Clique Vodka Tastemakers Series featuring Mod SunMay 21, 2015 -- Published by Frank Bachurski
A Tastemaker is an individual or entity who sets the bar and raises the standards of an industry. Someone who decides what is next. Someone who is ahead of the curve when it comes to their area of interest. An influencer and opinion leader with a forward thinking mindset.
Clique Vodka takes pride in doing just that. So we are honoring these fellow Tastemakers with a series of campaigns featuring an inside look at who they are and what they do.
This is the first look at that series with featured artist, Mod Sun.
Bio: It can be far too easy to get caught in negativity in today’s world. We’re surrounded by it in the news, the media and even entertainment. And that’s what makes Mod Sun’s music and message all the more refreshing.
“It’s about empowerment. It’s about saying it’s okay to sit by yourself on a Friday night and make music. You’ll never be lonely if you love the person you’re alone with,” says the rapper, whose name stands for “Movement On Dreams Stand Under None.”
A Minnesota native, Mod grew up in a household that played everything from Bob Dylan to Prince, and that eclectic foundation has informed his musical journey. He started playing drums at age 13, and by 16, he began touring with a few bands, including the successful rock group Four Letter Lie.
But his heart told him to go after something else.
“I was in a state of comfort, touring and in a band, and I decided I wanted to totally change it up and do something I believed in,” the 27-year-old remembers.
So he gave up that steady gig to pick up the mic. Mod wrote his first song at age 19, and hasn’t looked back since. Over the last eight years, he has released six mixtapes and three EPs. He has collaborated with artists including Schoolboy Q, Nipsey Hussle and G-Eazy, and earned a spot as one of sixteen independent artists from around the world competing for the cover of Rolling Stone in 2011.
Now, the focus is again squarely on the music. He’s built plenty of momentum over the last year, thanks to videos for tracks like “My Hippy, “Free Love” and “Mushrooms.” And now, Mod is getting ready to deliver his Friend Base — because he has no fans, only friends — his debut album, which is due at the top of 2015, through Rostrum Records.
The music has grown, but the underlying message remains. “No matter the amount of negativity you’re presented with, 5 minutes from now could be your best moment.”
Thanks to Video team, Faded Industry Entertainment, Frank Bachurski, Isaac Holeva, Tom Larkin, Sam Harris, Cory Pitkavish, Clique Vodka mixology team, Primo Creative, Drusky Entertainment, Altar Bar, & everyone involved in facilitation of Tastemakers Series.