There’s a reason why they call musicians, artists. They have an uncanny ability to push their creativity into worlds outside of music — whether it be art, design, fashion, film, food, or all the above. We’re living in the age of the multi-hyphenated artist where they’re not bound by classification. Rather, they use all mediums possible for self-expression and experimentation.

In this weeks’ inspiration post, we’ll highlight artists who refuse to be limited to one medium and explore their deep connection between music and film. Just yesterday, Jay Z inked a deal with the Weinstein Company, giving them the first rights to produce all of his upcoming TV and film projects. An exciting development we’ll continue to follow.


FX’s Comedy TV Show ‘Atlanta’ is Produced by and Stars Donald Glover 

donald_gloverDonald Glover also known as Childish Gambino is the perfect example of this multihyphenated artist. Described as a Rapper/Writer/Producer/Actor/Sketch Comic/Stand up comedian, he is making headlines in film with his new hit TV show ‘Atlanta.’

Premiering just a few weeks ago, the FX show saw the highest ratings for a comedy premiere on FX since 2013. In fact, the show has already been renewed for a season 2. Gambino stars in the show and serves as the executive producer. Despite this being a separate endeavor in film and comedy, Gambino’s music is still interconnected, creating original music for the show and potentially releasing songs from his upcoming album Pharos in upcoming episodes.

Gambino is an artist who understands and truly believes in the need to explore and experiment. In an interview discussing creating beyond just an album he said, “you gotta build a bigger world. I’m not gonna make an album. Im gonna make an album and the roll out dope, the movie with it dope, gonna make everything dope, gonna make a world.” This world he creates touches all mediums of self expression.

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Justin Timberlake Turns His Tour Into A Netflix Original Film

jtTheres no bigger disruptor in the film industry than Netflix, so its no surprise to see them create new ways to experience live music through film. Justin Timberlake and The Tennessee Kids is a Netflix Original and concert documentary of the last stop of his 20/20 Experience Tour.

Turning alive show into a cinematic film is a powerful way to bridge music and film. You can watch the trailer here and the full film on Oct. 12th

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Drake Releases His Short-Film Project, ‘Please Forgive Me’

screen-shot-2016-09-30-at-9-53-55-amIn partnership with Apple Music and director Anthony Mandler, Drake released a 23-minute film earlier this week after a month-long anticipation teased on his Instagram account. ‘Please Forgive Me’ is a dramatic and action packed short film inspired by Drakes recent album, Views.

This isn’t the first short film from Drake, following ‘Jungle’ which was released alongside his previous album If You’re Reading This Its Too Late. Whether its met with criticism or praise, Drake’s film is his articulation of self expression through other mediums.

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In the world of music alongside these multi-hyphenated artists, brands should help them create their vision — whether it be in music, film, fashion, art or any other format. As music influences other forms of expression, this may signal a new level of integration where brands and musicians create together in more ways thought possible.  

Written by Cody Levine

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