Switch Up, But I Stay The Same!

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(1) For people that aren’t familiar with you, who is Regis De’Von?
  • “I’m a 26 year old from Trotwood, Ohio. City just west of Dayton, Ohio.”
(2) What gave you your passion to make music?
  • “I truly believe my passion to make music came from genetics. My Father was part of his own group when he was coming up. My Mother has a great singing voice, and my little sister is on Broadway (even though she doesn’t prefer to sing). I also believe the time I was born was key to me finding a passion for music. Being born at the very end of 1990, I was exposed to some of our country’s greatest music. It didn’t matter what genre it was, it all had an impact on how I would come to love music.”
(3) How would you explain your sound of music?
  • “I would describe my sound of music as a, darker, harder R&B and a smoother more laid back type of Hip Hop.”
(4) In this music business it can be hard to focus, what are things you do to keep you grounded and in your zone?
  • “I keep my crew close by, I’ve had the same team for awhile now. My family is always supportive and I keep my faith in God. Each one of those keep me grounded, I think it’s important that the people around you have your best interest. To stay in my zone, “I do better with the rider in my system”… that’s it.”
(5) When making music where does your inspiration come from?
  • “My inspiration comes from my last project, I always want to top what we did last. I also draw inspiration from things that are going on around me/in my life at the moment. I just put it into words and melody, I figure someone else could be going through the same thing (good or bad). I make music for those moments. Aaliyah, is one of my biggest inspirations. Her music is transparent, anybody can sing along and it would hold the same weight or give you the same feeling. I never really put her in a genre either, she’d combine different sounds we’d hear in other genres with her sound from Brooklyn. I want people to be able to say that about me.”
    “Love you Baby Girl!”
(6) Do you feel that you are creating the Dayton or Ohio sound?
  • “I feel like my music continues the Dayton/Ohio sound. The funk sound that was made famous in my hometown, is in all of the artists doing their thing there now! Regardless if each artist knows it or not. We have a sound that is recognizable to people all over, especially people who’re familiar with The Land of The Band. Evolution is a given, I know my sound has some of that funk in it. Even, if it’s just here and there, Ohio Player til’ the death!”
(7) Traveling and seeing other artist have you learned anything from them? If so, what did you learn?
  • “Being blessed to travel with some big names I’ve learned a lot! Just being able to see how they move out in public, how things are coordinated before they arrive, because you know once you’re the main attraction, everybody is going to know what location you’re going to be at and what time. So, it’s been helpful experiencing the aspect of security and event arrival. Watching Trey Songz record was eye opening for me, he records sitting down. That blew my mind when I saw that, I didn’t expect all those notes to come from a dude sitting down. I’m sure there’s a lot more I’m leaving out about the artists I’ve been on road with, but that’s what comes to mind right now.”
(8) If you had to feature any artist on your album who would it be?
  • “Dead or Alive? Dead: Aaliyah. Alive: Tunechi”
(9) How hard is it to be accepted in the rap community as an up and coming artist?
  • “I’d say now-a-days it’s not as hard as it was when I first started. There’s more artist now who are able to make their own music at home or somewhere close. Artists are also able to film their own music videos and upload them to major sites and platforms. What separates the music is the quality.”
(10) Who are your top 10 artists of all time?
  • “In order? Sheesh! Ima just give you the artist, I’m not sure about chronological order right now. You’re asking for artists, not rappers! This might take a minute.”
Artist:
Michael Jackson
Jay Z
Eminem
Ye’
Madonna
The Beatles
2 Pac
R. Kelly
Beyonce’
Lil Wayne”
Rappers:
Jay Z
2 Pac
Lil Wayne
Eminem
Biggie
Ye’
Tip
Bun B
Nas
Andre 3K”
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Switch Up – Regis De’Von
Coming October 17thFeaturing Braxton Miller (@BraxtonMiller)

Shot by Korey “KMagic” Faulks (@Kmagicvision)

Will Johnson’s Continous Climb

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(1) For people that aren’t familiar with you, who is William Johnson?

  • “Who is Will Johnson: Follower of Christ, Husband, Father, Son, Brother, and Friend.”

(2) As a kid growing up I knew you were a special talent and that you would make it far, but when did you know making it to the NFL was attainable?

  • “I knew making to the NFL was possible from the moment I was introduced to the sport. Ive always been super competitive at everything, and from a young age I knew this was the career path I wanted to pursue. Coming where were from in Dayton, OH a lot of people make excuses for their outcome, i.e. product of their environment. I was fortunate enough to have a strong circle of family and friends who supported what I wanted to do with my life, paired with a strong work ethic and commitment I was given every opportunity I needed to succeed.”

(3) What were your feelings being picked up by the Pittsburgh Steelers to begin your rookie campaign?

  • “Being Signed by the Steelers was truly a blessing for myself and my family. Im a big believer of God putting us through situations to mold us and see how we respond when were face to face with adversity. Im the perfect example of if you stay the course and trust the process, believe and keep faith, God will continue to bless you because no one can take away from you what he has planned for your life but you. To fully understand where I’m coming from you have to know my back story and how the odds were stacked against me. See, I was never suppose to make it to the NFL if you look on paper, I believe I finished my college career with like 15 total catches 3 TD’s just off the top of my head. I was a follower of christ but I wasn’t committed to a personal relationship with God. It wasn’t until I was working some different jobs the year after i finished school that I realized this wasn’t my purpose in life and that I had much more to offer. When you learn the power of your WHY things start to make sense, its not always about you. From that point I made it my duty to serve God in every area of my life, and you wouldn’t believe the doors he started to open for me and blessings that poured into my life. Signing with Pittsburgh Steelers was a result of my commitment to having a personal relationship with God, which had a positive effect on every area of my life. From this point on I was complete.”

(4) Now with the New York Giants, you have played for two historic programs. Does it seems like it’s a dream?

  • “Everyday I had to pinch myself because the feeling was so surreal. I had the opportunity to play for two historic franchises that host many HOF and future HOF’s. Its not everyday someone can stay they caught passes from two super bowl winning Qb’s Ben Roethlisberger and Eli Manning, crazy right! But the relationships me and family have made over the course of a 5 year career are priceless and will last a lifetime.”

(5) Being in the NFL how much work goes into preparing your body for the season?

  • “For me, I took great pride in my offseason training, probably one of my favorite times of the year (besides the playoffs of course.) Ive always been very passionate about the behind the scenes process of what it takes to succeed at the professional level. My goal was simple going into training, that I would be the hardest working player in the NFL, and I feel if you don’t think that way, your in the wrong sport or your not setting yourself up to succeed. Its a long process, and a lot of people especially now use the word not knowing the true meaning. One of my favorite motivational speakers “Inky Johnson” made the quote, “It’s not about the product It’s the process!” he goes on to say “Regardless of the outcome, the process or journey will be rewarding in teaching you new things you never knew about yourself. Life is truly a journey.” For me the process is not only physical, but mental and spiritual as well. I wanted to show up to training camp prepared for the season to give everyone the best me possible.”

(6) How much of your childhood played a significant part of your success?

  • “My childhood played a significant part in the man I am today. Its where I developed the the work ethic and effort needed to accomplish the goals I wanted to attain.”

(7) Where does your motivation come from?

  • “My motivation comes from past experiences and being afraid to fail or let those closest to me down. When I get up every morning I have a purpose, and goals. I love what I do, but there has to be a reason for my drive and will to keeping moving forward and progressing not regressing. I fear seeking comfort, I never want to be complacent or happy just being where I am. I’m always look to grow and be well rounded, I think thats where that purpose and knowing your why comes into play. Its not easy, you have to be built for it, thats why everyone cant be on the same level. Its those experiences from my childhood that you already know about because we grew up in the same neighborhood that makes us the men we are today ready to show perseverance at whatever comes our way.”

(8) With everything thats going on in the NFL socially, how do you stay focused in doing your job and performing at a high level?

  • “Playing in any professional league comes with a lot for a young man to deal with at an fairly early age. There will always be distractions of all sorts and you live under a microscope so to speak where everything you do and say will be made public both good and bad. The key to staying focused I found is to hold yourself to a high standard and to hold yourself accountable. Football is something I’ve been playing my entire life, but the brand you build for yourself is just as important. When my kids and family look back or google my name I want them to be proud of our family name and know that I made an impact not only on the field but off as well.”

(9) Being in the position as a member of the New York Giants, how do you stay humble?

  • “So I suffered a season ending injury last season in my first pre-season game with Giants. I didn’t think much of the injury as I’ve never missed any significant time in my career due to injury. I had no idea that same injury would possibly end up being career ending. I injured a nerve in my neck that directly effected my shoulder and never quite healed and I was released by the giants this past offseason as a result. No biggie! I’ll heal up and come back stronger somewhere else. I’ve since had physicals with the Jets twice now, falcons, and saints all resulting in the same answer, “We can’t clear you to play.” Just when I thought I was at the top of my game it felt as if I would never play another down again. Brings me back to the point I made earlier, knowing your purpose and your Why. Everything happens for a reason I believe, rather I play again or not there is a reason I’m going though what I’m going through. I see the bigger picture of my life and its not just football. My plan is to go back to school to receive my Masters in Sports Management and eventually open my own sports performance training facility to impact youth and those looking to take their game to the next level. I’ll continue working out and staying ready so I don’t have to get ready if a team called, its a lifestyle for me. But most importantly being healthy is my #1 priority.”

(10) For any kid that dreams of making it to the pro’s what message would you give them?

  • “If I could give a message to kids who have dreams and aspirations of one day playing professional sports, I would stress the importance of education and acquiring the skill of listening. Nothing comes before school. Make making good grades a habit, I don’t care how good you are on the field or court, you wont make it very far if you don’t have the grades to match. No matter what you do in this lifetime you’ll always have an education to fall back on because playing sports isn’t forever.”

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One Shot Kill

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Photographer Ronald Applin is a renowned freelance artist who not only prides himself on his creativity but also by breaking barriers that have never been broken. His style is like no other and his passion is next to none! Please get to know this phenomenal artist in reading about Ronald below.

(1) For the people that don’t know you, who are you?
-I’m Ronald Applin. I’m a photographer among a lot of other things. And I’m trying to steal all the girls away from their boyfriends…just to take pics though ha!

(2) What would you call your style of photography?
-I would call it conceptual…mainly because of how I shoot my fashion stuff. I call it “Fashion Conceptual…” mainly because it’s built on concepts of secret societies, erotica, fighting technique, and storytelling.

(3) Where does your motivation comes from?
-My motivation comes from a lot of things but mostly from the multiplicity in the aesthetic of the world around me. Fashion, martial arts, architecture, physique, posture, nature, music and people all create these convergent points of color, motion, shape, sound, and form that always grab my attention.

(4) Do you listen to any music before/during a photo shoot? If so, what’s your go to track?
-Music is one of the driving forces of my life. Music is always around. My go to track these days is Sacrifices on Drakes More Life.

(5) How do you feel about today’s culture?
-I’ve never been into what is today’s culture…there are things I like…things I don’t…but overall I really like how people are making efforts to be truer to themselves in whatever they do.

(6) If you had to choose a model/actor or actress who would you shoot?
-Rihanna or Beyoncé.

(7) When did you find out photography was your life?
-When I left to go L.A. to be homeless in pursuits of taking my photography to the next level.

(8) What is your personal favorite piece?
-I don’t have one really. I have so many different perspectives that I enjoy in many of my photos…so it’s hard to pick one.

(9) Who is your favorite photographer?
-Helmut Newton is my favorite photographer.

(10) Any work coming soon?
-I always do random stuff here and there…I don’t know when I’m going to start shooting the series again. I am working on building the business end of my photography these days. So I’m really focused on my photography in a entire different light. So it will be at random.