Candy Ken is an Austrian rapper, model and artist. He started his career in 2014 and became an underground pop sensation and a muse for a lot of artists all over the world. With his extravagant fashion style he already got the attention of brands, such as DIESEL, Jeremy Scott and photographer Terry Richardson.
Candy Ken is me + the candy version of Ken – he does all the fun things the basic ”Ken” is not allowed or supposed to do.
Jakob Kasimir Hellrigl is the name my parents gave me and hasn’t got much to do with me – I prefer being called Candy Ken or Daddy.
What was Candy Ken like as a child?
Free and dressed colourful with lots of flowers and fun things. Until I entered school and got forced into gender norms and rules.
You studied art, right? Do you think that helped you create Candy Ken?
Of course – Candy Ken is my way to express myself artistically.
How did you get into making music?
I have the need to tell people how I feel and what I’m going trough – rap is the best for that!
You released a new EP this year. Tell us more about it?
It’s about being yourself and believing in your dreams + using your white privilege to bring positivity and love to this world.
You became a social media sensation! How does that make you feel?
I’m just getting starting – got much more to show the world.
What does Hello Kitty mean to you?
Everything – I love her!
You travel a lot all over the world for your gigs. Where does Candy Ken feel at home?
Where people appreciate me and love me for who I am.
Can you describe your fashion style and what do you like to wear?
I like to wear what I’m not supposed to – as an example – things that are considered for kids or women.
You have already collaborated with Nicola Formichetti (Diesel, NicoPanda) and Terry Richardson. What was it like?
A dream come true – they are so creative and humble.
What’s your family’s opinion on your extravagant lifestyle?
They support everything I do.
Is it difficult to be Candy Ken in a country like Austria, where people are, let’s say more conservative?
Of course – it’s never easy but it also shows me that I have to do it.
I know you have a lot of fan discussions on gender roles and tolerance. Can you tell us your opinion on the matter?
Gender roles are over – it’s all a construct!
Is that the main message in your music?
Not only! I’ve got much more to say – my new EP is about white men privilege and refugees.
Can you give a quick advice to all of the young musicians, designers and talented people in general, who want to become part of the music or fashion industry?
Love yourself, Love your body, Love your daddy!
Pictures| Terry Richardson, Jack Buster, Omar Machiavelli, Schon Magazine, FuckingYoung Magazine, Chasseur Magazine