Music Monday: Everything in Moderation, Including Moderation

This was the first weekend in I don’t know how long that I didn’t stomp through the streets of Los Angeles in search of a delicious beat drop or some shenanigans in the sunshine.  On Friday, I enjoyed some self discovery and a few moments of clarity during my arts & crafts infused Pixar movie marathon.  Finding Nemo, Monster’s Inc, Toy Story 1-3; yeah. I did it!  At one point, I looked to my bookshelf and pulled out my DIY Bible – Show Me How and decided it was time to start a few projects, so I pulled one out of the woodwork that I’d been itching to get done for a while: making a disco ball! 

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It was harder than it looks and I burnt my fingers more times than I’d like to actually admit; but the ends definitely justify the means and I’m more than stoked about the result.  Once I get some more mirrored supplies I’m going to make a mini-fleet of them for family and friends; nothing better than getting a hand crafted gift from your favorite bouncy kitten and disco bunny, right? 😉

A little gift from Thailand!

I’m sure to some this might sound silly, but finding solid ladies to become friends with in LA has become more difficult than dating in this plastic town; so when I meet a girl that I think is down, honest and fresh I try to go above and beyond to cultivate that friendship. To boot, there are a lot of fun pepole in this town…the trick is to find people that you can have a philosophical conversation with until sunset and then party with until sunrise. So, on Saturday – I got to finally got the opportunity to cultivate one of those friendships.  She just returned from a whirlwind trip to Thailand for their Full Moon Party; after spending an hour sifting through pictures of gorgeous beaches, culturally indigenous ceremonies and cuddly tigers I’m beyond convinced that my next vacation will drag me here =) 

The weird thing about not going out at night is my ability to wake up with the sun – I have to admit that I actually like it; sometimes when you’re the only one awake it feels like the sun is putting on a show just for you and it makes you appreciate the beauty in the world. 

In the afternoon, one of my close friends and her adorable little puppy – Maya – came over to kick it with the kitties and catch up on live, the universe (and the number 42). We shared some laughs, watched Wreck It Ralph, sipped on some chardonnay and I got a mouth full of slobbery puppy kisses – trust when I say no complaints from me!ImageTo round out the evening, we did some graffiti hunting throughout the Melrose / Fairfax district – which if you’ve seen any of my Street Art segments the possibilities are endless!  I found a lot of new stuff, but this is what spoke to my heart; and after hearing the stories from my friend about elephants in Thailand and studying up on the Hindu Elephant God, Ganesh /Ganesha – I think I know what I want my next tattoo to be!

Last but not least, noms were necessary – and potstickers are the key to my heart.  Just throwing it out there but I could probably eat three whole orders and still have room for more 😉

So, now here I am – wide eyed and bushy tailed on this busy Monday morning; ready to take on the day and wishing you a wonderful one.  If you’re not all about the day like I am, don’t fret – here’s a little somethin’ somethin’ to get you moving and groovin’ through your day:

Happy Tunes-day: The Trickle Down Effect of Music Festivals

There are so many great aspects of the Los Angeles EDM community that it’s hard to narrow it down to just one – or in my case, just a few.  Not only are we home base for an epic amount of talent but artists, DJs and producers alike flock to our city of angels to pursue fame, fortune or in many cases: just a little bit of sunshine.

Insomniac Events – Beyond Wonderland

This past weekend, Insomniac Events – LA’s premiere EDM production and promotion company – threw their fourth annual event Beyond Wonderland.  Back in the day, when I started out in the scene, the Spring fling event was ‘How Sweet It Is‘; I’m beyond pleased to report that the website still works and I can still think about how damn epic the lineup was.  But, that’s neither here nor there: one of the best things about DJs and Producers swinging through my stomping grounds on the regular is that they typically play smaller, local shows around the dates of the festival.

If  I had better knowledge of the new venue that was being used for Beyond, chances are I would’ve gone – it looked absolutely luscious, almost like a combination of Lighting in a Bottle and Coachella; I’m definitely keeping my eye out for more festivals there!

Anyhow, the lineup was good – but not good enough for me – almost all the artists I’ve seen within the past year and simply wasn’t impressed with the breadth of new talent; however, of the artists that I’d seen – half of them were playing at shows around LA before and after the festival.  Maya Jane Coles and Maceo Plex gave us a dose of deep house Friday night at Exchange and Hospital Records brought their signature Drum & Bass sound to Dim Mak Studios for some Sunday Funday action.

 

Maya Jane Coles

Kicking off Friday right was Adam Auburn, one of our local house loves – I’m stoked that his set is already up, definitely a highlight of the evening!

One of my favorite new female DJs on the scene is Maya Jane Coles; I know she’s been around for a few years but I didn’t discover her until April of 2012 thanks to some amazing friends and their fabulous collection of music.  Her Essential mix is definitely worth a listen:

The night rounded out with Maceo Plex, another deep house fav:

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Sunday night’s Drum and Bass lineup from Hospital Records was unreal – and I was excited because I’d never seen any of the acts. As a huge fan of EP’s from D&B artists, I have to admit that there’s nothing quite like seeing a live set so if you get the chance, takeit

Fred V & Grafix:

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Camo & Krooked:

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