The Katayanagi Twins | The Soundcloud Sisters And Modelling Duo

The Katayanagi Twins | The Soundcloud Sisters And Modelling Duo
 

TWINS WITH A TWIST | SOUNDCLOUD SISTERS

Let’s talk Katayanagi. Rain and China were scouted online, back in the days when we edited with Pic Collage and yellowy looking filters for tumblr. Fast forward down the track and you’ll see crowded DJ gigs, high profile modelling campaigns and catwalk shows headlined by these tiny twins- BASSMENT merch, a bridge piercing and skateboards in the mix.

DJ Fine China- or simply China, is known for her signature bleached locks (before every 2018 IG model tapped into that trend) and yearly rapper themed Halloween costuming; sporting a 18k following and along with her sister, have strong business ties with the NZ’s street wear scene. Then repping Westside where they both grew up, is Rain; 1) A fornite regular who switches up her style as an exploration of expression, 2) Is one-half of a power couple and 3) Loves a good breakfast brunch. Born of Pacific Island and Maori descent, and signed to N Model Management the Auckland twins have been announced to play a set (check our their SoundCloud beats here) at FOMO 2019- a show headlined by none-other than Nicki Minaj. How’s that for being scouted?

  Rain wears Rachel Mills

Rain wears Rachel Mills

  Rain & China wear Jimmy D

Rain & China wear Jimmy D

What’s the biggest misconception about DJing?
People think that DJ’ing is easy. There’s so many levels to DJ’ing from crowd control to skills. 

Who are some young creatives you’re really excited about at the moment?
Raroboys. The coolest bunch of people creating the coolest shit. Keep an eye on em’. 

  Rain wears Rachel Mills

Rain wears Rachel Mills

Tell us about you, your family and how it might have influenced you (into shaping who you are today).

We influenced each other heaps, we hyped each other up to try and do new things (like DJ’ing). Also, if it wasn’t for our mum and dad we wouldn’t be the people we are today, they play a huge part in our lives. 

Mara Sommer

How do you use your personal style in expressing who you are...

Our style doesn’t actually tell you who we are. We wear what we wear because we like it, but our personality is so different. I feel like people think we’re snobby because of our style. 

What stereotype about your profession have you found to be total bullshit?

Money. Everyone assumes you’re ballin.  

Mara Sommer

Top 5 sounds currently on your playlist

1. Angie Stone - Wish I Didn’t Miss You
2. Trippie Redd - Uka uka
3. Travis Scott - Nightcrawler
4. Bread - Baby ima want you
5. Joji - Slow dancing in the dark

Mara Sommer
  Rain & China wear Jimmy D and jewels by Homage

Rain & China wear Jimmy D and jewels by Homage

What part of the body is the most powerful means of communication and why?

Eyes. Because eye contact is your first communication with someone. 

  Rain wears Rachel Mills separates and Camilla & Marc coat; China wears Rachel Mills top, Kowtow jeans and Kathryn Wilson heels.

Rain wears Rachel Mills separates and Camilla & Marc coat; China wears Rachel Mills top, Kowtow jeans and Kathryn Wilson heels.

You can follow Rain & China’s work on Instagram here and here

Photography | Mara Sommer

Styling | Zeenat Wilkinson

Makeup & Hair | Ruth Baron

Assisted by | Nikki Adlington

Intro | Aasha Nimo

Shot at Symmetry Studio

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