It has been over 1 month since the last meetup at The SEED Center and so much has changed! Concerts have been attended, producers have been interviewed, and connections have been made. There is so much creativity flowing through Los Angeles coming from all over the globe. Home bases for the music industry, where people of like minds can aggregate together and influence each other, are popping up everywhere. This type of creative environment is exactly what Alex Park and his team have setup through these Jam Night meetups.
The night starts just like any other well-organized event with platters of food and drinks. This time it was dozens of subway sandwiches and bottles of beer. Water showed up later to quench the thirst of those not looking to consume alcohol at this moment. Eating and mingling continues as introductions were made, hands were shaken, and business cards were given.
To warm up the crowd, an Experimental Live Controllerist & DJ named Rahfee Zahkee jumped on stage and began to jam out on an interconnected iPad as he sipped his beer. His dreads and presence gave him a Rastafari type of feel to him. He would tune the frequencies of rhythm and sound to test the limits of feedback from the crowd. Questions like ‘which buttons increase the conversation rates of the audience?’ and ‘how many will notice this subtle change?’ must have floated through his mind as he played his music.
Over time, people started to move into the main room and sit down. Some sat on chairs, others posted up on stools, and more relaxed on couches or stood near the edges in the back. Just then a panelist of 3 individuals positioned themselves up front while a moderator asked them questions. The group included Chris Restivo (Music Supervisor @ Toy Box Entertainment), Jordan Silverberg (Director of Music @ Transit LLC), and Maria Gonzalez. After which, Maria then brought the producer duo Christian Rich up on stage and started a riveting conversation of success.
As Christian Rich left the main stage, they glided to the back and tons of people started to follow them hoping to make contact with them. This led to a slightly vacant scene when Rahfee, Sharin Canta, and Chief Wakil performed their sets one after the other.
When everyone had their chance to share what they wanted to share, Alex Park let everyone know that there was still time to make connections with the influencers in the room. Michael Sebastion Romero showed up. Josh Spoon, iLya O, Eric Sharp and Robert Gee all made an appearance. A guy named Gregory who plays drums conversed with other musicians as well. Even the lovely Graph Gonzales, who was wearing an elegant black outfit with a black backpack accented with gold earrings and a gold jaguar emblem, was surveying the scene.
It was definitely a good night. Tons of connections were made. Music was played, with lots of happy laughter happening in between. Eventually, the people here will get together in the near future to produce some music, start record labels, and just have fun. It is places like The SEED Center and meetups like this that facilitate the industry. It allows people to get together and collaborate, which is all good for the whole city. And what is good for the city, it good for you! Just be in the right place in the right time to make the most of events like this. You never know what will come out of it 🙂
Article written by @industrychanger
LA Music Creators Meetup Group: http://www.meetup.com/LAMusicCreators/
Rahfee Zahkee’s Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/rahfee-zahkee
Chris Restivo’s Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/chris-restivo/77/a97/32a
Maria Gonzales’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/Mozzermonkey
Jordan Silverberg’s Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jordan-silverberg/10/82a/146
Christian Rich’s Website: http://thechristianrich.com/
Sharin Canta’s Youtube Account: https://www.youtube.com/user/sharinofficialTV
Chief Wakil’s Website: http://www.chiefwakil.com/
Michael Sebastion Romero’s Website: http://www.michaelsebastianromero.com/
Josh Spoon’s Blog: http://www.joshspoon.com/
iLya O’s Website: http://www.ilyao.com/
Eric Sharp’s Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/ericsharp
Graph Gonzales’s Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/graph-gonzales
The Great Company’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheGreatCo
More Jam Night #5 Info: http://www.meetup.com/LAMusicCreators/events/176127482/