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I haven’t updated in a while for a number of reasons!

The biggest is that, while I’m plugging away at music supervising for theatrical marketing, 95% of the work I do never sees the light of day. I’m also still coordinating consistently on film and TV shows, but they’re all still pre-premiere!

The other reason I’ve been away is that I returned to school in August. As much as I love music it’s not currently making ends meet. To help with that, I’ve gone back to school to study welding and give myself a consistent, in-demand, well-paying gig to support my music dreams. So I’ve been juggling full-time coursework, two part-time jobs, and freelance work for the past four months and will be doing so until I finish my program in June 2020.

But I am here, still accepting and loving music supervision and coordinator work! Feel free to get in touch if you need my skills!

New Trailer - Arizona!

 
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My latest project, the trailer for Arizona, is up online and available to watch here!

 

Chris(tine and the Queens) Is Back

 
Chris(tine and the Queens) at the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever, June 14.

Chris(tine and the Queens) at the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever, June 14.

I had the absolute pleasure of getting to see one of my favorite musicians perform an intimate showcase at the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Chris was only able to play one new song, Girlfriend, but her older songs sounded amazing as well. I can't wait for the new album, and for a full show at the Wiltern in October. If this tiny showcase was any indication it's going to be a wild time.

 

Coachella!

 

I went to Coachella weekend two and all I got was the time of my life, a tee shirt, and a cold that's held on for almost 3 weeks because I refuse to take a break. So here's my recap, late as heck.

After a weekend of wearing a bandana at all times I think I may make it a regular part of my wardrobe.

After a weekend of wearing a bandana at all times I think I may make it a regular part of my wardrobe.

The Thursday before weekend one I woke up to a text from a friend of mine saying her friend was bailing on the second weekend of Coachella, and would I be interested in a free VIP pass and hotel? I assumed I was dreaming, went back to sleep, and woke up a half hour later only to realize the offer was sincere. My answer was, of course, an unequivocal yes.

Feelin' fancy on the shuttle.

Feelin' fancy on the shuttle.

While my friend settled in at the hotel I hopped the shuttle bus to the festival, excited to check the art out and get my bearings before I actually had to be anywhere specific. See, I've never been to Coachella, and I will probably never go again, so I wanted to make the absolute most of my experience.

 

DAY ONE

Am I forever spoiled by the VIP experience? Yes, yes I am.

Am I forever spoiled by the VIP experience? Yes, yes I am.

There was zero line to get in to the VIP entrance, which is probably worth the price of the pass in itself. But honestly my favorite parts about the VIP section were the bathrooms and the short short water refill line. Also Magpies Soft Serve, which I had every night of the festival. Those damn butterscotch Rice Krispies. I'm tellin' ya. Do you live in Los Angeles? Check them out.

But I digress! I filled my water bottle, poked my head around a bit, then got a notification that my first act of the weekend would be starting in 15 minutes. So I started my literal trek across the grounds to the Mojave Stage, overhearing approximately one million comments about how much more spread out everything was this year. Great! Gotta get those steps in.

 
Slow Magic on the Mojave Stage. Friday, April 20.

Slow Magic on the Mojave Stage. Friday, April 20.

I first saw Slow Magic completely by accident. I headed out to the Troubadour one night to see Ian Chang (possibly most well known for his work with Son Lux), and my friend and I decided to stick around and see what this Slow Magic was all about. It was a good decision, because we loved every second and danced our butts off.

And that's why I chose, in the heat of a desert afternoon, to kick my Coachella off with some sweaty dancing. Slow Magic put on an excellent performance and got me warmed up for a great weekend.

 
PVRIS on the Gobi Stage. Friday, April 20.

PVRIS on the Gobi Stage. Friday, April 20.

But here's where my weekend really started. After looking at the line-up and the set times a few weeks earlier, I realized I had an excellent opportunity to actively seek out openly LGBT artists and, in turn, my people in the audience. I decided to call it Queerchella, and the first act for my personal festival within a festival was PVRIS.

 
Vince Staples on the Main Stage as seen from the Ferris Wheel. Friday, April 20.

Vince Staples on the Main Stage as seen from the Ferris Wheel. Friday, April 20.

After my friend arrived on the festival grounds we did a bit more exploring and found out we had a free Ferris Wheel ride. Aw yiss. We timed it perfectly, too, so we were up nice and high as the sun set over the mountains. Pictures couldn't possibly do it justice, but I tried anyway.

 
St. Vincent on the Outdoor Stage. Friday, April 20.

St. Vincent on the Outdoor Stage. Friday, April 20.

My second Queerchella act was St. Vincent, who I absolutely adore. I have to admit I was actually a bit disappointed in her solo headlining show at the Hollywood Palladium back in January. This performance more than made up for it. It was loud and fun and I sang my damn heart out.

 
Perfume Genius on the Gobi Stage. Friday, April 20.

Perfume Genius on the Gobi Stage. Friday, April 20.

After St. Vincent's set, I and a handful of other queers hustled over to catch the last of Perfume Genius' set. I'd seen him headline The Mayan just the week before, so I wasn't TOO too disappointed to miss the first few songs. He's an incredible performer and so so fascinating to watch.

After his set I headed back to the main stage VIP section to meet my friend for The Weeknd. I didn't get any pictures though - he was a little far away.

 

DAY TWO

We definitely made a Joshua Tree detour. Neither of us loved any of the Saturday afternoon musicians enough to tolerate THAT kind of heat, so we decided to go on an adventure. I'd also never been before. It was beautiful and overwhelming, and I don't think I'll ever stop believing Southern California landscapes might actually be fake.

 
Tash Sultana on the Mojave Stage. Saturday, April 21.

Tash Sultana on the Mojave Stage. Saturday, April 21.

My only Saturday Queerchella act was Tash Sultana. At one point in her set she paused to tell all the homophobes and transphobes to get the fuck out. Am I in love? It's entirely likely. About 15 minutes before the end of her set she told us it was her last song, and then she just played her heart out for that whole 15 minutes. What a treat. I can't wait to catch a full set from her.

The other acts I caught portions of on Saturday were HAIM (oddly disappointing?) and Alt-J.

Then, of course. Beyoncé. Is there anything to say that hasn't already been said? Someday I get to tell my friends' grandkids about Beyoncé at Coachella. "I was there," I'll say. "I was there."

 

DAY THREE

LP on the Mojave Stage. Sunday, April 22.

LP on the Mojave Stage. Sunday, April 22.

My final day of Queerchella started off with a hot and dusty set by LP. I have only seen LP once before. I need to remedy that. She's a legend with a voice you couldn't ever imagine coming from such a small person.

 
The Rose Garden.

The Rose Garden.

The Sahara Stage and Do Lab from the Spectra art installation.

The Sahara Stage and Do Lab from the Spectra art installation.

 
Hayley Kiyoko on the Gobi Stage. Sunday, April 22.

Hayley Kiyoko on the Gobi Stage. Sunday, April 22.

I closed out my Queerchella (but not my Coachella) with Hayley Kiyoko. She's not all that much younger than me, but the majority of her audience is. I can't put into words how happy it makes me to know there's a lesbian woman of color making explicitly gay, incredibly catchy pop music for the younger generation to look up to... and for us old folks to embrace in an effort to recapture our youth. Her show is everything you could possibly want. Singing. Dancing. Screaming fangirls. No bras thrown on stage though - at least, not at this show.

After Hayley I meandered a bit before making my way back to the main stage VIP section. There I met my friend and listened to Cardi B's set from the line for lobster macaroni and cheese (it desperately needed salt). Then I got my evening Magpies and headed out to the lawn for the rest of the evening.

I sprawled out on a cool, shady lawn while Portugal. The Man played me into a nice light nap. All hyperbole aside, it felt a bit like my version of heaven.

After Odesza my friend and I headed back to the hotel because fuck Eminem. I already did 8th grade. We ordered room service and watched Forensic Files and started our recovery early.

Adios, Coachella.

Adios, Coachella.

All in all, it was a pretty incredible experience. Given what I've seen of Coachella in the media I expected, uh, a little bit more douchebaggery. But the people who were there for the music were IN IT. And the people who were there for the scene and the cred were having fun, too, and I can't blame them for that.

Would I go again? Absolutely. Would I ever pay for it? Still no.

 

New Series In Contempt Premieres Tonight!

 

Tonight is the series premiere of an amazing new courtroom drama from BET. It's a much-needed look into the public defense side of the U.S. court system and how underfunded, overburdened, and unfair the public defense process can be.

It's been really fun and challenging to work on, so please check it out! Tuesdays on BET at 10/9c.

 

Tonight! 10/9c! The Quad Returns!

 

I'm so pleased my first gig in the TV world is as the music coordinator for The Quad. It's an amazing, important show and you should check it out even if you don't think it's for you. ESPECIALLY if you don't think it's for you.

Check out this video of the cast doing their best to let you know when to tune in.

 

The Quad Season 2

 
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I've had the great pleasure of working with music supervisor Ashley Neumeister as her coordinator on season two of The Quad. The first episode of the new season airs on BET in one week, on January 23, 2018, at 10/9pm C and 9pm PST. Check it out!

 

Black Lightning Series Premiere!

 

There are a lot of things I'm loving about working with Kurt Farquhar & True Music, but I have to say that getting to hear the Black Lightning score come together has been one of my favorites. Here are some highlights from tomorrow night's premiere!

 

2017 Is Coming To a Close...

 

And as a music industry professional, I feel it is my responsibility to participate in end-of-the-year list making.  So here it is, my sole contribution.

My 10 Most Relatable Lyrics From K.Flay’s 2017 Album Every Where Is Some Where

1.

Every day’s another shot
But all I do is fuck it up
Screaming cos I’ve got it too good to cry
(GIVER)

2.

I don’t have an agenda
All I do is pretend to be okay so my friends
Can’t see my heart in the blender
(BLOOD IN THE CUT)

3.

So I wrote out my life as a list
Thinking is this shit all there is?
(SLOW MARCH)

4.

Crew wears all black stuff but we all act like we’re so different
But everybody bleeds, right?
Everybody’s waiting for the phone to ring
Yeah, everybody seems fine
But everybody’s got pieces missing
(CHAMPAGNE)

5.

Said a cheers to the demons who’ve been with me all evening
All I wanted was to never be seen
(HOLLYWOOD FOREVER)

6.

But peace don’t reach my bones
The sadness still remains and though I sing the same refrain
It all amounts to no one knows
(IT’S JUST A LOT)

7.

Thought if I was smart I’d make it far
But I’m still at the start
(BLOOD IN THE CUT)

8.

I came to in a cold sweat with a nosebleed feeling hopeless
Thought I maybe might be dead til I got my pen sat down and wrote this
Suddenly I felt fine inside a mind so full of ghosts
The darkest nights mean you see the stars the most
(DREAMERS)

9.

I should have known don’t trust a poet
Cause they prefer to bleed
(YOU FELT RIGHT)

10.

It’s been a slow, slow march
Waiting for the flowers to bloom
It’s been a slow, slow start
But I know I could be somebody new
Somebody new
(SLOW MARCH)

 

K.Flay's Every Where Is Some Where is one of my favorite albums of 2017. Stream it on Spotify. Buy it on iTunes, Google Play, or Amazon Music.