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I caught up with singer/songwriter Billy Winn to talk about his latest release - Seal It with a Kiss.

What was the inspiration for Seal It with a Kiss?

It was mostly inspired by me wanting to return to dance music, and trying to figure out what that would sound like in 2018. I’d been working with my new produces Johnie & Elliot for a few months, and we’d spent that time experimenting with sounds - trying to pin down what my music sounds like now.

I’d written parts of the song as part of a different project that didn’t work out - but when I rearranged what I’d written and brought it into the studio, Johnie immediately heard what I was hearing, and from there the song just came to life.

I didn’t just want to put out a random dance record - I wanted something that would become synonymous with my name - and Seal It with a Kiss just felt like that.

Seal It with a Kiss will be included on your upcoming EP - is this single indicative of the sound of the EP?

The name of my EP is Dreamland I. I’d describe its sound as guilty pleasures - so Seal It with a Kiss is definitely a representation of that. The sound and overall mood of the EP was based a lot on how Seal It with a Kiss turned out - and so it’s definitely played a major role in helping me craft the EP sound and redefining myself as an artist.

How does the sound and the lyrics of Seal It with a Kiss reflect where you’re at in your career?

I think lyrically Seal It with a Kiss is a lot like songs I’ve written in the past. The only difference would be my level of maturity and confidence behind the writing and intent of the song. I feel more confident now to talk about and do things that are provocative or even taboo, and to blur the lines of situations that on the surface seem a bit naughty - but in reality are things we’d all like to experience.

The sound of Seal It with a Kiss absolutely reflects my growth as a musician, and an artist. I took on a huge role in the production of this record, which is something I’d never done before. The result was exactly what I wanted - a song that represents me as I am right now.

What was the casting process for the video?

It was a little bit of a nightmare. The model we originally cast for the role dropped out a few days before the shoot, and so Aiden - the director, Dwayne - my manager, and I were scrambling to find a replacement.

We’d considered changing the concept and everything because we couldn’t find anyone. Then finally, the night before the shoot - I think it was almost midnight - someone sent photos of Ahmad, and I saw him and thought he was perfect for the role.

Fun fact about the video - the silhouette is actually a second model - Camal Pugh, who’s s one of my backup dancers. He was on set with me and we only had Ahmad for a certain amount time, so Camal stepped in to be a body double so we could shoot the silhouette scene.

What next for Billy Winn?

Next is definitely the release of my EP Dreamland I. My team and I have really been working hard on it, and I’m excited to finally deliver a collection of songs rather than just a single. It’s definitely a story I want to share with everyone.

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Art by Edward Murillo (image supplied)
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I caught up with artist Edgar Murillo to admire the men that have been inspiring his work.

When did you discover and begin to explore your passion for art and illustration?

I discovered it from birth. I was born deaf and it was difficult for me to communicate with my family, so I used papers and pencils to draw to be able to communicate something. I draw every day, and I’m very happy.

How would you describe your style of illustration?

Honestly, I don’t know what my style is – I draw different types of drawings and I keep making more drawings with new styles. The important thing is that people like it a lot.

Who are some of your heroes or artistic inspirations?

SilverJow, Kimjunggius, and Nesskain – you must follow him!

Are the men you draw hyper-masculine?

Yes – I’m a pogonophile – I love furry!

The inspiration comes from my imagination, friends, movies, and social networks. The majority of men that I draw are from Barcelona, others from America.

Do you accept commissions?

Not yet. I’m focused on making movies, and several other projects.

What do you expect people to feel when they look at your work?

Hypnotised! Some people have told me that they find my drawings arousing.

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Art by Edward Murillo (image supplied)
Art by Edward Murillo (image supplied)
Art by Edward Murillo (image supplied)
Art by Edward Murillo (image supplied)
Art by Edward Murillo (image supplied)
Art by Edward Murillo (image supplied)
Art by Edward Murillo (image supplied)
Art by Edward Murillo (image supplied)
Art by Edward Murillo (image supplied)
Art by Edward Murillo (image supplied)
Art by Edward Murillo (image supplied)
Art by Edward Murillo (image supplied)
Art by Edward Murillo (image supplied)
Art by Edward Murillo (image supplied)
Art by Edward Murillo (image supplied)
Art by Edward Murillo (image supplied)
Art by Edward Murillo (image supplied)
Art by Edward Murillo (image supplied)
Art by Edward Murillo (image supplied)
Art by Edward Murillo (image supplied)
Art by Edward Murillo (image supplied)
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Art by Edward Murillo (image supplied)

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