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Appelsap Festival Pays Homage to the Greats in 2018 Campaign


New generation of artists pay tribute to Hip Hop heroes in the Amsterdam music festival’s 2018 campaign

Appelsap Festival Pays Homage to the Greats in 2018 Campaign

Appelsap marks 18th year and coming-of-age anniversary by paying homage to Hip Hop and the generation who has grown up with the festival. The new campaign, including a 60-seconds film and visuals, solely stars performers from the 2018 festival line-up – all giving ode to Hip Hop history throughout the years.

The nostalgic whilst forward-looking film aims to portray how new talent continuously push the legacy of Hip Hop forward by inserting its culture in new meaningful ways. With its distinct Appelsap visual language, directed by Rogier Smalhout and produced by HALAL, the campaign comes on the back of the Appelsap 2017 ‘One Love’ success that recently picked up three awards at ADCN. The photography, entirely analogue, is by Berlin photographer Vitali Gelwich (HALAL).

Rogier Smalhout, Co-Founder & Creative Director, Appelsap / Creative Director, HONGKONG, comments: “Entering our 18th year, we face a generation who has grown up with our festival. In addition, we see an entire league of young kids, listening to Hip Hop and embracing the culture, without necessarily knowing the references or its roots. It seemed like a natural match, to use our anniversary to visually connect the new generation of artists with some of our all-time heroes.”

Representing Rogier’s directing-debut, the campaign is a natural progression of the festival and HALAL’s long-term relationship:

“We have collaborated with HALAL many times, and I am so pleased they wanted to back me up when moving into directing. To have them producing this job yet again was key in delivering a film of this calibre. It was a production challenge, to create a piece exclusively starring Appelsap 2018 artists, getting them all together for the shoot, and creatively match them with the iconic legends they would pay tribute to. The puzzle was further amplified by the fact that we needed to make clear to which iconic references we were paying tribute, whilst not imitating too literally.”

The film premiered on High Snobiety and will roll-out on the festival’s online and social channels. The photography will be used for OOH and social activation. The artists from the 2018 Appelsap line-up featured in the video are as follows:

A Tribe Called Quest (Sara) – Original photo by Joe Gran1

A$AP Rocky (Jacin Trill) – Original photo by Phil Knott

Chief Keef (Mairo Nawaz) – Original photo by Jeff Forney

Dizzee Rascal (Poke) – Original photo by Dean Chalkley

Eminem (Idaly) – Original photo by Jonathan Mannion

EPMD (Fosa YG & Loopey) – Original photo by Janette Beckman

KRS-One (Ray Fuego)

Lil’ Kim (Bubbles) – Original photo by Michael Lavine

Malcolm X (BDP / Ray Fuego) – Original photo by Don Hogan Charles (Malcolm X) / Original photo by Doug Rowell (BDP)

Missy Elliott (Amy Becker) – Original photo by Jeff Riedel

The Notorious B.I.G. (Baby Mason) – Original photo by Butch Bel Air

N.W.A (SMIB) – Original photo by Eric Poppleton

Outkast (808Mill & Jacin Trill) – Original photo Michael Lavine

Travis Scott (Mairo Nawaz) – Original photo by Nick Knight

Wu-Tang Clan (Appelsap fam) – Original photo by Daniel Hastings

2PAC (Momi) – Original photo by Ken Nahoum

50 Cent (Leafs) – Original photo by Sacha Waldman


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Halal, Wed, 09 May 2018 11:04:05 GMT