MUSIC

DYLYN Reveals an Inner "Secret"

DYLYN gets vulnerable and lets out her pain.

DYLYN

Mackenzie Duncan

DYLYN, who hails from Toronto, Canada, unveils her new music video – "Secret" – today. Popdust spoke with her about the captivating new song.

What inspired the song?

This one is personal. My life was turned upside down and as a result this song emerged. 'Secret' became therapeutic, it helped me deal with this crazy thing that happens to so many people, yet often remains a taboo subject; especially in song," explains DYLYN. "'Secret' gave me a chance to connect with people, with my fans whose parents also split up due to infidelity; it became a way of reaffirming myself and others 'You are not the only one going through this.' When you write a song from such an honest and vulnerable place - that's when the magic happens.


DYLYN - Secret (Official Music Video) youtu.be

Who produced it? What was the recording experience like?

The record was produced by Marty Martino. The writing process was all about 20 minutes. I was hesitant about writing about such a personal story, but as the lyrics started to unfold, everything fell into place. I recorded the song in a very dim lit vocal booth. I wanted to get into a headspace where I could feel alone with myself and deliver the lyrics from the most honest place.

What do you want people to take away from the song? Was there a particular mood you were trying to capture? A story you were trying to tell?

I want people to know they're not alone and especially as a child of divorce. We often focus so much on the two people involved that other members of the family are forgotten. It was really hard for me to watch my parents separate after being together for so long; my brother and I went through a lot. The resolve in the end is forgiveness and ultimately love. Singing about your own experiences gives others the chance to connect and realize they're not alone. When I was younger and fell into a dark headspace, music was always my therapy and outlet to get my emotions out - I'm hoping this does the same for others.

What are your plans for the next year?

I'm currently working on a new EP that is forecasted to be released this year. I'm very excited to get this music out and tour again. This record is going to be more raw and I want to put all my emotions on the table. 'Secret' gave me the courage to do that.

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CULTURE

Nazi-Chic: The Aesthetics of Fascism

Let's take a look at Nazi-inspired fashion.

Villains always have the best outfits.

From Darth Vader's polished black space armor to The Joker's snazzy purple suit, bad guys always seem to show up their protagonists in the fashion department.

Way more handsome than Batman. static.giantbomb.com

But could there possibly be a real world equivalent to the type of over-the-top villain fashion often found in fiction? It would have to be sleek and imposing, austere and dangerous. Probably black.

Maybe it's him. Maybe it's fascist ideology.

Oh, right.

Let's call a spade a spade. From an aesthetic standpoint, the Nazi SS outfit is very well-designed. The long coat tied around the waist with a buckle portrays a slim, sturdy visage. The leather boots and matching cap look harsh and powerful. The emblem placements on the lapel naturally suggest rank and authority. And the red armband lends a splash of color to what would otherwise be a dark monotone. If the Nazi uniform wasn't so closely tied with the atrocities they committed during WWII, it wouldn't seem out of place at Fashion Week. Perhaps not too surprising, considering many of the uniforms were made by Hugo Boss.

Pictured: A real thing Hugo Boss did. i.imgur.com

Of course, today, Nazi uniform aesthetics are inseparable from the human suffering doled out by their wearers. In most circles of civilized society, that's more than enough reason to avoid the garb in any and all fashion choices. But for some, that taboo isn't a hindrance at all–if anything, it's an added benefit.

As a result, we have Nazi chic, a fashion trend centered around the SS uniform and related Nazi imagery.

History of Nazi Chic

For the most part, Nazi chic is not characterized by Nazi sympathy. Rather, Nazi chic tends to be associated with counterculture movements that view the use of its taboo imagery as a form of shock value, and ironically, anti-authoritarianism.

The movement came to prominence in the British punk scene during the mid-1970s, with bands like the Sex Pistols and Siouxsie and the Banshees displaying swastikas on their attire alongside other provocative imagery.

Very rotten, Johnny. i.redd.it

Around this time, a film genre known as Nazisploitation also came to prominence amongst underground movie buffs. A subgenre of exploitation and sexploitation films, Naziploitation movies skewed towards D-grade fare, characterized by graphic sex scenes, violence, and gore. Plots typically surrounded female prisoners in concentration camps, subject to the sexual whims of evil SS officers, who eventually escaped and got their revenge. However, the most famous Nazisploitation film, Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS, flipped the genders.

The dorm room poster that will ensure you never get laid. images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com

Ilsa was a female SS officer and the victims were men. She spent much of the movie wearing her Nazi uniform in various states, sexually abusing men all the while. As such, Ilsa played into dominatrix fantasies. The movie was a hit on the grindhouse circuit, inspiring multiple sequels and knock-offs and solidifying Nazi aesthetics as a part of the BDSM scene.

Since then, Nazi chic fashion has been employed by various artists, from Madonna to Marilyn Manson to Lady Gaga, and has shown up in all sorts of places from leather clubs to character designs in video games and anime.

Lady Gaga looking SS-uper. nyppagesix.files.wordpress.com

Nazi Chic in Asia

Nazi chic has taken on a life of its own in Asia. And unlike Western Nazi chic, which recognizes Nazism as taboo, Asian Nazi chic seems entirely detached from any underlying ideology.

A large part of this likely has to do with the way that Holocaust education differs across cultures. In the West, we learn about the Holocaust in the context of the Nazis committing horrific crimes against humanity that affected many of our own families. The Holocaust is presented as personal and closer to our current era than we might like to think. It is something we should "never forget." Whereas in Asia, where effects of the Holocaust weren't as prominent, it's simply another aspect of WWII which, in and of itself, was just another large war. In other words, Nazi regalia in Asia might be viewed as simply another historical military outfit, albeit a particularly stylish one.

In Japan, which was much more involved with WWII than any other Asian country, Nazi chic is usually (but not always) reserved for villainous representations.

OF COURSE. i.imgur.com

That being said, J-Pop groups like Keyakizaka46 have publicly worn Nazi chic too, and the phenomena isn't limited to Japan.

In South Korea, Indonesia, and Thailand, Nazi imagery has shown up in various elements of youth culture, completely void of any moral context. For instance, in Indonesia, a Hitler-themed fried chicken restaurant opened in 2013. And in Korea, K-Pop groups like BTS and Pritz have been called out for propagating Nazi chic fashion. Usually such incidents are followed by public apologies, but the lack of historical understanding makes everything ring hollow.

Implications

So the question then: is Nazi chic a bad thing?

The answer is not so black and white.

On one hand, seeing Nazi chic on the fashion scene may dredge up painful memories for Holocaust survivors and those whose family histories were tainted. In this light, wearing Nazi-inspired garb, regardless of intent, seems disrespectful and antagonistic. Worse than that, it doesn't even seem like a slight against authority so much as a dig at actual victims of genocide.

But on the other hand, considering the fact that even the youngest people who were alive during WWII are edging 80, "forgetting the Holocaust" is a distinct possibility for younger generations. In that regard, perhaps anything that draws attention to what happened, even if it's simply through the lens of "this outfit should be seen as offensive," might not be entirely bad. This, compounded by the fact that Nazi chic is not commonly associated with actual Nazi or nationalistic sentiments, might be enough to sway some people–not necessarily to wear, like, or even appreciate its aesthetics, but rather to understand its place within counterculture.

Ultimately, one's views on Nazi chic likely come down to their own personal taste and sensibilities. For some, Nazi chic is just a style, an aesthetic preference for something that happens to be mired in historical horror. For others, the shadow of atrocity simply hangs too strong.

After a less than exciting month in K-pop, this week's chart is absolutely bursting with new hits.

YG Entertainment's Akdong Musician are at the top of the pile, debuting at No. 1 with "Time and Fallen Leaves." The calculated seasonal ballad is the fourth chart-topper of the duo's short career.

Gaeko's "No Makeup" with Zion.T and HA:TFELT follows at No. 2, while Girl's Day's special ballad single, "I Miss You" enters at No. 4.

Rounding out the top five is boy band VIXX with "Error," which becomes their highest-charting single to date.

Seo Taiji's "Christmalo.win" debuts at No. 7, while his IU collaboration, "Sogyeokdong," is down to No. 11.

SECRET's Ji Eun arrives at No. 15 with her sassy new single "Pretty Age 25." Although she missed out on the top ten, the song has outperformed her last single, "Don't Look At Me Like That," which only reached No. 27.

Further down, SM Entertainment's new girl group Red Velvet debut at a so-so No. 33 with their new single, "Be Natural." It's a big drop from their first single, "Happiness," which hit No. 5 in August.

However, Red Velvet's performance is nowhere near as poor as Crayon Pop's new sub-unit Strawberry Milk, who debut at No. 93 with their J-pop-influenced single, "OK."

Check out this week's new K-pop singles below.

No. 1. Akdong Musician - Time and Fallen Leaves

No. 2. Gaeko - No Makeup featuring Zion.T and HA:TFELT

No. 4. Girl's Day - I Miss You

No. 5. VIXX - Error

No. 7. Seo Taiji - Christmalo.win

No. 15. Ji Eun - Pretty Age 25

No. 33. Red Velvet - Be Natural

No. 93. Strawberry Milk - OK