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the LIFESTYLE Farewell

Dear Friends and Family,

After three years of facilitating the LIFESTYLE arts collective, we’ve reached a point at which we’ve decided to move on from this project in light of other endeavors. Although our website will continue to exist as a historical reference of the artists and artwork that were featured in this space from 2011-2014, we will no longer be collecting or publishing new content. However, before we officially sign off, we’d like to take some time to look back at what’s been an incredible experience connecting and building with you all.

When we launched the LIFESTYLE in August of 2011, our goal was to create a space for dialogue, expression, collaboration, and artistic exchange rooted in the active processes of Reflection and Response through the arts. We sought to create an interactive, inspiring, and open space where artists from around the world would be able to share their work and their thoughts, centered around the idea of Reflection and Response. We also wanted to maintain the LIFESTYLE as an independent operation, free of ideological constraints or financial directives.

Our various projects have included the Artist Feature Series, Events from the Collective, Talk of the Town, Snapshots from the Collective, Original Mondays, and the Porch Swing Residency. The way we see it, all of the posts in these series add up to a dialogue exploring Reflection and Response from the perspectives of different people, art forms, mediums, and locations. Each person’s contribution to the LIFESTYLE served as a showcase of individual creative expression, while also functioning as an interactive piece of a larger-scale discussion.

We structured the LIFESTYLE around the framework of Reflection and Response – a concept that we believe drives artistic expression, yet rightfully remains open to interpretation. We believe art – in all its forms – serves as a venue through which people express themselves based on their experiences, perspectives, feelings, thoughts, and desires. However, art is often cautiously viewed as a simple, trivial aesthetic activity, providing a basis for it to be marginalized in educational institutions and omitted from broad economic discussions.

The concept of Reflection and Response stands in direct opposition to these traditional views, positioning art instead as a result of an artist’s active, unique processes of reflecting on their surroundings and their experiences, and, in turn, responding through creating something new, and inherently powerful – whether that’s a painting, an installation, a performance, a poem, a song, or any other creative output. Although these processes can be consciously harnessed, they also often indirectly affect a person’s work. We think this concept of Reflection and Response helps explain the essence of creativity.

We’d like to thank all of you who participated in this project as artists and readers, and we hope this space has served and inspired you as powerfully as it has on our end. We’ll forever respect the views and artworks that were shared here, and we’ll continue to build from this foundation as we move forward with future projects. Much love!

Reflection and Response.

– V & P

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Artist Feature: Zach Mack

Zach Mack is a renaissance man from the Bay Area who currently lives in Oakland. Recently deciding to plunge full-time in pursuit of his goals in radio and media, Zach has been producing news stories for various local public radio stations, hosting/creating two standout original weekly podcasts — Dino Pants Radio and The Four Man Rotation — and performing with an improv troupe at the Magic Jester Theater. Throughout our dialogue, Zach drops gems of knowledge accrued through working hard to forward his creative medium. Zach is making moves out here in multiple realms of craft surrounding his interest in radio, and it’s dope that he took a moment to lend his voice to the Collective!

Dino Pants Radio - Zach & Josh

Sometimes its important to just STOP… clear your head, assess your feelings and then act accordingly. Trust your gut but don’t be afraid to seek out advice from people wiser than yourself.

– Zach Mack

Leading off with some basics, where are you from? And where are you at?

ZM: Born and raised in the Bay Area. A California kid to the core, currently living in Oakland. Its a great city that apparently draws a lot of comparisons to Brooklyn. Would love to live in real Brooklyn at some point though.

What does Reflection and Response mean to you?

ZM: Sometimes its important to just stop… clear your head, assess your feelings and then act accordingly. Trust your gut but don’t be afraid to seek out advice from people wiser than yourself. Last year I made the decision to quit my job to pursue this radio-media thing full time. Its been scary, fun, soul crushing, and inspiring all in one; ultimately I know it was the right decision. That response came after much reflection.

I’m still figuring out what works for me but trying to avoid those safe decisions that you know are comfortable in the moment but that you’ll regret in the long term because they don’t challenge or forward you. I recently received some great creative advice; simply put “Always be making.”

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PODCAST: Hella Oaklandish Scamming Grandmas (February 22, 2014)

“Our friend Mr. Todd stops by to showcase his new radio piece Hella Oaklandish and talk about everything from scamming grandmas to bad business proposals.”


What else have you been working on recently? What are you looking to work on next?

ZM: Right now I’m immersing myself into the world of radio by helping produce news stories for a couple public radio stations. While journalism is pretty new to me I realize it’s a necessary skill for making good radio, even when it’s not totally news based. Alongside that, I am hosting and creating two weekly podcasts. Dino Pants Radio, a fun show with music and banter, as well as a newly formed sports show for the everyday person titled The Four Man Rotation.

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PODCAST: The NFL and the N-word (March 19, 2014)

“The NFL looks to ban the N* word. Is this move progressive or misguided?”


Also, I recently began performing in an improv troupe through Magic Jester Theatre in Oakland. What started as a way to sharpen my wit for radio has turned into a full fledged interest. I find improv to be one of the most life applicable activities I’ve ever taken part in.

Who or what inspires you?

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Radio Leon #3

The Radio Leon series continues! This episode features live looping,  blast from the past electric track, and an exclusive interview with local Leon DJ Dani Massaro . Dani’s interview is going to be split between this episode and the Episode IV coming out next week. Check the transcript below for the original version en Español and an English translation. It was a raw experience to discuss the music scene, social environment, and the “capital,” of fiesta in Leon with a local participant. Stay tuned for Episode IV coming to you live from Leon!

(Photo: Peter Muller. Taken in León on the FEVE rail line looking East at the Naredo Station)

Transcript of interview with Dani starts at 5:40

Para empezar de donde eres y donde estas ahora?

To start off, where are you from and where are you at?

Yo soy de aquí de León llevo (yo) viviendo aquí ya son 30 años los que tengo viviendo en esta ciudad. Una ciudad maravillosa como has podido ver.

I am from Leon, and I have been living here for 30 years. (Leon is) a marvelous city as you have had the chance to see.

Como y cuando empezaste a pinchar y hacer las cosas de DJ que haces ahora?

How and when did you start DJing?

Interesarme por el tema de DJ y demás ahora hace relativamente poco hace 5 años así y a pinchar yo hace 3.Tenia un amigo que pinchaba mi amigo Raúl Costa que pinchaba aquí en León. Bueno Te trayendo te va trayendo y al final bueno con sus contactos tal pude empezar a pinchar yo.

I began to get interested in DJing relatively recently starting around 5 years ago and began to spin 3 years ago. A friend of mine, Raul Costa, was spinning here at the time in Leon. He brought me around and through his contacts I was able to begin spinning.

Donde pinchas ahora?

Where do you spin now?

Ahora estoy pinchando en el Cañón Santa Ana/. Es una discoteca que esta en el centro de León en el núcleo de la movida fiestera de León en el barrio húmedo. Recomendable a todos. Abrimos a partir de los 3:30 todos los Jueves viernes y sábado hasta que salga el sol. Hasta que el cuerpo aguante

I’m currently working at the Canyon Santa Ana, a club in the nucleus of the party scene in downtown Leon. We’re located in the Barrio Humido and I recommend checking it out. Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday we open at 3:30 A.M. and close when the sun rises. Or for as long as the human body can take.

 

Hasta el cuerpo aguante dicen en la puerta. Para ti que quieren decir Reflección y Respuesta?

Hahah, it should say that on the door. What does Reflection and Response mean to you?

Reflexión y respuesta el tema de la música. Para mi la música es todo. Igual que un músico, un guitarrista coge su guitarra en un momento malo en un momento bueno y fluye, fluyen las notas fluye el sonido la música. Para mi es lo mismo pero poniendo música pinchando no es mi música pero si que es mi sesión de cada momento mi sesión melancólica mi sesión alegre mi sesión motivadora. Para mi es gran parte de mi vida la música si es necesaria siempre, siempre

Y el tema de respuesta…el tema de respuesta pues por ejemplo en el trabajo esta clara. Lo utilices como medio para que la gente disfrute, igual que un músico hace sus composiciones para que la gente bueno oye en esos días mas para que la gente lo compre que para que la gente lo disfrute. si lo disfrutas ya es la leche, pero darle hora a vivir. Eso es lo mismo es hacer llegar al bar y meterte dentro de la vida de esas horas de la gente que viene al bar y eso es una satisfacción muy grande cuando ves que la gente responde

Reflection and Response are a theme in my music. Music is everything for me. A musician, a guitarist uses his/her instrument in a good or bad moment and the notes, sound, and music begin to flow. Similarly when I spin, even though it’s not music I created, I craft the session. My sets can be melancholy, upbeat, or motivating, for example. For me music is huge part of my life and is always necessary.

As for Response…the idea of Response is obvious in my work. One uses response as a means to entertain people, just as a musician composes so that people-well these days it’s so people buy records and if the public enjoys the record that’s awesome, we all need to live. This is similar to when I arrive at the bar and for a few hours I am part of the lives of the people that are there and it is satisfying to see people respond to what I’m doing.

 

Sisi siempre me imagino cuando los DJs puede ser algo bueno algo lindo y se ve desde la plataforma que la gente esta baliando

I imagine that it must be satisfying to look out from the DJ booth and see people enjoying themselves.

Es una Buena sensación

It’s a great feeling.

 

Como se relacionan estas cosas con hacer DJ?

How do you relate these ideas with DJing?

Si pues es eso también cuando llego al bar si llego con un mal día tengo la música como moda de escape si tengo un buen día pues mucho mejor.

If I arrive to work in a bad mood music provides an escape and if I’m in a good mood it’s that much better.

Quienes son tus influencias y inspiraciones

Who or what are your influences?

Las primeras influencias que tengo con la música son mis papas. Mi papa y mi mama. Toda la vida les han encantado la música, cualquier tipo de música tienen una cultura música para mi espectacular y extensísima. Yo he mamado música toda la vida en casa. De hecho desde que yo estaba la abriga de mi madre siempre me ponían música.

Ya profesionalmente pues este amigo Raúl Costra DJ que ha estado en León estuvo en Barcelona. Ahora Freddy..es mi jefe. Son dos años y medio trabajando con él y lleva 25 años en eso de la noche y también es una gran fuente de inspiración.

My principal musical influences are my parents. My father and mother have loved music their whole lives and listen to all types of music that provided them a rich taste in music. I have devoured music my whole life; in fact beginning when I was in my mothers womb my parents began to expose me to song.

Professionally I would say my friend Raul Costa who spins in Leon and Barcelona (is an influence). Also Freddy, who spins and is my boss. I’ve worked with home for two years and he has 25 years of experience in the nightlife of Leon and also represents a source of inspiration.

Y ya de gente así más conocido tampoco.. te gusta su música te gustan sus temas pero bueno tampoco como fuente de inspiración no.

Cuando hay en Myspace o Tuenti siempre mencionan como Bob Marley pero seguro que tal artista tiene más contacto con sus padres o con sus amigos

Claro, fuente de inspiración Tiesto, pues no. Que hace Tiesto?

I wouldn’t consider major well known names personal influences. You might like an artists music or songs but not as inspiration.

On Myspace or Tuenti I see artists mention people like Bob Marley as inspirations but surely that artists is much more close with his or her family or friends.

Right? What has Tiesto done for me lately?

-Reflection and Response

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Radio Leon #2

Episode Two of Radio Leon is finally here! This episode is focused on acoustic tracks and features an intro, a track from Shake This Maze Live From the Studio, a Jazz Classic, and a Surprise at the end. I recorded half the tracks in Robledo de Fenar and half the tracks in the capital city of León,my new home for August. Thank you for the support for the last episode and I hope you feel this installment!

-Reflection and Response

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Radio Leon #1

Radio Leon is a summer project. For the months of July and August I will be working a bilingual summer camp in the small Spanish town of Robledo de Fenar. I’ve brought some of my equipment from Madrid including my laptop, Akai MPK Mini, Novation Launchpad, Mics, Apogee One Interface, and acoustic guitar. On my days off I’ll be putting together a Broadcast of various projects I’ve been working on and release an episode every two weeks. Some of the pieces I’ll be putting up include Looping, Acoustic Guitar pieces, Shake This Maze Live From the Studio, and some special surprises. Along with the audio, I’ll release Tools of the Trade pictures and various Snapshots documenting the process and places that make up Radio Leon. I also hope to have some interviews with local DJ’s and people from the area. Tune in and check the RR coming straight out of Robledo de Fenar, España.

“I’m currently sitting on an overturned bulldozer head…”

-Reflection and Response.

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