When the band Virginia Reed played The Viper Room in March, you knew they were on their way to something big. But that’s not their style to act cocksure and brash. The only thing Keith Henriksen (founder/songwriter/vocalist/guitar/organ player) will say is that the whole experience “was surreal”.
Sometimes it feels like there is too much going on in Los Angeles and that it is absolutely impossible to keep up. It doesn’t give you a feeling of being overwhelmed: it kind of makes you feel like you’ll never quite be able to track all of the moving parts in this city. Music is an area that constantly eludes us and we try to forecast musicians who are worth a listen before they explode into something bigger than small town musical heroes. Rhye is the perfect example of an LA band who sidestepped all local forecasting and knocked every music listener of 2013 onto their asses. Pharaohs is another band who has been equally as elusive and is starting to bubble up in everyone’s conversations. Their recently released LP Replicant Moods is going to be another 2013 album that gets some next level attention because it’s a bright, casual, non-aggressive dance album we all didn’t know we wanted.
In anticipation of the Los Angeles Music Video Festival, we spoke with four directors who will be presenting music video pitches to band Five Knives for the RedBull Records sponsored Life’s A Pitch contest. Each director will present a video idea and, whoever wins Five Knives’ vote, will get two days to make the video. To give an idea of who these directors are, we had a quick chat with each of them about their style and what they bring to this competition. First up? Nautico, AKA John Heeg and Chris Westlund.
“AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH: THERE IS TOO MUCH GOING ON!!!!!” – us, this week.
“AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH: THERE IS SO MUCH HAPPENING THIS WEEKEND–WHAT WILL I DO?????” – you, right now.
“AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH: CHECK THE RECAP!!!!!” – us, to you. Right now. CHECK IT!!
It’s rare that you find an artist who is so outside of everything and so talented that you have to stop and take note of it. Most art that is thrown our way is coming from persons based in the academic world or who have been actively attempting to engage the world through social media and online outreach: getting word out on your work is very easy now. It’s rare to hear stories of the artist who makes in secret, artists like Morris Louis and Channa Horwitz who were recognized later in their life for their dedication to the craft. It looks like artist Cedar Bylard has a similar story as he is considered an “outside artist.” He has a big coming out show that opens tonight at 7PM that shows off fifty two drawings of his and a new catalogue of his work.