Affiliated Artists

Artists we've partnered with in the past


Sierra Barela is an extremely talented visual artists who graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). With Why Empire's help, Sierra managed to get her work displayed in a prime location in the lobby of the Mondrian SoHo Hotel in the middle of downtown Manhattan. Her work was displayed for the entire month of April and the lobby gallery hosted live-music showcases each Friday of the month. Why Empire was very happy to have worked with Sierra and are huge fans of her art. If you would like to see some of her amazing work, head over to


WILL Prince

Will Prince is a London-based visual artist. He does pop-art style portraits of various Hip-Hop and pop culture icons. Why Empire helped host Will's NYC debut at 201 Mulberry. The show was sponsored by Movember and Blind Barber as well as featured performances from Taro, Topaz Jones, and Ro Ransom.



Lovechild is the musical project of NYC singer-songwriter Leo Liebeskind. Leo was born and raised in NYC and has been playing music professionally since the age of 15. An admirer of the Rock N' Roll greats, Leo draws from a rich history of american roots as inspiration and fuses it with a modern perspective of urban life to create wonderful music with unique and imaginative lyricism.



Nana Felix is an indie-pop singer-songwriter from NYC. Now based in Los Angeles, Nana Felix has worked with Converse Rubbertracks and been featured by both Noisey and The FADER. 



At only 22 years of age, Topaz has distinguished himself as a distinctive leader among up and coming performers. He has already been praised for his "charismatic storytelling" (XXL Magazine), "pure lyricism" (Okayplayer), and "skill for melodic hooks that can push rappers above the internet scraphead" (Pigeons & Planes). Topaz has already graced many stages sharing bills with acts like Ty Dolla $ign, Waka Flocka Flame, Juicy J, Travi$ Scott and many more. He is currently working on his second project which is due out soon.



Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. Waltz is a talented up-and-coming emcee/singer who has drawn comparisons to some of the biggest names in the game from Pigeons & Planes. Waltz partnered with Why Empire for the first night of the "Beyond the Bookcase" series at the Mondrian SoHo hotel.



The Daydreamers, made up of the twin brothers Aaron and Wyatt, are a harmony-laden mix of indie pop/rock and beach grunge with influences ranging from The Strokes and The Shins to The Beach Boys and Frank Ocean. The two were featured in Humans Of New York. They performed for Why Empire during the "Beyond the Bookcase" series and are good friends of the founders.