In the darkest of places, there's always light.
Raised in the fertile oil grounds of the Bible Belt, I embraced the colors of the universe at an early age. Constantly in a daydream or mental exercise, I found solace in absconding myself from the prisms of rural America. My creed was unconventional - I embraced the beauty and love of others, but found dogmatic rhetoric mundane and narrow-sighted. Normally, it was just a bunch of old white people telling me what to say or think. To this day, I rely on my curious and unpredictable imagination to take me anywhere. It's my vehicle to the light. I often think about Salvador Dali trying to explain his art - but then I remember - the beauty of his work was that it always remained a secret. And the greatest secrets of my life are often hidden in my art - teetering like the middle finger and smile you receive from a trespassing punk who just jumped your fence. It is here where I found the identity of a songwriter who built a relationship between melody and instrumentation. My songs are about representing, responding and navigating to identify with myself and my environment. It's complex. Sometimes it comes easy. Sometimes it's a nightmare. Whether through personal vignettes of resistance, power, attraction, sex, love, drugs, anger or mischief, my stories and the world that I built for them are the only light and colors I know.
HOTT MT (Hour of the Time Majesty 12) was founded in 2012 by Spooky (Nick Logie) and Ashi (Ashleigh Allard) on a mutual love of fantasy, music, and each other. Since their initial launch the group has expanded to as many as six members, but has contracted back to the original duo for the current line up. The group became a point of public interest when they delivered their first album “I MADE THIS” to Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips on his 51st birthday. They arrived unknown and unannounced and the meeting resulted in an immediate collaboration with Wayne and spawned future collaborations with artists including Ke$ha, Erykah Badu, and Ariel Pink. Spooky and Ashi currently live and work in LA and are co-founders and operators of the shared art space, Non Plus Ultra, along with a larger collective of friends.
The Red Pears
The Red Pears are an indie/alternative band from El Monte, CA. The band consists of Henry Vargas on guitar and vocals, Jose Corona on drums, and their good friend Patrick Juarez that helps on bass. The group started in the summer of 2014, when Jose and Henry got together with talks of forming another band having known each since high school and playing in different groups, separately and together. Things took off from there as they both shared similar influences, similar backgrounds and similar mindsets and visions.
They started as a duo, with their first gig together being an open mic at a church. Juan Aguilar soon joined the band on bass that same year. The duo became a trio and started playing anything from house parties, to bars, to coffee shops, to open mics. Things started moving fast as the release of ‘We Bring Anything to the Table… Except Tables, We Can’t Bring Tables to the Table’, garnered unexpected attention. They continued playing and noticed a growth in their audience throughout the years since.
Juan unfortunately left the band early 2017, and their close friend Patrick kindly agreed to help the now duo out. The band has gone a long way from playing open mics at churches, to playing out of state, selling out venues, and doing more than anyone would’ve thought or expected. With a very loyal and supportive fanbase and audience, the group is currently recording their new record, and are excited for what’s to come.