THIS MONTH’S FAVES
Monthly Archives: August 2012
WHY WE LOVE IT
We all have such a respect and passion for purity that it’s no wonder designers often bring back an all white look to the runway from time to time. Â J Mendel, Derek Lam, Lyn Devon are just a few presenting pure, flowy and clowd-like looks on the runway for AW12.
HOW TO WEAR IT
Seek out a look that works for your lifestyle. Keep it angelic and light, but with comfort, not stuffiness. Try varying textures like Lyn Devon or Derek Lam did with a sweater top and chiffon skirt. Â You may add accessories, but keep them sleek – too much will take away from the look you are trying to achieve. The wrong ivory shoe can come off as heavy and graceless.
4.Â Â Splendid Skit
I was thrilled to have the opportunity to interview producer, and one of the band members of Washington DC’s newest group Misun, Nacey.
The Baltimore native began writing and producing music as a teenager, eventually relocating to Washington, DC where he has been described by The Washington Post as ‘one of the District’s more prolific DJs. You’ll find him at WMC, SXSW and CMJ to name a few and he’s shared stages with names like Digitalism, Matt & Kim, Sinden, Araabmuzik, DJ Craze and Blaqstarr to name a few. I really love his genius classic influences you’ll find incorporated into his mixes like La Roux’s – Bulletproof. You’ll be happy you discovered, Nacey.
How did you get started producing at such a young age?
I guess it started when I wanted to make a demo tape for my band in 6th grade. After years of unsuccessful attempts, I discovered that you could make make music on a computer pretty easily with programs like Fruity Loops and Cool Edit Pro (this was probably 1998?). I was blown away at the possibilities and started making beats and recording stuff just for fun.
Where does your love of music come from?
My mom and sister are pianists, and growing up I’d always wake up to their playing before I went to school. And my dad has the illest blues record collection. Definitely get it from my family.
What are you doing when you are not D’jing?
I spend most of my day in the studio, sometimes with direction, sometimes just fooling around. Lately I’ve been writing a lot with my band Misun which has been really fun.
If you could collaborate with anyone right now, who would it be?
I really like the singer from Tennis, and I just found out about Widowspeak who are like a modern day Mazzy Star — I would love to produce and write with an artist like that. I really like dreamy/trippy music. Club-wise I’m stoked to start working on an EP with Steve Starks of more high energy stuff. It’s been a while since we’ve done something.
Tell us about this upcoming year. Big things happening. When can we expect everything to be released?
The Misun EP which I produced came out in July on T&A Records (tandarecords.com) – it’s available for free, or you can buy it too. We’re about halfway through a second release and are working out arrangements for a small east coast tour in the fall. I’m always putting out bootlegs and originals on my Soundcloud (soundcloud.com/nacey). Those and the Starks & Nacey EP are all my plans for now.
Coming to Los Angeles anytime soon?
Planning to be couch surfing there for a week in late September!
If a music lover wanted to start producing & making, what would you recommend?
Just to do what you like and keep doing it. As long as you’re motivated, you get better with time!
What are your top 3 favorite tracks that we should hear?
Three that come to mind are Misun – My Time, Nacey – Elysian, and my remix of La Roux – Bulletproof. (Below)
What artists have influenced the most?
So many artists from the 90’s til today, but production-wise I’d say someone like Switch who approaches music with an “anything goes” kind of attitude and makes it work.
Last weekâ€™s launch of LOFTâ€™s â€œLive in Pinkâ€ was a night you didn’t want to miss. Celebrating a very special partnership with style personality and breast cancer survivor Giuliana Rancic to benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, fashionistas, survivors and supporters from Los Angeles gathered on The Private Rooftop Club at Petit Ermitage.
We drink, ate, chatted, photoboothed and celebrated a wonderful partnership to support The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Their mission is to achieve prevention and a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime by providing critical funding for innovative clinical and translational research at leading medical centers worldwide, and increasing public awareness about good breast health. Currently, over 90 cents of every dollar donated goes to research and awareness programs. Above is the gorgeous LOFT necklace designed by Giuliana Rancic.
It was a lovely evening all around.