Evan Gabriel

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In Anywhere But Here, Nonfiction on December 16, 2013 at 12:24 am

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Shout out to The Nature of Words. My travel essay, “Zagora and Beyond” won the 2013 Rising Star Creative Writing competition for literary nonfiction, ages 19-25. This essay will be featured in the 2013 Anthology.

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Reader Review: Eddie Huang Getting Fresh

In Current, Nonfiction on September 16, 2013 at 7:20 pm

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“We don’t wear chef coats, we wear Nikes, and Dipset is the anthem.”

The release of Eddie Huang’s 2013 Fresh Off The Boat couldn’t be timed better, as the second season of his show by the same name is set to premiere September 30th. When it comes to digital media, call the internet viral, overrated, or just plain lazy, but Huang makes his idiosyncratic slang-based voice bleed through the pages as if you were speaking with him. This is the only book I’ve read that has epigraphs by Cam’ron, Jada and footnotes that include multiple hashtags. Huang unabashedly speaks his mind regarding race, 1st and 2nd generation Americans, his dad’s motto of “figuring it out,” and of course, food. Lots and lots of food. While you may know Huang for his hilarious and entertaining food/travel series, “Fresh Off the Boat,” he is a writer who completely grasps style and rules. Sure, some of the writing comes across as something you could be reading on the internet, but make no mistake about it, all of his quirky recollections and epiphanies about Jonathan Swift, hip-hop, love and basketball sit perfectly in the binding of this 276-page memoir. Image

This book is chalk-full of quotables. I’ve grabbed some to give you a taste:

  • “Chuck E. Cheese was for mouth breathers and kids with Velcro shoes. ‘I want to go where they have the best soup dumplings!’”
  • “Working in a law firm was not for me…While other associates competed on billable work trying to climb the ladder, I got high and took Major Abshed around the city.”
  • “Asians are funny; we can take anything and repackage it for your inner eight-year-old.”

And if Huang’s closing words aren’t the proof I don’t know what pudding you’re eating: “WEOUTCHEA” (272).

Does the future strikes fear in your heart? If so, leave Huang’s tales of FOBs making it in America at the door. This guy speaks the truth. Huang proves that in regards to success, parents don’t always matter as much as you.  It’s possible to make it in this world without the suit-and-tie job and Huang walks you through his story that eventually led to him opening his own restaurant, Baohaus in New York. This memoir is written for like-minded people interested in the progression of their passions, AKA dope shit. Read this book and make sure to check out the season two premiere of “Fresh Off The Boat!” Stay up Eddie, and dun, no bullshit, get me a job at VICE? Image

Alchemy In Sound: An Interview with Lu Green

In Audible, INTERVIEW on August 27, 2013 at 6:56 pm
Lü Green in Minneapolis

photo by ayshams

For Lu Green, the sticky midwestern summer of 2013 has been busy, to say the least. The St. Paul native has been making music for a decade now, beginning like so many, by tapping and dragging themselves through computer software. At 22-years-old, he’s just received his diploma from the University of Minnesota and will soon depart to Shanghai, China where he’s moving to pursue art.

United Sound Studios is an unsuspectingly plain two-story redbrick building tucked into a residential block in Northeast Minneapolis. Away from work, Green, born Zane Hill, spends most of his time here, usually holed up in the recording studio or, on rarer nights, treading the gravel of the nearby train yard. On the basement level, a fully equipped recording studio sits just behind a glass door. Inside, Green is at home in front of the 64-channel console equipped with a 70-inch screen, a stack of compressors and a set of studio monitors squeezed into the soundproof walls like a partially finished Tetris game. From his laptop, Green calls up a multicolored amalgamation of audio files on Ableton before deploying a spaced-out, melodic parachute of sound that swallows the room, and us, whole.

EG: Who is Lu Green?
LG: I think the better question is, what is Lu Green? Lu Green is an ongoing project in sound exploration and design. Lu Green serves as my voice and connector between the individual and the collective whole. It is a machine, which allows me to bolster my thoughts into an accessible and universal form. The man harboring this project is just a humble dude looking to learn more about this world and manifest this passion of living through music.

EG: When did you start making music?
LG: I started producing using electronic software when I was 12. A buddy showed me how to make beats with the ever-popular Fruity Loops program and I was hooked.

EG: Ever listen to your early stuff?
LG: To be honest, listening to my earlier stuff is very much so inspiring. It is remarkable to think how infantile my knowledge of production was at that time, yet tracks and music were still being made. A testament to the beauty in simplicity.

EG: During college you studied for a year in Shanghai, where you continued making music. Now you’re headed back. How is your approach to music different this time around?

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Qinghai Province, photo by lu green

LG: In the several trips I’ve made to Asia, it’s always been for one reason or another besides living and making art. Last time around I was still caught up in school and trying to keep myself healthy in body, mind and spirit. Lu Green and music making at that time was much more of an open diary as opposed to being a directed effort. Now I’ve graduated from university and I feel I’ve struck a nice balance between all of those things. I’m ready to be much more effective in music making with a quiet mind.

EG: What was making music in China like?

Shanghai, China

“Most people have this general conception of China as being some sort of rising geo-political entity whose existence we ought to fear and suppress. What most don’t realize is that there are also one billion people trying to voice their existence as well. That’s a lot of culture. .”

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photo by lu green

LG: China right now is very much so misunderstood by the West. Most people have this general conception of China as being some sort of rising geo-political entity whose existence we ought to fear and suppress. What most don’t realize is that there are also one billion people trying to voice their existence as well. That’s a lot of culture. That’s a lot of potential energy. Knowing that there’s nothing to fear about a billion new voices, I’ve enjoyed watching this dragon of the East—or whatever the fuck they call it—grow, and alchemize the energy off that.

EG: What’s the plan for the far East this time around?
LG: To proclaim the glory of the Dao. Haha. Actually though, to live and do work in China has been a calling of mine for quite some time and I look forward it to doing it my way, with sound, art and music.

EG: Your Soundcloud contains a myriad of genres; Tech House, Deeper House, Green Style, Regressive, Progressive…What’s up with that? Is it all House? Are you going for a ‘genre shattering’ thing?

LG: House and Electronic has been my production forte for a while. That being said, I feel that as much as I’ve grown as an artist, my variations on the theme have gotten just as complex, if not more. If I’m obligated to use words to describe the sound, I’m going to call it what I think it sounds like. In artistry, say no to genres. In production, pay your dues.

EG: What do you think about the whole EDM movement? Do you like Daft Punk? A-Trak? DJ Zedd?

LG: Seems fitting doesn’t it? The world finally connects and we all just happen to love computer music. It’s the biggest thing right now and it should be. Everyone is capable of anything production-wise, so long as you can afford a half decent laptop and pick up wifi at your local coffee shop. I saw DJ Zedd in Minneapolis last fall and he played a hell of a set. It was so obvious that he loves what he is doing and just wants to reflect that; these are the DJ’s and producers you should look up to. Having fun and being creative is what it’s all about, in any vocation.

EG: Who are some artists coming up right now that you see potential in the T.C.? In China?

LG: I’ve been a part of a production collective for some time, United Sound, which has brought together some of the best electronic musicians in the Twin Cities. Joe Christopher, aka Swervy Puckett has been creating a lot of interesting sounds that include his own take on house, trap, tech and hip-hop. I really respect him for what he does. Kris Holiday is another guy just doing his thing here in the T.C. His residency at a local club gives him an ear for production and arrangement that gets the people moving. As far as China goes, the music and sounds I’m trying to spread are very much so underground which is a large reason why I’m choosing to go there in the first place. Dead J of Beijing is a pioneer in this respect.

Lu Green, 2013

“In artistry, say no to genres. In production, pay your dues.” photo by ayshams

EG: Your new EP is called “Benevolent Tundra.” Can you tell me about the recording process? How long did it take? Work with any other artists?

LG:Benevolent Tundra” is a four track salute to Minnesota winters and all of the wisdom those cold nights alone impart on the soul. I worked on most of the ideas throughout winter but am just now finishing up on the final edits. I wanted to stay true to my origins on this one so I’ve managed to produce it alone.

EG: How important is staying DIY for Lu Green? Isn’t is easier to outsource certain creative responsibilities to, you know, the ‘professionals?’

LG: DIY started out as more of a necessity but has grown into a choice. It’s not that I have some hyper-sensitive control issues, I just honestly feel so much more fulfilled when I can manifest my ideas across the various artistic mediums in a personal and thus much more organic way. This is something that our time and generation has been blessed with—all the tools are finally at our disposal. Why wouldn’t you want to do it all yourself?

Follow Lu Green on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/zhillmusic
Instagram: http://instagram.com/zanehillmusic
Twitter: @zhillmusic

Ayshams’ photography can be seen at http://ihardlyknowher.com/ayshams

AUDIBLE: “Nostalchic” via Lapalux

In Audible on August 13, 2013 at 10:26 pm

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In terms of music, the debut album from Essex’s Lapalux, aka Stuart Howard, could come at no better time. The 25-year-old U.K. lo-fi beatmusic producer gives the mighty electronic genre a dose of something fearless: a human element. While 2013’s “Nostalchic” may float you down a stream of memories, it’s not just the House-inspired drums in 4/4 time that makes this album unique.

In no way can you ignore the faces behind dim lighting that are seen throughout this album. By mixing erotic and at times, haunting vocal samples, slowed to render their dreamlike essence, the “Lap of Luxury” catches his listeners in an intricate web of fantasies and deceit. Creating a delicacy involves knowledge of your craft. After a few listens, you begin to hear the delicacy in this project, which comes no doubt from Howard’s expertise in music.

Already having completed new material with Busdriver, Lapalux is set to finish his tour in the United States before embarking on a European tour this fall.

The debut album from Lapalux, "Nostalchic"

Special cuts:

“Without You,” featuring the great voice of Kerry Leatham, “Swallowing Smoke” and “One Thing” featuring Jenna Andrews.

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