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Artist Feature: Clarke Reid

Clarke Reid is a musician and traveler who we first met in his hometown of Seattle, Washington. He’s played a variety of music, an eclecticism made ever wider by the distances he’s traveled. Whether playing with Seattle-based the Cumbieros or wielding a ukulele throughout Andalucía, Spain, music has been an important common ground for this creator. We welcome Clarke to the Collective to speak on his unique perspective on Reflection and Response, the social nature of music, and other topics from our dude straight out of Pozoblanco, Spain.

Clarke Reid

Response is what just naturally comes out of being in new situations and playing music with new people.

– Clarke Reid

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

CR: I’m from Seattle, in the United States. I currently live in a town called Pozoblanco, which is in the Cordoba province of Andalucía, Spain. I’m doing a yearlong program here where I’m like the native English-speaking assistant in a public high school.

What does Reflection and Response mean to you?

CR: Deliberate reflection is probably something I should do more often. The Alarm on my phone that wakes me up in the morning is titled “look up, notice little things.” It’s something I got from reading  “peace is every step” by Buddhist teacher, philosopher, etc. Thich Nhat Hahn and its a reminder to slow down and relax and notice what’s going on around me and enjoy it. It’s something I don’t do often enough, but when I do it’s awesome. Especially when I’m traveling or living in another country and running around all the time and trying new things, it’s important to slow down and reflect on things. Like, if I feel like crap sometimes I don’t even realize it until I slow down for a sec and think about it and then think about why. Or if I’m feeling great (often a result of just having eaten a wholesome meal, being outside in nice weather, an unexpectedly pleasant exchange with a stranger, a laugh with a friend, or any combination of many other things) its nice to recognize it and revel in it. Then I have to respond. Like I said I’m still working on it. One thing I’m trying to do right now is sleep more and drink less. And get sick less (like cold/flu sick).

I’ve been traveling a lot recently, so when it comes to music, reflection and response is about noticing what kind of inspiration is around me and really trying to dive into that. When I was younger my dad listened to a lot of progressive rock from the 70s so I got into that. My high school had a really good jazz band so in high school I listened to a lot of jazz and was really influenced by that. In college I had a music professor that was more into experimental music and free jazz so I tried that and learned a lot of new things. I was also part of a hip-hop band so I started checking out more of that culture and music. The story goes on and on like that, including a year living in Chile and some other travels. Now I live in Spain and I’m doing the same thing. I’d like to think that I’m constantly responding and changing and evolving my style and music and stuff, but I haven’t really studied music formally recently so it’s harder to see and measure exactly how I’m changing. I guess the response is what just naturally comes out of being in new situations and playing music with new people. Maybe sometime in the near future I’ll sit down and really reflect and play something or write some material that brings everything together. That would be a good goal actually.

How do “The Other Side of the River” and “Woodle” fit in with that definition?

CR: Firstly, “The Other Side of the River” is written for ukulele, which is an instrument that I bought recently when I discovered it’s a great travel instrument. It’s portable and can be used to jam with other instruments, by itself, or with singing. So it fits with the sort of traveling chameleon approach I’m taking to music in general right now. It also incorporates some elements of flamenco (the clapping) that I’ve been exposed to here in Andalucía. The recording is a bit of a rough draft. It has a fiddle line that I still need to record and I’d like to get some more Spanish ‘jaleo’ on the track too (shouts of encouragement, percussion, etc.).

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Feature: Christian Garcia Fonseca Secher

The LIFESTYLE Collective expands. Were going going, back back to Madrid Madrid. Christian Garcia Fonseca Secher balances a life of many facets: various cultures, experiences, and mediums make up this one man. His work as an instrumentalist and vocalist through various projects bring out the different tones that Reflection and Response can exude. Christian shows us how creation is a genre in itself that can spread over eclectic places and spaces. Peep the dialogue below with examples of this artist’s work!

Christian

I only write when something happens, but when it does, the pen can´t stop.

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

CGFS: Well, My mother’s family comes from Denmark, and I was born there, but I grew up in Madrid Centro. Is good to have two natural born cultures, it makes you see things in two different ways, have to sights to everything. But if there´s no big changes, I will stay in Madrid as long as I can. This city provides me all what I need, and sometimes it can make you feel small at the same time, but I have my small town in the mountains, an hour from Madrid, to breathe and chill when it´s necessary. I must recognize that I see to many things going wrong in the country I live in, and I fall many times in comparing with the good things Denmark has, but in spite of it all, this is where I come from and I will stay while my situation is sustainable.

 What does Reflection and Response mean to you?

CGFS: I think is a good opportunity to get to know myself and the little artist I have inside, who don’t show up that often. It´s funny to think that before we made our first video clip (8.A.M.) with my band (Welt de Klasse) there was not that many that knew that I had a band or that I had been making music since I was 17 (even my family). I must recognize that the big change came after I met Peter Müller and Vivian Garcia a year ago. They invited me for the first time in my life to get on the stage (and I´m 30 years old). To work with them is always a pleasure, because there´s absolutely freedom to do what comes from inside. They are so talented that makes you feel so grateful when they ask to collaborate in their songs. It´s a gift and I try to do my best, this is the reflection.

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

CGFS: Right now the other half of the band (Turco) is living in Chile. The situation for the youth in Spain is horrible, so he decided to get a life in another country. But we have still projects in mind. We are planning  at the moment a new video that will be recorded on July 2013 for our new song “Carne y Chocolate”, produced by Fermin Bouza and with Vivian Garcia as special guest making the chorus. This song is part of a new project we started called Mugre, where we try to separate our music of the Rap style, making the beats sound different, dark and dirty. In the case of “Carne y Chocolate” I can say that this is a real scary song, I´ve never listen to anything like that. I guess there will be many that will not be in the mood to listen to it, and that´s why we wanted to make a video for the song, to explain the scary moment the youth are living, the no future feeling. We will be working again for this clip with Luis Plaza (Luis Plaza Films), who also made our first video 8 A.M. We have been friends since school, and working together is easy because we understand each other really well, and the workflow is fast as hell. So check out our facebook, Welt de Klasse in the next few months!!

Next in mind is to finish the Mugre project with Fermin Bouza. And beside Welt de Klasse I´ve started a new band called TPCE (Totally Political Christian Experience) with Moez Khan and James Jarman, two good friends and musicians, where I play the spanish cajón flamenco, and do some raps too. The idea is to make music that makes you moove, but with lyrics that makes you think. We are working with many talented musicians, with a lot of instruments and beautiful voices, and the results can´t be better. At the same time Luis Plaza, is video recording everything we make, with both of the bands, so we have plenty of good stuff that will be ready soon!

Who or what inspires you?

CGFS: For writing, the big inspiration is living. I normally write when I have something to say to myself, or just to understand a little bit better my own situation. Is not always easy, I only write when something happens, but when it does, the pen can´t stop. About the music, the inspiration of our new songs is close to the music of the 90´s as Portishead, Kosheen, Skunk Anansie. We try to extract this dark sounds and reconstruct them to the times we are living in. Trip Hop has been dead for too long. It has to come back and hit again. Hard music for hard times! But in my basics, the real inspiration that made me start writing has always been The Spanish beginners as CPV, 7 Notas 7 Colores, Solo los Solo, Bufank. I still remember myself listening to this tapes with the only friend I had that loved hip hop, and thinking, this has to be my way of expression.

 Is there anything else you would like the Collective to know?

CGFS: Don´t close the doors of your style to anything. The musical freedom is the key.

 Shout out to…?

CGFS: My brother Turco. So long distance between us and still the same connection! Me quiere sonar Perra!

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Feature: Pantoja

Tenemos una voz que conlleva la idea de Reflexión y Respuesta como ninguna otra. Pantoja es músico con intereses y influencias son tan diversas cómo los estilos de su propia obra. El dialogo que nos regala este artísta nos hace repensar las posibilidades de nuestras habilidades cómo tal. Pantoja es activo y inspira a todos nosotros de reflecionar y responder de una forma más profunda y creativa.

We have today a voice that conveys Reflection and Response as no one has before. Pantoja is a musician with interests and influences that are as diverse as his own work. The dialogue he presents us with makes reconsider the possibilities of our ability. Pantoja is active and inspires all of us to reflect and respond in a deeper and more creative way.

Pantoja Portrait

Si eres un artista sigue aprendiendo, si no lo eres, busca un arte que encaje contigo, ya que, todos necesitamos enseñar lo que sentimos y lo que pensamos. Dentro de cada ser humano hay un gran artista. No dejes que tu cerebro sea reprimido y oprimido, hackea tu mente y rompe los esquemas… Sal por unos instantes de tu vida sistematizada y explota en el mundo de la creatividad.

If you are an artist, keep learning, and if you aren’t find an art that works for you because all human beings have the need to show how we feel and what we think. Inside each human being there is a great artist.  Don’t let your mind be repressed or oppressed, hack your brain and break the blueprint….Leave for a few moments your systemized life and explore the world of creativity.

– Pantoja

Para empezar con algunos puntos básicas, de dónde vienes? Dónde estás?

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

P: Vengo de las coloridas y salvajes tierras de América del Sur. Nací en Santa Cruz de la Sierra en Bolivia, aunque viví hasta los nueve años en Tiquipaya, un pequeño y tranquilo pueblo de Cochabamba. Crecí en una casa con cinco perros, algunos loros, un guacamayo, muchos gallos y gallinas, un tucán, algún que otro gato y un mono. Siempre he estado en total conexión con la naturaleza; es algo que me gusta y veo que es sumamente necesario para cualquier ser humano. ¡Oh cómo echo de menos ese verde de las montañas! Se podría decir que respirar el aire de ese lugar alarga la vida. 

A los nueve años mis padres decidieron venir a España y hasta el día de hoy aquí seguimos. Hasta hace unos seis meses vivía con mi familia en un pueblo de Guadalajara, en Castilla-La Mancha, hasta que vine a vivir a Madrid con dos amigos integrantes de un grupo de heavy metal que teníamos formado. Por tanto, ahora mismo, mi base de operaciones (refugio atómico como yo lo llamo), se encuentra en esta apasionante ciudad. Me he enamorado de sus luces y sus ruidos, sus días y sus noches. Madrid es para mi una gran fuente de inspiración y me hace estar muy activo musicalmente.

P: I come from the colorful and wild lands of South America. I was born in Santa Cruz de la Sierra in Bolivia, although until I was 9 I lived in a small and tranquil town called Tiquipaya, near Cochabamba . I grew up in a house with 5 dogs, a few wolves, a parrot, many chickens and hens, a toucan, a cat here and there and a monkey. I have always had total connection with nature- it’s something that I like and understand to be extremely important for any human being. Oh how I miss the green of those mountains! It could be said that breathing in the air of that place makes one’s life longer.

 My parents decided to come to Spain when I was 9 and we’ve been here ever since. Until about 6 months ago, I lived with my family in a town in Guadalajara, Castilla-La Mancha. Then I came to live in Madrid with two friends of mine from a heavy metal band that we we’re a part of. Therefore, my base of operations (or my nuclear bomb shelter as I call it) is this exciting city. I’ve fallen in love with its lights and sounds, its days and its nights. Madrid remains a great source of inspiration and keeps me very musically active.

Que quiere decir “reflexión,” y “respuesta,” para ti?

What does Reflection and Response mean to you?

P: La reflexión es una de las herramientas más poderosas que tiene el ser humano, gracias a ella el cerebro es capaz de cambiarse, de mejorarse. Las intensas conversaciones conmigo mismo, en las que, a veces estamos de acuerdo, otras veces discutimos mucho y en otras ocasiones nos ignoramos o no nos entendemos. Todo eso es fruto de la reflexión en mi mente, con el único fin de explorarse y conocerse, encontrar el “yo” independiente del simple y vano ego. La reflexión es un arte de la mente, es algo que se aprende y entrena, te guía y te hace tropezar, te hace viajar al paraíso o te lleva a las puertas del infierno, te hace ser esquemático y cuadriculado pero también imaginativo y espiritual. Al fin y al cabo todo es química neurológica, y esa constante danza neuronal en nuestros cerebros nos hace ser personas.

 La respuesta es una alegría, la resolución de la “duda”, una de las grandes cualidades del ser humano. La duda ha sido el motor evolutivo para el hombre en este planeta, gracias a ella hemos ido encontrando cada vez más y más respuestas, hemos ido investigando y preguntándonos con el simple objetivo de recibir respuestas. Y cada respuesta ha sido una enorme alegría, simplemente hay que mirar nuestro entorno tecnológico… sin embargo, creo que en el entorno más humano nos faltan aún respuestas que recibir. 

 A nivel personal no dejamos de buscarlas tanto en nuestro interior como en el exterior, necesitamos la verdad de las cosas, tenemos esa curiosidad típica de los seres vivos. Aprovecha tus cualidades de humano. Duda, curiosea y pregunta, ese es tu trabajo.

P: Reflection is one of human being’s most powerful skills. Thanks to this practice, the brain is able to change and to get better. Throughout intense conversations with myself, I can be in agreement with myself, while othertimes we can be in disagreement or there can be misunderstandings. All of this is the result of reflection in my own brain with the only goal to explore oneself and know oneself further –to find the “me” independent of the simple and hollow ego. Reflection is an art of the mind, it’s something that is learned and practiced, it guides you and can make you fall, it can make you ascend to the heavens or bring you to the gates of hell, it can make you more schematic and rigid but also imaginative and spiritual. In the end, it’s our brain that makes us people.

Response is a joy, the resolution of “doubt,” which is a classic human quality. Doubt has been the motor of human evolution on the planet, thanks to which we have been able to find more and more responses and we’ve investigated and asked ourselves questions with the objective to find answers. Each response has been a great joy and achievement- just look at our technological abilities ….however, I feel human beings have many responses yet to come.

 We never cease to search for responses on a personal level- weather it’s internal or external reflection. We need to know the truth of things, we share the curiosity that can be found throughout living things. Take advantage of your human abilities: to doubt, to be curious, and to ask questions, that is your job.

Cómo se mete tu arte en esta definición?

How does your work fit in with that definition?

P: Con mi música siempre intento transportar a las personas dentro de mi universo. Intento acercarles a mis pensamientos y a los mundos donde viaja mi cabeza, entonces dibujo estos paisajes en forma de ondas. Por ejemplo Wichasa Wakhan (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vt2j6UPPcmw) es una de las canciones en las que intento transportar al oyente a un mundo cósmico y nativo americano, intentando mostrar cómo el curandero (wichasa wankhan en lakota sioux) tiene esas experiencias visionarias en sus rituales chamánicos.

A veces en mi mente hay paz y espiritualidad, a veces hay ruido y maquinaria concentrada. Es esa constante lucha conmigo mismo por entenderme. Y quizá es por eso por lo que muchas piezas de mi música son muy diferentes unas de otras, porque cada cosa que pienso tiene su precisa forma de expresarse. 

También me gusta fijarme un poco en la psicología en la música, conseguir transformar frecuencias en sentimientos, controlar la mente a través de la música. Alterar el estado de ánimo o la forma de percepción mediante las frecuencias ordenadas (en este caso la música) es un claro caso de control mental.

Otro aspecto importante de mi música es que no me gusta anclarme a un sonido o a los mismos esquemas, precisamente porque hay que evolucionar, hay que cambiar, hay que mejorarse. Y como decía antes, la curiosidad te hace probar cosas nuevas… en mi caso probé una dosis de sonido electrónico y quedé totalmente absorbido por esta forma de hacer música. ¡Hay mil maneras de hacer ruido!

P: I always try to transport people into my universe using my music. I try to bring them closer to my thoughts and the worlds where my mind travels, and I illustrate these landscapes in the form of sound waves. For example, Wichasa Wakhan (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vt2j6UPPcmw) is one of my songs in which I attempt to move the listener to a cosmic native American world, with the goal of showing how the healer, or wichasa wankhan in Lakota Sioux, has these visionary experiences through shamanic rituals.

 Sometimes there is peace and spirituality in my mind, other times one finds noise and focused machinery. This is the constant internal battle to understand myself. Perhaps that’s why many pieces of my music are different from one another, because everything I create has a precise form of expression.

 I also enjoy focusing on the psychology in music and I attempt to transform frequencies in feeling, with the aim to control the mind through music. Using frequencies to change one’s mental state or the way one thinks is a clears case of mental control.

 Another important aspect of my music is that I don’t like to anchor myself to a particular sound or scheme, precisely because I feel it’s necessary to evolve, change, and improve. And as I was saying earlier, curiosity allows one to attempt new things….in my case I had a dose of electronic sound and I became consumed by that way of making music. There are a thousand ways to make sound!

Que más estás haciendo actualmente? Que proyectos estás pensando trabajar próximamente?

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

 P: Ahora mismo hago un poco de todo. Mi proyecto principal es un pequeño álbum con canciones hechas aquí en Madrid bajo el título “Panto’s Acid Sunset” (me encantan las puestas de sol, me hipnotizan). Llevo ya unos meses trabajando en ello y espero poder terminarlo dentro de unos pocos meses, la verdad es que no estoy seguro de cuándo será ya que se me da muy bien cambiar de idea en el último momento.

 En el álbum se encuentran muchos estilos, muchos sonidos sintéticos combinados con instrumentos reales. Hay de todo un poco. Podéis escuchar los avances en mi soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/pantosunset

 También estoy componiendo canciones con la guitarra acústica donde trabajo más de manera instrumental ya que tengo que entrenar muchísimo mi técnica vocal, nada que no se haga con tiempo. También intentaré sacar de esto algún pequeño álbum, pero será en un futuro más adelantado.

 Otro de mis proyectos avanza junto a Alexandre Alcántara, otro gran músico con el que llevo trabajando muchos años. Se trata de una banda sonora con una atmósfera psicológica para un cortometraje que está a punto de estrenarse. Más información aquí: http://www.facebook.com/saludos.ciudadanos?fref=ts

 Anteriormente era guitarrista en un grupo de heavy metal en español llamado “Versus” con el que grabé una pequeña demo de cuatro temas en el sótano de nuestro querido cantante. Ahora estamos inactivos por diversos motivos, pero si el futuro quiere, se retomará el proyecto. Podéis encontrarnos aquí: https://www.facebook.com/VersusHeavyMetal?ref=ts&fref=ts        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mzhybgudto

 Y por último en un futuro me gustaría seguir con un pequeño proyecto que empezamos hace mucho tiempo un gran amigo y yo. Inspirado en el grupo de techno-pop pionero en la movida madrileña: “El Aviador Dro y Sus Obreros Especializados”. Nos gustaría hacer trabajos orientados a ese estilo de composición, sonido electrónico y mensajes científicos. Pero ahora mismo, Zillion, mi compañero mutante está en Brasil. 

Aquí hay un poco de nuestros prematuros covers de Aviador Dro: http://www.facebook.com/RefugioAtomico?ref=ts&fref=ts

Este último proyecto es muy muy divertido.

P: I’m currently doing a bit of everything. My main project is a small album of songs I’ve done here in Madrid titled “Panto’s Acid Sunset,” (I love sunsets, they are hypnotizing). I’ve been working on the project for some months and I hope to finish in a few more, although truthfully I’m not sure when it will be done because recently I’ve been keen to change ideas at the last moment.

In the album one can hear different stiles and a mix of synthetic sounds and real instruments. There’s a little bit of everything. You can hear how it’s progressing here on soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/pantosunset

Additionally, I am writing songs on acoustic guitar where I typically focus on instrumentals because I still need work on my vocal technique, nothing that can’t be done with time. I will attempt to release an album of this material but  it will be a future date.

 Another project is with Alexandre Alcántara, a great musician that I’ve worked with for years now. It’s a soundtrack with a psychedelic vibe that’s for a short film soon to be released. More info can be found here: http://www.facebook.com/saludos.ciudadanos?fref=ts

I used to be a guitarist for a Spanish language heavy metal band named “Versus,” with which I recorded a four-song demo in our lovely singer’s basement. We have been inactive for various reasons, but if the future allows us to get back together, the project will continue. You can listen to us here: https://www.facebook.com/VersusHeavyMetal?ref=ts&fref=ts        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mzhybgudto

Lastly, in the future I would like to continue a small project that I started a while ago with a good friend. Inspired by the pioneering techno-pop from the movida Madrileña: “El Aviador Dro y Sus Obreros Especializados.” We would like to do songs oriented towards this style of composition, electronic  sound with scientific message. But for the time being my bandmate Zillion is in Brazil.

 Here are a few of our early covers of Aviador Dro: http://www.facebook.com/RefugioAtomico?ref=ts&fref=ts

This project is a lot of fun.

Quien o que te inspira?

Who or what inspires you?

P: Carl Sagan. Para mi significa una fuente infinita de inspiración. Sus conmovedoras palabras y su manera de enseñar las cosas me hacen sentir una tranquilidad absoluta. Me inspira el cielo y las estrellas, el infinito, el universo, las partículas sub-atómicas, las flores, la brisa y sobretodo los humanos. Musicalmente he de decir que me inspiran muchísimas personas y grupos, pero quiero detenerme un poco en alguien como “Daniel Johnston”, alguien a quien tendría que escuchar todo el mundo. Y en el entorno más electrónico tengo que mencionar a “Kraftwerk” y “Aviador Dro”.

P: Carl Sagan. For me, he is an infinite source of inspiration. His moving words and form of teaching things inspire a feeling of absolute calm. Other inspirations include: the sky and the starts, the universe, sub-atomic particles, flowers, the breeze and most of all humans. Musically I have to admit that I have many different inspirations, but I have to mention people like “Daniel Johnston,” someone everyone in the world needs to listen to. As for electronic music, I have to mention “Kraftwerk,” and “Aviador Dro.”

Hay algo más que quieres que sepa el Collectivo? 

Is there anything else you would like the Collective to know?

P: Es importante llenar nuestro cerebro de datos. Nunca dejar de aprender, haciendo un poco de hincapié en la música, es importante escuchar todo lo que puedas, cualquier cosa, todo es útil y en la diversidad está la clave. Si eres un artista sigue aprendiendo, si no lo eres, busca un arte que encaje contigo, ya que, todos necesitamos enseñar lo que sentimos y lo que pensamos. Dentro de cada ser humano hay un gran artista. No dejes que tu cerebro sea reprimido y oprimido, hackea tu mente y rompe los esquemas… Sal por unos instantes de tu vida sistematizada y explota en el mundo de la creatividad. “Vive como si fueras a morir mañana y aprende como si fueras a vivir para siempre.”

P: It’s important to fill our brain with information. Never stop learning, emphasize listening to all the music you can. Everything is useful and diversity is key. If you are an artist, keep learning, and if you aren’t find an art that works for you because all human beings have the need to show how we feel and what we think. Inside each human being there is a great artist.  Don’t let your mind be repressed or oppressed, hack your brain and break the blueprint….Leave for a few moments your systemized life and explore the world of creativity. Live as if you are going to die tomorrow and learn as if you are going to live forever.

Saludos a….?

Shout out to…?

P: Saludos telepáticos y radioactivos a todo el universo. ¡A mi familia en especial! Y como no… a todos esos hermanos y hermanas esparcidos/as por todos los rincones del planeta.

Y un saludo como no, a vosotros, ¡muchas gracias por todo!

P: I give telepathic and radioactive shout-outs to the whole universe. Especially to my family. And how could I forget all my brothers and sisters scattered throughout each corner of the planet.

And of course a shout-out to you. Thanks so much for everything!

Reflection and Response.

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Peter Muller Live in Granada Recap

Whatup LIFESTYLE Fam!

A few weeks ago I went on my first LIFESTYLE-organized tour of looping/DJ sets. I started out with three performances in two days.Two sessions were to be at bars (Republik Club in Madrid and La Iguana in Granada) and one at a hostel also in Granada (Casa Bombo) overlooking the historic Alhambra. However, I ended up finding an opportunity to spit lyrics from Shake This Maze at a weekly jam session at the Boogaclub in Granada at the end of the weekend. Below is a photo/written recap of the First LIFESTYLE Tour.

We’ll start with the tour poster, designed by none other than LIFESTYLE co-facilitator Vicken Donikian.

Peter Muller Live on Tour Madrid / Granada

V conceptualized and completed the piece during a weekly marathon Skype session as we discussed tour goals and possibilities. Part of what makes a LIFESTYLE tour is the important idea of spreading the Collective in order to learn from and collaborate with those who practice Reflection and Response in different contexts. Below are the fliers I brought along for the ride to present to creators (Also by Vicken):

PM Flyers (6) the LIFESTYLE RR Flyers (6)

First up for the tour was a session in the cavernous basement at Republik Club in Madrid. I made the connect at Republik because the same family that owns the bar also has a locutorio three buildings away. Before I got internet in my apartment in Madrid I would visit the locutorio to both work on projects and try spit game at the super cute girl that worked the register.

After packing up for my 8 AM bus ticket the next day, I headed out to Republik for the first session. I listen to the end of a blues jam in the cave and with the homies Chema and Richard, then set up my laptop and APC 40 at 12:30, ready to rock.

Republik Dj Peter 3 Copas 10 Euro Republik

A lot of my Madrid people came out- word to those who made the cave rock for a solid three hours. After grabbing some late night pizza I went home to sleep for a supposed 2 hours.

5 hours later I had slept through my alarm and missed my bus while managing to leave both my camera and an audio cable that goes from my external soundcard (Traktor Audio 2) to RCA inputs. I booked a later bus ticket and hailed a cab going straight to an audio store to pick up a replacement cable. I had to hop out of the cab and leave the driver with everything- laptop, APC, clothes, while I ducked in to pick up the piece. After purchasing a new 8 meter cable, I headed outside to a street with no cabs. For 5 minutes the world stopped and had forgotten about me. I started considering how many English classes I would have to teach to replace my stuff.

Then, suddenly I heard the cab driver whistling to me on foot. He started to run to the cab parked a few meters away, I followed and we jumped in. As we neared the station told me that he would never rob the tools someone uses to work with- a good omen after a stressful beginning to the tour.

The show at Casa Bombo was supposed to start at 6. However, as I knocked on the door at 7:30, one of the managers greeted me warmly and showed me the room I was to stay in for the night in exchange for the session, where I showered up and prepared the show. The patio of the hostel had this view of the Alhambra:

Casa Bombo Day Patio

I ate some bomb homemade Italian food (most of the managers were Italian), then hit a session in their sala (you can see Reflection and Response Vol. 1: the ‘zine next to the fliers):

Casa bombo Session

After looping for about an hour and a half I headed out to a bar called La Iguana for the third session of the tour. Rubén, the bar’s owner, met me outside and I quickly set up and started in with Funk Around, which has become my opening track for sessions. Rubén kept the tapas coming, and again I set up the #LRR Fliers near the setup.

Iguana APC Iguana Set Up

Tapas Iguana

Rubén is one of the most legit bar owners I’ve met and I was stoked when we made plans to kick it the next day. After sleeping in at Casa Bombo, I headed out to check into my second hostel and met up with Rubén, his awesome girlfriend Pilar, and some other homies to grab some tapas. They let me know that there was a jam session with an opportunity to perform that night at the Boogaclub, a bigger venue in the city. We agreed to meet up later on.

As I walked back to the hostel from tapas with the crew I snapped a few pictures with my phone.

Skateboarding is not a Crime Cafe Bar Granada

I feel the idea that these images could come from wherever. The Reflection and Response detailed in the scenes bring up this anti-territorial, global nature of R&R. Skaters want to declare their innocence anywhere, and blues is advertised in places far from Route 66.

The biggest surprise of the tour almost never happened. I met Ruben and Pilar at Booga around 11 P.M. After listening to a jazz band kill it for an hour, the homies had had enough and had to go home to get some sleep. I was ready to leave too until I saw a guitar player standing outside the club who assured me that we would be able to perform. I headed back down to the stage this time unaccompanied. I spotted another guitar player tuning up and asked him what type of stuff he was going to play. He introduced himself as Mario, and said he does funky Red Hot Chili Peppers-esque grooves. I realized with the abundance of guitar players, I would have to bring something unique to the stage, so I let him know I was interested in rapping a few verses over the instrumental groove he was about to set up. He sounded excited and when we hit the stage, it felt right to spit “Wake Up,” as part of a once-in a lifetime remix.

This moment encapsulated what the LIFESTYLE on tour is all about- Promoting Collaboration and Community Through Practicing Reflection and Response. Mario and I had just met, but when we were done with our set we realized the common thread of R&R breeds Collective- wherever that collective happens to be. Be on the lookout for Mario and Ruben’s Features coming through soon!

-Reflection and Response.

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Snapshots From the Collective

Radio Leon (Robledo de Fenar, León, España) by Peter Muller

 

Reflection and Response.

The Snapshots from the Collective series works to create a space for Reflection and Response through photography. ANYone who wants to contribute ANY photos to this project can email us submissions at the.lifestyle.rr@gmail.com. One photo will be posted each week, and photos will only be used for the purposes of this series. Thank you and we look forward to building and expanding the Collective!!! -P & V

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