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Photos: Drowners, Saul Williams, ASTR, and More at FADER FORT NYC

posted by Laura Baker-Finch on October 23, 2013

  • FADER FORT
  • Drowners
  • Drowners
  • Drowners
  • Drowners
  • Drowners
  • Drowners
  • Converse on the Big Screen
  • ASTR
  • ASTR
  • ASTR
  • ASTR
  • FADER FORT
  • Saul Williams & the Dragons of Zynth
  • Saul Williams & the Dragons of Zynth
  • Saul Williams & the Dragons of Zynth
  • Saul Williams & the Dragons of Zynth
  • Saul Williams & the Dragons of Zynth
  • Calvin Love
  • Calvin Love
  • Calvin Love
  • FADER FORT
  • SZA
  • SZA
  • SZA
  • FADER FORT

    Photo by Laura Baker-Finch

    New York City -- The FADER has established itself as a definitive voice and tastemaker of youth culture with pages full of on-the-cusp artists and in-depth looks at the lifestyle these artists and their fans abide by. With The FADER FORT [Presented by Converse, Powered by Dell], the magazine steps away from an observer role to fully immerse itself as an influencer, showcasing what's next in a setting that is next.

    Saturday's FADER FORT day party during CMJ Music Marathon was no exception. Over the course of an afternoon, FADER showcased nine genre-bending, at once underground-yet-popular artists that each perfectly embody FADER's persona in their own ways. The poetry/alternative hip hop of Saul Williams may seem a far cry from britpop New Yorkers Drowners, but that's exactly the beauty of what FADER brings to the table. The genres are different, and so are their readers, yet their supported artists all have three things in common - they're talented, they're hip, and they're not mainstream.

    Now that we've covered the lineup, onto the space. A Sixth Avenue hotel originally seemed an awkward choice for the event traditionally held in Converse's Brooklyn Rubber Tracks Studios or in a secluded, large outdoor space for SXSW in Austin, but Eventi proved a solid choice. Chosen to highlight sponsor Dell, FORT's Saturday home sported minimal white accents with FADER's standard "graffiti" coverings, a glass-enclosed corridor for the stage, and, most noticeably, a prominent screen adorning an adjacent building on which the performances were streamed. After a week of performances at traditional venues I've frequented countless times, FADER FORT's make-shift home did more than stand out.

    Click through for our highlights of the day, including Drowners, ASTR, Saul Williams, Calvin Love, and SZA.

  • Drowners

    Photo by Laura Baker-Finch

  • Drowners

    Photo by Laura Baker-Finch

  • Drowners

    Photo by Laura Baker-Finch

  • Drowners

    Photo by Laura Baker-Finch

  • Drowners

    Photo by Laura Baker-Finch

  • Drowners

    Photo by Laura Baker-Finch

  • Converse on the Big Screen

    Photo by Laura Baker-Finch

  • ASTR

    Photo by Laura Baker-Finch

  • ASTR

    Photo by Laura Baker-Finch

  • ASTR

    Photo by Laura Baker-Finch

  • ASTR

    Photo by Laura Baker-Finch

  • FADER FORT

    Photo by Laura Baker-Finch

  • Saul Williams & the Dragons of Zynth

    Photo by Marjana Jaidi

  • Saul Williams & the Dragons of Zynth

    Photo by Marjana Jaidi

  • Saul Williams & the Dragons of Zynth

    Photo by Marjana Jaidi

  • Saul Williams & the Dragons of Zynth

    Photo by Marjana Jaidi

  • Saul Williams & the Dragons of Zynth

    Photo by Marjana Jaidi

  • Calvin Love

    Photo by Laura Baker-Finch

  • Calvin Love

    Photo by Laura Baker-Finch

  • Calvin Love

    Photo by Laura Baker-Finch

  • FADER FORT

    Photo by Laura Baker-Finch

  • SZA

    Photo by Laura Baker-Finch

  • SZA

    Photo by Laura Baker-Finch

  • SZA

    Photo by Laura Baker-Finch

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    See Also:

    Photos: FADER FORT Friday Highlights
    Music Monday Playlist: CMJ 2013 Standouts
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