Beastie Boys’ Mike D Scores Kenzo Fashion Show

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By Andrew Christina

After a legendary career that shaped the music scene and inspired rebellious teens everywhere, one Beastie Boy has found a new way to contribute to pop culture—through fashion. Mike D created a 10-minute soundtrack for the fashion label Kenzo to use during their Men’s Spring/Summer 2014 Show.

The legendary Beastie was introduced to the creative directors for the Paris-based fashion label through a mutual friend, Spike Jonze. Kenzo’s Humberto Leon and Carol Lim asked Mike D to create a track “inspired by the Californian scene.” Mike wanted to put a new spin on the music Leon was inspired by.

“I definitely shared Humberto’s passion for American Punk and that raw energy, and I think that informs the collection and the soundtrack I did,” Mike said in an interview posted on Kenzo’s blog.

The resulting soundtrack is called “Humberto Vs. The New Reactionaries (Christine and the Queens Remixx).” The punk/trap-inspired piece has a raw quality that Mike says shares the same “hot beats and energy” as the fashion label.

And while the catwalks of Paris and the streets of Brooklyn may seem worlds apart, Mike says there’s a common spirit that links the fashion industry and his music together. “I’ve always been more captivated by that kid that clearly has an individual solo soundtrack,” Mike D said. “That dresses, walks, moves to his or her own frequency, often for years before anyone else catches on.”

MTV premiered “Beastieography,” a biography of the Beastie Boys, 15 years ago on July 11.