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Lucidity – A Transformational Experience feat. Optimystic Media Interview

time March 22nd by Sofia authorTags: , , , , , ,

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Beginning with a collective dream of the community, Lucidity is a triggering open-source vision of known possible truths stemming from the depths of our transformational culture.  Created through an intentional and co-creation approach, Lucidity has illuminated a vision in 2012 where separate entities stemming from the Santa Barbara arts, music, and conscious community were fostering dreams of a greater vision than they were about to produce on their own….so together, a dream has blossomed.  During this approaching collaborative gathering, Crossroads, taking place from April 4th – 10th, 2016, we enter the second chapter of our collective journey and the fifth installment of this epic saga which brings us into the now of our socio-cultural evolution as we recognize all of the shadows that we face, and as a whole, engage in finding solutions to further and clear our growth as a society.

A movement highlighting 7 core values: Participation and Immersion in the Artistic Process, Personal Growth and Global Healing, Awake and Aware Consciousness, Environmental and Social Responsibility, Family Fun and Creative Play, & Transparency, the folks at Lucidity are gearing inside-out growth as an enlightening form of transformation.  Branching a Universal bond of connections through co-creations, we will fractalize through open channels of sound, movement, art, dance, and visual creativity; it’s an artistic wave of conscious communication.  Transformational Festivals are real triggers into higher levels of consciousness, I can vouch as I am currently on a healing and transformational path through inspiration stemming from these experiences which have been guiding me since Summer of 2012 w/ Sonic Bloom, Art Outside in 2013, Sonic Bloom 2014, and Envision, Enchanted Forest, Art Outside 2015. Exactly two years ago today, March 16th, 2014, I also aligned on a path of discovery through an intuitive following of passions and removal of blockages…I healed myself through writing.  Transformational festivals have triggered limitless depth, inspiration, & aligning patterns…they have helped me to remove blockages, and through it, I have experienced a life changing journey.  Experience a spiritual uplift of like-minded people who gather together to live, learn, discover, share, & synchronize!  I am eager to go to the ultimate transformational gathering that is Lucidity…I hear nothing but magic!

Lucidity has captured many through its meta narrative, revealing truth, discovery, realization, and deep intention – it’s what sets them apart as they focus on connecting the theme.  For more history on its previous chapters, explore their website.  Featuring a total of 6 mythic chapters, the first three years have been about personal transformation, last three are about collective transformation into the present, our culture, and finding solutions.  Through sustainable living a lucid visions, we explore next level solutions towards healing Earth.  Will you be part of the solution? We can’t do it without you… so I encourage you to come experience Lucidity.  I’m looking forward to this weekend as its profound intention has captured me.  Featuring over 40 workshops with over 90 workshop presenters from topics ranging from: activation & empowerment, art & creativity, consciousness & spirituality, dance & movement, education, flow & martial arts, food & lifestyle, gender alchemy & intimacy, healing arts, kids, lucid dreaming music, sustainability & permaculture, yoga & meditation.  I am especially stoked for some expansions on crystal healing, reiki healing, sound healing, meditation & creativity, anything along those fields!  Filled with themed and creative villages, reusable “mapdana’s”, emphasizing a zero-waste event and a “leave it better mentality”, providing mindful organic feeding, featuring dope music and visual art, they are also extending their vision into “Lucidity Course Week” happening April 4th – April 10th.  Immerse yourself in a powerful movement stemming from the West Coast and remember to bring what you experienced and learned into your everyday life.

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Throughout the weekend of April 8th – April 10th, our Lucidity star family has also provided lush nourishment of sonic vibrations, visual and installation arts, & mesmerizing acrobatic movement stemming from artists and performers from all over the world including top-notch, fresh, & diverse national and local genre taste.  Musical headliners such as Keller Williams, Haywyre, & Kalya Scintilla w/ Eve Olution will be gracing us with eclectic vibes.  Over 100 other musical acts were announced and artists such as Mark Farina, J.Phlip, Bluetech, Om Unit, Kaminanda, Mike Love, Mr. Bill, EPROM, Pumpkin, Mihkal, Psymbionic, Merkaba, Whitebear, Mihkal, Yheti, Saqi, HAANA, Secret Recipe, CharlesTheFirst, PartyWave, Dissolv, Yaima, DubCOliNG, Nas-Ja, Oneness, Grymetyme, Irieyes, Shaman’s Dreams, Benjah Ninjah & more will be providing a lucid dose of bass, live-tronica, funk, conscious hip-hop, glitch, glitch-hop, sacred bass, trip-hop, acoustic, jazz, reggae, & more.

One of my favorite aspects of music and arts festivals, asides interactive workshops, are the visual artists!  Creating live art while getting inspired by their surroundings of smiles, live music, art, and other creations is truly something inspiring to visually experience.  A total of over forty visual artists ( Gallery Artists & Installation Artists ) will be present at Crossroads so be sure to tap into your surroundings to discover, learn, and engage while exploring their styles so you can feel, relate, understand, and reflect. I have so much respect and love for visual artists as they truly display themselves in the present moment and engage in co-creation, as everyone else does! Support! Last but not least, a vibrant array of Performers will be performing all over the stages and on campgrounds so be sure to keep your eyes wide open for movement all around you.

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When listening to an interview on Lucid Planet Radio w/ Dr Kelly featuring Jonah Haas ( Founder and Co-Marketing director of Lucidity ) on How Festivals Evolve Consciousness a couple weeks ago, I was eager to find out that Lucidity folks are currently seeking permanent land space to create permaculture design and to host people all year around during smaller, intimate events/retreats, culture of growing food, healing arts, & movement – a whole systems’ approach to community living. Enter ‘LucidPlanet’ as a promotional code, while purchasing tickets & save!

The time is now to come together for Crossroads at Lucidity Festival 2016!  Bring yourself, your hoops, creative tools, a clear mind, art, camping gear, but most importantly, bring your higher self and awareness!  New world change is the atmosphere of these transformational festivals, so be sure to come play to learn!  Envision lush views, smiles, laughter, silence, languages, & deep intention decorating the festival!  A nourishment awaiting to trigger life-changing paths is on its way to Live Oak so be ready to experience creative and artistic breakthroughs, aligning movement, co-creations, explorations, truth, discovery, & sustainable living.

‘Lucidity’s environmental commitment is to leave Live Oak better than before.’

Inspired by Lucidity’s deep intention, I reached out to Wesley Wolfbear Pinkham of Optimystic Media, operating at Lucidity Festival.  He shares with us his visions on the presence and future of Media.  Wesley guides us through a deep exploration of the foundations behind his creations, his affiliation with Lucidity, triggers that led to this creation, community co-op theme, breaking down the vicious repetitive cycle, transformation, the game changing solution, fearlessness, & manifesting dreams.  Wolfbear is gearing a path of innovative approaches leading into breaking down mainstream society’s stagnant ways, and how co-creation & proper tools can break through and illuminate a sustainable society.

Lucidity Festival feat. Exclusive Interview w/ Wesley Pinkham of Optimystic Media 

1. Hey Wesley, happy to connect.  I want to say that I’m intrigued by Optimystic Media, I want to congratulate you on a new found vision!  Lucidity Festivals are the key into “transformational” culture, share with us your affiliation with Lucidity and how you plan to further the vision via Optimystic Media.

I had a friend of a friend doing promotions for some event and I visited the website. When I got there, I watched this video at a TEDx in Canada, this guy driving around a magical spaceship tour through this world I’d never heard of: Transformational Festivals. That video was Jeet-Kei Leung (founder of The Bloom Series). I packed up my car and I went up a few days before the gates opened. Instead of throwing me out, the production crew put me in the box office, where I spent the next 3 years of the festival, building a system and taming the chaos.

By 2014, I was writing and photographing about 12 festivals a year, including coming full circle and working with Jeet-Kei on The Bloom, Festival Fire, LostinSound, Reinhabiting the Village… A lot of other organizations and publications. Working with so many different publishers, marketing firms, festival producers, I was developing an idea of what I, as festival media, needed to do my job better.

For the 2015 season, I took the torch from the ineffable Spencer Weiner as Media Coordinator at Lucidity. My natural tendency is to create systems that are replicable and open-source. There’s so much time and energy that goes into making things that work, prototyping and testing, getting feedback. I was lucky to inherit a realm that had a lot of excitement and previous successes. But we got a whole new set of feedback from a new set of hands working the spreadsheets and application cycle, the media dumps and the follow-ups.

Those systems, and a desire to work co-operatively and not competitively, that’s where Optimystic Media was born. From the connections and experience of creating a truly remarkable Media experience on-site, we realized just how many things were missing to create the sort of footage we needed to tell the story of this rapidly changing movement.

2.  What initially triggered the inspiration to create a new vision with Media at Lucidity?

There were quite a few triggers in creating a new vision for Media at Lucidity. First of all, the festival itself is a major driver for communal change and best practices in festival prouction. Industry insiders in the Transformational Festival scene know that Lucidity is one of the best-run small festivals in the country, one of a small handful of events that is building open-source systems to improve the entire scene. Festivals such as Enchanted Forest Gathering (Mendocino), Envision (Costa Rica), Desert Hearts (SoCal) and Beloved (Oregon) all have Lucidity producers in major roles.

Once you have the basics under control, when you know there are the systems in place to keep the bathrooms clean, the cars parked, the stages from falling apart, you get to move up the Maslowian pyramid. You go from checking the boxes for safety and security to trying to fulfill the emotional, spiritual and metamotiviational needs of your community.

So it’s only natural for Lucidity to try and push the edges of Media to match the cutting-edge programming on-site. Last year, I noticed on the schedule that there were 12 different workshops going on at once during some parts of the weekend. We produce more content than Lightning in a Bottle but have maybe 1/8th the population.

We’ve needed to expand our Media plan to reflect the intentionally wide diversity of experiences, ages (young and old), genders, cultures and interests both curated and developing organically.

We got tired of seeing the same recap videos, the same soundtracks, the same language being used over and over. At Optimystic Media, we call these media products “Hot Chicks and DJs®,” just slow motion booties, bass, hands on laptops. Where were the stories? The dialogue? We want to create narratives that invite you on a journey, your own adventure, where you already feel like you belong before you ever get to the gate. So we’re working on doing more of that. Our cut of the Lucidity promo for this year reflects that direction.

3.  You define your vision as “A Community Co-Op”, could you please elaborate?

The overwhelming sense in this industry has been that in order to succeed, you need your own brand, your own identity, your own clients, your own systems. Setting up Optimystic as a community co-operative is the chance to break down the competitive, winner-takes-all approach to the limited resources of festival marketing budgets. It is a direct rejection of the scarcity mindset, viewing ownership and opportunity in terms of contribution and participation.

A Co-Operative business means that it is owned and operated by its employees. It is democratically administered, and is part of an evolving set of business models beyond the traditional top-down organizations traditionally seen in creative agencies. Some of the processes of creating agreements and bylaws are still on hold while we try to establish revenue streams and core systems.

In the mean time, we’re an open tent as we try to build bridges between the many elements of the Mediasphere: the few PR firms in the scene, the shooters and production companies, the myriad blogs and writers…

4.  Mainstream Media is something that needs to change.  Through your vision, how do you intent to break the vicious repetitive cycle, and instead push forward feels of sustaining and empowering independent storytelling?

“The Media” seems to be the kind of boogieman both politicians and New Agers like to agree to hate. I’ve had people confront me with at a festival and tell me I was the problem since I couldn’t participate with a camera in my hand. The truth is, this is the way I participate. This is the gift that I bring to the table, and the way I love to contribute. The Media is not the problem, Capitalism is. And the conglomeration that hides hidden agendas of the major players in the scene. Today, we have more conglomeration than ever, but we also have a vast array of democratic channels by which we can distribute information.

Our vision is one bred by the thoughts, hopes and work of many media practitioners, theorists, futurists and entrepreneurs. Antonio López’s The Media Ecosystem is a seminal guide to our goals: viewing media as an essential expression of global ecology, of making media that speaks not just for the humans but for the animals. If we are to give a microphone to the quieted voices, we must put a microphone to the earth as well.

That book came to me by way of the publication wing of Evolver Network. The work of its founder, Daniel Pinchbeck, informs the moral compass that drives our efforts. It’s so easy to look at our world and be drawn into hopelessness, a lack of power. By aligning with groups such as the Center for Planetary Culture, we become bigger than ourselves, part of a powerful coalition of changemakers.

Optimystic Media has its vision written right into its name. We’re optimistic about the future: we live in the most interconnected, global and fast-moving era of all time. We have, at our disposal, the tools to bring down companies and governments, shed light on darkness and review the best beer selection in the history of mankind. We also call on the mystical to bring us back

5.  Define the “Game Changing Solution” and how it evolves through Optimystic.

During the coverage over racial frustration in Ferguson, I saw a story about the Media getting muscled out of a local McDonald’s where they had set up for the week to cover the developing drama. How can we expect our media streams to remain journalistically neutral when they’re setting up in such a toxic and corporate environment? What if we could set up a mobile environment that provides the core needs of power, wifi and hospitality while also instilling a sense of community, collaboration and democracy?

Festival Media is a source of immense joy and love for the shooters and writers that find themselves mixed up in this world. It’s a place to truly capture honest, magical, beautiful moments and it feeds your creative side throughout the year.

But there’s little to no money in it. The publications pay their photographers in writers in a comp ticket, which means they aren’t even paying for it, the festival is. The shooters and editors that work in-house sometimes get small stipends, but it’s nowhere near their day-rate. It’s a passion project for some, a weekend with a camera to play and collaborate. For others, it’s something that they truly want to succeed and become financially independent doing.

The Game Changing Solution was the creation of a system where Media can thrive and producers can tell more complex stories. We create a better working environment, called the Optimystic Media Hub: a cleaner set of operations, a central point-of-contact, hospitality, power, wifi, coffee and the reliability of Media Coordinators who are on-point, not on drugs, phones charged, ready to help. For those that want to develop their economic models, we’re developing systems that allow us to diversify our revenue streams, including direct media sales, vending and merch opportunities, licensing and collaborating on leads and projects.

6.  How many years have you attended Lucidity? What is it about Lucidity that screams out transformation and possibility?

I have been at Lucidity since its first year in 2012, in the muddy, chaotic hilariousness of a first year festival’s box office. I was immediately changed, my own experience screams out transformation and possibility. I had gone to bluegrass festivals, raves, world music events, large civic festivals, but nothing like this. I was immediately swept up and enamored with the community.

Now, five years later, I see that so much of the scene has hit a stride, we’re comfortable with what we’re doing and creating. There’s all the makings of a culture or sub-culture: style of dress, music, art, insider language. Some festivals just take these elements  and put them on a poster and expect “Transformational” results. It takes a lot more than that.

What makes Lucidity different is that we’re constantly pushing ourselves to collaborate with new and different ideas, concepts, directions. We create a container for a vast array of co-creation. Last year, we upped the permaculture game by creating three different programs: a pre-event intensive, a permaculture action day with The Polish Ambassador and Ayla Nereo and an on-site hub that provided programming and demonstrations throughout the event. This year, we’re expanding our pre-event intensives into the Lucid University Courseweek where we’re offering 5 different tracts of learning: Reiki Healing, Permaculture, Art and Creativity, Leadership and Embodiment and Lucid Dreaming.

7.  What is(are) Lucidity Festivals mission(s)?

Lucidity is an open-source transformational arts and music festival. When we become lucid in our dreams, we realize ourselves as infinite potential, we let go of fear, and we are free to create that which we want to see in the world. Bring those visions, those possibilities, and that delicious conscious energy with you to Lucidity and wake up in the dream.

Our economic model creates a strong balance between music, art, workshops and sustainability. We don’t use our lineup as a way to sell tickets, our community has come to a sold-out festival every year because they trust our values. They’re written clearly and inform everything that we do, as an organization:

  1. Participation and Immersion in the Artistic Process
  2. Personal Growth and Global Healing
  3. Awake and Aware Consciousness
  4. Environmental and Social Responsibility
  5. Family Fun and Creative Play
  6. Communal Reciprocity
  7. Transparency

The long term goal is to collectively purchase land, move away from the build/strike cycle and create a community resource for learning and education. Lucidity belongs in a place, we aren’t just a floating, nomadic community. We are deeply connected with the Santa Barbara scene, including the SOL (Sustainable, Organic, Local) Food Festival, the Santa Barbara Food Co-Op, programs for community building in Isla Vista, and many other projects. We’re hoping to find land nearby to create a needed permanent resource in the community.

8.  Share with us the importance of personal growth, letting go, being fearless, tapping into creativity, and losing the ego.  What can manifest?

I think many of us understand, theoretically, that the Ego is the enemy of success. But our society rewards the Ego, especially in the Media landscape. We judge our famous people by their Instagram followers, their book sales or the size of their fortunes. My own Ego has gotten me quite far at times, but it all comes crashing down eventually. The space between how you project yourself to be and what you truly are becomes discordant, leading to external and internal lies. The Ego gets in the way of personal growth, convincing you, manipulating the facts in order to see yourself in the best possible light, despite the realities of your behavior.

By developing Optimystic Media into a Co-Op, the goal is to manifest something that is hard to take individual credit for, something much larger than myself or any of our other core team. By developing open source systems that regenerate back into a project that shares our values and interests, we hope to manifest something that any of us can step away from at any point to take care of ourselves, to treat our own wounds without the fear that another world will come crashing down if we walk away from it. Much of our traditional workforce teaches us this panic, that if we let go, the world will collapse. There is power in numbers, especially knowing that there are people you’ve never even met who will help you along your journey.

By tapping into a more collective creativity, we allow the free flow of movement from professional to amateur, from traditional to experimental. We know who has the right gear and knowledge to capture hyperlapses or long-exposure light painting or who is developing a new technique for a certain kind of shot or post-production style. We can also keep each other honest with our intentions, ask for help when we need it and get more perspectives into the creative process.

9.  Are you also expanding Optimystic Media into other festivals outside of Lucidity? If so, which ones?

Yes. Optimystic Media is a collaborative movement that belongs to the festival community, as a whole. Lucidity is a driving force, our home base, but we’re developing systems that are useful to organizations at different budgets, sizes and existing systems.

Though we function as a visual brand of our own, we are ultimately a white label solution. You might see some of our branding in a space, but at Lucidity, we run the Lucidity Media Hub. We’re a business-to-business project, and our many members are involved in almost every major festival in the Transformational Festival movement. We were down at Envision supporting Justin Brothers, Alexa Rae and the fabulous folks at The Confluence. We’ll be at Boogaloo Mountain Jam providing media support and slinging organic, fair trade delicious craft draft nitrogen infused cold coffee. We’re deeply involved with the squishy magical goodness of Enchanted Forest Gathering in Mendocino. There are a host of other events, vendors, sub-projects that we support with media creation, creative direction, copywriting, websites… You name it. Check out our website for an ever growing list of our community.

10.  Anything else you would like to share with us?

Don’t cut out the watermarks.

And check us out at our website, on our Facebook or, better yet, come by Lucidity Festival’s Media Hub – open to the public – by the Lucid University.

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The Bloom | Festival Documentary Web Series

time December 13th by John-Michael authorTags: , , , , , , , ,

A Journey Through Transformational Festivals is an online documentary web series that is being put together mainly about west coast music festivals. The four part series focuses around the festival community and events that took place over the summer of 2012.

The last post I made was about Electronic Awakening and covers the history and community that has evolved over the years. It seems like this webseries seems to be covering a lot of different topics as well but targets the festivals of 2012.

This year I’ve attended nearly 10 festivals across the States. I can’t tell others enough about my journey this year. The summer of 2012 will never be forgotten in my life. The adventures that I had this summer will forever impact who I am and who I will become. The trailer above is comprised of footage taken from Symbiosis 2012. Symbiosis 2009 I missed but made it a point to make sure that I attend this years event. Out of all the festivals I attended Symbiosis is the one gathering I’ll never ever stop talking about. There have been ideas running through my head about putting something together that I can show others to help showcase all these event.

A Journey Through Transformational Festivals will be released in four episodes over the course of 2013. I’m really looking forward to seeing what they put together. The first episode won’t be out till February 2013 but they recently put out a small video together titled The Bloom which can be found below.

The Bloom gives us a bit more insight into the different areas each video will concentrate on as well as a collection of festivals they were at. It’s great to see coverage of all these events as many people are completely aware of these events. The outdoor festival community is quite a unique tribe as it’s a completely different experience from traditional club/bar events. The attire, dance, food, personality, spirituality, music, etc is something that I believe everyone should experience. I hadn’t attending an outdoor camping event till Lightning in a Bottle 2009 and it changed my life forever. I had been to events like Coachella, Lollapalooza, Ultra, and others but these events are so vastly different when it comes to these west coast festivals.

I can’t wait till February 7th, 2013 as it is the confirmed date for the first episode, The Peak Moments of Our Lives. Based on my personal accounts of this summer I know that the title seems quite fitting. Be on the look out for more information at The Bloom

EPISODE 1: “The Peak Moments Of Our Lives” (February 7th, 2013)
EPISODE 2: “The Parties Are Practice”
EPISODE 3: “A Sense Of Mythos & The Sacred”
EPISODE 4: “Reinhabiting The Village”

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Electronic Awakening | Movie Review

time December 11th by John-Michael authorTags: ,


Electronic Awakening is documentary put together by Andrew Johner about the rave/festival culture. It’s one of the better films I’ve watched about the current scene today. The focus is on overall community that has been built and the culture it has started across the world.

The documentary covers tons of interviews from key players in the community from visionary artist, authors, musicians, promoters, and many others who have contributed to this giant movement. If you’ve never been to a large outdoor electronic festival this film will give you a glimpse into the festival scene.

I can’t tell you how many flashbacks and amazing memories rushed back into after watching the film. It’s astounding how big the culture and community has grown. There are small tribes and groups of people coming together all across the world building these events and coming together to celebrate life, love, music, art, and creativity. I’ve had to luxury of attending my first festival in 2009 which changed my life. Growing up in Miami, FL and big city life I never had been exposed to such events or strong community. Lightning in a Bottle was when I discovered this massive awakening inside. There is nothing like sharing these moments in time dancing, networking, sharing ideas, and coming together. I’m very isolated living in Miami and must travel to these events to feel like I belong. These events bring all of us together and awaken a deeper consciousness to the things around us. There are so many unique and different people out there who we may never encounter in our day to day life but these festivities give us an outlet of expression in any which way we want to use.

This film is something I recommend to many as it shows that even if there are politics, popularity contest, and more that we deal with in this community we need to focus on the greater good. There is more than drugs, sex, and music in this culture. Despite as tainted as it seems and almost a revitalization of the hippie movement there is a greater good at work which brings us all together. This films covers so many different aspects that make me proud to be part of this movement. All the interviews, music, video footage, etc… really give you a small taste and glimpse of this giant community.

Be sure to check out more information at Electronic Awakening.

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Jiro Dreams of Sushi Review

time October 23rd by John-Michael authorTags: , , ,


Jiro Dreams of Sushi is one of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time. Too be quite honest it’s already in my top 5 films right next to Star Wars. It comes off as perfection and seems quite close to it if it was possible.

The story is about a Jedi Knight who fights and lives by Sushi. His life has been devoted to being a sushi maker.

Jiro, is an example of the idea of perfection. He might not be perfect but he has lived to the standard of being perfect. It’s possible with anything in life. You can train your entire life devoted to one thing. By now you have picked up on something you really enjoy doing. You’ve doing it enough times where you feel good about it. This can be anything in your life. Perfection is an idea. The idea of someone working his or her entire life devoted to reaching the highest possible bar. That is Jiro, the Sushi Jedi Knight.

Passion is something we all should have for something. We must believe in it. It is our life and reason to get up in the morning for. Every task done today should be done in a new way to improving on the last time done. It’s beautiful. Devotion and passion will stand out no matter what you do. We should take pride and passion into account in everything we do.

I can’t express it enough how much I believe in this message.

Make the best of your past the worst of your future. Try to improve and continue to learn about what you love. We aren’t perfect nor can be but if we live to that standard it is to reach a closer understanding of what we love. There is no prize for doing this except knowing that life was full filled every day of your life.

There are Jedi Masters in every field and industry. We should strive to be one just like Jiro has. The hard word and devotion given to our skills will live on forever. What we discover and learn should be passed on to our apprentices. Despite the old age or even death of a great Master Jedi Knight they live on in their work even if it is only in the dream world.

The few things that really caught my attention was how old sushi has been around and the prep it takes to make sushi. It’s an ancient art. Since the beginning of time there has been fish and humans have been hunting it. Over the course of time there has been the concept of eating raw seafood. Sushi takes that into account and making it has become a true art form. Jiro, is an example of being a Grand Master Jedi of Sushi.

The movie is on Netflix for Instant Watch!
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did writing this review!

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RISE | X-Men Fan Movie | Age of Apocalypse Movie

time August 16th by John-Michael authorTags: , , , , ,

RISE is a X-Men based movie idea that is trying to become reality by die-hard fans via Kickstarter. I grew up reading and watching the X-Men and always found the Apocalypse story to be the most fascinating piece of the X-Men story. I’ll never forget that shinny holographic card of Apocalypse. It’s great to see that some fans are trying to make this story come to life in their own interpretation of the saga. It so happens that I went to high school with many of the people involved and decided that I could use this blog to get them over this small last hurdle. The project is nearly 100% funded but just needs a few more thousand in the next 2 days.

I will admit that at first I was disappointed that this is just another comic book cop out since it seems like everything is going super heroes. The more I thought about it made me realize you know what… I want to see this. It takes a lot to impress me when it comes to movies just as it does for music but this story is one of my favorites in the comic book universe. Truth is I’d love to see more filmmakers make completely original new stories. There’s too much being redone or ideas recycled for my taste. It’s hard not to look up movies and see some sort of sequel or story revisited. Now if we’re talking some old friends from high school doing X-Men during the age of Apocalypse I’m all for it.

For more information and to help fund this project:
Rise X-Men Fan Movie

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Of Porcelain | Why Wait?

time June 8th by John-Michael authorTags: , , , , , , , , ,

Of Porcelain aka Josh Mayer is no joke my favorite producer. Anyone who has ever talked to me about producing music eventually knows that my biggest influence would be Of Porcelain. The downtempo trip-hop artist is most well known by his other alias Ooah of The Glitch Mob. He also has other projects he is part as well such as PantyRaid and The Seedling Escape.

Josh has created such an impression with me that he’s probably one of the few artist out there that still feel starstruck whenever something appears from him. Despite recently seeing him preform with MartyParty as PantyRaid at Lightning in a Bottle he regained my faith that there’s a possibility of some more Of Porcelain or melodic sexy music still inside him after that underwhelming Superior EP. Watching him play you could see Marty jumping up and going crazy during the heavy aggressive basslines and you could see Josh just chillen grooving. It was obvious when Josh picked a tune as you could see him swaying to the chill beat and getting into it and see Marty just standing there. It’s interesting to see and hear the obvious differences in their music today. You can really tell the parts Marty wrote and the parts Josh wrote.

This new track by Of Porcelain brings so much faith back into music and where I first fell in love with chill glitchy beats. Ooah’s most recent track on soundcloud The Love I Need almost left me questioning if he was just experimenting or changing his sound towards this new direction PantyRaid was going for. He is extremely busy now with the upcoming Glitch Mob tour and has quite the insane life touring with Marty as well so I can only hope after the tours tone down we will see Of Porcelain revisited or hell even The Seedling Escape. Kitty D has been on a role as well and still has that unique sound which continues to stray away from the heavy bass beats. I can’t tell you how disappointing it is to see so many others fall to the trap of making heavy dance floor bangers.

Josh, Thank you for what you do and the music you create. I think I speak on behalf of many of your fans and lovers of music when saying this: PLEASE Of Porcelain album is way long overdue and in this brostep era something beautiful is needed baddddd. Take your time. BUT please everyone is craving something new with those hypnotic tones you’ve shown in the past. See you at the Dallas date if not out of town for a show. Much Respect & Love.

Grab the NEW Of Porcelain tune off the Seek Sick Sound Comp Vol. 2

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Voodoo Farm / Artist Spotlight

time May 14th by Dj EA authorTags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Voodoo Farm is the music project of NYC-based producer/DJ/filmmaker Liam Dirlam. The sound is described as “Electronic Dancerock” and infuses styles of Electro House, Dubstep, and Hip-Hop using live instruments, vocalists, and machines. Voodoo Farm’s first single, “Bangers & Cash” was placed on rotation on at MTV, VH1 and SpikeTV… also considered for mtvU’s “Best Freshman Video Award” in September 2010. They have a bunch of dope remixes that they’ve done recently that are up for free download at soundcloud.com/liamdirlam. Without fail, every time I drop one of their tracks live, there is always someone who will run behind the DJ booth to see what I’m playing, haha.  Unfortunately, I can’t take credit for their awesomeness. Check out the remixes below and grab the free downloads (alternative download links posted within the descriptions of the tracks on soundcloud). Also, each of the songs has a fun video to go along with them and you can check them all out at www.youtube.com/user/voodoofarmmusic.

Wiz Khalifa ft. 2Pac- Roll Up (VOODOO FARM Remix)

Outkast ft Lady Gaga – Wheelz of Steel (VOODOO FARM Remix)

The Doors – People Are Strange (VOODOO FARM Remix)

Download (right-click save as): Adele vs. Jay Z vs. Biggie – Rolling in the Deep (Voodoo Farm Remix)

Dirlam and Robert E. Corrigan JR (Muscle Car Chronicles) are now working on a REMIX/B-SIDE album that will drop this summer for free.   Their second full-length album will be finished in September. I’m stoked to be sharing the stage with them this summer in Dewey Beach on July 29th! If you’re on the east coast, you should def check out this event: Dewey Beach EDM Fest

Make sure to like Voodoo Farm on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/voodoofarm

Much love and respect!

-EA (EA@afromonk.com)

soundcloud.com/djeamusic

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Manifestation Celebration | Dallas 2011

time December 28th by John-Michael authorTags: , , , , , , , , ,

Manifestation Celebration 2011 Dallas, Texas

May 7th, 2011 Dallas, Tx
A Night at the Museum:
The Alex Grey Experience
@ Dallas Museum of Nature & Science

Speakers

Alex Grey
(Meet & Greet, Discussion, Live Painting w. The Nadis Warriors)

Allyson Grey
(Meet & Greet, Discussion, Live Painting w. The Nadis Warriors)

Daniel Pinchbeck
(Q&A, Signing)

Maestro Don Jose Campos
(Opening Ceromony, Closing Ceromony, Signing, Shamanic Intiation during Nadis Warriors Set)

Rick Strassman, MD
(Meet & Greet, Signing)

Mitch Schultz
(Q&A, Meet & Greet)

Jamie Janover
(Discussion: Unified Field Theory)

Peter Gorman
(Meet & Greet, Signing)

Rose Hahn
(Discussion: Divine Feminine, Signing)

Alberto Roman
(Poetry, Translator for Don Jose Campos)

Michael Garfield
(Live Painting, Discussion)

Music

The Nadis Warriors (w/ Jamie Janover & Don Jose Campos)
Bluetech
Eskmo
Janover

Phutureprimitive
D.V.S*
Govinda
Language Love
Brede
ONE4ALL
Metranohm
DJ PWR
Wizard
Afro Monk
& more TBA!

Film

Full Screenings of:
2012: Time for Change

DMT: The Spirit Molecule

They will be using multiple projections of Alex Grey’s art to fill the 79 foot Imax screen. All exhibits will be open to the attendees.

To ensure a pleasant and intimate evening for our attendees, only 1,000 tickets total will be sold for this event!!!

Insiders are reporting that there are less than 200 tickets available! This event will SELL OUT! Come join us on this amazing experience of pure artistry all around!

BUY TICKETS

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The Glitch Mob – Beyond Monday

time April 14th by John-Michael authorTags: , , , , , ,

That is all… carry on!

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Gorillaz – Go Bananaz Film

time October 13th by John-Michael authorTags: , , ,

The Gorillaz are one of the few bands out there that have impressed me with how far they have gone. It is no surprise that they’ve blown the music industry by storm. These guys are talented musicians and make it a point to show everyone that they are truly artist and original in everything they do.

Learn more about the people behind the familiar characters we’ve come to recognize and adore. Babelgum use to have this to watch for free but currently doesn’t anymore. It does seems like they’ll be adding it back in the near future. Check out the page at http://www.babelgum.com/gorillazgobananaz

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