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Summer Happenings at The Broad

Photo by Matt Slaybaugh Inspired by the unique ideas of groundbreaking artists like Andreas Gursky, Jeff Koons and Robert Rauschenberg, The Broad will be hosting Nonobject(ive): Summer Happenings, a series of monthly events filled with art, music and performances that aim to create a fully

Fader and Sprite for an in-depth interview series.   In the Obey Your Thirst documentary, Aubrey speaks on his hometown pride, the equalizing nature of internet culture, striving to be a multi-dimensional artist, and his take on industry competition.   "I’m not worried about these other rappers, I’m not competing with those guys," he says in the insightful interview, “I already know their hand, I know their move. I study everything. I’m worried about the kid that’s sitting in his house that wants to be better than me and all those guys. That’s who I’m competing with."   Can’t wait to hear what rhymes with bacchius." rel="nofollow" title="Look, Listen: Drake's "Obey Your Thirst" Documentary"> Look, Listen: Drake’s “Obey Your Thirst” Documentary

Ah, Drake. Love him or hate him—Toronto’s hero is the only rapper that can truly change the game with a mixtape. The self-proclaimed 6 God recently partnered with Fader and Sprite for an in-depth interview series.   In the Obey

Your last minute guide to Father’s Day

It’s Saturday, you’re enjoying a nice afternoon and then you realize… tomorrow is Father’s Day and you have no idea how you’re going to repay your old man. That’s where we can help. With restaurant options to gift ideas, we

The Scoop: The best spots for breakfast burritos

There’s no situation that can’t be improved with a breakfast burrito—your worst hangover to date, post-workout hunger pains, a really long work meeting. There’s something about fluffy eggs, potatoes, bacon (or a vegan option) and that special touch from your choice spot, all

With origins far from any desert, Desert Sound Colony is not what one expects. What was originally composed of a single guy making music in the British countryside, has expanded in size, sound, and reach. Since humble beginnings of experimenting with percussion in a bedroom to performing their newest EP Cracks in my Soul at the first every Further Future festival alongside acts such as Tycho and Nosaj Thing, Desert Sound Colony is stepping up their game while developing their downtempo, electronic influenced sound. LA CANVAS sat down with Liam Wachs, the man behind Desert Sound Colony's very first sounds, to find out a little more about their process.

LA CANVAS: So you're not from the desert and as far as we know you're not a part of any colony, so why the name?

LIAM WACHS: I just thought that it fit the sound of the music. It also sounded like a band to me, or that there were more than one person involved in the writing. When I started the project it was just me. I wanted the name to give people the impression that there were more people involved and I had the feeling that there would be down the line.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ua0GOZ-jzKs

LAC: So the name was preparing listeners for what was to come?

DSC: I wanted a plural name for that reason: preparation.

LAC: Speaking of preparation, How do you get your often solo recorded songs ready for a live band performance?

DSC: Long and arduously. The songs weren't written with a three piece band in mind. It would really make sense to have more members in the band to make life a lot easier, but because there are only three of us we are all doing a lot of things. Basically we have a drummer, a bassist, I play guitar, we all sing, and we all trigger samples as well.

LAC: Wow, that’s a lot going on.

DSC: Everyone’s basically using both their hands and their feet and their voice all the time.

LAC: Does that mean you prefer the creating process over performing?

DSC: It's kind of hard to compare them really, the feelings are so different. They're almost like the opposite. The performing is a full time job, just getting the band ready, and trying to work out exactly how we are going to do it. It has been an absolute mountain to climb, but then we play, and the playing is easy. With the songwriting, it's kind of the other way around. I just don't do any  work or I try to sit down and nothing comes out, but when it finally does, it just happens immediately. It's extremely satisfying when you can actually sit down and write something.

LAC: What was the most recent catalyst that propelled you from writing nothing for months, to writing a song everyday?

DSC: It's hard to put a finger on it. Cracks of My Soul really came out of a break up. I wasn't writing any music at the time that it was happening. It was the first song that I wrote afterwards. It was kind of a release, a release from that I guess.

https://soundcloud.com/desertsoundcolony/sets/cracks-in-my-soul-ep

LAC: Now for the question I have to ask, especially for a music style as fluid as your’s: How would you describe Desert Sound Colony’s sound?

DSC: It's a question I get asked a lot, but it's one that I don't really have a decent answer for.

LAC: Yeah, I see how it's a difficult question to answer.

DSC: But I don't know if it for most people. I feel like if you're the Arctic Monkeys you can. I think for a lot of people it is quite easy to describe their sound, but this project has so many different inspirations kind of woven throughout it. It gets kind of pointless trying to describe it when it's ten different genres and ten different feelings. You have to just go and listen to it really.

LAC: Does that mean you see your sound being interwoven with even more genres and feelings in the future?

DSC: It definitely could and probably will end up changing in the future. I have a quite fluid inspiration. Also moving forward I'm just about to start writing with the other two band members as well, so chances are we are going to end up at least somewhat with a slight change in sound, yet retaining the same core.

LAC: Besides an infinite possibility for change, what does the future look like for Desert Sound Colony?

DSC: The long term, world domination.

LAC: How would you define your intended type of world domination?

DSC: I'd really like to believe that you can write underground music and really make a successful career from it without having to sacrifice integrity. Bands like Radiohead, people like Bjork, Portishead, there are people that are totally doing their own thing and don't give a fuck, but they're still huge. So I think that's where it's going to go.

Follow Desert Sound Colony on sound cloud to catch to their newest EP Cracks in my Soul." rel="nofollow" title="On The Rise: Q+A with Desert Sound Colony"> On The Rise: Q+A with Desert Sound Colony

With origins far from any desert, Desert Sound Colony is not what one expects. What was originally composed of a single guy making music in the British countryside, has expanded in size, sound, and reach. Since humble beginnings of experimenting

Mokuyobi Threads drops new look book

Mokuyobi Threads unveils look book based on a different approach to all shapes, styles & palettes made to take you to infinity and beyond. The LA based, Japanese-inspired label designs upbeat, catchy + light-hearted bags and accessories for those space cadets who

The Scoop: Mommy and me brunching

Where are you going to take your favorite lady for her favorite holiday? It’s a question many of us scramble to answer right before that second, very special Sunday of May. Don’t panic— try brunch instead. There are a lot of options out

Point Blank LA : The business behind the music

Aspiring DJs, songwriters & artists of LA, Point Blank Los Angeles‘ lastest term is now underway. Fortunately, they have a number of spots left for the next term in July to make your dream of becoming the next big thing in music a reality.Point

‘Strange + Unusual’ Halloween Bash, Skybar LA

    Ah, yes, our favorite holiday just so happens to fall at the end of the week this year, and we totally deserve it.This Thursday Oct. 30 and Friday Oct. 31, SkyBar at the Mondrian Hotel LA will transform itself into an interactive Halloween experience. Strange

Recap: The LA CANVAS Culture Club launch event

Now that we’ve cleaned up, slept for a day and gotten some personal grooming in check, we’d like to thank EVERYONE—that means our new members, vendors and partners—who attended our members only Culture Club launch event last Saturday, October 18 at The Container

Fall Libation: Hennesy brings winter to Socal

It’s safe to say that if a liquor company has lasted for almost 250 years that they might have a thing or two to tell us about mixing drinks. Started in 1765, Hennessy sells over 50 million bottles per year.

Date Night: Music and a movie

It’s Friday night and you are unwinding from a long week at work. You want to find something relaxing to do that’s easy on the wallet, right? Well you’re in the right place: LA is the best place for fun and

Let’s Talk: Jenny Lewis, Zach Galifianakis + More

Talk radio is perfect for long drives, baths and any time when you need to just close your eyes and listen to something entertaining. Jian Ghomeshi has been in the radio and television industry for a while now—he’s the popular host of

Communal Efforts: Creative Recreation + #HashtagLunchbag

#HashtagLunchbag is a humanitarian service movement dedicated to creating fun environments to bring together diverse groups of compassionate people in local communities across the world to focus out and give back; a movement dedicated to utilizing social media to bring

New Beverly kickin’ it old school

When we first saw that the New Beverly was closing for all of September 2014, we were a little worried. But, after a month of darkness and a management overthrow, the new New Beverly Cinema has reopened this past week with

Listen Up: Twin Peaks

For some odd reason, some of our minds have been trained to automatically assume that when someone mentions Twin Peaks, they’re referring to the 90’s hit mystery/drama starring Kyle MacLachlan. But we digress. This mention was no way about the TV show, but more

New Groove: L.A. Dance Project submerges at the Ace Hotel

A submersion of pure creative dance freedom encompasses power, control and movement. Contemporary dance is hypnotizing, and the live experience is one that everyone should have the pleasure of witnessing. The L.A. Dance Project seeks to bring dance to the masses

DAYBREAKER: A NEW WAY TO RISE IN LOS ANGELES

The things we typically do in the morning range from banal to breath-taking: Make eggs, pound coffee, groggily read the newspaper/iPad/Instagram feed, check traffic, take out the dog, drop a load, meditate, medicate, kiss and bang, surf, yoga, sail, kayak,

THE VENICE VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE RALLY

Classics, customs and speed racers unite. The 7th Venice Vintage Motorcycle Rally rips through the streets of Venice on Saturday, September 13th from 11am – 7pm. A morning parade through Venice and Santa Monica kicks the whole thing off before

INTERVIEW: ALEX DA KID + MADE UNDERGROUND

  We love to focus on an abundance of creatives at LA CANVAS: from behind the scenes glam team squads and cultural tastemakers, to bustling fashion events and in-depth interviews with chefs, getting to talk to the brain child behind the art is simply

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