Over the weekend, I saw Giraffage and Spazzkid at their closing show at the El Rey! A sold out show at a small venue – all I can say is that it was one big dance party.
StarRo opened up the show, and he really got the crowd moving with his instrumental beats and dance remixes – especially through opening his set with a remix of “Latch” by Disclosure. That’s always a crowd favorite since everyone knows the lyrics! But what really caught my attention during his set was his use of an electronic drum pad, while mixing songs and beats simultaneously. Everything had a natural feel to it, rather than just computer-produced sounds.
Spazzkid & starRo
Once Spazzkid came out, everyone was really into the music, and most people knew the flow of every song, even if they were just beats. Everyone “sang” along, and really vibed with him. StarRo and Spazzkid gave so much energy on stage, not just through their music, but through actually dancing and interacting with the audience. Their love for music really translated through their aura on stage. Spazzkid also has some really trippy visuals in the background, most of which were Asian girls or a mix of 3-d graphics.
This was the first time I really got to listen to Giraffage, and his sound is so different live. He really utilized his lights and cute dog visuals within his set. (YES, cute dog visuals - corgis, a dancing golden retriever, frenchies on swings, you name it.) Every song he played got the crowd dancing – especially through his remixes of “Party in the USA,” “Ignition,” and closing with an encore by playing his mix of “Someone to Call My Lover” by Janette Jackson. What better way to end a show than with some good throwbacks?
Zoe Miyori Fujii is definitely making a name for herself as a fashion and textile designer. After graduating from UC Davis and pursued a degree in Fashion and Textiles study, the LA based fashion designer opened her own store named after her on Etsy and started the business online. Her colorful and classic chic silhouette has been featured on many blogs and on Etsy's top page.We asked her some questions including where she gets inspirations for her design and what she is currently working on.
Our denim dreams come true. Faustine Steinmetz took her techniques to the next level in her quest to make everyday clothing special and elevate industrial pieces. Jeans came hand-felted and brushed with orange and white details to outline the stitching in a trompe l’oeil effect, or painted in silicone with thick, whipped strokes that were echoed in jewelry and hair pieces by Lara Jensen.
Passion Pit is a renowned feel-good favorite. You may be familiar with some of their popular songs, such as “Take a Walk,” or “Carried Away.” With Michael Angelakos as lead vocals and keyboards, and Jeff Apruzzese playing bass and synth bass, Passion Pit never fails to make you feel ecstatic, despite their darker underlying lyrics.
Passion Pit is definitely one of my all time favorites, and I’m happy to see that they’re finally releasing a new album! I saw them live at Club Nokia about 2 years ago, and a handful of shows later, that specific concert is still my all time favorite. They haven’t released a full record since Gossamer in 2012, so it’s exciting to see what they’re coming up with. Their upcoming album, Kindred, is set to release on April 21st through Columbia Records.
We first featured her a year ago with her jewelry line "MYRRH jewelry"(interview here) a line made with very unique geometric shape. But Mor Elian has another side other that just being a jewelry designer. "Sorry, I just came back from the tour in Europe and I'm still unpacking everything..." she said while having her a hot cup of soup. For last a couple of months, she was traveling around Europe as DJ! (includes her home town Tel Aviv too!) We asked ten questions including tips on time management! To the one of the most demanded girls in LA, we thank you Mor for sharing you time with us!