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Fei-Fei got me hammered on tequila

23 Sep

Feided 3

Sometimes, to get the story, you have to be willing to go outside your comfort zone. Sometimes, you just have to drink a lot of tequila.

To write about DJ/producer Fei-Fei, I went to the opening night of her new monthly event, Feided, where the tiny Chinese-American dubstep fan proceeded to basically drink me under the table. She bought me tequila shot after tequila shot, and then, when I made the mistake of admitting I didn’t feel all that drunk yet, she bought me another tequila shot. Feided is pronounced “Faded” and, believe me, it’s an appropriate name. This girl likes to knock ’em back. (That’s her on the right in the above photo, still going strong while yours truly was propped up against a wall somewhere waiting for the room to stop spinning.)

Somehow, I still managed to partially document the evening—although a follow-up interview over coffee several days later helped a lot.

Bass Drops and Tequila Shots With Fei-Fei, EDM’s Wild Child

Giving a lift to the Koreatown Oddity

18 Jun

K-Town Odd1

When Dominique Purdy, the man behind the Koreatown Oddity, asked me if I could give him a ride to a show last week, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Chances seemed good that anyone who raps in a giant wolf mask might make for an awkward travel companion. But I needn’t have worried. Turns out that Purdy is actually a pretty laid-back guy who just happens to, you know, rap in a giant wolf mask.

Actually, the weirdest thing that happened to me that night took place seconds after I dropped Purdy off at the Metro after his gig. We had been talking earlier about his screenplay, Driving While Black, and how it was actually the phenomenon of “driving while black” that had led Purdy to be temporarily carless. (He had failed to appear in traffic court for some citation or other, and now was in danger of getting ticketed again if any cop ran his plates and pulled up the warrant. And as it turns out, if you’re a young black man in Los Angeles, the cops run your plates all the time.) Right after Purdy got out of my car, a cop car pulled up alongside me and blooped its siren, because I had stopped in a bus lane. Given the conversation we had just been having, I became really aware in that moment of my white privilege; all I had to do was wave apologetically and drive away, whereas Purdy probably would’ve been stopped and cited, or worse.

Anyway, that little story didn’t make it into my LA Weekly article about K-Town Odd, because it was mostly about me and my own self-consciousness around issues of race. Plus, when it comes to the Koreatown Oddity, there are no shortage of interesting things to talk about. Some of them don’t even involve that wolf mask.

The Koreatown Oddity Was Caught Driving While Black