OPEN CANVAS w/ TAJ ALEXANDER

EPISODE 83 | ANASTASIA LOVERA

An episode of OPEN CANVAS w/ TAJ ALEXANDER

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EPISODE 132 JOSHUA PERUZA
JOSHUA PERUZA IS A FASHION DESIGNER WHO GREW UP IN BOTH QUEENS, NY & TRINIDAD. JOSH CURRENTLY LIVES IN THE BRONX, NY. HE IS THE CREATOR OF ALEPH KIN. theopencanvas.com Recorded & Edited by Taj Alexander in Brooklyn, NY Music by Surreal - SelfLOVE
31:21
October 13, 2019
EPISODE 131 MGSP
JIMMY & WELI, MGSP, ARE DJS FROM MINAS GERAIS & SÃ0 PAULO, BRASIL. THEY CURRENTLY LIVE IN NYC. theopencanvas.com/ Recorded & Edited by Taj Alexander Music by Surreal
36:02
October 7, 2019
EPISODE 130 BEKIM
BEKIM is an mc & poet from Queens, NYC theopencanvas.com/ Recorded & Edited by Taj Alexander Music by K, Le Maestro - Trust
1:20:14
September 28, 2019
EPISODE 129 JJAQ
JJAQ is a DJ & mentor from Rotterdam, The Netherlands. theopencanvas.com/ Recorded & Edited by Taj Alexander Music by tek.lun - Oh Yesh
46:20
September 21, 2019
EPISDOE 128 NINA HWATA
Nina Hwata was born in Zimbabwe and raised in South Africa. She currently lives in NYC. https://theopencanvas.com/ Recorded & Edited by Taj Alexander Music by TekniQ - Journey Across The Ocean
33:19
September 13, 2019
EPISODE 127 RHONDA ROX
DJ RHONDA ROX IS BORN & RAISED IN QUEENS, NYC https://theopencanvas.com/ Recorded & Edited by Taj Alexander Music by el. - Loop 008
23:18
September 5, 2019
EPISODE 126 HELLA MARGIELA
HELLA MARGIELA IS AN EDUCATOR FROM LOS ANGELES, CA. SHE CURRENTLY LIVES IN BROOKLYN, NY.  HELLA IS THE CREATOR OF FEST - FOSTERING EDUCATORS SOULS TOGETHER https://www.festseriesnyc.com/ https://theopencanvas.com/ Recorded & Edited by Taj Alexander Music by DJ Quezs (feat. el.) - Water
48:29
August 29, 2019
EPISODE 125 THE PROPER KID
THE PROPER KID, CAMILLE TANOH, IS THE CO-FOUNDER OF THE PROPER LABEL w/ HIS SISTER, SONIA TANOH. HE WAS BORN IN PARIS, FRANCE & CURRENTLY LIVES IN NYC. https://theopencanvas.com/ Recorded & Edited by Taj Alexander Music by el.
38:30
August 22, 2019
EPISODE 124 GERRY EASTMAN
LEGENDARY COMPOSER, CONDUCTOR & MUSICIAN. FOUNDER OF THE WILLIAMSBURG MUSIC CENTER, A BLACK OWNED JAZZ VENUE NOW OPEN FOR 30+ YEARS. HE'S WORKED WITH ARTISTS LIKE COUNT BASIE, ETTA JONES, & THE ISLEY BROTHERS TO NAME A FEW. WILLIAMSBURG MUSIC CENTER https://theopencanvas.com/ RECORED AT BANYAN STUDIOS EDITED BY TAJ ALEXANDER
33:39
August 15, 2019
EPISODE 123 BRYAN JIMENÈZ
Bryan Jimenèz is a fashion designer from New York City. www.bryanjimenezny.com/ theopencanvas.com/ Recorded at Bayan Studios Produced & Edited by Taj Alexander Music by Wavey Bagels - letttyouuugooo
56:48
August 8, 2019
EPISODE 122 NAJA YOUNG
Naja Young is a singer-songwriter from Union City, New Jersey https://theopencanvas.com/ Recorded at Banyan Studios Edited by Taj Alexander Music by pax - WAYIFEEL
25:36
August 1, 2019
EPISODE 121 OLA RONKE AKINMOWO
Ola Ronke Akinmowo is the founder of the Free Black Women's Library. She currently lives in Bedstuy, Brooklyn https://theopencanvas.com/ Recorded at Banyan Studios Edited by Taj Alexander Music by Graves - Cya
1:04:40
July 24, 2019
EPISODE 120 ALI THE CREATOR
ALI THE CREATOR IS A FASHION DESIGNER FROM DAYTONA, FLORIDA. HE'S THE FOUNDER OF THE LINE OVERLOOK & CURRENTLY LIVES IN NYC. https://theopencanvas.com/ Recorded & Edited by Taj Alexander Music by el. - Loop 004
26:53
July 13, 2019
EPISODE 119 TORONTO
Recorded live in Toronto Featuring Anna Tuyen & Lul Mohamed  https://theopencanvas.com/
31:41
July 8, 2019
EPISODE 118 TRACY AWINO
Photographer & Filmmaker from Nairobi, Kenya. Currently living in New York City. https://theopencanvas.com/ Recorded at Banyan Studios Edited by Taj Alexander Music by Pablo Amor -  Bruschetta
37:28
June 29, 2019
EPISODE 117 NAS LEBER
MUSICIAN & DJ FROM THE BRONX, NYC THEOPENCANVAS.COM RECORDED & EDITED BY TAJ ALEXANDER MUSIC BY PABLO AMOR - SMOLDER
27:31
June 22, 2019
EPISODE 116 TANGINA STONE
Singer-Songwriter from Canton, Ohio. Now based in Brooklyn, NY https://theopencanvas.com/ Recorded & Edited by Taj Alexander Music by Pablo Amor - Crystaleyes
40:47
June 15, 2019
EPISODE 115 KEIYAA
Keiyaa is a singer-songwriter born & raised in Chicago. She currently lives in Brooklyn.  https://theopencanvas.com/ Recorded & Edited by Taj Alexander Music by Jay Curry - Suitable 
56:43
June 8, 2019
EPISODE 114 QUINTON BROCK
QUINTON BROCK IS A BUFFALO BORN, NYC BASED ARTIST EXPLORING SOUL, FUNK & SURF ROCK IN THE PAST HE LINKED UP WITH IS BROTHER, FELLOW ASTRO NAUTICO ARTIST JON BAP, AS THE GET MONEY SQUAD. QUINTON IS STEPPING INTO HIS OWN WITH HIS DEBUT RELEASE  SCOOTER OUT JUNE 21ST ON ASTRO NAUTICO RECORDED & EDITED BY TAJ ALEXANDER MUSIC BY SLR - AURORA
59:54
June 1, 2019
EPISODE 113 NATELEGÉ WHALEY
NATELEGÉ WHALEY: ACCOMPLISHED JOURNALIST, CREATIVE WRITER, & STORYTELLER OPEN CANVAS Recorded & Edited by Taj Alexander Music by Malik Bawa
42:01
May 25, 2019
EPISODE 112 STAY EDUCATED
BROTHERS JUDIAH & KURTIS MARTIN ARE TWO YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS THAT AIM TO SLOWLY CHANGE PEOPLE'S PERSPECTIVE ON HOW THEY CONDUCT THEMSELVES IN EVERYDAY LIFE, AND HOW THEY PERCEIVE EDUCATION.  STAY EDUCATED OPEN CANVAS RECORDED & EDITED BY TAJ ALEXANDER MUSIC BY SLR -CAVERN PHOTO BY BEN WEIGHER 
24:07
May 18, 2019
EPISODE 111 | LANSKY JONES
MC & NATIVE NEW YORKER LIVING IN QUEENS. LANSKY JONES IS MEMBER OF THE ACCOMPLISHED QUEENS HIP-HOP FAMILY, WORLD'S FAIR. HE RECENTLY RELEASED HIS DEBUT SOLO ALBUM ENTITLED DANGERFIELD RECORDED & EDITED BY TAJ ALEXANDER MUSIC BY GNY - SHAKEN NOT STIRRED
55:19
May 11, 2019
EPISODE 110 | LIVE AT THE NEW MUSEUM
THIS EPISODE WAS RECORDED LIVE AT THE NEW MUSEUM 235 BOWERY, NEW YORK, NY FEATURING THE THRIFT PARTY BY TJ_R SHANE SMITH FRANK CARSON OF YOBS_SPORT TAHJ ALVAREZ GIOVANNY for more: theopencanvas.com/
29:21
May 4, 2019
EPISODE 109 | SEAN WILLIAMS
OPEN CANVAS: https://theopencanvas.com/ PHOTOGRAPHER, SEAN WILLIAMS: http://www.snwllms.com/ RECORDED & EDITED BY TAJ ALEXANDER MUSIC BY slowly, slowly
32:22
April 27, 2019
EPISODE 108 | JESS2SICK
"Jessica Hu originally from Seattle, Washington. Her career thus far is a cultivation of exploration, innovation, and empowerment as she merges dance, streetwear, styling, and production into a multi-faceted approach to an ever-evolving creative world." - Jess2sick.com For more: https://theopencanvas.com/ Recorded & Edited by Taj Alexander Music by slowly, slowly - WHAT U DONE 2 ME
44:31
April 20, 2019
EPISODE 107 | DJ AQ
for more: https://theopencanvas.com/ Recorded & Edited by Taj Alexander Music by Kenny Keys
34:22
April 13, 2019
EPISODE 106 | JONATHAN TEKLAI
EPISODE IN HONOR OF NIPSEY HUSSLE Artwork by Alim Smith YesterdayNite Jonathan Teklai is tech entrepreneur with a passion for comedy. Jon has seen how his desire to own & build initiatives, projects, and events while doing it with his friends has been a direct result of being inspired by the music and past interactions he's had with Nipsey Hussle. On this episode, we honor the life of Nipsey Hussle and share how he is inspiring all of us to continue what he has started. Recorded & Edited by Taj Alexander Music by KAELIN ELLIS
30:05
April 6, 2019
EPISODE 105 | MIRELVA BERGHOUT OF FOAM AMSTERDAM
Amsterdam's Mirelva Berghout is a cultural programmer and moderator in arts & culture. She currently works as a Project Coordinator for Amsterdam's Foam Photography Museum. Mirelva was recently in New York City for the Foam Talent Exhibition which she helped organize with the Foam Team showcasing the work of up & coming photographers based in New York City. learn more about the Foam Talent Exhibition open in Brooklyn NY until April 10th here: www.foam.org/museum/programme/foam-talent-new-york for more: https://theopencanvas.com/ Recorded & Edited by Taj Alexander Music by Monma- SNEAKERS
31:57
March 30, 2019
EPISODE 104 | KITTYSAYWORD
KITTYSAYWORD is a native New Yorker, DJ & world traveler.  Her passion to bring people together through music is taking her to new places. She's inspiring the people around her love what they do & to love others. For More:  theopencanvas.com instagram.com/kittysayword/ Music by Mozaic - Until You Disappear 
49:55
March 23, 2019
EPISODE 103 | STUDIO SAUCY w/ FATIMA & AMAAL
Fatima & Amaal are friends from the Netherlands that saw a need for community & support amongst creatives in different places around the world. They started Studio Saucy together to help build that community through events, conversations, digital content, and supporting their creative friends. for more visit: https://theopencanvas.com/ Studio Saucy: https://www.instagram.com/studiosaucy/?hl=en Recorded & Edited by Taj Alexander Music by La Soülchyld - More Life w/ JMS
46:34
March 16, 2019
EPISODE 102 | RECONSTRUCT
Reconstruct consists of 5 women fashion designers from The Netherlands. While they were in NYC for New York Fashion Week, they joined us to share about their beginnings. They are living & encouraging a lifestyle that goes beyond the current fashion system of robotic followers. They are aiming to show a lifestyle that creates union in uniqueness." For more: theopencanvas.com/ Reconstruct: www.reconstruct.nl/ Music by Weiler - Sand Castles
14:13
March 10, 2019
EPISODE 101 | dashMOON
dashMOON is a Musician, DJ, & Creator born in Philadelphia & raised in South Korea. His music has been a reflection of his life journey of connecting the dots of cultures/music from around the world. He's discovering the truth in all sound and sharing it with us. more at: theopencanvas.com/ Recorded & Edited by Taj Alexander Photo by Taj Alexander Music by Kenny Keys - 2 Times
50:36
March 3, 2019
EPISODE 100 | TAJ ALEXANDER CREATOR OF THE OPEN CANVAS
In celebration of the 100th episode, creator of the Open Canvas, Taj Alexander shares his story with good friend Dyanna Moreno Recorded & Edited by Taj Alexander Episode Artwork by Dyanna Moreno Music by Fat Beats - That One Time
1:21:25
February 23, 2019
EPISODE 99 | DJ TEE MARIE
For More: https://theopencanvas.com/ Tee Marie: https://www.instagram.com/ohteemarie/ Recorded & Edited by Taj Alexander Music by Kenny Keys - Everything Must Change
35:28
February 16, 2019
EPISODE 98 | KAILYN LYNCH
Kailyn Lynch is an applied researcher & social entrepreneur from LA, living in NYC, and is studying at NYU for her Master's Degree in Psychology. She is the founder of The Vault Library: An archival system, publication and physical space for intuitive memories within our world of art & culture. For more: https://theopencanvas.com/ Recorded & Edited by Taj Alexander Music by Afterimages - Tell You
37:51
February 9, 2019
EPISODE 97 | LILI LOPEZ
"Senegalese Visual Expressionist,  Lili Lopez studied applied arts, photography and business before working as a marketing director in media and entertainment in Paris.  Gradually her multimedia art practice became her full time occupation and she now works across documentary-films, watercolour, pen on paper and chalkboard. Lopez's choice to embrace her natural creative ability is still very recent but she has built quite the reputation for her geometrical, minimal and African-inspired aesthetic." - from lililopez.co for more: https://theopencanvas.com/ Recorded & Edited by Taj Alexander Music by SwuM - "Don't know why"
36:12
February 2, 2019
EPISODE 96 | NIA THOMAS
New York City Fashion Designer Nia Thomas excerpt from niathomasny.com : "Her collections bring into fruition wearable art that is made with recycled or reclaimed materials that have been extracted and reconditioned for a new use. As close to 70% of her clothes are made out of “deadstock” fabrics, since textiles make up almost 6% of the trash entering U.S. landfills every year. She buy’s verified old, leftover, and over-ordered fabric from other designers and fabric warehouses. This allows her to reuse and divert these materials from landfills and into your closet. With the use of biodegradable garment labels she tries her very best to minimize the flow of waste. Any fabric she feels the need to dye is dyed with 100% organic plant-based dyes and rain water. She presented her latest collection, MAROC, in NYFW. While traveling in Morocco she sourced fabrics made by Berber artisans using age-old techniques that are rooted in regionally specific traditions. Created by hand and demonstrating the unique skill of the artisan, she supports one-of-a-kind pieces in a world of homogenized mass production." for more visit: theopencanvas.com/ niathomasny.com Recorded & Edited by Taj Alexander Music By Joe Crofield - Wildflower
34:09
January 26, 2019
EPISODE 95 | NAHEL TZEGAI
Nahel Tzegai, London Actor, is currently performing in "THE JUNGLE" showing at St. Ann's Warehouse in DUMBO, Brooklyn More: https://theopencanvas.com/ The Jungle Play: https://stannswarehouse.org/show/the-jungle/ Recorded & Edited by Taj Alexander Music by Cap Kendrick - More Moments
42:32
January 19, 2019
EPISODE 94 | ILANA MILLNER
Ilana Millner is a Brooklyn-based photographer & podcast producer For more: https://theopencanvas.com/ Ilana Millner: https://www.instagram.com/yungfrizzle/ Music by Joe Corfield - Grey Kimono
45:59
January 12, 2019
EPISODE 93 | MICHELLE MARQUES
Michelle Marques is a Fitness Trainer from Long Island, NYC that is helping people see the connections of physical/mental/emotional health as creative people of all walks of life. More at https://theopencanvas.com/ Produced by Taj Alexander Music by K, Le Maestro - elder blossoms
39:13
January 5, 2019
Episode 92 | DJ BRAKE
DJ BRAKE from Bedstuy, Brooklyn For more:  https://theopencanvas.com/ Produced by Taj Alexander Music by Jake Milliner - Groovers
27:06
December 29, 2018
Episode 91 | KAZI
Kazi is a Singer, MC, & DJ from the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Recored & Edited by Taj Alexander Music by Oddwin - 2B
36:14
December 22, 2018
EPISODE 90 | BLACK ØRA
Andrea & Jason are a creative couple that started Black Ora in Chicago as a lifestyle brand curating shows for artists. Currently living in NYC, they're creating Black Ora experiences together. For More: theopencanvas.com/ Recorded & Edited by Taj Alexander Music by oddwin - flower
29:57
December 15, 2018
EPISODE 89 | AI-CREO
Ai-Creo is a self-taught Multidisciplinary Artist + Creative Entrepreneur exploring all the world has to offer. She is currently living and working in Brooklyn, NY. For more: theopencanvas.com/ Recorded & Edited by Taj Alexander Music by Devin Morrison - Timucua
30:06
December 8, 2018
EPISODE 88 | ALIM SMITH YESTERDAYNITE
Visual Artist Alim Smith aka Yesterdaynite For more: https://theopencanvas.com/ https://www.instagram.com/yesterdaynite/?hl=en Produced by Taj Alexander Music - Floating Away With You by Fdluxx
34:26
December 1, 2018
EPISODE 87 | KYLE REYES HYPEBEAST VIDEO DIRECTOR/PRODUCER
Kyle Reyes is a video director/producer at Hypebeast currently based in NYC. For more: theopencanvas.com/ Recorded & Edited by Taj Alexander Music by sensi sye - no sleep
42:16
November 24, 2018
EPISODE 86 | GREG JACKSON
Greg Jackson is an apparel designer living in NYC that's designed with companies like Nike, Adidas, and more. New Open Canvas Clothing: https://theopencanvas.com/collections/open-canvas-001 Recorded & Edited by Taj Alexander Music by K, Le Maestro - meninhaaaaa.
21:54
November 17, 2018
EPISODE 85 | GRGY OF SMIB
GRGY is an Amsterdam based Musician, Producer, and Fashion Designer with the brand SMIB he started with his friends. While he was in NYC for the SMIB Pop-Up Event, he sat down to talk with Taj Alexander. for more: sumibu.jp/ theopencanvas.com/
09:34
November 10, 2018
EPISODE 84 | DNTWATCHTV OF AWGE
Dntwatchtv is a visual/music artist & member of the AWGE creative collective. He's from Buffalo, NY currently living in Brooklyn. theopencanvas.com/ awgeshit.com www.instagram.com/dntwatchtv/ Music by SwuM
33:21
November 3, 2018
EPISODE 83 | ANASTASIA LOVERA
Anastasia Lovera is a visual artist born & raised in New York City For More: www.theopencanvas.com/ Anastasia Lovera: www.instagram.com/anastasialovera/ The Open Canvas: www.instagram.com/theopencanvas/
42:48
October 27, 2018
EPISODE 82 | PRINCE ADAY
For more: https://www.theopencanvas.com/
29:27
October 20, 2018
EPISODE 81 | MADISON MCFERRIN
Madison McFerrin is a singer-songwriter based in Brooklyn, NY. In December 2016, her solo debut EP, Finding Foundations: Vol. I, introduced her soulful take on a cappella to the world. Critics and crowds quickly took note. Leading up to her sold out show at Joe’s Pub, the New York Times remarked how her sound “shows wonderful vocal dexterity, deftly swerving from sharp, clearly enunciated staccato bursts to fluttery, free-form melismata.” After one listen, tastemaking DJ, Gilles Peterson, snatched up her standout track, “No Time to Lose,” for his Brownswood Bubblers compilation. She followed that up with this February’s release of Finding Foundations: Vol. II, which gave her listeners more of what they love and earned her more critical praise. Most noteworthy is a recent Rising Artist profile, where Pitchfork highlighted how Madison’s style offers an “understated, compelling testament to the power and dexterity of the human voice.” This fall, Madison will continue to spread her message of love and positivity with her debut European tour. Madison McFerrin - Insane: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AwTlsnmpVc Upcoming Shows: http://madisonmcferrin.com/shows/ Photography by Nate Bajar
27:41
October 13, 2018
EPISODE 80 | DEVIN TRACY
Devin Tracy is a singer/songwriter & graphic designer from Florida currently living in Brookyln, NY. He just released a new project with Soulection titled Black Label 02. For More: https://www.theopencanvas.com/ https://soundcloud.com/devintracy https://soundcloud.com/devintracy/sets/soulection-devin-tracy-black-1 Recorded & Edited by Taj Alexander
39:56
October 6, 2018
EPISODE 79 | HUSSEIN SULEIMAN OF DAILY PAPER
Hussein Suleiman is one of the Co-Founder's of the international clothing brand, Daily Paper. For more: http://theopencanvas.com/ Recorded & Edited by Taj Alexander Music by Devin Morrison - Pancakes
23:35
September 29, 2018
EPISODE 78 | SAGID CARTER FROM AMSTERDAM
Sagid Carter is an Amsterdam Radio Host of BASE on FunX and Founder of Cartish Media, where she hosts the Cartish Radio Podcast. Sagid recently visited New York City and sat down with Taj Alexander to talk about her journey as a Radio Host and time in NYC. For more visit: https://www.theopencanvas.com/ Recorded & Edited by Taj Alexander Music by 10.4 ROG - MODULE #22!
26:04
September 21, 2018
EPISODE 77 | JERRAUSAMA FROM AMSTERDAM
Open Canvas European Tour. City: Amsterdam While in Amsterdam, Taj Alexander sat down with DJ & Event Creator Jerrausama in Zeedijk 60 for a conversation about his passion for music. For more: https://www.theopencanvas.com/ https://soundcloud.com/jerrausama
09:34
September 14, 2018
EPISODE 76 | BEN WEIGHER
For more: https://www.theopencanvas.com/ https://www.benweigher.com/ Recorded & Edited by Taj Alexander Music by 10.4 ROG - HOUSE SHOES FLIP SESSIONS IV
31:03
September 7, 2018
EPISODE 75 | YAVEZ ANTHONIO FROM AMSTERDAM PART 2
Amsterdam's Yavez Anthonio is a photographer & videographer. He sat down with Taj Alexander at Ludlow House in NYC to recap their recent Open Canvas work in London & Paris producing the STAPLE FW18 Lookbook. More on https://www.theopencanvas.com/ Recorded & Edited by Taj Alexander Music by loop.holes - Bout That Time
25:40
August 31, 2018
EPISODE 74 | ZUNYDA
Zunyda is a Celebrity Tailor, Designer, and Event Curator that is finding powerful ways to communicate her truth through creativity. More at: www.theopencanvas.com/ Recorded by Taj Alexander Music by Dekkapa - 4AM in Saint Michael
24:01
August 24, 2018
EPISODE 73 | AGATHA POWA FROM BERLIN
While Taj Alexander was in London, he met with Berlin-based Photographer Agatha For more: http://theopencanvas.com https://agathapowa.com/ Recorded & Edited in London by Taj Alexander Music by OTESLA - Light Eternal
18:20
August 16, 2018
EPISODE 72 | BONNE REIJN FROM AMSTERDAM PART 2
Open Canvas Europe Tour City # 3: Amsterdam Taj went to Amsterdam and sat down with Bonne Reijn, designer & owner of Bonne Suits. This Episode was recorded in Zeedijk 60. theopencanvas.com
13:38
August 9, 2018
EPISODE 71 | RAYANA JAY
I sat down with Bay Area Singer, Rayana Jay to talk about her journey, life in NYC, and recent success she's experiencing. Enjoy! Rayana Jay: www.rayanajay.com The Open Canvas: www.theopencanvas.com/ Episode: Recorded & Edited by Taj Alexander Song - where_U_at? by BATBXY
25:35
August 3, 2018
EPISODE 70 | SIMEN SEZ
For more: theopencanvas.com Simen Sez & Creative Minds: https://soundcloud.com/simensez https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnIkjXUENBW2P99gmVFktGw http://simensez.com/ https://www.instagram.com/simensez/ Recorded & Edited by Taj Alexander Song by The Kount - Cold Turkeys
22:58
July 27, 2018
EPISODE 69 | T-MICHAEL BERGEN FROM PARIS FASHION WEEK
OPEN CANVAS EURO TOUR PARIS FASHION WEEK: "T-MICHAEL IS A BESPOKE TAILOR/ DESIGNER /ARTIST WITH A CONCEPTUAL APPROACH TO MEN’S TAILORING INSPIRED BY HIS LOVE OF SARTORIAL TRADITIONS AND HIS PASSIONATE QUEST FOR A DIFFERENT NARRATIVE WITHIN TAILORING, DESIGN AND CREATIVITY, TO CELEBRATE STYLISTIC AND CULTURAL DIVERSITIES PRESENT IN TODAY'S ZEITGEIST. HE IS KNOWN FOR HIS METICULOUS ATTENTION TO DETAIL AND FOR HIS GARMENTS’ IMPECCABLE CONSTRUCTION." WWW.T-MICHAEL.COM/ WWW.THEOPENCANVAS.COM/ RECORDED & EDITED BY TAJ ALEXANDER
14:36
July 20, 2018
EPISODE 68 | GOLDIE WILLIAMS FROM PARIS
Open Canvas Euro Tour City # 2 Paris While I was in Paris, I had the honor of meeting Goldie Williams. Goldie Williams is a Paris Creative that is passionate about structural design and people. He uses different mediums of photography and design to express his vision with the world. - Taj Alexander theopencanvas.com goldsober.com/ www.instagram.com/goldiewilliams_________/
16:15
July 13, 2018
EPISODE 67 | RICO LOUIS FROM LONDON
The Open Canvas Euro Tour, City #1: London The Open Canvas went to London to meet up with some of the best upcoming creatives in the city. Rico Louis is a London Creative and Model that is involved in the culture and heartbeat of his city. He sits down with Taj Alexander and Amsterdam Photographer, Yavez Anthonio to share the story of his city.
42:40
July 6, 2018
EPISODE 66 | CHEF NAKAI
CHEF NAKAI IS A CULINARY ARTIST AND BUSINESS OWNER THAT IS PASSIONATE ABOUT FLAVOR, COLOR, AND THE ART OF COOKING AMAZING MEALS & PASTRIES CHEF-NAKAI.COM PRODUCED & EDITED BY TAJ ALEXANDER MUSIC BY GOOSETAF - JASMINE
49:22
June 28, 2018
EPISODE 65 | JULIAN ALEXANDER
All around artist and painter Julian Alexander joins Taj Alexander on the Open Canvas Recorded & Edited by Taj Alexander Music by LouisDeezle - air max 97 Cover Art by Julian Alexander
29:57
June 22, 2018
EPISODE 64 | SABRI
On this episode we talk about the importance of mental health within the creative community.
57:21
June 14, 2018
EPISODE 63 | CHRISTOPHER CHAN HONORROLLER
Christopher Chan is a commercial artist and wood sculptor living and working in Brooklyn, New York. Christopher shares how his path lead him to design work with NIKE and his future is looking bright. theopencanvas.com honorroller.com
50:05
June 8, 2018
EPISODE 62 | ISRAEL MCCLOUD
Israel McCloud Musician & Painter born in Houston, Texas, raised in California, and currently living in Brooklyn, NYC. His visual art and music draw from real life experience, and this conversation reflects that. We speak on friendship and the importance of transparency in our art and lives. Also making a special guest appearance in this episode is a good friend and Open Canvas Alumni, Austin Willis, Painter from Hayward California. theopencanvas.com Produced & Edited by Taj Alexander Photography by Austin Willis
51:51
May 31, 2018
EPISODE 61 | DUVV
DUVV is a rare creative mind with a unique story to tell. As a singer & producer based in NYC, she is expanding on the fluidity of cultures and genres to create a new sound energy. DUVV is drawing inspiration from life experiences in South Korea and the States. Her future is looking bright. theopencanvas.com iamduvv.com
51:03
May 24, 2018
EPISODE 60 | OLIVIA ANTHONY
Olivia Anthony is a New York based designer who creates art through her collections and empowers women to make a statement. This Alabama native is making her mark in New York City with her dynamic designs. Her one-of-a-kind pieces are every stylist’s dream! Full of bright colors, unique textures, and bold silhouettes, Olivia’s womenswear line is edgy yet effortless. theopencanvas.com oliviaanthony.com Recorded & Edited by Taj Alexander Music by kLap
50:50
May 18, 2018
EPISODE 59 | MEL STOWE FROM LA
Mel Stowe is a model and all around creative from Los Angeles, California. theopencanvas.com
59:16
May 11, 2018
EPISODE 58 | ELI FOLA
Eli Fola is a Nigerian born, New York based multimedia artist, saxophonist, DJ and music producer. His debut EP, “The Platform” was inspired by his love for jazz and electronic music and his experiences being an African living in the United States. Eli is the founder of Tech Afrique, an independent record label and event company that serves as a platform for releasing his projects. The company hosts a monthly visual art and music event in Brooklyn, NY known as The Communion. Tech Afrique is also the musical sound he is pioneering. http://elifola.com/ http://theopencanvas.com/
36:00
May 4, 2018
EPISODE 57 | CHRIS THOMAS
Philadelphia's own Chris Thomas is a storyteller in the truest sense. Currently living in Brooklyn, Chris is a journalist and community developer with the agency Translation.
1:32:38
April 27, 2018
EPISODE 56 | HANIF CASTLE
Hanif is an accomplished photographer from Paterson, New Jersey currently living and creating in Brooklyn, NY theopencanvas.com neefcastle.com taj.opencanvas@gmail.com info@neefcastle.com
48:02
April 20, 2018
EPISODE 55 | KWABENA BRENYA
Kwabena is more than an athlete from Coney Island, Brooklyn. He has used the sport of basketball to create new avenues of expression through acting, modeling, and starting a business with his friends called Full Circle. theopencanvas.com Production Recorded & Edited by Taj Alexander Music by Drewsthatdude - Kings
57:47
April 13, 2018
EPISODE 54 | SAMSON DEBELA
theopencanvas.com Samson is a Photographer and Engineer from California, now based in Bedstuy Brooklyn. He is also a founding member of the Arena BK.
40:24
April 5, 2018
EPISODE 53 | AKILI KING
Akili King is a poetic storyteller from Chicago, currently living in Brookyln, NY. https://www.akiliking.com/ AWAKENING by Akili King: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/132-6040824-8566053?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=awakening+akili+king RISE by Akili King: https://vimeo.com/207557819 http://www.theopencanvas.com Production Recorded & Edited by Taj Alexander Music by Teebs - While You Dooo Extended Photography by Nathan Bajar
41:19
March 28, 2018
EPISODE 52 | AUSTIN WILLIS
Austin Willis is a Painter and Photographer from the Bay Area, currently living in Bedstuy Brooklyn. https://www.theopencanvas.com/ https://www.visualsbywillis.com/ Production Recorded & Edited by Taj Alexander Song: Gese da O - Frio Music Curated by https://soundcloud.com/zoejanice
51:06
March 21, 2018
EPISODE 51 | PETER JOHNSON OF P96
Creator of Fashion Label P96, Petahjay http://www.theopencanvas.com Recorded & Edited by Taj Alexander Music by Zikomo https://soundcloud.com/zikomo
1:01:25
March 14, 2018
EPISODE 50 | DENG & KARMAY NGAI
Both Models & Entrepreneurs, Deng & Karmay Ngai sit down with Taj Alexander More at http://www.theopencanvas.com https://dengdot.com/ http://www.karmayngai.com/ Live Colorful I. & II. https://vimeo.com/175656340 https://vimeo.com/175656340 Episode Production Recorded and Edited by Taj Alexander
39:42
March 6, 2018
EPISODE 49 | THAIS ROSA PINHEIRO OF RIO DE JANEIRO BRASIL
Thais Rosa Pinheiro is an young entrepreneur from Rio De Janeiro, and Founder of Conectando Territorios More at http://www.theopencanvas.com http://www.conectandoterritorios.com.br/ Recorded by Taj Alexander Edited by Taj Alexander Music by https://soundcloud.com/la-soulchyld Photography by Vikki Marie Page / Instagram: @vikki_marie_page Photographer Viki Marie Page: These photos form part of an ongoing series by Vikki Marie Page on Feminine Power through photography, exploring what it is to be an empowered woman and of how we women see and identify ourselves outside of objectified and sexualised imagery. Central to this series is the creation of dialogue and exchange between women (the photographer and subject) throughout the creative process, it is about the creativity of women, our agency and our self-definition and identification. The ability to speak for ourselves, tell our own stories of who we are and make our own images of ourselves is central to healing from generations of
30:28
February 28, 2018
EPISODE 48 | LICINIO JANUARIO OF RIO & SP BRASIL
Rio De Janeiro's Licinio Januario is an actor, producer, screen writer, & capoeira teacher. More at: http://www.theopencanvas.com Produced, Recorded, & Edited by Taj Alexnader
19:49
February 21, 2018
EPISODE 47 | THE COMMENDABLE AT NYFW
theopencanvas.com thecommendable.com
1:00:47
February 14, 2018
EPISODE 46 | HUNTER POTTER
Pop & Americana Abstract Painter, Hunter Potter more on http://www.theopencanvas.com http://www.hunterpotter.com/ Production Recorded by Taj Alexander Edited by Taj Alexander
47:06
February 6, 2018
EPISODE 45 | MISTA DEAD HEAD
Mistadeadhead: Graphic Designer & Painter based out of NYC More at http://www.theopencanvas.com https://www.instagram.com/mistadeadhead/ Production Recorded by Taj Alexander Edited by Taj Alexander Photography by Nate Bajar Voice Over by Nahel
1:10:38
January 30, 2018
EPISODE 44 | KYRSTEN BATES
Kyrsten Bates: Model, Musician, Creative Director, Stylist, and DJ More at www.theopencanvas.com https://soundcloud.com/ila-19 Production Recorded by Taj Alexander Edited by Taj Alexander Photography by Nate Bajar
45:19
January 23, 2018
EPISODE 43 | LIVE FROM MAGIC MARKET CHINATOWN NYC
Video at www.theopencanvas.com Gogy's Magic Market featuring: Slicky Boy https://soundcloud.com/bbbuuurrp Austin of Onyx Collective https://soundcloud.com/onyxcollective Allistar Dominguez Corp.
12:58
January 16, 2018
EPISODE 42 | ISABEL FLOWER & MARCEL ROSA-SALAS OF TOP RANK PODCAST
Marcel Rosa-Salas & Isabel Flower are co-host of the The Top Rank Podcast. They sat down with Taj Alexander on The Open Canvas to share their story and passions. Video: https://www.theopencanvas.com/toprank/ Top Rank Podcast: https://soundcloud.com/toprankmagazine Hat Line: https://www.instagram.com/hat_line/?hl=en
55:04
January 9, 2018
EPISODE 41 | CLOCKWORK CROS
Clockwork Cros has no limits. He is a multidimensional artist that uses any medium that peaks his interest. Hailing from the Lower East Side of New York City, Clockwork connected with the Open Canvas to talk about the hustler's spirit within an artist and the importance of art for the youth. - Words by Taj Alexander More Info: www.theopencanvas.com www.clockworkcros.com Host - Taj Alexander Special Guest - Clockwork Cros Production Producer - Taj Alexander Post Audio Production - Taj Alexander Voice Over - Nahel
41:10
January 2, 2018
EPISODE 40 | PARLAY SESSION #3
Happy Holidays from the Open Canvas Family! This is the 3rd of a series of episodes in collaboration w/ Parlay in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Each Parlay Session will feature different Brooklyn Creatives that are a part of the Parlay Family. This Session features all around musician, Jason Castillo and artist Blake Morrision aka Black EL. Special Thanks to Irwin and the Parlay Family! PARLAY 4024 8th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11232 On the Corner of 41 St. & 8th Ave. in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, NY Cast Host - Taj Alexander Special Guest - Jason Castillo Special Guest - Black EL Production Producer - Taj Alexander Audio Recorder - Taj Alexander Post Audio Production - Taj Alexander Parlay Logo - Chris Lee Voice Over - Nahel
57:34
December 26, 2017
Episode 39: Austin Lebrón x Taj Alexander
Austin Lebrón is a lover of the culture behind the music he creates. Drawing from real life experiences and people, Austin is pushing the boundaries of what music can be. - Words by Taj Alexander https://soundcloud.com/austin-lebron/sets/de-mi-para-ti-ep www.theopencanvas.com Host - Taj Alexander Special Guest - Austin Lebrón Music Courtesy of Fania Records Production Producer - Taj Alexander Post Audio Production - Taj Alexander Voice Over - Nahel
1:00:40
December 18, 2017
Episode 38: Jarae Holieway x Taj Alexander
Jarae Holieway is a Model, Fashion Stylist, and Artist hailing from Long Beach California, currently living in New York City. She is reclaiming what it means to be a woman of power in the fashion/beauty industry. Jarae joined us on the Open Canvas to share about the grind and the glow up as a young creative, all with a smile. - Words by Taj Alexander Website: https://www.theopencanvas.com/ Jarae's Website: http://www.jaraeholieway.com/ Jarae's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/blacmagic_woman/?hl=en Taj's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/taj.alexander/?hl=en Host - Taj Alexander Special Guest - Jarae Holieway Production Producer - Taj Alexander Post Audio Production - Taj Alexander Voice Over - Nahel taj alexandertajopen canvasthe open canvaspodcastphotographyvideographycreative direction
58:56
December 11, 2017
Episode 37: Bobo & Ekua: The Creators of Afrolit x Taj Alexander
I had the honor of welcoming Bobo and Ekua, founders of the Afrolit Podcast onto an episode of the Open Canvas. These women are determined to share real stories and create honest conversations to help young women artists and entrepreneurs. Bobo and Ekua are changing the narrative for women in culture. - Words by Taj Alexander Host: Taj Alexander Special Guests: Bobo Matjila & Ekua Musumba Bobo's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thisfashionfiend_/?hl=en Ekua's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ekua.pm/?hl=en Afrolit Podcast: https://soundcloud.com/afrolit Contact afrolit: afrolitpodcast@gmail.com Production Producer - Taj Alexander Post Audio Production - Taj Alexander Voice Over - Nahel
1:26:37
December 4, 2017
Episode 36: Amsterdam's Yavez Anthonio x Taj Alexander
As a Photographer & Creative Director from Amsterdam, Anthonio is creating his own visual language. While visiting New York he caught up with the Open Canvas to share his life story and experience in NYC. Anthonio is walking his own path and his work is a reflection of that. - Words by Taj Alexander www.theopencanvas.com/anthonio www.anthonio.info Host - Taj Alexander Special Guest - Yavez Anthonio Production Producer - Taj Alexander Post Audio Production - Taj Alexander Voice Over - Nahel
53:06
November 27, 2017
Episode 35: LA Creative Marvin James x Taj Alexander
Los Angeles Creative, Marvin James is committed to connecting the dots within culture. Co-founder of the LA Collective Meet The Youngs, Marvin curates real moments for the young creative community in Los Angeles. On the Open Canvas, Marvin shares with us his personal story, growing pains, triumphs, and the shared vision to suppport and encourage creatives from Coast to Coast and around the world. Marvin is a connector of people, ideas, and visions. - Words by Taj Alexander More at www.theopencanvas.com/ Host - Taj Alexander Special Guest - Marvin James www.instagram.com/marvinxjames/ Production Producer - Taj Alexander Post Audio Production - Taj Alexander Photography - Nate Bajar Voice Over - Nahel
1:03:00
November 20, 2017
Episode 34: Darryl Richardson x Taj Alexander
Darryl Richardson is a Photographer in the truest sense. His unique eye is creating fresh visual stories that are his own. Darryl's journey thus far is anything but "regular." Listen to his story as he lets us in on The Open Canvas. - Words by Taj Alexander http://www.darryl-richardson.com/ Host - Taj Alexander Special Guest - Darryl Richardson Production Producer - Taj Alexander Post Audio Production - Taj Alexander Photography - Nate Bajar Voice Over - Nahel
1:03:49
November 13, 2017
Episode 33: The Parlay Sessions #2
The Open Canvas has released the 2nd of a series of episodes in collaboration with one of our favorite restaurant/cafes in Brooklyn, Parlay. Each Parlay Session will feature different Brooklyn Creatives that are a part of the Parlay Family. The Session features all around musician, Jason Castillo and accomplished MC D.Prince (CFRN) Special Thanks to Irwin and the Parlay Family! PARLAY 4024 8th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11232 On the Corner of 41 St. & 8th Ave. in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, NY Cast Host - Taj Alexander Special Guest - Jason Castillo Special Guest - D.Prince (CFRN) Production Producer - Taj Alexander Audio Recorder - Taj Alexander Post Audio Production - Taj Alexander Parlay Logo - Chris Lee Cover Art Photography - Jason Castillo Voice Over - Nahel
1:26:55
November 6, 2017
Episode 32: Tommy Richards x Taj Alexander
TJ_R, also known as Tommy Richards, is a 17 yr old creative living in NYC working with fashion, vintage, design, merchandising, film, skits, sneakers, urban exploring, vlogs and more. Host - Taj Alexander Special Guest - TJ_R Production Producer - Taj Alexander Post Audio Production - Taj Alexander Photography - Nate Bajar Voice Over - Nahel
1:01:04
October 31, 2017
Episode 31: Andre Uncut x Taj Alexander
Founder of Good Breed Films, Andre Uncut is a communicator of culture. His photography and videos highlight the history and richness of culture that has influenced a lot of the current trends of today. He uses his platform to inspire others to look at where their inspirations come from and how we should pay homage to the people, music, and vibes that are connected to how we express ourselves in our generation. Host - Taj Alexander Special Guest - Andre Uncut Production Producer - Taj Alexander Post Audio Production - Taj Alexander Photography - Nate Bajar Voice Over - Nahel Song - Engenho da Rainha (feat. Carlos do Complexo)by Sango https://soundcloud.com/sangobeats/engenho-da-rainha-feat-carlos-do-complexo
44:57
October 23, 2017
Episode 30: Yohan x Taj Alexander
Host - Taj Alexander Special Guest - Yohan https://soundcloud.com/yohance-barton Production Producer - Taj Alexander Post Audio Production - Taj Alexander Photography - Nate Bajar Voice Over - Nahel Song - Work Out by Krs https://soundcloud.com/producedbykrs/wov
42:30
October 16, 2017
Episode 29: Cory Townes x Taj Alexander
theopencanvas.com Host - Taj Alexander Special Guest -Cory Townes Producer - Taj Alexander Post Audio Production - Taj Alexander Cover Art Photography - Nate Bajar Voice Over - Nahel
33:17
October 9, 2017
Episode 28: Nate Bajar: Photographer for VICE, TheFader, & NY Times x Taj Alexander
There is so much we can say about Nate. He's a professional photographer for Vice, TheFader, and The NY Times. He's also an all around musician and vocalist. His creativity knows no bounds. So having a conversation with him was powerful to say the least. Nate shared how his story to success is not conventional or over-planned. By taking the less travelled road, he has been able to carve his own lane in the creative industry while spreading good energy along the way. Check out his Episode on the Open Canvas above. - words by Taj Alexander theopencanvas.com Host - Taj Alexander Special Guest - Nate Bajar Producer - Taj Alexander Post Audio Production - Taj Alexander Cover Art Photography - Nate Bajar (Eddie Haung) Voice Over - Nahel Song - Naive by Kayloo
34:25
October 2, 2017
Episode 27: LIVE - The Merk La Familia Pop-Up
This episode was recorded Live at the Merk La Familia Pop-Up Event theopencanvas.com Host - Taj Alexander Special Guest - Bevon St. Louis-Brewster Special Guest - Xavier Banks Special Guest - MR. DOINGTOOMUCH Special Guest - Arch Ares Special Guest - River Koelo Special Guest - God Body Charles Special Guest - Jeremy X Producer - Taj Alexander Audio Recorder - Taj Alexander Post Audio Production - Taj Alexander Intro/Outro Voice Over - Nahel Music: https://soundcloud.com/merklafamiliabeats/merk-gator-skin-seats-instru https://soundcloud.com/merklafamiliabeats
1:03:44
September 25, 2017
Episode 26: sooflyt x Taj Alexander
http://sooflyt.energy/Light theopencanvas.com Host - Taj Alexander Special Guest - sooflyt Producer - Taj Alexander Post Audio Production - Taj Alexander Cover Art Photography - Sooflyt Voice Over - Nahel Song - Sweet Afrika by Dotorado Pro https://soundcloud.com/dotorado-pro https://soundcloud.com/dotorado-pro/dotorado-pro-sweet-afrika
52:47
September 18, 2017
Episode 25: STAPLE Design Director: Courtney Walker x Taj Alexander
Taj Alexander went by the showroom of the legendary streetwear brand STAPLE to have an in-depth conversation with the Lead Design Director, Courtney Walker. http://theopencanvas.com http://staplepigeon.com Host - Taj Alexander Special Guest - Courtney Walker Producer - Taj Alexander Post Audio Production - Taj Alexander Cover Art Photography - Sam Hicks Voice Over - Nahel Song - They. - Back it Up (Cabu Remix) https://soundcloud.com/welcometocabu https://soundcloud.com/welcometocabu/they-back-it-up-cabu-remix-2016
1:02:51
September 11, 2017
Episode 24: Brasil MC Yas Werneck x Taj Alexander
Brasilian Hip Hop Artist from Rio De Janeiro, Yas Werneck, sat down with Taj Alexander and blessed us with some amazing stories. Yas Werneck is the first artist featured on the Neymar Jr. Mixtape Presented by Nike. Nike Presents: Neymar Jr. Mixtape https://soundcloud.com/nikefootballmusic/neymar-jr-mixtape Cast Host - Taj Alexander Special Guest - Yas Werneck Production Producer - Taj Alexander Post Audio Production - Taj Alexander Cover Art Photography - Yas Werneck Voice Over - Maria Buzanovsky Music Curator - Zoe Janice @zoejanice Song - Petalas e Pranto by Kryone https://soundcloud.com/kryone/petalas-e-pranto https://soundcloud.com/kryone
29:08
September 4, 2017
Episode 23: GVIJIN x Taj Alexander
Taj sits down with DJ and Citizen of the World GVIJIN www.theopencanvas.com/ https://soundcloud.com/gvijin Cast Host - Taj Alexander Special Guest - GVIJIN Production Producer - Taj Alexander Post Audio Production - Taj Alexander Cover Art Photography - GVIJIN Voice Over - Nahel Music Curator - Taj Alexander Song - Rude Kid Galaxy
34:16
August 28, 2017
Episode 22: Will & Osso of Bad Perception x Taj Alexander in LA
Episode 22: Will & Osso of Bad Perception x Taj Alexander in LA by Taj Alexander
51:40
August 21, 2017
Episode 21: The Parlay Sessions #1 w/ Gaurionex Rodriguez, Jr. & Moe Suliman
The Open Canvas has launched the first in a series of episodes in collaboration with one of our favorite restaurant/cafes in Brooklyn, NY Parlay. Each Parlay Session will feature different Brooklyn Creatives that are a part of the Parlay Family. The first Session features Photographer Gaurio Rodriguez, Jr. & Graphic Designer Moe Suliman. gaurionexjr.com moesuliman.com Special Thanks to Irwin and the Parlay Family! PARLAY 4024 8th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11232 On the Corner of 41 St. & 8th Ave. in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, NY Cast Host - Taj Alexander Special Guest - Gaurio Rodriguez, Jr. Special Guest - Moe Suliman Production Producer - Taj Alexander Post Audio Production - Julie Diaz Parlay Logo - Chris Lee Cover Art Photography - Hiim Wang Voice Over - Nahel
40:24
August 14, 2017
Episode 20: Charis Alexander x Taj Alexander at KINFOLK in Brooklyn
Charis Alexander, Graphic/Fashion Designer and sister of Taj Alexander opens up about their history as siblings, the essence of Open Canvas, and the passion she has for her creative work. Special Thanks to Kinfolk in Brooklyn, NY (94 Wythe St. Brooklyn, NY) Cast Host - Taj Alexander Special Guest - Charis Alexander Production Producer - Taj Alexander Recorded by - Taj Alexander Post Audio Production - Amanda Hughes Cover Art Photography - Sam Hicks / Taj Alexander Intro Voice Over - Nahel Song - I Won't Pretend I Am (Pt. 1) - NUDE https://soundcloud.com/nudemusic/i-wont-pretend-i-am-pt-1
34:06
August 7, 2017
Episode 19: Jerome Lamaar x Taj Alexander at 9J
Jerome Lamaar, Founder/Fashion Designer of 5:31 Jerome and Owner of 9J Studio in The Bronx shares how his determination and will created the life of his dreams. 9J Studio: 41 BRUCKNER BLVD, BRONX, NY instagram: @9JBX www.theopencanvas.com/ www.9jstudio.com/ Cast Host - Taj Alexander Special Guest - Jerome Lamaar Production Producer - Taj Alexander Recorded by - Taj Alexander Post Audio Production - Amanda Hughes Cover Art Photography - Jerome Lamaar Intro Voice Over - Maria Buzanovsky Song - For The Cause - Pote https://soundcloud.com/enchufada/pote-for-the-cause
55:16
July 31, 2017
Episode 18: MERK La Familia x Taj Alexander
Official MERK website: www.merklafamilia.com/ MERK soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/merkisloud theopencanvas.com Cast Host - Taj Alexander Special Guests - MERK La Familia Production Producer - Taj Alexander Post Audio Production - Amanda Hughes Cover Art Photography - MERK Voice Over - Nahel Music Curator - Zoe Janice @zoejanice Song - https://soundcloud.com/chediak/chediak-theusplayer-what-is-happening-to-the-world
21:31
July 24, 2017
Episode 17: Director JMP James Pereira x Taj Alexander
Film Maker, Photographer, and Visionary "JMP" James Pereira shares his the passion and purpose behind his life's work. www.theopencanvas.com/ http://www.jmpvisuals.com/ http://www.themainidea.tv/ Cast Host - Taj Alexander Special Guest - JMP James Pereira Production Producer - Taj Alexander Post Audio Production - Julie Diaz Cover Art Photography - JMP James Pereira Voice Over - Maria Buzanovsky Music Curator - Zoe Janice @zoejanice Song - Bahia Dreamin' - Karriem Riggins https://soundcloud.com/stonesthrow/karriem-riggins-bahia-dreamin
48:09
July 17, 2017
Episode 16: Olivia Anthony x Taj Alexander
Fashion Designer Olivia Anthony, Music Artist Pocahontae, and Painter Mary Leech talk about their experience as women in the creative world, the difference between "dating" & "collaborating" with guys, and what the have planned for the future. www.theopencanvas.com/ www.oliviaanthony.com/ Cast Host - Taj Alexander Special Guest - Olivia Anthony Special Guest - Pocahontae https://soundcloud.com/pocahontaemusic Special Guest - Mary Gordon Production Producer - Taj Alexander Post Audio Production - Julie Diaz Cover Art Photography - Genevieve Kim Voice Over - Nahel Tzegai Music Curator - Zoe Janice @zoejanice Song - Paid by Sudan Archives https://soundcloud.com/sudanarchives
1:11:29
July 10, 2017
Episode 15: Topprraaa x Taj Alexander at ALIFE
At the ALIFE Store in New York City, Hip Hop Artist Topprraaa sat down with Tabby Wakes and Taj Alexander to talk about life in the Lower East Side. His album "Activation" is Coming Soon! Thank you to ALIFE for allowing us to record a great episode in store. soundcloud.com/topprraaa theopencanvas.com alife.nyc ALIFE 158 Rivington St New York, NY 10002
17:09
July 3, 2017
Episode 14: Camille Tanoh x Taj Alexander
Creator of The Proper Sneaker, Camille Tanoh shares his amazing life story in fashion and music, from Paris to New York, and what he as learned along the way. theopencanvas.com www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-proper-sneaker-no-logo-no-luxury-markup-fashion?secret_perk_token=015cc052#/ Cast Host - Taj Alexander Special Guest - Camille Tanoh Production Producer - Taj Alexander Post Audio Production - Amanda Hughes Cover Art - Taj Alexander Voice Over - Nahel Tzegai Music Curator - Zoe Janice @zoejanice Song - Sunset District by Abjo https://soundcloud.com/midnightabjo
49:12
June 26, 2017
Episode 13: Sharifa Murdock x Taj Alexander
Co-Owner of the Liberty Fairs Fashion Tradeshow, Sharifa Murdock, visited the Open Canvas with Taj Alexander to share her life story and road to true success. Websites theopencanvas.com sharifasays.com libertyfairs.com Cast Taj Alexander Sharifa Murdock Production Producer - Taj Alexander Post Audio Production - Amanda Hughes Cover Art - Taj Alexander Voice Over - Nahel Tzegai Music Curator - Zoe Janice @zoejanice Song - Oneself by Kryone
40:39
June 19, 2017
Episode 12: Nicky Chulo x Taj Alexander
Nicky Chulo has created some of the best album cover artwork for artists such as GoldLink, Jay IDK, Anik Khan, Jon Bellion, Chaz French, Mick, Elephante, and so many more. Taj Alexander, Founder of the Open Canvas, speaks with Nicky Chulo about his life and creative journey. theopencanvas.com nickychulo.com Cast Taj Alexander Nicky Chulo Production Producer - Taj Alexander Post Audio Production - Amanda Hughes Cover Art - Taj Alexander Voice Over - Nahel Tzegai Music Curator - Zoe Janice @zoejanice Song - Autumn Antique by Teebs Nicky Chulo has collaborated with: https://soundcloud.com/goldlink https://soundcloud.com/jayidk1 https://soundcloud.com/anikkhanmusic https://soundcloud.com/jonbellion https://soundcloud.com/chazfrench https://soundcloud.com/iamtheelephante
38:11
June 12, 2017
Episode 11: Koleco x Taj Alexander
theopencanvas.com https://soundcloud.com/Lastniightmusicgroup Cast Taj Alexander - taj.alexander (instagram) DJ Knoimnot - https://soundcloud.com/knoimnot Production Producer - Taj Alexander Post Audio Production - Amanda Hughes Cover Art - Taj Alexander Voice Over - Nahel Tzegai Music Curator - Zoe Janice @zoejanice Song - Brazilian Love by Tom Misch – https://soundcloud.com/tommisch/brazlian-love
46:37
June 5, 2017
Episode 10: Kolby Turner x Taj Alexander
theopencanvas.com theblacktounge.com Cast Taj Alexander - taj.alexander (instagram) Kolby Turner - https://soundcloud.com/turnhertbt64 G-baby Gvvaan - https://soundcloud.com/gvvaan BOY - https://soundcloud.com/boyfromtherhode Attnwh0re - https://soundcloud.com/attnwh0re Norri - https://soundcloud.com/therealnorri Production Producer - Taj Alexander Post Audio Production - Amanda Hughes Cover Art - Taj Alexander Photo By - JMP Voice Over - Nahel Tzegai Music Curator - Zoe Janice @zoejanice Song - Mazur's by Dabrooke https://soundcloud.com/clubnuage/dabrooke-mazurs
1:07:14
May 29, 2017
Episode 9: The Commendable x Taj Alexander
theopencanvas.com thecommendable.com Host Taj Alexander - taj.alexander (instagram) Guest Shaquille - princelifted (instagram) Denzel - thedenzelb (instagram) theopencanvas.com Production Producer - Taj Alexander Recording Engineer - Elliot Cuff Post Audio Production - Amanda Hughes Cover Art - Taj Alexander Photo By - The Commendable Voice Over - Nahel Tzegai Music Curator - Zoe Janice @zoejanice Song - Childish Gambino - Terrified (Zikomo Remix)
44:52
May 22, 2017
Episode 8: Edwina Kulego x Taj Alexander
Edwina Kulego sat down with Taj Alexander to share great stories of her life growing up, travel, and the business of fashion. edwinakulego.com theopencanvas.com Cast Edwina Kulego - edwinakulego (instagram) Taj Alexander - taj.alexander (instagram) Production Producer - Taj Alexander Post Audio Production - Amanda Hughes Photo By - Edwina Kulego Cover Art - Taj Alexander Voice Intro/Outro - Nahel Tzegai Music Curator - Zoe Janice @zoejanice Song - Eu Sou (Instrumental)(Prod. DA)https://soundcloud.com/010da/eu-soul-instrumental-prod-da
47:54
May 15, 2017
Episode 7: DiceTheGod x Taj Alexander
theopencanvas.com thecityofgods.nyc Cast Taj Alexander - taj.alexander (instagram) DiceTheGod - dicethegod (instagram) theopencanvas.com Production Producer - Taj Alexander Recording Engineer - Elliot Cuff Post Audio Production - Julia Diaz Cover Art - Charis Alexander Photo By - DiceTheGod Voice Over - Nahel Tzegai Music Curator - Zoe Janice @zoejanice Song - 6 by oriJanus
56:28
May 8, 2017
Episode 6: Bryan Jimenez & Tabby Wakes x Taj Alexander
theopencanvas.com Cast Taj Alexander - taj.alexander (instagram) Tabby Wakes - tabbysleeps (instagram)https://soundcloud.com/tabby-wakes (soundcloud) Bryan Jimenez - bryanjimeneznyc (instagram) Production Producer - Taj Alexander Recording Engineer - Elliot Cuff Post Audio Production - Amanda Hughes Cover Art - Charis Alexander Photo By - Drew Smart Voice Over - Nahel Tzegai Music Curator - Zoe Janice https://soundcloud.com/zoejanice Song - VanJess - Panda (Jaël Remix)
20:58
May 1, 2017
Episode 5: The Arena BK x Taj Alexander
Taj Alexander, Founder of The Open Canvas, sat down w/  Elliot, Samson, and Derrick (fka thayellowrkel) of The Arena to have a meaningful discussion about the power of partying, doing what you love, and bringing communities together. Cast Taj Alexander - taj.alexander (instagram) Durian Qing - thayellowrkel (instagram) Elliot Curtis - ecurtis617 (instagram) Samson - lost_angles (instagram) Production Producer - Taj Alexander Recording Engineer - Elliot Cuff Post Audio Production - Amanda Hughes Cover Art - Charis Alexander Voice Over - Nahel Tzegai Music Curator - Zoe Janice Song - Nujabes by oriJanus
28:09
April 24, 2017
Episode 4: Travque x Taj Alexander
theopencanvas.com Cast Taj Alexander - taj.alexander (instagram) TravQue - travque (instagram) Production Producer - Taj Alexander Recording Engineer - Elliot Cuff Post Audio Production - Amanda Hughes Cover Art - Charis Alexander Voice Over - Nahel Tzegai Music Curator - Zoe Janice https://soundcloud.com/zoejanice Song - "Lettuce Pray" by TEK.LUN
11:37
April 17, 2017
Episode 3: Cleon Grey x Taj Alexander
she-ren.com theopencanvas.com Cast Taj Alexander - taj.alexander (instagram) Cleon Grey - s.here.n (instagram) TravQue - travque (instagram) Production Producer - Taj Alexander Recording Engineer - Elliot Cuff Post Audio Production - Amanda Hughes Cover Art - Charis Alexander Voice Over - Nahel Tzegai Music Curator - Zoe Janice https://soundcloud.com/zoejanice Song - "Something to Live For" by Maverick Soul
26:50
April 10, 2017
Episode 2: Amsterdam's Bonne Reijn x Taj Alexander
Amsterdam Designer, Bonne Reijn of Bonne Suits sat down with Taj Alexander, founder of The Open Canvas, to discuss the beauty of New York, growing his company (Bonne Suits) organically, respecting people bold enough to be themselves, and the truth behind Young Thug's come up in Amsterdam. Cast Taj Alexander - taj.alexander (instagram) Bonne Reijn - reijn (instagram) Bryan Jimenez - bryanjimeneznyc (instagram) Bonne Suites - bonnelife.com (website) Production Producer - Taj Alexander Recording Engineer - Elliot Cuff Post Audio Production - Amanda Hughes Cover Art - Charis Alexander Voice Over - Nahel Tzegai Music Curator - Zoe Janice https://soundcloud.com/zoejanice Song - "Saturday Love" by Jarreau Vandal
26:46
April 3, 2017
Episode 1: Paris Creatives The Flowerboys x Taj Alexander
Taj Alexander sat down with The Flower Boys Gregory "GoGo" Roberts, "Peace" Taylor Martinez, and Ras Samo to talk about the the power of good vibes, what makes a great party, and creating a future for you and your friends. Cast Taj Alexander Gregory Roberts Taylor Martinez Ras Samo Bryan Jimenez Justin Estienne Production Producer - Taj Alexander Recording Engineer - Elliot Cuff Post Audio Production - Amanda Hughes Cover Art - Charis Alexander Voice Over - Nahel Tzegai Song - "Vivid Dreams" by Kaytranada
26:14
March 27, 2017
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