Inside Robb Report’s First-Ever Musical Number – Robb Report

When I first realized that music would be one of my lifelong passions, I was sitting on the floor of my older cousin’s bedroom. He put on a new record he had just bought, and that was it. A punch in the stomach. The band was Adam and the Ants, and the sound was post-punk or new-wave or whatever the music press called it at the time.

I had no idea any of this, being about 10 years old, but I knew it was in a different league of aural aggression than the pop blasting out of my bedroom radio. It was the beginning: that the thrill of discovering a new sound, a new band or a track to obsess over, would be with me forever.

There have been many favorites since, of course, some of which remain to this day: Prince, the Cure, AC/DC, Tom Petty, Leonard Cohen. Hip-hop and house music dominated my 20s, and music in general played a part in my early career: I was music editor at a magazine in London and presenter on MTV UK for a time. And while I can’t remember the last gig or club I went to, the soundtracks of events from my first three decades are with me every time I turn on Spotify, along with a bit of northern soul and mid-century jazz now too. I know, I’m a middle-aged cliché. Sue me.

The thing is, I’m sure music has played, and still hope to play, a similar role in the lives of many of you reading this. And whether you consume it from the mosh pit, a private box, your car, or your listening room, the power of a memorable tune, whether it’s Bach or Bad Bunny, can probably carry you like few others. things in your orbit. So welcome to that, Robb Reportis the first musical number.

It seems only fitting that Jay-Z and Beyoncé, arguably the most influential couple in pop culture right now, should star in Tiffany & Co’s current campaign. in Milan, Paris and New York contain the likes of A$AP Rocky, Pharrell and Kanye West. But for many years, hip-hop was shunned by the luxury world, even as these brands benefited millions of dollars from the name checks and endorsements that artists routinely included in their lyrics. So how did hip-hop conquer the luxury industry? Find out on page 102.

There aren’t too many stars bigger than Colombian singer Maluma right now, so it’s the perfect topic for The Answers. In Genius at Work, we investigate the process of creating a one-of-a-kind gold-leaf Stratocaster at Fender’s Custom Shop in Corona, California, while in The Goods we ask if only rock stars can wear black. and whether the wines made by many artists are worth drinking. We’re also shining a spotlight on some of the more under-the-radar members of the musician suite, i.e. the stylists, learning how they create the looks that make their clients famous.

And of course, we can’t have a music problem without assembling the ultimate rigs to listen on, so our resident hi-fi hero Robert Ross plugs in a trio of dreamy kits perfectly suited to three types of different listeners. See where you stand on page 116.

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