Do me a favor and glance at the calendar. Did you know we’re 4 months away from 2014? Don’t know about you but I got caught by surprise. Time is a flyin’!
Now, recall your 2013 resolutions. How have you fared in those commitments? Great? Not so good? Well, maybe you’re the “today is a new day” type or a "I’m waiting for January 1" kind of person, but in any case, a recent post I saw got me to remember how important it is to focus on the bright side. I could be wrong, but I’d bet that not very many people can say they are exactly where they want to be, have what they want to have, or are who they want to be. If you are one of those people, holler back and share with us what it’s like to be on the other side! For the rest of us though, to echo Andrew Truong, let’s "take a breather and realize what we have".
I could go on listing off everything I’m grateful to have, but today I want to focus on one: living in an environment that allows me the freedom and provides me the resources to be creative. I define creativity as the ability to create something tangible out of a thought, idea, or vision. To me this encompasses everything, from choreographed dancing, sharing stories through media, planning an event, creating a resume… I would even go as far as saying the process of getting a new car is creative; translating that desire into hard work at the job, frugal spending, saved money, and eventually playing with the power windows and blasting your favorite tune down the 405.
I’d like to take this time to be thankful and recognize those who are helping keep the creative environment alive in my world. From newsfeed posts to face-to-face conversations, every little bit keeps me connected and thinking, not just following. In the twitter words of the homie DJ Miles, "What’s the opposite of inspire? To expire." Thanks to the following folks who keep me alive and thriving through their creativity. Here are my favorites thus far from this year:
12Footprints - For young professionals to network with like-minded individuals while giving back to the community!
Eayikes - Empowering youth through arts, mentorship, and child-like wonder!
The Nectar Collective - Spreading positivity, creativity, and a sense of adventure!
Wishing everybody a prosperous 4 months as we venture into 2014. Keep on keepin’ on!
If I had to choose one word to summarize the journey that putting this event together was, it’d be resonance. We ventured into lots of new territory with this event, lots of unknown variables to say the least. For starters, this was our first LA nightlife event. Finding the right venue for our community was the first challenge.
As a space for the Burning Man/Do-Lab community, King King possesses a beautiful energy. I felt the purpose of our event had a chance of resonating with them, so I cold-emailed, got a reply, set-up a meeting, requested a half-day from work, and off I went to Hollywood on a Friday afternoon in May. 30 minutes and a handshake later, it was on!
Finding talent was the next hurdle. To achieve the type of vibe we envisioned with our limited budget, we had to put the mission out there and remain diligent. Weeks went by, e-mails, tweets, and proposals went unanswered, but after putting the cause and our hearts out there those who resonated with us confirmed, and 10 days before the event we locked the lineup down. From there we had the talented 12FV put together another awesome flyer and it was time to spread the love!
Another challenge was creating that child-like wonder. We believe a little silliness is always a good thing. It combats the “too cool” attitude and creates an environment where people can express themselves freely, with no judging vibes. This is where the hand-crafted hats, bowties, and butt spelling group activity came in! Being in Hollywood however gave us some doubts. Would our guests resonate? Do people just want to party, or participate as well? Even with these questions, it was important that we stayed true to what we wanted to create and not what we thought others would think, and man am I happy I saw the crowd spelling E’s (for Eayikes!) to the beat of Bubble Butt.
Lastly, selling tickets… what a beast! After all the phone calls, text messages, changing of Facebook profile pictures, tweeting & retweeting… Saturday came and we had only sold 89 pre-sale tickets. Rough! But despite the feelings of anxiety and concern, I think we all knew we spread the word to our best abilities, so all that was left was to keep the faith. The night began, guests trickled in, and before I knew it the venue was 75% full (~230 people) of folks down for the cause, resonating with the event and each other!
At the end of the night, the smiles on everyone’s faces were beautiful, we raised our goal of roughly $2,500 for the summer camp, and I felt a whole mess of emotions. After some reflecting, I’m still so humbled by the support of the community, grateful to be in this position to serve y’all, and proud of the crew. Cheers and thanks to everybody, from the artists to the bartenders, guests to volunteers, who took part in making Camp Eayikes happen!! Let’s keep it moving <3
I just stumbled upon a quote today: ”I would rather own little & see the world, than own the world & see little of it” - Alexander Sattler
This quote really puts traveling into perspective for me and helps me explain why I am always on the go. I think life is full of things to see and experience so what better time to start than now when we are most able. Through all the ups and downs, traveling teaches me how to better understand the vast cultural landscape that surrounds us. It offers me patience, understanding, kindness, and a glimpse into the daily lives of others who are really not so different than me. I appreciate breaking away from the daily grind and having a gap in thought for new ideas and revelations to sprout organically.
As we continue on with Jelly-Filled Fridays, reaching out to like-minded striving & starving artists is so important to us. Paying it forward to good peoples pursuing creative paths is why we began this event, and we feel blessed to even be in this position to facilitate these positive experiences. So cheers to you for helping us keep this going, and here’s what we created this month to thank you :D
So for October, we’re stoked to be collaborating with electronic music blog SoundLogik. We’re calling it the “Two Party System” as a nod to the upcoming elections, but mainly to recognize the coming together of two creative communities to produce one awesome experience. The best part about this is we get to host some of the artists out of their community! First, let us introduce Mr.Y:
This dude, as you can see, blends the arts of beatboxing, producing, and mixing to create an incredible live music experience. Every piece of sound is organic, with little to no effects, making what he does not only damn unique, but really effing difficult!! It’s with great excitement we’ll be hosting him in the basement, starting at 10pm.
Mr.Y - thisisMrY EP
DJ duo MathMatix are coming out of San Diego with a fresh taste on BASS. After listening to their latest original production, Bass Division, we’re finding it hard to believe they just got on the scene in 2012. These guys definitely have a bright future ahead of them, and we’re just happy to be a stop along their journey. Check them headlining the mainroom from 12-2am!!
And the night wouldn’t be complete without your residents, the Groove Monsters. They’ll be on the decks in the mainroom, so get them dancing shoes ready and get ready to sweat. Check them out from 10pm-midnight!
As for art, some of our best Jelly-Filled Friday memories have been the amazing exhibits we’ve been able to feature in our “Basement Series”. This week we have an exhibit called “Safe Travels”, a three-week photo journey through Europe by 3 of our good friends.
"We journeyed all throughout Europe for fun, the views, the landscape, and the pictures. We skipped around to Iceland, Spain, Morocco, Switzerland, Italy, and Turkey, and came back with a plethora of photographs to share. Traveling has mostly changed us for the better, but we also got a speeding ticket in Iceland and duped into Moroccan carpet." -12fv
Here’s the Facebook event, come out come out old and new faces! This Friday is gonna be a good one. We hope to see you there <3
When you go to a musical festival such as Coachella, you leave a lot of your fears and anxieties at home. You aren’t afraid of strangers as much and your mind becomes open to new and maybe alienating ideas. It is this idea of a 3 day Utopian society that excites me the most. Maybe it’s a glimpse into how we all should be living our lives. Everyone is cordial, there is no fear of crime, people become unified by the common thread of music and community. And if you read this last part and slightly laughed to yourself, that means you haven’t experienced it yet.