If you run in certain circles in New York, chances are you know Chicken. The DJ and producer, born Burke Battelle, served as artistic director of Glam, the downtown party hosted each month by Dese Escobar (and includes associates like designer Vaquera David Moses), and has deejayed its fair share of events. underground fashion. From his sets at the Sofia Paris party last fall to the Palomo Spain after-party earlier this year, Chicken has brought his eclectic mix of trance, club music and pop to the most avant-garde ears in the world. city. And last week he released two songs on a compilation called Gallery of God alongside electronic music heavyweights like Dedekind Cut and composer and cellist Oliver Coates: “Piensa En Mi” features visual artist Amalia Ulman, and “No Luck” is an illustrative example of the type of pop-club hybrid tracks which he uploaded to Soundcloud for the past year.
Although Chicken does not identify as a stylist, he has provided creative direction for a few shoots, including one for Number Germany and another for Bjarne Melgaards. “It’s really more a question of collaboration” than of fashion ambition, he explains. And while these shoots convey a certain brilliant professionalism, her personal style can best be described as a bit grungy and disheveled, but with a few moments of unexpected sophistication, such as in her recent pairing of a black t-shirt, slightly jeans. faded and dark red alligator boots. Chicken says his appearance changes frequently and that he has recently been influenced by unlikely sources. “I recently watched the documentary on The Wrecking Crew, which inspired me a lot,” he says, referring to the musicians behind some of the most famous songs from the ’60s. “The whole concept of session musicians – I am very attached to the idea of being infiltrated or disguised in some way or another. “
And while Chicken has always been interested in clothing, he sees his musical endeavors as something separate. “Fashion can be very nihilistic, that’s what’s great, but music is the opposite. You can’t really escape the sensitivity of it. Yet in a way he uses fashion to create his sound: “I imagine walking on my music. I use that as a barometer to know if a song is good or not. If you couldn’t walk to a trail it probably sucks. “