Acclaimed R&B artist Sebastian Mikael’s two latest EPs I C U U C ME Pt. I & Pt. II mark the beginning of a new chapter for the 30-year-old singer. Sebastian took a break from the music industry after his 2014 release, Speechless, in order to take the time to figure out his sound and identity, not the identity that music labels were projecting onto him.
Sebastian’s latest EPs were recorded in his room in Boston, away from the madness of the music industry. With his newfound clarity, Sebastian tells his story his own way, taking the listeners through his personal rollercoaster: the lows that come with heartbreak and struggles with mental health, but also the highs of finding love and happiness. The sounds in these EPs are reminiscent of the grown-and-sexy R&B/neo-soul vibes of the ’90s, while still having a modern feel to them.
While the grown-and-sexy vibes of the ’90s are very much welcomed, some people think about the decade in a more child-friendly way. Diego Audiffred, who goes by the artist name DIE GO, is a clothing designer from the South Side of Chicago. Although he wasn’t born until the year 2000, DIE GO has a love for the cartoons, movies, and video games of the ’90s. His signature puffy coats are made out of blankets from ’90s pop culture: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Rugrats, and Animaniacs just to name a few. The rising designer has made pieces for notable names such as DaBaby, Clairo, and Cole Bennett of Lyrical Lemonade.
We connected Sebastian Mikael and DIE GO backstage prior to Sebastian’s performance at Reggies Chicago. The two had a chance to talk about fashion and just hang out before the show. Diego even gifted Sebastian a Spider-Man puffer. Check out the footage of the night below, which includes a hangout at the nearby 8tivLabs studio.
Video shot by Joe Lotz.
Check out Sebastian Mikael’s latest music video for Rain (feat. $ean Wire) below: