Q&A Steven Vogel The Reference Council


Steven Vogel, certified metalhead and authority on street culture, even though he’ll hate me saying that, is a Hamburg based creative who has excelled in the field of “what does that guy actually do?” This is, in part, due to the fact that he’s done a lot of pretty cool stuff. From literally writing the book on streetwear, to hanging out with the Deftones, there are few facets of this youth culture that he hasn’t experienced first hand. Now, he mostly drinks coffee and does cool drawings for Instagram. I envy him. I sat down for a very quick chat with Mr Vogel…

What did you have for breakfast this morning?

4 cups of black coffee and 2 cigarettes

What’s good about Hamburg?

I’d say the Reeperbahn is awful, granted the history is fantastic, but really, it’s nothing but a gentrified red light district for bridge & tunnel tourists these days. On the other hand, I feel that St. Pauli is one of the last few remaining honest, working class inner city districts. It’s somewhat affordable still, a pretty solid community and it’s by the water. Nightlife wise, it’s pretty damn good for me and my ideas of a night out. I like it up here.

Provide us with the synopsis for your autobiography in 148 characters and what would you call it? 

Some would call it lucky, I consider it a mixture between hard work and clueless luck.

If you get to punch one celebrity, with absolutely no repercussions, who would it be?

The list would be endless. I despise the business of celebrity. Probably some wanker rapper though.

You’ve got £300 to spend on one item of menswear right now. Tell us what you’re gonna be buying?

A pair of jeans from Tellason.

If a film was made of your life, tell us four songs that would definitely be included on the soundtrack including one for the closing credits.

“Last Caress” – Misfits

“Motorbreath”- Metallica

“You Can’t Bring Me Down” – Suicidal Tendencies

“Demon Cleaner” – Kyuss for closing credits.


Calum Gordon