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SOLAR RESIDENT DJ

AQUARIUS SEASON

Valentin Lamar

INTERVIEW WITH LAMAR

MY LIFE AS A DJ

My musical journey started at infancy, I was always surrounded by music and musicians. My mom's father was a jazz musician all his life, and her brothers were disc jockeys pioneering in the emergence of the NYC/NJ house music scene. I started playing jazz at age 12, with a focus on keyboards and percussion. When I was 15 I discovered my biggest passion, which is music production. I used it as a outlet for my creative energy, but had no real goal or purpose for it beyond a hobby until my mid-20's. DJing is another thing that came while I was well into my 20s, I never really aspired to DJ until I was encouraged by my peers. I played my first gig 4 years ago and discovered a knack for it. As a DJ, I have a tendency to keep it eclectic. You will get soul, hip hop, house, disco, old school jams, afrobeats, bossa nova, and maybe even 80's new wave, all in the same party. My music production is an amalgam of soul, electronic, house, and hop hop elements. I'll finally be releasing my music in 2019, and I'm beyond excited about it after 13 years of secretly being a music producer (jokes).

BEING AN AQUARIUS

Before I knew anything about astrology, I think I felt special about being an Aquarius, since it’s the age we're currently in. After reading deeper into it, my pride in being an Aquarius is so much more. I feel we have a responsibility to make the next person breathe easier, and this can be done through the smallest gestures like a smile or handshake. Our job is to nurture, support, and build peace together. I think I naturally live up to that duty, but I honestly feel like there is much more I can do for the community and I'm committed to working on this. I know I can’t do it alone, it takes a village. Let’s build!

AQUARIAN ENERGY AND THE MUSIC

The Aquarian energy is to serve the needs of the people. The music that I both produce and curate is heavy on the soul sound. Its music that is intended to touch your soul and connect with people. It's sonic healing. It's sound waves that penetrate the mind and body, enhancing the senses and lifting us up. I can go on and on about this because the thing I love most is human connection through sound. It's a universal language nobody can deny, and I think it’s one of the biggest gifts we can give one another in effort to nurture our souls. It’s the Aquarian way.

check out valentin lamar’s playlist on spotify::

meta DEN: Aquarius Season

CONNECT WITH VALENTIN LAMAR::

IG:: @valentinlamar

Mixcloud:: Valentin Lamar

Email:: lamarstephens@gmail.com


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LUNAR VISUAL ARTIST

LEO LUNAR ECLIPSE + WOLF FULL MOON

Anthony Rosado

TECIDO CICATRICIAL DE SYRE

ARTIST STATEMENT FROM ANTHONY ROSADO

Anthony Rosado is an Afro-Boricua Queer man merging anthropology, visual art, interactive performance, and creative workshops via The Testourmonials Project, with intent to internationally influence value for and investment in collecting, preserving, and glorifying stories of community-driven cultural conservation. Rosado ensures creative development for marginalized artists and platforms for community-oriented solution making. His work address cultural identity, ancestral legacy, giving/receiving love, and knowing true herstory/history. As a NYC native Rosado produces events with organizers, galleries, collectives, and businesses in gentrified neighborhoods to bridge residents in pursuance of progressive community-inclusive city planning; housing justice; story-telling and -archiving.  

CURATOR STATEMENT FROM MCKENZIE ANGELO MARTINEZ

Tecido cicatricial (scar tissue in Brasilian Portuguese) is formed when the body needs to physically heal from trauma. The drawings and collages offered in this exhibit are the scar tissue, intimate reminders, of a love redirected. Scars are not pristine or polished to keep up appearances.  They develop as is, raw and true. Often viewed as grotesque, scar tissue is the embodiment of harm, but is pivotal for growth, revitalization -- new skin. These drawings and collages are the scar tissue left behind from a toxic romance. They need to be seen.

This leo lunar eclipse + wolf full moon draw people to reveal what is hidden, regardless of how painful the reality. People are called to tap into their most authentic sense of self, the unapologetic self. This is the self that knows exactly what is needed without hesitation. It is a time to reevaluate how you relate to those you love and have allowed to define you. It may be crucial to redefine the word “love.” Is it a verb, ignited by action? Is it simply a noun? The person, place, or thing that we have been conditioned to “need” for survival and self-worth. Or, do we simply just love without metacognition to relieve ourselves of the burden of being humyn? Regardless of the definition, love is something that folx have tried so hard to fall into, when maybe we just need to “stand” in it because we have had it all along.

This exhibit is the result of Anthony releasing those private scars to the public sphere and bringing to light what needs to be healed. Anthony is currently in Brasil in search of that new skin or amor-própio (self-love).

sneak peek of the exhibit::

Come to metaDEN to see the rest of this collection.