Everyone has a song that holds a special place in their hearts. Whether it’s a slow ballad that conjures memories of a relationship, or a fast-paced hit that brings you back to long nights with good friends, songs have a staying power and universality that transcends all other media.
But in the past year, our music has taken on a whole new meaning. As we worked from home, our music became a companion: a way to lift us up when we felt down and make our happy moments even happier.
For our 40th issue of Schön!, we celebrate the melodies and melody-makers who have made our lives richer, fuller and, in a word, better. It is in this spirit that we proudly present Schön! 40, #AllAboutMusic.
We begin our deep dive into the world of music with a favourite who spans generations — Ricky Martin. As a multi-platinum performer with plenty of wisdom to share, we are captured not only by Martin’s supreme talent, but his unwavering curiosity; our interview traverses everything from his lockdown reinvention to his new album and his work in immersive audio technology.
From there, we turn to the voices of other musicians shaping popular music today. Saweetie takes us to school with uplifting energy, infectious music and total dominance of social media. Miguel talks to us about learning to be true to one’s self and the journey he underwent to make his music more authentically ‘him’ before giving us a sneak peek at his new BBC streetwear show. Later, Tinashe details the benefits of working with limitations and how one judges success in a multimedia world.
Of course, we are always fascinated by those whose success spans across several fields. Television personality, author, actor, producer and businesswoman Alani ‘La La’ Anthony discusses her path from an internship at Hot 97 to global stardom and how she now uses her position to elevate others. Actor Lorenzo Zurzolo gives a look at his latest project and recounts how the gift of a guitar and “one beer too many” led to his first single in a major motion picture. Then, Kendrick Sampson shares how he bridges the worlds of acting and activism both on-screen and off before Melissa George details her new Apple TV+ drama series, The Mosquito Coast.
Speaking of movers and shakers, we return to our friends at polette, who guide us through their history before revealing their new line of sustainability-minded eyewear. After that, BMW Motorrad helps us regain our freedom to move by taking us out on the open road.
All of this brings us to our headlining act, Dove Cameron, who wears Collini Milano for our beautiful print cover. Beginning as an actor on the Disney Channel, Cameron has fought numerous hardships to rocket to international success, working in film, on television and as a truly impressive musician. Schön! spoke with her about her new single and her latest series, a musical comedy set to be released this summer on Apple TV+.
In the meantime, until we can meet again, play on.
The print cover of Schön! 40 has been produced by
direction + photography. Benjo Arwars
fashion. Aisha Rae
talent. Dove Cameron wearing Collini Milano
hair. Clayton Hawkins using R+Co BLEU
make up. Melissa Hernandez using Pat McGrath Labs
dop + photography assistant. Josh Hammaren
video editing. WE STUDIO
music. Chris Upton
fashion assistants. Tashe Pollard + Angel Cross
retouch. Mode Studios
location. RoseWolff Studio
words. Braden Bjella