From Florence to Love: The 140th LA Weekly playlist, reviewing the musicians that we’ve been writing about all week, is live now. There’s electronic music from Dexter King, hip-hop from PH-1 and Lil Zay Osama, indie-pop from Enny Owl and Florence + the Machine, R&B from the Temptations, and so much more.
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From Florence to Love
Also this week: In our print story about the closing of nightclub The Lash, owner Ross O’Carroll said that “The genesis of it was, Erik Hart, my good friend and the designer of the place, in February 2013, we were looking at spots with no real intention of what we thought it would become. It kinda just became what it became. Basically, we were looking at a space that would be a small bar, and that’s what the front room of The Lash was. I think our intention was to create a space that we would like to go to. Some space that’s exciting and had our sensibilities. After some time, there was an option to take a bigger room in the back. So we had the front and back room, and that’s what it became. That’s where the club element that it evolved into came in. Our sensibilities would just be sort of an art space where people could collaborate and come together, but then with Erik’s aesthetics of industrial, concrete, Berlin-esque, subway tile – that lended itself to the grittiness.”
In “Not Another DJ,” Dexter King said, “Back in 2001, Jamiroquai’s album A Funk Odyssey came out and completely changed my life. Growing up practicing classical piano, I almost became a robot, but Jamiroquai’s music enlightened me and spoke to me like nothing else could. For a 13 year old kid it felt like going into space listening to this whole album. During the same year Discovery by Daft Punk was released as well — it hit me even harder because it just sounded harder, better, faster and stronger than anything I’ve heard, that’s when I started to try and remake their music with Fruity Loops and started this magnificent journey of making dance music. The 4 years of university was my transformation from a kid who loved to show people what he made in the bedroom last night to a professional music producer / DJ. It was the first few festival gigs that got me completely hooked. I could never imagine such a way to share love. As a kid growing up in China, I fought as hard as I could while everyone told me making music is a hobby, not a job. I guess who led me to pursue a path in music was the people who told me not to make music and get a ‘real’ job, because every time I hear something like that it just reminds me of how much I love music and want to carry on.”
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