Interview with Jim Tremayne of DJ Times

Give a Beat is an LA-based nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness of America’s mass incarceration problem via the electronic music community. I freelance for them, interviewing artists and activists they work with, producing audio pieces for Give a Beat’s blog space.

As snail mail grows more antiquated with each iPhone update, receiving a physical letter bestows a sort of importance upon its contents. Jim Tremayne, editor of DJ Times Magazine, responds to the publication’s fan mail, and looks forward to receiving a particular type of snail mail, prison letters. Over the years, Tremayne has established conversations with many inmates who’ve reached out, always happy to lend a helping hand, especially on his favorite subject, music.

For Tremayne, Give a Beat presents a unique opportunity to help connect others to the cause, the same way a few letters connected him to new relationships.

Dua Lipa @ Bardot 5/9/16

imageLast night marked self-described “dark pop” singer, Dua Lipa’s first Los Angeles performance.  Lipa possesses a lofty voice which dances above the beat, finding its footing against booming  percussion. Though not a fault of her own, the mighty sound she and her band produced felt more suited for a larger venue, where one could dance among the echoes they leave behind. But I expect much larger things for Lipa’s future, for there’s nowhere but upwards for her from this point. At age 20 she’s already produced a number of quality tunes, aside from her well-received singles, “Be The One” and “Last Dance.”  The aptly named “Blow Your Mind (Mwah)” shined just as brightly as Lipa’s early singles, littered with lyrics that are as confident as they are confessional: “if we don’t fuck this whole thing up guaranteed I can blow your mind”. Honesty is usually the best policy, and it sounds extra good on her.


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