The Future of Rock

Gema Parejo-Martin

THE FUTURE OF ROCK is a series of seven riso-printed posters and a magazine. The works display a conversation with seven different bands about sexism in the music industry, other kinds of discrimination, and what they hope for the future of this genre.

Gema Parejo-Martin

Many people know me as Emma, so you can call me Emma.

Where do you see yourself in 20 years?

Hopefully living from my art, making posters, comics, designs for bands... And probably still in Berlin and still going to concerts.

What is a good design for you?

Something appealing that catches your eye and makes you look at it more than two seconds. Also essentials are a good composition and a nice colour palette.

What was the most challenging experience during your studies?

Apart from combining work and studies, doing a bachelor project in the middle of a pandemic has been pretty challenging.

Who or what inspires you?

In terms of subjects or topics, I get mostly inspired by music, personal stories and social issues. In terms of artistic style, I love history of art, the avant-garde movements, Edvard Munch, Otto Dix, Hannah Höch, Jeanne Mammen… but also, I get a lot of inspiration from street art, poster artists (like Dan Stiles), lettering, tattoo, and comic artists.

How do you approach a new project?

Mostly with excitement, an open mind and many crazy ideas.

What advice would you give to students who just started studying in your programme?

Be open to criticism and making changes in your designs. Keep challenging your abilities, it will take you further.

Have you changed during your studies? How?

I believe we're in constant change so probably I have. I'd say I've learnt how to deal better with deadlines, anxiety and organization and I've gotten better at my drawing and designing skills.

Why did you choose to study in your programme?

Despite loving fine arts, I realized I often draw things in connection with a text—lyrics, a story, a poem... I like to tell stories through images and illustration allows me to do that.

What are you not going to miss in your studies?

Having all the important deadlines the same week.

How are you going to celebrate your graduation?

In the current situation and with all the restrictions, I don't think I'll celebrate it now. Maybe some months later.

Say hi!

6 comments in total

Desi 2021-02-13 15:01:27

Das hast du wieder mega gemacht 😍 Liebe deine arbeiten mach weiter so !!!

Bernadette 2021-02-13 14:29:10

You have your style, your skills, your knowledge! Congratualtions! I hope to see you soon working for all those bands. They would be stupid - if not. You rock girl!

Montse M Ch 2021-02-13 14:09:24

Terrific job Gemma. Can't be prouder of you! This is only the beginning.

Marlene Schäfer 2021-02-13 10:40:12

Mega mega geil :D würde ich sofort kaufen wenn das Magazin so im Laden stehen würde.. und mit den Plakaten klebe ich am liebsten meine Wand voll. Das hast du so toll umgesetzt!! You fckn rocked it!!!

The hair spells out Agnes, that’s insane!! 2021-02-13 00:56:32

If i was these bands, I'd pay to use this as album covers!! Incredible work; bravo!!

Sophie Eilers 2021-02-12 19:51:04

Love the music, love your illustrations, love your project. You did a great job!

Marlene Schäfer