perform their rendition of “You’ve Got a Friend.” (Watch Here) Both Maddie and Caleb are currently on the road for the American Idol Live! Tour, which continues through mid-September. Tickets available HERE.

Watch her performance of “Going Going Gone” HERE

Watch full interview HERE

IN REAL LIFE HEADLINE TOUR BEGINS SEPTEMBER 9TH JAGMAC TO SUPPORT

In Real Life has announced that JAGMAC will be joining them on their upcoming Tonight Belongs To You tour, which kicks off September 9th in Silver Springs, MD and continues through mid-October ending in Orlando, FL. Radio Disney’s NBT (Next Big Thing), JAGMAC, is a 6 sibling pop group from Baltimore, MD.They burst onto the scene with their current single “Right Back With You.”

Tickets and more info available at inreallifeofficial.com.

Michael Savage: Stop Mass Hysteria

In his forthcoming book, STOP MASS HYSTERIA: America’s Insanity From the Salem Witch Trials to the Trump Witch Hunt (on sale October 9, 2018), #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Savage not only deconstructs the Left’s response to traditional American values like borders, language, and culture, but takes the reader on an unprecedented journey through the long history of mass hysteria in the United States. From Christopher Columbus to the Salem witch trials to the so-called “Red Scares” of the 1930s and 40s and much more, Dr. Savage recounts the many times collective insanity—often prompted by sinister politicians with ulterior motives—has gripped the American public.

Dr. Savage provides vital context for the common elements of dozens of outbreaks of mass hysteria in the past, their causes, their short- and long-term effects, and the tactics of the puppet masters who duped gullible masses into fearing threats both real and imagined. By shining a light on the true nature and causes of American mass hysteria in the past, Savage provides an insightful look into who and what is causing dangerous unrest in our lives—and why.

Dr. Savage is available for interviews, and can discuss:

• WHY Americans can be so easily duped into believing unbelievable things

• How the internet has contributed to the polarization of America

• What his callers tell him about the deep divide between themselves and their neighbors

• Moments from history that presage our current crisis

• What we as Americans can do to stop mass hysteria

• And much more

About the Author:

In 2016, after twenty-two years on the air, Michael Savage was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame, an honor that Dr. Savage calls “the capstone of my life.” The Savage Nation, the country’s #1 streaming radio show, is one of the top programs in America, with millions of listeners and broadcast on over 230 stations, including WABC and KSFO. A prolific New York Times bestselling author, Dr. Savage has been profiled in Playboy and The New Yorker, and he has been awarded the Freedom of Speech Award from Talkers Magazine. He received his PhD in epidemiology and nutrition sciences from the University of California at Berkeley.