OHYS caught up with A.CHAL for some intimate photos of his performance at Baby's Alright in Brooklyn. All photos by the incredibly talented Jose Silva.
In this digital age, a true reinvention can seem almost impossible, what with the internet warehousing everything in our lives, from our photos, comments and likes, to the music we create.
But for singer and producer Alejandro Chal, aka A.Chal, rebirth seems to have come fairly effortlessly. For the past five years, the Peruvian-born artist has been creating druggy, atmospheric music in Los Angeles and New York (think: a sound akin to The Weeknd’s 2011 House of Balloons). His 2013 EP Ballroom Riots found some success on the blogosphere, but overall, the record was reaching for sound that it couldn’t fully grasp, and the guise of an R&B, quasi-rap persona consumed with sex, drugs, and partying was a little too transparent. Still, the potential of the music was enough for Chal to leverage Ballroom Riots into a publishing deal with Sony ATV. (Remlezca)
Born in Caracus, Venezula, Jose Silva moved to the states at the age of 14 years old where he currently resides today. He went to school for language arts and philopsphy which led him to his career as a High School teacher. You could say Silva didn't have the background of a typical artist, but it was always a deep passion. And after five years as a school teacher, he left the indsutry to persue photography fulltime. Since leaving his job as a teacher just last year, he has worked on multiple brand campaigns and has certainly made his mark in the art world. Jose Silva is now known as a New York based Instagram photographer who has amassed nearly 300K followers. Best known for his captivating and diverse images, Silva's work spans from impressive aerial views of the bustling city streets, to intimate moments that offer glimpses into the daily life of an urban dweller.
It is our pleasure to work with Jose on Royalton's fourth installment of Concrete Jungle, an Instagram Photo Exhibition series showcasing some of Instagram's best photographers. The series celebrates the many landmarks, streets and details that make New York one of the greatest cities in the world and allows each artist to showcase New York through their unique lens. The fourth installment celebrates "New York on the Streets," photos by Jose Silva, @JNSILVA. We got a chance to catch up with Jose and learn more about his journey as an artist. (Morganshotelgroup)
Considering Williamsburg’s reputation for raw DIY spaces, the elegant Baby’s All Right, designed by the folks behind the Box, feels very done-up. There’s a floor modeled after the maze in The Shining, orb-chomping laser-cut alligators, and LED installations by industrial demigod Tucker Viemeister. Yet proprietors Zachary Mexico and Billy Jones share the same anything-goes spirit as their new neighbors, with laid-back parties and live shows that cut across a wide spectrum of experimental (Pharmakon, Stephen O’Malley), guitar-guided (Nobunny, Sebadoh), and sample-spliced (Powell, the Range) sounds. They also offer a reputable food menu from Ronald Murray, late of Acme and Bouley. (NY Mag)