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Seapunk is a subgenre of electronic dance music, fashion trend and design style created online by a small group of social media enthusiasts. Seapunk gained popularity as it was shared, forwarded, and linked across the internet. This was primarily due to the content generated by Coral Records Internazionale, and from a graphic standpoint, the images created by their designer, Kevin Heckart.
Miles Raymer of the Chicago Reader describes seapunk music as “a style of electronic music that incorporates bits of 90s house and techno, the past 15 years or so of pop and R&B, and the latest in southern trap rap—all overlaid with a twinkly, narcotic energy that recalls new-age music and chopped-and-screwed hip-hop mix tapes in roughly equal measure.” A Brooklyn DJ, Julian Wadsworth, (also known as Lil’internet) is credited with having first used the conjunction in 2011 after having a surreal dream consisting of a leather jacket in which the studs had been replaced with barnacles.
In January 2012 seapunk made it into international print via Dazed & Confused magazine. Katia Ganfield interviewed Albert Redwine (also known as Ultrademon) in the article, “Seapunk: A new club scene intent on riding sub-bass sound waves into the future”. Seapunk has manifested itself in the real world with dance parties themed around the style and entire groups devoted to creating seapunk music.
Seapunk digital imagery and use of social networking media
The popular Sega Genesis character Ecco the Dolphin is viewed as one of the many 90’s pop culture influences on the style based movement as seen in its re-aggregation on popular social network sites like Tumblr or Facebook. Most of the popularity of the music was first generated from the first Seapunk Compilation released by Coral Records Internazionale. The first artist to dub their music as “seapunk” was Zombelle in her Tropicult EP.
Sharing images on the popular networking site Tumblr is a large facet of this new trend as well. Images featuring neon flashing colors and rotating geometric shapes floating above oceans of brilliant blue or green water flood the pages tagged with a #Seapunk Hashtag. This imagery has given rise to new internet sub-genres consisting of similar themes such as slimepunk. The term “slimepunk” was originally coined by Zombelle in a tweet in the summer of 2011
Seapunk fashion is characterized by a heavy use of the color turquoise and either nautically themed articles of clothing. The most prevalent fashion trend in seapunk is dyeing one’s hair blue, green, or turquoise, and accenting with matching make up. The originators of seapunk claim that the recent trend in fashion involving the use of bright blues is of their influence. Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Gwen Stefani have all been seen donning bright blue hair, and seapunk frontrunner Zombelle said “There are people who work for Lady Gaga in my circle of friends.” Other major trends in seapunk include mirrored circle sunglasses, yin-yangs, aquatic animal tattoos and anything that glows blue. Seapunk trends have been featured in Mishka NYC.
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- Raymer, Miles. “The Week Seapunk Broke”. The Chicago Reader. The Chicago Reader Online. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
- Ganfield, Katia. “Seapunk: A new club scene intent on riding sub-bass sound waves into the future”.
- “Seapunk Volume 1 Discogs Page”. Retrieved 11 September 2011.
- “Zombelle & Myrrh Ka Ba – Tropicult Discogs page”. Retrieved 26 July 2011.
- Detrick, Ben. “Seapunk, a Web Joke With Music, Has Its Moment”. The New York Times Online. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
- Carles (5). “New York Times profiles seapunk genre. Has #seapunk arrived or is it just a dumb Tumblr hashtag?”. HIPSTER RUNOFF. Cracked IndieClick Humor. Retrieved 2 June 2012.
- “Tumblr #Sea Punk”. Tumblr. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
- “1st Mishka Seapunk Article”. Mishka Bloglin.
[Photoset: couleur punk à l’eau, two Parisian seapunks, Léopold and Clara, photographed by Timur Celikdag for the Summer 2012 issue of Next.]