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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

PUBLIC exposure

Get to Know PUBLIC, the man behind the mask...

Have you ever stared into the Sun?
Have you known the insupportable burn from the radiance in your eyes?
Have you felt the glare upset your cornea and forced your face to turn away?
Have you ever had that experience at night?
It was nearly midnight and I found myself blinded by a beam which shined down from upon the stage; it shun like the sun upon me. I didn’t know where it came from but I had to look away.
I recall, there was a short musical intermission and the house lights dimming low, a microphone screeching on and the voice of an effeminate teenage boy announcing,

“Ladies and Gentlemen, put your fucking hands together for PUBLIC!”
The stage lights quickly faded in and I felt the stinging…it wasn’t from the disco lights, it wasn’t from the camera flashes, no, it was something unnatural; you could say something supernatural. It was a mutated man; half human, half disco ball! He stood center stage, behind a desk of gismos and gadgets making beautiful noises. His mirrored face reflecting rays of light out into the crowd; I could also see myself in his reflection, I could see the people next to me in awe, I could see the sea of sweaty teenagers dancing stupid with excitement behind me; their bodies were swaying but their eyes where looking up at the man with the gleaming mask. As much as it burned to look, nobody could remain turned away.

That was the first time the public met PUBLIC.
Nick Marsh aka PUBLIC, is a 22 year old San Franciscan resident, whom is undoubtedly destined to be the next BIG thing! At age 11 his Father lent him a 4 track tape deck recorder which commenced his obsession with recording music. Today, Nick has created quite the stir around town with his head banging remixes and insane live performances, yet, he is still what we call in the bizz “fresh meat!” Only having been in the SF night scene for roughly “Nine months," he has managed to land himself gigs all over San Francisco’s most popular night clubs, and garnered praise in the SF Guardian press paper, as well as favorable Music Blogs.
When referred to as a mere DJ, “I'm not a DJ! I am a electronic musician,” Nick will exclaim! And as corny as it sounds, I believe it! And he'll make you believe it to. If you thought James Brown was the hardest working man on stage, well, you haven’t been to one of Public’s shows.

Here is my interview with one of the industries' up and coming music producers, PUBLIC.

SC: I think it’s reasonable to say that you’re a performer. You have a very well thought out spectacle it seems. So let’s talk about your production.
First off, Tell me about the disco mask! What’s the story behind it?! Did you buy it or make it?

PUBLIC: Believe it or not I made it. It took me few a weeks to do some research and see if anything like that had ever been done; and it hadn't. So I went on to find supplies and what not. After two failed attempts, I had a finished piece that I was happy with. It took me a total of 6 weeks altogether. I think the mask looks beautiful under club lights.

SC: Will you only perform with it on?

PUBLIC: Not at all; the mask isn't about mystery, it's about fun. It's more of an image for "Public", a visual to add alongside my music. It's exciting for me and the audience; I think it adds a special element to the live performance. I wear it a good amount of the time, because when people see it, they know who I am, not just another skinny white dude making electro tunes. But in short, typically I wear the mask earlier on during a show until I can't stand breathing through the tiny mouth hole, It gets very hot), and sometimes I don't even bring it to a show.

SC: Do you ever find yourself wanting to wear it to the super market?

PUBLIC: Ha! I had a photo shoot a few months back, and had to wear the mask in public (no pun intended). I was asked to leave every single building I went into, and my photographer was almost arrested. So to answer your question; maybe not somewhere obvious like Safeway, but a low profile hippie market might dig it.

SC: You have a song intro that you start all your shows with, I’m very curious to know what song it is. It sounds like a mixture of black Sabbath and an 80’s hair metal riff.

PUBLIC: I open most shows with Eruption, by Van Halen. It's a killer track which I start looping a minute and a half in and turn it into a pretty heavy electro jam. It gets the Public treatment.

SC: Your performances are both live and recorded, is this correct?? I think I've seen you fiddle on a synthesizer?

PUBLIC: There is a lot going on my live set. My main goal is to constantly be busy, and do as much as I can (I'm only one guy up there). Sometimes I'll mess around with Keyboards, and I've even brought out a talk box out on stage. But for the most part, I have my set broken down into loops and samples spread over roughly 14 tracks in Ableton live, which I can manipulate and fuck with as much as I would like to right there, live. I have 3 midi controllers all assigned to do specific things I personally assigned them to do before I perform. I also bring out a Koass pad to cut and chop things up.

SC: That sounds insane! Too much work really.

PUBLIC: Let me tell you, technology right now is amazing! I think it's incredible. If I were to be doing this 20 years ago, my stage table would have to be four times as big to fit all the instruments I have running virtually.

SC: Do you prefer DJing to a live audience, appose to being at home mixing and producing?

PUBLIC: I'm not a DJ, Eric! haha

SC: haha ok…Well “performing” then…

PUBLIC: I love them both equally, and I'm lucky for that. I cannot get enough of writing/recording/remixing; it would be fair to say that I have studio phones on my head about 7 hours a day at least. On the flip side, nothing feels better than performing a new track you just spent 48 straight hours on. It's a give-give relationship; live shows make me want to keep putting out tracks and making fresh remixes, and the more material I put out, the more I want to perform it live.

SC: You’re fairly a new artist but you have a long repertoire of songs you’ve mixed. My favorite is the re-edit of “Love fool” by The Cardigans. Which do you consider your personal triumph so far?

PUBLIC: Each remix or original song I put out gets better than the last. I reset a personal standard for myself after every release. That way I'm constantly stepping up. And the more I produce, the faster I'm going to grow. I've been making dance music for 9 months, not 9 nine years! The stuff I was doing earlier on, like the "lovefool" edit, Ingestion, the "ELO" edits etc. are not even in the same ball park as what I'm making now. I just finished a Lil Wayne remix (Lollipop), which contains some heavy synthesized electric guitars as well as live drums here and there. I think it's tied for my favorite remix, alongside Metallica's I Disappear. However, my favorite track is an original one; "Colorful".

SC: It seems you’ve chosen to remix songs that aren’t popular at the moment. Most music producers want to edit songs that are radio friendly at the time hoping to ride off the wave. It seems you don’t adhere to that? Why?

PUBLIC: Aside from the recent Lil Wayne remix, I tend to pick out songs that aren’t in the spotlight so much anymore, so people can clearly hear the work I put in. My feelings are, if you want to hire me to remix a new single and let me give it the PUBLIC touch, you got it, you'll love it, and it will be different. But if I'm the one who is choosing a track to remix, I prefer to pick songs that used to be big hits, but then died down. Because tracks like (Lovefool, The Promise etc.), are now back at this plateau, they aren’t dead but they aren’t all over the place. So remixing tracks like those allow your music to be un-dated, and on that same plateau.

SC: Do you think this works against you or for you?

PUBLC: I think it works for me, hear me out. Yes, I remixed a Metallica song off of the Mission Impossible: 2 soundtrack hahaha, but did you hear what I did with? I took a track that most people loathe by a band that has had some rough press the last 8 years, and now I have people singing to my remix aloud at my shows. If I can make "I Disappear" a club friendly banger, then I'm confident I could take something more current and popular to different level as well…

SC: …and it’s always fun to rediscover old favorites! Do you remember the first song you sliced and diced?

PUBLIC: The very first dance track I ever made contained a sample from Phil Collin's Sussudio. It's crap. I hope no one has it.hahah

SC: hahah Wow! That sounds like a bad career move. Actually, maybe not so bad, In the last year you’ve become an in demand DJ! (Oops I said it again) You’ve had a very busy schedule! What’s it like to have almost overnight success?

PUBLIC: The last few months have been incredible. I've been very busy constantly releasing material (about one song/remix a week). And I have met some incredible, enthusiastic people who really hear my efforts in the music I put out.

SC: Did the journey feel like instant success to you or had you been a starving artist for sometime?

PUBLIC: Oh man. I had multiple projects beforehand that failed. They usually consisted of me sitting in my boxers behind a computer next to some instruments. But I've continued to work hard, and my music got to a point where it was ready to be exposed. I felt like, all of sudden people were listening. There was a long period of time where I just couldn't find another set of ears to hear me out.


SC: When did you feel you had your first BIG break?

PUBLIC: Perhaps headlining Blow Up. It felt right to be there, that night, with those people. I love San Francisco, and I'm proud to rep it. Blow Up LA is up there as well, the response I got after I played was incredible, and the kids there are so fucking enthusiastic and excited to hear new tunes that it made for a great night.

SC: What venue in this last year has really made an unprecedented impact on you?

PUBLIC: Cinespace!

SC: What’s your future tour plans?

PUBLIC: I'm always booking stuff out in LA, as I'm there about 15 days out of each month. And I'm playing a few gigs in San Francisco here and there. However, I'm constantly on the lookout for new clubs to play in, new ears to reach. I'm half English, and have dual citizenship, so it would be a dream come true to play out in the UK/Europe. Shout out to my nana!

SC: Are you working on any new tracks at the moment?

PUBLIC: Of course, always. By the time this interview comes out, it'll probably be up and I'll have something else in the mix. I have some exciting collaborations on the way, I've met some radical LA cats over the last few months.

SC: Will you eventually leave San Francisco to pursue BIGGER city dominations?

PUBLIC: It's looking that way. My girlfriend lives in Los Angeles, as well as a lot of my friends. I love it down there too. There is a lot of great energy and a lot of exciting people wanting to collaborate and what not.

SC: But will you come visit the homeland?

PUBLIC: San Francisco is an hour plane ride away, so you'll be seeing me. I will always have love for Frisco.

"Im making music, which needs the people to dance along to,
it needs everyone' it needs the public."

Ladies and Gentlemen put your fucking hands together for PUBLIC.

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Monday, May 19, 2008


Overdose on Designer Drugs...

In the seconds just prior to logging on to ones’ e-mail, it’s shameless to say that you get a little giddy. Or at least I do. I get this naught in my stomach, just thinking of all the possible messages that could stumble in to my life and alter it forever. I wonder anxiously, “Will my crush finally profess his secret love for me through this next comment?!”, “Will somebody leave me a nice compliment that siphons my morning insecurities?” I tend to hope for many things, bearing very high expectations, but none the likes of which came to me a particular Sunday Morning a few weeks ago!
With my morning bed-head and coffee-breath I Logged onto my e-mail and saw that I had a new friend request on Myspace. In the recent months my friend request have become almost a nuisance to me, only due to that fact that they all end up being some slutty girl named Tammy or Sandy, Cherry, or Mandy(they all end with an ee sound for some reason) who want to meet “a single sexy guy like me.” Okay…I’m gay! Enough said.
Reluctantly, I logged on to my Myspace and saw that my “friendship” is not being requested by some viral teenage whore but by one of my new favorite NYC based music producers DESIGNER DRUGS! Yikes! Just incase you live under a rock, Philadelphia Natives Michael Patrick and Theo-dorable (Designer Drugs) made a name for themselves when they released their MP3’s “Fuck Yeah” and “Sex Up My Brain”, they managed to start remixing club pounding hits for such groups as Thieves Like Us, PROTOKOLL, Hail Social, FLOU and Midnight Juggernauts. You can see why I was so excited, right? So I’m thinking “oh ok, I’m another number on their friend count”, yet low and behold, I take notice that I was sent a tagged message saying “Next time I’m in SF, I want you to take my picture and introduce me to all your friends! - Michael” Bossy right? I loved it! I was pulling out my hair in elation!!! I replied ever so cool “I’ll give you a whole fucking photo shoot if you want!!!! And my friends would love you. I can get you so much sex you’ll never want to leave!
Now, I’m not passing my math classes at the moment but I’m not so stupid that I can’t comprehend when an opportunity is at hand. I mustered my courage and told him, “I have this little blog but I’m hoping I can do an interview with you?
Which to Michael replied in the most daring manner,
Ok. But it has to be crazy!
Was he testing me??? Because I am up for a challenge! If Michael Patrick wants to be the Lion, I will be the Gladiator…and I shell come at you like Russell Crow, M.P! Let’s do this!

So here is my CRAZY interview with Michael Patrick of Designer Drugs...

Well, since you gentlemen just came to San Francisco (Playing an amazing DJ set at the Rickshaw Stop!) and are Now residence of New York City, I’ve decided to start you off with this “SF vs. NYC” questioneer:
SC: Who has easier looking girls at the party?
DD: San Francisco…

SC Who has easier looking gays at the party?
DD: San Francisco!
SC: agreed.

SC: Who Drinks more at the party?
DD: New York City! The Bars are open until 4 am!!!

SC: Who is more likely to have STDS at the party?
DD: Theo would know that best, because he has all of them.haha

SC: Who has more jailbait at the party?
DD: Deffenatly San Fran!

SC: Who has more drugs at the party?
DD: We do!!!

SC: Moving on. Let’s chat a bit. So are you guys actually into drugs? Or did you just think “Designer Drugs” was a really cute name?
DD: It’s a combination of the two. I’m not too into drugs right now, especially after Last Saturday in LA. But Let’s not talk about that…

SC: How did you guys come up with the name? Did you have any other potential titles?
DD: I remember reading anti drug books in middle school and always thought designer drugs sounded really cool. I don't think there were any other potential titles.

SC: Are you on drugs right now?
DD: No. But the strippers I'm hanging out with are…

SC: Speaking of strippers! I would imagine that you get a lot of junkies coming up to you with drugs! Any good stories? “Dude, I get fucked up to your music! Want some coke?!”
DD: Yeah! We get that all the time! But the stories are all so foggy...

SC: So you guys had great success this year. What’s the best part of fame? Besides “doing what you love!”
DD: Autographing girls' boobs! obviously!

SC: Do you boys get more sex now? Details.
DD: Let’s just say, we’re Mile High Club members…

SC: You do everything high!haha So do you have sex to your own music?
DD: Totally! “Sex Up My Brain” was written for intercourse, it's really heavy and pounding, however, the ending of the song has that little sentimental bit that poses the question, "is this more than a physical relationship?" Girls love that shit.

SC: Random question, but do you feel that your record company pressures you to be skinnier and have a sexier image to keep up with young Hollywood???
DD: Totally, if we gain more than 10 pounds we'll get sent back to the blogland.

SC: Have you met any Big Celebs? Michael and Theo dancing on tables with Paris Hilton?
DD: No not really, just underground. but I was dancing alone with my shirt off last night. I woke up and said "did I really have my shirt off?"

SC: Quick. Would you rather do a line with Lindsay Lohan or Nichole Richie?
DD: Kate Moss!

SC: Which would you rather feed?
DD: Umm…I'll keep the White Castle for myself.

SC: If Hanna Montana asked you to remix her album would you do it? And what would it sound like?
DD: Yes I would! and it would sound illegal...

SC: Are you working on any remixes? Can you remix the new Madonna, and make it not suck! Please!
DD: Yeah! We are working on some tunes for Hearts Revolution, Jupiter One and Fake Shark - Real Zombie, and there are a few more we didn't start yet. About the Madonna thing, just tell her to hit me up with the stems and we'll sort it out!

SC: I’ll get my people to get here on the phone. I’ll get back to you.

SC: Are you coming back to SF soon?
DD: I don't have any plans but I deffenantly want to come back. (promoters!)

SC: You just got back from Mexico, right?
DD: Yes! Mexico was GREAT I signed some boobs and hung out with TEAMO, the fashion designers that I love! They are amazing! They took me to all the cool spots in DF. So FUN!
We are also planning to collaborate on a t-shirt with them soon. I'm really into there aesthetic right now.

SC: I LOVE TEAMO! I can’t wait! So besides that collaboration, what’s the next BIG step for you guys!?
DD: John Redden(myspace. com/johnredden) and I are starting a new all ages party in Philadelphia called LOVELIGHT(myspace. com/lovelightparty) which will be rad because there are not a lot of 18+ dance parties in philly. I just did a little tour of Mexico and plan to go back for another tour in 2 months. We have some vinyl coming out too, our remix of Hail Social's Heaven and we also plan to do two 7-inch vinyls with Fake Shark - Real Zombie.

Now, I'd say I concored right?

In all truth, I've met many DJs and have noticed an over all trend...They're vain jerks. Only few have I known to be as down to earth as Michael Patrick; He has had all the success required to get a big head, and utter that vexing sentance, "Don't you know who I am?" However, he doesn't do that but even if he did...I'd still be dancing to DD! They're music is too good to hate.


Friday, April 25, 2008


Get to know the real Coco La'Bri.

When entering a new circle of friends you tend to come across inside jokes you don’t understand, or overhear tales of people you have yet to meet. In LA if you enter the elite hipster community and you don’t know who Cory Kennedy is, I’m almost certain that you’re pretty much banished from Downtown Los Angles; in New York City if you don’t know The Misshapes, you probably still haven’t heard of this thing called the “Internet” and you still think skinny jeans are for girls. Apparently, if you’re anyone who matters in the SF night scene, you must KNOW and believe, in the entity that is Coco La’Bri! I found myself in an embarrassing predicament New Years Eve when standing outside a Club with my new found “friends” the Missingtoof DJs. In a crowd of seven or eight with our cell phones in hand, frantically scrolling down our contact list, desperately searching for an After Party to crash and well, a place to get out of the cold! DJ Disaster turns to me and says “What about Coco?” I replied, clueless, “Pardon Me?” He restates the questions in a half drunken slur “Call Coco!” To which I then made the ultimate common nobody mistake! I uttered, “Who’s Coco?” Ok. Imagine this: seven people in totally different conversations, in all sorts of tones and noises, simultaneously coming to a screeching halt and turning to face you with a death stare. It wasn’t pretty! Out of the shadows DJ Basura steps out and mutters “You don’t know who Coco is?” DJ Disaster adds “Coco…La’Bri…” as if I would snap out of it, like I was going to say “Oh that coco! I thought you were talking about another Coco!!!” I heard someone whisper “is he fucking serious?” Someone else contributed by asking me “Are you even from around here? Do you even live here?” Long story short, I fled the scene and did not make it to the After Party! I dashed!
One Month later minding my own business and dancing on an elevated speaker at a popular nightclub, I notice that the crowed started to part like the ancient red sea. I noticed that people would stop and stare! People started taking frantic pictures, one bright flash after the other! I wondered “Who’s here?” and all I saw was the perfectly sculptured platinum blond hair of what seemed to be a living and breathing Barbie Doll. I knew in an instance, like a religious awakening, without any ratification from anyone that I had just come across the supreme goddess that is Coco La’Bri!
Coco “Chloe Lomeli” La’Bri (22) is a socialite like no other. Originally from LA, Coco moved to San Francisco a couple years back, when asked "why?", she remarks, "BECAUSE I LOVE SAN FRANCISCO!" Coco has been featured in numerous fashions shows (including “shrinkle” a harajuku inspired brand) and is a staple in the downtown, uptown, all around SF scene. She has crossed the title of fashion model to fashion designer, and is often seen sporting her own goods. So if you like something she’s wearing, you’re probably admiring her designs.

Here is my interview with the lovely Coco; we talked about Boys, Fashion, her career and most of all the future…

SC: CoCo, you have an amazing, and unique senses of style! Where do you get your inspiration? What looks do you most often try to emulate?
COCO: I get my inspiration from varies things. I usually look through fashion magazines or art books. Anything really; neon-colors, music, pop-art, Paris, New York , Milan, Tokyo street-style!....basically simple things that pop into my little head for creative ideas!

SC: Have you always liked fashion? How much has your style changed over the years?
CoCo: I have been into fashion since I was a baby! I used to make little outfits for my Barbie Dolls and make them do a catwalk! I was always pretending to be a fashion model/designer even when I was only four years old. I always had an obsession with fashion...my style has changed and keeps changing over the years. I'm such a chameleon!

SC: Are there any Celebrity Fashion Icons that you look up to for inspiration?
Coco: I can definitely say I admire Gwen Stefani…I think it's obvious that I like her, and can consider her one of my Role Models....I mean, just look at her she is so fucking hot! She is an amazing fashion-icon!

SC: Where do you usually shop for your attire?
Coco: I shop everywhere! Anywhere I can find cute clothes I'm there! haha Seriously, I'm all over the place. I love cute little shops where u can find articles no one else has. Vintage stores are awesome places to! Big labels are great but unknown labels are just as beautiful. It’s about the quality!

SC:Who are your favorite designers?
Coco: My favorite designers are the more colorful crazy eccentric ones! I love Heatherette, Christian Dior [John Galliano], Dolce&Gabbana, Jeremy Scott, Betsey Johnson, Alexander McQueen, and the always amazing Coco Chanel!

SC: How much preparation goes into your spectacular ensembles?
Coco: I usually just put outfits together that day hahah. I rarely plan my outfits not unless it's for a special event but usually I just wear whatever my body feels like that day!

SC: Do you ever feel pressure to outdo your last outfit from the night before? Do you feel an unspoken expectation from fans to look outrageous?
Coco: Um, I know that people will certainly not expect me to wear a t-shirt or jeans the next time they see me. But I wouldn’t want to do that. I love dressing up! I always try to look cute. haha

SC: I know you enjoy making clothing and designing, can we expect to be able to purchase your clothing somewhere soon?
Coco: I would like to open an online store where people can purchase my designs; Other than just being able to buy them at my shows.

SC: I’m dying to know! “What Does Coco La'Bri look like when she’s casually relaxing at home?” For some reason I still imagine you in full make up! Does the makeup come off?
Coco: haha that’s such a silly question. It’s so funny. I actually don't wear any make-up when I’m at home relaxing! It feels awesome!!! I love not having to wear it when I don't have to. I sometimes get so lazy to have to put it on....I can be very normal you know…yeah right! haha

SC: Every time I’ve seen you you’re dancing on tables, pianos, or speakers, if not on stage! You’re a big party girl, or at least you appear to be! Am I correct or is it a misconception? Are you secretly a homebody?
Coco: No. that’s me. I am definitely a wildchild! There is no doubt that I like to have fun and enjoy myself no matter where I'm at...and I don't care who is watching! But relaxing at home is sweet to…

"I am definitely a wildchild" Photobucket

SC: What other misconceptions do you think people might have about you? In your opinion, what’s one thing people realize about you, when they get to know you; that they didn’t assume before?
Coco: I do feel that a lot of people judge me by the way I look. Especially, those that don't know that much about me… My friends know that I’m genuinely a really nice person. People find that out once they get to know me. I try hard not to give the wrong impression to people....I don't want to be known as some bitch, or a ''bad'' person. That would be a personal disappointment.

SC: I must admit that your Fabulous and OVER THE TOP Persona is very intimidating! You just have a larger-than-life quality! Do you ever feel unapproachable? Do you think maybe sometimes people don’t approach you because of your outrageousness?
Coco: Yes! ALL THE TIME!!! I hate it when I smile at someone and you can tell they want to smile back but they don't because they are too scared! hahah Sometimes I feel like I can be too outrageous for certain people to handle...but they are the ones missing out! Haha

SC: Do you find it hard to separate the people who want to be your real friends, from those who just desire to be seen as a “friend” of Coco La'Bri?
Coco: No. not at all…I know who my real friends are. Because they know me underneath all the superficial stuff and still like me. They aren’t materialistic or vain. The people I trust don’t care to be seen with me at some party or at a club...I have their unconditional respect.

SC: From the look on your MySpace you have hundreds of men at your feet! Do you get hounded by men everywhere you go? Who’s the craziest guy that’s ever picked up on you?
Coco: I always seem to attract the weirdest guys! I don't know what's up with me but lately I've been getting some funky-lookin junkies! Everywhere I go! hahaha! But seriously, I had some guy follow me to my car once when I was leaving a party and I was like ''Omg! Everyone hurry get in the car!'' I didn’t know what he wanted from me? Actually I don’t want to know… (I think he was drunk.) But yea weird guys, I tell ya!

SC: That sounds scary. Haha So Is there anybody special in your life right now? Or are you looking for Mr. Right? If so, what do you look for?
Coco: haha NO! There is no one special in my life right now. I think it's really hard to find someone these days that fits you’re exact match, but who is MR. RIGHT ANYWAYS???
I don't know him...but I think when the time is right I will meet him. At this moment I’m just focused on my future goals…career wise. But I’m keeping my eyes open! Just incase.

SC: What has been the pinnacle of your personal success so far?
Coco: My biggest success was probably changing as a person! I used to care a lot about what people thought about me. Too much! I was secretly very insecure; I would pretend not to be when I really was. I have changed that completely! I’m much more comfortable with myself.

SC:Do you want to always live the crazy and glamorous life, or would you like to eventually settle down and be the mom and wife?
Coco: I would like to ALWAYS live the glamorous life! But that’s silly! The crazy life is just for fun right now in my youth. Eventually, I'll settle down. I want to adopt kids when I'm in my 40's and enjoy a nice life. No desperate housewife here! However, in the meantime I'll enjoy being young and full of life while I still can! Fuck it!

SC: What’s next for Coco La'Bri? Any big plans?
Coco: I'm planning on taking a trip to Tokyo this year to check out the lifestyle there! That places inspires me so much! I just have to be apart of it!!! I'm also working on some projects for this summer…including, having a fashion show! It’s very exciting!

"I'm such a chameleon!"

During my whole process of creating this article I kept talking with Coco in a series of emails for inspiration. In one of our last conversations I wrote her “I’m thinking about calling this article Magic’s in the make-up, like that old song from No Doubt!” In my mind I was doing a play on words, not even thinking about the deeper meaning of the Song. She replied to me by saying something much unexpected, “I love that song!!! It’s my absolute favorite! I can really relate to it! You read my mind…it describes me perfectly.”

I’d like to leave you with some of the lyrics; maybe they will help you get a more introspective look at Coco La’Bri, an intimate look beyond the Make-Up.

Magics In The Makeup(G.Stefani,T. Dumont)
Can you tell I’m faking it?
But I want to be myself.
A counterfeit disposition couldn’t be good for my health…
…I can fool you and attract attention;
I camouflage my nature.
Let me demonstrate…
Makeup’s all off,
Who am I?
If the magic’s in the makeup,
Then who am I?
I want to be the real thing.
Who am I?

Wednesday, April 16, 2008


Get to know theMEEP: Jes wells and Silke Labson

“Hey, can I please take your picture for my fashion blog?!” I begged her.
She was young and beautiful, and her style was better than mine.

“Yeah, sure” she replied in the sweets tone.
I knew who she was but she never noticed me before…
After a smooth pose and quick picture she muttered “have you heard about my blog?” She must have known I was playing it cool, “umm yeah…I think…the MEEP? Right?” Her face illuminated, smiling back to me as if surprised and excited to know that I had guessed it! She reaches into her plush purse, saying “umm here, take my business card…” She pulls out a lavish double-sided card; one side simply reveals the words “theMEEP” and the other side states “Jes Wells,” (which she exclaims, “no one ever spells it right!”) along with her contacts.
At that moment I knew two things: One, my Blog was a joke compared to theirs! Two, these girls meant business!
TheMEEP is an online vanity fair and diary of SILKE LABSON (21) and JES WELLS (22), whom document their glamorous adventures in the downtown nightlife. But don’t be foolish enough to think that they’re simply dancing on beer spilt tables, in fact, they spend most of the night casually making tipsy conversations with the likes of STEVE AOKI, THE KLAXONS, DIGITALISM and rubbing elbows with, UFFIE, DJ MEHDI (Ed Bangers) or the MIDNIGHT JUGGERNAUTS!
In the world of internet blogging and websites, it’s a no mans land. ANYTHING GOES! ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN or nothing could happen at all! Your mothers knew best when they told you “the internet is a very dangerous place!” In fact, it’s a vicious blog eat blog world…and it’s hard to survive but maybe you can learn by example! Here is an interview with the beautiful girls of theMEEP.com. Pay close attention, maybe you can recreate the same magic that they have accomplished; maybe you to can find yourself backstage at DAFT PUNK on Saturday night, and Blogging about them Sunday Morning!

SC: Jes, How did you and Silke meet? Was it BFF’s at First sight?
JES: Silke and I met when our old housemates and I were looking for our 4th roommate on Craigslist. I actually voted against her moving in because I didn't want any more chicks in the house, but I was overridden by the leaseholder guy who liked her because she had a cool car.Silke and I later bonded over our mutual hatred of him!

SC : Silke, how did you ladies conceptualize theMEEP. com?
SILKE: It actually started on accident! Jes and I were driving to LA to work on a film project with our friend Linda Ho at BPM. We had a video camera and decided to just film our road trip, which ended up being the trip from hell! --- My car broke down on the grapevine, we had to sit for two hours in a tow truck with a huge creepy tow truck driver who listened to 2pac… the entire time. Ugh it was hell! We posted this video on youtube as a joke and it ended up getting about 800 hits in the first few days. This spawned the idea for making videos about our crazy trips and backstage adventures…

SC: How did you ladies come up with the name theMEEP?

JES: We both love Beaker from The Muppets, so that's part of it. Mostly though, it is one of the more commonly used jibberish words/ noises we use when we talk to each other.

SC: Silke, are you and Jess friend’s first or business partners?

SILKE: Friends for sure! We bitch about our problems to one another and then afterwards we talk about business or vice versa… Sometimes our bitching fest will transcend into a discussion about how we should do a show about people bitching…or it just leads to new ideas. I guess in the end…our bitching is productive and can be considered business!

SC: Who was the first artist you interviewed? How did the opportunity come about?
SILKE: I believe Simon from the Klaxons was our first interview. Jes and I have a huge network of friends in the music industry so we were able to set up that interview through someone who contacted someone, who knew someone, who was brothers with someone, who worked with someone who knew the Klaxons!

SC: So who has been your favorite artist that you’ve interviewed so far?

JES: Meeting new artists is fun, but anytime I get to interview people who are my friends in real life is my favorite.
SILKE: I think recently I loved hanging out with Digitalism. They are a crack up and I love them both. I want to record them talking all night and sell it as a stand up comedy act on CD. The German accent with their ridiculous sarcasm makes me laugh!

SC: Who was your least favorite artist you’ve interview? Name one, that didn’t quite meet your idealized expectation.
JES: Hmmm.... I can't name names, but there was someone who we didn't end up filming who asked us to help him buy crack... That was pretty gross. I told him I was the wrong girl to ask but that I was sure the good people of 6th Street would be happy to help.
SILKE: yeah. That was awkward… I hope to god we don’t seem like someone who does crack or has crack. I don’t like rocks unless they are diamonds. I lied. I don’t even like diamonds.

SC: Do you usually get nervous or star struck when interviewing these big shot artist? Is their any artist in particular that has made you weak in the knees?
JES: Usually I'm not. For the most part, these performers are so totally normal that it makes it really easy for me or they're people that I've met before or am friends with already.Though... When we were filming at the Download Festival, I nearly fainted when Robert Smith walked in. His producer offered to take me to meet him, but the guy has been one of my idols since I was a little kid and I just couldn't do it. I panicked.
SILKE: Only with Our first interview! It was really nerve wrecking and I wanted to pee my pants but, I thought it might screw up the interview. So instead I had a beer. It all went well despite my constant nervous hand shaking the camera.

SC: Jes, in your wildest dreams whom would you love to interview!?
Mick Jagger. I think he'd be great to have a drink with.

SC: Silke, is theMEEP a hobby or do you desire to make a profitable career out of this? Do you want to be the next Barbra Walters of underground music?

SILKE: I never intend on being like Barbara or Oprah. Oprah says “va-jay-jay.” Ew. The Meep is definitely a business and is already helping us pay the rent or contribute to our “I really really really need these Chloe shoes” funds. haha

What’s next for theMEEP. com?
JES: Our new commercial for Nokia just launched online, and we're super stoked! You can check it out on our site.Also, we have a new intern! She won't be hosting the videos but you may see her popping up. Besides that, there will be some BIG announcements toward the end of summer, but you'll have to wait and see!

SC: The success of your blog has allowed you ladies to get backstage at the most highly anticipated shows, and see the highest ranking DJs and performers, but what single event has really stuck out to you from this whole experience? What has been the night to remember?
JES: Daft Punk Backstage! (that was slightly pre-theMEEP.)

SC:What’s the most rewarding thing out of having this website?

JES: Being able to work with my best friend…
SILKE: and working on something we both love!

Does it get any more cute than that?! You know the most important people in the world and the only person that truely matters is your best friend. Amazing!


Check out my favorite VIDEO from theMEEP.COM...

Meep Launch Party+ Steve Aoki + Uffie from Silke on Vimeo.

Visit: WWW.THEMEEP.COM for video interviews with ALL your favorite artist!

Sunday, March 23, 2008


SS: D++ (Danielle Polk), Gatsby (Daniel Stadulis) and Buddy Ravell (Eli Glad)

Almost a year ago, I remember dining with a girl friend of mine at our favorite vegan restaurant Downtown, and nervously pitching to her what seemed a brilliant and innovative idea at the time! I said to her, with a brilliant grin on my face, “We should DJ! Me, You, and Someone else! We can wear colorful clothes, play electro and throw a totally sick hipster party! We can make it big! People are dying for shit like that around here!” Do you see where this is going??? Well, just as I was going to close my mouth, so I could give my friend a moment to consume the idea and answer back, she stops me with a vicious hand wave… and She says, “Stop! This guy I know, Eli, just started a DJing group and they’re playing at The Blank next week…yeah, you’ve been out-hipstered!!!”" I hated them instantly! In my mind, they wouldn’t go very far! Not a day later did fate come knocking at my door when My MySpace Mail informed me that I had a “New Friend Request!”
Brace yourselves! Low and behold it was thee “D++” of Short Shortzz. All I remember was her amazing default picture, a beautiful girl with ridiculously awesome rainbow colored hair! Little did I know, I was gawking at the enemy! I noticed that she was in a DJ group, the “Short Shortzz” and that in fact it was my friends’ friend, Eli’s DJ group. I decided to check out the competition at their first real Gig at The Blank…and…shameless to say, I fell in love with them! I was one of the first people to witness the really short-shorts, and first to be enticed into a sweaty dance crazy by their transcendent musical taste. They had everything I ever wanted in a DJ group; Great music, a unique look and total indie-star power! And I say this because when they huddle together just before they hide behind the DJ Decks, you are convinced that they’re one of those nerdy cool indie-rock bands! As you can see, I was very wrong! They actually made a great name for themselves! They’ve played at great dance parties Downtown San Francisco, parties like BLOW UP, NO MORE CONVERSATIONS, Stiletto, AND opened for Bone Thugs and Harmony, and Girl Talk! Not to mention that they have a monthly dance party “1NightStand” at Beauty Bar SF, and are on their good and Technicolor way to the top!

Here is a conversation between the lovely, D++ and I!
We talked about EVERYTHING you would want to know about the SHORT SHORTZZ:

SC: Ok, let’s start with the genesis of the trio! When and how did the Short Shortzz form?
D++: Well, A year ago Eli and Daniel kept threatening to make music and DJ together. It was all talk, so I made it happen by surprising them with a show and adding myself to the group without asking permission! I was like, "I added myself to Short Shortzz! Haha!"

SC: And you guys started DJing right away! I remember when you guys first played “Wasted Wednesday” at The Blank Club, now you guys are all over the place! How do you feel you guys have grown since that show?
D++: I've switched over to using Ableton on my laptop, and I feel like I can do more with it than regular turntables or CDJs. So I'm feeling a lot more confident.

SC: The name “Short Shortzz” is genius! It’s both sexy and comical. I love it! Is there any story behind it?
D++: Yes. The boys started wearing them at Coachella since it's over 100 degrees there. Then Daniel went nuts and bought ten pairs--every color of the rainbow from American Apparel, and it became a way of life! At Coachella we started putting "zz's" on everything to entertain ourselves in the 8 hour car ridezz. I can’t wait for this year... KRAFTWERK!

SC: Both your DJ collective and name is synonymous with wicked style. Do you guys make a conscious effort at keeping that image? Do you guys want to be perceived as fashionable?
D++: No. We don't take ourselves seriously at all... so maybe the fact that we're not too uptight helps in the fashion department? I'm not afraid to wear an ice skater outfit or lots of tutus, despite harassment I might face from people that think that's odd! However, as a group, our main concern is the music and we never talk about what we’re going to wear.

SC: Your style alone is very unique! What inspires your fashion flame? Do you look up to any fashion icons in particular? Is fashion something you’ve always enjoyed?
D++: Yes, I've always been obsessed with fashion. I don't look up to anyone because 99.99% of fashion sucks. I can't think of a single famous person with clothing taste that I admire. For inspiration I look at Hello Kitty, Harajuku Girls, and Betsey Johnson’s runway collections. However, as a whole I despise the fashion industry because of its exploitation of women.

SC: That’s very commendable! You appear to be very girly. Is it hard being the only lady in the group? Are the testosterone levels to high for you?
D++: There's not too much testosterone, but secretly sometimes I fantasize about DJing with all girls! Mostly, because I miss spending time with girl friends... staying up all night at slumber parties and stuff like that. Hopefully someday!

SC: Your monthly party “1nightstand” at Beauty Bar, tell us more about it!
D++: It's the first Sunday of every month, hosted by Daniel and Eli. I have to stay at home because of school…but they always tell me how much fun they had!!!

SC: What’s in the future for 1nightstand? Maybe a weekly party? Any special guest?
D++: We always have amazing guests... Basura from Missingtoof.com and Johnatron and Baron Von Luxxury from Discoworkout.com to name a few! So we're going to keep up the good work.

SC: Do you have any special event that you’ve played in the last year that really sticks out from the rest?
D++: Yes! Our first Blow Up was my favorite show, because the crowd is so rad and high energy. Also, when we opened for Bone Thugs and Harmony, and Girl Talk, that was exciting because it was our biggest show yet!

SC: Do you guys still keep day jobs? Or are you guys Rock Star DJs day in and out?
D++: Eli is currently looking into working full time in the music industry! Daniel and I are nerdy engineering students, mechanical and computer, respectively.

SC: Who should we be listening to right now? Any music you suggest that we should be downloading, pirating, or buying records of?
D++: Check out Danger from France for new music, and for something tried and true there's The Human League and OMD!

SC: What’s the next page in the Short Shortzz saga?
D++: We're doing Blow Up again soon! and I can't fucking wait!!!

SC: And lastly, be honest! Who looks hotter in short shorts out of the three of you in the group!?

D++: Daniel, for sure!

SC: Any final comments?
D++: Just that I hope everyone gets a chance to dance with us soon!

And isn’t that all we ask from a DJ? Someone who wants to make us dance, and not just make us want to love them! But let's be honest, how could we not fall in love with a girl in Hello Kitty and two tall skinny boys in short shorts? Impossible.


DJ Buddy Ravell


DJ Gastby with the Missingtoof Djs.


DJ D++!

Top Photo By: Mike Madavi for Vaindeer.com
Plus Photos from: jerome pour homme
and Ava Meleksah Berlin

Sunday, March 16, 2008


It's Friday, 6:01pm. Hours before San Francisco’s most anticipated disco, BLOW UP.

Pre-party Text Messages:

(sent)OMG! R U still going 2 BLOW UP with me 2nite!?

(reply)IDK. I want 2 but I don’t have anything to wear! : (
What r u gonna wear???
(sent)UR not going becuz U have nothing to wear!?!?!
That is so pathetic! I’m just putting anything on…its watevr.

(reply) ugh. Fine! I’m gonna look disastrous. Serial.

(sent) Yeah, yeah. Who cares!? Trying is so last years fashion!

Little did he know I’d been diligently organizing my outfit all day, and up until the last minute I was still artfully modify it. Anonymous, would spend the next three hours doing the same.

PhotobucketIt’s silly to think that one would put such effort into a dance party, right? But when you’ve spent your entire life dressing down your personality and suppressing your potential because the people around you have forced normalcy down your throat, you tend to dive full throttle into any opportunity which allows you to project your creativity out into the world.

When you turn the corner onto Fell Street, you see just that! People coming as their fantastical “real selves,” you witness animated characters and glamorous misfits lined up enthusiastically before the dingy door of the Rickshaw Stop. Everyone’s dressed in vintage fantasies, unseen innovative creations and trendy has-been reinterpretations; clothes which make everyone’s shadows on the wall not even closely resemble the human form. All these Downtown kids you couldn’t even imagine living anywhere else but Downtown San Francisco! However, the reality is that most of these kids are out-of-towners, refugees and runaways in painful need of a getaway from their dull hometowns; as much as minutes or even hours away from the city. And though most would argue that all the attendees are just there to make an impression, well, I say, step back and just observe how most of these kids arrive at the party looking flawless and organized, and leave unkempt and drenched in sweat! People are there to enjoy themselves, and looking good is just part of it! For some of us the commute to BLOW UP was only 45 minutes long, but the ride it took for our lives to take us to a place where we could find people to relate to, be ourselves and listen to good music while doing it, well, that time was years too fucking long!

(Below) Blow Up party people!

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