Our friend/awesome artist Mike Perry recently announced his plans to create a NEST in Brooklyn via kickstarter. The sounds of having a landing spot to enjoy Mike’s work, share his experiences from around the world, & create a work of your own got us AMPED. We commend Mike for bringing the fundraising to the people and support his Kickstarter Journey 100%. Check out the Campaign Video and get involved!!! Keep #WanderingAroundWandering
Our friend Dwight Peters(yes.. that name sounds familiar) the founder of Quarter Waters, an online publication that featured Ark Collective Captain KLM in an interview a while back recently informed us on some big news.
Dwight’s gearing up to start a socially conscious organization, Slate & Stylus that focuses on iPad cases viakickstarter. The sounds of having an iPad case that fold into whatever form you can imagine caught our eye immediately. We commend Dwight for bringing the fundraising to the people and support Slate & Stylus 100% on theirKickstarter Journey. Check out the Campaign and get your Origami on!!! #ORIGAMI
Our friend and huge Ark supporter Paula recently embarked on a Journey to share her knowledge with youngsters in Ghana. We have been keeping up with her weekly blog which she journals about her experiences living & working in Ghana. To say we have been living vicariously through her is an understatement. Check out her blog and send her some love if you dig!
We recently got word that our friend Jon Brandon Cruz, whom we spotlighted on the Weekly Feature, was hitting the road with Mansion on the Moon as a part of his Cruz on Tour series. Jon has been capturing the band as they make their rounds from city to city electrifying crowds. We were stoked to get a peak of his video featuring one of the members of Mansions getting wild on the guitar. Scope out the Video and check out theMansions on the Moon Tourin a city near you.
We are bringing theWeekly Feature Series back to our blog and couldnt be more excited to share the stories of so many inspiring individuals with you in the upcoming weeks!
Looking over the past years stories made the thought of bringing the Weekly Feature back irresistible.
The segment was created to share the stories of artists, musicians, photographers,athletes, chefs, visionaries- making it happen in their community. If you would like to share your story with us and the rest of the Ark Collective community, please email us a little more about yourself — we would be more than happy to share your creative side in the upcoming weeks.
Eureka Smiles. Euphonic Rhythms. Your on the right track.
What are phrases that resonate Coachella?
Yes… Its that time of the year again when the Music Festival Season begins to peak around the corner and the sweet rings of weekend roadtrips make us all smile. We couldnt be more excited to learn that this years Coachella Music Festival will be bringing two weeks of bliss to the dessert valley. How the curators were able to organize Radiohead, Bon Iver, M83 … just to name a few of the preformers.. in a back to back extravaganza is a testament of elite eutaxy, which we alot this ovation . (yes we just stood and clapped)
All in all we are excited to cover the event which brings together people from all over the globe into a weekends triumph for anthroplogists to thrive on. As always we want to bring you the inside scoop into the work of the artist which will be rocking this years event. So let us know who you are most excited to hear and well do our best to get them onto this years Weekly Featureseries.
Stay up on the posts as we will be bringing some treats to the web along the road.
Seeing as how The Ark Crew are all huge music lovers; we were stoked to find our buddies Phantogram are slated to release their new EP “Nightlife” on November 1st!
Back in August we had the pleasure of seeing Phantogram perform live at Pacific Festival which was nothing short of phenomenal (you can check out pics from PacFest by clicking HERE). And just a couple weeks after the show we spent some time chatting with Sarah Barthel, the lead singer of Phantogram and ended up doing aWeekly Feature on her (you can scope Sarah’s Weekly Feature by clicking HERE). Sarah is one of the most down to earth people we know, and the Ark Crew fully supports Sarah and Phantogram.
Here’s the first song called Don’t Move that Phantogram has released from the upcoming EP “Nightlife“. Enjoy!
The artist in the spotlight of this Weekly Feature is a firm believer of taking the time to experiment with various musical elements of a song, in order to craft the exact sound he wants and leave the listeners feeling like they’ve been put under a spell… A Goldenspell that is.
Eric Frank, otherwise known as Goldenspell, is a multi-talented up and coming musician out of Los Angeles. In his younger years Eric played drums in every type of rock band imaginable, and enjoyed the band life experience to the fullest. Along the journey he also learned how to write music, sing, and play guitar from his band mates; which further strengthened his musical forte. However, just a couple years ago Eric took the initiative to branch out and start a solo project all of his own called Goldenspell.
His mission was to take all the different elements that he loved so much about music, and put them together piece by piece just like a puzzle. Armed with a “sure why not” mentality, he decided to give it a whirl and try his hand in music production. Fortunately he ended up with this: kicks and claps of the drums that slice through airy vocals like butter to a warm knife, that when combined with wispy guitar riffs; make for a truly unique sound. And voila – Goldenspell was born!
Continue reading to find out what Eric is all about; why anyone who’s thinking about starting a band should be super careful when picking the name. And get the inside scoop on Goldenspell straight from the mouth of Eric Frank, in this edition of the Weekly Feature. Enjoy!
Name: Eric Frank Place of Residence: Los Angeles Current Jam: The new Feist record “Metals” Favorite Food: Pasta Mode of Self Expression: Music
Ark: Hey Eric, Thanks for taking the time to do this interview with us. Could you begin by telling us a bit about yourself? Eric: Sure thing! I’ve been playing music since I was 10 and have been in bands since 14. I was in punk and metal bands during high school, and then I started playing in an indie rock band in college that I was in for 4-5 years. I made the move to LA and toured all over the country with them. The band split up just about 2 years ago and that led me to start doing my own stuff, and that is how Goldenspell sort of came about. It had been a while since I’d started a new project, so I decided to go with it and it worked. It allowed me to incorporate all my own elements and things into the music that I wanted, which I really like.
Ark: Who are a few musicians or artists that have served as major sources of inspiration for you and your music? Eric: I really like people who take the time to craft the exact sound they want. I lovePrince. He records all of it on his own and I appreciate the risks that he takes. Also absolutely love artists like Beck. He wants to break new ground and experiment with new sounds, and is not afraid to take a beat up old keyboard and lay down a beat then throw a bunch of effects on it.
Of course I also love old rock bands like The Band and The Beatles. They’re both great.
Ark: At what age did you start playing music, and are there any other musicians in your family? Eric: The first instrument I learned to play was the drums and it was right around the age of 10. My dad was a drummer in a jazz band and he always had a drum set around when I was growing up, so he was the one who first taught me to play. I played drums in a band in high school and everything sort of branched out from there. While drumming in the band in high school I also learned how to play guitar from the other guys in the band. But it was a good thing to start off with drums, since I believe rhythm is the most important thing when it comes to music.
Ark: So what’s the story behind this collab project Goldenspell is doing called City Of The Black Sea? We listened to the song “Salt” on the Facebook page and want to know more about this project! Eric: That is sort of a mixed collaboration with another artist named Jonathan Logan. When Goldenspell plays live there is no way I can play all the instruments at once, so he plays the drums in the live band. We had been playing together on a few songs and Jonathan said he wanted to write a song with me, not just play songs together. From there it blossomed into what it is now and we’ve done 2 songs together so far.
I really like to be free and not be the person who says, “I’m in 1 band and 1 band only.” It’s fun to have lots of side projects and it makes you better as an artist.
Ark: We’re all about learning the creative processes different artists take when it comes time to create a new track. Is there some form of “routine” you tend to stick to, or does it vary each time? Eric: It’s a little bit different each time, but I do have a formula that I stick to in order to keep my mind in the right place. The actual song usually starts in my head as a melody. No lyrics and no beat. Just a vocal melody and it usually happens when I’m driving/walking/doing the dishes/something random.
I have a hard time when I sit down at my desk with my guitar and try to write a song. It just isn’t good and doesn’t feel right to me. So when the song comes to me when I’m doing something random it frees my mind. After that I can sit down at my desk with laptop, guitar, and computer and get to work on the song.
Ark: Alright, now it’s time for the “Lightning Round.” If you could please answer as quickly as possible, we’d appreciate it. *Eric’s answers are inRED
Analog or Digital? – Analog
Lounge or Club? – Lounge
Indie or Electro? – Electro
San Diego or San Francisco? – SF. I’m from Berkeley originally
Mountains or Beach? – Mountains
Ark: What is the strangest, most memorable, funny, awkward…(fill in the blank) encounter your music has led you to over the years? Eric: I would say it was when I was touring with the band I was in for a few years. We played a show in Provo, Utah and were supposed to stay the night in Utah after the show was over. The show ended at about 11:30PM and everyone was super tired, but we really wanted to sleep in our own beds back in LA. So we decided to pack up and drive all the way back to California.
We hopped in the car and drove for about 4 hours until we had to stop for food and gas in Vegas. I quickly put a couple dollars on black and actually made some money that time, which was great. After that we got back in the car and kept on driving all the way back to LA. It took us about 11 hours and as soon as we got home I immediately passed out in the clothes I had been wearing since the night before.
Anyway, that’s pretty typical of a band on tour…. Doing crazy random stuff at all hours of the day and night.
Ark: Let’s say, hypothetically, you’re going to be locked inside a studio for exactly 1 week and can only take one instrument of choice with you… What would that instrument be? Eric: I would take my 1940s Martin Ukulele. It’s just a little ukulele and is very simple, but that is what I would want it to be with.
Ark: What are a few of your hobbies / how do you like to spend your free time when you’re not creating awesome tunes? Eric: I love to cook. I’m a huge fan of going to the farmers market and picking up all sorts of fruits and vegetables then cooking them up in my kitchen. I’m also kind of a foodie and really like to go out to restaurants. Oh, and I love trying out new concoctions and coming up with recipes and creating specialty cocktails at my house.
Ark: Thanks for taking the time to answer or questions Eric. Any last words for the readers? Eric: Yes. If you’re going to start a band… you should pick a band name with 2 words in it, since all the 1 word band names are taken.
Now turn up the volume & jam to a couple Goldenspell songs!
If you’re looking for something to do this weekend and are in the mood for a bit of musical goodness and good times… Check out American Royalty this Friday 10/7, atCulture Collide Festivalin Echo Park, LA.
Culture Collide Festival is a 4 day event put on byFilter Magazinethat starts tomorrow (10/6). They have a pretty insane line-up slated for the festival that will undoubtedly make for an awesome time. The concept behind Culture Collide is, “a four-day international festival welcoming artists from 24 countries and counting, bringing their unique perspectives on music and culture to LA’s East Side for a musical melting pot of live performances, film screenings, and happy hours featuring food and drink from around the world. The festival will once again end with the Toyota Antics Block Party, a free all-day event in Echo Park on Sunday, October 9th.”
Friends of the Ark Crew and past Weekly Feature artists American Royalty, Classixx, and YACHTwill be gracing the stage over the weekend and pumping out some serious tuneage so get excited!
American Royalty will headline the Co-Op venue at 9PM on Friday 10/7 Classixx will perform the Reform venue at 9:30PM on Saturday 10/8 YACHT will headline the ECHOPLEX venue at 12PM on Friday 10/7
The artist in the spotlight of this Weekly Feature, Raya Belna, is a culinary innovator whose unique recipes have been generating quite a bit of buzz all across the nation recently. In fact, one of Raya’s gourmet treats earned her a first place award while she was a contestant on The Food Network’s “Great Food Truck Race 2″ earlier this year!
In addition to being one of the nicest people we’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting, Raya is a Raw Foods & Vegan chef with an appetite and approach to food preparation much unlike anything you may find in a traditional kitchen. She is the executive chef of the Seabirds Food Truck, and uses only the freshest locally grown, sustainable, organic, whole-food ingredients in her cuisine. But here’s the kicker: Raya does it all without the use of ANY heat or meat in her dishes.
With a menu that offers everything from tacos to spring rolls to BBQ wraps to cupcakes and cakes; it may be difficult for some to believe these mouth watering morsels are made of all organic ingredients and were never cooked. However, we can assure you this is completely true and they’re absolutely delicious!
Continue reading to find out what Raya is all about, how she made the transition to a Raw & Vegan Foods diet, and a bit of info on the exciting new project she is starting; in this edition of the Weekly Feature with chef Raya Belna. Enjoy!
Name: Raya Belna Place of Residence: Costa Mesa, CA Current Jam: Anything by Ray LaMontagne Favorite Food: Reed avocado with Himalayan pink sea salt Mode of Self Expression: Raw Food
Ark: Hey Raya, thanks for taking the time to do this interview with us. Could you begin by telling us a bit about yourself?
Raya: Thank you for having me! I am a Vegan and Raw Foods chef, originally from Maui, Hawaii. Grew up picking fruit off my neighbor’s trees and walking around barefoot… basically your typical 80s hippie child. Love all things water and earth. Fantasy life would be to bounce around the world living in eco-retreats and doing yoga all day.
Ark: Who are a few chefs or culinary masterminds that you feel have served as major sources of inspiration for you and your culinary adventures?
Raya: When I moved to Orange County a year ago, I met Chef Ito. He has been a huge mentor, friend and inspiration to me. Chef Ito took a vow of silence 10 years ago and dedicated his life to the service of others. He runs Au Lac Raw Restaurant in Fountain Valley and has been like family. Creatively, I am also inspired by Omid Jaffari, a Raw Chef from New Zealand. His form of expression is Botanical Cuisine. I am fascinated by the act of breaking food down to its simplest form and presenting it as art.
Ark: So how did you originally make the switch over to a Vegan diet? Was there one specific event that prompted you to do so?
Raya: I grew up eating a lot of vegetarian and health food, because my mother was Buddhist, so I had a good foundation and tended to gravitate toward fresh fruits and veggies. While living in San Francisco, during college, I became interested in Veganism and Macrobiotics, which eventually lead me to Raw Foods. I was teaching yoga and part of my practice was to maintain a Vegan diet, so that is what really lead me to this path. I decided to pursue Raw Foods professionally, after living in South Korea. I got really sick with the swine flu and refused to take any medication, instead I put myself on a month long Raw Foods diet and “juiced” my way back to health. Seeing the direct healing results of Raw Foods, I knew I had to share my discovery with others.
Ark: We’re all about trying to learn the creative processes different artisans take when it comes time to create a new recipe or dish. When you’re getting ready to start trying things out, is there some form of “routine” you tend to stick to or does it vary each time?
Raya: My process is to break everything down to its simplest form. What are the basic components to each recipe or dish? What is the purest form that can be presented, so that every ingredient has a voice and shines? I want to taste every aspect of a dish, down to the mildest herb and spice. In my mind, we should be able to deconstruct and identify every ingredient in a dish.
Ark: In your opinion, what is the most beneficial aspect of eating a strictly Raw & Vegan Foods diet?
Raya: A Raw Vegan diet is the cleanest diet available. When we eat foods in their natural state, we absorb their life force along with all their vitamins and minerals. Our bodies become strong and pure. Excess weight disappears, skin becomes vibrant, and minds become clear. It is truly the fountain of youth, not only for our bodies, but for the planet.
Ark: Do you have an “all-time favorite” culinary treat or dish that you like to prepare? If so, what would that be?
Raya: I love the artistry of RAW desserts. Sweets are such an indulgence, and normally laden with wheat, eggs, dairy and sugar. To create a decadent treat without all those additives is beautiful. To truly break something down to its purest form- Raw Cacao Beans, Nuts, Vanilla Bean, Coconut Nectar- is perfection.
Ark: Alright, Now it’s time for the “lightning round.” If you could answer as quickly as possible, we’d appreciate it: *Raya’s answers are inRED
Macadamia Nut Oil or Coconut Oil? – coconut oil
Kale or Arugula? – kale
Soup or Salad? – salad
Summer or Winter? – summer
Rock or Rap? – rock
Ark: We’ve been told that some people who have a strictly Raw Foods diet believe when food is cooked, whether it be fruits, veggies, meat, etc. – that all the nutrients and burnt away in the process. Is this fact or fiction?
Raya: Heating does destroy a lot of the nutrients, but mainly it destroys the enzymes in the food. Enzymes are what help us to absorb the nutrients and break down the foods. Without absorption, eating is pointless.
Ark: What is the strangest, most memorable, funny, awkward…(fill in the blank) encounter your Raw & Vegan Foods diet has led you to over the years?
Raya: The most memorable was winning the cooking challenge on “The Great Food Truck Race 2” with my RAW Vegan Cupcake.
Ark: Do you have any secrets you want to tell us? Maybe something like what we can expect from you and your culinary arts in the coming months, or are any projects you’re working on that we should keep an eye out for?
Raya: I am starting a Raw Food delivery program for OC residents and teaching a lot of cooking classes. I am also working on a project to bring Veganism and Raw Foods to students and families nationally. While on the road, with The Food Network, it was shocking to see how uneducated people were about fresh produce and healthy eating. It’s possible to eat local and organic in every community with the right tools and education.
Ark: When you’re not crafting delicious eats, what do you like to do with your free time / what are a few of your hobbies?
Raya: I love to read and travel… and jump on my Rebounder.
Ark: Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions, Raya. Any last words for the readers?
Raya: Thank you, it was my pleasure! I hope everyone will take a second look at what they are putting in their bodies and consider adding more RAW and Vegan foods to their diet. Also, go outside and hang out in nature once a week, walk barefoot and play!
Scope out a couple photos of Raya’s delicious RAW and Vegan cuisine!