Regularfantasy, aka Olivia Meek, is a musician & dj based out of Vancouver. Her aesthetic can be summed up as “21st century petroleum based culture,” which is actually the basis for the name of one of her musical collaborations, Plush Throw. The humor and satire of her Regularfantasy persona hide tasty leftfield productions, which are regularly shared on Soundcloud and hint at finding the sweet spot between headphones and the dance floor. Her recent band Ciao (w/ Void Mirror) is a continuation of her productions, but re-imagined as live compositions with influences from genres such as Italo and New Beat. With a handful of feature releases on labels such as Pacific Rhythm, Genero, and Heart to Heart, Olivia is just getting started on her musical journey.
Two of our favorites in our favorite East Bay record shop. Exclusive performances and mixes from curious Bay Area DJ’s and producers.
For all lovers of instrumental hip-hop we have the plug on an artist who is probably flying just below your radar. Meet Chris Keys the Oakland based producer and keyboardist who just released a flurry of albums with some of the best true hip-hop productions of the year.
Ads are everywhere in both digital and physical forms. They are surprisingly effective and often misleading. In most cases there is no avoiding them, especially outside where billboards and signs are in abundance. ‘Art in Ad Places’ is a response to the idea that anyone with a big marketing budget can dictate our environments. The response was manifested by a 52-week campaign that replaced New York City telephone ads with artwork from weekly rotated artists. The ‘Art in Ad Places’ team is made up of co-curators Caroline Caldwell and RJ Rushmore, along with photographer Luna Park. Below, RJ gives us the scoop…
Things don’t get any more plush than the music from DJ/producer, D. Tiffany. Her Blue Dreams EP took underground electronic music by storm in 2017 and was one of our favorite releases for the year. We talked to the Vancouver artist about her projects, new music, and creative process.
Meet the East Bay producer who is organizing one of the most exciting underground showcases for beat makers and MC’s.
We checked out the second installment of the Bay Area beat show that is making waves in the underground hip-hop and beat scene.
D.J. is a designer and expert illustrator who’s creativity runs rampant through the Santa Barbara sea breeze. Textures, transparency, and simple color palettes help bring his works to life with a fine designer’s touch all the while conserving the rawness from his sketches.
“So I’ve been cooking since I was 17. I actually had my first popup in high school as my senior project. I made Japanese curry rice… It didn’t go over so well, all the people from my tiny hometown were like ‘ew looks like diarrhea!’” – Sylvan, chef and owner of Rintaro (pictured above)
We spoke to the creative minds behind the Mixed Rice Zine series in their secret San Francisco practice space. Bosses Jess Wu-O and Monika Skelton are the creators of their most recent zine 100% Mixed, a project working to voice the seldom heard narratives of mixed race Asians through peer interviews and community contributions.