Outside Lands ♡

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During my time at Berklee College of Music, I was able to get into a class called The Berklee Popular Music Institute and the class entailed of sending artists to major music festivals. My team & I were able to go with the band AJNA.

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We had the time of our lives!!!! What a wonderful experience.

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I am so proud of them! They did so amazing!! They killed it. Check out AJNA’s new EP here-

https://open.spotify.com/embed/artist/2UTrfKlrQDFf7VmrnyRNnV

 

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Matine and I on our first day ❤

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I even made a sweet friend on the trip ❤ Sidney !!! She is awesome.

 

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I even got tinsels in my hair!!! 🙂

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I  MET MY BEST FRIEND AND INSPIRATION JONATHAN VAN NESS ❤ he was the only person I wanted to meet and I met him. So i’m telling you all… dreams really do come true !! (Credit goes to Matine for taking this photo for me !! )

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Me + Sid + Matine + Aaron ❤ haha GIRLS CLUB

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me and feli! So proud of you ❤

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Outside Lands was by far the best festival  I have ever been too.

IMG_5778 We were surrounded by nature, kind people, music and food!! What more could you ask for!?

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It felt like we were camping at a music festival!! All we needed was some fire and some yummy marshmallows to roast. 😛

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Mac Demarco !!!!

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Haha so much fun!!

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What an amazing team!! What an amazing group of friends!! What an amazing experience!! What an amazing group of people!!

 

Thank you SF!! Thank you Outside Lands!! Thank you Berklee!!

See you soon SF!!

With so much love,

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Oak Cliff Film Festival (Made in Japan) ♡

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Last weekend I was able to attend the Oak Cliff Film Festival. I love watching independent films. So being able to go and support an independent film was exciting for me.

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As I was looking at the list of films that were being featured during the festival the title ‘Made in Japan‘ quickly caught my attention. (Obviously because I am half Japanese and have a huge love for Japan)

Made in Japan is a documentary about a japanese country singer named Tomi Fujiyama. Yes, she is a japanese lady singing country music. Isn’t that so interesting?!

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I felt this film was really relatable because I am a half japanese girl living in Texas! Texas is a state filled with country music and I never in my life imagined that country music  would ever be tied with a japanese artist.

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Tomi Fujiyama performed at the Grand Ole Opry in 1964 alongside with Johnny Cash and many other legendary country artists. She was the only artist to receive a standing ovation that night.

Her dream was to sing at the Grand Ole Opry again. During the documentary she goes to america to try and perform at the Grand Ole Opry. Unfortunately due to the music industry being the way it is today the chances of Tomi performing at the Opry stage was almost impossible. You will definitely have to see the documentary to see if she ends up being able to perform at the Grand Ole Opry again!

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The film was so great because it really showcased Tomi’s hard work, fun energy, and beautiful spirit. It was so refreshing to see a true artist continuing her craft and being  true to what she loves.

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At the end of the film we were able to ask the writer and director questions about the film. It was very inspiring and interesting to listen to the writer discuss about the process of the film.

Made in Japan has already reached great success with interviews from Jimmy Kimmel to features in SXSW. 

Here is a video of Tomi Fujiyama performing-

I personally am not a huge fan of country music but when I listen to her sing I get a little emotional. You can sense her soul radiate from her music.

Made in Japan will be coming out sometime next year! If you get a chance to watch the film I definitely recommend it.

with so much love,

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Rodrigo Amarante @ The Red Room

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I had the privilege of being able to see a very talented musician named Rodrigo Amarante. He is a Brazilian singer-songwriter from Rio de Janeiro. Amarante is also a part of three different bands Los Hermanos, Little Joy, and Orquestral Imperial. He now works on his solo music and has a solo album out called “Cavalo”.  During the show he promised us that he is coming out with a new album. Rodrigo sings and writes in english, portugese, and french which brings so much diversity to his music.

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Rodrigo’s performance was so personal and genuine, he carried a  child like innocence to his demeanor. As I listened and watched Amarante perform with his band I could not help but realize that this is what music is all about. So genuine and so real, he connected with all the people in the room and made them feel something for a moment.

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I noticed that  he would look at every person in the room in the eyes and have a special moment with them. Which was  very beautiful and moving to me.

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You can check out a live performance he did on NPR here-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppDcuEyNoIU

Enjoy!

with so much love,

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