Interview with Auquan of BarrelHouseBklyn
How are you feeling at the start of a new year, any big plans for 2011?
I’m feeling great about our whole movement going into the New Year; we’ve been getting nothing but love from those who support our movement, and those who are hearing about BarrelHouseBKLYN for the first time
Please explain exactly what it is you do or known for?
I mainly over see concrete heavens which is a clothing line inspired and created by BarrelHouseBKLYN and artist Victor James, but on the BarrelHouse side of things my main responsibilities are promotions/media relations and community development. So I basically reach out to other media networks and sites for collaborations while simultaneously delivering market strategies that would further progress our brands. As for community development portion we are currently organizing a list of community events that you can look for in 2011. One thing about us we are always looking to give back and help out the community that has bred the barrelhouse men you see today.
So what is the motivation behind your whole movement?
Between the three of us we are all motivated by different things it’s just the ultimate goal of BarrelHouse going international that brings all our energy together. The one thing I thrive off of is idea of one day being legendary. Being able to have positive energy surround ones name and life achievements long after they have graced these streets, is the greatest accomplishment I could ever achieve. We want to make a change in the world that will leave a mark that will never be forgotten. We attempt this as we attempt to lead by example in showing that young people can come together and create and build with each other without as young businessmen and women without having to promote anything but ourselves.
Who are some people you would like to work with?
To be honest I’m really open to working with anyone, we are not one of those brands that limits ourselves to the community thrive in. I believe my partners would agree that we are willing to collaborate with any and all individual who’s out chasing they’re dreams in a positive light. 2011 is the year of the dream catcher.
How is the Internet changing what you do?
The internet is actually the key to what we do, it allows us to reach a wider audience as well as allows people who aren’t able to make it to some events to still get the gist of what the barrelhouse movement is all about. It also allows us to better network and share our audience with other movements and artist that we support so for those people that are doing graphic designs in LA or a person who makes good music from DC can be heard by our audience through our website.
Are you down with the whole twitter thing? How is this an important outlet for you and others?
Twitter is another genius tool that helps us reach out to other audiences. The thing about twitter is that you can share something like a site link or music and never know how far that information will travel.
Do you feel like what you are doing is important and in what way beneficial to you sector?
I think that what we are doing is extremely important because it gives people that want their art to be heard and seen a chance without having to compromise themselves, We help artist promote themselves in the same fashion that any of these other conglomerates would, just with more respect and understanding for their craft. Beneficial? Of course. We are watching people that we honestly believe in propel themselves to different heights.
How do you separate yourself from others?
it’s weird because I think the fact that we don’t try to separate ourselves from others actually does exactly that. Most people on the come get a little bit of success and fall out of reach. We want everyone to know that we are just like everyone else with a heart and a brain, we don’t portray ourselves as anything other than some guys with a dream. And no matter where BarrelHouseBKLYN may go we will always be that way. I think we get the support we get because people who actually know us know how humble we are.
Who were some people you interacted with this year?
Wow that list is insane actually, weve been all over the 5 boroughs From Doing Collabs with Nice from Champion square, to our kreemo brothers down in ATL, we touched bases with a lot of people. If I list them and leave someone out I might get jumped lol.
Could you talk about any long-term goals you have in mind?
Ultimately we want our site to be one of the biggest site out, along with that we want our showcases to be the biggest showcases out. I guess we just want to be the biggest in general