We had the good fortune of connecting with David Braun & Barrett Slagle and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi David Braun & Barrett Slagle, every day, we about how much execution matters, but we think ideas matter as well. How did you come up with the idea for your business?
We started out as a band in 2004, and a there was a big weird visual vaudeville component to our shows–we’d put together homemade videos, duct tape a projector to an aluminum ladder, force two friends to hold up a white bedsheet as a screen, and perform in front of it.

We all had odd jobs during that time, but found that we loved those moments of mashing images and sounds together for our music and shows, and wanted to figure out a way to create freely full time.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
We aren’t sure exactly what we’ve learned over the years, but we have noticed that each year tends to suck a little less. It can be strange dealings out there in the world of entertainment, but we’re always entertained.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
This always starts and begins with almighty Opp for us–it’s a clown-run quasi-religious puppet show experience that pops up on a random street corner in Koreatown once a month. If you happen to visit, we will most likely be there. A laundry list of our other favorite things in Los Angeles:

-Non Plus Ultra
-Cartoon Club at the New Beverly
-Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Nuart
-The Planetarium Show at the Griffith Park Observatory
-The Museum of Jurassic Technology
-The Coconut Club
-Clifton’s Cafeteria
-The Magic Castle
-Musso & Frank
-A drive through the desert to the Salton Sea

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The Chiodo Brothers (creators of Killer Klowns from Outer Space), and the Church of the Subgenius (all hail Bob).

Website: https://opentheportal.com/

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Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/OpenthePortal

Image Credits
Albert Roman & David Lekach

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