Conversations Episode 7: Statik of Elevated Rebellion freestyles for an hour straight

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Elevated Rebellion is going out on tour soon so Statik dropped by the studio to have a chat about what its like to be a rapper in our current (what i think is) over saturated rap scene right now and what it takes to be consistent enough to build a fan base and balancing that with exploring new sounds.

Peep there music here and watch the ZOSS directed video below for “ENERGY”

Conversations Episode 6: James1stgen talks about moving to LA for music and why he wants to grow the scene in Sioux Falls

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James1stgen is a musician that I listen to heavy. If you are a huge R&B fan like me then you will want to tune into this one. In this conversation we talk about moving to LA to join the Marines, making music and how he wants to rep Sioux Falls and grow the music scene.

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Check out his music on Spotify here and watch the video below produced by Johnny below.

Conversations Episode 5: Josh Novak talks plants rights, balancing sketchy clients and TOBIAAAASSS!!!???

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JOSH NOVAK AKA MR. DTSF AKA MR #PHOTOCRED AKA BANGSTREET MEDIA.

I honestly have no idea what we discussed in this episode all I know is we go on a tangent about how downtown is better than anywhere else in town. Josh is always juggling a couple things so go follow him. But do it the old school way, find out where he hangs out and follow him.

Conversations Episode 4: Gavin Johnson talks ups and downs, working together at Clear Frame and how to cook Tommy Tran

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Gavin is someone I feel so comfortable around its a little scary. I wouldn’t be surprised if he ended up being a serial killer or something that;s just how charming and disarming he is to me. I built this studio to track my recovery and this was the first conversation where I was able to open up a little bit more. Maybe it was because Gavin was open and honest enough with himself that it made me brave enough to share.

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I think Gavin is one of my favorite musicians in our city. His music is filled with life and passion. Basically everyone should check out Gavins music here

Conversations Episode 3: Vincent Gene why crazy rich asians is lame and who can win a compliment battle

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Me and Vince discuss all of our different phases growing up as a Vietnamese Americans. topics include: ramen, ching chong bing bong, overcompensating, fitting in, anime, other asian things. Will we have some sort of breakthrough by the end on our identities or will we accept that we might be chocolate covered Twinkies lost in a Canadian Marxist convention?

Check out his body of work here

Kenzee + Brad in Boulder CO

Lam bought a house in Erie, CO.

I took mom one weekend to talk shit about it. We landed at 6. By 10 I talked two strangers to leave their house party and friends in Denver to pick me up and shoot photos in Boulder. 

80% sure I was going to get murdered.

We started with easy poses such as the "look at each other" and "look not at each other" 11/10

*insert lame ass "hottest mixtape of" line*

At this point a joke was told.

Outdoor shopping, pizza by the slice, and a movie. Just like high school I was 3rd wheel on a pretend date AKA my comfort zone.

At the end of the day neither party axe murdered the other so thats a 13/10 shoot in my book. But real talk it was nice to meet a young couple that is so in love. Cant wait to come back, this time as an friend.

Vietnam Revisted

In 2012 we took a trip to Vietnam I will attempt to piece some sort of time line. When we first landed we spent a week in my moms village staying at my grandmothers house. These first shots were taken in her backyard.  The diversity in plant life was insane.

The village my mom grew up in has a Buddhist temple on top of the mountain. At the peak of the climb and my dehydration I somehow accidentally chugged half a bottle of white vinegar (which i thought was water). I will never drink out of unlabeled plastic bottles ever again.  on the path up to the temple there were houses and businesses scattered throughout. At the midway point there was a spot where three trees grew into one. (first photo below)

Before heading to Saigon we met up with my brother Luan in Long Khanh to eat steak and eggs and hit up a wedding. No mater when I go to Vietnam there is always a wedding.

The best part about Saigon was the up scale KFC. Otherwise its a overpacked sweaty sardine can.

Dalat used to be an old French Imperial getaway. It is where the best tea and coffee in Vietnam is grown and the only city that ever see snow. If one day I ever disappear from social media you will most likely find me in Dalat eating French pastries and drinking Vietnamese coffee. 

The Cham people in Vietnam are a small minority group with an interesting social structure. They are a Muslim Matriarchal Society. All property and family honor passes through the female side and the woman is the head of the household. Also it is very common for Cham women to have multiple husbands. After learning about these people I changed my photography alias to CHAM because their story shook my understanding of Vietnamese culture and I wanted to embody the idea of destroying tradition and preconceived notions.

Colorado

Daniel, Devanshu, and DeAngelo plus me ft. Lam. It's been years since this combination. Here are the photos I took on my trip to Fort Collins, Boulder, and Denver. Thanks to Daniel for being our host and fixer. Much work was done. Somehow I have no photos of Michael Ross, at this point I'm not sure if he was actually there.