Sydney Cain: Visual Artist

                            SAGE   This is Sage by Tuffgyal808

Q#1: Are you a Bay Area Native? and if not, how long have you lived in the Bay? Sage: Yes, San Francisco born and raised.

Q#2: When did you start on the creative path you are currently on? Sage: I’ve always enjoyed drawing & painting. I knew for sure in high school anything I do in life art would be involved.

Q#3: Where do you find your inspiration? Sage: Unseen realities. Myths. Bass. Silence. Copperpeople. Things that are someway familiar and help us remember our origins.

Q#4: What was the first piece of vinyl you ever purchased? Sage: First vinyl was Bobbi Humphrey and more like free stuff on the corner.

Q#5: Anything else you’d like to share? a joke/quote?

Sage: There are no secrets.

‘mingus’

smells of sweetness lead me to my past

as powerful music enters my soul

it helps   almost pushes   kindly forces me to create

movement and gesture combined with perfect faith

full moon pushed along passion

as a Brown Woman in red soaks in china rain at midnight

she presses play on a random tape   3 or 4 shades of Mingus roll off her breath

and i too am looking for the flowers that bloom

empowerment wrapped in that sheet of music

while the Black butterflies emerge taking flight on the Underground Railroad

we all need time.   we all need truth.

funk. soul. jazz. love.   it’s all relative.

it turned out not to be a session of free form improvisation

but set pieces perfectly performed

a lyrical interlude transformed by passion

leads me to my knowledge of self

you can see forever when you reap what you sow

there’s a profound eroticism in such a freedom

it brings divine suppleness and strength

i am when all is fierce

rebirth of incense and gardenias

i gather the stories of the sacred circle

and they tell me to turn around and go home to the waking of your soul

once there i find that the land is still giving birth in the silences

images float by on a dragonfly

forcing me to embrace the power of language and it is deep

like the moving sea between shores remind me

that nothing is worth more than today.

Mingus Amungus @Monterey Jazz Festival 95-96
dancers (Malia Connor, Tricia Perkins, Laila Jenkins-Perez) performing a yanvalou, photo by Jaan Jap

Mini Interview with DJ Santero


SANTERO “Luka Lounge” by Tuffgyal808

Q#1: Are you a Bay Area Native? and if not, how long have you lived in the Bay? Erick: No. I traveled a lot before I settled here. I’ve lived in Bay Area for 17+ years now.

Q#2: When did you start on the creative path you are currently on? Erick: My father was a musician. I’ve been surrounded by music all my life. I don’t remember a time where music wasn’t a central part of my existence.

Q#3: Where do you find your inspiration? Erick: I find inspiration everywhere. Sometimes the smallest, simplest things affect me profoundly. I feel like my music is more channelled than created. There are larger forces at work. I’m just playing my part as best I can.

Q#4: What was the first piece of vinyl you ever purchased? Erick: Bad Brains. Rock for Light. I still have it.

Q#5: Anything else you’d like to share? a joke/quote? Erick: “All spiritualists who have really sounded the depths of spiritualism have realized that there is no better means of attracting the spirits from their plane of freedom to the outer plane than by music.” -Hazrat Inayat Khan

http://www.soundcloud.com/santeromusic

Paris King: Musician

ParisLake Merritt by Tuffgyal808

Q#1: Are you a Bay Area Native? and if not, how long have you lived in the Bay? Paris: Yes, I am a native.

Q#2: When did you start on the creative path you are currently on? Paris: 35 years ago, when I was 3 years old, my parents got a piano and my grandmother got an electric organ. I began formal piano lessons at age 5, in the first grade.

Q#3: Where do you find your inspiration? Paris: Scott Joplin first, later Prince, Hendrix, Aretha, Stevie… and then I turned 14. I was into comic books, and Rasputin Used Records was on Telegraph between Comics and Comix and Blondie’s pizza. The first record I got was Lucille by BB King.

Q#4: What was the first piece of vinyl you ever purchased? Paris: I think it was the first Miami Sound Machine record, I liked “The Conga”. Didn’t yet know what salsa was, but I felt it. I remember Tears For Fears album with Shout on it was hot in 4th grade. I also remember copping Musique Non Stop by Kraftwerk, and the first Fine Young Cannibals record, with “Johnny Come Home” on it. The revelatory life-changer was in 7th grade, when I was gifted a bootleg cassette of Sign Of The Times, which had The Ballad Of Dorothy Parker on it… and came with a concert movie. Plus… I discovered the concept of playing all the instruments and writing yourself. That was it. I was sold.

Q#5: Anything else you’d like to share? a joke/quote? Paris: Once it has rules, it’s no longer art.

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/parisking

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/pariskingband

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/khalilanthony

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/xroads

James Gayles: Painter

Q#1: Are you a Bay Area Native? and if not, how long have you lived in the Bay? James: Not a native. I’m from the East Coast, Newark, NJ, Manhattan, Brooklyn. I’ve been living here half my life – 32 years.

Q#2: When did you start on the creative path you are currently on? James: As far back as I can remember, so far I don’t even recall the beginning…..I do know I was jammin in kindergarten.

Q#3: Where do you find your inspiration? James: My inspiration comes from everywhere, from life, from my physical, mental, emotional and spiritual environment, from other artists, other art forms, dance theater music and so on.

Q#4: What was the first piece of vinyl you ever purchased? James: Don’t remember. But I do remember my Mom had the greatest Jazz collection I have ever seen. I mean she had everybody Bird, Coltrane, Dizzy, Miles, Cannonball, Ornette, Dolphy, the Duke, the Count, Billie, Ella, Sarah, Dinah, Carmen, Nina, the Modern Jazz Quartet, the Jazz Messengers, the Jazz Crusaders……I mean everybody!!! I remember everyday coming home from high school, picking something out, flopping down in my Dad’s easy chair and being transported to another dimension. I know I didn’t really answer your question but those times really let an impression on me, they help shape my artistic temperament.

Q#5: Anything else you’d like to share? a joke/quote? James: This is a tough one. There are countless funny jokes and an unlimited supply of meaningful quotes. But I am one who can’t recall any. But wait there is one that pops into my mind that is both funny and meaningful..or not. “When considering LIFE, look at the doughnut and not the hole.”
Don’t know the origin of that or if it makes any sense but I’ll leave you with that. 🙂

www.jamesgayles.com

www.facebook.com/pages/James-Gayles-Art/115439938470598

Jern Eye: HipHop MC, 1/3 of Lunar Heights

Jern Eyephoto by Tuffgyal808

Q#1: Are you a Bay Area Native? and if not, how long have you lived in the Bay? Jern: I grew up in L.A., but have lived in Oakland since November 99′. It’s definitely become my home, and I’ve been blessed that folks in the town have accepted me as one of it’s own. I can foresee spending the rest of my life here, less I move to some place cool like Paris or Tokyo.

Q#2: When did you start on the creative path you are currently on? Jern: I started rapping in 91′ but didn’t take it serious until High School. Then in my senior year in 96′ I met Sizwe, whom I started Lunar Heights with. He was a big reason I made my move to Oakland in 99′. During that time there was a huge creative movement between us, a few painters, poets, and this Hip-Hop band named Mission: who are now known as Crown City Rockers. Making rap songs with real musicians really helped with developing my musicality, and being efficient in the studio.

Q#3: Where do you find your inspiration? Jern: Inspiration changes all the time. I’d like to think my music reflects where I am in life, mentally, physically, and spiritually. I haven’t had much output in the last few years since my 09′ release “Vision”, but I’ve been really enjoying doing other things like riding and racing my bicycle, writing short poems, cooking, and hiking. I’ve found the more detached I am from music, the more I have to offer when it comes down to creating it. I’m not too worried about having high output like most artists are, because I’m happy with the quality of songs I’m writing at this time.

Q#4: What was the first piece of vinyl you ever purchased? Jern: The very first Hip Hop record I purchased on my own was RUN D.M.C. “Raising Hell”. I still have that too. Prior to that there were a few records that were handed down to me from older DJ friends, and eventually started digging on my own.

Q#5: Anything else you’d like to share? a joke/quote? Jern: To everyone who’s supported my music, whether it was Lunar Heights or solo shit, thank you! I’ve met and worked with some amazing people, and have done some pretty cool shit up to this point, so I’m grateful to the Universe for it. I could only strive to be the best me, and hope folks connect with that frequency. Forward ever.

www.twitter.com/jerneye
http://bmxboyz.tumblr.com/
http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/vision/id332417227