Jackie O. - First Gen

We’re excited to share with you a fantastic instagram series created by Jackie O! She explains below:

“I started an Instagram soundbite series called First Gen, which explores the lives and stories of First Generation Americans - Navigating American identity and what it means to be ‘American.’

It’s very early in its inception, but I am hoping to do a series monthly, which focuses on a central topic that asks 3 questions around that central topic. There is then an open submission period for First Gen-ers to submit their soundbites and answers to each question to me via email. I then edit the soundbites and create animated text versions of their answers.”

Check out these episodes from her first season surrounding the topic of Thanksgiving on Instagram!

1/3 Traditions: 

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bqi9AARBIXj/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=prpzbsrtonv4

2/3 The Spread:

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bqmg_pdBcji/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=vsnl6nwc0kvi

Gratefulness:

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bqs_APAhxoD/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=7tw3d42xrxvj

Want to get involved? Jackie is now accepting submissions for her second season surrounding the topic “Childhood.” If you are a first generation American interested in contributing to Jackie’s project, follow the instructions below!

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Don’t forget to follow @otherjackieo on instagram for updates regarding the series! <3

Mariami Bibilouri

Our featured music this week is by the artist Mariami Bibilouri. Enjoy!

Best Friend

This song is about breaking up w/ BAE and shedding a layer of skin and becoming a new person. It takes that concept (which is rather deep) and makes it fun + light hearted. 

Mariami penned Best Friend as an ode to a love lost. This upbeat summer anthem is a soulful and bubbling testament to her ability to start fresh and growth thick skin when she needs to! Best Friend appeared on her sophomore GATES, which Apple music featured in their 2016 WWDC Keynote.

Mariami’s second EP, VORTEX, is a visceral, atmospheric journey of nostalgia and a progressive exploration of the self—the truest form of the phrase, ‘I am’. Her fusion of Eastern Europe (she is a Georgian native) with a striking urban influence is all too unfamiliar, yet not at all incongruous with today’s sonic palette. Mariami’s voice and total offerings hover over the most popular sounds of our time—she is easily accessible, yet refreshingly out of reach from the mainstream. 

While painting the vivid image of a past life, Mariami experiments in world-bridging as she pairs her Georgian roots with elements of the urban modern.

The Life I Always Fantasized

This song is about immigrating from my country. My family fled a war when the Soviet Union collapsed and this song I wrote for my new EP, Vortex, is about growing up an immigrant, going for my dreams, and feeling different but loving the shoes I'm in.

Check out the rest of Mariami's freshly released EP, Vortex on SoundCloud and learn more at her website.