#100: Justin Daashuur Hopkins - "AD 100 + The Origin of NOH/WAVE"

Justin Daashuur Hopkins is an artist based in Los Angeles, CA. He is also the Co-Founder / Art Director of LA based art collective, NOH/WAVE.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Music
  • The origin story of NOH/WAVE
  • Justin’s introduction into illustrating and working as a professional illustrator at the age of 14
  • Traditional educational systems
  • Creative business partnerships
  • The challenges of working with commercial clients
  • Balancing out one’s ego
  • Defining purpose in one’s life
  • Cultural movements
  • Joseph Campbell
  • Justin and Yoshino’s childhood
  • The film, “The Florida Project” by director Sean Baker
  • “The Book of Five Rings” by Miyamoto Musashi
  • “Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid” by Douglas Hofstadter
  • Robert Rodriguez and resourcefulness
  • The tower metaphor
  • Vasyl Lomachenko

www.nohwave.co

www.rarebitprojects.com

#99: Aja Daashuur - "Spirits, Healing, Clairvoyance"

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Aja Daashuur is a Los Angeles based Certified Intuitive & Transformational Life Coach (LPI), Spirit Guide Medium, Clairvoyant, Akashic Records Reader, Sound Bath Practitioner, Altar Consultant and founder of Spirit House Collective, an all women-identifying community group.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Growing up encountering spirits
  • Depression
  • Opening yourself up to creating more flow in your life
  • Witnessing possessions
  • Shifting your perspective of failures into lessons
  • Protecting your energy
  • Empaths
  • Connecting with your spirit guides

www.thespiritguidecoach.com

#98: Alexandre Souêtre X Jesse Draxler - "Creative Parameters, Design, Collaboration"

Alexandre Souêtre, originally from Paris, is a LA-based creative director & visual artist.

Jesse Draxler is a multidisciplinary artist.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Souêtre Growing up in Paris
  • Souêtre's beginnings in film which lead him to creative direction, design, and photography
  • Souêtre moving to America for college
  • How Draxler and Souêtre met and became collaborators
  • Draxler’s process with working with photographers
  • Skateboarding as an art form
  • Setting up creative constraints to create artwork
  • French cinema
  • Filmmaker Gaspar Noé
  • Gaspar Noé films, “Irreversible” and “Enter The Void”
  • VR
  • “The Book of Joan” by author Lidia Yuknavitch
  • Alexandre’s book he’s writing
  • Icelandic pop music including Samaris

#97: VOWWS - "Death-Pop"

VOWWS is an Australian Death-Pop duo based out of Los Angeles.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Creating and attaining goals
  • Financial burdens of going to college
  • Education in Australia
  • Pitfalls of the American educational system
  • Old school video games
  • The story of how they met in college
  • Celebrating death and western culture’s view on death
  • Deathpop
  • Genres being subjective
  • Over conceptualizing art
  • Touring
  • Depression

Photos by Olivia Shove

www.vowwsband.com

5.7.2018 - Monday Night Residency @ The Echo with VOWWS

#96: Martin Starr X Saman Kesh - "Augmenting Human Connection"

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In this podcast, we interview actor Martin Starr from the hit tv HBO comedy Silicon Valley.

We take a deep dive into topics such as: being recognized at hipster parties, seasonal depression, being a child of an actress, the future of pornography, bitcoin and human connection.

This episode was produced and co-hosted by Saman Kesh.

#95: Ania Catherine - "Choreographing Mental States"

Ania Catherine is an artist and choreographer based in Los Angeles. Her work merges movement, film, and performance art and has been shown internationally at the British Film Institute, Art Basel Hong Kong, Peacock Theatre (London), LA Center for Digital Art, Agora Collective (Berlin), Forum des images (Paris), Dansmuseet (Stockholm), International Meeting on Screendance (Valencia, Spain), among others. She holds a master's degree from the London School of Economics, and through bodies explores the intersections of performance and her academic research in gender, sexuality, representation, and politics. In addition to her personal practice, she works internationally performing, choreographing, speaking, directing, and teaching. 

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Growing up in Orange County in California
  • Gender and sexuality
  • How “slow cinema” has influenced her work
  • Films by Roy Anderson and Chantal Akerman
  • Creating work that’s personal
  • Misrepresentations of sexuality
  • How she met her wife
  • Surrounding yourself with people who project positive energy

www.aniacatherine.com