NIN - The Joint - Las Vegas, NV
NIN - The Joint - Las Vegas, NV
Caught the Joanne World Tour on Friday night, fantastic show and phenomenal production. I have seen Gaga i think about 6 or 7 times now, every tour. This definetly ranks up these as one of my favorites next to the Monster Ball first leg in 2009. The setlist is a perfect mix of album cuts from the new JOANNE album in addition to some staples and a few randoms. We did the GA route which was a blast, she did 3 stages so she moved around quite a bit. The highlight of the night was being right in front of the glass piano as she sang a piano version of Edge of Glory. I'm planning to go back when she returns December 16th.
You guys, so I’m still on my social media cleanse and I’m still eating vegan. I’m a week in on both tasks and I feel great. I was considering going back to social media today, this morning actually. But as I opened up my phone and was about to hit the Instagram app I just couldn’t do it. So, for now I’m still off. I mean I’ve been on it for what like 5, 6 years now? I think if I want to do a longer break I deserve one. To be honest I am happy with everything in my life that is changing because of it. I would say that the absence of the distraction of it this past week has been the greatest advantage. I have caught myself playing video games more on my phone, so I had to curb that. My mind seems to be programmed to go right to my phone at the first sign of boredom, so that’s the habit I’m trying to solve this week. But also, not focusing on what everyone else is doing, keeps me so much more focused on my own life. I know that’s so obvious but sometimes its good to be reminded.
Anyway, the vegetarian experiment is going good. I feel super light and my energy is still up. Trying to research as much as possible about the things I should be eating. Any help is always accepted if you have any tips. Also I finally started THE HANDMAIDS TALE last night on Hulu – I can already tell I love it. Also finished OZARK and FRIENDS FROM COLLEGE on Netflix, both of which I loved. What are you watching?
I love being around creative people. Last night I had a creators dinner at Lavo with the lovely Ezarik sisters, also know as @iJustine and @jennaezarik on all things social media. We were joined by some other amazing content creators: @nadeshot, @captainsparklez and @miniladdd. Justine and Jenna are long time supporters of the brands and I always love seeing them. I'm fascinated by creativity and I was surrounded by some of the best YouTube content creators in the game last night. Since I'm still on my social media cleanse I did find it difficult at times to resist picking up my phone and tell everyone what I was eating for dinner, but it was actually great. in a way I don't miss it really. It's kind of freeing to not care what anyone else is doing but myself. We celebrated @nadeshot's Bday and afterwards I crawled into bed falling asleep to season 4 of Sex & The City. Sorry my photos suck.
I have seen NIN 3 times and I am longtime fan. I started listening to them in 94 when "Closer" came out. I remember I had a giant poster of Trent Reznor in my bedroom, looking angry in black leather. This particular night was at Planet Hollywood a few years back. Trent gives you his all and he still has it.
Well, I spent the last two days holed up in my house due to an head cold of some kind. While in bed I decided that I needed a proper break from social media. So I am on a social media cleanse. Currently on day 3, things are actually going well now. Really well. I am getting so much more done, and I'm in a better mood overall. I have to say it's very freeing not caring what anyone else is doing, or buying or getting for free. I originally was only committing myself to 24 hours but I came to enjoy the effects of being away from it so much I extended it. I am now going for a full week. More updates on this later....
Also, I'm going vegetarian this week, No meat or dairy products. I believe that's vegan but whateve you get it. This was something I've been wanting to do for a while, really as more of a cleanse. I'm on day 2 and I feel so light, I thought I would be tired or have some shock to my system but so far everything is good. I've been eating veggie burgers, lentils, salad, cucumbers, carrots, and sweet potatoes. Wish me luck.....
I went to see Khalid last week with my lovely friend Lori Giamela from RCA Records. I had listened to the album a few times when it was released and I loved it. Wasn't disappointed with the live show at all, he's fantastic. Highly recommend.
Pardon the delay. I totally turned into that guy that starts a blog and then disappears. Sorry. Forgive me? Anyways, I've been running around the last month or so. So much so that I'm home sick today. I caught DNCE and Demi Lovato this past weekend at The Joint at the Hard Rock. It was with #JBLFest, which I wasn't aware of prior but had a blast. DNCE Is so good live, they threw in some fun 90's covers ("Wannabe", "No Scrubs") while giving us an extended version of "Cake By The Ocean". Demi ofcourse blew the roof off the building, all the while wearing a tiny green number in sequins.
I decided to go into my battery last night on my iPhone and see what was taking up the majority of my power. It ended up being social media of course. You can also hit a little clock and see how much time you spent on each app. Would you like to guess how much time I spent on social media in a 24 hour period? Roughly 5 hours....5 HOURS. Frightening. It's become clear to me now that I just immediately open my phone and go straight to Instagram and Twitter many times through out the day for no reason other than habit. I knew I was on my phone a lot, but I didint think it was that much time. Needless to say I am taking a step back for a bit. I think social media is a great thing, and can be informative. Twitter is still my go to source for breaking news. I want to devise a plan for checking social every 4 hours. As opposed to checking it constantly because of habit, anyone else tried this?
Copped the new Yeezy Powerphase, they are smooth and super clean.
The Dua Lipa album is fantastic and full of solid pop tracks with a touch of dance.
Halsey's new album is like a massage to the ears. So solid, so good. On repeat.
The Wonder Woman movie works and it works very well. I was so surprised at how good this turned out, and it won extra points for having Robin Wright as a bad ass warrior.
House of Cards comes back with a bang in season 5, one of my favorite seasons for sure. Twists, turns, leaks, murder and so many good secrets. I devoured in 2 days....
I've been fascinated lately thinking about people that come and go from our lives. I don't mean people that die, I mean friends that you have for a period of years and because of a job change or a move, you lose touch. It's interesting to me how you can be close to someone and experience so many things together, and then you're not anymore. Life evolves or maybe it's your evolution. You learned everything you were supposed to learn from that person, and now they make room for someone else to come in and teach you something new about yourself. It could also be I've been listening to way to much Lana Del Rey lately. I'll let you decide.
I didn't post anything on my Instagram page in about 6 weeks until last night. I just wasn't inspired or motivated. My page aesthetic revolves around water, reflection, neon and night. That requires rain, of which we haven't had hardly any in the last few months. So, I didn't work. I used the excuse and didn't create, until finally I just said fuck it and needed to shoot something. The need to create outweighed the story I told myself in my head, thankfully. Walking around downtown last night with my music and my camera, I stumbled upon one small patch of water in the 101 degree dry desert night. I guess the lesson was, inspiration can come from anything and anywhere - but you have to be out there in the field ready to receive it. Not, on the couch.
I survived Memorial Day Weekend.
For those if you who don't know let me explain. In Vegas, Memorial Day Weekend is like New Years Eve for the summer. Every year hundreds of thousands of people converge on our fair city to take part in various Daylife and Nightlife activities. For me, it's usually a massive undertaking every year, this year was no exception. It's a lot of artists, shows and other VIPs all in town at once. But I will say I have come to love the challenge of it. Though it does take everything out me, there is a sense of satisfaction I get from fighting my way through the the tiny fires you are putting out all day. It's almost like you know you're going to jump in and you don't know what's going to happen - but you're willing to face it head on. I think that's so much of what it is to create something. Regardless of what it is, a party, a piece of art, fashion - everything comes with a sense of doubt and fear you have to face and fight through. Otherwise, it wouldn't be worth it. Many thanks to everyone who came through and supported this weekend: E-40, Ty Dolla $ign, Jermaine Dupri, DJ Khaled, French Montana, Diddy, Gucci Mane, Pusha T,. and OT Genasis..
I made it on 2 Chainz Instagram. Epic background life.
La Croix is so hot right now. I thought of this today and decided I need it to happen immediately.
Recently was turned on to the shoe line New Republic Man by Mark Mcnairy, specifically their Chelsea boot. As a member of Five Four Club, I got a healthy discount on trying a pair out. I went with the camo and the pink suede versions. I must say I have been wearing both a ton, so comfortable, and classy. So easy to slip on and off, this is the best $100 you will spend for shoes. I plan to buy every version they release.
Shot on IPhone 7+ in my bathub, used bath salts for texture. They are so clean and pretty, like pieces of art. I still have them in the box for fear of getting dirty, the through of wearing them out doesn't make sense to me at the moment.
Playing with lighting, and the new VSCO filters.
Last week was stressful. The program I had mentioned previously is now up and running, you can check it out here:
It's called V.I.We, I had the seed of the idea for it after attending a digital forum called The Culture Salons. Basically I took in a lot of data pulled and harvested over the last 10 years. The data was surrounding the nightclub and restaurant industry specifically in Vegas. Not only that, but also who is coming to Vegas, what drives them, and what influences their decisions. Millenials don't really like the idea of bottle service and it's exclusivity. Over time, as the kids coming here have evolved with the times, bottle service hasn't really. So, therein lies the problem. How do we evolve a key element to Las Vegas nightlife to appeal to a new generation of music and club enthusiasts?. Sitting in a Lyft one night I had the idea to incorporate the shared method into the club scene. After several months of work, research, testing, approvals, video concepts, and many other minute details, we released the idea into the wild. Once it was finally out there, and after all of that work and fear - I found myself scared to go online. I was terrified of the comments on social media. What would people think of the video? Is this a stupid idea? Will this work? So many questions, so many fears. After all those battles and problems solved I was willing to just cower for fear of what other people thought.
At the end of the week I took a well deserved hot bath. Sitting there I remembered hearing Brene Brown recite this amazing quote. It's about putting yourself out there and what that involves. About how it doesn't matter what some hater says if they aren't putting themselves out there, in the arena, fighting it out like you.
Listening to that quote really gave me some perspective, here it is in full below:
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." - Theodore Roosevelt
ANYWAY - happy to say things are going really well with the program. Great piece in Vegas Seven about it you can read here.
Saturday night I had French Montana at Marquee, who is one of my favorite artists to work with. He is always fun, positive and can really make me laugh. One of the best things about working with talent is seeing them hit a high note and enjoying it. French's new music is my favorite of his.
FUJI INSTAX WIDE / IPHONE 7+
NIck Sakai / @Nicksakai
Amidst the craziness of my week I ran over to 12AMRUN to see my friend Nick Sakai, who is also one of the owners of the shop. 12AMRUN is a sneaker and street wear store located at the LINQ. With the release of the new Yeezys this weekend I knew he would be dealing with his own madness so of course I had to badger him for some photos.
Fujifilm Instax Wide
Jocelyn Chew / @jocechewbacca
I've been taking my Fuji Instax Wide out with me a lot recently. When Joce and Jas were here this week for the Intrigue Anniversary party I stopped by their mega suite at the Encore to catch up. Joce was in glam mode so I couldn't resist.