December 5, 2012 - Interviews
Photos By: Jasmine Safaeian
Most of our readers and peers are a part of the “internet generation,” and if we had to put something in a time capsule that was a staple from our years, we are pretty damn sure somebody would put Jerome LOL‘s picture in it. He’s a good example of how fucking cool the internet is nowadaze. Jerome makes a bunch of stuff The Lovely Daze crew digs, ipad videos, weirdo websites, and of course amazing tunes. We catch up with Jerome LOL and talk about everything from producing to what his first SN was on AOL. Take it
sleazy and enjoy the interview!
The Lovely Daze (TLZ): Please introduce yourself…
Jerome LOL (JL): Hi I’m Jerome. I make music and sometimes videos too. I spend a lot of time on the internet.
TLZ: What came first DJing or making music?
JL: Making music. Been doing it on and off since I was 14. Only got into DJing in the past few years.
TLZ: What type of music got you into production?
JL: For production, it was everything from Dr. Dre to Steve Reich.
TLZ: Did you learn everything about DJing and production from the internet?
JL: Not really, I actually just learned various programs through experimenting and just spending a lot of time. I have learned some cool tricks in Ableton, though, from the Internet recently. I learned how to DJ properly by just listening to a lot of mixes from DJs who I respect.
TLZ: How did your label, Body High, come about?
JL: Sam (Samo Sound Boy) and I have been friends for a while and decided to start making tracks together. The project eventually turned into DJing Dodger Stadium. Sam had the idea of starting a record label for a while and when he first presented the idea to me, it just made complete sense. We are on the same frequency.
TLZ: What sprung the name (Body High)?
JL: The feeling of euphoria you get when you have been dancing in a dark warehouse all night without worrying about anything but the present.
TLZ: We feel like saying, “you love the internet.” is such an understatement. so we have a few questions on that…
JL: Hehe ok.
TLZ: Did you have AOL or netscape?
JL: Started with Prodigy but needed to get into the POOL PARTY Chatroom on AOL so I switched over to that.
TLZ: First Screen name?
TLZ: First Email Address?
TLZ: Favorite Chat room on AOL?
JL: POOL PARTY
TLZ: First song you downloaded on the internet.
JL: Lol MXPX – “Punk Rawk Show Off” on Napster.
TLZ: Is your Tumblr piece (necklace) custom made?
JL: Actually it’s a Twitter piece and I got it at the Slauson Super Mall.
TLZ: Favorite Emoticon.
TLZ: Favorite website to get lost in.
TLZ: Back to some other questions… What do you use to produce?
JL: My brain + Ableton Live.
TLZ: Your last two songs that just came out are edits of some popular tracks. Is this what you’re feeling at the moment?
JL: I’ve always loved pop music, especially “emotive” pop music. Both those songs made me feel something and I wanted to make my own versions.
TLZ: What is your process from beginning to end on making music?
JL: I just try to get all the ideas out as fast as I can and then listen to it in my car. Then I send it to my friends.
TLZ: Anyone you look up to?
JL: Groundislava. He’s tall.
TLZ: Favorite records of all time?
JL: Weezer – Pinkerton
Broken Social Scene – You Forgot It In People
Daft Punk – Homework
Refused – A Shape of Punk to Come
Dr. Dre – 2001
TLZ: What is one song that everyone hates that you love?
JL: The Lumineers – Ho Hey
TLZ: What is one song that everyone loves but you hate?
JL: I don’t hate any songs.
TLZ: Any new and upcoming projects you are working on?
JL: Some cool remixes and an EP for 2013.
TLZ: What kind of set should people expect this Thursday at Pop That ____! ?
JL: Fun House Music 2 Dance 2.
TLZ: Last words?
JL: I’m tired.
November 16, 2012 - Interviews
Pacific Shore is an audiovisual project made by Mike Ro Wave and Stanley Bloom. The project was inspired by a road trip up and down California. The music stems from their first loves: funk, soul and hip-hop. The amazing visuals come from the energy of the California vibes. We catch up with these Parisians and ask them questions about their trip and music in this weeks interview! Dive in.
Photos By: Pacific Shore
The Lovely Daze (TLZ): Please introduce yourselves.
Mike Ro Wave (MRW): Romain aka Mike Ro Wave, I used to play guitar and melodica in RTSF, an alternative dub band (still existing). Then I decided to do my own music inspired by my own influences that are similar to Stan.
Stanley Bloom (SB): We both live nearby in a Paris suburb, I was DJing for several years in Paris with my collective “Les Darons.” Already friends and on the same wavelength, we started helping each other in productions, and discovered a very good dynamic. Because of our musical background, Ro is more familiar with the melodies, and I’m with the rhythm.
TLZ: How did Pacific Shore come about? Did both of you go on this trip?
MRW: I was in San Francisco for few months last summer, Stan came with another friend for a California road trip and we already had different projects in mind. We can say that Pacific Shore was born along our journey. I already produced beats and drafts in San Francisco, which is a real inspiring city and our goal was to take photos along the trip.
TLZ: What made you decide to choose California for a place to visit?
SB: MRW was already there for work, but we would probably have still gone there eventually. The shore is really inspiring and all the different landscapes gave us a lot of ideas. The fact we already knew the Californian music philosophy made this road trip even more attractive to us.
TLZ: Did you know you were going to make music inspired by California before the trip?
We designed our project all along the trip but we didn’t decide to travel because of that. That’s all the magic of Pacific Shore and that is what we both like in music “la spontanéité”.
TLZ: Favorite Spot you visited in Cali?
MRW: There are a lot of amazing spots in Cali, but if I had to select a few I would say, Frisco because I spent a long time there and have a lot of good friends from the area. I am crazy about all the wonderful spots to chill in the city. Then I would say Yosemite park, we love the wild there.
SB: Most of the spots are based in San Francisco, which is without a doubt my favorite city in Cali, I felt that there really is a soul. But I love all California and if you look closely in our tracklist album, each tracks are named by a spot we loved during our journey.
TLZ: Did you do any record shopping? If so how was your experience. What was your favorite store? What records did you buy?
MRW: Yes I re-started buying wax in cali, you guys have a lot of choices and it’s cheap! I bought a lot of boogie funk and jazz stuff, a friend gave me a Yusef Lateef crate that I really love and listen to a lot. My favorite shop there was the Amoeba music store on Haight street in Frisco, it is big and you have a bunch of wicked wax/albums (the one in Berkeley is great too).
SB: I also remember we went to a little store of various music machines near North Beach, and there was this basement with vinyl everywhere. We couldn’t even walk through!
TLZ: Favorite eats in Cali?
MRW: We had great barbecue in Yosemite at our campground. We had beef jerky and stuff like that. Real raw food but it was a great time we shared in the wild. We have a great spot in Frisco it’s call the “Pearl’s” big up to their wonderful burgers!
TLZ: What do you like better about California than Paris?
Obviously the SUN. The way of life. People there are way more relaxed and open minded! Also, it’s easier to meet people. Another thing missing in Paris are a breakfast restaurants, there are a few but mostly open only on Sundays.
TLZ: What do you like better about Paris than California?
Maybe monuments and museums, the city story is very conspicuous. Getting lost in the small streets, and finding a hidden place. Even if you’ve lived in Paris for a long time, you still discover new spots.
TLZ: We are big fans of Pilooski and that whole D-I-R-T-Y crew. Are you into their music? They always play at Social Club. Is that an awesome place in Paris?
SB: Yes I like Pilooski, but in the same wave, I am more familiar with In Flagranti’s music. I used to mix at Social Club (opening for Etienne de Crécy, MSTRKFT…), but it was a long time ago now! The last time we went there was for Dam-Funk (this year), that was perfectly flashy. The club has also became a nice place for concerts thanks to the new sound system.
TLZ: What are your favorite spots in Paris?
‘La Belleviloise” is a nice spot to listen to good music, a lot of hip hop, beatmaking, and modern soul are played there. Sometimes we go into a few jazz clubs in Paris close to Saint Michel. “Le Nouveau Casino” is an eclectic concert place often planning good shows. But we don’t go to clubs that much.
TLZ: You guys said your first love was soul and hip hop. What are some of your favorite hip hop tracks?
MW: I m gonna say classic stuff but I love “Labcabincalifornia” and “Bizzare Ride II” by The Pharcyde. Big fan of the whole J dilla discography. Talib Kweli “The Blast” is a hip hop classic.
SB: We both played basketball for many years, we had the opportunity and pleasure to play in Venice Beach, a mythical bball place! Hip-Hop is part of this culture, this music was my first love. Obviously, many classic stuff such as :
A Tribe Called Quest(ATCQ) – Electric Relaxation, I love all artists from Native Tongues collective.
Pete Rock & CL Smooth – They Reminisce Over You of course!
People Under The Stairs – We’ll Be There, to me this band is kind of ATCQ successor.
Kero One – Ain’t That Somethin? This guy is from SF, really like his instruments.
Ali Shaheed Muhammad – 4 Moms, composed by JDilla.
TLZ: Stanley, based on your site it seems like you do a lot of creative stuff like design, photography, and music production. Which one is your favorite?
SB: Yes, I am a Graphic Designer first, but audio and visual are very close for me. That is why imagery is as important as music in our projects. I love music production, I love design and photography. Sometimes I am more into visuals, and sometimes more into music, but at the end, they are extra.
TLZ: You guys play any instruments?
SB: Ro plays instruments, he is usually behind keyboards, synths, bass, or a guitar. I am more behind the machines, controller computer, rythm, I play piano a bit, but Ro is more inspired! I am more able to create rhythms and moods, that are going to inspire Ro for a melody or a bass-line. That’s why we are quite complementary.
TLZ: How was the mix for The Lovely Daze made?
SB: We share tracks we love together and that inspire us. We used Ableton Live, warping tracks first, try good combinations, and then mixing it live; Keeping something very “human”, you know. We didn’t want the mix not so mechanical. We wanted you to feel the human presence behind it. I prefer mixing with turntables and vinyls, but one is broken for now…
TLZ: Where is the next place you guys want to travel, document, and get inspired from?
SB: At this time, I am more into cold countries like Iceland, that place seems handsome to me. I lived in Montreal for one year, I totally fell in love with the area, people are very kind and landscape are nice. Also, I’d like to visit New Orleans, which looks very inspiring.
MRW: I would love to go to Canada, I love the wild and I would love to spend time there. South America as well. I think I love to travel and would love to travel as much as I can in my life.
TLZ: Anything exciting coming up or in the works for you two?
We are looking for gigs dates in Paris very soon but at the same time we hope to release a new project with a short movie in a different atmosphere than Pacific Shore, something more fantastic, but we will keep our signature Californian music influences. And we plan to work again with the very talented singer, Sarah Linhares.
TLZ: Lastly, If you could describe California with one word in French, what would it be?
November 7, 2012 - Interviews
Future Nuggets is a collective of musicians from Romania. These musicians wear a lot of hats. While making music together they also have time to go collect and dig for music and start their own label (an imprint of the Ambassador’s Reception). Their first release, “Sounds of The Unheard from Romania” was number one on many charts including Manchester’s famous record shop, Piccadilly Records. We catch up with Ion, one of the members of Future Nuggets, and ask him everything about FN in this exclusive interview. Dig in.
The Lovely Daze (TLZ): How did Future Nuggets(FN) start? Are you guys a record label, vinyl collective, musicians?
Future Nuggets (FN): First of all we are indeed a collective, one that comes together in different configurations hence the many names under which we function. Secondly we are now an imprint of the Ambassador’s Reception label through which we released in October our first wax, “Sounds of the Unheard from Romania”. We are diggers (although a different breed in some respects then a western digger) and musicians using mainly two studios for jamming, experimenting and recording.
TLZ: How did you think of the name Future Nuggets?
FT: Well, Future Nuggets stands for a psychedelic scene, whether fictitious or real, waiting to be discovered. Lets say romanian electronic music is not so connected to the music market and while some romanian pop had an international impact and some strictly club oriented DJ’s are selling big we can safely say there are many gaps in the Romanian musical landscape. So one can never know if bands and producers are out there hidden in their bedroom studios or they don’t exist at all. There aren’t too many romanian based musical projects that will pop up on juno, beatport or whatever…
Therefore the name came from this sort of acceptance of the outsider condition while exploiting and playing with it. We want to unearth artists and tapes but also to construct sounds inspired from the past and meant for future progressive music archaeologists to excavate. We want to explore and invent this border place where people are caught mentally and emotionally, between east and west, given the fact that our minds were somehow colonized by the west and our bodies by the east (turks and then the russians), a mixture from which only a monster with contradicting sensibilities can emerge!
TLZ: How many are there in FN?
FN: We are mainly 6 but we do collaborate with some other musicians sometimes, in general we had many studio sessions where people would come and go, joining in or just listening to the sound massacres.
TLZ: What’s the life like in Bucharest, Romania?
FN: Hard to resume, a city ravaged by strong ideologies from the past and from the present but clearly still hiding uncharted territories. Whether it’s in terms of architecture, streets, music or neighborhoods one’s perception can still be challenged by Bucharest’s uneven and sometimes absurd scenery.
As we are exiting the post-communist condition and entering directly in the last phase of sacrificial capitalism, life is as precarious as everywhere in the periphery of today’s Europe, the horizon extends just a few meters, the vision for the future stops at next week if not tomorrow. But we still love being in the south, if you walk the streets of Bucharest you don’t necessarily get this grim image:)
TLZ: What’s the nightlife like?
FN: Quite agitated, so if you get hooked with the right kind people you might be partying from wednesday until sunday although drugs are not so cheap and not so many clubs or bars are worth mentioning. In Bucharest underground is sometimes (albeit locally) very visible while the upperground is sometimes so trash that one might think it’s made somewhere in a dungeon equipped with a midi controller. But I think in recent years Bucharest has covered, in terms of inviting dj/producers/bands/guests, a lot of fresh and edgy stuff while even receiving some hints of mythology, the Berlin of the east etc. But I won’t go there because I am still unsatisfied that this openness didn’t lead to local consistent scenes, in whatever genres. You see/hear romanian artists doing a specific kind of music, but you don’t hear about a larger group of artists (collectives, communities etc.) you have individual doers but not a movement, so the international isolation is over but the local rebound is still weak, piercing the international scene only through meteorites.
TLZ: FN has been doing an event called, “Showcase” what can some expect if they went to one of your parties?
FN: In this recent live showcase we started with The Nuggers, a punk-garage-I’ll eat your heart-rock band, good friends, then we had our own Concentration Band and their incessant search of new hybrids through progressive investigations. We continued with Steaua de Mare and their serious role in the battle at gates of Orient, a project very dear to us, we will play live in this configuration more and more. We came with a lot of gear, putting the old analog at work. We finished the night mixing world obscurities and some very reliable leftfield electronica from our vaults.
TLZ: How does the place you live in inspire you?
FN: Very much so, we enjoy all the southern hemisphere dynamics that are bad for economy but great for living.
TLZ: Do you guys still have a lot of record stores?
FN: This is a very funny question for a vinyl lover in Romania. Although one can find some mainstream stuff on wax in a few major music shops around I can say that record stores, as someone from Western Europe and US understands them, do not exist. Digging, researching in Romania is done on the internet, on Youtube and local ebay-type of platforms, in peoples homes, at flea markets etc. This is the different style of digging that I was mentioning in the beginning. Keep in mind that before the 1989 revolution there was only one record label, Electrecord, their catalogue was very valuable but their warehouse was slowly dismantled during the nineties and now it’s totally gone.
Since the nineties (and even now) piracy and sharing were among the only ways to get music and movies, to access information from other parts of the world.
For the former eastern block, I might add, the internet censorship would be a cultural disaster. But we also buy records on line; for example discogs market place is nice.
TLZ: Favorite Record store in Romania?
TLZ: What is that one record you always come back to?
FN: During the years there were more but now:
Full Circle – Holger Czukay, Jah Wobble, Jaki Liebezeit
TLZ: What is a record that everyone loves but you hate?
FN: Nothing particular comes to my mind…
TLZ: Any new exciting projects for FN?
FN: Well first and foremost we are preparing to release Rodion! A guy that made electronic music in the late seventies and early eighties in Romania with a unique and extremely powerful sound done with minimal means. A proto-bedroom producer using reel to reel machines to record and create delays, a musician that never released a full LP (his prog band Rodion G.A. appeared with only two tracks on a romanian rock compilation in the eighties) while today is considered one of the founding fathers of romanian electronic music. This is one of those figures that you can’t imagine how he was kept from the public ears for decades. We invited him in the studio with his dusty tapes and we discovered an incredible universe. So we are proud to release his first record, to start paying the long awaited tribute to one of the most interesting and visceral musicians behind the iron curtain.
TLZ: Name one thing people don’t know about Romania that you want them to know.
FN: Let’s say “Manele”, this is a musical genre (although known abroad) that has engulfed the whole Balkans in the past twenty years but is just about to produce new hybrids while it has already spawned mature voices in the field. Manele goes under different names in countries around Romania and with delightful differences for each balkan region, it is also associated with contemporary gipsy wedding music but this is a style that has already breach borders and our collective has followed it and got contaminated by it in recent years. For the lovely daze mix we threw in some bulgarian manele (chalga).