Best of CH 2021: Interviews

10 of the stimulating conversations we've been lucky enough to have this year

There are countless artists, musicians, organizers, scientists, designers and inventive individuals of all disciplines that we admire from afar and, while they say never to meet your heroes, some of the most satisfying and interesting articles we embark on at COOL HUNTING involve conversations with those people. This year, like all those before, we spoke with individuals doing intriguing and valuable things with their talent …

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A seance story, Sam Mason's surreal visuals for a Mac Miller track, Renaissance references in a nightclub and more this week

Jamila Woods + Peter CottonTale: WYD (You Got Me) Singer and poet Jamila Woods teams up with producer, musician and vocalist Peter CottonTale (aka Peter Wilkins) for the languid “WYD (You Got Me),” which will appear on the soundtrack for the upcoming movie SUMMERTIME. The film’s director Carlos López Estrada also helmed the music video, which carries the same leisurely, nostalgic mood as the track. Montell …

The Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt on Brevity, Dread + Writing Songs in Bars

We speak with the prolific singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist ahead of his seven-city tour

Beloved for creating songs that are simultaneously tender and witty, sweet and subversive, uncluttered and rich, laconic and entrancing, The Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt—whose mellifluous baritone is immediately recognizable—stopped writing at the onset of the pandemic. “I gave up,” he tells us. “I started doing a lot more photography.” He gave up because Merritt’s ritual is writing exclusively in bars, an impossibility in NYC for …