[LA Life] Downtown Goes Dapper For A Night On Broadway

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Last weekend as the threat imminent downpour loomed over the quite literal horizon, we decided to throw caution to the wind as we got dolled up and dappered out for a ‘Night on Broadway.‘ A party with a purpose, the second annual event sprawled through the stunning cityscape of Downtown Los Angeles and into the historic Broadway District.

Commencing back in 2008 under the guidance of L.A. City Council member José Huizar, Bringing Back Broadway set its sights on reinvigorating the entire outlying area, from the preservation and display of the old school neon signs to re-opening doors to awe inspiring theaters, bringing back the fabled streetcar and even the relatively new facade lighting brought onto Broadway in 2013.  A chip off of the ‘Bringing Back Broadway’ initiative block, the second annual ‘Night on Broadway‘  is designed to restore a variety old theaters in the fabled Broadway district and reinvigorate local interest in the art, music, culture and community of the area.

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Revelers are encouraged join in the shenanigans surrounded by the amazing architecture and interior design of theaters from The Palace to The Los Angeles Theater, The Ace Hotel and The Globe.  Festivites included a brains to brawns chess and boxing match, a wide variety of interactive street art, comedy from Reggie Watts, my personal highlight, Rebel Bingo, and last but most definitely not least live music and entertainment and even some of the local talent, like Skrillex from both the OWSLA and Mad Decent imprints, plus hourly performances from city’s very own electric and eclectic avant garde performance troupe Lucent Dossier Experience (which was a serendipitous treat in itself considering a friend of mine had landed himself DJ duties at the same stage for the night).

Don’t fret if you missed out on all the fun, because one of my favorite things about the city of angels is there’s simply always something stunning to do about town, and half of them are free! But, if you’re feeling the festive FOMO, make a calendar reminder and don’t forget to catch Night on Broadway next year in Downtown Los Angeles when it returns on Saturday, January 28th 2017.  For more about the city’s famed ‘Night on Broadway’ event or Bringing Back Broadway initiative, head to their website or socials –

Night on Broadway: Website

Bringing Back Broadway: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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[Oh, Snap] A Rainy Day Stroll Through Pasadena’s Storrier-Stearns Japanese Garden

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On some rainy days, the words I’ve failed to say fall from the sky while nostalgia soaks into the damp city streets. Yet in absolute dichotomy, on others I wake up in a whimsical whirlwind, wrapped in wanderlust and yearning for an adventure.  With a fantastic evening roaming through downtown Los Angeles for their second annual Night on Broadway (more on that later!) under our belts, Sunday Funday was most definitely on the menu and I was hungry for an escapade in nature.

When the Storrier Stearns Garden announced they’d be adding more days for the public, I just couldn’t help myself a bought us some tickets to check it out and yesterday was finally the day.  I went to bed over the moon excited, because truth be told I’d been trying for years, but only being open once a month had severely limited my opportunities. A few years ago, Danny and I adventured to the Arlington Gardens across the street and wistfully wondered what was kept hidden so secret behind the chain link fence and yesterday, we finally had our chance to find out so that morning, when I woke up with blustery weather and grey skies, I vowed to not let it stop the fun.

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Created back in 1935 by the esteemed Kinzuchi Fujii, the historic Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden is a beautiful hidden gem tucked away in the heart of Pasadena.  Built on the estate of Charles and Ellamae Storrier Stearns, the gardens span two acres and includes several ponds connected by crooked bridges with coy fish peacefully swimming to and fro, a formal teahouse, and numerous places to sit back, relax and enjoy the venue.

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After a blustery beginning and some torrential downfall, the sun broke through turbulent layers of high velocity clouds and gave way to a stunning afternoon that was spent in relative solitude. Slowly and gleefully, we roamed around the unique grounds in zenlike observation.

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While talking with one of the curators of the grounds, we learned the reasoning behind crooked bridges in Japanese culture.  As legend has it, evil spirits can only go in straight lines – so if you’re ever being chased by a spirit, head to one of the fabled zig-zag bridges bridge and they’ll  be propelled into the water.

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Revered for being the last remaining minor Japanese Garden created for residential purposes in Southern California before World War II, the Storrier Stearns garden is also the last remaining garden crafted by Fujii, who was responsible for a handful of Japanese landscapes across Southern California in the early 20th century.  After Ellamae Storrier Stearns passed on in 1949, the entire estate was sold at auction to art and antiquities dealer Gamelia Hadadd Poulsen.  Over the next decade, Poulsen sold off most of the estate less the Japanese Garden and by 1975, CalTrans had bought up property surrounding the gardens in hopes of building an extension of the 710 freeway directly through the garden.  After visiting yesterday, I’m so grateful they didn’t!

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The gardens underwent a stunning restoration first in the 80’s when the garden was passed on within the Haddad family and then again under the hands of Dr.Takeo Uesugi from 2007 to 2013, transforming it into the tranquil piece of paradise that it is today. For the last several years, the garden was only available on a once a month basis – which typically had sold out far ahead of time; trust me on this; I’ve had firsthand experience with not getting tickets.  But, just this year the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden has expanded it’s availability with openings every Thursday from 10 to 4pm, as well as the last Sunday of the month like old times. Tickets are available on PayPal through their website for $7.50 a piece, and can be purchased for $10 at the door if you’re feeling lucky.

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For more on the gardens, take a peak on social media –

Website | Facebook |  LinkedIn

 

Location270 Arlington Drive
Pasadena, California 91105

[Tech Talk] Feel The Bass With SubPac’s M2

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An electric rumble that started in the base of my skull is propelled forward, pulsing into my veins as frequencies are projected throughout my entire body.  Goosebumps overwhelm every inch of my skin as an amused grin creeps across my face.  Every nuanced note and each rhythmic rumble, from the smallest synths to blossoming batches of booming bass, encased the world around me.

With my eyes closed, I become the pulse of the dance floor.  It’s only when they open again that I’m rudely reminded that I’m not marinating in the music and mayhem of Coachella’s Sahara tent, bouncing around a world class nightclub like Avalon in Hollywood or entrenched in Drum and Bass at Shambhala‘s Village; instead, I’m dancing by myself with my headphones on in the middle of my living room, gleefully rocking a high-tech vest that feels like it came right out of Tron, only it’s the the latest and greatest in high tech, wearable tactile bass systems.

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Launching just this past October, the patent pending SubPac M2 is the latest and greatest in wearable tactile bass systems, gifting users a fully immersive, auditory experience that parallels the live experience on a grand scale while silencing the world around you. Featuring plug and play controls, a Bluetooth receiver, a high capacity rechargeable battery and a slimmer control box, the M2 is made for movement, allowing the wearer to dance the way they feel – and let me tell you, you’re about to feel some kind of way.

Currently used by industry leaders and international taste makers within the music industry, SubPac has more application than music creation, audio testing and pure enjoyment.  SubPac’s technology was integrated in the Virtual Reality enhanced premiere of Jurassic World as well as the “Fractal” concept car designed by Amon Tobin.  The brand also offers a 21st century approach to hearing lost, tinnitus and deafness, finding use at this year’s Rock in Rio festival in Brazil where the SubPac’s campaign granted the hearing impaired a boost of bass. While the human ear can only hear to down to a minimum of 20hz, the body can receive the rest as vibrations through your bones, and the SubPac can make you feel frequencies as low as 5hz – dishing out layers in favorite songs that you might not have known existed otherwise.

 “We are on a mission to introduce the physical dimension of music and sound to the world.   With the SubPac M2, we have created the most immersive wearable audio experience to date. Anyone can now experience audio the way the creator intended – full immersion, anywhere, anytime.”

–  John Alexiou, SubPac CEO and co-founder

SUBPAC M2 TECH SPECS                      

  • Frequency Response: 5hz-130hz
  • Wired Input: 3.5mm stereo
  • Headphone Out: 3.5mm stereo
  • Wireless Input: Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP Streaming
  • Charger: 15V 1.6A 24W
  • Charging cable: Intl IEC-c7
  • Rechargeable Battery: 10.8V, 2300mAh Li-ion battery // 6+ hours a charge
  • Dimensions: 17” x 12” x 1.5” // 43cm x 30cm x 4cm)
  • Weight (including battery): 4.8lbs // 2.2kg

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The Wearable M2 and Seatback S2 are available for order now from SubPac’s website here.

With their patent-pending new wave audio technology, the Los Angeles based SubPac by StudioFeed is changing the game – one low frequency at a time.

For the latest and greatest in all things SubPac, head to their site and socials –

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[The Audiofiles] Paul Oakenfold to host Inaugural Electronic Music Awards & Foundation Show

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Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock (& roll), you’ve been privy to the near over-saturation of the Electronic Dance Music circuit in the last five years. The lineup for multi genre festivals like Coachella has seen a higher proportion of dance acts overflow the Sahara tent and into the Gobi Stage, Yuma Stage and even the Main Stage, while you can find Dupstep, Trance, House and Bass anywhere from run of the mill television commercials, professional sporting events, and even in a video made by the White House concerning the President’s State of the Union.

Dance music is literally everywhere, and while I certainly don’t mind, it’s an observation worth nothing; and it seems I’m not the only one. This April, the station that brought us American Idol presents the inagural Electronic Music Awards & Foundation. Airing April 23rd at 8pm, the first EMAF will be hosted by none other than Trance legend Paul Oakenfold.

“Experience the excitement of the world of electronic music as the biggest names in the industry, from across the globe, celebrate the year’s best music, artists and creative talent.”

The real question on my mind, that should really be on everyone’s at this point – with the amount of commercialism pumped into the industry in the last few years, exactly what facets of dance music will be hitting syndicated television, how much homage will the underground culture, community and artists be paid and how will underrepresented demographics like women and minorities within dance music be displayed?

For more on Paul Oakenfold or the Electronic Music Awards & Foundation Show, head to their socials –

Paul Oakenfold
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud

EMAF
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[The Audiofiles] “Say It” Loud and Step Inside The Mind of Miami’s Rising Star Eche Palante

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Just the other morning, I was prowling through my Soundcloud feed on my usual Saturday scroll; after spending the first twenty minutes jumping haphazardly between singles and snippets, I was impatiently waiting for something to jump out of the page, grab me by the eardrums and take me on an novel auditory adventure. Now that Winter has attempted to make an appearance in Los Angeles with it’s blustery mornings and monotone skies, my musical tastes have edged back towards the bouncier and brighter beats, poolside sets, tropical house and beachside bass. So it’s only fitting that I fall right into a delectable set from a new artist I’d never even heard of.

Enter Miami’s Eche Palante, a synth loving symbiosis of my current favorite musical traits. Drawing inspiration from across the musical sphere from the likes of Prog House standout EDX, the emotive stylings of Sam Feldt and legends like Daft Punk and Michael Jackson, Eche Palante has honed in on a feel good sound that you can’t help but bounce along to.

Earlier this month, he produced the delectably downtempo Steve Void rework of “I Can’t Feel My Face” with The Weeknd x Ember Island under his personal name, Dylan Echevarria. The track has been all over the blogosphere in the last few months, with ample use in mixes and upwards of 3.8 Million views on Soundcloud, including at least a few hundred from yours truly over here. Not to outdo himself, Dylan is back with all the feels in his latest single under the Eche Palante moniker.

Featured in his Melodic Essentials Volume 1 Mix under a sneaky, sneaky ‘ID-ID’ tag, his first original single “Say It” featuring emotive vocals from Eric Simpson is out today and available for free download on Soundcloud. As a standalone single, “Say It” slowly unfolds into a euphoric and open breakdown, with hints of KYGO and Duke Dumont; as part of the Melodic Essentials compilation, the track is a perfect compliment to the depth and brooding layers elicited over the hour long musical journey.

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I was lucky enough to steal a few moments with Eche Palante and understand his creative process.

The DJ List
: Beyond music, where do you pull artistic inspiration from?

Eche Palante:The main source of inspiration for me is Soundcloud. Every day, the first thing I do is go on Soundcloud and listen to all of the new music on my feed, and continue to find more. If you go through my favorites, it includes hip hop, experimental trap, dubstep, uk bass, and other genres that people wouldn’t think they’d see in there. I’m always trying to find different sounds to pull from different areas and mix them into the melodic house spectrum.

The DJ List: You’re the founder of ‘The Groove Garden’ – tell me a little about it’s ethos and what TGG will be bringing to the table in 2016?

Eche Palante: The Groove Garden is a new artist collective that caters to house, specifically Tropical, Melodic, Progressive, and even Future House! Over the years, my ear has developed for a wide range of sounds, and TGG is essentially a reflection of that development. I feel that my passion for music can now be seen on both sides: the people who find the sound, and the people that craft the sound.

The DJ List: You’re one of my artists to watch for this coming year – who else do you recommend I keep an eye on?

Eche Palante: I recommend keeping an eye on Sam Feldt, as he is constantly delivering amazing content, as well as the upcoming talent KYFRA, who I have a collaboration in the works with

To learn more about Eche Palante, visit his socials –

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[The Audiofiles] Get Your Thrills at LA’s Air + Style Show

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Over the last two decades, what started as a European snowboarding contest in Austria’s Innsbruck has manifested into an international entertainment phenomenon. Celebrated by thrillseekers and snowbunnies world wide, the Air + Style Show is a birdseye view into the world of extreme sports paired with music from the best in bands and bass for a global audience. To end 2015, the festival took to Beijing, China and will be heading back to Austria later this year. Now in it’s 2nd year in the United States, the two day festival lands at LA Coliseum’s Expo Park in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles on February 20th and 21st.

Boasting two days and two stages of music, the event also hosts art installations, vendors, fashion – and let’s not forget: top snowboarders from around the globe going at it on Air + Style’s mind boggling 16 story-high snowboard jump. Now with a second round of artists on the bill, the lineup boasts an incredible menagerie of established musicians across the genres, ensuring a passionate parallel between the high octane energy in the air and on the stage.

This morning, Air + Style added the delectable sounds of Kaskade, Gramatik and Danny Brown to a talented stack of artists introduced back in November, including J. Cole, Incubus, HAIM, Big Grams, All Time Low, Action Bronson, Rudimental, A-Trak, Netsky, A$AP Ferg, Flatbush Zombies, Travis Barker (Drum & DJ set), The Struts, Migos, Bas, Cozz and Omen.

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The event will be exclusively live streamed on the go90 app – a free mobile-first, social-entertainment platform for both Android and iOS. For more on the 2016 Air + Style Show presented by Shaun White, head to the Air + Style socials –

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

[The Audiofiles] Music Icon David Bowie Passes On After Releasing Iconic 25th Studio Album ★ (Blackstar)

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This morning, the music community stands united in mourning as we’ve learned that visionary musician, performing artist and all around entertainer David Bowie has passed on, leaving a legend of almost unfathomable depth in his wake. As of just last Friday, audiophiles, fans and musicians alike have been a buzz with the with the release of his Bowie’s latest work, ‘★ (Blackstar)’, marking a milestone of 25 studio albums.

Released on Bowie’s 69th birthday, the album stands as a tribute to his legend in one parting gift to his fans before the man who fell to earth ascended into the great beyond after a silent, 18 month battle with cancer. This morning, UK Record Imprint Rough Trade took to Twitter to announce that all proceeds from Bowie’s albums in Jaunary will be donated to the Non Profit foundation Cancer Research UK in their dedicated research for a cure.

More than a musician and recording artist, David Bowie lives on as a multi talented entertainer who touched the lives and influenced the trades of artists across musical genres, artistic mediums and generations. From starring roles in iconic films such as the ‘The Man Who Fell To Earth’ and 80’s cult classic ‘Labrynth’ and a cameo in Zoolander, collaborations with equally esteemed artists like Iggy Pop, Queen, John Lennon, Mick Jagger and Giorgio Moroder , touring with Nine Inch Nails Bowie has left a larger than life imprint in our ears and eyes while finding a permanent place in our hearts. An enigmatic, outrageous character, Bowie perpetually pushed the boundaries of imagination with his ever evolving need to create.

 

Whether known to fans or not, his legacy has been propelled forward, forever ingrained within the fabric of the 21st century, while his legacy lives on. Bowie will be forever immortalized in the computer game Omikron that he produced the soundtrack for while Skrillex’s second artist album Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites is an ode to Bowie’s album Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps). Just last Fall, Bowie premiered the incredibly well received off Broadway production of Lazarus at the New York Theater Workshop. Starring Dexter and Six Feet Under standout Michael C Hall in near perfect parallel to Bowie himself, Lazarus crossed another milestone off of Bowie’s bucketlist as the first stage show he’s scored.Lazarus runs until January 19th.And let’s not forget, Bowie received a little old thing called the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award almost a decade ago in 2006. Regardless of the last time you’ve listened to the man, no one can deny his creative genius or the lasting power of his craft. Today, the world is missing a true visionary; today, we aspire to create in his honor.

“The truth is of course is that there is no journey. We are arriving and departing all at the same time.”