Happy Saturday. Can you believe it’s already nearing October? It’s officially fall, yet the sun’s been still beating down here in LA. I’m not complaining; I finally get to bust out my sandals.
My aunt (one of my mom’s six sisters) and uncle from Korea have been visiting so I’ve been busy gallivanting around town with them. The whole family went to Disneyland last weekend. My parents hadn’t been to the park in over 20 years. It was fun to be a kid with them again and nosh on churros and Dole whip.
Beyond spending lots of time with family, I recently got a chance to meet up with Seattle-based rapper Sol in Downtown LA. I found a cafe called GiorgiPorgi which is an absolute gem. It’s a clean, minimal shop with a moss-covered ceiling and slate grey concrete throughout.
The owner, Giorgi who’s originally from Milan, opened up the cafe about seven months ago. You know when you meet someone for the first time and you instantly click? She’s stellar. She introduced me to the other cafe patrons who all seemed to be regulars and allowed me to be the cafe DJ for a bit. I threw on tunes from Chattanooga-based producer KEEM THE CIPHER. If you find yourself in Downtown LA, go to this cafe, not only for the ambience, but for the drinks too. They use the highest quality beans and teas sourced from Flying Goat Coffee in Healdsburg (Bay Areaaa!).
Anyway, it was the perfect place to meet Sol in-person and catch up. Sol and I first connected through SoundCloud. He’s traveled all over the world and has been creating nonstop for the past few years. We talked about progression, Morning Pages and how Berlin’s nightlife is a trip.
I also met Giorgi’s neighbor Lionel and his crew who stopped by for a drink. They run a venue space next door to host music events. Lionel introduced me to DC-based singer Opal D, and we exchanged contact info in hopes to collaborate in the future. I appreciate how LA can be serendipitous like that.
Atlanta + A3C
The next few weeks are looking stacked. I’m headed to Atlanta to attend A3C for the first time. A3C is the largest hip hop conference and festival in the US that aims to empower, inspire and educate those that shape hip hop culture.
I’m looking forward to being part of the EPK audit mentor session to help aspiring artists ensure their digital profiles and press kits are looking up to par.
If you know any folks in music who’ll also be attending A3C or live in Atlanta, please let me know. I'll be there for a week from Oct 3-10, and I’d love to connect with them.
Speaking of Atlanta, have you been watching the show on FX? I love this NPR story about Donald Glover's motivation to make people feel a certain kind of way when watching the show.
I've been listening to Isaiah Rashad’s The Sun’s Tirade non-stop since its release on September 2. It's a testament to how far he's come and how far he'll go since his last release Cilvia Demo more than two years ago. He also has his crew of talented producers like D.Sanders he's started with since day one on the project. The writing, rapping and production all make for an excellent package worth listening to from start to finish. I can't wait to bump this at full volume once I finally get my first car (next on my to-do list).
Enjoy your weekend. You deserve it.