So why are more people not talking about him? American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis counts him as “his favorite millennial provocateur,” and even Taylor Swift has posted a quote of his writing to her Instagram, and of course, his iconic guest edit for both King Kong and King Kong Garçon magazines, where because of him, Diplo ended up in drag. To the naked eye, it would be normal to assume that along with Kazemi’s ever-expanding CV and work ethic, he could one day become a household name.
Perhaps this possibility is rooted in his commitment to living life off the grid (he famously detests all forms of social media), wrapped up in a penchant for the occult. Such complex duality as a millennial seems foreign in the age of Tik Toks and virtual chatter—there’s also the fact that Kazemi believes himself to be a sort of heir to the Illuminati throne. It was to be expected, then, that this self-described “Illuminati Prince” would eventually write a manual on how he’s been able to live such a colorful life.
Enter Pop Magick. Described as an “anarchist response to both today’s pop culture and modern occult literature” and a “simplified self-help how-to guide to applying the spiritual worlds of witchcraft, magick, and alchemy in your everyday life,” it marks Kazemi’s entree into the literary world, released during the comedown of a magazine scandal (see below). Citing easy-to-follow instructions on how to basically get what you want and how to reach within to foster a better sense of empowerment, you can see why celebrities like Rose McGowan (who wrote the forward), Bella Thorne, and Marilyn Manson have sung its praises. Of course, there are innumerable nuances to the practices Kazemi outlines and should be taken seriously. His ultimate goal is to have us all live up to our full, magickal potential as he’s been able to do. Such a selfless undertaking is what a lot us need right now, so it’s no wonder why we’ve fallen under his spell.
Ahead, read as Kazemi sheds light on the occult, spills secrets from his new book and offers some advice on how not to spend your time during quarantine.