When In

We travel to Washington D.C. for the first edition of our When In…series.

The When in… series takes you to some of the world’s most fascinating cultural hubs through the lens of local creatives and thinkers. Each edition highlights experimental sounds, powerful photography, and immersive literature.

Washington D.C. 

We begin the series in…Washington D.C. where a pulsating mix from local G-House DJ, Julius Jetson, accompanied by a letter from the DJ himself, takes listeners through a history of the local music scene. Following this, a curated selection of images from local photographers presents some of the District of Columbia’s iconic landmarks and hidden spots.

Listen: Julius Jetson  

See: Scenes from the City

Established in 1790 as the United States capital, and named after arguably the most famous American to ever live, Washington, D.C. – also styled D.C., or The District – is a city that remains an enigma for many. DC was designed by French architect Pierre Charles L’Enfant who took inspiration from some of the great cities of Europe for his plan of the city. Situated along the Potomac River, the District exudes a coolly understated presence, which radiates throughout the city’s architecture as if it were guarding a deep secret.

The heart of the US federal government, D.C. is home to countless international organizations and provides the space where politics inevitably takes center stage. Despite this overwhelming presence, a defiant creative streak continues to run through the pulse of the city, which is a national center for the arts. From the winding streets of Georgetown to the jazz cafe’s of Shaw, inspiration is abound wherever you choose to look.

Contributors / Julius Jetson / Rafael Smith / Gabriel Unger / JaMon Jackson / Martina Fornace / Tania Hauyon / Gina Spinelli 


We welcome Dap the Contract for the first instalment of our ‘Soliloquoy’ series.

Soliloquy is an ongoing Fathom Magazine series born out of our desire to remove filters and engage musicians directly. A Soliloquy will accompany each Issue, and will see Fathom invite musicians to express themselves through a creative interpretation of the issue theme.

Dap the Contract

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Written, Shot and Directed by DAP the Contract

About DAP the Contract

Hailing from Lagos, Nigeria classically trained pianist and producer/rapper DAP possesses an inkling for creating incredible music. At an early age he was drawn to music through an entirely musical family. He started playing the piano aged 4 and passed his ABRSM Grade 8 Piano with distinction aged 13, and went on to attain a DipABRSM Performance Diploma on the Piano aged 17.

After high school in London, UK, he attended the Berklee College of Music for two semesters as part of a gap year with the intention of majoring in Contemporary Writing & Production or Music Production & Engineering, and on his departure after the summer released a mixtape titled GoodBye For Now.

He released his fourth mixtape GoodBye For Never, a sequel to GoodBye For Now, in October 2014. In May 2016, he graduated from Brown University with a Bachelor of Arts in Classics and Computer Music & Multimedia. Following the release of his Two Roads EP in April 2017 and the two-part Contract Thursday’s series later in the year, he is currently a student at Columbia Law School.

Although he is a relative newcomer in the music industry he fully intends on making his mark in a major way when it’s all said and done.

This is only the beginning.

DAP the Contract / Soundcloud / Instagram

Fathom Gallery

A look into the world of Fathom’s newest platform for emerging artists.

Fathom Gallery is our forthcoming platform aimed at redefining the art world online. Installing work and presenting artists through methods that breathe life from the heart of the artist’s studio into the consumer’s eye, we seek to re-purpose the standard gallery from a commercial intermediary to an art-centered, community-driven nexus of art appreciation. With each issue of the magazine, this section will keep readers up to date with the space, providing unique, gallery-related content. 

The Gallery

A Statement from the Curator

When the Fathom team and I first sat down to discuss this project, I remember thinking to myself how perfect a synthesis of our creative house an online gallery would be. With boundless opportunity to engage artists and more consistently interact with the art world, a gallery in our eyes embraces a wealth of insight from a body of people excited to connect and discuss art on a higher plane of thought. In surveying the current landscape, we found an online gallery to best complement our offering and be best able to improve on some of the overarching flaws in the current ecosystem.

One of the main criticisms that we have in brick and mortar galleries is akin to the “Starbucks Effect”, whereby they seek to be the third place for consumers to engage with art, distinct and often isolated from the studios that produce the work. While some find it a favorable option for aggregating and disseminating information to a larger audience, galleries will often times remove the spirit of the artists from the work they represent in the process. Through rigid construction and maxim, traditional gallery spaces have preserved an almost sterile quality in their presentation of artwork: the principle being if you want to see beyond it, you have to go through it. However, the question we pose today is whether that approach adequately supports and augments the art community to the best of its ability. We look to challenge this notion of the gallery as a gateway, instead treating it as a bridge beyond the artwork, connecting artists and consumers both between each other and amongst themselves.

Similarly, our primary critique of the online gallery environment much resembles the “Amazon Effect”, whereby artwork falls to the whim of a marketplace and digital anonymity constrains an artist’s ability to express his/her vision holistically. Acknowledging the administrative benefits of digital commerce for emerging artists seeking representation, it is important to note that these artists in tandem often sacrifice autonomy over their work and likeness in the process. Further, with a more grab-all, uniform approach to curation and installation, many online galleries make it more difficult to appreciate the marks that define a piece, in turn diminishing the related affects inspired. Addressing these concerns, we have drawn up the Fathom Gallery with a localized approach to curation and an interactive framework for installation, the directive being to engage the people and the context from which the artwork responds.

With regards to mechanics, the guiding principle is that in collaborating with an ever-growing community of artists, we will organize a show at a given point in time that speaks to the current state of affairs in the world, curating the work accordingly. However, as we will host a forum for constant interaction between artists and appreciators, the conversation of the moment will be ongoing and the ideas freshly generated across our community. When we believe the tides have shifted to a new subject, we will setup a new show, and the process will continue. The featured artists will be those who we believe resonate best in the current worldview regarding the topic at hand.

With this lens in mind, I look forward to participating in many a great conversation inspired from profound, progressive artwork. I am eager for our forthcoming opening this Spring, and I cannot wait to share with our community the powerfully inspiring artists I have had the privilege of working with in the process.

In the section below please find the prompt for our first exhibition, Imagined Clarity.

Roger Golub, Head of Curatorial

Exhibition #1: Imagined Clarity

Conscious of the innumerable opposing dualities present in modern interaction, we seek to present work that resonates with these unknowingly complementary pairings. Set in the framework of the modern haze of interpretation, we look to place clean with chaotic, uniform with textured, loud with regimented.

In the synthesis and dis-aggregation of these properties, we encourage both creators and consumers to affirm the foundation of what defines their current relationships. Through both reflection and response, we look to deepen the conversation surrounding the blurred lines of contemporary communities and breathe context into their intricacies.

Contact the Gallery

Roger Golub / roger@fathomdc.com