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| 12 September 2012 | Reply

NEW YORK – (September 11, 2012) – Musicians Nick Hook, Tiombe Lockhart and Jesse Boykins cover the October 2012 issue of The Red Bulletin, sharing their stories of navigating New York’s bustling music scene and expressing why it is the world’s most dynamic scene.  In an exclusive web video, Hook, the Azealia Banks producer, gives The Red Bulletin a behind-the-scenes look at a day in his life in NYC – from his favorite East Village sake bar to his recording studio in Brooklyn.

The Red Bulletin is a global men’s lifestyle magazine with a distinct offering of action, sports, travel, arts and music stories that young men seek.  The October issue is available in print and via download of the Red Bulletin tablet app through the Apple iTunes StoreGoogle Play and on

Issue highlights include a profile on tennis grand slam champion Novak Djokovic; Brooklyn’s newest rap sensation Mr. Muthaf*ckin’ Exquire; and the new skateboarding culture of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

Highlights from the cover feature:

  • Hook, the Azealia Banks producer who worked at a sake bar to help pay the bills while continuing to work on his production career, talks about what it was like securing a spot in the prestigious Red Bull Music Academy last year: “I describe it to people and they think it sounds like Burning Man. It’s like summer camp with music and alcohol. But you meet all these amazing people from all over the world and work with legends – I got to write a song with Bootsy Collins.”
  • Boykins, an electro-soul singer who is part of the new indie R&B movement, recalls moving to New York to pursue his music career: “I was always working when I was there – I sang backup in a couple groups and taught music to elementary school students, and worked as the night clerk at a hostel on the Lower East Side.”  He goes on: “You can’t be lazy in New York. You always have to be on your toes, always creating, always moving.”
  • Lockhart, a singer as well as Hook’s producing partner in the band Cubic Zirconia, shares her thoughts on the competition and inspiration within New York’s music business: “I like the idea of hustling and the fact that everything is so dense – it propels me to work harder and dig deeper. And it’s not just New York; the Internet also makes it possible for anyone to create and upload music or videos. But I don’t think I could make the type of music I make anywhere else – I get so much just living in the city. I live in a Dominican neighborhood and I hear things just walking around that I wouldn’t hear if I lived in another place.”

Additional highlights include:

  • Novak Djokovic, who from the age of four wanted to be the world number one tennis player, discusses taking on tennis powerhouses Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, both of whom won a combined 25 of the 28 Grand Slam tournaments between 2004 to 2010: “I’m aware that nobody believed it would be possible to outperform Roger and Rafa – in that respect, I have achieved the impossible.” On whether he feels pressure or anxiety on the court today: “Pressure is a privilege! There is no better proof than pressure to show that I’m in a great match and chasing a major goal. I find pressure pushes me more than it holds me. Without the stage fright there isn’t top performance.”
  • Mr. Muthaf*ckin’ Exquire, the Brooklyn rap sensation whose album Power & Passion is out in October, describes his music: “My music is an amalgamation of pain and pleasure, purity and dirtiness, ghetto-ness and class. It’s everything mixed up in the bowl – stir it up, throw it out, eat it— that’s my style.”
  • Jim Murphy, who opened a skate park on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota with Walt Pourier and the financial support from the Tony Hawk Foundation, Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament and others, discusses how the skate culture has provided a support system on the reservation where a shocking statistic found the suicide rate among youth is 150 percent higher than the national average: “This skate park gives them more of a reason to live. It’s something to look forward to, it occupies their minds. You can deal with all of these emotions you’re feeling, or why you’re depressed or why you’re angry. You can work it out on a skate park, and you’ve got a family of skaters to support you.”


About Red Bull Media House: Red Bull Media House is a global media company that creates innovative sports, culture and lifestyle programming and distributes it across multiple platforms. From film to television, print to digital and games, Red Bull Media House content is optimized for any device or platform. For more information, go to The Red Bulletin, available globally in Spanish, English, German and French, captures stories from the playgrounds of sports, culture, entertainment and exploration. For more adventure, please visit

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ToddStar - that's me... just a rocking accountant who had dreams of being a rock star. I get to do the next best thing to rocking the globe - I get to take pictures of the lucky ones that do. I love to shoot all genres of music and different types of performers. If it is related to music, I love to photograph it. I get to shoot and hang with not only some of my friends and idols, but some of the coolest people around today.

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