B-Boy & Creative, London
Izaak Brandt is a b-boy and producer in London for Brkn' Nest, a collective that explores hip hop and b-boy culture through documentation of young creatives in the breaking scene. Brkn' Nest started off as solely a b-boy crew but has evolved into an events company as well. He sees breaking as a healthy rivalry and positive way to explore atypical dance styles. Although Izaak is based in London, the collective reaches South Korea with ambition to expand to more of Europe and Asia. He documented an event in London for the launch of Nest Mag's Issue #2.
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We learned of Brkn’Nest when we received an invite to an event you had. Would you care to explain Brkn’Nest and the event?
Brkn' Nest, pronounced Breakin' Nest, is an events company that explores Hip-Hop and Bboy culture through the lens of young creatives based in South Korea and the United Kingdom. The event we hosted on February 22nd was to celebrate the release of the Nest Mag Issue #2, a publication that merges current culture and documentation of the true world wide Breaking (Breakdance) scene into an accessible printed magazine. The event was a great success with over 220 people coming to show support. We had 3 London based music acts perform: Larva of BLOAT, D6ugie Skullb9ney of 145 and UKNWN. The whole vibe of the night was incredible from start to finish. Everyone in attendance was on top form.
What was the inspiration to start Brkn’Nest?
Brkn' Nest was formed in 2009 in South Korea by @Child_Roc as a Bboy crew. Only in the last 2 years has the focus shifted to form a business exploring the culture through different mediums.
What is b-boy culture to you?
Bboying is a multifaceted cultural experience. Whilst often based on rivalry and aggression through battles and cyphers, it is a positive mode of energy release for many. It allows dancers to disregard the form and strict nature of more established dance styles and become true creatives in their own right. The culture allows for people from all walks of life to integrate under the same roof and build international networks. Breaking has formed a huge majority of my own personal experience and continues to do so. It is something I draw from consistently in my life, projects and work.
We see the color yellow a lot on your roll. Does it have any significance to you and the brand?
Yellow is a vibrant colour that we feel complemented the nature of the projects we were exploring. We used yellow on the cover of the first publication we produced and haven't looked back since. There isn't a huge conceptual reason, but I am sure there is some further research on colour theory we can delve into soon.
You are based in UK but we noticed you mentioned bridging a gap between South Korea. What is the connection of the two regions?
As mentioned previously, Brkn' Nest was formed in Korea. Whilst the founder Child is on his military service, we in the UK are continuing to build the brand nationally and internationally. In 2016 the whole UK team flew to Korea to build with each other for a month. This experience allowed us to reignite the bonds we had formed almost 7 years prior.
Where is your next destination for Brkn’Nest?
Brkn' Nest is a busy young company, we are really trying to be in all of the right places this and next year. We have many UK based plans, but you will hopefully see us in Europe and Asia very soon.
How did you find out about Disposable?
What are your plans for this weekend?
Prepare for upcoming Brkn’ Nest event
Right or left handed?
What is the best dish you can cook?
Whole team full of chefs
Your idea of happiness?
Making sure everyone in the team can eat off our passion
Your idea of misery?
Working in a job you hate
If not yourself, who would you be?
Myself in a past life
What is your present state of mind?
Success comes at the right time for all. Don’t compare yourself to peers/idols/friends, just appreciate your current situation and know that with hard work you will get yours.
Bedside table books?
Nest Magazine Issue #2
What do you do if you can’t sleep at night?
Draw, make plans, conceptualise ideas
Do you collect?
Tea or coffee?
What do you do in your free time?
What inspires you?
My teams workrate, people that came from little and made something international
What do you do for money?
What do you usually eat for breakfast?
If you could live in a different era?
Ancient rome perhaps
Favorite fictional character?
Jake the dog
Time travel is suddenly possible, when/where do you go?
Skirts or pants?
Trousers in the UK