class of 2016: neverland clan are a hyper creative boyband cult
Neverland Clan are the most right-now group of right now.
Neverland Clan is a self-contained DIY project that encompasses art, design, fashion and music. Though its members are known separately for their solo endeavors, the Clan consists of 20-year-old Ryan Hawaii (a musician, artist, designer and illustrator); 20-year-old Omelet (a musician and producer); 19-year-old Daniel OG (a rapper and producer); and 18-year-old Okimi, the crew's illustrator and videographer. An Odd Future of sorts, the quartet are quietly subverting the accepted ideas of artistry with a punk approach that is both exciting and enthralling. There are a lot of things you need to know about Neverland Clan, but we managed to narrow it down to the top ten….
1. Neverland Clan recommend you drink the Kool Aid.
Daniel OG: Neverland Clan is a cult, a mentality, a way of thinking and feeling. It's a good cult, though. If you adopt a Neverland mentality, your life will be better.
Omelet: Music is a way to exert how I feel.
Ryan: Music helps me a lot with my mental state. It keeps me going, at times. I feel like I need it. My brain is always working. If I didn't have a creative outlet, I'd go mad.
2. Neverland are a cult and a boyband.
Daniel OG: When you have a creative mind, more often than not, the school system suppresses it. A lot of people try to fit in, but we're anti-that. Be yourself, live your own movie, do whatever it takes to be happy.
Ryan: We were all outsiders growing up. We're a group of misfits, but all in one place. Basically, it's a cult fronted by a boyband.
Daniel OG: I feel like I'm the Zayn.
Ryan: I think I'm the black Harry Styles. Sometimes I'm a bit wild.
Daniel OG: We're working class rock stars.
Ryan: We all quit our jobs to be rock stars.
3. They've all had pretty crappy jobs, but Omelet wins the award for best-worst-job ever.
Ryan: I worked in retail at New Look and got fired for writing lyrics on receipts and drawing on toilet paper. That job was bullshit. Then I worked at Busaba as a waiter. I quit that. That's what inspired me to start creating. I quit because I kept dropping drinks on people.
Daniel: I've worked at the Olympics serving food and I picked up litter at Secret Cinema.
Okimi: I was a coat check girl at Xerxes at the Gherkin. I'd have to hang 400 coats up on my own.
Omelet: When I was about 17, I used to take piss for a living. I worked for a sexual health clinic, so I'd go around Stratford giving out condoms and telling people about chlamydia. People would piss in a cup. I'd have about 50 to 60 a day in my bag. On the upside, I got loads of free condoms.
4. They have lofty expectations for who would play them in a film of their lives.
Ryan: Tom Hardy.
Daniel OG: I feel like I could play Biggie. I could do it better than the other guy did.
5. Their influences are wide ranging.
Daniel OG: Nate Dogg, Fela Kuti, Missy Elliott, Pharrell, Aaliyah, Timbaland, Michael Jackson, Stormzy. I'm trying to be the people's champion.
Okimi: Chris Cunningham, Quentin Tarantino, and Leonardo Da Vinci.
Ryan: I'd really like to work with Ai Wei Wei.
6. Okimi has the number 9 tattooed on her body.
Okimi: My favorite number is 9, so I got '9' in Japanese tattooed on nine different places on my body.
Daniel: I've got a tattoo of Fela Kuti on my arm -- I just got it done.
7. Ryan's fans include Skepta (who's worn Ryan's designs) and Virgil Abloh, who invited Hawaii to join him at a seminar earlier this year.
Ryan: They're two artists that I really respect and I'm lucky enough that they know who I am. I met Skepta at one of Virgil's parties in London. I look up to anyone who pushes the boundaries of what they do, and I think they both do that. And Virgil is very selfless; he's a person who practices what he preaches.
8. Omelet and Ryan made a mixtape called Playstation, which premiered on i-D.
Omelet: Playstation was made over the period of two years.
Ryan: Everything we record is recorded in my bedroom in Catford. Just a shitty studio, really.
Omelet: I make beats when I'm sad. I think there's more angles to dark music, whereas there's not so much you can do with happiness. When you're sad you can be frustrated, angry -- it can take you to so many places.
9. Daniel OG is putting together a girl group.
Daniel: I just dropped a mixtape called Art Attack and my next venture is to start a girl group. We're looking for female singers with style. Message me @DanieltripleoG if you're interested.
Ryan: Everything is in-house, so the instrumentals are produced by Omelet or Daniel. We make special outfits for shows and I do the artwork, too. Okimi documents what we're doing. We're like a party in a box: we've got people who can DJ, people who can perform live and people who can promote the content.
Okimi: I dropped out of art school. I made the Clan's Eye trailer in a day and then a month later we released the first episode. I just learned the basics; I taught myself.
10. They have ambitions that extend beyond winning awards and getting number one singles.
Ryan: We want to make our own cartoon.
Daniel: We want to open youth clubs.
Text Hattie Collins
Photography Olivia Rose
Hair Jose Quijano at D+V Management using L'Oreal professional
Make-up Thom Walker using MAC
Photography assistance Rowan Hall
Styling assistance Bojana Kozarevic, Siobhan Wood, Issy Martin
Hair assistance Nicola Harrowell-Browne
Make-up assistance Famida Ayub, Ruth Coutinho
Neverland Clan wear all clothing models' own.