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Loup De Mer One Rad Deejay with an Electric Musical Arsenal.

Joseph Loup Le Mer Alexander CorderoThis past week I had the pleasure of interviewing Los Angeles DeeJay, Joseph Alexander Cordero, who is also known as Loup De Mer. He has been part of the electronic dance scene for the past five years, and has been spinning, remixing and keepin’ party goers dancin’ and groovin’ with his renditions of today’s top 40s, and classic 50s era muzik. One listen to his track “Back to the Future” will reveal that this DeeJay grew up around disco and is not afraid to bridge the gaps between music genres.

Personally, my favorite part of his cross genre set “Back to The Future” is his inclusion of Louis Armstrong’s “When You’re Smiling.” Cordero (DJ Loup De Mer), provides sample space for the legendary trumpet player’s unmistakable voice and trumpet solo.  Stylistically, this section of his set evokes audiotastic eargasms of the international electro swing fusions that artists such as Lyre Le Temps and Caravan Palace have shared on the international stage— to some extend the 2013 Great Gatsby Soundtrack attempts to replicate this style. Cordero just manages to put a little more soul and disco into the speakers. To keep things concise:  In short, Cordero is a rad fucking deejay with a electric musical arsenal.

Loup De Mer’s personal contact and artist page:
https://www.facebook.com/loupdemermusic
https://soundcloud.com/loup-de-mer

Loup De Mer,
Interview by Michael Ray De Los Angeles

“I would Fly no question about it, my fear of flying would be non-existant.”
-Loup De Mer-

With a MacBook pro and Traktor S4, Joseph Alexander Cordero has kept the LA electronic scene dancing for the greater part of a decade. His chosen super power would be flight and he has his sights on spinning to crowd of dancers internationally– including Europe and South America:

Michael Ray De Los Angeles:
As a DJ in Los Angeles, this city of Angels, what has been one of the most challenging feats that you have overcome, and how has that shaped the music you play and the set lists that you create?

 Joseph Alexander Cordero (Loup De Mer)
I myself am kind of an introverted dude, so when I got into DJing I wasn’t aware of how much promotion depended on my career. I was just interested in playing music for people because I kept going out to clubs in the early 2000’s and there was a lot of shit music and not enough people spreading the word of good music. By good music I mean music made to make you think, while still making you dance and never losing artistic credit. You can already tell I’m a bit of snob, but that doesn’t make me closed off to any type of genre, even pop music, which I must say is very difficult to pull off well.


All that said I always like to make my sets accessible to everyone not only by playing top 40 [tracks], but by also playing strait dance music with an undeniable groove… you may not like me but I WILL make you dance. To me it is all about the groove, if you can “Head bang” to it, [the music] works. Whether it be disco, techno, Hip Hop, Metal, Rock and Roll if you can head nod to that shit you’re golden.

MRDLA:
Oscar Wilde once said, “the only thing I cannot resist is temptation;” where are the venues or festivals (either locally or abroad) that you consider simply irresistible, and given the chance, why would you want to spin there?


I would LOVE to play HARD and to be quite frankly anywhere outside of the U.S. I love the idea of playing South America and Europe. I feel more akin to the music scenes over there. But I would love to spin for Gary Richards, By far one of the most influential figures in electronic music today, the guy has done so much for the advancement of electro music here in the states.

MRDLA:
I consider myself to be a bit of an audiophile, I Love all sorts of music, across various genres– symphony orchestras and Solfeggio frequencies to punk, doo wop and electro Jazz, I ❤ music. Joseph Cordero, as a DJ, I can only imagine that you are passionate about music. Why were you drawn to Electronic music and who are the musicians that inspire you? More specifically, what songs are you singing when you hop into the shower and which albums would I be surprised to find in your collection of tunes?

JAC:
I was drawn to electronic music in the late 90’s by acts like Prodigy and Daft Punk. Disco was the background of my childhood, [although] I immersed myself into nu metal when I was lead singer of a L.A. Band at the age of 19. There is always a beat in my head, which I believe is the reason for many people to start making music.


The most influential artists that shape my sounds are Mr.Oizo, Boys Noize, Siriusmo and Breakbot and most importantly Gesaffelstein. I am always singing cheesy 80’s (Hall and Oates), “If I fell” (Beatles), Sparklehorse, Metronomy and anything Pixies. You might be surprised by my Deer Tick collection, or that I own The Highwayman and all my Franki Valli remixes, shit all my 50’s remixes, which I only play at cool day parties.

MRDLA:
How can I stay updated with your mixes, shows, and news?

JAC:
https://www.facebook.com/loupdemermusic
https://soundcloud.com/loup-de-mer



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Michael Ray De Los Angeles
Bachelors of English Literature
Humboldt State University.
P:  1.323.592.7649
Freelance Writing, Editing, & Cinematography
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Tricia “Trish the Dish” Riel Takes You On a Magical Journey

Trish promo photoTricia Riel, is an artist of many talents. We first met in Humboldt, California, where she shared with me many well known secrets of juggling, character development, voice acting and even publishing. I have The Humboldt Circus to thank for bringing such an amazing community member into my life. In October of 2013 she will be publishing her second book in the Zephrum Gates series.

The unconventional female character Zephrum Gates, in Riel’s latest novel, is assisted by “a number of eccentric and magical people at her school, Fiddlestick School For Alternative Thinkers With Unusual Abilities.” The story is definitely a twist on the tired “damsel in distress” motif found in other fairy tales, as Zephrum Gates finds herself at the forefront of encounters with dragons, goblins and other strange magical beings. Riels own interests in circus arts can be found in the pages of this novel as the female protagonist and her friends put on a theatrical performance that is, as Riel describes it, “Out of this world.”

A magnificent performer herself, Tricia Riel, has worked as a drama teacher in San Francisco with “Kids on Camera;” been a physical coach at “Circus Smikus” in Vermont, “Camp WinnaRainbow” in Northern California, “Swivel Arts” in San Francisco, “Island Gymnastics” on Martha’s Vineyard, and at the “Arcata Playhouse” in Arcata, California.

The following is an interview we did for her new book Zerphrum Gates and the Strange Magical Treasure.

ZG 6x9 Front Cover with text

A great story…with unusual characters….and odd situations. Zephrum Gates & The Strange Magical Treasure is a memorable tale that will tickle you to the point of wonder & hysterics.

Tricia Riel, Author of
Zephrum Gates & the Strange Magical Treasure


Michael Ray De Los Angeles Menjivar:

Tricia Riel, “Zephrum Gates and The Strange Magical Treasure” is the second installment in your collection of novels, how have you grown with your characters over the course of these two books— the first being “Zephrum Gates and the Mysterious Purple Haze?”

Tricia Riel:
The first Zephrum Gates Book was really about “creating the world of Zephrum Gates.” Since the beginning of the story, each one of the characters has deepened & become more real for me in some way. They have each developed their own motivations & their own character arcs. Honestly, their process is a surprise to me as it evolves. As this story has progressed, I think each character has developed a stronger wish towards a larger goal. Personally, I feel I have grown with these characters… in that MY larger goals have also become aligned with THEIR wishes to thwart evil & work towards a more sustainable future.

MRDLAM:
Where did the name Zephrum Gates come from?

TR:
Because I am an Air sign by birth (Astrologically speaking), I feel that my own basic nature of AIR is a primary factor in anything I would write. Zephrum comes from “Zephyr Winds”… which relates to air & wind. Zephrum Gates is a voice that (for me) must be developed & cultivated in these times.

Although she doesn’t know it, Zephrum is a kind of “intellectual visionary.” What she thinks & wishes for… is something that ultimately becomes. Her “world” is more possible than we know. Our thoughts really CAN become things. Imagine the possibilities & they can become more real than we’ve ever expected.

MRDLAM:
Both Zephrum Gates books seem to possess, within their titles, fantastical elements. The notion of treasure, mystery and the unknown is definitely present. To whom will this book appeal to most?

TR:
I am writing to those who are “young at heart.” It is a fictional fantasy of FUN. Although the books are geared towards Young Adult Readers, I am hoping that the stories have a wider appeal to MANY age groups. I have not held back on vocabulary, so “grown ups” are likely to enjoy these stories as much as younger readers. For the YA readers, they should be ready to expand their knowledge base… as well as their lingo.

MRDLAM:
In reading your novels, what can the reader anticipate?

TR:
The first Zephrum Gates book is a fantastical tale that engages you beyond what you might expect. People tell me that after they have reached the end of Chapter 6 of the first book, it’s too late to turn back.

For “Zephrum Gates & The Strange Magical Treasure,” it’s likely to be a journey from one unforgettable predicament to the next. Magical experiences, earth wisdom, & many twists & turns are part of the adventure.

MRDLAM:
Favorite quote?

TR:
Mmm… That’s tricky. There are a lot of great quotes within the book, especially things that are said by Zephrum’s Great Aunt Gussie. Even so… when I really think about it, it is the Dragon’s Wisdom that REALLY sticks with me. One of the things he says is, “ The living code of dragon and wyvern runs deep. This is why we have thrived since the beginning of all time, and why we will live until the end of all things. We are linked with the land, and have been able to overcome great obstacles by the use of our boundless wisdom.”
If we could ALL adopt this philosophy, who knows how our culture & our world would change & evolve?

MRDLAM:
Lastly, where can a copy of either of your books be purchased?

TR:
“Zephrum Gates & The Mysterious Purple Haze” can be purchased ANYWHERE. It’s available through Barnes & Noble, Amazon, the official “Zephrum Gates” website (http://www.ZephrumGates.com ), & is listed in EVERY bookstore data base in the US & the UK. At this point, it’s likely available in more locations than I know. Search & you will find.

“Zephrum Gates & The Strange Magical Treasure” will be available through Amazon, beginning mid-October. Order through them first. After that, all other outlets should also be available.

ANY local bookstore in the US that carry books published by “Ingram Press” or “BakerZG 6x9 Back Cover with text

& Taylor” should have the book readily available. Pretty much, that’s EVERYBODY!

If your local bookstore does not appear to carry it, REQUEST it… & it will be on the shelves SOON. Ask the bookstores to notify you.

For the fans in the UK, “Gardeners” should also have the new Zephrum Gates book listed. This means that ALL of the UK bookstores will likely have “Zephrum Gates & The Strange Magical Treasure” in stock soon after all of the US distributors.


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Michael Ray De Los Angeles
Bachelors of English Literature
Humboldt State University.
P:  1.323.592.7649
Freelance Writing, Editing, & Cinematography
Social: | Twitter | Instagram | Soundcloud | Vimeo

Michelle “Moss” Wurlitzer, Chico’s Bicycling Muralist

“And then the Universe said let their be Art, And then there was Art. It was colorful, expansive and mind-blowing.” -anonymous-


482469_587613687924770_517458651_nWhen I begin to think about the many humbling spirits within my life, one student-teacher, artist, cyclist, artivist, repeatedly comes to mind Michelle “Moss” Wurlitzer:

In the short time that I have known of her, and known her, I have (time and time again) been blown away by her visions of the world. She is kind, caring and is one hell of a volcano of creativity. Her ability to put onto canvass (not to mention wood panels, post cards, concrete blocks, E450 bus ceilings and prayer flags) hopes and intentions for a more compassionate, Loving world is nothing like I have witnessed.

Over the course of these past few seasons, I have observed as her zest for art has left its impression on the hearts and minds of countless individuals–myself included. Within her work she evokes sentiments of nonviolence, harmony and perseverance. In short, she paints with intention.

I was amazed by her representation of Mahatma Gandhi, her visual contributions to the California Fruit Tree Tour Bus, and the endless supply of signs that she has created–“free hugs” “free tea” “Yes!” to name a few. Beyond the visual beauty there is something absolutely sacred about her approach to art/life. In short, she is an artist that creates and recreates the world around her through varied usages of color, the evocation of historical icons and a reframing of the world as it could be.

Michelle “Moss” Wurlitzer, Chico’s Artivist
Interview by Michael Ray De Los Angeles


The following dialogue was conducted via e-mail and completed 20 July 2013. Since our interview in Chico, California, Moss has featured in the Chicoer, and attended the International Rainbow Gathering in Palenque. I thank her whole heartedly for taking the time to answer several of my own questions regarding art and the current artistic climate.

Michael Ray De Los Angeles:

When did you first begin painting and what was the experience like for you

Michelle Moss Wurlitzer:
I remember painting in elementary school when guest art teachers would come for a day (about once a month) and do a lesson with our class.
I had a lot of resistance to using stamps and stencils because I wanted the freedom to draw things myself, so I would bend the rules as much as I could while following the assignment. I’ve always loved authentic expression.

MRDLA:
Who are the your sources of inspiration, the people, places and elements that you draw upon while you create? Why?

MMW:
Lately, my inspiration has come as a deep desire to relay wisdom from Spirit, as well as from conversations about what life is about with everyone I meet on my journeys. Wherever I am, whoever I’m with, whatever is currently helping me heal and make sense of the world– that is what gives birth to art.

MRDLA:
From the development food forests in Washington to memorial pieces along the Mexican/American border art serves as a catalyst of change; in terms of Artivism, where do you see the most radical art emerging from?

MMW:
I think the most radical art is coming from fully alive, breathing, feeling humans. It has got to come from the ones who care and can channel that caring into their expression.


www.MichaelRayDeLosAngeles.org

Michael Ray De Los Angeles
Bachelors of English Literature
Humboldt State University.
P:  1.323.592.7649
Freelance Writing, Editing, & Cinematography
Social: | Twitter | Instagram | Soundcloud | Vimeo

Dream. Shift. Inspire!

Dream Shift Inspire
Yesterday Aliss Wang and myself spoke over the phone yesterday for a “LIVE THE DREAM COACHING SESSION.” I’m still processing the full conversation, but let me tell you, it was insightful, delightful and something that I highly recommend! If you want to have an candid, conversation and dialogue about your goals, and intentions, then make the plunge and Live the Dream.
My break-through was this simple mantra: “once you have a map, you can become fluid with your actions.” This deep moment of truth was a reminder that the destination is important, but that I must remember to enjoy the journey.
It is no small secret that every great athlete, and mind has had a great coach or mentor to push them forward; to help them grow; Bruce Lee had Ip Man, Mahatma Gandhi had Gopal Krishna Gokhale, Michael Jordon had Phil Jackson. The value in having someone on your sideline is that he or she can provide some objectivity in a way that others cannot.

Today, I am working on my life’s road map, identifying what my milestones are, simultaneously, reminding myself to celebrate self-love and give recognition for all the small wins– in romance, my career, as well as with family, friends and my community. Today I am reminded that is okay to dream, and thanks to Dream Shift Inspire, I also have the self-empowering tools to make those dreams a reality.

I would like to give a huge thank you to Aliss Wang the Visionary, Producer, Director, and Camerawoman of Dream Shift Inspire: http://www.dreamshiftinspire.com/

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Michael Ray De Los Angeles | Contact: @vampyrohtechnix Media

mrdlaWriter, editor, and Generation Y shutterbug. California grown environmentalist and published photographer, “Say Avocado.”  You can find me across social media platforms (including Twitter, Soundcloud, Bonoboville, Instagram, and Youtube) with intersecting content focused on ecology, environmental activism, Literature, and California culture. I read and write about plant based living, with recommended readings, audio broadcasts and short documentaries. I  like appropriate technologies like solar system and home gardens.

In my non-writing life, I like fashion and set design. I’m a graduate of Humboldt State University with a BA in English Literature, and was a costumer for the world-famous Humboldt Circus 2012-13. I love Poesy, spoken word and was Poetry Division editor for The Toyon Literary Journal. My dream job is to host an travel show with an ecological emphasis.

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