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Our March 2017 mixtape

This month’s contributor is Valerie Luu, a food hustler, writer, and vagabond keeping things creative in San Francisco. We should know, Kiran met her through one of her art projects. Valerie kicks off the first song of our mix with a song that personifies her and her biz partner Katie’s restaurant — 50% Southeast Asian, 50% rock and roll. Tune in and learn more about her latest venture below.

Listen on:  Spotify | Apple Music

About Valerie Luu

Photo: Kyle Emery-Peck

To people that have had the good fortune of experiencing them, Valerie’s creative projects are legendary. And what makes them so good is her willingness to get out in the streets and talk to people, in a world when most are destined for hunchback posture from staring at their phones.

She once documented San Francisco’s 7×7 square grid by living in eight different neighborhoods over the course of one year. She also co-created a style blog called Chinatown Pretty, showcasing the unique fashions of Chinatown seniors. Now she’s working hard to give her restaurant Rice Paper Scissors permanent digs, while actively standing up for immigration and women’s rights with Social Studies, a civic group.

You can keep up with Valerie by following her Instagram, but what would mean even more is helping her bring a little Saigon to the streets of SF with a pledge on Kickstarter.

Our February 2017 mixtape

This month’s special contributor to the mixtape is our homie Rashid Zakat, a filmmaker and all-around creative that splits his time between Philly and NYC. He kicks things off with a track that perfectly complements his dedication to exploring music – French Canadian hip hop out of Montreal. Listen in and see why Rashid’s worth a follow below.

Listen on:  Spotify | Apple Music

About Rashid Zakat

He can craft films. He can shoot photos. His obsession with music means he can deejay everything from the soft opening of a new bar to a really hip wedding. Rashid will make you question the advice to focus on doing one thing really well. Because, after all, the world requires us to be good at lots of stuff.

Start by checking out Negroes of New York, his project dedicated to snapping portraits of people of color in NYC. Then sign up for the Awesome Farm Newsletter, which will keep you streets ahead of people who rely on Facebook for finding out about cool shit. But before you get lost, make sure to bookmark his Intergalactic Beat Tape, which will impress the hell out of the person who wakes up in bed next to you wondering if they made a good decision.

Stay tuned for a new film project from Rashid this spring by following him on Instagram.

Our January mixtape

For 2017, we thought we’d get more collaborative with our mixtapes and let one creative person worth knowing pick a song that moves them. First up is editorial, lifestyle, and portrait photographer Rob Williamson. We let Rob kick off this month’s mix with a track that’ll give you the feels for his favorite pastimes: riding his Harley-Davidson through the redwoods, headbanging at shows, and sipping whiskey next to a campfire in the Sierras. Listen in and learn more about Rob below.


Spotify | Apple Music

About Rob Williamson:


Rob is the guy you want taking a portrait of you looking like a complete badass so your future grandchildren know you were rad. He’s also the dude you want to be riding with on an unforgettable motorcycle journey. We say this because he totally knows what he’s doing, but also because his friends describe him as “an incredibly talented guy with a heart of gold and magnetic personality.”

After earning his BFA at Ball State, Rob moved west to follow California dreams, something many of us could never resist. He worked for years as a photo technician, studio manager, production designer, and in-house photographer, but eventually made the move to full-time freelance. His clients include Vice, Chrome Industries, and Sundance with many more to come. Check out his work over at Rob Is Tall Photography or Instagram.

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