Circle V is coming up in just a couple weeks, on November 18! If you haven’t heard, Circle V is a one-day fest in DTLA with vegan food vendors, inspirational guest speakers, and a killer lineup of live music. We’ve got an amazing day planned, and we can’t wait to welcome artists like DREAMCAR and Waka Flocka Flame to the Regent. Read on to learn more about our headliners, and get your tickets here!
Waka Flocka Flame
Born Juaquin James Malphurs, the 28-year-old rapper rose to prominence as Gucci Mane’s protégé and his flagship artist of 1017 Brick Squad. Waka dropped his first EP Salute Me or Shoot Me in 2009, which put him on the map and earned him the nickname “Turn Up God.” The mixtape’s buzz allowed Waka to release his debut full-length album, Flockaveli. Mixing elements of trap, rap, and hip-hop, Flockavelli peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 100. Today, Waka has released 4 albums, has 1.3 million followers on Twitter, and boasts 1 million followers on Instagram. He’s become the second-most active celebrity on social media platforms, as well as the second-most searched name on Google.
On being vegan: Waka decided to go vegan last year, saying, “I got tired of breathing hard, I got tired of my joints hurting… I just physically and mentally feel so much better.” He’s currently working on a line of vegan marijuana-laced granola, and plans to launch a vegan cooking show. Read more here.
Song to know: “O Let’s Do It”
Moby is one of the most enticing figures in techno music. He was a dance music standout of the early ’90s, helping introduce the music to a mainstream audience. Moby fuses rapid disco beats with heavy distorted guitars and punk rhythms. His detailed productions draw equally from pop, dance, and movie soundtracks. His music differs from both the cool surface textures of ambient music and the hedonistic world of house music. In 2016, Moby published Porcelain: A Memoir, which focuses on the ’90s, the decade that saw his rise to fame and peak mainstream success with Play.
On being vegan: Moby is famous for his devoted environmental and vegan activism. In 2015, he opened Little Pine, an exquisite Silverlake-based restaurant. Moby says he decided to be vegan in 1985, whilst sitting alongside his family cat, Tucker. He told Rolling Stone: “Sitting on the stairs I thought, ‘I love this cat. I would do anything to protect him and make him happy and keep him from harm. He has four legs and two eyes and an amazing brain and an incredibly rich emotional life. I would never in a trillion years think of hurting this cat. So why am I eating other animals who have four (or two) legs, two eyes, amazing brains, and rich emotional lives?’” Read more here.
Song to know: “Porcelain”
In the summer of 2014, AFI frontman Davey Havok and No Doubt members Tony Kanal (bass), Tom Dumont (guitar), and Adrian Young (drums), began writing music together. Their debut self-titled album, released earlier this year, is a punchy record full of nostalgia and upbeat synthpop tracks. The supergroup primarily focuses on 80s-inspired/new wave music, and Havok is known for his high-energy performances. Kanal and the other bandmates kept DREAMCAR under wraps for nearly 3 years, waiting to go public until things were just right. And trust us, it was worth the wait.
On being vegan: The DREAMCAR bandmates have been vegan for years. Kanal told the San Francisco Examiner, “it took me 35 years to understand how much suffering goes into the food we eat and the clothes we wear. So if we have the choices available to us, and we do, it’s horrible to contribute to that suffering.” Havok echoed Kanal, saying, “The way that you feel on a plant-based diet makes you feel like you’re infused with super powers. You really respect the way that your body feels, and the way your body feels affects the way that your mind feels.” Read more here.
Song to know: “All of the Dead Girls”
19-year-old Raury is a free-spirited singer, rapper, guitarist, songwriter, and producer who was raised in Georgia, roughly 20 miles outside Atlanta. He mixes alternative folk, rap, and electronic music. At the age of 18, Raury threw a music festival he dubbed Raurfest, issued a free digital-download mixtape (Indigo Child), announced his deal with major label Columbia, and contributed to SBTRKT’s Wonder Where We Land. His activities, and his desire to create not just a new genre but a new culture, were promising enough to earn a long-list nomination for the BBC Sound of 2015 poll. All We Need, his first proper album, was released in October 2015.
On being vegan: Raury grew up in a lower middle class home in the South. “Because my mom raised me by myself, we didn’t have much money, we had to eat what we could,” Raury told Seed Street. Often this meant fast food or soul food. When Raury was 14, his aunt died of a heart attack, and he knew it was time to make a change: “I didn’t want to end up like everybody else, and I decided to try not eating meat.” He made the choice to go fully vegan 4 years later. Since then, Raury says his eyesight’s improved, his joints were less clogged, and he “just felt lighter.” His dream is to start a vegan fast-food restaurant, so that a plant-based diet can be accessible to everyone. Read more here.
Song to know: “Devil’s Whisper”
Reggie Watts, internationally renowned vocalist, beatboxer, musician, comedian, and improvisor, amazes audiences with his unpredictable performances, which are created on the spot using only his formidable voice and looping pedals. Blending and blurring the lines between comedy and music with his unique lyrical style, Reggie inspired LA Weekly to call him “the most wildly inventive new talent of the past five years.”
On being plant-based: Reggie told Food Republic: “Growing up, I was all about burgers, meat, processed food. That’s all I knew. Then when I moved to Seattle, that’s when I became more aware of vegetarianism.” Today, Watts is “mostly on a vegetarian diet,” but admits that it can get tough on the road: “I do eat meat on occasion because I travel, and sometimes there aren’t many options.” Even so, Watts makes an effort to load up on veggies and fruit while on the road, and cuts out meat wherever possible. Read more here.
Song to know: “So Good Yeah”
Drawing comparisons to the likes of Dirty Projectors, Bjork, Deerhoof, and even Joni Mitchell, Moon Honey are the new cool kids on the block. Comprised of duo Jess Elaine Ramsey (vox) and Andrew Martin (guitar), Moon Honey blends 60’s psychedelic pop with progressive rock to create beautiful, swirling melodies that are sure to please. Since forming in 2013, the two consider themselves “musical soul mates,” and have already gained attention from the likes of The New York Times, NOISEY, NPR’s All Songs Considered, and KEXP.
Song to know: “The Cathedral”
Canadian born, LA based singer/songwriter/producer ANML is known for her stunning multi-media concerts. Nixing comfort for the outlandish, she’s been known to use interactive 3D mapped visuals, animal cages, and puking rainbows as props… to name a few. She’s passionate about animal rights and environmentalism, which makes her a perfect guest for Circle V!
Here’s a taste: “IT’S OVER”
Host of KCRW’s “The Lab,” Valida has been a musician and performer since the age of four. She quickly put herself on the map as one of LA’s most important nightlife icons after moving here from Bosnia, thanks to her popular weekly club night “School Night at Bardot.” She’s known for her wide variety of musical styles, which range from disco to country and everything in between, and has created remixes for the likes of Foster the People and Saint Motel. Since purchasing her first set of turntables in 1998, she’s deejayed at SXSW, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, The Standard, and Regine in Paris. A mainstay of the Los Angeles DJ scene, we can’t wait to welcome Valida to the stage.
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