The Photograher Series: Drew Pador (OpenFire Photography)

Hi! Hope you’re all doing well and getting in some tacos on this fine Tuesday. One of the things I’ve been meaning to do lately is post an interview series about something different from music.

And so today, I am pleased to present to everyone one of my close friends Drew as the start of my photographer series! Drew and I met during the start of a group I moderate for called Bay Area DirtyBirds (s/o to all you birds). We hit it off from the start and have since been sending it and looking for more fun!


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For the readers that don’t really know you, can you give us some details of who you are are and what you do?

The name is Drew and I was born and (mostly) raised in the Bay Area. During the weekdays I work an IT job to support my hobbies.

When did you buy your first camera?

Funny story: I actually got my first camera gifted to me in January this year by my company, but I grew up using my friends gear when we would go on adventures.

How long have you been into photography? Or how long have you been doing this as your career?

I started to get interested in about 2007 when I started going boating on the Delta with some new friends. They all had nice DSLR’s to shoot us behind the boat when we would wakeskate, and I found I really enjoyed being behind the lens. Only this year have I really begun to try and get work at clubs and events to build my portfolio.

Describe the style of your photography. 

Being relatively new I am still exploring all types of photography, but it has mostly been club nights or events thrown by different collectives in the house community in the city. Other than that, I have really enjoyed dabbling in landscape and night photography.


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Do you mind sharing some of your best work?

 I love to share! Check out my pics on Facebook here! (Hyperlink FB link)

How do you manage to get yourself out there? What kinds of social media do you use to help promote?

Facebook and Instagram are a must, and I also have a website that I publish my work to.

What has been one of your most memorable experiences?

I was invited to shoot a small festival up in Mendocino just a couple months ago and I was completely blown away by the whole experience. So many great candid moments with beautiful scenery, it was truly a magical time!

If you could work with anyone, who would it be? Why?

Hands down, Clark Little. His passion for waves is what drove his photography and I really admire that and use it as an example. I love the house music scene in San Francisco and getting to capture moments of my friends and I doing what we love is such a blessing.

One of the most difficult aspects about doing this?

Balance between getting my shots in and trying to have a good time with my friends. The scene is so much fun it can be challenging to stay focused, lots of distractions!


Do you feel like you’re constantly experiencing life through a lens? 

It has gotten to the point where I feel almost naked without a camera. Capturing a moment that some might miss and getting to share my unique perspective is super rewarding.

Where do you get your inspiration from? 

 I am really inspired by other artists, getting to see them in their element, doing what they are passionate about and capturing that.

What photographers do you look up to? 

 All the National Geographic photographers and surf photographers.

Do you have any cool projects in the future?

 I am working on a private event that I am hoping will turn into a really great photo opportunity, so stay tuned for that collection.

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Featured Artist: Wei

Tonight’s Featured Artist is probably one of the most modest and kind-hearted individuals I’ve come across that DJ’s, too. I’m sure a lot of you have gotten Weivy with him (no pun intended). He goes by the name Wei his real name being Wei-Sean. Meeting Wei-Sean happened over a series of run-in’s at clubs and events. Eventually, I think we got to that point where you see someone so often you might as well strike up a conversations. Been homies ever since..

Pinkezup Weivy.pngIn your own words, can you describe how you feel about music?

Music has always been a way to express myself. To connect everyone into that particular feeling you’re trying to achieve during that moment of a song or the journey through a set. Its a nostalgic feeling to revert back into our primitive nature of chanting and dancing around the fire pits.

Who are you? What do you do? Where are you from? 

I was born in China but am originally from Los Angeles and grew up in parts of Malaysia, Florida, Philippines, Texas, and Arkansas. I grew up in all of those places for a minimum of 3-4 years each. Currently I’ve been in the bay for almost 4 years. I used to be an Aircraft Mechanic in the US Air Force, competed & coached in MMA & Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, played in metal/post-hard core bands in the Philippines, and currently work as an Analyst at Facebook. I also have an Etsy for my “DirtyHeart” design!

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How’d you decide on DJ/Mixing and/or Producing? Why?

Music was always a detrimental part of my life, an escape of reality, a way to express myself. I used to have a heavy influence of Metal/Post-Hard Core music when I was still doing the band stuff in the Philippines, but that was easily 10 years ago. After getting out of the military in 2014 and moving back to Los Angeles, I was immediately sucked back into the music scene. Shortly after moving to the bay, everything just grew from then!


How long have you been DJ/Mixing and/or Producing?

Surprisingly, I began learning how to DJ at the very beginning of 2017 and later on that year I played at my first underground afterhours. I know I had to play catch-up with all the amazing Producers in the scene, thus I started to dive into producing at the beginning of this year.

How’d you form your moniker? 

I play off my name more than I should, Weivy, WeiKreative, Digital AirWeivs, etc. So branding “Wei” was easily a no-brainer. Wei to leave a legacy lol.

One of the most difficult aspects about doing this scene?

As you can tell by now, I’m still pretty fresh in the scene. I’ve been blessed to have the network I have and to be booked at the places that I have been. I can definitely tell you we don’t do it all for the money. Currently trying to juggle my “9 to 5” on top of DJ’ing and keeping up on fresh tracks, supporting the homies (because that how we roll), and working on production, my most difficult aspect has been trying to set times for certain priorities. You still have to take care of yourself..

Do you feel like nowadays you can’t experience the music the same as you did when you were just a listener? 

My music taste has changed and evolved significantly but I still enjoy music to its fullest. Yes, the producing aspect does favors more attention to every single instruments arrangement being played, but I’ve always been hearing sounds inside my head.

Favorite Artist or Favorite Track right now? (Or one of your favorite artists? Serves as a way to connect the artist w/audience by showing what they are into)

As of right now I have to give it up to Chris Lake. The amount of material he has being released that are all A+ bangers is just insane. Theres so much you can learn by breaking down and dissecting its musical components.

Any other upcoming Artists and/or new Tracks we should know? 

San Francisco’s House & Techno community has been a huge influence in my evolving taste in music, so definitely keep an eye on that. I know a lot of local collectives are making big things happen this year.
#pinkezup, Admit One Records, Pizza & Techno, just to name a few…

Any mixes/tracks of your we should check out? 

Posted a recent mix on Soundcloud for the recent celebration of Independence Day


Do you have any cool shows or prospects in the future?

This Friday July 20th I will be playing at Halcyon for the first time. Supporting for Tim Baresko show and opening up for the ladies of #pinkezup, Ney X Miss Mak. And then next week Saturday July 28th we are having a burning man fundraiser for our Mudskippers camp at the Cafe in the Castro. As far as bigger events, West Coast Campout with the #pinkezup crew, but if you’d like to keep up, follow me on Facebook or check out my website

How do you know Ney x Miss Mak?

Ever since I moved to the bay at the end of 2014, I was immediately sucked into the EDM community. It was back then when Renee used to DJ with Joe Famularo as “Animal Control”, I knew of her as I was working with the “EDMSF” collective. We all knew each other through mutual DJ/music friends so eventually when House & Techno came into my life, our groups of friends evolved. Pinkezup became a big part of the community that helped me in my growth.

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What can we expect from you this Friday when you open for Ney x Miss Mak + Tim Baresko?


This is definitely my biggest show yet and we will be bringing the heat. I have been a huge fan of Tim Baresko and his underground house/tech house – DirtyBird/DesertHeart vibes that he has in his productions. This night will be one to remember. And to be able to open with Ney X Miss Mak means even more.

How are you feeling going into this?

Extremely excited and ready for the night’s shenanigans!

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Creator’s Spotlight w Christian ReciKnows: Pableezy

Pablo and I had the pleasure of meeting each other at Lightning in a Bottle 2017. Pablo tells me, “I remember being slightly out of my mind, needing to lay down and I looked over my right shoulder and there you were mirroring me perfectly”. At the time, both of us were baking/frying in the sun trying to stay human. Soon afterwards, we began chatting up and in those moments we realized we would be friends forever.


In general, what does music do for you?

Music for me is an art form. One that can only really be appreciated by the artist themselves. So for me it’s a glimpse into someone else life, and I appreciate the artist for taking a risk and letting me in. It’s a special kind of relationship really. 

Where are you from? What do you do for a living

I’m from Los Angeles, CA and by day I work in television at NBC in studio city. 

Walk us through a day in the life of Pablo.

I wake up and thank god for another day. I’ve learned that life is short and a blessing. Then head to work and do my thing working with lawyers in contract negotiations. Afterwards I record Dope Shit Only.

Okay so you started your own Podcast series called “dopeshitonly_music”. Can you tell us a little about what it is about?


Dope Shit Only is about creating an open-minded community that shares other peoples’ creations, & is always looking out for “Dope Shit”. Basically it’s what you’re doing with your platform Chris. Except through my preferred medium, voice.

How did this idea come to be? Have you always wanted to become a “vlogger”, if you will? 

The idea came from a motivation speaker name Gary Vaynerchuk. Please check out his book “Crushing It”. It inspired me to stay creative. He really does a good job explaining the huge impact “Voice” will play in the future and how it’s shaping the media landscape now. 

Where do you ideally hope to take this platform of yours?

I originally started this podcast to just highlight music that I love. Now I’m starting to get a lot of traffic on my site, and also great feedback from the artist that I’m showcasing which is really fun. But as long as I can introduce people to new artist and new sounds, I think I’ve done my job.

Check out the Instagram for “dopeshitonly_music”

Do you have any specific artist(s) that you are consistently listening to

Yeah I can’t name all the artist that I love listening to. That’s the reason I think I have a lot of content on but I will say my show centers around Hiphop and RnB mostly. Artist like 6lack, Childish Gambino, Sza, Kendrick etc are really inspirational too me.

Any upcoming Artists and/or new Tracks we should know? 

Yes! Look out for K.forest he is really dropping amazing music. Also Jorja Smith sweet voice is something to listen too. And of course Daniel Caesar had an amazing album that you should really check out. 

A lot of have seen the DirtyBird West Coast campout Instagram video with the Vibe Trib featuring you as MC. Can we expect you to make a return this coming fall? 

Lmao!!! That was very impromptu but I will definitely make my way to any open Mic I can get my hands on. I think my superpower is my voice and I plan to use it. 

Check out the video here!

What’s your favorite food?

Double Pepperoni Pizza, large fam

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Anything more to add? 

Everyone works a 9 to 5… but what are you doing from 5 to midnight? Stay hungry – Pableezy

Also I want to S/O all my tech House heads out there listening to Dope Shit Only! The rave community really embraced me and thought me how to be unapologetically myself. PLUR L-O-L

Be sure to stay up-to-date with Pablo aka Pableezy and his Podcast here.

Also give him a follow on Instagram too 😉

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Featured Artist: Rucca

Happy Monday everybody!

Is it just me or has July been a weird month for everyone?

To start off this week, I talked to a buddy of mine, Lucca, who I’ve known now for a little over two years. He’s pretty versatile, kind of like the jack of all trades type fella. He’s a bit of a hypebeast and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t jealous of his wardrobe let alone his sneaker collection haha.

Anyway let’s just jump into this…


Who are you? What do you do? Where are you from?

Yo! I’m Rucca. I’m a Digital Strategist/DJ/Photographer originally from São Paulo Brazil. I currently live in Washington, DC working for one of the largest strategy agencies in the country helping non-profits and political campaigns navigate the digital world. But once 6pm hits, I’m in the streets with my camera taking photos of clients of all sorts. By 11pm, I’m behind the decks at clubs across DC. I’ve focused most of my music around house/techno, but I have been expanding into much heavier music.








How’d you decide on DJ/Mixing and/or Producing? Why?

I’m not sure what came over me. I just remember going to my first show and being fascinated by how they were doing it. Eventually downloaded some free software and went from there. Played a few house parties in high school. In college I lived with an international DJ by the name of Mekanikal (  who taught me even more and pushed me to improve. And now here I am getting booked across the East Coast and traveling to festivals I never thought I’d be playing.


How long have you been DJ/Mixing and/or Producing?

I guess it’s been about 8 years (shit… time flies)

How’d you form your moniker? 

In middle school this guy once called me Rucca. It kinda stuck from there. Only recently did I find out that Rucca means something very different… check urban dictionary if you’re bored.

One of the most difficult aspects about doing this scene? 

It’s definitely a “what can you do for me” scene. If you have nothing to offer and you don’t push yourself, people won’t give you a chance. I learned that the hard way in the beginning. But there’s more positive aspects to the scene than negative.

Do you feel like nowadays you can’t experience the music the same as you did when you were just a listener?

Damn… good question. Yes. It is very different. Because before I understood the things behind the music, it was all kind of magic to me. Yes, there’s still shows I go to that blow me away production wise as music wise. But for the most part, it’s difficult to hear a DJ transition poorly without thinking to yourself “damn they should’ve done this instead”

What’s your favorite type of food?

Pasta & sushi.

Favorite Artist or Favorite Track right now?

There has been one song that is on repeat for me every single day. It’s Jay Hudson’s remix of SZA’s Love Galore


In terms of artists, I don’t have one favorite. Right now I’m heavily into Joyryde, Kanye, Logic and SZA.

Any mixes/tracks of yours we should check out?

A little over a year ago I put out this mix about all the changes I was going through. I was feeling a lot of emotions while I was traveling the world. So I put it into this mix called Changes. I would add a song or two as my mood changed. You can feel the progression as you listen through.


Do you have any cool shows or prospects in the future?

I just wrapped up a great show with Hekler. There’s more for the future. But for right now I’ve been laying low focusing on my photography (which you can check out here








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Anything more to add? 

Support your local artists! They’re usually more unique and have a much more difficult job than the top artists

Be sure to like Rucca’s Facebook page here.

Follow him on Instagram and twitter to check out his photography too!

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Behind the Scenes w/ Max Charnas

Max and I crossed paths when I drove down for This Ain’t Bristol‘s very first event in America. It was a collaboration with Insomniac Events called “One Night In Los Angeles” @ The Union last year and have kept in touch ever since!

We have since met up with one another at Insomniac’s Beyond Wonderland, CRSSD and other countless events. Max is truly the most down to earth easy-going and fun human I have come across haha. He is currently Director of Operations for Space Yacht and was the Former Editor for This Ain’t Bristol 

What exactly does music do for you?

Music enhances every aspect of my life. I would estimate that I spend over 50% of my waking hours listening to some type of music. Whether that be house or techno while I’m working and studying or Led Zeppelin to wake me up in the morning, or Hip Hop while driving, or romantic music while I’m in love or sad music when I’m experiencing heartbreak. It is always with me.

 Where are you from? What were you doing prior to music? 

Cleveland, Ohio originally. I also spent three years in Chicago working in finance before moving to LA to start the American imprint of This Ain’t Bristol with Billy Kenny.

 You went to school in Chicago? What’s your favorite place to eat in Chicago?

Actually went to Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio. Best food there is Tommy’s Pizza. Lived in Chicago for three years after graduating. Favorite place to eat in Chicago was Bavette’s: the parlor room in the basement is one of the best dining atmospheres in the country.

How did you first get involved with This Ain’t Bristol & Billy Kenny?

 It actually started with a Facebook message to Billy inviting him to a Facebook group where we share music. He was all about it, which speaks to what a down to earth dude he is.


 As editor for This Ain’t Bristol, what exactly did you do? 

Editor for every written word published by the label. For example, I would write track descriptions, blog posts, press releases, etc. I would also help Billy throw events in the US.  

What was it like working (and living) with the man, himself, Billy Kenny?

 Never a dull moment. Billy is an incredible friend and roommate and his brain is always going 100 mph. He would wake me up at 9AM excited about an idea or a track that he was working on and I would need 3 cups of coffee to understand what the fuck he was saying.

 Not only did This Ain’t Bristol bring out the legend Kyle Watson stateside to play his first US festival ever, but also his first club show too! How was it working with him and finally being able to bring him here?

Actually, my first ever project for TAB was interviewing Kyle for his The Cone/Rhinoceros release. We skyped for over an hour even though he had no idea who the hell I was. One of the most humble and intelligent people I’ve had the honor of meeting in the industry.

 The Crssd After Dark: This Ain’t Bristol – One Night In SD had to be one of my favorite shows I have everrr been to. Music Box was PACKED to the brim, how smoothly did that night run for all of you? OrHow did it feel to see so many people lining up for the sold out show?

Hahah, fairly smooth overall. Except for the fact that the company running the event didn’t have any of our guest list so we had to literally escort every artist and all of their guests from the door. However, that was not the venue’s fault and we absolutely love the Music Box.

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 What has been your most memorable experience working with This Ain’t Bristol?

I would have to say our stage at Nocturnal Wonderland. We got an AirbnB Ecodome in the mountains of San Bernardino where 15 of us slept (or didn’t sleep) and became really really close friends. The group chat from that weekend still goes off on a daily basis. Shoutout “LOBT @ Ecodome”

So you’re now that you’ve teamed up with Space Yacht as Head of Operations, walk us through a day in the life of Max Charnas.

Basically, I make sure that everyone we work with is getting paid on time and that the company on track to make money and achieve our goals internally. There is a terrible trend within the music industry of artists and vendors not being paid in a timely fashion and we make sure that everyone that works with Space Yacht comes away feeling like they are family.

 How did you meet Henry anyway?

 I met Henry and Rami my first week living in LA when Billy suggested that we go this thing called Space Yacht.

What sort of plans do you have in store for Space Yacht that you can share with us?

Expansion! Both domestic and internationally. That’s about all I can say for now.  

One of the most difficult aspects about being in this scene? (What’s the thing you dislike or what’s the most frustrating thing?)


 Do you feel like nowadays you can’t experience the music the same as you did when you were just a listener? (The purpose of this question is so the audience has a sense of what it’s like to be behind the scenes?)

 Actually, since I’ve started learning to DJ, I’ve gained an even greater respect for artists that are able to mix well.

 You started mixing too! So who was your sensei, Billy or Bones? (I’m not actually sure when you first started to DJ lmao)

Billy was my first sensei. I remember when he got his CDJs, we didn’t sleep at all that week. Just like two kids on Christmas. Trevor is also an amazing DJ and has taught he some really important tricks of the trade.

What’s your DJ name?

Dude! I got nothing good right now. I would love some input from you and the readers to help me come up with something catchy. 

Shoot Max a tweet and give him an idea for a DJ name!

 Favorite Artist or Favorite Track right now? (Or one of your favorite artists? Serves as a way to connect the artist w/audience by showing what they are into)

That’s a hard fuckin question man. I would say that my favorite artist that I’ve recently been introduced to is Polo & Pan, an awesome French duo.

My favorite weapon of track has got to be Dreamcatcher – Dario D’Attis. I’m a huge fan of Defected and almost everything they do..


Any other upcoming Artists and/or new Tracks we should know? (This question is a way to plug in your own musical connects or artists you feel should also get exposure)

If you haven’t heard of Schade yet, he’s the next big thing. He played on our boat party and absolutely blew me away.

Any mixes/tracks of your we should check out? (Showcase artists’ discography – could also put this mix or track at the very beginning of the Q&A or somehow incorporate this question better so featured artists gets more web traffic for their SC, Spotify, Page, etc.,)

Yes! One of my favorite mix series is by this dude from Buenos Aires named Pabels. I play each of his mixes a minimum of 10 times after they come out. Check him out.

One last thing, I’m sure you travel a lot doing what you do. What’s your favorite place you’ve been to so far?

 My two favorite countries that I’ve ever visited are Germany and Israel. Great music scenes and great people.

 Anything more to add? 

Loved this interview dude!

Follow Max on Instagram to see what direction he takes Space Yacht in!

Be sure to follow Space Yacht and stay up to date with their events!

They will be having a Day Club party @ the Academy in Orange County with an ever so exclusive lineup


Grab your tickets here!

I would like to take a moment to thank Max for giving me his time and allowing me to do this piece on him. Thanks Max!! ❤

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Fashion Spotlight w Christian ReciKnows: Spicy Boys Club

The idea behind Fashion Spotlight w/ Christian ReciKnows is to reveal some low-key trend setters/designers that are doing their own thing and killin’ it.


Alex and I met for the first time at a POP NYE show for Get Real through our mutual friend Jordan. Though we had been affiliated before that thanks to the Bay Area DirtyBird Group we are both a part of.

From then on, we have run into each other at shows events, and I’ve just been admiring his style from day one. One of my most vivid memories of him was when we saw each other at San Francisco’s How Weird Street Faire and he was wearing his one of a kind Spicy Boys Club I was like alright, this guy has such unique style.

Who are you? What do you do? Where are you from?

Simple things first, I’m Alex, grew up in Manteca in the central valley, hopped around California for a bit, and now I’m living the beach life in Santa Cruz.  I work at a screen printing shop in town printing shirts and things like that all day.  After hours I’m working on my brand, Spicy Boys Club.  I also do freelance work in web/graphic/print design, illustration, and photography.  Aside from that, I’m pursuing a music career, but finding time for that has been a real challenge haha.

How’d you come up with the idea for Spicy Boys Club?

It all started at Dirtybird Campout 2017.  Someone had a sriracha bottle totem and it was lost the first night.  We were talking about it the next day, and then went on a tangent about eating hot sauce on everything.  And since all of us that were camped together loved house music as well, it became a thing.

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Alright, soooo what’s with the name? What does it mean to you?

Spicy Boys Club was pretty much thought up as a joke.  The approach to the brand is very tongue-in-cheek, we don’t like to take ourselves seriously.  Then people started asking to be part of the club, and I jokingly told people to give me their emails and I’ll put them on a waiting list.

At first it was just souvenirs I made for the DBC campmates.  Now, to me it represents a lively approach to just about any situation in life.  Spicy stuff always puts a little fire in your step, and that’s pretty much what the ethos is behind the brand.  Why be vanilla when you can be spicy?

Any backlash from Anti Social Social Club?

Luckily no, but there are also a lot of other knock off designs from their signature piece, so I feel like they’d have to go down a list before they get to me.  I do have contigency plans for the design mimicking there’s as well as the logo, so I’ve already put some thought into this.


Who helps you out? Or do you do most of the work behind the brand yourself?

I handle all aspects of the brand myself.  Artwork, marketing, emails, online store, social media, as well as screen printing everything by hand.  But there is a growing number of people showing a lot of support, really repping the brand, and that helps a TON.  I also throw ideas out to the original camp group to get their feedback, I like to keep them included since this was all started because of our group.

Have you had any previous projects?

I have had a couple previous attempts at brands.  Most recently was Adventure Brand (, with the motto “Always Wander, Always Wonder.”  But SBC started gaining momentum and since I keep the artwork manageable for it, it grew much faster and was easier for me to handle, so Adventure Brand was put on the backburner for now.  That brand was more dedicated to my illustrations and graphics that were intended to question reality and their approach to things.  So, there are some similarities in the brands, but enough of a difference to where I couldn’t handle both at the same time.

One of the most difficult aspects about starting your own brand?

Working a day job and also handling a growing brand/business has been the biggest challenge.  Finances are tough as well when first starting out, having to plan products that you can see to completion but work within your budget.  However, time has been the biggest setback.  After work I either go home and handle orders or social media stuff, or I stay at the shop all night to print up batches of stuff.  I’ve been building inventory lately, and that’s been a big relief, but I’m still on the edge of two lifestyles.  I’m hoping soon I’ll be able to commit fully to the brand as well as my long time goal of opening a creative studio.  Soon, very soon.

Do you feel like you will take this somewhere or is it more so like a passion?

I’m very passionate about anything I do, it kind of defines me, and I do not handle failure well, so as long as I can keep building support for this, I’ll keep pushing.  One aspect that helps is having the brand woven into the music community.  There’s so much love and support in it, and it gives me more of an incentive to furthering the community that’s starting to take shape around the brand.

What are some of your favorite clothing companies?

I’ve been a big fan of Benny Gold for years, that’s by far my favorite brand.  I love the aesthetic, and the story of how he started with a sticker and grew it into a company.  It’s exactly along the lines of what I’ve wanted to do for so long.  I spoke with him in person a couple years ago for my birthday and he gave me a lot of words of encouragement, which really set a special place in my heart for what he does.

Other companies I’ve been into over the years are Mishka, Black Scale, Vans (I have like 30 pairs haha), Upper Playground, and then merch from artists.

Do you eventually want to create your own clothing line? Like big-time?

I do, it’s always been in the front of my mind.  There is a whole lot of work and money that goes into really developing a clothing line, so the time is still ahead of me.  But I’m always keeping my eye on it, it’s one of the prizes I covet.

Any clothing or art you want to show off?

If you take a look at the IG, that’s all the stuff I want to show off.  I’m a perfectionist, so I take the work I do seriously, and I like to make each piece be top quality.  There are a few limited edition pieces in there.  Namely, the tie dye, which I dye myself by hand and print to match the color scheme.  I would show off some of the women’s stuff I’ve been working on, but I’m putting in extra effort to really seal in those flavors, so I’m going to drop them when the time is right haha.

Spicy Boys Club Descending

Do you have any cool prospects in the future?

When I opened for Option4 a couple weeks ago, he threw the idea out there of a Hotboi Records x Spicy Boys Club collab, and I was totally on board with it.  I’d love to collab with other brands or artists, it’s always been something I’ve wanted to pursue.  I’d like to start vending at events, and hosting more parties or get togethers.


Aside from that, I’ve been getting in contact more with artists that want to rep the brand.  Buku is the first person on board with it, he’s been posting photos of him at Paradiso and Electric Forest rocking the original tee.  It was such a surprise to have friends show that popping up on social media, so afterwards I contacted him, and I’m now flowing some stuff his was since he’s already helped out a lot with exposure.  At Santa Cruz Music Festival this year Justin Jay had said he was down to be a Spicy Boy, but I never got a response from him (I’m waiting, Justin!).


Oh wait! One last thing that’s in the works is a possible Spicy Boys Club takeover night at a venue around here.  Keep an eye out for that!  I just released the first official Spicy Boys Club mix a couple weeks back to kind of stoke the fire for that, so hopefully we can soon make it a regular thing.​


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Self-Love & Changing Paths



Too many people get stuck w/not accepting the reality of things because they’re so deep into something they are unable to see passed themselves/look at the bigger picture, these kinds of people (like myself) need to hit the bottommost layer of rocks in such a way that it is impossible to… and discover/explore themselves.

If you feel lost, start from the bottom and work your way back up… It’s like doing a system reset but instead of your laptop, it’s you. I know it sounds tacky/corny, but I’m a firm believer in the idea that we all have the capability of being whomever we want… It’s never too late and don’t be afraid to start over.


Letting go is perhaps the hardest thing to do as a human because it’s like you’re giving up but you’re not, you’re just going about it a completely different way.



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Find your talent, skill or whatever tf you want to call it & cultivate it while setting the bar higher & higher! don’t settle down because literally everyone can do better & these connections fostered through this kind of ideology can create new ideas that no one has dreamed about.



I don’t think we ever fully love ourselves – but that’s good because then we would never have the drive to constantly try to better ourselves. And that’s what life is… just trying to be the best we know we can be and learn. We constantly learn about life and others until we die. We won’t learn everything, but at least we learn as much as we can.

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Featured Artist: mphatiq

Hey all! This week to kick off “Music Mondays w/ Christian ReciKnows” is a good friend of mine by the name of mphatiq  *(edit: I have decided to change this series from Music Mondays w/Christian ReciKnows to simply  “Featured Artists” so as to not restrict myself to a Monday deadline)

This series is Q&A style interview to expose artists that don’t get much exposure and to provide them with a platform from which to grow from.




Oddly enough, I’m fairly certain I met Ananya the weekend he met his DJ partner Avi. Both Ananya and Avi are two minds behind “AVN“. Ananya has a certain knack for developing and creating a groovy a** beat and as a friend, I really admire his taste in music.

Anyway’s let’s get down to it!

In general, what does music do for you?

Music, for me, is an outlet for expressing emotions, creative ideas, and inspiration that I can’t express in other concrete ways such as words or actions. When I hear or am lucky enough to create a sound that moves me, it provides a dopamine rush that can’t be compared to any other experience in this world. And the absolutely positive energy that emanates from experiencing music you love with another person who also feels the same way, is beyond explanation. I am not a religious man, but it’s one of the few things in this world that moves me on a spiritual and transcendental level.

Who are you? What do you do? Where are you from?

My name is Ananya Mishra, and I was born in India, living in a few places in between until I finally settled in Houston, TX at the age of 5. My name means “without equal” in Sanskrit, and definitely had an impact on shaping how I’ve perceived myself and the impact I want to make on the world (for better or worse). I went through a few musical phases in my life, starting with classical (cello), then heavy metal (guitar/drums), and then finally Japanese traditional music (taiko, bamboo flute) before encountering electronic music, and the influences from each have shaped the sound I strive towards. Oh, and I’m a software engineer as my day job.


Photos of mphatiq by Christine Cueto & Jeffrey Chuc

How’d you decide on DJ and/or Producing? Why?

I was messing around in Logic within a few months of diving into electronic music. Having always been into computers & music and the intersection thereof my whole life, I knew from the beginning that producing electronic music was something I had the potential to make my own. I made my first shitty track within 5 months of starting out and the personal sense of fulfillment I got from that was addictive beyond measure, and sealed the deal. I knew this was what I wanted to do long-term.




I didn’t start DJ’ing until about 2 years after I got into the electronic scene – on the same day I got my first set of decks, I also met Avi (the other ½ of AVN/my DJ partner) and we were quickly spending weekend and after weekend honing our craft and learning from each other to quickly get where we are today. It was cool to have worked on production long before starting DJ’ing as I felt I had gained a lot of sensibilities for mixing before even touching decks for the first time.

How’d you form the name “mphatiq”?

My stage name ‘mphatiq’ is a stylized version of the word ’emphatic’, meaning “showing or giving emphasis; expressing something forcibly and clearly.”




I strive to create a sound and performance on stage that impacts people in a way that they will remember long after the fact, and I felt this name embodied that ideal. The stylization, which is loosely French-inspired, came from my strong passion for underground French house DJs and their aesthetic. I also appreciate how it evokes the word “empathic”, which is also important to me as I seek to connect to others on an emotional level through music.

One of the most difficult aspects about the music scene?

I’d say the most difficult aspect in the modern electronic music industry is creating a truly unique sound that rises above the rest and creates an experience the listener hasn’t had before. With the advent of YouTube tutorials and the democratization of knowledge on the internet, the bar to producing music has been lowered, which I think is awesome, but at the same time, has oversaturated the electronic music market with a lot of tracks that sound the same, or are of low quality.

Do you feel like nowadays you can’t experience the music the same as you did when you were just a listener?

I can’t honestly ever say that I listened to electronic music without an analytical ear. From the very beginning, when I was listening to nothing but deadmau5 and Pryda’s progressive house and trance melodies, it felt like I was always listening with an eye towards “how would I do this myself?” “What would I create?” “What can I take away from what these masters of the art have created?”

That part of my brain rarely shuts up, which is a double-edged sword.

However, sometimes it’s nice to shut off that analytical side and just fucking dance to some good tunes. Luckily, I have friends around me that are honest enough to tell me to stop overthinking and just enjoy when we’re out at shows, and I’m grateful for them.

Favorite Artist or Favorite Track right now? 

Right now, I’m really digging Madeaux, an artist out of LA who has a dark, almost sinister, electro-influenced rhythmic bass house sound. His set at Lightning in a Bottle this past May was one of the best live DJ sets I’ve ever seen, and his seamless mixing combined with his elegant, tastefully diverse track selection really left an impression on me. His stage presence was also incredibly smooth and almost cocky in a way that was really entertaining. I can’t wait to get him back to the Bay again.

Any other upcoming Artists and/or new Tracks we should know?

I’d check out Bloodtone, Kage, and Matroda’s latest stuff. These guys are really pushing some of the greatest sound in the bass house scene right now. This is the sound I strive towards myself as I find it utilizes the physical aspects of sub frequencies during the live performance in a way that most other subgenres of house don’t do too well. I see it as combining the deep, dark, consciousness-expanding sounds of West Coast Bass with the more upbeat driving rhythms of house music in a way that creates novel sensations and makes you wanna move.

Any mixes/tracks of your we should check out?

A recent release I’m proud of is this remix of Zhu’s epic track Nightcrawler that trades out the 4/4 house beat and rolling melodic bass line for a more trap inspired breakbeat and deeper minimal bass:

I was gunning to make something more danceable and driving than the original, and I’m a fan of how it turned out.

Do you have any cool shows or prospects in the future?

This coming August, I’m launching a monthly party in San Francisco called GCODE (GCODE in San Francisco Aug 18), designed to showcase the bass house & g-house sounds I’m so passionate about, as well as provide a platform for artists in these genres to get their names out there. It’s a sound that is hard to find in San Francisco aside from the occasional visiting artist, and I really want to create a devoted scene for it here.




Also, I’ve just gotten signed to G-Mafia Records based in Brazil, a label that specializes in Brazilian Bass & G-House, so look out for my first original release on Spotify, iTunes, and SoundCloud in the next few months

Anything more to add?

“Question everything, assume nothing, take no prisoners.” – mphatiq

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Check out mphatiq’s latest mix and preview of his new monthly party below!

mphatiq’s Facebook

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Thanks for tuning in everyone! Be on the lookout for the next artist to come sooooon!

All the best,

Christian Recinos

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Music is My Everything

I’m the kind of person that when I find something I really like, say for example, a song, I run it. I don’t stop after the first, second, fifth or 27th time I’ve heard…. I put it on repeat and just let it consume me.. for better or worse.

Lately, I’ve been trying to take a step back from myself, peel back allll the layers and really take a gander at where I’m headed, why/how I’m here and where I actually want to go.

With music, I realized I got so caught up in the house music scene that I completely neglected the part of me that got me here in the first place!

And so… I spent some time siphoning through my library and compiling a list of tracks that I completely forgot about, but that were a very important part of my musical journey.

Here’s what I came up with – Memory Lane – “Heart’s Sanctuary”

Share some music with me, let’s get connected!



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We all start somewhere. Don’t forget your roots. Connect with your inner child and channel that unadulterated curiosity!




It’s all right- this isn’t the end of it. Endings and beginnings are as different than exits and entrances.”
Takuji Ichikawa,



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