We recently had the pleasure of participating in an extra-ordinary event here in Seattle in which the music and art communities came together to give thanks to the elements.
Hosted by Seattle bass music collective Bassdrop Music as their four year anniversary party, the event featured music from some of the hottest West Coast producers, plus some of the city’s freshest local acts. To top things off, world famous visionary artists Alex and Allyson Grey participated by doing live painting during the event. Naturally this enlivening event was entitled Elements of Bass.
Many find that the four common elements Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water are the basic elements of the universe. We are here to contend that in this time we are moving beyond this knowledge of the elementals in this basic sense. We are living in a time of expansion, connectivity and collaboration. For this reason we redefine the elements of creation as music, art, dance and healing. The folks over at Bassdrop did a great job of bringing these aspects together into an inspiring event with EOB.
For those that don’t know, Alex Grey has become famous for his ability to diagram energy flows in the human body. His attention to detail is unrivaled by any living artist of his ilk. To spice up the evening, our good friends at Bassdrop Music coordinated a discussion with the Greys, so that we young creators could get a glimpse into the minds of these visionaries.
During the discussion, Alex and Allyson shared their views on contemporary art, music, and culture and how it relates to the historical perspective. The theme of the presentation was centered on consciousness and how music, art and other forms of creative expression can color the human experience.
A strong through line which permeated the talk, was the idea of sacrament and how certain substances can bring us into a more clear space of awareness, both individually and as a collective.
From the ancient art of consuming Soma, psychedelic mushrooms or even that famed flora known to grow on grave of King Solomon – we humans have been creating, cultivating, and consuming sacraments of various form and texture throughout time. Like the infamous talks given by the late great Terrence McKenna, the Greys stressed the importance of knowing and using these plants and other substances to the benefit of consciousness, while warning of the dangers of misuse. Many of the slides displayed shared imagery of art old and new which had quite obviously been influenced by the use of psychedelics. A personal favorite is the image of the little mushroom men carrying smaller mushrooms and feeding them to one another. Alex states, “Ok, this one is quite clear… Someone was high!”
The Greys shared their view on the legalization of cannabis in the NW calling what’s happening in Washington and Colorado a benchmark. It is quite clear that like the team here at Ganjaology, Alex and Allyson value cannabis for its many beneficial properties beyond the commonly recognized lofty high that comes with smoking it. Whether it’s used to reduce pain, stop nausea, settle the mind or expand conscious awareness, one thing is clear…
The use of cannabis in appropriate dosage promotes CREATIVITY, POSITIVITY and the creation and enjoyment of BASS MUSIC!
We want to extend a big thanks to Alex and Allyson for sharing their knowledge and participating in the event both as speakers and live painters. Further we want to give thanks to Bassdrop Music for organizing the event along with all of the others that had a hand in bringing us together. Big up all the musicians that performed including Mat The Alien, Christian Martin, Bluetech, David Starfire, BizZara, Selecta Element and Triple Crown, Sean Majors, Kozmo, and all the others. Lastly we can’t leave out the local artists that participated including Burgandy Viscosi, Damon Conklin, Sarah Jorgenson, The Graffiti Defense Coalition and more!
Like Allyson’s secret script, no amount of language could begin to decipher the excitement we all shared in this phenomenal event. Again, thanks to everyone involved. We couldn’t have done it without you!
All photos featured here are the work of Kari Champoux. Thanks KC!
The Basscoast Mutiny lineup has been revealed, and as expected, it’s stacked with an impressive array of musical talent. For the past three years the Ganjaology team has adventured north into the Canadian wilderness to share in one of the highest vibes parties this side of the Kootenays… and you better believe we’re gearing up for another round!
Year after year the Bass Coast Project continues to amaze, enliven and inspire. Once again, this year The Bass Coast Girls (organizers Andrea Graham and Liz Thomson) have outdone themselves. Performances for this year’s bush session include Addison Groove, Tribe Called Red, Bogl, Cure, D Bridge, Danny Corn, G Jones, J.F. Killah, Kir Mokem, Mat The Alien, Max Ulis, Natasha Kmeto, Nick Wisdom, Philthkids, Self Evident, Sweater Beats, Tank Gyal, Librarian, and Yan Zombie among others!! We’ve listed music from many of the musicians below.
Listen to the sounds and imagine yourself in the forest, the beats filling your auditory field. Notice how you feel as these frequencies are filtered through your receiving centers. Are you inspired? Does the music make you move, make you bow your head and hum… Do these sounds suggest to you love or lust, laughter or longing? Are you sick with excitement?
Whatever the case, our physicians here at Ganjaology Institute prescribe one fat dose of BC trees combined with all manner of creation from raw to refined (super pun here, please smirk responsibly). Coincidentally you can get all this at Bass Coast. Do your body a favor and get up to Merritt, BC this August for Bass Coast 6 Mutiny!
A THOUSAND YEARS
A TRIBE CALLED RED
ANDREW VAN HASSEL
DJ K-TEL SUNDAY SOUL SESSIONS
DJ LORNE B
EL PAPA CHANGO
FORT KNOX FIVE
HEART TO HEART (BRON AND MOE LOWE)
JANOVER & RESUNATOR
JPOD THE BEAT CHEF
KRYSTLE LOVE B
LUCITERRA & CHRIS MURDOCH
MAT THE ALIEN
SWEET SOUL BURLESQUE
THE FUNK HUNTERS
Attention fashionistas ::: This one is for you!
Back in July, I had the opportunity to join the Ganjaology team up north to attend the highly praised Canadian festival, Bass Coast. Here, a vast array of artisans presented their unique goods and I was gifted the chance to sit down with a few vendors in the marketplace, including the lovely Jeni Mack who was joined by her supportive partner, Jonathan. The two generously shared their time, smiles, and wisdom. Jeni Mack represents Piña Styles, JeniMack for Piña, and JeniMack EcoFashion.
Piña Styles is the manifestation of Angie Roussin, who first opened her humble print shop in Ucluelet, B.C. seven years ago. This small coastal town known as Ukee, is where it all began. Piña produces stunning and unique prints of animals from the land and sea, pirate ships, and a vast array of other eye-catching images. Inspired by her younger years raised on sailboats in Vancouver, Piña spent plenty of time with her fisherman father and sea venturing mother. These open ocean vibrations present themselves full force in the most raw, but tender of ways. Printed on environmentally friendly gear, the bold prints contrast oh so perfectly upon cozy hoodies and the softest tees.
Six years ago, Jeni Mack first produced her now infamous cowl neck sweatshirt. With no formal training, Jeni put in the effort and time to create what is now her most successful article offered. Jeni chuckles as she envisions her cowl neck taking over the world – watch out folks, these clothes are off the chain. Adorned with various designs from Piña herself, JeniMack uses eco-friendly fabrics like bamboo, hemp and marino wool. Her knowledge and close relationship to the fabrics shines through as she navigates practicality, comfort, and the technical abilities of natural fabrics. To all you men…don’t be fooled by Mack’s feminine touch, she has a way with the male form and I highly recommend you slip into one of her hoodies.
It is important to know that the two ladies are not one entity, but rather two separate, magical beings who work closely together and fuel and support the other. Each woman owns her individual business, but they have created a healthy, flourishing symbiotic relationship of talent and integrity. Both ladies work exclusively with companies who are sweatshop free and sustainable. Designed in Ucluelet and manufactured in Vancouver, B.C., both Pina Styles and Jeni Mack work to stay as local as possible.
I asked Jeni Mack for any wisdom to those of us looking to start our own niche endeavors. She repeated something that had been woven throughout our conversation.
Let this remind us to conciously connect, feed, and nurture all relationships in our lives. Supporting and working with others who share similar truths and integrity will allow our own projects to blossom in honest ways.
As transformational festivals continue to bring us together, we can all find our niche within. Whether we choose the path of performer, musician, artist, healer, merchant, or participant, we are reinforcing a more positive way to conduct ourselves in the world. If at your core foundation, you believe in the integrity of small operations creating consistent, quality products for the community at large, then please support those people who genuinely work this way.
Piña Styles and Jeni Mack are a prime example of how our world is continuing to grow and return to homeostasis. Their small business reaches out, lacing the whimsy of illuminated women, quietly, humbly, and confidently throughout conversations and communities. The eight women involved in running the operation lend their eloquence and love into the clothing, sending their vibration of connection and nurturing ways rippling out through their pieces; our own souls receiving this love as we are enveloped in intentional, gorgeous wearable art.
I full heartedly support these ladies, and express my gratitude to them, and others who are making a difference in their own, unique and beautiful way. Let this inspire us all to take action and reflect the way we really want our world to flow. We are all energetically intertwined and connected. The action of one, affects that of the masses.
Check out the Piña stores in Ucluelet and Tofino, Vancouver Island, BC, and keep your eyes and ears open for more to come. Also watch out for this fabulous booth at more festivals next season. Both ladies accept pre-orders, so contact them with any questions or inquiries. You can also find Jeni Mack’s clothing in a select few retail stores throughout British Columbia. Here’s just a few :::
Hemp & Company : Vancouver, BC
Shades of Green : Parksville, BC
Seed Sustainable Style : Regina, Saskatchewan
Be sure to check out more from these ladies at their individual web spaces:
Be free to express yourself!
Stop by the Slate in NW Portland, OR for a night of heavy bass and hip hop beats, live performances, mural painting, gallery work, fashion runway and MORE.
The event marks the last in a series of monthly showcases that have highlighted the Pacific Northwest’s arts and culture scene – featuring emcees, dj’s, breakers, designers and graffiti artists.
The Ganjaology team will be setting the mood throughout the night through beat sets and open mic cyphers, followed by a live runway.
This month’s headliner features local up and coming producer Stewart Villain. Check out a sneak peak below:
The event will also feature Portland street wear boutique Bullē Classic, TMK1 designs and apparel, and original pieces from Pacific Northwest jewelry designer Sam Nalani K.
Admission is FREE and open to all ages. Complimentary beer will also be served.
Contact Ganjaology, TMK1 Studios or find us on Facebook for more information on the event.
If you happen to be in Portland this evening, be sure to check out the premier screening of the Bloom Series. The Bloom, which will be shown tonight at The Academy Theatre, is a special opportunity to tune in to the Fundamental Frequencies with which our emerging culture resonates. Director Jeet-Kei Leung and his team have been around the globe gathering footage and interviews in an effort to document the cultural renaissance that is occurring through the advent of Transformational Festivals.
Tonight is the flagship screening in Portland which will be followed by US screenings in Denver, Worcester, Austin, Minneapolis and Seattle along with Canadian screenings in Victoria, Calgary, Vancouver, Enderby and Ottowa. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to link, laugh, love and elaborate on all the wonderful ideas that make our reality so enlivening. See you there!
Heads up to the film and photo community, Grounded TV Network has the contest that will surely blow the minds of 5 fit photographers this summer. This BC based media company has been responsible for some of the highest quality footage and photos of many of the most extraordinary and extravagant parties on this side of the planet. They will be selecting 5 candidates to represent them this summer at the festivals of their choosing.
Yes, you heard it right…
Win this contest and go to any festivals you want this summer!
Here’s how it works.
To enter, email 10 examples of your best work (.jpg) , along with an introduction to yourself and your work, and a list of the festivals you would like to work with. Email firstname.lastname@example.org –DEADLINE MARCH 25TH. Out of 15 finalist, 5 winners will be selected by public voting.
-Must be 19 or older.
-Not paid work, but you will usually get 2 tickets to the festivals you shot, as well as the option to sell or trade ad space in your online photo sets.
-Winners will also get a bunch of prizes from our sponsors (more being added soon), a hard cover book of their photography at the end of the year, and the option to sell this book, along with prints of there work through an online store of Grounded, all money going to the artist.
Check out some examples of photos and film from the Grounded TV Network below and be sure to head over to their site for more footage, photos, an awesome blog and much more!
Let your energy be a part of maybe the most important movement of our time. Check out the Bloom Series in this intro film below to get a better idea of what you might be getting yourself into.
And remember, this is all love!
To kick off February this year, the world famous Gem & Jam festival will be taking place for it’s 7th year, in Tucson, Arizona. Featuring music from Michal Menert, Nit Grit, Vibesquad, Random Rab, and Polish Ambassador, and live painting from Alex Grey, Allyson Grey, Oliver Vernon, Damon Sole, and Des10, this is going to be a very rare exhibition of music, art, creativity, diversity, and acceptance of everything amazing.
Gem & Jam will be taking place February 7-9th, which, incredibly, is right before the 59th Annual Tucson Gem and Mineral Show…aka…the largest gem show in the United States. With almost half a million in town for both events, you should probably just take a week and a half off for this adventure…
Ohio Bird – By Alex Grey
Cannabaccus – By Alex Grey
Secret Writing Magic – By Allyson Grey
Requiem For A Dream – Oliver Vernon
Collaboration Mural between Damon Soule and Oliver Vernon – Flagstaff, AZ
Pipe Dreams – Des10
Tonight in Portland, Oregon, the artist collective known as TMK1 is throwing their monthly art & music event at The Slate. TMK1 has recruited Ganjaology, Abigail Press, and Dash EXP to bless the speakers with heavenly bass driven beats throughout the entirety of the event. With 4 hours full of live painting, hung art, and some very rare tunes, this Last Friday is going to be a great way to get your night started.
This event is FREE and All Ages!
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Featuring Art From Kristina Griffith
In this time of tumultuous change, we are responsible to choose those energies which we allow into our consciousness. There are many whose intentions will not serve us, while a growing number are teaching a new way. These emerging energies are guiding us down a path to a new paradigm. If you don’t know about Drunvalo Melchizedek, he teaches about how we can use sacred geometry to integrate the massive amounts of information we are bombarded with each day.
If this post is resonating with you, I would recommend checking out some of his works. The research will be up to you.
In the mean time, have a listen to this beautiful track by Spanish producer, Fernando Daxta from the Brussles based label, Sirius Pandi. This songs embodies many elements which will help us in our quest for elevated consciousness. One in particular, and arguably the most important is the element of love. Love yourself, love the planet, and love the music you listen to. It’s all music and we are creators of this magnificent symphony.
Enjoy Drunvalo’s Drums!
Get the EP on Beatport here.
Art by Xavi Panneton. Check out more of his works here.
Do you ever dream. Do you ever wish… that things could be different. It is only human to believe that there is something better. That there is something more. Something new. Something fresh. I heard a poem today depicting the consciousness of a fox in a wood, and a rose in a garden. The rose nor the fox ever questions his reality. Am I a fox? Am I a rose? These questions are merely an illusory view into the human condition. I am man. But there is so much more to it. My challenge is to be still for a moment and realize that I am indeed just that, man.
It is a day for reckoning. Open your minds and open your hearts. Be one with yourself. Envelop yourself… in your self. And give blessings to all that you hold sacred. For today is the first day of the rest of your life.
The art depicted above is a piece by Matthew Craven curtesy of Upper Playground. Shout out to our homies in PDX at the shop.
They say that art represents first and foremost that which manifests in the eye of the beholder. By that logic, the image above depicts the carrier in which we experienced a most magical adventure down in Black Rock City this past month. Swagging super tough in our satin slacks with beards blessed white, we brought the Kris Kringle crew on board the Soul Train only to rock so hard we damn near rocked the wheels off. As we neared our next stop to no where, we distributed gifts from our satchels, stitched special by Mrs. Claus and were gone in a flash. On Dancer, on Prancer, on Ganji on Gretta!! Oh damn. Dressing up like old St. Nick is just too much fun.
The piece is by Mike Dubisch, of San Diego. Check out more of his art here.
Oh yes, and what do we have here. A dirty freak out funk mix!? Oh I think I will have a listen. Thanks to Keith Griffiths AKA Funkademia of Manchester for the tunes.