Never Grow Old

Serbian-born and LA-grown Masha is a mover of underground sound. From producing some of the city’s most recognized electronic music events with MFG Productions to music curating, Masha has stepped into her own and is bringing her touch to the turntables. An electronic digger of disco and house music, Masha recently created a mix for Natology called Never Grow Old. 

Never Grow Old captures the carefree feeling of a hot summer night. The mix spans through time journeying from disco to house. It begins with Goody Goody’s 1978 It Looks Like Love, and ends with Tom Trago’s contemporary sampling of the classic tune. In between, the disco ball’s glow fades behind the bright lights of the laser beams. The pace intensifies, the volume increases and the plot thickens. We find ourselves in a 90s soulful house paradise. 

Playgurl Photos

Here are some shots from the Playgurl party I hosted at the Lash. I'm wearin Haus of Love with hair by Leon Yeshua. Photos by Paisley Bruise

The Art of Getting Weird

Getting weird is as common to the west coast vernacular as warehouse parties are to underground subculture. Often used within that context, the expression defines the experience of fun for the sake of fun. It’s the je ne se quoi of saying fuck it and allowing what is to be. Within this lies a moment in which inhibition and invisible constraints are bypassed. That’s where the magic happens. In breaking away from normative patterns we are able to vibrate at a frequency conductive to expanding creativity.

Originally using the expression within the context of partying, I realized that what it actually describes is a state of existence similar to that from which we are inspired to create. The Art of Getting Weird is a new series I’m exploring in redefining the act of getting weird through spontaneous and unstructured collaborations. Curious by its cognitive and creative value, I asked friends for their reactions to the term “let’s get weird.” The responses went hand in hand with sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll while containing a liberating element present in cultural shifts. These are not foreign concepts as there’s a reason for their presence within the formative years of creative movements.

Painting by Caroline Geys

Speaking of sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll and the je ne se quoi of saying fuck it, I’d like to share my latest spontaneous collab with a new friend named Jawny. I met Jawny a couple months ago walking down Spring Street in Downtown LA. Jawny is a photographer, stylist, and art director who is currently building his creative baby / project Pronounced XEEX. Actually pronounced sex /seks/ it is a lifestyle brand / agency / blog focusing on his particular subcultural aesthetics aka Versace-inspired weird. I invited him over last week for our first hang and here’s a peak of what we came up with.