Khris Pagaspas

Barlady — Milan

Name, where are you from?
I'm Khris and I am from the Philippines.

What do you do?
I make juicy cocktails, hence I am a Barlady.

Describe your style in three words?
Braids, snapback, sneakers.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
I hardly go to gigs, but when I do, you can bet it is a big one. The best ones definitely were QueenB and Riri. Their sound is so powerful and intense you can’t help letting yourself go, dance till the last minute, sing out loud and cry as you have never done before.

If you could put any three bands in history on a lineup?
2Pac with his timeless 'Changes'.
Linkin Park and their mix 'Numb/Encore' featuring Jay-Z.
Snoop Dogg whose 'Drop It Like It’s Hot' will never tire me.

Which subcultures have influenced you?
Oh, this is a tricky one. I mean, there certainly are some strong references that influenced me but if you think about the huge melting pot of cultures, styles and appropriations we are living in today it may be difficult to decipher them. Thinking about my teens listening to hip-hop music and those days I ditched school to skate on Milan's smooth surfaces, then, it’s pretty clear where my style is coming from and which subcultures influenced me.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Then, I would love to spend that hour with Basquiat. His charisma and inner vulnerability were at the core of his success and decline and whether some may question he was a product of the art market he is and always be an icon and an honest portrait of the '80s in New York.

Where is your favourite independent venue in Italy?
BASE Milano, a multidisciplinary space where art meets fashion, music, culture and sport. It is really about cross-pollination. From great photographic exhibitions to some skateboard competitions, the BASE calendar always offers valuable opportunities to meet, learn and share.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
Tracy Chapman, heroine of the '80s and my unsung heroine today. I am not sure why, but I find myself knowing all her songs and lyrics… I guess it really has to do with the honesty of her acoustic rock music. Catchy sound and meaningful words.


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The first track you played on repeat?
Ohh that’s an easy one! 'Miss You' by Blink 182, the perfect one when I was heartbroken.

A song that defines the teenage you?
Say rock-pop and 2002. That’s Avril Lavigne and 'Sk8er Boi'.

One record you would keep forever?
'Life Goes On' by 2pac.

A song lyric that has inspired you?
“I buy you champagne but you love some Henny,
From the block like you Jenny, 
I know you special, girl, 'cause I know too many.”

From 'In My Feelings' by Drake. It is not really about something that inspires me, but I do connect this lyric to a particularly happy moment of my life.

A song you wished you had written?
'Forever Young' by Alphaville.

Best song to turn up loud?
'We Found Love' by Rihanna ft Calvin Harris.

A song people wouldn’t expect you to like?
'My Heart Will Go On' by Celine Dion. I mean, this is just the super cheesy part of me expressing itself.

A song to get you straight on the dance floor?
'Gold Digger' by Kanye West ft Jamie Foxx.

Best song to end an all-nighter?
'Sky And Sand' by Paul Kalkbrenner.

An Italian Band you would recommend and your favourite track?
'Il Cielo Nella Stanza' by Salmo.

Name, where are you from?
I'm Khris and I am from the Philippines.

What do you do?
I make juicy cocktails, hence I am a Barlady.

Describe your style in three words?
Braids, snapback, sneakers.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
I hardly go to gigs, but when I do, you can bet it is a big one. The best ones definitely were QueenB and Riri. Their sound is so powerful and intense you can’t help letting yourself go, dance till the last minute, sing out loud and cry as you have never done before.

If you could put any three bands in history on a lineup?
2Pac with his timeless 'Changes'.
Linkin Park and their mix 'Numb/Encore' featuring Jay-Z.
Snoop Dogg whose 'Drop It Like It’s Hot' will never tire me.

Which subcultures have influenced you?
Oh, this is a tricky one. I mean, there certainly are some strong references that influenced me but if you think about the huge melting pot of cultures, styles and appropriations we are living in today it may be difficult to decipher them. Thinking about my teens listening to hip-hop music and those days I ditched school to skate on Milan's smooth surfaces, then, it’s pretty clear where my style is coming from and which subcultures influenced me.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Then, I would love to spend that hour with Basquiat. His charisma and inner vulnerability were at the core of his success and decline and whether some may question he was a product of the art market he is and always be an icon and an honest portrait of the '80s in New York.

Where is your favourite independent venue in Italy?
BASE Milano, a multidisciplinary space where art meets fashion, music, culture and sport. It is really about cross-pollination. From great photographic exhibitions to some skateboard competitions, the BASE calendar always offers valuable opportunities to meet, learn and share.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
Tracy Chapman, heroine of the '80s and my unsung heroine today. I am not sure why, but I find myself knowing all her songs and lyrics… I guess it really has to do with the honesty of her acoustic rock music. Catchy sound and meaningful words.


www.instagram.com/blackblessed666

The first track you played on repeat?
Ohh that’s an easy one! 'Miss You' by Blink 182, the perfect one when I was heartbroken.

A song that defines the teenage you?
Say rock-pop and 2002. That’s Avril Lavigne and 'Sk8er Boi'.

One record you would keep forever?
'Life Goes On' by 2pac.

A song lyric that has inspired you?
“I buy you champagne but you love some Henny,
From the block like you Jenny, 
I know you special, girl, 'cause I know too many.”

From 'In My Feelings' by Drake. It is not really about something that inspires me, but I do connect this lyric to a particularly happy moment of my life.

A song you wished you had written?
'Forever Young' by Alphaville.

Best song to turn up loud?
'We Found Love' by Rihanna ft Calvin Harris.

A song people wouldn’t expect you to like?
'My Heart Will Go On' by Celine Dion. I mean, this is just the super cheesy part of me expressing itself.

A song to get you straight on the dance floor?
'Gold Digger' by Kanye West ft Jamie Foxx.

Best song to end an all-nighter?
'Sky And Sand' by Paul Kalkbrenner.

An Italian Band you would recommend and your favourite track?
'Il Cielo Nella Stanza' by Salmo.

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