Between school and work, I think that I may be slowly losing my mind. So I have decided to try to relax a bit in March to bring back my sanity. Starting grad school has been interesting. I have learned so much already. It can still be overwhelming sometimes, but I can handle it. Next week I’m being forced to go to Las Vegas for work, so I will take the opportunity in stride…and go see every show that I can. Over the next few days, I have set aside time to learn how to play poker again. I will put some pictures up if I remember to take some.
There are a few more people who I would like to see before summer starts. We’ll see.
Some of you may remember this post Yasiin Bey
I’m obviously a fan. Earlier this week, the internet was gifted with a mashup Easter egg. This present, created by producer, Amerigo Gazaway, is a compilation of Marvin Gaye and Yasiin Bey. As an advocate of good music, I highly suggest that you take a listen. Click to download.
Also check out DAVE CHRLS’ new What is Reality:EP
It’s a good start to say the least. Tracks were legit, but I wish that some more of the vocals would’ve been allowed to shine through (minus distortion). I still don’t know what Flamingo Juice is (I listened hard for several replays). Progression is my favorite track. Followed by Look at Me. Click the link below to check him out.
Listen to DAVE CHRLS
This week, I am very proud to be featuring Julia Spada. Yesterday, she released a new song titled, “Reptile Mission”. You might recognize her voice from previous tracks from Saturday Monday that were also featured on here. Those posts exposed me to her unique sound.
In “Reptile Mission”, Julia has chosen to spread her wings quite a bit. Not only did she pen all of the lyrics, but she also co-produced the song alongside UK producer, Peter Jarrett. Personally, I like it. There is something super soulful about her style, that is actually hard to put into words. This is definitely a song of substance. Her undertones of friendship, served up with the rest of her creative lyrics, really make you interested in what she is trying to say. Give it a listen (free download).
She is bound to cultivate her sound as a solo artist over time. Judging by “Reptile Mission”, she is off to a great start.
Julia is super down to Earth. She agreed to let me inside her world to help the readers of WIWTWW know more about her by , as she put it, sending “a postcard from her brain”. My questions are simple, and fun. Enjoy. (Maybe you will notice her sense of humor.)
Ant: Where is home for you?
Julia: Right now, my Stockholm apartment. But I was brought up by a country road, so I’m loyal to no hood.
Ant: When/How did you get into music?
Julia: My mom showed me her diary from when I was 1.5 years old, which said I was already making up songs, so I can’t really remember.
Ant: Do you write your own lyrics?
Julia:Yes, traditionally. But writing with others can be a blast, and often, two brains are better than one.
Ant: Are you interested in the composition/producing side of music?
Julia: Yes. Feels like I don’t have time to become a tech pro but yeah, that’s a major aspect of music, and when it comes to my solo stuff, I’m the show-runner.
Ant: Who do you look up to in music?
Julia:People I work with, like Saturday, Monday, Ji Nilsson or Mack Beats. People who do the whole package, from singing to producing and playing the instruments, e.g. Prince or Stevie Wonder.
Ant: How did you end up working with Mack Beats (song at the end of this post)?
Julia: He asked me to contribute the final puzzle piece to his masterpiece Centrum after hearing ‘The Ocean’.
Ant: What did it feel like to see ‘Lägg Dig Ner’ rise in the charts.
Julia: Lol, baby was never in the charts. It’s managed to build up a rather huge fan base very gradually under the radar. But yes, that felt larger than life.
Ant: What you do if you were not a singer (alternative occupation)?
Julia: Mathematician or computer programmer, without any doubt. I was one third through a University degree in computer science when music kicked off, and was loving it.
Ant: What are you most excited about working on this year?
Julia: Julia Spada and my ongoing musical love affair with Saturday, Monday.
Ant: Do you have aspirations to bridge the gap, and make it into U.S. airplay (ex. Robyn)?
Julia: Nope. KIDDING!
Ant: What was you favorite concert/festival that you’ve ever been too? Why?
Julia: Destiny’s Child in 2005 – because they’re Destiny’s Child! Sitting down in an old Stockholm theater (Södra Teatern) full of red velvet getting hypnotized by James Blake’s music in 2011 was breathtaking.
Ant: Have you ever traveled to the U.S.? Do you enjoy traveling?
Julia: I was in NYC very briefly three years ago for a show, and loved it of course. When it comes to traveling, I enjoy drinking coffee, trying local delicacies and dancing in new cities, yes. But I’m definitely not one of those people working day and night 6 months at a time in a job they hate to be able to fly across the globe and be bored on the beach for 3 months.
Ant: Is it easy to cope with the idea that you have fans?
Julia: The shock, pride and gratitude I feel when someone goes – “wait, are you Julia SPADA?” …!!!
Ant: Kebabtallrik eller kebabrulle?
Ant: Who would you like to work with?
Julia: Brilliant, cooperative, intersectionalist visionaries only, please. And Beyoncé.
Lägg Dig Ner
I have honestly been swamped. The past few months have been a little overwhelming. New job + starting graduate school = no new posts.
Now that I am starting get my head above water, I feel like I can get back to blogging. Ironically, my school program requires me to host a blog in addition to this one. So here you go: http://whoiwanttointeractwith.com/ All posts on there will be related to my Interactive Media/Social Media Studies. People may or may not find it interesting. I’m hoping that the latter is not the case.
Anyway, stay tuned. Hope to have plenty of fun things to share in the upcoming months.
Yesterday, I caught the end of one of my favorite news programs, NewsNation. The host, Tamron Hall was concluding her show with a quick discussion about holiday cards being actually being signed. I sat there, and thought to myself, as she conversed with Michael Smerconish (another media personality).
Instantly I flashed back to the last I received a homemade card. It was around this last year that I opened my mailbox to see two envelopes.
The first was from Russia. After taking a few minutes to look at all the cool stamps, I carefully slit it open. The front of the card had a very interesting illustration of Santa on his sleigh in a snowstorm. It was definitely Deviantart.com worthy. However the text on the cover was in Russian. If you have been paying attention to this blog for a long time, you know that I can speak a few a different languages, but Russian isn’t one of them. When I opened it I was happy to see a very heartfelt message from an old friend. It was handwritten…
The second was from Sweden. I didn’t pay so much attention to the stamps this time, because I still had some left over from when I used to send stuff from Sweden. But I did notice immediately who it was from. Another old friend. Actually an ex-girlfriend. As I got over that shock, I attempted to open that one as carefully as I did the first. Instantly glitter flew everywhere out of the whole. My first thought was, ”Man, what a messed up prank.” So I threw caution to the wind and tore the whole thing open. She had made a bow (a thick one) on the cover of the card. A card which appeared to have also been cut by hand. On the inside I saw another nice note.
I still have both cards.
The last time I bought a birthday gift, it took me thirty minute to decide on which card should accompany it. In retrospect, I didn’t even like what was said on the inside. The annoying music in the store, plus the headache that I had acquired from random candle scents, made me settle for whatever just I could get out of there. But I digress.
I wish that I had made the thing myself, and saved myself the stress.
Don’t me wrong. I realized that the world is changing. I can’t even remember the last time I used a pencil that actually had an eraser. When I write poetry, I always do it with a pen in a black and white composition book (The wannabe hipster in me?). If I think it’s decent, I might read it somewhere or post it on here. But Tamron’s (I don’t know her like that, but maybe I’ll work on her show one day) conversation yesterday made me realize that I am creative enough to make a homemade card. Heck, the least I can do is fill up one of the blank sides and the back cover.
Time constraints won’t allow me to get a bunch sent out in time for Christmas this year, I might just buy a bunch after the 25th and still send them. Basically, because I’m a boss, and nobody can get mad at me for taking the time to send them a personalized card. Even if I don’t get a few addresses correct, I’m not worried. Some lucky neighbors will still get a good smile.
You shouldn’t be a afraid to get creative either. In a world where everything is instant gratification, (minus time travel and transporting), a world where people are forgetting how to write cursive, and in a time when bad advertising is actually good advertising, people should appreciate a little personal touch. Not tacky, or awkward. Just something to let them know that something with a pulse and individuality created it.
Do it. If someone doesn’t appreciate your effort that’s their problem. Please don’t flip out on them.
Tessanne Chin: “I Have Nothing”
As another year comes to an end, I would like to say thank you to everyone who continues to read this blog. Whether you visit for poetry, music, or just to see what it is that I am rambling about. Thanks.
With that being said, I would also like to say that this blog has aided my acceptance into graduate school at Quinnipiac University to study Interactive Media with a specialization in Interactive Media. I always had thoughts about getting an advanced degree, but I didn’t envision this blog helping me get there. I suppose that is another thing that I should mention.
My vision for starting this blog was to open doors and basically see what happens. Initially, I was winging it. Gradually, I realized that I actually need to purchase the URL to avoid the disappointment of someone else snatching it up.
I still need to get people to comment more, but I suppose that will come with time. There is no rush though. If you have read comments on YouTube or most websites, people often forget that the comment section isn’t a springboard for argument. So feel free to comment on here. Most posts aren’t really argument provoking, so it’s all good.
(The pic is from a trip to Rockefeller Center earlier this month.)
Estate + Liquid Pegasus – Tendency
(Also from NYC)
To get the full point of this post, please watch the following injustice. If you can make to ’1:33′, I promise that you won’t be disappointed. If you can make it though the whole thing, I commend you, and pray that you don’t hurt yourself laughing. Disclaimer: This by no means and advert for Beamz (should be obvious, unless they send that check).
A moment of silence for Flo-Rida’s relationship to “Hip-Hop”.
Now back to our regularly scheduled programming.
By now, the world should know how the internet works. Most people have a full understanding of how fast information travels these days. Even more people have, at least, a basic understanding of right from wrong. Lying is one thing that the internet doesn’t like (the conscious internet). To quote one great lyricist, “That’s the $&^% I don’t like.” (I’m joking Chief Keef is not a lyricist, nor is he great. But I digress. Please don’t shoot me.)
For the past week I have been watching Grandmaster Flash’s online presence. Usually it is filled with random mentions about how his last show went, who was there, or how much of his gear got held up in some airport. Over the last few days, controversy has festered, and eventually the internet came to the rescue. For myself, and many other other hip-hop fans, it was seemed inevitable that “beef” would show it’s head (I always wanted to say that).
Grandmaster Flash considers turntables to be his canvas, and his hands the brush(es). To say that he takes it seriously is an understatement. A few years ago, as a student, I had the opportunity to interview him on-air with three other peers. After the show, we watched him perform (Also saw DJ Jazzy Jeff perform in the same venue. *for those made it through the whole video*), and our minds were blown.
If there is anything that I learned from the whole experience, as a fellow DJ/musician, from the whole experience, it is that you always respect the effort and time that someone sacrificed to get where they are. So in a way, I guess I respect Chief Keef too, because he is doing what he has to do to get paid (He could do it in a different way. I lied about digressing.).
Grandmaster Jay is a someone who did not learn the same lesson. His claims of being an innovator in turntablism This whole situation makes my stomach hurt. He is just now learning how the backlash of the internet works. People live to troll during their downtime. I don’t condone it, but this time, it was awesome to see everything unfold.
So, not only was biting someone’s name (Brand) not enough, he went as far as dubbing a commercial over Jazzy Jeff’s set. C’mon son! If he was the legend he claimed to be, he would have put a hold on the whole shoot. It’s obvious that the marketing team associated with this whole fiasco has no set of morals either. Check out these before and afters floating around the internet (Photoshop snobs beware).
I truly digress this time. Thank you internet. From the bottom of my heart.