“Defiant, elusive and cerebral, the men of Royalty — the seven-member collective behind many of Donald Glover’s polymathic endeavors — are comfortable grappling with their role in commodifying these moments. Donald Glover, Fam Udeorji, Stephen Glover, Ibra Ake, Jamal “Swank” Olori, Chad Taylor and Miles Konstantin have spent the past seven years dedicated to creating and riding their artistic ideas in from the fringes to become an industry in and of themselves.”
“The premise is giving fans a taste of what’s possible in AR. In this case, you build the song through interaction,” says Miles Konstantin, the app’s developer and a longtime Glover collaborator who worked on interactive elements of live Childish Gambino concerts in New Zealand and Joshua Tree National Park.
“Inclusive of Donald Glover the Royalty team consists of Fam Rothstein, Ibra Ake, Stephen Glover, Chad Taylor, Miles Konstantin, and Jamal Olori aka Swank. Most recently Royalty partnered to create and produce projects ranging from Atlanta on FX, the Grammy award-winning This Is America, This is America Tour, PHAROS festival, Spotify’s Rap Pantheon, and Guava Island.”
“Organized by Glover and his brain trust—Fam Rothstein, Wolf Taylor, and Miles Konstantin—Pharos aimed for a focus on the artist and the fan, not the ticketing giant and record labels that dominate the music industry.”
“For Pharos, Konstantin designed an app with a countdown anda slowly approaching planet Earth—and the option to buy a ticket to something for $99, locked to the owner of the phone and therefore unscalpable.”
“Glover named Konstantin creative technical director and tasked him with designing an app for the event.”