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NYE 2020 | THE DEL MONTE SPEAKEASY
More details coming. Vinyl Don upstairs. Isa party…
SNAPSHOTS | TOKYO AND LA.
These were taken around LA, The Sayers Club in Hollywood and recently Tokyo on the iPhone 7 Plus. Hope you dig.
SNAPSHOTS | DALLAS, VENICE AND AROUND.
I’m not sure why but for the most part of my daily errands I carry my camera or I phone in the ready position and ready to capture anything that might catch my eye. Below are a series of snapshots from Dallas, Watts, Venice and various dj gigs around town. All shots caught on my I phone 6 Plus or Nikon D90.
SNAPSHOTS | LA, NYC, JOSHUA TREE + BEYOND
I have been neglecting most of my snapshots on here but I finally went out and took some new shots tonight. I also found a bunch of pics that were sitting inside on of my SD cards. These contain some fun moments in Joshua Tree, NYC and on some of my dj adventures around the US. Hope you dig! BTW – Follow me on instagram or in real time on snapchat: anthonyvaladez1.
HIATUS KAIYOTE SOCAL RECAP
It’s been fun rocking with Hiatus Kaiyote’s Socal tour dates at The Roxy and The Constellation Room in the OC. Both sold out shows were packed with fans who came out in full support. Big love to Low Leaf and Kadhja Bonnet. It’s always fun watching how crowds react to their artistry on stage. If you don’t have their new album, get it. Choose Your Weapon is out now! Also shout outs to Si, Scott + Marek!
IN CONVERSATION – KAMASI WASHINGTON
Kamasi Washington is that dude I’ve seen around in the clubs playing with just about everyone in LA. Often quiet with a laugh here and there but the minute he touches the the sax he commands attention. After making noise on Kendrick Lamar’s latest album “To Pimp A Butterfly” and his forthcoming project “The Epic“, I wanted to talk to him and dig into his brain about this creative process. I also invited over my colleague and all around music nerd Jeremy Sole to co-host this episode.
IN CONVERSATION | NEW LOS ANGELES/GANGS
Gangs somehow popped up on my radar with the lush and dark track “This Time Around“. I did my research and found out these mysterious folks were in LA and on indie label “New Los Angeles“. I began playing a couple tracks off their EP and knew instantly I wanted to talk and get to know what inspires this sound.
We made home at The RedBull Studios in LA for a Sunday evening and chopped it up alongside Luis Blanco who helps run the label alongside the duo. And we get to hear material from Tom Ward (who is on New Los) as well as an exclusive listen to the bands new material!
Big thanks to Eric Stenman for engineering/production assistance, Red Bull Los Angeles for the studio space and Chase McCurdy for photography.
TO X LA SNAPSHOTS
Here are a few of the snapshots I took with my phone from my recent Toronto trip as well as some local shots around LA and in some hiking areas. Follow me on Instagram for real time snapshots of my adventures.
SNAPSHOTS “EMPTY HOMES”
I’n my ongoing urban exploration series, check out these snapshots I took alongside @4thandSpring from the other day. It seriously felt like the beginning of a horror flick entering some of these dark spaces and not knowing what might exist behind a closed door. We found all sorts of interesting vinyl, dvd’s and graff posted on the wall. Hope you dig! Follow me on instagram!
SNAPSHOTS | RANDOM
Here are this week’s snapshots from last week’s adventures. From dog walks to sleepless nights at airports, the I Phone 6+ and Nikon were in hand do document. Make sure to follow me on Instagram for all the visuals. Hope you dig these!
NICK HAKIM + KADHJA BONET | LYRIC THEATRE | 18 NOV
The amazing and KCRW Monday night favorite Nick Hakim is coming to LA and Im excited to witness his magic first hand. If you have caught my weekly radio show odds are you might have heard this brother’s soulful sounds. Hope to see you there!
SNAPSHOTS // AROUND
The adventures never stop as witnessed on my instagram account (see for yourself). This seems to be the most ambitious and adventurous time in my life and Im grateful to utilize technology to help me capture it. Hope you dig!
SNAPSHOTS + VIDEOS
More Valadventures across the Southwest with my I phone in hand. Make sure to follow me on Instagram for the real time experience of meeting strangers, crazy videos and randomness.
RANDOM MOMENTS | SNAPSHOTS
Follow my adventures daily (or hourly in some cases) on my instagram account. From airports to nightlife and simple walks with the dog, you really never know what you might come across (as displayed below). I also house some of the content on my Ello page as well. And if snapshots are not your thing, no worries, you can catch me dropping sounds tonight (Monday) on 89.9 FM in LA. That’s all. Have a great day! A few of these shots were snapped by Holly Port but 90% of what you see is from my I phone.
MESHELL N’DEGEOCELLO | EL REY | 21 SEPT 2014
I am honored once again to introduce the amazing Meshell N’Degeocello as she performs songs off her latest album entitled Comet, Come To Me. 13 songs that once again explore every human emotion possible in one’s lifetime in a matter 45 minutes. What stands out on this album is the instrumentation which continues right where she left off on her last album Weather. The grooves become more solid and Meshell takes control of this album with her lyrics and smooth bass delivery. If you don’t have this album, go grab it! If you have it and are in LA on the 21st of September then I expect to see you at the El Rey! Grab tickets here!
IN CONVERSATION – SPEAKZ
I found out about this guy via his social media presence. Then he dropped a couple of videos and I realized that this guy has an amazing gift of wordplay. And then he began dropping WWF/WWE references on Twitter and then I became a fan! Speak drops by the basement for an interesting chat about his journey as an artist. The ghostwriter stories are defintetly worth the listen. Imagine being flown to NY to meet with suits and being told that your life story and skills should be given to someone else? Well find out what Speak said when he gave them a piece of his mind. Worth the 40 minute listen!
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IN CONVERSATION – EMERALD CUT
I’ve been intrigued by the street wear scene for the past 10 years. Most of you have probably seen brands come and go. I had a great chat w/ Chris Gibbs over at Union and he broke down the science of connecting with your audience and sharing quality apparell that would last of 10 years and still be something you would want to wear. Ever since I heard that it’s pretty much shaped my shopping behavior. Derek of Emerald Cut comes through every now and then to my dj residencies and is always flossing his line of wear. I began to ask questions and found out that the gear he rocks is his creation along with a few friends. As we talked I thought in my head how this might be a great episode for the podcast. I wanted to dig into the head of a young man who is following his dreams and making them come into fruition. I hope you enjoy this chat! And get hip to the line.
IN CONVERSATION – DAEDELUS
Daedelus swung through for a chat that I wish could be on a much more different circumstance. I wanted to chat for 20 plus minutes about his music, expiriences and journey as a musical craftsman behind the boards but we utilized this platform to get the word in regards to his missing gear. On New Year’s Eve Daedelus performed at Grand Park in DTLA to thousands of folks. He placed his items in what he thought was a secured area only to realize moments later his one of a kind Monome, laptop and hard drives were gone.
Despite the experience D is positive and about to embark on a tour in support of his new record Drown Out which dropped last year on Anticon. We do get to talk about his days as a youngin’ sitting on the lap of George Clinton, exploring sound and the creative process. It’s a great chat and I do encourage you to keep your eyes open for Daededelus’s gear. If you were at Grand Park that night and might have seen anything suspicious in this area please contact D with a “no questions asked, just return and receive a reward” policy. Enjoy the chat!
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Twitter – @daedelus_music
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IN CONVERSATION – KAWAI MATTHEWS
Kawai is not just a person with a camera in hand, but a hustler who understands the importance of connecting the dots. I have known her for some time and her portfolio speaks for itself. But what most draws me to her work ethos is the drive, the passion and the ability to just enjoy the now. As we hit record and began the podcast I knew this was going to be a great episode as she broke down her journey with a plan a in mind and somewhere along the line she developed an understanding of plan b and blended the two worlds. I hope you dig this week’s chat!
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IN CONVERSATION – WIL DOG OF OZOMATLI AKA EL GAVACHILLO
This week’s guest is 3 time Grammy Award winner Wil Dog! I’ve heard about his side project El Gavachillo for a minute now and we discuss his exploration into the Bandas world as well as his journey as a kid growing up in Los Angeles during such a pivotal time for the hip hop generation of b-boying, community activism and the merging of so many cultures that would later become the sound of Ozomatli. We also get to learn about Wil Dog’s appreciation for the next generation of sound and his expirience of working with Srkillex. One of things I appreciate about Wil Dog is his ability to be candid as an artist who delves into new genres of music and facing the fears that come along with it. This is probably one of my longest episodes but as you can tell Wil Dog is a natural story teller with so much to share. Hope you dig this week’s episode!
24 HOURS IN LA
This week has been crazy for me personally. My perspective on life changed a bit due to a sudden health scare. I began to walk more, sit in the shower for longer periods of time and restricted myself from more work. But the camera was still in hand, Metallica came out and heard some Cumbia at my Thursday night gig at Cana, I got to see Jupiter and learn about the solar system at the Observatory, Venice remained beautiful, strangers smiled, strangers continued to pass out drunk on Sunset Blvd., did a set at Dublab and someone flashed her boobs. Welcome to my life in the form of jpegs.
KRS ONE | ZANZIBAR | 26 FEB 2013
Throwback night at Zanzibar on a Tuesday night. Looking forward to digging in the crates for this one. Hope to see you durr’.
6TH AND UNION