Photographs by Billy Kidd
If you’re going to crush the holiday season, you’ll need the music to match. When it’s your turn to DJ the holiday party, mix some old-school classics (think Darlene Love) with some crowd pleasers (duh, Mariah Carey) and watch the mood go to eggnog, mistletoe, and general merriment. To keep in the spirit, you’ll also want to look like a guy who had an absolutely incredible year. We can’t be there to guide your music selection, but with the help of these musicians, we can at least get you dressed for the occasion. They’re our holiday role models that just happen to be at the top of their musically-gifted game.
Jon Batiste, The Leader
You know him as the composer and musical director on The Late Show, but Jon Batiste has been at this for a lot longer than you might imagine. He’s got New Orleans jazz in his blood, two degrees from Juilliard, serves as the co-artistic director at The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, and has some acting chops. On top of all that, Batiste and his band, Stay Human, have been knownto incite “love riots” on city streets. Imagine a parade, concert, party, and a whole lot of love all mixed together and you’ll get the idea. No better way to ring in the holidays.
Finneas O'Connell, The Crooner
Left: Finneas wears the Capstone Italian Velvet Tuxedo Jacket in Purple Plaid, the Superfine Crew Neck Tee in White, and the Travel Jeans in Manhattan Midnight
Right: Finneas wears the Capstone Italian Wool Tuxedo Jacket in Shiny Charcoal, the Capstone Italian Wool Tuxedo Pants in Shiny Charcoal, the Tuxedo Shirt in White Pleated, and the Satin Tuxedo Bowtie in Black
Finneas started building his music industry cred at a young age. Though he’s had his time in bands and with other performing arts, he’s now turned his eye towards writing, producing, and of course, his own music. He partnered with his equally-talented sister, Billie Eilish, to write and produce her shining pop anthems, and is now starting to drop his own tunes. It’s an experimental sound that mixes genres to build poppy and soulful songs that strike a chord with anybody who’s ever been in, out, or back in love.
Arrow Benjamin, The Lyrical Genius
Continuing the great legacy of English singers and songwriters is Arrow Benjamin, the South Londoner who’s collaborated with too many major artists to count. His style is untouchable, his words are powerful, and his own music is no exception. Benjamin dropped his soulful and hopeful single “Look at Me” last year and followed it up with “Love and Hate.” Take both of them as a sign that this guy knows what he’s doing, and everybody else is about to figure it out.
Danny Pratt, The Aussie
Left: Danny wears the Yarn Spun Pocket Tee in Black
Australian Danny Pratt has been balancing music and modeling for years. His current music project, DL, is a two-man band with one guy on each side of the country. The pair met and became friends while crashing couches in Sydney, Australia, helping each other out with music and trading influences. Being half of a bicoastal band can make working a little difficult, but the guys end up sharing what they can over e-mail and then finishing it off into some kind of masterpiece whenever they’re in the same time zone.
Billy Raffoul, The Strummer
Left: Danny wears the Shearling Leather Bomber Jacket in Navy
Everything Billy Raffoul writes comes from the heart, and it’s all based on some kind of personal experience. His thoughtful debut single “Driver” came about when his family picked up a hitchhiker after one of his father’s gigs. (Although Raffoul describes it as a little more sentimental than looking for a ride on the road.) He has been training his soulful sound since he was a kid, having gotten his first guitar at ten and being inspired by his musician dad throughout his life. You’ll probably find him on a stage somewhere between Nashville and L.A., where he’s most at home.
Top: Jon wears the Capstone Italian Wool Tuxedo Jacket in Navy Hopsack, the Italian Wool Tuxedo Pants in Black, and the Stretch Unbutton Down Shirt in White